As your coach, I'm your partner in thoughtfully identifying, considering and acting
on new opportunities, whether you are switching careers or accelerating on your
current path. From, what to do with my life?, to how much should I get paid, I will
be your go-to each step of the way.
Customer Reviews and Testimonials:
I am quite happy to recommend Dave Gent, as I have enjoyed the benefits of his coaching
since 2001. Over the years Dave has helped me immensely in working through a range
of career and life related decisions - let's face it the two are not mutually exclusive
and Dave understands (and helped teach me) that. He helped me shape my strengths,
weaknesses, skills, experience and aspirations into a value proposition that employers
and colleagues easily responded to.
When we started working together, I had broad experience and really wasn't sure
where to focus. Dave helped me narrow down potential paths using frameworks that
predicted not only my potential for success but also personal satisfaction. His
understanding for and ability to coach me on networking helped me as a new MBA grad
get fast tracked into Mattel as an Associate Brand Manager; he guided me on several
key career decisions as I moved up to Director there.
He’s always been there for me especially during a mid-career crisis; most recently,
with his coaching, I joined Zynga, where I am running marketing for a studio and
Dave is someone who knows how to build and manage a career; has deep instinct and
a sensitivity; listens to you; pumps you up but won't BS you; and doesn't think
(solely) in straight "career" paths. If you’re looking for a great coach, he’s your
Product Marketing, Zynga, MBA
Dave is an insightful leadership and career coach with a deep understanding of the
recruiting and organizational practices throughout many industries. He is extremely
personable and professional; he will help you develop a practical roadmap to achieve
your professional goals.
In his work with the Kellogg School of Management’s Career Management Center, Dave
sat at the nexus of job seekers and job providers. This experience gave him an invaluable
perspective on the companies’ search methods, which in turn helps him focus his
coaching on working with candidates to find the right strategy and approach in their
Working with Dave led me to landing a marketing leadership role at a major financial
services institution on the West Coast. Since then, he has coached me through almost
every professional transition. Dave also helped me transition into a business development
leadership position at a technology company in Silicon Valley where I was in charge
of leading a global development effort and product roll out. I also worked with
Dave directly during a tenuous team confrontation; I have found his insight to be
incredibly valuable in a good number of situations.
With Dave, you will find a broad range of coaching ability that spans horizontally
(through industries) and vertically (throughout the organization). He will help
you develop a strategy and a tactical plan to help you achieve your professional
and even personal goals.
Consultant; Co-Founder and Publisher, The Registry
Over the last 3 years, Dave has impressed me with his intelligence, insightfulness
and ability to accurately assess any business situation that we were discussing.
6 months ago, I asked Dave to assist me by advising and coaching in some of the
critical Marketing, Business Development and Strategy aspects of my start-up company.
He has further impressed me.
Dave has a disarming ability to listen to the issues at hand, assess all of the
possible angles of attack and then present a solution strategy in a quiet, but assuring
way. Being able to present situations to Dave as a business coach and get his feedback
regarding the various potential pitfalls and options of any given decision – especially
regarding overall business strategy, potential client issues, strategic partnerships
and marketing challenges -- has been invaluable.
Founder and CEO, Wine Valet
We covered a lot of ground in the first session and defined clear next steps. Dave
helped me focus while generating excitement about what is possible. Looking forward
to our next call!