Meet Stefanie

My focus and passion is coaching people through career and life transitions, challenging them to stretch beyond their comfort zones and transform their lives. Here is the story of my life transformation and how I stretched…

For more than 11 years I worked as a Career Counselor in a university, helping hundreds of students and alumni learn about themselves and choose their career paths, often stepping out of their comfort zones to take their careers in a whole new direction. I loved my career!

Then, in late 2003, I began to question what I was doing with my life…was I achieving what I wanted to, developing the way I wanted to, living a life that fit who I was?  The answer was no. While my life was good, I was living it from a place of “safe and comfortable”.

So I embarked on a journey of self discovery, gaining my own clarity with who I was and what I wanted for my life and career.  The journey was an exciting, and often scary one…full of “what if’s”, especially since I never considered myself a risk taker. I knew that I needed support and encouragement to “let go of the ledge” of my comfort …so I hired my own coach – someone who challenged me to do more than I ever thought I would.

The result…finding our “perfect” place to live – after a lifetime in New York we moved to North Carolina, a place we always dreamed of, but never knew existed – yet also a place where we did not know a single person! In addition to that leap, I also completed my career transition from Career Counselor in a university to a self-employed Career and Life Coach.  I am proud of how far I have come and excited about the future!  Starting my life over was the biggest stretch of my life, but it does not stop there…

Finding Your Possibilities

I’ve created a series called Finding Your Possibilities, which include short 3-5 minute videos on topics such as Rejuvenate Your Passion, Disover Your Possibilities and Transitions.

View my first one, Meet Stefanie, now:

Journey From Comfort to Possibility

A workbook of self-discovery and personal transformation and a great starting off point for anyone considering a life change, thinking about working with a life coach, or ready to put what they have learned about themselves through the many self-help books they have read, into action!  Learn more about the self study workbook

The Blog

My goal with the blog is to share my day-to-day life experiences, thoughts and “ah-ha” moments. Read personal and professional development inspirational messages

Radio and Television

Deidre Hughey of Buzz Builder ( invited me on her Blog Talk Radio Show where I talk about my coaching philosophy, my entrance into this exciting field and some thoughts and tips for your own growth.  Coaching Thoughts & Tips for Growth

I had my TV Debut!  My seminar on Getting Noticed, Known and Connected for the Triangle United Way in Durham, was covered by one of our local TV stations, NBC-17. Talk about being out of my comfort zone!

Associations, Education and Certifications

I served as the President of the Raleigh, N.C. chapter of the International Coach Federation ( in 2014 and as Past President in 2015 and 2016.  I am also a member of Chix in Business ( a women’s business group in Raleigh, NC.

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?

But enough about me, what about YOU!

On this page you have hopefully learned a bit about me. Now I would love to learn about you, your passions and goals. We can do that in several ways!

  • FREE Coaching Consultation – Call me to schedule your FREE life coaching or career coaching consultation. Share how you would like to stretch and what may be keeping you stuck in comfort. Let’s have an interactive discussion where you come away with at least one strategy to move forward as well as an overview of what you could experience through coaching.
  • Coaching Workshops– If you are local to the Raleigh, NC area and would like to connect in person, get in touch to discuss scheduling a live seminar or workshop.
  • Newsletter – Sign up for your “Monthly Dose of Inspiration and Introspection” and each month receive an inspirational message and learn about upcoming seminars.
  • Check out my blog.

Together, let’s work together to take your life in a totally new direction.  Yes, it is scary and challenging…but equally exciting and full of possibilities!

Stefanie Zizzo – 919-744-9722 –