About Trish Perry, PCC


Trish Perry is a certified master life coach and ICF credentialed PCC who created Harmonize Coaching to provide service to help individuals create and live the best lives they can imagine and help organizations increase their employee productivity. She works with all types of people and organizations in executive coaching, life coaching, business coaching and other types of coaching.

Trish specializes in serving people who have experienced adversities in their lives.  She helps people to get back to productivity and joy by living their purpose.  Her goal is to make a positive impact on people'™s lives Every day.

Trish has over 20 years of mentoring and coaching experience in the corporate and nonprofit worlds.  She understands and believes in delivering outstanding results on a consistent basis.  She was a successful executive at Target for 20 years and 5+ years at other corporations.  She has worked with all levels from CEOs to administrative assistants acknowledging that everyone has an important role in the success of a company/organization and she is able to build strong cross functional teams.

Giving back to the community is one of Trish'™s core values.  Currently she is serving as the president on the board of the International Coaching Federation of MN,  she has served as the Chair of the Human Resources' Committee at the Minnesota Council of Churches, spent many hours volunteering as a mentor and mock interviewer at Goodwill Easter Seals and teaches MBSR to teens at various non profits.   She is a certified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Instructor for Teens  and volunteers at Feed My Starving Children.  

Trish lives in Minneapolis with her husband, Jay, and their 3 wonderful children.   When Trish is not coaching, volunteering or spending time with her family, she can be found entertaining friends.  She also loves cooking, traveling and art.

My Story

It is important to know that I believe that I can help people through my story.  My story is honest.  I share information that some are surprised by.  I do this to help people understand that you don't have to become your adversity.  You can overcome adversities and let the learnings add to your life.  So here is my honest story.

I am often asked,  "€œHow did you get into coaching?".€   Honestly is starts with my  "old story"€ full of adversities or traumatic stress incidents (TSIs) that I have decided not to live into.  Instead I have chosen a life that is full of joy and meaning for myself and everyone I impact.

My old story was 40 years in the making.  My old story included TSIs like cancer, abuse, a job layoff and loss of loved ones.  With that old story came guilt, shame, humiliation and an overarching theme of "never good enough"€.  To counteract those feelings, I built my life on the unstable foundation of perfection.  I was an executive at Target and worked 60-80 hours a week trying to achieve perfection both at work and in my personal life.  Then, a series of events shook me to my core and proved that perfection is nonexistent; I'd need to find a new way to live.

It has been a lot of work, but I am building a life of joy and meaning by uncovering my purpose and living my values.  I am finding perfection in imperfection; in humanity. Humanity is wonderful and sad, joyful and hurtful, amazing and disappointing, but most of all it gives us our purpose, the opportunity to help and be helped, to love and be loved.  So, to answer the question, How did you get into coaching?  My journey to purpose, joy and meaning led me to coaching.  Coaching fulfills my deepest desire to make a difference in peoples' lives every day and that is a key piece of giving my life meaning.

I am a productivity coach, an executive and business coach. I was a corporate executive for over 20 years and am passionate about helping others to succeed in business.  And because of the extensive adversities and healing  in my life, my coaching specialty is working with people who have experienced adversities to help them find productivity,  joy and meaning beyond their adversities.  There are 4 key beliefs which I hold when it comes to adversity:

1)      You are not your adversity.  Adversity is something that happens to you, it does not have to define you.

2)      You are worthy of joy- always.  When going through adversity some people feel they can't experience joy and grief at the same time.  It can be done and joy is what can get you through the grief with grace.

3)      With adversity often comes a decrease in productivity this is not a permanent change.  Learning to alter your mindset and learn tools to be mindful and compassionate helps.  Getting back to productivity and your purpose can be done, I am living proof of that. 

4)      Finally, with any adversity, be gentle with yourself giving yourself time and space to heal.  There is no time line for grief.  Be as compassionate with yourself as you would be with your best friend and gift yourself the grieving process.