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Jill Yashinsky-Wortman
Executive, Life, Chaos & Mom Coach

Almost 15 years ago, I moved cross country from my home in the Midwest to the Pacific Northwest to follow my passion for working with students in higher education.  Much of my work focused supporting college students, staff, faculty and parents in emerging and crisis situations.  These roles taught me the importance of empathy, support, humor and powerful questions while also being direct and setting boundaries. 

The reward for innovative high performance is, of course, more responsibility; I was promoted on three separate occasions to new roles that required fresh ways of thinking, being and doing. And as I advanced in career trajectory, my love for my own life was declining.  I was ready to do something else, but what?  That's when a series of events forever transformed me and my trajectory.


I found Co-Active Coaching, one of the most rigorous and longest established coaching programs in the world, and began to take their courses.  I lost a baby mid-pregnancy and learned the depths of grief only a mom could understand.  I listened to my heart and quit my "career" in higher ed.  I followed my passion for coaching and consulting. Two years later, I'm living my best life as a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC).

My professional experiences are many.  They included over 15 years in higher education doing crisis response and support for students struggling with emotional, transitional, and behavioral issues. I am a trained facilitator and speaker who can create powerful intimate conversations with small groups to  energetic and engaging presentations for groups of 500 and beyond.  I am certified in Appreciative Inquiry, a strengths-based model that helps people and organizations leverage their strengths to take them to the next levels of happiness and success. 


I have a BA in Communications (minor in Leadership Studies) from St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin, and a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. 

Finally, I'm a wife and mom of three kids, two who I love on every day and one angel baby who is always in my heart.  My life as a professional and mom lead to the creation of Momentum Coaching & Consulting, and of (Mom)entum.  Click around, learn more and get in touch!  I would love to hear from you!