A serious business with a tongue-in-cheek name
I have seen so many people get stuck over the years. Smart, effective, creative people, who, for all intents and purposes, have their shit together. But every once in a while, life throws a curve ball at them and they are faced with having to make a decision, have a conversation, pursue a direction, take a step, or jump into a thing. . .and they don’t know what to do.
These individuals, who might solve problems for other people, struggle to figure out their own. Stuck in their heads, overwhelmed or overthinking things, they often wind up doing nothing or doing something that doesn’t work. And then they beat themselves up over it.
It’s a vicious cycle. But it’s one that can be broken with an open mind and purposeful action. That's why I created The FSO.agency.
The FSO.agency is founded on two ideas. One: If we ask the right questions, we can figure out why a situation is causing us stress, frustration, fear or angst and find a way to address it. And, two: Sometimes we need to ask bigger questions and take steps into the scary unknown—ones that fill us with curiosity, new perspectives and wonder—in order to expand our view of what’s possible, learn more about what makes us tick, and experience what we’re truly capable of.
When we do, everything changes.
You are in the right place if you’ve ever wondered:
+ Why do I keep procrastinating or spinning my wheels?
+ Why am I avoiding this conversation?
+ Why can't I make a decision already?
+ How do I figure out if my wild idea has legs?
+ What will my colleagues or family think if I do this?
+ Is this really all there is?
+ What am I so afraid of?
+ What can I do about it?
The FSO.agency helps you figure out what's holding you back & how you can finally move forward.
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Stormy is one of the smartest people I have ever worked with. Each time I've called on her, she helped flesh out multiple ideas that allowed me to forge a path forward. She has a unique combination of talents that serve both her and her clients well.
Lynne R., Planned Parenthood Federation of America
I'm Stormy Sweitzer. As creator of The FSO.agency, helping people figure shit out so they can gain traction on their dreams and goals is what I do.
In fact, when it comes right down to it, it's all I've ever done.
Teacher, writer, guide, facilitator, project manager, entrepreneur and consultant...in each of the roles I've occupied over my 20+ year career, my imagination, enthusiasm and curiosity coupled with problem-solving skills, structural capabilities and a bias towards action have allowed me to uncover the root causes of issues large and small, find interesting solutions, successfully navigate the unknowns of taking a leap of faith or of mapping out a detailed plan, and turn visions into reality.
To many, I am a contradiction. Clients and colleagues have called me “logical and emotional," "business savvy and sensual," "analytical and creative," "practical and whimsical," and "in possession of an amazing blend of head and heart.” Being able to operate from two perspectives at once underpins my ability to figure shit out—quickly, intuitively, and with an eye to the situation faced by the person I am helping.
At The FSO.agency, I bring all of my abilities and diverse experiences to bear in helping individuals, as well as organizations who crave an outside perspective, understand the things that get in their way and then figure out a way forward.
And, I love to write about these ideas on the blog.
If you want to know more about my professional credentials, please read on:
I began my career as an NGO Development Consultant in the former Soviet Union and as a program manager in local nonprofits focused on food security. For the next several years, I worked as a project manager and consultant in the healthcare industry, leading national pilot projects sponsored by Medicare and The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC); providing business planning and service expansion assistance to Planned Parenthood health centers around the country; and consulting with hospitals and physician office practices on high performance teamwork, quality improvement, risk management, and the use of healthcare IT for data-driven patient care.
A desire for change took me back to school and into a multi-year journey as an entrepreneur. My endeavors have been many, and include being part of the first start-up to use the Google+ Hangout technology for service delivery, developing a patent-pending software methodology and a web-based application based on it, facilitating at green energy, social enterprise, and business sustainability conferences, writing a cookbook and food blog, and partnering with a Sri Lankan social entrepreneur to distribute fair trade, organic cinnamon in the US.
Today, I blend my technical/analytical expertise with my creative/tenderhearted nature in my work as problem solver and change agent at The FSO.agency, as co-author and publisher of the Sierra Rouge YA adventure novel series, and as a career strategist with MBA students at my local university and leadership development consultant to forward-thinking organizations around the globe.
I have an MPH in Health Policy and Management from Emory University in Atlanta, GA, an MBA in Marketing & Entrepreneurship from the University of Utah, as well as bachelor’s degrees in Economics and Russian Language & Literature from the University of Utah. In addition, I am a certified Professional Behavioral Analyst.
On a personal note, I am a total nerd, voracious reader, joyful dancer, world traveler (I have lived in 5 countries and traveled through 36 others), and curious cook, and I spend as much time outdoors as possible. Nature is my temple; the world is my school.