Coaching Toward Confidence

I began working with Emily in order to explore potential new career opportunities. It evolved into a deeper, more meaningful journey that allowed me to understand myself better and gain a deeper level of self confidence. Emily is skilled at identifying opportunities to guide you down a path that will truly benefit you, all the while checking in with you to make sure it is working for you. She effortlessly creates a safe and comfortable space to do the necessary work. With Emily there is no shortage of 'real talk', practical tips and a network of contacts and recommendations she is happy share. By the end of our time together, I had been promoted to a new role with broader responsibility and my personal horizons had been expanded in multiple ways, all thanks to her.
- Shelley A., Business Manager


The morning of my last session with The Collective Academy, I could not help but think about the parallels between my bike ride along Lake Michigan every morning and my journey as a member of the group. I entered the group full of energy and passion in the same way as I had begun countless jobs, projects, and initiatives throughout my career. Just a few weeks later it struck me that this excitement had not yet tailed off, but was actually growing even stronger. That stood in sharp contrast to everything I had ever experienced; the normal cycle went something along the lines of passion, excitement, less excitement, frustration, apathy, re-invigoration, more frustration, anger, eventual disengagement. The Collective Academy led me to success and happiness.
- Ben Dekker, Owner, Bishops

Following Alignment

"Working with The Collective Academy was an incredible, transformational experience for me. I am not only going back to school to pursue a career as a therapist, I have developed a strong network of individuals who care about me and my future success. And who I can always lean on for advice, support, or even a good laugh! I think if you are someone looking to improve yourself both professionally and personally The Collective Academy is the place for you. I credit them for helping me see my true potential and the importance of following your dreams. I will always look back upon my experience with a giant smile."
- Abby Pfeiffer, Communications Manager, McCormick Foundation

Erie Neighborhood House

"It was an absolute pleasure working with The Collective Academy. From the planning phase through day-of facilitation, Emily and Todd exceeded expectations. They were professional, creative, warm and charismatic. Their unique approach made for the best board retreat I’ve ever been a part of, and my board would strongly agree, that because of The Collective Academy we’re more connected, focused, and committed to the mission of Erie Neighborhood House. I look forward to working with The Collective Academy again."
- Kirstin Chernawsky, Executive Director, Erie Neighborhood House

Crain Communications: Catalytic Brand Elevation

"I met The Collective Academy in 2014, when we planted the seed for what is now Crain’s Academy. The ideas discussed were exciting and BIG, centered around leadership development and career skills programs for professionals across the arch of their career. We have come along way, in a short duration, and the growth has been from a true partnership. We are in sync in our mission, approaching 300 alumni . . . and we are just getting started! The Collective Academy brings relationship building and strategic thinking that can deliver real change for any size organization. They bring a journey that will delight, inspire and carry a team and company forward."
- Amy Shivvers, Managing Director of Events and Executive Education, Crain’s Chicago Business


"We hired The Collective Academy to help us improve our employee engagement scores within our department. The Collective Academy facilitated two CliftonStrengths® workshops to ensure that me and my colleagues were leveraging our respective strengths. They brought a wonderful perspective to the conversation because of their background in counseling and career development. They delivered the content with humor, professionalism, and empathy. In fact, one of my colleagues stated that this was the best professional development session she has attended during her tenure at Walgreens. If you are looking for ways to engage your employees and make them understand their strengths, then you will want to hire The Collective Academy. Emily and Todd are true professionals and subject matter experts."
- Gwen Holtan, Marketing Director, Walgreens