Soar Strategies is led by its founder and president, Janine Hill

Our Goal:

We intend to help you understand and demonstrate your value in the marketplace as an individual or leader, while still bringing your authentic self to work using customized personal and group processes.

Welcome to Soar Strategies!

Soar Strategies is a consulting and coaching firm committed to helping leaders and groups in the social good and corporate sectors to share their strengths, create goals, and achieve their professional as well as personal goals through a collaborative process.

We are passionate about teams and individuals. We believe that our diversity in experiences, knowledge, and thoughts are our best qualities, and our goal is to help your special gifts shine at work, school, and home by creating brave spaces for coaching interactions, as well as consulting engagements.

We believe that change is a collaborative process that must be guided by goals. We seek to continuously collaborate with organizations, individuals, and teams to facilitate crucial conversations that lead to transformation.

Janine’s Story

I enjoy working with diverse groups of coaching clients and organizations to navigate issues such as change management, diversity, equity, & inclusion, leadership development and planning and executing a strategic job search.  Before Soar Strategies launched in the summer of 2017, I worked as the executive director of EverThrive Illinois for 6+ years, where I helped double its revenue, oversaw an organizational rebrand, and strengthen its private/public partnerships.

I loved being an executive director.  I got to work on policies that mattered to the lives of women, children, and families; work with an amazing staff and Board; and develop my leadership skills. I still collaborate with many colleagues I met from that experience today!  When I left, I realized that I wanted to make a larger impact–I wanted to touch individuals and teams from multiple organizations, not just one. My goal has always been to nurture, support, and advise fellow leaders; I’d like to leave the world a little better than I found it.

I love the academic environment and am a maternal and child health (MCH) practitioner by training.  Currently, I teach a Maternal and Child Health Policy and Advocacy at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s School of Public Health and am working to complete my Ph.D. there in maternal and child health methods, programs, and policies.  I also hold a BS in Biology from Georgetown University and a MPH from Boston University.

I take ongoing learning to be the best consultant and coach for my clients seriously.  I’m a Coaches Training Institute-trained coach, I’ve received my Associate Certified Coach (ACC) certification from the International Coaching Federation, and was a 2018-19 Fellow with the National Equity Project.

As I consider my work as a coach and consultant to be a healing profession, I try to practice what I preach to clients about the importance of self-care. In my down time, I love to read (“Wintering”, “The Sum of Us”, and “The Big Leap” are recent reads), riding my spin bike, taking long walks down by the lakeshore, and hanging out with my daughter, godson, and family.

For more information about what I’m reading and thinking about,
please check me out on LinkedIn and Twitter.

My Approach

I believe that my clients have the answers to their issues, inside – my goal is to create an environment in which they can be thoughtful, authentic, vulnerable, and introspective. I do this by asking questions, sharing my own experiences (sometimes), and holding the vision for their lives, or a particular project, in the forefront.   I value equity, discovery, creativity, learning, and accountability.

Blog Posts

A Note to Potential DEI clients

Dear Potential DEI client, Thanks for reaching out. I am usually much more prompt in my reply – this week has really thrown me for a tizzy.  Well, let me be honest -- I don’t feel any worse than I felt when I found out the police officer/killer of Michael Brown was...

What a Car Accident Taught Me about Running My Business in 2020

On the afternoon of December 20, 2019, I was feeling good. I had just finished facilitating my last meeting of the year, and was driving home to surprise my daughter and pick her up from school.  Coming from downtown Chicago, I was getting off the highway – another...

Ten connections a day on LinkedIn, with little effort!

We never know where our next job, consulting opportunity, or awareness-building opportunity will come from, and thus it is important to reach out and have as many people know us and what we do professionally as possible. In my opinion, LinkedIn is underutilized as a...

The Year of “No”

Happy Black History Month! The other day, while driving home, I found myself thinking about Shonda Rhimes' book "Year of Yes". At the end of another long day,  I fantasized about creating my own “Year of No”. Like everyone else, I have long...

Soar Strategies and airplane flying

After a fair amount of “name paralysis”, I decided to incorporate my new career coaching and consulting business as Soar Strategies, Inc. in early July.  However, it wasn’t until I flew for the first time, post-incorporation, that my name choice was validated by...

Need assistance thinking through your career? Let me help.

TGIF! I’m pleased to launch my new scope of services today.  In the past 4 months, I’ve been able to spend time with my family, travel, teach, and study.  I’ve had a wonderful time—and I’m ready to get back into the fray and help the social good sector,...

What's the first step?

If you’d like to talk with Janine, please find a time on her calendar for an initial, complementary strategy session.

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