At SHE LEADS ACADEMY, we help high-achieving women define what it means to live their version of a “good life” and guide them in the process of making it a reality. We believe that the world will be a kinder, more inclusive place with more women in leadership. We believe in the power of small changes to create big results. We serve as a tool to women becoming more connected, grounded and authentic leaders, who thrive in our busy, modern work environment while also feeling joy and gratitude in their personal lives.
Hi. In 2014, against the advice of many, I walked away from my flourishing fourteen-year career at Microsoft. This move came as a surprise to most. From afar, I was in a great work-life spot. I’d landed my dream job a few months earlier, was planning my wedding, had bought a new home, and was wrapping up my graduate degree. The thing is, though, I wasn’t happy. In hindsight, I was having a spiritual crisis.
In terms of work, I felt like I’d “arrived”. I was in a role I’d dreamed would one day exist. Once I had it though, the catch felt lacking in fulfillment and meaning. Soon I didn’t know if I wanted to keep plugging away at it. During this time, existential questions ate at me – “Why am I unfulfilled? Is this all I’ve been working so hard for? How can I have so much and feel so empty? What should I do? I can’t possibly leave Microsoft, can I?” It was a difficult time in my life. I sat awake many nights contemplating what to do with stress from the indecision mounting all around me. I knew something had to give, I just didn’t know what. I felt stuck. I was overworked. Overburdened. Many days I felt one-dimensional, a fraction of the joyful, vibrant, passionate person I once was. And I was terrified of making a decision I’d regret.
So, in 2014, on what felt like a whim, but in actuality was a long time coming, I left my corporate gig to redefine success on my own terms. I relocated from the Windy City to the sunny ocean-side town of Charleston, SC and co-founded SHE LEADS ACADEMY.
Today, I work with passionate, driven, high-achieving women who are at a pivotal point in their career/life. They’ve proven how incredibly capable they are and that they can do the work, and have the career trajectory, altitude, lifestyle and financial rewards to prove it. But they’re searching for answers about what they want to do with their one precious life. They crave more meaning, fulfillment and joy.
I meet my clients where they are and serve as the confidant I wish I had during my moment of consternation. Part Counselor, part Career Coach, part Spiritual Guide I support my clients in finding their answers to their pressing life/career transition questions. I work at the intersection of spirituality, psychology, and career strategy to open my clients to life’s infinite possibilities, to help them define what success looks like to them and to guide them in reclaiming their lives, their time and their joy. I feel immensely fortune and deeply grateful to be able to do this work. For me, it’s not a job, it’s a calling.
After more than 20 years developing marketing, communications, fundraising and branding strategies for businesses and non-profit organizations, I experienced a health crisis that made me re-evaluate my career and the importance of work-life balance. Today, I am a coach, counselor and chaplain. I guide high-achieving women through the process of finding a greater sense of clarity, balance and connection during professional transitions. I wake-up each morning excited about my work and committed to supporting other women in feeling the same. I am passionate about helping women avoid burnout and lead healthy, grounded and more fulfilled lives. I currently live in Chicago, Illinois.
Chrissie and Tiffany are proud to be graduates of the University of Missouri-Columbia and Loyola University Chicago’s Institute of Pastoral Studies.
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