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About Our Coaching and Consulting:

As an experienced, creative and passionate Director of Marketing, I found that Liz's coaching provided amazing support. She helped me develop tools to:
• Gain clarity and alignment on strategic issues
• Determine the high leverage priorities
• Drive results
• Develop leadership courage and
• Manage my emotional response to high-stress, challenging situations.

—Rhoann Ponseti, Director of Marketing
Reach Air Medical Services

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"Liz is insightful, smart and direct. Our coaching conversations are always productive and illuminating. She continually adapts our discussions to hit the relevant topics. I recommend her to any executive seeking to improve his leadership effectiveness and business results."

—Fortune 50 Executive

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"Liz was an outstanding guest and exactly the type of speaker to bring to an executive program.  This was another high value session for me. It was abundantly clear to me how extremely knowledgeable she is in her field.  I also realize that it was a huge challenge for her to compress what I’m sure takes at least a full day into a short 2 hour session. She is a very skilled facilitator and she makes use of proven learning techniques that drive retention."

— Clay Bilby, MPO Controller
Agilent

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"Our HR team made a great choice by selecting Liz and investing in our employees. It will pay off for many years to come."

— Justin Neal
Amy's Kitchen

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"An active Executive Coach with our company, Liz combines deep knowledge with purpose and caring.  Her integrity, commitment to individual & collective success, and collaborative spirit make her a valuable asset to our leadership team."

— Steve Smith, Leadership & Employee Development Specialist
Lamont Gilbert, Leadership & Employee Development Manager
AAA of Northern California

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"My advice for your first hundred days? Put the FHD number on speed dial."

— Alayne Fardella, Executive Vice President
Seattle Times

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"For years, FHD has guided the start-up teamwork with our new residents. Her insights, humor and thoughtful inquiry are powerful contributions to a very successful program."

— Resident Coordinator
Healthcare System

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"Liz is a great listener. Her ability to show us 'the other side' helped our firm negotiate some difficult staff issues and develop a progressive plan to move forward."

— Senior Partner
Accounting Firm

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"FHD provided both the forum and wisdom to enable our partnership to resolve tremendous business and personal challenges."

— Gary Winston, MD
Founding Partner, North Bay Pediatrics
Pediatric Chief, Hill Physicians Medical Group

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"Liz really “gets” the challenges of leadership in the public sector."

— Linda Reed
Administrative Services Officer
City of Santa Rosa Utilities Department

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"How she guided our strong-willed, lively Board to consensus was absolutely amazing. She combined diligent preparation with flawless facilitation and produced excellent results."

— Ann Mahoney, President
Healdsburg Museum and Historical Society

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"I have heard nothing but raves about how fun and rewarding it was to work with you... and they were a tough group!"

— Daniella Zazzeron, former HR Executive
Birkenstock

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"I heartily recommend Liz to any non-profit group that needs facilitation or organizational development services."

— Pamela Swan, Director
Healdsburg Education Foundation

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"As an experienced, creative and passionate Director of Marketing, I found that Liz's coaching provided amazing support. She helped me develop tools to:
Gain clarity and alignment on strategic issues
Determine the high leverage priorities
Drive results
Develop leadership courage and
Manage my emotional response to high-stress, challenging situations."

— Rhoann Ponseti, Director of Marketing
Reach Air Medical Services

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"Liz was an outstanding guest and exactly the type of speaker to bring to an executive program. This was another high value session for me. It was abundantly clear to me how extremely knowledgeable she is in her field. I also realize that it was a huge challenge for her to compress what I'm sure takes at least a full day into a short 2 hour session. She is a very skilled facilitator and she makes use of proven learning techniques that drive retention."

— Clay Bilby, MPO Controller
Agilent

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"Our HR team made a great choice by selecting Liz and investing in our employees. It will pay off for many years to come."

— Justin Neal
Amy's Kitchen

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About Liz’s Talks:

"FHD (First 100 Days) Consulting coordinated a year-long series of workshops offered to board members, staff, and volunteers active in community non-profits. It was so successful, we brought them back to design and facilitate a strategic planning process. Their flexibility and gentle guidance set the course for our ongoing development into a more effective and focused group.  We seek reasons to work with them!"
 
