About Me   

Hi, I’m Vanessa!   

I’m so glad you’re here.  

I am a Leadership Coach and Mompreneur trying to balance it all. I live in Northern Virginia, just outside of Washington, DC, with my husband, two daughters, and our dog, Daisy. I love laughing, dancing, reading, and going to the beach. I wish I had more time to work out, but when I have to choose between money, family, and sweat, I always pick the first two.

What I Do:   

I help people increase self-confidence, develop leadership skills, rediscover their creativity, and enhance their self-worth. 

I want to live in a world where we value and foster self-worth, empathy, and creativity in ourselves and others.

 

I want to create healthy workplaces where people’s minds and spirits thrive.

I want my daughters to live in a world where women are valued, appreciated, and respected as much as men.

Why I Do It:  

How I Do It:

By vanquishing imposter syndrome.

Teaching acting techniques and methodologies that create compelling presentations and influential leaders.

Facilitating team building workshops to improve communication and collaboration. 

Facilitating creativity workshops to support innovation. 

Creating compassionate communities.

My Professional Story

I coach people to be more confident, influential, and successful in their work and lives. I work with professionals at every level to develop their unique leadership style and shine in the spotlight. I facilitate workshops for teams that empower them to be more collaborative, communicative, creative, and compassionate.  

I have 15 years of leadership experience at two of the nation’s premier art organizations, The Washington Ballet and The Shakespeare Theatre Company. My coaching practice and methodology was developed through my signature class, Acting for Business Professionals, at The Shakespeare Theater Company.  I share acting techniques to create executive presence, engage an audience, tell compelling stories, and overcome imposter syndrome. My class became so popular, it was featured in The Washington Post and on NPR. The next thing I knew, I had a thriving coaching practice.

I have a lifetime of experience in the spotlight as an actress and improv artist. I have performed in plays across the country, on television in Los, Angeles, and co-founded The Faction of Fools, an improvisation based, devised theater company in Washington, DC.

 

My background in theater influences my unique coaching and facilitation methods. I hold an MFA in Acting from Purdue University, a BFA in Acting from UMBC, and a certificate from The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts.

I am also a life-long learner who craves knowledge like it’s chocolate. I am currently pursuing my M.S. in Organizational Development and Knowledge Management at George Mason University.

New Here?  Here's How To Connect With Me:

  1. Join one of my compassionate communities on Social Media 

  2. Subscribe to my email list and get my monthly newsletter with free public speaking tips, confidence boosters, and special offers.  

  3. Check out my blog, where I share stories, articles, and tips on Leadership, Public Speaking, Creativity, Team Building, and Empowerment. 

  4. Schedule a chat with me so we can find a way to collaborate.

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