All Executive Essentials trainers and coaches 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. Every Executive Essentials specialist works to meet the specific needs of your organization:
Michelle Tillis Lederman, author of The 11 Laws of Likability (AMACOM 2011) and Heroes Get Hired (NBC Publishing 2013), is the founder of Executive Essentials. Michelle believes real relationships lead to real results and specializes in teaching people how to communicate with confidence, clarity, and connection. She has delivered seminars internationally for Fortune 500 companies, universities, high schools, and nonprofit organizations including; Madison Square Garden, JPMorgan Chase, Morgan Stanley, J&J, Deutsche Bank, GE, Columbia Business School, MetLife, Target, Sony Music, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and The Museum of Modern Art. Michelle was an Adjunct Professor at NYU’s Stern School of Business and serves on the faculty of the American Management Association and Rutgers Executive Education. In partnership with Rutgers EPE, Michelle is launching The 11 Laws of Likability as a live and online training event. Read
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Susan, an Executive Essentials affiliate, is a leadership and executive coach, whose training and coaching programs have helped countless corporations and individuals raise the bar in communication, leadership development, collaboration, business development and client relations. Her client list includes Atlantic Health System, The Ritz-Carlton, Vail Resorts, GUND, Johnson and Johnson, KPMG Sobel and Company, CohnReznick, McCarter and English, Sedgwick, LLC, The YMCA, and C.A.S.A., among others. Her book, Dude, Seriously, It’s NOT All About You!, is a humorous rant on how communication and protocol have forever changed how we connect and interact with coworkers, friends and family in The New Millennium.
Susan is a sought after national media resource and has been interviewed on Bloomberg, ABC, NBC, CNBC, CNN, News 12 and My9TV, and is a frequent commentator on TV 8 in Vail, Colorado. Susan presents workshops at universities throughout the country including Lehigh University, Colorado Mountain College, William Paterson University, Caldwell College, and Fairleigh Dickinson University. She has been published in Forbes Magazine, Crain’s New York Business, The Star-Ledger, NJBIZ and New Jersey & Company.
Prior to her affiliation with Executive Essentials, Susan was the Founder and CEO of The Ascher Group, a contract HR staffing firm and an INC 500 company. Susan has been a four time finalist for Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award, and has been named Small Business Person of the Year. Susan’s most recent award was being honored as one of the Top 25 Leading Women Entrepreneurs in the State of New Jersey. She is a member of The National Speakers Association.
Susan is a graduate of Lehigh University’s first class of women. Susan is an advocate for women’s and children’s causes and as such is on the board of The Metro YMCAs of the Oranges. She is also the Chair of Play for Pink’s annual golf tournament at Montclair Golf Club and involved in giving back to her alma mater, as well as Spence Chapin Services to Families. Susan is a founding patron of The Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center.
John is known for his energetic delivery and is ability to keep everyone engaged with the material. He does this by working hard to create a learning atmosphere where participants can get maximum value out of the learning, to help them reach their most important goals. Previously, John held roles in multiple companies, where he consulted managers on strategic planning, team building, problem solving and current business issues. He also designed and developed Train-the-Trainer for line managers to deliver TQM workshops.
John has an M.A. Human Resource Development from the Graduate School of Management and Urban Policy, New School for Social Research, New York and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame.
With over 22 years of corporate consulting and meeting development and delivery experience, Alison Bluestone knows what it takes to get great results. As a small group specialist, she is committed to creating rich environments where leaders can identify and cultivate their emotional intelligence through connections and authentic communication – expanding themselves, and their people to reach their optimal potential.
As a progressive facilitator and retreat organizer, Alison’s style is a combination of high energy and intense preparation, allowing her to provide diverse perspectives on human interactions. She believes that maintaining accountability is critically important to success, so she makes it a policy to remain available for long-term relationships after consultation, training or retreats, so that all participants benefit from that continuity. Alison’s diverse educational, business and personal life experiences enable her to handle tough group issues using workplace mediation tools and a variety of psychology techniques including Sociometry and Psychodrama. In addition, she believes that conflict resolution combined with intuition, creativity and sensitivity enables rich and meaningful consultations.
Alison has spent most of her career crafting solutions to problems that plague organizational productivity. Whether a client is local or halfway around the world, she goes the extra distance to create unique experiences customized for the individual organization. She has studied at Hofstra University and Harvard Business School, received her BFA from NYU and Managing Workplace Conflict Certification from Eckert College, among many other certifications.
Anne Boyce is an organizational development, coaching and training consultant with more than 20 years of experience as both an internal and external professional in the human resource development field. She specializes in needs assessments, instructional design, facilitation, coaching and measuring ROI.
Anne has had internal corporate experience in the financial services industry, and her experience ranges from implementing needs assessments, instructional design, facilitation, coaching and measuring the return on investment of training initiatives. Anne has been on teams that implemented multi-tiered leadership training programs both in the private and public sector. She has been certified as a facilitator/trainer in a variety of programs focusing on: Presentation Skills, Diversity Training, Management Skills, Team Development and Change Management.
Anne holds an M.S. Training & Development from Lesley University, Cambridge, MA, and a B.S. from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.
Sue has provided classroom-based computer software training courses to business professionals for over 21 years. She has also developed courseware that includes the creation of a “How to Set Up and Run a Virtual Meeting” webinar; new hire iPad and laptop deployment courses; application-specific courseware for the entire Microsoft Office suite; and client-specific customized courseware.
For the last 14 years, she has also conducted online training sessions, primarily for international pharmaceutical companies headquartered in the northern New Jersey area.
