Coach/Speaker Directory

  Janet Tanguay, Owner and Dream Catalyst,  Hammock Way of Life, LLC

Janet Tanguay, Owner and Dream Catalyst, Hammock Way of Life, LLC

Janet Tanguay is a catalyst for helping creative entrepreneurs make connections.  She guides your inner growth process gently with no attachment by honoring and creating action steps to help you towards your dreams and goals so that you can live your best life.  She holds space for you and teaches you how to be gentle with yourself while also moving your ideas and plans forward.  This often leads to organically having the energy to give and serve the world to live your life purpose. 

Janet is the CEO of Hammock Way of Life.


  Traci E. Alexander  Journalist | Media Strategist | Communication Specialist

Traci E. Alexander
Journalist | Media Strategist | Communication Specialist

Born and raised in Westchester County, Traci E. Alexander continues to serve her community by telling the "good news" stories about her neighbors in The Journal News. Her trailblazing work has made history and garnered national attention for her hometown in Westchester County by serving as the Executive Producer for both the unveiling ceremonies of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial and the Westchester King Lifetime Achievement Award honoring the acclaimed activist, writer and Academy Award nominee, Ruby Dee. Dedicated to supporting her community, most recently, Traci was named Educational Program Chair for the American Heart Association's "GO RED for WOMEN." Traci seives on the Executive Board of Westchester's Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. Traci is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists, NYC Small Business Services (DEFO) Minority and Women-owned Business

Noted as the first African-American woman to anchor the evening news in central Louisiana for KLAX-TV, some of Traci's other television credits include, The Queen Latifah Show, Mantel Williams Show, The Danny Show, The Leeza Gibbons Show, Extra! The Entertainment Magazine, BET Tonight with Ed Gordon, BET's Meet the Faith hosted by Dr. Ian Smith and BET Nightly News with Jacquie Reid. Her work at BITs Meet the Faith garnered the NABJ Excellence Award and BET Tonight with Ed Gordon received the Cable Positive Award for producing a special series on "HIV Testing Day." Additionally, Traci served as the Talent Executive for BET Tonight's special coverage on the untimely death of R&B singer Aaliyah, which the program received its very first NAACP Image Award for an outstanding special. At the 2004 Democratic Convention, Traci received international acclaim for landing the first one-on-one interview with President Barack Obama, for BET, on the eve the Senator delivered his historical speech in Boston.

One of Traci's most eminent accomplishments is being afforded the extraordinary opportunity to share her career experiences by teaching media studies & journalism, communication theory, speech & public speaking and the art of debate to the next generation of scholars.

Because of Traci's commitment to finding alternative ways to help working mothers blend career and motherhood; she founded Mz. Mom, LLC, a network for professional women. Traci "aka Mz. MOM" is MyWorkButterfly's Resident Workstyle/Lifestyle Strategy Coach, the social networking site which features her blog, The Adventures of Mz. Mom & Friends. She is the founder and facilitator of Children Learn Mandarin Chinese at Iona College Program, moderator for Working Mother Media and former Managing Editor of Today's Child Magazine, the leading African-American parenting magazine.

  Susan Axelrod, CCP  Confident-Life™ Coach | Confident-Life Workshops™ | Transition Coaching | Confidence Coaching for New Executives

Susan Axelrod, CCP
Confident-Life™ Coach | Confident-Life Workshops™ | Transition Coaching | Confidence Coaching for New Executives

Susan Axelrod, CCP, is the go-to Confidence Coach for Women. Specializing in working with women in mid-life who have spent decades doing for others...IT'S YOUR TURN NOW. What does 'my turn' look like? Using co-creative & co-facilitative coaching methods, Susan helps clients uncover the inspired soul within who is looking to live out the second half of life in a self-fulfilling and purposeful way. Susan doesn't give answers or advice. She works with clients to dig into their core, to explore the girl she was and the woman she wants to be for the rest of her life, personally, professionally, spiritually and physically. Using original Confident-Life ™ Tools, Susan helps women find the Clarity and Confidence they seek to live out a Best Life. She works with women in transition who declare themselves 'READY!' ...ready to GROW, ready to LIVE now and create a meaningful and lasting legacy. Motivational Speaking and Confident-Life Workshops™ available for work-teams and groups. Susan's contagious enthusiasm and deep listening skills sparks and motivates clients to get Confident and Thrive! 

Certified Coach Practitioner, through The Coach Training Academy [accredited by the International Coaching Federation and Certified Coaches Alliance].

