For twelve years, Stephanie Virchaux successfully marketed for Fortune 500 companies, yet the energy she spent there never seemed worthwhile. With a hurting soul, she stumbled into life coaching and changed her future. As a mentee, she fell in love with the industry and became a certified life coach before starting her own business, SV Empowerment. Stephanie’s mission is to remind her clients of their power. They are not broken but simply unaware of their true value. She now loves her career, one where her own fulfillment is helping others find theirs.
Tell us about yourself.
I am a trilingual half Venezuelan and half Swiss life coach with a huge family! I am deeply spiritual. While I’ve lived all around the world, I came to the states as a teenager and moved to NYC in 2012 before falling in love with a local New Yorker, who is now my husband. As a former Marketer, I spent twelve years in the corporate world, working in the beauty and travel industry for Fortune 500 companies. However, I decided to take a huge leap of faith and follow my heart when I left corporate to open my own coaching business, SV Empowerment.
What made you get into doing what you do now?
It’s an interesting story. During the last 2 years of my corporate career, I experienced a bit of a quarter life crisis. Even though I was successful by most counts, I felt empty inside. I had always worked hard towards my career, but I felt like my soul was being crushed. As life would have it, I then heard about coaching for the first time and ended up hiring one. Throughout this, I fell in love with the process. While still working full-time, I decided to get certified as a coach to learn all the techniques in case I experienced another crisis. I fell in love with coaching! A year later, I quit my job, started SV Empowerment, and have never looked back.
What differentiates you from others within your industry?
First, I never, ever look at my clients as if “they’re broken” or “they need my help.” I view my clients as whole, complete individuals. They’ve simply forgotten that they are powerful beings and my role is to remind them of just that. As a coach, I am here to unlock the virtually limitless potential within them. My solution-focused method encompasses a holistic combination of coaching, cognitive neuroscience, and energy healing modalities. This dual-prong approach is grounded in proven techniques that work on both a conscious and subconscious level so that my clients achieve their desired transformation within a shorter timeline.
Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?
Wow, I could talk about this forever. I am a visionary after all! 5 years from now, I’ll be partnering with companies who are grounded in servant leadership culture. I’d provide the soft-skills expertise, such as emotional intelligence and cognitive neuroscience, to their employees. Afterall, happy employees equal less turnover, more productivity, and an increase to the bottom line. Additionally, I see the implementation of The JOY Method. This is my eight week online program that is designed for high achievers to create more flow and alignment towards key areas in their lives, like money, boundaries, habits, self-care and so on. Not only would these be online, but I would also have live conferences and bring what I teach in The JOY Method to corporations and small businesses.
What challenges have you faced while building your business and brand?
I don’t believe in challenges. I see experiences that are considered challenges as opportunities for growth. The biggest lesson I’ve learned is that owning a business is an inside job. All of the external challenges that we face are simply a mirror of the internal insecurities, doubts, and worries we carry. A challenge, which is really a gift, is an opportunity to do the inner work. It allows the release of toxic patterns in order to create success, expansion, and fulfillment.
What have you learned from these challenges?
These opportunities have taught me so much. I am a different person than I was 4 years ago when I started my company. I am more myself now than I’ve ever been. I am proud to be an entrepreneur because it’s such a courageous journey. Personal growth and development have always been an obsession of mine, and now it’s my “job,” which doesn’t really feel like a “job” at all. What I’ve learned is that I have the power within me, always, to change any situation. The only limits are the ones that I create within the confinements of my mind. In actuality, there are no limits at all. It is such a joy and an honor to do what I get to do!
What advice would you give to others while on their journey?
If you’re dissatisfied with an area of your life, instead of focusing on an external aspect to change it, shift your attention to the inside. There are 3 powerful journal prompts to help you shift your perspective and take your power back. What is this situation trying to teach me? What am I hiding behind, what am I afraid of? If this situation was solved, if I had the solution, how would I fully show up and own this situation? Use the insight from your answers and start showing up that way.
What advice would you give to your younger self?
Remember to trust the divine timing of it all. Stay tranquila which means relax, breath, chill, and calm down. I’ve always been really impatient but I’ve learned that the timing of life is perfect as it is. Love yourself deeply through it all. You have the answers within you, not outside of you. You’re never alone. You are always protected. You are stronger than you realize. Have fun and be playful. Enjoy this ride on earth and savor every moment of the journey.
What is your why?
What drives me is my soul’s purpose, my commitment to achieve what I came to earth to do. I am driven to honor what my parents, my family, and my husband have given me. They’ve always believed in me and I want to honor them through the impact of my company, SV Empowerment. I am driven by my vision to reignite the joy in this world. We do not have to settle for a life that does not bring us joy! It is up to us to create a life that does spark our inner joy. I am also driven by a personal goal to build a foundation for orphans so that they feel cared for, loved, and capable to accomplish their dreams.