Designing Your Life Certified Coaches

CALIFORNIA

Sunanda Agarwal

Sunanda Agarwal

San Francisco, New York and Singapore

Sunanda is a Duke University Certified Integrated Health Coach. Her focus is Community Health and Prevention. She has helped clients at the Stanford Coordinated Care Centre at Stanford University. She has also worked with parents of International Schools in Singapore, mostly empty nesters, helping them reframe “loss” to “opportunity” and finding a renewed purpose in life. Sunanda is currently finishing up a fellowship at the Distinguished Careers Institute at Stanford University.

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.

Iris Hu

Iris Hu

San Mateo, CA

Originally from China, Iris is Founder and CEO of FLOW Learning, a Silicon Valley based education venture aimed at creating transformative learning experiences for life long learners. She is a leadership coach and has trained community organizers and social innovators from around the globe since 2012, at Harvard University and beyond. She is passionate in exploring the heart, head and hand based “flow” experiences with her clients and empower them to pursue purpose-driven lives. She has a masters degree in Education Entrepreneurship from University of Pennsylvania and also a certificate in Leadership, Organizing and Leadership from Harvard Kennedy School.

Alex Ivanov

Alex Ivanov

San Francisco, CA

Alex is helping executives and startup leaders grow, change behaviors and find more meaning and joy in life. He’s a professional integral coach and ICF certified practitioner.

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.

Jane Jepson

Jane Jepson

Orange County, California

As a college counselor I provide academic, career and personal counseling to a highly diverse student population.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Susan Moranda

Susan Moranda

Aptos, California

Susan Moranda is a vocational rehabilitation counselor. and her primary work during the past 15 years have included contracting with federal agencies for employment evaluation and placement for thousands of disabled veterans as well as completing worksite evaluations for hundreds of jobs sites. She also has been a college instructor and has created numerous workshops for various organizations. Presently, she provides vocational expert testimony nationwide for the Social Security Office of Adjudication and Review. She has a B.A. in Political Science and an M.S. in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling. She has post graduate studies in forensic vocational rehabilitation and Human Resource Management. Susan is a wife and mother of three young adult children (two of whom are engineers), as well multiple pets.

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.

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.

Deborah N Siegel

Deborah N Siegel

Bay Area, California

Debbie is a business professional with extensive experience working in executive leadership roles for international companies developing advanced technology with broad human impact (i.e. autonomous driving, AI, IIoT). Combining her business perspective with her desire to reframe the narrative around the work + life connection, she founded Third Way Studio. TWS uses design principles and tools to help others focus in on the challenges and opportunities that arise from this dynamic. The following programs are currently offered: Studio Circles where professional women provide feedback to early stage entrepreneurs; small group workshops focusing on life design and portfolio career development; one on one coaching.

Rita Soultanian

Rita Soultanian

Mission Viejo, California

A Certified Designing Your Life Coach, Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF) and Certified Career Services Provider (CCSP), Rita has advised individuals of all ages pursuing many different occupational paths including art and design, entertainment, entrepreneurship, business, and law. An educator at heart, she has worked at various four-year, two-year, liberal arts and specialized art colleges and universities as a Career Counselor and Administrator. When it comes to choosing a career, setting career goals, seeking and finding positions, and personal branding strategies, Rita utilizes her experience to guide seekers in a holistic way. Helping clients identify their intrinsic values and clearly convey their uniqueness, skills, and fervor for their career ambitions to potential employers and connections is Rita's greatest passion.

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.

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.

Emily Tsiang

Emily Tsiang

San Francisco & Shanghai

Emily is a coach and educator at Stanford where she leads the Life Design Accelerator. She draws on design thinking, behavior science and reflective practice to empower her clients build their creative confidence. She holds an MBA in Organizational Strategy & Design from the University of Michigan, where she co-founded Design + Business.

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.

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.

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.``

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.

Jennifer Choi

Jennifer 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.