Paula Giovacchini, a certified retirement coach, certified professional coach, organization effectiveness consultant, career coach and workshop leader founded Gio Group, Inc. in 2005 to help people grow personally and professionally, manage transitions and help organizations align employees with their strategic direction.

Paula’s career helping people manage transitions and change began 15 years ago when she opened a career center at a global financial organization and provided retirement awareness training offered by an energy company to over 100 employees who elected to take early retirement. Paula provides nonfinancial retirement coaching because it can provide a roadmap and enhance life meaning and satisfaction for people transitioning into this next life stage that can last twenty years.

Paula’s diverse experience as the founder of Gio Group includes creating a 10-month Client Development Institute for Baker & McKenzie training and coaching associates and partners to strengthen their business development skills, conducting client satisfaction interviews with seven generations of family members for FCI, one of the largest single family offices for a private family, opening a Career Center for the Brennan School of Business at Dominican University and facilitating a practice group retreat at Grant Thornton on understanding generational differences and coaching executives to be stronger leaders in a number of organizations.

Prior to starting Gio Group, Paula enjoyed a corporate career that extended over 20 years in organization effectiveness, change management and sales at First Chicago, JMB Realty Corporation, American Airlines and Pinnacle West Capital Corporation. Paula also served as director of development for a national nonprofit, The Balanced Mind Foundation.

Paula is a Certified Retirement Coach from Retirement Options, a Certified Professional Coach from New Ventures West and a licensed Heart Math Provider. She holds a BA in Communications from Mundelein College and an MS in Organizational Development from Loyola University. Paula holds a number of certifications that includes Retirement Success Profile, Life Options Profile, DISC Workstyle Inventory, Emotional Intelligence, Heart Math, Career Power for Employees and Leaders, Gallup's Engagement Survey and Situational Leadership.

Paula is a frequent guest speaker at meetings of a number of organizations, including the Chicago Bar Association Alliance for Women, Turnaround Management Association, Human Resources Management Association of Chicago and The Risk Management Association.

For more information, contact:

Paula Giovacchini
Gio Group, Inc.
2550 W. Pensacola
Chicago, IL 60618