Client Testimonials Print

From time to time we interview a client or former client about his or her career transition and their experience with Kelleher Associates.

Each client comes to us with a unique set of circumstances.  Our personalized career coaching addresses their specific needs and ensures a smoother transition.  Their individual experiences with Kelleher attest to this.

 
Joe Coyle Print

How did you learn about Kelleher Associates and why did you select them for your career transition services?

I was introduced to Mitch through BCA (Business Clubs of America). Once I met with Mitch in person I felt like there was a connection and he was genuinely interested in helping me with my search. I had met with other (similar) firms but didn't feel the connection.

How was your search going before you engaged with Kelleher?

Poorly---I had reached out to my network but it was truly a half-hearted effort, and not productive.

What were the most challenging aspects of your search?

I knew what I didn't want to do, but less certain on what I actually wanted to do. Mitch helped me sort this out.

What strategies and techniques did you learn from Kelleher Associates that proved to be essential in stepping up your search and ultimately securing your offer with Year Up?

I feel all the processes and techniques provide value--the biggest for me was interview prep. Most of my career I never really had to develop an elevator pitch or profile for myself. The PARS (Problem-Action-Result) process was particularly useful for me as it enabled me to think through and articulate my accomplishments. This set the stage for future conversations and also help me polish a well-defined elevator speech.

You switched from a for-profit career to a non-profit position. How did that come about?

Making the switch was one of the hardest decisions I have ever made. It was a big step to leave the corporate world and enter the non-profit world. I attribute the switch 100% to Mitch. As part of my coaching he helped me explore what was really important for me and encouraged me to explore multiple options. As it turned out Mitch was right, I love Year Up and was in a position to respectfully decline other offers, which, by the way, are still trickling in.

How important was networking in your search process and how did you benefit in this area from working with Kelleher Associates?

Networking is the key to finding your dream job or any position for that matter. Initially, I did not particularly enjoy the ExecuNet sessions. I always considered myself a good networker but realized through my interaction with Kelleher I was actually really good at building relationships. One of the best lessons was creating a profile page to share with people as I networked so I could help them help me.

How did you become aware of the Year Up opportunity?

Boardwalk Consulting, the recruiter that handles national searches for Year Up, was one of the many firms I was introduced to through Kelleher.

How was Kelleher Associates helpful to you when preparing for critical interviews?

Many people in the Kelleher office helped with this. The most important to me was role playing and being asked questions I would not have thought of on my own. The role plays really prepared me for the toughest of questions.

What advice would you give to others who are embarking on a process to find their next position and haven't had to do it on their own in a long time?

It's hard and you have to do your homework. It sounds cliché but you get out what you put in. Kelleher doesn't do the work for you--rather they help you learn to do for yourself. If there is a silver bullet it is learning to ask others for help and then show them how they can help you

Would you recommend Kelleher Associates to others and, if so, why?

Absolutely and without a moment's hesitation. My biggest take away was Mitch's ability to help me understand what was most important to me and then pointing me in the right direction. Left to my own devices I would be in another corporate executive role, chasing a bonus and being miserable. Instead I am changing the world and empowering young adults to do the same. 

 

 

 
Marc Bloom Print

Why did you choose Kelleher Associates for your recent transition support?

I was recommended by an acquaintance. After I met with Mitch, I felt comfortable with Kelleher and Mitch.

What did you like best about working with Kelleher Associates?

Mitch's experience and guidance was very helpful for me as I had not actually ever really productively "looked" for a position. In addition, the Kelleher resources to help fine tune my resume, LinkedIn profile and professional profile was very helpful for me.

What were some of the key concepts learned during your search process, and what would you recommend to others seeking their next position or considering a change in their career path?

Some of the key concepts for me, especially at my level (C-level) were:
1. Making sure you are comfortable with what you are good at and especially what you are not good at.
2. Spending the time to really think about what you want in your next role.
3. Doing the work – there is a lot of work involved, much more than I thought, to be prepared to go after your next role.

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Josh Reisman 2015 Print

It's now been four months since I completed my program with Kelleher Associates and started in my new sales role with Prolifics Inc., an IT Solutions Company and IBM Premier Business Partner.

