Combining more than two decades of hands-on experience with deep research in organizational behavior and conflict.

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Jennifer Goldman-Wetzler, Ph.D.

Founding Principal

Dr. Jennifer Goldman-Wetzler is an organizational psychologist and the Founding Principal of Alignment Strategies Group. For two decades, Jennifer has consulted to senior leaders at global corporations in a wide range of industries as well as at large non-profit and governmental institutions.

In the corporate arena, Jennifer helps senior executives and their teams lead change, specializing in four sectors: technology, pharmaceutical, and financial and professional services.  In the technology sector, a partial list of clients includes: Advantest, Amdocs, CSC, Cyrus Innovation, General Dynamics, IBM, Intel, and Laird; in the pharmaceutical sector: Abbott Laboratories, Actelion Pharmaceuticals, Bayer, Eli Lilly, Millennium, Novartis, Shire, and Vertex Pharmaceuticals; in financial services: Bank New York Mellon, Barclays, Citigroup, GE Capital, and Moody’s; and in professional services: Cornerstone Research, Innosight, KPMG, Lexis Nexis, and Navigant.

In the public sector, Jennifer has consulted to large non-profit and governmental institutions including:  the American Association of Museums, the Financial Women’s Association, Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Keystone Center, the New York City Department of Education, Oxfam America, and the United Nations.

Jennifer also serves as Adjunct Professor in the Department of Organization and Leadership at Teachers College, Columbia University, where she teaches the popular course Transforming Conflict from Within on how leaders can successfully face even the most challenging long-term conflicts. She is also an executive coach at the Executive Education Program at Columbia Business School.

Earlier in her career, she was Director of Negotiation Programs at Mediation Works Incorporated, and a facilitator at the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School.

Jennifer is the author of the book Emotions in Long-term Conflict (2014) and is currently working on her next book, Conflict Mastery.  She has also authored articles and chapters in publications including Chief Learning Officer Magazine, the International Journal of Conflict Management, and The Handbook of Conflict Resolution: Theory and Practice.

She received her B.A. in Social Psychology with honors from Tufts University and holds a Ph.D. in Social-Organizational Psychology from Columbia University.

Jennifer’s widely viewed Talk @ google about Conflict Mastery can be found on youtubehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2hhLU4lWLc

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Wendy K. Smith, Ph.D.

Principal

Dr. Wendy K. Smith is a Principal at Alignment Strategies Group where she helps leaders embrace paradoxical tensions (such as change/stability, today/tomorrow, social mission/financial goals) and increase women’s leadership.

Over the past 20 years, Wendy has consulted to organizations including the American Automobile Association, CSC, DHL, General Dynamics, IBM, and Intel as well as international social enterprises. She has also served on faculty at the Harvard Business School Executive Education Program, Harvard University, and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Wendy is known for her high-energy style. She has taught senior leadership teams on topics ranging from emotional intelligence to organizational change, innovation, and managing in times of crisis.

In addition, Wendy is also Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Alfred Lerner School of Business at the University of Delaware.

Wendy’s internationally recognized research on managing strategic paradoxes has been published in journals including the Harvard Business Review, California Management Review, Academy of Management Journal and Academy of Management Learning and Education. She is currently writing a book on the same topic called Leading Through Paradox: Embracing Tensions to Build Sustainable Organizations.

Wendy earned her B.A. from Yale University and her Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from Harvard Business School.

She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and three children.

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Eden Abrahams

Senior Consultant

Eden is a dynamic executive coach who draws on her professional development expertise and business acumen to help individuals, teams and organizations achieve their goals. She is skilled at building highly collaborative relationships with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures.

Eden has partnered with senior executives and emerging leaders from a wide variety of fields and companies including A+E Networks, Broadridge, BuzzFeed, Columbia University, Diageo, Food Network, Khan Academy, Loews Hotels and Resorts, The New York Public Library, Reddit, UCLA and The Walt Disney Company. She enjoys mentoring up-and-coming talent as well, which she does as a coach and facilitator at New York University’s Stern School of Business. She is also an instructional consultant for adjunct professors in Stern’s Teaching Effectiveness Program (STEP) and facilitates peer learning groups for leaders from high growth, VC-backed technology companies.

As a coach, Eden is passionate about supporting her clients’ personal and organizational change agendas. Her approach is informed by the belief that trust, candor, and empathy are the cornerstones of every successful coaching relationship. By providing the right combination of challenge and support, she helps clients learn about themselves, understand how others perceive them and experiment with new behaviors that, over time, result in positive and tangible changes.

Earlier in her career, Eden advised executive teams in both public and privately-held companies on strategies to advance their business objectives in complex situations such as M&A transactions, financial crises, litigation and management transitions.

Eden holds M.A. degrees in Executive Coaching from Middlesex University in London and European Studies and Economics from The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). She received a B.A. from Northwestern University in Political Science and Italian.

Eden is a Founding Fellow of the Institute for Coaching at Harvard University and is certified in the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) Assessment, the Hogan Assessments and the NBI WholeBrain Creativity Assessment. She lives in New York City with her husband and three children.

