Career Coaching Referral Listing: A guide for alumni seeking career or executive coaching

The Alumni Association has curated this listing of career coaches as a resource for UChicago alumni seeking opportunities for professional development and career guidance.

Elatia Abate, AB'99; MBA'08 - CEO & Coach


  • Career Design
  • Career Transition
  • Resolving Career Confusion
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Executive Coaching
  • Interview Preparation
  • Career Development post-undergrad
  • Career Development Post-MBA


  • Landmark Advanced Course graduate
  • Landmark Forum graduate
  • Two-time graduate of master coach Steve Chandler's Advanced Client Systems
  • Former Global Director Talent Acquisition Anheuser-Busch InBev
  • Former VP Human Resources Dow Jones & Company & The Wall Street Journal


  • Los Angeles, CA and Remote


Michelle Antonio, MBA'97 - Coach & Consultant


  • Helping business professionals think through a potential career change and defining their longer term career goals
  • Guiding alumni that want to improve their job search execution skills (e.g., networking, developing a job search plan, interview skills)


  • CareerLeader
  • MBTI


  • Philadelphia, PA and Remote (Phone/Skype)


David Brendel, PhD'99 - Executive & Coach


  • Executive coaching (works with managers and C-suite executives across a wide range of industries including biotech, pharma, healthcare, law, financial services, technology, engineering, higher education, manufacturing, and others)
  • Leadership development (coaching and training individuals transitioning to new strategic roles that require a new skill set, including strategic thinking, executive presence, effective verbal and nonverbal communication)
  • Career coaching (assisting clients to make effective career transitions that draw on their core strengths and enhance their quality of life)
  • Executive coaching certification program (co-leads a coach training program that certifies individuals through the Center for Executive Coaching and puts them on a path toward certification from the International Coach Federation)
  • Philosophical counseling (structured dialogues with clients that helps clarify client values and world-view, enhance self-awareness, and use this knowledge to grow clients' personal and professional lives)


  • Professional Certified Coach (PCC) of the International Coach Federation (ICF)
  • Master Certified Coach Trainer (MCCT) in the Center for Executive Coaching (CEC)
  • Certified Philosophical Counselor of the American Philosophical Practitioners Association (APPA)


  • Boston, MA and Remote


Liz Colodny, AB'81 - Career & Leadership Coach


  • Career Exploration/Transition
  • Assessment Debriefs
  • Self-Marketing Plan
  • Career Tools (Resume/CV/Cover Letter/LinkedIn)
  • Executive/Leadership Coaching
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Interview Preparation
  • Salary Negotiation
  • On-Boarding


  • AB, University of Chicago, General Studies in the Humanities
  • MBA, Northwestern University, Kellogg Graduate School of Management
  • ICF-Certified Professional Coach (CPC) - iPEC (The Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching)
  • Energy Leadership Index™ Master Practitioner (ELI-MP)
  • Hogan Certifications (HPI, HDS & MVPI)
  • Certified Resume Writer (CDRW)
  • VP and Director Staffing and HR roles in Financial Services, Consumer Products, Industrial Manufacturing and Professional Services
  • Career and/or leadership coaching at Cornell, Columbia, NYU and Fordham universities
  • Outplacement coach at Right Management


  • New York, NY; NY Metro and virtual sessions (Phone, Skype, Zoom, etc.)


Jinnie Cristerna, AM'99 - International High Achievers


  • Personal, professional and life coaching
  • Communication Skills
  • Personality Development
  • Leadership Development
  • Relationship Development/Enhancement
  • Stress Management
  • Work-Life Evolution
  • Group Facilitation and Team Cohesion
  • Conflict Management
  • Self-Awareness Development
  • Mental Skills Development and Training for Traders, Athletes, Professionals and Students
  • Behavior Modification


  • AM'99 School of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago, Clinical Social Worker
  • Rh.D. Delphi University of Spiritual Studies, RoHun Doctor
  • CHt. Wellness Institue, Issaquah, Washington
  • TAIS - The Attentional and Interpersonal Skills Inventory


