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Thrive Through Change in Your Life and/or Work

A Confident Change Workshop for Women Leaders


Are you in the midst of a significant change in your life and/or work?

Do you feel like you're at a crossroads facing important new decisions about possible new directions?

Changing crossroads can be difficult for everyone.  They often create a bunch of challenging thoughts and emotions:


  • Uncertainty – how do you make the best decision for you, particularly when you are more sure of what you DON’T want than what you DO want?

  • Fear – who will I become after I make this change and what will people who are important to me think and feel about me?

  • Shame – why does this feel so challenging to figure out – I am a smart, competent woman?

  • Discouragement – why are the things I am trying and thinking not moving me forward?


Lonely – am I the only one caught in this challenge?


What's keeping you from making change?

If it is true that change is the only constant in our lives, it would be helpful to have the skills and confidence to navigate change with greater agency to create what is best for you.


Change is scary, and if you are considering a redirection in your career and/or life, taking the first step can create feelings of confusion, vulnerability, stress, and fear.  When what has worked so well for you is no longer driving the same results or feelings of success, you are prompted, even sometimes coerced by circumstances, to find new directions and new ways of being.  Moving toward and through change can be paralyzing unless you have conscious confidence and skills to make choices that create meaningful outcomes for you.

Join Kelley Connors and Mary Wallace Jaensch with Other Women Leaders for 
  "Make Changes with More Confidence",
a Half-Day Workshop for Women Leaders


Exceptional women leading and participating in the retreat. Kelley is so down to earth, funny and smart and has a gift for doing this kind of work and facilitating it. Beautiful setting and accommodations, delicious food, free time on a gorgeous island, and very cool planned events like yoga and meditation.  Made new friends, felt so inspired, validated and heard and, I am enjoying the continued support and connection and looking forward to the next retreat. - Deb Wass, Artist + Writer

Kelley and Mary will facilitate a Make Changes with More Confidence Workshop that provides two essential skills for greater agency to move through change more confidently and successfully. 


Like every journey, good preparation can determine your ability to turn uncertainty of what is next into what works best for you.


  • Learn how to deepen and direct your self-care and well-being to provide the energy and resilience to move through change more effectively.

  • Learn how to create your new narrative to shape the outcomes you desire through change more effectively.

  • Learn how to turn uncertainty of what is next into what works best for you.



Kelley Connors, MPH,
Founder, KC Well 

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Mary Wallace Jaensch, MBA,
Founder, Last Big Gig, LLC

Kelley is the founder of KC Well,  with a background in healthcare, marketing and communications.  She has been mentoring and coaching women leaders for over two decades both in a corporate and entrepreneurial businesses.  Her mission as a life-work coach is to support women leaders as they expand their capacity for joy, purpose and courage and move out of their comfort zone.

Grounded in the science of positive psychology, and mind body medicine,  Kelley has a Master's in Public Health from Boston University.  She made three major fulfilling career shifts in her life's work overseas and in the U.S. 



Mary is the founder of Last Big Gig LLC, and a seasoned corporate executive and entrepreneur. Her passion is to support successful, seasoned women leaders to design inspiring professional What's Nexts, at every stage of their career. 

She has created new directions several times in her career, from corporate marketer to innovation consultant for Fortune 500 companies to VC-backed entrepreneur to career advisor. Each time, she designed an opportunity that offered a great living, and incorporated her skills and talents for more satisfaction and fulfillment.  
She earned her MBA at Yale School of Management.


Our signature “journey map” is an effective path to engage and inspire you in this workshop. 

It helps you gain insights into the most essential factors that will drive greater fulfillment and satisfaction for you. 


Give yourself a half-day of confidence and

new skills building to

create your most amazing "What’s Next"!


If you are on the fence about whether or not to sign up for an actual training, mini-retreat or online webinar, be good to yourself and register. Kelley is a compassionate coach who will help you change your life. She is one of a kind and offers a unique way to empower yourself while also helping to serve others simultaneously. - Boston University Alumna

“As a participant …, I was able to explore the milestones and decision points in my career that led me to the present.  With Mary Jaench’s expert multimodal guidance, my key triggers and motivators became clear so that I might take the next steps to enrich myself and focus on my next professional initiative.  I highly recommend the course and the facilitator.“

Carolyn McNally

Program Development Director, ACES


I chose to retire from a tenured full professorship at a large research university.  This decision shocked most people, many of whom asked me what I was going to do next.  For the first year or so, I told them that I was “researching my next career.”  The luxury of endless possibility had begun to feel like a burden when I connected with Mary Jaensch.  She guided me through a systematic process that revealed a number of career alternatives tailored to my personal, professional, and societal goals.  After three months of focused work with Mary, I narrowed the list to three excellent options. Six months later, I am fully engaged in market development in one of those fields.



I found the process insightful and fun. The process and exercises were helpful in that they focused me on my specific skills and the importance of these skills to me mentally and emotionally.  I feel that I am interviewing different than in the past, because I feel much more confident and appreciate doing “purposeful” networking.


Angela Pietrowski Arpino

Mary Jaensch stands for authenticity.  She skillfully facilitates thought, helping her clients realize their truth, fueling the action that creates a brilliant next act. With patience she powers. Mary's your trusted partner in the hard work of creating the career you will love to show up in---every brand new day.  Trish Rubin, TrishBrand.NYC

With Mary’s insight and support, the self-discovery process underlying these developments has been fun, revelatory, and deeply satisfying.  I’m thankful to have had the opportunity to work with her.

Elet Sangrey Callahan

Thanks so much Mary - been a real pleasure working with you as well!  I know you've given me the tools for success, now just have to go grab it!  And I really appreciate all your support in this phase of my life as well, as someone who has been through it

Best, Wendy Avenius

When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.” - Victor Frankl, Man's Search for Meaning

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

–Mark Twain

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