Mission Statement

We believe that the world would be a better place with greater equity in the workplace. We believe that when different experiences, different backgrounds, different perspectives all come together, they create better outcomes. In order to achieve this, we begin with the fundamental belief in the uniqueness and value of all individuals. We are inspired by what we see the future can look like.

What We Do

AWE | Advancing Women Executives is an enterprise solutions company that helps clients create sustainable workplace cultures by embedding equity in their companies. We partner with over 2,000 professionals from Fortune 1000 companies and train over 25,000 employees annually. AWE clients have the common goal of learning, growing, partnering, supporting and promoting each other with the shared philosophy that awareness and action lead to change.

AWE Milestones

AWE Milestones

Team

Alexandra Yan

Manager, Data Analytics

Alexandra Yan

Manager, Data Analytics

She/Her

Alexandra is a data guru with a passion for creating processes that help teams work smarter. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior from the University of California, Davis which helped her develop strong research skills and use information to come to logical conclusions. Learning about the way our brains work at a physiological and behavioral level allows her to develop solutions that are more intuitive.

At previous companies, she improved business processes through analysis and research of data such as reducing content upload time by 45% and developing financial reports to inform better budget decisions. She has been praised for being able to collect information and present it in a way that’s easy to understand. Alexandra has also taught herself multiple coding languages such as CSS, HTML and Python.

Despite having a strong technical background, she regularly uses the other half of her brain to engage in creative hobbies. In her free time, Alexandra enjoys creating digital and traditional art that holds meaning as well as taking photos that portray warmth. In addition, she has been playing harp for 16 years, starting at a young age and continuing in university. Alexandra believes that being both artistic and analytical is, to quote Hannah Montana, “the best of both worlds.” Lastly, she is a proud owner of an 8 quart digital air fryer.

Beverly Philipp

Senior Director, Content & Experience

Beverly Philipp

Senior Director, Content & Experience

She/Her

Beverly is an energetic and passionate coach-sultant. Beverly brings to AWE over 15 years of experience in leadership development, with an emphasis in coaching, consulting, facilitating, and teaching. She is a big-picture strategist who enjoys formulating a meaningful story and conveying that story with detail yet simplicity. She has worked with industries including technology, higher education, non-profits, hospitality, professional services, and athletics.

As Senior Director of Content & Experience, Beverly is responsible for content design, training facilitation and experience, and coaching at AWE. Prior to joining AWE, Beverly served as a Learning Consultant designing, developing, and implementing coaching experiences for leaders, teams, and individual contributors. She also taught Leader Development courses in Master’s and Doctorate programs at Alliant International University.

Beverly received her Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Alliant International University. Beverly continues to advocate for professional development and executive opportunities for women in the working world. She also provides coaching and consulting services to Coaching for Everyone, a 501c3 nonprofit organization providing complimentary coaching and leadership services to the BIPOC community.

Born and raised in Southern California, Beverly finds ultimate serenity near water. When she is not working, you can find her spending time outdoors with her husband and 2 children paddle boarding, riding skateboards, or hiking trails in the Pacific Northwest. You might even catch her at a football game cheering very loudly on the sidelines!

Dina Chang

Coordinator, Client Solutions

Dina Chang

Coordinator, Client Solutions

She/Her

Dina is an enthusiastic problem solver who is passionate about transforming the workplace into a fulfilling experience and inclusive environment for everyone. She exemplified her commitment to making the world a better place through her previous experience at the LA Mayor’s Office and at a nonprofit clean-technology incubator, and she continues to do so as AWE’s Coordinator, Client Solutions. She utilizes her people skills to build deep and meaningful relationships with clients and is excited by any opportunity to connect with someone new. In her free time, Dina volunteers as the Co-Chair of the Associate Board for Hope Ventures, a nonprofit that empowers individuals in underserved communities by teaching them entrepreneurship.

