teresa cella leadership coach

Certified Professional Coach, iPEC (Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching)J.D., Boston College Law SchoolB.S. Finance, Boston College

This is my story

Hi there!  My name is Teresa Cella, and I’m so grateful to you for taking the time to learn more about me and my coaching style.  I’m a former “big law” partner turned Career, Executive, and Leadership coach. I was born and bred in Boston, Massachusetts to immigrant parents who instilled in me a strong work ethic and the value of connecting with others (probably my two biggest strengths to this day). I drink my coffee black, my scotch neat, and I never say no to a bone-in rib-eye (or my mum’s eggplant parm, or cheesecake…you get the idea; I’m a “wicked” foodie).

I’ve always considered myself pretty driven and knew at a very early age that I wanted to be a lawyer.  So, after a brief stopover as a technology consultant, I went to law school and landed a job at a large, international law firm just like I had planned.  I’d also planned to leave after a couple of years to go work in-house, but that never happened.  And even though I never planned to make partner, it seemed like the next logical step. What’s that they say about the best laid plans?

Turns out that just because you’re on a certain path, doesn’t mean you have to stay on it. There were so many things I enjoyed (and miss) about practicing law (challenging work, financial security, and phenomenal clients and colleagues), but I ultimately figured out it wasn’t how I wanted to spend the rest of my professional life. I considered which parts of my job were my favorite and landed on coaching as the next step in my career because supporting people as they identify goals, develop a plan to work toward them, and then take the steps to achieve results is what I’d been doing (and loving) all along.

And so, logically, I quit my job, took six months off to catch my breath, traveled a bit, got a tattoo, dyed my hair purple, blue, pink, red, and orange (all at different times), and then got down to the business of coaching.  I’m not telling you this so you think I’m crazy (far from it on most days); I’m just letting you know that I’m not afraid to think outside the box. I’d (probably) never encourage anyone to jump off a bridge like I did, but I want to challenge you to think about what you really want out of your professional life, to own that, and to make it happen.  It’s not easy (seriously), but it’s worth it!

This is My Coaching Approach

One of my biggest hesitations when deciding to become a coach was that I might be too direct (read: blunt) for some people, but I have found that busy, motivated, and goal-oriented professionals gravitate toward my “let’s get to the point” approach to coaching. With me, you’ll learn to use your existing strengths and abilities in new and different ways to enhance performance, improve self-esteem, ensure smooth life transitions, and ultimately live a more authentic life of success and achievement. If you have this pre-conceived notion that coaching is too “touchy feel”, don’t worry, we’ll break it down into concrete goals, a laser-focused path, and actionable steps for you to follow.

Specifically, I will support you by using powerful questioning, sharing insights and observations, and challenging you with respect to exploring new perspectives and possibilities for a new career direction, rediscovering your confidence and stretching beyond perceived limitations, creating practical, step-by-step action plans to reach your goals, and holding you accountable for achieving your career goal(s).

The people that I work with are at various stages of their careers: associates and partners at law firms, mid to senior level executives at a variety of organizations, business owners, and solopreneurs.  Some are looking to move up in their current organization, while others are either burnt out or simply looking for a change.  What they all have in common is a strong desire to take control of their professional lives and find the career satisfaction they deserve (and have earned)!

What my clients say…


I had been in the same job for 12 years and after my second baby, I knew that I wanted something different. Like most people, I was scared of taking the leap and not sure what I wanted to do next. I had tried other coaching programs and read all the career books, but I was “stuck” and something kept me from actually making the leap. Teresa helped me identify what I wanted my day-to-day life to look like, which then helped me systematically evaluate different job options and clearly see which ones fit the life that I wanted. She helped me work through the fear of change and think through “worst case” scenarios (which actually weren’t that scary!). I really trusted Teresa’s coaching because of her background as an extremely successful professional and her no-nonsense style of communication and feedback. I also appreciated that she continued to check in after I made the job switch and when I needed it, reminded me of my “why’s” and what I had identified as my priorities. I have recommended her to several of my friends who are wanting to make changes in their life, and I will continue to use her coaching in my new role!


l’ve had the pleasure of having Teresa Cella as my coach. I love her kind, bubbly and welcoming personality. She really has a knack for solutions and helping others find the answers that they seek. Teresa is very attentive and really listens to what l’m experiencing. She always adds insight or a perspective that I hadn’t considered. She helps me to push past the beliefs that get in my way. She also helps me to see correlations and patterns that I hadn’t noticed. As a result of our work together, l’ve become more confident in my abilities. l’ve learned new and different ways to approach my challenges. I have new awareness about myself that has allowed me to grow in my personal and professional life. ln addition, she has provided me with resources that have proved to be very helpful. I would highly recommend Teresa to anyone who is looking to dig deep and find ways that they can be the best version of self and have the success that they desire.

“I had the opportunity to work with Teresa Cella for three coaching sessions and found the interactions great!  She asked me perfect questions during our sessions to stretch my thinking and perspectives about my career growth.  She always came prepared, having read my profile that I completed in the ALV system and incorporated those themes into our sessions.  I had a great experience all around!”

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“My MBA leadership class included online assessments and three live online coaching sessions with an Ama La Vida coach.  My coach, Teresa, was a great help in guiding me in my leadership development.  The online surveys you complete as part of their program really make you think about your personal and work priorities. Teresa did a great job listening and guiding me while I put together a plan forward for my leadership development. I will continue to use the tools obtained and skills learned from Teresa and Ama La Vida as I hone my strategic leadership in the coming months ahead. This was my first experience with a professional coach and I was pleased with the progress made in such a short time.”

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“I worked with Teresa and I can’t say enough about how much I enjoyed and valued the experience.  They do a wonderful job of holding you accountable to the goals you have set for yourself.  If you are looking to take your personal development to the next level than this is the right place!”

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