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Mike Palestina and Maggie Pazian
Know Thyself, Brand Thyself - The Secrets to Your Career Success
with Career Coaches
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Palestina is a Certified Executive Coach and
Leadership Development Consultant who collaborates with
senior executives, mid-level managers, and other leaders to
inspire and enhance individual’s attitudes, behaviors, and
performance, resulting in increased employee engagement and
retention. These shifts ultimately contribute to
successfully reaching desired goals and exceeding individual
and organizational expectations.
Mike’s Fortune 500 business leadership experience (in a variety of non-HR related functional areas including Marketing and Business Development, Client Implementation and Services, IT, Project Management and Operations) combined with 400+ hours of accredited training in coaching, emotional awareness and verbal and non-verbal communications, provide him with a real-world appreciation of the challenges senior leaders face throughout their careers and within their organizations.
Mike is passionate about helping others modify behaviors. His style is focused but informal, with an emphasis on collaborating with clients to establish a secure, trustworthy, and relaxed environment in which to remove obstacles and achieve results. Utilizing his extensive practical business experience Mike blends coaching practices with mentoring, advising, and counseling as well, thus providing his clients with a richer interpersonal experience in which to modify attitudes, behaviors, and performance.
Specialties: Executive and team coaching, workshop facilitation, and consulting in support of Emotional Self-Awareness and Management, Emotional Awareness of others and Leading with Compassion and Empathy, Change Management, Women in Leadership, Situational Leadership.
Industry Experience: Mike has personally experienced and understands the challenges leaders face throughout their organizations. Industry areas of specialization include Healthcare, Insurance, Utilities, Finance, Banking, Pharma & Biotech, Consumer Products, Professional Sports, Manufacturing, and Academia.
Partnered with a CEO of the Americas of a European company on a variety of leadership behaviors including delegation, cross cultural communications and collaboration. Based on positive results our initial 6-month engagement was extended to prepare for increased global responsibilities.
Collaborated with a highly successful executive on the fast track for CEO at a utility provider on developing a more collaborative executive presence. Utilizing 360° feedback, we identified specific destructive behaviors and adjusted accordingly. This contributed to more constructive relationships with direct reports and a free exchange of ideas.
Partnered with a Chief Marketing Officer in a data analytics firm on developing and executing a 90/180 day plan in support of their employer’s overall strategy. Acted as a sounding board to minimize productivity dips when client became distracted by “shiny objects”.
Certifications: Paul Ekman International; Management Research Group – 360° and Personal Directions Assessment, Corporate Coach University.
Education: Mike holds a B.A. in Business Administration from William Paterson University; Certified graduate of Corporate Coach University, Executive Training Program of Boston University, and American Management Association 5-Day MBA.
Certified Life and Job Search Coach
Tony Calabrese is a certified Life and Career
Coach. A lifelong New Jersey resident, he has thrived
through a series of life changing events.
Coaching, consulting, facilitating support groups, and
writing blogs and newsletters provide the opportunity for
him to share what he has learned with others.
Additionally, the last several years have afforded him the
opportunity to be a “student of life”, and he knows that
will continue by partnering with others as they continue
forward on their life’s journey.
After a long and successful career in Project Management and Systems assignments, a series of life events led Tony to shift directions and pursue a new career in coaching. In 2009, Tony earned his certifications from the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (IPEC) in both their intensive coach training program and their Energy Leadership assessment and debrief process. He enjoys working with the ever growing population of individuals who are facing many different life challenges as they transition from one new experience to another.
Tony continued to expand his coaching knowledge and services that he is able to offer his clients. In August of 2011, he became a Certified Career Coach. He believes in guiding his clients through a strategic job search process that allows them to target what position it is they next want for their career. He is well versed in all steps of the job search process from assessment, to research and targeting, to preparing how to present oneself to interview, and how to follow-up on those opportunities which present themselves.
Tony is a member of the International Coach Federation (ICF) and was President of its New Jersey chapter in 2012. He has also held the office of Secretary for the New Jersey chapter of ICF.
Tony and his wife, Carolina, reside in Maplewood, NJ.
Igniting Personal and Professional Growth
Marian Janes is a passionate and dynamic
leader and coach possessing an innate ability to help people
discover and apply their core potential and make progress
towards their vision. She inspires her clients to consider
possibilities in their lives and connect with opportunity
amidst ongoing change and uncertainty through a creative
process that unleashes personal and professional potential.
Marian is an astute and creative thinker capable of processing complex challenges and addressing them with practical, real world solutions. She is well respected as a coach and well liked as a leader. Marian assists clients in embracing change while igniting growth in rapidly changing climates and in the most challenging of circumstances for both individuals and teams.
Marian attributes her ongoing success to continually coaching and guiding others towards their vision by applying her diverse leadership expertise to empower others to embrace change in their lives. Whether you are a business with a strategic focus, a professional looking to transition to the next level, or someone looking to jump-start your future, Marian is committed to your growth and transformation.
Marian possesses a Master’s Degree in Education from Indiana University and is an ACC-ICF Associate Certified Coach. She currently teaches business courses in the Professional and Continuing Education program at Rutgers University. She is the VP of Programs for NNJ ATD (Association for Talent Development) and an active member of Toastmasters International.
Marian is passionate about transforming your vision into reality.