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Shani is a well-rounded executive coach and organizational effectiveness consultant, having worked in numerous industries, for venerable institutions and unknown start-ups, in a range of economies from bubble to recession, and in revenue-producing, advisory, and senior managerial roles. She’s also an avid Harley rider, skier, rock climber, and football fan. Such broad experiences enable Shani to help executives and teams achieve “BHAGs” (Big Hairy Audacious Goals).

Beginning her career in Chase Manhattan’s Management Development Program, Shani then joined Goldman Sachs, where she worked for a decade in New York and Chicago analyzing, executing, and marketing deals for a wide variety of companies. Leaving Wall Street in 2004, Shani reinvented herself and became the first General Manager of media start-up Plum TV in Vail, Colo, which was a finalist for the Best Emerging Business Award in its first full year. Her next role was five years as COO/CFO of a marketing company as it transitioned from 20+ years as brick and mortar to an entirely virtual operation.

As an executive coach, Shani is a confidential, objective, and strategic business partner. She’s passionate about making the workplace work better: i.e. more effective leaders, happier/healthier employees, and organizations that ultimately attract, engage, and retain top talent who drive results. She is particularly effective working with clients who are:
•    Transitioning into a recent promotion, new job, or broader leadership role
•    Sparking business growth, innovation, or organizational change
•    Exploring blind spots, hidden challenges, and other obstacles hindering success or relationships
•    Building their professional “brand” of leadership
•    Managing highly-distributed, flexwork, and multi-generational teams
•    Striving to create cultures of alignment, communication, accountability, and engagement
•    Determined to leave their mark and infuse their lives with juicy experiences

Education, Certifications, Faculty, Publications

•    Bachelor’s in Communication from University of Miami in Coral Gables, FL
•    Co-Active® Professional Coach (CPCC), certified by Coaches Training Institute (CTI) in San Rafael, CA

•    Associate Certified Coach (ACC) by International Coach Federation (ICF)
•    InsideOut Coaching Consulting and Facilitator Certification
•    Take Back Your Life Productivity Coaching Certification
•    DISC Talent Insights Behavioral Assessment Certification
•    Yoga Alliance, RYT200

•    For Greater Interview Success, Hit the Scan Button on Your Inner Radio,, Nov 7, 2014
•    Quieting the Fluctuations of the Manager’s Mind, Pivot Point blog, Nov 6, 2014
•    Trick or treat: Boost engagement and loyalty with creative perks, Employee Benefit News, Oct 2, 2014
•    How to coach employees through end-of-year disappointments and changes, SmartBlog on Leadership, Sept 29, 2014
•    Puppyforce: A case study in employee engagement and organizational success, SmartBlog on Leadership, Sept 17, 2014
•    3 Road Lessons to Lead By, Pivot Point blog, August 8, 2014
•    Clarity and Collaboration in Flexibility Training, Training Magazine, July 2014
•    The Secret Sauce for Great Leadership, Pivot Point blog, June 3, 2014
•    Look to the gridiron for flexible workplace execution, SmartBlog on Leadership, May 14, 2014
•    Workplace happiness takes center stage at SXSW Interactive,  Employee Benefits News, March 31, 2014
•    What You Didn't Know You Have in Common with Bill Gates, Retirement and Good Living, Feb 20, 2014
•    Workplace Flexibility and the C-Suite - it's about winning, SmartBlog on Leadership, February 14, 2014
•    Imagining family-friendly places to work in the state of Florida, Smart Business Florida, Jan 30, 2014
•    4 Workplace Flexibility Trends for...2015, Chief Executive, January 26, 2014
•    What it takes to telecommute, or manage people who do,, January 21, 2014
•    Fulfillment looks different for every worker, Miami Herald, January 7, 2014
•    15 Cs for Success in a Flexible Workplace, Employee Benefit News, October 2013 
•    America’s vacation deprivation bad for workers, employers, Employee Benefit News, October 2013
•    Heed the Oracle of Kentucky (aka YUM! Brands CEO David Novak), Huffington Post, April 18, 2013
•    One Size Does Not Fit All: My Unsolicited Advice to Marissa Mayer & Yahoo, Huffington Post, Mar 6, 2013
•    Why I Wish I Had Stayed at Goldman Longer, Huffington Post, January 4, 2013

Industry Experience

  • Accounting
  • Advertising
  • Consulting
  • Energy
  • Financial Services
  • Food and Beverage
  • Government
  • Healthcare
  • Legal
  • Manufacturing
  • Marketing
  • Media/ Entertainment
  • Nonprofits
  • Private Equity/ Venture Capital
  • Public Relations
  • Retail
  • Technology

Areas of Expertise

  • 360 Assessment
  • Building Leadership & Org. Resilience
  • C-Suite Leader Coaching
  • Change Management/ Leadership
  • Communication and Influence
  • Creating Rapport w/ Difficult Colleagues
  • Creative Conflict/ Conflict Resolution
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Executive Coaching
  • Executive Presence
  • Executive Team Alignment Facilitation
  • Executive Team Assessment & Development
  • Experience as a Senior Executive
  • Experience as an Entrepreneur
  • High Performing Organizations
  • High Potential Leader Coaching
  • Hiring and Selection
  • Innovation and Creative Problem-Solving
  • Internal Coach Training
  • Leadership Development Program Design
  • Managing and Leading Change
  • Managing Up Effectively
  • Mindfulness at Work
  • Coaching for Executives in New Roles
  • Presentation Skills
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Strategic Planning Facilitation
  • Stress Management and Stress Reduction
  • Team Facilitation
  • Teambuilding
  • Values, Mission, Vision Facilitation
  • Women's Leadership