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Ellis Chase, Hannah Chase, Liz Colodny, Debra Feldman, Ethan Hanabury, Jane Hughes, Cynthia Indriso, Abigail Kies, Jill Lauri, Bob McKiernan, Buddy Moran, Yoshie Nakamura, Jennifer Rosenthal, Akiba Smith-Francis, Sarah Stamboulie, Alana Waisbrot, Eileen Wolkstein, Sabrina Zook
Bradford Agry ’81
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.
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.
In his 13 years as retained consultant to Columbia Business School, Ellis has worked extensively with EMBA students and alumni from around the world.
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 has worked at Columbia Business School for over nine years, both in the Career Management office as well as in the Office of Admission, where Hannah served as Associate Director. Hannah advises students and alumni on resumes and cover letters, as well as issues relating to personal branding and social media. She also works with clients on presentation and on-camera skills. Hannah teaches improvisation at the Magnet Theater, and has taught applied improvisation to start ups, educational institutions, and large firms alike. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College.
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 led corporate recruitment efforts for 20 years, and then established a human resource and consulting business which has increasingly focused on coaching executives and professionals globally from all industries and functional areas. She worked in the financial services, consumer product, professional services and industrial manufacturing industries, and consulted to additional industries such as healthcare and information services. Liz also has a background in executive search and outplacement, in addition to global coaching experience at IvyExec.com and Vault.com. Her expertise includes job search strategy, effective networking, interviewing, résumé, cover letter and LinkedIn profile development, offer negotiation and on-boarding. In addition to coaching through career transitions, Liz helps clients to navigate successfully in their current environments. She earned her MBA at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management and her BA at The University of Chicago.
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.
Debra Feldman of JobWhiz is an international executive talent agent. After she discovers your most valuable niche and conducts a thorough employer market analysis, she positions you to command respect and focuses your campaign to attract targeted opportunities and establish key networking connections matching your requirements. Then, as your loyal representative, she researches, identifies and makes discreet, confidential introductions to hiring decision makers, not HR bypassing gatekeepers and automated screening systems. Debra specializes in career changers, industry switchers, and job market re-entry candidates across all industries and functional roles and provides outsourcing and support for job searching tasks, corporate due diligence and compelling correspondence.
Charly’s coaching draws upon his extensive experience in banking, capital markets, derivatives, hedge funds and consulting. Charly helped found Citi’s derivatives business, and the World Bank establish its swap program. He subsequently built different capital markets businesses at First Chicago (now part of JPMorgan Chase-currency swaps), S.G. Warburg (now part of UBS-private placements and gold swaps), HSBC (derivatives marketing) and Rabobank (credit derivatives). He co-headed the Credit Risk Management consulting practice at Deloitte & Touche, and was SVP at FRM, a premier UK fund of hedge funds (now part of Man Group). As a consultant and expert witness, he serves many premier financial institutions and regulatory agencies.
Charly has been a career coach at Columbia Business School since 2008, and has worked with hundreds of experienced professionals in transition, many of them international. He is noted for his genuine interest, clarity of process, and candid advice. He has taught Negotiating Skills for Women for Barnard and Smith alumnae and Leadership in Deal-Making for the Leadership Center at Columbia. He helps clients develop leadership skills, implement transition and promotion strategies, conduct effective networking, and achieve success within a work-life balance.
Charly holds an MBA-Finance from Columbia Business School, and a BA-Sociology from Yale. He is a member of the Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP), Capital Markets Credit Analysts Society (CMCAS), Fixed Income Analyst Society (FIASI), Association for Talent Development (ATD-NYC), and National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI-NYC).
Ethan Hanabury ‘85 is an Award winning executive coach, group facilitator, top management team expert, and executive education pioneer. He is passionate about helping organizations and their people achieve their goals.
Ethan’s consulting and coaching engagements have focused working at an individual and group level on a variety of issues, including: developing a strategic and innovative approach to leadership; leading organizational change; inspiring others; adopting a communication approach that achieves the goal of influencing people and decisions; achieving balanced decision-making; encouraging collaboration and knowledge sharing; shifting from a project/task-focused to relationship focused mindset; and increasing influence at higher organizational levels.
Ethan brings over 30 years of experience and perspective as a senior leader and educator to his coaching practice. As Senior Associate Dean at Columbia Business School, he led the teams that brought #1 rankings to the School’s Executive MBA and Executive Education programs; raised student satisfaction levels to record levels; and fostered a learning community that nourished tens of thousands of young women and men to achieve their professional goals.
Lindsey Honari is a graduate of both Columbia’s Graduate School of Business and SIPA. She helps mid-career professionals find or change jobs, mothers returning to the workforce and leaders on the rise.
