I’ve had the pleasure of working with Ilona on a number of projects. She has an excellent combination of honesty, business acumen, and the ability to give very actionable feedback. Her input and advice has made me a more effective manager and has helped my team communicate and work together more efficiently.
~Andrew Goldsmith, Vice President, Global Marketing Rapiscan Systems, Inc.
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.
My initial coaching with Ilona began when she helped me successfully navigate the difficult transition from managing tasks to leading people. Her coaching focused on effective ways to communicate my values and contribution to leadership. Through the coaching process I realized I could no longer be apolitical. I learned to embrace the dynamics of the company, my partners, and my team. Today, I am far more aware of creating and nurturing relationships with others in the organization to solve long- and short-range challenges, and I am a lot more successful and respected as a result of this change.
Ilona is a true professional gifted with the art of understanding human behavior and the ability to solicit the hidden characteristics within to become a better leader, coworker, friend, and human being. I often refer to this experience as the best gift my supervisor could have given me. I hope that all leaders get an opportunity to experience a similar journey at least once in their career.
~Ghazal Parsa, Director, Legal Support and Technology, Law Department Amtrak
Ilona has provided outstanding executive coaching, leadership training, and human resources troubleshooting on a number of issues for our organization for more than five years. She has helped me, a number of our leaders, and our organization as a whole. When she first came to us, employee survey results showed that staff had a relatively low opinion of executive leaders and the way in which we worked together. As a direct result of her work and that of the team she put together, executive leadership is the area that has shown the greatest level of improvement over the past five years, and is now one of our highest rated categories. She is a highly valued resource and a person to which I am personally thankful both for what she’s done for our organization and what she has done for me.
~Senior Executive Federal Agency
Ilona demonstrates excellent skill in providing individual and organizational advice to senior executives. She is the ultimate professional who can be counted on to deliver the best in understanding, assessing, and helping to redesign organizations in some of the most difficult and complex situations.
~Connie Harshaw Human Resources Expert and Consultant
Ilona has been my coach for over four years and in that time she has helped me grow two levels up in organizational leadership positions. She is a great listener, and countless times we have debriefed on decisions I have made to identify any lessons learned. When I need an outside, objective perspective, I count on her to walk with me through the prospective decision-making process. Ilona took time to understand my industry, my organization, and me. With that knowledge and her experiences working with other leaders and organizations, she offers penetrating insights into the issues I face. Over the years I have also called upon Ilona to develop and facilitate various management and leadership training programs for my staff. Five-star recommendation!
~Senior Executive Federal Agency
Ilona is simply amazing at what she does. As my executive coach, she has been my lifeline through the last two years of my leadership experience. She has taken my most complex leadership hurdles and helped me turn them into incremental, attainable goals to reach success. Ilona uses her true gifts of listening, questioning, analyzing, and guiding to help me tackle all of my leadership challenges. She is passionate, caring, and understanding. With Ilona as my coach, I have grown tremendously as a leader and I believe my recent promotion to an executive level position is a direct reflection of her work! I give Ilona the highest recommendation I could give to anyone for every area of her work — coaching, training, organizational development, etc. She truly puts her heart into everything she does.
~Terry L. Settle Senior Audit Executive
Ilona has worked with us at FMP for over five years, for a number of clients, and has been outstanding. Ilona quickly earns the trust of top leaders and is extremely effective at mobilizing leaders and getting them to take the difficult steps necessary to effect change.
~Tim Barnhart, Founder and Chairman of the Board Federal Management Partners, Inc.
Ilona was my executive coach. Ilona’s approach to developing my leadership skills involved an in-depth study of me as an individual. She helped me develop an action plan to develop leadership by addressing specific areas (e.g., communication) and by improving my own well being. Completing the plan prepared me for assuming the role of a senior executive leader. In addition, my most recent 360° assessment has demonstrated an improvement in all my leadership competencies. During the coaching process, I was extremely impressed by her ability to identify areas of concern and relevant research (including self-help guides), and to use that research to customize a plan for me. That plan resulted in immediate as well as long-term improvements as a leader and person. I recommend her to anyone who strives to be a better leader and team player, and to organizations who are committed to strengthening their leadership teams.
~Senior Executive Federal agency
We hired Ilona to guide the leadership of our rapidly growing consulting practice. We desperately needed guidance as our business and staff scaled to new heights, our clients demanded more attention, and competitors quickly imitated our great ideas.
Ilona helped to develop structure, create a manageable path forward, and allowed us to remain in control of our destiny. It was an absolute blast and we thank you Ilona!
~Michael Euripides, Director of Business Strategy Impact Makers
Ilona and the Wynhurst team provided exceptional insight and service in building a truly operationally focused leadership development program. Throughout the assessment, design, and evaluation processes, the Wynhurst team was extremely professional. They met timelines and produced high-quality deliverables that met the needs of AOL Member Services. Responses from participants who have taken the program have provided high marks, and have iterated how taking the program has helped their performance on the job! I appreciate the attentiveness that Ilona and team provided to us as a client, and it showed in the final product.
~Daniel Graf, Former Senior Manager, Leadership Development & Partner Training Support AOL Member Services