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Design Your Midlife & Beyond

“Authenticity is a collection of choices that we have to make every day. It’s about the choice to show up and be real. The choice to be honest. The choice to let our true selves be seen.”
― Brene Brown

Sharri Harmel

I’ve been where you are. Listening to my own need for change after many years of working with professionals focused on a career transition, I joined Bill Burnett and Dave Evans as their first group of certified Designing Your Life™ Coaches, This innovative life design methodology was created at Stanford University’s d.school AND it works regardless of your life stage.

Working with this great group of coaches, I designed my new life plan. Not only did I pivot my own coaching to focus to women in Design Your MidLife & Beyond, but I also relocated my home base to be closer to my children, and added much more travel, writing and other creative interests I’ve always wanted in my life. This is a life plan, not just a career plan! Visit my blog.

Talking about careers, my own career path has been anything but linear. I have over 10 years of coaching experience with clients from executives to university students. Prior to coaching, I worked in finance as a stockbroker, education as a teacher, co-founded a nonprofit, and consulted on high-level corporate initiatives for a large private company. For a period of time, I stepped out of the workforce to raise my daughter. Like most women, career flexibility has been both necessary and energizing.

Upon my return to the workplace, I worked in higher education as a Career Advisor and Associate Director with undergraduate and graduate students at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Tufts University, and Northeastern University. I loved working with students but higher education didn’t fit this forward-thinking strategist. It was then that I founded my career coaching business.

After a few years, I was back to prototyping. I now coach women like myself who are looking for something different in their next life stage and serious about getting started.

Besides coaching fabulous clients, I now make the time for exploring new activities and experiences. I spend several months each year in Paris. It is the truly the city of light and healing for me. I’m currently renovating my new (1925) home and getting ready to welcome a dog and a garden. It has been great fun to live part of the year in the same city as my son, daughter and sister. This new life is certainly challenging at times, but incredibly interesting and energizing. Bottom-line, I’m happy!

Degrees: M.A. Counseling, B.S. Business
Certifications: Design Your Life Coach, Gallup Strengths Coach, and Myers-Briggs (MBTI)Coach
Training: Co-Active Coach Training (CTI) and The Ford Institute of Integrative Coaching

Based in Boston, Massachusetts and Minneapolis, Minnesota. I work with clients globally via phone, Zoom, and in-person.

CCC Career Counselors Consortium Northeast
NCDA National Career Development Association
ACA American Counseling Association


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A Designing Your Life and Gallup Certified Strengths coach, working with Midlife & Beyond Women who are ready to design their fabulous next life stage.