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.
So where am I now? Over the past 10 years I've worked within numerous corporations in coaching, training, diversity & inclusion and leadership development roles. I've created internal coaching programs for some of the top tech companies in the world and implemented world class training experiences for Fortune 500 organizations. I now work exclusively through my private practice with clients one on one or through workshops and retreats.
I'm Liz Czepiel, an executive coach and consultant, founder of www.lizabethczepiel.com and HRM faculty at Northeastern University. I work with entrepreneurs & visionary leaders who are building successful and sustainable businesses but are stretched too thin – they suffer from shiny object syndrome, wear too many hats, and spend more time working in, rather than on, their business. Serving as a coach and strategic business partner, I help them turn exhaustion into efficiency & focus by developing personal accountability measures, building strategic plans for growing their business and talent pipeline, and strengthening leadership skills. For the past 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 and 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 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.