EVER SINCE I CAN REMEMBER, I’VE BEEN ENRAPTURED WITH THE NATURAL WORLD.
As a young girl, I was enthralled with digging in the dirt, following fire flies and climbing trees. I was in awe of how all the creatures and plants around me seem to know just what they needed to do to survive and thrive.
Once I moved to Australia, my family and I spent our spare time exploring the outdoors of Queensland and the Northern Territory. We hiked with aboriginal guides, swam in streams with crocodiles and studed the native flora and fauna. At the University of Sydney I received a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and Anthropology and First Class Honors for my Masters Thesis in Ecology. I then began consulting for businesses in environmental and community development efforts, eventually co-founding my own social business building social development initiatives in East Africa.
Once settling back into New York City again, the place I was born, I found myself bringing my knowledge and unique experiences of people and ecosystems into the corporate world. I helped others to understand customer and client behavior from understanding the person first. And now as a creative leadership coach, I help my clients understand themselves, their peers and the world around them that helps them navigate through transitions and attain a greater level of satisfaction and success.
MY UPBRINGING IN THE NATURAL WORLD AND MY EXPERTISE IN ECOLOGY STILL PLAY A CRUCIAL ROLE IN WHO I AM AND HOW I COACH.
Businesses are well served when they are informed by the world around us and so are we as individuals. There is no greater inspiration for sustainable design, toughness, grit, endurance, adaptation, and leadership than Mother Nature.
One of my favorite quotes is from Maya Angelou.
“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.”
The process of metamorphosis can be rife with stress, self-doubt, frustration, and anxiety. But it also can lead to stunning results. It’s a journey that I love to follow with my clients time and again.
Training & accreditation
- PCC ACCREDITED COACH, INTERNATIONAL COACHING FEDERATION (ICF)
- EQAC CERTIFIED EQ ASSESSOR, SIX SECONDS THE EQ NETWORK
- MASTER’S DEGREE: BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES, UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY
- BACHELOR’S DEGREE: ANTHROPOLOGY + BIOLOGY, UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY
Amelia spent time working on social and community development programs in Costa Rica
Amelia studied at the University of Sydney, eventually receiving a degree in Biology and Anthropology and went on to complete a Masters in Ecology for which she received first class honors. She also worked at the Australian Geographic as a researcher and writer.
Amelia worked as an environmental consultant, helping multinational corporations to build development programs in Australia, Europe, South America and East Africa.
Amelia co-founded the ‘creatives without borders’ social business, Komai, where she worked in Southeast Africa developing music education initiatives in collaboration with The New School in New York.
Amelia was recruited by Refinery29 in NYC to help them understand and connect with the female millennial audience. She became the Director of Product Marketing and first experienced leadership coaching and fell in love with the philosophy.
Amelia received her certification in coaching from the International Coaching Federation (ICF) and founded her own coaching practice.
AMELIA HAS WORKED WITH CLIENTS FROM COMPANIES LIKE
Why accreditation matters
Coaching is a wide and diverse industry, both in subject matter as well as renown. As a client, it can be difficult to navigate the range of claims, stories, testimonials and services offered by those who call themselves coaches. Unlike psychologists, coaches are not legally required to become accredited or certified in order to use the title of coach. Theoretically, this means that anyone can call themselves a coach, regardless of the amount of training or experience they’ve undergone. This makes life harder for those seeking a coach because it’s even more difficult to determine who actually has the skill set and instruction to help you on your journey.
For this reason, accreditation from an institution is paramount. The main accrediting body in coaching is the International Coaching Federation (ICF). In order to become accredited, coaches must undergo rigorous study, training, mentoring and examination. They also must continue their studies in order to keep their accreditation.
When a coach is accredited through the ICF, you can rest assured that they have the necessary training and experience for their coaching practice, just as any professional degree.
“Working with Amelia was a truly transformational experience. She really helped me through some big questions and pushed me to reframe my thinking so I could approach life in new ways. Rather than addressing each problem directly with straightforward action items, she challenged my assumptions and guided me to understand my goals and motivations at a deeper level.”