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Meet Luna

Coach, Mentor, Public Speaker, Consultant & Expert in psychology, empathy, mental health, and wellbeing.

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People don’t like to see good people leave academia. Me NEITHER! I would love nothing more for all of us to be happy and respected for our valuable skills!๐Ÿ’ช

I do have the expertise to land jobs in both academic and non-academic fields.

  • 60+ high-impact publications
  • decades’ worth of leadership in the lab
  • tenured and offered academic jobsย half a dozen times since leaving academia!

๐Ÿ‘‰But I’ve tried academia before. I enjoyed teaching and working with colleagues, but I wasn’t paid what I was worth.

Plus, the constant barrage of “you’re not doing enough”, asking me if I was working part-time because I’m a single mom and would have to tend to the occasional issue at school… well, it was all not good for my health and let’s face it, it affected how I parented my child!๐Ÿ˜จ

And for me, it’s not about money; it’s about happiness and making a difference.

When I was chasing academic success, what truly fulfilled me was helping others break through barriers and then thriving.๐ŸŒ™๐ŸŒŸ

Even now, I check on my colleagues’ health, needs, and celebrations. That’s who I am. Though I come from a hippie background, I am competent and an expert in my field. No one else does exactly what I do.

In pictures on social media, I may sometimes seem like a carefree hippie, but I’m also

๐Ÿ‘Š a skilled leader,

๐Ÿ‘Š an award-winning scientist,

๐Ÿ‘Š a teacher,

๐Ÿ‘Š a damn-good career coach and mentor,

๐Ÿ‘Š a grant writer,

๐Ÿ‘Š a mom,

๐Ÿ‘Š a dancer,

๐Ÿ‘Š a data analyst,

๐Ÿ‘Š an event planner

I am so much more!

Basically,ย I’m on a mission to help mid-career academics and PhDs tune out the messaging that they’re not good enough, and instead get paid for their damn-valuable skills.

Helping them find and pivot to careers with less stress and more fulfilment.

When you leave academia, you really do struggle with feelings of failure, grief, and whether you can do anything else but academia. It’s like “you’re not good enough for academia, but don’t you know that no one else will want you?!”ย 

Getting over these feelings of worth and failure was hard. I did get offers to work in non-profits at Director-level roles, which is how I became unstoppable in my CV writing and interview skills!ย If anything, I am a determined and persistent little armadillo!

I wrote to a colleague “I’m either going to succeed or die trying” re: starting my own business, which is the most courageous and empowering thing I’ve ever said!

What I realized in my self-discovery is you need toย get vulnerable and become intimately familiar with your driving forcesย – mine were to help people who felt like they never fit in to create their own unique paths to freedom and fulfillment with financial freedom!

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I know you want to:

  • Create a new version of yourself that doesnโ€™t put you in another box.
  • Build a professional identity that shows you as the badass leader you are.
  • Express your valuable skills for the FIRE they are.
  • Create new ideas and ways of working while rejecting old ones that no longer serve you.
  • Define your path to success to ensure you donโ€™t burn out.
  • Position your skills and strengths as invaluable so you are appreciated for your expertise.
  • Find clarity in your career direction so you do more of the work you care about.
  • Build empowerment through believing in your own value, never underselling yourself.

I’d love to help you smash all of these goals!

What is your version of success? Have you had time to consider that for yourself?