27 Years: Corporate Executive to Author, Coach and Speaker

When You Know Who You Are, What The World Dishes Out, Is Not So Bad

Success to Significance welcomes Louise Elliott, who has parlayed a successful career in corporate IT into a growing business. Louise is a creative, natural servant-leader who is impacting lives on several continents.

Louise invested 27 years in corporate IT. She was Executive Director at JPMorgan Chase in 2013 when she began to evaluate her life and what she wanted to do. At the same time, she was increasingly less enthusiastic about her work and her health was suffering due to the stress.

She refocused her efforts on her career development, continuing to work full time while building her speaking, coaching and mentoring business on the side.

Louise Elliot Speaking She left Chase in 2014 and joined a company where she could invest 80% of her time doing what she loves.

Louise was downsized in January 2016 along with 150 colleagues, and successfully coached her colleagues through the layoffs.

On top of a full time career and building a business on the side, Louise is working on her Masters in Psychology, which is one of her life goals.

Louise is also a single mom of teenage son who aspires to play hockey in the NHL.

If she weren't busy enough, Louise is remodeling her home and has a photography hobby that allows her to express her artistic side.

Louise is Founder and Chief Transformational Officer (CTO) at her company, CareerPowerShift

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Louise's Thought Leadership

  • I knew what I wanted to do, but didn't have the courage to do it.
  • I sought help internally from Nancy Gilbertsen, who was tremendously helpful.
  • I immersed myself [in the Deeper path Coaching] and it was exactly what I needed at the time.
  • [The bank] said all the right things to say that things would change. So I bought into that. They did a lot of talking. They just didn't walk that walk I needed them to. So I basically said ‘I can't do this anymore'. I needed an environment that's conducive to my needs so that I can do what I love to do.
  • There were a lot of obligations monetarily that precluded me from stepping into my own business right away. So, I took an opportunity where I could practice my leadership skills … I actually got to spend about 80% of my day doing what I love to do.
  • I knew I was taking a step back; I was at a significant, high level [in the bank] with a lot of dollars and zeros. It was one of those things where I needed to take a methodical approach to saying I need to walk away from that and get my life back in order.
  • Louise Elliot Career Power ShiftTwenty two years ago, I had journaled “20 things I am going to do in the next 20 years.” One of the things was ‘Masters in Psychology' I have always wanted to get my Masters in Psychology. But I let it go.  Somewhere along the line, I forgot that this was something I wanted to do. So last September, I went back to school.
  • There's a stigma to building a career. You decide a path, then for whatever reason, you realize that that's probably not the path that you're happy on. I became miserable, and it happened gradually.
  • I was in denial, I was supposed to be this rock star, I was supposed to do this job, to supposed to have this career, and I was going to be CIO one day and all those things. But that wasn't what was important to me anymore.
  • I've always told my son to go after what you love to do. If you don't love it anymore, then don't do it.
  • Two years ago, had this new opportunity presented itself, I wouldn't have been ready. I would not have had that real-world experience of applying my leadership and development in corporate America.
  • I didn't think about myself [during the downsizing]. I focused on my employees, helping with interview skills, updating resumes, I helped with networking and they all got new jobs.
  • When you know who you are and know what your passions are, and can stand your ground with that conviction, what the world dishes out, is not so bad.


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