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Employee to Entrepreneur: Embrace A New Mindset with Denise Musselwhite (Ep62)

Today, Denise Musselwhite shares the moment when she decided to shift from CIO to executive coach and business owner.

Denise had been dreaming of being an entrepreneur for a long time, but the Pandemic inspired her to leap. Her research into the challenges that women face in STEM fields and the negative impact that the Pandemic had on them motivated her to take action!

She was a CIO for a large, independent school and had to transition the entire organization to online, sacrificing time with her family. Challenges during the Pandemic caused some women to leave their roles, as they could not make the same sacrifice. This experience, combined with her research and ongoing desire to be an entrepreneur, led her to pursue a new career path. She realized she had been teaching schools nationwide the best practices in technology and consulting them on implementation.

So, to make this transition, she sought help from a coach to help her grieve her 25-year CIO career and separate from a role she had identified with for many years. It took her over a year to uncover her purpose and passions. Hear how she let go of her old identity to make room for something new!

Tune in to hear Denise share her personal story of employee to entrepreneur and the mindset shift it takes to succeed.

Where to dive in:

0:00:00 From CIO to Executive Coach and Business Owner 

0:03:15 Exploring the Impact of the Pandemic on Women in Leadership

0:04:49 Conversation on Transitioning from Employee to Entrepreneur: Grieving the Old Life and Making Room for Something New 

0:10:45 Exploring the Transformative Power of Future Journaling 

0:12:55 Executive Coaching for Women in Tech: Exploring the Thrive Model 

0:19:27 Investing in Professional Development

0:21:30 Investing in Yourself: A Conversation on Prioritizing Self-Care 

0:23:25 From CIO to CEO: Building a Virtual C-Suite for Success 

0:27:44 Investing in a New Business for Long-Term Success 

0:29:25 Reflection on the Journey to Becoming a Transformational Coach 

0:33:39 Helping Women and Technology Professionals Thrive 

0:35:47 Thriving in Your Career and Becoming the CEO of Your Own Purpose-Driven Business

Next steps:

  • If you are looking to become more of the CEO of your own purpose driven business, visit www.betsyjordyn.com/services. Join in on the brand messaging program that Denise referenced, or I have other types of resources to help you get the persuasive communication, the words, the copy, all that kind of stuff that you need to grow your business.  

About my guest: Denise Musselwhite is a Chief Information Officer turned executive leadership coach and consultant dedicated to helping tech professionals thrive and succeed as industry leaders. She is a nationally recognized and experienced technologist and leader with more than two decades of experience in the legal, non-profit, and education industries. 

About me: Betsy Jordyn is a Brand Positioning Strategist that helps consulting and coaching business owners clarify their brand positioning and messaging, create a website presence that positions them as sought-after experts, land clients with ease and integrity, and take their place as thought leaders and influencers in their niche. Her mission is to help consultants and coaches monetize their best-at strengths and authentic passions to make a bigger difference in the world. Check out her brand strategy, messaging, and design services at https://www.betsyjordyn.com


Download my one of my free resources to help you accelerate your success: https://www.betsyjordyn.com/downloads 

Learn more about my brand messaging and positioning services: https://www.betsyjordyn.com/services 

Schedule a consult call to talk about what you need to do to nail your messaging and rock your copy so you can stand out in the market and attract clients: https://betsyjordyn.com/schedule 

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