Headshot Hilary Joel

I love to make good things happen.
And my favorite place to do that is alongside mission-driven leaders.

"Hilary was indispensable in helping me think through my professional strengths and priorities.  Her style was perfect… enough insight and the right questions to help me come up with solutions."
Hilary Joel | MBA, PCC

Hilary is an executive coach, facilitator, and management consultant with over 30 years of experience across sectors.

As the founder and principal of WJ Consulting, LLC, she partners with the leadership and management of nonprofit organizations and mission-driven businesses, to help them advance toward their own definitions of professional and organizational success more deeply, quickly, and sustainably than they can on their own.

Hilary’s insightful approach to coaching is informed by her business experience, nonprofit expertise, and skills as a strategist and management consultant. In addition to one-on-one coaching, she also works with teams, facilitating strategy sessions, team workshops and board retreats.

Committed to Collaboration

Hilary partners with each client by tapping into their unique capabilities and together exploring the possibilities. She helps executives 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. She builds coaching partnerships that clarify priorities, evaluate context, reframe challenges, and expand each client’s repertoire of capabilities, beliefs, and behaviors. Every engagement yields tangible and sustainable benefits for both the individual and their organization.

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.  Her clients spanned several industries and her focus ranged from strategic planning and business analysis to implementing management best practices.

Well-Equipped for Strategic and Transforming Work

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 a Baker Scholar and 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.

Hilary graduated from the ICF-accredited Georgetown Leadership Coaching Program. Hilary is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) with the International Coach Federation (ICF), and is a certified administrator of Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) assessments, the DiSC® profile, and the The Leadership Circle Profile™ 360-feedback profile.

Passionate About Nonprofits

Hilary’s passion for a strong nonprofit sector spans her professional and personal life. She is the creator and served for 11 years as the lead facilitator for an “Emerging Leaders” leadership development program that targets rising nonprofit managers. Hilary is also a co-founder, current board member, and former Chair of Compass, a national nonprofit that engages business professionals in pro bono strategic consulting projects for nonprofits.  As the board Vice Chair for CollegeTracks, a nonprofit focused on college access and success for underserved populations, she plays a central role in board and staff development, strategic planning and organizational expansion. Hilary also serves on the board of Washington Improv Theater, leading their strategic planning. She is passionate about the many benefits of improv as a vehicle for collaboration, creativity, agility and personal growth.

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