Designing Your Life Certified Coaches

CALIFORNIA

Gabrielle Santa-Donato

Gabrielle Santa-Donato

San Francisco, California

Gabrielle is a fellow, lecturer and program manager in Stanford’s Life Design Lab. She has spent the last 5 years working in the ins and outs of design thinking application at Stanford. She currently catalyzed and leads the Life Design Studio -- a movement to bring life design to universities globally. Her workview is to help people discover their unique learning potential. Over the past decade, she has trained professionals to use the design process in K12, higher ed, and in corporations locally and internationally, with companies like IDEO U, The Design Gym, and others leveraging design to solve wicked challenges. Gabrielle received her BA from Dartmouth College and her M.Ed. from Harvard.

Laura Francis

Laura Francis

Bay Area/Monterey Peninsula/Virtual

Laura Francis is a coach, designer, educator and advocate. Through active listening and collaboration she leads her clients through a sustainable and actionable framework for their future growth. After earning a double BA in International Relations and Psychology from UC Davis, she began her career living and working in Japan. Over the last 30 years she has held positions in education, logistics, sales, art and software. She is a certified college and career counselor specializing in teens, young adults and those re-entering the workplace.

Yifhat Arnstein

Yifhat Arnstein

Bay Area, CA and Virtual

I am an experienced executive coach (certified at NYU) with a successful track record working in both large corporations, small startups and mid sized companies. I have a diverse international background, having lived and worked in the US, UK, Singapore and Israel. This provides me with deep understanding of any professional environment, while allowing me to bridge cultural differences that are common in today’s global workplace. My Coaching philosophy is based on the belief that work can be a truly satisfying and fulfilling part of one’s life if the role emphasizes your strengths, creates the proper level of challenge and takes place in a healthy environment. I have been working with both individuals and organizations to help create this crucial engagement which results in overall increased performance. My coaching style can best be described as ‘coaching with backbone and heart’. I have extensive understanding and knowledge of business & engineering which creates a credible and effective approach to achieving goals. I am a strong believer in practical solutions that drive authentic behavior which can be sustained over time.

Mayumi Ishii

Mayumi Ishii

Los Angeles

I help aspiring entrepreneurs and students design their business and personal growth strategies. I draw upon my own experience of 8 different career pathways - including my first with McKinsey Tokyo and Los Angeles - and starting 3 successful companies. I specialize in cross border business in the US and Japan. Fluent in Japanese.

Jamie DeVries

Jamie DeVries

Santa Barbara, CA

Jamie DeVries is the Founder and CEO of Kids Helping Kids and ELP Education based in Santa Barbara, CA. For the past 20 years he has been teaching Economics and Entrepreneurship and continues to inspire young adults to grow and give while catapulting them into their academic or vocational calling. He specializes in getting this generation to carpe the heck out of the diem.

Winn Ellis

Winn Ellis

San Francisco, CA

I am a certified professional life coach with more than 10 years of experience. I am also a licensed therapist (LMFT) but not currently practicing psychotherapy. I have a small practice in San Francisco and currently work with clients who are in transition and hoping to achieve their dreams in the areas of work and relationships, or personal growth, among others. As a life coach, I guide my clients down various paths through exploration exercises and conversations designed to direct them toward clarity, a purposeful life and seeing the possibilities along the way. All the while holding clients accountable for action items. For additional information about how I work, my website is winnellis.com.

Ellen Fondiler

Ellen Fondiler

San Francisco, CA

Ellen is an award-winning entrepreneur, career and business coach, and the creator of an interview project called How Did You Do That? She has worked as a death penalty attorney, launched four businesses, and has raised millions for charities and nonprofits. Her motto is: “Every door can be unlocked.” She is based in San Francisco and works with clients all over the world.

Akira Toda

Akira Toda

Los Angeles / Orange County, CA and Worldwide via Zoom

Akira is a professional life coach and strategy consultant, and the Founder and CEO of Akira Marketing. He has more than 10 years of experience of teaching design thinking at business school. Using his specialty in strategy, marketing, design thinking, and life coaching, he helps people define and realize their own success in work and life. His coaching style is natural, calm, and relaxing and he coaches in English and Japanese. He is based in Orange County, California and works with clients all over the world. He has an MBA from UCLA.

