Trying to make sense of disruption? Ready to decide and do what's next but not sure where to start?
I work with leaders of leaders. Many work in industries that were deemed essential like healthcare, education, and construction.
People with big responsibilities who lead others and care deeply for their people. The people others lean on. They lean on me.
I get it. I've been there. More than once.
I've helped others who've been there:
Chief executives who serve everyone but themselves
Established entrepreneurs who've lost their spark
High performing leaders considering a change
Executives navigating organizational shifts
Founders re-imagining their role
I can help you, too.
Using my signature Sparked by Art™ methodology, you'll:
Find your footing
Create conditions for clear & creative thinking.
Design a life-aligned decision-making matrix.
Create healthy boundaries that accelerate growth.
Define success on your terms & let go of judgement.
Develop new ways of thinking about the future
Strengthen resilience, confidence and clarity
Imagine possibilities you can't see now
so you can finally lead yourself and your team to...
DECIDE and DO what's next.
And I can help
I love helping people navigate change. My clients are accomplished professionals with a history of achievement. The leaders people lean on.
And they're entering a new chapter. As one client put it, they "see there is no going back to the old way. There is before the pandemic and there is after."
My clients are ready to move into the after. I help them find their footing, explore new possibilities and do what's next - while building confidence, clarity, and developing new ways to think about the future.
What people say
"After just one session with Carolyn I walked away with more clarity, a solid action plan, and tangible next steps for me to take; it was an incredibly valuable experience.
I have always been skeptical of coaches and their outputs, and working with Carolyn reshaped my understanding of what having a coach can do - not just for my own professional and career development, but for my ongoing self-development as a whole person.
She really challenged me and pushed me to get clear on my own words, thoughts, and values while seamlessly weaving in nuggets of support. Her style was diplomatic and neutral, and she kept us on track by not letting the muddy details mire down our higher level thinking.
She also made sure I had at least one tangible action step to implement after our session. I’ve spent most of my career in non-traditional work spaces and self-employment, and Carolyn’s sage expertise in the business world was instrumental in helping me navigate a new office landscape without letting go of my values as a person.
This was a deeply impactful session, and I would recommend Carolyn to anyone who’s actually ready to take their careers into their own hands and make meaningful change."
- Allie Beckmann, Financial Planner
“Carolyn's warm and encouraging approach made me feel so comfortable sharing my struggles and obstacles. She helped me see clarity around prioritizing projects and work for the year ahead. Overwhelm is a big problem for me in the work I'm doing and having an ear and a guide to coach you through all of the stuff is really an asset.
One thing that has changed for me after working with Carolyn is that once I get out of overwhelm and make an important decision and execute, I feel more confident in my abilities - which translates to me trusting myself more. More trust = more momentum!”
Lee Stiffler-Meyer, Founder Let the Light In Studio
“Carolyn has helped me become better at problem solving relationships with deeper levels of communication and mutual understanding.”
– Mark K, Executive Director of Non-Profit
“I am more open minded about solving work problems in ways that may seem less obvious to me. You were able to help me find solutions that did not create drama or big confrontation with my boss or coworkers.
-Julia Berlin, Client Services
"I left an organization (and its people and mission) that meant a lot to me for many years. I knew that I had a choice to make about whether I wanted to stay in my current environment or whether I wanted to make a change. Carolyn's Life Alignment process and her coaching was just what I needed.
It required taking a step back and thinking deeply about my values and longer-term goals. While I had defined goals, they were high-level and more generic in nature. It was hard to step back and took time to get out of the grip and into that frame of mind. Carolyn challenged me on my assumptions, statements and even actions. And, it was healthy.
Yes, I achieved my goal of making a career decision (stay or go) based on a process, which grounded me in my values and goals vs. my frustration, or cultural/self expectations, or just my gut feeling.
I started a new position and am more focused on balancing my work and personal & family goals. It has not been too long since I made this transition but, so far, my family and I have benefited from the additional time and mental energy/headspace. I know I still have work to do, both at work and personal life, to stay on track and continue the process of alignment so am chipping away at many years of habits and certain ways of thinking. I am grateful that I have the resources and Life Alignment worksheets to refer to in the future."
- Name withheld upon request
“Carolyn helped me get to the bottom of a messy problem, unravel it, and come back with a path forward.”
– Melissa Stark, Professional Services
"I have a much better understanding of how the creative people I work with think. We’ll be able to work together more cooperatively now and move forward on issues that had us stuck."
"I recently had a very productive discussion with Carolyn about my career path. It was immediately evident that Carolyn loves connecting with people and helping them find opportunities where they would thrive. I was so impressed with her human-ness, and with her deep understanding of both corporate and non-profit work environments. Carolyn was able to help me identify several key next steps. I look forward to exchanging ideas with Carolyn going forward."
- Paul D
"Carolyn has a unique ability to engage your mind with questions and relevant experience to draw out what is your true passion AND detail a plan that helps you realize that passion.
She helped me realize in one session what my passion was not only for a career but in life – something that after many months of soul searching I only had a foggy idea of where I should focus my energies. I highly recommend her and continue with her as my coach today."