Hi, I’m Marissa. I’m so glad you’re here.

Through personalized coaching, sincere podcast conversations, and thoughtful resources, I’m here to help you move past what’s keeping you stuck once and for all so that you can make a confident career choice and develop a sustainable plan to help you turn your vision into reality.


I help creative, ambitious folks like you move from “I know I need a change in my career, but I have no idea where to start” to “Finally, I’m headed on a career path that I’m actually excited about AND supports the life I want to live.”

I get it. From where you’re standing, it probably feels like a big jump or this nebulous puzzle that seems impossible to put together. You want to believe it’s possible, but admittedly, there have been times where you’ve wondered if a satisfying, meaningful career was in the cards for you.

Because it’s not like you haven’t tried to figure out this whole career thing already.

You’ve taken the personality tests and career assessments, you’ve sought out new opportunities at work, and you’ve scrolled endlessly on LinkedIn, only to find yourself discouraged by what’s available and confused about what it is you even want to be doing.

Friend, you’re in the right place. Come have a seat with me and let’s take a deep breath together. From here on out, we’re partners in this.


My Story

I care a whole lot about helping people find or create jobs and businesses that actually bring them joy and fulfillment because I spent years flailing around trying to find my fit, wondering why I felt so different and how I would ever figure it all out.

I know what it feels like to be kicking ass at work and still feel like something isn’t right.

I know what it feels like to not recognize yourself in job descriptions and also not have any solid ideas of what to look for instead.

I know what it feels like to be pigeon-holed into a specific role or industry that just isn’t working for you anymore.

My career journey has been anything but linear, straight-forward, or easy.


My Career Journey

I graduated from college and started a lifestyle and fashion blog called The Modern Austen (yep, like Jane Austen 🤓)
— May 2012
I started my childhood dream of being an English teacher for high school seniors. I cried every day for the first few months. Blogging was my creative outlet.
— August 2012
Suddenly and unexpectedly forced to give up this childhood dream of teaching, I was left totally floundering, unemployed with no idea what I was going to do instead. I kept blogging when I could find the strength and I got a job in retail to pay rent. This was the hardest season of my life.
— September 2013
I finally landed a job as a Marketing Consultant for a tech startup, thanks to the skills I had gained through blogging. I started to experience startup culture firsthand while simultaneously witnessing everyday people making a creative living online and my whole world opened up. I became fascinated with companies challenging the status quo and redefining what work could look like. I rebranded my blog to Ampersand.
— April 2014
I was part of a massive company lay-off. Womp womp. I didn’t recognize myself in any of the job descriptions I kept coming across during my desperate attempts to find a new job, nor did I have a solid creative idea that I could make a living on. No matter which way I turned, I didn’t really recognize a true place for me.
— June 2015
I landed a new job as a Growth Manager (and, later, Director of Marketing) for another tech startup, a position with a significant amount of responsibility and even more flexibility than ever before. But, it didn’t take long for me to realize that this wasn’t right, either. Sure, I could do this work and do it well, and even feel a level of passion about it. But I couldn’t ignore the signs that I was meant for something...well...more.
— September 2015
At a loss in both my career and creative work, I decided I needed to try something different. I hired a coach. It was, hands down, one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.
— November 2016
Thanks to the incredible work I had done with my coach, I finally leaned into my entrepreneurial side, connected the dots between my past experiences in marketing, blogging, and teaching, and illuminated a new career path that just felt right: coaching. I enrolled in a coaching certification program.
— March 2017
I made things official by forming an LLC for Ampersand Coaching! Soon after, I welcomed my first paying client. By December, I finished my coaching certification.
— July 2017
I quit my full-time job and decided to give this self-employment thing a try. I got a part-time job, downsized and am now living with friends, and I’m figuring this all out, one day at a time!
— June 2018

Windy as my path has been, I wouldn’t change anything about it because it’s led me here, to you.

Hiring a coach changed my life. It was, hands down, the best decision I’ve ever made. While I’ve always had big changes in my career, you’ll notice that my career trajectory became so much more aligned after I brought a coach into my support circle.

Today, I am a Certified Professional Coach and an Energy Leadership Index Master Practitioner, trained through the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC), an accredited program through the International Coach Federation. And man does it feel right.

It’s the perfect blend of my teaching background, my interest in personal growth, my desire to empower others, and my marketing and leadership skills.

Let me help you connect the dots in your career and sift through the possibilities to find your best fit, too.


Why Ampersand?

The ampersand is one of my favorite symbols, beautifully connecting two separate clauses into one cohesive sentence with a fun flourish.

Initially, my reasoning for choosing the name Ampersand was a hat tip to the multi-passionate creative. I wanted to encourage people to embrace all of the “ands” in their lives-–to celebrate that you aren’t defined by just one thing, one label.

Since then, the meaning has evolved to represent the transition in between two separate “chapters” in our lives. Just as the ampersand connects sentences together into one, there are pivotal moments that connect our pasts with our futures.

The ampersand is a visual depiction of the twists and turns we take in life that ultimately form something beautiful. And have you noticed? Not everyone draws an ampersand the same way, either! ;)