About Clare Coonan

Hello and thanks for taking the time to learn a little bit about me.

My adjacent nexts have taken me from high school Biology teacher to executive director of a non-profit agency to manager of a large mental health treatment program for youth, to business consultant and executive coach. Each professional change leading me IMG_1041further into my ‘passion sweetspot’ of helping people expand their capabilities. All of my experiences (including scooping ice cream in my youth!) prepared me for helping you and your business:

  • Discover your purpose – your own ‘passion sweetspot’
  • Establish and claim your unique leadership style
  • Develop and nurture the right ‘intentional culture’ for your team

In 2012 I followed my heart and co-founded Adjacent Consulting with my business partner, Brian. Purpose-driven companies seek our services, whether they are in the private, non-profit or public sectors.

I have called two places home – St. Louis where I was raised with my three older siblings – who continue to give me grief about being a bossy and spoiled youngest child. Salt Lake City and Utah’s abundant and diverse wilderness is my second home.

I live with my partner, Julie, who teaches me the finer points of baseball statistics and how to stand up for what you believe without bowling people over. I am a storyteller, punctuating lessons about leadership and teamwork through my adventures (mostly misadventures) in the outdoors.

If you value continuous learning and contributing to something larger than yourself – then let’s connect and work together!

My Professional Skills

  • Executive Assessments
    • Emotion Quotient Inventory
    • DISC Inventory
    • 16 PF Inventory
    • EQ 360
  • Team Assessments
    • Employee Engagement
    • SWOT Analysis
    • Purpose Alignment
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker
  • Executive Coaching
  • Leadership, Gender-Balanced Leadership, EQ and Team Development
  • Strategic Planning and Innovation facilitation
  • Having fun while learning!

“Thank you for your incredible insights. I will take home a lot of pearls!”


“Your calm nature is very inspiring.”


“Thank you for being an inspiration to all women – strong, confident, taking risks, but also being compassionate and caring.”


“I have loved all of your insights. What a wonderful gift you have of delivering powerful messages that resonate.”