  • Chicago, IL; On-Site (Worldwide), and virtual sessions via


Mimi Darmstadter, AM'90 - Pro Certified Coach


Personal and HR consulting on:
  • Leadership around and management of employee life cycle issues (recruitment, onboarding, performance management, individual development and planning, workforce engagement)
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Verbal communication skills (with an emphasis on effective, generative conversations)
  • Difficult conversations
  • Career transitions for seasoned professionals (with an emphasis on vision, value proposition, leveraging professional strengths)
  • Work/life integration (with an emphasis on the working mother client population)
  • Stress management


  • DiSC
  • EQi 2.0 (emotional self-assessment and 360)
  • ESCI (Emotional and Social Competency Inventory)
  • Professional Strengths, Values, and Story Survey (SVSS)
  • Profilor 360
  • Strong Career Interest Inventory


  • Washington,DC Metropolitan Area and Remote (Phone)


Liz Handlin, AB'89, MBA'02 - CEO, Ultimate Resumes


  • Helping executives identify their unique value proposition
  • Assisting executives in developing effective messaging in order to help them obtain a new job, career, or Board seat
  • Helping clients craft solid job search strategies and materials (i.e. resume and Linkedin) that deliver rapid results


  • Austin, TX and Remote (Phone)


Arlene S. Hirsch M.A., LCPC - Career Counselor & Author


  • Psychologically-informed career counseling
  • Job search coaching


  • Licensed Clinical Professional Counsellor (LCPC)


  • Chicago, IL and Remote


Pam Schilling, MBA'00 - Career Strategist & Educator


  • Career strategy
  • Career planning
  • Job search coaching
  • Consulting-focused job search
  • Career transitions
  • Professional development/goal-attainment
  • Interview preparation
  • Case interview preparation
  • Resume development
  • LinkedIn profile development
  • Balancing career/family
  • Advancing as a working mom


  • Chicago, IL and Remote (Webinar/Phone/Skype)


MaryBeth Sigler, MBA'95 - Executive Leadership Coach


  • C-Suite Coaching
  • Leadership Coaching
  • High Potential Coaching
  • Emerging Leaders Coaching
  • Team Dynamics/Communication Coaching
  • Executive Presence Coaching
  • Tech / High-Growth Company Leadership
  • Career Change Coaching
  • Corporate Mindfulness
  • Leadership Coach to Stern MBA Students
  • Teach coaching to corporate leaders as a professor of coaching at NYU


  • Certified Organizational Coach (NYU)
  • Hogan Leadership Forecast
  • EQ-i Emotional Intelligence
  • DiSC
  • Leadership Profiles Inventory
  • Corporate-Based Mindfulness


  • New York City/Northern New Jersey and Remote (Skype/Google Hangouts/JoinMe)


Daisy Swan, AM'91 - Executive Coach & Strategist


  • Executive coaching for internal advancement
  • Leadership and communication skills
  • Career transition at all phases of career development
  • Career direction clarification
  • Strengths and personality assessment
  • Life and career balance
  • Resume and job search development/marketing approaches online and off
  • LinkedIn and other networking strategies
  • Knowledgeable about all areas of business, non-profits, educational sectors
  • Stress management support: Mindful Awareness Meditation instruction for individuals and organizations; Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
  • One-on-one customized coaching
  • Tactful and experienced group facilitator and teacher
  • Expert in MBTI and Strengths Finder 2.0 assessments
  • Deeply knowledgeable in working with introvert/extrovert strengths


  • 25 years of Career Counseling/Coaching experience
  • Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC)
  • Certified Somatic Coach
  • Certified Mindful Awareness Meditation Instructor


  • Los Angeles/Santa Barbara, CA and Remote (Skype/Zoom/FaceTime)


Amy Rubenstein, JD'02 - Booth School Career Coach


  • Coaching for high-potential leaders, executives, and leaders in transition
  • Career coaching
  • Group coaching
  • Work-life balance
  • Women re-entering the workplace
  • 360 assessments
  • Designing and facilitating leadership development programs
  • Giving and receiving feedback
  • Conflict management
  • Negotiations
  • Interpersonal communications


  • Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
  • Crucial Conversations
  • CTI (The Coaches Training Institute) core coaching curriculum
  • The Center for Conflict Resolution mediation

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Websites - coming soon!

