Clients

Clients say the darndest things.

There is no greater joy than to hear what clients say about Anese, and she has worked with the finest in the industry.


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Zingerman’s Community of Businesses
Cooper
Doorsteps
Taulia
Pur Pak
Promise Wine
Anthony Wilder Design/Build
Sackett & Associates
Youth Guidance Organization

Joie De Vivre Hospitality
Perlis Wellness Center
Wonderland Center
State of Wisconsin
YGO’s Parent Leadership Conference
Placer County Association of Realtors
SAC Women’s Council of Realtors
International Coaches Federation
Illinois Society for Association Executives
Red Mountain Resort & Spa

IBM
CitiCorp
McDonald’s Corporation
Chevron
University of Phoenix
BP Amoco
Bikram Yoga Lincoln
Bikram Yoga Elk Grove
Swedish American Health System
Bartlett Women’s Leadership Council

Paul Spiegelman
Chief Culture Officer of Stericycle, Founder of BerylHealth & Co-Author of NYT Best Seller Patients Come Second

You can’t deny the unparalleled level of energy that Anese brings into (and out of) the organizations she works with. The energy of leadership dramatically affects a company top to bottom and she’s figured out how to set up an entire staff to be completely present, engaged and contributing at the highest levels.

Chip Conley
Founder, Joie De Vivre

My mission in life has been to create joy and purpose in all of my business endeavors. Anese is any company’s secret weapon for achieving profound, permanent results from the inside out. Her talk was so popular that months later my fellow executives are still talking about it. Her work is transformative and she does it with heart.

Duane Bray
Partner & Head of Global Talent, IDEO

Anese is an incredible side-by-side collaborator. She helps us focus on what’s most important to us – our people. We consider her a core part of our talent strategy, looking forward to each next step together.

Thomas Walter
CEO, Tasty Catering, Serial Entrepreneur

Anese’s work with energy in leadership and culture is retroactively obvious and obscenely profound. This is the secret sauce our company has been missing and unable to put a finger on. We’ll be looking to integrate this throughout our culture ASAP.

Charlie Sosa
Chief Officer, Hyperion Financial Services

Anese definitely leads by example. If more people were aware of this work, I think that communication would be much more efficient and in tune. I would recommend this to anyone from Congress to kindergarten. It’s actually essential…

Dave Kashen
Co-Founder, Meeting Hero & Leading Entrepreneur Coach

Anese is an embodiment of her own principles, showing up with grace, presence and an intention to contribute to those around her that is felt by participants in her workshops and by the clients she serves. Her approach helps leaders and their teams tap into their full energetic and creative capacity so they can create the conditions for thriving teams, innovating and performing to their full potential.

Michelle Morrison
CEO, Youth Guidance

Anese’s guidance and approach to leadership have been essential to our growth as an organization and my own personal peace and leadership effectiveness. So much so that we are using one of her programs and methodology as the foundation and core curriculum for our Executive Leadership Institute. Her warmth, passion, and ability to operate in a strategic, truthful, compassionate, and powerful but playful manner are unmatched in today’s leadership environment. She is a model for women business leaders everywhere.

Sara Frisk
Portfolio Director, IDEO & President, AIGA Chicago

We so often evaluate the success or failure of our communication by the words that are spoken, and the subsequent exchange. We struggle to find a reason when things go awry, or we focus intently on the right words while glossing over the emotion behind them. Anese has shed a brilliant light on the underbelly: the true intent behind our behavior, our words, and our actions. She has shifted the way we work, the care we take in our everyday interactions, and the honesty with which we approach a difficult conversation. As a studio, she has empowered us with the tools to become a healthier culture. One which thrives on authenticity and direct feedback, and collaborates not only to achieve success in our work, but success in our relationships.

Nick Myers
Managing Director, Cooper

Anese worked with our team in many capacities to help us work better and more effectively as a team. She’s been instrumental in providing us with tools and methods to help along the way. Her workshops are fabulous, engaging and inspiring and bring teams together in a very positive atmosphere. Not only that, Anese has great abilities to respond and react to the team she’s working with to get the maximum output each time.
Whenever a company is in need of better leadership and cohesive vision I always recommend Anese. She’s also a great career coach and advisor and has helped our team individually in very positive ways. Anese has had a huge impact on my career personally and I feel that impact every day.