Dina is a proud Angeleno whose life motto is “to live and die in LA.” The only time she left was to attend Columbia University in New York to obtain her BA in sustainable development and visual arts. On the weekends, you can find Dina exploring waterfall trails in the Los Angeles mountains or sipping cold brew at a local coffee shop. Her personal mission is to find the best recipe for vegan chocolate chip cookies and bake them for all of her friends and family.

Dominique Zabala

Engagement Associate

Dominique Zabala

Engagement Associate

She/Her

Dominique is the Engagement Associate at AWE. She works to coordinate logistics and materials for the AWE Leader and Accelerator programs to ensure they both run smoothly. Prior to AWE, Dominique worked as a Localization Project Coordinator at PADI WorldWide, a scuba diver training organization. There she managed the translation of English scuba training material into 25 languages.

Dominique holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Law from Arizona State University and is currently pursuing her MA in Clinical Psychology at Pepperdine University. She is passionate about providing mental health services to underserved communities. A Southern California native who currently resides in Orange County, Dominique loves to take advantage of the nice weather and spend time outdoors. She is currently learning Spanish and cannot wait to start traveling again!

Ebony Grover

Director, Client Solutions

Ebony Grover

Director, Client Solutions

She/Her

Ebony Grover is a top-performer passionate about fostering strong relationships with a track record of excellence in the sales industry. As Director, Client Solutions at AWE, Ebony leads a team of purpose-driven sales professionals to break barriers and set new standards of excellence at the company. Thanks to her impressive career trajectory, she has been instrumental in contract negotiating, sales force support, training, developing, and motivating a successful sales team.

Ebony brings more than a decade of experience to the table. After minoring in Women’s Studies as an undergraduate, she continued at Stony Brook University for her MBA in Marketing and Management. Her educational background helped her hone her natural sales skills, including her expertise in contract negotiating, sales force support, training, developing, and motivating a successful sales team.

Before taking up her role at AWE, she worked as a National Sales Director for an International manufacturing company working with Retail executives in the C-Suite. She was pivotal in fostering new business accounts and was responsible for all of the new US business sales growth of the startup brand.

As a certified Pure Barre instructor, fitness is a core part of her life as she believes in maintaining a healthy body and mind. Ebony is also a Girl Scout leader, and board member on her local PTA who takes giving back to the community seriously. When she is not thinking of creative ways to take the company’s sales chart through the roof, you can find her traveling, cooking, or buried deep within the pages of a thrilling book. Ebony is very passionate about creating real change for both women and BPOCs. She and her husband live in Tampa, FL with their four children.

Françoise Meier

Director, Client Solutions

Françoise Meier

Director, Client Solutions

She/Her

Françoise thrives on building equitable communities and thoughtful partnerships. As Director, Client Solutions at AWE, she leads AWE’s expansion into new territories across the US and internationally in order to scale the company’s growth and to strengthen the careers of hundreds of women across the Fortune 1000. Her detail-orientated approach to projects and relationships allows her to create customized solutions that drive engagement and long-term, lasting culture change within companies.

With a background in nonprofit development and communications at Doctors of the World, Françoise worked on award-winning campaigns to raise funds for numerous emergencies including the Syrian civil war, the European refugee crisis and Hurricane Matthew in Haiti.

In addition to her work in the US, Françoise has spent time working in both Asia and South America in communications-based roles. She received her BA in Political Science at New York University, from which she gained a keen understanding of the socio-political factors that influence economies and businesses around the world.

Born and raised in the UK, she loves to spend her free time reading historical fiction and cooking traditional French recipes that her Mum sends her. A travel enthusiast, her personal life goal is to travel to every country in the world. She is currently at 50.

Isabella Alsobrook

Coordinator, Client Solutions

Isabella Alsobrook

Coordinator, Client Solutions

She/Her

Committed to the transformative power of meaningful work, Isabella is passionate about building more inclusive workplaces through her role as a Client Solutions Coordinator at AWE. In her previous positions at social service nonprofits, she has intervened to create new pathways for workers to gain equity, fair housing, and economic independence. She served as a career counselor across diverse populations such as refugees, young moms, and people exiting incarceration. Isabella loves helping others develop a growth mindset and feel empowered to be their authentic self in the workplace. She is excited to bring her person-centered focus and can-do spirit to clients at AWE.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Isabella is happy to be back in her sunny homeland after a sojourn in Iowa and Minnesota. Outside of work, she enjoys reading in her hammock at the park, trying new recipes, playing with her cat, and traveling.

