From experiencing a difficult childhood to leaving an abusive marriage to becoming a lawyer, Pamela Kurt’s journey is nothing short of inspiring. She is a seasoned lawyer with over 13 years of experience and the Owner of Kurt Law Office, LLC. She has recently transitioned to career coaching to help other female lawyers take the steps they need to set up successful practices.
Surviving Tough Times by Building Resilience
Pamela grew up in a rural community in Ohio. She lost her father at a young age which was a pivotal experience for her. Then, pursuing an education became a stepping stone and a door to numerous opportunities and a better life for Pamela. In every test of every class, she drove herself to earn the top ranks, and if she couldn’t, she felt less worthy of herself. Her personal life was difficult too. She experienced domestic violence in her first marriage.
But as they say, with courage and determination, one can overcome any hurdle in life. Pamela left her husband and pursued further education. She was a single mom who worked full-time and attended a full-time college. Being a strong-willed and bright student, she successfully completed her MPA and JD simultaneously. “I look back at that time now, and I legitimately have no idea how I did it, except that I knew I had to have an education so I could create the life I wanted,” shares Pamela. “I wanted better for my son.”
These years of hardships taught Pamela that if she put her mind to something, she could accomplish her desired goals. After leaving law school, she opened her own law practice to start building her dream. She made it happen.
In her current role as a professional women’s life coach, Pamela is helping other women to successfully establish & lead their own successful career with confidence and panache.
Building a Customized Training Program for Each Client
For every client, Pamela begins her training program by conducting a series of assessments, including the Enneagram personality assessment and learning style and communication styles. Together with the client, she reviews the assessment outcomes, followed by learning about their ideal long-term goals and case planning.
“While I have a workbook I created based on my own experiences and training in domestic violence, trauma, professional growth and development, and coaching, each client journey differs based on what their goals look like and the time, effort, and energy they have available to grow,” explains Pamela. Therefore, a customized training program is built for every client, making it unique, effective, and achievable. In addition, clients complete both an entry and an exit survey, so they can measure their responses when they start against their results when they finish.
One of Pamela’s most successful programs to date was training the staff on maintaining client expectations. “I know it was successful because the group I trained also passed the information along through their feedback and inputs,” Pamela adds.
A Stepwise Guide to Leadership Coaching
Pamela divides her training program into three sections: Dream, Believe and Achieve. The dream stage includes taking a honest look at the client’s life with them and discussing what is working and not working for them, what they want to change and why, and what got them to this place? Next comes the believe and to create an action plan stage, where Pamela and the client take an overview of what they discovered during the assessment period, including all the limiting beliefs, and from there, begin to make an achievable action plan to tackle goals and create the ideal life identified.
For Pamela, the achieve step is the most rewarding part of the program. This is so because the client now starts taking the steps identified in the action plan to achieve the goals outlined during the assessment and her ideal life on her terms.
Overcoming Male Preference and Male Prejudice at Work
As a female attorney, one of Pamela’s most daunting challenges was overcoming both male preference and male prejudice. Even today, many clients still prefer to work with male attorneys; hence competition for clients is steeper for female attorneys. She also faced male chauvinism and patriarchy in business as a business owner and in the courts. But being resilient, Pamela rose above and beyond these adversities and created a niche for herself.
Taking lessons from her experiences and hardships, Pamela now helps her clients stand their ground, compete with their peers, and learn how to overcome challenges with class, grace, and keeping their personal and professional boundaries intact.
A Variety-Filled Working Day
No two working days are the same for Pamela. As a women’s life coach, she is actively involved in teaching and training, speaking at public events, or immersed in writing for her next book. This variety and diversity at work bring Pamela great joy and a deep sense of purpose. She likes to plan and organize her daily schedule to remain calm and focused on her goals.
Making a Positive Impact on the Lives of Many
When it comes to empowering people and impacting lives, Pamela is driven to connect with the other world changers, be it attorneys, decision makers, hope dealers, legacy builders, and/or mental health professionals who can identify the problems and devise and implement action plans to fix them. “I want every person to know and truly believe they can become the best version of themselves they can envision,” passionately mentions Pamela.
Pearls of Wisdom for Aspiring Women Leaders
Pamela suggests aspiring women leaders remain focused on their goals instead of getting distracted by the shiny object syndrome. Individuals can only become the best versions of themselves if they stay true to themselves and their values. Hence, being authentic is the key to success in life and business.
“The world needs YOU, your magic, your shine, your hope, your story, and your glow,” states Pamela. “You have experienced every chapter in your story until now because you’re going to be able to offer it to someone else as a survival manual.”
Work in Progress
Currently, Pamela is working with a long-time business friend on getting a domestic violence recovery course in the hands of survivors so that together they can stop the recidivism of domestic violence victims. She is also looking forward to accepting more speaking opportunities to reach and empower more women around the world.
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