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Kelley Connors

Kelley Connors

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

I am a life work coach and use the power of the brave, wise self to claim your seat at the table and rise. Working with executive women, leaders, entrepreneurs who want to get out of their comfort zone, make brave moves and live well. Inspired by wellbeing and the science of positive psychology, I blend science with story. Just published my first guide book "Be Your Own BRAVE and Reignite Your Life's Work". Bringing my online mini-retreats "Reignite Your Life's Work(r)" to women leaders through my summer programs now available on my website.

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

I loved the vision workshop last January in Boston. It grounded me in possibility and not just the day to day of building my business. For example, I realized I can help women in their 30's and not just women later in career. Some of the women I met told me immediately what they were working on and it really was amazing to see that no matter where you are in your career that there are simliar challenges regarding mindset and ability to break through to the next level. I am more inspired than ever to connect with millennial women as they super charge their way forward and make a difference in the world today! We need women to rise and be strong more than ever!

How would you define your professional mission?

My mission is to empower a whole being approach to living well and working well. It's not enough to be a professional working woman, we are so much more than that although we spend alot of time in our jobs. I focus on sharing my knowledge and coaching skills on broadening the capacity of women to learn, to create, to negotiate, to promote, to thrive in their life's work. The basis for this is my mission to empower women with the mindfulness and positive psychology tools to go beyond their comfort zone and make brave moves that help them claim their seat at the table and rise!

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

It takes passion for helping other to be successful as a coach. Getting a certification is just the beginning of a path that is immensely rewarding and fulfilling. I was a marketing executive for many years and since becoming a life work coach, I have been able to impact the professional trajectory of many women who have a real desire to achieve more than they might imagine in their life's work...regardless of life stage or age.

What is one of your most memorable career accomplishments?

I was thrilled to launch my book this year, maybe my first of many women's leadership books to come! It is called "Be Your Own BRAVE and Reignite Your Life's Work". It was the culmination of a couple of years of focus on the area of the science of positive psychology, mindfulness and coaching.

What are some career challenges on your radar?

In building my business, I am interested in partnering and collaborating with other business professionals who can help to empower women with leadership tools and, also, increase my visibility and connection with those women leaders and entrepreneurs. Marketing is my expertise but in these uncertain times, I am focused on partnering with other coaches, consultants to co-create new possibilities that build everyone's business and contribute to a greater good - equity for women.

What project have you worked on that you’re most proud of? Why?

As I was writing my book, I realized that the last step I talk about is "Empower Women for Equity". So, I thought about how I could do this in a way that was out of my comfort zone. I am all about getting out my comfort zone and making a brave move. So, I called the local women's shelter and asked if they had any yoga or stress reduction programs for women. Within two weeks, I was there teaching yoga in a way that honored the gifts that women bring to each other in community. I developed a yoga and mindfulness program that included community building and belonging. My heart was touched and my life work expanded because of the mutual interest I found among these vulnerable women. They were willing to share as much of themselves as they could and our classes became the most favorite part of my life's work that provided much needed inspiration for my book chapter on "Empowering Women for Equity". I feel that this was a complete 360 circle way to impact women's lives, as we are all vulnerable in one way or another - in life and in work!

We’d love to hear more about your career path. What led you to where you are today?

Earlier in my career I was an adventurer. My first job out of college was a dental hygienist and I found a job in a snowy mountain resort in Switzerland that made my heart sing. It truly changed my life forever, as I experienced the power of possibility in achieving your dreams. After learning and living in Switzerland, and in Europe in general, I came back to the States and got my Masters in Public Health. During my studies at Boston University, I learned about health journalism and soon found a job in healthcare communications in NYC working for the global pharmaceutical companies. I built my communications career over 20 years, during which time I also became an independent consultant focused on women's health and wellness. I started a blog in 2009 that led me to an online radio show called Real Women on Health. From there I built my expertise marketing to women and was able to create many successful programs for companies (advertising agencies and non-profits) that sought my women's health knowledge to break through the gender barrier in healthcare. I was lucky enough to be the MC for the annual conference "Marketing Healthcare and Wellness to Women". My passion for women's wellbeing then connected me to an exciting start up opportunity in Silicon Valley with $21 million in funding to launch a women's product for pelvic health. I returned to Boston in 2015 and launched my coaching business - initially called Design the Second Half of Your Life for midlife women. Today, I bring my life coaching to a broader segment of women leaders and entrepreneurs seeking to design what's next for their life's work. I incorporate learnings from all of my life work experience to help women make the best out of a transition to what's next.

What is your morning ritual?

Mornings are important. I head for coffee first, and then ease into a bit of inspiring reading. These days I am reading Brene Brown "Rising Strong". Last year, I focused on "Morning Pages' which is a 10 minute a day journaling from Julia Cameron's book "The Artist Way". I then spend 20 minutes in mindfulness meditation, focused on my breath and breathing into my whole body. When I am not doing these three activities, I don't feel quite as centered but I am not concerned with perfection. Just being aware of what I am doing to become more mindful and self-aware. I also end the day with a gratitude listing. These are the blessings that we can take for granted in our busy lives...the simple things like my health, a nice apartment, my relationships, and doing yoga at home.

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