Hi! I'm Liz. My clients appreciate my sense of humor and insights. I’m down-to-earth and totally unpretentious — from the Midwest! — and also very practical (a Stanford-trained engineer). My super power is honing in on what is deeply resonant IN YOU (your aliveness) and encouraging that. Oftentimes we'll bump up against limiting beliefs you have about yourself or the world. It's my job to point those out and support you as you determine whether they are actually true for you or not. And how much power you want to give them.
I’m a kick-ass brainstorming partner and LOVE, love, love coming up with practical plans to get us from point HERE to point THERE, whether THERE is the launch of a new business, exploring a whole new career, building a career in a new field, figuring out what to do about your fertility, coming up with new product or program offerings, co-creating a roadmap for your business, or whatever. I’m smart, analytical and have a well-trained mind as well as well-honed intuition, which I credit with all my success.
I'm an independent thinker — not much hampered by "what most people think." (I mean, just look at my own career path from PhD candidate in Computer Science at Stanford to life coach??). That frees us up to explore WIDE and HUGE possibilities for you — finding the one that produces the biggest internal YES. Try me. You won't regret it. I guarantee.
My life experience
- Coping with serious mental illness in the family; ditto suicide.
- Discovering a compelling vision for my life which guided me for 13 years as I worked in tech as an engineer, software developer, researcher, program manager, etc.
- Building a super successful career in a brand new field from scratch (from tech support person to PhD program in Computer Science at Stanford).
- Dealing with and recovering from disordered eating and related. Finding freedom and peace.
- Navigating various career-related decisions, such as: Should I quit my job? Should I take that job? Should I look for another job?
- Deciding whether to freeze my eggs and freezing them (twice).
- Responding to career burnout.
- Recovering from perfectionism and major control issues! Coping with anxiety. Learning to let go.
- Participating in 12-step recovery.
- Discovering the work I was born to do.
- Launching a new business; building a site, digital marketing (including email), etc.
- Launching a startup.
- Creating a business roadmap and individual product offerings.
- Deciding to have a baby on my own at age 40. Getting pregnant :)
- Various fertility treatments including IUI and IVF.
I have a BA in American Studies from Georgetown University and a Masters in Computer Science from Stanford University. I am a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) and I have completed two different coach training programs as well as an extensive program to become certified as a coach. As well, I have participated in retreats and other personal development programs including those focused on developing one's intuition, dealing with family dysfunction, recovering from disordered eating and love relationships, and more! Here are some of the highlights from my pre-coaching career:
- Awarded a patent for my original research in collaboration with my adviser Prof. John C. Mitchell.
- Published in academic journals.
- Consistently rated in the highest performance category in Microsoft annual reviews for the duration of my employment there.
- Microsoft Gold Star Bonus Award, 2010.
- Stanford University Department of Computer Science Service Award, June 2008.
- Stanford University School of Engineering Fellowship, September 2007.
- Stanford University Stephenson Memorial Award for Excellence in Masters Research, June 2006.
- Stanford University Centennial Teaching Assistant Award, June 2005.