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Client Testimonials

A few words from our clients.

“My Next Step Partners coach jumped in with me with aplomb as a guide, advisor, observer, outside mind and source of insights and ideas. Working with him deepened my understanding of issues that arose, developed a dialogue that focused on core issues, reframed problems to see what lay beneath, and allowed me to break things down into smaller, clearer actionable steps. I've found his personal attention, and connection to this work and Doctors Without Borders, invaluable.”

Dr. Matthew Spitzer | Former Chair
Doctors Without Borders | USA

“NSP matches expertise in creating and leading sophisticated learning sessions with an approach to client management that makes them a pleasure to work with. When we partner with NSP, we know that the content will be on-target, the sessions will hit the mark, and we’ll be kept in the loop with just the right amount of information and attention throughout the whole process.”

Gad Nestel | Dean, Leadership Academy
BNP Paribas

“Next Step Partners coaches and consultants are really smart and have the credentials for organizations with high intellectual standards. We found Next Step Partners’ business experience and backgrounds compelling, as nonprofit organizations are increasingly incorporating more business standards in their work. We got the results we were looking for.”

Jean McCall | Director of Human Resources
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

“As a senior leader, leaving my prior role came with a lot of uncertainty, both personally and professionally. Next Step Partners made the process more manageable and less daunting and, ultimately, helped me land my next opportunity—and I couldn’t be happier with the experience or with the results. My Next Step Partners' coach gave me the structure, tools and support I needed to conduct an executive-level job search—from clarifying my objectives, to preparing for key meetings and interviews, to evaluating opportunities. Just as important, my coach made helpful introductions and proved to be a true partner in the job search.”

Former CEO
Global Healthcare Company

“Next Step Partners has a combination of business smarts, team and leadership expertise, that make them a really effective partner. They organized a great leadership retreat that helped align our executive team. Plus they are simply good people and great to work with.”

David Anderman | Former General Manager

“Our firm has had a strategic relationship with NSP for more than 14 years. During this time they have been trusted advisors that have advanced our leadership causes because they are smart, experts in their field, honest, and they care deeply. As a result, they have helped me and a number of our executives lead effectively as we have substantially grown our company from start-up to a nation-wide presence. We plan to work with them for many years to come.”

Mike Pongon | CEO
Point B

“We’ve worked with NSP for several years on a variety of individual and team matters. They have credibility with us not just as coaches but also as business consultants who understand what it takes to make strategy effective and keep a business profitable.”

Glenn Pomerantz | Partner
BDO Consulting

“Next Step Partners worked in tandem with our team to provide an innovative and unique program for our client. They were able to provide strategic guidance as well as help with project management and content development—a rare combination of skills in one small consulting team.”

Whitney Hischier | Lecturer & Former Assistant Dean, Center for Executive Education
University of California at Berkeley, Haas School of Business

“Next Step Partners has worked with us on several successful leadership programs, including an award-winning program for high-potential directors. In every case they have listened well, worked collaboratively, brought fresh and creative thinking, and as a result, co-created and led programs that have great reputations inside and outside the company. They do a great job understanding our business needs and translating that into innovative, dynamic programs that help our leaders build the future leadership capacity we need for our leadership pipeline.”

Executive Development Leader
Top Fortune 100 Biotech Company

“Working with my coach, I’ve been able to think more broadly and deeply about the issues I face leading a large engineering function. I might get to the same answers without coaching, but by working with a coach I get to them faster and the answers are better.”

Dan Sturman | Engineering Director

“After thoroughly assessing the situation, Next Step Partners coached all of our managers to help strengthen their leadership capacities. We focused on becoming better at soliciting and providing feedback. As a result, the organization actually feels different now because there’s more collaboration and openness at all levels. A recent employee survey demonstrated that our scores on these measures have improved significantly. Our work with Next Step Partners, as well as a number of other organizational actions, has actually helped everyone work together better.”

Carol Larson | President & CEO
The Packard Foundation

“Next Step Partners’ Giving & Receiving Feedback workshop provides an approach to giving feedback in a way that is direct and honest, while still being supportive and motivating. The workshop demystified the key aspects of giving effective feedback and provided a coherent framework for dealing with defensiveness. The role plays provided realistic scenarios for the participants to take their skills to the next level. In addition, the written materials accompanying the workshop are top-notch!”

Ellen Jacobs | Vice President of Human Resources
Digital Realty Trust

“This was an amazing experience for me. As I went through the process, I started to realize this was as much about life transition as it was about career transition. I needed both! Finding a competent career coach who has a trusted background and the ability to effectively partner in the career transition process is a luxury, so I am extremely appreciative.”

Program Officer
The James Irvine Foundation

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