Meet our Founder
Chief Executive Officer
Pam Baker is the founder and CEO of Journeous. Journeous is creating a community of strong, dedicated and compassionate educators, leaders, students and teams who gain the skills to connect who they are to the work they do and to those they do it with.
She founded Journeous after a 20-year healthcare career spent building, leading and mentoring teams. She saw the impact when leaders tapped into what motivated and inspired each person on the team, and as a mom of two daughters, her goal is to make this the norm. To allow people and organizations to thrive by making the most of what each of us brings to the world, with the skills and desire to motivate themselves and each other, and achieve more than seems possible.
Prior to Journeous, she was a Principal with Charles River Associates, a Life Sciences consulting firm, after her role as VP of Commercial Operations at Omada Health, and brings deep leadership experience across multiple functional areas. Her career started at Johnson & Johnson and Genentech leading cross-functional launch, sales, marketing, reimbursement and consulting teams, in addition to creating the needed infrastructure for organizational success.
Pam holds an MBA from Thunderbird and a BA in Political Science and Asian Studies from Northwestern University.
Chief Communications Officer
Throughout her career, Cindy has observed firsthand that creating long lasting community requires people and partnership, and she's driven to develop relationships with all of those she meets. She's naturally curious to lead, motivate, and resolve conflict so those around her become strong, dedicated and compassionate leaders.
Cindy has spent her career partnering to facilitate change beginning with the Peace Corps, in public and private education, by facilitating corporate leadership training, and through community volunteering and coaching. Cindy has taught both domestically and internationally, is an educational consultant and state-wide education facilitator, along with deep expertise in adaptive communications. She's trained groups small and large of school and business leaders and students themselves on the art of adaptive communication.
As a mom of three college-aged young adults, she's seen the impact of adaptive communication not only at work but also at home and that understanding how to motivate and lead is individual and personal. Throughout, her motivation is rooted in creating strong and empowered work and educational communities.
Meet Our Coaches
Where are you from? Belwood, Ontario, Canada
What did you go to school for? In University I received an Honours Degree in Psychology with a unofficial minor in Women's Studies and Theology. I have a post degree certificate in Volunteer Managment and my ACC and ECPC accreditation in Life Coaching. I am registered and accredited by the International Coaching Federation.
What has your career path looked like? My career path has been eclectic. I worked for 12 years in construction with my husband’s construction business and then to help me through university as a single parent. I have worked as a customer service representative to do underground utility locates, recruiter for the transportation/logistics industry, recruiter for the healthcare industry specializing in allied health, 20 years as a volunteer coordinator and trainer and manager in crisis services and Executive Director for a Distress Centre. I presently own and operate a private coaching practice in Belwood, Ontario Canada. I specialize in supporting creative individuals who are determined to move forward in their self-development, seeking validation for their intuitive gifts and are struggling with isolation. I also support individuals who have emerged from very strict faith groups and are struggling to find life purpose and build new community.
What’s your personal philosophy for career building? No matter how crazy the path seems; there is always important self-development & understanding, skills and traits; that you will need for your ultimate career aims.
What’s one piece of advice you would give to anyone feeling anxious or overwhelmed about career next steps? Even if you think you are going off track with your goals; know there is something that you need from your present experience at the jobs that cross your path. Keep your eye on your ultimate goal and keep open to what is offered in your present situation.
Where are you from? California
What did you go to school for? Hypnotherapy and Coaching
What has your career path looked like? I have had over 16 years of experience in the corporate world, from small family start-ups to fortune 500's, I've worked in a broad range of industries in different forms of administration and management. Today, I am thrilled to be an entrepreneur running my own successful companies.
What’s your personal philosophy for career building? Focus on developing and delivering your strengths, skills and your unique life purpose in a business or company that aligns with these and provides both financial and personal growth.
What’s one piece of advice you would give to anyone feeling anxious or overwhelmed about career next steps? The worst thing you can do is nothing. Pick a direction, opportunity, or training that is most aligned with your highest vision for yourself and take a leap!
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Where are you from? Riverside, CT
What did you go to school for? Business Management
What has your career path looked like? I've had a pretty direct path in Advertising my entire career. I moved to different cities (New York, Boston, San Francisco) and became very involved with the advertising communities in each city. I now have a huge network of support across the entire country, and even some international connections. Having the support of this network helped make my decision to shift to became a Coach and Trainer last year a seamless one.
What’s your personal philosophy for career building? Network Network Network! Always be open to meeting new people and talking with them, connect with them, and follow up. Your network will continue to help you in your career through all its varying stages.
