Hi, I’m Isabeau!

I’m a certified coach.

My own career journey has been quite an experiment. Certainly much less “perfect” than any long-term plan I might have originally had! Dietician, running a DJ business, working in forestry continuing education; each job helped me get more clear about what I want and don’t want.

After a period of exploration, I happened upon the field of educational development—a field dedicated to enhancing teaching and learning within post-secondary institutions. For over two decades, I have enjoyed working in that field and have helped countless faculty members and higher education professionals grow in, and navigate, their higher education career. I “get” higher education and know it’s a complex and unique place.

In 2017, I embarkeded on a new chapter by pursuing coaching certification. This change was motivated by several factors, including a desire to learn something new, a drive to engage in meaningful work, and a wish to make better use of my strengths.

Since obtaining certification, I’ve worked as a professional coach, assisting individuals in higher education, non-profit organizations, government, entrepreneurship, and job seekers. My focus is on helping individuals cultivate careers that align with their values and bring a sense of fulfillment. Alongside my coaching practice, I also maintain a part-time position at the University of British Columbia.

I am based in Vancouver, Canada. I respectfully acknowledge that I am situated on the ancestral, unceded, and traditional territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

Phone: 604 842 2821

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/isabeauiqbal/

         Strengths Coach. Gallup. Isabeau Iqbal                               

My approach

There is no single way to pursue a career that is meaningful and brings us joy.As such, my coaching approach is individualised to YOU.
This means we collaborate to figure out what you want and need in order to move towards that, more directly and with ease.
Here’s what else you might want to know about my approach:

  • Caring
  • Motivating
  • Non-judgmental
  • Present

Through our work together, you will:

  • Affirm your values and trust yourself more.
  • Understand and build on your unique strengths.
  • Make career and life decisions that are right for you.
  • Take action (even when you don’t have it all figured out yet).

I see coaching as a partnership where we build on your strengths and qualities (but may have forgotten or overlooked) and shift what’s not working. It’s about helping you get out of your own way so you can shift from indecision and overwhelm and create meaningful forward momentum.

Some random facts about me, for the curious.

Pronouns and pronunciation: I use the pronouns she/her. Not sure how to pronounce my name? Listen here.

I love: mangoes, being active, the mountains, foot massages, my family, the smell of lavender. I dislike: soft mattresses, uncomfortable shoes, gum popping, and injustice.

I am the adoring mother of 2 young adults who are my greatest teachers.

I am challenging myself to sing in front of others. Terrifying.

I am an only child and both my parents were professors. My parents were hard-working and the house was almost always quiet. I still LOVE and crave quiet.

My spouse and I met dancing Salsa. Back in my 20s, I had decided to finally act on my desire to dance and, one night, went out dancing with some girlfriends…and met this Mexican dancing man.

I live on the traditional, ancestral, and stolen territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) First Nation. I am involved in an ongoing journey of learning so I can better identify my role in reconciliation and take action.

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