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Hi, I'm Deirdra

noun: [dear-dra]

a coachsmith


holding space for your personal & professional growth


I am a teacher, a mentor, a friend, and the parent of a young adult, so becoming a coach was a natural step along my path of being in service to others. In each of these roles, my focus is on guiding the other person toward reaching their full potential which is the same focus it takes to be a good coach. 

I have firsthand knowledge of coaching from the perspective of being the client as well. When I made the decision to end my 25-year marriage I knew it meant that I was leaving behind all that was familiar to me, but I also knew that I wanted more. I had no idea how things would unfold, but I was certain that I owed myself the opportunity to create a life that fills me up. And, my daughter was watching closely. Having my own coach helped me gain clarity about what I wanted and it kept me focused when fear and doubt accosted me. The same can be true for you. You don’t have to blow up your life like I did, but I promise that even the small shifts you make as the result of working with a coach will help create change. Add it to the list of self-care things you already do. You are worth the investment.

Trainings & Workshops

We live in a world where people of color, women, LGBTQ+, and non-Christian faith are marginalized, mistreated, or worse. We MUST do better and create a world where everyone has the opportunity to participate at the same level, a world that's inclusive and equitable. I am part of an army of people working toward this goal. In addition to being a certified coach, I am also certified to lead trainings and workshops that help people understand where they are on the spectrum of cultural competency (Intercultural Development Inventory), how to work with people from diverse backgrounds (Berlitz Cultural Navigator), and how to be a woman advocating for her accomplishments and her brilliance (#IamRemarkable). I’d be happy to lead your group through a training or workshop in either of these areas.


  • Certified Co-Active Coach (CPCC) 

  • Leadership Circle Profile Certification (LCP)

  • Certified Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) Quality Administrator (QA)

  • Certified Berlitz Cultural Orientations Approach Facilitator, Level 1

  • Certified #IamRemarkable Workshop Facilitator