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“Vanessa is one of the easiest people to talk to. She is reliable and consistent. I encountered Vanessa during multiple pivotal moments of my career where I was planning my next steps to be successful and happy. She taught me to take control of my career and how to make lasting impressions with the people I work with, which resulted in opportunities of where I am now. I still refer to behaviors I witnessed from her as a leader and have now established trusting relationships and gained a voice within my organization.”

Cindy Seo

Director, FP&A at World Surf League


“Vanessa is a good listener and willing to share her own challenges and experiences. Before I met her, I was struggling with building a strong personal bio, and verbal and written communications skills. Vanessa reviewed and provided me feedback on my resume, encouraged me to join Toastmasters and to read to expand my vocabulary. Now, I built up my confidence and feel more articulate when speaking in front of managers, clients and webinar audience.”

Elaine Pang

Business Counselor, Chinatown Service Center


“Vanessa has useful and relevant insight in both technical accounting and soft skills. Her advice will provide helpful input at any point of one’s career. When I was still a Senior Financial Analyst at the Walt Disney Company, my biggest challenge was work life balance. Vanessa helped me gain a broader perspective on career progression and cultivation of interpersonal relationships. I am now more open to a broader range of career opportunities.”

Alex C.

Accounting Consulting, Robert Half International


“Vanessa is approachable and has a breadth of experience. One of my biggest challenges was savings for retirement and adequate life insurance coverage for my dependents. With Vanessa’s help, my wife and I now have a better understanding of life insurance options, investments associated with it and their tax-free status.”

Lloyd A. Umali

Manager Global Audit, The Walt Disney Studios


“Vanessa is a great listener, who can extract key information from my story and provide me the guidance I need. She knows how the corporate machine works so well that she can put herself in my shoes and come out with the advice that suits me the best. Before I had a talk with Vanessa, my biggest challenge was how to move up the career ladder. She showed me potential paths, built a timeline with clear goals, listed out areas I should work on and people I should build relationships with. Since then, I expanded my network within the company. My direct supervisor was so impressed with my actions that she provided me with new opportunities and recommended me to be featured on International Women’s Month on my company’s website and LinkedIn.”

Nova Yang

Senior Financial Analyst, Belkin International Inc.

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