A futurist firmly rooted in the here and now.

Sharri Harmel, Career Coaching, Strengths Coaching, Gallup StrengthsFinder, Networking, Gallup Certified,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 they created at Stanford University’s d.school works for everyone at every life stage. Working with this group of great coaches, I designed my new life plan. Not only did I pivot my own coaching focus to women in MidLife & Beyond, who desire to create their next life plan, 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!

Talking about careers, my own career path has been anything but linear. I’ve worked in finance, education, nonprofits, and in the counseling industry. I’ve founded a non-profit start-up, consulted on high-level corporate initiatives and for a period of time, stepped out of the workforce to raise my daughter. Like most women, career flexibility has been both necessary and energizing.

When I returned to the workplace, I worked in higher education as a career counselor to undergraduate and graduate students at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Tufts University, and Northeastern University. I enjoyed working with students and diving into technology but higher education didn’t fit this forward thinking strategist. It was then that I founded my career coaching business focusing primarily on millennials.

After a few years, I was back to prototyping. Using my own midlife and beyond coaching process, I realized that I wanted to coach women like myself who were looking for something different in their next life stage and inspired to get started. I now make the time to learn new things and have new experiences that have nothing to do with my “career.” The question I regularly ask myself, especially when I’m procrastinating with another course, workshop or achievement I think I need, “If not now, when?” No more.

Besides enjoying my new coaching clients, I now spend several months each year in Paris. It is 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, it makes me happy!