To Create Consistently High-Performing Teams
Who Never Want To Quit

For Improved Engagement, Retention & Productivity

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Is Your Leadership Team...

  • Dreading performance reviews?
  • Struggling to motivate their teams?
  • Worried about losing your best talent?
  • Frustrated with employee engagement?
  • Conflicted about difficult conversations?
  • Feeling like leadership is a thankless job?
  • Burning out from lack of work-life balance?
  • Feeling overwhelmed with managing people?
  • Yearning to inspire their team to greater heights?

Hi, I'm Stephanie!

My Mission is to guide front-line & mid-level corporate leaders to become Empowered Leaders.

As the founder of the Empowered Leaders Framework, I guide corporate leaders to create consistently high-performing teams who never want to quit! 

What does that look like? 

The Empowered Leaders Framework focuses first on discovery – finding out where each leader believes themselves to be, what their team’s feedback says, and building psychological safety for us to work together.

Starting with each leader’s strengths and recognizing the needs of their unique team sets our direction. With a shared goal for continuous personal development and a focus on employee engagement, we will work together to strengthen their team as a whole through a human-centric approach.

The results are improved engagement, retention, & productivity. The work to get there starts with where each leader is… then is built to provide a solid foundation, enhance strengths, and expand upon areas for growth.

I’ve been guiding & developing leaders for over 20 years across a wide variety of industries. Now I want to do the same for your leadership team!

How We Can Work Together


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We’ll discuss your desired outcomes,
any specific leadership development topics you want covered,
and give you time to ask all of your burning questions…

Choose a time that works best for you and we’ll set you up for success!


Join other leaders
– just like you –
who “get it”, who’ve “been there”.


Are you feeling overwhelmed?
Wondering how to make a real difference?
Feeling like an imposter?


You don’t have to do this alone…
Together we are stronger!

What Does It Mean To Be E.M.P.O.W.E.R.E.D.?

The Dictionary Defines “EMPOWER” As:

“giving (someone) the authority or power to do something”
“making (someone) stronger & more confident, especially in controlling their life or claiming their rights”

How Do YOU Define “EMPOWER”?

Most of us have many stories of bad bosses

I remember the one who tried to be everyone’s friend, but wasn’t a leader.
Or the one who had a big ego and treated us like order takers, not competent skilled employees.
Or the one who never stuck up for himself or others, unwilling to rock the boat.

Some of us are lucky enough to have stories of good leaders

I remember the one who stopped by to thank me after a meeting where I had pushed back on senior leaders for a decision I didn’t agree with that negatively impacted my assigned client account.
Or the one who took a chance on me as I changed careers (& industries) because he saw my potential.
Or the one who moved me to his team because he respected how I spoke up to him to make our product even better. ‌

We learn from our own experiences.
…and that shapes our view on what kind of leader we want to be when we get the opportunity. ‌

In Defining My Empowered Leaders Framework,
I took the word itself for guidance:

First, I looked at the base word EMPOWER…

  • E = Evaluate: acknowledge & overcome limiting beliefs (the 1st step to everything!)
  • M = Model the way: values drive behaviors & culture, understand yours & theirs
  • P = Psychological safety: the baseline upon which trust is earned & built
  • O = Own your voice: be authentically you; be willing to speak up for yourself & others
  • W = What: what drives you/them, what motivates you/them?
  • E = Energize: tying purpose to the vision; creating a true team; driving collaboration
  • R = Recognition: meaningful to each person uniquely (big or small, private or public)

Then, I took it to another level to move from EMPOWER to EMPOWERED

  • E = Emotional intelligence: understanding self, applying EQ w/ others, sharing EQ w/ your team
  • D = Difficult conversations: embracing (not avoiding); constructive for positive impact

When you, or your organization, are ready to enhance leadership skills to the level of E.M.P.O.W.E.R.E.D.
I’m here and ready to guide you on that journey!


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