Can you help me? Can I trust you? What makes you legit? These questions run through my mind when I look for help. I assume you ask them too.
Can I help you?
People are my jam, achievement and growth are my bread and butter.
I want to make a difference in the world by helping incredible people achieve their greatest potential and improve as they go. I want the same thing for myself as for those I work with. I’m motivated to see everything I’m involved in moving into a bigger and bigger ball of impact and awesomeness. I’m my own worst critic, and always want to achieve more and more.
I coach because I am motivated to:
- make an impact
- achieve potential
I was voted “best listener” and “most dependable” in high school. While those votes are a distant memory I have continued to intentionally develop as a professional coach ever since.
Can you trust me?
My credibility stems from a combination of professional experiences, formal education, and training, along with my genuine enthusiasm to support great people.
Experiences establish trust. I’ve had valuable professional experiences that built up my portfolio of skills. Here are a few highlights:
I started my career in Lithuania working in student development. After three years I moved to Los Angeles and earned my Masters from UCLA in Higher Education and Organizational Change. In my current role as Managing Director of a research center I have gained experience in grant leadership, writing, and administration.
- I’ve co-developed two different research centers in the US.
- I’ve developed and led 4 projects, and managed another 13 unique grants from 5 different foundations representing $15 million dollars in funding.
- I’ve administered 66 grants for a total of $5 million dollars.
- I’ve spent 13 years as a professional working in higher education.
- I developed a leadership training program for undergraduates in Lithuania.
The minute I learned what coaching was in 2008 I knew I found my place in the world. I’m naturally curious about others. I love questions. I like to be helpful. I develop people and build systems around them to be even more effective. I am an achiever and focus on action and concrete steps to turn conversation into practical application. In a nutshell – that’s a coach!
- I worked for an international coach training organization designing new curriculum and providing mentor coaching to coaches in training.
- I’ve been coaching for over 10 years.
- I’ve delivered over 1,000 hours of professional coaching to more than 35 individuals and teams.
I live with a global perspective. I’m in a biracial and bicultural marriage, and my son is a beautiful combination of us. I understand from first-hand experience what it is like to work internationally with colleagues and bosses from a combination of different cultures, languages, and countries.
- I’ve lived and worked in higher education in Europe and in the United States.
- I’ve worked on global teams, and have coached global teams.
- I’ve worked in 10 countries spanning North America, South America, Central America & the Caribbean, Europe and Asia.
- I’ve traveled to an additional 22 countries (and counting).
Education & Training: what makes me legit?
I am an International Coach Federation (ICF) professional certified coach (PCC). That’s the best starting place for establishing my coaching credibility. The ICF is THE place to be accredited, and I have earned their official thumbs up to my coaching skills, experience, and training. As an ACC with over ten years of coaching experience I’ve served coaching clients in the US and internationally.
I earned a Master’s degree in Higher Education and Organizational Change from UCLA’s graduate school of Education and Information Studies (named the nation’s top graduate school of education by U.S. News and World Report in their 2019 annual rankings of American Graduate Educational Institutions.)
I also earned a Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Communication from George Fox University.
Who can vouch for me?
It’s always best to hear it straight. Review the stories of results, growth, and change on the “what people say” page.