My driving mission is to help unleash the power of women into the world through coaching, personal empowerment workshops and connecting women to support one another in unprecedented ways.
All my work is grounded in relationship, and one of the most powerful ways to build relationships is to share our stories.
Here is a bit of mine. . .
After a childhood mostly characterised by sameness and stability– lived in the same town, same neighborhood, same house with the same friends for 18 years – my adult life has been one of seeking the new and different.
After university, I spent three years living in Zaire (now Democratic Republic of the Congo) and traveling around Africa and Southeast Asia, closing the adventure with a stint monitoring catch on a Japanese fishing vessel, the only woman, the only English speaker. Like many travelers, I left the US as one person and came home as another. I experienced the unlike-anything-else exhilaration of personal growth and transformation, and I was hooked.
Since then, I sought out opportunities where I could open up the possibility of transformation for others, first in the international youth exchange arena, and then in the youth leadership development sector. For many years I helped disadvantaged and disempowered young people, and the adults who work with them, to access their power and build their abilities to transform themselves and their communities.
During that time I also got married and had two babies. I had no idea when I made those decisions that marriage and parenthood invite self development unlike anything else. Similar perhaps to the way heat and pressure invite a piece of coal to turn into a diamond.
I was very lucky – I had challenging and rewarding work aligned with my values, two wonderful, healthy children, a supportive husband and a beautiful network of deep friendships. Yet, flavoured with a large amount of guilt, I experienced a persistent undercurrent of dissatisfaction, something not fulfilled. I yearned for something I couldn’t name.
The only thing I could put my finger on at the time was a desire to live overseas again, so when the opportunity opened up for us to move to South Africa, we leapt. Something big began to shift for me in this gorgeous, complex country, allowing me the space and time to do a deep internal dive to surface my calling, to align myself with my purpose in a way I’ve never been before. With much soul searching, researching and getting coached, I became clear.
The calling upon me is to help women fully bring our ways of being, knowing and doing, our gifts, our power to the great task before us of creating a world in which all of life is flourishing.
I have twenty-five years experience in facilitating personal mastery and leadership development processes with a diverse range of people, organisations and communities.
I am an accredited Meta Coach, certified by the USA-based International Society of Neuro-Semantics (ISNS). As an inter-disciplinary field, the models of Neuro-Semantics come from the fields of the Cognitive Behavioural Sciences including Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), Developmental Psychology and Neuroscience. I was privileged to receive my certification training from the co-founder of Neuro-Semantics and the Meta Coaching System, Dr. Michael Hall. I am a member of the International Society of Neuro-Semantics, the Meta Coach Foundation, and COMENSA (Coaches and Mentors of South Africa).
My Masters Degree in International and Intercultural Training and Education gave me the pillars on which I built my career: personal mastery, facilitation processes, training design and delivery, intercultural theory and practice, intercultural counseling, and project management.
As a passionate life-long learner, I have participated in numerous professional development conferences and workshops to continually expand my skills and knowledge so I can better serve my clients. In particular, I am an on-going student of the profound work of Evolving Wisdom’s Awakening Feminine Power, and Brene Brown’s The Gifts of Imperfection. Both of these deeply inform my coaching and training work.