Meet your journey coach,
Jeanette engel

Inspiring you to own your unique story, discover your best self and truly love your one life.



So glad to meet you! If you're looking to make a change in your life and the motivation to move forward, you've DEFINITELY found the right place. Check out my unique story below to see if we CLICK:

I am a middle child (#6) of nine raised in a large, crazy, Catholic family in the DC area.  My husband says I always tell people about my family when they first meet me and he is probably right.  My large family made me who I am today and I treasure the life lessons, relationships, challenges and gifts of always having a crazy sibling available if I need it.  

My Mom was my life coach, mentor, teacher, spiritual director, best friend and honestly the wind beneath my wings. She passed away from cancer in 2008 and lives on in my heart, soul and spirit. She instilled a strong faith in me and that continues to be my anchor on life's journey.


I married Stuart—my college sweetheart—and we've been married for almost 30 years! We are blessed to have three amazing daughters (ages 16, 21 and 24) and one adorable grandson. We experienced infertility early in our marriage and God blessed us with children through adoption. Adoption has been a profound gift and a huge part of my story. Being a mom has taught me many of my most important life lessons.


I have a Bachelor's degree in Business and Psychology, a Master's in Human Resource Management and I am currently working towards a Master's Degree in Spiritual Theology. In my early career, I worked 12+ years in leadership positions in the Human Resources world. In my thirties, at a Stephen Covey seminar, I finally got real with my values and my legacy in life. I left my comfortable career to be a stay at home mom for a long season with my daughters. It was a risky choice financially and professionally but the pay-off was life-changing and brought the immense peace my heart and soul craved.

I prioritized my biggest rock (as Stephen Covey says) — my Catholic faith and personal relationship with Jesus. The rest flowed from there. I got involved at my Church leading various groups and bible studies and put time and heart into my spiritual journey and my family.  

In 2009, I returned to the Human Resources field as a part-time consultant. In 2012, I became a Certified Life Coach and opened my own private practice out of my home in Ashburn, VA.  I am truly living my passion and purpose!  I have always been drawn to encouraging and motivating people whether at work, as a college basketball point guard or sports coach, as a loyal friend or a bible study leader.

Many mornings you will find me sitting in my prayer chair with a hot mug of coffee starting my day off encountering Jesus in a book or scripture and reaching for His guidance and will for my day. In the evenings I am on my front porch or settling down with a book or great conversation with family or friends!  People inspire me and I am forever curious and a learner on life's journey.  I love working out, challenging myself, nature and outdoors, reading, socializing, cold beer, hot Chesapeake Bay crabs and good friends and family! 

As a Certified Life Coach, I specialize in personal growth and career coaching along with my signature strength of coaching with Brené Brown’s Daring Way™ and Rising Strong™ programs. Brené’s research and life-changing work on courage, vulnerability and wholehearted living has impacted my life and millions on the journey.  

My vision is to help you own your unique story and live your best life. I am passionate about motivating you to become the "best version of yourself". I use individual and group coaching techniques, assessments and helpful assignments to offer a highly-personalized program tailored authentically to you. I know life coaching can be a game changer in your life.  One of my greatest strengths is empathy and it is a humbling gift for me to walk alongside you.

Together on Life's Journey,





Over five years ago, I realized that I had a gift to motivate and encourage others and found my passion and purpose in becoming a Certified Life Coach through Christian Coach Institute.

My coaching certification made me eligible to become one of the very few life coaches in the country to receive the designation of Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator after intensive training. I have the certification and approval to coach using Brené Brown’s life-changing programs, videos and tools for The Daring Way™ and Rising Strong™ programs. Her materials are research-based and hold the key for helping you to live a more joy-filled, passionate, and wholehearted life!

I love to see people celebrate their unique journey and succeed!  My experience, energy, passion, and zest for life make me a perfect fit to journey alongside you.




“I read The Daring Way a year ago and the book really resonated with me so when I saw online that Jeanette was offering this course, I signed up without ever meeting her. And I am so glad I did. Jeanette is a fantastic coach. She’s kind, insightful, a great listener and is passionate about the material. She provided a safe, non-judgmental environment which allowed each of us in the group to share some really personal stuff. She successfully facilitated the group so we had time to share but also moved through the material so we could cover what we needed to cover. Learned about shame and how it prevents us from leading a whole-hearted life. It’s a life long journey to a whole-hearted life but I am on my way!”
— Daring Way™ Group Coaching Participant
“I wanted to tell you how much I appreciated all you did for me. You made me realize or confirm who I really am that I need to stop worrying about what others think. You also helped me realize what my strengths and weaknesses are and help put me on a path to pursue my passion. It was so nice having someone listen to me about my career and help me figure out what direction I should go.”
— Sam, 22
Jeanette’s professional yet warm coaching style is a perfect pairing with the Daring Way™ Program. There were some powerful opportunities for digging into what was stopping me from experiencing joy and embracing the life that God has planned for me. Jeanette facilitated the excavation without meddling in the messy work. She shared just enough of her personal journey to help me see that struggle and sadness is normal - even in the life of a faithful parent with the best of intentions! She also is a great example of the Daring Way™ model: She knows that the struggles never end in our earthly life, that we will have dark moments, and that the tools we are given in this program can help us to reset quickly and remain in integrity with our core values as opposed to shutting down, pulling in, and hiding when things are not going perfectly well.
— Michelle, Daring Way™ Group Coaching Participant
“Coaching is wonderful! The personal discoveries alone are amazing, but the accountability is invaluable. I’m looking forward to future time with Jeanette!”
— Lyndie, 30



Certified Life Coach/DISC Consultant
Certified Daring Way™ and Rising Strong™ Facilitator

Certified Dare to lead™ facilitator
Enhanced Communication IQ (C-IQ) Practitioner

Human Resources Consultant

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