Michele Serro
CEO, Doorsteps

We always knew we wanted to change the world. Now because of Anese, we know why and how. Anese is like rocket fuel for impact.

Alan Cooper
Founder & President, Cooper

After more than a year working with Anese, I can say without reservation that she can bring out the best leadership skills in every member of your team. She makes people mesh. She super powers your teamwork. And she makes cultural change look easy. Stop arguing, call her.

Ari Weinzweig
CEO/Co-Founder, Zingerman’s (“Coolest Small Company in America” per Inc Magazine, 2003)

…We’ve woven Anese’s approach to energy management into almost every element of our work and culture. Without question it has helped to improve our service, the quality of our workplace, the quality of the daily experience … We’ve adapted it in the same way that we’ve adapted Robert Greenleaf’s Servant Leadership, Peter Block’s Stewardship, Jack Stack’s Open Book Finance, and Fred Reichheld’s work on Net Promoter Scores …We like working with Anese … it is definitely making a positive difference in our organization.

Aaron Ferber
IDEO

Just wanted to send a genuine thank you for the great session today. It was the most healthful event I have experienced in my time at IDEO – extremely insightful and inspiring from a personal development standpoint, had a very constructive and collaborative group vibe, and provided a lot of great tools to address issues of team dynamics and miscommunication that I’ve experienced in my work. Looking forward to putting it into practice and digging into more in future sessions.

Cheryl Perlis
MD, Founder, Perlis Wellness

I had no idea what leadership meant until I met Anese Cavanaugh. I began working with her on developing my business model. As a physician, we were not taught how to manage staff or even work as a team. I’ve learned how important it is for me as a Leader to bring positive energy and to be congruent with my beliefs. Anese helped me create a strong team, how to work with each person, and how to be an integral part of that team while leading them. She taught me how to create a positive environment, and create shared outcomes and accountability with my staff. The most significant piece for me has been in how I feel, my energy, my alignment with my objectives for myself and for patient care. I’ve gotten very clear on what I need to do, and the presence I need to have, in order to be the leader I want to be. Even three years, after our initial work began together, the impact continues to grow and create ripple effects on my team, our patients, and our business’ success.

Steve McPherson
Entrepreneur: Promise Wine, Moonshine, PurPak and former President ABC Entertainment Group

Working with Anese has been transformative for me. I spent 30 years struggling with an unfulfilled and unhealthy life both mentally and physically. Her Insight, Support and Guidance has been instrumental in righting the ship. We are all responsible to do the work ourselves, but having Anese as a support system is a phenomenal tool I have benefited from. Our work together continues to have powerful ripple effects on my businesses, my health, and my relationships. I am extremely grateful to have her in my life.

Paul Bennett
Managing Partner, IDEO

…to say she has been catalytic in helping unlock new layers of self-awareness and personal insight would be an understatement… Fantastic.

Alison Macondray
Principal, Alimat, Inc.

I’ve come away with just a whole tool belt full of tools, depending on the situation, that I can do either by myself or before a meeting to actually intend what I want my presence to be. And that, also, I’m responsible for my impact. What also really surprised me was how incredibly intuitive we all are. I don’t think any of her exercises were more than a minute. And some people I didn’t know at all. And she just threw us in. And I really saw that within 30 seconds somebody could intuit things about me, what I needed to do for my leadership or things that I could do to have greater presence, that were right on. I really feel like IEP is completely native to how we’re wired as human beings. It’s a power that when we’re not intending, has complete impact on the room, and when we do intend with positive intent, the power is actually limitless. Anese has developed this subtle, powerful, “ninja” way of helping us understand IEP with specific, simple, easy tools to do it with that when put all together, can really change cultures and I actually think can change the planet.

Bethany Crouch
Fox 40 Morning Anchor

Anese has an absolute enthusiasm and passion for what she does. She is about changing the way people interact with each other… The stuff that we learned today over the course of the last few hours we can take into our business lives, into our family relationships into our personal relationships… Just how I am going to show up in the world will be shifted because of this time we were able to spend together. I’ve attended other meetings, I’ve attended other workshops where you are really just sitting in the audience and you are being talked at. This was more of a conversation. Anese brings with her this wealth of experience and knowledge and also her enthusiasm and passion and that just translates out into the audience. Part of what is really spectacular about this particular program, is that the people it attracts are just a higher caliber. The people who I met today, many of them are people who I will now have business relationships and that’s exciting in and of itself.

