I’m a woman named Jake, and you can pronounce my last name Kupiec as Coop-yetz or Coop-ee-eck. I provide learning-focused coaching for executives, non-profit leaders, and artists. I also provide communications consulting; internal communications and executive communications are my strengths.
I have more than 10 years of experience as a communications director managing teams, including more than five years managing remote team members. I have also been a remote team member/manager and worked as part of an international team. I served on the board of a small non-profit, and I have volunteered for several non-profits providing professional services through Catchafire. In addition to completing an International Coach Federation-certified coach training program, I have a bachelor’s degree in social work and a master of science degree in geography. Connecting with others so that they can better navigate this human existence is my “why.”
Listening is my superpower
My work requires me to be a listener. Listening to people and hearing their stories is a central theme in my life. More than once, as a coach, I have witnessed leaders being able to be completely honest about their situation, goals, and dreams, sometimes for the first time. Connecting with others is the reason that I do what I do; it’s my why.
I have always been on the cutting edge of technology adoption. A few years ago, I discovered the work of Barbara Oakley, Angela Duckworth, and Carol Dweck, which sent me on an intense learning journey that I can see now will never end. The outdoors is a big part of my life, and I am a proponent of the therapeutic effects of nature and a passionate champion of the commons, the cultural and natural resources accessible to all members of our society. Therefore, leaving everything better than I found it is one of my core values. I also like to grow things: plants, people, ideas, compassion, empathy, hope — myself — I am always growing something.
I am learning focused in that I am passionate about learning in all its forms: self-inquiry, discussion, articles, videos, online classes, books, and more. I can help you discover learning that works for you and connect you to resources that you can use to move forward.
Also, I love a good quote, plants, quilts, coffee, dark chocolate, dog kisses, and solving problems. I do not have all the answers, but I am always happy to share what I know and provide the space for you to come as you are and share openly and honestly without judgment. I can be your partner as you navigate a new path forward. Above all, I’m on your side.