Circle of Success – Success Stories

You might be wondering what you can expect to achieve by joining the Circle of Success coaching program.

The best way for me to answer this question is to share the stories of some of our members who have accomplished incredible things in 2019 and 2020!

Moving Into a Senior Business Analyst Role with a $30K Salary Increase: Tracie Edwards

Tracie gained more recognition for her role, in an organization that didn’t have a clear understanding of business analysis, and then ultimately moved into a new senior-level role with a $30,000 salary increase. The coaching inside the Circle of Success helped her see this opportunity, and is now helping her step into the SENIOR in her Senior Solutions Analyst title.

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“After finishing the Blueprint course and being armed with different techniques, I do remember thinking about what happens now? I applied these techniques to one project during the course and had many instructors give me feedback and advice so what would happen when I have questions during another project?? It felt like graduating from university and going out into the ‘real world’! Then I received the email about the Circle of Success and the purpose described was what I was looking for. I signed up immediately.

My favourite teachings so far have been how to overcome perfectionism and storytelling for impact. What I like most about the Slack group is that it is a safe environment to ask questions without fear of judgement when I felt uncomfortable asking my peers at work.

My advice would be to fully immerse yourself to get the most out of the community. I signed up in 2020 which, as we are all aware, has been a very stressful year with the pandemic and the COS community was one of the things that helped me stay positive and keep up the momentum to learn new things.

Since my participation, I feel more confident in using the different techniques during projects and if something didn’t feel right or went against best practice I felt more confident to highlight this to the team – I am now working on challenging more and pushing best practices forward.

I have also made good friends and connections, signed up to courses I wasn’t aware of, and learnt new things. I would highly recommend this community to anyone who wants to continue to grow in the BA field. Hope we can connect soon!”

– Anne Dieu, Salesforce Business Analyst, London

Leaving Behind Burnout to Start a New BA Job in a New Domain with Confidence: Molly Zglobicki

Molly decided to leave her around-the-clock consulting job that was negatively impacting multiple areas of her life. She found help with interviewing and moral support inside the Circle of Success. Now that’s she’s in her new position, the Circle of Success is helping her focus on adding value and create a positive cycle of wins for her new employer.

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“The Circle of Success helped me take a step back and look at the bigger picture of my career / life. The teachings are very insightful and Laura’s questioning is always on point. The group is very welcoming to discussion. They’ve enabled me to confirm why I am doing what I am doing and to plan my next step.”

– Adam Robins, Business Analyst, Southampton, England

Getting Out From a Never-Ending To-Do List: Kenji

Kenji traded getting more and more done every day (yet it never felt like enough) for saying “yes” to what matters most. Inside the Circle of Success, he learned how to reframe his limiting beliefs that kept him busy all the time but limited his impact. This spaciousness around time has had a positive impact on his family as well.


Finding Confidence in Her Value as a Business Analyst: Kira Judge

Kira is shining her light and stepping into more abundance. She’s built an unstoppable confidence in the value she provides as a business analyst and as a result, new opportunities are unfolding for her. Inside the Circle of Success, she’s constantly looking for and celebrating her wins, which helps maintain her positive mindset.

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“For quite some time, I harbored a doubt about how I was coming across in my professional setting – Am I sounding too bossy? Too soft? Did I use the right tone? These questions would crop up in my head mid-sentence, as I was speaking.

Laura gave me the strong conviction that this was a self-made up reality and the frame to switch my mindset. As a result, I have been delivering my ideas, options, thoughts the way I think they should be communicated – being assertive as and when needed without any trace of self-doubt while doing so.

As a founding member of Circle Of Success, I continue to find immense value in the monthly teachings, and in my interactions with fellow COS members. The flexibility to access the teachings at my convenience, and the diverse experience of the COS community has inspired me to reach for several opportunities. I look forward to building a sound foundation to balance work and personal life through this experience,  and more growth and opportunities in the future.”

– Disha Trivedi, ACBA, CBAP, Lead Business Analyst, Washington, DC


Immersing Herself in the Business Analysis Profession: Sue Melchert

Sue completed a big location move and is reinventing herself as a business analyst because this aligns with her unique gifts. Sue is learning the day-to-day life of a BA and drawing transferable skills from projects.

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“Over the past months, I have found the Circle of Success to be a great influence for my career and my personal life.  Through the mentoring, coaching and encouragement I have received from both the community and the leaders, I have been able to expand my responsibilities, to discover new ways of demonstrating my talents, to challenge my way of thinking, to celebrate my achievements and to discover more about myself including the things that hold me back from achieving what I want.  

With the support I have received from everyone, I have been able to confidently plan my next steps on my path to a more fulfilling and successful personal and professional life.”

– Beverly Sudbury, Consultant, Prince Edward Island, Canada

What a Confident Business Analyst Looks Like: Diana Sofariu’s Successes as a BA Consultant

Inside the Circle of Success, Diana learned how to reframe her interconnection of “smart” and “quick” and learned to take action through the fear. She even received a commendation from her practice lead for being more confident.


“Laura’s Circle of Success program has helped me dig into the goals I really want to go after, and what’s keeping me from achieving them.

What Laura has helped me discover is that there’s so much more within my control than I thought!

I can now see the roadblocks I’ve put up for myself, and I know the steps I need to take to get past them.”

– Emily M.

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