Matt Keller

Matt Keller

Southern California

I specialize in working with people from all different walks of life in the areas of career, education and overall life exploration. I am passionate about helping people see the big picture and examine a variety of paths that will lead to greater fulfillment and satisfaction. Using my over 20 years of experience in human resources I have a unique insight into career paths and using innovative ways to develop your career and life outside of work.

Laura Norris

Laura Norris

San Jose, CA

Laura is Associate Professor and founding Director of two of Santa Clara Law’s most innovative offerings - the Tech Edge J.D. program and the Entrepreneurs’ Law Clinic. The Tech Edge J.D. is a specialized law degree program being piloted in 2018, designed to prepare law students for practice in technology-related industries. The Entrepreneurs’ Law Clinic, now in its sixth year, uses 2L and 3L students to provide free legal services and workshops to the Silicon Valley’s vibrant entrepreneurial community.

Carlin (Carly) Janson

Carlin (Carly) Janson

Stanford, CA

Carly is a certified executive and leadership coach and consultant who has served emerging and established leaders across the globe for two decades. In addition to her private coaching and consulting practice, Carly serves on the leadership team of the Career Management Center at Stanford Graduate School of Business, where she oversees career development for all MBA and mid-career students. She leads Stanford Business School's Career and Life Design program, which she co-founded in 2014.

Julie McShane

Julie McShane

Berkeley, California

Currently the Director of Career Development & Alumni Relations at UC Berkeley and a Design Your Life Coach Julie encourages people to think beyond their roles, labels, and current titles. Having worked with engineering leaders in the Bay Area for over 10 years Julie employs a design thinking framework to support people as they move forward in their careers and life. Julie is also passionate about helping people build connections and spends a portion of her time organizing large scale networking experiences in the Bay Area. Other areas of specialization include transitioning back to work and balancing family life & career.

Karen Xiaolin Wang

Karen Xiaolin Wang

Palo Alto, CA & Beijing, China

Karen is a Chinese psychotherapist and co-founder of Wisdom Academy. she has over ten years’ experiences in the development field with the United Nations, with focus mainly on community-based psychosocial support for children. She is also a certified Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) teacher, through the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) at Stanford University School of Medicine and Compassion Institute (CI). Her particular strength is in providing support for children and their caregivers.

Cynthia Hunter Lang

Cynthia Hunter Lang

Redwood City, CA

I am a certified diversity life coach with additional training in design thinking. I have many fun and creative ways to help you overcome productivity blocks, improve relationships and find happiness. Let's work together to design the life you are meant to live. I coach in English and Portuguese.

Kathleen Stafford

Kathleen Stafford

Oakland, CA

Stafford McConville serves people and organizations who do good work and do good in the world by providing executive coaching for teams and individuals, and HR/People advisory services primarily to small businesses and non-profits. Kathy spent 2+ decades as a financial executive in the biotech industry before finding her calling on the people side of the business. She has led the People/HR function in the biotech, cleantech, and maker space, and provided coaching and advisory services to a diverse array of people and enterprises. She believes there is a better in each person and organization, and loves nothing more than seeing that better unleashed into the world.

Tobi Marcus

Tobi Marcus

Monterey Peninsula, CA

I assist my clients in developing the clarity they desire - in intention, direction, and action. My approach blends over 25 years of strategic planning experience with my deep commitment to an integral coaching philosophy.

Lisa Kavanaugh

Lisa Kavanaugh

California (digital nomad)

As a former CTO, Certified Coach and Digital Nomad for 7+ yrs, Lisa combines decades of experience to partner in the creation of more meaningful impact in her client's personal and professional lives. She is the Founder of REBELxLABS, a collection of programs designed to shortcut your journey to a life of connected freedom working and playing from anywhere in the world. Her mission is to serve those that are ready to hit the reset button, step away from the status quo, take time to reconnect with who they really are and what they really want, and design a life in deep alignment with that knowing.``

Joy C. Lin

Joy C. Lin

Los Angeles, CA

Joy is the Founder and Coach of Quarter Life Joy Inc. As a coach, writer, and entrepreneur, she is committed to helping mid-career leaders and creators envision an inspiring future, clarify their next step, and build a strategic and focused roadmap to achieve it. Joy has coached over a thousand leaders and creators in 21 countries, including 146 cities and 34 states in the United States in Career Clarity, Transition, and Expansion. Her writing has been published on The Muse, Forbes, Time, and she has been featured on platforms such as New York Times, Refinery29, and Inc. Fortunate to be at the intersection of career strategy and personal development, she has also led over 80 workshops for campuses or corporations like General Assembly, Shift Beyond Work, and SS&C Advent.

