Professional Coach + Speaker
Hello & welcome. I'm so glad you're here! My name is Samantha, my pronouns are she/her/hers, and I am a Professional Coach and Speaker.
I am passionate about a lot. These days I'm especially focused on inclusion, leadership, and authenticity. I want to see more inclusive and belonging spaces/workplaces, an increase in equity deserving groups (Women, racialized, LGBTQ2S+, and disabled people) in leadership roles, and work environments where everyone can bring their authentic selves to work.
As a woman, a mom, and a person living with a mental health disability & OCD I understand how overwhelming life can get. I've felt and overcome the pain of feeling like I'm not living up to my potential and being held back. I want to see you reach your full potential and break free from the limitations placed upon us by society.
I became interested in leadership about 7 years ago when I was working front-line in a non-profit as a Career Specialist. I felt like I wasn't living up to my potential, even though I didn't have any formal qualifications to work my way up to a leadership role. A vacancy came up, so I applied. I didn't get it. I wasn't qualified. But showing an interest in growth caught the attention of my superiors. I was later appointed a team lead position, then a Coordinator position, and now I am a Manager. What my staff say about me as a leader: I'm inclusive, I listen to everyone, I'm fair, I think outside the box, and always have my staff's back. In other words, my style is servant leadership.
When I think of leadership, I think of things like effective communication, building relationships, boundaries, using your voice, and so much more beyond just careers & work. During our Coaching sessions, we will always work together towards achieving YOUR goals, even if they aren't leadership, career, or work focused; I just happen to be obsessed with leadership 🤷♀️.
I have worked for over 14 years as a Coach, as well as over 5 years as a Leadership professional, so I understand the importance and impact of having effective leadership. My experience includes working with folks in all stages of their careers & those with complex barriers, always providing personalized, action-oriented, and forward focused Coaching.
I know what you're thinking - "what does this white woman know about diversity?"
Look, I get it. Sure, I was born and Canada and I'm white. I use my privilege to amplify other voices and dismantle oppression. I hold other white people accountable. I believe in the beauty of diversity and learning from each other. My husband is an immigrant from Africa and I have biracial children. While that doesn't give me a pass in any form, it gives me a personal connection to diversity. Plus, I am a woman and I have a mental health disability & OCD. I am a proud ally and use my voice to advocate for others and create better opportunities & workplaces for everyone, with a focus on equity seeking groups. We can't leave advocacy up to only the people experiencing the oppression.
I am non-judgmental, confidential, safe, inclusive, and solution focused. Please send me an e-mail to discuss sliding scale options. Sponsorship opportunities coming soon!
On a more personal side of things, I have two wonderful children (not including my rescue dog Sonny), am married to my dreamy husband, and have about 50 houseplants that are my friends. I love hiking, travelling, hanging out with my family & friends, and sleeping in whenever possible.
Erickson International, Diploma in Solution-Focused Coaching, the Art & Science of Coaching (ongoing)
Conestoga College, Post-graduate Diploma, Career Development Practitioner
University of Waterloo, BA, English & Human Resources Management
Professional Development courses:
Psychological Safety Master Certificate
Mental Health First Aid
Cultural Sensitivity and Inclusivity in the Workplace
Advanced Motivational Interviewing