Prior to becoming a computer instructor, she produced the corporate marketing, public relations and employee communications materials for a Fortune 500 company in New Jersey. This experience allowed Sue daily contact with corporate departments such as Accounting, Finance, Human Resources, and Customer Service, which she believes helps her understand the environment her students are coming from. She likes nothing better than to share her professional experience with her students. Rather than just teach concepts to her students, Sue prefers to teach them how to apply what they have learned to their everyday lives.
Kathy F. Bernhard is the president of a firm that helps organizations drive performance through the design and implementation of talent management as well as other strategic development and human resources programs. She is an accomplished human resources executive with 25+ years of experience. She works with clients to create talent management processes aimed at developing the organization’s future leaders, and consults with leaders at all levels concerning strategies for enhancing business results through developing human capital.
Kathy’s areas of expertise include leadership development, coaching, performance management and organization development. She is a seasoned “hands-on” professional with in-depth knowledge of executive assessment, 360° feedback, succession planning, training facilitation and executive assimilation.
Kathy holds a B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University and an M.B.A. from Adelphi University. She is also a member of the YWCA Academy of Women Achievers and represented Arrow Electronics as a member of the Conference Board Council on Development, Education and Training.
Casey Carpenter is a speaker, author, business coach, and Learning & Development specialist with expertise in executive coaching, leadership development, performance consulting, seminar facilitation, and sales training. She brings over 30 years experience working within the healthcare sector.
Casey excels at sales training, where she has used inquiry and coach training to motivate commercial and retail healthcare sales teams. Her areas of workshop expertise include giving effective feedback, motivating the team, effective delegation, innovation at the workplace, public speaking, strategic and critical thinking, and sales strategy. Casey’s strengths include her engaging and dynamic style that facilitates trust quickly. Her warm, upbeat tone diminishes barriers, and participants feel comfortable sharing tough organizational issues, knowing that they are in a safe space.
Casey holds a B.A. from Tufts University, a coaching certificate from Coach Training Institute (CTI,) and a Performance Consulting Certificate from Langevin Learning Institute. She is the author of Introverts in Sales: Turn Your Peaceful Power into a Profitable Selling Machine, a pocket sized sales survival guide, available on Amazon. Experience one of her talks HERE.
An Executive Essentials affiliate, Kira Copperman’s understanding of human behavior combined with her strong communication and management skills have provided her with specific expertise in improving workplace communication to minimize risk and maximize results. Kira has designed and facilitated programs on a variety of topics, including change management, performance management, and emotional intelligence. She is also an experienced business coach. She has presented at local and national conferences on topics related to employee communication, generational issues and stress management. She was selected as the featured presenter for Bloomberg’s Innovative Speaker series.
Kira Copperman, LMSW, is the author of Send/Receive/Confirm: Optimizing Communication in the Modern Workplace and an award winning researcher in the area of workplace communication. She is also the host of a radio show, “Lessons from the Corner Office.” She earned an Advanced Certification in Coaching from the Six Seconds Institute and is certified in Hogan, MBTI, DiSC and Emotional Intelligence 2.0. Kira received her BS, Magna Cum Laude in Business Communication from Emerson College and a Masters of Social Work from New York University.
Dru Cutler focuses on the space where technology and interpersonal skills meet. He understands the hyper-paced tech landscape and the incredibly short attention span of the digital learner. His philosophy is simple: Learning should be fun.
Having worked in Learning and Development for certain tech-giants, Dru successfully designed programs to grow subject matter experts into better speakers, teachers, trainers and leaders.
He’s trained tech folks in iOS development, web development, inventory management, retail teams (buying, planning, merchandising), creative teams and many other folks in the “e-tail” space.
Having also worked under the wing of HR, he’s facilitated core leadership training such as delivering feedback, hosting effective meetings, goal setting and time management. He’s also designed and facilitated new hire orientations, store openings and company-wide quarterly meetings.
An affiliate of Executive Essentials LLC, Ben Dattner has helped a wide variety of corporate and non-profit organizations become more successful by developing a better understanding of the impact of individual psychology and group dynamics on their performance. He enables organizations to make better hiring and staffing decisions, enhance the professional capabilities of managers and employees, configure teams more effectively, and reduce the amount of interpersonal and intergroup conflict.
Ben received a BA in Psychology from Harvard College, and his MA and Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from New York University, where he was a MacCracken Fellow. His doctoral dissertation analyzed the relationship between narcissism and fairness in the workplace, and his masters thesis examined the impact of trust on negotiation. Before graduate school, Ben worked at Republic National Bank of New York for three years, first as a Management Trainee and then as Assistant to the CEO. After graduate school, Ben was Director of Human Resources at Blink.com.
Ben is an Adjunct Professor at New York University, where he teaches Organizational Development in the Industrial and Organizational Psychology MA Program in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, in addition to teaching Strategic Career Management in the Executive MBA Program at Stern Business School. Ben is also an Adjunct Professor at Marist College at the New York City Police Academy, where he teaches Organizational Change in the MPA Program. Ben is a member of the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology, the Consulting Psychology Division of the American Psychological Association, and the Metro New York Applied Psychology Association.
David is a strategy, marketing, people, and execution consultant who delivers break though performance improvement for organizations, teams, and individuals. His emphasis is on core leadership and management capabilities, including complex issue prioritization, problem solving, and decision making. He also specializes in risk management, strategic planning and execution, marketing functional leadership redefinition, and assessing and modifying human performance ecosystems.
