“Coaching and consultative support from Vanessa has proven to be one of the most valuable resources I have in helping me grow my company and work effectively with my board of directors.
Bright and intuitive, Vanessa is able to synthesize a multi-dimensional picture into observations that really do translate into action options. Unlike too many others that I have encountered, she is able to concurrently conceptualize an issue from a range of different perspectives, effortlessly shifting focus from 30,000 feet right down to the details of implementation and then back up, integrating the disparate pieces that must come together to achieve success. Perceptive and engaging, she can see what you need and she makes sure that you have the tools and strategy that can make things happen. A natural leader herself, Vanessa infuses the power of leadership and trust into her counsel.
I strongly recommend that you consider engaging Vanessa Williams and Leading Edge Consulting.”
Allen S. Gouse, Ph.D.,
President and CEO, Easter Seals Capital Region and Eastern Connecticut
“Due to an organizational realignment at the company I worked for, my job was recently eliminated. I had started working with an outplacement resource firm and was concentrating on growing my network.
Vanessa is truly a fabulous coach! She has fresh ideas, is very insightful, has an abundance of contacts, and always helps you rise to the challenges. I am so fortunate to know her. I highly recommend Vanessa as a coach to anyone seeking a new business opportunity. ”
Business Operations Professional, major financial services organization in the Retirement Industry
“Vanessa is a brilliant and insightful leader with an uncanny ability to balance personal power and tender care. She was an invaluable coach, friend and mentor to me when we worked together, and since that time, has continued to learn and evolve.
former Assistant Vice President, MassMutual Financial Group
“When I was introduced to Vanessa I did not know what to expect, and did not know what I wanted, except that I wanted to learn, grow and progress in my career.
Senior Executive in Real Estate and Property Management
“I am Vice President, Chief Learning and Knowledge Officer of one of the top 50 financial services companies, US Business Operations.
I frequently replay many many conversations we’ve had over the last 17 years and every one of them brought me to a place of growth. One statement in a conversation I particular think of often and when I do it brings a smile to my face – “Remember it all starts with you, respect your self, your scope and your work. Never allow others to drive your success.” Vanessa understands deeply businesses of all shapes and sizes as well as the people who are leading them. I highly recommend her as a coach for those who are willing to take control and make a difference in their careers.”
Vice President, Chief Learning and Knowledge Officer
“I first met Vanessa as a successful business executive in the financial services industry and I was her client. What I admired and appreciated about her the most was her broad and deep practical experience in her area of expertise,
Director, Retirement Programs
“I have known Vanessa since she was a senior executive at a major insurance company. I met her at a time in my career when I needed someone to help me sort out where I wanted to go in the short term, and what my ultimate goals were.
Vice President, Global Learning and Development, major financial services organization
“I began working with Vanessa on a global client experience measurement program during her time at Sun Life. It was a huge undertaking, and right from the start I was impressed with her ability to organize our work in collaboration with leaders
Assistant Vice President, Market Insights, Sun Life Financial
“After having used 2 different career coaches in the last 20 years, I was a little skeptical giving it another try. Meeting Vanessa was a completely different experience.
Senior Fund Development Executive, Healthcare Industry
“I had decided to make a career change after being with a company for over 17 years. This decision was not only exciting but also overwhelming. I knew that I wanted to make that transition but I needed guidance and a plan.
Senior Compliance and Vendor Relations Manager, major financial services organization
“I was a client of Executive Talent Services and they offered as part of their program time with an executive coach. They put me in touch with Vanessa Williams.
Throughout our interactions, I felt very engaged and truly in a partnership.
Vanessa has an uncanny insight and ability to get to the heart of the matter. In my case, I have been pursuing opportunities external to my current employer. In addition to sound advice regarding my search, Vanessa provided practical advice as to how to remain positive and productive in my current position while my search progresses.”