Testimonials: In Their Own Words


Transforming the Workplace

“Judy is incredibly insightful as a coach. She has an amazing ability to pinpoint issues and challenge me in such a way that not only prompts me to reflect, but make critical adjustments to my approach and strategies…all of which made me a more effective COO.”

— Jay Allen, MA, Chief Operating Officer, Junior Blind Foundation

“Judy’s approach of transforming a good manager into a much better one added real value.”

— Doug Barr, President & CEO, Goodwill Southern California

“Judy has been a model leader for me for over 30 years. I have been fortunate to have engaged her to coach lead staff members and they grew tremendously in their self-awareness and their effectiveness as a leader. She is fully up-to-date on all the writings on effective leadership and incorporates these principles with in her own insightfulness and experience as a leader. Her contributions to a team are true gifts to the organization.”

— Bob Ketch, former President and CEO, Five Acres, The Boys and Girls Aid Society of Los Angeles County

“Judy is the most naturally gifted coach I have worked with in my 20 years in leadership of non-profit organizations.  She has been the most influential mentor in my professional life and has inspired me to become the leader I always hoped I could be.”

— Shelley Hoss, MBA, President, Orange County Community Foundation

“She inspired me to push myself into new areas as a manager and to become a leader who could help to inspire others as well.”

— Susan Johnson, MSW, Consultant

“Judy is one of the most influential leaders I have had the pleasure of working with. With her direction, I now embrace change and transition. I also feel more comfortable empowering others and delegating.”

— Mike McKenzie, MA, ILP Supervisor, Orangewood Children’s Foundation

“I experienced real breakthroughs with my senior management team after only a few sessions.”

— Steven Elson, PhD, CEO, Casa Pacifica

“Judy’s coaching/mentoring has been the most influential factor in my career growth. Finding, building and harnessing one’s creative thinking, critical thinking, personal networks, values, honoring diversity, strategic planning, leadership, candid communication, partnering with civic leaders/directors/trustees, and staff development are just some of her great lessons.”

— Alex Morales, MSW, President and CEO, Children’s Bureau

“I personally found her coaching techniques to be valuable, contagious, and a useful ingredient in developing the ‘people skills’ needed by managers in order to effectively lead the personnel assigned to them.”

— Walt Stephens, Human Resources Consultant

“When I announced my retirement, it was humbling to hear words used to describe me like ‘leadership,’ ‘visionary,’ ‘advocate’ and ‘inspirational.’ I know these words would not be used about me had I not had the opportunity to learn about vision and leadership from Judy Nelson.”

— Sandy Sladen, MSW, Orange County Management Consultant

“My experience working with Judy has led me to believe that every executive should have a coach.”

— Jay Allen, MA, Chief Operating Officer, Junior Blind Foundation

Personal and Career Growth

“She helped me understand my own strengths and build on that foundation.”

— Mary Brougher, Licensed Recreational Therapist, Hollygrove

“My main goal in coaching was to soften rough edges, one of Judy’s focus areas. She helped me open up to change and become a happier, more confident professional.”

— Wendy Butts, Contract Compliance Officer, L.A. Conservation Corps

“This has been one of the most valuable experiences I have had. I highly recommend Judy for the professional who is interested in taking their career a step further on the road to success.”

— Teri Kelsall, MA, Vice President, Goodwill, Southern California

“I am a stronger leader, manager and person because of Judy’s guidance and expertise.

— Carrie Ostroski AEO, Florence Crittenton

“Executive coaching was the greatest investment I’ve made in myself over the course of my 30-year career.  It’s one of the key elements that contributed to a remarkably successful career transformation.”

— Kathy Walsh, CPA, Nonprofit Financial Management Consultant

“Through her guidance and support, I have been able to identify my passion and have figured out how to do what I love.”

— Linda LiBrizzi, LCSW, Family Finding Specialist

“There is no question in my mind that the ‘Nelson experience’ has accounted for much of the success that I have had in my professional life. I have encountered very few others along life’s path who have had such a positive and lasting impact.”

— Nancy Ward, M.A., Director of Development, VIP Services, Inc.

“With Judy’s gentle, but direct coaching I was able to ‘break through’ and make SIGNIFICANT progress within the first two weeks!”

— April Pitcairn, Teacher

“I was at a crossroads in my career trying to decide whether to continue on at my current employment. Judy walked me through this conflicting time giving me the analytical skills I needed to clearly assess my situation and proposed strategies that I could easily apply to my work. I appreciate the fact that Judy helped me navigate through the confusion and ultimately helped me help myself.”

— Christianne Ray, Community Relations Manager

“Her intelligence and broad experience enabled me to explore options, take risks and achieve measurable results in a relatively short period of time.”

— Martine Singer, MBA, President and CEO, Para Los Niños

Coaching for Success

“Working with Judy has been an eye opening delightful learning experience. She is a master at what she does. Judy embodies the meaning of having a strength based approach, is so compassionate, an expert with strategic goal setting and career planning, and along with the ongoing self evaluation tools; she has been immensely helpful. Her coaching ability surpassed my expectations which has truly been a blessing. She has helped me get through some very challenging trials. This experience is one I will refer back to for years to come. It is rare agencies provide this type of support to their staff. Thank you for investing in my professional growth and personal well being.”

— Delores Springs, Program Manager

“Judy’s coaching style nudges you into leadership epiphanies. She helps you expand your understanding of the real challenges facing today’s executive, then guides you through a problem-solving process which produces tangible management and organization enhancing results.”

— Terry Gooch Ross, Management Consultant

“Perhaps most amazing is her unshakable drive to help people realize their true potential.”

— Todd Skiles, Vice President, Innovision Inc.

“Judy pushes you to ask questions of yourself and to remind yourself that there is always a way to do something better.”

— Sylvia LaMalfa, LCSW, Associate Executive Director, Covenant House

“Judy’s coaching style is one which anyone can benefit from.”

— Jeanne Barry, Vice President of Development, Hollygrove

“Judy Nelson is able to combine values, ethics, and personal sensitivity with solid practical advice. She is an inspired, gifted guide.”

— Jay Berlin, PhD, Executive Director, Alternative Family Services

“Judy is one of those individuals possessing a rare combination of keen analytic skills required of seasoned managers … and a heart of gold required of those who truly make a difference in the world.”

— Sharon Osborne, MBA, President and CEO, Children’s Home Society of Washington

“Judy Nelson’s coaching style is direct, focused and compassionate. She makes a sincere connection and helps one identify and develop strengths, hopes and dreams.”

— Martine Singer, MBA, Executive Director, Hollygrove