Success Stories



Satya Dixit, Sr Director, Systems & Applications, Rohm Semiconductor

Success Story: “Jane facilitated a one-day strategic planning session to help us begin creating a product roadmap for the next 3-5 years. I’m amazed how well she organized this session and how quickly she became one among the team. She gives the feeling that she’s already an expert in our domain. Jane was able to both facilitate our conversation and take excellent notes that really captured our work clearly. That makes it easy for our teams to take the next actions easily. She really made this session work. Participants said the process Jane designed and facilitated made it easy and comfortable for them to speak up; they appreciated that everyone’s opinion was openly considered, without criticism.”

Karianne Holguin, Managing Director
Process Management and Analysis

Success Story: “My executive coaching time with Jane was some of the most valuable hours I have spent as a leader. The experience was not about ‘performance needs improvement,’ but about growing oneself to the next level of leadership, stretching oneself to be the best one can be. It provided great insight to things I knew about myself, personally, but didn’t know were ‘showing up’ at the office. I continue to use what I learned every day, and I, and others, can see the difference this level of coaching has made.”

Thomas Weis, Senior Director
Quality & Reliability

Success Story: “I have known and worked with Jane for more than 10 years. Her abilities as a facilitator put her at the top of my list when I think about putting a new team together or helping an existing team improve performance. I have found her ability to work with me to plan a team event simply outstanding.

With her deep experience, she quickly can see what is going on with a group, diagnose hazards, and recommend a course of action. I have observed Jane in action with difficult players her patience and analytic ability has proven very effective at helping to generate real progress and solutions. When working with Jane, I have complete confidence that the situation is under control and heading for a positive outcome.”

Judi Spontarelli, Sr HR Business Partner

Success Story: “I’ve known Jane for almost 10 years, first meeting her as a participant in a course she taught and later bringing her to our Colorado site to do numerous training and facilitation events.

Jane’s training style has made the leadership class she teaches here one of the most popular classes we offer. She is engaging in a way that makes everyone feel comfortable participating. No matter what you put out there you feel heard. Her feedback to participants is thoughtful and focused. With me, she gave very insightful feedback that resonated in a way that has helped me in all aspects of my work. Jane weaves in her corporate experience in ways that bring course concepts to life and opens people up to asking a different level of questions.”

Gary Dougan, DDS, MPH
Chair, Leadership Development Committee
California Dental Association

Success Story: “Thank you for making the CDA (California Dental Association) 2010 Regional Leadership Trainings exceed the expectations of the planners and participants. Your energy and excitement about the material, as well as the skills and training you provided, allowed participants to leave with a truly enriched understanding and practical experience of strategic planning. All the [dental societies] involved in the training walked away with an improved plan of action for going forward.”

Tony Vecchiet, Senior Manager IT Operations

Success Story: “Of all the money spent on my training, coaching has been the best investment. The coaching program I went through with Jane allowed me to learn and implement things incrementally. I made real change that led to a complete turnaround in my career. I’m really grateful to have had this opportunity.”

Darby Mason-Werner, Certified Trade Show Marketer
Executive Briefing Center Program Manager

Success Story: “Jane is an amazing facilitator whom I’ve had the pleasure of both learning from and working with. Because Jane was so skilled at practicing the facilitation skills she teaches, we hired her to facilitate our first Customer Advisory Board event.

Jane completely understood the objectives of our executive team and managed the event in a way that ensured our customers were heard. She instantly developed a positive relationship with our customers that put them at ease, making them feel valued and free to be fully present during the event. Her ability to solve problems on the spot was put to the test when the customers needed more support and time to caucus. She made the decision to alter the agenda, which ultimately provided the exact outcome our executive team had hoped for. We are thrilled with Jane’s professional approach and will be asking her to facilitate our future CAB events.”

Theresa Estrada, Chair, Professional Women’s Group

Success Story: “Jane is an animated, engaging speaker–one of the top speakers we’ve had present to our company’s Professional Women’s Group. Jane didn’t just “present”–she asked the audience great questions and included fun activities that really got us thinking. She did a great job including remote people participating by video conference. Her topic (The Passionate Professional: How to Make Your Ordinary Career Extraordinary) drew in over 100 participants, one of the highest levels of attendance we’ve ever had for this speaker series.”

Hitesh Patel, Director of Software Product Marketing

Success Story: “When we began planning an extremely important meeting with top customers that had visibility all the way up to our Senior VPs and CEO, the first person I thought of bringing in to facilitate was Jane. I know from past experience, Jane sets leaders up for success through planning and preparation.

Because of the time she spent up front planning with us, we walked in confident about how the meeting would go, start to finish. Even more importantly, she helped us gear up for success by setting right expectations with customers prior to the meeting.

Jane knows how to let people have their discussions, then get clear agreement on what’s most important, even when she’s not a subject matter expert. She expertly moderates not only participants but the leaders themselves. She politely prevents bias from entering into discussions that are intended to have full, even participation. As a result, even in big forums, everyone feels like they are heard and we hit our end goal.”

Judi Spontarelli, Senior HR Business Partner

Success Story: “Senior managers seek Jane out at times when they need strong facilitation for a strategic meeting. Her partnership begins with helping them sort out what they want to get out of the meeting and designing an agenda to accomplish that.

