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 Eisner Amper, 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 first 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. Her second book, Dude, Seriously, Get Your ASK in Gear! is a tool for leaders who aspire to stay relevant, engaged and influential in The VUCA World.
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.
Susan has been a four time finalist for Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award, has been named Small Business Person of the Year, honored as one of the Top 25 Leading Women Entrepreneurs in the State of New Jersey and most recently, has been awarded SmartCEO’s Brava Award. 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.
Jon Barb delivers concrete, pragmatic, training that helps participants be more effective, efficient, and get more enjoyment out of their job assignments. He has trained management and communication skills internationally and domestically for over 25 years. Specialties include: Project Management and Basic Negotiation Skills.
Past clients include: GE, UBS, HSBC, Deloitte, Pfizer, Chase, Avangrid, and the City of New York.
Jon 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.
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.
With over 25 years of team and systems relationship-coaching, training, consulting, and facilitating, Alison Bluestone knows what it takes to create and teach healthy conversations that promote higher productivity through clear communication. As a team specialist, she is committed to creating rich environments where leaders can identify and cultivate their emotional intelligence through connections such as Peer Groups and Forums, expanding themselves, and their people to reach their optimal potential.
As a progressive trainer and coach, Alison has worked with CEOs and Presidents worldwide in mostly mid-sized organizations in the banking, investment, fashion, construction, manufacturing and service industries. She specializes in culture development in organizations and develops long term relationships with her clients. She runs offsite Leadership Development programs and delivers seminars to both for-profit and non-profit organizations, specializing in teaching emotional intelligence, communication skills, self-mediation, and implicit bias training.
Alison has a rich background gained through both experience and education. Alison graduated NYU with a BFA/BS, with a background in Dramatic Arts and Organizational Psychology. Early on, Alison was a successful entrepreneur in the both the fashion and holistic personal health/development areas. Later in her career, she sold her business and became a consultant in the fashion industry which led her to forming her own consulting company focusing on Relationship and Team Facilitation/Coaching, Training and Mediation business. Alison is a Consultant for Growth Resources Inc. – GRI.CO® (highly rated assessment tool for use in talent acquisition and retention, management training and communication); Certified Forum Facilitator for Young Presidents’ Organization International®; Certified Facilitator for Interaction Associates for Social Change®; Certified Positive Psychology® Practitioner and Coach – Harvard College, MA; Enhanced Practitioner Conversational Intelligence®; International Coach Federation® Member; Certified Trainer and Mediator: Managing Workplace Conflict® and a Certified Administrator for the Conflict Dynamics Profile® both from Eckert College, FL. She sits on the boards of several women’s business charitable organizations. She is a certified Women Owned Small Business (SBA – WOSB).
Anne Boyce is an organization development, coaching and training consultant with more than 20 years of experience as both an internal and external professional in the human resource/talent development arena. She specializes in needs assessments, instructional design, facilitation, coaching and measuring ROI. As a Coach/Trainer, Anne creates an inspired and safe atmosphere for participants to learn, grow, change and integrate new skills into their work and life.
Anne has had internal corporate experience in the financial services industry, American Express, and public sector organizations with her experience ranging from implementing needs assessments, instructional design, facilitation, coaching and measuring the return on investment of training initiatives. Anne has been on teams that have implemented multi-tiered leadership training programs both in the private and public sector. As a consultant, Anne has both facilitated training and provided Executive Coaching for organizations such as Prudential, American Express, Morgan Stanley, McGraw Hill, Times Mirror and others. She is certified as a facilitator/trainer in a variety of programs focusing on: Communication Skills, Presentation Skills, Diversity Training, Supervisory and Management Skills, Team Development and Change Management.
Anne holds an M.S. in Training & Development from Lesley University, Cambridge, MA, and a B.S., cum laude, from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. She has completed an independent study in Executive Coaching with iCoachNY and is experienced with numerous workplace assessments: DISC, Myers-Briggs, etc.
