a)plan coaching

Specializes in:

  • Women’s Leadership
  • Leading with Authenticity
  • Personal Growth

Gretchen is a coach, workshop facilitator and speaker who has been sparking the best in others for over 25 years.

She’s practical and strategic, yet she shows up authentically and wholeheartedly, inviting her clients to do the same.

Gretchen has deep experience in coaching women. She’s the resident coach on Tara Mohr’s Playing Big team and draws on wisdom and tools of the Playing Big women’s leadership model to help women step into leadership, grow their organizations, or pivot careers. Her clients learn to quiet their inner critic and listen to their own wisdom so they can take bolder action.

Prior to coaching, Gretchen was a Human Resources partner at leading global companies including Genentech, Young & Rubicam, and Wells Fargo. She facilitated leadership development programs in 11 countries, partnered with senior managers and their teams, and led EEO and diversity & inclusion initiatives.

Gretchen lives in the Seattle area. When she’s not coaching, she’s is busy launching 3 teen-agers into young adulthood. Gretchen has supported leaders from large organizations such as Starbucks, Genentech, Amazon, Microsoft, T-Mobile and Danaher, as well as entrepreneurs, business owners, authors and artists.

Client Testimonial

“Gretchen’s insight, process, and ways of illuminating and re-framing potential obstacles fully engaged me and consistently helped me access greater capacity and more creative ideas than I came in with. I came away with a plan, did the work, and most importantly achieved my goals. Gretchen is a compassionate, ethical, thorough, and motivating partner to work through any of life’s big issues to get to your intention and path.

Amy Michaels,Senior Manager, Amazon

Client Testimonial

“From the first sessions with Gretchen, I was astounded and blessed to realize how good she is at this. She is a safe, completely non­judgmental sounding board, and asks the most insightful questions. At various times in my life, I have worked with therapists, and never have I had the kind of breakthroughs, in thinking and action, that I have realized from this work with Gretchen.”

Kel Gennert,Commissioned Artist

Client Testimonial

“Gretchen has been an amazing catalyst for me. I experienced such a profound shift in perspective on a situation that has bothered me for a very long time and now feel liberated to look at it from a completely different perspective.”

Christina Nesheva,Co-founder and Operations Director, Hive Innovation Unit, ViiV Healthcare
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