We had the good fortune of connecting with Christine Meier and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Christine, is there a quote or affirmation that’s meaningful to you?
“It’s never too late to be what you might have been.” It’s a quote from George Eliot, pen name for Mary Ann Evans, a Victorian era novelist. It perfectly encapsulates my journey from the corporate world to entrepreneur and what really drives me in supporting my clients as we work together. It’s a constant reminder to check in with your heart not just your head to uncover what you truly want for your career and in life in general. I think about myself 20 years from now. Where do I hope to be? What do I want to have accomplished? What risks did I hope to have taken? What legacy do I want to leave? Questions like these help open the mind to possibilities, opportunities and define the path you wish to take.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
A few years ago, after a 20 year career in marketing and business development, I found myself wanting a real change. I had been exploring roles similar to what I had always done while simultaneously volunteering as a career coach a few hours a week at a non profit organization. The more I explored opportunities on my same career path, the more my heart kept returning to coaching. It brought me to reflect on my own career and the moments where coaching would have benefitted me and perhaps even changed my career trajectory. I wanted to provide that support for others and do so at various points in their career not just at the most senior levels. One day I decided to take the first step and enroll in my first coaching fundamentals course. I was officially hooked and never looked back. My coaching business is focused on individuals who are at that crossroads in their career. Those that are stuck in their current role seeking success or wanted to make a complete career shift. My approach is to form a strong collaborative partnership with my clients to drive them forward in reaching their goals and unlocking their potential. This includes gaining clarity on what they truly value, building confidence, defining their brand or leadership style and managing that inner critic that can hold many back from exploring new possibilities and opportunities.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Before moving to LA, I thought it was just one large sprawling city with no distinct personality. When in actuality each town brings its own uniqueness with many hidden treasures that I continue to uncover. I would plan my friend’s trip to highlight as much of that as possible. We would start off each day on foot or on a bike with hikes that show the beauty of the city like Temescal and Runyon Canyon or the oceanfront boardwalks of Santa Monica and Marina del Rey. We would dine at some of my favorite restaurants like the Reel Inn in Malibu, Eveleigh in West Hollywood and Gjelina in Venice. Visit museums like the Broad and the Getty Villa. Finally, if they are visiting in the summer, catching a show at the Hollywood Bowl or the Greek is a must.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
There are so many that come to mind but first and foremost my husband Seth. Without his love and support, I would not be where I am today. My extended family and friends that have been my cheerleaders throughout the various stages of my life and career. The coaches I networked with prior to launching my business that continue to be mentors and invaluable colleagues. All the incredible people I learned from and trained with to achieve my coaching certification at the CoActive Training Institute and International Coaching Federation. Last but not least my children that remind me to take time to enjoy all of life’s twists, turns and the little moments that can easily be ignored.