Designing Your Life Certified Coaches

NORTH & SOUTH CAROLINA

Mary Charles Blakebrough

Mary Charles Blakebrough

Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina

``Are you curious about what's next for you:
- Stuck in mid-career?
- In a transition?
- Planning for an encore-career?
How about collaborating in:
- Discovering where you are?
- Building forward through exercises, life design interviews, and experiences?
- Choosing the next step in the design of your life?
My career coaching practice turned upside down when I was introduced to ````Designing Your Life```` (DYL) in 2018 and the design-thinking process that moved past the traditional “carefully crafted cover letters and resumes,” which I had used career coaching in IBM 13+ years, early in my private practice.
--> Start DYL where you are, find out what energizes, engages, puts you into flow; get creative with super-charged brainstorming and mind mapping; find those doing the work that might suit you; connect into the hidden job network. Since you are looking at 5-7 careers (not jobs) in your life now, this can answer: ````What do you want to be when you grow up?```` NOTE: MS/OD American U, BA Middlebury; in Career #6.``

David Desplaces

David Desplaces

Charleston, South Carolina & Dubai

I’m fortunate to have served in various roles from consultant, board member, to tenured faculty member. I have almost 20 years of experience as an educator, I’m a published academic author, I have extensive executive and entrepreneurial experience, an active community volunteer, but more importantly I consider myself a change agent. Coaching is an act of service. My personal coaching approach allows my clients to explore both the heart and the mind in their personal and work lives. I enjoy exploring the genius in each of them.

Leigh Shamblin

Leigh Shamblin

Raleigh, NC

I help people in all stages of life gain clarity. In my role as Director of Leadership for the Poole College of Management I work with undergraduates, MBAs, faculty and staff to help create lives they love. I also provide pro-bono coaching to individuals in career transitions.

 Meg Flournoy

Meg Flournoy

Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Meg is a Board Certified Coach with extensive coaching experience with a wide range of professionals, graduate, and undergraduate students. Meg draws on experiences from training in the positive psychology solution focused approach to coaching. Meg is experienced in working with individuals at various career stages across a wide range of industries. Meg also currently works at Duke University at the Fuqua School of Business.

Sarah Gould Wright

Sarah Gould Wright

North Carolina

I have directly experienced the benefits of applying the Designing Your Life principles in my life. In July 2020 I attended the DYL Women’s Retreat. Initially, I struggled completing the Odyssey Plan homework as I was in the middle of a major life transition. During the retreat discussions with other women I then was able to articulate my third plan, the wilder alternative for your next five years. My third plan was to participate in a spiritual retreat as I had never devoted such a significant amount of time and money to my singular fulfillment. In November 2020 I participated in a residential month-long spiritual retreat. Without the DYL Women’s Retreat I would never have realized such a personal and professional transformation. Having worked for 25 years in the helping profession, earning a graduate degree in counseling and having ample vacation time did not lead me to living out the DYL principles. Thinking like a designer transforms lives.

William (Bill) Faulkner

William (Bill) Faulkner

Raleigh, NC/Greensboro, NC

Dr. Bill Faulkner has spent over 20 years as a leadership educator and administrator leading his own teams of professional and graduate level staff along with hundreds of emerging influencers. Bill is also the founder and principal consultant for his own coaching and training firm called Out Loud Strategies Inc. where he is sought to create innovative and relevant courses, workshops, trainings, keynotes, and other organizational development experiences for adult learners and corporate audiences. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Student Andrews University and holds both a Masters and Doctorate in Education from the University of Georgia. Currently, he serves as the primary Career and Leadership Coach and Trainer for Executive MBA students at one of the USA’s Top 20 business schools.