WHAT DOES CHOOSE AWESOME CO. DO?
Human-centered people come to me to help them tap into their potential and unleash their awesome in the areas of career and leadership.
Human-centric businesses of all sizes hire me to be or add to their human resources team and re-imagine their employee/customer experience.
Choose Awesome is your source for help with:
- Writing your stand out, interview-getting, land-your-dream-job resume, and a job search strategy guaranteed to get you seen.
- Building confidence in your awesome knowledge, skills, and experience.
- Develop mad-ass leadership skills that make people trip over their own feet to follow you.
How does Choose Awesome Co. help me with that?
Signature Leadership Programs:
The Awesome Leader League (T.A.L.L.)
Advising and contract work
Who are you?
I’m a former Disney Princess, a doctor like Indiana Jones, and a mother of a retired racing greyhound named Landon, who also goes by “LL Cool Grey”. I read a lot but also watch a lot of TV and go to shows. It’s me doing my part to support the entertainment industry here in Los Angeles. I’m married to my very own Prince Charming named Todd who is an Imagineer at Disney.
Were you really a Disney Princess?
It depends on who you ask … But I do have “ears” of experience working for the Walt Disney Company and my very first job of my decades-long career was working in Cinderella Castle. You were thinking it was as an It’s Small World Doll, right? … I get that a lot.
What did you do at Disney?
After getting my start in the castle, I went on to have 17 varied jobs within Disney around the world developing people, processes, building culture, and running operations. I worked in Theme Parks & Resorts, Disney Consumer Products, Walt Disney International, and Disney Studio Entertainment in operations, research, human resources, learning and organizational development. It was the ultimate wild ride leading to my work abroad–in China and throughout Asia.
You lived in China?
We sold our house, cars, and jumped at an opportunity to relocate to Shanghai, China to develop the training team to support a start-up, Disney English. I lived in China for 4.5 years and relocated back to the US to work at the beautiful Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa on Oahu in Hawaii in human resources and training. I then landed at the Walt Disney Studios in California in organizational development prior to starting Choose Awesome Coaching where I help people like you tap into their potential and unleash their awesome to do work that matters.
A doctor like Indiana Jones?
I’m often asked if I’m a medical doctor. I explain I’m not a medical doctor but a Ph.D. Like Indiana Jones. Except… he studied archeology and I studied education, psychology, business, liberal arts, and what makes people awesome. It comes in handy when I’m told I have a typo. I tell people I have a Ph.D. in typos and new words.
How did you get into resume writing and personal branding?
I believe the recruiting process is broken.
The notion that you spend days and weeks keyword stuffing your resume to appeal to a computer in hopes that an inanimate machine will “select” you from the masses is a real fairy tale.
You, your knowledge, skills, and experience deserve better than that!
Being a bit of a nerd, I became obsessed with finding the secret decoder ring of the job search process, resumes, all of it.
I use nontraditional job search strategies, storytelling, and being 97% yourself to help you craft resumes, profiles, and cover letters in a way that screams READ ME—guaranteed to get you seen in the job market and not make you sound like a robot professor who “Consistently demonstrates exceptional knowledge and decision-making abilities” (actual line I used in an old resume of mine).
My client Nicole says it best what I do, “I have never had a professional resume telling so clearly my why and my story. “
Who do you work with?
My clients are smart, creative-minded, extra ambitious, and often multi-passionate humans looking for help to tap into their potential, stand out, and unleash their awesome. Together, we make a plan and take action.
I’ve worked across all industries. Entertainment, finance, sales, non-profit, photography, hospitality, business, tech, and more.
I have a business.
Can I hire you to help my business?
I’d be thrilled to serve as a consultant to your business with contract or project work. Here are the areas in which I can provide the most support:
Customer Service|Employee Experience|Process Improvement|Leadership Development|Training
Let’s chat about your business
How did you become a leadership expert?
I’m hesitant to call myself a leadership expert, but the tens of thousands I’ve helped to develop their leadership skills and style through my work with the Disney University and Disney Institute might disagree.
My non-negotiable values are to be more HUMAN. To connect, engage, and inspire the hearts and minds of people and not to be a bosshole.
I believe in my bones in this style of leadership practice so much that I was recognized with a handful of Mousecars, which is the Disney version of an Academy Award over the years as well as receiving a Disney Lifetime Achievement Award during my career.
My prior leadership experience includes my very first leadership role at Disney. I was 24 years old and I couldn’t keep a house plant alive. Suddenly I found myself responsible for over 400 employees at Epcot.
After a lot of lessons learned, I went on to lead teams of all shapes and sizes and helped tens of thousands of leaders around the world at all levels at the Walt Disney Company build their leadership legacies. I also campaigned and got elected president of a HOA (what was I thinking?).
Now, I’m on a mission supporting current leaders and ones in-the-making who are serious about finding the shorter path to get the strategies and skills of awesome leaders so that they can make a real difference, NOW in The Awesome Leader League (T.AL.L.)
Wait! You have a lifetime achievement award from Disney?
Yes! I received the award before I was 30 for my contributions to business results, employee excellence, and customer satisfaction. It’s like a Disney EGOT.
I took my father to the ceremony, which he still talks about. He really loved that bacon-wrapped lobster tail they served.
*EGOT is an acronym for “Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony” in reference to persons who have won all four awards.
What makes you different?
Once upon a time…
(that’s how all good stories start, right?)
I was hand-picked to be a VIP tour guide at Walt Disney World where I would host celebrities, dignitaries, and executives during their visit to the parks. It’s one of the most exclusive and personalized ways to experience the parks.
I learned the magic and impact this level of service brings to an experience so when I started my business, I decided to make that level of service available to my clients.
(If you are like, who’s that? Me and actor Charlton Heston and his Grandson and comedian Bob Hope)
I promise that working with me is like having your very own Fairy Guidementor. With an overstuffed carpetbag full of experiences, tools, tips, and a plan to help you.
I’m also a positive realist.
I know I’m talking all about what makes me different and my services, so why don’t I let my clients tell you about their experience instead:
Rebecca is a force of nature! Fun, thoughtful, creative, and fully present!
Your work is personal. You are curious more than any other professional I have met in my 20+ years in business. Curiosity is essential to building relationships and sustaining one’s business. 99.99% of professionals I have met in your industry are not curious enough to retell our stories the way we want them told.
The personalization! Rebecca is so good at remembering things that are top of mind for me – in addition to meeting when it works for my scheduled, she follows up in between sessions to provide resources and share thoughts that made her think of me when we are unable to meet! She takes pride in her work, and genuinely wants to support me!
You are the bombdiggity lady!
You actually listen and respond like a human being with feelings and emotions. Other people I spoke with felt like corporate robots.
SO sweet, right? I swear, I didn’t pay them to say it!
So, where does the name Choose Awesome come from?
I believe the greatest pop band EVER is Wham! and that I was going to marry George Michael. Unfortunately, he was taken from us all too soon for that to happen.
In an appearance on the UK’s Top of the Pops the boys from Wham! wore white t-shirts with “Number One” written on them. In the official video for their #1 song Wake Me Up Before You Go Go they wore Choose Life t-shirts and the band Go-Go shirts which became the inspiration for Choose Awesome and the official company uniform.
Wham! is also how I wound up living in China. Another story for another day.
I also believe every day is a choice. So choose awesome or not awesome. What are you going to choose?
Can I ask you another question?
Sure! Ask a question, say hi!
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