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    Anne Steele

    Former President, Muskingum University

    “I am profoundly grateful for the existence of the My Next Season program. It is brilliantly designed and in an expert, yet understated way, transforms the thinking of a newly retired individual. It has made an extraordinary difference in my life, for which I am very grateful. Much of the difference comes from the fundamental concept of a ‘next season’ as detailed in the workbook along with the guidance of my Advisor who provided steadfast gentle pushes to help me actually implement ideas as opposed to the much easier listing of things that I was ‘planning’ to do. Thank you to the entire My Next Season team for the important and wonderful concept of a new season that you have created for my family and me.”


    Bob Rupp

    Former EVP and Chief Risk Officer, The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc.

    “The value add of My Next Season was the relationship with my Advisor and his ability to instantly adjust the depth and breadth of services to my needs. My chances of finding someone like him on my own were zero! Because of shared experience, we spoke the same language; he understood where I was coming from and what I’d been through! I consider myself incredibly lucky to have received this support and this Advisor.”


    Brenda Reynolds

    Former Senior Human Resources Executive, General Electric Company

    “My Next Season was a much better alternative to a traditional outplacement firm for me because of the very important discernment piece. Even though I ultimately moved to a similar position at another company, thinking through with my Advisor what I did and didn’t want to do was valuable and allowed me to land confidently, knowing I had carefully considered all the options.”


    Bryan McCleary

    Former Global Company Communications Executive, Procter & Gamble

    “My experience with My Next Season was incredible. Everyone on the team was professional, kind, and added high-touch details that made a big difference. My Advisor and I talked through everything: she provided great insights, and I always left our meetings feeling encouraged—like I’d had a shot of adrenaline. Without the support, I would’ve been tempted to jump on some early opportunities that didn’t fit with my priorities and goals. Instead, I’m now teaching, consulting, and serving as an ‘executive-on-loan’ working with the CEO of an international not-for-profit. This engagement resulted from introductions made by My Next Season and is something I’ve always wanted to experience.”


    Caroline Muse

    Sales Associate, Hanna Langholz Wilson Ellis

    “The My Next Season pros always had my back and best interests in mind. When I got a job relatively quickly, my Advisor effortlessly shifted gears to help me adjust to a new position in a completely new industry! She used her extensive corporate experience to give me honest opinions and wake-up calls, where needed, to help this 20-something successfully launch a new career.”


    Connie Bonebrake

    Former SVP, Chief Patient Experience Officer, Atrium Health (formerly Carolinas Healthcare System)

    “Going through the My Next Season process was very worthwhile because it caused me to be intentional and to consider and approach my next role from multiple angles. The workbook and conversations with my Advisor helped me to answer important questions I didn’t think I would ever need to consider because I’d planned on staying in my role until retirement. She and I connected very well—she asked probing questions in a caring, not at all invasive way. She also pushed on things I’d said early in the process, holding me accountable when I started to backpedal on things that were important to me. It was a great match!”


    Denise Clark

    Former SVP and Chief Information Officer, The Estée Lauder Companies, Inc.

    “Great process—I loved the experience and am so appreciative to Estée Lauder and the entire My Next Season organization. I couldn’t have asked for a better Advisor. She wore many different hats: teacher, psychologist, friend. She was very, very attentive and professional and identified what I needed and when.”


    Doug Dellinger

    Associate, PE Firm

    “My Advisor helped me think critically about skills I will need throughout my career and changed the way I look at and approach networking. Spending time discussing pieces of my career at depth with someone who had been through similar events and had more experience and perspective has proven to be well worth the time and investment already.”


    Edward Kangas

    “The insights and help shared by our My Next Season Advisor were priceless. She has fog lights that allow her to help people see the future clearly and make adjustments to set up what can be the best chapter in one’s life.”


    Gary Sheffer

    Former VP Communications & Public Affairs, General Electric Company

    “The My Next Season Health & Wellness Session was direct, practical, and helped me reach my fitness and weight loss goals. Although my company offered excellent health and fitness programs and encouraged their use, the long hours at my desk and global travel really took their toll on my health. The consultation with My Next Season’s Medical Concierge opened my eyes to the dietary changes I needed to make and helped me recommit to a more disciplined exercise program. I lost 30 pounds in the first 6 months and am now enjoying a healthier, and hopefully longer, next season!”


