Live into your possibility.
As a coach, writer, and speaker, I equip the creative community to move beyond inspiration into action—a journey that began with taking action to reimagine my own path after a life-changing personal experience.
What’s on the other side of a life-changing experience? I lived out the answer to that question in January 2017 when my marriage to my business partner ended. It was an opportunity to reimagine the life and career I wanted. Drawn back to my roots as a social worker, I chose to combine my love for the creative community with my ambition to help others live into their possibility. That’s why I became a coach.
Prior to launching my coaching practice, I cofounded The Great Discontent, a publication of in-depth interviews with artists, makers, and risk-takers. As Editor in Chief of the magazine I spoke with more than 250 notable creators for the web, print, and audio, including Cheryl Strayed, Debbie Millman, Reggie Watts, Tavi Gevinson, Leon Bridges, and Krista Tippett.
My coaching practice is enriched by insights gleaned from intimate conversations with hundreds of subjects via The Great Discontent as well as formal coaching training through Coach U and my roots as a social worker. I previously earned a Bachelor of Social Work from Wayne State University in Detroit and spent a decade working with runaway and homeless youth and families in my home state of Michigan.
In addition to coaching, I speak and write about vulnerability, empathy, connection, and the multitude of themes that dot the creative landscape, like self-doubt, how to build a sustainable career, burnout, managing uncertainty and risk, prioritizing opportunities, transition, and the search for fulfillment.
I’ve spoken on the main stage at HOW Design Live, taught at 99U in New York City, lectured at Parsons, spoken to the Wieden+Kennedy Design Studio, and led workshops at NEW INC, and Sky TV in London. My writing has appeared in 99U and Working Not Working Magazine and I’ve been featured in Forbes, Print, GDUSA’s People to Watch List, and Brooklyn Mag’s 100 Most Influential People.
I split my time between New York City and London and work in person and remotely with individual clients and teams around the world.
Interested working together or learning more? Schedule a complimentary coaching consultation with me.
select press & interviews
Forbes Article: From Editor-In-Chief To Life Coach | Magazine Feature
Tina Essmaker’s Great Contentment | Print Mag
Getting Work to Work Ep 245 | Podcast Interview
Overshare by Working Not Working | Podcast Interview
The Process | Podcast Interview
Make Nice | Written Interview
The 100 Day Podcast | Podcast Interview
Let It Out | Podcast Interview
Creative Pep Talk | Podcast Interview
2018 GDUSA People to Watch | Magazine Feature
Around NYC | Interview Series
Brooklyn 100 Influencer | Magazine Feature