Meet Lindsey Killeen

Meet Lindsey Killeen

Career and Mindset Coach – Lindsey Killeen Coaching

Written by Tom Kelly

Lindsey’s journey into entrepreneurship has been developed though a mix of curiosity and self-discovery. Growing up in Omaha, NE, she saw the same story, attend to college, secure a ‘good job’ and stay there until you retire. Entrepreneurship seemed like a distant dream. Early in her career she discovered her knack for connecting people while working in internal recruitment. She started building out talent strategies within large organizations globally. Her journey to entrepreneurship is not atypical; it was propelled by a layoff. After taking some time to reflect and recharge, she realized her true calling is in guiding others to discover their potential. This realization led her to venture into mindset coaching, which naturally evolved into career coaching, given her background in HR and Recruitment. While her business could take on many forms in the future, her current joy lies in inspiring others to achieve their goals, one step at a time.
How did you hear about Venture Café?
Earlier this year two connections recommended I check it out. I’ve now been a handful of times. I also occasionally co-work at the ASU space across the hall.

Have you had any memorable connections at Venture Café Phoenix? If so, please tell us how you met them, who they are and how they have impacted you and your organization?

As a new business owner, a big part of Venture Cafe for me has been ‘practice’ talking about my business! I started coming as I was perfecting my offering and have gotten tips from many folks at Venture Cafe. After one breakout session at VC, I received a thoughtful LinkedIn message after one week that said ‘I knew from the moment you walked in the room that you were a woman who was spiritually aligned with her journey’ and that touched me, deeply. I’ve been approached about collabs and have now been given the opportunity to host career coaching 1x1s, doing what I love, helping and inspiring my community.

What inspires you?

Over time I have realized what truly inspires me – witnessing passion that emanates from individuals when they share something they love. It’s contagious, uplifting, and captivating. Whether it’s an artist discussing their latest work of art, or an entrepreneur talking about their more business, there’s something beautiful about seeing someone unapologetically embracing their passions with unwavering dedication. It’s a reminder to me that life is meant to be lived with purpose.

Tell us a little more about your current role with your organization and how it has impacted the start-up ecosystem here in the greater Phoenix region.

I guide individuals to unlock their true potential and live a life aligned with purpose. Through personalized weekly sessions and assignments, we navigate towards clarity and set goals together. I enhance resumes, cover letters, and LinkedIn profiles to attract dream careers. Hand in hand, we conquer mental blocks and everyday stressors, equipping clients with lifelong strategies in just six months. With each session, empowerment grows, leaving clients ready to face life’s challenges with resilience and grace. I’ve worked with some powerful leaders and aspiring leaders in Phoenix and across the globe, and hope that my journey will inspire just one person, if not more.

Can you discuss your experience at Venture Café Phoenix and any impact the event has had on your organization?

Venture Cafe has given me the platform to promote my business, brainstorm with others, share my story with others, and make like-minded connections in the valley!

Advice to Aspiring Entrepreneurs and People Looking for their Passion

Make time to go internal when you can. Even if it’s just five quiet minutes squeezed into your day, take it. If you can’t spare five minutes, it might be time to reassess your priorities—are you spending your time scrolling through your phone, watching TV, or stress eating? Trust me, I’m guilty of it, too. Even if it means driving in silence for a few minutes in your car, take that time to listen to your thoughts.

If you can allocate time for journaling and meditation, even better. By paying attention to your thoughts and the narratives you tell yourself, you can identify recurring patterns.

Be mindful of what you consume in life—not only food but also the company you keep, your habits, and what you expose yourself to.

I believe that in moments of silence, we can uncover the awareness of our true passions. Slow down and breathe.

Most Impactful Book?

Atomic Habits
Anything you want to share?
Honestly, you’ll never truly feel ready or qualified. My biggest piece of advice? Just start, and don’t stop. If you’re striving for a life that aligns with your true desires and aspirations, take that first step. It doesn’t have to be a grand gesture like quitting your job immediately. Begin with small actions every day that align with your goals, and you’ll be on the right path. As long as you keep moving forward, aligning your actions with your intentions, you can’t fail.
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