Working with Jo has been the best professional development experience I have ever had. I feel much more confident and happy at work. With Jo, I’ve developed a bigger vision for my work. I can act on many more opportunities in my current job and I now better understand how to use my power for the good of the organization. I’m seeing not just my own leadership skills in action more, but I’m also aware of how to coach powerful growth in others on my team and in the organization. I’ve become more calm and open in times of intense leadership discussions and questioning; I’m more poised when handling difficult conversations and able to remain collaborative in tough situations. Not only am I a lot more confident working with my staff, the leadership team, and our board, but I’m facilitating positive change and growth throughout the organization. Thanks for all you do for me!

Amy Donovan

CFO, Alameda County Community Food Bank

Jo conducted an excellent training and team building daylong workshop for my full leadership team. After working with Jo as my coach, I knew she would be the perfect person to hire to help my team overcome some fears around failures and collaboration that had cropped up working together to move our product launch decisively forward. Jo quickly understood the issues I was up against with my team and designed and executed the perfect day filled with learning, team-building, and productive strategizing. My team said that it was the most helpful workshop they’ve had and we are already putting her strategies into action to make tough decisions and accelerate our product launch. Given that most of the team lives overseas, I am also impressed that Jo’s material could translate so well to such a multi-cultural team.

Michal Wroczynski

CEO and Founder, Fido Labs

My leadership role as CFO demanded a better way of managing my work relationships and dealing with people who don’t operate like me at work. And my emotional reactions to other people’s behavior weren’t helping me. My coaching with Jo has been transformative and fundamentally changed my life. I now understand the way I process information and interactions and can think more clearly about how to respond, allowing me to manage any situation much more effectively. I’m also more alert to my behavior and capable of stopping myself and centering before going down the wrong path or overreacting; I’m not as personally offended or affected by other’s behavior. I would definitely recommend Jo to other executives who want to increase their leadership skills and presence.

Jeanne Adler

CFO, Huneeus Vitners

I wanted to move beyond my comfortable technical focus to a business-oriented, strategic awareness and influence. Jo’s experiences developing leadership and communication skills in tech professionals and helping her clients solve well-defined problems resonated with me. She was an attentive listener who gave constructive feedback without being judgmental, a combination that had been hard for me to find. The time I worked with Jo ended up being among the most stressful of my career and family life but, with her guidance, I developed a set of tools to keep myself inspired and energized. I learned how to express myself in a more influential, natural way in key conversations (using a ‘signature voice’) and how to be proactive when working with difficult people. Now when co-workers ask me for my opinion, I can shift from a technical focus to a strategic/future level view in order to optimize the impact for myself and my team. I’m also managing my time better so I can fit more results into the workday. Finally, with Jo’s help, I’ve developed strategies I need to ground myself and calm down so I can think more clearly in ‘hot’ situations and develop more effective responses. Overall I feel more confident and fulfilled and I’m using the techniques I’ve learned with Jo to identify and develop new areas of expertise with my team, which could result in new business directions and new products for my company.

Grace Credo

Senior Research Scientist, Intel Labs

I started working with Jo because I realized that I was at a place in my career where I wanted to have a stronger and more powerful voice both at board meetings and in other work situations, and I wanted to do some purposeful planning about my next career steps. As the only lawyer at my firm, I play many different roles and there is never down time for me to engage in career development (or so I thought) – working with a coach has been instrumental in forcing me to be both more strategic and focused on my own leadership development and allocation of time. My work with Jo has been transformative for me. I am more confident and positive overall so that I express my opinions and expertise in high level meetings while more easily ignoring those negative voices in my head. I’m also setting limits with others at work to focus on my highest priorities for my company as well as making time for my personal aspirations. I would recommend Jo because she was able to provide objective observations, advice, bite-size deliverables and encouragement as we tackled the priorities that were important to me during our work together.

Anne-Marie S.

When I started coaching with Jo, I felt like I was having a blockage getting stuff done, but when I started following my intuition more, I realized I’m not a lazy person. If I feel stuck, there’s a reason for it – it’s the wrong thing to be doing! Now, I delegate more things and say no to certain requests. I feel more control over how I spend my time and I feel more at peace. Even others have noticed that I’m happier. I’m taking charge of situations instead of letting them roll me over with an outcome I didn’t want or wouldn’t make me happy. Jo has a great way of bringing in an outside perspective and helping me try new ideas and problem solve. She’s seen a lot of other successful people and businesses and how they work so she’s able to gather all these insights into helping you figure out how you can work better and smarter.