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Tom Gosselin

Senior Consultant

Tom Gosselin brings over 30 years of international experience in developing leaders who drive organizational performance. He specializes in executive coaching, leadership development, training, and organization development consulting.

Over the course of his career, Tom has focused on executive coaching and leadership development, including developing a coaching model for leaders in transition. He is an expert in emotional intelligence and has developed interventions and coaching techniques to build EI in executives. He has also led large-scale transformational change initiatives.

Tom has worked extensively with clients in financial services, media, consulting and professional services, executive search, manufacturing, travel services, pharmaceutical and medical products, and consumer products including: Alliance Capital, C.R. Bard, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Ford Motor Company, Ingersoll Rand, J.P. Morgan-Chase, Johnson & Johnson, Lincoln Financial, Marsh, Mercer, McKinsey & Company, Philips, Putnam Investments, Scripps Networks, Spencer Stuart, and State Street Corporation.

Earlier in his career, Tom led large-scale organization development projects at MCI Telecommunications, Freddie Mac, and the US Department of Labor as a consultant with the Sterling Institute. In his work on change, Tom has focused on understanding the effects of organizational change—especially downsizing—on individual and organizational performance.  His artlcle, “Downsizing Syndrome: Reaction and Response” (HR Horizons, 1991) was the culmination of years of research and observation of organizations ranging from government to dot coms.  Tom often leverages his previous experience as a psychotherapist in exploring organizational and interpersonal dynamics.

Tom’s intellectual passion lies in developing practical applications of negotiation theory. In addition to his workshops in negotiating, Tom’s book Practical Negotiating: Tools, Tactics, and Techniques has been hailed as “a thoughtful, engaging, and practical guide on a topic of increasing importance to leaders and organizations.”

Tom received a BA from St. John’s in Philosophy and Psychology, and an MSW from Catholic University. He also studied Organizational Behavior at George Washington University and at Boston College. He is an active member of the International Coaching Federation (ICF) and the Association of Corporate Executive Coaches (ACEC). He leads Executive Coaching Certification Programs at New York University and has been a guest lecturer on power and influence at Harvard Business School.

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Jo Ilfeld, Ph.D.

Senior Consultant

An executive leadership coach, Jo Ilfeld Ph.D. works with C-suite leaders, executives and high potential managers to create more impact and influence in their organizations. She works with individuals, teams and organizations on 4 core areas of leadership development:

Lead with Clarity of Vision

Jo has successfully coached executives and managers, including CEOs, CFOs, Directors and Senior Managers, especially in the field of technology. Her coaching process includes identifying key strengths, creating a clear vision and strategic plan, engaging others in your vision, and key learning through action-taking, with Jo’s ongoing feedback, troubleshooting and accountability.

Master the Art of Results

Jo works with leaders to shift how they manage time, tasks and people for maximum impact and effectiveness. This may include personal productivity, training staff to make their own decisions, building a culture of motivation and loyalty, or learning how to delegate effectively.

Develop Your Influence

Individual leaders and leadership groups need to get things done. Jo helps fast track the habits, communication skills and interpersonal fluency required to move others to action and get great work done.

Deepen Your Executive Presence

Leadership presence and powerful body language communicate a strong message. Jo’s focus is on helping leaders effectively communicate with others, both verbally and without saying a word.

Clients

Jo’s clients have come from leading Bay Area companies including EBay, Cisco, Intel, Genentech, BioMarin, PayPal, and Kaiser Permanente as well as many small to medium-sized companies and non-profit organizations.

Experience

Jo worked as a management consultant in a boutique marketing wing of PriceWaterhouseCoopers; her Fortune 500 clients included companies like Johnson&Johnson, General Motors, Bayer and Monsanto. She then left corporate to pursue her Ph.D. in Business. After growing her first company from a hobby to a million dollar business, Jo successfully sold it (with 4 offers on the table) in a recession. She is currently the founder and CEO of Success Reboot, LLC.

Education and Training

Ph.D. in Business from U.C. Berkeley

Prestigious PCC accreditation from International Coaching Federation

Certified Integral Coach from New Ventures West

Certified practitioner in The Grove’s Team Performance Model

Certified practitioner in the Grove’s Strategic Visioning Model

Certified in the DISC, NBI and the Enneagram leadership assessments

Adjunct at New Ventures West coaching training school.

Bachelor’s in Applied Mathematics from Yale

On a Personal Note

Jo currently resides in Berkeley, California with her husband, 3 kids and Havanese dog. In her “me” time, Jo loves to hike in the Berkeley hills with her dog and read a mixture of cutting-edge leadership research and fun fiction.

 

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Kevin McCarthy

Senior Consultant

Kevin McCarthy is a California-based Senior Consultant with Alignment Strategies Group. His primary work focuses on the individual and collective challenges faced by leaders and teams in change efforts. His current work is with small to mid-size organizations in areas such as healthcare, education, and non-profit organizations working in community change. Kevin works with leaders and senior teams as a thought partner/coach on strategic and emergent change efforts.