Sally Clark
People & Culture Lead, IDEO

My biggest takeaways (from today’s IEP Live event) is the idea that we all, as individuals, have the ability to affect our impact. That we own the energy we bring to a room and the presence. And these subtle but very powerful elements of how we affect people are all in our own power to control. And that even by the most subtle shifts you can really create the kind of impact that you want to see just by being aware and by showing up in a certain way. It’s really brilliant how Anese creates these frameworks that bring together all of these different pieces. And she’s able to bring it all together in a way that actually makes a lot of sense, is not intimidating, and is highly impactful.

Ryan Jacoby
Entrepreneur

Anese is for people and cultures looking to develop amazing leaders and motivate top performers. She helps people who are willing to “do the work “be more open, more confident in their presence, clear in their motivations, and direct in their dealings. When that plays out across an organization, the payoff is clear.

Karen Lemen
Managing Director, Cooper

Anese is nothing short of amazing. She came recommended to me by a former colleague who had also been recommended Anese. After initially speaking with Anese on the phone, I was excited to bring her into my organization to provide leadership coaching. Others within my organization have tried to bring in others coaches with little degree of success. From the get go, it was evident that Anese was able to command a room of highly skeptical, but eager to learn directors, with an appropriate level of enthusiasm and a compassionate, but professional disposition. After our initial 2-day session, I knew I had to secure budget for the following year to engage with Anese on a more regular and ongoing engagement. She embodies authenticity and comes armed with a diverse toolkit that allows her to not only move adeptly with changing dynamics, but change course on a dime to facilitate in the moment in service of her client’s needs. Her work with our organization has been broad and deep, to include private, individual coaching with our directors, partnering with our founders, team dynamics and facilitation with our leadership team and we’ve been able to have her bring her core methodology for energy and presence to our entire organization for a company-wide group experience. Her approach is holistic, powerful and passionate all at the same time. I highly recommend Anese to any individual or organization who is looking for a leadership coach and facilitator who knows how to engage with people with integrity, heart and professionalism.

Jerry Calabrese
McDonald’s Corporate VP (retired)

Anese is a game changer. Period. She’s one of those special coaches who truly evolves the games of the people and organizations she works with. Her ability to connect with myself and my team was engaging, effective and enlightening. Her style is challenging and motivating . She’s a great listener and possesses the unique ability to identify areas of opportunity quickly and then draw on her vast resources and knowledge for potential recommendations and solutions.
Bottom line: she gets results. She helped everyone in our organization to become more effective on both a professional and personal level. Years later the work has sustained itself and continues to be talked about as a highlight of peoples’ professional—and personal—paths. Remarkable.

Tony DiVittorio
Founder, BAM/Youth Guidance Organization

In 18 months we’ve gone from one location to 15. I absolutely could not have done this without Anese and her programs…DTE has had a profound impact on me and my organization… My skillset, confidence and leadership have soared…

Harvey P. Sackett
Founder & Managing Partner, Sackett & Associates

When someone special comes into your life and impacts it so resoundingly, it is very hard to summarize this in short form. That said, Anese has helped me come in touch with strengths that exist inside of me like I had never experienced at all before we met. Her uncanny ability to help people hone in and navigate through personal and business challenges is unique. For this I feel so incredibly fortunate to know her and have her as a coach and advisor for my organization. Our work with her has been essential to creating more solid leadership, clarity and organizational health.

Steven Wilkinson
Entrepreneur, Managing Partner of Buchanan, Poet and Flyfisher

Working with Anese has made me think more deeply about my role and responsibility as a leader. It is not just that she has offered a completely different perspective on the business of business, but she has shown me, always gently, that there is so much more to the business of life than that which I was focusing on beforehand. Through her coaching and guidance I have literally changed my view of the world and the previous burden of leading has become much lighter and more enjoyable to carry. I have started receiving energy rather than expending my own. This is the true gift… My advice to anyone who is overwhelmed by the pace and complexity of leading and drained of life energy to the point of exhaustion or who is just hurting from the weight of responsibility: talk to Anese. Let her into your life and let her guide you back to yourself. It is a great gift to yourself and one that you will never regret.