    James Bergman

    Student, Furman University

    “As an undergraduate considering a change in career path, I benefited greatly from my Advisor’s wealth of experience, varied positions, international experience, and personal connections. She is highly invested in seeing me succeed, which is a great feeling when I do not yet know in what field that success might come. She has helped reduce my anxiety and allowed me to approach change with a positive mindset.”


    John Thiel

    Former Head of Merrill Lynch

    “Navigating the transition from operations to a board role with the support and friendship of my Advisor helped me so much. It is guidance I sought and benefited from greatly. I am glad I did not try and go it alone. Her experience with so many details of a transition like mine remains invaluable as I progress to my next season.”


    Kathy Cassidy

    Former Senior Vice President and Treasurer, GE & GE Capital

    “If I had to rate this, I’d give it a 10 out of 10. Prior to working with my Advisor, I’d imagined my retirement would be a lot of trial and error. Instead, she helped me to prioritize what was really important to me as a person. Not only did this provide a framework by which I could organize my time, but she also provided real-time coaching regarding how specific opportunities fit (or didn’t!) with my values.”


    Lynne Greene

    Former Group Brand President, The Estée Lauder Companies, Inc.

    “My experience with My Next Season was excellent! Even though retirement was my choice, the process and support were immensely helpful to me. My Next Season helped me work through the practical and emotional aspects of transitioning out of a corporate role. The process brought to light all the elements that I needed to consider. My Advisor (a star!) helped me work through challenges. She facilitated practical solutions that were specific to my situation. I completed the program with new relationships and connections that have inspired an extraordinary next season.”


    Mark Little

    Former Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, General Electric Company

    “My Advisor was a smart, caring, easy-to-talk-to, deep thinker. Outside of my family, my work was my life for more than 35 years; the thought of leaving was both exciting and scary. This process and my Advisor helped me to put aside the scary and helped with context, perspective, and expectations.”


    Mark Metz

    Former Deputy General Counsel, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

    “The personalized support I received from my Advisor made all the difference, and it was a fantastic match! He had executive experience in my industry and that shared background really helped the relevance of his coaching as well as our personal connection. He provided ‘tough love’ when it came to evaluating opportunities, helping me think through what was most important to me, whether or not the roles were a fit, and how to talk about why I left the bank.”


    Marsden Connolly

    President Clinical Care Services, Humana, Inc.

    “The vision behind the My Next Season approach was clear, and I had the good fortune to experience it firsthand. The program was clearly designed to be structured while also accommodating diverse interests and goals. It’s clear that the My Next Season program could be consistently and effectively delivered but also allow for flexibility. The tools were extremely helpful as I discerned what I wanted to do post-career. The My Next Season Workbook helped me step back free of expectation and decide what is most important in my life, while the communications style assessment reconnected me with my natural strengths as opposed to the things I became good at because they were required by my job. The program was invaluable and extremely well thought out.”


    Mike D’Ambrose

    Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, The Archer Daniels Midland Company

    “My Next Season provides guidance for senior executives who are ready for the next step in their professional careers. Their support is especially helpful for hard-charging executives wondering what comes next.”


    Neil Cotty

    Former Chief Accounting Officer, Bank of America

    “I wish I had thought about my retirement sooner—even five years earlier. There are many things I would have done differently. It’s natural to become increasingly focused on work as your career progresses, but it’s important to begin thinking about your post-corporate life while your networks are still intact. My Advisor was extremely helpful, and the team provided valuable information, support, and board interview preparation. Through connections made during my time with My Next Season, I am serving on the board of Common Threads, a great national not-for-profit, and using the skills that I spent a lifetime cultivating.”


    Rob Kelly

    Program Director, Junior Achievement of Greater Washington

    “Working with my Advisor was hugely valuable—she offered a fresh, professional, unbiased perspective that helped me focus my next career move and think through work/life balance and expectations. The assessment, process, and tools are incredibly helpful to anyone who is early in their career and considering other types of work and/or companies.”


    Robert Petrilli

    Former CEO, Swiss Re Corporate Solutions North America

    “The My Next Season experience was extremely valuable and forced me to gain a broader perspective of my life beyond what an outplacement firm might do. My Advisor helped me to focus on what I really wanted and needed rather than just allowing inertia to take over. It would’ve been easy to move to another firm and do something similar, but he encouraged me to balance practical and financial needs with what I felt called to do next. In addition to professional expertise, opinions, and questions which were always spot on, he was as concerned about me personally as he was about what I was going to do next.”