Joelly Lucien

Manager, Brand Communications & Marketing

Joelly Lucien

Manager, Brand Communications & Marketing

Joelly is an experienced media professional who comes to AWE with over 15 years of experience in the entertainment business in roles across television development, production, casting, and business affairs. Joelly has worked at Innovative Artists, ITV Studios, Figure 8 Films, and Pie Town Productions. Some notable networks she has produced for include FOX, NBC, MTV, HGTV, Lifetime, and Food Network.  

As Manager, Brand Communications & Marketing, Joelly is responsible for the overall messaging and marketing strategy for AWE.

Joelly received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Columbia College Chicago in Film/Video. In 2015, Joelly became an Advocacy Corps Organizer with Friends Committee on National Legislation where she spent a year educating and mobilizing her community to lobby their members of Congress to advance long-term change in immigration reform. She went on to work with FCNL in economic and sentencing reform and was brought back to train the next class of Advocacy Corps Organizers in media relations.

When Joelly isn’t busy filling up AWE’s content calendar, she can be found serving alongside her husband as Youth Ministry Leader at her church or at a Parent + Me swim class with her toddler son.

Karen Lew

Manager, Accelerator Success

Karen Lew

Manager, Accelerator Success

She/Her

Karen is an architect of culture. She ties in long-term goals and “big-picture” ideas into everyday processes to create experiences for genuine connections and collaboration. Led by her experience in community organizing in the non-profit world and her data-driven research background, she currently acts as Manager, Accelerator Success at AWE. Passionate about the real and scalable effects of L&D along with DEI in the workplace, she currently designs experiences for AWE’s Accelerator Program for mid-level women across the Fortune 500.

Karen’s career follows a narrative and trajectory of creating spaces for marginalized folks in academic institutions, nonprofits and now corporate spaces. Radicalized by her experience living in diaspora and her education at Wellesley College, Karen enjoys making connections between systems and daily life with her formative B.A. in Economics and unofficial study of critical race theory. A big believer in the process for social change and the tenants of transformative justice, she invests her time studying good social systems and designs along with the importance of form meeting function in everyday interactions.

Outside of work hours, you can find Karen trying to level up from a V1 to a V2 rock climber, talking about her love for Danish designs and tuning into Bowen Yang and Matt Rogers’ “Las Culturistas” podcast for culture updates. Moreover, in her free time she enjoys reading existential philosophy, studying linguistics and languages and doing impersonations of pop culture personalities.

Laura Civiello

Head of Operations

Laura Civiello

Head of Operations

She/Her

Laura is a producer and a problem-solver. No matter what the project, she brings to it a unique mix of project management savvy, an analytical mindset, purposeful persistence and a dash of creativity. Her latest project is being AWE’s Head of Operations which includes oversight of Marketing, Finance and HR.

Her producing career began at age eight when Laura talked her younger sister into acting in comedy skits for her new tape recorder (they got rave reviews from her parents). With that success under her belt, she went on to have a 28-year career in television as executive producer and network executive. An integral part of the launch teams for three cable networks (Paul Allen’s /TechTV/, Comcast’s /G4/ and NBCUniversal’s /Esquire/), Laura acquired, developed and oversaw more than 500 hours of programming, including American Ninja Warrior, which has gone on to become a prime time hit for NBC.

In addition to putting her extensive skills to work for AWE, she serves as Board member for the Village Green, a 627-unit, multi-family community in Los Angeles on the National Register of Historic Places. She graduated from Cornell University with a B.A. in History and is looking forward to resuming her road trips to the Southwest with her husband and two standard poodles.

