Hi, I’m Isabeau!

I’m a career and life coach for ambitious perfectionists in higher education.

Having worked in post-secondary institutions for almost 20 years, I have helped hundreds of faculty members and higher education professionals grow in, and navigate, their higher education career. Any of us who have spent a lot of time in post-secondary environments or are currently working there, know that it is a complex and unique place — I “get it” in ways that only someone who has lived it can really understand.

My own career journey has been a giant 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 leaving dietetics and pursuing a lengthy period of exploration, I returned to university to complete a Masters degree in Adult Education. I landed work at a teaching and learning centre on campus and discovered the field of educational development (helping to enhance teaching and learning in post-secondary institutions). It was a terrific fit and, a few years in, I went back to school and completed a PhD in Higher Education.

Post-PhD, as I continued “fine-tuning” my own career, I got the big-goal craving once again (it seems to come every 4-5 years!).

I wanted something that allowed me to do the things I love (helping others), learn a lot (hey, why not develop in a new profession?!) and also allow me to (eventually) work as an independent.

That’s how I came to coaching and became an Associate Certified Coach with the International Coaching Federation and a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach.

Now, in addition to coaching, I work part-time as a senior educational developer at the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology at the University of British Columbia.

My approach

As an ambitious perfectionist, I know first-hand how challenging it can be to recognize and accept that things are not going according to plan in your career. You sense that something is off and then feel doubly frustrated when you can’t decide what to do about the situation.

Before you know it, you feel stuck.

I help you get unstuck in your career. Unstuck means pursuing a career path that is right for you–one that gives you a sense of fulfillment. 

In my experience, there is no single right way to pursue a fulfilling career. Consequently, my coaching approach is individualized to YOU.

I believe that a well thought-out plan is most effective when you have a goal (or multiple goals), give yourself permission to try things, and then course-correct along the way.

Our work together is about supporting you to:

Know and trust yourself more. We’ll identify your core values and make regular reference to these (for decision-making, probing understanding etc)

Understand and build on your unique strengths. I’ll help you understand your unique strengths and how you can apply these to your career goals

Make decisions that feel good to you. I’ll support you in staying grounded in your values and strengths as you get clear about next steps to take

Take small actions (even when you don’t have it all figured out yet). With a focus on gentle productivity, I’ll help you figure out ways to get things done, stay accountable to your goals, and have a life outside of work.

I see coaching as a partnership where we build on what you already have within you (but may have forgotten or overlooked). In a sense, it’s about helping you get out of your own way so you can shift from indecision and overwhelm to creating meaningful forward momentum.

It’s time to act on your intention to be happier at work and in your career.

Are you ready to:

Take action on your desire to make changes in your professional life?

Feel positive about your career direction?

Let’s work together.

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, spin classes, 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 a young adult and teenager who are my greatest teachers (but–yikes, I don’t remember this phase of life being THIS complicated. That’s probably because it was so long ago!)

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, work, and play on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) First Nation. I am educating myself about what that means and the implications.

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