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Career Coaches

If you're looking for a career or executive coach, there are a number we can recommend. These folks are particularly helpful if you're transitioning between careers or organizations. They can help you explore your options, taking into consideration your background, skills, and interests. Executive coaches help individuals with on-the-job performance.

Below, you'll find the contact information for a number of coaches. Career and executive coaching is a fee-based service for alumni. Pricing inquiries should be addressed directly with the coach.

Recommended Career Coaches:

Bradford Agry ’81

Phone: 212-501-8045

Bradford Agry ’81 is Bradford Agry '81 is co-founder of CareerTeam Partners, a New York City-based career management consulting. His work ranges from career transition and executive coaching to leadership development and work-life balance issues. In addition to his private practice, he has developed and taught a number of career strategy courses at various locales in Manhattan. Additionally, he serves as a vocational faculty member for CREDO, an onging programmatic initiative devoted to wellness for clergy and their families in various key segments of their lives including finance, physical health and work.


Caroline Ceniza-Levine

Phone: 212-501-2234

Caroline Ceniza-Levine and her partner, Connie Thanasoulis of SixFigureStart, LLC, are Fortune 500 recruiters with 40+ years of experience. They offer action-oriented advice on what employers really want from candidates.


Judith Chang ’96

Phone: 917-488-0828

Judith Chang ’96 brings to her career advisory 20+ years of direct work experience in cross-border finance, investment, law and education. She guides her diverse clientele through strategic planning and concrete applications. She is bilingual in English and Chinese adding to her cultural sensitivity in her coaching work.


Ellis Chase

Phone: 212-874-0175

Mr. Chase has had a diversified, extensive experience in career and executive coaching, management consulting, and training in corporations, consulting companies, private practice, and colleges and universities.

He currently maintains a varied consulting practice. Corporate clients have included Deloitte, General Electric, Estee Lauder, Goldman Sachs, The Gartner Group, Purdue Pharma, Swiss Re America, ING Capital, Penguin Putnam, American Civil Liberties Union, Hess Corporation, and Citigroup.

His employment history includes several years as Managing Director at Right Management Consultants and Systems Staffing Officer with the Chase Manhattan Bank.

He was an instructor with the Center for Career, Education, and Life Planning at New York University from 1987-2006, and, since 2001, has been a retained consultant to Columbia Business School in Alumni Relations, Career Management, and the Program for Social Intelligence. He has appeared on CNN, CNBC, and has been a regular contributor to a wide variety of media outlets.

His first book, In Search of the Fun-Forever Job: Career Strategies That Work , was released in April, 2013.

Mr. Chase holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Masters Degree in English and Secondary Education, both from New York University.


Hannah Chase (Resume Coach)

Phone: 212-854-1961

Hannah Chase has worked at Columbia Business School for over six years, both in the Career Management office as well as in the Office of Admission, where Hannah served as Associate Director. In Career Management, Hannah advised EMBA students on resumes and cover letters as well as issues relating to personal branding and social media. Hannah also built and currently maintains an extensive multimedia library for the department, filming and editing workshops, webinars, and specially produced videos on a variety of Career Management topics and making them available virtually. In her private practice, Hannah conducts resume reviews and, with a background in film and theater directing, also works with clients on presentation and on-camera skills. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College and is currently completing her Master of Education at Columbia University's Teachers College.


Roy Cohen ’85

Phone: 917-929-8538

Roy Cohen ’85 has substantial experience as a career counselor working with sell-side and buy-side clients, i.e., investment banking, research, private equity, corporate development, hedge funds, venture capital, etc., and clients in management consulting, marketing, branding and strategy. His book, The Wall Street Professional's Survival Guide, was released by Financial Times Press in June 2010.


Liz Colodny

Phone: 914-263-3414

Liz Colodny coaches professionals globally from all industries and functional areas. She has been a staffing executive in the financial services, consumer product, professional services and manufacturing industries. Liz has also worked in executive search and for a premiere outplacement firm, in addition to and Her coaching expertise includes job search strategy, effective networking, interviewing, résumé, cover letter and LinkedIn profile development, offer negotiation and on-boarding. Liz earned her MBA at Northwestern’s Kellogg School.


David Cosloy

Phone: 646-942-1563

David brings over 13 years of consulting experience in addition to a MBA. David is deeply committed to developing and coaching professionals interested in careers in consulting.