Macey Ke

Associate, Sales Marketing

Macey Ke

Associate, Sales Marketing

She/Her

Macey is a digital innovator. She is experienced at transforming complex ideas and objectives into emotionally resonant courses of action to drive customer engagement, experience, and revenue. Obtaining a B.S in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing, she was taught the importance of meticulous coordination and planning—and how to optimize for efficiency without sacrificing quality.

Led by her ambition to flourish and succeed, Macey joins AWE as Associate, Sales Marketing where she utilizes her talent to source and connect with Senior-level Executive women across the Fortune 500. She comes to AWE from California State University, Northridge and draws upon her professional experiences as a business developer and social media strategist. Her prior experience consists of expanding companies’ community and identifying new market opportunities in reaching their broad business goals.

Born and raised in North Pole, Alaska, and currently residing in Los Angeles, Macey spends the remainder of her time producing art in an assortment of mediums. If she is not painting or cross-stitching, you can find her exploring new ways to express her creativity. You can also find Macey allocating her talents to empower underrepresented and marginalized communities, including volunteering at Autism Speaks, a non-profit dedicated to promoting long-term solutions for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. Now joining AWE, she expands her large list of interests by adding the uplifting of underserved communities to accelerate the careers of women and to help them realize their potential.

Meiko Takayama

Founder & CEO

Meiko Takayama

Founder & CEO

She/Her

Meiko is a visionary CEO and entrepreneur, founding AWE | Advancing Women Executives, the leading enterprise solutions company focused on creating sustainable workplace cultures by embedding equity into companies. A 26th generation rebel born of immigrant parents, Meiko is a connector, a global change agent, and a tireless advocate for equity in the workplace. She is a sought after thought leader and expert and speaks annually to thousands of professionals on the topics of diversity in the workplace, branding, networking, sponsorship, unconscious bias and storytelling in business.

After graduating from Bryn Mawr College, Meiko had a successful career in the art field in Europe and New York before changing her focus to business consulting. She was a Managing Director with CEB (now Gartner), through the company’s successful IPO and growth to $450 million in revenue. After many years of managing the West Coast business, Meiko became an executive recruiter and continued to experience first-hand the lack of diversity on leadership teams. In an effort to create a paradigm shift in the way companies look at accelerating the careers of underrepresented professionals, Meiko created AWE in 2012.

Meiko has been named a Women of Influence by LA Biz, a Woman of Promise by Comerica Bank and the LA Lakers and was featured in BCBG’s Holiday Catalog as part of their series on influential and powerful women. She’s been on the Board of Directors for South Central Scholars and is active with her sons’ school. Meiko speaks regularly at Fortune 500 companies and conferences, including Northwestern University, Occidental College, IIT Global Conference, West Hollywood Women’s Leadership Conference, Women in Technology Hollywood, UPWARD, Women of LAVA, Harvard Business School Association of Southern California and Silicon Valley’s Influencer Series.

While making the world a better place, Meiko can also be found laughing with her husband and two sons in Los Angeles, enjoying a meal and mahjongg with friends, supporting political candidates and dreaming of her next international holiday.

Nicole Hall

Coordinator, Client Solutions

Nicole Hall

Coordinator, Client Solutions

She/Her

A true people person, Nicole brings her passion for connectivity and strategizing for equity to her role as a Client Solutions Coordinator at AWE. Her prior research and work pinpoint the gaps within the operations of societal systems in order to cultivate just and functional solutions. She uses this framework partnered with her nine years plus experience in customer service to help foster meaningful relationships.

As a graduate of the University of South Florida with a degree in Political Science, Nicole has spent the last nine years working to bring vital services to vulnerable communities. Prior to working at AWE, Nicole spearheaded a pilot mentoring program, “Step Up For the Kids,” which served as a safe space to foster the growth and development of at-risk youth. She also created a veteran’s volunteer service program “Sip and Serve Saturday ” in which young adults serve breakfast to the veterans of the local VA hospital in Tampa. Nicole is member of the Board of Directors for the United Nations Association of Tampa Bay, helping connect resources and volunteers to provide robust operations for the UN Tampa Bay’s youth refugee programs.

