about deb

ma leadership, pcc, cphr

I have always been curious about people—who they are at their core, what motivates them, inspires them, how they respond to challenges, and what helps them move forward. I get goosebumps remembering the triumphs I have witnessed…the amazing ways people pick themselves up, achieve something they set out to do…finish the race, tackle the challenge, survive the loss, and often against all odds and the toughest ‘goes’ imaginable!

Entering retirement, or anticipating what it might be like is another one of those challenges that life sets out for us. We might have the financial piece organized that enables us to consider not working, but what is next is a big question.

I have worn a lot of hats in my life, and experienced many changes, and instead of apologizing for that, I now see that as a strength and special gift. I have worked with people as a teacher, HR professional, and certified professional coach, and bring years of experience and many credentials to help you design your next stage of life.

Life is not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters” Epictetus

Now, my life’s work is to help people at whatever stage of life they are in, including retirement, navigate their challenges and bumps in the road, to find clarity, purpose, and zest for their particular life and situation. We are all on our own journey and I want to help you make the most of yours!  Change doesn’t scare me so much anymore, well maybe sometimes it does, but you have to “feel the fear, and do it anyways!”

I love helping you create your best life - the new version of you that is always evolving!  

Consider these questions:

  • What does retirement mean to you?

  • What does retirement mean to your significant other or family members?

  • Are you and your spouse on the same page?

  • Are you terrified of the idea of your partner suddenly spending every waking minute with you?

  • Do you have family obligations or people you need to care for? Grandchildren? Elder parents or dependent family members?

  • Do you want to relocate?

  • Do you want to continue working/volunteering in some capacity? What would that look like?

  • Do you have absolutely no idea what to do after you leave your office for the last time?

  • Do you have lots of ideas of what you could do, but not sure how to get started or which ones to start with?

  • Do you have hobbies or interests you want to pursue, or was your work your hobby?

I can help you make some of these decisions, and help you create a plan that works for you, and whomever is important to you, and re-design your next stage of life!

Pack those bags, or find that next career … adventure is calling!

As a certified retirement coach, I will help you become clear about what is important at this time of life, define "retirement" for you, set retirement goals, and plan your path forward. I have a way of empowering people and couples to dream, while holding you accountable to take the action required to get the results YOU want. Using the LifeOptions™ or Retirement Success™ assessment profiles as a starting point, we can pinpoint your areas of interest and concern, and begin to create an actionable plan in a short time. 

about iain

ca, cpa, icd.d.

Iain, is a Chartered Accountant, ICD.D, successful real estate entrepreneur, and avid triathlete - (actually an Ironman) and helps facilitate our retirement workshops. He brings the left brain to the workshops! He has successfully “retired” (momentarily) and has continued on in various ventures and roles.

Together, we empower people like you to define, develop, and live your own dreams, based on your values, while maximizing your potential, creating fulfilling, life enhancing results. Retirement coaching allows you to "re-design" your life, focusing on what you love to do, now that you have the time and resources available to do them. What do you want to do with the rest of your life?

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Unleash your dreams!

We are privileged to be working with high energy, high capacity individuals and couples like you who set the bar high, work hard and attain the results you set out to reach. We focus on helping you plan and create the life you want after your main career, moving into the time of life that just may be the most fulfilling yet! If you are the type of person who doesn't settle for mediocre and who is looking to meet the next challenge or change with intention and in your own personal style, let's talk!  

about coaching

The word "coach" has multiple meanings these days, and is often used in different contexts. My definition of coaching is the following: coaching is another word for having your very own advocate, someone in your corner, whose only agenda is you and your goals! According to the International Coach Federation website, "Coaching . . . supports personal and professional growth based on self-initiated change in pursuit of specific actionable outcomes". (coachfederation.org) Unlike a sports coach, a coach doesn't have the answers, advice, nor the drills, but does have the questions - the ones that will help you make the right decisions for your life! The coaching relationship is forward focused, goal and action oriented, and accountable. As a coach, I see you as naturally creative, resourceful and whole, and completely able to find the solutions that are right for you, and I will hold you accountable to ensure you see the results! 

what coaching is not!

Coaching is not psychological therapy or counselling, which is often focused on healing or resolving pain or trauma arising from the past. Coaching is also not consultancy, where an expert is called in to assess a situation and recommend a solution. Nor is it mentoring, training, or athletic development in which the goals and direction are set by the mentor, trainer, or athletic coach. 


“a deeper awareness”

“I unequivocally recommend Deb as a leadership coach. She is authentic, insightful, knowledgeable and supportive. I wanted to step up my leadership abilities and ensure I was being authentic. Deb helped me to gain a deeper awareness of my values, passions, strengths and areas for development. With this deeper self-awareness I am more confident and very comfortable being who I am and am positive that these make me a better overall leader. I feel that working with Deb has been beneficial to both my career and personal life”.

  finance professional

a lifeline”

Deb’s coaching has been a lifeline in a sea of turbulent waters.  She is inquisitive, caring, motivational and recharging.  Deb listens and guides through the background work that is part of your own self-discovery.  I would highly recommend anyone considering a transformation to consider Deb in your development."

—  geoscientist

“an 'aha' moment in my life...”

“I am the distinct beneficiary of an “aha” moment in my life. We have been working together for a while now and I am certainly better for it. As we continue our journey, I find out more about why I do and do not do things, and I am more clear about who I am”. 

financial professional & estate planner