September 11, 2015

About Us

Nancy Smyth and Sharon Eakes, co-founders of Two Wise Women, are globally acclaimed coaches, coach trainers, and thought partners. In addition to authoring our own books, we are contributors to the Arbinger Institute’s best-seller, The Anatomy of Peace. Between us, we have been coaching for nearly 50 years, supporting influential leaders from 28 countries to flourish, thrive, and prosper from the inside out.

What have we learned during this time?

  • Self-awareness is paramount.
  • Relationships are at the center of all difficulties people encounter.
  • All the relationship challenges at work and in the family can be solved.

From where does our surety come? Our own experience.

     Nancy: “I struggled many years with other people. I spent my teens and 20’s in anger and tears. I desperately wanted to stop hurting. I wanted others to understand me, value me. I held them responsible.”
    Sharon: “I used to wish certain other people would change. Their decisions and actions seemed wrong to me. Guess what? Those same people wished I would change. Imagine how stuck we were!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We found that the way we had been seeing and thinking was the cause of unhappiness in our relationships. We came to understand and believe that when we learn to see clearly, we stay calm, effective, and happy.

WE CHANGED. What discoveries! What a relief! What joy!

We changed our way of seeing and so can you.

Between us, [Sharon and Nancy] we have practiced living unfrazzled lives for many years. We did it by being committed; we learned, practiced, and got better over time. Our expertise in coaching kept expanding and now:

Two Wise Women offer you a clear path to joy and freedom.

YOUR LIFE, YOUR BUSINESS, AND YOUR RELATIONSHIPS CAN BE FOREVER CHANGED.

It is the sweetest experience in the world to enjoy family, co-workers, and friends rather than collide with them. We want to share this joyous way of living with you. We believe you are worthy of a life filled with contentment, joy, and prosperity.

We warmly welcome you and invite you to join us. We serve as professional coaches, speakers, authors, and trainers.

SHARON AND NANCY’S MAGICAL MOMENTS

“Peace in my heart kindles peace in the world.”

RANDOM THINGS ABOUT SHARON AND NANCY

  • We both love good food.
  • We both work out regularly
  • (“I love the steam room the best,” says Nancy )
  • We are both artists
  • We both meditate
  • After each session of a training we lead together, one calls the other and says, “I love them…this is the best group ever!” And we mean it.

BRIEF NOTABLES

Below find a partial list of work experiences, speaking engagements, and schooling for these Two Wise Women.

Sharon Eakes, Board Certified Coach

  • 1996 to Present   Co-owner, Hope Unlimited, LLC, training and coaching company
  • 2008 to Present   Co-leader, Choice in Coaching, Mastery Class of Arbinger Institute
  • 1996 to Present   Executive Coach, Life Coach

Presentations and Publications

  • Be a Future-Ready Leader, CEO Today Magazine, March 2022
  • Honing the Ultimate Coaching Advantage: The Coach/Client Relationship. A chapter in the book Professional Coaching: Principles and Practice, Springer Publishing Company, 2018
  • Bridge to Sacred Space: Coaching that Moves Mountains, International Coaching Federation Midwest Conference, 2018
  • Igniting Whole Presence: BEING the Fire of Transformation, ACTO Conference 2016
  • The Surprising Requirements of Coaching Relationships, ICF Pittsburgh, 2016
  • Fresh Views on Resilient Living, Incredible Messages Press, 2015
  • Chocolate or Lunch: How Choices Impact Relationships, N. Smyth & S. Eakes, 2015
  • Fresh Views, monthly coaching blog 2000 – present
  • Secrets for Staying Upbeat and Energized, keynote, MARTI Conference, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 2015
  • Ensnared Or Free, workshop, International Coaching Federation Midwest Conference, 2014
  • Arbinger’s Mastery Choice in Coaching Program, Arbinger Institute, 2008-2015
  • Liberating Greatness, The Whole Brain Guide to an Incredible Life, H Williamson & S. Eakes, 2006
  • Coaching as a Core Competency, workshop, Systems Thinking in Action Conference, San Diego, 2002

Education

  • Herrmann Brain Dominance Advanced Certification – TeamsCoach University Graduate (CoachU)
  • Coach U and Corporate Coach University International – The Coaching Clinic
  • Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument Certification
  • Duquesne University, M.A. Clinical Psychology
  • University of California, Davis, B.A. English, cum laude

Nancy Smyth, Master Certified Coach

  • 2015 to Present   The Institute for Integrative Intelligence formerly, Prescott College, Director of Training
  • 2010 to Present   SupporTED, Coach
  • 2003 to Present   Arbinger Institute: Facilitator, Executive Coach
  • 2000 to Present   Executive Coach, Life Coach, MCC since 2006

Presentations and Publications

  • Be a Future-Ready Leader, CEO Today Magazine, March 2022
  • Hear Your Heart Whisper from the Stillness, Hybrid Global Publishing, 2021
  • Honing the Ultimate Coaching Advantage: The Coach/Client Relationship. A chapter in the book Professional Coaching: Principles and Practice, Springer Publishing Company, 2018
  • Bridge to Sacred Space: Coaching that Moves Mountains, International Coaching Federation Midwest Conference, 2018
  • Igniting Whole Presence: BEING the Fire of Transformation, ACTO Conference 2016
  • Chocolate or Lunch: How Choices Impact Relationships, N. Smyth & S. Eakes, 2015
  • Foundations In Business Results, MacFarlane Group, 2014
  • Ensnared Or Free, International Coaching Federation Midwest Conference, 2014
  • Anatomy of Peace, Contributing Author to Arbinger’s best-selling book, 2005
  • Arbinger’s Mastery Choice in Coaching Program, Arbinger Institute, 2003-2018
  • Coach Skill-Building for Financial Professionals, Wealth Strong International, Inc., 2008-2015
  • Leadership in Action, Khalsa Montessori School, 2012
  • ICF Southern Arizona formerly Tucson Professional Coaching Alliance, 2007, 2009, 2012
  • Getting the Desired Results, Force Health Protection Conference, US Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine, 2009
  • Peace is Possible: Building Community and Exploring Peace, Local Schools, 2007- 2009
  • Eliminating the Real Enemy: How Businesses Get Results, Denver Business Coaching Conference, N. Smyth & T. Krapu, 2004
  • Weave for Us a Garment of Brightness: Native American Stories and Legends, Darshan Magazine, N. Smyth & D. Blanche

Education

  • Graduate of year-long Leadership Training, The Coaches Training Institute
  • Certified Professional Co-Active Coach, The Coaches Training Institute
  • Master Level Studies, Saint Leonard’s Franciscan Seminary
  • Theological Studies with Conrad E. L’Heureux, Ph.D., in Hebrew Bible, University of Dayton
  • Undergraduate Studies in Education Counseling, Cleveland State University & Ohio State University
  • Four-year apprenticeship in the art of physical, mental, and emotional healing, Mike Valenzuela – Aztec Indian Medicine Man