"Your life is already a miracle of chance waiting for you to shape its destiny." - Toni Morrison
Hello! My name is Crystal Barrow, and I coach driven professionals to achieve success at every stage in their careers. No one should wake up and hate going to their job! Take it from me - taking longer lunch breaks and using all of your vacation time does not resolve the real issues. I've been there! Is someone or something telling you it's time for a change? I want to tackle the internal and external obstacles together so you can feel productive and fulfilled! Together we can watch the steps you take now pay off with big results that will have you feeling oh so much better in no time! Let's get started!
I became a career coach after my own mid-career transition. I was a federal law enforcement officer in New York City. And although I was quite successful in that role, I often dreamed of going to school to become a lawyer. At the time, I was scared to act on my dream because I believed there were too many obstacles standing in my way. So, I chose the safe route and stayed put.
Then – the attacks on the World Trade Center happened. I was jolted into action by the reminder of how short and unpredictable life can be. I knew I needed to make a new choice, or I’d spend the next twenty years stuck in a job that wasn’t truly fulfilling. So, I followed my dream and went to law school. I worked relentlessly to overcome the roadblocks standing in between me and my law degree, and ultimately went on to become a highly successful attorney and city and state prosecutor.
As an attorney, and former Assistant Dean for Career and Professional Development, I was often given the opportunity to mentor law students and other legal professionals. I helped them identify their passions within the law, choose practice areas, and create the careers that were right for them. Soon, this became the part of my job that I enjoyed most. I discovered that I truly loved supporting people throughout their careers to create sustainable, rewarding, and successful professional lives. And with that realization I made one more transition– from attorney to professional career coach. To date, I’ve helped countless driven professionals identify their unique gifts, strengths, and passions—and create the incredible careers they’re meant for.