Chris Pienkowski

20+ years of business and leadership experience ranging from startups to Fortune 1000 corporations. Specializes in leadership development from frontline managers to C-suite executives.

20+ years of business and leadership experience ranging from startups to Fortune 1000 corporations. Specializes in leadership development from frontline managers to C-suite executives.

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As a business leader, Chris has been passionate about mentoring and coaching high potential employees to prepare them for significant career advancement, rising from individual contributors to mid and senior-level executives across multiple industries. As a leadership coach, he has created and implemented leadership development programs for individuals and teams in privately held companies and publicly traded corporations to build deeper internal pools of talent to grow into management and executive roles. Chris has a special place in his heart for working with new and emerging leaders who have recently transitioned to management from individual contributor roles. In addition, he works with high-potential mid-level managers in preparing them for senior leadership and executive positions.

Chris has a deep understanding of what it takes to develop people into High Impact Leaders and is passionate about helping others to achieve their professional goals while becoming the best versions of themselves in life. He is excited to help you do the same!

Notable Client Achievements

Provided negotiation and interview coaching to a financial analyst resulting in accepting a new job at a more senior level and more than a 40% increase in compensation.

Helped explore a new career direction and applied transferable skills to successfully transition to a dream job.

Implemented tools and strategies to allow senior leaders to remove themselves from day-to-day functions that were causing a bottleneck in productivity.

Helped an emerging leader to address relationships with former peers where they felt taken advantage of to become more productive and accountable.

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In Their Own Words
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Work History
Moves for Seniors
  • Vice President of Business Development
  • Managing Director
Transit Systems
Director of Strategic Initiatives
City of Philadelphia
Director of Legislation and Communications
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  • Graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania
  • 20+ years of leadership experience across multiple industries
  • Certified in 360 Reviews, stakeholder evaluations, and leadership strength assessments
  • 10+ successful exits of client companies
  • 4x successful business owner
  • Helped more than 50 small business leaders break through the $5 Million revenue plateau.
Industry Specialties
Computer Software, Construction, Education, Entertainment and more
Functional Specialties
Accounting Auditing, Business Development, Customer Service, Operations and more
Early Career, Mid Career, New People Manager, Experienced People Manager and more
Describe the process you use to help clients move forward with their lives.

I always start with understanding the person’s current state and gathering historical information about how they have arrived at their current situation. From there, we identify areas where a person wants to improve, breakthrough, change, etc., and conduct relevant assessments before creating goals with customized action steps and ways to measure progress.

Describe your coaching style.

My coaching style is open, honest, and encouraging with no sugar coating. I take a journey with people to help them uncover answers rather than provide them with east solutions. I guide people to explore and question their assumptions, learnings from past actions, and future goals.

How do you measure success with a client?

Success is measured by clients achieving their goals and milestones along the way. I always encourage my clients to have measurable and objective goals to truly understand when progress is being made and when goals have been achieved.

How do you support clients that don’t have a clear idea of what they want to do?

I always start with reviewing and understanding someone’s career path including why they chose it and why they want to explore something else. We get into deeper conversations around personal goals, passions, and areas of interest that may be career options.

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