Eva Mollett

Eva Mollett

Berkeley, CA

Eva is a career coach, currently with UC Berkeley. She advises graduate students as they navigate career changes and pivots - coaching them through evaluating options, interview processes, career paths, offers, and beyond. As someone who changed careers herself, from recruiting into coaching, she is passionate about helping students transition into meaningful, fulfilling careers.

Nicole Stephen

Nicole Stephen

San Francisco Bay Area, CA and Boston, MA, USA

Nicole Stephen, founder and principal consultant for Miramar Group is a results oriented, proven partner who brings over 20 years of applied experience working across industries and cultures to help individuals, teams, and orgs accelerate growth and realize their potential. An I/O psychologist by training, Nicole is passionate about making a difference in the world - through serving all types of organizations and all types of people.

Mayah Curtis

Mayah Curtis

San Francisco, CA & Worldwide (Virtual)

Mayah is a life, leadership, and transformational coach. Her focus is on “coming alive inside to begin living one’s legacy````. New Beginnings, her coaching and organizational consulting practice, works with clients throughout the world. Mayah’s professional experience is in analytics and technology consulting, innovation, and entrepreneurship. She earned a B.A. in psychology from College of the Holy Cross, M.B.A. from Georgetown University, and ICF Certification from iPEC.

Debbie Stauffer

Debbie Stauffer

Los Altos, CA

I believe that everyone starts with all that they need, and it’s my job to help create a new awareness about potential and possibility. My coaching and training practice is designed for individuals and organizations managing change and innovation. I am a certified executive and leadership coach with a focus on design thinking, mindfulness, and character strengths, and my career includes work as a startup founder and entrepreneur, venture capitalist, educator, coder and civic leader. I am also an accredited yoga instructor, and I often encourage wellness in coaching conversations.

Jenn M Choi

Jenn M Choi

USA (San Francisco, CA), Europe (Berlin, Germany), and Worldwide (Online)

Jenn is an Empowerment Coach who empowers real humans to make BIG ASS changes and design the life + work they dream of. She leverages her transformational life coaching, positive psychology, life design, change management, marketing, tech consulting, and entrepreneurial experience to guide clients to reach their dreams. She’s also a Founder, Writer, Speaker, and Content Creator who tells inspirational personal stories and shares practical life + work lessons to empower people all over the world.

Amy Koop

Amy Koop

San Francisco, CA and Zoom

I'm an executive and mindset coach who works with individuals looking to make transformative change in their lives, often in the form of career transition. I've been a marketing executive for 15+ years and an endurance athlete for 20 years; these foundations have given me the experience and tools to know how to inspire, create and maintain lasting change.

Carol Pugh

Carol Pugh

Silicon Valley/Bay Area, CA and virtually via Zoom

Carol is an experienced, certified coach whose private practice is focused on working with individuals in transition. Carol’s warm, supportive, but direct style also serves her corporate clients where she coaches in both large and small companies, particularly in the tech space. She believes that everyone has the power within themselves to choose to make their life better. It may take a huge transformation and it may only require some little baby steps. No whining allowed – if you don’t like how things are, change them!

Mos' Okediji

Mos' Okediji

San Francisco Bay Area/Silicon Valley/Worldwide (virtual)

You deserve to grow and thrive personally and professionally but something is getting in your way. As your coach, I will create a safe and courageous space for you to harness the power of the genius within you. I’ll partner with you so you can accomplish your career or business aspirations so you can live a life full of meaning! I’m a certified Design your Life coach, Coactive trained coach and a Sr. Learning and Development professional at a Silicon Valley company. I bring my whole self to my clients through design thinking, empathy, storytelling, innovation, authenticity, and most especially, fun.