David has provided global leadership experiences in telecommunications, software, automotive, manufacturing, training, and management consulting. He has trained and coached clients at all levels from the C-suite to operational teams in capabilities including program planning, project management, marketing planning/ execution, and partnership and alliance management. He has directly managed various aspects of business operations in over 30 countries.
David has a BA Joint Honours in Modern European Languages from Cardiff University. He has certifications in the IDEO/Experiencpoint Design Thinker simulation; Kepner-Tregoe’s Program Leader Development Institute, Analytic Trouble Shooting, Problem Solving and Decision Making, and Managing People in Projects. He’s been published in the Weslaw Automotive Journal and The Journal of the American Management Association.
Renai Ellison is a seasoned training facilitator, professional development coach, talent development professional and television personality. Renai launched her career in television after a summer internship with KYW-TV in Philadelphia, PA. Currently, Renai executive produces and hosts Embrace Life with Renai, a human interest television program sponsored by Lourdes Health System which airs on WMCN in the Philadelphia regional market. She hosted Joy in Our Town, a public affairs television show which airs on Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) and served as a reporter/host for Better Philly, a women’s magazine show, on My Phl 17 in Philadelphia.
Her first job as a television host was with QVC when she was promoted to show host after a 2-year modeling stint with the network. Renai also debuted a clothing line on QVC in 1999. She has acted in numerous corporate videos and commercials. Renai was the Style Tips Producer for FOX-TV’s daily, reality show “Ambush Makeover.” She also co-hosted a home décor and craft series on HGTV called “Our Place.” Locally, Renai hosted “For Women Only”, a live, medical, call-in show on WPSJ-TV. Renai embarked on national media tours and appeared on countless morning shows across the country promoting hundreds of useful items. She often served as Fundraising Host for New Jersey Network (NJN) Public Television and has hosted national PBS fundraising shows. Her most popular national PBS show was the My Music series. She also hosted the New Jersey Lottery on NJN for 14 years and has made personal appearances for the lottery throughout the state of New Jersey.
As a Fashion Retail Editor for Mode Magazine, Renai traveled the country coordinating and commentating fashion shows for retailers like Saks 5th Avenue, Bloomingdale’s and Neiman Marcus. Her column called “Where to Shop” appeared monthly in the magazine.
For many years, Renai worked as a fit model for prestigious companies like Jones Apparel Group, Ralph Lauren, QVC, and Motherhood Maternity.
Currently pursuing a doctoral degree (Ed.D.) in Organizational Leadership at Stockton University, Renai is a graduate of Rowan University and received a BA in Communications and Journalism. She also studied acting in Philadelphia and New York. Renai earned a Master of Arts in Higher Education at Rowan and has taught as an adjunct instructor at Rowan, Cheyney, and Holy Family Universities. In addition, Renai leads on-camera and public speaking workshops in the public and private sectors.
Thomas P. Farley is an etiquette expert, speaker and author who’s inspiring audiences of all types to master essential manners for success in the workplace—and in life. His workshops and keynotes for banks, law firms, universities and Fortune 500 companies are engaging and memorable, offering strategies for getting along and getting ahead. Among his clients have included Estée Lauder, JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, the American Automobile Association (AAA), New York City’s Economic Development Corporation and Viacom.
Mr. Farley is a regular and popular guest on the NBC Today show, where he speaks on matters of modern-day etiquette—subjects from “avoiding awkward hugs” to “what not to wear at a company beach outing.” His insights appear regularly in other media outlets as well, including CBS, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Wired and Money magazines, USA Today, CNN, ABC and on radio stations across the country.
Throughout 2011, he served as an ongoing host for the daily call-in program Living Today on the Martha Stewart Living Radio network. He also helped launch that channel’s “Manners Monday” segment, which focused on matters of contemporary etiquette. He has been a guest lecturer at New York University’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies, and edited the anthology “Modern Manners: The Thinking Person’s Guide to Social Graces.”
A graduate of New York’s Fordham University, Mr. Farley says these are challenging times for good etiquette: “In this age of constant connectedness and digital distractions, practicing polished manners and remaining attentive is more difficult than ever.” And yet, he explains, “Individuals who make a habit of respecting others and putting people over pixels are the ones who have set themselves apart for success.”
Stacey’s strengths lie in leadership and personal development. She has been known to partner one-on-one with corporate and private clients in areas including business effectiveness, career transition, and personal development. Stacey also provides team development and coaching to help teams understand how to build effective relationships and reduce conflict. She partners with leaders to implement organizations’ talent planning processes by identifying and addressing talent strengths and gaps, displays strengths in project management and manages complex employee relations issues.
Stacey is the founder and president of HR Today, LLC, which is an independent coaching and consulting firm. She was previously employed by Celgene Corporation, Pfizer Consumer Healthcare, and Hanover District. Stacey holds a Masters of Human Resources from Rutgers University.
Carrie Greene is a speaker, author, and coach. After she received her degree in Economics from Lehigh University, Carrie spent fifteen years on Wall Street in marketing and product development. She worked for the stock exchange and major brokerage firms, developing and launching highly sophisticated online trading platforms for clients. She left Wall Street shortly after 9/11 to start her own business so that she could be home to raise her children, and live her life on her own terms.
Over the years the focus of Carrie’s business has changed dramatically, but at the core of each shift was her commitment to keeping it simple in a world which seems to demand that success, and everything associated with it, be complex.
