Coaching with Sam:

My approach is goal-oriented. I employ honesty, grit, 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.

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  • 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).

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About Sam:

Experience:

As a lifelong learner, I thrive on empowering my clients to achieve their full potential. Having coached and facilitated sessions for 5000+ 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 coaching for thousands of data analytics, data science, UX design, product management, and engineering professionals. I have also created e-learning curricula for 20,000+ professionals, and employee development courses for individual contributors, managers, and teams. I currently lead learning and talent programs at Samsung, for employees in Research, Innovation, and Development.

 

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 collaborating cross-functionally across various teams and levels for integrated talent management. 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. 

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. 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.

Specializations and Industry Awards:

I specialize in navigating transitions (pivots), designing a career centered in achieving life goals, setting SMART objectives, management development, and leadership development.

In 2018 I was honored to be invited into the Forbes Coaches Council for my contribution to the workforce development space.

Education:

B.A., Economics - Monash University

M.S., Organization Development - Penn State University (2021 - nearing completion)

Certifications:

  • Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Instrument Administration (MBTI)

  • Marshall Goldsmith Executive Leadership Development (MG-SCC)

  • Co-Active Coaching Fundamentals

  • ATD Certified Virtual Training Designer

Hobbies:

In my free time, you may find me: reading, writing, baking, cooking KETO recipes, helping my community, exploring HIIT classes, nature, libraries, and learning about Human Behavior, Philosophy, Theology, or a skill I am trying to master.