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Ingalis Salonen

Ingalis Salonen

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Seen

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I grew up in Canada, the oldest of three kids. My father immigrated from Finland, my mother loved languages, and we spoke multiple languages and had many accents in my house. My mother was a teacher and I would listen to her tell stories about her students and their successes. My father started a construction company and from the age of 7, I would go to work with him and was fascinated by the way people talked to each other, what they talked about, and the respectful way my father treated his employees. I saw him build a successful business, but I also saw how poorly he was treated because of his strong accent and because he was an immigrant. It had a deep impact on me and sparked a passion to foster inclusion, compassion, and the ability to see others beyond the story they present to the outside world. I took this passion to my career in the corporate world, working in large technology organizations. But unfortunately, I often saw the same behaviors from when I was growing up. Talented employees were not valued or seen for who they really were. It was frustrating; I saw potential beyond what was fostered and valued. While driving business results, I always tapped into a different dimension of others across the organization to help my colleagues fulfill their potential. Ten years ago, I experienced a profound loss when one of the most talented people I worked with passed away unexpectedly. It made me realize that my deepest purpose was to help others be seen and to support others in fulfilling their purpose. This needed to be my primary focus instead of a secondary one, so I began my coaching journey. Today, I combine my over 20 years of experience as a business leader with my unique ability to see others beyond the story they present on the surface, to help them see themselves and unleash their passion and true potential.  I love partnering with EQuipt because true listening is the first step for all of us to be seen.  We must listen to ourselves, each other, and as leaders, to create true success, both business and personal.

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