Sue Brogan has developed and delivered computer software training courses to business professionals for over 22 years. She teaches a variety of software packages including the complete Microsoft Office suite with specific proficiency in OneDrive, Project, Excel, Visio, and PowerPoint. Sue is a lead trainer and curriculum developer for projects including large scale migrations, proprietary software deployments, new hire onboarding, and over the last 15 years has expanded her global reach beyond the physical classroom by conducting online training using Skype for Business, WebEx, and Adobe Connect. Attendance in these sessions ranges from 2-250 people per session.
Sue has provided computer training and consultation for clients in the pharmaceutical, accounting, and financial industries such as: Novartis, Regeneron, J&J, Roche, Wyeth, Wolters Kluwer, Guggenheim and Citibank; government agencies such as the New York Economic Development Corporation; and educational institutions such as the Montclair Adult School.
Prior to becoming a computer training consultant, Sue produced the corporate marketing, public relations and employee communications materials for a Fortune 500 company. This experience allowed her daily contact with corporate departments such as Accounting, Finance, Human Resources, and Customer Service, which she believes helps her understand the environment her clients are coming from. She likes nothing better than to share her professional experience with her students. Rather than just teach concepts, Sue prefers to teach them how to apply what they have learned to their everyday lives.
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.
Adam Connors is a sought-after speaker, podcast host, social architect and super-connector who has transformed lives and accelerated careers through training, recruiting & career coaching. He’s known for expediting outcomes for people through training in the art and science of personal and professional networking. Adam has been interviewed on TV and quoted in numerous well known publications.
Adam hosts professional and personal networking themed workshops for corporations, teams, individuals, groups & schools. The principles he imparts apply to all levels and industries, affording him the opportunity to help thousands of people. Some of the more popular workshops he offers are “How to get access to anyone”, “Networking 101”, “Networking at a conference or event” & “Networking to Improve the company’s bottom line”.
Originally from New York, Adam now resides in Hoboken, New Jersey. He earned his B.A from Quinnipiac College in Sociology. He’s owns a small residential real estate company. He was a licensed FINRA Registered Rep and previously held his Real Estate license. He’s the author of the “Art & Science of Networking”, an infographic he published that went viral and got picked up by LinkedIn, The Association for Talent Development, Entrepreneur and TheLadders, just to name a few. Adam is also in the process of getting his “Networking IQ” evaluation trademarked.
Kira B Copperman is a certified executive coach, facilitator and strategist focused on getting results. Kira is the author of the recently released book Gen-Speak: Communication Strategies for the New Generational Mix at Work as well as Send/Receive/Confirm: Optimizing Communication in the Modern Workforce. She is an award-winning researcher in the area of workplace communication and a keynote speaker on topics such as generational workforce issues and emotional intelligence in the workplace.
Kira has provided executive coaching, facilitation and consulting in a number of different industries including: financial services, healthcare, technology, media and entertainment, law and start-ups. Her extensive client list includes Citi, Viacom, Bloomberg, American Express, Dropbox, NBC Universal, PVH, New York Presbyterian Healthcare System as well as many others. She has been a keynote speaker for many organizations including the American Institute for Certified Public Accountants, American Society for Reproductive Medicine, Financial Women’s Association of New York and the Organizational Development Network of New York.
Kira combines her 15 years of experience in corporate management and human resources with her experience, certifications and education to effectively help her clients make positive changes to improve workplace performance. Kira received her BS, Magna Cum Laude, from Emerson College, her MSW from New York University and her Advanced Certification in Executive Coaching from the Six Seconds Institute: The Emotional Intelligence Network. She is certified in DiSC, MBTI, Hogan, Tracom Social Styles and Emotional Intelligence 2.0.
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 Tech-giants Apple, Amazon, Samsung, and IBM, Dru successfully designed programs to grow subject matter experts into better speakers, teachers, trainers and leaders. His areas of expertise include: Presentation Skills, Classroom Facilitation, Brainstorming and Ideation, Design Thinking, Time Management and Intergenerational Dynamics.
Originally from Tampa, FL. Dru graduated from the University of South Florida and now lives and works in New York City. He’s a certified instructional designer through Langevin Learning.
