Lindsey Parker Novak
Nationally Syndicated "At Work" Columnist
Award-Winning Life & Career Coach
Speaker - Life, Career, Spirituality
Blog - Deep Thoughts on Everything
Lindsey in life
My communication and psychology majors helped me coach people into win-win situations at work and in life, and I'm excited to have helped millions through the Tribune.
Born to Coach
In Kindergarten, I saw how mean some kids were and openly asked others why they would be friends with them. I refused to be passive when I saw injustices. In 3rd grade, I defended a girl whom other kids wouldn't accept. After talking to her, I decided she was perfectly acceptable and literally ordered the group to allow her to join us. As a career coach at Drake Beam Morin, I counseled individuals and presented 3-day career workshops to help get layoff victims back on their feet. They cried about being let go after 20 plus years of loyalty to a company, and I cried with them. But when their crying subsided, I listened to be able to uncover potential and alternatives.
As a coach and columnist, I offer heartfelt empathy, extensive experience, and positive, yet realistic advice to help you move forward in life. Ask yourself how you'll feel if next year you are in the same position you're in now. Time moves quickly. Can you afford to waste it?
I began my career researching and writing editorials at WBBM-TV (CBS Chicago). I moved to NY to work in marketing and public relations, and returned to Chicago to work on research and writing assignments for senior partners at Mayer Brown, a top-ranking international law firm. After nearly seven years, I was inspired to create the first Q&A workplace column. It began in The Chicago Tribune and was nationally syndicated four years later.
Crossing over and a long time recovery in 2009-10 confirmed my desire to help. Everyone has a unique path in life. Many just need guidance in finding and fine-tuning it.
After one call, you'll see why I was born to coach.
Lindsey on paper
* Certified Coach Practitioner (CCF)
* Northwestern University School of Speech,
Bachelor of Philosophy in Communication
* DePaul University Master of Arts,
Curriculum Design, Writing Programs
* Certificate of Achievement in Applied Leadership
* Certificate in Educating Adults
* Northwestern University Merit Scholarship
* Northwestern University Alumni Association
Merit Award for Achievements
* Northwestern University Writing Advisory Board
* Today’s Chicago Woman:
"100 Women Making A Difference"
* Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers for
Outstanding evaluations from students and
* Drake Beam Morin International Outplacement
Consultancy Stellar Performers Award