GET TO KNOW ME

Hello!  I'm Brandy DeOrnellas.  I am a Bay Area native and live in the East Bay with my husband, son, and pup.

 

I studied at UC Berkeley, Harvard Law, and UC Davis. I practiced law for several years before transitioning to coaching.  My transition from law to coaching led to a deep interest in life design and transitions.

A lifetime of experiences led me here.  I worked as an advocate for seniors in long-term care, but wanted to do more to promote their joy and reduce suffering.  I transitioned to public policy, but realized I am motivated by face-to-face engagement, not macro-level reform.  In my law practice, the most fulfilling moments were when I offered encouragement and compassion, not legal advice.  Each of these experiences revealed my design and led me to coaching.

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MY TRAINING

HARVARD LAW SCHOOL

JURIS DOCTOR

EQUAL JUSTICE FELLOWSHIP RECIPIENT

HARVARD PUBLIC INTEREST FELLOWSHIP RECIPIENT

BORCHARD 
FELLOWSHIP RECIPIENT

MS. JD FELLOWSHIP RECIPIENT

 

MEDIATION 

CERTIFICATIONS

UC BERKELEY

BACHELOR OF ARTS, SOCIAL WELFARE

DEPARTMENT HIGHEST HONORS 

 

BACHELOR OF ARTS, POLITICAL SCIENCE

DEPARTMENT HIGHEST HONORS

UNIVERSITY HIGHEST HONORS

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, DAVIS

CERTIFIED PROFESSIONAL COACH FOR LIFE AND WORK 

INTERNATIONAL COACH FEDERATION

PROFESSIONAL CERTIFIED COACH (PCC)

 

PREPARE/ ENRICH

CERTIFIED RELATIONSHIP COACH

COACHING CERTIFICATIONS

CONFLICT COACHING CERTIFICATIONS

HARVARD MEDIATION PROGRAM

MEDIATION CERTIFICATION

HARVARD LAW SCHOOL

MEDIATION COURSE

HARVARD LAW SCHOOL

MEDIATION CLINIC

BERKELEY LAW 

ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION PRACTICE

ABOUT YOUR COACH

MY COACHING PHILOSOPHY

My philosophy? Let's get clear about what's essential to you and then design your life accordingly. Here's a quote from a favorite book - Essentialism by Greg McKeown - that sums things up nicely:

"The way of the Essentialist means living by design, not by default. Instead of making choices reactively, the Essentialist deliberately distinguishes the vital few from the trivial many, eliminates the nonessentials, and then removes obstacles so the essential things have clear, smooth passage."

FROM LAWYER TO COACH

It started with some introspection - what matters to me? I wanted to tap my potential. I wanted to help people. And I couldn't do that disengaged and depleted.

I noticed the "bright spots" in my work were the moments when I was coaching others. I felt like I was making a difference; I felt alive.

People would ask: "Won't you be giving up too much if you stop practicing law?" But I knew all I was giving up by staying. So I took the leap - and it was worth it.

MY FAMILY

I live in the East Bay Area in California with my sweet family. My husband, Jason, works in education. Our son, Avery, is a happy, busy toddler who keeps us enthralled most days (and exhausted on others!) 

Jason is Korean-American - we love incorporating Korean food and traditions into our home.

We also have a sweet pup, Poppy, who came to us in 2018 - if your a dog lover, you can spot her in my Instagram!

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