R. Patel, Chief-of-Staff, Office of University Life, Columbia University
In searching for a workshop to improve my team’s dynamics and communication, I was concerned that bringing our many individual differences out into the open would potentially be counter-productive. Jessica’s understanding of my apprehensions and our team’s uneven past experiences with facilitations informed her design of a workshop tailored specifically to our needs. Using the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Jessica created a team-building workshop that both supported and challenged us. In just a few short hours we had a deeper understanding and acceptance of individual differences and also were able to reframe our view of our differences as gifts to be leveraged to function overall as a more effective team. Each team member walked away with a newfound self-awareness, as well as fresh insights and appreciation of others on the team. Jessica introduced us to a new common vocabulary through MBTI to explore personality and behavior that we have continued to use to help frame conversations and meetings going forward. This has been incredibly helpful to improve our overall communication. Jessica’s facilitation has left a lasting positive impression on me and my team, and I could not recommend her more highly.
Senior Non-profit Development Professional
I was going through a difficult period, personally and professionally, when a colleague recommended I speak with Jennifer Zaslow. My colleague explained that when she was at a professional crossroads, Jennifer helped her determine a new career that was most gratifying. As luck would have it, Jennifer and I had worked together many years prior, so I knew her to be a capable and cordial person – with a wonderful sense of humor. Any reservations I might have had about speaking with a coach were allayed as soon as we reconnected on the phone. It was particularly helpful that Jennifer’s background is also in development and fundraising. She brought her expertise in the field to our coaching sessions, providing me with invaluable insight into the sector.
Over the last six months, Jennifer helped me to ascertain my priorities and urged me to take my time to find a position that best suited me. With her guidance, I was equipped to ask the right questions and make a thoughtful decision about my next move. I have recommended working with a coach – and specifically working with Jennifer – to anyone who asks how I was able to navigate this particularly challenging time in my life.
Senior Executive in Fine Arts and Luxury Retail Industry
Jessica is a fantastic coach. She took the time to truly understand me and gave me the tools and frameworks to help me move my career forward in a positive direction. Her deep understanding of our business and support in developing my interview strategy really helped me transition into my dream job.
Chief compliance officer, hedge fund
I am the Chief Compliance Officer at a large NYC hedge fund advisor. Due to a change in control at the top of my old firm, I needed to begin the process of looking for a new job. Eden was literally my first call. That same night, Eden talked me through the process, discussing issues related to severance, timing of departure and references. Eden was a voice of reason and calm throughout the first few days. Shortly thereafter, I sat down with Eden to walk through opportunities and interview tactics. Eden knows the business well and is quite savvy.
One of the most valuable pieces of advice from Eden was “you can be choosy”. She said you need to decide which place is right for you – while you don’t want to appear over-confident, remember that they also need to impress you. I was happy to be able to find a new job quickly and seamlessly. I have no doubt that Eden’s coaching helped to facilitate this positive result. Eden has common sense, wisdom and business savvy. I highly recommend her as a coach for anyone in the legal or compliance fields as well as anyone working or seeking a job on Wall Street.
Innovation strategist, London
I was looking for a trusted advisor to bounce ideas about career directions. I wanted someone with significant experience that was varied across multiple sectors. Someone who had held a leadership role and could intuitively understand the possibilities and also challenges for someone like me with a “hybrid” background in innovation and sustainability. Eden exceeded all of my expectations. She is incredibly talented at identifying an individual’s unique value proposition and helping articulate it in an authentic and powerful way. She has helped me celebrate the fact that I don’t fit neatly into a box and refine how I communicate my story effectively in different situations. Through her questioning, Eden has helped me define my values and my higher “purpose” which is really where I needed to start from. Because she has lived in several countries, Eden has a strong sense of cultural differences and has supported me through some challenging people management issues in a company outside the US.
Since working with Eden, I have held three different consulting roles with increasing responsibility. I’ve been able to see my career as an evolving journey, which has enabled me to stretch my skills into new sectors and industries. I’ve been through several restructures and, with Eden’s help, have learned to get out of situations where I feel “stuck” and make the most of these changes. I rely on Eden as a constant source of wisdom and practical advice and she’s also kept me up to date with emergent thinking in relevant areas and always has a good recommendation for what to read now!
Louise Shea, VP for human resources, The New York Public Library
Strength, integrity, wisdom, a sense of humor and an ability to “tell it like it is.” These were the qualities for which Jennifer was known as a Vice President of The New York Public Library; they are also the qualities that have made her a natural as an Executive Coach. Having successfully navigated her own career transition, Jennifer knows that change is powerful and possible – and she takes a stand for change in her clients. Jennifer also brings decades of “real-life” experience to this work, having successfully lead teams through institutional transition, and risen to meet the challenge of ambitious goals.
