About Stefanie

I am passionate about everything related to personal and professional growth.   Not only do I make my living this way as a life coach, career coach and speaker, I also walk my own talk every day.

That is what this blog is all about, my (and sometimes others I know) real life experiences, thoughts, curiosities, and learning around growth.  Think of it as personal and professional growth in action!

Here’s my story…

Growing up in Valley Stream, New York (on Long Island) in the 70’s and 80’s was a great experience.  We had a park right accross the street from our house where I would go and ride my powder blue ten speed bike almost every day.  During the summer, my brother and I would go to the pool at one end of the park with our mother while dad was working (in those early day’s mom didn’t work).   All the schools I attended (Wheeler Avenue elementary, Memorial Jr High and Central HS) were all within walking distance.

Hendrickson Park and Pool Complex by Morton Fox.

Fast forward several years through college (Nassau Community, Adelphi and Hofstra), I entered the world of career counseling at St. John’s University in NY.  I loved my work helping students and alumni navigate the often confusing world of career choice and job search.

The thought of moving out of New York began after I married my wonderful husband Paul Zizzo.  But it would take 10 more years until the pull became so strong that we made the leap to North Carolina.  It was one of the best decisions we ever made (besides getting married to each other!).   Another great decision was the launch of my coaching and speaking business in 2005.

Our life these days is focused on enjoying our home in Apex, North Carolina, our time together and our individual passions.  For me that includes working with my clients, speaking to groups and building my career and life coaching business locally (Raleigh, Apex and Cary) – as well as all across the country (since my coaching sessions take place by telephone I have clients everywhere from California to New York)

I also enjoy creative endeavors such as painting and baking, and of course time with my very good friends and going to the lake.  As for Paul, he is a professional musician in his spare time.

Yes we are busy, but love every minute of it!

Professionally, in the coaching realm, I hold my Professional Coach Certification (PCC) through the International Coach Federation, completed Appreciative Engagement Coaching Level 1 Certification and am a graduate of the Institute for Life Coaching Training.  In addition, I hold a Masters in Counseling and Bachelors in Psychology.  Can you tell I love learning?

Want to get to know my philosophy of coaching and walk away with some tips for your own personal and professional growth?   Listen to these audio recodings from Blog Talk Radio – Coaching Thoughts & Tips for Growth and Go to Play Every Day

Looking forward to getting to know you too!