The first soul worker interviews I conducted for this series focused on two people, Jackie Fuchs and Mark Anthony Lord, who’d followed their callings in art and ministry, respectively. Both crafted productive and profitable careers or side gigs by exploring and committing to their passions. Conversations about callings are common in the arts and spiritual service, vocations where the end product is easy to see, touch, or experience.
However, I know that anyone in any line of work has a calling. Once you’ve investigated your options and claimed your passion (or it claims you, as is so often the case), you’ll uncover the vast reservoir of courage needed to define soul work, your dream career.
Karen Radtke’s story supports this. As Founder of Beacon Street Coaching, she is a pioneer in the areas of organizational development and executive and team coaching. Her career has included positions in not-for-profits, government, and multinational corporations in addition to running her own consulting company. Her experience will inspire those of you looking for a way to create a happy and fulfilling career path.
Early in her career, Karen became fascinated with the dynamics of leadership, teams, and community. Her passion for discovering what made organizations tick informed her career path. She took on a lot of responsibility at not-for-profits including her alma mater the University of St. Thomas, the American Heart Association, and as the Director of Alumni Affairs at Loyola University where she attended graduate school.
She went on to be a Training and Development Director at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. She continued to develop her expertise and leadership style at the Federal Reserve before entering the private sector as an internal OD specialist at Square D. Karen later became a consultant for Right Management, traveling extensively to help international companies expand leadership capacity and create healthier cultures. Her affinity for developing internal strategies that fostered greater company-wide success prompted Karen to strike out on her own. She formed her own practice as preparation for adopting twin toddlers from Ethiopia with her husband Jeff.
Karen has been alternating between full-time leadership roles and freelancing coach and consultant throughout her career which has been one of her keys to success. This routine provides her with the challenges she craves allows for flexibility and sustains a devotion to her own learning and development. She approaches both roles with gratitude and is very intentional about what she is looking for in the terms of her own clients and the type of culture she wants to embrace when seeking employment.
After four years of entrepreneurship, Karen moved out of her home office to a position at an established property management. One of the highlights of her role was creating a Women in Leadership program. She has a passion for teams and culture (naturally, for someone so tuned into the business framework and identity) but lost this dream gig when the company restructured. I hate when that happens! Fortunately, Karen had her own business – and host of immensely engaging client projects – to go back to. Now, she’s looking forward to her next chapter as an executive at a startup.
Karen’s story is a testament to focus, faith and resilience. Thanks, Karen! And thank you for reading. Ready to uncover your passion? Need help tweaking your career “secret sauce”? Let’s chat! Schedule your FREE soul work session now. It’s easy and, did I mention…FREE???