Finding My Way Back To Me
Hi, I'm Liz, and I'm a professional overachiever. It's part of my makeup. Development planning? I had a plan before most kids could tie their shoes. Career aspirations? If you had asked my elementary-aged self what I wanted to be when I grew up? Well, that was easy...a teacher, lawyer, dolphin trainer, investment banker, figure skater, celebrity, and entrepreneur. Okay, maybe the answer wasn't so clear -
But one thing I knew for certain was that I could do anything I set my mind to and I could be anything I wanted to be.
I was serious about school like it was my j-o-b. I homeschooled myself in middle school and squeezed as many AP courses as I could into my high school schedule, all while holding down a few part time jobs, running winter and spring track each year and making a sad attempt at a social life.
I was miserable but it would be worth it.
College would be different. I joined a sorority. Heck, I was president of my chapter. I was social (kind of), I was a cheerleader and active on campus. But classes were tough and I studied A LOT. At one point I worked three jobs while holding down a full class load. I finished my degree in three years (overachiever status, check.).
It was painful but it would be worth it.
Professional life would be different. My first few "real" jobs were...not what I thought they would be. I felt disconnected from the work and the mission of the companies, in detention for 8 hours a day. Where was the passion? Where was the payoff for the stress, for the late nights studying, for the student loans?! I wanted to trust that my deeply ingrained beliefs would serve me and would lead me to happiness, that being a responsible and hardworking academic would result in a fulfilling career in a safe and traditional role with a well respected company.
But following this safe and traditional path did not align with what I needed.
And I can tell you, the pain wasn't worth it.
I was confused and lost. After years of being regimented and striving to excel I found myself hospitalized with anorexia. My self-induced expectations of excellence had spiraled out of control and were literally killing me. Treatment was tough. Recovery was tougher. But I am grateful. I've realigned. I learned to love. I learned to appreciate what truly matters. I learned that beliefs and paradigms can shift and that it's OK if they do. I learned to let go of things that no longer serve me and embrace, sometimes chase, the things that pull on my heart strings.
For the first time I learned to listen and to forget about the journey. I learned to BE. I can't wait to help you do the same.
For nearly a decade I have worked in leadership development, diversity & inclusion, and training for organizations including Spotify, Booz Allen Hamilton, United Rentals, and the Department of Homeland Security. Serving as a coach, facilitator, and strategic thought partner I have managed high potential leadership programs, built talent assessment centers and implemented diversity & inclusion initiatives.
I hold a masters degree in Social-Organizational Psychology from Columbia University, a bachelors degree from Babson College, and a Certificate in Collective Intelligence (Cultural, Social, Emotional) from the Workplace Learning Institute at Columbia University. I am a doctoral student in the Learning & Leadership Ed.D. program at Columbia University.
My coach training is through the the Coaches Training Institute (CTI), the largest non-profit educational institute for the coaching profession, certified by the International Coach Federation and Inner Glow Circle, the leader in experiential & ontological coach and business training. I am trained in the Co-Active Coaching Model.