Previously Kevin worked as an Associate with Change-Logic, a global firm that focuses on large organizations working to align ambidextrous strategic change efforts. Kevin has consulted globally to organizations in the technology, health, manufacturing, and education sectors and has been an executive education faculty member facilitating small group learning sessions for Leading Change and Organizational Renewal programs at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

Kevin has helped to design and currently leads programs for chapters of the American Leadership Forum (ALF). He has delivered training sessions to diverse groups of leaders on topics of dialogue and diversity, meeting the personal challenges of leading change, systems/community change and models of emergent disruptive change. Currently, he provides instruction and program content for the leadership program in the Sacramento, Great Valley and Silicon Valley programs.

Originally trained as a Doctor of Chiropractic, Kevin worked for Palmer University and held various leadership positions over his 20+ years including Vice President for Education. He provided leadership in a three-campus system for chiropractic and science education degree programs, patient care, and research, and was a national leader in developing clinical guidelines for the profession. His work led him to focus on integrative health and collaborative change efforts including training and work with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.

Kevin is currently completing his doctoral studies in Human and Organizational Development at the Fielding Graduate University. His studies are focused on the dynamics of leaders with diverse teams in leading disruptive change efforts. Kevin obtained his Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Southern California and he also holds a Master’s Degree in Organizational and Human Development. Kevin studied for two years with MIT Faculty member Bill Isaacs and his firm Dialogos focusing on the essential role of dialogue in constructing meaning and shared commitment to change efforts.

Kevin’s personal interests include the joys of being a grandparent, the dynamics of photography and writing, and the pleasure of motorcycling the back roads of California with his Harley-owning wife Kathy.

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Ann Mehl

Senior Consultant

Ann Mehl is an Executive Coach and Career Strategist based in New York City. She coaches, speaks and writes about how to successfully navigate the ever-changing world of work. With nearly 20 years of corporate experience working for Fortune 500 companies including Citigroup, Andersen Consulting and many start- up companies, Ann brings a wealth of knowledge to her coaching clients. She possesses that rarest of combinations – hard won practical experience and a deep passion for helping senior leaders become the best version of themselves.

Ann’s background as an executive recruiter in the ‘90s led her quite naturally to “coaching” people in career transition. Since launching her own consulting company in 2005, Ann has coached men and women from all walks of life. Some are CEOs of start- up companies, some are senior leaders looking to gain a competitive edge, while others are people seeking to reinvent their careers. Ann’s training as a coach includes accreditation from LPI, The Human Performance Institute and Martha Beck, Ph.D. She is a certified HBDI facilitator, and has studied NVC Communication Technique. Some of her recent clients include: Oaktree Capital Management, Etsy, Soundcloud, Sweeten, First Round Capital, The Carlyle Group, Life.io, Lenox Advisors, Skillshare, Brightroll, Shapeways, The Muse, Schroders, Kickstarter, Kimelman & Baird LLC, Flywire and Casper.

She is a graduate of Boston College, with a B.Sc. from the Carroll School of Management. As an athlete, she has run over 50 marathons worldwide, her favorite races being in D.C. and Dublin. She is the mother to a young boy, which has been the most humbling and rewarding journey of her life.

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Ana Perea

Senior Consultant

Ana Perea is an executive coach and organization development consultant with a proven track record for the design and implementation of effective people solutions. She is a strategic thinker and partner specializing in the understanding of people, systems, and organizational structures with over ten years’ experience in both the corporate and non-profit sectors.

Ana has worked across a wide range of industries, including financial services, luxury, start-ups, education, legal, marketing, high tech and design. She has worked closely with senior executives and emerging leaders supporting an array of initiatives, including organizational restructuring, leadership development, and complex change management strategy. As an executive coach, Ana has worked extensively with C-level and senior executives at times of critical change and potential, equally facilitating the growth of the individual and supporting the needs of the business. Ana has particular, in-depth experience with family, founder led organizations, and creative, entrepreneurial environments. She specializes in situations where deep, multifaceted challenges meet with the opportunity for lasting transformation and growth. She is especially adept at working with complex individual and group dynamics that impact the long-term potential of the organization.

Prior to starting her consulting and coaching practice, Ana was the creator and director of the organizational effectiveness function at the luxury brand, David Yurman. She advised the Executive Committee – working both individually and with groups – executing people management and employee engagement strategies across every area of the business. These included the creation of a Change Management program, the development of a Learning and Development function and key interventions effecting long term cultural change. Before Yurman, Ana worked as a Learning and Development consultant leading the creation and development of learning strategies for small and mid-sized organizations.

Ana’s unique approach to systems and people is guided by her knowledge of business and psychodynamic, interpersonal issues. Her blend of clinical experience and organizational acumen provides her with a unique vantage point suited to effectively address the multiply-determined challenges that businesses face.

Ana holds a Master’s Degree from Columbia University and is in the late stages of a Doctorate in Psychoanalysis at the New York Graduate School of Psychoanalysis.

In addition, Alignment Strategies Group has a global network of consultants who each bring a depth of experience working with complex team dynamics and resolving challenging organizational issues.  We match our consultants with client projects based on specific client project needs, scale and timeline.

“Surviving is important. But thriving is elegant. ” – Maya Angelou