At a crossroads in your career? 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!

NYWICI’s select group of professional coaches — each of them experienced and highly-recommended — offer the member services listed below, and are also available for additional private consultations.

Our coaching program is one more way NYWICI helps members navigate the changing communications landscape.

Annual Complimentary Coaching Session

As a dues-paying member, you are entitled to an annual one-on-one free coaching session with a NYWICI coach of your choice. Contact a coach directly to schedule your appointment. Some coaches conduct the session by phone; others may prefer a face-to-face meeting. If you can’t keep your appointment, be courteous and notify the coach at least 24-hours in advance.

Our Coaching Roster

Contact one of the NYWICI coaches listed below to arrange your annual complimentary one-on-one coaching session.

Nomi Bachar

Nomi Bachar is a human potential expert, who helps people self-heal and optimize their life. She’s created a method that supports the well-being and success of all 7 areas of life, and has 27 years of professional background and experience.
Company name: White Cedar Institute for Expanded Living, LLC
Job title: Founder and Director
Phone: 212-877-0346

Diane Baranello

Diane Baranello, Principal, Coaching for Distinction, asks, “Are you in command of your personal brand?” Diane works with seasoned executives, entrepreneurs and emerging leaders who want to develop career distinction, build a personal brand, refine their professional image, and communicate with confidence.
Company name: Coaching for Distinction
Job title: Principal
Phone: 718.680.7046

Gail Blanke

Gail Blanke is founder, president, and chief executive officer of Lifedesigns, LLC, a company whose vision is to empower men and women worldwide to live truly exceptional lives. A celebrated motivational speaker, renowned executive and life coach and best selling author, Gail’s fifth book, THE MONDAY MORNING MOTIVATOR…How Good Could You Make It? has just been published on
Company name: Gail Blanke’s Lifedesigns
Phone: 212-878-3611


Marcia Cole

Marcia A. Cole is a media executive with over 25 years experience working for organizations such as AOL, Essence, Fairchild, Latina, and Time Inc. She is a Certified Life Coach and an experienced facilitator trained by Dale Carnegie and Momentum Education. As the founder of Life on Levels Coaching, where she specializes in helping media professionals and creatives become the people they were born to be, she has coached over 300 men and women to connect to their vision to create and live a life by design, not by default.

Marcia is also the CEO and founder of Ivy Digital, a digital and content marketing agency with clients like American Express, IMAN Cosmetics, Jay Manuel Beauty, L’Oreal, Ouidad, Firelight Media, and SiriusXM. She is the founder and Board President of Passion Meets Purpose, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that uses coaching to empower the homeless and transform communities. An award-winning author and writer, Marcia’s articles have appeared in The New York Times, New York Post, Essence, Elle and more. A former Board member of New York Women in Communications and New York Women in Communications’ Foundation, Marcia has a BFA from Paron School of Design and an MS in Publishing from Pace University.


Alexandra Duran

Alexandra Duran, MSW, CSW, JD, is Principal and CEO of Duran Consulting. She coaches professionals throughout their careers, from entry-level through the Board Room, to develop tools to advance and gain new insights and optimism.
Company name: Duran Consulting
Job title: Principal and CEO of Duran Consulting
Phone: 212-535-1486


Margaret Haas

Margaret Haas is an executive coach and psychotherapist who has run her own cross-cultural consulting and recruiting business since 1985. She works with executives to define their core values and then implement them as ethically, practically and happily as possible in their professional and personal lives.
Company name: The Haas Associates, Inc.
Job title: executive coach and psychotherapist
Phone: 212-741-2457


Robyn Hatcher

Once an extremely shy child, Robyn Hatcher is now passionate about helping individuals express themselves effectively and powerfully. Robyn is an actor, author and communication skills expert and Founder of SpeakEtc., a boutique communication and presentation-skills training company whose clients have included C-suite executives and entrepreneurs, as well as academics and human services professionals.
Coach type: Executive Coach
Company name: SpeakEtc.
Phone: (917) 361 38 60


Tanya D. Jones

Tanya coaches clients in areas of career, relationships, and personal growth. She offers pro-bono services to underserved communities and is currently partnering with wellness experts and coaches on workshops and retreats.
Company: Your Life Coached
Phone: 917.482.9769

Kristina Leonardi

Kristina Leonardi, as a Career & LifePath Consultant and Founder of the Women’s Mosaic® provides a practical framework to make the most of your personal and professional life, allowing you to recognize, connect to, and fulfill your role in the world at large.
Company name: The Women’s Mosaic
Job title: Career & LifePath Consultant and Founder
Phone: 917-816-0834


Mim Nelson-Gillett

Coach Mim (Mim Nelson-Gillett) is a Business and Career Coach with 15 years of experience working with executives and business owners. She focuses on clarifying your goals, identifying what stands in your way of achieving them and developing practical strategic solutions.
Phone: (973) 600-5404


Belinda Plutz

Belinda Plutz, is a full-time coach / mentor with extensive experience providing concrete, practical assistance to people who really want to take control of their careers. She teaches career and on-the-job strategies, as well as proven and highly tailored goal setting, job hunting, networking, interviewing and negotiating techniques to help each person enhance their self confidence, increase career satisfaction and achieve success.
Company name: Career Mentors, Inc.
Job title: full-time coach / mentor
Phone: (212) 947 – 3180


Juliana Shalek

Juliana Shalek, MS RD CDN is a Registered Dietitian and owner of The Nutrition Suite, a nutrition counseling practice in Manhattan. Juliana graduated Cum Laude from Union College in Schenectady, NY where she studied English and Psychology. She went on to complete her Dietetic Internship at Mount Sinai Hospital and received a Master’s degree in Clinical Nutrition from New York University.
Company name: The Nutrition Suite
Job title: CEO

Patrice Tanaka

Matrix Award winner, former NYWICI president and serial entrepreneur, Patrice Tanaka, offers business and career coaching strategies to help people identify and “unleash their joy” and express it through their work.
Company name: Joyful Planet LLC
Job title: Chief Joy Maker
Phone: 917-697-4538


Joanne Tombrakos

Joanne Tombrakos is the Founder and Chief Storyteller at Joanne Tombrakos International, a marketing consultancy specializing in social media, content marketing and personal branding online. She is also a Speaker, Author and adjunct Professor at NYU who blogs on demystifying digital for you and your brand.



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