“WHEN WE DENY THE STORY, IT DEFINES US. WHEN WE OWN THE STORY, WE CAN WRITE A BRAVE NEW ENDING.”~ Brene Brown
I am Alison, your Career Clarity and Leadership Coach.
What is my story?
I am a Colorado Girl transplanted to France in 2013 and then to Madagascar in 2018. With my childhood spent frolicking in the Rocky Mountains, my first love is nature, physical geography, and sleeping under the stars, but I need people. I’ll try just about anything once. I enjoy most things I try.
My grandmothers and all the strong women in my family have been my inspiration for years; they also taught me my great loves of baking, cooking, traveling, and doing yoga. All this given that one of them never made it off the ground in an airplane, and the other didn’t bake. I am grateful that as a young woman, my mom imparted in me the gift of unabashed joyful confidence and kindness.
To me, life is about making love, practicing compassion, making connections, pursuing excellence, leaving the world better than when I arrived.
I adore architecture and botanical gardens, beautiful food, tasty food, anything handmade with love. I love to move my body, to laugh, to sleep, to read, to yoga, to run, and to try new things.
As someone who’s always loved a job well-done, I’ve been drawn to positions of leadership since childhood. From community organizing to management, I am passionate about speaking up for what is right and guiding individuals to do and be their best.
As a pacifist married to a retired soldier [conundrum]. I am a cowgirl and a city-slicker [conundrum]. An American and an Expat. An immigrant and possible an emigrant. I am a stranger in a strange land and get called that every day here, and yet I feel at home. The Malagasy word is Vazaha — sometimes it’s a compliment, sometimes it’s a statement of fact, and sometimes it’s not so nice. I am reminded each day that I am both a foreigner and that I am welcome.
I am a logophile, a bibliophile, a cafephile, and an advocate of becoming our best selves and leading from within.
“For every door that’s been opened to me, I’ve tried to open my door to others. And here is what I have to say, finally: Let’s invite one another in. Maybe then we can begin to fear less, to make fewer wrong assumptions, to let go of the biases and stereotypes that unnecessarily divide us. Maybe we can better embrace the ways we are the same. It’s not about being perfect. It’s not about where you get yourself in the end. There’s power in allowing yourself to be known and heard, in owning your unique story, in using your authentic voice. And there’s grace in being willing to know and hear others. This, for me, is how we become.”
I offer career, life, and leadership coaching to support brilliant women like you build the best life experience possible. As women, we often find ourselves in life and work situations with little wiggle room and limited opportunities for advancement. We must make hard choices to take care of ourselves and or our families.
🦄 As a mother, a wife, an ex-pat, and a human, I believe that you cannot afford to ignore your mental and physical health or set-aside YOUR dreams for another day.
🦋 Say goodbye to anxiety around decision-making, work/life integration, or finding work that works for you.
🌺 Learn to (re)engage with joy. Find the confidence to celebrate your values, strengths, interests, while achieving your dreams.
❤️ Find joy in telling your story with confidence and courage.
💸 You can find work that pays your worth. You can recover from a toxic relationship.
👉 Believe you can and you will.
I do career, life, and leadership coaching. LinkedIn strategy and resume writing. If you are ready to enhance the person you already are, schedule a curiosity call.
Coaching is serious work | ICF | CPC | CAPP
My coaching builds upon my own journey from career confusion to a career calling. With 20+ years of experience working both managing, coaching, and training employees; I leverage this deep knowledge of the workplace with my training as a life coach and positive psychology practitioner, to partner with my clients guiding you to fulfilling work.
As a coach, I hold the space for you to explore and define your own path. Through active listening and direct communication, I guide you in answering your own questions and setting goals. I help you to see clearly, follow your intuition and move forward to a carer you love.
My skills and techniques developed from and are founded in my work in human resources and management, nonprofit management, leadership, community development, and management training.
Working as a Career and Leadership coach and mentor since 2015, I am a Certified Applied Positive Psychology (CAPP) practitioner earned through The Flourishing Center in 2019. I graduated from the International Coach Academy with a Certificate in Professional Coaching at the PCC level in June 2020. I am actively preparing my dossier for credentialing as an International Federation of Coaches (ICF) Associate Certified Coach. This means that I adhere to the ICF Code of Ethics and I am focused on cultivating the ICF Core Competencies. When we start work we will sign a contract of coaching services that define payment terms and that also establishes a Coaching Agreement.
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