Probably the best move I ever made as a corporate denizen was my mid-career shift from managing corporate design and construction projects to training others to do so. My undergraduate degree was in education, and my first job out of college, before going for my Master of Architecture degree, was as a public school art teacher. So the move to training was essentially a return to my roots as a teacher. The workshops I designed and delivered on professional and personal development were tremendous fun and had a positive effect on the participants and our business.
And yet, even as I heard the accolades that I typically received for this work, I would also listen to a silent voice within me suggesting that this was not truly what I was meant to teach.
The Hashpa'ah program has a powerful ecumenical component to it, preparing me to be of service to people of all ages and belief systems, as I did during the months I spent as an Intern Chaplain in the Clinical Pastoral Education program at Stanford Health Care. All of this has prepared me to coach individuals and facilitatesmall groups — of any faith or of no faith, in person or in virtual space — to seek clarity and deep connection in their lives.