  Jennifer L. Bashant, Ph.D  Trainer, Coach and Motivational Speaker

Jennifer L. Bashant, Ph.D
Trainer, Coach and Motivational Speaker

Jennifer L. Bashant, Ph.D, LMSW, MA, Founder of Building Better Futures, LLC, is a trainer and consultant for schools and corporations across the country.  Dr. Bashant's mission is to strengthen companies and institutional organizations by improving communication, decreasing work stress and burnout, and creating positive work environments which lead to highly engaged and motivated employees.  She is extremely passionate about her work, which is conveyed by her high energy and enthusiasm in every presentation she gives. As a facilitator of adult learning, she believes that professional development should be interactive and collaborative, and her goal is for participants to leave feeling energized and excited to try something new, or to see things through a different lens!

Dr. Bashant is certified as an EQ-I 2.0 (Emotional Intelligence) and DiSC Leadership and Workstyles trainer. She uses these reliable and valid assessment instruments to help foster self-awareness and to strengthen teams and companies. Dr. Bashant is also a Mindfulness Coach and she uses her expertise in this area to help employees learn how to decrease stress from work and home, to create calmer work environments and happier, more resilient employees. 


  Lisbeth Calandrino  Business Strategies | Customer Experience Management | Customized Training

Lisbeth Calandrino
Business Strategies | Customer Experience Management | Customized Training

Lisbeth’s business background comes from being a principal of a group that launched a seven store chain of retail furniture, design and carpet stores. She was responsible for developing sales, customer service and marketing strategies for the chain. Her experience has given Lisbeth the skills to help executives and business owners accelerate individual and organizational performance as well as navigate change. Her communication workshops help leaders develop the skills necessary to help their employees grow and create clearer goals. The bottom line is to create more efficient sales teams and profitable businesses.

She was one of the founders of Fabulous Floors Magazine, the only consumer floor covering publication where she is presently the Associate Editor and Vice President of Social Media. Lisbeth pens The Lisbiz Business Column for Floor Covering News and a blog on Success for The Albany Times Union newspaper. Her clients have included The Home Depot, The Lowe’s Companies, Greater Capital Association of Realtors, and hundreds of independent retail businesses. In 2017, she was named one of the Top Ten Influential People in the Floor Covering Industry by Floor Covering News.

Lisbeth served on the board of the Animal Protection Foundation, an advisor to The Blind Vendors Association, a prior member of NAWIC, The World Floor Covering Association, a speaker at The Remodeling and Deck Expo, Leading Suppliers Council of the NAHB, Coverings, numerous conventions hosted by Informa Exhibitions, the Marble Institute of America, Women in Stone and Women in Leadership Workshops, and the Capital District Human Resources Association to name a few.

  Danielle Capwell   Creative Mindset/Life Coach, Albany NY

Danielle Capwell
Creative Mindset/Life Coach, Albany NY

Danielle Ann is a Creative Mindset Coach who helps individuals regain their creativity and energy for life. I believe that we are all creative individuals often trapped within the confines of an intense and often stifling narrative. Nearly 2 years ago, I was Director of Training and Operations for several restaurants in the city of Philadelphia. Though I had a comfortable income and a kind boss, the hours were long, and the work was both physically and mentally exhausting, but I stayed in it because it was what I thought I should do. I tried to ‘love’ the job for many years, but couldn’t help feeling uninspired and drained on a daily basis. I did this for close to a decade, and in the end I was losing far more than I was gaining.

The moment I decided to be honest with how I was experiencing life, I found that others struggled in similar ways. This revelation compelled me to leave my role as boss in pursuit of a career that would not only change my own life, but your life as well.  What I offer my clients now is a new lease on life, an opportunity to reclaim your creativity and passion. Over a series of 12 sessions designed to be fun, stimulating and transformative, I will source you with the steps and techniques that will allow you to shift your life whether it’s physically, mentally or emotionally. No matter what your goal is, I will help get you closer to your center. 

[the art approach]

I'm passionate about the personal creative; what we as imaginative souls are able to create when we act from impulse and intuition. My goal is assisting others in how  to override thought and fear so that  action and creation is possible. 

[the food approach]

Though better food choices are an excellent start to improving one’s overall health it will not be the catalyst for lasting change. Real change depends on the habits we attempt to shift through repetition and self-discipline. I offer Raw Reset programs to my clients as an opportunity to experience first hand what living a life of intention and mindfulness can do for the mind and body, and what the possibility of something else allows. 

As a creative mindset coach I work with each client to allow the expansion of their best creative self. I believe we all have our hidden genius buried just beneath the surface, and I attempt to dig deep with each client until this genius is realized. Through the process of slowing down, examining our purpose, and making intentional choices all things are possible.

