Founder & Chief Engagement Officer of Impact Mākars
Anna helped me during a chaotic time in the crazy journey of entrepreneurship. She listened to my story about Impact Mākars and my personal dilemmas about not being able to complete specific projects due to work overload. Not only did she become a coach for my personal development, but her expertise and background in design and strategy proved to be career-saving. I was on the verge of possibly taking a break and putting my business on the back-burner, but every conversation and work meeting we had instilled the belief in myself and my journey.
Anna's leadership coaching became the pulse of my confidence and helped me brand myself in a way that perfectly aligned with the vision I shared with her. Every aspect of Impact Mākars has been graced with her skills and it is inspiring to know someone who can add supreme value in multiple facets. Anna is a superb listener, succinct communicator, and most importantly, someone I can trust with anything.
What I once saw as a business relationship grew into a mentorship, friendship, and based on working with her now for over a year, I'd recommend Anna for any project to anyone who needs her services. Anna has pulled me out of my imposter syndrome shell and into the greater version of myself that is needed to achieve anything I put my heart to.
Real estate investor
There have only been a handful of people throughout my life that I’ve truly connected with, but with Anna, it has always felt like the most natural thing in the world. It's clear that for her, connecting with people – even people who are natural loners (like me!) – is something she does easily. She has a palpable interest in people and a totally infectious energy that is inspiring, challenging, and motivating. She’s also hilarious and makes every conversation fun and insightful.
Over time, I came to be able to tell her anything, including my most private thoughts, aspirations, joys, and fears… as well as the things I am least proud of, and I always feel she understands me. Her coaching is invaluable. And she’s incredibly open, never forcing anything on me. Instead, she partners with me in seeking the ways I can continually create a more fulfilling life for myself and those I love.
Head of enterprise technical operations
When I met Anna I was working at a job I sometimes enjoyed, for an organization I generally hated. Having once been unemployed for a few years, I was too afraid to take a step toward finding a new job. Anna helped me realize the fear that was holding me back and gave me the boost I needed to get moving. Now I have a job I love at a great company, at twice the salary. I've been able to apply what she's taught me to many other areas of my life as well. I have the desire and skills to uncover where I've been "settling" and transform them into things that bring real joy.
Head of experience at a startup, entrepreneur
Anna has helped me learn many things, some of the most important being how to deliver criticism in a way that doesn't harm, how to get the best out of people, how to be kinder, more generous. She provides ways to look at my life that make it make sense. Anna always finds what I'm saying beyond the words, reflects me back to myself, and offers a bibliography for further exploration. Her passion is contagious. I review all my major decisions with her despite the thousands of miles between us, because every time we talk I've gained such insight into life (and not just my own).
More than anything, though, Anna taught me how to be okay with who I am and where I'm headed. She showed me there are many paths through life, not just the ones I grew up with, and that all of them are valid. Without her example, I doubt I would've had the courage to switch jobs, to become a consultant, to break my own heart, to declutter my life. Anna is the personification of self-improvement, a role model and guide for anyone who wonders how their life might be better.