As a writer, speaker, facilitator and executive coach, Nancy D. Solomon has built her career around one simple question: “What did you come here to do, and are you getting it done?”
John Wiley & Sons, the esteemed global book publisher, recognized the tremendous value of that question and published Nancy’s first book: Impact! What Every Woman Needs to go From Invisible to Invincible.
Over the last twenty-two years, Nancy has inspired thousands to remove the barriers to fulfilling their life’s purpose. Whether focusing on company-wide results or individual success, she starts with one critical point of engagement – people’s connection with themselves.
As her work with both organizations and individuals has repeatedly shown, bottom line results come from taking a holistic approach to people: one that incorporates the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.
In her first career incarnation, Nancy was a special education teacher but, disillusioned by the politics of education, she switched to the fashion industry, working for such corporate giants as Saks Fifth Avenue and Calvin Klein. While she was very well-paid, Nancy felt unfulfilled.
As Vice President of Sales for North America for a European corporation, she asked herself, “How much money will it take for me to forget how much I hate my life?” The question inspired her to finally pursue her true passion — helping people to turn their potential into performance.
With a Masters in Psychology and eighteen years coaching experience, Nancy travels the country evangelically spreading the word that “You get in life what you have the courage to ask for.” She has inspired thousands to remove the obstacles to personal and professional success and to engage in their work and in their lives. That may be why she’s been called a cross between Dr. Phil in a skirt and “Conversations with God.”
President and founder of NancyDSolomon, LLC Nancy’s clients include Microsoft, Nordstrom, Target, Acura, Sheraton and many potentially passionate individuals and organizations.
In 1990, I was the Vice President of Sales for a rather glamorous $25M clothing company. I lived the ‘right life’: I wore the right clothes, ate at the right restaurants, worked out at the right club, owned an apartment in the right neighborhood and made more money than I knew how to spend.
One day I asked myself, “Just how much money will it take for me to forget how much I hate my life?” If I was doing everything ‘right,’ why did everything feel so wrong?
The problem? This wasn’t my life I was living; it was the life I was taught I should want.
One night I found myself on the upper level of the George Washington Bridge—I was either going to end my life or change it. The choice was mine.
In hindsight, the bridge was a both a literal and figurative metaphor—I wanted to toss out my old, disingenuous life and discover my new and authentic one.
At some point everyone has a bridge to cross, a mind to change, a transformation to pursue. My job is to help you do that; to help you go from ‘here to there’ and from ‘now to next’, even if you don’t know where ‘there’ or ‘next’ is.
I LOVE WHAT I DO!
I love what I do, I’m impassioned by it—it comes out of who I am. I am compelled to do the work I do, as if I have no choice, though of course I do. I am inspired by the people I work with; by their commitment to heal, by the richness of their journey, by their extraordinary resilience, and by the very strength of the human spirit.
I am awed by people’s devotion to their personal work, by the sheer guts it takes to make the choice to relinquish pain and suffering and to be happy and successful and accomplished. It is who people become as a product of the work they do with me that is most enticing. I respect the healing process—the process that brings people back to themselves—and I am humbled by it.
I am most inspired, though, by the results people achieve. Those willing to face themselves, to confront their challenges head on, and to glean the wisdom in all things are the ones whose lives are most fulfilling and fun. They thrive because of who they are, who they are willing to become, and what visions they’re able to capture.
It is an unquestionable honor to be the person chosen to facilitate the process that invites people to “come in front of themselves“—to see themselves as they truly are, not as others perceive them. This is something I manage never to forget.