Amy L. Riley, MSTD, is passionate about helping people create lives that they love. Amy’s desire for all expectant mothers is that they feel empowered and creative during their pregnancies and not feel “trapped” inside any of the circumstances that may come up during such an important and emotional time.
Amy is a compassionate listener who works to understand exactly what her clients are thinking and feeling, knows that her clients have the resources and power within themselves to achieve all that they desire, and is inspired by witnessing people push boundaries (and themselves) to create ideal outcomes!
Seven years ago, when Amy began contemplating the idea of becoming pregnant, she realized she had some pretty cynical thoughts and feelings about pregnancy. “It didn’t seem like it was going to be fun at all,” she says. “You get big, your ankles swell, your body is out of your control, and you can get special diseases!”
She realized that if she didn’t change her outlook, she was simply going to “get through” a couple of pregnant years of her life, and she wasn’t committed to living that way! Having been a leadership and life coach for more than 10 years, she had talked with many people about creating what they wanted, leveraging their strengths, and shifting limiting mindsets. Amy knew it was time to practice what she preached and apply the concepts she’d been sharing to her own pregnancy experience.
She didn’t immediately know how, yet she knew it was possible and she made a commitment to enjoy her pregnancies to the best of her ability. She succeeded! It wasn’t a bump-less journey by any means, yet Amy went on to love being pregnant.
Inspired by her own mindset change, she enjoys applying her personal development and coaching background to the topic of pregnancy to support expectant moms to discover how to be their best pregnant selves.
Amy is the founder and president of Shoop Consulting Group, Inc., a Program Coach for Tiara: Exceptional Women’s Coaching, the VP of Learning and Development for Optimal Level, a Training Systems Associate, and most recently the founder of Loving the Pregnant You. Amy earned a Masters of Science in Training and Development (MSTD), with an emphasis in Organization Development (OD), from Loyola University in Chicago, Illinois. She is a graduate of the American Society of Training and Development (ASTD)’s Human Resource Development (HRD) Institute and a certified Development Dimensions International (DDI) Facilitator. She has earned a certificate in Using the Internet in Corporate Training from Jones International University. Amy is a Certified Professional Behavioral Analyst (CPBA), qualified to administer the DISC Personal Profile Tool. Amy is a trained Best Year Yet® Program Leader and Coach, qualified to use this proven, results-producing methodology to coach individuals and facilitate team strategy planning and execution. A strong believer in the practical application of the Law of Attraction, Amy also engages in personal development training through Landmark Education.
Amy lives in Chicago with her husband and they are the proud parents of two children. Their daughter, McKenzie, is a smart and inquisitive 6-year-old and their son, Jake, is an expressive and loving 4-year-old.