Lesley Picchietti, PCC, CPC, ELI-MP

Life & Leadership Development Coach

Owner, Engagement Expert, Trainer, Speaker

Lesley has spent over 25 years doing what she loves. Throughout her varied background, the constants have been her addictive optimistic approach and her desire to make a difference. With a degree in journalism and mass communications, she began her career in local TV news as director, editor and copy writer. Following her instincts, she made the move to non-profit development. Through her experience with the residents of Misericordia Home, she learned that everyone has more potential than meets the eye.  

She continued her work in non-profit, building and utilizing expertise in multiple areas including the design and facilitation of board and community training programs. Eventually, her passion for music inspired her to create a 16-year run as a jazz vocalist and band leader. She toured nationally and internationally and recorded eight albums.

During this time, Lesley also directed student and adult worship bands and created in-school music education workshops. Realizing her ability to bring out the potential in others, she continued on the educators’ path as a teaching artist/mentor for the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic (CJP). As CJP's Director of Communications and Outreach, she continued to build education, training and evaluation programs. She also applied non-traditional methods - like using hand chimes - as part of corporate

leadership programs! (This specific Jazz Leadership program is delivered through

Chicago Jazz Philharmonic. Contact us to learn more.)

Over the years, Lesley has been trending more and more directly to the development of others. This led her to launch Inspire Bliss Coaching and Consulting, a company that provides life and leadership development programs, coaching and training to enhance the lives of people and the productivity of organizations.

In addition to her thriving coaching practice, Lesley is a Lead Trainer for iPEC (Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching), sits on the Board of Directors for Chicago Jazz Philharmonic, where she also runs a 3-week summer jazz camp in Chicago, and hosts the popular radio show HOLY SHIFT! on Life Coach Chat Channel. As a speaker, Lesley inspires her audiences sharing her own personal story as well as tools that allows others to create a life they love.

Lesley's zest for life is contagious. To keep it exciting, she applies one of her favorite quotes by author Seth Godin, ‘When was the last time you did something for the first time?’ Keeping this at the forefront of her mind has allowed her to complete a 5k run, delve into the waters on a kayak, tour Japan with Japanese jazz musicians (no language barrier is going to hold her back!), try arial yoga and spend an entire month exploring Italy!

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As a Certified Professional Coach and Energy Leadership Index Master Practitioner, Lesley believes the art of coaching/teaching, for any age, is through empowerment and engagement.  Using a unique blend of compassion, boldness and humor, she consistently shifts client and student energy from a place of hesitation to a more positive and constructive center. This productive shift ultimately allows individuals and groups to move forward with increased motivation and confidence.  

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