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10 Questions with Pamala Campbell

Pamala Campbell has a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology, and is a Professional Life Coach and Mediator with over 28 years of experience in the human services field. Her expertise includes coaching in the fields of diversity and inclusion, organizational bias and inclusion, cultural and emotional intelligence, conflict management, marriage and family dynamics, and domestic violence and sexual assault.

As a Certified Mediator, she has successfully negotiated settlements in many matters to include civil, employment, domestic relations, personal injury and small claims disputes.

Pamala has dedicated her life to helping others realize their design, and gifting and remove the barriers that prevent them from living a joy-filled life!

WHAT IS THE BEST ADVICE YOU HAVE EVER RECEIVED AND WHY?
Although I didn’t receive these words of wisdom personally, they have truly impacted my worldview: “Scars remind us where we've been. They don't have to dictate where we're going.” - David Rossi, Criminal Minds.

WHO HAS INSPIRED YOU AND WHY?
Viola Davis. She is a beautiful, dark skinned, black woman who is breaking molds and transforming the concept of beauty, strength, confidence and character.

WHAT IS THE ONE PIECE OF ADVICE YOU COULD SHARE WITH OUR READERS TO UPLIFT THEM IN LIFE AND CAREER?
My advice comes in the form of a quote that shapes my interactions with difficult people:

“If we could read the secret history of our enemies, we should find in each man’s life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.” - Charles L. Allen

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE BOOK AND HOW DID IT INSPIRE YOU?
It would be a toss-up between Margin by Richard Swenson and Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson.

Just Mercy lit a fire inside of me! Based on a true story, the book highlights attorney Bryan Stevenson’s, dedication to exposing the injustices experienced by those he defended, and his fight to save those trapped within our nation’s criminal justice system.

Margin helped me to discover my true, authentic self, and to embrace a more simplified life based on my personal design, rather than the perspectives and expectations of others.

WHAT DO YOU DO TO RELAX?
Self-care is a high value to me. Many times, I have run myself into the ground by focusing on “doing” rather than “being”. I find yoga, gardening, kayaking, cooking and walking with my pups to be very restorative and relaxing.

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE CHALLENGES YOU OR YOUR INDUSTRY FACES, AND HOW DO YOU OVERCOME THOSE?
One challenge facing the coaching community is individuals who claim to be coaches but have no experience or training. It’s frustrating to know that the individuals who have been exposed to these unskilled practices end up developing a negative, sour perspective of the industry and the incredibly skilled professionals who are committed and dedicated to what they do and the communities they serve.

My method for overcoming this is to share my coaching approach with the client, ensure the client understands what their role in the coaching experience will be, and how my role as their coach will be to support and guide them during the process.

WHAT IS ONE TREND IN YOUR INDUSTRY THAT EXCITES YOU?
Coaching, education, training and personal development, all a fingertip away; available any day, anytime, when it is most convenient for the learner.

WHAT IS THE ONE THING YOU DO EVERY DAY THAT ADDS TO YOUR SUCCESS?
As an introvert, I find that spending time alone energizes me.  What helps me recharge my battery is walking, meditating and talking to Jesus.

WHAT TECHNOLOGY PRODUCT CAN’T YOU LIVE WITHOUT?
Without a doubt, my cell phone! 

PLEASE, FINISH THIS STATEMENT: LEADERSHIP IS...
possessing the ability to follow.

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