Finance Director, Educational Management
Jessica is an extremely helpful coach. She developed a plan based on my priorities with flex options if we wanted to work on other issues. She gave insightful recommendations and shared resources and techniques. Jessica is a great listener and challenged my thinking. I was able to move beyond my comfort zone on a variety of topics. I highly recommend Jessica if you need coaching.
Chris, hedge fund associate turned marketing executive
Working with Eden was one of the best investment decisions I’ve ever made. She was helpful, thoughtful, efficient, responsive, supportive, and extraordinarily effective along several dimensions during our time together. I engaged Eden after several months of unstructured and mostly unproductive job searching; after eight years working in commercial real estate and in corporate development at a large hedge fund, I was self-aware enough to realize that I needed a career change, but not in possession of an adequate toolkit to effect that change. I had never previously worked with a career / executive coach, but Eden was highly recommended. A brief summary of the miracles she worked for me: Eden helped me define my core skills and interests and map the resulting inventory onto a variety of potential roles and industries; she vastly improved my interviewing presence and tactics; she generously connected me with informative and influential contacts from her personal network; and she generally helped me build confidence and momentum in a search that had previously lacked each. I am so grateful for having had the chance to work with Eden.
Jenny Luker, chair of In the Know conference, Women’s Jewelry Association
For the Women’s Jewelry Association’s 2013 In the Know conference, we were looking for women to motivate and inspire, as well as to provide practical advice that could be used for career development for professional women in the jewelry and watch industry. Eden absolutely exceeded our goals and expectations! She shared information in a clear and easy way, provided tools that could be taken directly back to the office and, most importantly, related to the audience in a genuine way. The attendees shared that in one hour with Eden, they learned more than they had in years. Eden is someone that everyone should have the privilege to know.
Lauren Farrell Gardiner, Co-Founder and Tutor, Confident Minds Tutoring
As a high-energy person with a mind jumbled with ideas, ideals, ethical dilemmas, and feelings of confusion, I knew I needed someone to help me prioritize my goals, organize my time, and ultimately, bring me to my fullest potential. As an educational tutor, I do these very tasks to help my students, so I was able to recognize that I, too, needed my own personal advisor. Jennifer was able to guide my thinking and my action in our very first session and help me determine weekly and monthly action steps that included everything from phone calls, to self-reflection, to meditation. Without the gentle yet firm guidance and strong conviction of Jennifer, I never would have made the decision to expand my business nor get it off the ground in only a few short months!
Prof. Seth Freeman, NYU Stern School of Business & Columbia University
I was delighted to get the benefit of Eden’s excellent coaching recently. Her valuable insights, her strong ability to see and articulate strengths and growth areas, and her consistently pleasant, professional, positive approach made my work with her a rewarding experience that encouraged and challenged me in several ways. I’ve already begun to integrate her wisdom into my work as a professor and know my students and trainees will benefit strongly from her contribution. I recommend her enthusiastically.
Andrew McVinish, Regional Sales Director: Art & Antiques, Everything But the House
Jessica is a wonderful, engaged coach who offers thoughtful, well considered and insightful counsel. She brought both a well-thought-out process and adaptability to our work together, and enabled me to progress on a new path towards my new career.
Chirag Chotalia, Pritzker Group Venture Capital
I worked with Eden while contemplating a significant career transition. Eden was incredibly helpful at putting structure around my thoughts, keeping me on track and helping me refine my goals and understand my motivations. I highly recommend her to anyone considering a change in career or someone looking to take their performance to the next level. Eden is also a dynamic and engaging speaker. We invited her to speak during a student-led conference at The Wharton School addressing aspiring entrepreneurs and early-stage investors. Her participation was incredibly well-received by the Wharton community and I’m confident had a lasting impact on audience members.
Pattie Simon, MBA, holistic health coach
After a long hiatus from my business career, I decided to resume my career. I quickly realized that I needed help navigating the process of re-entering the work force. In addition, I was looking to make a career change and needed help identifying the best career “fit” for me. Someone I respect greatly referred me to Eden and told me that she was the rock star of the Career Coaching industry, and she is! Eden exceeded all of expectations of how she might be able to help me.
