This month’s Spotlight Series features Amy Wardak, a Career Coach for driven professionals who are looking to catapult up the corporate ladder (I wish I would have had a coach like this 25 years ago)! Amy delivers results for motivated women and men that wish to purchase a first-class ticket to career success with her business, Elevate With Amy. She is a trained professional development coach through CTI in Los Angeles.
Prior to coaching, Amy worked in corporate finance as a CPA for nearly 10 years in San Francisco, specializing in the technology and customer service industries. In mingling her passion for professional development and experience in climbing the corporate ladder, she developed the skill set to guide individuals in achieving both their personal and professional goals. We asked Amy some questions about her business, her clients and what you can expect when you work with her.
What is your specialty?
I really enjoy working with clients who are “stuck” in their career and are seeking clarity in how to create change for themselves. Often, clients are at a crossroads, trying to get to the next level or have a personal circumstance that impacts their career. I help them recognize their true potential, find real opportunities within their environment and successfully monetize them.
What made you get into coaching?
I always knew that I was meant to lead people, but it took me quite some time to figure out what that looked like from a career perspective. I began with a traditional and financially sensible path by pursuing corporate accounting. However, the further I went, I realized that I was straying from my core strength, mentoring others. What I enjoyed most was guiding people, helping them achieve something more. That’s when I thought coaching would be a rewarding undertaking. Once I started at CTI, I was certain I had found my passion!
Who is your ideal client?
I love to help clients shatter their self-perceived boundaries and seize what lies beyond. Often, my clients are unsatisfied in their current environment and are looking to make a change vertically or laterally but have difficulty navigating apparent obstacles. When they put forth the necessary vision, courage, and dedication, I can evoke transformation within their career.
What type of process do you use to ensure you are a good fit for a client?
I work with clients who are motivated and passionate about their career and are ready to chase their ambition. I can guide them in claiming their next promotion, teach them to negotiate like a pro or strike the ultimate balance between professional and personal life so that they are operating at their highest potential. Before working with a new client, I provide a complimentary sample session to ensure we are a great fit.
What kind of results can your clients expect to achieve?
Someone once told me, “people like to have changed, but no one likes to change.” Clients can expect for me to listen, challenge and support them. They will find strength and courage they didn’t know they had. However, ultimately they will see true transformation in the way they carry themselves both professionally and personally.
QUOTES THAT INSPIRE AMY.
“The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.” – Stephen Covey
“We need to accept that we won’t always make the right decisions, that we’ll screw up royally sometimes – understanding that failure is not the opposite of success, it’s part of success.” – Arianna Huffington
Have you ever chose to stop working with a client? If so, why?
I have been fortunate to have not run into this situation before. I am straightforward and honest with who I can help, how I can help them, and what I expect from my clients in return. This approach has so far created really productive environments and I haven’t had to stop working with a client yet. However, if I ever do feel that I’m not helping a client to their best abilities and the work we are doing together isn’t quite right, I wouldn’t hesitate to help them find a better fit or a solution outside of the services that I offer.
What’s your favorite part of coaching clients?
Witnessing a breakthrough. One of my clients, for example, liked their job, but felt overworked and saw no room to advance in their current company. By offering a fresh perspective and creating a custom action plan, I was able to help them uncover an unforeseen opportunity. They got a job interview a week later. Breakthroughs are the threshold to change and can be a career defining moment.
What’s your favorite aspect of your business?
I love that I can help others, anyone, anywhere! My meetings are generally calls or video chat which allow me great flexibility in whom I can work with.
What’s your best piece of business advice?
It is never too late to decide what you want to be when you grow up!
What is the main takeaway that you want people to know about you or your business from this interview?