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Irina Zlatogorova

Overcoming Mediocrity - Volume V

RESILIENT WOMEN - These stories are meant to inspire and encourage women to realize their true potential.





Irina Zlatogorova

Irina Zlatogorova is an independent business consultant with over 20 years of experience in leading and managing complex projects for Fortune 500 companies. She has demonstrated substantial process improvements and savings results in consumer products, home services, and the retail industry. Irina has been recognized for her expertise in effective contract negotiations, building teams, and providing mentorship to young business professionals.

In her previous role as a Divisional Vice President of Procurement for Sears Holdings Corporation, Irina was responsible for managing a team of 100 professionals and oversaw over $4 billion in annual spending for purchasing products and services. Her responsibilities included conducting supplier risk assessments, measuring team’s performance against industry benchmarks, and providing continuing training to associates.

Before Procurement, Irina was a Compliance Officer for the Home Services organization at Sears.  She was responsible for ISO 9000 standard implementation, as well as adherence to statutory and regulatory requirements for the service industry. She also has extensive experience with divestitures, mergers and acquisitions, business process outsourcing and spending analysis.

Irina is fluent in the English and Russian languages, has an MBA from Northern Illinois University and is pursuing her Ph.D. in Business Administration with specialization in Industrial Organizational Psychology from Northcentral University.


Irina Zlatogorova




Three Life Lessons

In this story, Irina shares her three biggest life lessons that helped her to overcome many obstacles and create the life she always wanted to have. They are:
Lesson#1 – Invest in yourself and your education.
Lesson #2 – Turn a ‘Bad’ situation into a ‘Good’ one and help other people.
Lesson #3 – Find out what your passion is.
Irina sincerely hopes that these three life lessons from her life examples will help you to overcome your obstacles, to stay focused on your life purpose, reach your highest goals and become your best self.




Carol O’Meara

Overcoming Mediocrity - Volume III

STRONG WOMEN - These stories are meant to inspire and encourage women to realize their true potential.

Carol OMeara Feb2015





Carol O’Meara

Carol O’Meara [MSM; GradDipCouns; BA (HRM)] is the President of Diverse People Solutions, professional and executive coach, specializing in work, life and culture transitions. Carol is also a US military veteran and a corporate consultant with significant global experience. Her direct experience with achieving her goals during multiple transitions has helped her become an expert transition coach. She uses her life lessons and a strengths-based approach to assist her clients to accelerate their transitions.

Carol drew on her strengths during her own transitions from management positions in the US to a new life and a new career while experiencing the culture shock of living in Australia. Within weeks of arriving, she established DPS and commenced lecturing in Human Resources at Federation University, Australia.

Carol’s genuine desire to help others resulted in the referrals that built her business. Her diverse list of clients included representatives from the health, higher education, professional sports, hospitality, government, manufacturing, and transportation sectors.

Committed to inspiring others, Carol encouraged clients to engage in social responsibility programs. Her ‘Classroom Connections©’, and ‘Changing Colors©’ programs based in Malawi, drew the attention and support of UNESCO and the Australian government.

While in Australia, Carol formed a non-profit organization for empowering women in regional and rural areas. Events encouraged women to Move Up, Reach Back and Give a Hand Up© to women starting their journey as a business owner. Carol also took time to invest in herself by returning to graduate school and earning a counselling degree.

Back in the United States, Carol has opened a Diverse People Solutions Chicago location and begun sharing the secrets of her strengths-based approach when coaching clients to reach their true potential by identifying and applying their unique strengths.


Carol O’Meara
Diverse People Solutions LLC








Explore and Dream to Discover Your Strengths: An Australian Story

Explore and Dream to Discover Your Strengths describes how Carol O’Meara left the safety of the US to begin a new life in Australia. ‘Comfortably numb’ in Corporate America, Carol marries an Australian and soon after finds herself saying goodbye to family and friends, making the 24 hour flight down-under. Severe culture shock had her going around in circles and doubting her decision to leave as she struggled to break free of her ‘roundabout’ experiences. During a US visit, Carol has a breakthrough moment enabling her to see things differently. Carol’s story ends with her secrets to getting your ‘groove back’ when exploring your dreams without borders.




Laurie A. Polinski

Overcoming Mediocrity - Volume III

STRONG WOMEN - These stories are meant to inspire and encourage women to realize their true potential.






Laurie A. Polinski

As a personal transformation leader, Laurie Polinski is passionate about helping others find their own unique brilliance to experience greater meaning and fulfillment in their business, relationships, and personal life. Her foray into life coaching began after 20+ years at a Fortune 500 company, and her own personal search to find her true essence. Laurie founded Absolute Certainty in 2002, and helps individuals, including entrepreneurs and executives, unleash their potential for success by helping them to uncover their true strengths.

Recently, Laurie co-founded Courageous Leadership Coaching Academy ( The certification program develops life coaches with an emphasis on letting one’s true purpose, rather than circumstances, determine life’s path. Laurie herself holds multiple coaching certifications, making her a Certified Quantum Leap Coach, Certified Dream Coach, Certified Creating Abundance Coach, Certified Brainwave Consultant, Certified CORE MAP® Facilitator, and Certified Integrative Freedom Technique Practitioner.

Laurie is a frequent guest on blog talk radio programs including “An Inside Job: Mastery Conversations” with Leah Young; Igniting the Peace Within with Mercedes Warrick and I Am Healthy Radio with Dr. James Joseph. She is a graduate of the Inspiring Speaker Program, studying under Dream University® founder, Marcia Wieder and co-host of Chicago’s West Suburban Chapter of Engaging Speakers.

Laurie attended DePaul University and is a Board Member and Director of National Marketing for the non-profit organization LifeSigns, Inc., which equips women and veterans with resources for personal, professional and economic empowerment.


Laurie A. Polinski, CPC
Absolute Certainty Coaching








Feeding the Fire: Finding Your True You

Making the tough decision to leave her position with a Fortune 500 company which many would consider a pinnacle achievement, Laurie realized she could no longer ignore the small voice within that told her there was something more.

As she chose to set out on a journey of self-discovery, Laurie’s inner strengths and purpose unfolded. Realizing that she is here to help others find their authentic path, life purpose and achieve success, Laurie shares her step-by-step guide to create a truly rich and rewarding life. Laurie’s story speaks to all who wish to find direction and more meaning and success in life.





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