Eden is unbelievably knowledgeable about a wide variety of career choices. Her guidance on interviewing prep work, interviewing skills and how to best “market” oneself is outstanding and very high level. She was always accessible to me even after our sessions were over. The result of Eden’s work was that I found a great job after only a few months of looking for a position. After a year at this job, I decided to change careers again. Eden, once again, enabled me to make another seamless and successful change. The true value of Eden’s work lies in the fact that she is extremely intelligent, has fantastic interpersonal and verbal skills, is able to understand her clients, doesn’t waste time and delivers an exceptional results oriented “product”. I could not have been successful twice without Eden’s assistance. Working with Eden was one of the best investments I ever made. She is outstanding in so many ways.
M. Grant, financial advisor
Two years ago I was struggling with how I could expand my business. I was doing very well but wondered if there was a way for me to build deeper, more effective relationships. I met Eden and was instantly wowed. She got was I trying to do. She respected what I had accomplished but had great ideas about how to enhance my approach. She listened and gave wonderful insights into my personality that really resonated.
I wasn’t sure if an executive coach would be able to help in a sales situation but Eden was terrific. She helped me tap into experiences I had that I could use to build my business. Most important, she worked with me to crystallize a more personal story and use it in a way that results in a stronger connection to people I work with. It didn’t take long to see results. Eden is encouraging and supportive throughout the process but challenges her clients to go further. Her insights, demeanor and experience working with senior executives were exactly what I needed. She is a wonderful coach, and a great friend.
Lori Schuldiner Schor, international grants manager
I gained a great deal of clarity while working with Jennifer. She asked the types of questions that moved me to think beyond my typical exploration zones and my typical behavioral and language tropes. I found that when working with her – over a period of months – I was able to learn how to get beyond my ‘comfort’ self in ways that allowed me to connect with aspects of myself that were calling out for recognition. I’m a reflective individual, and Jennifer taught me to honor that even more dearly than I had been. She’s a gem of an individual and a gem of an Executive Coach.
Amy Abrams, co-founder, In Good Company
Eden is a master facilitator. She is incredibly skilled at addressing difficult topics with tremendous sensitivity. I am always inspired by her ability to hear what people are really saying. While Eden is incredibly warm and genuine and exudes a wonderful energy, she also draws on her corporate background and is able to stick to an agenda and work within a framework. Overall she is a remarkable coach!
Sharon Mosse, president, Strategic Marketing Group
Eden really got me to stop feeling “lost” and start planning my future. I didn’t realize it at the time, but forcing myself to sit down and develop that priority list was a pivotal moment in the process. Eden is an amazing coach who doesn’t let you get away with your usual excuses!
Erik Gensler, president, Capacity Interactive, Inc.
I am the founder of a rapidly growing professional services firm who had never worked with an Executive Coach. By pushing me to stay focused on the big picture and ask myself hard questions around purpose and mission, Jennifer has been instrumental in helping me clarify my priorities and evolve into becoming a more effective CEO. This work has also had a direct impact on my business, helping me to re-define how I manage time and staff so that I have the mental space to ask myself “what’s next?” for my business.
Jennifer is a great listener who asks powerful questions, and also provides solid advice and support. It is a treat to have a true leader as a coach, one who has extensive career experience to draw from. I recommend Jennifer highly to anyone looking to grow personally and professionally.
Laura Aviva, founder, l'aviva home
I feel incredibly fortunate to have had the opportunity to bring Eden into my life, and to be able to carry her sage advice and guidance along with me as I navigate my course. What I had initially envisioned as a finite series of sessions with a counselor quickly evolved into an ongoing relationship characterized by true collaboration. I am continually struck by how authentically and fully vested Eden is in my process, and in both my personal growth and my professional fulfillment. Eden brings a perspective that is both intuitive and informed to each of our conversations – and during those times in which I have felt overwhelmed by the choices before me, she has insightfully helped me to identify and parse my challenges, while continually pushing me to stay true to myself. Eden’s role in my continuing development is truly invaluable.
Managing director, global financial services firm
I reached out to Eden at a point in my career and life where I felt stuck. I knew what I didn’t want to do and had some ideas about what I wanted to do instead but wasn’t sure how to move forward. Eden has phenomenal listening skills, asks the critical questions to help you unlock yourself and is proactive in sharing her networks and contacts. She is tuned into everything you are saying and has great insights. Having Eden as a coach was like having a conscience to keep me honest with myself and to spur me into action. As a result of my coaching with Eden, I have a found a really clear path ahead and I have begun working on my new venture which is giving me lots of energy.
Caitlin Weaver, senior associate director of leadership development, NYU Stern School of Business
Eden quickly became one of the most popular and effective facilitators for our MBA student groups focused on leadership development. She did a fantastic job of building trust and rapport, and of being seen as credible in a relatively short time-frame—no small task with MBA students who are all smart, busy people who want to feel that their time is being used effectively. Eden was successful at engaging the group’s attention by maintaining appropriate focus on the agreed-upon agenda, while at the same time being responsive to the dynamics and needs of the individuals in the group.