Sue Cooper
Founder & Chairman, Cooper

Anese helped us cut through the scar tissue and reveal the heart of our company.

Chip Conley
Author PEAK & Emotional Equations, Founder Joie de Vivre Hospitality

Anese Cavanaugh captivated a group of 40 managers and line level employees at my company with her talk about the infectious nature of energy in an organization. Her talk was so popular that months later my fellow executives are still talking about it and using her examples as a means of motivating their fellow employees.

Michele Serro
Founder, Doorsteps

I have worked with Anese consistently for over four years and I continue to reap the benefits of our work together from day one. I have said this many times before, but she changed my life. She taught me how to lead authentically and in turn my impact on others, and in the world, has changed. I attribute much of my professional as well as personal success to Anese and had it not been for her, my business and personal relationships would have continued to go downhill. And I would not have had the tools and the courage to start my own business. If you are feeling like your work could be better and/or your relationships could be better and you could be having a greater impact in this world—don’t walk—run to work with Anese. She is that amazing.

Bob Eoff
MAEd., VP / Northern California, Western Washington, University of Phoenix

The curriculum and format provide an experience that empowers the participants and creates a learning experience that leads to long-term personal and professional growth. Anese does a great job at…[ensuring success]. The program is well thought out and relative to today’s leadership challenges, and most importantly, it has made a difference in my employees perspective on work, life and taking control of their own decisions.

Ryan Jacoby
IDEO

Nearly 13 months after starting work with Anese, I can honestly say it was one of the most important things I’ve done in my professional career…more than getting an MBA, more than certain career choices.

John Foster
Former Head of Talent and Organization at IDEO, now at HULU

Anese offers a very compelling and practical set of resources for people who want to learn and grow. She brings warmth to the often cold and scientific business of leadership development, and operates at the core of how people can improve their effectiveness. Her style is truthful, engaging and effective. Her work with our leaders has helped them discover new direction and get traction and forward momentum.

Fritz H.
Director, Fortune 500 Company

This program FAR surpasses anything I have been involved in in the past…I thought I’d get some focus, it has changed my life.

Cheryl Keller
President, Women’s Council of Realtors

We had the honor of having Anese speak at our monthly Business Lunch for the Sacramento Chapter of the Women’s Council of Realtors. The message from Anese was delivered in a way that made us all pay attention. The topic of “Lead you, Lead your life, Rock your business” was a message we all needed to hear. Leadership starts from the inside out and you need to take care of yourself to be a good leader of your business. And… you need to be a good leader of your life to be more effective in your business. We all felt that in 45 minutes Anese changed our thinking and focus. She is a fantastic Speaker and one of the best speakers we have ever had! Thank you!

Youth Guidance Organization
Parent Leadership Conference

Your ability to connect with the crowd and relate the topic at hand to our real lives put you at the top of the list for favorite session in participant feedback. People were literally going into sessions afterwards using your acronyms. Thank you for your time, energy, and commitment to this work.

Sue F.
Director, Fortune 500

I don’t feel like I’ve changed, I feel like my ‘canvas’ is much more colorful … I would highly recommend Anese to anyone … No program has come close to the benefits I’ve received from this one.

Isaac Hall
CTO, Recurly

There was so much information to take in today, but the biggest thing that really resonated with me was a lot of tools to recognize that what’s happening to me in the environment is something that I can change and there’s no reason to really wait for it to change itself. I can go and be the change that I want to see in both myself and those around me. I also really got that before I even begin talking to somebody, I can get myself in the right state of mind to have that conversation, framing my view of that person so that we’re coming from a positive space, ultimately leading to a more constructive conversation. Today provided a lot of tools that will help get me in the right state of mind and intention before having that conversation. This was just incredibly helpful.

Ari Weinzweig
CEO & Co-Founding Partner, Zingerman’s Community of Businesses (“Coolest Small Company in America”- Inc. Magazine 2003)

Anese teaches us how absolutely critical it is to align one’s physical and emotional health with the way we live our daily lives at work; encouraging each of us to get at our true passions and to pursue a single, coherent life that’s true to who we are; making clear that the more effectively we’re able to do that every day the more effective our leadership is going to be; and that the more effectively we’re able to do all of that the more effectively our organizations are going to run… From what I know and have heard, I can pretty much guarantee that anyone who’s equally open to it will benefit from what Anese is offering, many times over. Her work is an investment in ourselves and our organizations that—given the challenges of the times—is more meaningful than ever.