Today, Carrie works primarily with business leaders to help them get clear on what they want and, helps them understand the value that they bring to their clients, others in their firms, and other people they associate with. She helps her clients create simple and straight-forward plans to help them reach their goals, clarify their message and communicate to improve employee engagement, improve their sales, and get past their biggest obstacle, themselves.
Carrie is a frequent speaker and the author of two books: international best seller, “Because You’re Worth It: How To Make More Money By Charging More Money” and “Chaos to Cash: An Entrepreneur’s Guide to Eliminating Chaos, Overwhelm and Procrastination So you Can Create Ultimate Profit!”
Rachel Gorman is a high energy coach, trainer, workshop facilitator and speaker who, together with individuals and teams, works to enhance: work culture. She brings over 20-years-experience working with people in healthcare, education, the non-profit and corporate worlds.
Rachel lives in NYC with her husband and son. Her skills include years of experience in teaching and training on supervision and communication skills, delivering workshops and communication courses, as well as coaching CEO’s, managers and leaders around personal and professional development.
Rachel has a Masters in Social Science, is a certified Mind Gym Coach and a StrengthScope (energizing peak performance) accredited partner. She is a Positive Psychology practitioner and has a lifelong love of learning.
Joseph Heagney has been President of QMA International, LLC since April 2001, providing a wide range of management learning solutions. He specializes in delivering seminars to fortune 500 organizations, and speaking at selected conferences and conventions
Mr. Heagney joined the American Management Association in February 1996 as a Program Manager overseeing manufacturing, quality, strategic planning, and purchasing public seminars. Following a transition to the project management product line, he was named Group Program Manager for the Center for Management Development in New York City. In this role, he managed program managers in the areas of project management, training and development, communication, purchasing, and general management. Promoted to Global Director, Project Management Best Practices, Mr. Heagney led an international team responsible for identifying and then incorporating best practices into AMA learning solutions content worldwide.
A trained educator, Joseph Heagney is an adjunct Instructor with CUNY and the Dowling Institute / Dowling College, New York, on both the graduate and undergraduate levels. He currently teaches multiple ‘on-site’ courses in Dowling’s Executive MBA Program. Courses taught include Project Management, Production and Operations Management, Operations Research, Leadership, General Management, Human Management Systems, Total Quality Management, Statistical Quality / Statistical Process Control, and Executive Development.
Mr. Heagney holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from C.W. Post College, and a Master of Science degree in Industrial Management from SUNY Stony Brook. His professional affiliations include the Project Management Institute, Long Island Association, International Project Management Association and The American Society for Quality.
Marc H. Kalan is a Marketing/Business Development Executive with over thirty years of diverse consumer marketing experience at clients (from established Fortune 500 to start-ups, including the Internet), suppliers, and promotional marketing agencies. Kalan’s background includes executive positions in both Marketing and Sales Management: starting from a foundation in Brand Management creating impactful marketing programs; to identifying, qualifying, selling new revenue generating business; building strong client relationships; and building /managing major account and sales teams in both On-Line and Off-Line spaces (media and promotion).
Upon an extensive industry career Marc began teaching at the college and graduate level in 2003 and taught as Adjunct Faculty courses at Fairleigh Dickinson, William Patterson and Kean Universities. Professor Kalan now serves full time on the faculty of the Rutgers Business School, Department of Supply Chain Management and Marketing Sciences, teaching an array of Marketing Courses as well as in the Rutgers International Executive MBA program in Beijing.
In spring 2012 the RBS undergraduate student bodies on the New Brunswick campus (New Brunswick Rutgers Business Governance Association) and independently on the Newark Campus (RBS Undergraduate Dean’s Advisory Council) each voted Professor Kalan awards based on his engaging presentation style. These included in New Brunswick: “Overall Best Professor”, “Most Motivational”, “Most Liberal Teaching Methods”, “Funniest Teacher”, and “Most Likely to Brighten Your Day”: and in Newark: “Most Motivational Professor 2012”, “Most Knowledgeable Professor 2012”, and “Best Teaching Style 2012”.
In January 2013 Marc authored a 3 part series published in the online edition of The Journal of Sales and Marketing Management entitled, “Tips to Enhance Personal Presentation Skills in the Digital Age” and in addition to his full time teaching runs seminars/workshops on building these skills.
More recently ( May 2013) the Rutgers Business School Newark and New Brunswick presented Professor Kalan The Thomas H. Mott, Jr. Award for Excellence in Teaching and followed this honor in July 2013 by appointing him one of the 5 innaugural Teaching Excellence Center Fellows where he initiated the faculty workshop series (“Tips to Enhance Personal Presentation Skills in the Digital Age”).Kalan holds degrees from The University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University.
Laura is a certified Business and Dining Etiquette consultant having attended the Protocol School of Washington in Washington, DC. In 2013, Laura was a featured speaker for 300 leaders at the National PTA Conference in OH “Does Your Communication Style Help or Hinder Your Effectiveness / Leadership Capabilities,” In 2012, Ms. Katen’s articles, on the subject of presenting oneself with polish and professionalism, were featured on Yahoo’s homepage and re-published by Forbes.com, she was named ‘Top 40 Career Expert’ on Twitter by @PYPro in 2011, interviewed on CNNMoney for her perspective as a business owner amidst the 2010 election, featured in Westchester County, NY’s Business Journa’s elite issue “Special Women in Business,” worked with Judge Judy’s Her Honor Mentoring Program as the resident life-skills expert, and was contacted by a producer of the Dr. Phil Show for her work with young adults.
