CAREER & LEADERSHIP COACHING

Coaching for success. 

Neuroscience-based Results Trained Coach 

Certified Professional Diversity Coach

Catherine Chang CPDC, LL.B., B.Math

ABOUT ME

I'm passionate about helping individuals achieve success on their own terms. As a Results-Trained Coach through the NeuroLeadership Institute, I use brain-based coaching methodologies based on the latest neuroscience research. I'm also a Certified Professional Diversity Coach through CoachDiversity Institute, with a focus on transformational coaching emphasizing issues of equity, diversity, inclusion, power and privilege.

My clients include lawyers, business professionals, and students. My diverse work, educational and life experiences provide me with a unique vantage point for understanding multiple client perspectives
. I coach at Rotman's Business Edge Program, was previously a corporate lawyer and Director (Student Recruitment, Alumni Relations) at a large Bay Street law firm, co-founded and managed a walk-in medical clinic, and obtained a Math/Computer Science undergraduate degree prior to law school (I include that because it taught me so much resilience!). One of my defining life experiences was immigrating from Jamaica to Canada at age 10. I've learned so much from my own challenges and opportunities and from working with incredible clients who have traveled their own unique path.

My mission is to empower clients to effect positive change in their lives. I help them to clarify and achieve their goals, improve confidence, build better habits, learn new behaviours, improve thinking, and stand in their power.

 

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Cutting-edge neuroscience-based coaching

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PERFORMANCE & LEADERSHIP COACHING

Looking to improve your performance or leadership skills?Increase your awareness, build your confidence, and fortify your resilience. Design a plan of action  and commit to action to maximize performance and be a more effective leader.

CAREER TRANSITION COACHING

Exploring  a career change,  looking for a job, reaching for a promotion, or settling into a new role? What next? Need help getting unstuck?Articulate your strengths effectively, clarify your next steps, expand your job search skills, and move into action.

EQUITY, DIVERSITY & INCLUSION EXPERTISE

My Certified Professional Diversity Coach (CPDC) certification and Leadership & Inclusion Certification, as well as my experience leading diversity organizational initiatives, gives me unique expertise in this area.

 

I’m here to help you clarify and achieve your goals, and to make positive changes in your life.

Confidence, better habits, new behaviours, and improved thinking.

TESTIMONIALS

Catherine helped me navigate the challenges of work at a corporate law firm downtown, and was a caring listener and constant source of valuable insight and guidance on my career ambitions and personal aspirations. ...I am very thankful to Catherine for her dedication to helping me flourish personally and professionally, and I could not speak more highly of her as a mentor and coach.

~ JC, 2015 Call

~ GB, Recent Law Graduate

 

Lawyers

~ Lawyer (2011 call)

Catherine has been incredibly helpful in my efforts to better define my career goals and my expectations for my career trajectory. Catherine has also been very effective in helping me to better understand and navigate in-firm politics and she assisted me in developing the tools and strategies that I need to better approach critical career-related conversations with more senior members of my firm. I would recommend Catherine's services without hesitation to anyone that needs a calm but effective coach to assist them with their career-related goals and challenges.

I came into the coaching process not knowing what to expect but hoping to get some help figuring out what was holding me back professionally and how to get my career on a more positive track. Catherine exceeded my expectations in all respects. She is a terrific coach who genuinely cares about helping people realize their career goals. I feel she helped me tremendously, and I would highly recommend her to anyone who needs help navigating their career. 

~ Lawyer (2015 call)

Catherine was the first person I spoke to that understood my concerns about diversity on Bay St. and in the legal profession. Catherine helped me navigate the challenges of work at a corporate law firm downtown, and was a caring listener and constant source of valuable insight and guidance on my career ambitions and personal aspirations. She was also a leading supporter and advocate of my work for the Black Law Students Association of Canada while on Bay St. 

Catherine helped give me the confidence to embark on a new path... I am very thankful to Catherine for her dedication to helping me flourish personally and professionally, and I could not speak more highly of her as a coach.

~ Lawyer (2015 call)

I wanted to make a significant pivot in my career but didn't know where to start. Catherine's approach to coaching is thoughtful, practical and inspiring. She helped me to understand where I wanted to go, generate new ideas on how to get there, and most importantly, take action.  I can't recommend her highly enough!

~ Lawyer (2014 Call)

Working with Catherine has been nothing short of amazing. She helped me develop the
confidence and skills that I need to excel in my career and personal life. I learned so much about
myself through the exercises that were given, and I was able to do so because of the comfortable
space that she provided. Catherine is attentive, supportive, caring, professional and intelligent.
Her wonderful qualities are reflective in the service that she provides. She tailored my
experience and I was able to leave each session learning much more than I expected. I cannot
express enough my gratitude for her support and dedication towards my career. Highly recommended!

~ Lawyer (2019 call)

I was very low in confidence and was reconsidering my career when I sought help from Catherine. The grueling challenges and obstacles I faced since graduating from law school broke me down into desperation. From our first meeting, Catherine immediately recognized my true value and potential, something I had long forgotten. She helped me develop a plan whilst providing immeasurable positive support and guidance. Not only did she restore my once forgotten dream of becoming a successful lawyer, but she also encouraged me to become the best version of myself. I initially wanted to get my “big break” and land a great job, but I achieved that and more.

