Consultation with Heart & Soul
I am the owner and lead coach of CreativeJ Coaching, LLC, and I have a broad background teaching in K-12 & higher education, working with students with special needs, creating curriculum, providing reference & readers' services in public libraries, & teaching/advising undergraduate & graduate students. Two of my strongest gifts are asking deep questions and listening between the lines. Until I discovered the world of coaching about 10 years ago, it was challenging to find appropriate times and places to share these gifts. Service providers are too busy for deep questions, and parents, partners, and professors often do not appreciate insights shared after listening to what is left unsaid.
In 2007, I made the leap from reference librarian to campus career specialist and honed my consultative skills for resumes, employer research, and more. Not much later, I became a leadership coach for the certificate program at the Illinois Leadership Center. To date, I have coached 9 leaders through the full program, and I received the Jeffrey Moss Outstanding Leadership Coach Award in 2011.
Drawing on my graduate training and experience in education, psychology, and creative arts, I design and implement behavioral change programs and personal development plans for individuals and teams. I completed an approved coach-specific training program in the summer of 2017 and am currently accumulating the client hours to apply for board certification. My coaching approach is grounded in identifying and building on clients' strengths and natural dispositions. I have a decade of experience interpreting and using a variety of assessments, including StrengthsFinder, MBTI, and Strong Interest Inventory. Intuition and creativity are my superpowers, and I incorporate storytelling, roleplaying, creative writing, interactive media, visual imagery, and drama techniques into my coaching practice.
Social media, learning management systems, and other technologies have enabled me to meet and work with people from across the United States as well as in Canada, Europe, India, China, South Korea, and Singapore. Over the past 15 years, I have designed and implemented dozens of diversity programs and services, including computer training and support for senior citizens; career workshops for international, cultural minority, and LGBTQ populations; restorative arts activities for incarcerated youth and volunteer supervision for young adults on probation; and personal development plans for people with autism, learning disabilities, and mental illness. Lastly, my experience spans non-profit, K-12, church, corporate, higher education, and local and state government settings and includes project management, team leader, supervisory, and administrative capacities.