For those seeking intensive, on-going job search support, or services such as professional resume writing, below is a roster of Executive Coaches in private practice who offer negotiated rates for CBS alumni.

Please contact each coach directly.

Jill Avey '06


E-mail: [email protected]

Through my human-first approach, backed by proven social science research and strategies, I’ve helped hundreds of incredible women evolve and develop their leadership style to excel in their roles, amplify their success and build thriving, productive teams. With a career spanning 25 years in corporate marketing followed by my entrepreneurial endeavors, I have first-hand experience with the challenges women face as leaders working in male-dominated fields.

Typically when clients come to me, it’s because their career has stagnated and they don’t know where to start or how to go about taking things to the next level. They’re extraordinary women with phenomenal talent, tenacity, and drive… But they’re stuck. They’re overworked, overwhelmed, and too busy dealing with a never-ending to-do list to focus on doing the work that *actually* moves the needle.

Bryn Panee Burkhart


Email: [email protected]

An Executive Coach and career management expert, Bryn Panee Burkhart has successfully guided over 2,000 mid-career professionals and senior business leaders, from startups to Fortune 100 firms, helping them navigate critical career transition points and leadership challenges.

As Founder of Next Evolution Leadership Coaching, Bryn’s philosophy is that we are all works-in-progress and should seek to evolve in ways that leverage our natural strengths and give us a sense of purpose. She coaches her clients to be intentional about their leadership strategy and authentic to who they are. They can then move forward with confidence and cultivate more meaningful lives and careers.

Bryn’s coaching style is positive, direct, and practical. She follows a “clear is kind” ethos and comes to each coaching session ready to have real conversations, deliver honest and productive feedback, provide structure to the process, and hold clients accountable for taking action. She specializes in working with women, those who have been historically minoritized and those who are seeking to return to work following a career break. Bryn holds a B.A. in Journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an Ed.M from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education. She completed her Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) training through the Co-Active Training Institute and is a PCC with the International Coaching Federation. She is certified in Gallup Clifton Strengths, MBTI, and is completing her certification in Positive Intelligence.

Margaret Chan

E-mail: [email protected]

Margaret Chan is an Executive Coach who works with professionals seeking career advice, making career transitions, and returning to work after career breaks. Her experience includes guiding self-assessment; developing resumes, and career and networking strategies; preparing for interviews; and supporting her clients to build confidence throughout the process. 

She has a 25-year career in executive search advising professionals making career transitions. She spent 18 years at Spencer Stuart and Korn/Ferry International, the global executive search firms where she counseled hiring executives at Fortune 500, mid-size, startup and nonprofit organizations on recruiting strategies. She has assessed over 3,500 executives and has deep experience with successful networking and interviewing strategies, and resume preparation. She has also led webinars for business schools on strategies for women alumni returning to work after career breaks.

Margaret has industry experience in financial services, insurance, consumer products, retail, technology, healthcare, consulting and nonprofit. She has in-depth knowledge of a broad range of functions, including general management/business heads, finance, strategy, marketing, communications, sales, operations, consulting and nonprofit development. 

She had an earlier marketing career at General Foods, Citigroup and Oppenheimer Management. She earned an MBA from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University where she was in an accelerated one-year program. She holds a BS with honors from New York University. Margaret serves as a board member for the West Side YMCA, New York. She and her husband live in New York City with their two children.

Ellis Chase

Phone: 212-874-0175
E-mail: [email protected]

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.

Sherman Chin

Phone: +852 9096 9005

E-mail: [email protected]

As a coach, Sherman Chin leverages his extensive experience in executive search. He works with individuals to understand employment markets and opportunities, plan career transitions, prepare resumes and LinkedIn profiles, practice interviews and negotiate offers. Based in Hong Kong, Sherman is particularly experienced in career coaching for the Asia Pacific region. He has coached individuals in Asia, the Americas and Europe, usually via Zoom. Sherman is a Certified Hogan Assessor and completed an Executive Coaching course at Cambridge University.  He usually works with alumni with 12+ years of experience considering a career move. More recently, he has helped new alumni managing their career progression and leadership skills in the first few years after business school. Sherman’s clients have commented that his approach is practical and focused, in terms of helping individuals to identify and reach their career aspirations.

Earlier in his career, Sherman was the Head of Leadership Development for Credit Suisse in Asia Pacific, where he was responsible for development programs and coaching for Directors and Managing Directors across all divisions of the bank. He has worked at the executive search firms Heidrick & Struggles and Odgers Berndtson and is currently a Partner at Signium. Born and raised in New York, Sherman moved to Asia over 25 years ago.  He completed his MIA at SIPA in 1990 and his MA in Political Science at GSAS in 1994. Sherman often advises Columbia alumni in Asia. He is currently a member of the Board of the Columbia Alumni Association of Hong Kong.

Roy Cohen '85

Phone: 917-929-8538
E-mail: [email protected]

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.

Francis de la Cruz '08

Phone: 646-389-3748
E-mail: [email protected]

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.