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 Leadership Development Coach who began her career as a full-figured model and television personality. Renai served as Program Manager and Executive Coach for The Retail Performance Company, a subsidiary of BMW of North America. In her role, Renai coached BMW leaders (entry to C-level) and managed programs for BMW of North America and Coty, Inc.
She has coached and facilitated training programs for physicians and other medical professionals at Lourdes Health System, the New York Department of Citywide Administrative Services and Kathy Wickline Casting. Renai launched her career in television after a summer internship with KYW-TV in Philadelphia, PA. She executive produced and hosted Embrace Life with Renai, a human interest television program sponsored by Lourdes Health System which aired on WMCN in the Philadelphia regional market. She also hosted Joy in Our Town, a public affairs television show which aired 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 break in television came when she auditioned and was hired as a host on QVC after a two-year modeling stint with the network. Renai also created a clothing line on QVC. She 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. For 14 years, Renai hosted the New Jersey Lottery on NJN 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 became the first African American Homecoming Queen in 1987 when Rowan was still known as Glassboro State College. 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. Renai also holds two certifications as a Life Coach.
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. He served as a host for the daily call-in program Living Today on the Martha Stewart Living Radio network and helped launch that channel’s “Manners Monday” segment, which focused on 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.
Cindy Fleischer is an accomplished executive coach, trainer and consultant with a proven record of driving transformational initiatives, empowering people and delivering successful projects. Cindy is a creative, strategic thinker with particular talent in identifying opportunities and articulating needs. With a drive to help her clients, their stakeholders and the community, she develops strategies for alignment to effectively achieve goals, maintain stakeholder engagement and addresses issues of leadership, employee engagement, productivity and innovation. She demonstrates excellence in communication and facilitation skills. Her exceptional interpersonal skills impart the ability to influence. She is a true student of behavior in the business world and is passionate about her work. With grace, confidence and a business owners’ mind- set, she creates a collaborative environment for her clients to safely and confidently explore options and ideas.
During the course of her career, Cindy has mentored many who have gone on to be industry leaders and enjoy successful and fulfilling careers. As a coach, trainer and consultant, Cindy has had the opportunity to create and implement innovative and original pilot programs for nonprofit organizations, serving many in new and innovative ways while creating models to be duplicated. She has also had the opportunity to coach new managers, mothers returning to work, faith leaders and seasoned executives engaged in career change. Her training work has introduced her to manufacturing, distribution, corporations, the pharmaceutical industry, educational institutions, faith organizations and non-profit fields.
She holds a BA from FDU in psychology and several certifications including DiSC, Hogan HBRI, and from Rutgers: Sustainability, Project Management and Lean Six Sigma. She is honored to have served as a member of the board of directors for the Mental Health Association of Morris County, the Mental Health Advisory Board of Morris County, MC Stigma Free Initiative and currently serves on the grant committee of Impact 100 Garden State. In addition to coaching and training, available courses include: Management & Leadership, DiSC Behavior Profile, Communications skills, Customer Service, Conflict resolution, Change, Goal setting and feedback, Sales, Lean 6S for managers, Team building and others.
Les is a leadership development consultant and executive coach who helps organizations and individuals improve performance and build high performing teams. He is known for providing pragmatic approaches to organizational challenges, using a disciplined approach to situation assessment and analysis. He is passionate about actively engaging all team members in shared goals and success, leveraging the power of the individual and the group.
Les has provided expertise in talent development to Fortune 200 companies in the Financial Services, Sales and Marketing, and Consumer Package Goods, and he has advised leaders at all levels in manufacturing, supply chain, operations, information technology, and human resources. He has created and managed highly successful programs in leadership assessment and development, hiring for potential, leading teams through change, and resolving conflict. Les has also mediated disputes between employers and US military service members on employment and compliance issues.
Les has a BA in Economics from Washington and Lee University and a Diploma in Training Development from New York University. He is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources and is a member of the International Coach Federation. Les’ experience includes HR leadership roles at Mellon Bank of New York, Arrow Electronics, and The Estee Lauder Companies.
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!”