~ Internationally Trained Lawyer, 2018 Ontario Call

The coaching process helped me to refine my strengths and personal narrative for use during my job search.  It gave me an opportunity to reflect on my personal experiences, defining moments in my life, and hear an objective assessment of my strengths and weaknesses. I thought that the coaching process met and even exceeded my expectations.  I found that each session was driven by my current circumstances and determining the next steps. The coaching has helped me to become more confident throughout the process. I feel more motivated and focused in my search than I was at the beginning. 

~Lawyer (2019 call)

When embarking on a career change, sometimes all you need is one person in your corner giving you the confidence to make the leap--someone who has a wealth of experience, and an understanding of the difficulties you face when striking out on a new path. Catherine was that person for me. I met her when I was in the middle of making a career and life change, and she not only made me feel like I was capable of succeeding, but took the time to get to know me as a person, making sure I was doing what was right for me. She is not only patient, caring, and knowledgeable, but a truly incredible person. Anyone would be lucky to have Catherine in their corner.

~ Lawyer (2018 call)

Catherine is a fantastic coach and a pleasure to work with. I came into the sessions with a lot of ideas and Catherine did a fantastic job of focusing me on what makes me happy and helped me identify what I value most in a job. She also has a fantastic network of people from her previous positions and was amazing at finding people who would be willing to chat about their roles and experiences. It was a great experience and I definitely recommend her if you are looking to make a change, but are having trouble starting! 

~ Lawyer (2016 call)

Catherine is patient, kind and empathetic, with an ability to connect with an individual and get a sense of what approach works for that person. In the short amount of time I spent with her, I felt that she really heard me and my frustrations, and was able to provide realistic, proactive advice moving forward in my job hunt to produce results. Being held accountable helped me to get back on track with my job search. I could not be more grateful to Catherine and will certainly recommend her wholeheartedly to others.

~ Internationally Trained Lawyer, 2008 NY Call, 2016 Ontario Call

TESTIMONIALS

 

Business Professionals

Catherine as a career coach has been a refreshing and empowering experience. Her approach to career development is thorough, authentic, and tailored to your needs. I often joked that her sessions felt like therapy counselling, because  her calm presence and engaging questions, constantly challenged me to think deep about what I wanted from my career and life.

Catherine exemplifies what it is to be a coach. She listens, encourages, and guides you in finding success. I appreciate the fresh perspective Catherine brings, and I wholeheartedly recommend her career coaching.

~ Business Analyst, MBA

I didn’t anticipate Catherine’s coaching sessions to be so based on emotional-behavioural reflection and analysis, but in hindsight, focusing our efforts here certainly resulted in more significant understanding of my goals and progress towards them, than had we followed a more prescriptive approach. During our sessions, Catherine consistently provoked important self-reflection with challenging questions, but did so in a way that always left me feeling highly motivated and capable of accomplishing the action items we discussed. Thank you Catherine!

~Consultant, Financial Services

When I first connected with Catherine, I was going through a difficult employment period. My confidence was low and I did not see any possibility of recovering anytime soon. Catherine, on the other hand, was optimistic and helped me create goals to get me back on my feet. She encouraged me not to ruminate over the past and reminded me that playing into assumptions would be my downfall. And she had the best quote to get me started! In less than two weeks, I am now employed with an organization that aligns more with my interests, and I must say, had it not been for Catherine’s unwavering support, especially when I continued to doubt my own merit, I do not believe I would be employed where I am now. 

~ Administrator

Your inspiration and guidance as my coach has profoundly inspired me to take action and achieve planned results.

~ Project Manager

TESTIMONIALS

Catherine helped me navigate the challenges of work at a corporate law firm downtown, and was a caring listener and constant source of valuable insight and guidance on my career ambitions and personal aspirations. ...I am very thankful to Catherine for her dedication to helping me flourish personally and professionally, and I could not speak more highly of her as a mentor and coach.

~ JC, 2015 Call

~ GB, Recent Law Graduate

 

Students

~ Internationally Trained Lawyer, Articling 2019/2020

Catherine was awesome! She really understood my situation and I feel 100% more confident in what I am doing and in my ability to obtain an articling position. I learned key aspects of what employers are looking for in the legal world, how to effectively market myself and network, key resume and cover letter creation aspects and what to expect in an interview for an articling position. I cannot begin to explain how much this coaching service helped me in my efforts to find a career path, goals and how to work towards it!

Catherine is truly exceptional. Her knowledge of the Toronto (and Canadian) legal market and legal recruitment process is unparalleled, and she is insightful, passionate about helping others, responsive to all communications, and a wise advisor. I contacted Catherine with a specific goal, and found Catherine to be goal oriented, offering counsel that was easily actionable and immensely helpful. Catherine exceeded my expectations in every domain and was an effective coach that understood my specific aspirations, and worked with me to achieve them. Catherine has passion for her job, exudes energy, and I also found her to be a great source of motivation. These qualities made Catherine a true pleasure to work with. 

~ Internationally Trained Lawyer, 2019 Summer Student

Catherine gave me the confidence, outlook, and practical skills necessary to navigate the formal recruitment process. She is kind, insightful, empathetic, receptive, and smart, and her expansive knowledge of the interview process was an asset to me. I came to Catherine not having received a second year summer position through formal recruits for four major Canadian cities. After our coaching sessions, I learned how to best market my skills during the interview process. That, combined with her strategic knowledge of the process, helped me land my dream articling job on Bay Street!

~ Law Student, Articling 2019/2020

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