Recommendations for Wendy Zito

Julie Rich

People Leader at Osprey Packs, Inc.

I have worked with Wendy on two separate occasions. She conducted training sessions for a leadership team in EMEA at a software company and for the Executive team at Osprey. Wendy has the ability to engage international teams, create open communication and to drive results. Participant feedback from the sessions was extremely positive. She keeps the team focused and on task while she makes the session fun and very personal. I highly recommend Wendy as she is one of the most skilled facilitators I have used.

Tammie Presser

Vice President, Customer Success at

Wendy Zito is one of the most authentic and exceptional people I know. She has a way of seeing past the BS, asks all the tough questions, and guides you towards clarity. She is warm, honest and disciplined.

Wendy helped me become a more effective communicator, and taught me to reframe my questions and engagements to drive more directed outcomes. She helped me to focus my energy on creating professional and personal balance, then armed with me bite-sized, actionable milestones to help me attain this.

Wendy has left an indellible mark on me; when faced with highly volatile situations, I often pause and think to myself “WWWD” – What would Wendy do?

Shawn Tugwell

Director, Data Center Architecture & Engineering at PayPal

I have been fortunate to have Wendy as a coach over the last 4 years. She has helped me develop my leadership and conflict skills. Wendy has challenged and encouraged me every step of the way. I have really enjoyed her tell it like it is approach to coaching. I have learned how to identify what motivates my team and myself, creating a deeper and more positive connections. I am grateful that Wendy has come into my life and made such a huge impact on my career and personal development. Thank you Wendy!

Jim Weinheimer

Head of Data Center at Uber

I’ve been lucky enough to be mentored by Wendy over the past 18 months. She has been a strong and overwhelmingly positive influence on my management approach. This has had a direct influence on the quality and amount of output from individuals on my team and the team collectively. She guides from challenges to solutions, keeps me pointed in the right direction, and expects continuous progress; all things that teach a mentee how to find the right path and improve all aspects that make great leaders. I hope to work with Wendy throughout my career and would recommend her to anyone in a leadership position whether they think they need it or not.

Julien Soriano

VP, Security Engineering at Box

As we were going through major changes in the company and the teams were challenged to adapt to the new leadership and company direction, Wendy was instrumental and critical in helping the team members at working better together and understand each other. Wendy with her brilliant people skills, managed to help me create one of the best team in the company where every team member trusted each other, were open to feedback and making every effort to work together as 1 team. To this day, many people are joining this team that Wendy helped me shape and provided me invaluable methods to continue to grow a large organization to success. I highly recommend Wendy as she will help bring this “special/ magical” sauce to any team, willing to work with her. Thank you

Jessie Duan

Engineering Manager at Quora

Wendy became my coach through The Coaching Fellowship — and wow, is she effective. She’s helped me tap into who I truly am and figure out the kind of work I want to be doing.

I’m fairly early in my career, and am still figuring out what I want my work to look like. Wendy sifted through all of this so that I can figure out how I think, what I want, and how to use this information. I now have such clarity that my friends are now coming to me, asking how they can find their passions!

Wendy’s insight has given me not just an immediate career direction, but also fundamental realizations about myself that have affected other facets of my life.

Throughout it all, Wendy’s deep care shone through — I felt like her daughter with how much she went out of her way for me, and how she helped me open up and feel comfortable immediately.

Wendy has made a major impact in how I view my career and my work, and I’m so fortunate to have met her! I can’t recommend her highly enough.

Jasmine M.

Senior Communications Manager, Public Affairs

I first met Wendy through the Coaching Fellowship program three years ago. She was assigned to me as my coach, and since that moment, Wendy and I have become lifelong friends. Wendy is the reason I was able to successfully transition from the public sector to the private sector. She is VERY insightful, professional, caring, and compassionate. I really respect and value Wendy and highly recommend her to anyone looking for executive coaching, an offsite/retreat leader, or any sort of employee or workplace training.

