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Meet Trailblazer Natalie Underdown

Today we’d like to introduce you to Natalie Underdown.

Natalie, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
My background is in HR & Management Consulting, Organizational Development and Diversity. I spent the formative years of my career working for global companies like Accenture and Live Nation and also during that time, I met and married my husband, moved to San Diego, and finished my Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology.

Unfortunately, I also got really sick. In 2017, my health plummeted from a moldy apartment and forced me to step back from my corporate career to heal. Through this healing journey, I started practicing radical inquiry into every area of my life, meditating regularly, did a lot of forgiving and letting go, got pretty uncomfortable in the unknown, embraced holistic medicine and wellness, changed several habits, and made room for a new, healthy life to present itself.

I’m so grateful to have come through that experience better, stronger, and healthier than ever, and now through The NU Co., we weave in several of those mindfulness and meditation practices into the coaching, community, and consulting work we do.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
At every level of your journey, you’ll be met with challenges. Your work is to understand the lessons that come from each of the challenges you experience and use them to make you better. The more you can give purpose to your pain, the more you’ll be able to figure out the lessons.

Earlier in my career, I often felt like I wasn’t doing the work I wanted to be doing. I felt like I couldn’t get the projects I wanted because I didn’t have the experience. Looking back though, I realize that the experience that I did get now makes me incredibly well-rounded.

Getting sick was also the biggest teacher of all. It was a complete loss of control and so I had to find tools to support me (meditation, mainly) as I created a new normal for myself. Now that I’m well, I’m able to help business owners as they navigate massive change, uncertainty, and loss (which is especially prevalent as we currently navigate COVID-19 and the subsequent economic downturn).

We’d love to hear more about The NU Company.
The NU Company helps purpose-driven founders, leaders, and companies increase their impact, revenue, and work-life happiness through executive coaching, online and in-person courses and workshops, and People + Culture Consulting.

I’m proud of the fact that conscious leadership, mindful work, and using business as a force for good aren’t just lofty ideas—they’re the principles that we live by. Running a business is hard. Managing a team is hard. Most people didn’t go to school for leadership and often don’t have the time to figure out exactly how to tweak and adjust their communications, ways of working, or the people operations in their companies to really engage, inspire, and get the best performance out of their teams. But that’s where we come in. And because we choose to work with socially-conscious leaders and companies, when we empower them with tools and processes, it creates a massive ripple effect in the world.

Finding a mentor and building a network are often cited in studies as a major factor impacting one’s success. Do you have any advice or lessons to share regarding finding a mentor or networking in general?
People don’t really know how to help you when you just ask them to be your mentor. They’re often flattered, but it’s like… umm, now what? Coffee? Yeah coffee! Coffee sounds like a mentorish thing to do!

Instead, ask them for help on a specific question, task, or project. Let them know why you want their help specifically and then offer them some help in return. The more we give, the more people want to help us in return.

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Kelly Novacek
Neka Rae
Tara Johansen

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