— Richard Burg, Chair
Healdsburg Area Fund, an Affiliate of Community Foundation Sonoma County 

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You were a "smashing success"

— Susan Rasmussen, Director
Sales and Service Support
AAA

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"Liz was a great speaker and I enjoyed listening to her. I think including SCJ stories was beneficial, especially coming from successful people. Very engaging and full of life presentation."

— SC Johnson and Son

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"This (Liz’s) event was a huge success!"

— Brigitte L. Shreiner
Account Business Manager
SC Johnson - A Family Company

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"Liz spoke to our Chamber Women in Business luncheon - a dynamic group of fast-moving, hard-charging professionals.  Her talk was packed with humor, inspiration and no-nonsense advice.   Want to get rave reviews for your key note speaker?    Book Liz  -  NOW!"

— Anthy O'Brien
President, Top Speed Data Communications
Petaluma, CA
Chair, Novato Chamber Women in Business Committee

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"Liz' appearance at our Women Leading Kentucky Roundtable attracted the largest crowd this year!  She was a terrific story-teller and made a great connection with the professional women and leaders in our audience.  They loved her!"

— Janet Holloway
Co-Founder  & Executive Director, Women Leading Kentucky

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"Once again you have managed to dazzle the group."

— Executive Director
Leadership Academy

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"Liz can enter the room, read the crowd, and spontaneously adapt her presentation style to respond. As a keynote speaker or trainer, she’s exceptional."

— Grace Gorrell
Community and Leadership Development, University of Kentucky
Coordinator of the Duvall Leader in Residence Program 07

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"Her rapid-fire, cut-to-the-chase style and intellect is a perfect fit for legal audiences."

— Mitchell M. Breit, Partner
WhatleyDrake and Kallas

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"Liz is an informed, engaging, thought-provoking speaker - a perfect choice for professional audiences.  I have known Liz for over 30 years, have heard her speak and highly recommend her.  She's entertaining and incredibly knowledgeable about her subject."

— Kristine Y. Brower
Attorney-at-Law

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"We were so fortunate to have Liz Cornish speak to our group! To have a woman who challenges us to take a journey inward and a journey outward, to find our vocation, to live a life worth living, and to prepare ourselves for success. Liz Cornish ‘walks the talk’ and she talked to our students and alumni about asking the right questions and identifying our priorities. She was terrific and we so appreciated her being a part of our day."

— Robin Salyer Fleischer, MSEd., NCC
Director, Graves Center for Calling and Career
Georgetown College

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About Liz’s Book, Hit the Ground Running:

"Hit the Ground Running contains words of wisdom from one very wise woman.  The tips and insights Liz Cornish provides are practical, tangible, and invaluable.  If you're anywhere close to assuming a leadership position this book is a must-read."  

— Lois P. Frankel, Ph.D, Author
Nice Girls Don't Get the Corner Office 

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"If you're taking a new leadership position, read and use Hit the Ground Running. It is filled with ideas, tools, and practical advice that until now could only be gained from years of life and work experience. Liz Cornish has observed and asked all the right questions of many, many effective leaders – both men and women – and developed a resource crammed with their good ideas and best advice."

— Margot Fraser, Founder
Birkenstock Footprint Sandals, Inc.

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"Brilliantly written in easy-to-follow steps, Hit the Ground Running offers women the tools they need to proactively take the reins in the early, most crucial stages of leadership. Timely and effective."

— Stephen R. Covey, Author
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness

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"A fantastic resource for new leaders – and coaches who want to help new leaders!"

— Marshall Goldsmith, Author
The Leader of the Future (a Business Week best-seller)
Coach to over 70 major CEOs

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"As women arise to take their rightful place alongside men in the world of business, they will find Hit the Ground Running a valuable resource and inspiration."

— Ken Blanchard, Co-author,
The One Minute Manager and The Secret

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"Hit the Ground Running is one of the best workplace how-tos I've ever read. It's practical, thorough, clear, organized, user-friendly, smart, interesting, and amusing. What a terrific writer!"