I was very pleased with, and benefitted significantly from, working with Kelleher Associates. Not only was the administrative staff first rate and the services even better than I expected; but also, I was able to sort through and explore a major change in my career trajectory and capitalize on introductions made on my behalf to people that were unknown to me: these introductions would have been inaccessible without the personal, proactive support and advocacy of Mitch Wienick, my primary coach, and other Principals of the firm. Notably, Mitch helped me simultaneously navigate through four different opportunities that all had advanced to, or almost to, the offer stage and coached me throughout my final negotiation process, even at night and on the weekend.

I also wanted to mention some very specific areas where Kelleher was especially helpful to me:

● demonstrated a personal interest in me and customized the program to suit my needs,
● coached me through a critical career clarification process,
● helped me identify and target roles that were strong fits with experience, skills, and interests,
● hosted priceless networking events, and
● advanced my practical use of LinkedIn and other online tools.

I am quite pleased with my search outcome and would highly recommend Kelleher Associates to anyone who was seeking to make a career change, as I was.

 
Howard Deck 2015 Print

Dear Mitch,

Hope you and Kelleher are doing well.  I am writing to thank you again for your help with my transition five years ago.  With your help, I received three interesting CEO offers within five months and, again with your help, I chose the right one, a medium-sized Canadian manufacturing company.  Recently we closed the sale of the company to a prominent San Francisco private equity firm.

I am proud to say that the management team I built was able to substantially increase the market value of the company to shareholders during my five years as CEO.  Moreover, the team and I will stay on to drive the next exciting phase in the company's evolution.

The transition strategy and tactics you helped me develop were key to putting me in a position to make this happen.  But perhaps even more important was the perspective and encouragement you gave me.  This has been the most rewarding time of my professional life.  I thank you for your important role in it.

With best regards,

Howard Deck

 
Jaine Lucas 2014 Print

Jaine Lucas is a senior operating and marketing executive, new venture expert, entrepreneur and educator who was most recently the Executive Director of Temple University's Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute, Mid-Atlantic Diamond Ventures, Blackstone LaunchPad, and Assistant Professor for Entrepreneurship and Strategy.

How did you learn about Kelleher Associates and why did you select them for your career transition services?

Several executives in my network I trust had chosen Kelleher Associates and were extremely satisfied with their services.  I needed coaching and other support in order to successfully transition from academia back into an operating business.  After meeting with Mitch Wienick, I was confident Kelleher would be the best resource for my career needs.  Everyone I interface with there is extremely professional and helpful, client centric and results oriented.  Plus, there is a genuine concern for their clients' success and well being.

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Client 'thank you' to Jim Miller Print

Thank you for the extensive feedback and valuable experiences during my practice interview.  It has already helped me break through a few patterns that I've struggled with in the past, and put the spotlight on some blind spots I didn't know I had.  I have already applied some learnings from your feedback into my preparations and interactions with a search executive.  I'll keep you posted. 

I'm so thrilled to be able to work together! Thanks, again.

 

 
Stan Haas 2014 Print

Stan Haas is a C-Level executive who was previously the President, Asia Pacific for VWR International LLC and most recently accepted the position of Chief Operating Officer for Affiliated Distributors.

How did you learn about Kelleher Associates and why did you select the firm for your career transition services?

A number of C-Level executives recommended Kelleher Associates and Mitch Wienick in particular.  I was using the services of another career transition firm, but they did not seem to have the same amount of experience as Kelleher does with C-Level candidates.

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Dr. Gail Rodgers 2014 Print

Dr. Gail Rodgers is a Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialist who was previously the Senior Director, Scientific Affairs, Vaccines for Pfizer, Inc. and most recently took a Senior position with the Gates Foundation focused on global vaccine development and distribution.

Why did you select Kelleher Associates for your career transition services?

As I researched available career transition services and talked to colleagues Kelleher Associates was always mentioned as one of the best. During my first meeting with them I knew that this was the place for me. They are highly professional, first getting to know you and personalizing a program to suit your needs. They deliver a strong team effort with all the principals and staff interested in helping you achieve your goals.

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Best Regards Print

Mitch,

I certainly appreciate the guidance you and Sandy provided in my outplacement and won't hesitate to refer anyone who would benefit from your services.  Best regards,

 
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