Ilona was the facilitator for one of our groups for a two-day off-site. The team was in trouble and in dire need of gathering a better understanding of their project needs, the company’s vision for this project, and of each other. She was able to work through a complicated project frame with a very diverse group. At the end of the sessions the group was better equipped in their communication skills regarding the project needs, its future, and to each other. Ilona was also very thorough in suggesting areas of improvement to the executive team. Her work brought in positive change to the company as a whole.
~Aline Mota Brito, Director of Operations & Board Director Pioneering Evolution, LLC
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.
I highly recommend Ilona Birenbaum for executive coaching, leadership and employee development, strategic planning, and other organization development work. Ilona’s proven ability to establish rapport with individuals at all levels of an organization, particularly C-suite executives, is one of her major strengths. She also has top-notch facilitation skills — she has been a role model for me as I’ve developed my own facilitation and platform instruction skills. I began working with Ilona at AMS 17 years ago and am thrilled to have been able to maintain not only an active professional relationship but also a personal friendship. Over the years, Ilona has been one of my trusted mentors, providing sound advice and counsel. She is easy to talk to and an impeccable listener, using humor and asking insightful questions to get to the root of whatever issues her client (or friend) is facing. I am confident that Ilona will make an impact in any engagement she takes on and am happy to provide a reference to anyone interested in working with Ilona.
~Lisa Sper, Vice President Federal Management Partners, Inc.
I have worked with Ilona for over 10 years as both a colleague and client. I can’t recommend her highly enough for her creativity and ability to build relationships at all levels of an organization. She has been a fantastic partner for my organization, Federal Management Partners, and most importantly, she makes working with her FUN!
~Liana Grassi, Vice President Federal Management Partners, Inc.
Ilona is a great leadership consultant. She is very personable and works well with people at all levels in organizations. She makes people feel at ease when discussing their business challenges, creating an environment conducive to solving problems creatively. Ilona has an exceptional work ethic and produces high-quality deliverables that drive results for her clients.
~Beth McDonald, Owner The Wheelhouse Group
Ilona has provided executive coaching in my organization for several years and has been my coach for the last two. Shortly after being promoted to mid-level management and completing a self-assessment tool, which included input from my boss, staff, and peers, Ilona helped me identify areas for professional and ultimately personal development. She has helped lead me on to the path to being a successful manager and leader within my organization. Her candid advice, willingness to share, and — most important — encouragement and support have had a tremendous impact on my development as a leader. She consistently used creative techniques to diagnose root causes of problems, gave hard-hitting advice, and coaching on fixes needed to help alleviate the problems. Ilona always kept current with the most relevant research and leadership coach gurus and used that research to customize techniques and strategies for my development. I recommend Ilona to any organization looking to improve and strengthen its leadership ranks.
~Program Director Federal Agency
I had the privilege of working with Ilona to plan and co-facilitate a series of technology-enabled opinion gathering sessions a part of a major engagement with a regulatory agency. I was struck right away by her open-mindedness and mental agility. Ilona has great insight and ability to see connections and deep implications that enable her to ask awesome probing questions that advance the discussion significantly. I am pleased to recommend her.
~Pat Esslinger Group/meeting facilitator
I have worked with Ilona in multiple capacities. She is an exceptional coach and consultant, with a sharp eye toward spotting subtle dynamics of operating in a corporate culture and a pragmatic sense of what kinds of interventions are likely to generate a positive impact. As a teacher/trainer she is a poised, dynamic presenter who effectively connects with audience, and as a project manager she possesses exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail. In short, she’s a star.
~Neil Stroul, Founding Faculty Georgetown University Leadership Coaching Certificate Program
Ilona has been my executive coach for the past three years. My agency hired The Wynhurst Group to assist supervisors and managers with leadership development. I had the pleasure of meeting Ilona after my 360° review was complete. She helped me identify areas for professional development and helped me grow to be a successful manager and leader within my agency. She continually provided advice, feedback, and above all encouragement and support. She not only helped me with enhancing my leadership abilities, but also was very helpful with stress management and work/family balance. Our professional relationship has grown into a friendship and I am very happy that I had the opportunity to work with such a highly professional and knowledgeable coach/mentor.
~Special Agent-in-Charge Federal Agency
Ilona is an experienced OD consultant and trainer. She has deep knowledge of leadership attributes and their development. Great curriculum development and platform skills. She is also skilled in executive assessment, coaching, and development.
~Hank Goodstein, Principal The Goodstein Group, LLC
I had the opportunity to work with Ilona and found her to be professional and an excellent coach. Ilona is able to listen, comprehend, and provide clear feedback. Her experiences bring sound recommendations and she is very helpful in finding the right paths for her clients and their staff. I would recommend Ilona.
~John Shanks, Director of Law Enforcement Relations National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund