My Path to Coaching
I woke up one morning in 2002, (boy, did I!), and realized that working at my corporate job was no longer fulfilling. I wasn’t using my strengths and interests to their fullest, and I wasn’t leaving the legacy I wanted to. I woke up that day with the thought that my career was happening to me.
With that realization came another one: I had to break free.
So, I spent the next two years discovering my true path and then honing the skills to share my passion: to help people make important career—and life—transitions.
With years of business experience as my foundation, I found my groove guiding and encouraging others to create their ideal professional life—and I can help you, too. Whether you want to change careers or take charge of the one you’ve got, I can help you decide what you want and then give you the tools, techniques, and support to do it—just like I did.
Catalyst. Connector. Career Transformer.
I’ve been called all of these things, and more (all good, I assure you).
- Served for 15 years in senior-level roles in corporate and start-up environments: have held key roles in recruiting, product management, project management, and business analysis.
- Accomplished keynote speaker on topics related to career transformation and executive leadership.
- Skilled facilitator and workshop planner for major corporations and nonprofit organizations.
- Coached clients at top corporations, including those employed by Apple, Microsoft, Salesforce, Dun & Bradstreet; PG&E, MTV Networks, Starbucks; PG&E, Lifemark Group, Women’s Initiative for Self-Employment; American President Lines, and others.
- Experienced working as an employee with public and private companies including Adecco, Matson Navigation, GT Nexus, and Vivant Corporation.
- Bachelor’s degree in Social Science from University of California, Berkeley
- Certified Professional Coach with a graduate-level organizational coaching certification from John F. Kennedy University
- Professional Certified Coach (PCC), International Coach Federation
My Coaching Style and Specialties
I am an active listener; I’m able to synthesize information and understand situations quickly to offer insight with a mix of candor and compassion.
Clients tell me that my optimistic and uplifting style stimulates their desire—and ability—to grow. I have an affinity for both guiding individual careers and for improving corporate cultures from the inside out. I specialize in working with high-performing executives and emerging leaders—mid-career professionals who either come to me on their own and/or are sponsored by their companies for coaching and consultation.
I have worked with hundreds of professionals across various industries, with deep experience working in fast-moving technology and digital advertising environments, in particular.
Learn more about my executive coaching here.
Learn more about my career coaching here.
Alissa Reiter, VP Marketing at Trulia
My work with Merideth has been nothing short of profound. I've come to know myself better, to claim my inner hopes and dreams, to live authentically the best life I can. Along the way, I advanced my career, my salary, my title–but it's the personal growth that's made all the difference.
Michelle Gaubert, Director Corporate Communications
I feel so fortunate that I found Merideth and have been able to work with her as my executive coach. She has helped me highlight my strengths and determine what kind of position I am best suited for as I make a career transition. Our meetings help to keep me focused on key tasks that I need to accomplish for my job search. In addition, her insight and guidance has enabled me to work on improving my leadership style and mindfulness. The support team she has for resume writing and interview coaching has given me what I need apply for and access positions. I highly recommend Merideth as a career executive coach
Raed Adhami, CTO, Architect, Innovator, Tech hobbyist
Merideth's insight, experience and structured approach helped me see my career path with stunning clarity. She has amassed a number of tools and techniques, anecdotes and evidence-based processes that can lead her clients to reach their potential. Her approach is reassuring and lighthearted, and she has a casual way of removing obstacles that I related to right away. I highly recommend her services to executives on the rise looking to make the right decisions, as well as those who may be struggling.
Patrick Lesandrini, Business Systems Consultant, IT-Shift LLC.
Merideth’s discipline of identifying my personal goals, polishing my soon-to-be brand, building confidence and providing expertise on topics from business modeling, marketing, to running my business made this transition feel effortless. Her methodologies for creating goals and tracking these through completion are a model for emulation.
I never dreamed in such a short time I could accomplish so much.
Dan Aldrich, Development Officer at United Way
I have worked with other coaches and Merideth’s approach was very different, tailoring the entire process and approach to my personality and strengths. In contrast to other coaches I have worked with who seemed to work on a more superficial level, with Merideth we got much deeper into the process.
Merideth is intelligent, thoughtful, creative, analytical and personable at the same time. She provides a strong, step-by-step methodology. She pushed me at the right times and adapted well as conditions changed. Merideth was very supportive, always believing in me. In fact, there were times when she believed in me more than I believed in myself.