Years in Practice

3-5 years


Falls Church VA 22043 - United States



Additional Expertise

Career Coach, Confidence Coach, Life Coach, Speaker/Presenter, Teacher

I Practice in

All areas, please inquire



I Believe

"Your own self-realization is the greatest service you can render the world." ~ Ramana Maharshi

About Dara Padwo-Audick

I am a Certified Professional Coach, Energy Leadership Master Practitioner, and the founder of Enlightened Change Coaching.

I received my coach training and certification from the accredited coach training program, iPEC, the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching.

My interest in coaching began after teaching students at the adult and university level for over fifteen years. I discovered that one of my deepest values and gifts is that I have a genuine passion for supporting the well-being, happiness, and success of others. I am also blessed with a strong and powerful intuition that allows me to help my clients see themselves more clearly and to express what might be difficult to articulate.

As a creative myself, I am passionate about serving those who want to express their own creativity more fully.

  • Perhaps you’re working towards deeper self-awareness?
  • Maybe you desire to make a real difference in the world?
  • Or maybe you’re seeking to align your inner-most values with your leadership?

I combine a variety of coaching, visioning, guided imagery, and energy-shifting techniques to help you access your unique voice and to manifest your greatest potential.

I’ve worked with a variety of clients over the years. They’re high school students, undergraduate and graduate students, entrepreneurs, women, and men in career transition or who are experiencing a life change. They’re also executives who want to be better presenters and leaders.

While each of my clients has different individual needs, they all share some commonalities. They want to express themselves more fully at work, at home, and in other aspects of their lives. They want to live a life that is more aligned with their values.

Here’s what I know. Whether you desire to express your creative voice in more meaningful ways or you want to bring more of your authentic self to your life and work, the first step is to understand your values and unique gifts. Truly knowing these makes it easier to silence your inner critic. It helps to clear out what’s in the way.

I bring nearly thirty years of experience as an award-winning filmmaker, educator, entrepreneur, and public speaker to my coaching practice. I am the president of two media companies, an Adjunct professor of film at American University, and am on the executive committee of the National Capital Region of the Producers Guild of America. In addition to my coaching certifications, I hold a B.A. in Drama Therapy and an M.A. in Film and Media.

When we are able to see our true nature, when we genuinely understand and embrace our unique strengths and gifts, we naturally become more peaceful, more authentic, and more powerful in every aspect of our lives.

Dara explores how following your intuition can empower you to live, lead, and play more authentically on the Meaningful Way with Luke.

Schedule a free 30-minute session. I look forward to partnering with you on your journey!



Dara Padwo-Audick Success Stories

Media Coach

Meggan | SmithBucklin

Dara is an absolute pleasure to work with. She is a true professional! She is highly skilled at coaching executives and helping them bring out their best. She knows how to help individuals think through their thoughts and articulate them in a way that sounds great on camera.

Happiness Summit Facilitator


We are very grateful to have had Dara as one of the coach facilitators at the inaugural World Happiness Summit. Her professionalism and expertise along with her humanity helped to create a welcoming environment for participants to share experiences and discuss content that was presented at the Summit. She is creative, generous and funny, a great combination for a life coach.

Career Coach


From my initial call with Dara, I knew she was insightful and would be a thoughtful guide through my career transition. I trust her – and feel open to intimately sharing with her as we explore ideas together. I look forward to continuing my journey with Dara - and definitely will be utilizing her a resource for years to come.more


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