Client Stories and Testimonials

My clients inspire me every day.

Susanne C. Founder,EdSnaps

After a successful career as a neuroscientist, Susanne began to mentor high school girls in the Bronx, where she lives, in science. One of her mentees told her that she wasn’t going to apply to a college science program because she didn’t have any extracurricular activities to put on her application. After doing research into the type of programs available to students like her mentee, she found a gap in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education programs in the local schools and decided it was an area where she could add value. Susanne founded EDSnaps (short for Education Snapshots). Susanne’s goal is to increase diversity in the STEM workforce.

“Before I started working with Kirsten, I felt like I was swimming in an ocean with no land in sight. As a result of my work with Kirsten, I feel even more empowered, energized and totally out of the weeds.”
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Teresa V. Co-Founder, Museum of the courageous 

For a year Teresa tooled around with an idea to spark a movement of people capable of standing up to hate in America—but she hesitated to leave the security of a position that had grown too small for her.  

"In order for me to make the leap to launch the transformative change I believed needed to happen in this world, I was going to have to change the way I saw myself. I was going to have to stretch out of my comfort zone and use my own voice. But my fears stopped me from quitting my job and striking out on my own."

Since working with me, she left the job that was too small for her and put together a 3-year action plan to spark a movement of people to stand up to hate.

"Kirsten helped me to tackle the really practical problems that posed as the kryptonite to my vision. Kirsten gave me concrete examples of how to earn money that helped me see how making the leap made sense."

“Working with Kirsten, I had the dedicated time and space to redirect my mojo and to use my voice to accomplish the change I wanted to see happen in the world.”

 

 

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Tami & Dianne, Founders, Kinona Sport

Tami Fujii and Dianne Celuch, founded Kinona Sport, a women’s golf apparel company. Avid golfers, the idea for their company grew out of a recognition that women didn’t have a lot of good choices for fashionable, comfortable golf clothes. As they say on their website, “Because no matter her shape or size, every woman deserves to feel great doing what she loves.”

When I worked with Tami and Dianne, I quickly realized their business and passion isn’t just about golf clothes; it’s about getting more women on the golf course, where business deals happen.

Dianne and Tami hired me to help them give back to the community. They wanted to pick a community partner, a nonprofit, that could help them fulfill their dream of running a business that is also creating change in the community.

In our Strategy Session, I asked them to dig into what they stood for, what was important to them and how they wanted to show up in their communities, both as individuals and as a company.

I helped them see that what they had in common was a desire to make impact at the community level and to play a part in mentoring girls. So, they explored give back opportunities that allowed them to do that.

We also talked about what it means to be in partnership with a nonprofit organization and how important it is for everyone involved that it is a relationship of reciprocity and collaboration and not one where they are simply writing a check to an organization every month. They have partnered with The First Tee, a national organization that teaches kids values through golf.

“Moving the give back part of our business forward has been very frustrating and left us feeling like we are not doing an important piece of our company.

”After working with Kirsten, we felt more focused and purposeful. We know that we will be able to easily determine which charitable organization best fits with Kinona as a brand, as a personal extension of ourselves, and as something we can embed in our company culture.”