Outside of AWE, Nicole is an 8-year veteran certified barre-fitness instructor, having taught over 2,000 classes in multiple cities and abroad in Berlin, Germany. Nicole is a lover of travel and languages and is a perpetual student of the German language. As a former ballet dancer, Nicole is never far away from practicing her art, enjoying live jazz and connecting with her family and friends.

Reena Kirspel

Director, Client Solutions

Reena Kirspel

Director, Client Solutions

She/Her

Reena’s diverse and storied career path spans the performing arts, education, and communications sectors within private, public, and nonprofit settings. She is an experienced content creator, curriculum developer, and dynamic instructor – having designed and delivered theater and public speaking programs for schools, as well as professional development workshops for Fortune 500 companies.

She holds a B.F.A. in Drama from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and an M.P.A. in Strategic Performance Management from Rutgers University’s School of Public Affairs and Administration. Equipping individuals to realize their full potential as both leaders and team-players, while simultaneously encouraging them to be risk-takers is her passion. Along with helping organizations identify areas of needed growth and developing metrics that are in-line with company mission & vision.

Born in Zambia, raised in New York and currently residing in the Garden State (NJ) with her husband and teenage sons, Reena is an avid traveler – having visited Australia, Dubai, India, Singapore, South Africa and more! She cares deeply about people from all walks of life, as evidenced by her time spent mentoring inner-city youth, promoting anti-trafficking initiatives, and supporting women in recovery. Reena firmly believes that growth is on-going and learning is a life-long adventure!

Abigail Boudreaux

Executive Coach Consultant

Abigail Boudreaux

Executive Coach Consultant

She/Her

ABIGAIL BOUDREAUX is a Transition & Performance Coach, Educator, and Culture Strategist, on a mission to evolve how we experience work. She believes deeply in the power of coaching to drive individual and cultural transformation. She coaches people in career and life transition to lean into their strengths and superpowers, cultivating agency to design new career and life chapters they love. Whether changing careers, growing in a current role, or starting a new position, she supports them as they navigate change, and helps them perform at their best. She’s spent her career partnering with leaders of scaling organizations to create human-centered cultures and people-first business strategy. With a background in HR/Learning & Development, Business Consulting, and Professional Services/Market Research, her solutions blend Talent and Operations practices to power engagement. She is a Certified Hudson Institute Coach and holds certifications for multiple development instruments, including Strengthscope®, The Leadership Challenge® and Leadership Practices Inventory® (LPI 360).

Bree Riley

Facilitator / Coach

Bree Riley

Facilitator / Coach

She/Her

Bree Riley is a facilitator and coach with AWE. Trained as a social worker, Bree leverages a person-in-environment perspective and strives to take into consideration a client’s social context and intersectionality when co-designing person-centered solutions. Bree specializes in transitions and aims to help clients make life changes that align with their core values.

Bree is originally from the South and studied theatre and journalism at the University of Georgia (Go Dawgs!) She holds a Master’s in Social Work from Silberman School of Social Work. In addition to her work at AWE, she is a Senior Mental Health Clinician at a community-based organization in NYC. She also serves on the board of Housing Works, an NYC-based nonprofit specializing in housing and healthcare for people living with HIV/AIDS. In her free time, she is an avid runner and cyclist. She enjoys cooking as much as she enjoys eating. She resides in Brooklyn with her partner and pets.

Carrie Gormley

Facilitator

Carrie Gormley

Facilitator

She/Her

Carrie is an executive & leadership coach specializing in helping female executives develop their authentic leadership style while staying true their purpose, in turn increasing their efficacy and impact as leaders. She is driven to advance the growth of women in leadership, supporting them as they grow their influence, make their voices heard and take purposeful action to shift the status-quo in business. 

Prior to becoming a coach, Carrie worked for 15 years as a creative executive in entertainment marketing. Most recently, she was the President and Partner of a top creative advertising agency, managing a large team of seasoned creatives and overseeing all aspects of agency management – including finance, HR and operations. During her time there, she discovered a different way to lead that felt more authentic to who she was as a female leader and not surprisingly, turned out to be effective in delivering business results. 