— Betty Spence, President
National Association for Female Executives

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"For nearly 30 years, I have worked all over the world to empower women. From Bangledesh to Boston, from Calcutta to Cancun, from Nairobi to New York, I have seen that when women succeed, flourish and find their rightful role in any society, everyone benefits and things really work. This book is timely, effective and groundbreaking. There could be nothing more crucial to the 21st century than the success and empowerment of women. Liz is an experienced coach, consultant and leader who know what she's talking about and has written with clarity and accessibility about how to effectively succeed. I highly recommend this fabulous, practical and truly timely book."

— Lynne Twist, Global Activist and Author
The Soul of Money

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"What an incredible resource! HR Directors should stock Hit the Ground Running for all their newly promoted managers."

— Lyle Hanna, President
Hanna Resource Group
Lyle Hanna, President, Hanna Resource Group
Chair, Habitat for Humanity Global Leadership Council
Foundation Board Member, Society for Human Resource Management

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"Congratulations on your fine work! It is loaded with excellent examples, sage advice and a “can do” spirit. We need more women in the political pipeline and Hit the Ground Running is a great resource for rising stars."

— Mary Wiberg, Executive Director
State of California Commission on the Status of Women

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"I am going to buy Liz's book for all of my management team."

— Debra Delaney
President and CEO of CCI

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"I loved it!"

— Deanna Leonard, VP of Design
Sara Lee Branded Apparel

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"I loved the examples, the insights and the real-life situations. It's truly a working guide to use again and again. Liz really "gets" the challenges of leadership in the public sector."

— Linda Reed, Administrative Services Officer
City of Santa Rosa Utilities Department

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"The advice on tough conversations alone was worth a bundle. If you are tackling a new project or receiving a promotion, do yourself a favor - buy this book."

— Dolly Evans, President
Small Business Services/ProLease by SBS, Inc.  

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"I love the down to earth and easy to understand writing.  It is a great break from other books that dwell too much (in my opinion) in theory."

— Amy Hamilton
Pfizer

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"One of the many rewards of long-time civic leadership is my exposure to bright, upwardly mobile young leaders.   Regardless of industry or gender, they now have a practical, easy-to-use tool -  Hit the Ground Running."

— Sharon Wright: 3 term Mayor
City of Santa Rosa, California 

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"Not only have I 'survived' after the first 100 days on my new job, thanks to some of the key suggestions I learned from reading your book, I am THRIVING in my job."

— Linda Bryant, Senior Vice President
FASTLANE Secure Payments

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"I couldn't but this book down – Liz Cornish's ideas make so much sense. Any woman looking for eye-opening insights should read Hit the Ground Running right away."

— Marybeth Bond, Award-winning Author
Gutsy Women

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"Hit the Ground Running is an excellent resource for helping women in our profession both realize their potential and break through real or perceived barriers. The timing is great, since law enforcement needs more women leaders."

— Sheriff Bill Cogbill
Sonoma County, California

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"I have found it to be a very focusing exercise that has provided me with greater control of my work and contribution."

— Kristen L. Salvi
Sr. Employee Relations Representative
Actel Corporation

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"The book is really a great help and I will be sharing it with new colleagues as they take new positions."

— Carol Pitts Diedrichs
Dean of Libraries
William T. Young Endowed Chair
University of Kentucky

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"I soooooooo enjoyed your book."

— Deanna L. Leonard, VP of Design
Sara Lee Branded Apparel

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And Liz’s Workbook and Workshop Materials:

"I find the workbook supportive, helpful, and even provocative.  I can't imagine that a new leader couldn't learn from it.  The exercises are useful and promote a mature, big-picture approach. They tackle many practical issues and fears." 

— Susan Nix, Director of Development
Sonoma Country Day School

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"Outstanding job on your materials!!  Very comprehensive, interactive, meaty, practical…this is going to be a smash hit…"

— Teleia A. Cherry
Organizational Development & Training Officer
Solano County Department of Human Resources

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