  Gail M. Davis,  Director, Women's Brooklyn Enterprise Center (WBEC)

Gail M. Davis, Director, Women's Brooklyn Enterprise Center (WBEC)

For over twenty years, Gail achieved high levels of success in marketing and public relations which includes owning an award winning graphic design and marketing company, The Winning Image.  Some of her other accomplishments include effectively developing and implementing large marketing campaigns and public relations programs such as the inaugurations of the Micah Institute at New York Theological Seminary, the Berean Community and Family Life Center (the first of its kind faith-based medical facility in New York City); and the 30th Anniversary of the Local Development Corporation of East New York to name a few. Her designs can be seen in the street banners in the East New York Industrial Park and displayed in and on the exterior of The House of the Lord Church in Brooklyn.

Her passion for women’s issues has led her before women’s groups to facilitate workshops at women’s conferences, youth (girls) conferences and community forums. She understands the pressures or nuances of balancing family, running a business/work, trying to have a social life and participate in community or ministry events, and speaks to encourage and inspire self-care. As Director of the Women’s Business Enterprise Center in East New York, she inspires and assists women (in particular) to start, grow and manage their business.

  Dc Dunkel,  Certified Life Coach

Dc Dunkel, Certified Life Coach

Dc Dunkel is a not only a Certified life coach but he is also a break through Facilitator. He travels the country from coast to coast and abroad as a motivational speaker; speaking on a variety of subjects such as overcoming adversity and pursing goals. Mr. Dunkel has a compelling way of working with clients; which is built upon breaking through to empower them to make positive changes in their lives. Clients are inspired by his honest way of working with each person to create exactly what they want in their lives and relationships. He reaches in to find the root cause of challenging issues and thinks outside the box to create transformation paradigm shifts. Mr. Dunkel is the proud father of two young boys and works with young fathers as well within his community. He life coaches and provides support to a full spectrum of clients ranging from underserviced and overlooked youth all the way to executive directors of highly respected organizations nationwide. One of his main focuses in his approach to life coaching is to spark an inner desire for a self-motivated brighter future within the clients he works with.

  Lexi Godlewski,  Success Coach, Marketing Consultant, Published Author, and skilled Speaker

Lexi Godlewski, Success Coach, Marketing Consultant, Published Author, and skilled Speaker

Lexi Godlewski is a Success Coach, Marketing Consultant, Published Author, and skilled Speaker who helps leaders close the gap between where they are and where they want to be. Lexi prides herself on creating an empowering space for leaders to gain clarity, transform their lives, and reach new levels of success. Her passion for helping others evolve has driven her to immerse herself in the personal growth industry since 2016 and she is excitedly pursuing her Professional Coaching Certification from the International Coach Federation (ICF). Get started today by visiting Lexi’s website ( or connecting with her on social media (@lexigodlewski).

  Sandy Goyer,  Empowerment Mentor

Sandy Goyer, Empowerment Mentor

Sandy Goyer, Owner and Empowerment Mentor at Confidently Yours!  A place where women can ‘Gain the Confidence they Need to Make the Changes they Want’.  Truly passionate about inspiring you, as a woman, to BE who you were always meant to be, BUILD your strengths and your Confidence and to BELIEVE that whatever you want out of life, you can have! So, if you are struggling with LIFE, LOVE, RELATIONSHIPS; if you WANT more out of YOUR LIFE; If you are ready to BE, BUILD & BELIEVE IN YOURSELF - in whatever area of your life you may be struggling in – it’s time to give her a call! She and her team of coaches are ready to help!

  Carole Heaney,  Holistic Cancer & Integrative Health Coach

Carole Heaney, Holistic Cancer & Integrative Health Coach

Carole Heaney is a Holistic Cancer and Integrative Health Coach who helps you transform your fears about cancer into discoveries to live your best life. 

Cancer is cancer, but you’re still you!  Cancer generates fear and vulnerability that can feel more formidable than your cancer. As a coach, I work with you to focus on the parts of healing that the conventional healthcare system does not.  I offer a bridge to that gap of healing between your body and the often-neglected, mind and spirit during treatment, recovery and beyond.

Carole brings over 40 years of professional health care experience and her personal journey in healing to her work as a coach, facilitator and presenter. Carole uses a blend of creativity, self-care and holistic approaches to expand the potential for greater joy, inner peace and healing.

Discover new tools to awaken your inner healer and ways to live your life with confidence and peace. It is the synergy of all three that creates the healing force in becoming whole. 

You can contact Carole at 518-527-3043 or Visit her website at and take your Next Steps© to transform your fears into living fully.

