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Your Strategic Focus and Impact

Your Resource For Insight, Inspiration, and Achieving Better Results – Faster

Meet Your Team For Dramatically Enhancing
Your Strategic Focus and Impact

Your Resource For Insight, Inspiration, and Achieving Better Results – Faster

Meet Your Team For Dramatically Enhancing
Your Strategic Focus and Impact

About Steve Lishansky

Steve Lishansky, Values Based Leadership Consultant

Steve Lishansky is the CEO of Optimize International, the company he founded in 1992 specifically for successfully maximizing the development of top leaders and high performing executive teams in the US and internationally.  He has worked with leaders and top performers from over 40 countries.

After Steve’s 18-year career as an entrepreneur and corporate executive, he has worked with senior leaders and their teams across many industries, including many leading financial services, technology, pharmaceutical, and bioscience companies, offering:

  • Executive coaching focusing on CIO’s, CEO’s and their executive teams
  • Facilitating executive retreats, strategic planning sessions, and meetings
  • Speaking and training, offering customized keynotes and educational programs

Read Steve’s Full Bio (PDF)

About Steve Lishansky

Steve Lishansky - Values Based LeadershipSteve Lishansky is the CEO of Optimize International, the company he founded in 1992 specifically for successfully maximizing the development of top leaders and high performing executive teams in the US and internationally.  He has worked with leaders and top performers from over 40 countries.

After Steve’s 18-year career as an entrepreneur and corporate executive, he has worked with senior leaders and their teams across many industries, including many leading financial services, technology, pharmaceutical, and bioscience companies, offering:

  • Executive coaching with CEO’s and C-Level executive teams
  • Facilitating executive retreats, strategic planning sessions, and meetings
  • Speaking and training, offering customized keynotes and educational programs

Read Steve’s Full Bio (PDF)

Start a Conversation with Steve

About Optimize International, LLC.

Clients from companies large and small from around the world have for over 25 years have sought the strategic insight, executive coaching, results-accelerating, and strategic planning facilitation that has made Optimize International their go-to advisor for results.

From the Fortune 100, to fast growing entrepreneurial companies, smart leaders have called on Optimize International for:

  • Masterful CIO, CEO and C-Level Executive Coaching
  • Facilitating Executive Team Retreats
  • Strategic Planning that moves companies forward faster
  • Leadership, communication, and business development training
  • Speaking that inspires, motivates and drives results

Lead by Hall of Fame Executive Coach, Facilitator & Speaker Steve Lishansky, the talented team at Optimize has a results-focus approach to all of their engagements.

When you want to grow faster, build a stronger culture, develop your top talent, or get insights from experienced executives who have seen it all, contact us.

About Optimize International, LLC.

Clients from companies large and small from around the world have for over 25 years have sought the strategic insight, executive coaching, results-accelerating, and strategic planning facilitation that has made Optimize International their go-to advisor for results.

From the Fortune 100, to fast growing entrepreneurial companies, smart leaders have called on Optimize International for:

  • Masterful CEO and C-Level Executive Coaching
  • Facilitating Executive Team Retreats
  • Strategic Planning that moves companies forward faster
  • Leadership, communication, and business development training
  • Speaking that inspires, motivates and drives results

Lead by Hall of Fame Executive Coach, Facilitator & Speaker Steve Lishansky, the talented team at Optimize has a results-focus approach to all of their engagements.

When you want to grow faster, build a stronger culture, develop your top talent, or get insights from experienced executives who have seen it all, contact us.

Team Members

Richard Waxman
Richard WaxmanChief Business Development Officer at Optimize
By leveraging over thirty years of strategic account development, Richard has provided enterprise accounts with a competitive edge and a collaborative culture by enhancing the Emotional Intelligence (EQ) and Leadership intelligence (LQ) of their leaders and teams though innovative and interactive training programs that address the real world challenges they face on a daily basis.

Neal Tricarico
Neal Tricarico
Neal works with client organizations to grow their sales, executive leadership, recruiting, and training success. Neal helps organizations around the world implement growth strategies consistent with the organization’s vision, values, and purpose.

Mitchell Stevko
Mitchell Stevko
Mitchell is a master strategist and CEO coach for high growth companies, having helped over 100 entrepreneurs and organizations raise over $4 billion in capital to achieve their dreams. He specializes in working with fast-growing, venture-funded companies to ensure strategic growth and effective leadership for successfully fulfilling their vision and achieving their goals.

Jeremy Seligman
Jeremy Seligman
Jeremy is an organizational design strategist and coach, helping senior leaders identify and implement the conditions for more effective and profitable organizations. Jeremy has diverse experience, including as CIO of a Fortune 500 telecom, Director of Global IT Strategy and Organizational Development for Ford Motor Company, and C-Level officer of a fast-growing private company.

