My diverse background gives me a unique perspective on the challenges and opportunities many of us encounter. I was born and raised in South Africa and moved to the U.S. with my family at 16. I graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and began my career in pharmaceutical sales in Middletown, New York.
The cold weather drove me south, and I settled in North Carolina in 1994. I moved from sales into account management, where I managed healthcare clients at a Raleigh advertising agency, then served as a Client Relations Manager—managing communications and working with leadership at Glaxo SmithKline (GSK). I also gained valuable experience in a role at GSK, bridging relationships between brand teams and agencies.
Over the years I enjoyed volunteering at Hope Reins, a Raleigh-based charity which offers equine therapy to children in need. Time spent at the ranch, sitting under beautiful trees and supporting the parents who were in the midst of change and uncertainty, ignited something within me. It uncovered a desire to show individuals how to honor themselves. I have also enjoyed facilitating classes at Healing Transitions where I teach women how to transform their thinking to transform their lives and prepare to re-enter the job market.
Today I am a committed facilitator and coach in Raleigh, NC. My coaching expertise is in authentic leadership and thought coaching, a perfect mix for my clients. I work with individuals to discover their values, goals, and desires. We uncover and investigate hidden self-limiting beliefs, cultivate new thinking habits that support goals, and clients find new ways to navigate the work environment. My mission is to be a catalyst for improved communication within organizations to create a unified whole where employees at all levels feel connected, confident, and secure. Communication is the launchpad to all things in work and personal life, and I am passionate about working with people to gain clarity, improve relationships, achieve results and success, and find a work-life balance. I am also a Thought Coach Facilitator at the Institute For Transformational Thinking, where I teach and mentor trainees enrolled in the certification program for "Overcoming Insecurity, Doubt, and Fear in the Workplace."
I am a Certified Thought Coach, and trained an Authentic Leadership coaching. The training programs I completed have honed my skills, and prepared me to help individuals solidify change in their lives. Ongoing education and "doing the work" myself is an integral part of my personal life. I take classes with a brilliant mentor, teacher, and friend, Myrna Deas, who has taught me to uncover the most important truths about myself and honoring my soul, loving others, and building a community. I'm eternally grateful for her wisdom. She is helping me to become a better wife, mother, and human being.
I live in Raleigh, North Carolina with my husband, two daughters and our furry four-legged love-bugs. I look forward to connecting with you.
My Teaching and Coaching Style
I teach content in a way that's easy to understand and apply. I love sharing practical tips and tools to help others become more intentional and productive. The concepts I teach positively impacted my own life, so it has become my passion to share it with others.
I approach coaching with curiosity and from a place free from judgment. The atmosphere is relaxed and inviting, and sessions are open and free-flowing. I believe my clients can do anything they set out to do, and I love investigating life's cues with them to guide them forward.
"Success is trusting my intuition and letting my heart lead, even when what I am being asked to do feels scary."
– Lissa Rankin, MD
Author, "The Anatomy of a Calling"