Toolbox is a team of trained coaches and expert consultants dedicated
to empowering people with the tools they need to realize their visions
and goals. We are here to help create change -gracefully and successfully.
Founded by Karen Beckman, the philosophy behind Empowerment Toolbox
is simple. Change occurs when three things are present: clarity
of vision, commitment to change, and meaningful, practical support.
Toolbox, we are here to support you. We are here to coach you to
become a creative leader, professionally and personally. We are
here to help you get clear on your vision and we are here to coach
you toward making it a reality. We offer the tools to manage conflict
and to manage stress. Empowerment Toolbox strives to provide coaching
and training in all the areas that support authentic professional
and personal development.
Beckman, Founder and Chief Empowerment Officer of Empowerment Toolbox
has been coaching management teams and individuals to achieve creative
leadership goals since 1998.
spent 14 years in the corporate world as an advertising and marketing
executive, Ms. Beckman is intimately familiar with the management
and motivation issues facing corporations and employees alike.
During her tenure
in corporate America, Beckman was intrigued by the effect different
corporate cultures and management styles had on an individuals
potential success. Beckman noted that some very bright and well-trained
people succeeded easily while others simply did not. In fact, she
witnessed some individuals actually fail under one style of management
and flourish under another. She discovered first hand that a very
specific type of support inspires and empowers people to
reach their highest potential. She found encouragement, inspiration,
challenge, accountability and objectivity the very tenets
of the coaching relationship -
to be the magic ingredients for success.
entrepreneurial spirit and passion for helping people to succeed
with confidence and balance in their lives ultimately drove her
to devote herself full-time to coaching and development. Her training
initially began with a yearlong certification in Neuro Linguistic
Programming, the science of optimizing interpersonal and intrapersonal
communication. With the desire to become an even better manager,
she continued her extra curricular training at Coaches
Training Institute in California where she completed advanced training
and received a Coactive Professional and Personal Coaching certification.
She holds an additional coaching certification from the International
Coach Federation and is also qualified to evaluate individuals with
the Myers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator.
a New York City native, earned a psychology degree at Cornell University
in Human Development and Family Study. She began her career at Grey
Advertising in account management where she gained insight into
the workings of leaders, teams, groups and individuals within advertising
agencies and corporations alike. On the road to Executive Vice President,
Group Account Director at Deutsch, Inc., her positions required
counsel to and close relationships with senior clients at companies
including Procter and Gamble, Clairol, Glaxo Wellcome, General Mills
With an expertise
in partnering with senior corporate leaders to diagnose strategic
management challenges and opportunities, Ms. Beckman currently specializes
in leadership coaching and conducts
several varied development workshops.
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S. Rosenblum is a labor and employment attorney, mediator, facilitator
and 13 year advertising agency and corporate marketing veteran with
extensive experience working with several Fortune 500 companies.
a year of intensive study and skill building in conflict resolution,
negotiation and mediation in law school, Ms. Rosenblum realized that
mediation technique had far reaching applications in managing corporate
relationships. Borrowing from the mediation process she employs in
the legal arena, Ms. Rosenblum marries her technical skills in conflict
resolution with her extensive experience as a corporate executive.
her corporate tenure, Ms. Rosenblum was most noted for her ability
to raise the client relationship management bar to superior levels
while working at Saatchi & Saatchi, McCann-Erickson, J. Walter
Thompson, Rapp Collins Worldwide and Time, Inc. Her client roster
included Nestle Beverage Company, Nabisco Biscuit Division, Delta,
Northwest, Lufthansa and Braniff Airlines, Mercedes-Benz USA, Bank
One/First USA, Cunard Cruise Lines, Hotels and Resorts, The Discovery
Channel, and Entertainment Weekly, Fortune, Life, Money, People,
Sports Illustrated and Time magazines.
Rosenblum understands deeply the working dynamics of the service
provider-client relationship, as well as the practical problems,
frustration and conflict that corporate managers working in an inter-disciplinary
model face. As such, she can uniquely apply the tool of mediation
to help build and manage long-term strategic partnerships.
earned a B.S. in Advertising at The University of Texas at Austin
and is a graduate of Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and Harvard
Law Schools Advanced Negotiation Program for Lawyers. To date,
she has conducted over 60 court-referred mediations at the Manhattan
Mediation Center in New York City. She has won American Bar Association
sponsored negotiation competitions and has written legal articles
on the applications of mediation in the corporate environment and
on mediation theory. Ms. Rosenblum was recently invited to join
The Association for Conflict Resolution. She is a member of the
New York bar and is currently admitted to practice law in New York
Nancy Slocum is
a certified professional coach who has been coaching with Empowerment
Toolbox since 1998.
Ms. Slocum holds a Personal and Professional Co-Active Coaching Certification
from the Coaches Training Institute and a Coaching Credential from
the International Coach Federation.
Ms. Slocum specializes in Executive Coaching, Life Coaching and Relationship
Coaching. Prior to her coaching career, Ms. Slocum spent 15 years
in higher education where her responsibilities included team supervision,
group facilitation, project management, and coaching of top executives.