  Elaine Houston

Elaine Houston

Elaine Houston is an award-winning journalist. She joined WNYT in January 1990.  Today, she’s the anchor of NewsChannel 13 Live at 5 and 5:30 as well as a reporter. Her stories have taken her to Washington, DC to cover the inauguration of President Donald Trump in 2017. She also covered candidate Trump in New York City on election night in November of 2016.

In 2017, Elaine was also in Washington, DC to cover the hundreds of thousands of women who rallied in the nation’s capital for the Women’s March on Washington in opposition to the proposals of President Donald Trump.  She won the Employee of the Month for her work in Washington D.C. In 2015 Elaine traveled to the White House where then President Barack Obama posthumously presented WW1 soldier Sgt. Henry Johnson the Medal of Honor. Elaine has traveled to Oklahoma to cover tornado damage and to Massachusetts in 2004 and Sen. John Kerry’s bid for the White House.  In 1999 Elaine traveled to Cuba and covered the protracted conflict over little Elian Gonzalez, as well as a day in the life of Havana’s Cuban citizens.

In 2017, Elaine was presented with the Community of Excellence Award by the College of St. Rose for work in the community. That same year, she was given an award by the New York State Broadcasters Association Award for a story in in her series, Today’s Women. In 2017, Elaine sponsored WOMEN; Turning the Corner, a women’s leadership and empowerment summit at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Albany. The sold-out event featured entrepreneurial workshops, guest speakers and a roundtable discussion providing tools for women to succeed.

  Nina Lockwood , MSW

Nina Lockwood, MSW

Nina Lockwood, MSW, is an engaging transformative coach, speaker, healer and workshop leader with a masters degree in psychotherapy. Nina helps her clients in four distinct arenas: adapting to change (both personal and professional), critical decision making, risk taking and embodying effective leadership. Her clients learn how to live healthier and happier lives, become more productive, enjoy sharing their talents and gifts and become a force for good in the world.

After decades of learning and teaching others techniques and strategies for effectiveness, productivity and well being, Nina came across a completely revolutionary approach which eliminates the “technique mentality” and makes it possible to easily tap into the natural resilience, wisdom and creative power that is hardwired into the human experience. She now teaches that approach to her clients by pointing them to the internal guidance system that resides within each of us but is often obscured by confused thinking, stale formulas and unnecessary advice.

With more than 40 years of study in the wisdom traditions, over 20 years of experience in energy medicine and as a practising artist, Nina has a unique ability to inspire others to recognize new possibilities where none appear to exist.

Nina’s clients come from all walks of life - from entrepreneurs, corporate executives, health care professionals, computer analysts, artist and healers to career changers and retirees. Her programs and workshops have been presented in health care settings, professional organizations, and through private one on one and group coaching.

  Faith Maus,  Life Coach

Faith Maus, Life Coach

Faith QM is an optimistic and empowering life coach who is an amazing guide to lead you to find your vision and teach you how to manifest the things you want and need in your life. 

Faith is grounded but believes in pursuing passions and dreams that help us to have a beautiful life and personal growth.
Faith loves to work with open-hearted women who positively love new adventures. Women like herself who have deep love for family, and this beautiful life, and want to make each moment count. Woman who Love and share their love who are seeking joy filled lives filled with confidence and power. 

Faith will coach you through every step of this incredible vision board creation experience. Let’s celebrate finding out your own unique magical path. 

  Merci Miglino, PCC  Executive/Buisness Coaching, Communication Skill Training, Workplace Leadership and Team Developer

Merci Miglino, PCC Executive/Buisness Coaching, Communication Skill Training, Workplace Leadership and Team Developer

Merci Miglino offers a unique perspective and understanding of corporate (including hospitality, retail and event planning), legislative government operations and non-profit work cultures. As an executive leadership and business coach and trainer, Merci supports leaders and managers in creating a self managed workplace, communicating effectively, building and sustaining awesome teams, encouraging accountability and self-motivated employees.

She is especially adept at moving new managers to the higher levels of self-awareness needed to lead with both authority and collaboration. Her clients include Time Warner, Capital District Transportation District (CDTA), and Flight Centre International, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, ANA Airlines, and Genpact.

Merci draws from her well-rounded experience, coaching competencies and natural emotional intelligence to support executives in enhancing and sustaining leadership skills that drive results. She has managed the communication efforts of both houses of the NY Legislature where she was responsible for 400+ employees and served as senior staff for House Leaders. She also created and executed every facet of multi-million dollar political campaigns including organizing paid and volunteer staffs throughout New York State.

