about nancy kobel

my story

Flashback. I was completely overwhelmed and stressed out.  I knew there had to be a different way.  I had two young children and I was trying to do it all.  You know the all – being the perfect everything – employee, mother, wife, entertainer, school volunteer, party planner, chef, grocery shopper, bill payer, Christmas card sender, scrapbooker, tax payer, housekeeper… I was trying to be everything, having all of their needs and desires met, that by the time it was my turn I was exhausted.  Then I woke up and everything as I knew it was falling apart.


Flash Forward. Now a single mom with two teenagers, in an amicable co-parenting arrangement with my ex-husband (yes, we get along!).  I am no longer in that place of overwhelm. I have learned how to say no. I have learned how to say yes to me.  I have learned how to communicate my boundaries. I have someone else cleaning my house and someone else doing my taxes.  I have learned how to ask for help!

from chaos to calm

Less than a month after going through the Energy Leadership Index I was laid off from my corporate job.  As a single mom with two children in private school and a mortgage, my reaction was of complete calm.  I had learned to trust my intuition, that everything happens for a reason and I was completely supported. I was already planning my next steps and I was relieved.  I was excited to be able to enjoy my daughter’s drama trip to NYC to see Phantom of the Opera without the stress of “how far” behind I was going to be with work.  I was able to enjoy all my son’s graduation festivities (again without the job stress).  I was just completing my coaching certification, so timing was great.


Armed with the information from the Energy Leadership Index, and understanding the impacts of energy on my overall wellbeing, I get to choose what energy level I wish to engage in. When I don’t choose and I react; I get to reflect on what happened.  I’ve learned to listen to my intuition, trust my intuition (most of the time); say yes to me; ask for help and to say no to what doesn’t align with who I am and what I value.


I am a core energy coach, an intuitive coach, Reiki Practitioner, and author. During my journey of raising my own consciousness and waking up to greater leadership within myself, I have done (and continue to do) my inner work.  I have balanced both taking care of myself, my family and enjoying my life while creating a life that is calm amongst the chaos.  And when chaos hits – I consciously choose how to engage. 


my career journey

I have spent over 25 years working small, medium and large companies, first as a thermal engineer on many NASA programs.   After completing my MA in instructional design, I transitioned to focusing on developing engineers into leaders and moving further into leadership development, organizational development, talent management and coaching.


My corporate experience led me to pursue my professional coaching certification (ICF accredited) through the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC).  I am an Energy Leadership Index (ELI) Master Practitioner and a Reiki Practitione r. I am also a COR.E Dynamics Specialist for Wellbeing and Leadership (Fall 2016).


I am currently working with technical professionals, both men and women, Program Managers and their teams and new moms in engineering organizations.  Something I am incredibly passionate about as the retention of women in engineering and developing them into leaders is so important. Having diverse leadership teams and program teams leads to greater creativity and success.


In addition to coaching, I also customize and facilitate leadership development workshops.


I am a  contributing author for the non-profit Heal My Voice and have stories featured in: “Inspired Voices: True Stories by Visionary Women”, and  “Feminine Voices:  True Stories by Women Transforming Leadership”.  Heal My Voice’s mission is to empower women and girls to step into greater leadership in their lives.  I have also been a volunteer with ONE.org.


Both of my degrees are from the University of Maryland:  a BS in Aerospace Engineering and an MA in Instructional Design.