The Ambitious Introvert

Hey! I'm Lisa Plain (formerly Petkovsek) and I'm excited that you're here. I want to take a moment to welcome you and tell you a little bit about my story.

I’m sure I’m not the only one who had a dream of putting the full alphabet beside my name before I was 30 (Lisa Plain, BBA, MBA, CPA, CMA, CPC, ACC, MP-ELI) (actual designations). I am, by any standard, an ambitious introvert, and a lot of the time that meant choosing studying or working over fun and enjoyment. I had this idea that more certifications, and promotions to the next level would somehow bring happiness. It took a lot of late nights at the office, promotions (aka. “success”), and feeling stuck, to finally have the courage to explore what else is out there and realize that meaning and fulfillment for me come from human connection. I don’t regret any of it, I am proud of my path and the personal growth it provided; without those experiences I wouldn’t be the coach that I am today. However, I am happier now knowing that I found my missing piece.

Today, I am the the founder of Career Balance Coaching and a co-host on the Career Builder's Podcast. I am Certified Professional Coach through iPEC Coaching and ACC Certified through the International Coach Federation.


Did you know that your work (including average commute) takes up a minimum of 50% of the hours you spend awake in a given week. When you’re 90 years old and looking back on your life, will you feel like it was a life well-lived? If the answer isn’t a “Hell yes!”, it’s up to you to change it. And you’ve come to the right place. I am ready to support, guide, and inspire you to uncover those hidden dreams and move toward a career that makes you jump out of bed in the morning. And the best part? Everything you need is already inside of you. All you need to do, is get started.

If you'd like to read more about how I made the switch, head on over to the blog.

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