Julie Siegel

CFO, Geologic Resource Partners

I was facing one particular problem at work and I needed some tips and ideas to improve my strategies. I also really wanted a second opinion and “reality check” on how to improve the situation. Wow! I got that and so much more. As a result of working with Jo, my confidence vastly increased and I developed advanced new skills in creating sustainable solutions for myself. I’ve worked with other coaches who were more like facilitators; but what I loved about Jo was her skill, knowledge, and experience in workplace challenges. She taught me how to thrive here. Our time together was definitely worth the investment.

Ruchi Goyal

Director of Product Management, eBay, Inc.

I hired Jo because I was at a standstill in my career - trying to figure out what I like to do, what I was good at, and what my next steps should be. I now have a new project and it fits perfectly with what I want. Without Jo, I wouldn’t have called the organization where I’m working now and been so clear about what I wanted to do, and how I could do it in a way that I love. Jo helped me with issues such as self-doubt and fear that I didn’t even realize were holding me back. I am so happy with my work and feel like I am able to take more risks - finally! Jo is great at seeing the specific issues that prevent you from moving forward and making non-judgmental recommendations that truly get you unstuck and moving forward in your career.

Laurie Isenberg

Business and Marketing Strategy Consultant

I started working with Jo because I knew I wasn’t portraying enough confidence with my co-workers and clients and I wasn’t yet poised to take on the bigger stretch leadership positions that I wanted. Working with Jo has been a fun and liberating experience. I’ve grown a lot personally and professionally through our work together that would not have been possible without her. While working with Jo I was able to see how my holding back and being timid may be limiting me from having the positive impact I would like on others and in the world. My work with Jo gave me the confidence to speak up, even when I’m not comfortable and ask great questions without assuming I should already know the answer. I’ve learned that the benefit of speaking my wisdom is usually greater than the risk or fear I’m feeling around needing to keep quiet. Now I feel bolder, more confident and I’m having more fun!

Melissa Hitt

Consultant, Freed Associates

I would highly recommend Jo as an executive coach because of her expertise, credentials, and personality. I interviewed several other coaches but it was important to me to have someone with the experience Jo brings to the table. I was impressed with all the assessments, resources and practical exercises Jo brought into play to enhance both my skillsets and my leadership. Jo’s gifts include discernment, connection and understanding along with her ability to inspire the best version of me.

I began coaching because I was at a professional crossroads in my life and was looking for an objective resource that could bring a fresh perspective. Jo not only helped me achieve remarkable results in my existing position, the work we did together gave me the confidence to position myself for a new career opportunity that has ended up being an ideal fit. What amazes me is that after just 8 months working with Jo, I’ve succeeded at achieving every one of my intentions – something I never thought was possible! Jo provided accountability and course correction in a way that felt inspiring and made it safe to receive honest feedback. She also helped me connect intellectually and spiritually to my work so it felt meaningful again; before our coaching, I always felt drained and uninspired. I’m so glad that I made the decision to hire Jo as my leadership coach. It has been a gift that keeps on giving not only in my professional life, but also in my personal life.

Karla Ortiz

VP, Sales, CiscoHome

I started coaching with Jo because I wanted to get some help with time management and prioritization so I could have more balance in my life. I got that and even more! I got useful tools to help manage both short- and long-term goal-setting, prioritization and time management. Before that, I had a to-do list and whatever was closest to the bottom got the most attention. With my new tools, I am more clear about what has to be done every day and every week, so I have a more focused outlook and don’t have to be as worried about where to direct my energy. This has helped me to feel less stressed, more organized, and I have the space to think long-term about how I want my career to look and what roles I want to be doing. In addition to achieving these goals, I also found it helpful to get Jo’s perspective, plus her knowledge and skills, for whatever was going on, including how to handle certain situations and communicate with and/or coach both my clients and people I manage. I would definitely recommend Jo as a coach because there were tangible benefits to my career, and real tools that I have taken with me to use on my own after our work was complete. It was helpful, productive and a very good use of my time.
Josh C. Nathan

Senior Associate, Freed Associates

We hired Jo to work with an customer-facing team that was not functioning cohesively. Jo’s work with our team was incredibly valuable and productive. She helped us create a framework for our shared goals and values, facilitated teambuilding exercises and enhanced our communication and conflict resolution skills. The team is working more collaboratively and functioning on a much higher level as a result of our work with her.
Barbara Darrow-Blake

Chief Development Officer, Alameda County Community Food Bank

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