My Story

Lynda Wallace, Career & Executive CoachI have the great pleasure of working with clients to help them to create greater levels of meaning, success, and happiness in their lives and work. I meet with local clients in my sunny office in Montclair, NJ, and with clients from around the world by phone and video.

My practice is grounded in Positive Psychology, a research-based branch of psychology that studies what really causes people to thrive in their lives and work, and how we can apply those findings in practical ways.


My Career Change

I came to this work after extensive study of positive psychology theory and practice, and following a very successful twenty-year career as an executive with Johnson & Johnson, where I ran a $1 billion global business including many of the world’s most iconic brands, and was the head of Mergers & Acquisitions for J&J’s medical device companies.


My Education

I hold an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and a BA from the University of Delaware. I’ve also earned a Certificate in Positive Psychology and certification as a Positive Psychology Coach. My work as a coach draws on the full range of my education.



My Teaching

While the heart of my work is one-on-one coaching, I also serve as on the teaching faculty at Kripalu Center and as Director of the Coach Training Program at Wholebeing Institute, where I teach courses on coaching skills and practice building as well as an integrated Positive Psychology Coaching Certification program. And I offer keynote addresses and customized programs to organizations around the world.


My Writing

I wrote A Short Course in Happiness to offer readers a distillation of the essential research findings on the steps we can take to live happier, more meaningful, more successful lives. I was surprised and delighted when it became a best-seller on Amazon. I’m now writing my second book. Based on my work as a coach and teacher, it lays out a clear process for successfully achieving goals and navigating transitions.


Wallace-264 7x7My Priority

I’m an avid distance runner, reader, hiker, and traveler. Most importantly of all, I’m the very happy single mother of a wonderful daughter, who I adopted from China when she was twelve months old. Whatever else I do in my life, that will always remain the best decision I ever made.



Here Are a Few Press Clippings About My Work:

Happiness Is Up to  You, Authors Say, Cleveland Plain Dealer

What Will Really Make You Happy?, San Diego Gay and Lesbian News

Business Insight: Finding Happiness, Salt Lake Tribune


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