Testimonials

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Erin Executive Vice-President & General Counsel

Starla intuitively knows when to listen, when to encourage, and when to push.

"Starla embraces what it truly means to be a coach. She recognizes her clients' full potential and intuitively knows when to listen, when to encourage, and when to push. Starla has been an invaluable teacher and supporter to me and my teams as we have worked through difficult but necessary changes in business practices and communication dynamics. With Starla as the navigator, we've emerged better able to take advantage of business opportunities and achieve success."

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Brad Sales Leader

Starla helped me become a more effective communicator, leader, and the very best version of myself.

"Benefiting from an executive coaching experience with Starla has been a career highlight for which I take great pride. Developing a heightened level of emotional intelligence and situational awareness built upon a better understanding of my values and natural tendencies has translated into immense personal and professional growth. Starla has truly helped me become a more effective communicator, leader, and the very best version of myself."

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Angela Intellectual Property Associate

My time with Starla helped me to trust myself and confidently communicate my viewpoint in the face of difficult circumstances.

"I was being challenged by the leadership style of a specific personality on my non-profit board, for which I am a very passionate advocate. However, at the time, I was considering resigning because it had just become too difficult. Starla and I regularly strategized on how to address substantive issues with this person in a way that preserved my brand, but accurately conveyed my concerns. My time with Starla helped me to trust myself and confidently communicate my viewpoint in the face of difficult circumstances. Presumably, I was successful in doing so as my fellow board members later voted me into the executive leadership of the organization."

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Mary Beth Chief Executive Officer

It was Starla’s expertise and direct approach as our trusted advisor that made the most impact.

"Starla is a great thought-partner for getting to the root cause of business challenges and then identifying which training, coaching, and/or consulting resources are needed to result in positive, transformational change. Various tools were used – training, coaching, assessments, etc. - but it was Starla’s expertise and direct approach as our trusted advisor that made the most impact."

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Matt Director of Client Relations

Starla made sure she fully understood the fundamentals of our business.

"Our work with Starla focused on the improvement of our business relationships with some of our most important clients. She made sure she fully understood the fundamentals of our business as well as our client's core values and primary objectives. Starla is a pleasure to work with. She is always professional and highly engaged, and exudes a positivity that translates to group settings both large and small."

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Lori President

Starla helped guide me in a role where I was to influence and lead without direct authority.

"After decades in the industry and leading various departments, Starla helped guide me in a role where I was to influence and lead without direct authority. She gave me the necessary tools, focused on the positive, and enhanced the appropriate competencies in order for me to be successful. It was obvious she understands corporate dynamics and is an outstanding executive coach."

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Suzanne Vice President

Starla's leadership coaching was game-changing for our team.

"As a leadership team, we began our journey with little insight into each other’s values and strengths and how these important components were influencing our leadership approach and alignment. Starla challenged our assumptions and guided us to a much more intentional way of thinking and behaving. Her leadership coaching was game-changing for our team."

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Deb Principal & Owner

My team has grown in confidence both personally and professionally.

"Through Starla West International both my executive staff and front line managers have grown in confidence both personally and professionally. What I enjoy most about Starla’s process is that she give us tools to use even beyond our time with her. She truly believes in our growth."

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Gwen Vice President

She helped me improve the way I value myself.

"Starla changed my life. She is incredible at what she does. I am so blessed to have had the opportunity to work with her. She helped me improve the way I value myself and to create a much larger vision for my long-term goals and success."

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Jason Realtor

After working with Starla, I handle difficult situations far differently.

"My coaching with Starla helped me to step back and look at difficult situations in a different light. Now, when confronted with a challenging situation, I immediately assess the behavioral profile of the person I'm working with to better respond in a way that gets the end result I am looking for. I've already resolved several difficult negotiations by evaluating the situation first before immediately responding."

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Amie Privacy and IP Partner

Working with Starla changed the trajectory of every aspect of my life.

"Working with Starla has revolutionized my very approach to life. What I’ve learned (and continue to learn) in coaching sessions with Starla as well as the Executive Women’s Peer Advisory Forum has changed the trajectory of every aspect of my life - my law practice, my personal life, the way I evaluate my successes and set goals for the future - for the better."

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Danielle Township Trustee

Starla helped me change my life in ways I never dreamed possible.

"In the past two years, Starla has helped me change my life in ways I never dreamed possible. She helped me identify my goals and encouraged me to go after my dreams. Her coaching has truly been one of the most transformative events of my life. She asks the right questions to lead me to very solid decisions. She helps me focus and prioritize. I have been better able to look at situations in alternative ways, thus finding very meaningful solutions. I am a better person today because of the coaching I received from Starla."

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Brita Director of Diversity & Inclusion

I gained a comprehensive and clear road map tailored to me that I apply daily.