Alix Franquet

Alix Franquet

San Francisco Bay Area/Silicon Valley/Virtual

I work with clients who wonder what's next and want to figure out what might be holding them back. A sounding board and a catalyst for personal and professional growth, I use a tailored approach combining positive psychology, design thinking, and mindfulness. I have experience in the tech industry, hold a BA and an MBA from Harvard, trained as a coach at UC Davis and am ICF certified. I coach in English and in French.

Lani Kent

Lani Kent

Oakland, Ca & Worldwide

I am a mentor, a coach, and an advocate for my clients. I help individuals and organizations identify their unique visions, then provide the support needed to make them happen. I am direct and light-hearted, empathetic, enjoy getting in the weeds of problem-solving, and embrace a bias toward action. I blend a rigorous training in Positive Psychology and a strong work history with executive teams and leadership.

Ashley Prince Murphy

Ashley Prince Murphy

Bay Area, California

Ashley is a coach, leader, and mother who loves building the future. With experiences ranging from strategic planning at Fortune 500 companies to NFL cheerleading while pursuing a Stanford MBA, Ashley’s curiosity and bias toward action can help you build a compelling next chapter.

Linda Baumgardner

Linda Baumgardner

Truckee, California

Linda Baumgardner, MFA, CPCC, PCC has dedicated the past 11 years of her life to teaching, mentoring, and coaching. Working primarily with creative young adults, she is passionate about helping her clients make the positive changes they wish to see in their lives. Her experience as a professional lighting designer adds an element of imagination and innovative thinking to allow your creative expression to come to life more fully. Her work guides the process of uncovering who you really are, what you really want, and making decisions to honor that. Working together, she helps you build a future that reflects the real you.

Jessica Agnew

Jessica Agnew

San Francisco Bay Area/Worldwide (virtual)

I am a Navy veteran. I am a team-builder and professional coach. I am a corporate learning and development specialist. I am a wife and mother. I am a world traveler and adventurer. I am an athlete. I am a lark. I am a lifelong learner. I am all of these things, all of the time. Navigating my way to a deep and thorough understanding of each aspect of myself while exploring how they align with my values has profoundly accelerated my career. I have enjoyed the opportunity to apply my passion for team effectiveness and coaching in the military, the corporate environment, and as a professional coach. My role as coach is to help you understand, access, and utilize each element of your identity as you design your life and career around your values, then act as your co-pilot as you navigate your way towards fulfillment.

Agnes Le

Agnes Le

San Francisco Bay Area/Worldwide (virtual)

Agnes is a career strategist who helps high achievers in mid-career transition redesign their career and life vision with greater confidence, clarity and curiosity. She draws upon two decades in career development, a Stanford MBA and a specialized Masters in Career Management from the University of London. Currently, Agnes teaches the class “Building a Career of Meaning and Impact” at Stanford Continuing Studies as well as facilitates the popular Interpersonal Dynamics course, (a.k.a. Touchy Feely) at Graduate School of Business. Previously, she was the former director of Career Advising for the Stanford Graduate School of Business and coached students at two other top business schools in Europe (Cambridge Judge in the UK, and IESE in Spain). A big believer of growth-mindset, Agnes has continued to look for ways to step outside her comfort zone: whether it was getting a Stanford MBA, coaching CEOs, launching her own business, hiking to the base camp of Everest, or running 12 marathons and even a few ultra-marathons.

Kandis Rodgers

Kandis Rodgers

Berkeley, CA

Kandis is a dedicated career counselor committed to the personal and professional success of others. An advocate for personal empowerment and social good, Kandis is motivated by seeing others achieve their goals and enhance their communities. Kandis’s approach to working with others is holistic, embracing the whole individual during their continuous journey towards career happiness. Kandis is currently a Career and Internship Specialist with UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health. She provides an unique perspective to career guidance, finding the intersection between student drive and employer need.

Merry Woodruff

Merry Woodruff

San Diego, CA and remotely via Zoom

Merry, Founder of BeingMerry.com, is a Professional Certified Coach working with others to increase their awareness of how they spend their days and align that with how they navigate their lives. Merry's certifications in mindfulness and wellness support the optimization of well-being: managing transitions and stress, balancing work and life, focusing on priorities and values, and feeling confident in present and future decisions. From the new career launcher to the mid-life changer to the early retiree, her clients transform their lives by playing active and deliberate roles.

