Third Act with Liz Tinkham

The Career Coach with Donna Peters

Former Accenture Managing Director Donna Peters tells Liz that she knew what she wanted to do in her third act because her phone rang the most from employees seeking career advice. Today, she is a career coach and host of the award-winning podcast, The Me-Suite, where she interviews people on how they cultivated work into their personal lives and made it work.

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Your first act is school, your second act is work, but have you thought about what you’re going to do in your third act? Join host Liz Tinkham, a former Accenture Senior Managing Director, as she talks to guests who are happily “pretired” – enjoying their time, treasure, and talent to pursue their purpose and passion in the third act of their life.

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The Career Coach with Donna Peters

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On today’s show, Liz talks with Donna Peters – The Career Coach. Donna and Liz are fellow Accenture Managing Directors and have both become podcasters in their Third Acts. But Donna has a big leg up – she started her career in theater, spending ten years as an actor learning a bit more about how to use your voice, before going to business school and becoming a consultant.

Interestingly, she and her husband, or “the corporation”, as they fondly refer to themselves, decided early that they wanted to retire at 48, so they created a spreadsheet that governed their big purchase and job decisions. While Donna didn’t retire at 48, she came close —retiring at 52, and she knew what she wanted to in her third act.

In this podcast, Donna says that while at Accenture, her phone rang the most from employees and clients seeking her advice in the career development space. Today Donna runs her own career coaching company, where she counsels career-driven, life-minded professionals. She is also the host of the award-winning podcast, The Me-Suite, where she interviews people, including me, on how they cultivated work into their personal lives and made it work.

3:06 Growing up in the family business
9:53 Working with George Lucas (yes, that’s Star Wars George Lucas)
12:51 Great storyteller=great consultant
15:39 Aspiration to retire early
19:38 Getting started in career coaching
25:42 Launching her career coaching business
29:32 The Me-Suite Podcast
33:55 Starting with core values
38:18 Donna’s fourth act

Donna can be found on LinkedIn here Donna Peters. Her coaching site and podcast can be found at The Me-Suite.

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