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Spotlight: Janet Walls

Janet Walls

SPOTLIGHT: JANET WALLS

1 - Where are you from, and how did you choose to live in Middle Tennessee?

I’m a third generation Nashvillian and have lived in Williamson County for 34 years. My parents grew up in East Nashville where my grandfather owned an antique refinishing store on Shelby Avenue and my great-uncle owned a tavern on Jefferson Street. As I say, I arrived here (at Baptist Hospital) and never left!

2 - What is your professional background, and why did you become a coach?

I spent 25 years in the corporate world starting in public accounting and spending the bulk of my career in commercial real estate.  I held various leadership positions including Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Operations. My professional growth catapulted through a series of four mergers and/or acquisitions in a three-year period. This was a crash course in change management that later shaped my business model for Delta Blvd. 

3 - How did you choose your specialty area?

My specialty area is focused on helping individuals and organizations navigate change. This change may be connected to a merger or acquisition, onboarding a key leader, or a cultural change. I chose this area due to my M&A experience in the corporate world. I enjoy working with leaders because I’ve ‘sat in the C-suite’. I know what’s it’s like to be in a leadership position and to need a trusted space to brainstorm, strategize and grow.

4 - What are the greatest challenges and greatest rewards of your career?

One of the greatest challenges of my career was when I left the corporate world but wasn’t clear about what the next chapter would hold. I was fortunate to have time to explore options and spent some immersive time with both an executive coach and a spiritual director. They helped me process through a variety of options including teaching, ministry, and counseling and to see the themes that wove through these options. This was a challenging time because I’m a planner and the plan wasn’t very clear. It was rewarding because I learned to lean into my faith and trust the journey. My coaching and consulting practice combines both the skill-sets from my previous professional roles as well as my passion, strengths and attributes. My adjunct teaching position at Vanderbilt feeds my lifelong learning passion.

5 - What is something that most ICFTN members would be surprised to learn about you?

I went to Belmont on a classical piano scholarship and graduated with an accounting degree. I believe my piano training prepared me for many aspects of business ownership including stage presence, reading an audience, creative interpretation and breaking difficult things (such as a musical score) into small pieces.

6 - How do you enjoy spending your free time?

I met my husband in college and we’ve been married 40 years. We are fortunate that all of our children and grandchildren live close by and still enjoy spending time with us (feed them and they will come)! Jimmy and I enjoy a variety of music and love to travel (longing for that next post-Covid adventure). Last year I completed a goal to visit all 50 states. Did you know North Dakota has a “save the best for last club?!” I also love hiking, yoga, and historical fiction.