She has devoted much of her career to the personal and professional development and integrative well-being of others. As a personal and leadership coach, Ilene inspires people to find fresh perspectives and access their full potential as creative, resourceful, and whole persons. She has a passion for discovering what’s meaningful in life, and awakening greater balance, well-being, and success. Ilene’s model of coaching is based on positive psychology, building on strengths, and collaborative partnership that inspires people to maximize their potential.
Ilene has rich experience as a psychologist, educator, trainer/facilitator, and leader. Upon earning a Bachelor of Science in education and natural science, Ilene began her career working in the pharmaceutical/medical supply field as a sales representative. Later, with a Master of Science in Human Resource Development, she led an innovative multi-community prevention program bringing public and private organizations together to proactively reduce youth substance abuse in seven suburban communities. In 1999, Ilene returned to graduate school, earning Masters and Doctoral (PsyD) degrees in Psychology.
Across her career, Ilene has provided group education and training in varied settings and on a wide range of topics. Since 2003, she has led seminars for an employee assistance and wellness program serving companies across the U.S. Following her love of teaching, Ilene was a college instructor (Bachelors, Masters) for 9 years. For 11 years, she taught science to middle school students at a public school and was a multi-disciplinary team leader for teaching staff.
A few years ago, Ilene found herself examining her own life, asking herself questions such as: “What is my purpose in life?” “What is really important to me, and how can I engage in more of what is significant?” “What is my passion?” “What is happiness, and is it possible to have more of it?” As Ilene explored these powerful questions, accessing mind, body, heart, and spirit, she made significant changes in her life and transitioned toward professional coaching, training, and speaking.