Hello! I'm Catherine
Hello! My name is Catherine Westbrooks. I live in the Austin, Texas area with my husband and our 15-year-old Chihuahua/Rat Terrier mix, Sophie! She's our spoiled fur baby (see picture below as proof!). I am a full-time Special Education teacher, Outschool teacher, and Outschool Mentor.
"The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires."
-- WILLIAM ARTHUR WARD
EXECUTIVE CAREER COACH/ LEADER / HR ADVISOR
ACC, ICF CERTIFIED PROFESSIONAL COACH
IPEC CERTIFIED COACH
ELI (ENERGY LEADERSHIP INDEX) MASTER PRACTITIONER
MEET THE COACH
Theresa has spent her professional career as an Executive Leader, Business Owner, and Career Management Consultant focused on talent acquisition, talent management, leadership development, employee engagement and strategic HR business operations. Prior to launching her own coaching and advisory practice, she served as the Vice President of People and Culture at GuideSpark and Vice President of Human Resources at Adapt.tv (acquired by AOL for $465M), two successful Silicon Valley startups.
Earlier in her career she was Founder and CEO of The Strickland Group, a recruitment consulting and staffing firm and she held positions as a Regional Manager for a Staffing Agency and worked for Lee Hecht Harrison, a National Career Management Firm where she coached clients through the job search process and delivered training to those in transition.
Leveraging over 20 years of experience in startup and fast growing high tech firms, Theresa knows how to empower others to make winning choices. Guided by a strong understanding of business and leadership, Theresa provides her clients with practical and proven critical thinking and decision making strategies for tackling even the most complex challenges.
Theresa founded her own Coaching & HR Advisory practice because she felt there was a gap in the quality of personalized services available to individuals and new leaders of companies seeking growth and development in an increasingly dynamic economy. She chose to focus on helping professionals take charge of their careers, become better leaders, and to help those in transition or seeking new careers to own their destiny. Her passion is empowering her clients to achieve personal and professional success!
AREAS OF EXPERTISE
Leadership Development Workshops
Coaching New & Developing Managers
Career Transition Coaching / Executing A Successful Job Search
Outplacement Services for Valued Departing Employees
HR Leadership Advisory for Startups
Mentoring HR Professionals
Progressive IC to Executive roles in talent management, career management, and human resources with high tech startups and global corporations.
10+ years as an Executive HR Leader developing, coaching, and empowering employees.
Functional business experience across industries with visibility into 100’s of job roles, teams and cultures.
Founder and CEO of Theresa Strickland (2017) and The Strickland Group (1990)
ACC, ICF Certified Coach, iPEC Certified Coach, ELI Master Practitioner
Expert knowledge of several 360 Feedback and Communication Tools
B.A. Human Development & Public Relations
International Coaches Federation (ICF)
ICF San Francisco Bay Area Coaches
As a CEO of a startup, Theresa had to give me some tough feedback. She did it with grace that inspired me to reflect on my leadership style and skills, and to develop strategies to become a more effective leader. After working with Theresa, I had my own leadership team also partake in 360 feedback and coaching which helped us improve communications and grow as a team.
- CEO / small tech startup