Nothing about you is ordinary.

Your path to transformation shouldn't be, either.

Leadership and professional growth coaching for executives, leaders, and high-achieving professionals

Lightbulb moments don't happen by accident

It always takes a spark.

But finding that spark? Not so easy, is it?

I call that something a lightbulb moment.

It’s the moment when you finally see through your layers and discover how to enter your world in a powerful, transformative way.

But peeling back those layers is never easy. And that’s why I never promise easy.

Instead, I offer a different type of coaching — one that is intentional, focused, measurable, intuitive, and needle-moving.

As a coach, my work is formed out of the age-old conviction that you are divinely unique.

I believe that you’ve been created to live a life full of meaning, and this is why everything we do will always be designed to help you reach your highest potential.


My coaching experience has been awesome! I have learned a lot and gain such great takeaways from each assignment and lesson. Coach April is intuitive, direct, caring, knowledgeable and effective! Having Coach April in my corner has been a gift and blessing!

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April 11, 2017

Coach April is a wealth of information. Her sessions are packed with valuable insights and she is adept at removing barriers that keep her clients from reaching their full potential. I would recommend April for anyone who is looking to take their business to the next level.

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April 11, 2020

Coach April helped our law firm with leadership and growth meetings. She had each of our attorneys take a habit finder survey/personality test before our initial meeting, and these proved to be very helpful. Coach April is organized, detailed, and very efficient. While some were hesitant at first to bring in a business coach, we ultimately found her input and recommendations very helpful, and we continue using the strategies and tactics she helped us formulate. I definitely recommend using her services, especially in a team setting.

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April 11, 2020

We've helped more than 500 leaders pursue their highest potential.

Alex Branning


I have worked with Coach April since 2014; and she has helped me tremendously! Without her, my business would not have doubled in size. She is an exceptional coach, a great leader and brings my business tremendous value with her insight and ideas. I would highly recommend her to anyone and everyone who is looking for a sales coach. Thanks Coach April!

Rhonda Stanton


I don’t consider myself to be all that coachable, but there’s something about April that gets through to me when others didn’t. She is direct, logical, no B.S., yet kind. Working with April, my business is increasing, I’m becoming more self-aware, and I’m learning to capitalize on my strengths. I am very happy to be working with April, and I will continue to do so for a long time to come. I’m getting results, so why would I stop?

Roy Merlino


April’s coaching and high-level business consulting has resulted in dramatically increased associate productivity levels throughout our organization. If you’re ready to take your business and your life to the next level, or if you are an organization looking to bring incredible value and productivity to your company and your people’s lives, April Ballestero will exceed your expectations! She did with us.

Stephen Costello


April is a tough, accountable coach with some experienced, real world techniques and advice to help make any agent successful. I watched her turn “seasoned” agents of 20+ years on cruise control into productive, modern day agents with the ability to use the tools available to them effectively and organically.

Traci Harris, Harris Group Property Management & Leasing


Coaching with April took me from an insecure, fearful gal hoping to make a go of a real estate career to a successful business owner of not just one, but two businesses.

Donald Wilson – Business Owner


I knew there was something missing and I got to discover a system as simple as priority and time management created impact.

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The Habit-Finder Assessment

Move past personality assessments and dig deeper into how your beliefs, habits, and patterns of thinking are helping (and hurting) your success. 

Leadership + Professional Growth Coaching

Start here if you’re ready to expose your real obstacles to issues like revenue growth, team building, and overall business and life satisfaction.

Team Coaching

Join a network of like-minded leaders who understand your day-to-day challenges and value needle-moving insights that result from authentic connections.

Speaking and Training

Empower your audience to explore tools, insights, and an intuitive approach as April creates space for meaningful questions and paradigm-shifting answers.

Join us every week for mindset shifting insights.

Join our free, live Q&A to connect with other business owners, leaders, and strategic influencers as we learn how to own our leadership and defeat destructive mindsets.

About Us | One Light Ahead®

It’s true. Coaching is all about YOU.

(But that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be measurable.)

Since 2003, I've helped. . .

The largest real estate company in the U.S. double the revenue of one location in just 10 months

Keller Williams grow a local agent base by over 123 percent

A small business owner grOw his company by 100%

A new business leader grow from zero dollars to over $15 million in sales

A new real estate agent transform her sales and productivity (so much so that she's launched her own property management company)

A chiropractor increase productivity and change his workplace culture

And they’re not the only ones.

About Us | One Light Ahead®

Want quick insights with lasting impact?

Listen in as top leaders confront the hardest parts of leadership with refreshing honesty and meaningful insights.

You could be one question away from your own lightbulb moment.

Get started with your free 10-minute Habit-Finder Assessment.

Leadership + Professional Growth Coaching

This one-on-one leadership coaching is for the successful business leader who is ready to be more intentional about personal growth.

Whether you’re struggling with business structures and systems, leadership, or self-discovery, Leadership and Professional Growth Coaching doesn’t follow a program or a week-by-week plan. Instead, Coach April invites you into a highly intentional coaching experience that is completely personalized to your goals and needs. 

During your 12-week coaching commitment, you’ll receive 12 coaching sessions facilitated by Coach April (each lasting 30 – 60 minutes). You’ll also have access to One Light Ahead’s exclusive library of tools, resources, and exercises as you learn how to create and live a more fulfilling life. 

Some questions and topics we might explore include: 

  • How do your day-to-day actions align with your values? 
  • What are the seen and unseen forces that motivate you to keep showing up? 
  • What are the seen and unseen forces that prevent you from showing up? 
  • What is going “undone” in your life and business (and why)?
  • What systems and structures do you need to help you move forward? 
  • What keeps you up at night (and what can you do about it)? 
  • What do you need to shift in order to show up as fully present and fully, authentically YOU? 
  • What’s holding you back from achieving what you really want in your life? 