Maria Guida is an expert in executive speaking, and specializes in developing emotional intelligence, empathy, impact, and influence; her custom-designed programs provide acting techniques that turn leaders into powerful and persuasive speakers.
Maria has delivered programs and keynote addresses for Fortune 500 companies, business associations, and universities, including McKinsey & Co., JPMorgan Chase, PricewaterhouseCoopers, American Express, Chubb, Moody’s Corporation, Johnson & Johnson, SHRM, and Baruch College. Maria was an Adjunct Professor at NYU’s School of Continuing Education and serves on the faculty of the School of Visual Arts Graduate Program. She has also served on the board of the National Speakers Association NY Chapter.
Maria spent fifteen years as a professional actor on Broadway, TV, and film (working with Paul Newman, James Earl Jones, and Kevin Kline) – where she learned that acting is the art of persuasion. She studied acting with Olympia Dukakis, and Alan Arkin. Maria is a graduate of the NYU Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Acting Program, holds an MA in Communications from Hunter College, and is certified as a teacher by the State of New York. Her articles on the use of theater techniques for persuasive business speaking have been published by SHRM, the National Speakers Association, Smart CEO Magazine, NY Women in Communications, the NY County Lawyers Association, Jersey City State College and others.
Robyn Hatcher shines a light on how the power of COMMUNICATION can lead to more sales, stronger teams, a collaborative culture and increased retention & productivity. Robyn is an author, speaker, recovering actor, communication skills coach and consultant and a thought leader. She has been quoted and published in major magazines, has appeared on over 20 Podcasts and on Good Morning America speaking about #metoo and the workplace. Robyn has successfully trained and coached thousands of business professionals from – Fortune 500 companies and brands, like Lifetime Television, Jones New York, AXA, UBS, Hewlett Packard and many more providing lightning fast results to improve their sales, culture, retention and engagement management. She has spoken in front of hundreds of audiences large and small.
Despite being incredibly shy as a child, Robyn has spent over 20 years as a professional actor appearing in TV commercials, episodic TV shows and the stage and has written for two daytime dramas. She is also a certified Neural Linguistic Programming (NLP) Practitioner and a brain science geek. She uses a combination of her creative skills and experiences and her scientific research to turn her dynamic keynotes and breakout sessions into educational, engaging, entertaining events. She delivers tangible, easy to implement techniques that turn your high potentials into high performers.
Robyn’s first book, Standing Ovation Presentations (Motivational Press, 2013), contains a unique communication-style system called ActorTypes. and was named on Forbes.com as one of 2015’s Top 100 Coaching Books.
Marc H. Kalan is a Marketing/Business Development Executive, now full time Professor of Marketing, 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. With a foundation in traditional CPG Brand Management, he brings expertise identifying, qualifying, creating, selling and managing impactful new business marketing programs, building strong client relationships while 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 levels in 2003 and has taught at Fairleigh Dickinson, William Patterson and Kean Universities. Since 2008 Professor Kalan has served on the faculty of the Rutgers Business School, Department of Marketing, teaching an array of Undergraduate, Graduate and Executive Marketing Courses. Kalan adds multiple international experiences teaching RBS EMBA students in Beijing and Singapore, and RUNIN students in Changchun, China.
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 include: “Overall Best Professor”, “Most Motivational”, “Most Liberal Teaching Methods”, “Funniest Teacher”, and “Most Likely to Brighten Your Day”, “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 individual skills, as well as seminar workshops on “Marketing Basics for the Non-Marketing Professional”.
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 just 5 inaugural Teaching Excellence Center Fellows where he initiated the faculty workshop series (“Tips to Enhance Personal Presentation Skills in the Digital Age”). Capping these honors he is a recipient of “The Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching 2015-2016.” Kalan holds degrees from The University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University.
As an affiliate of Executive Essentials, Abby brings her 20 years of experience, energy, resourcefulness and humor to support the development of employees at all levels within organizations. 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 skillfully assesses organizations and the people that are responsible for bringing the vision and mission alive so that she can deliver meaningful learning 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 expertise. She designs and delivers supervisory, middle tier and executive level management programs that meet the challenges of today’s ever changing workplace.
