I am Anne Lou Miller. I live in Seattle, WA, with my elementary school age sons. I grew up in Lake Stevens, WA, where I played soccer and softball. I went to MIT for my undergraduate degree in Computer Science, and had been a software engineer for 15 years, until the Spring of 2018. I felt stuck, and I found a way to get unstuck. Now, I want to use these tools to help you.
My journey towards becoming a coach started out of a need to have deeper conversations. I wanted to start talking about things that mattered, because I wanted to live more authentically. I found my coaching program, and began to see progress for myself as I was coached with the same tools I now use in my practice. I want to help people who are on a similar journey, who are looking for guides to help them along the way. I certainly found many guides myself, and the conversations and learning that have resulted have been priceless.
My background informs my areas of specialty, as I believe that I can coach best from my deepest wounds.
Women in Male-dominated Careers. I was a software engineer for 15 years before I left that industry in 2018. I had become burned out by the effort to make a meaningful impact to improve diversity and inclusion in large corporate environments. I also found that I could no longer work in an environment where there was no room for having deeper conversations. I want to help those that are still in it by supporting them from outside that culture.
Career Transitions. I’ve been through a few. Moving to a new company, changing disciplines within an industry, leaving an industry altogether, and changing from large enterprise to small business entrepreneurship. Transitions are such a fertile time for growth, and a great time to revisit identities and belief systems, to see what you want to take forward.
Divorce and Single-parenting. When I got married, I thought I was signing up for a life-long partnership. Almost 9 years into my marriage, I discovered that I had recreated a pattern of codependency that my partner had no interest in changing. We divorced in 2015, and I began raising my then 3 and 6 year old boys as a single parent. It took a lot of work, but I now have a perspective of gratitude, as I have experienced immense personal growth in taking on this new role.
Codependency. I grew up in an alcoholic family, and have found strength and hope in codependency 12-step programs. I can help those who are just waking up and seeing toxic relationship dynamics, and need help changing patterns.