TROY — Christy Shell has been a life and career coach since 1998 and recently opened her doors in downtown Troy to expand her professional services.
She first worked with corporate team building before opening her own business. Since then she has owned two businesses, Team Ascent consulting which focused on corporate development and now Zeal Coaching, which opened its doors at 3 E. Water Street, Troy.
At Zeal Coaching, Shell offers executive, career and life coaching for teens, adults and businesses.
“I have a really heavy drive to help people fulfill their potential,” she said. “What I learned early on is that a little encouragement, a lot of work and diving into things with people were nervous or scared about, we could help people go a long way, go a lot further.”
With the teens, Shell coaches them in life and career topics. She said some of the tools she uses include personality and value assessments, and she helps students find job shadowing opportunities for the fields they are interested in. In some cases, she also arranges college visits.
“It’s basically helping the kids think about and plan for their future now,” she said.
Several of the students she has coached are still in contact with her, and she shared one student that came to her to talk about college and majors has done exceptionally well.
“She started in marketing and then shifted over to human resources,” she said. “Right now she is in Belgium and she’s traveled all over and has gotten super involved in college, so when she graduates she’s going to have an awesome resume.”
Adults comes to her who are wanting to move up in their organization, bounce back from a job loss, enhance performance or providing motivation.
She also does provides overview life coaching, such as helping her clients figure out the kind of life they want, aiding in transition points such as post-divorce and empty nesting, and teaching them how to have enriching relationships with family members.
Interestingly she said, her adult clients come to her for both life and career coaching.
“You would think career coaching would be more substantial, but there are a lot of people who come to me for encouragement during the life coaching,” she said.
Corporate services range from one-on-one executive coaching to group seminars.
“Right now I have a client who hired me because she had a negative review at work,” Shell said. “I worked with her and her supervisor for nine months, and last year when she came back around she had really elevated herself. Now she got a promotion and life is good.”
She praised the Troy community and organizations in the community as being supportive, which is the key to helping her business succeed.
“I hope that at all the different levels, I can help with the high school and college-age kids to find lots of opportunities to help them decide their paths,” Shell said. “And help adults to get ahead in their careers and lives.”
According to Zeal Coaching’s website, Shell has been a corporate coach and facilitator in leadership, team and performance development and has provided her services for the following companies: Ford Motor Company, Proctor and Gamble, Crown Equipment Inc., Lexis-Nexis, Dayton International Airport, Veyance Technologies (formerly Goodyear St. Marys), Alcoa Engineering Inc., Convergys, Joint Township Regional Health System and the Cincinnati Police Department and many others.
For more information, visit www.zealcoach.com.
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