Location: Chicago, IL
How will clients benefit with you as their coach?
Clients who work with me may achieve any of the following.
I believe that each client I work with is naturally creative, resourceful, and whole. No one is broken or needs to be fixed. I believe we all have unique gifts that we were born with and this life is our opportunity to share our gifts and make the world a better place. I believe we all want to be seen for who we are without judgment. As a result, my primary coaching approach involves conducting a baseline assessment to help individuals articulate where they are (current state) and where they want to be in their lives (future state). We look at level of satisfaction across ones’ whole life personally and professionally. We explore what brings people fulfillment. This process involves articulating a unique set of professional/personal values to guide decision-making. We also explore one’s purpose in life and vision for public health. We explore individual strengths and how to build on what comes naturally as well as develop a plan to address the gaps (through training and/or surrounding self with others whose natural strengths are our gaps). We explore what holds a person back, negative self-talk that is not helpful, and together we identify ways to address these challenges and move forward with conviction. We look at stuck places in a person’s life and find a wide range of perspectives about these stuck places so people can identify new ways to move forward. And we practice mindfulness, or awareness, of the ups and downs in one’s life. My goal is to create a space of non-judgment and self-compassion so that clients can trust who they are and move forward with grace and confidence.What types of people do you typically coach?
I provide executive and leadership coaching for public health, healthcare, and social service professionals. These individuals include graduate students, emerging leaders, mid-level managers, senior leaders, and those transitioning into "retirement" or the next phase of their lives. I enjoy working with people who are driven and who are committed to living life on purpose and who care about making a difference in their communities and the world.
What are 5 strengths you have as a coach?
I have a bachelor's degree in psychology, a master's degree in developmental psychology, and a DrPH in public health/maternal and child health from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
I currently work as an internal coach and faculty member with the Maternal and Child Health Program, Division of Community Health Sciences, School of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and am well-connected in the field. I am also a faculty member with the UIC DrPH in Leadership program (since 2012) where I am an advisor and faculty member. I teach a core course in personal leadership development. I have worked at UIC since 2000. I also have a private executive and leadership coaching practice that I have maintained since 2005. Beyond my formal education, I am a lifelong learner studying a range of programs that bring the human spirit alive. I am a yoga teacher and embodyment yoga therapist trained through Svaroopa Yoga. This gentle form of yoga is focused on eliminating chronic pain and helping people to be more mindful in and about their lives. I believe this level of work is a cutting-edge in our world and will improve public health. For additional information you can visit my linkedin profile at https://www.linkedin.com/in/krisrisley/ or you can visit my website at www.krisrisley.com.
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