Our Founder’s Story
I started my career in finance in the early 1990’s. I was quickly promoted and managing others, sometimes 10 years my senior, by the age of 22. I made many, many mistakes. I found myself frustrated by the lack clear communication and effective leadership. Over my decade in finance, I found myself wanting to explain to those sitting across from me how to effectively pitch, deliver feedback, and provide information. I had wished someone had taught me rather than learning through trial and error.
That desire is the vision behind Executive Essentials. My goal was to equip people with the knowledge and tools to communicate and lead with confidence, clarity, and connection.
Founded in 2004, today Executive Essentials is a team of experienced coaches and trainers with that same mission. We understand that people learn differently and create custom live, virtual, and hybrid training and coaching programs to reach all learning styles. Every course we offer is:
Every course we offer is:
- CUSTOMIZED: Designed specifically with your organization’s needs in mind.
- INCLUSIVE: Considers the diversity of people and situations in the room.
- EMPOWERING: Results in increased confidence and willingness to implement the learned skills.
- INTERACTIVE: Delivered with high energy, engaging all learning styles.
Experienced and Dedicated Partners to Our Clients
Executive Essential’s trainers and coaches are dedicated to the success of our clients. With a fundamental belief in continuous learning, they are business professionals who succeeded in their profession by utilizing the business skills they train. The result is a trainer who understands the issues and audiences you face.
What Our Clients Have to Say
Our office retained Executive Essentials to conduct a productivity workshop with a staff of 18. She immediately lit up the room with her energy and ability to connect and relate with each team member. Her thoughtful and tailored suggestions and solutions demonstrated the research she’d done on our needs. I would strongly recommend Michelle and Executive Essentials – she’s an outstanding balance of motivation, empathy and professionalism.
-Michael Malone, Associate Dean at Columbia Business School
The program leader has a knack for presenting complex information in an easily digestible way. I learned a great deal about my behavior and how it contributes to how I am perceived, as well as how to relate to persons with different operating styles. This was one of the best workshops I’ve ever attended. I recommend this workshop to anyone who is interested in upgrading their personal brand. My coworkers and I couldn’t stop talking about how much we enjoyed the workshop.
-Alberto Dominguez, Personnel Officer, Global Ministries
The trainer was very comfortable with the group, a lot of fun, funny, interesting and interactive. The group quickly got comfortable and participated in an active discussion and got some very helpful tips under expert facilitation. I would highly recommend a program with Executive Essentials; you will get a lot out of it as I did.
-Steven Lichtenthal, Managing Director – Head of Americas Operations at Natixis
I had the honor of hiring Executive Essentials for The New School Staff Development Day. She knocked it out of the park for an audience of 400+! The feedback has been phenomenal. Repeated themes straight from the evaluations include “energetic, full of valuable and relevant information, polished professional and fun”. I couldn’t agree more. The EE facilitator quickly engaged the crowd, picked up on audience needs and got powerful messages across in a humble, smart way. I HIGHLY recommend Executive Essentials for any keynote, training or coaching.
-IlanaTolpin Levitt, Director of Employee Development and Organizational Effectiveness, The New School