megan leatherman career coach

If you're here, then my guess is that you want a lot more out of your worklife. You know you want to feel more energized, fulfilled, and creative in your career, but aren't sure how to make it happen.

There's no shortage of job-search related resources out there. You've probably received a ton of advice about what you should do with your career, whether it's from your peers, loved ones, or "experts." Maybe you've got a library full of career books or have exhausted yourself making pros and cons lists for different career paths.

I've been where you are right now, and I know how painful, foggy, and hopeless it can feel.

A lot of the external information we receive is helpful, but that alone isn't going to get you into a career that’s the best use of your unique strengths.

So many of us get lost along the way in our careers because we lose touch with our own internal guidance systems. We forget what it feels like to know what we need, to be sure of what we want, and to have confidence in our intuition. 

My goal is to help you reconnect with the part of you that knows what you're on this earth to do. 

Here are some of the questions I help people answer:

  • Am I good at anything?

  • How do I get out of a job I hate?

  • Is it possible to find work that's really meaningful to me?

  • Isn't work supposed to be hard?

  • This sucks. How can I feel better?

If you find yourself circling back to those questions again and again, it might be time to try something different. It might be time to partner with someone who believes in, makes room for, and trusts your inner wisdom


The Process: A Wild New Work

 Photo courtesy of mystic mamma

Photo courtesy of mystic mamma

“There is a wilderness in every person.” -Toko-pa Turner

Making a major transformation in your career can be difficult to do on your own - even if you're ambitious and motivated to make a change. My role as a coach is to help you get clear about how you want to be of service in your career, reflect back to you your own giftedness, and create a space in which you can expand beyond what you thought was possible.

I've designed a spiritual, ecological, and feminine coaching program called A Wild New Work. Here's what that means to me:

First, the program is spiritual. Too often, career development is reduced to a problem that needs to be solved. But you are not a problem to be solved, and while you may feel stuck in your career, I come to this work with the belief that you are more than just a brain and a body - you have a soul, and that part of you has a lot to say about the work you're meant to do in this life. A Wild New Work incorporates spiritual tools such as ritual, mindfulness, guided visualization, oracle cards, astrology, dreamwork, and any other tools that feel resonant to you. I would never force you to use a tool you're not comfortable with, and if you already have your own spiritual practice, I will absolutely honor that.

Second, the program is ecological. I believe we are fundamentally a part of Nature and that She is our greatest teacher - especially in our careers. By working with the Moon's cycles, the Zodiac calendar, and inviting you to do this work outdoors, you will leave with a deeper connection to the Wild outside of you and within you.

Finally, the program is feminine. I've seen the power that comes from being soft, from focusing on nourishment first, and from making sure that my clients are empowered to express their femininity at work in whatever ways resonate for them. This process will absolutely leave you with outcomes and real-life accomplishments, but those are not its sole purpose. Its other, equally important purpose is to leave you feeling more whole and more like you than when you started.

I believe in the power of this process, and so do those who have worked with me:

“Partnering with Megan through A Wild New Work is one of the most empowering gifts that you can give to yourself. Megan trusts you when you don't trust yourself. Through her gentle and loving yet direct approach, I've been able to learn how to acknowledge and release my insecurities, fears, and expectations in order to find clarity, purpose, and open myself up to new opportunities and dreams." - Janelle

"My experience with Megan is truly shaping my foundation of how I approach showing up to work now and in the future." - Megan S.

"I have nothing but good things to say about working with Megan during my job search. I would recommend her to anyone who is in need of practical advice, assistance, and encouragement in their professional life." - Brittany B.

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The program is rigorous, but the people who show up ready to do the work and take ownership over their lives thrive within the momentum that we build. I work with clients who live in the Portland metro area as well as folks from all over the country, and with professionals from all sorts of industries. The most important thing I look for in new clients is simply an intention to change and a willingness to do the work that gets them there.

