Gary Ainsworth is a certified Career Management and Executive Coach. Having 25 years of executive experience in startups and midcaps, and over 30 years in engineering and operations management, Gary currently works with executive clients on organization transformation.
Before joining PathWise, Gary’s coaching efforts were an integral part of his management consulting business, helping his clients understand that leadership and growth are not just based on dollars and cents. Often working with highly specialized technical executives, he emphasizes leadership initiatives reinforcing vision, purpose, and communication.
His mission is to help startup and midcaps executives develop leadership tools to execute their company’s vision.
Raffi is a certified career, leadership and life coach with 25 years of professional experience in the Fortune 500 company world. His true passion is to help his clients have great success at work and achieve both professional and personal goals in their lives. His ability to connect and create effective partnerships with his clients combined with his highly effective coaching methodology has helped him get transformational results in his clients’ lives. He uses the Energy Leadership coaching framework (iPEC), because it is proven to deliver quick and sustainable results, and because it has the structure to adapt to each situation and person. There is a true science behind it, and it helps clients develop high levels of intuition and creativity that are essential to manage their careers and lives. His common coaching topics include, getting clarity on current career situation and goals, establishing professional and life goals and strategies, establishing a powerful decision-making process, developing compelling skills in resolving conflicts, enabling better stress management, enabling authentic leadership, establishing mindsets and behaviors for better life satisfaction and success. With a business and engineer background in Tech, Raffi had the opportunity to coach many professionals in top Tech companies. The adaptability of his coaching and his extensive professional experience enabled him to coach executives and professionals in many other industries such as Automotive, Real Estate, Advertising, Retail, Manufacturing, Insurance and Healthcare. He has experience working with people in many departments, such as Engineering, Marketing, Sales, Supply-Chain/Sourcing, Finance and Legal. Raffi loves what he does, and it shows in his coaching style. He has lived both in France and in the United States, and coaches in both French and English.
Daniela joined the PathWise team in 2022. She is currently an advertising Ph.D. student at the Stan Richards School of Advertising at the University of Texas at Austin. Daniela obtained her Master’s degree in Communication at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and her undergraduate degree in Education & Entrepreneurship from the Universidad Francisco Marroquin in Guatemala. In her years of studying, she has taught graduate and undergraduate courses and assisted professors with their research. She is also a graduate research assistant at the Center for Health Communication at the University of Texas at Austin. Daniela is a year away from graduating and is currently working on her dissertation. Her research interests focus on the role of the self and identity in developing communication strategies promoting mental health care and wellbeing.
Daniela was born to Italian parents in Guatemala, where she grew up. She speaks Spanish, English, and a little bit of Italian. She danced ballet for 18 years before moving to Lafayette, LA in 2017. Daniela loves watching movies and goes to the theatre once a week. She also enjoys reading mystery novels, learning different calligraphy styles, and training on her spin bike. Daniela recently got married, and she now lives in Austin, TX, with her husband and puppy.
Jennifer started working as Head of Operations at PathWise in 2021. Like many mothers, her career took a lot of twists and turns to get her to PathWise. Over two decades ago, Jennifer was a Director of Outpatient Services for a private mental health hospital in the Boston area. With a Master’s of Counseling Psychology and as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, she provided therapy and managed the Partial Hospital and Outpatient Department.
There was a theme in all of Jennifer’s jobs, she would start out as the service provider and eventually would become the manager/clinical supervisor/director. Becoming a manager was never her intention, but with each job she held, she could see the possibilities of organizational and staff improvements that would create a work environment that worked more effectively and cohesively.
Although the career Jennifer had at the hospital was personally and professionally rewarding, she made the difficult decision to become a stay-at-home mother after having 3 sons in three years.
Throughout the years Jennifer threw her energy into organizing and managing various volunteer jobs that revolved around her sons. She was the President of the preschool PTA which had a board of more than 50 women, a mixture of working and stay-at-home moms, many of whom had impressive careers. She later became the elementary and middle school PTO President.
Her boys had a love and talent for baseball, which led to several years as one of the few women on the town Little League board. She organized many events, fundraisers as well as contributed to the board decisions. The love of baseball continues many years later with one son playing baseball in college and the other two playing on their high school Varsity team.
After years of volunteer jobs, Jennifer stumbled into a job managing interns in a local wellness business. It was a perfect job for a mom since it was in town and offered flexibility. That job transitioned from working with the interns to managing the business. This was a completely new skill set from running a hospital system, but over time the skills acquired at this stumbled-upon job led to her getting the reputation as someone who can organize, manage and grow businesses.
Jennifer has a love for yoga and has been teaching hot vinyasa yoga for several years. Yoga and meditation are part of her daily routine. She is also a prolific reader and loves to play word games. Several years ago, she started a tradition of going to MLB stadiums with her sons, and they have been to 1/3 of the stadiums so far. Their favorite stadium is still Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox. Jennifer has lived in Lexington, MA, for the past 22 years.
As a content developer for PathWise, Bailey researches various career thought leaders to create profiles that synthesize their work (books, articles, videos, etc.), insights, and unique perspectives.