Sonya Balzer

Marketing at SupportLogic, Inc.

Wendy started coaching me last year and I couldn’t be more pleased with the results! She doesn’t waste any time or pull any punches, which is exactly what I needed.

Before working with her I interviewed many other coaches because I wanted help with improving my leadership skills and resolving conflicts. And finally chose Wendy because she was genuine, easy to talk to, and clearly understood the balance of pragmatic as well as psychological understanding it takes to help people get what they want from working with a coach.

Wendy immediately helped me assess my values (professionally and personally), but unlike any coach I’ve worked with in the past, she gave insightful notes to keep me focused on what I wanted (and needed) in order to be happy and more successful at my job. Wendy is a great listener, full of good ideas, stays focused and holds you accountable to the conclusions you’ve come to on your own.

She has lots of intelligence and experience coaching individuals and teams who not only want to be better at what they do, but also feel more fulfilled while doing it. I highly recommend working with Wendy if you are prepared to look at yourself honestly, answer important questions about yourself, and make changes to the way you’ve been doing things in your career.

Katie Haw

Helping Healthcare Clients Transform their Patient’s Lives

A strong career plan with specific goals and next steps creates actionable results. When you work with Wendy, this is what you get. She is a sought after career coach for executive development and career planning. Her unique skillset of understanding a client’s talents combined with her ability to deeply listen to hone in on what a client truly needs allows her to help her clients growth both personally and professionally. Wendy is incredibly responsive and a treat to spend time with. I highly recommend her.

Melissa Hampton Burghardt

VP, Ops Innovation & Services at sweetgreen

Wendy is an expert on people. She is very knowledgeable about how one can best lead, how to be the most effective manager, and how to build the people connections needed for effective business operations. She always delivers this knowledge with warmth and compassion and leaves a lasting impression.

Wendy helps an organization improve in how it operates collectively, and through individuals bettering themselves via strong coaching and elevated self-awareness.

Wendy recently led a Myers-Briggs session tied with a theme of being effective Change Leaders for our Product team. This was the second time I have worked with Wendy as she also led a Management development program that I attended with Yahoo! Europe six years ago. I have stayed in touch with her through these years, and I asked her to help me design and lead this recent program on change management.

I strongly recommend Wendy and would love to work with her on team and personal development in the future.

Elena Ponce

Global Leader of Talent Development, Leadership and Organizational Development

I have been lucky enough to know and work with Wendy professionally and personally for 20 years. She is an excellent executive coach and deep expert in MBTI who continues to impress. The lessons my clients (and I) have learned from Wendy continue to resonate in our day-to-day lives.

Panorea Karanikolopoulou – Macdonald

Chief People and Strategy Officer

First contact with Wendy was several years ago when we were both working in Sun Microsystems. I had a rather junior role back then but was very impressed from both the approach and the results. Recently I had the luck to meet with Wendy again as we were looking for a professional to coach our HR team meeting. As the CHRO of rather big private equity company that recently underwent a major transformational change, we are building a new HR team with several new members along side few existing. Due to the degree of change and all other factors, this week long session was really complex and extremely challenging. Wendy agreed to take on the challenge and despite numerous adversities managed to adopt on the way and deliver excellent results. Both her ability to allow people to express themselves and her “magic” way of passing a wealth of knowledge and experience without coming across too academic were impressive. In my 20 years of career this was one of the toughest set ups and Wendy was probably the best facilitator I had encountered.Fantastic professional and true human being. Would recommend her without second thoughts!

Heath L. Rocha

Chief Student Support Services Officer at Los Gatos-Saratoga Union High School District

Wendy was one of our guest lecturers for our annual parenting series. Her two-day workshop was titled “Choosing a Parenting Style that Fits Your Child’s Personality”. The two sessions were very well attended and parents rated the series as outstanding. They indicated that the content was current and relevant, valuable, well organized and that they would recommend the presenter to a similar audience. Specific remarks included, but not limited to:”Fantastic”, “Loved it”, “Wendy was fabulous”, “More people could use this in their lives” and “Eye-opening”. Wendy has a genuine passion for the Myers-Briggs Personality Test (MBTI) and how it can enhance not only our relationships with friends and family, but how the information can be utilized and leveraged to become more effective professionals. Her extensive experience and knowledge of the MBTI, coupled with her excellent communication and interpersonal skills, should compel any professional and/or organization to consider her services.

