About Wendy

MY APPROACH

 

So much of our personal and professional lives are deeply intertwined.  Maybe you’re here because you’re going through some stuff in your personal life and it’s affecting your work.  Maybe you’re not sure what to do next in your professional life.  Are you experiencing burnout and dreading going to work, or do you have a difficult boss or coworker and you’re not sure how to handle it?   I have a graduate degree in counseling with a focus on career development, and if we work together, we can talk about things like:

  • The power of effectively telling your story- this helps you build relationships with people you meet, and can lead to career ideas and connections.  This is where personal brand and cultivating that online presence is so important.

  • Increasing your self-awareness, which leads to better career satisfaction- what are your interests, skills, strengths, and values?

  • If you’ve already identified a career goal, we can work on preparing a strategy for job search, including resume, cover letter, mock interviewing, and salary negotiation strategies.

CREATING A STRATEGY

We will start our work together with the creation of a career roadmap.  This will help both you and me understand where you’ve been, what you like and dislike, what your story is, and how to start setting some goals.  It’s not often that we take the time to pause and reflect on our accomplishments and what we are saying about ourselves verbally and on the internet, but this brand we create for ourselves is the number one way we connect with new opportunities for work.

 

When I took my first counseling class in graduate school, I wasn’t sure what would come next for me in my career as a counselor.  One of my classmates gave a presentation on the power of visualization, asking us to think about a day without restrictions- what would it look like?  I joined the class in closing my eyes and walking through my ideal career day and then journaled about it.   What a powerful evening that was!  Suddenly, I had a loose plan to work toward, and a few specific goals I wanted to achieve long-term.  This sense of purpose and the activity of goal setting gave me a newfound motivation.  Today, as a career counselor, I use similar exercises with my own clients to help them gain more self-awareness about their own career goals.

How about you- what motivates you?  We can work on identifying that and setting your own goals.

MY PROFESSIONAL STORY

Inclusion in tech is important to me.   Previously I worked as Director of Career Services at Hackbright Academy, the software engineering school for women in San Francisco.  I  built a career development curriculum and managed a team of coaches.  We prepared the students for their career transition into software engineering and helped tech companies with their diversity strategies.  Prior to that, I was in technical recruiting, where I helped to build engineering teams in early stage startup companies.  I’ve also worked in real estate, higher education, and in non-profits.

Outside of my counseling practice, I facilitate workshops on emotional intelligence, job search, and career development, I facilitate meetups to empower women in technology, and I’m a member of the National Career Development Association. 

 

At home and in life in general, I'm a mom and partner in a busy blended family- my favorite kind of chaos.