Matt Clark
Creative Director, Alimat Inc.

What I really love about this work is that it’s completely scalable. And it starts with the individual. From the way you treat yourself, the way you take care of yourself. From the way you eat. From the way you exercise. And it radiates out to your team. The way you build your team. The way the team radiates out into the organization. And how the organization radiates out into the world. That’s powerful. Anese does a beautiful job of connecting the dots for the audience and facilitating a transformative experience.

Ann Lofgren
ZingTrain, ZCOB

Everyone loved your style—it’s smart, casual, down-to-earth, thought-provoking and fun! We were able to see immediate results from the information you shared, and the impact continues to sustain and build even months later…

Steven Wilkinson
Entrepreneur and Managing Partner of Buchanan

Anese started our conversations talking about energy and to be honest I didn’t understand what she was talking about. I wasn’t in a good place at the time and I was running fast just to stand still, but a small corner of my brain was obviously still receptive enough to realise that the current way of living my life was probably going to lead to disaster earlier rather than later and was on the look out for indications, proof if you will, that there was a more intelligent and sustainable way of going about life as a business leader. Well there is and Anese knows better than most how to nurture that insight so that it has room to grow and gently, but more quickly than I ever imagined possible, to ease out that old way of thinking. It is about energy and the biggest dividend I have received from the hours that Anese has spent with me is the flow of energy back to me from my workplace, my family and all those with whom I interact. I would not have thought this possible, but it has worked for me. My advice to anyone who is overwhelmed by the pace and complexity of leading and drained of life energy to the point of exhaustion or who is just hurting from the weight of responsibility: talk to Anese. Let her into your life and let her guide you back to yourself. It is a great gift to yourself and one that you will never regret.

Joshua Pietak
Managing Director, CarbonBLU. LLC

I actually got more out of it than I thought I would, I don’t typically do these kinds of events, and actually stay away from them, but I was intrigued by this one. I feel I have a pretty good intrinsic gauge for this stuff, but she’s really educated me to understand there are two sides to it – it’s not just to increase your positive energy and help the people out there, but there’s the aspect of being able to hold your space and protect yourself. I got a lot out of this workshop because of this, and I got a lot out of the other aspects I didn’t realize would be involved, so I was very pleasantly surprised.

Bryan Bayer
CEO, Authentic World

I’ve done a lot of trainings over the years. And regardless of how engaged I am, inevitably I’m always taking at least two 20-minute naps in the corner. I can’t keep my eyes open. I’m sitting all day or even engaging in group exercises, but I’m exhausted and tired. And I have trouble staying awake and energized, so I have to drink coffee or whatever. And yesterday, the first day of this IEP training, I never took a nap, I never felt tired and I’d had no caffeine all day. And for me, I’m like the nap guy whenever we’re doing trainings. So for me that was huge. And what, really, that told me, was that there was a real transmission from Anese about intention, energy and presence that comes right through into the work. And I felt it directly in a way I never have before in that first day. So there’s no greater testimonial to the work than how I feel as I’m bringing that in the moment, especially when it goes against the grain of the way things have been for me for so long.

Cynthia Smith
6th Grade Teacher, Rocklin Unified School District

Being able to intentionally change the course of many events by what you personally do and how you show up? When you take care of yourself and you focus on all the areas of your life, you can choose to shift your energy to a different level so you can better affect other people? We experienced it today, it was powerful. I never expected that from today. Powerful! I loved it!

Kaream Ahmed
Business Leader

Anese has an excellent way of making people feel comfortable, everyone in the room got incredibly comfortable – fast. She woke me up to seeing what I can bring back to the team to increase comfort and productivity. This work is really important to building our team.

Karen Timberlake
Office of State Employment Relations, State of Wisconsin

Your session provided us with much to think about and immediately applicable tips to help our leaders and employees create more sustainable and engaged leadership in their lives. Your energy was engaging, dynamic and contagious. This session was voted as a favorite of the day and people are already asking when you’ll be back. Thank you!