This blog brings to life the tools and concepts discussed in Martha Beck’s books and workshops. Edited by Martha Beck-trained coach Pamela Slim, it shares concrete ways to make simple, powerful changes that will lead to a happier and healthier life.


About Martha

Martha Beck is a writer and “life coach” who specializes in helping people design satisfying and meaningful life experiences. She holds a bachelor’s degree in East Asian Studies and master’s and Ph.D. degrees in sociology, all from Harvard University.

She worked as a research associate at Harvard Business School, studying career paths and life-course changes in today’s economic and social environment. Before becoming a life coach, Dr. Beck taught sociology, social psychology, organizational behavior, and business management at Harvard and the American Graduate School of International Management. She has published academic books and articles on a variety of social science and business topics.

Her non-academic books include the New York Times bestsellers Expecting Adam and Leaving the Saints, as well as Finding Your Own North Star: Claiming the Life You Were Meant to Live and her newest book, Steering by Starlight. Dr. Beck has also been a contributing editor for many popular magazines, including Real Simple and Redbook, and is currently a columnist for O, the Oprah Magazine.

More information can be found on this Web site, including Dr. Beck’s articles, books, speaking appearances, and life coaching strategies and suggestions.

Dr. Beck lives in Phoenix, Arizona, with her family.

About Pam

Pamela Slim is a seasoned coach and writer who helps frustrated employees in corporate jobs break out and start their own business. A former corporate manager and entrepreneur herself for more than a decade, she deeply understands the questions and concerns faced by first-time entrepreneurs. Her expertise in personal and business change was developed through many years consulting inside corporations such as Cisco Systems, Hewlett-Packard and Charles Schwab, where she coached thousands of executives, managers and employees.

Pam is often cited in the press on topics of personal change and entrepreneurship, in publications such as Psychology Today, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and USA Today.

Her experience teaching martial arts for 10 years to thousands of students including former gang members has helped her clients deal with fear head-on. A world traveler, Pam speaks four languages and has lived and worked in Europe and South America.

Pam was certified as a life coach with Martha Beck in 2004. She writes the popular blog Escape from Cubicle Nation and is publishing a book of the same name with Penguin Portfolio/Berkley in the Spring of 2009.

She is married with three kids and lives in Mesa, Arizona.