And depending on your goals, you may also be introduced to the following: 

  • The Habit Finder assessment, resources, and materials
  • The One Light Ahead WHOLE and BRAVE Framework
  • Additional One Light Ahead methodologies, systems, and exercises 

Whether you’re a C-suite executive or a small business owner, Leadership and Professional Growth Coaching starts with the simple premise that when you invest in self-discovery, everything else around you expands. 

  • Real estate brokers have used this coaching to grow their teams. 
  • New business owners have leveraged this coaching to grow their companies. 
  • And business executives have maximized this coaching to grow their vision, their revenue, and their impact. 

Is Leadership and Professional Growth Coaching right for you? Let’s talk to find out. 

Team Coaching

The Team Coaching Summit

When you know your team or organization is ready for growth, but you need clarity on all the steps you should be taking, One Light Ahead is a strategic team player who will empower you to see your team or organization from every vantage point. 

Facilitated by Coach April, the Team Coaching Summit will help you transform your organizational culture and achieve measurable results with highly customized tools, resources, and team training. 

The Team Coaching Summit will also help you:  

  • verify that everyone on your team is in the right lane (and empower team members to succeed somewhere else, if needed)
  • equip you and your team with bridge building skills and empathic mindsets 
  • discover how to maximize your existing tools and trainings
  • support you and your team through transitions
  • identify and analyze the thought patterns, actions, and behaviors that may be sparking misalignment with company goals and values
"Coach April has helped me and my staff to organize our priorities, identify whose skills match procedures, and create a synergy that has brought fun, productivity, and profit to a thriving office!"
Larry Thill
Loomis Lifecare

During the Team Coaching Summit, you’ll receive:

  • One pre-strategy, deep-dive call 
  • One, 3-hour team strategy session where Coach April walks you and your team through what’s working, what’s not working, and what’s next
  • A powerful SWOT analysis that is uniquely informed through One Light Ahead’s methodologies and frameworks 
  • DISC Assessment 
  • The Habit Finder Assessment 
  • Emotional Intelligence tools and trainings
  • A post-strategy 12-Week Team Growth Plan
"April's insights, understanding, and guidance create an environment for growth through new habits and greater awareness."
Steven Hultquist
Infinite Summit

The Team Coaching Summit is created to spark challenge, insight, and growth. In just 3 hours, you and your team will emerge with fresh perspectives and a clear, unified vision.  And we won’t just stop by exposing the obstacles that are holding you back. You’ll also be equipped with strategies and tools so you (and your team) can move forward in healthy, collaborative, and purposeful ways. 

Then, when you’re ready to dig even deeper into those insights, you’ll be invited to participate in the Team Coaching Intensive.

An invite-only, monthly team coaching experience, the Team Coaching Intensive includes:  

  • 4, 60 minute coaching sessions where we work together to implement everything you and your team have discovered in the Team Coaching Summit
  • Tools, trainings, and resources that have been created explicitly for your team’s goals and needs
  • Access to One Light Ahead’s exclusive library of tools, resources, and exercises
  • An introduction to the One Light ahead WHOLE and BRAVE Framework
  • An exclusive invite to the Masters League Competition Training and Community

Speaking + Training

When you’re looking for a speaker who will ignite, engage, and inspire your crowd, April Ballestero is a proven crowd-favorite.

With nearly two decades of experience as a coach and consultant, April offers audiences practical, day-to-day applications on personal and professional growth. She knows how to motivate her audiences into action, and she brings a transformative spark to every event she attends.

April has spoken at: 

  • Century 21 Regional Awards Event, Central CA
  • Century 21 Cape Coral, Florida
  • Keller Williams Business Planning, LA County, San Bernardino, and Yuba County
  • Inspirational EXPO, LA County, CA
  • Better Business Bureau, Sacramento CA
  • Roseville Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Citrus Heights Chamber of Commerce
  • Placer County Business Resources, Roseville
  • Greater Smoky Association of Realtors, Sevierville, TN

What Do Others Have to Say?

You’ll leave with instant takeaways.

“April is an excellent coach, speaker, and motivator. Every seminar that I have attended that has been presented by April has always had a takeaway.” – Gina Mores, Century 21

You’ll get unstuck.

“April’s workshop will get you unstuck and on to greener pastures. She is an asset to any team.” – Stacey Cordova, Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt

You’ll discover how to be your best.

“April is a force to be reckoned with. She is highly skilled in teaching others how to be their best!” – Lisa Stricklan, eXp Realty

Favorite topics and acclaimed keynotes:

  • Everyday life and road signs: Five hidden signals we can’t afford to miss
    April’s signature talk on how to show up with intention in your everyday life. 
  • The WHOLE or BRAVE Experience
    April’s keynote presentation that introduces the One Light Ahead framework, WHOLE and BRAVE, and shows you how to use this framework to build bridges.
  • Throwing SH!T or Making Fertilizer!
    A fan-favorite keynote where April shares practical ways to make fertilizer out of the sh!t in our lives!
  • Baseball Simplicity in Business
    April’s keynote presentation that shows audiences how to simplify the business process by breaking it down into simple steps and bases. 
  • The Teeter-Totter Approach to Leadership and Diversity
    April shares how her Teeter-Totter Approach empowers leaders to navigate through the issues of diversity, equality, and inclusion. 
  • Living Unlayered: An 4-Day Intensive Retreat
    April’s small, intensive retreat that builds off the principles in her newly released book, Slaying Your Onion.

Join us every Monday at 3pm Eastern for mindset shifting insights

Our weekly live Q&A is our way to help and answer questions for business owners, leaders, and strategic influencers just like you get re-focused on owning their leadership, defeating destructive mindsets, and truly walking the path to love what they do again.

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