"Starla’s customized executive coaching intensive was precisely the “deep dive” I wanted . . . and the “push” I needed. With her direction, I transformed how I approach challenges and as a result, it has improved the quality of my contributions and performance. With Starla’s guidance, I gained a comprehensive and clear road map that is tailored to me and that I apply daily to my professional and personal life. Thanks to Starla’s expertise I am empowered and equipped to implement new skills and actions that allow me to be more effective and make deeper impacts."

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Taryn Marketing and Business Development Professional

My work with Starla was a life-changing experience that empowered me to make some tough choices.

"Working with Starla gave me a deep understanding of who I am and what I want – personally and professionally. It empowered me to make some tough choices that ultimately set me up to achieve what I genuinely wanted out of life. To say it has changed my life would be an understatement. She equipped me with the tools to deeply understand myself, others' motivations, and adjust accordingly for optimum outcomes."

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Maureen Realtor

My work with Starla changed the way I do business.

"At most of the conferences I attend, top producers regularly referred to the DiSC profile. While I had a general idea of what it was, I had never studied it. I saw Starla West speak at a Luxury Forum in Dallas. Shortly after the Forum, Starla offered the DiSC Sales Workshop and Virtual Coaching. I signed up immediately. I could tell by her on-stage presence that her teaching style would be a good fit. The two-day class and weekly virtual meetings afterward changed the way I do business. I have been able to adjust my interaction style to build rapport and trust with all my clients. Coincidentally (or not) I am having my best year in real estate."

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Kelly Marketing Professional

Without her coaching, I would not be feeling this strong.

"Starla's six-week self-esteem/awareness course helped me understand my value and put me in a stronger position now more than ever to make positive moves for the future. Without her coaching, I would not be feeling this strong or have as good an understanding of my value."

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Cassandra President, Compensation Expert & Author

I got rid of head trash I didn't even know I had!

"When I met Starla, I did not know I was looking for or needed her executive presence coaching. I was so moved by her presentation that I signed up with her right away. I thought I was confident before Starla but became more confident as I worked with her and got rid of some head trash I did not even know I had. I would recommend Starla to any up and coming professional who wants to continue to polish their executive presence skills."

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Megan Marketing Professional

I learned how to best communicate with others for efficient and effective results.

"I first heard Starla speak at an event, signed up for her newsletter, and decided she could help me! The first thing she helped me accomplish was understanding that no matter how hard I try, other people will do what they are going to do. I adjusted the time and effort I was putting into personal and professional relationships to minimize frustrations for me. It worked and I am much happier! She also worked with me on how to use social and physical cues to identify an individual’s preferred interaction style so I could learn how to best communicate with them for efficient and effective results. It has allowed for improved communication for difficult conversations and day-to-day communication. She’s been a tremendous help and I highly recommend her to others."

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Jan Realtor

There's more harmony during client transactions now.

"My work with Starla on connecting and working more effectively with others has created more harmony during client transactions and enhanced my client relationships. Our group training and individual coaching afterward were very helpful, and I would certainly do it again. I hope to be able to work more with Starla in the future."

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Dawn Senior Vice President

I now have a trusted group of authentic, high-achieving female advisers I can lean on for insight, advice, direction, and accountability.

"My participation in the Executive Women's Peer Advisory Forum has strengthened my executive leadership skills. I now have a trusted group of authentic, high-achieving female advisers I can lean on for insight, advice, direction, and accountability. This incredible group of women challenge my thinking and stretch me beyond my comfort zones to help me become the leader I aspire to be."

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Tammy Director

The sum experiences across the executive forum are deep and rich.

"There is a need for women who have achieved career success to continue their professional growth in an environment of peers where the exchange of candor is fresh and reliable. In our forum, we are provided with a structure that holds us accountable for goal-setting and honoring our commitments. The sum experiences across the executive forum are deep and rich and span industries and geographies. We regard each other’s strengths and vulnerabilities in a way that is safe and non-threatening and over time has produced for each of us a professional, and also personal, evolution."

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Amie Privacy and IP Partner

The Executive Women's Peer Advisory Forum has changed the trajectory of every aspect of my life.

"Participating in the Executive Women's Peer Advisory Forum (EWPAF) has revolutionized my very approach to life. What I’ve learned (and continue to learn) in coaching sessions with Starla as well as the EWPAF has changed the trajectory of every aspect of my life - my law practice, my personal life, the way I evaluate my successes and set goals for the future - for the better."

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Danielle Township Trustee

The EWPAF has been a catalyst for real change in my life.

"The EWPAF has been a catalyst for real change in my life with results that are undeniable. The group's guidance, perception, and accountability are instrumental in providing the focus and clarity to define what my intentions are, to set them, and move towards them. Working with the EWPAF has been one of the best things I’ve done for myself."

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