Abby is a graduate in Communications from The George Washington University and has her MSW from the University of Pennsylvania with a specialty in Workplace Dynamics. She has a certificate in Organizational Development from Columbia University Teachers College. She has held critical roles at The National Board of Medical Examiners, New York University Medical Center, Mount Sinai Hospital, Cadbury, Kraft, LifeCell, Symphony Health Solutions, G&W Laboratories and Lonza. Through 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, The Hogan Assessment, The Neethling Brain Instrument, the Myers-Briggs Type Inventory and the full suite of Korn Ferry Leadership Programs.
Ken is a highly versatile Talent consultant with over 25 years of experience helping clients achieve their business goals and increase organizational effectiveness. He works collaboratively, tailoring each innovative and cutting-edge solution to meet each organization’s unique set of business needs that achieves measurably faster, better and more sustainable results. Ken specializes in Talent, Organizational and Leadership Development, and Executive Coaching.
Ken’s knowledge and wealth of experience comes from working with a highly diverse group of clients across a variety of industries. He has used his extensive experience to help organizations create business and learning strategies, and develop executive leadership programs and competencies, and also provides targeted executive coaching – 360 degree assessments and individual development plans. He designs succession planning processes, identifies high-potentials, implements Knowledge Transfer programs, creates on-boarding and mentoring programs, and provides post-merger integration learning systems. He also builds performance management systems, facilitates teambuilding off-sites. As an accomplished facilitator and speaker, Ken conducts web and classroom based workshops on a variety of topics from Strategic Planning, Emotional Intelligence and Managing for Results to Promoting Your Personal Brand and Using Stories to Make High Impact Presentations using stories into his presentations to engage an audience, feed their imagination, and paint pictures with words to drive home key insights and serve as a foundation for learning.
Ken spent his early career as a consultant for Towers Watson’s Learning and Development Practice, headed-up Product Development for Juran Institute, Inc., and held key management positions at Philips Electronics, N.V. and Prudential Resources Management. Ken received his B.S. degree in Psychology and Mathematics from Lehman College, and holds a Master’s degree in Counseling from Bank Street College. He is certified in Lominger’s Leadership Architect® Competency process. Ken has also been an adjunct faculty member at Pace University and Fordham University’s Human Resource Graduate Program.
Neelu Kaur is a Corporate Trainer, Leadership Coach, and a Yoga / Ayurveda Expert. She specializes in the design and delivery of Adult Learning & Leadership Development Programs. Neelu is a certified Yoga and Ayurveda Specialist focused on bringing mindfulness and stress management practices to individuals, teams, and organizations. Neelu’s systematic approach to coaching focuses on the macro-level working towards the micro-level. No challenge can be diagnosed one dimensionally, therefore the focus is to analyze the external environment and work inwards towards the client’s particular needs.
Neelu collaborates with her clients to understand the root causes of their challenges. While working strategically, she also provides day-to-day tools and uses NLP (NeuroLinguistic Programming) techniques to help increase productivity and eliminate self-limiting beliefs. She helps individuals and teams be more productive, peaceful and purposeful in their professional and personal lives. Known to be creative, empathetic, and deeply compassionate, she helps her clients deal with challenges ranging from transitioning to a different career, returning to the workplace after a leave of absence, or conquering self-limiting beliefs.
Neelu’s clients include Google, Capco, Ernst& Young, Deloitte, Morgan Stanley, Oath, Asana, Strativity, SAP, Salesforce, American Liver Foundation, Living Yoga, Santhigram Ayurveda, and Harlem Yoga. She holds a BS from NYU Stern School of Business, an MA in Social & Organizational Psychology from Columbia University, and is a certified NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) Practitioner Coach from the NLP Center of New York.
