Welcome to Professional Coaching!

My name is Ilene Berns-Zare. I’m a professional coach, psychologist, educator, and seminar leader, credentialed by the International Coach Federation (ICF). I love coaching and working with people to help them see their lives in new ways, maximize their strengths, and flourish in their lives and organizations.

Tap into your true callings, strengths, and potential to flourish in life and work:

o   Positive Leadership Coaching – for leaders, executives, and emerging leaders
o   Claiming Your Prime Time – Flourishing in the Second Half of Life
o   Meaning and Mindfulness Coaching
o   Academic/ABD Coaching
o   Life Coaching

I can partner with you to help you discover what matters most to you and put that into action — setting goals, overcoming obstacles, and moving toward your personal and professional best.

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In addition, I offer seminars, in-services, and consulting to organizations, including corporate, academic, physicians, entrepreneurs, and non-profit.

My coaching approach is strengths-based and tailored to the individual client. We utilize coaching theory/techniques and positive psychology, the scientific study of well-being and strategies that enable individuals, organizations and communities to thrive.  Research shows that people who identify and leverage their strengths are happier, more engaged, experience more meaning, and feel a better fit between their life and leadership.

To learn more, let’s have a conversation.
Ilene Berns-Zare, PsyD, PCC, CMC

Why Choose Coaching?

  • Are you ready to gain clarity and move forward on your strengths as a positive, mindful leader in your life and leadership?
  • Are you looking for greater life-work balance?
  • Have your kids left home and you’re ready for your own prime time?
  • Are you looking toward a thriving, fulfilling retirement?
  • Do you want to connect to your purpose or calling in life?
  • Are you thinking of making a major change in your life?
  • Are you ready to do something about your “what if’s” and move toward who you can become?
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Life and Leadership Coaching Services

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Positive Leadership

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Flourishing in Second Half of Life

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Meaning & Mindfulness Coaching

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Flourishing Organizations/Offices

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Working with Ilene

  • Ilene empowers clients to listen to their inner voice and heart, clarify goals, and focus on positive steps to reach their vision and life objectives.
  • Ilene supports clients to create their own plan and hold to it, so it doesn’t get lost in the day to day of life.
  • Ilene can help clients move towards their personal and/or professional best.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the life and leadership coaching process?

The coaching process is based on the premise that YOU are the expert on your life. Together, we would co-create a coaching process designed to help you move from ideas to action, prioritizing your goals, clarifying your strengths, and empowering yourself toward greater fulfillment, balance, and effectiveness. We would help you explore your strengths, resources, and creativity to discover solutions and move towards your personal and professional best. Coaching helps you design actions and uses accountability strategies to help you stay on track to create the actions you desire. No two people are the same, and everyone’s coaching journey is different. The Awareness, Choices, and Actions are yours. Learning to listen to yourself and make better decisions that fit with your goals, you can learn to be your own coach!

What’s the difference between coaching and psychotherapy?

Coaching is NOT psychotherapy or counseling. It is an educational and personal/professional development process for people who are already functional and want to move forward in their lives. Coaches help people build on information, strengths and skills they already have, develop their vision, and implement an action plan to realize their goals. A successful coaching relationship is a process in which coach and client co-create an alliance in which the client can discover and build on her/his own strengths.

I live/work in a location where there are not many coaches. Where does coaching take place?

You can be in any location you want during your coaching meetings! Most coaches work over the telephone, which is convenient for clients. Because many coaches are skilled in listening deeply and carefully, it works well for most people.

How do I begin coaching or learn more about it?

I welcome your questions about coaching and offer a free 30-minute consultation to discuss what matters to you, your goals, current life circumstances, and any obstacles you’ve been facing as you strive to reach your most important goals. During this conversation, we can become acquainted, and mutually establish if we could be a good fit as a coaching team. To explore whether coaching is a good choice for you, please contact me at [email protected] or click here.

The Effectiveness of Coaching

According to research over recent decades conducted by PriceWaterHouseCoopers (2016; 2008):
  • 80% of coaching clients reported positive changes in interpersonal skills, communication skills, work performance, and relationships.
  • 93% of clients who partnered with a credentialed coach reported satisfaction with the experience.
  • The median Return on Investment for corporate executive coaching was 7 times the initial investment, and 3 times the investment for individual executive coaching clients.

Hear From Ilene’s Clients

“I’ll admit I had my doubts about coaching before working with Ilene. As a high-performing “Type A” personality, I had never thought of myself as someone who needed coaching. Wasn’t that just for people who weren’t cutting it? I knew my craft as a marketer and had plenty of job-specific training under my belt. How could a coach who has never worked in my field help?

I’m glad I took the plunge. You are in charge with Ilene. Her structured coaching process forced my thinking into new areas of opportunity, and helped me see key areas of my business that I was ignoring. Even though I was already making progress towards my goals, I feel even more certain that I am on the right path today. I highly recommend Ilene to anyone interested in maximizing the contribution they make to their business.”

Rich Delaney, Rich Delaney Marketing

Oak Park, IL

“I had the pleasure of working with Dr. Ilene Berns-Zare on a presentation that she gave for the Community Parent Network of Stevenson High School. Ilene was thorough and worked hard to understand what our committee was looking for, while also offering her own ideas. Her approach to the topic of mindfulness was flexible and she was willing to meet our community needs. Ilene was warmly received by the community while speaking in a knowledgeable and engaging manner. Everyone left the presentation feeling like they learned something valuable.”

Mara Heichman (CPC, ELI-MP)

“Having Dr. Ilene Berns-Zare as a presenter for the Exclusive Professional Women’s Networking Group was a great decision! She handled the topic ‘Unstress for Success: Quick Tools for Shifting Stress into Power’ extremely well. She took the time to tailor her remarks to our audience and was engaging and inspiring, striking a relevant chord with our members! Her presentation was to the point, timely, concise, and expertly offered.”

Susan Raemer-Rodriguez, R&R Human Resources Solutions

Board of Directors

“Having attended more than one presentation of Ilene’s, I remain most impressed with her ability to incorporate relevant research to support her findings—which is done so both informatively and inspiringly.  Her style can be described as inviting and engaging. She easily delivers easy to grasp concepts which often elicit the curiosity of participants as seen by them asking deeper questions on the subject. Ilene is also interactive in her approach—both by encouraging the exchange of ideas between participants.  She also leaves room for individual discovery and validates group member’s experiences.”

Marla Goldberg

Evanston, IL

Upcoming Teleconferences

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Flourishing in the Second Half of Life with Meaning, Resilience, and Well-Being
Discover and Lead With Your Character Strengths

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