✔️Certified Coach Personal & Business Coach
✔️DiSC Behavioral Assessment Practitioner
✔️Neuro-Linguistic Programming-NLP Practitioner
✔️Certified Leadership Coach
✔️FIREWalking Empowerment Instructor
✔️Delaware’s #1 Life and Business Coach
✔️Empowered Working Mom of 5
Mom of 5, daughter, serial entrepreneur, life coach, soul sister, dream chaser and change maker. That's me in a nutshell.
My story begins in the winter of 1974, when I made my entrance into this world a bit early, definitely eagerly and with an unexpected gift. I was born with a birth defect known as a cleft lip which was a surprise to everyone. Although it was nothing life threatening or too terribly serious (in the perspective of other birth defects), challenges arose. From the age of 6 weeks to 17 years, I had 9 surgeries on my lip. I struggled with the pain both physically and emotionally associated with the birth defect. I was teased constantly throughout my childhood, and I became very insecure and aware that I was different. I never felt good about my appearance and it seemed as though nothing I could do would compensate for my differences, my defects. I suffered from sexual abuse as a child, although I would not share that with anyone until years later. During my teenage years, another challenge arose in my life. I began what would become a 13 year struggle with an eating disorder. I spent my 16th birthday in the hospital due to complications brought on by anorexia nervosa. The next 13 years were an uphill battle, marked with many landslides, more hospital stays, progression of symptoms and a rape. My identity as a victim was strong and I didn’t understand what true empowerment was, even though I thought that was what I wanted more than anything. I was searching for more but settling for whatever I could find.
With grace from above, in 2002, I was given a gift that sparked an internal change beyond any comprehension I could have ever imagined. I gave birth to my 1st child. I will never forget the first moment I looked into her eyes and with a heart so full of LOVE and FEAR, the world finally made sense. It was never and will never be about me. And even though I didn't know how, I hadn't the first clue on what I needed to do, I now knew without a doubt, WHY. And that was all I needed to know.
My journey of turning trauma and abuse into empowerment and inspiration began that day in 2002. I committed to releasing the need for approval and embracing the gift of authenticity. I immersed myself in personal coaching, seminars, trainings and certifications so I could share my journey and transformation with others. Through a mission of contribution, I focused on my desire to help others discover the tools to embrace authenticity and live life fully. From this, Ignite Your Light Coaching was born. With a foundation of over 30,000 hours of immersion in personal development training, IYLC helps clients bridge the gap between personal and professional development. Although we all envision success differently, there are universal laws of achievement. From mindset to mechanics, together we identify what your “ideal life” looks like, what you truly desire, and then create a plan to get from here to there.
As a coach and professional development trainer, myself and my team bring clients a wealth of skills and experience. As a master influencer, I have personally helped transform the professional development of over 8,000 people at global Fortune 500 apparel retail companies like Ann Taylor & The Gap, Inc. to thousands of individuals in coaching & seminars regionally. Having managed businesses for nearly 20 years, as well as creating & managing my own brand, I know first-hand the challenges individuals & business professionals face. Our team delivers unique and highly effective tools to supercharge your success. Whether it’s companies like Apple Computers, Ethan Allen Furniture, Steinway Piano, ADT, GE Capital, Home Depot, Venture Capital firms, professional sports teams or major financial institutions, our coaches have worked with and served some of the most influential companies in the world, having trained over 100,000 individuals in personal, small business and corporate environments.