“What Does
Success Look
Like for YOU?”

Paula Black, Business & Professional Development Coach

Let's Focus on the Many POSSIBILITIES...


It seemed that I was always overwhelmed by work with no energy to socialize. Not able to take more that 2 – 3 days off. That all changed.

Paula has instilled in me… I need to make time. So, I made time—to take a 2-week vacation to Paris, the next year to Scotland and this year— I made the time to marry the love of my life!

All the while growing my firm. She helped me verbalize my goals, put them in writing, and showed me that they are achievable… and I text with her a lot.

James A. PetersonSmall Business Transactions & Litigation Lawyer

Paula Black helps to make your life better because with her coaching you find ways to focus on your purpose and those things that bring you joy.  She also helps you to be kinder to yourself while you work towards your goals.

She assists you to identify areas for improvement, a mechanism to create better habits, an accountability system, and measures to help you pivot when necessary.  

Paula is more than just a coach – she supports you to believe in yourself, to identity and replace the thoughts that are not a part of the winning mindset that one needs to achieve personal success.

Kisha’sha B. SharpFamily & Probate Lawyer and Entrepreneur

Paula Black, my professional coach, and book publisher has been instrumental in transforming my life, both professionally and personally.

First, Paula encouraged me to complete my book about my valiant battle with breast cancer that I started 9 years ago, and more importantly she taught me how to distill my message to resonate with my readers. Paula held me to a tight schedule, helped me identify my audience, and focused my story. She brought her talented copy and design teams into the process who simplified the publishing process for me. Paula’s creative and brilliant mind made my book launch a huge success and I could not have done this without her!

Secondly, Paula has helped me transform my thinking from “wanting to do it all” to having more space in my life to enjoy what is most important to me. She helped me prioritize my workload and think about what is most important to me. I am much happier now that I have time for self-love and my family! Paula shines with positivity, brilliance, and determination! I am eternally grateful for Paula and highly recommend her for coaching and book publishing!

Cindy MarshallMaster Retail Whisperer, Connector and Author

Paula Black focuses on my happiness and me as an individual. She reminds me that other people’s successes and dreams are not necessarily my own, so she doesn’t push me to go down a track she knows won’t give me satisfaction.

Paula encourages me by reminding me what I already have and what I have already done. That makes her encouragement credible—it’s fact-based. And she keeps it simple. She breaks seemingly impossible tasks down to the manageable.”

I give much of the credit for not only the growth, but the existence of my business, to Paula Black. I engaged her before I started my own firm. Her insight and guidance gave me the confidence and the skills to venture out on my own.

Karen LapekasTax Litigation Lawyer

Paula Black has helped me focus on what is important to me—family. I build my business around my family and lifestyle goals and Paula has helped me understand that my desires and goals for my life matters.

Paula Black’s coaching has helped me to make wise decisions regarding marketing and business development that have paid off. My business income has steadily increased, and I have been able to narrow my practice area.

Ruth JeanImmigration Lawyer

Paula has coached me through the ever-changing world of fortune 500 corporate America. By getting to know me on both a personal and professional level, she has helped me find what’s important to me and what brings me joy. Then we developed a methodology to incorporate those things into everything I do inside and outside the office.

Whatever I’m facing, Paula helps me break down the issues, work through the options and more often than not get out of my own way. Through her coaching, I have learned to be a kinder advocate for myself giving me the confidence to leave that large corporation and start my second act in my own independent practice.

Our journey will continue as I build a business that is a reflection of how I am helping others live their best life through thoughtful financial guidance.

Kate JohnsonIndependent Wealth Advisor

I’ve known Paula for more than a decade and have watched her transform her own life to creatively build the kind of success and balance that she encourages for her clients. She has had a tremendous impact on my executive search career. When we first worked together more than 10 years ago, Paula helped me to cut out all the extra stuff that wasn’t working for me but was taking up my time. She also helped me to visualize a practice around my passion – helping companies build impactful and diverse boards. About 5 years ago, I decided to take a leap and transition to only doing corporate board searches. Paula has helped me to grow my board practice and supported me in writing exceptional thought pieces. As a result of her encouragement and advice, I was recognized this year by the National Association of Corporate Directors when I was named to the Directorship 100 – one of only seven in my profession. A career highlight and a priceless credential to share with prospective clients. Thank you, Paula, for helping me make my dreams come true!

Lauren SmithManaging Director in the Board Practice of Diversified Search Group

Without a doubt, working with Paula Black to help tackle time management issues, to create sustainable work (and life) habits, and plans for getting things done has been the most instrumental part of creating a successful business.

Paula Black’s coaching is the reason we have a business today. Paula not only encouraged us— but gave us the concrete steps to make it happen. We worked on a business plan, created timelines, made tons of lists, and in no time had a vibrant business.

With Paula Black’s help we developed an amazing Of Counsel relationship with a legal guru in a niche field of law across the country that we would have never gone after otherwise.

Laura Reich & Clarissa RodriguezCorporate Litigation Lawyers

Paula Black and I met at a vulnerable time in my life when for the first time in my life I lacked self-confidence. Always being a happy go lucky girl within bred self-confidence, I found myself in an unknown territory for myself where I questioned everything. Paula’s guidance, support, enthusiasm and positivity brought me out from the cloud I was under and renewed the confidence I had lost in myself. Our meetings propelled me to the success I have today, and I will always be utterly grateful.