Prior to writing for PathWise, Bailey was a law student at the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and had recently made the decision to leave school. Instead of leaving with a degree, she left with a better understanding of what career fulfillment and success looked like for her. In the months after, she was in the process of trying to navigate her own career when she found PathWise, a platform aimed at helping people do just that. Now, instead of researching and writing about legal issues, she spends her time researching and writing about career-related topics in order to support others who are on a similar journey toward professional fulfillment and joy.
Within the next year, Bailey plans to take the next steps toward earning her teaching license in Ohio. She studied education at Bowling Green State University, and she is looking forward to returning to the classroom to teach and learn alongside students.
In her free time, Bailey enjoys spending time with her family and friends (including her lab, Dexter), traveling to places that are much sunnier than Ohio, and learning new things. She is currently learning to play the ukulele and training to become a certified yoga instructor.
J.R. founded and began backing PathWise in 2021 as a “passion project” to help others find purpose and joy in their careers. He has had the fortune of participating in a number of leadership development programs over the course of his career and has always found them inspiring and thought-provoking. He has also worked with some excellent coaches over the years and had the privilege of interacting with a number of career thought leaders, including Warren Bennis, Clayton Christensen and Patrick Lencioni. He is a consistent reader of business and career-focused books and articles. His goal with PathWise is to democratize career guidance so that it fits its members’ budgets, needs, and time availability, particularly as they progress through the critical middle years of their careers.
J.R. is currently working at the Chief Operating Officer of Janus Henderson Investors in London. Prior to joining Janus Henderson, J.R. spent 11 years in a variety of roles at State Street Corporation and 4 years in varying roles at Fidelity Investments. Prior to making a move into the financial services industry, J.R. spent 11 years with McKinsey & Company, leaving as a Principal. He began his career in the U.S. Air Force, rising to the level of Captain.
J.R. graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from Duke University. He also earned a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University and a Master’s in Business Administration from Harvard Business School, where he earned First Year Honors.
J.R. is an avid hiker and has travelled to six continents to hike, including summiting Mount Kilimanjaro with his daughter Emily in 2018. He is also a long-time fund-raiser for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, having raised more than $150,000 for cancer research over the past 15 years. He is an Advisory Board member at Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art. He and his wife are the parents of three grown children and live in London.
Gayle is an inspiring career coach with 25+ years in the careers industry. Clients see her role as that of the North Star, guiding their journey to define and facilitate their career goals. She is the founder of Intentional Careers HR specializing in career coaching and career marketing for evolving leaders, senior management, and executive levels.
Her motto is simple: “Never be in a kayak but build your dragon boat (network) of colleagues and friends with a coach at the helm, to give you the momentum to move onto the next successful chapter in your work life”.
Coaching has always been a part of Gayle’s life—first as a Level III National Coach in gymnastics and now as a Certified TypeCoach-Master Coach. She is known for her energizing, authentic, and empathetic approach, as she helps clients bring their vision to fruition.
Gayle proudly served the SEAL Future Foundation as a Career Transition Coach to US Navy Seals, is a published member of the Forbes Coaching Council, and a national leader in the careers industry winning two Awards of Excellence, as a Community Outreach Specialist.
She is a recognized speaker and facilitator offering insights and practical content that can be easily implemented. Gayle is a natural at building forward momentum as she coaches people through employment transitions, leadership growth, and to greater workplace success.
Tony is a trusted advisor, entrepreneur, idea generator, and people connector. He brings together practical experience and extreme curiosity to elevate leaders and equip them with the tools to navigate through change and unlock their true potential.
He loves guiding people to find clarity in their lives so they are energized, fully present, and unstoppable. When leaders unlock their potential and lead from a place of inspired purpose, they impact and inspire everyone around them. He has dedicated himself to helping people lead an inspired life.
Before becoming the founder and Chief Inspiration Officer of Inspired Purpose Coaching, he was a finance and strategy executive working with some of the world’s leading life sciences companies. Along his journey, he also managed small businesses and ran a financial consulting company.
Tony is the host of The Virtual Campfire podcast and the author of Climbing the Right Mountain: Navigating the Journey to an Inspired Life.
Tony holds a BS and MBA from Northeastern University. He is a Professional Certificated Coach (PCC) and a former board member of the International Coaching Federation (ICF) New England Chapter. When he is not guiding people, Tony explores the world, looking for a new adventure and uncovering new ideas.
Becca Carnahan is a career coach, author, and mom from Massachusetts. She is the founder of Becca Carnahan Career Coaching & Communications, where she specializes in helping mid-career professionals find more joy and fulfillment in their work. She also writes and manages the working mom blog, With Love Becca, which helps women manage motherhood, manage careers, and manage to laugh through it all.
Becca gained her expertise in the career development field over a 13-year career at Harvard Business School, where she still works as a career coach, and while earning her Masters’ Degree in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
In addition to her career coaching work, Becca is also the author of Belinda Baloney Changes Her Mind, a fun and inspiring “when I grow up” children’s book and When Mommy Grows Up: A Guide to Parenting Yourself to a More Fulfilling Career.