Annelies M Gentile, MA, PCC is an Executive Integrative Life and Leadership Coach, Speaker, Author and Artist with a Masters in Coaching and a knack for poking in a good way. With a gift of presence and loving interruption, she gently calls you “back to center”, facilitating inspiring retreats and conferences, wielding artful tools for perspective, progress and growth, coaching you through change.
From chaos to calm, Broadway to blacksmithing, divorce, death and Dubai, Annelies is no stranger to change— making her great at helping YOU embrace life’s wild and wooly edges with gratitude, maybe even glee.
She’s helped thousands of leaders, entrepreneurs, executives and budding visionaries find focus to take bold brave action in their personal and professional lives— saving money, soul and sanity. From managing burnout to nurturing creativity to tending grief associated with change, she’s served thousands of professionals over two decades across fields of government, healthcare, law, education, non-profits, arts, tech, science and sales including IBM, GSK, SAS, NCSU, City of Raleigh, Fidelity, Baptist Medical Center, UNC-REX, Campbell Law, NC Bar Association and more.
Having traveled 22 countries and 47 US states, Annelies discovered that most people want the same three things: to be heard, to feel safe and to hold a sense of belonging. She works from that place of inclusion to help you find joy in life and in one another again.
Her education includes a master’s degree in coaching (Maryland University of Integrative Health), graduate studies in creativity, conflict transformation and peacebuilding (European Graduate School in Switzerland), transformative leadership (Tai Sophia Institute), and is certified PCC with ICF. An ICF Certified Coach is part of a self-regulating group of elite coaches who provide accountability to clients and the coaching profession as a whole.
Her earlier career(s) included working in theater and television production, management, corporate training and visual arts where she frequently worked with high-performing, high-level professionals including Bernadette Peters, Andy Griffith, Tony Curtis, Petula Clark, including three NC governors; Hunt, Easley and Purdue.
She's served on the board of the Art Therapy Institute, Center for Human Earth Restoration and currently serving on Triangle Art Works. Annelies also enjoys leading meaningful celebrations, sacred ceremonies and officiates weddings. She's an ordained interfaith minister through Universal Life Church (2007) and Earthstar Spiritual Center (2021).
No matter how she serves, Annelies believes the secret to success is compassion and knowing how to make gourmet salad out of weeds.
On a personal note, she hammocks for happiness, paddleboards for perspective, walks in nature for solace, forages mushrooms for fun, travels when possible, and prefers to do all of the above with her musical sweetheart Greg Whitt of www.drumforchange.com.
"You reminded us that there's only ONE us and it looks like each one of us. Thank " ~ Dianne Connely
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