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Juana Love is an Executive & Career Transition Coach with extensive experience in risk management, executive leadership development and corporate communications. During her 21 year career with a major Property and Casualty Third Party Administrator, Juana served in variety of executive leadership roles. In 2011, she was a finalist of a select group of internal nominees for submission to “Women to Watch in Insurance”

Juana holds a bachelor’s degree from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and an MBA, from Webster University. She recently completed the Executive And Professional Coaching Program through University of Texas at Dallas (ACTP). Juana is an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and currently serves on the boards of Family Resources and Community Connections and The Jazz Edge, Inc.

We asked Juan a series of questions. 

1. How long have you been a coach and where did you train?
I was first exposed to coaching when I decided it was time to do something different from a career perspective as I had reached a point in my career where I felt that my personal goals, mission and purpose were no longer being served in a way that I found fulfilling. It was something I had been contemplating for a couple of years and it was through working with a career coach that I knew that coaching was something that not only aligned with my passion and skill set, but it could also allow me to use my past corporate experience and background to help others like me, who believed there was more both professionally and personally! I enrolled in the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) Executive and Professional Coaching program in September of 2014 and completed their one year executive coach training program. I received their Graduate Certificate in Executive and Professional Coaching and then received my ACC this past July.

2. What was the biggest surprise you experienced about being trained as a coach?
The impactful way in which you are able to help others literally change their lives! I have an email that I received from a client who was experiencing some major career and life transitions, who hired me during a period in which she felt stuck and didn’t know what actions to take to move forward. She shared how our sessions helped her complete a book she was writing, launch a new business, attend an international conference and enter a new career field! Whenever, I have one of those days where I wonder if I’m really making a difference in the world, I pull out that email as a reminder of the invaluable power of coaching!

3. What led you to ICF St. Louis, and what are the benefits you receive by being a member? 
I started attending chapter meetings as a way of dipping my toe in the coaching water, even before applying to the UTD coach training program. I wanted to get a full understanding of what coaching was, how viable it was as a business pursuit and to get feedback on the various training programs through the experience of other successful coaches who had already traveled the road on which I was about to embark. The benefits are numerous; the additional training that is provided, the continuing education credits and the ability to interact with both established and new coaches are just a few of benefits that I enjoy as part of our local chapter membership.

4. Who do you love to serve and why?
I love serving professionals who are transitioning into leadership roles, looking to enhance their leadership skills, or contemplating a new career decision/transition. I also have experience working with Not-for-Profit board leadership and helping them with professional development and board training as part of their strategic planning process. In September 2015, I started my own coaching practice, Professional Evolutions, LLC and I look forward to growing my practice while continuing my own personal and professional development as an Executive & Career Transition Coach. 5. What one recommendation would you make to prospective coaches considering entering our profession?

5. What one recommendation would you make to prospective coaches considering entering our profession?

Find a good coach and experience the full joy of being coached. Coaching creates self-awareness and opens your mind to new possibilities, while holding you accountable for your own progress. A good coach will help you accomplish goals and achieve levels of personal satisfaction and success that you simply can’t achieve on your own.

6. Who are some of the people in our profession that have influenced you very positively?

I had a wonderful experience going through the UTD coaching program and really enjoyed all of the instructors. I don’t think I realized how much I had learned until I completed the program and really had time to reflect on how well organized and structured the program was and how well it prepared me to be the type of coach I aspire to be. In the fall of 2016, I created a “Business Building Accountability Mastermind” (BBAM) group comprised of five members from our UTD cohort. We meet telephonically every other month to connect and share what’s working in our practices, what’s not working so well, what books we’re reading, events we’re attending, etc. as a way to check in and keep us focused as we work towards building profitable full-time coaching practices. It’s an awesome group and the energy and inspiration that we draw from each other is just amazing. It’s also a great accountability tool!

In our ICF chapter, Nicki McClusky, PCC, BCC, Chauna Williams and Linden Crawford have all been wonderful sources of inspirations. Nicki has been a great mentor and through a coaching session with her, gave me the push I needed to go on and complete my ACC certification. I had more than enough coaching hours, but for a number of reasons (none with merit), kept dragging my feet on completing the ICF exam.

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The Heights Community Center
Argus Room
8001 Dale Ave.
Richmond Heights, Mo 63117

5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Networking 5:30- 5:45pm 

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2019 Dates: 
May 28, June 25, July 23, Sept 24, Oct 22, Nov 26
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