Senior development officer, New York non-profit organization
Working with Jennifer has been a transformational experience in my professional life. I enlisted Jennifer’s help during a period when I was deciding whether to leave a high-level position at an institution I love, but was finding difficult to navigate, or take the “next step” elsewhere. Jennifer is intuitive, insightful, warm, firm, and direct, and has helped me immensely, both in terms of finding solutions to short-term problems and dealing with long-term issues. Our conversations have yielded some surprising, and welcome, revelations about myself. Most importantly, she not only helped me remember my key strengths, she also helped me identify my key values, an important insight to have during a transitional time in my life.
Senior program manager, policy and leadership non-profit
Eden is a fantastic coach. She helped me identify and successfully transition into a new – and much more personally satisfying – career. Eden is a great listener with solid business experience and a deep understanding of corporate politics. She is empathetic and usually has a relevant past experience to shed light on the current situation. She is fun to work with and her passion for helping people succeed in their work is energizing and motivating.
Alice Schroeder, independent board member and author, The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life
After working with Eden for a few months, I wish I had met her earlier! She did a remarkable job at helping me navigate through a very challenging career transition. Her creativity stretched my vision of the future and helped fill in the blanks. She quickly narrowed choices and defined alternatives out of an amorphous cloud of possibilities. Eden’s empathy goes beyond simple understanding; she was sometimes able to articulate feelings I couldn’t understand myself. Her background in psychology, combined with a deep understanding of the business world, give a significant edge to anyone she is advising.
Jurgen Maerz, technical consultant, Jurgen J. Maerz Jewelry Industry Consulting
Recently I had the pleasure of working with Eden. Her excellent coaching and fresh ideas helped me to face the daily challenges with confidence and optimism. I am now looking at life in a much more positive way. She helped turn a bad situation into a positive and exciting one. Thank you Eden.
Art finance executive + independent financial advisor
Eden is a talented, successful, professional coach. She very effectively utilizes the building blocks to engaging communication herself, thus showing through example how it can be done – and communicating is probably the most important component on anyone’s path going anywhere. Along with deep critical and empathetic listening, she helps filter out the emotional component(s) that cloud one’s own process and provides such thoughtful and reflective feedback that next steps seem so easy to take because of how clear the path has become. My own experience was informative and transformative. I would not hesitate to recommend her to those on their own path to a more fulfilling future, and have already done so. An added bonus in working with Eden is that her heart is in it and she’s generous – connecting clients with others in her personal and professional networks. How wonderful is that!
Jean, writer + culture consultant
Intuitive, calm and intelligent, Eden is a natural coach. We worked together over the course of several months while I was navigating my career 3.0—a definite work-in-progress. During our sessions, Eden consistently encouraged me to remain authentic to myself while being realistic about my financial needs throughout the transition. One of the most helpful pieces of advice she gave me was that often you discover what you *don’t* want to do before you find out what you *want* to do. I learned so much from our work together: how to network (something I was very loathe to do), how to negotiate my salary and title and, once I was working, and how to deal with problematic colleagues. I am still developing my career path based on our conversations. It hasn’t been an overnight journey and there have been bumps along the way, but I have benefitted financially and professionally from our relationship.
Managing director, global investment bank
I was looking for a new position as a senior technology manager in the finance industry during a period when the job market in that sector was really tight. Opportunities at my level were scarce, so I wanted to make sure I was putting my best foot forward. A friend recommended that I meet Eden. She helped me streamline my resume and refine my interview pitch. A few sessions with Eden ensured that I was totally prepared and equipped with the right skills to successfully navigate my interviews. In fact, I immediately landed a great position despite the very difficult and competitive market conditions at that time.
Mike Minutoli, senior career counselor, NYU Stern School of Business
As a yearly coach for our Mock Interview Program, Eden has continually provided our MBA students feedback that is specific to each of their experiences and goals. She always has their best interests in mind and is a fantastic resource during their interview preparation.
Tara Cole, social media specialist, fashion design company
I started working with Eden at a time when I was feeling really insecure in my job search. She gave me a boost of confidence and told me that my dream job was not impossible to achieve. We were able to map out a course of action that took into account my career goals and passions. The next step was coming up with a “story” that combined my television and production experience with my love for working with children, which we tailored to make sure I came across as a strong candidate for all of the different jobs I explored. Eden also helped me accurately express my thoughts in introductory emails and thank-you notes. It was so helpful to have someone to bounce ideas and suggestions off of and arrive at a solution in “my” voice. I’m happy to say that I am now working in a job I really enjoy. It would have taken a lot longer for me to get here without Eden’s help.