Keith Sbiral, Principal 


  •  Conduct trainings for organizations on topics including employee review and feedback, building mentoring relationships, time management, sexual harassment, and others. 
  • Executive Coaching
  • Career Design
  • Career Transition
  • Interview Preparation and Mock Interviews
  • Resume and cover letter review and development
  • Leadership Development and Coaching
  • Emerging Leaders Coaching 
  •  Executive Presence Coaching 
  •  Time Management
  •  Stress Management
  • Conflict Mitigation
  • Life and Career Balance
  •  Extensive experience in organizational management and leadership.
  • Certified Professional Coach (CPC) through the Institute of Professional Excellence in Coaching.
  •  Master Practitioner-Energy Leader Index (ELI-MP)
  •  Member of the International Coach Federation (ICF)
  •  ICMA-CM Certified Manager and Coach
  • AICP Certified
  •  M.S. from the University of Iowa
Location: Chicago, IL / global coaching via Skype/Zoom

Amy Gardner, JD'02, Principal & Coach

  • Help attorneys andother professionals cut through distortions and distractions to decide where they want their careers and lives to go, and then develop the tools to get there.
  • Utilizing confidential, one-on-one coaching and other tools, support clients in moving beyond lives and careers they tolerate to ones they love.
  • Conduct trainings for law firms and other organizations on topics including giving and receiving feedback, building mentoring relationships, time management, and others. 
  • Executive Coaching
  • Career Design
  • Career Transition
  • Interview Preparation and Mock Interviews
  • Resume and cover letter review and development
  • Leadership Development and Coaching
  • Emerging Leaders Coaching 
  • Executive Presence Coaching 
  • Time Management
  •  Life and career balance
  • Former UChicago Law School Dean of Students and law firm partner with experience in Big Law and non-profit management. 
  • Certified Professional Coach (CPC) through the Institute of Professional Excellence in Coaching.
  • Master Practitioner-Energy Leader Index (ELI-MP)
  • Member of the International Coach Federation (ICF)
  • Extensive experience designing and facilitating leadership development programs
  • JD from the University of Chicago Law School, M.A. in Public Policy and Administration from Northwestern University
Location: Chicago, IL and global coaching via Google Hangouts/ Skype/Zoom/FaceTime

Kimberly Togman, MBA'94 - Executive Coach & Principal


  • Executive Coaching
  • Newly promoted and emerging leaders
  • Leaders in early stage and rapidly growing companies
  • Leadership development training and facilitation


  • Professional Certified Coach (PCC)
  • Immunity to Change Coaching
  • Conscious Leadership Coaching


  • Hogan Assessments
  • Emotional & Social Competency Inventory (ESCI)
  • Leadership Styles Inventory (LSI)
  • Organizational Climate Survey
  • Myers-Briggs Type Indicator


  • Philadelphia and NYC


Jody Michael, MA'99 - Executive Coach & Principal


  • Transformative executive coaching for C-suite executives, high potentials and leadership teams
  • Performance management coaching for individuals and teams
  • Leadership coaching for women in executive and management roles 
  • Game-changing leadership development workshops for individuals and teams
  • Somatic coaching to cultivate executive presence
  • Career coaching for career professionals seeking clarity, fulfillment and increased success (particularly in fields of finance, consulting, law, technology, engineering and academia)
  • Career coaching for career professionals in transition and/or interested in making a dramatic career shift
  • Career coaching for college students, recent graduates and graduate school students
  • Trader coaching to exponentially improve trading results 
  • Trader coaching for traders in career transition
  • MindMastery™ mental fitness training to profoundly enhance performance, engagement and emotional intelligence


  •    Master Certified Coach (MCC-ICF), a distinction held by fewer than 3% of coaches in North America
  •   Board Certified Coach (BCC)
  •   Ontological Business Design
  •    Master Practitioner – Energy Leader Index (ELI-MP)
  •    Highlands Ability Battery™ (aptitude testing through Jody Michael Associates)
  •    Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)


  •      Chicago, IL, Atlanta, GA and Remote



Elene Cafasso, MBA'87 - Executive Coach & Executive Mentor


  • Executive Coaching – onboarding and high performance
  • Leadership Skills, including: Executive Presence; Emotional Intelligence; Collaboration and Influence; Stakeholder Management; Leadership
  • Leadership Agility
  • Powerful Communication
  • Team Building and Delegation
  • Women in Leadership
  • High Potential Development
  • Workplace Diversity
  • Strategic Networking
  • Professional Branding