Stemming from the tremendous soft skills gap she noticed while working in the Financial sector, Ms. Katen started training employees (interns to mid-level managers to executives) and students (high school to graduate-level) to exude a professional presence. Ms. Katen travels around the country working with companies, that span a broad spectrum of industry, including: Law, Manufacturing, Banking, Accounting as well as entrepreneurs, job seekers, and university students speaking about the importance of a “7 second” first impression and the seven business social skills needed to appear credible, professional, and make a positive impression. Ms. Katen facilitates group training programs, one-on-one coaching sessions, and Keynote addresses.
Abby is a dynamic Learning and Organizational Development professional with expertise in leadership development, executive coaching, training, organizational assessment, talent management, people process design and implementation, human resource consultation and strategic planning.
As an affiliate of Executive Essentials, she brings nearly two decades of experience, energy, and resourcefulness to support the development of employees at all levels of an organization. Her transparent communication, adaptability, approachability and humor enable her to quickly engage and build critical relationships with her clients. Her leadership and influencing skills have allowed her to easily navigate the challenges facing the new manager or the C-suite executive.
Abby’s diverse industry experience crosses the profit and non-profit sectors including consumer products, healthcare, pharmaceutical, government and biotechnology. She has held critical roles at New York University Medical Center, Mount Sinai Hospital, Cadbury, Kraft, LifeCell and Symphony Health Solutions. She skillfully assesses organizations and the people that are responsible for bringing the vision and mission alive so that she can deliver meaningful solutions. Abby prides herself in the ability to balance the needs of the organization as well those of the employees that count on her coaching and training expertise.
Abby is a graduate in Communications from The George Washington University and holds a Masters in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania with a specialty in Workplace Dynamics. She has an Organizational Development certification from Columbia University Teachers College. Throughout her career she has utilized a wide array of tools and is certified in the GROW Coaching model, Thomas-Killman Conflict Instrument, Situational Leadership II and the Myers-Briggs Type Inventory.
Ken is a highly versatile Talent Development consultant with over 25 years of experience in helping clients achieve their business goals and increase organizational effectiveness. He works collaboratively with companies looking to maximize their Human Capital, tailoring each talent, coaching and blended learning solution to meet clients’ unique set of business needs that achieve measurably faster, better and more sustainable results.
Ken’s knowledge and wealth of experience comes from working with a diverse group of clients across a variety of industries. He has been the lead developer for a number of global executive and leadership programs, designed succession planning strategies, and defined approaches for identifying and developing high-potential leaders to create a pipe-line of talent. As a skilled executive coach, he has conducted 3600 and Emotional Intelligence assessments, created mentoring and on-boarding programs, and facilitated teambuilding off-sites.
As an instructional designer, Ken has designed multiple learning curricula and developed custom workshops on various topics from Developing a Career Strategy and Promoting Your Personal Brand to Successful Leadership and Making High Impact Presentations. He is also an accomplished facilitator and speaker, blending stories into his presentations to engage an audience, feed their imagination, and paint pictures with words to drive home key insights and serve as foundation for learning.
Ken was also a Learning consultant for Towers Watson, and served as the Director of Product Development for Juran Institute, Inc. In addition, he has managed training functions for Philips Electronics, N.V. and Prudential Resources Management.
Ken received an MS in Counseling from Bank Street with a focus on executive coaching and building effective high performing teams . He is certified in Lominger’s Leadership Architect ® Competency process. Ken has been an adjunct faculty member at Pace University, Fordham University’s Human Resource Graduate Program and Iona College.
Pauline, an Executive Essentials affiliate, is passionate about helping individuals and teams develop collaborative relationships that enhance organizational productivity and impact positively on organization culture. She is a trainer and facilitator who specializes in leadership and management development, performance management, presentation skills, communication skills, time and priority management and recruitment interviewing.
Pauline works strategically with senior leaders through to young talent in the private sector, not for profit organizations and government bodies. Her fundamental philosophy is that all individuals at work should thrive, not simply survive within the workplace. Helping individuals and teams develop strong interpersonal communication, emotional intelligence, the skills of better managing up, down and across, giving and receive conflict free feedback, managing multiple priorities and being able to influence positively are some of the tools and skills she sees as the ‘secret sauce” for a happy, sustainable, balanced work life.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Glasgow, Scotland and Master of Science in Human Resource Development from the University of Stirling, Scotland and is accredited in various psychometrics and feedback tools.
Jamie Levinson has over 20 years experience in coaching, leadership development and facilitation in financial services. She has also worked in professional services, advertising, and non-profit organizations. Jamie has coached and trained leaders at TIAA-CREF, Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation, Moody’s Corporation, ACS (Xerox) Intellinex (Formerly Ernst & Young Intellinex), and National Development Research Institute.
Jamie’s signature presence carries a warm, relaxed yet professional style, which creates a safe environment in which strong relationships are built. Jamie works through a positive frame, bringing openness, warmth, humor and authenticity to her relationships. Through assessment, powerful listening, and the use of questions and feedback, she facilitates and supports her clients to gain insight, develop new behaviors and reach their goals.
Jamie has delivered a broad range of communication and interpersonal skills workshops for leaders, managers and individual contributors. Topics include: coaching others, presentation skills, leadership presence, virtual teaming, communicating with impact and social styles.