Even well-planned agendas can fall apart. Jane knows how to shift gears, re-prioritize, and adjust to the needs of the group. When issues come up, people always feel heard. She really “gets” what’s going on in the room—she is intuitive, insightful, and, above all, a good partner with the meeting leader so what’s most important gets accomplished.”

Ed Martin, VP of Learning & Development, Pandora

Success Story: “I’ve known and/or worked with Jane for over 4 years, and somehow, in her inimitable style, she not only coached me without me even knowing it, but also filled that role for other senior people in our [former] organization.

Whether Jane’s facilitating, running training sessions, or coaching executives, it’s not a contrived method. She comes at it from a place of curiosity. Jane is naturally curious about people, organizations, and processes, and she asks good, thought-provoking questions to get us to think. This is the mark of a good coach. Even though coaching programs can teach this skill, it’s best done as part of the coach’s natural DNA – and this describes Jane. I would call on her anytime to help me with any issues I’m addressing. She lends great credibility to all that she does.”

Kenn Perry, COO, IONU

Success Story: “Jane brings a unique blend of experience and passion to her work. Whether she is training a class, facilitating a meeting, driving change, or teaching people to do these things themselves, she is passionate about ensuring that people reach their full potential.

She has very strong intuition that she uses to take learning beyond the curriculum and discussions below the surface, in order to reach valuable outcomes. She is comfortable with complex topics, challenging situations, and diverse audiences. She connects well with a broad spectrum of people ranging from interns to CEOs. Many people and organizations are better for having worked with her, as I am.”

T Klein, Florida

Success Story: “I met Jane at a training session sponsored by my past employer. I subsequently decided to hire her as my professional coach and I have greatly benefited from our work together. I was going through a transition in my career and looked to Jane for guidance and support.

In our weekly sessions, Jane utilizes our time together very effectively and has always been able to focus on the current issues in my life. Jane gave me the courage to make the decision to leave my employer after 20 plus years. She was able to help me prioritize my next steps in my transition. Jane was helpful in my preparation for my interview with my now, current employer. Jane was instrumental in my negotiation process. She gave me the confidence to communicate my value and worth to the new organization. Jane is a great listener and knows how to focus her attention on her client. I feel fortunate that Jane came into my life at a critical time. I would highly recommend her and am hopeful we will continue to work together.”

Ed Copeland, San Jose, CA

Success Story: “The Passionate Professional is very a polished and professional program. I really liked how it’s laid out. Easy to follow the exercises. On caliber with much more expensive professional programs I’ve taken in the past.”

Susannah Baldwin, PhD, Independent Consultant

Success Story: “It takes literally minutes to feel comfortable with Simone and certain you are in the hands of a competent and experienced coach. She balances a focused session with inspiration for taking your life to the next level. I like to get to the point and move quickly and Simone can do both. Simone offers extremely insightful feedback and has had dramatic impact on how I see and approach my worth, my goals and my progress. I could not ask for a better coach for creating a life for myself that is bigger, more meaningful and more satisfying than I could ever do on my own.”

Paul McNees, MA, Owner, The Learning Oasis Tutoring Service, San Francisco Bay Area

Success Story: “My work with Jane moved my life from a world of limits to a world of infinite possibility. Through a creative inventory of my skills, talents, and passions and an insightful examination of perceived limitations, my life completely shifted. I moved from feeling completely stuck in a career that I had outgrown to pursuing a PhD in Philosophy and beginning a new life as a college professor. Jane believed in me. That alone is worth its weight in gold.”

S. Yun, San Francisco, CA

Success Story:The Passionate Professional program was an amazing, profound experience for me. The tools can be applied to anyone: individuals who feel like they are in a rut, in mid-life crisis, lost in their career path/direction in life, or even those who just want more out of life.”

Aparna S., San Jose, CA

Success Story:The Passionate Professional taught me things that will forever change the way I live my life. I use the course tools all day long—they have given me control of my emotions in a way that puts me in control of my life. I’ve often heard ‘think good thoughts and things will happen,’ but I’ve never found tools to help accomplish this until now.”

Bev Rickher, Operations Program Manager
Aruba Networks

Success Story: “My association with Jane goes back well before coaching became a household word. It was always clear that she had a genuine gift for guiding people to their own truth and self discovery.

I can honestly say that every major breakthrough in my life—career, relationships, self image—was due entirely to my genuine commitment to change and Jane’s intuitive ability to direct me through the confused tangle of what I thought I wanted to a clear understanding of my true desire, offering tools to shift that seed of desire into a reality. How fortunate that coaching has emerged into a field where Jane has been able to extend her masterful art to all those who seek a catalyst for change and a clearer understanding of self.”

Jeanne Loomis, Retired Executive Administrator

Success Story: “Jane’s coaching has changed my life. She helped me recognize that my approach [to my role as Executive Admin to the CEO] wasn’t working. I think she held a mirror up, in a very kind way, that made me look at how others see my actions, whether they were physical actions or my words. Jane helped me become comfortable with who I am, without my title. Across my entire life, this made a difference. For example, instead of sitting away from people, I sit next to them, I sit with them. I’m much happier with my life, with myself.”

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Success Stories

Tony Vecchiet, Senior Manager IT Operations

Success Story: “Of all the money spent on my training, coaching has been the best investment. The coaching program I went through with Jane allowed me to learn and implement things incrementally. I made real change that led to a complete turnaround in my career. I’m really grateful to have had this opportunity.”