My name is Debbie Lawrence and I am the founder and President of Abundant Living Inc.
For me, coaching is the happy result of a great deal of personal development and actively managing change in my own life, as well as the insight I have gained from over 30 years of working with others in achieving their personal goals.
I began coaching early in my career as a teacher and facilitator, especially with adult students and corporate clients in various areas of professional self-development and career planning. When I accepted a senior management position with a private adult college, I had the opportunity to coach thousands of students and their families in making career choices. Later, as a college principal and the Vice-President of KeyCorp Inc., I was able to coach and mentor new college administrators and their staff.
Being the former Director of the International Association of Coaches’ Professional Ethics and Review Committee, I believe it is important to form an open and trusting partnership with each and every client.
As a coach, my strengths are in my ability to truly listen, to trust my intuition for what is spoken as well as unspoken, and my strategic approach to managing change. I know from experience the personal power, self-confidence and the energy gained when a person knows someone is in their corner; someone who is objective and committed to helping them realize their dreams.
Being in a room with a group of adult learners is always like coming home for me. As a proponent of lifelong learning, I feel privileged to play a role in participants’ professional and personal development. As a recipient of the NS Champion Ambassador Award for Workplace Education, I am committed to the importance of cultivating mastery of skill in whatever you do and encourage my students to deepen their learning whenever they can.
To quote Max Dupree, “we cannot become what we need to be, remaining what we are”. Give yourself the gift of a coach who can work with you to become all you know you can and want to be.