Staci, corporate financial executive turned small business manager
I had been unhappy in Corporate America for a long time when I met Eden. I found my job unrewarding and wanted to work at a place where I could see the fruits of my labor. I contacted her while I was on maternity leave, and she immediately helped me to focus on creating a realistic plan for change. I wanted to make the most of my paid time away so that, ideally, I would be able to resign from my corporate job and have a new plan in place. Eden was very effective in moving my process along to meet this goal; I left each meeting with “homework” to tackle such as web videos, articles, links to various websites, and follow up assignments. She also put me in touch with individuals in different careers and industries who were willing to offer career advice, and I spoke with a few of them.
I began reading books about starting my own bookkeeping service, something I had always thought about doing but never had the guts to try. Just when I thought I was going to continue on that path, Eden arranged to have me speak with one of her clients, someone who had successfully started his own business. I spoke to him under the impression that he was going to offer me advice; instead, he presented me with an opportunity to work with him on growing his own business. It was a chance for me to use my existing skills to improve a small business environment while developing new skills in business development. In addition, it offered me the flexibility to work remotely, which was very important to me as a new mother. I started working with him three months after meeting with Eden and have never been happier in my career. I credit Eden’s success to her excellent ability to first listen and digest the needs of her clients and then help them to take strategic actions. She continues to be a valued business partner to us as we work to improve and grow the business. I will recommend Eden as a coach to friends and colleagues in the future!
Ron Lambert, director of career services, Johns Hopkins University – SAIS
Eden is the consummate professional. Our office has used her coaching and training skills for a session in interview preparation with a group of graduate students spanning a number of different cultures. Her background in International Relations, her cultural sensitivity, and her pragmatic advice made all the difference in making the program highly successful. Student feedback was extremely positive, as was the feedback from our own coaching staff in sharing best practices with her during her visit to campus. I’d strongly recommend Eden to any Career Services office serving undergraduate or graduate students, or to individuals seeking a well-qualified executive coach who knows her way around a wide variety of professions and hiring cultures.
Susan Kittenplan, co-founder, strategic + creative consultancy Kittenplan LLC
Eden has been invaluable to me as an executive coach. I first went to see her when I was thinking about leaving the magazine business. She was calm, direct, engaging, and asked the right questions to make me think about life after publishing. While we focused on a new path for my career, Eden helped me get my resume in shape. Suddenly, I decided to start a creative consultancy with a partner, but I kept working with Eden, as she helped me through the excitement (and terror) of starting my own company. I have continued to meet with her, even as the business is flourishing—it is great to have a terrific sounding board, and Eden is that and much more. As my company grows and changes, I hope to have Eden as a part of my team for a long, long time.
Style director + fashion journalist
Eden helped me land my dream job. I had been working on making it happen for almost a year before I enlisted Eden’s help and within one month of our first meeting together, I had an offer. That was really the starting point of our relationship. The challenges that go along with stepping into a newly-created position in the satellite office of a small but rapidly growing company are considerable, and that is where the focus of our work together has shifted. Eden’s calm, sage, and insightful advice is always spot on – whether it’s about navigating company politics, preparing for difficult negotiations, managing up, down or sideways, I find that thinking things through in advance with Eden helps me achieve my desired outcome. She has a unique, almost therapeutic quality of taking a situation that is seemingly mired in a tangled web and helping me make sense of it so that I can establish my priorities and then calmly figure out a straightforward, practical, and gentle solution. The gentle part is Eden’s valuable gift for language. She can teach anyone how to achieve their goals, whatever they may be, by working with them to create a roadmap and then helping them craft the perfect story – direct yet diplomatic – to get where they want to go.
Chris, non-profit executive
I met Jennifer several months ago when I needed a champion who could provide both practical tips and empathy during a difficult career transition. Jennifer is that rare coach, one who blends deep emotional intelligence with real world experience.
Because Jennifer is a terrific active listener, she immediately figured out that I was stuck at work and needed to find my voice in order to make necessary changes. She has taught me about the power of being “mindful” while living more fully in the present. If this sounds “new age-y,” be reassured that it isn’t. I’ve conducted several business meetings in the past few weeks that went far better because I’ve taken Jennifer’s advice to heart.
I look forward to each session because I know I will be with someone who is in my corner at all times and because she and I have developed a plan of action that has realistic, achievable milestones along the journey. I highly recommend Jennifer.