Erika L. Schreiber
MBTI® Type: ESFP. Empathetic; Adaptable; Love New Experiences.
Favorite Book: A Short History of Nearly Everything, Bill Bryson
CERTIFICATIONS + coursework
- Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) through Coaches Training Institute (CTI)
- Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) Assessment
Why did you become a coach?
Throughout the course of my career, I have pursued opportunities that allow me to make a tangible, positive impact in people’s lives. Years ago when I first learned about the nature and process of coaching, I was immediately drawn to it as a powerful tool to help people effectuate lasting change. Navigating one’s life and career can be a complex process, and to the extent that I can support someone through a time of change or challenge, I welcome the opportunity to do so.
Is there a particular lens through which you approach your coaching?
I adopt the lens of the coaching program through which I earned my certification, where the approach is rooted in all individuals being creative, resourceful and whole. I enter each coaching relationship with the presumption that the individual with whom I am working has everything they need to bring about change in their lives, and that my role as a coach is to partner with the coachee to skillfully navigate the exploration and implementation of that change.
What do you see as the key benefits coaching provides?
So often people develop narratives around themselves early in their professional lives – e.g., who they are, what their place is in the professional world and what they are capable of achieving. And yet as they grow and evolve into more seasoned professionals, that narrative does not always evolve with them. I see coaching as a powerful tool to help individuals expand in ways that they had not previously imagined, and break free from outdated narratives and perspectives that are no longer in service of their personal and professional goals.
What makes you a successful coach?
Over the course of my career I have worn a number of different hats in the legal community, and so I bring a deeply-rooted and nuanced knowledge of the legal industry to each of my coaching engagements, and the particular challenges that one might face as an attorney or other professional in the legal world. Beyond my professional background, I am an active, empathetic listener, and enjoy the process of authentically connecting with each coachee such that we can collaborate on a strategy that is uniquely suited to their journey.