Merci has held diverse leadership and management positions in the NYS Assembly and Senate working with senior staff and high-ranking leadership coordinating with White House and Congressional Leaders.

  Evelyn Neale , Certified Teacher, Coach and DiSC Facilitator Successful Change, Inc.

Evelyn Neale, Certified Teacher, Coach and DiSC Facilitator Successful Change, Inc.

Evelyn Neale is an experienced and innovative leader with strong interpersonal and communication skills, exceptional problem solving abilities and strong organizational skills.

With her unique background and training Evelyn takes a holistic approach in supporting you to reach your goals. She has worked with individuals on growth and change, entrepreneurs and organizations on strategic planning, effective communication and healthy workplace culture.  She trains both virtually and in person. She is a Certified Teacher, Coach and DiSC Facilitator.

  Jennifer Regan, MBA

Jennifer Regan, MBA

Jennifer brings more than 20 years of experience as a seasoned business executive, marketer and strategist to help service organizations expand their reach. Known as a trusted advisor, approachable leader and innovative thought partner, Jennifer thrives at driving growth and solving business problems. She enjoys developing and executing strategic marketing plans to drive acquisition and retention.

With over 15 years of corporate marketing experience, Jennifer understands the importance of upstream planning before launching into marketing tactics that don’t move the needle.In addition to her marketing strategy and communications background, Jennifer has developed new products, built Voice of the Customer programs and helped increase consumer engagement in highly regulated and commoditized sectors.

Jennifer began her career as a management consultant with Ernst & Young and Deloitte & Touche. She has held senior leadership roles with health care and financial services organizations. She has a MBA in Marketing and a BA in English and History cum laude from Washington University in St. Louis.

  Sue Shipe, Ph.D.,  Founder of The International Institute For Human Empowerment

Sue Shipe, Ph.D., Founder of The International Institute For Human Empowerment

We all want to be happy. For some, having a chronic illness can make finding happiness even more challenging. Dr. Sue Shipe believes that chronic illness doesn't have to be the end; it can be a new beginning!

Sue has lived with Fibromyalgia and other chronic illnesses for over 17 years. After grieving the loss of her old life and career, she learned how to find happiness in new activities, relationships, and achievements. Even more importantly, she knows that you can, too! During the past 17 years she has changed her career, expanded her relationships, become a Holistic Coach, written 5 books, created a CD, been a health Advocate for 10+ years, lead a non-profit which she founded, and collaborated on a Fibromyalgia Seminar Report which has been distributed to approximately 6,000 patients and physicians.  Sue has found new meaning and joy in the  life she has created, and is eager to help you find new meaning and purpose. By recognizing that YOU are far more than your illness, you can begin to experience a joy-filled life, and create a legacy of which you can be proud. Let her help you, as she has so many others.

You can reach Sue at the New World Empowerment Center in Niskayuna, located in the Capital District of New York, by calling 518 393-9491, or e-mailing Visit her website at and learn about the results others have experienced. Start your new journey today!


  Miranda Von Fricken,  Certified Life Coach | Seasoned Career Coach | Mastermind Leader | Keynote Speaker

Miranda Von Fricken, Certified Life Coach | Seasoned Career Coach | Mastermind Leader | Keynote Speaker

Passionate about all things personal and professional development; Miranda has been coaching individuals and groups for over 10 years. She creates and conducts workshops on leadership, finding life/career passion, increasing confidence, goal achievement, mindset wellness,and so much more. She's the leader of multiple Mastermind groups, host of Albany’s #LinkedInLocal, and a speaker/contributor in multiple books, blogs, and podcasts on topics such as motivation, success, leadership and career development.

Miranda is a certified life coach and has a Master’s degree in Motivation and Professional Development. She’s known as the local motivation guru! Her mission is to help guide people towards their best life possible, both professionally and personally. She’s a wife, a mom, and positive force in the community.

  Bernadette Willis

Bernadette Willis

Bernadette is a speaker, coach, aspiring author and Human Service professional. She has worked as a counselor for over 20 years in her professional life. She was strategically assigned the most challenged clients because of her ability to empower and Inspire positive results for them. Mothers with the goals of getting their children back, and out of foster care, got their children back! Formerly incarcerated individuals with a goal of getting a job, keeping it, and paying their court fees, got the job, kept the job, and paid their court fees! Youth determined to not hit their special education teacher anymore did not hit their teacher anymore while working with Bernadette. At work Bernadette was often called upon for the de-escalating the most challenging crisis, but believes that preventing them through strategic planning, active listening , partnerships,  and empathy is best.