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Career Coaching Referral Listing: A guide for alumni seeking career or executive coaching

The Alumni Association has curated this listing of career coaches as a resource for UChicago alumni seeking opportunities for professional development and career guidance. These high-caliber career coaches are skilled in helping clients articulate career goals, execute a career transition or job search more effectively, and discover how they are uniquely positioned in the workforce as UChicago alumni.

How can I participate?   

See below for coaches eager to work with alumni across a variety of career concerns and challenges. Identify the coach that is the best fit for your professional development goals and fill out the request formThe Alumni Association will then connect you to the appropriate coach.

How much does it cost?

This is a fee-based offering with special rates negotiated for UChicago alumni. Rate details are available directly from the coaches and may vary by desired services. 

How do I prepare for my first session?

Read this article on career and executive coaching and give some thought to the following questions:

-What am I hoping to gain from working with a career coach (i.e. specific skills, a career transition, enhanced professional relationships)?
-Do I have the time to invest in both coaching sessions and the required follow-up work?
-Am I willing to receive feedback - positive and negative - from my coach? 

 

Elatia Abate, AB'99; MBA'08
CEO & Coach

 

     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Specializations

  • Career Design
  • Career Transition
  • Resolving Career Confusion
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Executive Coaching
  • Interview Preparation
  • Career Development post-undergrad
  • Career Development Post-MBA 

Certifications

  • Landmark Advanced Course graduate
  • Landmark Forum graduate
  • Two-time graduate of master coach Steve Chandler's Advanced Client Systems
  • Former Global Director Talent Acquisition Anheuser-Busch InBev
  • Former VP Human Resources Dow Jones & Company & The Wall Street Journal

Location: Los Angeles, CA and Remote

Websites

   

Michelle Antonio, MBA'97 Career Coach and Consultant

 

  
    
  
 

Specializations

  • Helping business professionals think through a potential career change and defining their longer term career goals
  • Guiding alumni that want to improve their job search execution skills (e.g., networking, developing a job search plan, interview skills)

Certifications

  • CareerLeader
  • MBTI

Location: Philadelphia, PA and global via phone/Skype

Website

   
David Brendel, PhD'99 Executive and Career Coach   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Specializations

  • Executive coaching (works with managers and C-suite executives across a wide range of industries including biotech, pharma, healthcare, law, financial services, technology, engineering, higher education, manufacturing, and others)
  • Leadership development (coaching and training individuals transitioning to new strategic roles that require a new skill set, including strategic thinking, executive presence, effective verbal and nonverbal communication)
  • Career coaching (assisting clients to make effective career transitions that draw on their core strengths and enhance their quality of life)
  • Executive coaching certification program (co-leads a coach training program that certifies individuals through the Center for Executive Coaching and puts them on a path toward certification from the International Coach Federation)
  • Philosophical counseling (structured dialogues with clients that helps clarify client values and world-view, enhance self-awareness, and use this knowledge to grow clients' personal and professional lives)

Certifications

  • Professional Certified Coach (PCC) of the International Coach Federation (ICF)
  • Master Certified Coach Trainer (MCCT) in the Center for Executive Coaching (CEC)
  • Certified Philosophical Counselor of the American Philosophical Practitioners Association (APPA)

Location: Boston, MA and Remote

Websites 


   
 Mimi Darmstadter, AM'90
 Professional Certified Coach
 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Specializations

  • Personal and HR consulting on: 
    • Leadership around and management of employee life cycle issues (recruitment, on-boarding, performance management, individual development and planning, workforce engagement)
    • Emotional intelligence
    • Verbal communication skills (with an emphasis on effective, generative conversations)
    • Difficult conversations
    • Career transitions for seasoned professionals (with an emphasis on vision, value proposition, leveraging professional strengths)
    • Work/life integration (with an emphasis on the working mother client population)
    • Stress management

 Certifications

  • DiSC
  • EQi 2.0 (emotional self-assessment and 360)
  • ESCI (Emotional and Social Competency Inventory)
  • Professional Strengths, Values, and Story Survey (SVSS)
  • Profilor 360
  • Strong Career Interest Inventory

Location: Washington DC Metropolitan Area and Remote Phone Coaching

Websites

   
Liz Handlin, AB'89, MBA'02
CEO, Ultimate Resumes 
 

 

 

 

 Specializations

  • Helping executives identify their unique value proposition
  • Assisting executives in developing effective messaging in order to help them obtain a new job, career, or Board seat
  • Helping clients craft solid job search strategies and materials (i.e. resume and Linkedin) that deliver rapid results
Location: Austin, TX and global via phone
 
Websites
   
Arlene S. Hirsch M.A., LCPC 
Career Counselor and Author
 

  

Specializations

  • Psychologically-informed career counseling
  • Job search coaching

Certifications

  • Licensed Clinical Professional Counsellor (LCPC)

Location: Chicago, IL and Remote

Website

   
Pam Schilling, MBA'00
Career Strategist and Educator
 

 

 

 

 

Specializations

  • Career strategy
  • Career planning 
  • Job search coaching
  • Consulting-focused job search
  • Career transitions
  • Professional development/goal-attainment
  • Interview preparation
  • Case interview preparation
  • Resume development
  • LinkedIn profile development
  • Balancing career/family
  • Advancing as a working mom

Location: Chicago, IL and global coaching via webinar/phone/Skype

Websites

   

MaryBeth Sigler, MBA'95
Executive Leadership Coach  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Specializations

