She guided the group and gained agreement.

I was immediately impressed with her ability to identify core issues, read her team and know which direction they needed to go. Together, we crafted and facilitated a highly successful team offsite where her leadership qualities were exceedingly evident. She guided the group and gained agreement on her vision and direction, helped her team work through some very sensitive issues and dynamics and charted a path forward for the team to accomplish its lofty goals.

Lisa Tesvich, Ph.D.  |  CEO, InspireTrueLeadership

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Knowledgeable about the policies and procedures we needed.

Stephanie was everything you could ask for in an HR partner. She was knowledgeable about the policies and procedures we needed. She was an empathetic and strategic partner in planning resource usage. She was incredibly responsive no matter how short the time line of requests. I would rank Stephanie at the top of my list for HR consultants/partners.

Amy Iorio  |  Digital Product Development and Marketing and Content Strategist

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Strategic HR counsel on complicated client engagements.

Stephanie is a sophisticated Human Resources executive with experience working with senior executives of a variety of companies. She has been an asset to me on projects, providing strategic HR counsel on complicated client engagements, including new hire onboarding, leadership development and succession planning initiatives. Stephanie is accessible and direct and has a the ability to distill clarity from complexity. I highly recommend her as a resource to any organization.

Amy Hirsh Robinson  |  Principal, Interchange Consulting Group

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Unmatched integrity and direct approach to solving business problems.

Stephanie and I worked together at Yahoo! for several years and I loved every minute of it. She is a thoughtful, honest, creative and caring leader, coach and teammate. Her clients, teammates, partners and execs all benefited tremendously from her wisdom, honesty, unmatched integrity and direct approach to solving business problems.

Cris Barrett  |  Head Of Human Resources at Oculus (VR)/Facebook

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I could not have started my new company without her support.

Stephanie has had an innate ability to help me to figure out what I want out of life. She picks up on things I don't realize I am saying and easily guides me to where I need to be. She cheers me on and affirms my progress in a way that somehow teaches me to do it myself. I could not have started my new company without her support, encouragement, guidance, and motivation.

Jodie Lapchick  |  Brand Development Expert, Marketing Strategist, Designer

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Resourceful and comes up with innovative solutions.

She strikes a wonderful balance between professionalism and sympathetic interaction. Stephanie is resourceful and comes up with innovative solutions for the organization. She is exceptional in organizational design and talent management.

Barbara Fox  |  Human Resources Director at Nuveen Investments

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She helped me find motivation.

Our first session, I realized that I never give myself enough credit for anything. From there she has helped me find motivation and focus to improve my life in all areas: screenwriting, fitness, dating. Logically, I know how to improve my life, but it always feels like I'm pushing uphill and everything seems to take so long. Since starting my sessions I had a snowball effect of abundance and possibilities in all aspects of my life.

Richard Soriano  |  Software Engineer, QA Analyst

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I cannot recommend her highly enough!

I didn't think I'd have much to learn from an "Executive Coach"....in fact, I spent much of MY professional life coaching others. However, after having the good fortune of working with Stephanie Smith, not only have I learned far more than I ever imagined, I've experienced a level of self-discovery that will most certainly help me in the job market, and beyond. Stephanie's advice is both solid and sound, and I know that the benefits of her coaching will serve me extremely well, both professionally as well as personally. I cannot recommend her highly enough!

Mark McCann  |  Advisor, Advice and Counsel (Human Resources) at CVS Health

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Not afraid to address and issue head on.

Stephanie is intelligent, articulate and not afraid to address an issue head on. She is someone who can sit at the table with management and have a point of view and add value.

Kathy Harada  |  Director of Human Resources at PricewaterhouseCoopers

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A wonderful mentor

Her leadership and encouragement motivated me to be a better HR coordinator. Stephanie is a wonderful mentor.

Vivian Sampson |  Administrative Coordinator

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