I was introduced to Gina Larkin years ago when she attended a SwellWomen retreat in Nicaragua. At the time, she was a two-time Maui alumni and was thrilled to participate in SwellWomen’s inaugural international surf retreat in Nicaragua. No surprise, we hit it off instantly and have been good friends since. I learned that Gina was in transition from a two-decade career as a marketing executive in San Francisco to a leadership coaching business. She talked of her passion for empowering women and evoking transformation in their lives. With an aligned philosophy and desire to bring coaching to SwellWomen, I knew I had to bring Gina to select retreats to coach women experiencing empowerment through surfing. It was a perfect fit. Let me introduce you to Gina!
Q. Tell us about what you are doing now?
I am a Transformational Leadership Coach focused on empowering women. I work with professionally-minded go-getters and soulful adventure seekers who desire a career and life that’s filled with meaning. They are executives, leaders, and curious humans looking for change in their lives. It is my life’s purpose to help them find it. My coaching practice includes private 1:1 executive and personal leadership coaching programs, one-day intensives, workshops, and custom retreats.
Q: Tell us what inspired you to start a coaching business?
It was desire for change in my own life that led me to create a coaching practice. I was living the dream in San Francisco as a marketing executive managing large teams and multi-million dollar budgets for global companies. While I loved my job, I could no longer ignore the voice asking big, powerful questions… “I’ve had an amazing career, but is this it?” … “What is my purpose?” … “How do I connect deeper to my passions and interests?”… It was during a sabbatical in early 2013 that I had an epiphany. I realized that the most exciting and fulfilling part of my career was empowering people on my teams to thrive. I was passionate about their success and living balanced and fulfilled lives. This realization, and the process of unlocking my own inner genius, took me down an evolved and gratifying path as a Transformational Leadership Coach.
Q: What do you want people to experience through coaching?
I want people to feel ALIVE! I want to help people bridge the gap from where they are now and where they truly want to be. Clients usually have an idea of what they want in their career and personal lives, they just don’t know how to get there. I guide them to realize their potential, hold them accountable to their goals and guide them to success. Together, we work to define core values and life purpose. We work through goal setting and plan development. We incorporate visualization and manifestation to tap into dreams they never thought possible. Every plan is developed unique to a Client’s particular goals and desires. I’ve witnessed transformational change in my clients. Once they realize the difference, they can’t help but move forward in deep and meaningful ways.
Q: You’re certainly a swell woman, what message would you give to inspire SwellWomen?
Knowing and living to your purpose is a key measurement of a happy and successful life. Take a pause and go back to the fundamentals. Identify your values and use them as screens for evaluating decisions in your career and life. Ask yourself- “What do I want my legacy to be? What do I want people to say about me?” From there, evaluate what you need to change in your life. Live with intention and take inspired action every day.
Q: Where do you find your bliss?
Through surfing! I also love skiing, mountain biking and yoga. I’m a big fan of live music in small venues, farm-to-table cooking and a really good margarita. I’m always up for spontaneous travel and new adventures.
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