Bill Haack

Molecular Diagnostic Executive & Entrepreneur

As I write this I have been working with Wendy for 5 months now. She has been extremely helpful to me as a coach on a number of fronts during my transition to relocating to Europe, taking on a completely new role in the company I work for and leading a new team. Wendy has offered me incredibly valuable advise and given me great insights about how I can be a better manager.

I recommend Wendy unequivocally.

Isabel Kelly

Founder & Principal Consultant, Profit with Purpose

Wendy conducted a half-day working styles and conflict styles exercise for the Foundation’s International Team. We are a diverse group from many countries and some were meeting for the first time. Wendy achieved an enormous amount for us in just half a day, with everyone gaining clarity on how they and their colleagues communicate, and how to do this more effectively across borders, languages, time and cultural gaps going forward. Wendy was exceptional in her own presentation and communication style, ensuring that the session was truly of benefit to every participant. She is personable, professional and candid in her approach, and her expertise, sincerity and deep intelligence worked extremely well with our group – some of whom can be a little cynical of team-building exercises. It was a pleasure to work with Wendy, our team will feel the benefits for a long time to come, and I would highly recommend her.

Stephan Monterde

Innovation | Digital | Leadership | Strategy : Technology and business leader driving innovation for global companies

Besides her obvious mastery of organizational behavior and expertise in leadership/group development & coaching, Wendy was able to truly listen to our needs. She went beyond the classical tools, frameworks, and was able to provide the team with a tailored, insightful training that totally fulfilled our needs.

Wendy is committed, engaging and empathetic, but what I appreciate the most is her genuine relationship building aptitude.

She is herself a leader, who I strongly recommend as an world-class business trainer.

Barbara Heimburger

Finance Director

It is with pleasure that I write this recommendation for Wendy. I have known Wendy for 3 years and had the opportunity to work with Wendy while living in Europe. Wendy exhibits many qualities that are essential to be a highly effective coach and facilitator with the insight to understand and analyze a company’s culture and key professionals within a company.

My experience with Wendy included 360’s review processes which she conducted with extraordinary knowledge and astuteness. In addition, her recommendations demonstrated her ability to recognized and synthesize multiple variables. Wendy has genuine interest in the success of the individual she coaches. She is highly effective and has a remarkable ability to understand both professional and personal dynamics. She is able to provide insightful perspective of a situation based on her understanding of the Company’s culture and her interaction with key professionals within the company. She offers relevant meaningful suggestions on how to overcome challenging situations. As a facilitator, Wendy is objective and responsive to individual needs and concerns. She is able to directly influence people working within the company and her contributions as a coach and facilitator results in positive outcomes which are highly valued and appreciated.

Wendy’s warm, engaging and caring personality makes it easy to establish a trusting relationship. I would highly recommend Wendy as a facilitator and a coach. Wendy has an innate ability to lead by example and many people find her enthusiasm and dedication inspiring.

Rally Eskinazi, MD, PhD, MBA

Global Director Therapy Development, Structural Heart at Boston Scientific

Wendy is an exceptional trainer. The value she adds and the results she accomplishes are due to the fact that, in addition to her vast experience, Wendy truly cares about the people she trains and stretches herself well beyond the usual requirements of her tasks. She is insightful, committed, emotionally bright, extremely generous and goes the extra distance EVERY time. She truly delivers more than any trainer that I have worked with in my professional career.

Robert Russo

Retired at Colgate Palmolive

Wendy was my career coach and provided excellent input and action steps for me. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in this area. I would strongly recommend her services.

