Introduce yourself to our audience. Tell us who you are and what you are currently focused on.
Hi everyone! My name is Nancy Jacoby and I'm an Executive Coach and Consultant. After 25 years in the healthcare industry, both at bedside and in progressive leadership positions, I recently opened my own business, Nancy Jacoby Coaching & Consulting. I'm currently focused on growing my business and doing great work for my clients.
Tell us about your favorite Ellevate Network memory or success story. Why are you a member?
I found being a new business owner daunting, not knowing what I don't know, and at times, isolating. I was seeking a community of people who either opened their own businesses and made it out alive, or who were in the same boat as I was: a new business owner trying to acquire clients, manage a business, have work-life balance and stay sane while doing it!
How would you define your professional mission?
Through executive coaching and consulting, I lead individuals, teams, and organizations to powerful and productive change
What are some career challenges on your radar?
Right now, my top of mind challenges are revenue, running the business side of my business, and growth. I am focusing on making sure I am targeting the right client with the right solution, and building a networking strategy to connect with the right people.
What project have you worked on that you’re most proud of? Why?
Fifteen years ago, I was given the opportunity and privilege to manage a merger. I could not believe my boss was trusting this critically important, high-stakes project to me as a very junior member of the team. With the structure I built, the support of my boss, and in partnership with the project teams, we hit all of our deliverables on schedule. I received an email commending me for my work from one of our Board members, and a thank you note from a respected stakeholder, which I framed and I have on display to this day.
We’d love to hear more about your career path. What led you to where you are today?
I started as a registered nurse, and realized the decision making power was not at the bedside. While working as a nurse, I completed my MBA and MHSA, and started my healthcare executive career. My career has taken me on so many journeys of learning and professional fulfillment: from strategy & business development, to operations, to organizational development, to coaching and consulting. It hasn't always been a smooth ride, but it's been a great ride all the same and I wouldn't trade any of it.
What is the most rewarding part of your job?
The most rewarding part of my job is that I have an immediate impact. I see my coaching clients making progress week to week. I hear them thank me each meeting and see their excitement about their own progress. I talk with executives about scoping a new engagement, and I can hear the relief in their voices when I tell them I have a solution to their problem. I know I'm making a difference doing work I love--what's better than that?
What is your morning ritual?
I must have my "me" time in the morning. The minute after I open my eyeballs and get mobile, I pour my first cup of coffee. I connect up with people I love located in various places via text or email. I read my email, scan the news, and either turn on a morning talk show or music. I look at my calendar to remind myself of the day's events, and review my daily list for any changes I need to make. I then get down to work, or get myself ready to meet clients offsite.
What would you say your personal superpower is?
Grit and determination. I've dealt with my share of stuff over the last few years. I've survived the deaths of people close to me, the illness of a close family member, being downsized out of a job, my own injury and illness and reinventing my career. When I start throwing myself a pity party, I remind myself of just how far I've come and it gives me the energy and determination I need to push forward.
What does success look like to you?
Success looks like the following to me:, Building a successful business, re-establishing financial stability, being able to mentor others, being part of a community, making a difference in the lives of others, giving back, making time for hobbies and personal interests, getting back in shape after illness and surgery, and having love and joy in my life.
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