Client Experience & Testimonials

“We recently hired Sara from Strengths Now to provide a half-day workshop for our executive team. Sara is an outstanding presenter and her style was a perfect match for our group of 40 leaders. The workshop exceeded our expectations and many leaders are requesting workshops for their own areas. Sara built trust quickly with many different personalities in the workshop and in follow-up coaching sessions. I highly recommend the Strengths Now team if you are looking to increase collaboration across your organization, break down silos or build a stronger leadership team.”

Sandra Hughes, AVP Global Talent Management, Nasdaq

My experience in working with Sara at Strengths Now has been exceptional compared to every other consultant I’ve worked with during my twenty-year tenure at Johnson & Johnson. Often times when working with consultants any customization request meets with resistance and exorbitant costs.  Sara has customized four programs for four very different teams across North America and all within budget. Strengths Now has provided group and one-on-one coaching for individual contributors as well as senior leadership. Despite the diverse groups, the feedback from the participants has been consistently positive with requests for more. Leaders are empowered to coach and guide their teams while everyone’s engagement increases. It’s not often that after a training initiative that people look for ways to pull through new behaviors or skills on their own, but after wrapping up work with Strengths Now the Participants have proactively sought out ways to further imbed StrengthsFinder into the culture. The enthusiasm is contagious.”

Jill Fox, Sr. Manager, Learning & Development for the Americas, Johnson & Johnson

“Amy led a full-day StrengthsFinder workshop for our annual department retreat and it was a priceless day! She brought the Gallup material to life and helped us see the uniqueness and similarities in each of us. I am still thinking about the day’s conversations. I have no doubt we are all better people because of Amy’s engagement, and trust we will continue these discussions. This topic was very timely for us, as we are now drafting our yearly performance evaluations with our teams. Amy, thank you for sharing your time and knowledge and for giving us the opportunity to learn about ourselves and each other.”

Director, Enterprise Applications

“Working with Jessica as a personal coach has been transformational for me as a leader. She brings an extremely personalized, yet structured approach to our sessions. I walk away from every single coaching session feeling more confident and empowered as a leader. Jessica has provided me with tools to use to continue to improve my ability to use my strengths intentionally. During my transition into an executive role, the coaching I received from Jessica helped me modify the way I approached situations based on the change in my role and responsibilities. I have also started using Jessica with members of my team (all at different levels- analyst, manager, director) that are transitioning into larger scope roles. Getting strengths based coaching from Jessica was one of the best decisions I have made for my personal development!” 

Kara Faford, Vice President Commercial Finance, Thermo Fischer Scientific

“The weekly Strengths Boosts emails have helped me consider how to partner and communicate most effectively with others. The content has also really helped our team to keep building our knowledge and use of StrengthsFinder.  In fact, I am our team’s Strengths Ambassador so at our monthly meetings, I use the Strengths Boost content to initiate a dialogue about a theme, have people to share their own experiences or use the team action as a quick activity. It has been a great way to onboard new employees too!”

National Account Manager, LifeScan, Johnson & Johnson

“I hired Sara and the Strengths Now team to launch a StrengthsFinder initiative for our campus. This was a large-scale project that spanned students, staff and faculty. Not only does Strengths Now have an expert understanding of the model, they consistently delivered trainings that got our community engaged and created buy in. They were true partners who quickly ascertained our culture, our needs and what success looked like. Because of Strengths Now, we now have a sustainable strengths movement on our campus.”

Dr. Andrew Shepardson, Vice President of Student Affairs, Bentley University

“Sara is a very patient and knowledgeable executive coach! She worked with my entire team and on a one-on-one basis utilizing StrengthFinder to help shape the discussion and get to the root of challenges, issues and synergies. Taking the time to assess skills, personality and talents really helped to identify and harness the team’s potential, driving deeper engagement within the team, and with the students they advise.  The staff continues to use the tools developed during the workshop to inform their work every day!”

Associate Vice President, Higher Education

“Amy facilitated a 1/2-day StrengthsFinder workshop, and it was terrific! Engaging, lively, informative and practical, Amy struck the right balance between providing key take-always for each individual staff member, and providing the “big picture” to strengthen our entire team. We’re better for it—and your team will be, too!”

Jodi Bromberg, CEO of InterfaithFamily

“I cannot recommend Sara and Amy highly enough after the comprehensive work they did with my team this spring using the Gallup Strength Finders Assessment. Each member of my 36 member team gained clarity around their personal strengths and as important, those of their teammates. The exercises allowed all of us to better understand ourselves as individuals and in the context of our team which led to greater awareness and productivity…and provided for a lot of fun along the way. I saw many of the strengths referenced in annual reviews I read just weeks after our work together which demonstrated to me what a powerful framework the assessment provided and how quickly the team internalized what they learned. The knowledge we now share will continue to fuel our high-functioning team.”

Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Healthcare Organization

“Having been through many trainings over the years, I can say that the StrengthsFinder initiative from Strengths Now was the one training that had an immediate impact on me. I liked that StrengthsFinder builds on your strengths, instead of focusing on what you need to do better.  Understanding my team’s strengths helped to quickly build stronger relationships and built a bridge to better understand each other and how each of our strengths can benefit our team.”

Vicki McGuire, National Accounts Director, Johnson & Johnson – Lifescan

“I received individual strengths coaching from Jessica as I transitioned into my first managerial role in Finance.  It exceeded my expectations! Jessica’s coaching guided me to understand and own my talents so I could bring my best self to work. Specifically, she helped me to identify my authentic communication style based on my top talents and learn how to leverage them to influence. Coaching also enabled me to apply my strengths to form a solid relationship with my new manager from the get-go. Jess provided a comfortable environment to be open and honest, but kept me accountable too.  After four sessions, I felt complete ownership of my talents and was navigating my new role with greater confidence. I asked for more coaching and got it!” 

Kelly Galligan, Finance Manager, MSD Operations, Analytical Instruments Group, Thermo Fisher Scientific

“We hired Amy to spend a day with our Leadership Team with a goal of having her help us learn how to work together.  We weren’t exactly sure what to expect or what the outcome would be.  Some team members thought it was going to be ‘gimmicky’ and weren’t really sure of the value.  Well – we could not be more pleased. A month later, we are STILL referencing what we learned with Amy. We understand each other and support each other by referencing our strengths.  Our team continues to say that our day with Amy was the best spent time we’ve ever had in a training session. We cannot recommend Amy and StrengthsFinder strongly enough!”

Debbie Sasson, PsyD, Director, Camp Akeela

“Sara was my executive coach at a time when there was a lot of tension and ambiguity within my organization. I really valued the opportunity to talk with someone outside the system so that I could gain perspective, find my “true north” again and determine how to best navigate the rough waters. Sara’s listening ear, thought-provoking questions and supportive guidance helped me tremendously.  I highly recommend Sara as an executive coach!”

Chief Operating Officer, Global Non-Profit

“Sara, thank you so much for a great retreat! My team absolutely loved it and thought it was extremely engaging. It helped with areas I had been stuck on and we’ve already applied what we learned”.

Dr. Leah Flynn Gallant Assistant Dean and Director for Student Leadership and Engagement Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

“Amy recently presented a staff training for my team about understanding and using your strengths in the workplace. My team absolutely loved it and we all learned a lot about working together successfully and building successful partnerships in our team. My leadership team wants to have her come back to help us keep the strengths based atmosphere alive in our organization moving forward. We highly recommend Amy as a presenter. Invite her to come to your team to increase employee engagement, team work and build on individual strengths. You won’t be disappointed!”

Meredith Pizzi Founder and Executive Director, Roman Music Therapy Services, LLC

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