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I've been working since 1998, starting my career after finishing law school. My first job was as a legal officer in the Portuguese Navy.
I continued working in law in Portugal, mainly on administrative law until I discovered my passion for human rights. That led me to West Africa, where I worked with the UN on access to justice. Later, I moved to Timor-Leste, where I assisted the Ombudsman in addressing human rights and good governance violations.
In Timor-Leste, I met my American husband in 2013, and a year later, we moved to the USA with my daughter and our then-infant son.
I completed my second coaching credential at the CoachDiversity Institute in Washington DC, where I became a trainer, mentor, and executive coach.
At the start of my coaching journey in 2015, I mainly worked with international development professionals involved in human rights.
As time went on my focus broadened. Now, I help individuals aiming to create positive change, nurture their creativity, strengthen their leadership abilities, and unlock their full potential, all to leave behind a meaningful legacy.
Throughout my career, I taught at academic institutions and trained numerous individuals in law, focusing particularly on human rights - issues like gender-based violence and good governance. When I discovered coaching, transitioning to become a coach instructor & mentor felt like a natural progression for me.
Now, I merge this extensive experience to create impactful training sessions addressing human rights, diversity, equity, inclusion, and harassment prevention. I coach executives and mentor new coaches.
While still actively involved in human rights consulting in Guinea-Bissau and Timor-Leste due to my extensive legal experience in these countries, I've integrated coaching skills into my consulting and training practices.