Coach Profile

Hilary Joel, MBA, PCC
WJ Consulting

Hilary is an executive coach and management consultant with 25 years of experience across numerous industries. As the founder and principal of WJ Consulting, LLC, she partners with the leadership and management of nonprofit organizations, businesses and government agencies, to help them advance toward their own definitions of professional and organizational success more deeply, quickly, and sustainably than they can on their own. Her insightful approach to coaching is informed by her business experience and skills as a strategist. In addition to one-on-one coaching, Hilary also works with teams, facilitating strategy sessions, workshops and board retreats and coaching management teams.

Hilary is passionate about helping managers shape their professional lives and their impact as leaders through greater self-awareness and the power of choice. Clients say they value her collaborative, practical approach and business-savvy insights for improving management effectiveness and organizational results. She builds partnerships that clarify priorities, evaluate information, reframe challenges, employ new techniques, and expand the client’s repertoire of capabilities, beliefs, and behaviors. Every engagement yields tangible and sustainable performance improvements that benefit both the individual and the organization that he or she serves.

Before starting her own coaching and consulting firm, she spent ten years in management consulting as a Principal at American Management Systems (CGI/AMS) and at Booz, Allen & Hamilton. Hilary’s clients ranged from large, international pharmaceutical and telecommunications companies to technology start ups and professional services businesses, and her project focus ranged from strategic planning and business analysis to implementing management best practices. In addition to working with established businesses, she has also played a lead role in developing business plans for several start-up businesses and nonprofits.

Hilary holds an MBA degree from Harvard Business School (Baker Scholar, top 5%) and a BA degree (cum laude) in Economics from Princeton University. After receiving her MBA, as the first Charles M. Williams Research Fellow, she co-authored 11 business school case studies on a variety of management challenges at companies such as IBM, Marriott and American Red Cross.

She graduated from the ICF-accredited Georgetown Leadership Coaching Program, where she subsequently served as a faculty observer. Hilary is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) with the International Coach Federation (ICF), and is a certified administrator of Myers-Briggs type (MBTI) assessments, the The Leadership Circle(T) 360-feedback profile and the ESCI (emotional intelligence 360 assessment). Hilary’s passion for a strong nonprofit sector spans her professional and personal life. She commits substantial time to coaching nonprofit leaders and is a founder and former Chair of Compass, an alliance of MBA alumni who provide pro bono management consulting to nonprofits.  She is also the curriculum developer and program facilitator for an “Emerging Leaders” leadership development program that targets young nonprofit managers.

Hilary’s sweet spot is helping leaders understand their strengths, challenges and opportunities from new perspectives to position them to be more effective over the  long term. Representative clients include executives at: Oxfam America, Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, Street Law, Princeton AlumniCorps, MITRE Corporation, Marriott International, The Nonprofit Roundtable, The North Highland Company, Manna Food Center, The SEED Foundation, National School Board Association, The Advisory Board Company, Graduate Management Admissions Council, and Women for Women International.