Spotlight Series: Meet Career Coach Liz Traines

1. Tell us a bit about yourself:

My name is Liz Traines and I run my own career and leadership coaching business. I transitioned from my Fortune 100 executive finance career back in 2015 to do something that felt more meaningful to me and haven't looked back since. I love helping people to grow in their careers so they can live to their fullest potential and make their desired impact on the world. I am from (and currently live in) Chicago, graduated from Boston University, and have traveled allover the world. I am a huge animal lover, avid worker outer, and love a good inspiring podcast (Oprah's soul continues to be my #1).

2. What was your first job and how did you get it?

My first job was working in my town's photography shop at 14. My mom knew the owner and I loved photography, so I asked if I could put in a summer application. It ended up being a pretty boring job, since I learned the machine did everything. It was nothing like my dark room classes I loved. My first office job was a finance internship. How I got the role was a good story. I was standing in line at Starbucks. I overheard the man in front of me asking if he could put up a flyer on their bulletin board for summer help. It was well-paying and perfectly aligned with my major! I told him to hold off on the flyer, I was looking for a job! He said to come in for an interview the following week. I worked there every summer in college and this experience taught me to never be afraid to ask for what you want.

3. How did you decide and get to your career today?

As I mentioned, I made a big pivot from my 8-year finance career. About half way through, I had a sense that I wanted to do something bigger and more meaningful (to me) with my life. My mind and body was telling me that this career path wasn't for me. For example, my stress levels were constantly out of whack, I was burned out constantly, and I couldn't ignore a voice in me that said you're not meant to do this type of work. So I did a lot of personal development and self-discovery. I learned what I loved was training, mentoring, coaching and started asking for more of it. In 2015, I was turning 30, and decided it was time to make it full-time and become an entrepreneur! Scariest decision of my life, but also the best.

4. What advice would you have given your younger self? Or what is the best career advice you have ever received?

Perspective is everything. Don't be afraid to explore and connect with people outside of your company and field. Knowing that there were SO many options out there, and many different ways to use similar skills, would have relieved a huge amount of stress for me. I also don't subscribe to the "If only I knew then, what I know now" mentality. We all live and learn and grow from our challenges - take time to reflect and have compassion for wherever you are on your path.

5. In 5 years, where do you hope to be professionally and personally?

I plan to continue growing my business, speaking, consulting, coaching, and writing about authentic leadership and resilience. I will have published at least 1 book, hopefully 2, and hired a few people to help me. Personally, I plan to be living in Chicago with my partner (he is out there somewhere!) with our child(ren) and my black lab, Stanley (who will be very gray, but hopefully still barking at skateboarders and motorcycles).

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