Who Are We?

The history of “us” involves
a story of “me,” “we,” and “thee.”

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The Story of "Me"

The story of “me” begins with my venture into the world of self-employment in my mid-20s. Armed with nimble keyboarding skills (clocked at 130 wpm) and a fascination for words, I opened a resume-writing and secretarial service back in the 1980s. I quickly found that writing resumes came easily to me, and job-search clients would come back to me with news that their resumes had opened career doors for them. I recall one SVP of Procurement saying to me, “Susan, I submitted my resume to the company, and I just got a call to get on a plane and go interview in LA next week.”

This kind of thing happened regularly. But a few years later, I noticed a trend.

You can tell when Life is speaking in stereo to you, nudging you to pay attention! Within the course of a couple of weeks, I had three clients whom I’d written for a few years earlier come back and say, “that resume you wrote for me a few years back worked like a charm…I got the offer…and took it…but I hate my job!”

It hit me like a ton of bricks. I was only working on the surface—taking the person’s experiences and framing it to fit the desired job. I felt like the proverbial sleazy salesman. And I realized I needed to get the horse in front of the cart and go deeper with questions about who people were at their core and what types of jobs they would really feel fulfilled by.

About that time, professional coaching was only a nascent discipline, but there was a lot of buzz about it. I remember rooming with a colleague at a professional development conference who had taken a professional coaching course—I was so intrigued that I peppered her with questions about coaching into the wee hours of the morning. I went home and found a course to enroll in. Two weeks into the class, I remember thinking, “this is what I was put on the planet for!”

 

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The Story of "We"

As I immersed myself in coach training and continued to attend professional development conferences, it dawned on me that I wasn’t the only one who was fascinated by coaching. And, I recognized there weren’t a lot of opportunities for coach training that was specific to career coaching.

Although I was just beginning to learn about coaching myself, I wanted to share this passion with my colleagues. So, with the help of an amazing ICF-credentialed coaching mentor at the time, we crafted a career coach training program. I remember going to a resume writing conference, paying for my first-ever vendor table, talking to colleagues about coaching, and coming home with two registrations for our brand new course. That was the birth of Career Coach Academy. We quickly had to “learn the ropes” of ICF and jumped through the hoops to earn ICF approval of our programs (meaningfully important to us, yet no small feat)!

A few years later, with the collaboration of a colleague who was steeped in leadership development, Leadership Coach Academy was formed. Eventually, “The Academies” was incorporated to bring the various career and leadership disciplines under one umbrella.

Along the way, there were inquiries and invitations from organizations and companies that stretched us into market-sectors we hadn’t previously been exposed to. Walking our talk as coaches—we stepped up to the plate, stretched, and evolved. These opportunities have led to providing career coach training for MBA career coaches at some of the most respected business schools in the country, and leadership coach training for HR/OD professionals in some of the largest financial services companies in the world.

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The Story of "Thee"

“Thee” represents the bigger picture in all of this. It’s the part that connects our personal vision-mission-values to something bigger than ourselves. For us, the “Thee” work is leveraging neuroscience-backed coaching to grow our collective capacity to live and work with intention, humanity, and sustainable impact.

Whatever your definition of “Thee”—Universe, Source, God, It, Purpose, or perhaps Life with a capital L—we are reminded that each of us is tasked with an important piece of the puzzle. Let’s do it together!

Join us in the paradoxical work of: the practical and the mysterious … the tools and the intuition … and the science and art of “Changing Minds, for Good.”

THE STORY OF "ME"

The story of “me” begins with my venture into the world of self-employment in my mid-20s. Armed with nimble keyboarding skills (clocked at 130 wpm) and a fascination for words, I opened a resume-writing and secretarial service back in the 1980s. I quickly found that writing resumes came easily to me, and job-search clients would come back to me with news that their resumes had opened career doors for them. I recall one SVP of Procurement saying to me, “Susan, I submitted my resume to the company, and I just got a call to get on a plane and go interview in LA next week.”

This kind of thing happened regularly. But a few years later, I noticed a trend.

You can tell when Life is speaking in stereo to you, nudging you to pay attention! Within the course of a couple of weeks, I had three clients whom I’d written for a few years earlier come back and say, “that resume you wrote for me a few years back worked like a charm…I got the offer…and took it…but I hate my job!”

It hit me like a ton of bricks. I was only working on the surface—taking the person’s experiences and framing it to fit the desired job. I felt like the proverbial sleazy salesman. And I realized I needed to get the horse in front of the cart and go deeper with questions about who people were at their core and what types of jobs they would really feel fulfilled by.

About that time, professional coaching was only a nascent discipline, but there was a lot of buzz about it. I remember rooming with a colleague at a professional development conference who had taken a professional coaching course—I was so intrigued that I peppered her with questions about coaching into the wee hours of the morning. I went home and found a course to enroll in. Two weeks into the class, I remember thinking, “this is what I was put on the planet for!”