  •  MBA, Finance & Marketing – University of Chicago, Chicago Booth
  •  B.S. Finance – DePaul University
  •  Master Certified Coach (MCC) with the International Coach Federation (ICF)
  •  Association Certified Power Coach (ACPC)
  •  Coach training from the Coaches Training Institute, Coaching & Leadership International, School of       Shadow Coaching, Center for Right Relationship
  •  Certified in Leadership Agility 360 Instrument
  • Experienced in Bar-On EQi, DiSC, Hogan, Corporate 360


  •  Chicago, IL and Remote



Jennifer L. Magnabosco, AB'85, AM'85, PhD, ACC-Coach, Consultant & Workshop Trainer


  • Career Coaching: Assessment through On-Boarding
  • Career Development Post-undergraduate
  • Career Development Post-professional
  • Career Development Post-graduate school
  • Career Transition
  • Leadership Development
  • Executive Coaching
  • Emerging Leaders
  • Men and Women Returning To The Workforce
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Communication
  • Life Transitions
  • Assessments: Career, Leadership, Emotional Intelligence


  • Hudson Institute of Coaching: Life Transitions and Leadership
  • International Coaching Federation: Associate Certified Coach
  • GetFive: Career Coaching and 5-Step Career Coaching Methodology
  • Learning in Action Technologies: Emotional Intelligence Practitioner
  • National Council for Behavioral Health: Mental Health First Aid Instructor  


  • Southern California and Remote


Nancy B. Sobel, PhD'82, MD'84
Career/Executive Coach and Physician/Peer Coach


  • Career Design and Developmentnancy-sobel
  • Career Satisfaction
  • Career Readiness for Physicians into Leadership Roles
  • Physician, Academic, and Executive coaching and Leadership Development

Career definition and satisfaction

  • Articulating career purpose clarification and career goals
  • Pursuing work that's fulfilling
  • Identifying environments that encourage authentic self-expression
  • Assuring match of values between client and potential employer/organization

Career/job search pursuit

  • Developing networking skills
  • Interview preparation
  • Converting experience into resume
  • Cover letter and resume design
  • Transforming CVs to resumes

Advancement and leadership development

  • New competency acquisition
  • Improving underdeveloped skills
  • Cultivating undiscovered competencies
  • Understanding organizational dynamics and interpersonal style
  • Developing the relationship and communication skills to advance from technical acumen to managerial and leadership excellence

Career transition guidance

  • Identifying transferrable skills
  • Re-languaging and re-designing professional presentation
  • Reinventing
  • Discovering impediments to achieving career goals

Group facilitation and team training and development

  • New or existing team development and goal setting
  • Facilitation of board and seach committee-based recruitment

For physicians and health professionals:

  • Peer coaching and mentoring
  • Stress and burnout management
  • Concerns about disruptive behavior
  • Awareness of interaction style(s)
  • Renewed engagement, passion, and satisfaction
  • Leadership development to support career goals
  • Lifestyle changes supporting well-being

Training and Certifications

  • Advanced Physician Development Coach
  • MBA, Simmons College School of Managment with focus on organizational dynamics
  • Board certified obstetrician/gynecologist with residency training: University of Chicago and Yale University
  • PhD, University of Chicago Division of Biological Science
  • MD, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
  • Fernando Flores' Ontological Design and Leadership Courses


  • Boston, MA; Chicago, IL; nationally and globally: in-person or by phone/Skype



Career Coaching FAQs


How can I participate?   

Review the list of coaches, provided to the left, that are eager to work with alumni across a variety of career concerns and challenges. Identify the coach that is the best fit for your professional development goals and fill out the request formThe Alumni Association will then connect you to the appropriate coach.

How much does it cost?

This is a fee-based offering with special rates negotiated for UChicago alumni. Rate details are available directly from the coaches and may vary by desired services. 

How do I prepare for my first session?

Read this article on career and executive coaching and give some thought to the following questions:

  • What am I hoping to gain from working with a career coach (i.e. specific skills, a career transition, enhanced professional relationships)?
  • Do I have the time to invest in both coaching sessions and the required follow-up work?
  • Am I willing to receive feedback - positive and negative - from my coach?