She previously owned and operated two successful businesses in the
San Francisco bay area.
an Executive Coach, Nancy Slocum partners with clients to strategize
for optimal performance, learning and personal satisfaction. She
helps people to clarify their talents, build upon their strengths
and work through challenges successfully. She brings particular
expertise to the coaching alliance in the areas of effective communication,
collaboration, team motivation and conflict resolution.
As a Life Coach,
Ms. Slocum becomes a powerful ally, using inquiry, reflection and
intuition to help clients create a detailed vision of the life they
want and a practical plan to attain those goals that will result
in greater success, self-expression and personal satisfaction. Ms.
Slocum works with clients on a weekly basis, to take concrete steps
toward fulfillment of their agenda. She holds her clients accountable,
and challenges, champions and supports them in the process.
Coaching, Nancy Slocum coaches clients to create and sustain relationships
that are authentic and empowering. She helps people in relationships
to clarify their issues, design a positive vision for their relationship
and to acknowledge and make requests of one another. Ms. Slocum
supports and assists clients in designing new behaviors to practice
each week that forward their agenda, and rekindle the energy of
their original good will and commitment.
brings her lifelong commitment to personal growth and excellence
to all of her coaching work. In addition to her coaching and business
credentials, she is an ordained non-denominational minister, and
has extensive experience with the David Bohmian Dialogic Process
and The Untraining, a process that promotes diversity and multiculturalism.
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Susan Spiegel helps
people manage reflexive stress reactions by teaching them self-hypnosis
tools they can use on an ongoing basis. Clients gain valuable skills
that help them attain a more relaxed, alert, and positive state, even
during times that might typically cause them stress or anxiety.
is the therapeutic use of the power of the mind, proven effective
by the medical and dental professions, and widely used from corporate
settings to police work. When people experience stress, they often
fall into a psychological state that inhibits productivity. Low
energy, loss of concentration, short tempers, aggression and withdrawal
can all result. Teaching clients to relax and focus when under pressure,
is greatly empowering for them. Knowing that there are simple and
dependable ways to learn and practice the 'relaxation response'
helps people manage themselves and their environment in a more confident
is certified as a Master of Ericksonian NLP Hypnosis at the New
York Training Institute for NLP (1993); certified by the Alchemy
Institute of Healing in Emotional Clearing (1996); certified in
Sports Performance Enhancement by the National Guild of Hypnotists
(2001). Ms. Spiegel has also completed advanced courses in Conflict
Resolution at the International Center for Cooperation and Conflict
Resolution at Columbia University. In addition, she has been teaching
since 1986, most recently at Parsons School of Design, at The Rainbow's
End Healing Center in Hillsdale, and with Empowerment Toolbox.
understands the stressful life of an executive: she spent 20 years
as a creative executive, including 12 years as an Senior Vice President,
Creative Director, at NW Ayer and Grey Advertising. Besides the
joy of creative problem solving, she was valued as someone who was
able to communicate well across corporate cultures including Procter
and Gamble, General Mills, The Darden Group, Bristol Myers, Quaker
Oats, Hallmark, and 3M.
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Heidi Frieze is
a yoga practitioner certified in Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy, Integrative
Yoga Therapy, prenatal and Bikram yoga. She also holds a Masters Degree
in Clinical Social Work.
Heidi is working both as a yoga therapist, offering individual and
small group sessions, and as a clinical social worker, seeing clients
at a New York psychoanalytic institute.
goal has been to utilize techniques from a wide range of disciplines
in order to best meet the needs of her varied clientele. Towards
this end, she has attended numerous workshops and retreats over
the past 10 years in hatha yoga, experiential movement, anatomy,
meditation, and psychology. She also has teaching certificates in
Yamuna Body Rolling, Active Isolated Stretching, and is certified
in Reiki I.
Heidi is a native
New Yorker who lived in northern California for 10 years after obtaining
a B.A. from Vassar College. While on the West Coast, she completed
a Masters Degree in Journalism at U.C. Berkeley and worked in real
estate for four years before returning to New York City. It was
during her career as a real estate agent that Heidi first became
interested in yoga. She found that it was a great way to relieve
stress and get a good workout. Through her personal experience of
physical injuries, Heidi also became interested in the therapeutic
aspects of yoga. As a result, Heidi currently utilizes a combination
of vigorous and gentle therapeutic yoga postures in her teaching,
emphasizing correct alignment and safe exploration of the body/mind
connection. Heidi has also created individual programs for clients
with a variety of conditions including: chronic lower back pain,
stress, pregnancy, infertility, limited range of motion due to injury
or the natural aging process, mild depression and anxiety. As a
Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy practitioner, Heidi works privately
with clients using assisted yoga postures to facilitate verbal exploration
and help release long-held tension and emotions trapped in the body.
She also uses breathwork, guided imagery and meditation to help
clients restore a sense of balance and well being in their lives.
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