David joined JPMorgan Chase to focus on in-house consulting and large-scale project management. Before joining JPMorgan Chase, David was a top-rated seasoned Senior Manager with Deloitte Consulting in New York City where he worked for over eight years. David has spent his entire career teaming with organizations domestically and internationally to create change. David has also collaborated on a book, articles, a workshop technique, and podcasts that were all published/broadcast.

David spent three years at Deloitte working in a Chief Operating Officer equivalent role for one of Deloitte’s largest businesses and led cross-functional operational improvement, strategic planning, and people initiatives. David is known for both his strategy and execution abilities, his logical problem solving approach to tackling tough issues, his clear and organized approach, and his ability to form meaningful relationships with very senior influential leaders and stakeholders to create tangible results.

At Deloitte, David designed, developed, and executed on a “Grow our Own” Recruiting program, focused on Advanced Degree/MBA hires. In this role, David teamed with other business leaders to develop strategy including school selection based on historical data and trends, managed recruiting lifecycle and activities, and facilitated presentation of proposed candidates for final hiring determination. David received an award for Outstanding Deloitte Contribution for this success.

Before joining Deloitte, David completed his MBA at Georgetown, during which time he also completed the Summer Scholar’s Program in International Management at Oxford. David also completed a certificate in Strategic Human Resources from Cornell. Prior to his MBA, he was a top-rated performer in the Management Consulting arm of PricewaterhouseCoopers for four years. His undergraduate degree is in Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis.

David resides on the Upper East Side with his family where he is involved with several cultural and community groups.


Francis A. de la Cruz ’08

Phone: 646-389-3748

Francis de la Cruz ’08 specializes in helping qualified candidates launch, manage, and advance their careers in investment banking. He also helps mid-career professionals and executives transition to the buy side by providing carefully-crafted resumes, cover letters, executive bios, LinkedIn profiles, and career coaching to win the recruiting and interview process. Francis has 12+ years of Wall Street experience and has served over 1,000 clients as a professional resume writer since launching his consulting venture in 2009. His clients have earned offers from all of the big banks and appreciate his unique dedication and personalized approach.

Francis holds a BA in History from Harvard University and an MBA from Columbia Business School, and is a Certified Professional Resume Writer.


Pat Drew

Phone: 914-588-8243

Pat Drew of Pat Drew Company LLC is an executive and career coach focusing on high performance, managing change/organizational resilience and preparing executives for abrupt career transition in tumultuous times. She has a specialty in managing global assignments, has worked internally in a global organization as well as external consultant/ coach in a broad range of industries.


Debra Feldman

Phone: 203-637-3500

Debra Feldman of JobWhiz is an international executive talent agent. She identifies the hiring decision makers who can appreciate you and then personally promotes your strengths. She has an almost 99% success rate for engineering discreet, one-on-one meetings with targeted networking contacts. Her strategic methods eliminate gatekeepers and open doors to multiple, unadvertised positions in the hidden job market that match a client’s specifications for responsibilities, location, compensation, competitive rank, ownership type, financial status, etc. She offers confidential job searching, identifies high potential opportunities, conducts corporate due diligence and implements daily job hunting tasks frequently running her client’s campaigns for them. Her practice includes career changers, re-entry candidates and outstanding candidates whom recruiters refuse to help.


Ethan Hanabury ’85

Phone: 917-531-2292

Ethan Hanabury ’85 is an Award winning executive and life coach. He brings 28 years of experience and perspective as a senior leader and educator at Columbia Business School, Unilever, and Arthur Andersen. He has experience working with clients in the financial services, healthcare, media, technology, oil and gas, and not-for-profit sectors.


Cynthia Indriso ’86

Phone: +34 93 415 2342 (Barcelona)
Skype: Cynthia.Indriso

Cynthia is an executive coach specializing in career transition and leadership development for business people working internationally across cultures. Certified by the International Coach Federation (ICF) as a Professional Certified Coach (PCC), her expertise is concentrated in over 25 years of international experience living and working abroad with C-suite and senior leaders and their teams, entrepreneurs, and individuals in a wide range of industries (e.g., Anglo American, DANONE, IBM, Microsoft, SAP Global, Sara Lee, Tag Heuer, Unilever) and in the public sector, primarily the United Nations, following from her work as a social scientist for the World Health Organization in Geneva.

