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Louise Neil

Louise Neil

Introduce yourself to our audience. Tell us who you are and what you are currently focused on.

Hi! I'm Louise, a certified career development coach and pivot planner helping people successfully transition into work that is fulfilling and energizing. I'm a certified Courageous Living coach specializing in life, career and leadership transformation and an ICF ACC certified coach with 20+ years of corporate project management and continuous improvement experience. I have crafted the career pivot into something that connects strengths, skills, values, talents and how you're wired into a career that has flow and ease. When you find yourself in over your head, it can take all your energy to stay a float. And when you are unhappy and unsure of your next move is, it can show up in all areas of your life.

Planning your pivot is about figuring out what works and doesn't work so the next move you make it the right path for you.

Tell us about your favorite Ellevate Network memory or success story. Why are you a member?

After a number of career pivots, both successful and not so much, I wanted to make the career pivot something we do more naturally so we feel good about the work we do and the impact we make in the world. We spend over 90,000 hours at our jobs and I don't want any one to have to suffer through in work that doesn't align. And that includes me. One thing that lights me up in my current choice of careers is connecting with others who are also looking to help others and make an impact in the world. That's why I'm here. Let's connect!!

How would you define your professional mission?

My mission is to provide the tools and support to women so they can show up in the world as they really are, able to express their whole selves through the work they do.

What qualities does it take for someone to be successful in your line of work?

Genuine curiosity, willingness to be wrong, and empathy

What are some career challenges on your radar?

In my own business I know that I can't do it alone, but I will often try first before I remember that we really are stronger together. I am often in my own way.

What legacy do you hope to leave through your work?

By changing the way folks show up at work, it ripples throughout their whole life. Sometimes I think it is like changing a filter on a camera lens for people. And that means they see things a little more clearly and show up in the world a little more connected and kinder. It's filling a bucket, one drop at a time.

What is it about your job that makes you feel it’s the right fit for you?

Coaching fills many of my buckets. It is a place where I am continuously learning, being curious, and finding connection. It combines all the best of jobs I have had previously and all the things I still want to learn in one. It is also a choice where I get to be exercise that choice daily.

What would you say your personal superpower is?

My teenager would say it is my ability to find anything that is lost!! (When in reality, all I do it ask him questions until he finds it himself! LOL)

What does success look like to you?

To have a business that supports me and my family as a single mom. I want to be able to show my son what it looks like to go after a big dream and make it a reality.

Is work-life balance a problem for you? What is one no-fail tactic you use to create balance?

Balance isn't a prescription that fixes all things. It looks and feels different all the time. It's a place of self awareness and it takes a little time every day to recalibrate yourself and your direction.

What is the best career advice you ever received?

When I was struggling at my job a very good friend recommended working with a career coach. Honest! That's a true story. My only wish was that I would have started working with a coach much earlier. It shouldn't have to come to a point where I was struggling so hard just to get through the day before I got help.

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