About

Kansas City Career Coach – A Career Change Story

Kansas City Career Coach
Meg Montford, Executive Career Coach

My name is Meg Montford, Executive Career Coach. My path to Kansas City Career Coach has been a long one. It started when I could no longer tolerate my job as a college financial aid officer in the mid-1980s (after 12 years in a career by “default” instead of by “choice”), and persuaded the owner of a boutique staffing firm to hire me as a recruiter working on a commission. You see, I had discovered after three long years of soul searching that I wanted to be a career services professional. (When you work with a career coach, it doesn’t have to take nearly this long!) Thus began my three years of going from commissioned to salaried employment positions in my chosen field. (By the way, I was a single mother of two children during this time. To say I was a little afraid would be putting it mildly.)

In 1999, I was ready to take another risk — start my own career coaching business as a Kansas City career coach. I had always wanted my own business, and now the time was right — at least as good as it was ever going to get for me. This career change was a particularly scary one — I had to cash in my retirement account to get started! (Now, I don’t advise this for everyone, but for me, it was my only choice.) Since then I have been rewarded many times over as a small business owner being able to do what I love — helping others discover the way to work their own passion as I am able to do, and making money while doing it, too! (And yes, I do have a new retirement account.)

By now you can see that I am a risk taker. I believe that to make big life and career changes, you really need to take risks. Otherwise, you continue to live a “comfortable” life of familiar pain. While pain is not fun, it is familiar – right?

Today I specialize in coaching sales and marketing executives who feel stuck and are struggling to make the necessary changes to advance their careers. (Did you know that a job search has a lot in common with sales and marketing? Ask me how.) I have expanded my Kansas City career coach business virtually to include not just Kansas City professionals, but also those across the U.S., even around the world! Others who have benefited from career coaching with me include people in Finance, IT, Healthcare, Education, Scientific fields, and many more. Read their success stories. Who sounds like you?

I take a pragmatic approach to career coaching, believing that the answers are inside you, but sometimes a nudge from your career coach can help your light bulb come on. One of my executive clients said about career coaching with me, “The kicker was Meg’s intuitive skills; I honestly think she had me figured out after our first phone call!” (Kevin Travelstead, VP Business Development) Read what my clients say.

My Qualifications

* Bachelor of Arts, Sociology, University of Missouri-Kansas City
* Graduate, Corporate Coach U
* Graduate, Career Coach Institute (First student to earn Master Career Coach certification)
* Authorized Program Facilitator, Life Blueprint™ Institute, LBF InterCoach, Inc.
* Career Management Fellow, Institute of Career Certification International

My Career Highlights

* Career Consultant, job readiness coaching project for expatriate spouses, NetExpat, 2013-present
* Senior Career Consultant, outplacement project for Fortune 500 client companies’ candidates, Mullin International, 2013-2017
* Career Coach Trainer, International Coach Academy, 2006-2008
* Instructor and Mentor Coach, Career Coach Institute, 2003-2005
* National Speaker, Career Masters Institute Annual Conference, 2003
* Monster.com Career Coach for the “Job Good. Life Good” sweepstakes winner, May 2001
* Four-time winner of the Professional Resume Writers International writing contest, 1999-2000

* Interviewed and quoted frequently about career issues by the following and others:
The Wall Street Journal
– The Kansas City Star
– Sales and Marketing Management Magazine
Thrivent Financial
– Diversity Inc.
– Kansas City Fox news
CBS Money Watch
– Yahoo! Hot Jobs
– Quintessential Careers
Monster.com  
– Studio One Networks
– Hot Talk 1510 radio
ACOG Career Connection
– Razor Magazine, and more

* Contributing author to 19 nationally published careers books including:
– “Knock ’em Dead” series (Martin Yate)
– “101 Ways to Recession Proof Your Career” (Wendy Enelow)
– “An Insider’s Guide to Career Coaching” (Marcia Bench)
– “The Twitter Job Search Guide” (Whitcomb, Bryan, and Dib)
– “Power Tools: Top Executive Coaches Put You on the Fast Track to Success” (Business Tool Kit
Series)

My Affiliations

* International Coach Federation, current member / past Career Special Interest Group (SIG) Host
* ICF Heartland Coaches Chapter, current member
* Institute of Career Certification International, current member
* National Career Development Association, current member
* Career Thought Leaders, member
* Association of Career Professionals International, past member / multiple leadership roles

My Personal Interests

* RV camping with my husband and two dogs
* Trying new recipes using my KitchenAid mixer
* Reading bestsellers on my Kindle
* Learning new things about social media

Let’s get started!