Cohort 3 Participant Reflections

Eva Hanley

Eva Hanley

I’m a marketing specialist for Communications and Public Affairs and had been interested in UMBrella since I started at the University of Maryland, Baltimore in 2018. I applied for the UMBrella Coaching Program so that I could meet other women across campus, build relationships outside of my department, and grow in my professional career. I knew I would meet many amazing women, but what I did not anticipate was discovering that even though we’re in different fields, positions, and stages of our careers, we shared so many similar experiences and faced some of the same obstacles and insecurities. It was enlightening to realize how much I have in common with these women, and it was validating to learn they’d gone through some of the same struggles.

I looked forward to our meeting every month. The monthly topic, speaker, and discussions with my team made me think further ahead in my goals, become more mindful in my interactions, and learn more about myself and my work. I also enjoyed getting to know the women in my coaching group personally and celebrating milestones like promotions, engagements, and new jobs with them. We intend to meet quarterly after the program ends, and I’m so grateful to be part of this wonderful group of supportive women. My experience in the UMBrella Coaching Program has been incredibly rewarding, and I hope many other women at UMB take advantage of this opportunity.


 

Eileen Eldridge

Eileen Eldridge

I am so grateful for the opportunity to be part of the UMBrella Coaching Program for Cohort 3. This program has changed my life! Coming into the program I was hopeful I would get the support I was looking for, but the program exceeded my expectations on so many levels. The training sessions, monthly group coaching and care from the UMBrella Coaching Program team made learning, developing and growing so much easier and faster. At the beginning of the program, I established a goal to be accomplished by May 2021 and it has been accomplished as of February 2021. Now on to my next goals. Thank you!