Testimonials

“Kelley and I met at the request of a client who asked each of us whether we would be willing to work together to help them with an intractable blend of strategic and leadership challenges. The company’s founders wanted a blend of strategic, business operations, and executive coaching skills, and thought that together we could provide them.

 

It’s a challenge for practitioners, each with decades of experience but differing backgrounds, to work harmoniously, but Kelley’s openness, ability to see a question from many angles, and depth of experience made it easy for us to understand each other’s point of view, establishing the basis for a powerful and creative partnership. And Kelley brought unique strengths essential to the success of the engagement: the ability to sense an executive’s moods and motivations and the steeliness to share difficult truths with our clients—in just the way they could best learn from them. Her professional dedication to the client’s needs was remarkable, exactly what was needed to manage the several crises over the two month engagement. I could not wish for a better partner—to ensure the success on the client’s behalf, to learn from, and to work with.”

 

– Christopher Meyer, Founder and CEO NERVE LLC, Author, Standing on the Sun

 

“Kelley has managed to do what few executive coaches and advisers do: She has fused best practices in management and leadership with a powerful system to help executives win the inner game by being more relaxed, tapping into peak performance, and overcoming overwhelm in chaotic times. Many experts get fluffy when they enter this territory, but not Kelley. She has developed a system that works with executives in some of the largest, most complex, and most dynamic companies in the world. If you want a comprehensive system to better performance and coping with the challenges of your leadership role, Kelley is the best person to contact.”

 

– Kelley’s proprietary coaching methodology is recommended by Harvard MBA and Center for Executive Coaching Founder, Andrew Neitlich

 

“Kelley is successful in her work because she is extremely knowledgeable, personable and easy to work with. She is motivated by a desire to support others in their professional development as well as assist them in strengthening their executive level skills in service of the organization with which she is working. She also possesses strong analytical skills that enable her to develop and implement solutions to complex organizational problems.”

 

– Regina Estela, Chief Operating Officer, Independence Care Systems

 

“The Universe was definitely working it’s magic when I met Kelley and it is by no chance that my life has opened up in ways I could not have imagined. I started by attending some Naam events then got into coaching and Harmonym. Her blend of coaching and spirituality is one of the many things that set her apart from other practitioners. In working with Kelley, much of the mystery surrounding forces in play has been lifted so I live more consciously. What I’ve found most amazing is the REAL shift that has occurred in both my personal and professional life. Kelley is a friend and a teacher and a true angel. When she spends time with you she is fully focused and client-specific. Kelley challenges you to think differently, face truths and be more open but only according to what is comfortable for you. The practical tools, ideas to ponder and new awareness about just about everything make working with her beyond valuable. To sum it up, I feel like I am living a life of grace and joy in a chaotic environment and sharing light with those around me. It truly doesn’t get any better!”

 

– Sarah Birdsong

 

“In trying to summarize the leaps I made with Kelley’s guidance and support, both personally and professionally, two words come to mind: holy crap. I look back on the last few months and its as if my career and relationships got sucked into overdrive and I went from losing money and sacrificing against my better judgments time and time again to creating tremendous value in all areas of my life. Never before have I been so fulfilled in both my career and personal life and I owe a great deal of it to Kelley. Should you have the opportunity to work with her, jump on the chance, your life will transform.”

 

– Wendy Friedlander

 

“Prior to meeting and working with Kelley, I never would have thought that I could handle the stress and anxiety of trying to build a startup while still working a full time job; not to mention a personal life on top of all that work. With Kelley’s coaching methodology (a proprietary combination of best practices of business/life coaching with naam yoga & meditation) and keen understanding of key recalibration areas I was able to eliminate overwhelm, access my highest potential and grow my business. I can confidently say that with her help, I am more than suited to handle/balance a demanding work schedule with a personal life that I care a great deal about.”

 

– Angelo Stracquatanio, Founder & CEO Main Street Apps

 

“Kelley has managed to do what few executive coaches and advisers do: She has fused best practices in management and leadership with a powerful system to help executives win the inner game by being more relaxed, tapping into peak performance, and overcoming overwhelm in chaotic times. Many experts get fluffy when they enter this territory, but not Kelley. She has developed a system that works with executives in some of the largest, most complex, and most dynamic companies in the world. If you want a comprehensive system to better performance and coping with the challenges of your leadership role, Kelley is the best person to contact.”

 

– Kelley’s proprietary coaching methodology is recommended by Harvard MBA and Center for Executive Coaching Founder, Andrew Neitlich:

 

“My work with Kelley has been invaluable. Our work together began the essential growth experience I needed to guide a group of people through a period of organizational growth which has resulted in doubling our size in both staffing and the people we serve. I have grown tremendously as a woman leader in a very dynamic organization, thanks in very large part to my terrific coach – Kelley Black!”

 

– Jean Minkel, PT Senior Vice President, Independence Care System

 

“Making the commitment to business coaching was the best decision I could have made for my company. Kelley provided exactly the support I needed to take my business to the next level. Each call always started with, “How can we make the most use of your time today?”, and ended with clear action items to work on for the next few weeks. Her insights were spot on and got me thinking in terms of success instead of struggle. It’s because of my experience with Kelley that I am working with more joy and balance between my personal and professional life. I would say that Kelley brings something very unique to the experience of coaching that I can’t put into words but have benefited from immensely. Thanks to Kelley, I learned to take the time to congratulate myself for the successes instead of jumping right into the next set of goals. I can now invest that positive energy back into my life and my business.”

