February's Wonder Women of the Month

Posted by Allison Venditti Feb 28, 2019
Hi I'm Allison. 

I was contacted by Avanti Women to be featured as a member to tell my story to other members.

I am a career coach, back to work expert and the founder of Careerlove. My mission is to help people create careers they love. I bring over 15 years of experience in human resources and coaching including work with companies ranging from 5 to 10,000 employees. I have personally worked with hundreds of employees and individuals in their efforts to transition into new roles; start their own companies and grow within their current organization. 

At 33 years old I had a brain injury accident that changed my life. I tell that story 'When it Hit Me', on my blog, but I will share this with you; one of my take aways from that experience.  I now carry around this list in my purse as a reminder of my life list;

  • Never say can’t. Say I don’t want to or it is not a priority. I can do anything I want.
  • This day and every day is a gift. If it was your last would you be happy?
  • Slow down.
  • Good things take time. Don’t be afraid to spend time building something spectacular
  • Ignore outside noise. If it is important let it in. (This is for noise but also stress, unwanted advice and criticism)
  • Tell them you love them. Every day. Preferably more than once

Avanti Women Want to Know More....;

What do you love most about the work that you do?
I love that I get to work with people who really want to work with me! I like that I get to do a combination of 1:1 coaching, group programs and get out and meet lots of people.
I love that I have a job that lets me pick up my kids from school and take off March break without apologizing or feeling guilty. I work with women and moms and they 100% get it.
How important have mentors been in your career? 
I haven’t had a specific mentor at this point though I have a few people who have made a significant impact on what I do and how I do it. I was lucky enough to have great bosses and that I have stayed close with even as I began working for myself
I think for me – having a variety of input from different people at different stages has made a world of difference. 
What is your most valuable resource?
My kindness. That may sound silly but I will always be that person who will bring you soup or offer to help someone out when they are starting a business or raising a toddler. 
When I was young I judged my mother for being very giving and open with her time. It wasn’t until I was older I didn’t realize how fulfilling that feeling is.
What advice do you have for women who are entering your profession? 
As an entrepreneur I feel like it is along the same vein as above. Be supportive. Be kind. Even if people are in the same field or doing something similar that is ok. It can be very overwhelming at first to see all these other people in the same area but you quickly realize that it is YOU who makes it different.
If you could give advice to your 20 year old self, what would you say?
I enjoyed by 20s! I would say – keep doing what you are doing. Go dancing, try new things, meet new people, have fun. The world is full of exciting things and people – I was and am still thrilled to be a part of it!

Allison Venditti, CHRP, CHRL - Career Coach
@careerlove.ca (instagram)
Website - www.careerlove.ca

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