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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 an assignment-driven career coach with particular strength in assessment and informational interviewing. He has worked extensively with “mid-careerists” interested in researching and evaluating new fields and industries.


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.


Ellis Chase

Phone: 212-874-0175

Ellis Chase, MA, provides career management consulting and executive coaching. He has experience working with financial services, media, nonprofit, marketing, advertising, fashion, pharmaceutical and publishing professionals.


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. Her coaching expertise includes job search strategy, effective networking, interviewing, résumé, cover letter and LinkedIn profile development, offer negotiation and on-boarding.


Pat Drew

Phone: 914-588-8243

Pat Drew of Pat Drew Company LLC is an executive coach and management consultant focusing on top-level coaching, managing change/organizational resilience and preparing executives for abrupt career transition in tumultuous times.


Debra Feldman

Phone: 203-637-3500

Debra Feldman of JobWhiz is an international executive talent agent. She offers discreet, confidential introductions to hiring decision makers, not HR, across all industries. Debra provides outsourcing for routine job searching tasks, creative corporate research, and compelling correspondence.


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 a career, transition, and executive coach, PCC certified by the International Coach Federation. Her expertise is concentrated in over 25 years as an expat living and working globally with senior leaders and their teams, entrepreneurs, and individuals in various industries (e.g., Chanel, DANONE, Heineken, IBM, Microsoft, SAP, Sara Lee, Tag Heuer, Unilever) and in the public sector, primarily the United Nations. She’s a leadership development specialist, with expertise in career transition, cross-cultural challenges, and work-life balance.


Jill Lauri ’87

Phone: 212-714-8072

Jill Lauri ’87, LCSW, of Creative Coaching Strategies and Seminars uses creative approaches to career management and transition. She has expertise in capitalizing on stress, maintaining balance and transforming change into opportunity.


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 brings 20 years of international business, entrepreneurship and business strategy to her work as an executive coach and consultant. She works with individual executives and teams in a variety of areas including: developing executive presence and global influence, self-mastery, motivation and managing change. 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 four 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.


Sandi Stewart ’87

Phone: 202-244-8883

Sandi Stewart ’87, has career-coached executives since 1998 in industries including financial services, technology, manufacturing, engineering services, healthcare, media, publishing, government and nonprofits. Sandi has authored a career search toolkit on interviews, résumés, cover letters, networking and more.


Ferne Traeger ’80

Phone: 212-996-7206

Ferne Traeger ’80, LCSW, of Beyond the Boardroom, LLC is a career coach and psychoanalyst. She combines more than twenty-five years’ experience in business management as well as over ten 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.


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, and work/life balance. Her clients span the gamut from CEOs to entry level professionals.

For the past two decades, she has advised senior managers on how to motivate, retain, and compensate their human capital. She has completed the Columbia External Coach Certification, taken PhD classes in organizational leadership, and received her MA from Teacher’s College in developmental psychology. She helps her clients identify their true 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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