“Leadership is a series of behaviors rather than a role for heroes.” 

Margaret Wheatley

“I don’t know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve.”  Albert Schweitzer


“I have worked with Lela as my career coach for less than a year; however it is hard to overstate the impact that her professional advice has had in my career. Her insights, experience, preparation and discipline never cease to amaze me; she expands my vision every single time we talk. Having Lela as a coach is one of the best decisions of my two decades of professional experience; I highly recommend her.”

Guillermo Duran – Americas Commercial Escalations Manager, Microsoft

“I highly recommend Lela as career coach. Her experience shines through in her advice, recommendations and drive for action. Specifically, she has helped me create clarity when developing my career development plan which I had previously felt was a very ambiguous process. She has also helped me brand myself professionally and is a well of knowledge providing excellent recommendations. She holds you accountable. At the end of each career coaching session I have a clear picture of the actions I should take before the next session and these have allowed me to stretch myself and hold myself accountable in ways I wouldn’t have without her help. I’ve been able to make contacts in areas of our organization which will help me get to my next career goal.”

Sig Wawdo, Program Manager, Partner Operations, Facebook

“Lela is a fantastic career coach. She asks the right questions and gives great advice so I can brainstorm what I want and how I can learn and grow. She keeps me on track and helps me clarify next steps so that I can reach my long term goals. Thanks for pushing me to be the best version of myself.”

Robyn Hicock – Senior Program Manager, Identity Security and Protection Team, Microsoft

"I heard Lela speak three years ago to a professional women's organization I'm a part of. Her practical advice about professional development planning seemed so useful that I contacted her afterward. She shared a few documents and recommended a book for me as I developed my own plan. Three years later, that help has changed my life. It's given me the confidence to educate myself, seek honest feedback and pursue new, out-of-my-comfort-zone opportunities. I credit Lela with helping me harness my professional excitement into a plan that has become my professional backbone."

Meg Dickinson, Director of Communications, Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology

"Lela is a consummate professional who's commitment to empowering the disenfranchised is only surpass by her superb organizational skills and business acumen. It's an honor and a privilege to collaborate with Lela on various efforts that promote community engagement and inclusiveness for all citizens and residents of our community."

Wes Pratt, Chief Diversity Officer/Assistant to President, Missouri State University

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