Jamie holds a B.S. in Education from The University of Maryland, and a M.S. in Education from The Johns Hopkins University. Jamie has a professional coaching certification from iCoachNY at the Zicklin Business School of Baruch College, CUNY. She is qualified in the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator(MBTI), The Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument, and will be qualified in EQ- i2.0 in November 2014. She also holds certifications from Coach University, The Ken Blanchard Companies, NTL, DDI, and multiple other training companies Jamie is a member of ICF NY Chapter, ASTD NY and The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce. She also serves on the board of All Together Now, an adoptee-led support group for adoptive families.
Loren is a talent development consultant, master training facilitator and executive coach. She has 20 years of experience as a learning and development leader and human resources professional in the Management Consulting, Consumer Goods, Healthcare and Non-profit sectors. Ms. Margolis’s work in these industries includes classroom and virtual learning facilitation, executive coaching, recruiting and selection, organizational and team development. She has developed all levels of talent, from staff to emerging and experienced leaders. Additionally, Loren’s success as a communication and presentation skills trainer and coach to full-time and executive MBAs at Columbia Business School enables her to understand the cultures and dynamics of many industries and business functions.
Ms. Margolis has designed and managed enterprise-wide leadership development, mentoring and employee training programs. Throughout her career, she has facilitated hundreds of sessions from small group workshops to presentations with audiences of more than 400 people. Additionally, her background and training in Psychology and proficiency in adult learning provides a rich understanding of human behavior and the ability to effectively guide her clients through lasting transformation. Ms. Margolis has coached leaders in various functional areas, including, finance, brand management, information technology, human resources, operations, sales and business development. She has also mentored new training facilitators and coaches.
In 1996, Ms. Margolis earned a Master’s Degree in Social Work with a dual concentration in counseling psychology and program administration from SUNY at Stony Brook and a BA in Psychology from Hartwick College. She is a member of the Association for Talent Development (ATD) and holds certifications in: Lominger Voices 360° Feedback & Coaching, Lominger Leadership Architect, Hogan Assessment Suite (HPI, HDS, MVPI), Myers-Briggs Type Indicator®, DiSC Assessment, ATD Learning Design & Adult Learning Methodologies, Harvard Business School’s CareerLeader.
Rich has over 12,000 hours designing and facilitating leadership and interpersonal skills workshops, innovation explorations and problem-solving with teams to help them jump start their change and innovation efforts. He brings an experiential approach in his work with client teams. His client’s value the engaging way he works with their people whether facilitating a leadership workshop, working with a specific team, or challenging employees to be more accountable for the whole.
Rich spent time learning about instructional design and change management, helped his company develop and implement their TQM programs and processes, and also developed the leadership curriculum and internal consulting practice during his time as an internal OD practitioner.
Rich received his M.A. in Training and Development for Business from Ohio State University, and has been consulting faculty for the University of Notre Dame’s College of Business since 2000. He has also authored many books off of his business expertise and experience.
Andrew Mellen is an organizational expert, speaker, and the #1 best-selling author of Unstuff Your Life! His humor, honesty, tough love and foolproof strategies have won fans and followers from Fortune 50 CEOs, award-winning artists and older adults to local and national government agencies. A member of NAPO’s Golden Circle, he’s brought greater organization and productivity to American Express, Genentech, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, NetApp, Singapore Tourism Board, Time, Inc. and the US Depts. of Education and Homeland Security, among others.
Andrew is a featured contributor to Real Simple, AOL Jobs and KnowMoreTV and is on the faculty at New York Open Center. In addition to New York Open Center, he teaches frequently on the intersection of organization and spirituality at venues such as San Francisco Zen Center, Tassajara and Omega Institute.
Andrew speaks internationally on organization and productivity, addressing audiences from TEDx and Sustainability Leaders Forum to International Trade Expo UK and BlogHer. He’s been dubbed “The Most Organized Man in America” by media outlets including The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Real Simple, Oprah Magazine, America Now, Martha Stewart Living Today, HGTV, Better Homes and Gardens, Ladies’ Home Journal and NPR.
Susan is the President of Susan R. Meyer Coaching and Consulting, where she provides personal and executive coaching and workshops. She also works as an Adjunct Assistant Professor for the Teachers College, Columbia University. In the past Susan has held roles as an Adjunct Faculty position for the School of Continuing Professional Studies, a Faculty Development Consultant for Stern Business School, the Director of Training for Good Shepherd Services, and more.
Susan has coordinated Workplace Learning Institute, bringing together workplace professionals and graduate students to explore current workplace issues. She has also directed all professional development activities for not-for-profit agencies, designed and established mentoring programs in fast-track management development programs, and established career development programs for employees. Susan has worked with clients to develop and implement customized solutions for relational leader-to-employee management programs.
Susan holds an Ed. D in Adult Learning and Leadership from Teachers College, Columbia University.
Julie Nickerson is a learning design and organizational development consultant committed to educating, preparing, and empowering individuals with the skills and tools they need to contribute more effectively to their teams and achieve transformative business results.
She creates customized programs for active listening, team collaboration, leadership development and professional presence.
Julie has worked with various Fortune 50 companies in the consumer goods area. Applying her background in product and process innovation, she now works with a variety of industries serving as a facilitator, coach, consultant, manager and director within diverse, complex corporations.
Julie is currently a Master’s candidate studying Industrial Organizational Psychology. She holds her BA in Organizational Behavior and Change from New York University, and is certified to administer and provide coaching for the EQ-i 2.0 Emotional Intelligence assessment.
Adena Philips is an organizational consultant and executive coach based in New York. She works with Fortune 500 companies, government organizations, and not-for-profits in the US and internationally, providing consulting, coaching, and workshop facilitation in areas including change management, strategic planning, and impact assessment.
