Hi! I'm Dena.

I’ve always been a puzzle-solver and an organizer, since I was just a kid.  My grandmother used to laugh at the way everything in my suitcase was so neatly folded, and I have organized closets like a Tetris pro.

Now that I’m an adult, I help socially-conscious professionals put together the puzzle pieces of their career so they can build purpose-driven, balanced, and joyful lives.

Since you’ve found your way to my site, I’m guessing one or more of the following is true:

  • You feel stuck in a job that doesn't feel impactful, that has you working long hours and not sleeping well at night.
  • You don't feel like you have enough time in your day to do the things that truly bring you joy.
  • You know that you need a change, but feel paralyzed by indecision about what to do next.

If you're anything like me, you seek meaning in your work. You want to know that you're doing something that ultimately makes this world a better place. You also want your work to challenge you to continually learn and grow.

But here's the thing: in school, no one really teaches us how to find the kind of job that's going to put us in that sweet spot of impact + growth. So we become adults and go through life, groping around in the half-dark, hoping we'll stumble across the "one thing" we are "meant to do."

Here's the brief version of my resume:

For over a decade now, I have been working with people to uncover the different puzzle pieces that make up their strengths, assets, and purpose in life. I have assisted hundreds of people to cultivate their leadership potential, and think about the ways that they want to contribute to the world around them. I have directly supported several dozen people in the career discovery process, and refined my understanding of that process by being my own guinea pig, multiple times.

In recent years, I have also taken on the role of the employer. I have personally reviewed hundreds of job applications to hire over 40 people. I know what it's like to be on that side of the table. I know what employers are looking for in a job applicant, and what will immediately turn them off.

What’s more, I have been where you are and know it hurts. I'm here to show you how to get from "I don't even know where to begin and I don't have time!" to clarity of purpose and vision, and an action plan for how to get there.

I know that it is possible for you to find your calling and create a purpose-driven life that aligns with your values. Working together, we can make it happen.

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Why am I so passionate about helping socially conscious professionals to create the impactful career they desire?

Let me tell you a little bit about my journey and how I got here.

I graduated from college with a BA in theatre and psychology. When I told people about my two majors they would say not-so-helpful things like "Oh, are you going to be a therapist for actors?"

The career that I thought I wanted was in a fairly obscure, non-traditional field (applied theatre – using drama practice in an educational, community or therapeutic context). I had no idea how to even begin. I remember how frustrated I was, trying to find a job that felt like an exciting challenge and for which I was actually qualified.

My career bible

That initial job search launched me on a journey of personal discovery and an ongoing quest to further refine my calling. At each step along the way, I have been able to obtain jobs that really spoke to me, challenged me, and felt like I was doing good work at the end of the day.

Still, my early attempts at discovering my calling were not perfect. While I spent my twenties pursuing work that I felt passionate about, I learned over time that work is not everything – and when you prioritize “passion” in your work it is far too easy to burn out.

This is what self care looks like.

Eventually, however, I had to tackle the big challenge: my job. Despite my efforts to seek more fulfillment and balance in other areas of my life, my job was keeping me at a high level of stress, and it was starting to do a number on my health.

Thanks to the tools I’d learned over the course of my twenties, I was able to guide myself through the process of introspection, exploration, and discovery to figure out my next steps.

Given my professional background and personal experience, career coaching was an obvious choice. I’ve always been driven to help people discover and unleash their potential, and I wanted to do so in a format that makes the best use of my strengths.

Awkward photo of me on my last day of college.

At some point, my dad handed me a copy of the book What Color is Your Parachute? written by the grandfather of career advice, Richard Nelson Bolles. Parachute taught me a lot about job-hunting and I was able to gain some clarity and confidence about my own strengths and skillsets. I also developed a fascination with career discovery as an entity in itself.

My first gig after college as an Americorps volunteer. Ah, to be young and idealistic...

As I transitioned into my thirties, I discovered that I was kind of over being broke and overworked all the time. After years of trying to combine all the things I cared about in one job, I finally realized that it can actually be better to get your sustenance from multiple areas of your life.

I started by rediscovering my vocal cords and enrolling in jazz singing lessons, the first time I’d had a formal singing outlet in over ten years (despite the fact that I once thought I might make a living off of performing). I made a conscious effort to reinvest myself in my spiritual community, and began a meditation practice.

Mapping my values - Part of my career clarity process

So here I am. I’m building a purpose-driven career for myself, and I’m ready to help you build yours. I can’t tell you that it will be easy – in fact, there are times when it will be very hard. But it will be worth it, and I’m here to walk you through it.

Give yourself a jump-start.

Download my free career clarity worksheet or visit my coaching page for more info on how to work with me.

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