Introduce yourself to our audience. Tell us who you are and what you are currently focused on.
Hi Ladies! I'm Jamie Martin. I'm a Life and Leadership Coach, speaker and mom after years of infertility. I am hired by women who have been going and going and going so long they have lost themselves in the shuffle. They are done settling for less than they deserve and are ready to put themselves first for a change and go after their dreams.
Tell us about your favorite Ellevate Network memory or success story. Why are you a member?
My first meeting was a coffee networking and I immediately loved the women. I didn't blink an eye at signing up as a member because it was the first networking group that really made me feel part of the group from day one and to this day it continues to do so.
What is one of your most memorable career accomplishments?
The moment that I updated my LinkedIn profile from being VP of Product Management at my former company to Life and Leadership Coach at my own company! It made it feel far more real that I started my own business and was doing something I'd wanted to do for a very long time.
We’d love to hear more about your career path. What led you to where you are today?
I fell in love with leadership development in undergrad. It always inspired me to go further and learn more. When I graduated though, I decided to check out the software industry. It was something that intrigued me with my background in engineering. Over the years, I found myself in leadership roles at various technology companies like Google and DoubleClick, but craving more.
I found myself wanting to help people on some level. I looked into being a physical therapist, becoming a coach, and several other paths. With my last job, I realized that coaching was the thing that I always went back to each time I considered my career. So, after seventeen years of thinking about becoming a coach, I did it. I made the jump. It was scary as can be, but amazing all at the same time.
What is the most rewarding part of your job?
The moment someone has a that lightbulb moment. You hear it in their voice and can feel it. It's that moment when they have shifted from being afraid to being empowered. Best moment ever!
What legacy do you hope to leave through your work?
Connecting women to their brilliance and partnering with them to let it shine throughout their lives both professionally and personally.
Who are your role models?
My role models include two of my mom and dad's dear friends. One of them was a nun who left the ministry. She dove into the consulting world and then became a coach before coaching was so well known. She is grace, loving, caring, and courageous. She inspired me to become a coach.
The other one was someone consistently reinvented herself. She never said this is all there is for me. When she was ready for a new line of work, she did it. When she wanted to learn something new, she did it. She continuously challenged herself and said it is okay to change careers more than once in your life.
What does success look like to you?
Love this question. No one's definition of success is the same and it's so important for each of us to determine what it means to us. For me...
Success is doing the scary thing. Success is showing up as myself. Success is being fully present with my son and husband. Success is partnering with amazing women and watching them thrive. Success is being open to opportunity even when I'm not looking for it.
What is the best career advice you ever received?
When you leave the office at the end of the day, what are the things that make you feel energized about your day and what are the things that don't? Once you know this, look for roles and positions that give you more of what energizes you and less of what drains you.
What is one piece of advice you’d offer working moms?
Give yourself forgiveness and grace. You are amazing both personally and professionally. You will at times drop the ball, but who doesn't? It's okay. Take a deep breath, forgive yourself, and move forward. You are a brilliant.
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Jamie Martin Coaching
Jamie Martin is a Life and Leadership Coach who helps women who have been going and going and going for so long that they feel like they've lost themselves. Working with Jamie, her clients end up giving themselves permission to put themselves first, creating a plan and going after their dreams. Her 17 year career in technology companies like DoubleClick and Google, combined with intensive coaching certification gives Jamie a unique perspective into what it takes... Continue Reading
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