At a crossroads in your career or just looking to up your game? Want to know which direction you should take? Let professional coaches help you overcome obstacles so you can achieve a higher level of personal and professional success and get to the Next Level You!

The NYWICI professional development series, Next Level You, aims to help NYWICI members grow their professional network, learn new career skills, and navigate the workplace and leadership landscape. This virtual series will navigate the changing communications landscape and give members access to today’s most comprehensive and relevant professional development resources.

The Next Level You professional development series is free for all NYWICI members. Non-member fees apply.  Each month a new speaker is featured – like what you hear, want to learn more, then you can set up a private meeting with the coach at a discounted rate for all NYWICI members.




Dana Rubin is a consultant and speaker who’s on a mission to get more women’s voices and views into the public square.

She leads workshops that support women to be public speakers, thought leaders, brand ambassadors, rainmakers, and role models for future generations. She speaks on “The Secret History of Women’s Speech,” inspired by her online Speaking While Female Speech Bank, with thousands of speeches by women from across time and around the world. Dana is also the author of Speaking While Female: 75 Extraordinary Speeches by American Women.

Company:  Speech Studio
Job Title: Founder and CEO


Debbie Gisonni is a best-selling author, wellness expert, podcast host and corporate advisor who inspires women to make positive changes to create happy, healthy, and successful lives and businesses. Debbie’s SELF POWER NOW! series of online courses are on-demand and self-guided. Personal coaching services are available on a case-by-case basis. The SELF POWER NOW! courses are holistically designed to address and balance all realms of life – mental, physical, spiritual, and emotional.



Elyssa has over 25 years of experience as a marketing leader — coaching and managing teams, and leading agency partners. She began her career at BBDO New York and has held brand marketing leadership positions at Visa, Citi and Betterment.

Elyssa brings a thoughtful and approachable style to her engagements. In her eyes, there’s no room for jargon and putting on airs in coaching conversations — she believes that we should always be our authentic selves, warts and all. Elyssa is able to connect in a way that makes her clients feel comfortable to open up and explore the challenges they face and work towards solutions that will work for them.

Elyssa holds an Associate Coaching Certification (ACC) from the International Coach Federation (ICF). She received her certificate in coaching from New York University and has a BS in Consumer Studies from the University of Vermont.

Coach Type: Certified Professional Coach and Trainer
Company: Strong Training & Coaching


Helen Dayen is a former Wall Street veteran turned executive coach. Named Top Coach in New York in 2021 and 2022. Helen’s mission is to help leaders operate at the highest level of performance, presence, and emotional intelligence. She helps professionals navigate challenging and changing business environments. You will work together with Helen to elevate your leadership, develop thriving teams and achieve more influence and confidence.

Helen works with successful professionals and business leaders working in high growth and high stress industries. With a focus on leadership, influence, professional relationship building, emotional intelligence, and communication skills, she works with clients to help them:

  • effectively lead their teams
  • drive revenue
  • hone their brand and presence,
  • increase their influence,
  • improve communication,
  • build confidence

As a former Wall Street Sales veteran who spent over a decade competing on the trading floor, Helen has built over 100+ client relationships and sold billions of dollars of financial products. Now she leverages her skills and experience to coach others to grow their business, and build their leadership, confidence, executive presence, and influence.

Company Name: Dayan Group LLC
Job Title:  Executive and Leadership Coach, Founder and CEO


Karen Finckenor is a Certified Professional Coach with 25+ years of experience helping people to activate their potential at every stage of their life and career journey. She has served as a People and Talent leader at the highest levels of complex organizations like Google, Publicis, and WPP, and today continues to work with both large and small companies, start-ups, and individuals, from the C-suite to early-career and everything in between. Karen cuts through the noise and quickly gets to the source of the issue while offering new perspectives and understandings that spark action and sustainable change. Karen’s coaching credentials are through Co-Active Training Institute (CTI) and the International Coaching Federation (ICF). She is a certified practitioner of DiSC, Genos Emotional Intelligence Assessment, Contineo DE+I, and Fierce Conversations.

Karen work with clients in all areas of career and work:

  • Articulating and clarifying purpose
  • Building confidence, influence, and effectiveness
  • Executive coaching and leadership development
  • Telling your career story and resume update
  • Succeeding without burnout
  • Developing deeper emotional intelligence and soft/human skills
  • Career path and pivot strategy
  • Interview skills and negotiation
  • Strengthening focus, engagement, and productivity

Coach Type: Certified Professional Coach and Trainer
Company:  Strong Training & Coaching


Kelly brings 25+ years of advertising experience and has held various marketing communications leadership roles at agencies including Ogilvy, Fallon, MRM McCann, and Colle McVoy. One of her passions over the years has been growing and developing highly effective teams.

