Who is Nancy Okerlund?
This page gives you information about Nancy Okerlund, founder of Introvert Energy.
"Mom, Pleeeease…can't we go?!" As a little girl growing up on the North
Dakota prairie, almost nothing excited me more than the prospect of a hike
out the back door, down the gravel road at the edge of town, to Big Rock.
When we were lucky, my mother said yes and off I'd go with one of my younger
sisters and maybe a neighbor friend, on a summer morning before it got too
hot. What I loved most about walking the quarter mile out to that pile of
rock at the edge of the pasture – besides that it was a Big Adventure for
a 9-year-old – was the peace and quiet of the endless blue sky, meadowlarks
calling, my buddies and I saying little. It was the best.
|"I was attracted to Nancy because of my sense of her wisdom
and the thoughtful calmness around her. It's always present in her when she works
and when she's out and about – it's in her total presence but it's not something
you can easily put words around."
ADD/ADHD Entrepreneur Coach
My work with introverts
I'm an introvert who frequently felt out of place – and confused by it – most
of my life. Exploring my own introvert self and studying introversion has
given me new ease and effectiveness and has caused me to found Introvert
|Nancy and son Jesse at Big Rock in 1984|
My commitment in working with other introverts is for people to
create more ease and effectiveness in their lives; and in the larger sense, for
our world to experience more wonderful introvert energy – the world needs
My coaching philosophy
I believe that human beings are fundamentally "brilliantly sane": open, warm,
clear. Our brilliant sanity exists underneath our personalities, our cultures,
our social conditioning. I offer my services for the sake of bringing you to
a wonderful new relationship with your wise inner self, the home of your
brilliant sanity. What does your inner self make available to you? A deep
sense of direction, confidence, clarity, more and better decisions, happiness –
in short, life at its best no matter what the challenges.
|Nancy with daughter Phoebe at Big Rock|
My life experience
I've played tag with a wild teenage white-tailed deer and gazed into the eyes of
a black bear in the north woods. I grew up in a little house on the prairie
and travel as often as possible to India. I suffered profound loss of family
and narrowly escaped death at an early age. I'm passionate about books and
ideas and the way they connect people with the sacredness of life. I've
been a spiritual seeker since childhood. I love creatures and the natural
world. I'm the mother of two wonderful young adults, have 40 years of
experience in long-term intimate relationship and am a fierce believer in
the beauty of family and friendship.
Early spring, 1998. I'm waiting for an elevator in the building where
I work. I glance down at the pile of delivered newspapers and the front
page catches my eye – an article about "personal/professional coaching",
something I've never heard of. I read it,
immediately know coaching is
what I'm supposed to do, and within a month I'm in training and have my
|Jesse and Phoebe in the fields|
I have a master's degree in human development. I'm certified by the
Coaches Training Institute of San Rafael, California and the International
Coach Federation (ICF), the largest professional organization of
personal/ professional coaching. I'm a member of the ICF and of the
Minnesota Coaches Association.
Before my magical moment at the elevator, my roles in the world of work
included educator, social change activist, trainer/ consultant and
administrator. Besides my master's degree, I have undergraduate
degrees in music, English and elementary education.
What you can count on from me
My intention is that you become skillful at experiencing your life
at its best – no matter what the challenges. Here's what I bring
to the partnership:
The next place to go is Free Stuff.
- Skill at seeing the big picture, getting to the heart of matters, exploring
the way, making connections and discovering resources – which makes things happen;
- A huge commitment to you and fascination with who you are;
- Searching wisdom and active intuition;
- Straightforward honesty and high standards for your success;
- Thoughtful love;
- My North Dakota sense of humor.