Kathleen Zwarick Shanley
Kathleen Zwarick Shanley, PhD, CAE, ACC

"I believe in empowering people to lead and live their true passion."

Location: Ellicott City, MD

How will clients benefit with you as their coach?

Clients will be set up for "success" feeling fulfilled, engaged, heard, and connected. They will develop measurable results and begin to see them with each session.

What results have clients reported after working with you?

Testimonials are available here: In addition to those, clients have reported that I helped them discover where and when they were making up stories in their head that may negatively impact their leadership ability and did so while making it enjoyable and fun. They report they feel inspired, acknowledged, and validated. One corporate client told me he wished he could have coaching with me for the rest of his career.

What do clients say about working with you?

"Kathy partnered with me to coach a team of three managers during a six-month period. Using tools including a 360 assessment and the Energy Leadership Index, each team member identified key areas of development: 1) creating synergy among and across teams; 2) discovering areas that may negatively, and positively, impact their ability to lead, understand and navigate difficult conversations; and 3) managing conflict. Kathy provided exceptional value to the team. Her coaching accomplished our goals to groom our future business leaders and arm them with effective leadership and communication strategies."
Bill H., COO and Director of Innovation, major imaging software and research company, Parsippany, New Jersey

"From our first meeting, Kathy really made me think about what it was I wanted to do, helping me focus on the things that really mattered to me, and how I could achieve them. The sessions reignited a dwindling self-belief and inspired me to get back on track and figure out what I really wanted. She helped me to focus and organize my thoughts as well as re-evaluate what was important to me and whether I was willing to make the sacrifices needed to achieve what I wished to do with my working life.
I had the drive and the determination; I just couldn't see where I was going wrong. I was so frustrated at my lack of progress. I couldn't see any other way of doing things. With her help, I actually came away with a totally new way of looking at my life. It was as if I had all the answers I just wasn't able to find them myself.
I cannot thank Kathy enough for helping me see what was important, and for giving me back the self-assurance that I had hiding in me. I don't think she even realizes such an important role she was in helping me make my decisions for the future."
N. Graham, Association Client & Now Small Business Owner, Alabama

"Kathy Zwarick gets my highest recommendation as an executive coach. Her unique ability to recognize, understand, and explain complex business relationships has excelled my thinking, and most importantly, my actions. Along the way there have been surprising (and sometimes painful) personal realizations, but Kathy's coaching continued to make me a better person every day, both at work and at home. Kathy did not hesitate to tactfully, but directly point out areas that needed to be considered a different way, and proved to be right with her observations, opinions, and suggestions. Kathy is not only challenging and insightful, but also patient and understanding, with good instincts and knowledge. With the coaching experience, I truly believe I have improved my leadership style."
Larry Fuhrmann, COO, R.S. Crum & Company, Mountainside, NJ

"My new position as senior director was exciting but sometimes challenging and overwhelming. Kathy was a tremendous help in getting me to set appropriate priorities and improve my leadership style. Her suggestions were always on point, as were her instincts. Kathy's extensive experience is evident in her delivery and style, as well as extremely constructive. Her coaching style is not only very positive but also tactful and practical. I have absolutely no hesitation in giving Kathy my strongest endorsement as an executive coach."
Association Client, Washington, DC

"Kathy Zwarick is an outstanding executive coach. Kathy and I worked together on specific leadership and communication behaviors that have allowed me to become much more effective in my role. The tools and methodology that Kathy uses are both tailored and insightful. She has a terrific way of gently pointing out both the areas where I excel and where there's room for improvement. She isn't prescriptive, but rather asks open ended questions that lead you to recognize the right path. She's personable, easy to work with and also has a great grasp of what's necessary to navigate in today's complex business world."
Stephanie Colotti, Director, Business Operations, Madison, WI area

What are 5 strengths you have as a coach?

  • Empowering individuals to lead
  • Creating "buy in" and engagement
  • Developing communication skills
  • Building strategies to address conflict
  • Improving executive presence

What types of people do you typically coach?

My website provides a description: I coach executives (COOs, Vice Presidents), emerging leaders (managers transitioning to directors) in associations and non-profits, and professionals seeking consultative coaching.

What is your professional background?

I have been a C-suite executive for more than 25 years in the health policy and public relations fields. I complemented my leadership experience with training from the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (IPEC). I am IPEC-certified as a professional coach and an Energy Leadership Indexâ„¢ Master Practitioner. I am an International Coach Federation credentialed associate coach and a certified association executive. I am a member of the International Coach Federation, Women Business Leaders in Health Care, American Association of Medical Society Executives, and American Society of Association Executives.

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Three 30-Minute Coaching Sessions

The Career Coaching service matches individuals with a personal coach--a confidant, champion, and challenger who will help you:
  • Gain personalized guidance through job transitions
  • Prepare and navigate through your annual reviews
  • Leverage your behavioral and professional strengths effectively
  • Diagnose reasons for career dissatisfaction
  • Learn how to take action in networking, interviewing, and taking on new opportunities
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  • Learn how your behavioral style affects those you work with
  • Build a compelling value proposition for a potential employer
  • Manage change more effectively
  • Overcome hurdles that impede success
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  • Get ongoing support through all phases of your career

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