Miriam Reiss ‘73

Life Coach

Tell us about how your experiences at Cornell influenced your path. How did you come to live in Los Angeles and what you are doing now?

My English and advertising classes at Cornell planted the seeds for my careers in teaching, advertising and marketing. My experiences boarding at Sigma Delta Tau and living in Risley introduced me to a wide range of personalities. Cornell widened and deepened my mental, emotional and physical operating system. 

I moved to Los Angeles five years ago from Seattle. I came here to pursue my spiritual path more deeply through the Movement of Spiritual Inner Awareness (www.msia.org), a wonderful path that I have been on for many years. I am a business, career and life coach, helping professionals create lives that they love, and that use who they are to the fullest. I've been doing this work for over 20 years.


How did Cornell help prepare you for your life?

Cornell was my first move away from my parents' home and served as a womb, a protected environment where I could learn and grow. I learned how much environment and friends matter, and that I could thrive on my own. 


Tell us a favorite memory of your time at Cornell.

I loved going to the Straight for study breaks, and gorging on chocolate chip cookies and ice cream. Not much has changed in that regard.


Tell us a favorite memory shared with other Cornell alumni in LA.

I really enjoyed introducing a group of Cornell alumni in L.A. to Peace Awareness Labyrinth and Gardens, a beautiful Italian villa with a sacred labyrinth and meditation gardens. 


What advice would you give to Cornell grads looking to come to LA personally and professionally related to your line of work?

My career is the distillation of three decades of work and life experience, as well as a great deal of coach training. Coaching has a low entry bar these days and many bail out. Very few reach significant success. 

If you're coming to L.A. and are in the job market, feel free to contact me. Los Angeles is the most competitive city in the country for jobs and it's good to get support.