Growing up in Johannesburg South Africa, Rene De Coning witnessed first hand the end of apartheid and sites it as an incredible experience to live through. After moving her family to London for a bit, they made their way to Chicago where they developed such a strong community of friends turned family.
Rene tells how she went from a life in Corporate America working for an international oil company to coaching countless people through their personal and professional journeys. After leaving the oil industry for several reasons Rene explains further, she was invited to attend a coaching class by a friend and the rest is history.
Going through her own struggles at the time, attending that coaching program transformed Rene and helped her process and work through some of the tragedies she experienced.
“I don’t know that I would have had the skills to work through them if I did not firstly have my faith and secondly, have this training in being aware of myself and how I show up and deal with the adversity in my life.”
She goes on to explain the intricacies and behind the scenes of the world of coaching and how the governing bodies of “coaching” work. She gives a recommendation to those looking for a coach: “ find somebody that has a certification because you know that they have training and that they have a model and a structure under which they work that determines the ethics, the values and the eventual outcomes for people.” As someone who has coached with and without an education, Rene will be the first to tell you that there is definitely a difference; the education has made her a much better coach to her clients.
Listen in as Ree talks about shifting energies, the foundations of the IPEC coaching model she practices, and more.
After growing up in Johannesburg, South Africa, living in the UK and across the US, Rene de Coning and her family settled in Chicago. As the first one in her family to obtain a college degree, Rene is not only financially supportive but she’s the emotional, cultural, and spiritual glue that holds them all together.
From humble roots, she has dedicated her life to supporting others on their journey to live their very best life. She’s currently the President and Owner of MustardSeed Insights, Inc. putting all her years of acquired knowledge from Corporate positions to work by coaching others in life and leadership. She’s a Certified Professional Coach and works on in-depth leadership programs through a collaboration with LMI-Chicago.
Rene offers pro bono coaching for those who can’t afford it and is constantly blown away by the successes her graduates share with her after they finish her program. After her own kids graduated from school and left home, she and her husband, excited to start the next chapter as empty-nesters, moved into a beautiful 4-story townhouse while she was busy building two businesses and taking classes to get her coaching certification. Right after moving into their home, her husband suffered a devastating fall, fracturing his C2 vertebrae and was paralyzed from the neck down. Remarkably, he has since gained some mobility for which they are very grateful.
The emotional and physical challenges have been overwhelming but through their combined passion, drive, and optimism, her husband continues to improve his dexterity. And throughout it all, Rene continues to provide her utmost support to others on their journey of discovery and growth and build her business.
Rene will be the first to tell you she is blessed beyond measure.
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