She began her finance career at Salomon/Smith Barney (Citibank) and worked at Cambridge Associates as an Investment Consultant to endowments and foundations. Her true passion – to empower people to succeed in their careers – led her into Career and Executive Coaching.
Areas of expertise include mid-career professionals, career changers, mothers returning to work, and careers in finance, consulting and energy. Given her Houston, Texas location, she works remotely by phone or Skype, and has clients across the globe.
An experienced and compassionate coach, she is certified in Lominger Voices™ 360˚, Hogan Assessment Systems and Career Leader. She guides people of all ages and stages of their professional careers, helping them to articulate their goals, skills and experience into narratives that build confidence and resonate with employers.
Jane Hughes is an Associate Consultant with JMW Consultants, working with individuals, teams and organizations to impact performance to produce results that go beyond what’s predictable.
With a background deep in operational, management, and leadership experience, Jane draws on a career of more than 20 years supporting people in both the public and private sectors, to generate unprecedented business growth, build powerful working relationships, manage complex financial and geographical operations, and dynamically lead their teams through times of complexity and change. Jane has a reputation for helping clients take on demanding endeavors with velocity and certainty, even under circumstances defined by uncertainty. Her experience cuts across diverse sectors in the United States and Europe, including the banking, retailing, manufacturing, technology, and entertainment industries.
Jane holds a Bachelor’s degree with Honors in French and Business & Finance from the University of Middlesex, London, with coursework that included a year of study at the British Institute in Paris. Originally from the United Kingdom, she is now based in New York.
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.
Abigail is an experienced coach and trainer who works with large teams as well as individual clients, which include Fortune 500 executives, artists, professors, and entrepreneurs, on topics ranging from leadership to presentation skills to career strategy. She is a 2000 Columbia Business School graduate and has coached NYU Stern students, alumni, and professors in various capacities since 2006 as well as numerous Columbia graduates as private clients.
Abigail is also the former Senior Director, Career Center for Working Professionals at NYU Stern. While in that role, she led her team, partnered with other NYU Stern senior leaders on strategy and direction for the office and programs served, built relationships with employers, counseled student leaders, and provided individual career coaching to Langone and Executive MBA students as well as Stern Alumni.
Earlier in her career, Abigail worked in consulting (marchFIRST/formerly Mitchell Madison) marketing (American Express), and financial services (Sanford C. Bernstein & Co., Inc.). In addition to her MBA from Columbia Business School, she has a BA from The Johns Hopkins University.
Jill Lauri ’87, MSW, uses innovative and spiritual approaches to career management and transition. Her techniques release creativity and transform uncertainty into possibility. Jill shows clients how to attract new opportunities, using universal principles like the law of attraction. She helps people find their passion, so that they can live with authenticity and purpose. Jill also coaches groups on a variety of customized themes including how to Capitalize on Stress,Transform with Creativity, Morph Change into Opportunity, Boost Your Career with Intuition, Grow Your Business Using Spiritual Practices and Move Beyond Traumatic Events.
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 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 is President of Elston Associates, a professional services firm offering coaching services to executives in numerous industries and across multiple functions including Finance, Consulting, CD / Strategy, HR, Marketing, IT, and BD / Sales. Elston Associates’ market-driven and customized strategies address a range of professional challenges including accelerating individual performance / growth, developing “high” potentials, on-boarding executives into new roles / organizations, compensation and promotion positioning, navigating job / career transitions, job crisis management, and fast-tracking leadership / management development.
Previously, Buddy was a Vice President, M&A, and a member of the Executive Committee of Siemens Corporation ($21 billion revenue). He is also a former Board member of Siemens Building Technologies and Siemens Financial Services, as well as a former member of the Siemens Investment Committee ($8 billion pension plan). In addition to an MBA from Columbia he has an AB degree from Princeton.
Yoshie 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. Yoshie is fluent in English and Japanese.
Janet Raiffa spent six years as a career coach and associate director at Columbia Business School’s Career Management Center before returning to the corporate world as a recruiting manager for a top consulting firm.
Prior to her tenure at Columbia Business School, 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 was 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.
Jennifer Rosenthal ’02 advises on all aspects of the career management process including self-assessment, targeting, networking, interviewing skills and salary negotiations. She is a former Director of Recruiting at Bear Stearns and has been a career consultant for the EMBA program at Columbia Business School since 2006 and also worked in marketing at American Express. In addition to her MBA from Columbia Business School, she holds a BA from the University of Michigan in Organizational Behavior and an MA in Human Resources Management from the New School University.
Akiba Smith-Francis is an executive coach committed to helping clients find ways to live authentically at work, while focusing on adopting behaviors that enable them to be professionally effective. Specializing in career transitions and executive presence, she helps clients clarify and articulate their strengths, values and objectives as well as develop strategies to achieve their professional and life goals.