Erin Ewart '09

Phone: 302-542-1887
E-mail: [email protected]

Erin Ewart is an experienced recruiter and career coach, and a 2009 graduate of Columbia Business School. She has over 15 years of experience leading executive searches and helping organizations develop and improve their recruitment strategies, and an insider's perspective on what recruiters and hiring managers are looking for.  She uses this knowledge to help mid-career professionals navigate the job search process, with a focus on tangible, action-oriented coaching and feedback on everything from your elevator pitch to your resume and interview skills.

Erin has worked for a diverse set of organizations including Google, the U.S. State Department, and KIPP, the nation's largest charter school network, and she understands the nuances and challenges of the public, private, and social sectors. Her areas of expertise include working with social impact professionals, sector switchers, and those returning to the workforce after running their own businesses or taking a career break. She is based in Seattle, Washington and works with clients remotely anywhere in the country or the world.

Debra Feldman

Phone: 203-637-3500
E-mail: [email protected]

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 Gates '72

Phone: 646-256-5323
E-mail: [email protected]

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).

Robert Hellmann

Phone: 917-825-9595
E-mail: [email protected]

Robert Hellmann has helped thousands to define and reach their career goals through his private coaching practice and seminars. Rob is a certified Five O’Clock Club “Master” career and executive coach; he co-developed the Club's career coaching program, and co-leads new coach training. He’s also an adjunct professor at NYU, and a corporate trainer on Presentations, Pitches, LinkedIn, Interviewing and Team-building.   

Rob has authored the books Advanced LinkedIn, PEAK Presentations and Your Social Media Job Search. He has contributed three chapters to the Five O'Clock Club's Work Smarts: Be a Winner On-the-Job. Rob is a regular contributor at Forbes, and his career-related insights have also appeared in The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, NBC News, ABC News, and more.

Rob combines his 20 years in corporate marketing, finance and organizational development roles (JP Morgan Chase, American Express, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York) with his coaching experience to help people market themselves in their job searches and careers. He has an MBA in Finance from Fordham University and a BS in Economics/Math from Binghamton University.

Lindsey Levit Honari '97

E-mail: [email protected]

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.

Cynthia Indriso ’86

Phone: +34 93 415 2382 (Barcelona)
Skype: Cynthia.Indriso
E-mail: [email protected]

Cynthia Indriso designs and delivers leadership coaching and training solutions for both global public and private sector organizations in a variety of industries. As an executive and leadership coach, her core competency is leadership development through coaching of C-suite and senior executives, and across middle management, who are leading change and committed to creating a culture of leadership, especially among culturally diverse stakeholders.

From her decades-long experience living and working internationally, Cynthia’s innate sensibility to the local cultural context combined with a global business mindset is at the heart of her work. She is an active thinking partner in helping business leaders with practical strategies that merge seamlessly with their day-to-day, with a style that’s insightful, direct, forward moving, and results-focused. Clients say that she helps them easily and quickly transform the way they lead for bigger and better impact and results.

Cynthia is also a Channel Partner, EMEA-LATAM, for the Ken Blanchard Companies, known for its leadership program, Situational Leadership II, based on their book, Leadership and the One-Minute Manager. She is certified to deliver this program, along with a portfolio of other Blanchard leadership training and leadership assessments, as stand-alone learning experiences or as integrated components paired with other training for a broader design based on client organizational and individual needs.

Cynthia has a BA in anthropology from Connecticut College, New London, and an MPH from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. She is also a certified Master NLP Practitioner, and certified in the delivery of various leadership development tools, including: DISC, 360 Feedback (Voices Multi-Rater by Lominger/Korn-Ferry & the Booth Company’s Clark Wilson’s Task Cycle Surveys), and the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI).

For the last 10 years, as the founder and CEO of her own leadership training and coaching services company based in Barcelona, Cynthia has been working on mainstreaming leadership development and coaching into organization development initiatives.

Jill Lauri ’87

Phone: 212-289-3540
E-mail: [email protected]

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.

Bob McKiernan ’73

Phone: 732-494-6635
E-mail: [email protected]

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.

Buddy Moran ’86

Phone: 973-868-8847
E-mail: [email protected]

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.

Colleen Overlock

Phone: 917-628-9959
E-mail: [email protected]

Colleen Overlock is a Columbia University Certified Coach, specializing in executive coaching and career transitions. She partners with mid-career to senior level professionals looking to develop capabilities to maximize their impact and value Colleen’s approach is customized to individual objectives and challenges. She partners with the leader to set goals, identify measure of success and develop an action plan for getting there. Her clients build greater awareness of their strengths and weaknesses and develop new approaches to be more effective leaders. Colleen is certified in the Neething Brain Inventory (NBI) and Hogan assessment tools.

Colleen has deep understanding of individual and organizational dynamics. She leverages her 15 years of experience in the financial services sector where she implemented business plans and executed communication strategies. Colleen’s experience as a Chief Operating Officer in Global Capital Markets enables her to work with professionals across industries and titles to develop quantifiable and measurable steps that ensure goals are met and expectations exceeded.