What’s one piece of advice you would give to anyone feeling anxious or overwhelmed about career next steps? Your career is a long journey with many twists and turns. Do your research, listen to your gut and give yourself permission to be wrong. Every stop is a learning experience.
Where are you from? Burlingame, CA
What did you go to school for? I earned my degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology because I love studying human behavior and thought it would be a great asset in the corporate world.
What has your career path looked like? I spent 16 years working for a Fortune 500 Privately held company in Executive Sales Management roles. After having children, I moved on to a smaller company for better work-family balance.
What’s your personal philosophy for career building? Be open, be curious and don't be afraid to try something new. I've had an employee who worked in Operations decide to try a sales role and loved the change and the challenge. Networking and LinkedIn play crucial roles in helping to develop relationships and rapport with people who can help connect you to new opportunities.
What’s one piece of advice you would give to anyone feeling anxious or overwhelmed about career next steps? Take a deep breath and ask yourself some questions: "If I could do anything I wanted, what would I do?" "What do I love to do and how can I bring it into meaningful work?" "What appeals to me - Do I like to work alone or on a team? Do I want to work indoors or outdoors? Do I want to travel or a job that is local?"
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Where are you from? Toronto, Canada
What did you go to school for? University of Toronto - Bachelor of Commerce with a Specialist in Management
What has your career path looked like? It's had many twists and turns. I've worked part time at car dealerships, volunteered for charities, bartended, and tackled an internship at a law firm. My turning point was when I discovered what I really care about spending my time on. Helping someone else realize they can make their craziest dream a reality is why I love opening my laptop to get work done.
What’s your personal philosophy for career building? I believe that trusting your gut feeling always renders the right decision for you personally. You might make a mistake which gives you a huge opportunity but you can't go wrong in trusting yourself and taking imperfect action toward where your heart is calling you to go.
What’s one piece of advice you would give to anyone feeling anxious or overwhelmed about career next steps? Follow what feels good and allow things to happen in their own time. Forcing things never works. Let the answer come to you, and trust your gut feeling. No one knows better than you what your true purpose is and most people (especially those closest to you) will try to protect you from taking risks. Take risks anyway (with some thought and planning.) Ask yourself: "If I couldn't mess it up, what would I like to try next?" "What is the thing you keep thinking about figuring out or getting better at? What solution or problem do you want to solve for others?"
Where are you from? Southern CA
What did you go to school for? BA: Sociology at UCI; MA: HR & Labor Relations at MSU
What has your career path looked like? A constant evolution from being a fashion merchandiser, English teacher, HR professional, and life coach!
What’s your personal philosophy for career building? Focus on the skills you want to develop and the experiences you want to have. Don't put yourself in a box based on what other people say or think. Ask, ""Does this bring me energy or does it drain me?"" That's always a good starting point!
What’s one piece of advice you would give to anyone feeling anxious or overwhelmed about career next steps? Everything will be ok in the end. If it's not ok, it's not the end.
Where are you from? I’m from New England, but live in beautiful Sonoma County, California
What did you go to school for? My BA is in Sociology and Art, I have a Masters of Science in Organizational Management, and I am completing my PhD in psychology (2020)
What has your career path looked like? My career path has been always been centered around my love for students and learning! I have spent most of my adult life in higher education, teaching, learning, advising and leading teams for student success with careers, community service, and experiential learning. I currently lead the career center at Sonoma State University. I have also run my own business as a career and business coach, taught yoga and meditation, and taught classes and workshops on visionary leadership, being an entrepreneur, and strengths strategy!
What’s your personal philosophy for career building? Career building is a process, an ongoing evolving process. The worst thing you can do for your professional life is be complacent and hope you can get everything together at the last minute. I encourage students to have working documents that they add things to all the time, and then refine and prepare when submitting an application. You can have others review your materials and your plan, but don’t get too many opinions because folks will often give conflicting advice making the process more stressful. Find a few trusted colleagues or a professional career advisor to support you in the process. Plus, even today, networking is key! So always be building solid professional relationships!
What’s one piece of advice you would give to anyone feeling anxious or overwhelmed about career next steps? Dream big! Anything is possible. Trust yourself. And do your personal growth work. If you listen closely and follow your heart you will find work that you love!
Where are you from? Smiths Creek, MI
What did you go to school for? BS-Education CMU; MA-Foreign Language Education Wayne State; Ed. Specialist-Ed. Leadership EMU
What has your career path looked like? Teacher and Athletic Coach - to Department Chair at a HS - to Assistant Principal at a MS - to a Principal at a MS - to a Leadership Consultant - to a School Improvement Facilitator
What’s your personal philosophy for career building? You have to find something that you are passionate about - where you can have an impact and positive influence. You have to find something that you LOVE to do.