Stella Lee is a seasoned Organization Development professional with over 17 years of experience in the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors. In her career, she has focused on the assessment, development, training and coaching of clients from individual contributors to senior executives and physicians. She has worked extensively assessing individuals and organizations, and helped clients with large group change, strategic planning, and self-awareness in order to achieve goals. As a senior internal Organization Development Consultant at Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, she designed and delivered interactive learning programs on a variety of management and customer service topics including Problem Solving, Listening, Project Management and Time Management. She has developed customized training in self-awareness to facilitate group learning and self-discovery. She facilitated organization development initiatives using large-scale change approaches (Appreciative Inquiry), and small group / individual awareness tools (The Human Element, HBDI).
In order to get a broader exposure to the businesses, Stella has also spent time as a Human Resources Generalist in several organizations, enabling her to tailor OD solutions more directly to critical business needs. She has consulted with MetLife, Pfizer, and HP, and has run survey programs at Citibank and Memorial Sloan Kettering. She is currently coaching extensively in technology firms and also serves as a faculty member at New York University and Baruch College receiving strong teaching evaluations for her courses in coaching, organizational psychology and research methods / statistics.
Stella received her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Industrial/Organizational (I/O) Psychology from New York University (NYU) and a B.A. in Psychology from the George Washington University. She holds a certificate of Professional Coaching Skills from Results Coaching Systems and is a certified facilitator in Benchmarks 360, EQ-I 2.0 – Emotional Intelligence, MBTI, & HBDI various other assessments.
Jamie Levinson is an executive coach and experienced training facilitator. She has worked over 20 years in Human Resources both in leadership development, and learning and development in financial services, professional services, healthcare and non-profit organizations. Jamie has extensive experience working with newer leaders as well as more senior leadership. She has developed expertise working with women leaders and the issues facing women in the workplace today. Her Masters in Counseling Psychology, behavior change theory, and her unique ability to build trust quickly with her clients, supports them to achieve lasting and impactful results.
Jamie’s signature presence carries a warm, relaxed yet professional style, which creates a safe environment in which to work. She builds a foundation for trust by being present, engaged and curious. She brings openness, warmth, humor and authenticity to her relationships. Through assessment, powerful listening, questions, feedback, and an action-oriented approach, Jamie’s clients achieve results they did not think possible. Jamie has delivered workshops on many communication skills topics, coaching others, leadership presence, confidence and assertiveness training for women, virtual teaming, emotional intelligence and leadership. She has expertise in virtual as well as classroom training.
Jamie holds a B.S. in Education from The University of Maryland, and a M.S. in Counseling Psychology 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 Hogan, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator(MBTI), The Thomas-Kilmann
Conflict Mode Instrument, EQ- i2.0 and EQ 360. 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 ODNNY, and ATD NYC Chapter.
A TEDx speaker, 3-time Toastmasters district finalist, World Class Speaking certified coach, strategy consultant, best-selling author, competitive ballroom Latin dancer, mother, and cancer survivor, a Japanese native Natsuyo has been delivering trainings, workshops, seminars, and keynotes in Japanese and English to the diverse audience.
Natsuyo is a Global Leadership and Cross-Cultural Communications strategist. Using a multi-layered approach of cross-cultural theory, public speaking skills, logical thinking frameworks, and team leadership skills, Natsuyo assists her audience to learn how to adjust their messages to be heard by different cultures. By the end of her session, the audience will be equipped with advanced cross-cultural communication skills to improve team dynamics by bridging the cultural gap and leveraging diversity. Natsuyo has worked with various industries and companies, including Toyota, American Express, BNP Paribas, Hitachi, Fujitsu, Chamber of Commerce, and more.
Born and raised in Tokyo, Japan, Natsuyo began her career at one of the top Japanese trading companies, ITOCHU International in New York. She then received her MBA degree from New York University, and held a position as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company. Today she is the managing principal of her own strategy consulting firm, ASPIRE Intelligence, and executive consultant of a global public speaking consultancy, Breakthrough Speaking. Natsuyo resides in New York with her husband Robert, who is a dentist, and their young daughter Leena, who is a model/ballerina/figure skater!
