Katie Hasson, IGNITE – Internal Executive Coaching Lead
They say motherhood changes you. For me, my priorities in both my personal and professional life changed. I can’t believe that five years on I am a qualified executive coach, or that I have designed programmes and built internal communities to help women succeed and bring like-minded people together – but life has a way of surprising you.
Based in Singapore, I started at Standard Chartered as an organisational change manager before becoming a project manager, which is when I went part-time. Making this switch gave me a better work-life balance.
Creating my own path
I’ve always loved helping others achieve their goals. After attending a coaching seminar in Sydney in 2018, I realised I wanted to start a new career – one that gave me greater fulfillment. Owing to the tremendous support I was given when I joined the company, I felt ready to give back. In particular to women looking to develop their careers.
After coming up with a plan to create a new internal coaching programme for women, I pitched my idea to senior stakeholders, and shortly after, got the funding and support I needed to get my new project rolling. 10 willing executive coaches from within the Bank came forward to offer their skills and expertise. I brought in Dr Paul Brown, a neuroscientist, to give these coaches insight on the best ways to coach and mentor, backed up by the latest scientific research.