Past projects that Adena has completed include the design and facilitation of workshops with 200+ top level managers of leading South African Investment banks to address issues in Black Economic Empowerment, company culture and changing regulations in South Africa, as well as designing post-merger cultural integration strategies for a national bank’s acquisition of a foreign retail bank.
Before becoming an independent contractor, Adena previously held a position with Deloitte Consulting LLP as Business Analyst, Strategy and Operations. She served on project teams analyzing data, preparing presentations, and structuring strategic recommendations. This position provided her with skills in resource allocation, marketing, strategic planning, and change management. She was local office champion for training and development, as well as being a board member of an umbrella organization for 30+ local philanthropic organizations. She holds an MBA from NYU Stern School of Business with specializations in Strategy, Change Management, and Global Business.
Meet Brian Robinson. As an expert public speaker, avid communicator, and personal motivator, Brian has the ability to inspire, uplift and encourage diverse audiences through humor, inspiration and love.
Brian has spoken to more than 40,000 people as a business trainer and speaker for SkillPath Seminars, and The Doe Fund, as well as his own keynotes and workshops. His audiences have ranged from corporate executives to the formerly homeless. He’s been featured on The BBC, Good Day New York, The New York Post, and 30+ media outlets worldwide.
Brian has sold advertising for several top media companies such as USA Today, amNew York, CBS Outdoor and The Miami Herald, however; it was three experiences that changed his life: Selling encyclopedias door-to door in college; working for The Doe Fund – The Doe Fund is a non-profit dedicated to assisting formerly homeless men get back to work; and discovering at age 43 that he had attention deficit disorder (ADD).
These life-changing experiences taught Brian powerful lessons about persistence, hope and humor – themes that you will frequently hear in his workshops and keynotes.
Brian is an active member of The Temple of Restoration, Toastmasters International, and has completed 12 marathons. He’s a native of Oklahoma City, and presently lives in Brooklyn with his wife Angie and toddler son Gabriel. The professional public speaker and motivator is currently writing his second book, Face It to Fix It!
Rebecca, an affiliate of Executive Essentials, has spent her career helping individuals and organizations navigate and manage change. Her strength lies in her ability to cater to a client’s unique needs and customize a program grounded in practical principles that brings about successful change and growth. Her 16 years of experience includes organizational development, coaching, change management and talent engagement. Rebecca’s work spans large corporate entities and small independent, one-on-one relationships.
As a Manager in Accenture’s Change Management Practice, Rebecca became an advocate for people impacted by organizational change through training, communication and project planning. Armed with this strong foundation, Rebecca further helped clients grow as the VP of People for a financial services internet company, and then by collaborating with niche change management consulting companies and consulting independently. Her corporate clients have included Chevron, PMI Mortgage Group, Gateway Computers, Thompson Reuters, AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals and She Writes. In addition to being a consultant and coach, Rebecca is proud to be a Nittany Lion, earning her degree in Communications with a minor in Speech Communications from Penn State. She’s also a featured writer on numerous websites, an actress and a mother of two.
Laura Schwarz, an affiliate of Executive Essentials, is a former Marketing Director turned executive coach and trainer. Laura understands the pressures and challenges facing her global clients and appreciates the urgency to demonstrate progress quickly to optimize business results. Laura’s coaching engagements span a range of professional development themes and she partners with clients from the C-suite to recent MBA graduates. Her signature workshop “Presence: What’s in it for YOU” is frequently requested across multiple industries and is one of Laura’s favorite themes to present.
Laura partners with her clients to understand their business, their culture and how they define success to create programs customized for their needs and goals. Laura’s distinctive method for coaching and training incorporates precise observations that introduce new perspectives and solutions. Laura engages her clients by linking their development opportunities to their core values and career aspirations, creating an ideal environment for clients to embrace the changes necessary to maintain a competitive advantage.
Laura has held leadership positions at American Express, Young & Rubicam and Research International. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan with a B.A. in Psychology. Laura is certified by The Coaches Training Institute (an International Coaching Federation accredited program) and in a wide range of assessment tools, including Myers-Briggs(R) and Lominger Voices(R) 360. She is a member of New York Women in Communications.
Executive coach, author, and consultant, Terrence Seamon is experienced in working at all levels from C-level to front-line. Results and action oriented Learning & Organization Development professional. Terrence is passionate about learning, managing change, and creating more effective leaders, teams and organizations.
He believes that developing your people is the way to build your business. His commitment is to strengthen the capacity of your managers, leaders, and teams…so that your business can produce and prosper.
Social media publisher, blogger, and author of To Your Success, the guide for those in transition, Lead the Way, the guide for becoming a more engaging leader, and Change for the Better, the guide for organizational change agents who are helping people through change to achieve success.
Lisa Chenofsky Singer has helped a wide variety of corporate and non-profit organizations become more successful by developing a better understanding of the impact of individual psychology and group dynamics on their performance. Lisa is a strategic thinker with a tactical approach offering consulting services to enable organizations in making better hiring and staffing decisions, in enhancing the capabilities of executives, emerging leaders and employees, in configuring teams more effectively, and in reducing interpersonal and intergroup conflict.
Ms. Chenofsky Singer has a Masters in Organizational Communications from Kean University, a BA in Psychology from Hofstra University, and Organizational Psychology studies from Columbia University. She has certificates in Executive and Leadership Coaching from iCoach at Baruch’s Zicklin School’s of Business and from the International Coach Institute respectively. She holds Career Transition certificates from The Five O’Clock Club and Career Partners International. Lisa graduated from Rutgers University’s Entrepreneurship Pioneers Initiative (EPI) program and is certified in Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), FIRO-B and Hogan Assessments.