In addition to coaching individuals, Akiba has served institutional clients in the private, non-profit and public sectors. While at McKinsey & Company, she worked with businesses in industries ranging from financial services to manufacturing, and did considerable work in the firm's Non-Profit (now Social Sector) Akiba also has experience in the consumer packaged goods industry, where she worked in brand management and has been connected with Columbia Business School for five years, coaching students.
Akiba has an A.B. from Harvard College and a MBA and MPA from Harvard Business School and the Kennedy School of Government. She has ACC Certification from the International Coach Federation and a life coaching certification from the Martha Beck Institute.
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.
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 is an executive coach and consultant with over 20 years of organizational experience. She works with C-suite officers, executives, managers, and entrepreneurs in catalyzing their work and their teams and assisting with planning and implementing change in their organizations. She has worked with public, non-profit and private sector organizations, including Lockheed Martin, Petco, Ernst & Young, Cemex, Comcast, PBS, Fannie Mae, U.S. Department of Commerce, China Institute, Federal Reserve Board, Brookings, WETA, and National Geographic.
Sandi was Adjunct Professor at Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland teaching Leadership Development, and teaches Philosophy IB’s Professional Certificate Leadership Coaching for Organizational Performance at George Mason University. Sandi has been featured in national and local print publications and radio with her writing on coaching and life balance. She is a Certified Coach with the International Coach Federation and a Certified Behavioral and Motivational Analyst through Target Training International.
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.
Alana Waisbrot is an experienced career coach who has been a part of the Career Management Center at CBS for the past eight years. In her most recent role as Associate Director of Career Education & Advising, she counseled MBA students on a range of career topics including self assessment, strategy planning, resume and cover letter review, interview preparation, and negotiation. She also delivered workshops and group sessions on interviewing skills, resume writing and networking. Before joining Columbia, Alana was at Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management, where she led the school's recruiting relationships with many leading organizations and oversaw the on-campus interview program. Prior to her roles in higher education, Alana spent several years on Wall Street as a Campus Recruiter at Lehman Brothers and as a Human Resources Representative for Citigroup's Global Banking Division.
Currently, Alana has her own coaching practice, helping clients with all aspects of the job search. In addition she teaches interview preparation courses at Columbia Business School and volunteers her time at the JCC's Career Center and as a resume reviewer for Hiring our Heroes.
Alana graduated with a B.A. in psychology with honors from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor and completed Masters level coursework in Career Management and Counseling at Teachers College-Columbia University.
Julia Harris Wexler, MA is a Columbia University Certified Executive Coach focused on all areas of career navigation, including identifying professional identity, mid-career shifts, career re-entry, skill assessment, interview skills, resume overhaul, and personal marketing plans. Her clients span the gamut from CEOs to entry level professionals at the individual and organizational level.
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 is a Certified 5 o’clock club coach, and Certified to administer the Hogan Assessments. She helps her clients identify their true skills, and provides the expertise and accountability necessary for them to maximize their professional potential.
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.
Mitchell York is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) who has been in practice since 2001.
Mitch specializes in coaching C-level executives and senior managers in many industries, most prominently media, technology and finance. He has coached hundreds of clients to enhance their outcomes by developing their emotional intelligence and relationship management skills.
He is an affiliate of Ferrazzi Greenlight, the global strategic consulting firm; a certified career coach for The Five O'Clock Club, the most respected career and job coaching organization in the nation; and an executive coach for ClientWise LLC, the leading training and coaching company in the financial services industry.
Prior to becoming a coach, Mitch was a senior executive in a number of media and technology companies. He was president of LendingTree Inc. during its startup phase, creating processes and procedures to help the company position itself for rapid growth. Later, he was president of NetCreations Inc., a publicly traded email marketing company, where he built the executive management team, produced $60 million+ in sales and positioned the company for a successful acquisition.
Mitch had a long career in business journalism prior to his corporate management experiences. He was the founding publisher of TechWeb, the first technology website to sell advertising, and vice president and founder of the Internet division of CMP Media Inc., an international media company. TechWeb was valued at $350 million when CMP was sold to United Business Media.
At CMP for 17 years, Mitch was the editorial director of the company's Travel Group and founding editor of Business Travel News. He later was publisher of VARBusiness, one of CMP's leading technology magazines. He also was senior vice president of Ziff Davis Media where he published InteractiveWeek, one of the pioneering newspapers covering e-commerce.
Mitch is a certified graduate of Coach U, the world’s largest and most respected coach training institution, and a member of the International Coach Federation. He also holds a certification in Emotional Intelligence training from Genos Americas Ltd. He received an M.B.A. from Columbia University and a B.A. with honors in English from Northwestern University.
Sabrina Zook ’94 of Talent Development Strategies is a business-oriented coach with 25 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.