Elizabeth Pritchard and Christine Burns are two women who have dedicated their lives to help others. The duo set out to help women who were struggling to find the right guidance and the help they needed. Co-founders of WALT Institute, these two women share a lot in common, which is why they began their journey to help others.
Dr. Elizabeth Pritchard (PhD, MHScOT, MIPPA), was born in New Zealand and had a turbulent past, which made her question herself. She was an occupational therapist, had two young teens, was studying, and had to contribute to an extended family, which led her in a downward spiral to a major burnout and loss of functionality. For Christine Burns (BA Psych, PGDipMgnt, MIPPA), also from New Zealand, the turning point came when she could not stop the bullying at work. This made her question everything about her career. Despite her qualifications and decades of experience in academia, she was being limited in her success.
Both women found it difficult to find meaning, however, they successfully found a way to bounce forward in life. Starting their entrepreneurial journey together, this dynamic duo began to coach other women in STEMM (Science Technology Engineering Math Medicine) to bring about life changes. They made use of their personal experiences in their coaching programs to inspire others. One of the most critical elements of Pritchard’s and Burns’ way of functioning is to make use of and apply evidence-based research. The duo studied and learned the scientific application of authentic leadership before they set out to inspire and coach others. Being motivated by the successful stories of their clients, the two bring together a variety of strategies to help clients grow personally and professionally. They provide strategies and guidance which can take as little as ten minutes a day to implement, in order to effect changes in life and career.
Pritchard and Burns talk about their experiences and speak of the importance of “controlling the controllables, which is You”. Pearls of wisdom are provided wherever they go. They emphasize “the past does not define you, and all of one’s experiences create the richness of who you are today”. They stress that everyone is valuable and “enough”, and speak about how important it is to continually grow your self-confidence. Pritchard and Burns also say that it is more important to focus on who you “BE”, more than what you do. They recognize that everyone has limiting beliefs, so they help clients to become aware of these patterns and rewrite their lives. Both Elizabeth and Christine are exemplars in their field and are committed to help women in STEMM become authentic leaders. They are published authors in international journals and help women overcome challenges, expand their strengths and guide them to find true success through evidence-based actions in daily life.
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