Combining 20 years of personal development work, professional coach training, and leadership experience, Carrie holds a BA in Sociology from UC Berkeley, is a Hudson Institute Certified Coach and is ACC ICF certified. Carrie’s favorite role is being the mother of two children. She is a fierce advocate for working mothers and the unique challenges they face.

Gracie Inacay

Executive Coach Consultant

Gracie Inacay

Executive Coach Consultant

She/Her

GRACIE INACAY works with organizations and professionals to improve individual, team and organizational effectiveness through assessment, executive coaching, leadership development, team efficiency and strategic planning. As a coach, she provides support as a career accountability partner, leveraging strengths, uncovering vulnerabilities and blind spots, improving problem-solving skills, and helping implement behavioral change that drives business results and professional growth. While leveraging her strong business acumen, Gracie has developed a panoramic view of enterprise while working across a wide range of industries – financial, insurance and professional services – and brings more than 25 years of experience leading effective HR teams. As an approachable and collaborative senior HR executive, Gracie continues to be sought out for advice and unbiased coaching which has solidified her role as a trusted mentor and advisor. Gracie holds coaching certificates from the International Coaching Federation and Center for Executive Coaching and is trained in Hogan’s leadership assessment tool.

Jessika Portney

Facilitator

Jessika Portney

Facilitator

She/Her

Passionate about empowering women, Jessika Portney is an executive and leadership coach and founder of Journey On. Jessika has worked in the field of leadership development for over a decade, supporting leaders of all backgrounds and tenures. In addition to her work with private clients, Jessika coaches and facilitates leadership development training programs for non-profit organizations and government agencies. Her approach to leadership has been informed by the cross-cultural experiences she’s sought out: pursuing a graduate degree and teaching English in Rome, facilitating Fulbright fellowships for mid-career leaders from 90 different countries, and implementing USAID projects for Egyptian women pursuing a STEM education.

Clients value Jessika’s deep curiosity about the human experience and ability to create a warm environment for them to be vulnerable and dig deep. She became a coach to honor these gifts and create space for those who want to do similar transformational work. Jessika finds true joy in partnering with clients to embrace their superpowers and manifest their potential.

Jessika obtained an M.A. in Government and Politics with a concentration in International Relations and a certificate in Diplomacy and International Law from St. John’s University in Rome, Italy. She received a B.A. dual degree in Communication and Italian Language & Literature from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Karen Schiff

Facilitator

Karen Schiff

Facilitator

She/Her

Karen Schiff has extensive experience in the training and communications fields across all sectors including for-profit, government, and non-profit, and has delivered training on topics such as leadership, feedback, and interviewing. As a communicator, she has been a creative director and copywriter, helping Fortune 500 companies tell the stories of their products and brands. In addition to her role at AWE, Karen is a workplace speech coach focusing on mid-career professionals, helping them address any speaking habits that undermine the confidence and power they project, while ensuring that their voice reflects their authentic self.

Karen is New York City-born and New Jersey-bred. She holds a Master’s Degree in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Speech from Northwestern University. In addition, she received her certification in Teaching English as a Second Language from the University of California at Berkeley. Karen lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her spouse and a sassy Siamese cat named Lucy. In her free time, she enjoys cooking treats with fruits from her garden, hiking among the Redwoods, and planning the next great travel adventure.

Nancy McCabe

Executive Coach Consultant

Nancy McCabe

Executive Coach Consultant

She/Her

NANCY McCABE‘s clients have spanned the corporate worlds of media, financial, technology and retail companies and the non-profit sector. Clients appreciate her executive experience and commitment to helping clients blend personal goals with professional excellence and achievement. With more than 20 years of creative executive experience in the entertainment industry, combined with extensive coaching training, Nancy understands the fast pace and the competitive nature of high-stakes industries, and how to balance the needs of the individual with the juggling act of competing corporate goals.  Purposeful coaching, encompassing 360s and emotional intelligence work enables clients to explore how they are perceived and where there are opportunities to enhance their strengths and broaden their range, for effective communication and even more successful leadership. Nancy holds certifications from Coaches Training Institute and the International Coaching Federation and is certified in Hogan, Leadership Circle 360 and The Team Diagnostic Survey leadership assessment tools.

