Meet Phil Okrend, CPCC, JD

Phil Okrend, CPCC, JD is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach and serves The Leadership Trust® in the capacity of empowering professionals and executives in transition to achieve extraordinary results and to keep them on track in their personal and professional lives. Phil began his professional career as an attorney in New York, specializing in business and family law.

Enjoying the freedom and fulfillment of living a dream, Phil became certified as a Life and Business Coach so he could help other professionals create empowering ways to live and work. As President and Founder of Stepping Stones Coaching, Inc, Phil has worked with lawyers, doctors, real estate agents, financial planners, corporate executives and business owners. As a coach he will support you on a journey of discovery, planning and action taking, leading to the success you desire.

Phil received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the State University of New York at Binghamton in 1982 and his Juris Doctor Degree from Brooklyn Law School in 1985. He is an AOC Certified Mediator in the State of North Carolina. Phil received his advanced coach training through the Coaches Training Institute. He is a member of the International Coach Federation and leads the North Carolina Chapter of the ICF.

In addition to one-on-one coaching, Phil is an author who writes frequently on the process of self awareness including managing fears and creating authentic change. Phil is also an engaging presenter and speaker whose interactive workshops are as fun as they are inspiring and include meditative music he himself produced to help his participants become self-aware and focused on the changes they want and need to make. His workshop participants have included Ameriprise, John Hancock and the UNC Wellness Center.

On a personal note and as a result of his own self reflective journey, Phil was able to transition into the life of a creative entrepreneur by founding and developing a prominent greeting card company, MixedBlessing, Inc., that has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Businessweek Online, The Washington Post, The News and Observer and seen on Good Morning America. Another passion and special talent Phil has is for music. He composes and performs on the piano and frequently performs in the Triangle area of North Carolina with his son Jordan, a gifted guitarist. Phil produced, composed and arranged the CD, Dinner Notes, A Smooth Blend of Jazz and Rock. His latest CD, Emergence, A Meditative Journey Through the Seasons, includes guided visualizations and meditative music to help people become self aware and focused on the changes they really want to make. Emergence recently received a glowing review in CHOICE, The Magazine of Professional Coaching.

Phil lives in Raleigh, NC with Elise his wife of 22 years, their two teenage sons Jordan and Joshua and their blue eyed dog, Maya.