Tracy Nelson
Tracy Nelson
Tracy is an executive coach with extensive business experience as a leader coaching high performing teams, and in facilitation, leadership development, organizational effectiveness, and training. She focuses on developing vision and strategy for organizations, as well as creating, educating, and sustaining high performing teams.

Kelly McCormack
Kelly McCormack
Kelly is an experienced designer, developer and deliverer of solutions that allow organizations to attain critical, specific, and measurable results. She works with executives to address competition and changing customer needs, and develop leadership skills.

Susan Mayginnes
Susan Mayginnes
Susan specializes in working with senior executives in creating intentional company cultures, and developing future leaders. Her transformational work and approaches awaken leaders’ abilities to create real change, both personally and organizationally.

Kamran Loghman
Kamran Loghman
Kamran is the founder and CEO of CreativeIQ, and is an expert in organizational creativity, strategy and leadership. He is a select senior master trainer for Apple on leadership discipline and creative performance. His programs help leaders and teams to transform, challenge, and eliminate weaknesses.

Meredith Kimball
Meredith Kimball
Meredith is a coach and advisor to executives and leadership teams committed to defining and delivering strategic and operational plans, learning and adapting quickly, and developing more open, accountable cultures. She is a licensed Psychologist, and top graduate of the Executive Coaching Institute.

Wendy Capland
Wendy Capland
Wendy helps executives grow their leadership, focusing on accelerating effectiveness, innovation, and growth. She is a leader in the field of empowering women’s leadership, and in 2011 Wendy was inducted into the Coaches Hall of Fame.

Team Members

Richard Waxman
Richard WaxmanChief Business Development Officer at Optimize
By leveraging over thirty years of strategic account development, Richard has provided enterprise accounts with a competitive edge and a collaborative culture by enhancing the Emotional Intelligence (EQ) and Leadership intelligence (LQ) of their leaders and teams though innovative and interactive training programs that address the real world challenges they face on a daily basis.

Neal Tricarico
Neal Tricarico
Neal works with client organizations to grow their sales, executive leadership, recruiting, and training success. Neal helps organizations around the world implement growth strategies consistent with the organization’s vision, values, and purpose.

Mitchell Stevko
Mitchell Stevko
Mitchell is a master strategist and CEO coach for high growth companies, having helped over 100 entrepreneurs and organizations raise over $4 billion in capital to achieve their dreams. He specializes in working with fast-growing, venture-funded companies to ensure strategic growth and effective leadership for successfully fulfilling their vision and achieving their goals.

Jeremy Seligman
Jeremy Seligman
Jeremy is an organizational design strategist and coach, helping senior leaders identify and implement the conditions for more effective and profitable organizations. Jeremy has diverse experience, including as CIO of a Fortune 500 telecom, Director of Global IT Strategy and Organizational Development for Ford Motor Company, and C-Level officer of a fast-growing private company.

Tracy Nelson
Tracy Nelson
Tracy is an executive coach with extensive business experience as a leader coaching high performing teams, and in facilitation, leadership development, organizational effectiveness, and training. She focuses on developing vision and strategy for organizations, as well as creating, educating, and sustaining high performing teams.

Kelly McCormack
Kelly McCormack
Kelly is an experienced designer, developer and deliverer of solutions that allow organizations to attain critical, specific, and measurable results. She works with executives to address competition and changing customer needs, and develop leadership skills.

Susan Mayginnes
Susan Mayginnes
Susan specializes in working with senior executives in creating intentional company cultures, and developing future leaders. Her transformational work and approaches awaken leaders’ abilities to create real change, both personally and organizationally.

Kamran Loghman
Kamran Loghman
Kamran is the founder and CEO of CreativeIQ, and is an expert in organizational creativity, strategy and leadership. He is a select senior master trainer for Apple on leadership discipline and creative performance. His programs help leaders and teams to transform, challenge, and eliminate weaknesses.

Meredith Kimball
Meredith Kimball
Meredith is a coach and advisor to executives and leadership teams committed to defining and delivering strategic and operational plans, learning and adapting quickly, and developing more open, accountable cultures. She is a licensed Psychologist, and top graduate of the Executive Coaching Institute.

Wendy Capland
Wendy Capland
Wendy helps executives grow their leadership, focusing on accelerating effectiveness, innovation, and growth. She is a leader in the field of empowering women’s leadership, and in 2011 Wendy was inducted into the Coaches Hall of Fame.

