Into the wild unknown

Starting out as a leader can be pretty daunting. It might feel like you’re on your own, especially when you’re dealing with a bunch of changes all at once—like moving to a new country, stepping into a leadership role for the first time, and starting a whole new chapter in your life.

I think when you’re facing big changes at work or in your personal life, having a strong support system is super important.

Think of me as someone who’s got your back when you’re heading into uncharted territory.

For over 14 years, I’ve been immersed in the world of big changes. As a recruiter, I’ve had some pretty impactful conversations, like helping the first female software engineer land roles all the way up to the top levels in some of the fastest-growing companies globally. Then, as a leadership coach, I’ve been there for people during their toughest times of change, even though those struggles might not always be obvious to others, especially when my clients seem to have it all together from the outside.

I’ve spent the past 7 years learning from some of the best executive coaches out there, and now I want to share what I’ve gained with you. Instead of just handing you a bunch of tools or sticking to a rigid coaching program focused on hitting certain goals, we’re going to take a different path.

It’s one that requires real courage, more than just powering through or keeping yourself too busy to notice the changes happening around you.

Over the past few years, I’ve been helping top leaders navigate change in the ways they truly desire:

  • Guiding New Leaders: When stepping into leadership for the first time, it’s crucial to ask yourself, „How do I want to lead?“ I help new leaders find their footing by providing structure, rituals, and anchors in times of ultimate uncertainty.
  • Supporting After Job Loss: Losing your job can be devastating, but it’s also an opportunity to reflect on your impact and accomplishments before diving into the next chapter. I offer support to process the experience and ensure a sustainable transition.
  • Pursuing Big Dreams: Sharing your life-changing dreams can be daunting, but I’m here to listen and help you explore them step by step. It’s like tapping into your inner child, full of creativity and colorful ideas, as we work together to make those dreams a reality.
  • Navigating Parenthood: Parenthood brings its own set of changes, and I’ve supported clients through this journey. From envisioning their professional selves post-parenthood to prioritizing self-care and processing all the changes, I help them emerge energized and ready to pursue their dreams anew.
  • Setting you up for creating one of the most powerful interviews you had: Forget about trying to sell yourself. Instead, embrace all your major achievements with pride and explain who you are in a heartfelt way. Imagine crafting the kind of interview that you’d genuinely enjoy. Let’s make it engaging, authentic, and something you’ll remember fondly.

Let’s kickstart our journey with a 1-on-1 Strategy Session!

In just 90 minutes, we’ll dive deep into your challenge and start clearing things up right from the get-go. You might be surprised at how much progress we can make in that short time.

Price for the initial 1-on-1 Strategy Session: EUR 150,- (no VAT added). Payment can be made securely via PayPal when booking your session. Once payment is received, your session is confirmed.

Location options: We can meet virtually via Google Meets or in person at Prangelgasse 1, 8020 Graz (Gemeinschaftspraxis Graz).

Got questions? Feel free to reach out to me at

I’m genuinely excited to begin this journey with you!

Warm regards,


If you’re looking for ongoing support and deeper change, we can work together for 3 months. That’s 3 sessions a month, giving us plenty of time to tackle your leadership hurdles, map out a clear vision, and set you up for success in your personal growth journey for the rest of the year. This is a full investment of EUR 3,200,- (no VAT added) / 3 months personal leadership coaching support plus 2h strategy retreat – in Graz in nature. Online you and me in nature, and creating a session to fully recharge and celebrate your personal work. Paid in full upfront the start of our work, or payment plan in installments available.

This is the feedback of recent clients working in ‚The Wild Unknown‘ Sessions with me:

  • “I’m so grateful for your magical support. You can hold true space for the messiness in my life right now. It’s a unique gift you have. I feel supported all through the change, and each conversation with you uplifts me and leaves a spark of inspiration“ – G.K., leaderhip coach & healer, based in Germany
  • Gertraud accompanied our strategy work with insight, outlook, and courage. Her personal as well as professional global experience was very valuable, as she can combine both in a sustainable way: Her empathy and cross-cultural experience for our international talents on the one hand, and, on the other, her executive approach and understanding of nowadays challenges when it comes to business. Our work together over the past year has been multi-faceted, insightful and, above all, very fruitful. – V.W., CEO, based in Graz
  • Your retreat in autumn was one of the highlight days in 2023. Thank you for being such an inspiring role model to me, and my leadership, although you’re so much younger. Each conversation brings my joy and own creativity in how to lead my team in my most authentic way back. – D.K., Head of Department, based in Graz