    Scott Szczesny

    Former Partner, Head of Global Recruiting, PharmaLogics Recruiting

    “Because of my background in recruiting, I wasn’t sure I needed My Next Season’s resume development assistance but was extremely pleased with the end product, interactions with the Senior Writer, and review/collaboration of my team. Having a fresh, objective perspective and quality writing paid off!”


    Sharon Daley

    Former Vice President, Human Resources – Alstom Integration, General Electric Company

    “This process was 100 times more helpful than I’d anticipated before starting! I received practical support from day one and had a team that helped me craft the fundamentals for my networking: bio, resume, and LinkedIn. The team did a great job taking me from zero to fully functional in an amazingly short timeframe. This was something I couldn’t have done on my own so thoroughly or efficiently…EVER! Being able to complete my materials before exit day was great, and I felt less anxiety knowing that I was well equipped to continue the job search. I’d highly recommend starting early to others about to transition. It resulted in a nice pace that enabled me to digest every step and get through some practical steps.”


    Steve Bolze

    Senior Managing Director and Global Head of Infrastructure Operations and Asset Management, Blackstone

    “My Advisor was a great coach, listened well, and provided mature counsel.”


    Susan P. Peters

    Former CHRO, General Electric Company

    “Change, ultimately, is a matter of learning and adapting. And it often requires a mindset shift. But you may be more prepared than you realize. Think of all those finely honed capabilities you’ve developed: your ability to influence, to make tough calls based on instinct and judgment, to rally a team around a vision, to move an organization, to spot talent and help others rise higher. Dr. Leslie Braksick’s empathy and humility are remarkable, enabling her to connect with people from all walks and show them where their deep, sometimes forgotten passions might lead. Leslie and her team have been a tremendous help to many of my colleagues and to me.”


    Trevor Fetter

    Former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Tenet Healthcare Corporation

    “My Advisor’s insights in understanding and shaping the arc of the career of a CEO are deep and invaluable. She has naturally extended her expertise in coaching CEOs to be their best during their careers, navigate new roles, or to help them prepare for the best ways to put their talents to use and to live with purpose after their formal careers end.”


  • Retirement

    Anne Steele

    Former President, Muskingum University

    “I am profoundly grateful for the existence of the My Next Season program. It is brilliantly designed and in an expert, yet understated way, transforms the thinking of a newly retired individual. It has made an extraordinary difference in my life, for which I am very grateful. Much of the difference comes from the fundamental concept of a ‘next season’ as detailed in the workbook along with the guidance of my Advisor who provided steadfast gentle pushes to help me actually implement ideas as opposed to the much easier listing of things that I was ‘planning’ to do. Thank you to the entire My Next Season team for the important and wonderful concept of a new season that you have created for my family and me.”


    Bob Rupp

    Former EVP and Chief Risk Officer, The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc.

    “The value add of My Next Season was the relationship with my Advisor and his ability to instantly adjust the depth and breadth of services to my needs. My chances of finding someone like him on my own were zero! Because of shared experience, we spoke the same language; he understood where I was coming from and what I’d been through! I consider myself incredibly lucky to have received this support and this Advisor.”


    Brenda Reynolds

    Former Senior Human Resources Executive, General Electric Company

    “My Next Season was a much better alternative to a traditional outplacement firm for me because of the very important discernment piece. Even though I ultimately moved to a similar position at another company, thinking through with my Advisor what I did and didn’t want to do was valuable and allowed me to land confidently, knowing I had carefully considered all the options.”


    Bryan McCleary

    Former Global Company Communications Executive, Procter & Gamble

    “My experience with My Next Season was incredible. Everyone on the team was professional, kind, and added high-touch details that made a big difference. My Advisor and I talked through everything: she provided great insights, and I always left our meetings feeling encouraged—like I’d had a shot of adrenaline. Without the support, I would’ve been tempted to jump on some early opportunities that didn’t fit with my priorities and goals. Instead, I’m now teaching, consulting, and serving as an ‘executive-on-loan’ working with the CEO of an international not-for-profit. This engagement resulted from introductions made by My Next Season and is something I’ve always wanted to experience.”


