MOVING LEADERS FORWARD TO UNLOCK THEIR
TRUE POTENTIAL AND REALIZE THEIR VISION.
My mission in life always has been about helping others. In my day-to-day life, I would regularly find small moments in the community or within my workplace to practice random acts of kindness. These moments have always brought meaning to my life and great purpose to my work. However, after my layoff from a biotechnology company following a Phase 2 clinical trial failure, I was left with the looming question “What is next for me?”
I could have easily stayed working in my comfortable profession within Investor Relations and Corporate Communications where I had been working in the financial and healthcare industries for over 15 years. But during this time of personal reflection, I had to determine if staying in corporate was just me “taking the easy way out” or if I was even happy with my current life and living out my true purpose.
I had an exciting career having risen from entry level to manager, to director, to senior director and all the way to Vice President working closely with a CEO and CFO. I spent much of my time working on strategic communications and messaging, company presentations, and speaking with company shareholders and prospects. I also worked regularly with other senior management, cross functional teams, business colleagues, scientists, and a variety of Wall Street professionals. I often engaged in problem solving, raised potential within teams, created more effective organizational communication, and assisted with employee conflict and crisis management.
The experience I gained during my corporate years was immeasurable. However, I had reached a point in my career where I wanted something new and more exciting. I wanted my next career pivot to speak to my purpose.
I always had envisioned myself becoming a professional coach after I retired, but I was nowhere near retirement when I was about to be let go from my job. I took a week off and, after some deep thinking, I made the decision to leave my industry and move ahead with professional coaching.
I immediately enrolled into the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC) to start my coaching certification. While my transition likely appeared risky to those looking on from the outside, I felt confident I was moving in the right direction. However, not even a month into my program, my mother developed pneumonia and passed away unexpectedly.
My world was shattered. I contemplated if I should even continue my new journey. Right before she passed, however, we spoke about the changes I was making in my life. She was elated for me and had always shared with me her belief about the importance of listening to one's inner voice. I have often found opportunity lurking among the darkness so I was confident moving forward that this was the correct decision for me and for this next chapter of my life.
I became a certified executive coach because I derive great joy and personal satisfaction helping others accomplish their goals and watching them become empowered by their successes. Without having a personal vision of where we want to go in life and in our careers, we can often get stuck and continue to get in our own way. This is why I work with leaders to move them to unlock their true potential and realize their vision.
My mission in life always has been about helping others when and where I can—because I can.
So let’s chat and see how we can partner together to keep you moving forward.
INSIGHT: COACH JONES
I started my career as a professional musician. My first instrument of choice was voice—later studying both the viola and the piano. I graduated from the University of Virginia with a BA in music. I went on to study professional music with an emphasis on jazz vocal performance at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. I collaborated on many music projects and traveled within the US as well as performed in other countries. One of the most interesting projects I worked on and participated in was with the country of Cypress performing in the Eurovision Song Contest.
I HELP WHEN AND WHERE I CAN, BECAUSE I CAN.
I use a customized approach with clients as I believe one program does not fit everyone. When I work with you, we start with a deep-dive conversation. From there, we complete the following steps:
We conduct discovery, or figure out “where you are/who you are.”
We create a developmental plan around your desired outcomes.
We then execute your plan to reach your goals.
Coaching is solely client driven and directed. I’m here for you as an accountability partner, and I will ask you questions you likely are not asking yourself. I will cheer you on but I also will be firm and direct to help you reach your goals.
Group & Team Coaching
Get in touch with me to learn more about how coaching can help you in a group or team setting.
I offer several kinds of speaker coaching, including keynote presentations, TEDx, and the general sharpening of your boardroom and meeting skills. Through a series of analysis and exercises, together we will build your presence and confidence as a speaker. We will begin with understanding your present voice and space. We next study your body language, eye contact, tempo, and other important delivery aspects. In the end, your inner-voice will become one with your outer-voice, so that your presence is felt by your audience in a natural and effective way.
Interview Prep Coaching
There is so much more involved with prepping for an interview than what most people realize. I have experience and insight that has led me to put together an effective and comprehensive approach that will prepare for your big interview you are eagerly anticipating. We will take a look at your current resume, job descriptions, qualifications, experience, and abilities. Moving forward, we will examine potential interview questions, conduct mock interviews, and more. Ultimately, you will feel well equipped for your moment to shine. Contact me to get started today!
CEO/President at Invenio Coaching
“Nicole Jones is an excellent executive and corporate coach. I have had the pleasure of working with her, as my coach, for the past year and a half. She has the uncanny ability to bring out the very best in people. She will cause you to think outside the box and consider options and possibilities that have not occurred to you. She will challenge you and hold you accountable. Her experience and background brings together a very unique set of skills which she masterfully applies to her coaching. In working with her, I have been able to significantly advance my business. Nicole's coaching has been the key to my progress over the past year. If you're looking to advance your career, your business or some aspect of your personal life, you will find no better coach than Nicole.”
Medical Director, The Breast Center at Milford Regional
“Nicole’s leadership experience in the corporate world, coupled with her entrepreneurial spirit and experience in directing her own business to success, makes her an invaluable coach. She helps the client identify their most effective leadership strengths and strategies to achieve personal and organizational goals. In Medicine, goals are intertwined and multiple variables affect success. Patient safety and quality of care, teaching, research, revenue, program development, leadership of people at different levels are some of the variables. Nicole was instrumental in helping me strategize on leadership style resulting in excellent engagement of my team and successful program development to optimize delivery of the highest quality of care for cancer patients.”
Director, Alliance Management at Sarepta Therapeutics
“Nicole Jones has personally helped me navigate the many challenges of the corporate world due to her business acumen honed from her many years of experience. I have used Nicole's services on several occasions in multiple capacities, and continue to do so; her input always pays off. While managing a challenging career change, she helped me at every step of the process-from preparing for initial interviews, tailoring my message, and consulting with me at every step until ultimately accepting the offer. In my new role, she continues to work with me, consistently helping to ensure I deliver successful corporate presentations to the C-suite and driving my points home for senior managers. Nicole is a highly reliable go-to resource in a variety of capacities who I continue to seek out for her trusted guidance and support.”