  • C-Suite Coaching 
  • Leadership Coaching 
  • High Potential Coaching 
  • Emerging Leaders Coaching 
  • Team Dynamics/Communication Coaching 
  • Executive Presence Coaching 
  • Tech / High-Growth Company Leadership 
  • Career Change Coaching 
  • Corporate Mindfulness 
  • Leadership Coach to Stern MBA Students 
  • Teach coaching to corporate leaders as a professor of coaching at NYU 

Certifications

  • Certified Organizational Coach (NYU) 
  • Hogan Leadership Forecast 
  • EQ-i Emotional Intelligence 
  • DiSC 
  • Leadership Profiles Inventory 
  • Corporate-Based Mindfulness 

Location: New York City/Northern New Jersey and global coaching via Skype/Google Hangouts/JoinMe

Websites


   
Daisy Swan, AM'91
Career/Executive Coach and Strategist  
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Specializations

  • Executive coaching for internal advancement
  • Leadership and communication skills
  • Career transition at all phases of career development
  • Career direction clarification
  • Strengths and personality assessment
  • Life and career balance
  • Resume and job search development/marketing approaches online and off
  • LinkedIn and other networking strategies
  • Knowledgeable about all areas of business, non-profits, educational sectors
  • Stress management support: Mindful Awareness Meditation instruction for individuals and organizations; Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
  • One-on-one customized coaching
  • Tactful and experience group facilitator and teacher
  • Expert in MBTI and Strengths Finder 2.0 assessments
  • Deeply knowledgeable in working with introvert/extrovert strengths

Certifications

  • 25 years of Career Counseling/Coaching experience 
  • Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC)
  • Certified Somatic Coach
  • Certified Mindful Awareness Meditation Instructor

Location: Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, CA and global coaching via Skype/Zoom/FaceTime

Websites


   

Amy Rubenstein, JD'02
Booth School Career Coach

 

    

 Specializations

  • Coaching for high-potential leaders, excutives, and leaders in transition
  • Career coaching
  • Group coaching
  • Work-life balance
  • Women re-entering the workpalce
  • 360 assessments
  • Designing and facilitating leadership development programs
  • Giving and receiving feedback
  • Conflict management
  • Negotiations
  • Interpersonal communications

Certifications

  • Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
  • Crucial Conversations
  • CTI (The Coaches Training Institute) core coaching curriculum
  • The Center for Conflict Resolution mediation 

 

 

Kimberly Togman, MBA'94
Executive Coach & Principal 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Jody Michael, MA'99
Executive Coach & Principal 
 

 

 

 


  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Specializations

  • Career and executive coaching of emerging leaders
  • Transitions from management consulting and post MBA transitions 
  • Fostering the growth and development of emerging leaders, 
  • Helping organizations and people become better at what they do in both one-on-one and group settings

Certifications 

  • Professional Certified Coach (PCC) 
  • Immunity to Change Certified Coach (ITC CCP) 
  • Certified Hudson Institute Coach (CHIC) 
  • Hogan Leadership Forecast Series 
  • Hay Group Assessments: Emotional & Social Competencies, Leadership Styles, Organizational Climate 
  • Myers-Briggs Type Indictor 

Location: Philadelphia and global coaching via web conference or telephone

Websites

 

Specializations

  • Transformative executive coaching for C-Suite Executives, high potentiald and leadership teams
  • Performance management coaching for individuals and teams
  • Leadership coaching for women in executive and management roles
  • Game-changing leadership development workshops for individuals and teams
  • Somatic coaching to cultivate exeutive presence
  • Career coaching for professionals in the fields of finance, sonsulting, law, technology, engineering and academia
  • Trader coaching for improving trading results and trader career transition
  • MindMastery mental fittness training to enhance performance, engagmenet and emotional intelligence 

Certifications 

  • Master Certified Coach (MCC-ICF), a distinction held by fewer than 3% of coaches in North America
  • Board Certified Coach (BCC)
  • Ontological Business Design
  • Master Practitioner-Energy Leader Index (ELI-MP)
  • Highlands Ability Battery (aptitude testing through Jody Michael Associates)
  • Licesnse Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)                                                                                                                                          

 Location: Chicago, IL; Atlanta, GA; and Remote

Websites

 

 Nancy Sobel, PhD'82, MD'84

 Career/Executive Coach and Physician/Peer Coach

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Specializations

  • Career Design for Satisfaction, helping clients to uncover what's fundamentally important to them
  • Preparing Clients for Job Search, working with them to improve abilities to research organizations, to polish networking skills, to design appropriate correspondence, and to prepare for the resulting interviews.
  • Career Advancement and Expansion, guiding clients in improving underdeveloped abilities, acquiring new competencies and discovering impediments that may stand in the way of achieving career goals.
  • Leadership Development, supporting clients in building up the relationships and communication skills necessary to advance from technical acumen to managerial and leadership excellence.
  •  Career Transition Coaching, assisting client in identifying transferrable skills
  • Coaching and Mentoring Physicians and Health Care Professionals, addressing stress and burnout and increasing self-awarenes
  • Facilitation of board and search committee-based recruitment
  • Group Facilitation and Team Development

Training and Certifications

  •  Advanced Physician Development Coach, Physician Coaching Institute
  • CTI (The Coaches' Training Institute) Fundamental Coaching Curriculum
  • MBA, Simmons College of Management with focus on organization dynamics
  • Board Certified OB/GYN with residency training: UChicago, Yale University
  • PhD, University of Chicago Division of Biological Science
  • MD, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
  • Fernando Flores' Ontological Design and Leadership Courses
  • 28 Years of experience coaching and mentoring

Location: Boston, Chicago, Skype

Website: Leadersupport.org