Lesley King

Lesley King is originally from Cleveland, OH. 

She tells us that, “I am the second of five kids. My role in the family was the caretaker. After college, I moved to Atlanta, GA, and started a career in film production. I had a lot to learn about life and myself. My journey included a successful career in film production, a stint at a bed and breakfast, a coffee shop creator and co-owner, nonprofit fundraising, back to film production, and coaching.   

Coaching is the ultimate career for me. When I was going through my second divorce I went to counseling and started to see things about myself and my life differently. I wanted others to see things differently too. When I found coaching it put it all together for me. Helping people get unstuck in their lives makes the world a better place one person at a time.”

Before you became the business titan you are today, enlighten us about the thrilling adventures of your pre-business life.

I always worked independently. When I started my film career I became a freelancer. I learned to network and accept the change that was my life. When I worked, the days were long. But I didn’t work every day. This was the first time in my life that I had time to foster hobbies. I have many hobbies: cooking, gardening, design, reading, hiking, biking, art, volunteering…

I designed the life I wanted from the beginning of my work after college. I have had a lot of successes and failures. I adjust as needed to keep my life interesting. 

My latest interest is traveling and exploring as a house sitter. I love to explore a new place as a local and help people while they travel by taking care of their animals. 

My coaching is virtual so I can work anywhere. 

I have always been an adventure seeker. I like experiences, I like people and their stories. My life just keeps getting better.  

Could you elaborate on the nature of your initiative/ business/current role, highlighting its purpose and the ways it benefits people?

I am a career empowerment coach who helps people figure out what’s next. People stay stuck in careers they no longer like. I help them look within themselves. When they know themselves, they will make better choices in all areas of their lives if they are unhappy at work and that unhappiness permeates their whole life. If people like what they do in work that will ripple through their whole life too. My goal is to make the world a better place one person at a time. 

What has been the response of the users/consumers towards your venture?

The people I have worked with are now happy working on something they enjoy. Knowing themselves has helped them live fuller lives.

Having a strong support system is essential for your well-being. We would love to know who your biggest supporter is. Share with us and let’s celebrate the amazing people in our lives who make a positive impact.

I am so lucky to have many supporters. I have an amazing business community around me in Western North Carolina. A coaching community that has taught me so many things that have helped in my business growth. I have lifelong friends at the end of a phone whenever I am in need. I have learned many life-changing things from all of them. 

Time Hackers, 2K for 2K, Fletcher Area Business Association (FABA), IMillion cups, Creative Mornings Asheville (and beyond), Gwen McTaggart, Martha Deutscher, Susan Sewell, Frederick Taylor, Alexa Carmichael and so many more.

As a young woman entrepreneur, what changes do you hope to see in the world and what opportunities are you seeking?

I want to make the world better one person at a time. I help people move on with their lives. We uncover their passions and take the needed steps to live the fullest life possible. I want them to live the life they want, that excites them and fulfills the purpose they see in their life.

We are asked the wrong questions. It isn’t about what you want to do for work when you grow up. It should be ‘How do you want to live?’, ‘What is important to you?’, ‘What are your values?’. I help redirect them to these questions. And then the choices are obvious.  

I want to help as many people as I can live an inspiring life.

Women now stand shoulder-to-shoulder with men in the workplace, breaking through glass ceilings to reach the top. What are your thoughts on women’s leadership today?

Women are amazing leaders. We have empathy and compassion. We look at things differently. Women are the future.  Men have taken the world in one direction. Women have different priorities and will take the world in new directions. I think they will make it so much better. Things like childcare, human rights, compromise, the global economy, and empowering others around the world.   

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