Adrian O’Lenskie

Director of Engineering at Adobe Systems

Wendy has facilitated a number of management training sessions I’ve attended.

She is engaging, entertaining, self-deprecating, empathetic, natural, insightful, thought-provoking…. I could go on, but most importantly, she is incredibly effective. Participants engage and commit.

Wendy has a great ability to create a clearing with an anecdote that allows participants to abandon their folded-arms, eye-rolling, chair-slouching skepticism and step into the light of receptiveness.

With her deep pan-country/pan-culture experience, Wendy naturally addresses the subtleties of conducting business as a company on the world stage. This isn’t textbook, this is life. This isn’t “think global”, this is “be global”.

I hope to benefit from her training again in the future and have no hesitation wholeheartedly providing this recommendation.

Stefan Oberg

CEO at Tradera Sweden AB

Wendy is fantastic with people! Her understanding and compassion is unique. Wendy is outstanding in any situation involving people and relations in the work place – whether it is in recruitment, solving relational tensions or coaching. I admire her skills and respect her professionalism.

Christine Reichenbach

Communication and Executive Support Specialist

Wendy is a very caring, approachable and competent professional. I have appreciated her knowledge and insights during my sessions immensely and am very grateful for Wendy’s dedicated support. I couldn’t have asked for a more relaxed, professional, fun, thoughtful and goal thriving coach.

Gary M. Phillips, MD

President & Chief Executive Officer at OrphoMed, Inc.

Wendy is the best career coach with whom I have ever worked. She blends her expertise in behavior, business, and career management in a way which yields superior results. I would definitely work with her again.

Christian Kunz

Cofounder & CEO at BitsaboutMe

I have successfully worked with Wendy for over 4 years both in personal coaching and a number of team development sessions.
Wendy is a very open and genuinely caring person who brings a ton of energy and insights to every engagement. She always is well prepared, both on process and content and at the same time is flexible and capable to change the agenda based on her individual client’s needs.

She has a wealth of knowledge and experience in coaching as well as learning and development that she uses very effectively in both team and individual sessions. With her enthusiastic and extrovert personality she is able to focus and energize teams very effectively throughout full day intense training sessions.

Being a Californian who lived abroad for many years she brings unique perspectives and insights into the cross cultural challenges of Europeans working for Silicon Valley companies.

I always enjoyed working with Wendy very much and I got personally and professionally a lot out of it.

Kristel Dessimoz

HR Business Partner

I had the great pleasure to work with Wendy during a development program organized at Yahoo! We hired Wendy to facilitate various Career Development Workshops around Europe. Working with Wendy on this project was an excellent experience for me, I learned many things from her deep knowledge of the covered subjects. It was also an experience to remember for the 60 participants as she recieved nothing but excellent evaluations from each and every one of them. She made these workshops fun with her creative, out-of-the box ideas and therefore I highly recommend her to anyone in need of an outstanding and reliable management/team building consultant.

Chris Brannen

President, The Brannen Group, Inc.

Wendy is a top-class management facilitator. She brings deep-expertise in management and the highest level of facilitation skills to her delivery. Wendy is engaging and makes the material relevant. Wendy is experienced in delivering a wide range of programs in both the United States as well as Europe. I strongly recommend Wendy as an world-class management facilitator.

Pascal Lagadec

VP Sales and Business Development

I started working with Wendy in 2007: she has been a coach for me since then and I have also hired her to conduct group seminars with my sales team. Wendy has huge experience of dynamic & diverse corporate environments, and has tremendous cultural insight accross key markets which makes her an extremely valuable guide and support when faced with carreer challenges in international working environments. One of her core strength is knowledge: she combines her vast experience with a thorough understanding of your work environment, and interfaces with key people within the company (and beyond) to fully grasp the context at hand. And beyond being a great professional, she has also a very likeable and positive personality.

Bruno Fonzi

Director of Engineering

Having attended various Management & Team Building training by Wendy, I was impressed by her extended professional experience in the field.

