WHAT AM I ALL ABOUT?
Virago Coaching is centered on a philosophy inspired by deep soul searching, hard-earned perspective, and the sacred knowledge that we are all meant to be magnificent. My practice incorporates the philosophy of, “Why not?” It is the philosophy of “Take the First Step.” It is the philosophy of Empowerment, Discovery, Creativity, and Productivity. Virago Coaching is how I share this idea with others.
I practice what I preach. After the first time I was laid off (or as I prefer to say, "Invited to leave") I told my husband I was fulfilling a lifelong dream to live in Spain and learn Spanish. I spent four months meeting amazing people and developing a wicked Spanish accent (fluency escapes me). I launched a podcast called I Am Virago which focused on fabulous women doing amazing things in the world, imperfectly. I planned on 52 episodes and 26 episodes were produced in six months (weekly podcasting is hard work!). I took the plunge, partnered with a group of powerful women, and wrote a chapter in the book, Women Who Illuminate. The book became an international bestseller.
After my second "invitation to leave" a job, I took the opportunity to step away from corporate America to pursue my passion for helping others access the power and magic that lives inside them. Five years later I have a thriving practice and enjoy the deep satisfaction of engaging in Right Livelihood. The road has been bumpy. I’ve tripped now and again, skinned my knees, and have the scars to show for it. Without question, the rewards have been beyond worth it. And besides, I hear scars are sexy.
For those interested in the details, you can view my work history on LinkedIn.
The TL:DR version – Over my 30 year career I worked for some of the biggest names in the business in radio promotions, online travel, business development, e-commerce, telecommunication, NGOs, sustainable tourism, product management, marketing and communications.
I have a B.A., Communications and an MBA, Sustainable Business. Not too shabby for a girl straight out of Forks, WA.
When I'm not coaching I am writing international thrillers, snuggling with my dog Tiberius, and/or laughing and drinking wine with my husband Kelly. I also dabble in the ukulele and have a rather bad book habit.
Who are we when we stand up—courageous, powerful, and passionate?
Can we put a word to the feeling, the power, the energy that needs to be expressed through us into the world today?
YES! THAT WORD IS
In ancient Rome, women of strong character who were commanding, courageous, and wise held the title of “Virago.”
Over time, the word was stolen and transformed into a derogatory term to demean “aggressive, abrasive, spiteful” women.
It is time to claim back Virago and polish it to a high shine with the female beauty and power resonating today.
Instead of modifying male terms and phrases - strong woman, female warrior – we can simply declare ourselves Viragos.
WE COME IN ALL SHAPES,
SIZES, AND COLORS
We come together, shoulder to shoulder, to harness our collective energy to manifest our power and our intent.
We are leaders who are ambitious, determined, compassionate, and most importantly, connected.
THIS IS NOT A BATTLE TO OVERCOME, OR AN EFFORT TO DOMINATE, ANYONE.
This is an opportunity to bring feminine wisdom, strength, and equity to the world.
Be it soft-spoken or shouted from the rooftops, we can all be Viragos.
Use Virago to channel our pride, our strength, and our power.
Who are we when we speak truth to power, embrace our authenticity, and our vulnerability?