However, I am none of those things, so I will just stick to being an optimist, idealist, and a pragmatist. I see the world as I would like it to be – peaceful, safe, green, with happy people building one another up. Yet, I also see the world as it is; characterized by challenges that cause pain and discomfort, and I believe I have a part to play to make the world a better place. Cultivating human potential is what I consider my personal and professional duty and one I embrace with great delight.
What I Do
I describe my work as that of cultivating human potential. I people who seek personal development to leverage their inner strengths for leading self and others, career success, productivity, enhanced relationships. The main avenues through which I support people are coaching, mentoring, training, and developing inspiring, thought-provoking content.
May Career Adventure
When I was growing up, I always wanted to be a teacher, because I thought teachers had lots of fun taking three vacations in a year when school was out. By the time I got to high school, I had changed my mind and wanted to be a fashion designer, so I took pattern drafting and clothing technology. I also toyed with the idea of becoming an accountant someday, because I enjoyed principles of accounts and I thought accounting was a pretty easy path to employment. Sure enough, accounting was the opportunity that presented itself to me, even before I completed my studies and so it became the launchpad for my career life.
Pursuing accountancy studies while holding a full-time job, being a wife, and mom taught me commitment and resilience. After a decade and a half in the field of debits and credits, I relocated with my family to West Africa and that was the first of five major relocations that we managed. I describe my career journey as an adventure spanning five countries and over 25 years in various fields, which include accounting, professional education, critical skills training, professional coaching, mentoring, writing, and editing.
Formal entry into professional coaching and writing
My journey in professional coaching formally began circa 2013, when I studied a unit called coaching and mentoring for leadership and management in my MBA class. This resulted in an impactful dissertation project on supporting professionals to engage in meaningful and fulfilling work in and out of employment.
Becoming a licensed LIFO® interpersonal communication and behaviour styles practitioner and a Certified Christian Leadership Coach (CCLC) enables me to offer enhanced value to my clients. I offer training and coaching under the banner of Cogent Afrique Ltd, a company I founded in 2014, with the mission of bringing out the best in people.
My writing is evolving over time, from the humble beginnings of writing in my journal to a little fiction story, low-key blogging, and finally to writing a career book. Being a member of professional networks is important for growth, engagement, and mutual support. My current networks include the International Coach Federation (ICF) Kenya Chapter, the Kenya Faith Writers’ Network. (KFWN) and Media Associates International (MAI).