Besides coaching private clients, Merry works with individuals through BetterUp! Leadership Coaching as a Fellow Coach. With mindfulness and self-compassion at the foundation, she works with clients to let go of self-judgment and meet themselves where they are, so they may have a clearer sense of where they want to go, without anything holding them back. Merry is located in San Diego, CA, and works remotely through Zoom.

Elizabeth Schenk

Elizabeth Schenk

Truckee/Lake Tahoe, California, Reno, NV, and virtual

As and mentor, coach, and agent of change I, help individuals and organizations cultivate connection, positivity, and strengths to work through transitions. We are a work in progress. Working to recognize and outgrow limitations, transcend self-limiting beliefs, reframe dysfunctional thoughts about ourselves, who we think we should be, who society assumes we are.

Change is a natural part of life and a critical step toward reaching our full potential. Enlisting the support of an experienced coach is a powerful means to recognize possibilities and embrace change.

Sandi Smith

Sandi Smith

Paso Robles, California and virtual via Zoom

Life is too short not to be happy, so I help people who are ready to take their self-work to the next level to design their F-Yeah life. Whether you're slogging through change, starting over, or simply want to squeeze more juice out of an already awesome life, I partner with you to get you moving and become your true badass self. I coach in English and Spanish. To help people and organizations find their happy, I apply wisdom gleaned from over 20 years of leadership and marketing roles at Stanford Graduate School of Business and Kashi Company, coaching certifications from Martha Beck Wayfinding and Design Your Life, and an MBA in Organizational Development from Northwestern Kellogg School of Management. Let’s get started!

Catherine Dalipe

Catherine Dalipe

California & Virtual

Catherine is an international education executive with leadership coaching and mentoring experience. She is dedicated to supporting professional women at inflection points in their lives who are ready to explore and step into new challenges while committing to creating rich, engaging and meaningful lives from a place of authenticity and agency. Combining over 30 years of leadership experience in international education management and consulting for global organizations, start-ups and family-run enterprises Catherine enjoys building workplaces that support their employees to thrive. She currently works with The Designing Your Life Group and Fieldbrook Advising (Certified DYL Facilitators) as their Community Relations Manager and is a passionate advocate for design thinking as a methodology to empower people to design a life and career with joy, purpose and fulfillment. Lastly, Cathy volunteers her time to The Global Leadership League & Lead5050, professional organizations for women in international education that provide a platform for community, knowledge and dialogue, while creating a vibrant space to learn from each other and advance their careers.

Dr. Sheetal J. Patel

Dr. Sheetal J. Patel

San Diego, CA & Worldwide (Virtually)

Have you ever had that moment where something you've learned clicks? That's the ``aha`` moment. I find joy and energy working with people and organizations to find those aha's. When we learn about ourselves, we are empowered to go above and beyond what we thought was possible, and open the door to new opportunities. I am Co-Active trained coach who has worked with a range of clients, from students just starting out in their work lives to executives and Fortune 500 organizations, to understand their own core stories and values that can lead them to the opportunities they seek. In addition to coaching, I co-founded and run the Integrated Learning Portfolio Lab at Stanford to research, teach, and coach people to find their personal and professional stories and create their own digital presence. I look forward to working with you on your journey.

Sigal Laufer

Sigal Laufer

Bay Area, CA and Virtual

I’m an ICF certified coach with 15+ years of Human Resources experience working in High-Tech companies such as Meta (Facebook), Twitch, Amazon Web Services, and Intel. As a coach and an HR leader I’m passionate about unleashing peoples’ potential to achieve their best self. I do so through thought-provoking and a creative process that inspires people to maximize their personal and professional potential. I work with executives, managers, and individual contributors who are looking to make a shift in their life and career while tapping into my coaching and industry experience.

Ron Morita

Ron Morita

Palo Alto, California and through online video conferencing.

By applying design thinking principles, I help people find joy in their life journey, confidence in their agility and resilience, excitement in continuously learning and growing, and the fulfillment of doing things which they value. I am an executive coach, life coach, high tech product executive and social impact leader. I help executives rising in their careers and senior executives who are seeking to design more fulfilling lives and careers. I successfully redesigned my career and my life and I share my methodology through my coaching practice.