Sean Morong

Executive Coach Consultant

Sean Morong

Executive Coach Consultant

He/Him

SEAN MORONG works with executives, private clients and corporate teams to leverage their natural gifts and talents, with a goal of living their most authentic life. His focus areas include improving team engagement, increasing morale, individual strengths assessment and shifting organizational culture. He is often referred to as “The Corporate Therapist.” Sean is also an HR Executive for one of the largest technology consulting firms in the world. He has over 18 years of experience leading teams at some of the largest corporations in Retail and Health & Public Service industries. With a Bachelor of Arts in Health Administration, Sean continues to be passionate about the study of human behavior and changing mindsets. He is regularly consulted to speak on topics including fear, anxiety, purpose and what makes people act and think the way they do. If you ask Sean where he gets his positive beliefs and inspiration, he’ll likely tell you about his good fortune of having a wise and spiritually connected grandmother, who was his teacher, mentor and biggest fan. Sean is a certified Gallup® Strengths & Engagement Coach and a Certified Professional Co-Active® Coach (CPCC).

Smruti Patel

Executive Coach Consultant

Smruti Patel

Executive Coach Consultant

She/Her

SMRUTI PATEL dreams of a world where each of us operates at our highest potential and her purpose is to help leaders and teams generate practical insights, increase their effectiveness and achieve exceptional results. As a seasoned leadership coach with a career spanning consulting and law, Smruti brings a unique combination of intellectual rigor, keen business acumen and practical experience. She is trusted for her discretion, mature judgment and tact. Smruti’s perspectives are drawn from her whole self which include a diversity of work experiences across five continents, an international upbringing and education plus a love for learning. Her specialty lies in influencing without authority, conflict coaching and navigating the professional landscape especially, inter-personal dynamics within teams and peers. Smruti’s client list includes CEOs, executives, lawyers and entrepreneurs from across industries in the USA, Latin America, Asia and Africa. Smruti has delivered over 1,000 hours of leadership coaching and holds the ICF’s second highest PCC accreditation. She holds a Masters in Law from Georgetown University, grew up and was educated in both the U.K. and Kenya.

Yael Utt

Facilitator

Yael Utt

Facilitator

She/Her

Yael Utt is a tireless promoter for the advancement of women, professionally and personally. She was hired to launch AWE’s New York membership in 2014 and has spent the past 6+ years working with thousands of women from Fortune 1000 companies in leadership development, team development, and DEI best practices. Part facilitator, part coach, part sales leader and strategist, Yael is a full time champion for the ways leaders want to, and should, show up in their organizations and communities.

Drawn to knowledge acquisition, other people’s stories, and trying to make people laugh, Yael has parlayed these traits into 20+ years with nonprofits, local government and public and private companies like Pfizer, HSBC, Viacom, PepsiCo, American Express, Condé Nast, Hearst, Avon, BD, Thomson Reuters, HP, Salesforce, Coach, LVMH, Tiffany & Co., CBS, Toyota, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Novartis, BNY Mellon, AOL, Verizon, Accenture, Scholastic and MasterCard.

In a previous life, Yael was a New York bar-admitted lawyer practicing employment law. A five-year move to London propelled Yael to the relationship side of business, and once back in NYC, was able to fulfill a lifelong passion in women’s leadership. Yael earned her juris doctor from Brooklyn Law and grew up in Virginia. Little known fact is that Virginia is called a Commonwealth, not a state. She loves to be outdoors, laugh, read, discuss tv and swear that “one day we’ll get a dog.” Maybe most importantly of all: Yael has three sons and is raising them with her husband in the little-known borough of Brooklyn.

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