the way to your highest potential

Personal development isn’t a big enough word for this.

Coaching, courses, and training that meet you right where you’re at (and then take you farther than you’ll ever imagine)

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.

One Light Academy

Connect with 10 other high-achieving business leaders when you join the Masters League Competition. Filled with 9 weeks of intentional coaching, habit-shifting exercises, and game-changing insights, the MLC will help you step into your highest potential.

When you work with us, here’s what you can expect.

We’ll lead with questions.

And we'll put aside our own assumptions and our own expectations in order to meet you right where you are.

We'll guide you towards discovery.

You'll more accurately understand how the layers of your story show up in your everyday life so you can see with deeper clarity and a renewed passion.

We’ll nurture transformation.

So you’ll be seen, heard, and understood, and you’ll know exactly how to take action on your lightbulb moments.

Around here, we think ALL questions are fabulous.

Here are a few of our favorite questions (answered by a few of our favorite clients).

"Why should I choose to work with you?"

“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.”

- Roy Merlino

"I know something is missing, but I'm not sure what? Can you still help me?"

“April is an attentive, committed coach who doesn’t thrust a “formula” at one, but rather listens and observes in a comprehensive way in order to tailor her approach to the individual’s needs among her diverse coaching clientele. I know I am heard, assessed, motivated, and pushed in precise ways that work for me and get me moving to achieve the goals that I have articulated.”

- Marie Unini

"Will this help me grow my revenue?"

“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.”

- Alex Branning

"How do I know this is worth my investment?"

“Thank you so much April and One Light Ahead. This program is truly great! It not only helped my business grow, but it also helped me grow as a salesperson. Among many other things, this program helped me take my ideas, make them tangible and held me accountable for what I set out to do. Within the 5 week program, I saw an almost 3x return on investment with much more to come. Thank you again for all that you do, and I can not wait to repeat this fantastic program.” 

- Adam Mott

"I'm not sure I've got the time for coaching like this."

“Because April’s style of coaching is comprehensive, I experienced growth in all areas of my life: business, family, spiritual, financial, and recreational. She has been instrumental in showing me how to be aware of my words, thoughts, actions and habits and how these affect all areas of my life. 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.

- Traci Harris, Harris Group Property Management & Leasing

"Can you just give me classic business coaching?"

“90 percent of the challenges businesses face are human dynamics – how people interact with one another or the challenges associated with that. . . It pours over into performance, into execution, into people’s job satisfaction. . . It starts becoming impacted by people’s inability to get back on a prosperous path because they’re spending enormous amounts of time dealing with personal challenges (that are most often not really personal challenges). . . This is where most people need help, and this is where April is awesome.”

- Kurt Reisig, CEO, APM Mortgage


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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.

Masters League Competition

Have you ever wondered why you aren’t experiencing the results you expect to be seeing in your life or your business (even though you’re doing all the things you’re supposed to be doing)? 

Do you feel like something is missing, but no matter how hard you try, you just can’t pin that something down? 

Are you on a desperate hunt for the type of clarity that leads to real, tangible goals, but can’t seem to find that clarity . . . no matter how much help or coaching you invest in? 

Since 2018, the Masters League Competition (MLC) has been helping business leaders move past obstacles just like these. In fact, more than 35 business leaders have used the MLC to. . . 

  • discover how simple systems and structures can transform their business with measurable, impactful results,
  • find greater joy in their day-to-day activities, 
  • double and triple their income,
  • and feel empowered to create the business they want — all while leveraging simple, uncomplicated systems. 
"April has been teaching me that If I set goals and systems into place, then I can relax about the outcome."
Rebecca L. Mitchell
From Broken Vows to Healed Hearts

Here’s how it works: 

Using the simple and timeless framework of the American baseball game, the MLC invites you into a small, intentional group coaching experience for 9 weeks. Once you’ve joined the MLC, you’ll grow alongside 10 other business leaders who have committed to simplifying their business structures. 

Each week, you and your MLC team will discover strategies, mindsets, and practices that will help you identify the missing pieces in your business. And even better, you’ll learn how to build and implement long-term solutions for your biggest gaps and needs. 


“The MLC has been a great opportunity to find the gaps and needs in my business and better yet, to find the solutions to those gaps and needs.”
Stephen De Sena, Jr.
Network Real Estate, CA 

When you join The Masters League Competition, you’ll receive:

  • Group coaching for 9 weeks
  • Invitations to our private MLC One Light Ahead Facebook community
  • The Habit Finder assessment, resources, and materials
  • An embossed progress-recording journal
  • The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino
  • The Observer’s Chair by Dave Blanchard
  • Mount Equanimity by Dave Blanchard
  • Today I Begin a NEW Life by Dave Blanchard

You’ll also receive access to One Light Ahead’s exclusive library of tools, resources, and exercises, including additional resources that are ONLY found inside the Masters League Competition, such as:

  • The Leadership Life Wheel
  • A Daily Schedule Template
  • The 1-4-5 Reasons Why (Personal Growth Worksheet)
  • The 12-Point Marketing Persona Checklist
  • The Business Planning Diagram
  • The WHOLE and BRAVE Framework
  • And so much more

The Masters League Competition Guarantee

The Masters League Competition is an intentional community with highly engaged and intentional coaching. When you commit to the MLC community, you will find a safe, encouraging space where you can grow and dig deep into the layers of your personal and professional life. And as you learn simple, strategic, and powerful ways to build relationships and communities, you will unlock the clarity you need to transform your business.

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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