Helping people through career transition and to become successful at leading and managing people are key focus areas for Cynthia. She’s trained and certified to deliver a collection of best-in-class feedback and assessment tools, and partners with the Ken Blanchard Companies as an executive coach, along with managing her own executive coaching and consulting services company. Cynthia coaches in both English and Spanish, in-person, by telephone and Skype, and currently divides her time between New York City and Barcelona, where she’s been based since 1997.


Jill Lauri ’87

Phone: 212-289-3540

Jill Lauri ’87, MSW, uses creative, innovative, and spiritual approaches to career management and transition. She helps clients find their passion, so that they can live with authenticity and purpose. Jill also coaches groups on a variety of customized themes including Capitalize on Stress, Transform using Creativity, Morph Change into Opportunity, and Cope with Traumatic Events.


Bob McKiernan ’73

Phone: 732-494-6635

With over 15 years of providing career advisory services exclusively and with a unique blend of career management, human resources and marketing credentials, Bob McKiernan ’73 is dedicated to and has a demonstrated record of assisting his clients gain greater satisfaction and control over their own professional lives.

In addition to serving as executive coach addressing career development issues, Bob’s broad based credentials enable him to create complete but tailored job search campaigns for his clients who either want to remain within their discipline/industry as well as those desiring some type of career change.


Julia McNamara ’96

Phone: 646-489-6419

Julia McNamara ’96 Julia McNamara '96 brings 20 years of strategy consulting, entrepreneurship and international business to her work as an executive coach and consultant. She works with individuals and teams in a variety of areas including: job search strategy, developing executive presence and influence and discovering your purpose in a career. Having worked in 70 countries, she enjoys working with international executives. She is fluent in German and conversant in Spanish. She holds dual citizenship, US/Ireland.


Buddy Moran

Phone: 973-868-8847

Buddy Moran is President of Elston Associates, a professional services firm offering Executive Coaching services, including career management / transition and leadership development, to business executives in multiple industries and across multiple functions.


Yoshi Nakamura

Phone: 917-623-5644

Yoshi Nakamura is a career, transition and executive coach and organizational consultant. Her expertise includes intercultural challenges, career transitions and management, work-life balance, as well as leadership development. Yoshi is fluent in English and Japanese.


Sarah Stamboulie ’93

Phone: 212-206-9929

Sarah Stamboulie ’93 of Stamboulie Career Consulting helps her clients conduct a more efficient and effective job search by better accessing the hidden job market. Sarah advises clients on job targeting, résumés, LinkedIn, exploratory meetings, interviews and negotiation. She also offers executive coaching, career assessment consultation (including Myers-Briggs assessment) and weekly executive transition groups.


Janet Raiffa (Resume Coach)

Phone: 212-851-9527

Janet Raiffa is currently an Associate Director at Columbia Business School’s Career Management Center. Prior to switching to the academic side, Janet spent over 10 years as a recruiter for consulting, law and banking. From 1999-2008 she was an MBA Recruiter, Diversity Recruiter, and Recruiting Manager at Goldman, Sachs & Co in the firm’s offices in New York, New Jersey, London and Bangalore, India. At CBS she is a generalist with a particular focus on advising for banking and consulting, and also introduced a new resume training program and template. She holds a master’s degree from Columbia’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and a B.A. from Dartmouth College.


Claire Steichen

Phone: 917-488-3972

Claire Steichen is President of Clear Strategy Coaching, a practice whose focus is on mid‐career and senior executives. In the last five and a half years, Claire has coached hundreds of clients in leadership development, career strategy and effective communication. Claire is a coach and trainer in public speaking for Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs. She works as a coach and facilitator in leadership development for Columbia Business School’s Executive Education programs. She is a preferred coach, focused on 360 leadership assessments, for Columbia Business School's Social Intelligence Program.

Claire has her MBA from Columbia Business School and her BA from Boston University. She is a certified co-active coach through Coach Training Institute, San Rafael, CA, is certified in Tracom’s Social Styles instrument and is a Certified Practitioner in the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. Claire is bilingual in English and French, and fluent in Spanish. She is also a member of the International Coach Federation, Cosmetic Executive Women, and 85 Broads.