Janet Raiffa

Phone: 917.940.6680

E-mail: [email protected]


Janet Raiffa is a former coach and career adviser for full-time MBAs at Columbia Business School, and current featured external resume writer for CBS alumni and Wharton MBA students. She also served as an external resume reviewer for Yale SOM. During her six years working at Columbia Business School she advised students across industry targets, but specialized in working with those seeking careers in finance, including investment banking, sales & trading, and asset and wealth management. She also introduced a new standardized resume template and training. Beyond academia, Janet has 15 years experience as a campus, lateral, and diversity recruiter and manager, including stints in consulting (PWC, BCG), law (Orrick Herrington) and banking (Goldman Sachs).  During nine years at Goldman she hired talent for the firm's offices in New York, London, and Bangalore, and began many gender focused diversity initiatives and Wall Street's first GLBT recruiting series.  Now. as a dedicated resume writer, her specialties include "Americanizing" international resumes, "youthening" Boomer resumes, and working with both women and men who are on-ramping after years out of the workplace and/or seeking entry into returnship programs. On the global front, she has worked with MBA graduates and other high achieving professionals in countries including Russia, Kenya, Brazil, South Africa, Japan, France, and Australia. Janet holds a degree in English Literature from Dartmouth College, and an MA in American Studies from Columbia's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

Sarah Stamboulie ’93

Phone: 212-206-9929
E-mail: [email protected]

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 '93

Phone: 917-488-3972
E-mail: [email protected]

Claire Steichen is the founder and President of Clear Strategy Coaching, an executive coaching firm in New York City. She coaches mid-level and senior professionals in leadership development focused on executive presence, employee motivation, and influence. Claire works with leading organizations across industries, with a focus on multi-nationals.

In addition to her private practice, Claire is a coach and trainer in the Executive MPA program at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), and has coached and trained in Columbia Essentials of Management, General Management Leadership Program and the FDNY Officers Management Institute (FOMI) Program. She is also a coach with the Columbia Business School Leadership Lab Program, where she has worked one-on-one with hundreds of full-time and executive education students.

Claire received her training and certification through Coach Training Institute and is a Certified Professional Coach with the International Coach Federation. Claire is certified in Tracom’s Social Style and the Myers-Briggs Type Inventory.

Prior to founding Clear Strategy Coaching and working at Columbia, Claire was an Account Manager in sales at Givaudan fragrances. In that capacity, she managed on-going client relationships with Avon, Estee Lauder, La Prairie and Victoria’s Secret. She also worked as a Marketing Manager for L’Oreal and Christian Dior fragrance, where she oversaw the US launches of major skincare and fragrance brands.

Claire graduated Cum Laude from Boston University and received her MBA from Columbia Business School. The SIPA course that Claire supports has received numerous recognition awards and has been rated in the top five out of nearly 200 courses for four years in a row.

Ferne Traeger ’80

Phone: 212-996-7206
E-mail: [email protected]

Ferne Traeger is an executive coach, psychoanalyst, and the Founder and President of Beyond the Boardroom, a consultancy that works with individuals and organizations to facilitate career transitions, including the transition to working parent. With expertise in human behavior in both private practice and organizational settings, Ferne combines more than twenty-five years' experience in business management as well as over fifteen years' clinical practice experience to assist individuals in career management, leadership development and making career/life decisions. Her approach merges goal-oriented pragmatism with an ability to listen for, identify and address obstacles to professional success.

Prior to founding Beyond the Boardroom, Ferne was the US Managing Director of a UK-based consultancy focused on female talent management and retention.

Ferne is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Columbia University Graduate School of Business and New York University Silver School of Social Work. She is a Member and Director of multiple professional organizations.

Ferne is a frequently cited resource and guest speaker on career transitions and how they can positively impact both professional and personal development.

Nailah Wagner '10


Email: [email protected]

Nailah Wagner is an Executive Coach, Leadership Development Facilitator, Advisor and Consultant. A lifelong optimist, Nailah instinctively recognizes and nurtures the potential in those around her. She empowers her clients to navigate difficult leadership and career challenges, turn setbacks into successes and achieve aspirational levels of professional fulfillment and personal growth. As an Executive Coach, Nailah has a reputation for establishing lasting relationships as a trusted advisor, confidante, and masterful motivator; driving her clients to unexpected breakthroughs and impact. As an L&D facilitator and consultant, Nailah brings a global perspective, having designed and delivered leadership development sessions across four continents that transformed her clients into highly effective and attuned leaders. Some of Nailah’s clients have included Genentech Kraft Heinz, Mailchimp, and Delta Airlines.

Prior to leaping into entrepreneurship, Nailah was a Senior Director, Executive Coach and Faculty at Mentora Institute for Life and Leadership.  She also worked in academia, as an Executive MBA Coach at Emory University and guest lecturer at Columbia Business School, co-teaching the award-winning "Personal Leadership & Success" course and brings Fortune 500 global brand experience.

Alana Waisbrot

Phone: 516-423-9905
E-mail: [email protected]

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

Phone: 914-584-4966
E-mail: [email protected]

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.

Sabrina Zook ’94

Phone: 914-874-4834
E-mail: [email protected]

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.