About Nancy and Crescent Coaching

My adventure as a coach and entrepreneur began when I founded Crescent Coaching in 2008.  I chose the name Crescent Coaching because I love the waxing crescent moon that appears at dusk a few days after the new moon.  To me, this moon symbolizes the possibility of something new emerging in our lives.  And that’s exactly what I get to do on this path: support people as they begin to see new possibilities for their life and work and make them reality.


Before Coaching:

Prior to starting Crescent Coaching, I spent over 12 years in human resources and organizational development in Silicon Valley.  This included 10 years at Yahoo where I had the opportunity to lead the talent acquisition team, integrate companies that had been acquired, lead organizational and cultural change efforts, manage HR programs, and play a key role in the development of employees, leaders, and entire organizations.

What I enjoyed most about my work in HR was supporting employees in achieving their professional goals, whether it was to gain new skills, discover and leverage their talents, improve the productivity of their organization, transfer to a new role, go for a promotion, or find the courage to pursue a long-held dream outside the organization.


The Transition Begins:

April 2006 kicked off a period of introspection and transition with the birth of our daughter.  If that wasn’t life-changing enough, over the next nine months my husband and I both had brushes with cancer. Thankfully we’re both well now.

On the heels of these changes in my personal life, my main internal client left Yahoo and I just couldn’t get excited about any of the other opportunities that were available.  The enthusiasm I used to have for my work had waned, I was sad about good friends and colleagues leaving the organization, and I was frustrated by the increasing amount of red tape required to get things done.

It became clear to me that my life’s energy was too precious to spend on things that weren’t important or meaningful to me.  As I neared my 10-year anniversary with the company in 2007, I knew it was time for the next chapter of my career and life, but I didn’t know what form it would take.


The Plunge:

Leaving the security of a corporate career was super scary, but with support from those people closest to me, I took the plunge and set about finding a way to use my passions and talents in a new career, one that would also allow me to have more time and flexibility to enjoy my daughter.  This exploration led me to the coaching profession.

I began my study of coaching at the Academy for Coaching Excellence in late 2007, graduated in 2009, and became a Licensed Academy Trainer in 2010.  I am a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) through the International Coach Federation, and a certified MBTI practitioner with CPP.  I’ve completed the Organization and Relationship Systems Coaching (ORSC) training series with CRR Global, and am studying organizational development with The Center for Human Systems.

Truly, one of the best parts of my path has been the opportunity to continue to grow and learn from these formal programs, and from all the interactions I have with my teachers, colleagues, coaches, friends, family, and clients.  Life is rich with opportunities to grow and learn whether we wanted another “opportunity for personal growth” or not!


What Else:

When I’m not working, you can find me practicing yoga, tending my garden, spending time with family and friends, and volunteering with my daughter’s school.  On a trip to Vegas in 2012 I reconnected with my love of dance, and it’s been an important part of my life ever since.

I have fond memories of my alma mater, California State University, Chico, where I graduated with honors.  My degree is in Business Administration, with an option in Financial Management and a minor in Human Resources.

Contact me at to discover how coaching can support you in bringing your goals and dreams to life.

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