I knew that someone would have loved my life — but that someone just wasn’t me. Melissa helped me find my way to doing the work that I had only dreamed of doing. Through the coaching process, I decided to take a plunge into a new career that was authentic to my true self. And I got exactly what I wanted: becoming an international humanitarian and helping to make the world a better place. I am well-paid and even negotiated the schedule that I wanted, which allows me to keep a home base in the U.S. and work abroad half the year. Nothing feels better than seeing your dreams unfold.
I am an executive for a large corporation. I sought career coaching with Melissa, thinking I would have to transition out of corporate work in order to achieve my dreams. I had increasingly become frustrated at work, feeling under-appreciated and thwarted. I wanted to express my deepest passions in life. Through our coaching, I explored opportunities to work for other companies; I was even offered the role of president at a new company. I realized it wasn't about whether I stayed or left, but that my work had to be different. I renegotiated my role and it turned into exactly what I wanted, aligned with the intention I built through coaching. Now my contributions at work reflect my best, true self.
I was dealing with a significant amount of work stress as a frontline worker in a community-based organization. A scary panic attack led me to seek Melissa out for help. I went to Melissa thinking I was going crazy; she helped me realize that I wasn’t crazy, the situation was crazy. The work we did wasn’t clinical; it wasn’t therapy; she wasn’t the person with all the answers. Melissa just interacted with me in a real, human way. She was my ally; she pushed and challenged me, but only with my best interest in mind. Through it, I discovered work that I enjoy and that supports the lifestyle I want to have.
I was burned out and broken after ten years working for a dysfunctional international aid organization. I had already quit my job, but my self-esteem was shot. When I met Melissa she said she saw a woman in hiding. This was true. I had walked out, but was unsure what to do next. Through our coaching, I quickly got to the heart of what I really wanted and ventured out on my own as a solopreneur. As I made intentions for my life, huge opportunities began to fall into my lap. Best of all, my creativity expanded and I embraced my true calling as a writer.
I am in awe of how Melissa makes people feel safe enough to get really honest. But she does it in a way that nobody is wallowing. It’s a highly honed skill: her ability to facilitate a place where everyone can be completely honest but not feel the need to take care of each other.
It's given me the opportunity to meet incredible people, whose lives are very different from mine, but who deep down are very much like me and experience similar joys and struggles.
Melissa approaches development in a different way than I’ve ever seen before. That’s why we’re seeing the transformation here. She does not create programs that were manufactured to hit any company. It’s about her assessing before creating. Traditional models are more structured, less collaborative, ‘Here’s a solution that should help.’ With Melissa, she starts with ‘Well, tell me about what’s going on,’ ‘What’s your intent?’ and ‘What would you like your outcome to be?’ She’s not a one-time wonder. She’s not about delivering a program. She’s about spending time with a company and doing that thoughtful analysis before coming up with things to think about.
Melissa works with our biggest business unit. We had to get to the real issues, the ones about us, and how we wanted to show up. Melissa goes there with you. She is a great role model of being appropriately vulnerable to get to what needs to be discussed.
She is extremely intuitive. People don’t get stuff past her. You can’t bluff her. It was through real conversations and increasing our self-awareness that we built trust between us. She coached all the leaders from our group. Now other divisions are seeing and hearing the positive impact.
For so many years I received feedback that, as a leader, I was unapproachable and cold. It had to be true on some level, but I wasn’t connecting with why. I was hungry for connection but wasn’t making it. In my coaching work with Melissa, I was able to get it.
The key reason for my transformation is that she has allowed me to dig deep into who I am as a leader. She asks a lot of questions. She is not a problem-solver — she creates an environment that allows you to solve your own issues independently. In my 46 years, this is the first time that I know who I am and what I want, and that I am confident, strong and happy. I love people. Now, I can’t wait to learn about them and to show my support, and I’ve never done that before. I had been more of a directive leader, but now I am more of a supporter and facilitator. It’s been life-changing for sure.