Get To Know Alison

Being "lost in translation" is a metaphor
for being disconnected from your true self.

I grew up in Berkeley, California and Clayton, Missouri before earning my bachelor’s degree in Romance Languages and Literature at Harvard University. After college, I studied and traveled in western Europe and Brazil for four years. I returned to the US to complete a master’s degree in Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University in Washington, DC and earn postgraduate translation credentials at Georgetown University. I started a business translating from French, German, Portuguese and Spanish in 1996.

As a translator, I helped people express themselves across barriers of language, culture, business and relationships. Looking back at that experience, I see I was also learning about the power of what I call the hidden narrative: the underlying values, assumptions and meaning that shape so much of how we see ourselves. I learned what it feels like to be "lost in translation" as a metaphor for being disconnected from your true self. I also started to see how much words define us, and how we can harness the power of new narratives to shape our lives.

In 2009, I left translation to launch a new career and studied coaching with the Newfield Network. I am now a Newfield Certified Coach (NCC) and accredited by the International Coaching Federation as a Professionally Certified Coach (PCC).

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What’s shame got to do with it?

Owning our own story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing that we will ever do. Dr. Brene Brown, from The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are (Center City: Hazelden, 2010) Like a lot of coaches, I really connect with…

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Learning to Live More Fully: Remembering the Good Stuff

I used to suffer from selective amnesia. I would forget myself. All the ways I have shown up in the world in a big way. Things I have done that made me who I am. Things I could be proud of. Without noticing, I would step away from the most authentic pieces of who I…

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