Lisa is an Adjunct Professor and Curriculum Developer for Rutgers University Certified Public Managers program, and an Adjunct Professor for Montclair State University where she teaches Organization and Group Leadership. She serves on the Millburn Township Environmental Commission, Millburn Township Planning Board Commissioner, and is Past Co-President of Cora Hartshorn Arboretum Board.
An Executive Essentials affiliate, Bill Straubinger specializes in helping businesses improve their results by developing employees and providing tools to make better decisions and solve problems more effectively. His background includes more than twenty years of senior management experience in the public, private and nonprofit sectors.
Over that time, he has worked with hundreds of individuals as an executive consultant, coach, project manager and trainer with more than 250 major organizations such as: AstraZenica, Bank of America, The Federal Reserve Bank of New York, National Grid, Southern Company, Marine Corps/Intelligence School, McGraw Hill, NY/NJ Port of Authority, Johnson & Johnson, Societe Generale Bank, Time Inc. the U.S. Mint and XLHealth, to develop and improve their employees’ professional and interpersonal skills to increase their management effectiveness.
As a trainer, Mr. Straubinger has presented and coordinated workshops at the local, state, national and international levels on topics concerning key management/organizational aspects of creating and operating winning programs throughout the company structure. A foundational topic in his practice is Critical Thinking and he’s a certified Mindex trainer. He also serves on the faculty of the American Management Association conducting seminars in their Leadership, Communications and Management practices.
As an educational/instructional leader, Jenny Valentine’s objectives include to motivate, train, and prepare teachers to meet the academic needs of socio, cultural, linguistically diverse students for the challenges of the 21st century in America and globally. As an instructional coach in Long Island’s largest public school system she instructs and trains teachers to develop instructional practices to teach students with an interrupted education, and newcomers’ non English speakers to become acclimated, acculturated and proficient in the English language and American society.
Her experience includes a multi-cultural, multi-lingual background, a Spanish language speaker, and a varied business background ranging from business education, computer technology, accounting, supervision and administration, student management and discipline, curriculum writing, staff development and instructional leader and coach and Web-based Blackboard on line instructor.
She holds a B.A. in Business Education, an M.A. in Elementary Education, with Bilingual and TESOL extensions, an M.S. in Educational Administration and Supervision, and an Ed. D. in Leadership and Accountability. She is a certified trainer, of the research based SIOP Sheltered Instructional Observational Protocol Model, of instruction.
Adina Viezel, an Executive Essentials affiliate, is a technology trainer and computer applications consultant with over 20 years of experience. She is a certified Microsoft Office Specialist and Microsoft Office Excel Expert and regularly teaches all levels of Microsoft Office, proprietary applications and new hire technology training in live classrooms across the United States, and, virtually, to a global audience. Adina has served in the TTT, lead trainer and curriculum development role for company-wide migration projects covering the transition between versions of Microsoft Office and/or Windows and changes in proprietary software packages and corporate procedures/best practices. Adina’s passion for training is infused into each class she teaches and her students regularly comment on her deep knowledge of the material and her engaging, friendly style.
Adina’s training expertise is complemented by concurrent specialties in several other areas. She is a consultant/project manager who has developed automated database and spreadsheet solutions for clients in over 50 fields, managing all phases of project development including discovery, specifications, system design, testing, implementation, documentation, training and ongoing support. Adina also brings award-winning writing and editorial skills which she regularly applies to custom curriculum, e-learning and IT communications and marketing projects. Adina also has had the unique opportunity to serve as an assistive technology trainer for the New Jersey Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired, experience which she finds invaluable for her mainstream training, as well.
Rachel is a professional educator with ten years of experience as a training facilitator and motivational coach. She has worked extensively with the public and voluntary sectors, helping teams and individuals become better aligned with their strategic goals. Rachel has created and delivered a broad range of workshops on leadership development, communication, personality assessment, customer service, goal-setting, behavior modification, and health and wellness.
Rachel’s experiential workshops engage groups through reflection, skill building, and action planning. Drawing on her background in education, Rachel guides participants through activities and discussions that bring content to life. With new information, a new perspective, and a new plan, individuals are motivated to make an impact with lasting change.
Rachel holds a Master of Science in Education with concentrations in student development and multicultural competence, and a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations and Organizational Communication. She is a certified MyersBriggs Type Indicator practitioner.
Nicole Wells turned her greatest fear, public speaking, into her greatest passion and has taught hundreds of professionals to do the same. She is an adjunct faculty member at New York University’s Stern School of Business as well as the School for Professional and Continuing Studies (SPCS), where she teaches Organizational Communication and Speaking Without Fear. Nicole specializes in presentation/public speaking skills, overcoming performance anxiety, and business writing.
Nicole created the course Speaking Impromptu: The Art of Thinking on Your Feet, which is now part of the curriculum at The New School and NYU’s SPCS. The foundation of her skills comes from her extensive actor training–she earned her Master of Fine Arts at Rutgers University under the direction of William Esper. Nicole has performed in numerous theatrical productions throughout New York City and helped found the New Stage Theatre Company.
A successful manager, Nicole Wells has worked for two prominent New York City museums. She has experience in supervising a large staff, retail, customer service, negotiating contracts, and project management. Nicole also maintains a private coaching practice assisting people with vocal and performance issues. Prior to earning her MFA, Nicole received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre from the University of Minnesota-Duluth.