Meet The Coach

With more than two decades of leadership and management experience in the business and educational arenas, Stephanie is a skilled career coach, business consultant, educator, and speaker. With her early career starting in marketing, Stephanie made a smooth transition to education early in her career, and then into full-time consulting and coaching in 2013. She is currently the VP of Executive Coaching Practice with Purpose & Performance Group.  Stephanie also provides career coaching for spouses of international executives through a partner support program at Crown World Mobility. She helps people from all over the globe navigate the U.S. job market with confidence and ease.

In 2007, while still an educator, Stephanie combined her corporate and educational experience with a dash of entrepreneurial spirit and began a part-time endeavor as a coach and consultant. In addition to working with individuals navigating career change or entrepreneurship, she has worked as an organizational consultant providing coach skill training to leaders and leading initiatives in the areas of performance management, leadership development and employee engagement. 

Part of what enables Stephanie to help such a wide variety of career changers is having worked as a coach or consultant in such a wide variety of industries including but not limited to: marketing, technology, SaaS (including projects with Dropbox and Square), pharmaceutical consulting, nonprofit, media, FinTech, public relations, finance, automotive retail, M&A, hospitality, gaming, tribal owned businesses, education, event management, television, government, and healthcare. 

“Stephanie is an incredibly insightful and dedicated coach. She is one of the most willing and clear listeners with the ability to pinpoint solutions, and reflect a coachee’s ambitions in such a way that opens doors to constructive action.”

Diana Baltazar


Stephanie has a passion for helping young people in the area of career development. She served for five years as the executive director of Get Smart Mentoring, a non-profit organization she co-founded in 2013.  She mentored several international teams of virtual interns in the areas of of leadership, management, communication, thought leadership, philanthropy, and digital marketing. She regularly volunteers, providing mentoring and trainings to schools, organizations, and young women in need.

Stephanie received her professional coaching certification from New York University, and is also certified at the ACC level with the International Coaching Federation. With a BS in counseling, Stephanie has a Masters from Columbia University in applied social and organizational psychology.

Why Stephanie Licata?

  • I made two successful adventurous career changes, one in my 20’s and one in my 30’s. I paid attention to every aspect of the human experience associated with those changes and I remember everything…seriously.
  • At age 35 I felt something gnawing in me – – a frustration that I needed to solve. While walking along the Hudson River I looked across and saw the buildings near Columbia University. I ran home and applied. I got in. I studied Social and Organizational Psychology to understand what motivates people, change, and groups of people to change. I listened.
  • While at Columbia I left my 10-year career in education, transitioned back into the business sector, and started a non-profit young women’s mentoring organization with one of my former students.
  • While doing all of this I saved money. I made changes. I took calculated informed risks. I didn’t just “manifest” everything. I worked hard. Sure serendipity hit me in the eye a few times but GRIT carried me.
  • I don’t know everything, but I know a lot of stuff. I care. I mean it. Like my dad said to me one day “You at 50% is still more than most people’s 100.” My clients inspire me to rock the 110 %.
  • I’m an actual coach, I don’t just play one on the internet (So important!). Being an inspiring person does not make someone a coach. A coach is a trained professional who has practiced hours of actual coaching and been adequately trained in the art, science, and process of coaching. This is totally separate from cheerleading. Cheerleading is a sport where happy people clap and jump for you. I’ll clap, but not jump.
  • I’m also a practiced small business consultant. If entrepreneurship winds up being your game, awesome. I’ve consulted and coached in the following industries: retail, IT, event management, education, marketing, media, retail, coaching, behavioral health, non-profit management, fundraising, and beyond. I’ve worked EVERYWHERE!
  • I’m not special because I did any of this. I wasn’t born on “special people island.” What’s possible for me is possible for you in your OWN way in your OWN time. I get scared. I get stopped. I wonder about how I am going to face uncertainty. Human being is the name of the game we are playing and you got this, you do! Seriously. I am a coach because I believe that.