Paula Black is the epitome of what I think a business coach should be. She is warm when she needs to be, strong when it’s appropriate and enthusiastic always.

Marcia HansenReal Estate Transaction & Litigation Lawyer

Paula is a straight shooter!

Her 30 years of running her own business is invaluable. She is great at problem solving and allows you to look at it from a different viewpoint. I think it is a great asset that Paula is not a lawyer because she steps out from our typical box.

Paula is not just a great coach I consider her a friend. She got to know me on a very personal level. She knows my insecurities and strengths. Which gives her insight to help me with my constant reinventions.

Saidin HernandezTax & Estate Planning Lawyer

When I first started my solo practice, I was stressed to the max. I was working 14-hour days and missing out on my personal and family life. Paula Black helped me visualize the life I wanted to live. She identified and taught me strategies to maximize my efficiency and productivity so I could spend more time at home and less time in the office. I was able to cut my hours in the office by more than half, while, doubling my revenues

After my monthly meetings with Paula Black, I feel energized and focused. She helps me reset and recharge for the month, which in turn, results in higher productivity and less stress.

Stefanie DetersEstate & Wealth Planning Lawyer

My dream was to write a book. I started during Covid and six months later I didn’t have a clue what I was doing. Then I met Paula Black. Not only has the book been published, but along the way I befriended an incredible person. It’s rare to find someone who can so easily create understanding. She helped me reach beyond my comfort level. She listened. She challenged. She knew what I wanted and let me achieve it, knowing I had sounding board 24/7. Her positivity is extraordinary. and you can just tell she has a BIG heart!

Dan NowlinA Legend in the Retail Industry, Consultant and Author

Working with Paula Black gives you peace of mind–she makes you dig deep to find what’s really important to you and what you really like.

Paula Black is creative and has great ideas. It’s evident that she has worked in this industry for a long time, and it’s great that she doesn’t only see the picture with a business eye; she understands the legal profession.

Paula Black helps you put everything into perspective, talk out your thoughts, and build a plan. Once you have a plan, your mind stops making noise and starts pursuing that plan.

Irina Roth NeumannBusiness Lawyer

Paula Black and I met through a mutual friend at a time when I was contemplating a big career change. From the moment we met, I was impressed with her authenticity, directness, genuine kindness, positivity, and unique perspective. Her skills and abilities go way beyond the legal field, and I quickly discovered she is a retail gal at heart! Go figure! She listened intently to my story and helped lay the groundwork for a path forward to achieve what I wanted, not what was expected of me. With the guidance of her and her fabulous team, we just finished my first book on retail leadership!

As a business coach, Paula is one of the best that I have encountered in my career. She is honest, real, funny, tough, fair and has a huge heart. Her enthusiasm is contagious and her guidance spot on. After our sessions, I am always snapped back to reality with clarity and focus on what needs to be achieved short term and longer term. I am blessed to have her as a coach and a dear friend. I will be forever grateful for her love and support.

Laura RavoRetail Guru

Over these last five years, Paula Black has become my go-to advisor for all kinds of issues, both business and personal. Her own experience as a long-time business owner gives her great perspective and she’s always there to help me analyze challenges and find solutions that work. Paula has also helped me focus on and prioritize the few things that are most important. She’s helped me streamline my law practice and marketing efforts, but she’s also encouraged me to take steps to keep my work and personal life in balance and make me both a happier and more efficient business owner.

Andrew CoveTelemarketing Compliance Lawyer

Paula helped us focus on just two practice areas, how to manage personnel, our time, and to target the type of clients we wanted.

She encouraged us to understand that our time is valuable and it’s our livelihood. That we should focus our time and energy on practicing law in a way that makes us happy. Paula helped us realize that we work to make a living, but that our lives are much more than our practice.

Our firm has grown every year thanks to implementing the advice Paula gave us.

Paula is great and we would not be where we are without her guidance and advice. She is worth every penny!

Patricia Hernandez & Nora RotellaImmigration & Family Lawyers

Paula encouraged me to step beyond my comfort zone and start a niche practice of Interpol defense. I knew I would love doing the work, but I didn’t know how to start a niche practice or how it would affect the rest of my practice.

Paula believed she knew how to make it happen, and she took the time to get to know me both personally and professionally so that we could design a law practice that I loved. As a business development initiative, Paula suggested that I start a blog. Although that sounded daunting, I took a deep breath and started the Red Notice Law Journal.

It turned out to be the best step I ever took to develop my practice. After including Interpol in my practice and starting a blog, I was able to see that both domestic and international government agencies read my blog. Leading human rights organizations in the United States and Europe consulted with me on Interpol issues and clients sought me out. I have become a recognized authority on Interpol matters in both foreign and domestic courts. Paula was right- she knew how to make it happen, and we did.

Michelle EstlundInterpol Defense Lawyer

Paula Black gives me a big-picture perspective. She has been a small business owner for many years and knows the challenges we face running a business. She is a great resource when dealing with HR, financial and business development issues. Over the years, Paula has helped me create a business development strategy that has been the catalyst for my growth.

She fosters a positive mindset—which helps me focus on solutions and possibilities to overcome the obstacles. Working with Paula gives me the peace-of-mind that no matter the challenge there will be someone to help me figure it out. Most importantly to take care of myself so that I can take care of others.

And she never lets me forget what’s really important—my family!

Sheena Benjamin-WiseFamily Law Lawyer



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