Liz McLean

Liz McLean

Career Coach

I am an ACC and CCSP certified Career Coach, Curiosity Mentor, Brainstormer, Asker of Many Questions, Book Nerd, Former Yoga Instructor, Former Librarian. Mom, Nature lover, and True Crime Buff


With a background in enterprise technology account management and client success work, I have been lucky in my career by playing it safe and banking on the highest returns. I got to build relationships up and down and sideways throughout organizations and led some great teams. I went through  life transitions and after returning to work from staying home with my kids, I realized the same path of playing it safe didn’t work anymore.  

I no longer cared enough about the company results for which I was being paid. I was distracted by questions, not of client success, but of employee success and engagement. Which reminded me of my childhood question to many service people, “Do you like your job?” I wanted to make sure everyone values their work and their place in the world. Because how we spend our days, is how we spend our lives. With this strong desire to tackle dissatisfaction, I owned my own learning and development, became ACC and CCSP trained coach,  and networked my way into this work. I’ve been fortunate to help so many “figure out” their own path to meaningful work. I can’t think of a better way to spend my days. 

My Podcast:


Asking me to choose my favorite book is like asking me to choose between my children!

The 4 Agreements– Don Miguel Ruiz (Any time I find a copy in a thrift store I have to buy it as a rule and give it away. I have 4 copies on my bookshelf presently.) 

Wherever You Go There You Are– Jon Kabat Zinn  

The War of Art– Steven Pressfield (highly recommend this one for this work and battling imposter syndrome) 

I also really enjoyed The Icarus Deception by Seth Godin as it relates to this work. 


A Prayer for Owen – Meany John Irving 

To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee

We Were the Mulvaneys – Joyce Carol Oates 

Creative Nonfiction: 

Various David Sedaris and Anne Lamott writings

Fun Fact:

My super powers include eating an entire apple down to the stem and celebrating the little magical moments like pulling into the garage just as a great song is finishing. 


Strengths finder 2.0 – My top strengths are:

  • Ideation
  • Connectedness
  • Relator
  • Arranger
  • Input 


Enneagram 9

Why I work with HTYC:  

Because HTYC’s mission is my mission. The organization values honoring self, pushing for growth, and changing the “rules” of how we find employment. Oh, and if we can have some laughs through the process, all the better! 

I greatly appreciate your help in bringing this along because I wouldn't have had the confidence to negotiate and to be where I am today without the help of a lot of other people. You played a really significant role in it. I'm not going to be that everyday person that hates my job, I'm going to stretch and I'm going to aspire to be better and I'm not going to make that everyday salary. Thank you Scott for putting this out there for all the people that are trying to do a little bit better and trying to go a little bit farther. This is awesome. I love this. This thing that you do, the whole HTYC thing, from the paperwork all the way down to the podcast and just helping people understand that there is success out there and it is attainable but you've got to work for it.

Jerrad Shivers, Market Manager, United States/Canada

“Happen To Your Career forces you to ask questions that didn’t occur for you to ask. You are working with professionals who have not only been in your shoes but are really good at helping other people get out of this place. Intuitively they know more than you do about this process especially if it's your first go around. Why not tap into that insight? What made it clear to me from the beginning was the 8 day email program.” OR “I said this is how much money I have in the bank Scott. This is what I’ve got to work with I need to buy a car. We wrote a budget. Just doing the math you were like you have thirteen months. You are losing money staying where you are. That was all I needed. To budget myself and realize it was real.”

Audrey Romagnoulo, HR Benefits Administrator, United States/Canada

A lot of people are probably in the same place that I was in, that you were in. It's normal, almost, or it's very common. And just because it feels normal, or it feels common doesn't mean that you have to continue going down that same path. I'm very thankful for the opportunity that I had to get to work with, you know, a career coach to help really assist me in that thought process and get me to where I am now essentially, because I don't think I would be here without HTYC. Even my spouse mentioned that, "you wouldn't be where you are now without the guidance that you've received." So honestly, both of us are thankful for it.

Alissa Penney, HR Consultant/Owner, United States/Canada

I took your advice and I talked to my boss, telling him how I wasn’t enjoying work, wasn’t challenged enough etc. And it could not have gone better! He has actually recommended me for a job as a sales rep for one of our suppliers, that is a more challenging, involved position. He realizes that the position I am in now at his company does not have longevity and room for me to continuously grow. And now I have a job interview with that company!

Katie Kalchman, General Surgery Sales Associate, United States/Canada

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