At times it is unsettling that Camille understands me better than I understand myself. She helped me to decode myself, to focus on outcomes, to simplify and to enjoy life more. The impact was huge: getting over fear of flying and building clarity about where I wanted to take my business and my life. It was beyond valuable. It was life changing.
When Camille takes you on as a client, she is beside you for the ride. She thought deeply on my behalf, challenged me to think bigger, and inspired me to expand my reach. For example, working with Camille, I raised over 100 percent of my nonprofit’s operation budget in the first quarter alone. This created space for me to think more strategically about developing my team, positioning my business relationships, and expanding my comfort zone. Sometimes with a gentle nudge and other times with a kick in the pants, Camille engaged me to be my best self, better than I ever thought possible.
It wasn’t just my organization and work life that thrived; my family life improved, too. Her systemic approach pushed me to navigate challenges and be more fully present with my children. Her coaching inspired several once-in-a lifetime conversations with my elderly father that I never would have had before. Coaching with Camille changed my life in every way.
I first worked with Camille when I was a new law partner trying to find my legs as a leader, rainmaker, and manager. She helped me find my unique style, build and hone the skills I needed to lead effectively, and challenged me to be more authentic in business relationships. I went from a service partner to rainmaker. When my wife’s father died, she inspired me to support my wife in ways I otherwise might not have had the courage to try. Most important, my relationships with my wife, son, and daughter flourished.
Nearly seven years later, at a new firm I was confronted with significant opportunity and politics. I reengaged Camille for the next level of learning and was appointed chair of my North American practice area. Through her coaching, I know myself better, I am more effective in achieving outcomes, and I have adapted my work to feel more fulfilled.
In her coaching and consulting, Camille brings a tremendous amount of positive energy and enthusiasm while maintaining a balance of realism. She broke through to an employee who had been deemed “non-coachable” and, on a different matter, offered sound advice regarding a major organizational change initiative. Her ability to actively listen and graciously share expertise was invaluable. I look forward to working with Camille in the future.
As a Georgetown graduate and a coach myself, I had access to the full complement of Georgetown’s faculty and a range of veteran coaches – I chose Camille. Camille was committed to me as far more than a client – extending sessions, seeking resources, and consistently making herself available as I navigated uncertainty. For example, after much frustration and circling, I called Camille, quite impromptu, to explore some alternative approaches. She found a way to support me and to hear my needs and frustrations and offered a structure that both allowed me to really be where I was while also moving forward. She did all this while being direct, open, and honoring of her own commitments. I have benefited tremendously from her coaching and this kind of modeling. Camille is skilled at getting to a deeper level of consciousness and finding the right set of tools to extend it.
The most valuable aspect of coaching with Camille is her ‘gentle prod.’ I think in general people are very capable of bringing about changes in their lives and learning new skills to apply to their daily routines and their relationships and their work life. But many times people need help in getting started. Working with a coach can be that initial or, depending on the relationship, sustaining energy to help a person pursue important goals.
Camille helped me see that behind my day-to-day frustrations with one of my assistants was a fundamental lack of trust. In that moment, she provided me a framework for understanding where things were breaking down and together we developed a strategy. The impact was almost immediate and has had a lasting impact on how I interact and develop this staff member.
Camille’s brilliance as a coach has manifested in great results for me. Camille has listening and rapport-building skills that are not merely exceptional, indeed she is one of the most perceptive and empathetic people I have ever met. I recognize that Camille is outstanding in communicating, intuitively sensing many things I leave unsaid, either purposefully or unintentionally. To build rapport, she shares relevant items about herself that resonate in a way that helps me to open up to her, which in turn facilitates a positive coaching relationship and result.
Camille masterfully facilitated a team retreat that strengthened a team separated by time zones, cultures, and backgrounds. She helped facilitate heartfelt conversation that was forthright but not forced, allowing the team to push through to the next level necessary for an ambitious undertaking. Remarkably, the shift in perspective was evident within days, as I witnessed concrete changes in people’s behavior. In the subsequent weeks, I find myself and different team members referring to frameworks and tools shared during the retreat, which provided us a common language and crisper understanding of shared purpose.
When I accepted the biggest challenge of my already 14-year career, I was not sure which way to turn. Camille not only understood where I was but had the patience, tenacity, perseverance, and encouragement to guide me through that challenging time and accelerate my career. She has provided me with weekly tools and resources to guide me to that next level. Although we communicate over the phone 2,000 miles apart, I feel as though she is right there with me at every session. Camille not only addresses tough work-related issues, but she has a huge heart and cares deeply about people. She encourages me to grow and stretch myself beyond my own expectations. Today, because of Camille, I am more in control of my life professionally and personally and have become a better leader and father.