Coaching with Sam:
My approach is goal-oriented. I employ honesty, strategy, empathy, a teachable heart, and laughter during sessions.
If you would like to work with me, I recommend:
Brainstorming 1-3 topics you would like to work through during our session: this will serve as a guide for our time together. I will make sure that we utilize our session wisely and try my best to cover as much as possible.
Staying flexible and open to new ideas: I'm here to tell you what you need to hear, not what you want to hear. I regularly converse with recruiters who inform me of hiring trends; I use that data to make suggestions and drive action. I ask for permission to listen actively, ask difficult questions, interrupt you, cheer you on, challenge you, grow with you, and learn with you.
Remembering that this is your journey: consistency + duration = impact. By being diligent about taking down notes, planning ahead, and asking clarifying questions, you will walk away with some SMART goals to implement (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-sensitive).
As a lifelong learner, I thrive on empowering my clients to achieve their full potential. Having coached and facilitated sessions for 20,000+ professionals from entry-level grads to executives, I bring 10+ years of experience across professional coaching and technology. I have led regional professional development for UC Berkeley's Technical Re-skilling and Upskilling programs and oversaw Career Development for thousands of Data Analytics, Data Science, UX Design, Product Management, and Software Engineering professionals. I have also created e-learning curricula for 15,000+ professionals, and employee development programs for individual contributors, managers, leaders, and teams. I currently lead Talent Development Programs at Splunk, within the Talent and Organization Effectiveness team.
My expertise ranges across the entire spectrum of People Development functions: Talent Acquisition, Onboarding, Talent Management, Career Mobility, Learning and Development, Leadership Development, Manager Effectiveness, Internal Coaching Strategy, Executive Talent Assessment, Team Effectiveness, and Organization Design.
Prior to joining the People Development space, I worked in Communications, Product Marketing, and Enablement within Technology, which has made me well-acquainted with the challenges associated with customer-facing, engineering, and business support teams. Throughout my career, leaders have relied on me to exceed expectations, while I collaborated cross-functionally across various teams and levels for integrated Talent Management Programs. Living in the Bay Area gave me the opportunity to coach people from different walks of life and diverse cultures while keeping my craft innovative and interesting. I am currently based in the Dallas-Fort Worth Area.
God has created me to do Him some definite service. He has committed some work to me which He has not committed to another. I have my mission.
- John Henry Newman
Despite the accomplishments in my bio, my faith is what helps me to embody love, hope, charity, and perseverance, when navigating my own life, and also when helping others. In his text, Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle created a system of moral behavior that is known as Virtue Ethics. He believed that achieving a virtuous lifestyle takes time and practice—virtue was a state of mind and action that a person must practice themselves. Developing humility and fortitude continue to be my focus, while I aim to make a difference through my knowledge, skills, and talents, wherever I am led to go. I believe that there is something to learn from everyone, and embed the Socratic Method into how I live.
Specializations and Industry Awards:
I specialize in navigating transitions (pivots) into technology and designing a career centered in achieving life and family goals, rooted in personal values and whole person development.
In 2018 I was honored to be invited into the Forbes Coaches Council for my contribution to the Workforce Education and Development space.
B.A., Economics - Monash University
M.S., Organization Development - Penn State University
Design Thinking (LUMA)
Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Instrument Administration (MBTI)
Marshall Goldsmith Executive Leadership Development (MG-SCC)
Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (in-progress)
ATD Certified Virtual Training Designer
In my free time, you may find me: reading, writing, helping my community, exploring HIIT classes, nature, libraries, and learning about Human Behavior, Philosophy, Theology, or a skill I am trying to master.