Ilona is smart, skilled and delivers on her ideas with professional style. We connected with Ilona for ideas and strategic direction for our new industry mentoring program, and she is a wealth of knowledge and solid recommendations. She created two customized webinar programs for us to connect our mentees and mentors with each other for a virtual dialogue. She shared practical tools to build their mentor relationship, which we now have as an ongoing resource. We are grateful for Ilona’s time, energy and expertise and would work with her again anytime!
~Marjorie D. DePuy Vice President, Industry Relations and Education, Healthcare Distribution Management Association
Excerpt from Human Capital Management:
What Really Works in Government – Chapter 1
This chapter describes how new leadership at the Office of Inspector General at the Department of Transportation (DOT-OIG) achieved transformational change.
Ilona and colleague were critical partners in helping us shape and deliver NRECA’s leadership development program that was customized to help drive organizational culture change. Ilona was a great sounding board and advisor with interesting ideas on how best to create a program that would have immediate impact and long-term sustainability. She and her partner have run five different cohorts for people leaders and individual contributors over the past 18 months. The HR team has received numerous accolades from program participants and their managers on the strength of the program. I highly recommend Ilona to any organization seeking leadership development and coaching consulting.
~Shaara Roman Senior Vice President, Human Resources, NRECA
I invited Ilona to present techniques on handling Difficult Conversations to a roundtable group of seasoned senior executives. They were impressed by her knowledgeable command of the topic and her credibility. She provided them with very practical and useful techniques that could be applied immediately to their own employee issues. Within the first week of her presentation, I’ve heard positive results from applying the techniques. I was impressed by her ability to create a “dialogue” with the group on the topic versus simply “educating” them, which is essential for senior audiences.
~Carin Gendell Forum Leader at Renaissance Executive Forums
Thank you very much for a terrific presentation and facilitation of our World Café. At my weekly management team staff meeting today, your portion of our two-day program stood out as one of the highlights. Feedback has been positive, with folks really enjoying the opportunity to work together in developing solutions.
~Senior Executive Government Agency
My manager rated my performance for FY14 as “Materially Exceeds Expectations,” which is the highest rating. I wanted to thank you for all your guidance and help this year. I owe this rating in part to your mentorship and coaching.
~Senior Leader Commercial Transportation
In my 20 years as a management consultant, I have had a wide range of training; some valuable, some not. The professional coaching that I have received from Ilona Birenbaum over the last eight months, however, has been the most helpful external support I have ever received. Ilona allowed me to set the agenda, ensuring that the issues we address are the ones most important to me and directly related to my ability to succeed. Ilona is very direct — she tells me things I need to hear; challenges me to consider ideas that might be uncomfortable. Yet she is understanding and compassionate; Ilona quickly earned my trust and respect, and has come to feel like a friend and confidante. Not only does Ilona provide pragmatic solutions, but also emotional support. After we talk, I feel less stressed and more energized, better prepared to tackle the challenges in front of me.
If you are looking for someone who will dig in deep, listen well, be honest, watch your back, and offer actionable advice, I highly recommend Ilona as an executive coach.
~Eric Marks Management Consulting Practice Leader
Working with The Wynhurst Group is like a breath of fresh air. Professional, experienced, and known for creative solutions, the leadership development expertise of this organization is top-notch. Ilona in particular is an outstanding executive coach and yields successful results for both her coachees and her client organizations.
~Meg Drago Head of Global HR
Ilona always knows the right questions to ask, shifting the discussion between coaching and consulting to help me serve ASN and its leaders, staff, and 15,000 members much more effectively. As a result of Ilona’s insights, guidance, and mentorship since 2008, I’ve grown personally and professionally, while the society has exceeded every metric and expanded into new, exciting ventures.
~Tod Ibrahim, Executive Director American Society of Nephrology
Most recently, I had the privilege of working with Ilona on an organizational development and culture-building program for a new federal agency. Ilona brings a passion for individual growth and organizational development to everything she does. She is brilliant at helping clients to see the path ahead and anticipating and removing potential obstacles. She’s an excellent group facilitator and participants in her programs leave with rave reviews.
~Deanna Banks Independent human capital consultant
Having worked with Ilona over a number of years I can state with great confidence that Ilona simply makes organizations better. Whether it’s one-on-one with leadership or facilitating teams, Ilona creates an atmosphere of mutual trust and respect that opens the door to growth and development at all levels. She has the unique ability to help organizations uncover the unspoken and build practical, lasting solutions.
~Patrick Malone, Director Key Executive Leadership Programs at American University