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The Full Story (well, the abbreviated version)

I grew up in Indiana and graduated from Indiana University in 2001 with a B.A. in French & Political Science. I moved to Baltimore where I attended The University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. I graduated from Maryland in 2004.

I moved to DC right after graduation where I lived until 2013. During my 9 years there, I practiced law and worked in corporate America.

In 2008, I had an existential crisis. I was working 70-80 hours/week and just couldn't figure out what the point was. It seemed to me that there had to be more to life than working.

Through a synchronistic event, I ended up at a Meetup at a public library in DC where a woman was talking about intentionality and being purposeful with our actions. I had never heard anyone talk about that in the legal profession.

I drank up every drop. It seemed like I was finally getting deeper answers to my Qs about life. 

In 2013, I made a major life pivot and I quit my job and left DC. I stepped away from law entirely and started studying emotional intelligence, the neuroscience of productivity, and trauma. As I learned more about human development, it helped me reorganize my thoughts and actions so that they supported my goals.

In 2015, I began volunteering with a nonprofit here in Austin, TX (where I live), that works with kiddos who are in the child welfare system due to abuse or neglect. It was through this volunteer work that I began my race literacy journey. The majority of people in Austin are White, but the vast majority of children in the child welfare system here in Austin are children of Color. The reason is because Austin is racist.

 

I learned that everyone - including White people - has racialized trauma, but the way we hold it in our bodies depends on skin color because our relationship to supremacy depends on skin color. I now work with White people to address our racialized trauma so we can dismantle White supremacy.

In 2020, I felt my heart pull me towards working with lawyers, but in a different capacity. Rather than practicing, I now teach, consult and train on lawyer well-being.

What I've found is that most lawyers wish that their experiences of practicing were different.

 

Everyone wants more free time, more time with their families, less unsatisfying work, less David and Goliath situations, more work that feels meaningful, more civility in the law, a sense of greater Purpose in what they're here to do. In short, lawyers want a more heart-centered legal profession where everyone is valued and treated with respect and dignity.

I incorporate body-based tools into my work. I've learned a lot about emotional intelligence, trauma, and regulating our nervous systems. There's a huge need to help lawyers find ways they can calm themselves down and feel settled.

I teach productivity tools that are in alignment with how our brain operates. I want us to work in partnership with ourselves rather than against ourselves.

And I incorporate race literacy into my work with White lawyers. It's crucial that we become more aware of how White supremacy is baked into our profession.

And that we take steps to dismantle it.

Because of the work that I do with lawyers around well-being and race literacy, Coach Foundation has recognized my expertise in legal coaching by selecting me as a Top Coach.

Feel free to submit a message below if you want to chat or learn more. 

Warmly,

Alyssa

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