Ferne Traeger ’80

Phone: 212-996-7206

Ferne Traeger ’80, LCSW, Founder and President of Beyond the Boardroom, LLC is a career coach and psychoanalyst. Ferne combines more than twenty-five years’ experience in business management as well as over fifteen years’ clinical practice experience to assist individuals with career transitions, leadership development and work/life integration. Her approach merges goal-oriented pragmatism with an ability to listen for, identify and address obstacles to professional success.

Ferne received a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, an MBA in Finance from Columbia University Graduate School of Business and an MSW from New York University Silver School of Social Work. She has a certificate in organizational consulting and executive coaching and is a Member and Director of multiple professional organizations.


Julia Harris Wexler

Phone: 914-584-4966

Julia Harris Wexler is a certified Executive Coach focused on all areas of career navigation, including mid-career shifts, career re-entry, skill assessment, interview skills, resume overhaul, on-boarding, transitioning and leadership.

Prior to coaching, she worked for 23 years as a Partner in a leading Executive Search firm advising senior leaders on how to interview, motivate, retain, and compensate their human capital. In that capacity, she interviewed and recruited over 100 professionals. She has completed the Advanced Coach Intensive from Columbia University/Columbia Business School, taken PhD classes in organizational leadership, and received her MA from Teacher’s College in developmental psychology. Julia is also certified as an Executive Coach from Coach Training Alliance; and she is certified in the Hogan HPI, MVPI and 360 assessment tools. She helps her clients identify their skills, and provides the expertise and accountability necessary for them to maximize their professional potential. .


Eileen Wolkstein

Phone: 212-254-6510

Eileen Wolkstein, PhD, LMHC, offers executive coaching, career planning, comprehensive assessments, career testing, professional branding, job search strategic planning, role playing, networking, marketing and closing services.


Sabrina Zook ’94

Phone: 914-874-4834

Sabrina Zook ’94 of Talent Development Strategies is a business-oriented coach with 20 years of human resources experience including 14+ years at JPMorgan Chase. She provides structured guidance to focus career transition efforts and prepare clients for every aspect of the job search.



Career Services FAQ

Here are the most frequently asked questions by alumni.

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Yes. Alumni Career Services is available to meet with all alumni of the Business School at no charge for two sessions per year; one advising and one follow-up session.

To set up an appointment, please contact our Careers department at If you would like to establish an ongoing coaching arrangement, please visit the list of referred career and executive coaches on the Alumni Website within the Careers section.

If you are having trouble logging in, you may need to close and restart your browser. If you are still having trouble, please contact Alumni Relations at 212-854-8815 or

To register for an upcoming event, please log on to the Alumni website and click on the “Details” link found to the left of the event title within the Calendar section. If registration or payment is required for the event, follow the registration link to submit your payment online.

If you still have difficulties registering, you can also contact us directly at or 212-854-8815.

No. You will only need your alumni Lifetime user ID and password. If you do not know what your username or password is, please contact Please be prepared to provide your full name, program you graduated from and your graduation year.

The jobs posted on the Alumni website are specifically for Columbia Business School alumni seeking experienced level opportunities and are housed in a centralized database within the Experienced-Hire Talent Portal. Click on “Off Campus Jobs” and “Job Postings.” You will be able to search for specific postings, save jobs, manage your profile, and update your résumé.

Columbia Business School utilizes a free, on-line job board that you can use to publicize any job opportunities you may have year-round, at any level and for any market. In addition to our current MBA and Executive MBA students, our global alumni base of over 41,000 graduates also accesses this board for job opportunities. To access the Job board, which is part of our overall recruiting system called COIN (Career Online Information Network), use the following link:

The first time you post on COIN, you’ll need to create an account. Select your own username and password and complete the company and contact profiles. You will then be able to post a job using the “Post A New Job” link in the Job Postings section of your homepage. This will open a posting form that will enable you to target the opportunity by using a combination of check-boxes, drop-down menus and text boxes. Please make sure to select the “Submit” button at the bottom of the page when finished.

The job posting will then remain pending until it is reviewed and approved by our office (within 24 hours), after which it will be viewable to candidates. You can manage your job postings at any time (including expiring or refreshing) by logging back into COIN using your username and password.

A variety of career resources are available for alumni, including an alumni database for networking, individual career counseling, career events and newsletters, and comprehensive job search tools; such as Hoovers and First Research.

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