As a seeker in A Wild New Work, you receive:

  • Opening and closing rituals which create an energetic container for your work

  • Weekly journaling prompts to keep you focused on your intentions

  • Recorded audio responses to your journaling prompts in which I reflect back to you themes and offer strategies you can try

  • Nine one on one coaching sessions in person or over the phone/Skype

  • An in-depth Intuitive Career Reading (learn more here)

  • Optional work to supplement our coaching sessions, including guided meditations, readings, and activities

Here are some of the concrete ways the program has helped previous participants (names and identifying information have been changed to protect client confidentiality):

Jillian thought she needed to leave her administrative job for a small non-profit but felt a lot of hesitation because it seemed like there was still potential in her role. Through our work together, we identified her values and leveraged her strengths in order to propose a salary increase and job description change that was approved by her boss and the organization's board. She re-engaged with the work from a place of empowerment and clarity.

Chris was miserable in her Human Resources job but felt like she couldn't leave because she was still new to the field. Through deep self-care work and examination of her limiting beliefs, she left a toxic workplace and took a role that was still in HR but niche enough to demand a higher salary and better benefits.

Maya was very good at what she did in sales, but she was working in an industry that had no meaning to her anymore. Over the course of a year of working together, she imagined a new possibility and took steps to secure financial stability outside of her job. This set her up to pursue work that she really wanted to do, which was more creative and inspiring to her.

Whether you sense that you want to leave your job, change your relationship with your manager, or explore a new career path entirely, A Wild New Work can support you through it. Part of what's different about this program is its focus on working with Nature's cycles and honoring your self-care, and I'm so proud to walk with clients through it.

Program Outline:

Below is a program outline, which details the topics we’ll cover while leaving enough flexibility for you to bring the issues and concerns unique to you and your career. It’s important to note that you’ll be taking action throughout the entire process, not just at the very end. One on one sessions are conducted between 11am and 3:30pm PST on Wednesdays and Thursdays and can be done in person or virtually.

10/24-25: Orientation. We’ll spend 30 minutes over the phone orienting ourselves to the program, talking through some logistics, and discussing the coaching relationship. (Full Moon)

11/7-8: Session 1: Initial Career Coaching Assessment. We’ll map out where you are in your career, what got you here, and what’s working / not working. (New Moon)

11/14-15: Session 2: Visioning. We’ll use creative methods to learn more about what you most desire in your life and career. (Waxing Moon)

11/28-29: Session 3: Values. Using your visioning work, we’ll clarify what’s deeply meaningful to you and use your values to guide us throughout the rest of our process. (Waning Moon)

12/12-13: Session 4: Intentions. We’ll begin setting values-based intentions for your transformation process. (Waxing Moon)

12/19-20: Session 5: Intuitive Career Reading. I’ll do an in-depth Tarot spread on your behalf to uncover what your Career most needs from you at this time in order to flourish. (Winter Solstice)

1/9-10: Session 6: Strengths. Using your Values, your Intuitive Career Reading, and other tools, we’ll discuss your strengths and how they want to express themselves in your career. (Waxing Moon)

1/16-17: Session 7: Work Cycle 1. We’ll map out actions that align with your values and your intentions for this process and work through how you’re going to transform your career. (Waxing Moon)

1/30-31: Session 8: Work Cycle 2. We’ll debrief the actions you took in the last cycle, work through obstacles, and map out the actions in your next work cycle. (Waning Moon)

2/10 (Sunday): Interactive group coaching session in the forest. (Optional; Waxing Moon)

2/27-28: Session 9: Work Cycle 3. We’ll debrief the actions you took in the last cycle, work through obstacles, and map out the actions in your next work cycle. (Waning Moon)

3/13-14: Session 10: Closing Career Coaching Assessment. We’ll celebrate all of the incredible work you’ve done and discuss your intentions for the Spring season. You will also be given ritual materials and instructions for the Spring Equinox on March 20th. (Waxing Moon)

Next Steps:

The total cost for the program is $1,800 and is paid in six monthly installments of $300. A $300 non-refundable deposit is due to hold your space in the program, and then you’ll be billed five additional payments, each on the 21st of the month (November 21, December 21, etc.).

Enrollment for A Wild New Work is open until Tuesday, October 23rd. There is limited space in this program, so if you feel drawn to dive deeper into your giftedness this winter, I invite you to complete the brief application below. This just gives me a sense of what you’re looking for so I can discern whether or not we could be a good fit. Once you send in the form below, I’ll be in touch with next steps!