Coaching for change

Let’s practice the future together

Your work is changing. Maybe you’re trying to bring that change about. Maybe things are changing around you whether you like it or not. But one way or another, you have to change too. It can be bewildering and uncomfortable and heart-heavy to navigate that change—but it can also be fulfilling and meaningful and so much fun. As your coach, I will help you practice the future—to think deeply about what you want and why it matters, to craft inquiries and experiments to reflect and move forward, to write the story of what you want to be, and then to take action to make it so.

About me

👋 Hi, I’m Mandy Brown (she/they). For over a dozen years, I’ve led resilient, diverse, remote-first teams across the tech and media industries. I’ve been a CEO, a founder (twice), a VP, a line manager, a director, and an individual contributor. In that time, I’ve coached people up and down the career ladder and in a variety of roles—from engineers to designers, product and project managers, researchers, community managers, and writers and editors. To my coaching practice, I bring a wealth of practical experience alongside a reader’s ability to listen closely, an editor’s knack for shifting the narrative, and a product manager’s skill for managing change. I also carry with me my own journeys through change—not to give you a path to follow, but so I can better serve as your confidante as we walk your path, together.

Mandy is a true reader at heart. She was able to read me—especially between the lines—and help me address my underlying needs from our very first session. Her insights are always anchored with practical steps that make your goals more attainable. If I ever felt overwhelmed or stuck, Mandy was patient with me and held space for us to tend to these uncomfortable feelings in a constructive way. She also has an uncanny ability to ask questions that will make you pause, change the way you view a problem, and empower your sense of what’s possible. I always felt heard and supported when I talked with Mandy, and her sage advice continues to drive me towards my goals.” —Monica Lee

How I work

I work with people at all levels, both individual contributors and managers, who are looking to make a change in their work with intention and integrity. I specialize in supporting emerging and established leaders from minoritized communities as well as allies invested in our collective liberation.

I don’t have a prescribed program or package. We’ll talk remotely and discover, together, the best route forward for you—in the full realization that the path will change as we move along it, and will likely entail a number of surprises.

“Mandy had a fantastic coaching style. Very empowering, but keeps you directed and focused. This was one of my richest experiences of late.” —Frederick Wells

What you can expect

I will listen closely, reflect on what I hear, and ask open questions to get you thinking dynamically and creatively about the problem or challenge you’re facing. In these sessions, you can depend on me to:

  • Attend to your story with compassion and care and without judgment.
  • Help you discover and clarify what you value most in your life and work, and what you need to do to live in alignment with those values.
  • Be a trusted partner as you work to define the challenges in front of you, understand what’s holding you back, and prepare yourself for what’s to come.
  • Celebrate your successes and nurse your lessons at your side.
  • Propose exercises and inquiries that you can use to reflect, build self-trust, and keep moving forward.
  • Share my own experiences and guidance about what I’ve seen work or not work, when relevant.

What you need to bring

You should come to each session with a starting topic or inquiry, something that’s got you stuck or that you want to reflect on more deeply. It needn’t be precise or goal-shaped—think of it as an entranceway, not an ending. And come prepared to attend to the topic at hand—to care for it, tend to it, play host to it in a way that lets its contours become clear to you.

I will help you create and hold space where you can be safe, brave, and honest with yourself about what you need, what’s needed of you, and why. You will do the work—there’s no escaping that—but you won’t have to do it alone.

“Mandy is wonderful! She really digs deep to have you better understand why you think the way you do and what you really want. The exercises that she had me do outside of the sessions were also great ways for me to further think about what my aims are.” —Maria Cristina, Software Engineer

“Mandy is an amazing coach. She challenged my questions and my own framing, which helped me get more clarity about what I want from my career.” —Yue, Editor

“Mandy’s industry experience was invaluable to me as I was changing jobs and figuring out where my professional aspirations lie in relation to my current and future positions. She helped me find out what I truly wanted out of a work environment, and was responsive to my goals without pushing me in any particular direction. I would highly recommend her coaching services to anyone looking to figure out what the next steps in their career look like.” —Ella, Software developer

Ready to practice your future?