THE STORY OF "WE"

As I immersed myself in coach training and continued to attend professional development conferences, it dawned on me that I wasn’t the only one who was fascinated by coaching. And, I recognized there weren’t a lot of opportunities for coach training that was specific to career coaching.

Although I was just beginning to learn about coaching myself, I wanted to share this passion with my colleagues. So, with the help of an amazing ICF-credentialed coaching mentor at the time, we crafted a career coach training program. I remember going to a resume writing conference, paying for my first-ever vendor table, talking to colleagues about coaching, and coming home with two registrations for our brand new course. That was the birth of Career Coach Academy. We quickly had to “learn the ropes” of ICF and jumped through the hoops to earn ICF approval of our programs (meaningfully important to us, yet no small feat)!

A few years later, with the collaboration of a colleague who was steeped in leadership development, Leadership Coach Academy was formed. Eventually, “The Academies” was incorporated to bring the various career and leadership disciplines under one umbrella.

Along the way, there were inquiries and invitations from organizations and companies that stretched us into market-sectors we hadn’t previously been exposed to. Walking our talk as coaches—we stepped up to the plate, stretched, and evolved. These opportunities have led to providing career coach training for MBA career coaches at some of the most respected business schools in the country, and leadership coach training for HR/OD professionals in some of the largest financial services companies in the world.  

THE STORY OF "THEE"

“Thee” represents the bigger picture in all of this. It’s the part that connects our personal vision-mission-values to something bigger than ourselves. For us, the “Thee” work is leveraging neuroscience-backed coaching to grow our collective capacity to live and work with intention, humanity, and sustainable impact.

Whatever your definition of “Thee”—Universe, Source, God, It, Purpose, or perhaps Life with a capital L—we are reminded that each of us is tasked with an important piece of the puzzle. Let’s do it together!

Join us in the paradoxical work of: the practical and the mysterious … the tools and the intuition … and the science and art of “Changing Minds, for Good.”

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What Our Clients Say

{I highly recommend the CELDC program to coaches aspiring to obtain an ICF credential, individuals preparing to take on coaching responsibilities inside an organizations, and leaders who want to take a coach-approach when interacting with their team(s). During the duration of the course, I was pleased with how many leadership specific tools/models/assessments are made available. Additionally, the course is designed in a way that allows you to practice what you learn so that you experience growth as both a coach and leader. For me, this course was a learning experience that really stretched my thinking , expanded my competency set, and resulted in transformation.
— Jennifer J., CELDC
{If I had been coached on Strengths at 25, it would have changed the trajectory of my entire career. Knowing and working to your strengths is a GAME CHANGER. It's never too late to learn about your strengths and be able to help others do the same.
— Janet C., ACSC
{There is so much intention built into the learning approach. We would learn a concept with our heads, and then practice the skills to experience them for ourselves (as a client would experience them with good coaching). Such a powerful learning approach. I have grown so much personally and professionally through this program. Thank you James, Barbara and Susan! You are amazing people, facilitators and coaches!
— Julia S., CCMC
{I couldn't recommend the multi-faceted teaching/learning approach more highly. I've super charged my coaching approach. The combination of [online] assignments, videos, readings, in-class teaching, dialogue, coaching, buddy and mentor coaching are brilliant. I've strengthened all aspects of my coaching.
— Maria K., CELDC
{This training has given me many tools to use to help people to realize and leverage strengths as well as a wealth of info related to mindfulness and the importance of having a positive mindset.
— Darius H., ACSC
{The experience overall was phenomenal. The training materials/resources provided are relevant and professional. These resources will serve to support the work I do with clients going forward. The instructors and support staff are personable, knowledgeable, and proved to experts in their field. The opportunity to partner closely with a fellow classmate throughout the course facilitated both a long-lasting relationship and enhanced my learning. After completing this course, I feel energized and confident in my abilities to serve the career management needs of a wide-ranging client base.
— Jennifer J., CCMC
{I recently completed...my 5th program with The Academies and it was up to its usual quality with rich content, practice coaching and community building. The added format of the [online] learning platform was a wonderful addition...I learned so much and this program has reinvigorated my love for coaching. And now I have new tools and strategies. Thank you Academies. You never disappoint!
— Sandy D., CCMC
{My role in my organization has evolved and so I wanted to get some formal training for operating fully within the Coaching guidelines. I expected to receive additional tools and methodologies to ensure my Clients were getting the best offering and coaching experience. What I got was so much more. Susan, Stacy and the entire class of brilliant [coaches], allowed me to feel safe and to grow in so many ways. I am twice blessed through this experience and looking forward to continuing my Coaching education here! 
– Cam W., CELDC
{The brain-friendly techniques have helped me connect my head-heart-soul so I leverage more fully the power that resides within me to be the best coach I can be.
— Nancy L., ACSC