Leadership/Executive Coaching


My name is Carlene Bauwens. I am an executive coach who provides strategy, structure and solutions that equip leaders and their organizations for success.

My main focus is partnering with women leaders to recognize their greatest strengths so they can act with confidence and intention.

Seasoned and emerging women leaders share with me that their three most common challenges are:

  • struggling to be taken seriously and be heard in high-stake meetings
  • letting go of control of the daily tasks in order to focus on strategic and leadership tasks; and
  • expanding sphere of influence to build a support network to create the greatest impact in their organization and industry

These challenges cause overwhelm, self-doubt and burnout. So many talented women choose to leave their profession or their role as a leader because they don’t have the needed support for opportunity and growth. Organizations are losing talent, productivity and diversity at a significant cost.

Things can be different. When women leaders work with me, they report;

  • being more productive and focused on initiatives that have a powerful and positive impact on the organization
  • confidently speaking up in meetings and owning their accomplishments; and
  • feeling motivated and more engaged in their organization.

Most importantly, women experience greater influence within their organization and industry. This is a great benefit to the organization as well, with a stronger talent pool, greater diversity, and the ability to grow leaders from within.

Emerging and seasoned women executives come to me for proven approaches and solutions designed specifically for them. In addition to expertise in leadership and executive coaching, I am also a woman with a corporate background in finance and supply chain. As a small business owner myself, I understand the challenges of women entrepreneurs. As such, I have experienced, and overcome the exact issues and challenges of the clients I serve in both the corporate and small business environments.

If you are a leader or emerging leader seeking to improve your influence and leadership skills or accelerate a strategic initiative; or seeking to increase the depth and breadth of women’s leadership within your organization, I can customize a solution for you.

Here’s what a couple executive coaching clients have shared;

“My biggest achievement through my coaching experience has been starting my own business, something that I never would have imagined that I could do. And, after a few short months, my business is thriving and bringing me much joy. I couldn’t have done this without Carlene’s help, insight, encouragement, and knowledge.

I’m not sure what I expected to get out of coaching; I just knew that because of my age and the newness of my ADHD diagnosis I needed to speed up the process of learning the skills I needed to acquire. I was aware of some of these skills, but not all.

Coaching opened my eyes to all the different aspects of ADHD and executive functions and, as a result, I learned how to break tasks that had previously been overwhelming for me into smaller, very doable steps.

The encouragement and guidance I received throughout the coaching process helped me stay on task and actually implement these steps.  Now I recommend coaching to all adults because I believe it is an essential tool in learning to navigate the fast-paced world that we all inhabit.

Thank you Carlene!”

Founder & CEO Tutoring Solutions, Champaign, IL

“Coaching with Carlene gave me new perspective on how I was viewed as a leader. This was invaluable as it motivated me to change how I was interacting with others. Communicating in this new way has created a more positive work environment for everyone.”

CEO, Digital Marketing, Las Vegas, NV

My clients tap into the energy of success, propelling them to new levels of productivity. They experience a newfound happiness and joy in doing what they love.


Let’s get in touch!

Schedule a time by clicking here on my calendar to talk with me about what you or your organization is needing at this time. Together we will determine what next step is best for you.

Or, contact me directly at  carlene@coachcarlene.com

Here is more on my background and credentials:

  • ACC Certified through the International Coaching Federation (ICF) and I adhere to the established ethics and standards in Coaching.
  • AAC Graduate of ADD Coach Academy
  • Featured Expert in U.S. News and World Report
  • Speaker and Workshop Facilitator
  • Bachelor’s Of Science in Finance
  • Extensive corporate experience in Finance and Supply Chain at Household Finance, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Unocal, and McDonald’s Corporation
  • Certified as a Social + Emotional Intelligence Coach (EQ)
  • Conversational Intelligence C-IQ
  • Strength Finders
  • Contributing author to the best-selling books, “Inspirational Ways to Succeed with ADHD” and “Wacky Ways to Succeed with ADHD.”