    Connie Bonebrake

    Former SVP, Chief Patient Experience Officer, Atrium Health (formerly Carolinas Healthcare System)

    “Going through the My Next Season process was very worthwhile because it caused me to be intentional and to consider and approach my next role from multiple angles. The workbook and conversations with my Advisor helped me to answer important questions I didn’t think I would ever need to consider because I’d planned on staying in my role until retirement. She and I connected very well—she asked probing questions in a caring, not at all invasive way. She also pushed on things I’d said early in the process, holding me accountable when I started to backpedal on things that were important to me. It was a great match!”


    Denise Clark

    Former SVP and Chief Information Officer, The Estée Lauder Companies, Inc.

    “Great process—I loved the experience and am so appreciative to Estée Lauder and the entire My Next Season organization. I couldn’t have asked for a better Advisor. She wore many different hats: teacher, psychologist, friend. She was very, very attentive and professional and identified what I needed and when.”


    Gary Sheffer

    Former VP Communications & Public Affairs, General Electric Company

    “The My Next Season Health & Wellness Session was direct, practical, and helped me reach my fitness and weight loss goals. Although my company offered excellent health and fitness programs and encouraged their use, the long hours at my desk and global travel really took their toll on my health. The consultation with My Next Season’s Medical Concierge opened my eyes to the dietary changes I needed to make and helped me recommit to a more disciplined exercise program. I lost 30 pounds in the first 6 months and am now enjoying a healthier, and hopefully longer, next season!”


    Kathy Cassidy

    Former Senior Vice President and Treasurer, GE & GE Capital

    “If I had to rate this, I’d give it a 10 out of 10. Prior to working with my Advisor, I’d imagined my retirement would be a lot of trial and error. Instead, she helped me to prioritize what was really important to me as a person. Not only did this provide a framework by which I could organize my time, but she also provided real-time coaching regarding how specific opportunities fit (or didn’t!) with my values.”


    Lynne Greene

    Former Group Brand President, The Estée Lauder Companies, Inc.

    “My experience with My Next Season was excellent! Even though retirement was my choice, the process and support were immensely helpful to me. My Next Season helped me work through the practical and emotional aspects of transitioning out of a corporate role. The process brought to light all the elements that I needed to consider. My Advisor (a star!) helped me work through challenges. She facilitated practical solutions that were specific to my situation. I completed the program with new relationships and connections that have inspired an extraordinary next season.”


    Mark Little

    Former Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, General Electric Company

    “My Advisor was a smart, caring, easy-to-talk-to, deep thinker. Outside of my family, my work was my life for more than 35 years; the thought of leaving was both exciting and scary. This process and my Advisor helped me to put aside the scary and helped with context, perspective, and expectations.”


    Mark Metz

    Former Deputy General Counsel, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

    “The personalized support I received from my Advisor made all the difference, and it was a fantastic match! He had executive experience in my industry and that shared background really helped the relevance of his coaching as well as our personal connection. He provided ‘tough love’ when it came to evaluating opportunities, helping me think through what was most important to me, whether or not the roles were a fit, and how to talk about why I left the bank.”


    Marsden Connolly

    President Clinical Care Services, Humana, Inc.

    “The vision behind the My Next Season approach was clear, and I had the good fortune to experience it firsthand. The program was clearly designed to be structured while also accommodating diverse interests and goals. It’s clear that the My Next Season program could be consistently and effectively delivered but also allow for flexibility. The tools were extremely helpful as I discerned what I wanted to do post-career. The My Next Season Workbook helped me step back free of expectation and decide what is most important in my life, while the communications style assessment reconnected me with my natural strengths as opposed to the things I became good at because they were required by my job. The program was invaluable and extremely well thought out.”


    Neil Cotty

    Former Chief Accounting Officer, Bank of America

    “I wish I had thought about my retirement sooner—even five years earlier. There are many things I would have done differently. It’s natural to become increasingly focused on work as your career progresses, but it’s important to begin thinking about your post-corporate life while your networks are still intact. My Advisor was extremely helpful, and the team provided valuable information, support, and board interview preparation. Through connections made during my time with My Next Season, I am serving on the board of Common Threads, a great national not-for-profit, and using the skills that I spent a lifetime cultivating.”


    Robert Petrilli

    Former CEO, Swiss Re Corporate Solutions North America

    “The My Next Season experience was extremely valuable and forced me to gain a broader perspective of my life beyond what an outplacement firm might do. My Advisor helped me to focus on what I really wanted and needed rather than just allowing inertia to take over. It would’ve been easy to move to another firm and do something similar, but he encouraged me to balance practical and financial needs with what I felt called to do next. In addition to professional expertise, opinions, and questions which were always spot on, he was as concerned about me personally as he was about what I was going to do next.”


