Hi there.

I’m Nicole Lenzen, a coach, facilitator, consultant, and mother. 

I support women in navigating working parenthood, leadership, entrepreneurship, and mid-career transitions on their own terms, cultivating nourishment and support rather than fatigue and breakdown.

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When we step into–instead of give away–our power, we show up fully and contagiously.

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My Story

I began my career in computer science—one of a handful of women pursuing that degree at the time—and was quickly made to feel small by the egos in Silicon Valley. After switching gears and becoming a custom couture fashion designer, I was wooed by a potential investor whose intentions turned out to be toward me rather than my company.

These and many other failed attempts to find my place in a world not designed for me were exhausting, but I kept pushing along… Until 2017, when a decade-and-a-half of chronic stress from trying to fit my square peg into the round hole of society had caught up with me, and my body broke down.

I was flying around the world leading intense innovation projects for a prestigious consulting firm, often enduring toxic environments. Seemingly out of nowhere, my vision became blurry, the clearly-formed sentences in my brain started coming out as an incomprehensible jumble, and I barely had the energy to walk. I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes—a forever auto-immune disease—as an adult. Staying alive now required constant monitoring, insulin delivery, and insane diligence. The diagnosis thrust me into a deep depression and identity crisis.

Getting this disease also sparked a crucial transformation.

I awoke from my trance, and realized that all my striving and over-work had made me ill. It was time to find my own way of being in the world. Since then, I’ve come to recognize that I don’t have to swim against the current. Through my healing journey, I gained access to my body and its insights, learned how to calm and restore my nervous system, and began investing my energy in what really matters.

Today, I’m a single mom by design, raising a curious young adventurer who is the love of my life.

I partner with organizations committed to cultivating cultures of growth, connection, and positive change, even when the road there has yet to be created.

I coach women to expand into truer versions of themselves and confidently navigate their own paths in leadership, entrepreneurship, and working parenthood.

We discover deep self-trust, we write our own rules, we attune to our hearts and bodies, and we thrive in living our values.

When we stop trying to be everything for everyone, we find ease in being our true selves.

Single Mom by Design

of a joyful and inquisitive 2-year-old daughter

20+ Years Empowering Women & Girls

through coaching, leadership, creating custom womenswear, mentoring underserved students and professionals through Girls Who Code and Built by Girls, and advising on Unconform's women-centric design framework

Significant Leadership & Consulting Experience

with Fortune 500 companies, startups, and nonprofits in innovation, technology, fashion, and social impact

Certified Coach

Certified integral coach through New Ventures West and certified RETAIN parental leave coach through the Center for Parental Leave Leadership (CPLL)

Human-Centered Design

10+ years of practicing design thinking and applying a human-centered approach to problem-solving

Seasoned Entrepreneur

comfortable navigating the unknown, with heaps of learnings to share

Community Builder

Passionate and action-oriented people-connecter and community builder

First-hand Experience

with stress-induced chronic illness and techniques to regulate your nervous system including breathwork, meditation, and somatic awareness

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My Nourishment

In addition to guiding women to their full potential, I enjoy being silly with my daughter, urban exploring by 🚴‍♀️ bike, learning every day, sharing yummy meals with loved ones, conversing in (long-ago acquired but rapidly declining) French, carving backcountry tree runs on my 🏂 snowboard and remote ⛺ camping and hiking. [Check out my Google Maps Local Guide profile for travel recommendations]. Previously, I performed as a solo jazz + swing dancer, and played 🎹 keyboards + sang in the psychedelic rock/shoegaze band Sidewalk TV. 

LET'S CONNECT

Schedule a free 30-minute 1:1 consultation to share what brings you here and experience what working together could look like

When we realize we don’t owe anyone anything, we redirect our energy toward what really matters.

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Brooklyn, NY & Asheville, NC
© Nicole Lenzen 2024

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