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Maria Tomas-Keegan: A Life Coach That Offers More Than Most

By Nick Christophers

When María Tomás-Keegan has hit rock bottom in the past she questioned her worth, knowing she had to find a way to bounce back somehow. She had to evaluate the issue and found one of the solutions was to learn to be resilient. But, as she explains, “The truth is no one is born knowing how to be resilient. We have role models who lead the way; without one, it’s hard to see the path for yourself.”

This being the case, she has dedicated her life to helping others become more resilient. What María offers is a coaching approach even though many people can find guidance from their religious leaders or licensed therapists. One of her key elements is to help unlock her clients’ potential and maximize their performance while creating a foundation built on values and designing a vision rooted in what they want for themselves in the future.

One of her many recent success stories was with her client, Kristen, who not only rebounded from her previous career challenge but improved her situation. Kristen was an executive in higher education for decades as a fixer of accreditation issues. But, once she resolved the problems, the university no longer required her services and laid her off. It happened several times. So, when Kristen found María, her self-esteem and confidence were at an all-time low, and she needed to figure out what was next, so history didn’t repeat itself. María guided her to define her skills, what she loves to do, and what she doesn’t want to do anymore, which helped her find a better-suited position doing what she loves.

Even though her private practice serves women, she also coaches men in similar circumstances. She is a consultant for companies that support laid-off individuals. María concentrates on positioning them for what they want next, refining their resumes, and building a strategic map to find the best opportunities. In addition, she assists in preparing for interviews, evaluating offers, and negotiating for what they deserve.

“My private practice, Transition & Thrive with Maria, serves women as I guide them through my comprehensive career & life coaching and mentoring programs. We start with deep self-assessments that build confidence, bring clarity, and focus on answering questions like who am I know that things have changed, what matters most, and what do I want that is different than what I have? Then for career clients, we refine the same technical skills I mentioned for the consulting side of my business.”

María would soon enter the popular podcast world and five years ago, she created her podcast Tips for the Transition | The Career Roadmap and recently launched its sixth season. Every week she speaks with inspiring experts and influencers globally about careers and personal development, relationships, leadership, problem-solving, decision-making, balance, self-care, and how to take your dreams to the next level.

Her mission is to provide women with tips, strategies, best practices, and practical advice on how to be better, do better and make a bigger impact in their worlds. The show streams live on YouTube, LinkedIn, and Facebook each Wednesday at 1 pm ET and will soon be streaming on Roku and Amazon. Plus, you can find the podcast on major podcast directories like Apple, Spotify, Google, and iHeart.

Maria Tomas-Keegan on YouTube

So far, María has written many books on helping women cope with change and transition. But there is one special book for María, titled “Upside Down to Right Side Up ~ Turning Transition into Triumph.” It is special because, at one of her speaking engagements, a participant gave María the idea to develop a book on what she discussed that day. So inspired, María set out to write the book in which she shares some of her upside-down moments, the stages of transition she experienced, and several client case studies. The book ends with activities to help women get started on their transition journey.

María has been an asset to many women and, on occasion, men as a career & life coach and mentor. A welcomed guiding light who leads by example.

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