Founder & Principal, Wayfinding Wisdom LLC
Alice Chen is a leadership coach, facilitator, and experience designer with a passion for storytelling and human centered design.
She lives at the intersection of many things and identifies as an omni-citizen, an epicure, a multipotentialite, & an explorer. Her favorite phrase is “yes, and”!
Alice supports leaders & organizations to more confidently, artfully, & strategically navigate the complex & often unpredictable currents of modern day life. She believes in life long learning and the creative power of joy & play, as well as in the importance of rigor & discipline.
Alice works with leaders to develop the mindsets & skillsets they need to become 21st century wayfinders. She supports her clients to access their courage, connect with their head, heart, & gut, experiment & explore their way into solutions that are “right” for them and “right” for the world.
Alice thinks & operates intersectionally – she draws on neuroscience, adult development theory, trauma informed practices, & wisdom traditions, as well as her own personal experience, & cultural lineage to hold & facilitate spaces where leaders can experience a sense of belonging & well being as they learn & grow.
Alice began her career as an elementary school teacher in her home community of Hawai’i. Since then, she’s worn all sorts of professional hats – grant writer, community organizer, arts coordinator, instructional coach, innovation guide, learning design consultant, & leadership development director – to name a few.
She has worked with hundreds of leaders across a diverse array of non-profit and for-profit organizations in government, philanthrophy, business, education, and technology. Her client list includes leaders from: Pinterest, Evernote, UBER, Lyft, Facebook, Google, Westfield Centres, Mass Mutual, WeWork, WellsFargo, Teach for America, Boys & Girls Club of America, Promise 54, Citizens of the World Charter Schools, US Prep, Fresno Unified School District, the State of Hawai’i, the Cities of Oakland, San Francisco, Long Beach, & Stockton, the University of San Francisco, and the Hewlett, Heising-Simons, & U.S. Soccer Foundations.
Alice holds an undergraduate degree in history & geology from Wellesley College, a master’s degree in education from University of Hawai’i at Manoa, and a Professional Coaching Certification (PCC) from the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching. She is a certified Energy Leadership Master Practitioner, a Maturity Leadership Coach and a registered member of the International Coaching Federation. Alice holds certificates in strengths based coaching, adaptive leadership, immunity to change, and equity and inclusion. She is also a certified yoga & mindfulness teacher and scuba instructor.
Alice collects words and yarn. She’s an avid writer and knitter, as well as an unabashed k-drama fan. After a decade in Silicon Valley, Alice now makes her home in the mountains of Asheville, North Carolina.