Hi, I’m Ann Vertel and I know what it feels like to work hard, be successful, and still not be taken seriously because I hadn’t developed the necessary skills to lead with confidence.
For the past 15 years, I’ve helped thousands of executives, entrepreneurs, and high achievers become “take charge” leaders.
Before that, I had the honor of serving as a Naval Officer for 20 years.
I’ve repelled out of a helicopter, taught leadership at The Center for Naval Leadership and Officer Candidate School (remember the movie An Officer and a Gentleman?) and conducted international military protocol missions in almost every country in the pacific rim.
Okay, it sounds a lot more glamorous than it really was.
But I also know that no matter how smart, talented, and dedicated you are, you won’t reach your full potential if you haven’t developed the right personal leadership skills that allow you to think bigger, act bolder, and take charge.
I know how stifling and discouraging that can feel.
For years, I held myself back from reaching my full potential. Eventually I learned how to positively lead myself first and then go on to effectively lead others with confidence.
And I can help you do the same.
What You’ll Get From Me
Encouragement, more than anything.
And a “grown up” model to follow if you’re looking for an alternative to just about everything else that’s out there.
I also host the Take Charge Podcast because it simply jazzes me to inspire and encourage others to live up to their highest potential – to be extraordinary in the ordinary moments.
Occasionally, I share a few things about my life here in sunny San Diego, where I live with The Test Pilot, The Teenager, and the sweetest Westie on the planet, whose name is Tess.
When I’m not working, you’ll likely find me walking a beach somewhere with a hot cup of hazelnut coffee or an ice-cold Stella, plotting world domination with my superhero gal-pals, traveling with my family, working out at the crack of dawn, or reading “just one more” psychology book.
What To Do Next
Restart your week with a quick hit of encouragement, motivation, and inspiration – right in your inbox every Tuesday morning. (It’s the weekly eNewsletter you’ll open first!)
By The Way
I work with both men and women, however most of my readers tend to be working women smack-dab in the middle of their working years who are ready to take charge of their life, their career, and everything in between.
I think you know who I’m talking about
She salivates over good shoes and bags (who doesn’t?) but spends the money on her kids instead.
She probably owns a Vitamix and a yoga mat but still feels guilty when she eats that leftover marshmallow bunny from her kid’s Easter basket she has hidden in her desk drawer.
(Not that I’ve ever done that.)
She’s intelligent, educated, creative and romantic.
She secretly loves to dance, probably belongs to a networking, book, or women’s club, vacations in both high-class resorts and RVs, although she’d cruise the Caribbean with her best friend in a heartbeat.
She probably plays a little tennis, gets her nails done, occasionally does girls night out, and volunteers at the school when she can.
If that’s you, I’d love to stay connected. Drop your email in the box below and I’ll send you a little encouragement every Tuesday morning.
Here’s the “official” stuff
I had the honor of serving 20 years as a Naval Officer specializing in executive leadership training and military protocol.
It taught me the value of self-discipline, the appreciation for working with people of integrity, and the love of freedom.
My degrees are in Human Behavior (Masters) and Psychology (Ph.D.)
My master’s thesis on personal vision and how it affects our intrinsic motivation gave me a deep grasp of what motivates us to move forward, where we get stuck, and how to achieve extraordinary breakthroughs and results.
My doctoral research established new ground in the area of mindset, self-efficacy, and the success factors of business builders and entrepreneurs.
In a nutshell, I understand what makes ambitious professionals tick and can skillfully guide them to be even more successful.
Still have questions?
I’d love to hear from you!