Columbia Business School provides its alumni with a list of recommended career coaches and executive coaches. A career coach is helpful when one is transitioning between careers or organizations. Working with a career counselor can help you explore career options, taking into consideration your background, skills, and interests. Executive coaches help individuals with on-the-job performance. Profiles and contact information for recommended coaches are available below. Career and executive coaching is a fee-based service for alumni. Pricing inquiries should be addressed directly to the coach.
Recommended Career Counselors:
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 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, MA, provides career management consulting and executive coaching. He has experience working with financial services, media, nonprofit, marketing, advertising, fashion, pharmaceutical and publishing professionals.
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 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 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 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
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.
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.
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.
Charles Moldenhauer ’72 is a job coach for professionals, managers and executives. His programs include résumé development, marketing strategy, professional stature, interview coaching and offer negotiation.
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 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.
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: managing career transition, enhancing work performance, sharpening leadership skills, managing stress and change.
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 ’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, 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 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, 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 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.