My Story

My Story

Prior to coaching, I held both executive and management roles at exclusive luxury brands for nearly 30 years. At 16, I opened the first Versace franchise in the U.S., building what was then an unknown brand into the most successful Versace store worldwide and transforming Rodeo Drive into what it is today. In my 30s and 40s, I went on to lead teams at Hermés, Yves St. Laurent, Bulgari, and Gucci.

As you can see, business building and innovative thinking are part of my DNA. But what you might not see is that during those 40 years, I fled a revolution and emigrated from Iran. I was laid off twice and forced to start over. I was married, divorced, and single — sometimes all at the same time. I was debilitated by chronic back pain while a full-time, single parent to a three-year-old son and a five-year-old daughter.

My last decade’s path to creating a more successful, prosperous and purposeful life is one that I now help my clients create for themselves.

If you, too, have a full and complicated story behind you and a big mission ahead, it’s time for us to talk.


“In a slow, subtle, and thoughtful way, Carolyn showed me how to change my thoughts and I truly feel it has changed my life. Working with her was a gift beyond comparison.”

During my first session with Carolyn, she told me that changing my thoughts would change my entire life. “Yeah, sure,” I thought. Was I wrong. Thank you Carolyn for enhancing my life with each conversation.

— Casey Sternsmith, Real Estate Entrepreneur


“I have recommended Carolyn to friends and professionals, as someone who is smart, strong and capable of peeling away layers and excuses and finding the right road to a fulfilling life.”

A few years ago, knowing Carolyn had decided to change her life focus and become a life coach, I approached her seeking advice for our son who was experiencing challenges at grad school. They began to work together and she gave me some of the wisest advice ever: Let me be the coach, you just be his mom. They continue to work together and the growth, confidence, clarity, success, and focus that he exhibits today fills me with such gratitude and wonder that I now believe in miracles.

— Anne Crawford, Writer and Historical Home Renovator



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