Additionally, Wendy brings to her sessions the multi cultural awareness aspects that truly helped us working for Adobe, a multi cultural and multi lingual environment- which we all know it equates to many challenges.

Wendy’s passion in her work and dedication for sharing knowledge shows in her capability to see these challenges, and she understands what is important to move forward and be productive for the future on all sides.

She is extremely client-focused, flexible, thoughtful and a truly engaging facilitator. And last, but not least, she makes the training sessions a fun experience!

Elena Antognazza

Vice President Marketing & Digital, Europe & CIS at Western Union

I consider Wendy a close colleague, although she doesn’t formally work with PayPal but provides very useful and insightful trainings to all of us. I had the pleasure to attend two of these training sessions and I learned more from them than from all the business psichology books I ever read. She has an unparalleled empathy and ability to understand a manager (and the person behind the manager), and to reveal areas of growth and opportunities as well as shortfalls and areas of improvement. I would recommend Wendy for (top) managers coaching and developing potentials training.

Oleg Ignatenko

Software professional

I participated in “Lateral Leadership” training about two years ago. The course was extremely productive. I learned a lot and, which is maybe even more important, continue to learn from this training until now.

My overall impression is that Wendy provides service of superior quality. She presents fundamental concepts and subtle nuances of communication with elegance which reveals unbelievable level of expertise. Her empathy and insight are amazing and bring a very special charm to the training.

The way how teamwork was arranged during the course reminds me of great orchestra conductors. You know, when different people with their specific skills each playing their own instruments join and play wonderful music together… yeah to me the training has been an example of such a great harmony. I especially appreciate that Wendy succeeds in sharing that skill. Using my “orchestra” analogy, I would say that she can teach you how to become a good conductor.

I think that Wendy is a true leader herself. This adds a lot of value to her leadership courses because one can not just study the approach but can also follow a role model clearly showing how it is intended to work.

Kamil Osmianski, FCCA

Head of Standards & Quality Assurance of Global Lean & Agile Transformation at innogy SE

I used to sit a soft-skills course that Wendy taught. She is the most remarkable trainer I have ever met! She’s able to use her great deal of empathy to put herself in one’s shoes, understand one’s position, views etc and then give valuable food for thought.
She is also an avid and very graceful listener, the kind you want to tell everything.
I wish you a chance to work with Wendy as this will be an experience you will remember, and to your great benefit.
Thanks Wendy.

Mikhail Davidov

Director Of Engineering / General Director of Azul Systems LLC

During last few years I’ve visited several trainings of Wendy. I understood that Wendy is a highly qualified professional in her business and I would like to recommend her to you.

Wendy states the material very thoroughly and always supports it with additional details. During the trainings she always has to answer to a number of questions and it’s necessary to note that she always ready to give answers. Sometimes she even answers by mail and all the listeners feel feedback.
The most important characteristics of Wendy’s courses is that all the members become a team just in shortest time, and the result of it was really impressive. I should say that Wendy is able to keep attention of all the listeners constantly. I think that it is not so easy as sometimes the trainings take three days from morning till night but nobody is bored! It is interesting for everyone!

And what is very important is that after the trainings there is a great wish to use the received knowledge on practice. Wendy is not only the excellent teacher, she also presents inspiration to everyone.

Mark Waterbury

HW Engineering, Apple

Wendy was a coach and mentor to me who was able to provide relevant feedback to me, challenged me to be introspective, and was creative in how we worked together. Her style is genuine, personal, and focused on results. Wendy was instrumental in allowing me to grow professionally and personally. She had a meaningful and valuable impact on my career. I will work with her again and highly recommend her.

Michael J Bellissimo

Doctoral Student at Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University

Wendy was the staffing and recruiting executive assigned to support me at Apple. She not only educated me on the basics of identifying top talent but also the skills in attracting talent to the role and the company. We crossed paths again at Sun, this time as a training consultant where Wendy excelled in organization design and leadership skill-building a role she continues today.

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