    Sharon Daley

    Former Vice President, Human Resources – Alstom Integration, General Electric Company

    “This process was 100 times more helpful than I’d anticipated before starting! I received practical support from day one and had a team that helped me craft the fundamentals for my networking: bio, resume, and LinkedIn. The team did a great job taking me from zero to fully functional in an amazingly short timeframe. This was something I couldn’t have done on my own so thoroughly or efficiently…EVER! Being able to complete my materials before exit day was great, and I felt less anxiety knowing that I was well equipped to continue the job search. I’d highly recommend starting early to others about to transition. It resulted in a nice pace that enabled me to digest every step and get through some practical steps.”


  • Executive Advising

    Edward Kangas

    “The insights and help shared by our My Next Season Advisor were priceless. She has fog lights that allow her to help people see the future clearly and make adjustments to set up what can be the best chapter in one’s life.”


    John Thiel

    Former Head of Merrill Lynch

    “Navigating the transition from operations to a board role with the support and friendship of my Advisor helped me so much. It is guidance I sought and benefited from greatly. I am glad I did not try and go it alone. Her experience with so many details of a transition like mine remains invaluable as I progress to my next season.”


    Mike D’Ambrose

    Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, The Archer Daniels Midland Company

    “My Next Season provides guidance for senior executives who are ready for the next step in their professional careers. Their support is especially helpful for hard-charging executives wondering what comes next.”


    Steve Bolze

    Senior Managing Director and Global Head of Infrastructure Operations and Asset Management, Blackstone

    “My Advisor was a great coach, listened well, and provided mature counsel.”


    Susan P. Peters

    Former CHRO, General Electric Company

    “Change, ultimately, is a matter of learning and adapting. And it often requires a mindset shift. But you may be more prepared than you realize. Think of all those finely honed capabilities you’ve developed: your ability to influence, to make tough calls based on instinct and judgment, to rally a team around a vision, to move an organization, to spot talent and help others rise higher. Dr. Leslie Braksick’s empathy and humility are remarkable, enabling her to connect with people from all walks and show them where their deep, sometimes forgotten passions might lead. Leslie and her team have been a tremendous help to many of my colleagues and to me.”


    Trevor Fetter

    Former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Tenet Healthcare Corporation

    “My Advisor’s insights in understanding and shaping the arc of the career of a CEO are deep and invaluable. She has naturally extended her expertise in coaching CEOs to be their best during their careers, navigate new roles, or to help them prepare for the best ways to put their talents to use and to live with purpose after their formal careers end.”


  • Early Career Advising

    Caroline Muse

    Sales Associate, Hanna Langholz Wilson Ellis

    “The My Next Season pros always had my back and best interests in mind. When I got a job relatively quickly, my Advisor effortlessly shifted gears to help me adjust to a new position in a completely new industry! She used her extensive corporate experience to give me honest opinions and wake-up calls, where needed, to help this 20-something successfully launch a new career.”


    Doug Dellinger

    Associate, PE Firm

    “My Advisor helped me think critically about skills I will need throughout my career and changed the way I look at and approach networking. Spending time discussing pieces of my career at depth with someone who had been through similar events and had more experience and perspective has proven to be well worth the time and investment already.”


    James Bergman

    Student, Furman University

    “As an undergraduate considering a change in career path, I benefited greatly from my Advisor’s wealth of experience, varied positions, international experience, and personal connections. She is highly invested in seeing me succeed, which is a great feeling when I do not yet know in what field that success might come. She has helped reduce my anxiety and allowed me to approach change with a positive mindset.”


    Rob Kelly

    Program Director, Junior Achievement of Greater Washington

    “Working with my Advisor was hugely valuable—she offered a fresh, professional, unbiased perspective that helped me focus my next career move and think through work/life balance and expectations. The assessment, process, and tools are incredibly helpful to anyone who is early in their career and considering other types of work and/or companies.”


    Scott Szczesny

    Former Partner, Head of Global Recruiting, PharmaLogics Recruiting

    “Because of my background in recruiting, I wasn’t sure I needed My Next Season’s resume development assistance but was extremely pleased with the end product, interactions with the Senior Writer, and review/collaboration of my team. Having a fresh, objective perspective and quality writing paid off!”