Loren is a master training facilitator and executive coach who specializes in leadership development. She established her expertise at Columbia Business School where she coached global executive-track MBAs in the financial services, management consulting, consumer goods and healthcare sectors. She founded Columbia’s peer coaching program where she certified and managed a large cadre of leadership coaches and headed the organization-wide career development curriculum that drove the professional growth of 2,500 of business leaders a year. During her tenure she also created and led the public speaking program that helped thousands of business leaders tackle their fear of public speaking and hone their leadership presence. She then managed all Training and Development for North America at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and headed organization-wide leadership development at New-York Presbyterian Hospital.
Loren leads leadership development seminars and coaches executives in Fortune 500 companies, universities and nonprofits, including: JPMorgan Chase, Ortho, Uber, MassMutual, UNICEF, Stanford University, Columbia Business School, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, Montefiore Medical System, the Center for Corporate Education at Stony Brook University and many others. Some of the coaching topics Loren is experienced in are: one-on-one executive coaching, executive on-boarding, team coaching and coaching leadership development program participants. Some of the topics that Loren has designed and led seminars on: Coaching Skills for Managers, Leading with Emotional Intelligence, Leadership Communication, Public Speaking and Presentation Skills, Cultivating Executive Presence, Delegation, Situational Leadership, Feedback Conversations that Get Real Results, Conflict Management Strategies, Performance Management.
Loren received her BA with honors, in Psychology from Hartwick College, her MSW, with high honors, from SUNY at Stony Brook, and her coaching certification from the Center for Coaching Certification, which is accredited by the International Coach Federation. Loren is certified in numerous assessment tools, including: EQ-I 2.0, Hogan, Lominger Voices 360°, Korn-Ferry Leadership Architect, Myers-Briggs Type Inventory, DISC and Harvard Business School’s CareerLeader. She writes about leadership and career success for Forbes and has been quoted in numerous publications including: USA Today, Yahoo!, ATD, Business Insider, and themuse.com.
Rich is a strategy, people and innovation consultant who has over 12,000 hours engaging leaders and teams in developing their capacity and innovating their business forward. He has coached leaders in a number of situations over the years including; accelerating them into a new team, 360 for career development, and to avoid derailment. Rich has engaged departments as large as 100 people in processes that unleash their creativity to improve operations and identify new revenue streams. He has worked in professional services, pharmaceutical and biotech, financial services and manufacturing industries.
Rich has worked with Accenture (Effective Presentations, Leadership Skills for New Managers), Baxter Healthcare (7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Foundations for Leadership), Chicago Board of Trade (New Leader Program, Hard Conversations), PWC (Effective Presentations and Managing Meetings, Tools for Tapping Group Genius), Square D Company (Leading with Vision and Values, Leadership and Quality Simulation) and Siemens Diagnostics (New Leader Workshop, Customized Team-building)
Rich has an M.A. in Training and Development for Business from Ohio State University, and is consulting faculty for the University of Notre Dame’s College of Business. He is author of, Rules of Engagement: A Story About How Leaders Can More Effectively Engage Employees. And he co-authored The Experience-Based Learning Guide: Consulting Tools and Exercises that Facilitate team Performance and Learning Through Action. He is also certified in EQi 2.0, Rummler-Brache process mapping methodology, MBTI, TMI, CCL’s 360 Benchmarks, the Hermann Brain Dominance Index, the Matrix Management Institute’s Project Management Methodology, and the IDEO/ExperiencePoint Innovation simulation.
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.
Julie is a consultant, speaker, and master training facilitator helping clients develop better leadership skills, healthy culture, employee engagement, change management, team dynamics, resilience, and emotional intelligence. She coaches leaders with a focus on raising self-awareness and managing blind spots to become a more effective leader. Julie is a certified mindfulness teacher and has taught the science of mindfulness worldwide at global corporations. She is passionate about creating environments where leaders inspire and employees thrive.
Julie is a former practicing attorney and headed up strategy for a large, national non-profit, providing leadership at the national level and for affiliate organizations across the country. She focuses on core leadership and management capabilities, and helping leaders create a culture of inclusion and engagement. She has developed and delivered many programs on resilient leadership for senior leaders and has conducted leadership retreats for women executives. Julie has experience with the Tech, Healthcare, Banking, Wealth Management, Chemical, Telecommunications, Foundation, and Non-Profit industries.