As a coach and trainer, Kelly believes in and sees the unique value that each person possesses. She works with individuals to overcome internal blocks and helps them build leadership skills in order to unleash their greatness.  Kelly does training and coaching with Strong Training and Coaching, an internationally renowned organization that offers training, coaching and facilitation to help everyone from individual contributors to executive leaders. Their bespoke programs build skills like building relationships of trust, critical thinking, managing different styles, managing stress and burnout, developing emotional intelligence, etc.

Kelly is a Certified Professional Coach (CPC) and an Energy Leadership Index Master Practitioner (ELI-MP) from the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC) as well as a member of the International Coaching Federation (ICF).

Coach Type: Certified Professional Coach and Trainer
Company:  Strong Training & Coaching


Kelley Holland is passionate about helping women at any stage of life or career take charge of their money to live their best lives. She is a trained financial coach who works  with individual women and groups to help them build financial confidence and skills. She is also the author of You Are Worthy: Change Your Money Mindset, Build Your Wealth & Fund Your Future. Previously, Kelley was a business and financial journalist with The New York Times, Business Week and CNBC.

Company: Own Your Destiny, LLC
Phone: 973-476-7876


Kristina Leonardi is a personal growth expert who has helped others make the most of their personal and professional lives over the past 20 years. As a holistic career and executive coach, she has a proven record of empowering “stuck” clients to make lasting changes aligned with their true passions and talents in a short time, enabling them to live with more clarity, balance and direction.

Coach Type: Holistic Career Coach & Personal Growth Expert
Phone: 917-816-0834


Laura Schwarz helps leaders and teams find and activate their Mojo. As an Executive Coach and Host of the Mojo Mondays Bootcamp Podcast, Laura works with mid-career and senior leaders to identify the obstacles standing between them and their professional goals and helps them develop the leadership skills needed to advance their careers. Her specialties include Leading Change, Personal Branding, Executive Presence and Feedback without Fear.

Coach Type: Executive Coach
Company:  i2 Leadership


Matrix Award winner, former NYWICI president, co-founder of three award-winning, PR & Marketing agencies, and the consultancy, Joyful Planet LLC, Patrice Tanaka, offers business and career coaching strategies to help people discover and actively live their life and leadership purpose to unleash greater success, fulfillment, and joy in their personal life, workplace, and communities.

Company name: Joyful Planet LLC
Job title: Founder & Chief Joy Officer
Phone: 917-697-4538


 Robyn Hatcher is a communication expert, international speaker, consultant, Neuro-Linguistic Programming Practitioner and “recovering” actor.  For the past 20 years, she has successfully trained and coached thousands of business professionals to help them Unlock Innovation | Master Influence & Empower Inspiration by elevating their presentation, communication and leadership skills.

She’s worked with professionals from Fortune 500 companies and noteworthy brands like – UBS, Equitable, Alliance Bernstein, Morgan Stanley, JP Morgan, Raymond James, Lifetime Television, Jones New York, PayPal, Spotify, Con Edison, Hewlett Packard and many others.

Coach Type: Executive Coach
Company:  SpeakEtc.
Phone: (917) 361-3860


Tanya Jones is the founder of independent production company Mama Bear Media Group. She is a TV director, producer, writer, and storyteller who has done work for A&E, PBS, Food Network, HGTV, Magnolia, and Disney. She is also a certified professional coach, working in the areas of career, relationships, and personal growth.

Tanya works with you to help you uncover what it takes to recognize, celebrate, and honor your gifts while connecting with our personal truths. Together, you will work to find and challenge the inner critic, discover your gifts, and how to align those gifts with your beliefs, goals, and values – both professionally and personally.

Coach Type: Certified Professional Coach
Company:  Your Life Coached


Terry Yoffe is an Executive, Business and Career Coach. She has been coaching for over 20 years, after many years in both corporate and entrepreneurial roles. As an executive and business coach, Terry helps her clients maximize their talents and achieve their full potential. Terry believes that the relationship she builds with her clients, allows them to become courageous and after working with her, they’re able to cut through the stories they tell themselves. They can then ultimately step outside of their comfort zones to meet all challenges.

Job Title:  Founder and Executive Coach
Company:  Try Coaching