I feel gigantic love for people and for Los Angeles, and I’m facilitating a process through which each of those can transform the other. I lead an initiative out of United Way called Home For Good. It’s a 5-year plan to end chronic and veteran homelessness and to co-create a Los Angeles built on love, community, and integrity. I bring people together to create the vision for this community and facilitate the process by which we’ll make it happen. We’re just over a year and a half into the plan, and we’re on track to reach our goals.
My intent is to shift in the context for everyone (homeless and housed) from isolation to connection, from scarcity to abundance. Last month, our public and private leaders released over $105 million in resources to create permanent housing for chronically homeless people. We achieved this through creating deep connections between ourselves as funders and change agents, and we created abundance that we didn’t know was possible.
What vision do you have for your life and your coaching practice?
I see myself creating easy transformation through deep connections with and love for the people in my life.
What are the top three things you love about coaching?
- Connecting with people and discovering their passions
- Co-creating a vision of what we want to create in our community and our lives
- Experiencing the power of what happens when I commit to easy transformation
Before I started coaching I …
Before I started coaching using the tools I’ve learned at the Hendricks Institute, I had a Very Serious Life With Very Serious Problems. I believed my experiences had to be hard – work, love, relationships, all of it. I believed it wasn’t worth it if it wasn’t hard work!
What makes you laugh?
The absurdity of life.
The legacy I want to leave behind is this:
I want to see the people in my community continually transforming themselves through love for each other and for their communities.
Who are your top three people you would want to coach and why?
I feel grateful that I have the opportunity to work with incredible change agents in my day-to-day work. What I most enjoy about this work is facilitating change with people whose genius has the ability to create major transformation in the world.
If I had the opportunity to do 1:1 coaching with anyone, I would choose:
- Barack Obama, because he has the passion, integrity, and ability to transform imbedded structures and institutions. (And because I want to hang out with Barack Obama.)
- Mia Michaels, choreographer extraordinaire, because she has the innate ability in evoking deep emotion through gorgeous movement.
- Gabby Douglas, 16 year-old individual all-around gymnastics champion in the 2012 Olympics, because I see a spark and brilliance that’s just beginning to shine.
What were the greatest benefits you received from studying at the Hendricks Institute?
I can’t begin to express the ways that my experiences with the Hendricks Institute have helped me transform my life. The greatest benefit continues to be the ease that I’ve created in my life and the profound understanding that I can create the life I want, and it can be easy. I’ve also discovered how powerful my love is, and that through the expression of that love for myself and for others, I can create giant transformation in myself and my world.
The movie that inspired me most was_______.Why? The Book?
(These movies will demonstrate that I don’t go to the movies much these days.) I watch Best in Show when I want to remember to laugh at myself, Love Actually when I want to remember how big my heart is, and Milk when I want to remember that passion and love can transform each of us.
The book? The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks has been profoundly transformative for me. I’ve discovered the ways I’ve stopped myself from being “too big” or “too smart” and living my full purpose. I’ve explored the gifts I bring to the planet and how amazing I feel when I’m fully sharing those gifts. I can feel myself stepping more fully into my life and my purpose.
What brings you the most joy in your day to day life?
I have so much joy in my life! My favorite thing is connecting with people – nothing makes me happier. I am profoundly grateful that I wake up each day with my best friend, love of my life, and hot fiancé, Becky. (She’s all three of those. In case you were wondering if there were four of us in bed…) The connection and appreciation we generate each morning sets the context for my day, and I carry with me a curiosity and love to each connection I make.
What ten things could you not do without?
I’m so glad you gave me 10…
- Los Angeles