Designing Your Life Certified Coaches
I coach a lot of teams in design thinking, and teach Designing Your Life at Northwestern University as well as the Cook County Department of Corrections. I teach design, empathy and innovation classes at the Institute of Design (Chicago, IL) and CEDIM in Mexico.
Recipe for Change: I am currently working within the Cook County Department of Corrections as a culinary educator and counselor. I also teach nutrition and culinary arts at Kendall College.
I am a coach, trainer, facilitator, and storyteller. My professional life and coaching practice have centered around helping individuals, groups, and organizations, find, tell, and live better stories. Intentional storytelling is an essential part of the life-design process because stories help us to make sense of our lives, the world, and our role in it. They help us name the change we want to bring. To help people discover and inhabit these stories of transformation, I create carefully designed workshops, training, and coaching experiences nested in applied improvisation, storytelling, and creative experimentation.
Erika is a career development professional specializing in workshop facilitation, writing, and speaking.
In her current role at United Airlines, she delivers a wide range of courses, including Crucial Conversations, Core Strengths, and Presentation Advantage, among many others. Before joining the Leadership Development team at United, she served as Global Director of Learning & Talent Management at Heidrick & Struggles, a premier provider of senior-level Executive Search, Culture Shaping and Leadership Consulting services. Erika’s primary passions are in the areas of early career transitions, emotional intelligence, and strengths discovery. She has an undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Master’s degree in Career Guidance from Canterbury Christ Church University in England.
When not consulting, teaching, or working with young professionals, you can find her volunteering, writing, wrestling with the dog, or taking photos of her favorite food. She is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), National Career Development Association (NCDA) and the UK Career Development Institute.
I'm a graduate of Stanford's Product Design program and I work with companies to implement design thinking where it has never been used before. This fall I'm starting a teaching position at the University of Tulsa where I'll be part of the Mechanical Engineering faculty and I'll be starting a design program for the University. I'd like to offer Designing Your Life as a class any student can take.
I have had the pleasure of coaching numerous leaders in numerous contexts over the past 20 years. Some are managing career changes, others are sharpening their leadership toolkit, still others are facilitating the development of great workplace cultures. All are building their way forward. I am an Associate Professor of Management and the Associate Dean in the Foster College of Business at Bradley University. The large majority of my coaching clients are students in executive and specialized MBA programs. In my spare time, you can find me traveling, writing, kayaking, or cycling.