I was. I was ready to leave a successful career. The cocktail hours. Corporate dinners. The generous paycheck I'd grown accustomed to. I was ready to burn it all down. To rise up. Start anew. I knew what I wanted to do, I just didn't know how to do it.
Each of us has something we really want to do with our lives – but haven't done yet. Or we’ve reached a milestone, only to feel we want something different – something more. Maybe you want to break free of the corporate world. Build your own business. Travel the globe. But you think you can't – because you're the breadwinner, the boss, the responsible party. Or debt keeps you standing still. The list of perceived limitations is long. So we keep ourselves locked into familiar roles and expectations.
This is especially common among high-achieving women. We're used to getting things done – and we can feel trapped in roles we committed to when we were younger – in our careers, relationships and family lives. Over time, it can be hard to see who we've become and admit to what we want and need now.
At some point, you feel it deep down: It's no longer okay that you haven't done the thing you're drawn to. Sometimes you need someone else's perspective to help you see what you really want. To understand how to break free of your limitations and limiting beliefs. You need someone to help you explore your options so that you can give yourself permission to redefine and reinvent yourself.
My name is Alora Chistiakoff. As a professional coach, my purpose is to help you get clear about what you truly want. To create space for transformation. And to make a plan to experience radical reinvention.
If you've been successful in your career, it's usually because you learned how to capitalize on what you're good at. That's why I'm a big believer in a strengths-based approach to coaching. Using strengths assessments and related tools, I'll help you see how to repurpose the skills that empower you in the workplace and apply them to the rest of your life.
I offer one-on-one personal coaching via phone or video call. Our process begins with a complimentary consultation.
What is your number one superpower?
What goals did you pursue that got you where you are today?
What do you most want people to say about you at your funeral?
If you could go back and give your 20-year-old self a piece of advice, what would it be?
What's the most meaningful compliment you could get from someone?
What do you envision when you think of feeling truly free?
What role or roles do you play in your life that feel the most constricting?
When you were little, what was your most vivid daydream about your grown-up life?
My clients are corporate professionals, business owners and motivated decision-makers. They're high-achieving, driven women who know their value – and know they’re worth even more when they value themselves.
Alora is professional and pragmatic in her approach. Her insights and perspective are spot on and I always come away with the clarity and confidence for the next steps I want to take in my career.
Alora helped me work my way from a junior project manager to manager of an entire PMO for one of the entertainment industry’s most iconic brands. I look forward to her guidance as I transition into executive leadership.
Not only is Alora approachable and a wonderful listener, she also gives realistic guidance and incredibly sage advice. She makes me feel like a fierce woman in heels, capable of conquering anything in my role. And I can.
Alora has been my best secret asset throughout my career. I reached a roadblock following the economic slow-down in the mid 2000’s. Alora’s straight-shooting approach helped restore my confidence and realign my path.
When I was ready to return to work after taking time off to have my son, Alora was instrumental in my transition back to full-time employment. I reach out to her whenever I have a need in my personal or professional life.
I've recently gone through employment transitions and have added another child to our family. I'm thankful to have found a confidant to hold me accountable and progressing at a time I thought I would have been set back.
Alora easily identified my strengths and helped me see them from a different point of view. I’ve made a huge change from being a technical person to leading a startup. Her empathic approach built trust from the beginning.
As a successful tech executive, I was often the only girl in the boys' clubhouse. I spent 25 years helping companies succeed – and I was good at it. For a long time, I loved the work and the lifestyle that came with it. Until I didn't. Until I realized all my energy was focused on things that weren't personally important to me. I realized I was simply repeating myself out of habit and comfort. That's when I knew it was time to give up the safe stuff.
But I felt stuck. My seemingly successful career gave me access to everything an upper-middle class professional is supposed to have and want: a house, fine furniture, a fancy sportscar. From the outside, it looked like a good life. I had a high income, but I was paying a mortgage to house stuff I didn't need. I was great at my job, but I was building a life defined by some external idea of success. I went to bed every night praying to burn my own house down so I could be set free.
My moment of truth arrived with the realization that I was done proving myself – to others and to myself. With that understanding, the motivation to stay on the same career path disappeared. It was a moment of freedom. The moment I unlocked the handcuffs I'd put on myself – shackles I hadn't even realized were holding me in place.
In years of running teams and organizations, no matter what my official responsibilities were, the work I found truly meaningful was coaching and mentoring my staff. As a goal-oriented person, I love checking things off of my to-do list. But it was helping others take steps toward bigger, more significant and meaningful change that sustained me during the years I felt trapped in my own career. Those personal interactions fueled me, and coaching became the key to my freedom.
I've been using the Gallup Strengths Training tool in business and with my staff for more than a decade. Used in corporate environments everywhere, it provides one of the most comprehensive, data-driven views of personal strengths available and is an enormously powerful tool when leading and growing teams. What I love most about it, though, is how an understanding of your strengths is empowering and transformative well beyond your career. Once you identify your personal superpowers, it becomes clear how those strengths show up in your everyday life and how you can leverage them for yourself, not just for your job.
With a focus on recognizing and applying personal power to drive change, iPEC's comprehensive coach training program provided me with the perfect complement to Gallup's tools. Similarly, when needed, I call on the practical tools and techniques provided through MAPS Business Coaching to address the daily challenges of building and running a business.
Throughout my life, I've reinvented myself more than once. I went from a size 22 to a size 6. Moved my life from the west coast to the east. Married. Divorced. Most recently, I left the U.S. to live and travel as a digital nomad. I grew up in family-owned businesses; I have spent more than 20 years helping entrepreneurs build their businesses. As a former COO, serial entrepreneur and professional coach, execution is my strong suit. I'm at my happiest when I can use my skills and personal experience to help other women define where they want to go and make an action plan to get there.
My work is about reinvention that honors who you are today – not who you were 20 years ago. It's an ongoing process that takes focus, dedication and motivation – from coach and client alike.