Julie has a Juris Doctorate from Brooklyn Law School and a Bachelor of Arts from Rutgers University. She is a retired member of the NJ Bar Association. Julie is a certified teacher of Search Inside Yourself, the mindfulness based emotional intelligence program developed at Google.
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 and retreats for active listening, team collaboration, leadership development, presentation skills, and professional presence and facilitates action learning sessions.
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 a current 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.
Ruth Robbins, MBA is a business coach with expertise in Career Management, Transition Coaching and On The Job Success who empowers clients to move their professional plans to the next level and beyond. Ruth excels in organizing people through Work/Life transitions and on the job issues and demands, working with those who range in age and seniority from senior and mid-managers to high potentials.
With 20 years of expertise in personal and professional branding, crafting communications that garner distinct attention in a fiercely competitive space where to catch the eye of the hiring team is becoming increasingly challenging. She provides high-insight training on networking as an ongoing life practice, nailing interviews and meetings with empowered follow up, and savvy salary negotiation. Ruth’s speaking, facilitation and coaching engagements have included The Brooklyn Navy Yard, Grant Street Settlement, McGraw Hill affinity groups, Grace Institute, and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business among others. As part of her group coaching activities, she presented monthly on personal branding, networking, negotiation, interviewing and strategic follow-up. She appeared as a three-time guest speaker on Empire Broadcasting radio.
Ruth holds an MBA from Fordham University in Marketing and Finance with honors and membership in Beta Gamma Sigma Business honor society. She earned an undergraduate degree in English and Philosophy from SUNY Albany. She also has a certificate in Adult Career Planning and Development from NYU, School of Continuing Studies and is MBTI certified through APTi.
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.
Terrence Seamon is an organizational consultant, facilitator, and executive coach. He has over 30 years of industry experience as an organizational consultant and human resources professional specializing in Training & Organization Development in the pharma-chem, telecom, and energy industries.
His work in these industries has included leadership development, executive coaching, team building, culture change, and mergers and acquisitions. As a result of his first-hand experience, he has acquired expertise regarding human dynamics and organizational effectiveness, corporate and individual performance, and growth and transformation. A sample of his training programs include: Conflict Management and Assertiveness, Communication Styles and Presentation Skills, Teamwork & Collaboration, Leadership Development, Employee Engagement, Time Management & Working Smarter, Change Management, Stress Management, and Coaching for Managers.
Terrence earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Communication from Rutgers University and a Master’s Degree in Education from Rutgers Graduate School of Education, equipping him with capabilities encompassing organizational communication and change, and adult experiential learning.
Bill has over 35 years of a wide range of Human Resources experience in both the private and not-for-profit worlds. His key areas of passion and expertise are in Succession Planning, Talent Management, Leadership Development, and Executive Coaching and Mentoring. He also has deep experience in Performance Management and Organizational Behavior, Employee Relations and Risk Mitigation. Bill has devoted his career to creating humanistic and motivational work environments in which staff thrive, careers broaden, and people can achieve a balance between work and home life.
Bill has been the VP of HR at UNICEF, USA, and has held multiple senior positions in Talent and Human Resources at New York University. He served as VP of Administration,& Infrastructure at Philips Research and was Corporate Director of HR at Global Philips Electronics Corporation. As a consultant, he conducted Executive Coaching & Career Counseling for downsized executives. Bill has also held key HR leadership positions for SCM, and Reader’s Digest, was a Faculty Member at the American Management Association and was Director of Counseling Services at Pace University.
Bill received an Ed.D. and Ed.M. in Counseling Psychology from Rutgers University and BA in Social Relations from Harvard University.
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 U.S. and, virtually, to a global audience.
A graduate of Wellesley College, Adina has served as a Training Manager, TTT, Lead Trainer, curriculum developer and has led large-scale software migration projects for clients such as ExxonMobil, Citi, Regeneron, Wolters Kluwer, New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance, New York City Campaign Finance Board, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and Cadbury Schweppes as well as hundreds of other organizations. 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 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.