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.

Xin Ai

Xin Ai

San Jose, CA

Xin is the Founder and CEO of Trusiness (Sivicamp), Founder of Beijing XinFan International Education Co., and Co-founder and COO of meedow.com. She has been a Research Scientist at IBM Almaden Research Center and a Research Scientist at National Renewable Energy Laboratory. She has a PhD from Emory University and and Entrepreneurship Certificate from Stanford University Innovation. Her innovative project “Spin a Wheel” was selected for former First Lady Michelle Obama’s College Readiness Initiative.

Rebecca Andersen

Rebecca Andersen

Berkeley, CA

Rebecca is a career coach (WellCoaches certification), educator, and employee engagement strategist. Her passion is partnering with individuals and teams, using design thinking to facilitate mindful decisions in their career and organizational strategy. A career changer herself (engineer to career coach), Rebecca is a popular career workshop leader and frequent presenter to mid-career professionals and career changers.

John Armstrong

John Armstrong

San Francisco Bay Area

I teach Designing Your Life at Stanford, and guide meditations for Calm, the leading app for meditation and sleep. I love creating meaningful learning experiences for individuals and groups, and as a coach I draw on design thinking, mindfulness, and positive psychology to support clients in their personal and professional lives.

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.

John Galvin

John Galvin

Palo Alto, CA

John is a highly collaborative coach, advisor, and consultant. He has an outstanding track record in guiding individuals and organizations through major transformations. His clients appreciate his broad experience, from running a global business to the work he has done with start-ups. He brings the power of design thinking, curiosity, empathy and innovation, to his coaching practice to unlock the potential of his clients. And he takes a holistic approach to coaching, focusing on the personal, the professional and client as self.

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.``

Tracy Yates

Tracy Yates

San Diego, CA

My focus as a coach is to help my clients find more life satisfaction no matter what stage of life they are in. I'm particularly adept at coaching clients through critical transitions in life, namely high school to college, college to career, empty nesting, and life after loss. Most recently, I've added organizational coaching to my resume assisting school districts in both Southern and Northern California in building out new programs and improving moral and team cohesiveness.

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.

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.

Mayah Curtis

Mayah Curtis

San Francisco, CA & Worldwide (Virtual)

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.``

Monica Andrews

Monica Andrews

San Francisco Bay Area / Silicon Valley

Monica found her way to the coaching profession by applying the Designing Your Life framework to her own life which prompted her to become a certified professional coach and start an internal coaching program at her company. Complementing her career as senior operations executive, Monica works with internal clients to support them as they explore and work their way through a range of challenges including job transitions, periods of feeling stuck, not knowing what comes next, experiencing dissonance between who they are and what they do and feeling that their work and home lives are misaligned. Having benefited significantly from coaching at key moments in her career, Monica enjoys delivering life-enhancing benefits to her clients using a holistic approach that honors their needs and provides them with tools to design and live the life of their choosing.

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.

Karen Hennessy Coles

Karen Hennessy Coles

Los Angeles, CA

I enable people to reinvent their working life, moving from feeling stuck and unmotivated to finding purpose and fulfillment. How we feel about what we do in our 'working life' has a huge impact on every aspect of our life. Bringing experience from an extensive HR career in varying industries, I've been coaching, developing and recruiting professionals from various disciplines and cultures for over 20 years. A Brit from the South of England I'm currently living in LA, having re-designed my life 4 years ago.

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.

Tess Langan

Tess Langan

Oaxaca, Mexico / SF Bay Area

Tess moved to Mexico in 2018 to learn Spanish and do something about the global migration crisis. As the Community Manager for the Oaxaca Learning Center, she creates and curates content, writes grants and trains grant writers. She also runs meditation and ``Designing Your Life`` courses for the Center's students: rural, indigenous Oaxacan youth/ rockstars. Beyond the learning center, she provides 1:1 coaching and creative telehealth support to migrants and refugees stuck at the border. In her free time, Tess can be found deliberately getting lost and watching Mexican telenovelas. “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” - Mary Oliver

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.

Elizabeth Di Giovanni

Elizabeth Di Giovanni

California & Florida

Elizabeth has seen the positive impact of adopting design thinking mindsets (radical collaboration, reframing, and bias to action) in her own life and would love to help others (particularly working moms) find joy and purpose in their jobs and in their lives. For over 15 years, Elizabeth has served as a counselor in the Office of Career Services at Stanford Law School and advises students and alumni on their career development. She conducts workshops on a variety of professional development topics and works with individuals to outline their job search and networking strategies, provide feedback on resumes and cover letters, and assist with interview preparation. Elizabeth was born in Queens, New York and raised in Miami, Florida. Her parents are from Haiti and she loves hanging out with her family (even on Zoom calls). She graduated from Dartmouth College and Stanford Law School and her signature potluck dish in grad school was a pot of vegetarian-friendly rice and beans.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.