 

– Shelley Poovey, Founder, Body Attune

 

“My work with Kelley at Balancing the Executive empowered me during a radical career change, from the world of finance in New York City to my true passion, pastry and chocolate in Hawaii. This journey has taken many turns, and Kelley has accompanied me every step of the way with her professionalism and compassion. Through our work, I learned to honor and nurture myself and my spirit. I feel spiritually prepared for my new life. I will be forever indebted to Kelley and highly recommend her to anybody who is looking to reach the next level in all areas of their lives.”

 

– Angelina Mercado

 

“Kelley, you really met me every step of the process and pushed me to dig deep. Taking my business to the next level definitely felt like emerging as a butterfly. Even though it was an internal struggle to achieve the creative expression I was striving for, your presence made it seem like surfing. It’s great to get outside of my comfort zone and finally embrace my own unique brand. I owe it all to you for leading the way.”

 

– EnterUP Coach, Consultant & Trainer – Ginger Reid

 

“Kelley gave a great presentation and, there was quite a lot of input and interaction with the attendees. She really listened to everyone’s questions and having worked in a corporate setting she was able to help each of us.”

 

– Anna Maher, Vice President, Sales and Account Management, LifeCare, Inc.

 

• This was an amazing staff meeting. I would look forward to more staff meetings, if they were all this engaging and positive.
• This was very interesting. Thank you!
• Excellent presentation! I would like to have her do another presentation in the future.
• Thanks for today’s presentation. It was both informative and very helpful in a practical way.
• Didn’t 100% agree with the philosophy, but I definitely learned.
• Interesting topic, concrete take-aways. I’m a psychoanalyst – I’m thinking that these techniques could be an alternative or adjunct to medication.

– Relax, Reboot and Recharge, Visiting Nurses Service of NY, Center for Home Care Policy & Research, November 18, 2010

 

• Loved the conversation & mutual feelings.
• Wow!!!
• I loved this session; there should be a yoga class for her.
• Applicable to work and have life challenges—new perspectives.
• Thrilled with the entire event. Thanks!
• Overall it’s a great event for working women that is well recognized by companies. Thanks for keep it going strong.
• Excellent congress!
• I am proud to be in attendance. I feel inspired, motivated to keep climbing, reaching.

 

– Alleviating Negative Emotions/Empowering Organizational Energy, Working Mother Media Worklife Congress, October 26-28, 2010

 

“This year could have been one simply of difficulty and upheaval for me, but, instead, it has been one of growth and exploration. Your guidance this year through meditation and Naam Coaching has been incredible. Thank you so very, very, very much. You helped me open my eyes and my mind and, boy, it has transformed my life.”

 

– Stephen Herskovitz, President, Hammond Hill, A Marketing Lab

 

“From the first meeting I had with Kelley, I noticed a difference. I walked out of her office feeling positive about life, having a plan of attack, thinking bigger, and most importantly…”

 

– Stephen Schwartz, CFP, Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Company

 

“Kelley Black, Founder of Balancing the Executive Life, has changed my life. She has helped me to create a sense of inner balance and …”

 

– Wendy B. Samuelson, Esq., Samuelson Hause & Samuelson, LLP

 

“I feel great. Loving, balanced, empowered.”

 

– Harry Segal, Principal, SegalSavad

 

“Study with Kelley. She will change your life!”

 

– Michael Goldstone, President, Sire Records

 

“Imagine transporting yourself out of your wild and crazy world and into the calm and quiet universe Kelley Black creates when you work with her. She can transform a room of Type A personalities into people who are relaxed, focused, balanced and connected to each other. What is possible for your business when that occurs is priceless.”

 

– Debbie Phillips, Executive Coach, Martha’s Vineyard, MA

 

“The breath walking saved me in all my craziness this weekend. Thank you for teaching me. You help keep me sane.”

 

– Ally Lipton, Principal AVEnue, Corporate Event Planning/Catering

 

“The teachings are useful for dealing with stressful/tense situations and can also be applied to managing groups.”

 

– Sharon Mason

 

“I have been working with Kelley Black for over three years and got to admire her unique and effective blend of physical exercise, breathing and relaxation techniques. Kelley’s deep expertise in the core integration philosophy of Pilates, the physical…”

– Michaela Trnka, MD, Executive, Pfizer Inc.

 

“There have been times that I have fallen off [the program] and skipped my NAAM Meditation exercises. Sure enough, about a week later, I start waking up at night. When I get back on track, I start sleeping through the night again. It’s magical.”

 

– Karen Skurka, Senior Vice President of Prudential Douglas Elliman

 

“As a 47 year-old executive in the financial services industry, I was drawn to Kelley’s highly customized techniques. A lifetime of jogging, fencing and cross-training with a personal trainer at a gym did not compensate for …”

 

– Christopher Arts, Investment Banker