My Story

I 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. In my work as a coach, I draw on the full range of my education and experience.

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.

My 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. She is now a college student doing all kinds of fantastic things. And luckily for me, we still have great adventures together. Whatever else I do in my life, becoming her mom 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

"After feeling so stuck for so long, I was surprised at how quickly I was able to get focused and actually make the changes I needed to make in my life and career.  Lynda helped me to see options I hadn’t seen before, and gave me the practical help and support I needed. It was the best investment I could possibly have made in myself. " — Sarah
"Every time I walked into Lynda’s beautiful office, I knew I was taking another big step toward creating the life I want to live. She helped me to think clearly about changes I needed to make in my life and work, supported me while I made them, and helped me get on the path to achieving my goals. I’ve found a new job, and I love it.  If you’re thinking about working with a coach, take my advice – hire Lynda, she’s the best!" — Rebecca
"I’ve been working with Lynda in the aftermath of my divorce. She’s helped me to adjust to the changes with a sense of optimism and confidence I never would have expected. I understand myself better, I’m happier and less stressed out, and my kids are happier too. Working with Lynda was the best gift I could have given myself at this time in my life!" — Christina
"Lynda helped me to understand my strengths and weaknesses, develop my leadership skills, figure out my goals, and come into my own as a leader. My work with Lynda was very enjoyable and extremely helpful to both my life and my career. I’ve recommended her to many colleagues with great enthusiasm." — Robert
"When I started working with Lynda, I knew I wanted to change careers, but I didn’t know what I wanted to do next. She helped me get clear about what I love to do, what I’m good at, and what I need my next career to provide for myself and my family. After just a few weeks, I’ve already made great progress toward a career I know will be right for me, and I feel happier and more energetic than I have in years."  — Carol
"I had become very socially isolated and unhappy. Lynda helped me to build up the courage and take the practical steps I needed to take to connect with people and find new sources of meaning in my life. Now I’m even dating again, for the first time in decades. I feel years younger and much happier." — Charles
"Lynda is a gifted and passionate coach.  Her insight has helped me clarify my goals and objectives.  In fact, after a few coaching session with Lynda I actually STARTED my new company!  Lynda has helped me every step of the way.  I couldn’t ask for a more knowledgeable, kind and effective life coach.  I am truly grateful for her wisdom and guidance." — Dawn

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