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Vanessa Kuljis

Strengths Coach

Authenticity Advocate



I work with organizations and unconventional professionals seeking clarity about the next steps in their careers so they can work and live with impact, freedom, adventure, and well-being.

I contribute a unique perspective as an executive coach by leveraging my diverse experience over the past decade.  This experience includes corporate law practice at two AmLaw 100 firms in Miami, a secondment to the in-house legal department of a multinational bank in London, coaching and project management at a nonprofit diversity organization in NYC, and building programs as a higher education director at a law school focusing on professional coaching and leadership development

As a GALLUP Certified Strengths Coach and founder of BloomRise, I specialize in strengths coaching which helps people maximize their talents, own their worth, and set and achieve authentic goals.  I use the CliftonStrengths assessment which measures natural talents -- the way individuals are "wired" to think, feel, and behave at the beginning of each coaching journey, but each process is ultimately as unique as the individual client or group.

I lead with the idea that authentic expression is an essential component of both professional success and personal well-being.  I show professionals that they can grow and thrive by embracing the mindset that authenticity is an asset, freedom is a choice, and a beautiful life is our birthright.  As a mindfulness and yoga practitioner and certified teacher, my coaching process is as much about self-development as it is about self-care, which are the opposite of selfish.  Your success and well-being are generous.  The more you thrive, the more you inspire and serve: "when you bloom, we all rise."

Overall, my experience is defined by a sustained enthusiasm for working with high-potential people and high-profile organizations to achieve ambitious and authentic goals to strategically evolve.  I am especially passionate about working with individuals and teams who want to succeed professionally and use their success to serve a bigger vision for impact.

My Top 5 CliftonStrengths: Strategic, Adaptability, Intellection, Input, and Individualization. 

This means that I see and seize possibilities where others see obstacles or feel stuck.  As a present and thoughtful listener, people feel deeply seen around me.  I bring a variety of collected wisdom and experiences to interactions, along with a grounded ability to respond effectively to change.  My advantage as a coach is my natural ability to find the unique qualities in people to inspire individuals and teams to achieve goals that are authentically their own.


GALLUP Certified Strengths Coach

Certified in MINDFRESH corporate mindfulness

200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training, Sonic Yoga, NYC

Florida Bar License


University of Chicago, JD

University of Miami, BA in English & Psychology

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On a personal note, my dedication to professional success is matched by my determination to enjoy the life I've worked so hard for.  One of my favorite ways to do that has been on travel adventures with my husband of 12 years to over 31 countries and counting.  While I am endlessly energized by big city treks, of all the places we've been, my most inspiring to date are the W Trek in Torres del Paine, Chile and our first big crazy idea to trek in the Annapurna region of Nepal.

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