Aimee Giles

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Executive leadership coach Aimee Giles, in brief.

Aimee Giles

Home: Brewster, MA (Cape Cod).  Birthplace: Hartford, CT.  Profession: Education.  Title: Executive Leadership Coach.  Pronouns: She/Her/Hers.  Significant other: Joe Hesse, I met him at church camp when I was 16.  Alma mater: Smith College (B.A.); University of Michigan (M.S.),

Current professional project: Executive leadership coaching for bold, adventurous school leaders. Current personal project: Organizing and digitizing my family’s snapshots and photo albums.  Recent recognition: “Aimee has the ability to cut through the noise and get to the heart of the matter.”  Recent professional development: Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC), Certified Neurotransformational Coach (CNTC), ICF-Accredited Coach (ACC).  What’s been your big (or biggest leap)? Pivoting from doing school leadership to coaching school leaders.  Hobbies: Biking the Cape Cod Rail Trail, walking on the beach, hiking, exploring new food markets and restaurants, reading, baking, spending time with my family.  Last book read: Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain, by Daniel J. Siegel, M.D.  Recent unique acquisition: A hot tub overlooking our little neighborhood pond.

Personality profile: Open, curious, observant, intentional; INFJ (catalyst for positive change).  Moral compass: The Platinum Rule: treat others the way they want to be treated.  How do you define a perfect friendship? Mutuality, delight, laughter.  What is your greatest joy? Discovering something new.  What is your greatest fear? Not making a difference.  What is your guilty pleasure? Raw cookie dough.  What is your favorite place (or way) to spend money? Eating all types of food.  How do you relieve stress? A walk in the woods.

What was your first paying job? Working at Silver Lake summer camp, on “Camp Family”.  What was your favorite college course? Ecology - Gender, Knowledge, Culture.  I wrote a paper on ecofeminism.  What’s prominently featured on your home or office wall? A large bulletin board and white board.  Besides your parents, who has had the greatest influence on your life? My grandfather, Arthur Stevens.  What’s the best advice you received in your career? Just be yourself.  That’s enough.  What is your favorite app? Tide Alert.  What world event has had the greatest influence on your life? 9/11.

What change are you working on to effect in your profession or field? 

Everyone deserves to grow, learn, play, develop and flourish with dignity.

What change would you like to see in the world? More love.  What mega-trend most excites you? That belonging and connection are crucial to health and well-being.

Who would you like to spend an evening with, in heaven? Mr. Fred Rogers.  As a kid, what did you first want to be when you grew up? A hairdresser.  After your loved ones, what object would you first save from your burning home? Our cats, Francis and Noe.  What period in your life would you do differently, if you could? College years.  I’d have more fun.

Personal mission: To uphold human dignity in each and every human being.  Favorite quote: “You are a child of God.  Your playing small does not serve the world” (Marianne Williamson).

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