Powerful Testimonials

“I have engaged Steve as my Executive Coach for over a decade. He has made an enormous positive impact on me personally and professionally by being an excellent listener, a personal consultant, and an unbiased analyst of other people – and most importantly of myself. He has become one of my most trusted advisors on many issues…”

Richard Holbrook
Chairman & CEO, Eastern Bank Corporation

“I can honestly say it was the most unique and successful program we have ever offered. The quality of communication is higher, and it happens in less time. The results are impressive.”

Tony Candito
CIO, MetLife

“This was the most powerful and effective program I have ever seen or experienced in my 30 year career. Steve showed us how to turn difficult situations into gold. It was also a remarkable team building experience that created highly successful and award-winning culture shifts in our organization. The most amazing thing is that the effects of this program and approach are so dramatic and long-lasting.”

Greg Ross
CIO, New England Financial

“At the FAA, we were faced a project that had never before been attempted and a group of people who were very skeptical about its chances for success. Was the conference successful? Absolutely! Steve facilitated some remarkable interaction and communication. The entire group was truly engaged, they worked together, collaborated, and contributed. Steve Lishansky did a fantastic job facilitating.”

Chris Hart
Assistant Administrator, US Federal Aviation Administration

“Steve is a master business strategist who has brought profound insight to my business. Working with Steve is one of the best decisions I have ever made in my business.”

Marc Wayshak
President, Game Plan Selling

“I was incredibly impressed with how Steve helped our team through some difficult discussions and was able to navigate the many egos, personalities, and agendas in the room. He guided our executive team through tough subjects, including issues we’ve been avoiding for 10 years. Our challenges were clear to him, and he was able to put some truths in front of us, so individuals didn’t react defensively. His skill at executive team building is quite remarkable. Few people can do what Steve does – and in such a short time.

Neil Pye
VP, Parelli International

“I’ve had the pleasure of working with Steve for over 10 years and he consistently provides customized, leading edge and high value ideas that stretch everyone’s learning and capabilities. On top of being strategic, insightful, and practical, he’s endlessly enthusiastic and generous. He has the gift of finding the best in others and being able to help them breakthrough previous limits to find it themselves. I confidently recommend Steve to top executives and executive teams.”

Meredith Kimbell
President, Corporate Adventure

“Steve Lishansky is a gifted coach and consultant. I have worked with MANY over the years and he is by far in a league of his own. He is a generous, warm and funny guy who has a gift for getting people to see their blind spots and moving swiftly to their next level.”

Peggy McGillin
President, Journey Financial Planners

“Steve has the incredible ability to listen, clarify, draw in, and align executive teams for optimal performance. For us, Steve took a group of creative, independent thinking leaders (most with large egos) and optimized our power by leading us in a strategy of focus, teaching us about the power of working together. I highly recommend Steve Lishansky for your Senior Executive Team.”

Maureen O’Brien
CEO, O’Brien and Sons

“Steve has a rare and unique gift to see things most people don’t.. He has an uncanny way to bring awareness to an individual or group that produces remarkable results. As one of the smartest guys I know, Steve is also very humble and compassionate in his approach to people. I consider myself and our team very lucky for having the great good fortune to have worked with Steve.”

Joe Mechlinksi
CEO, EntreQuest

“It gives me tremendous pleasure to give Steve Lishansky the highest recommendation possible as an inspiring visionary, an honest to goodness trailblazer, and a brilliant speaker, coach and consultant. Steve is a magnificent role model who is known for empowering his clients, his audience and his colleagues to reach for and achieve awe inspiring personal and professional success. Steve is genuine and brings out the very best in absolutely everyone he touches.”

Chrissy Carew
CEO, Insightful Player

“Learning from Steve Lishansky has been one of the most valuable things I have done. He has an amazing combination of business insight and deep understanding of human dynamics. He is brilliant in the areas of decision-making, relationship building, and what it takes to connect in a meaningful way with the people that we interact with – both in our business and personal worlds.”

Mache Seibel, MD
International Health Care Authority

“We are all very much in your debt for how you deftly helped our Board through a very rough start last year, and supported the needed mobilization and process improvements throughout the year.”

Daniel Moirao, PhD
Educator & Professional Association President

Powerful Testimonials

“I have engaged Steve as my Executive Coach for over a decade. He has made an enormous positive impact on me personally and professionally by being an excellent listener, a personal consultant, and an unbiased analyst of other people – and most importantly of myself. He has become one of my most trusted advisors on many issues…”

Richard Holbrook
Chairman & CEO, Eastern Bank Corporation

“I can honestly say it was the most unique and successful program we have ever offered. The quality of communication is higher, and it happens in less time. The results are impressive.”

Tony Candito
CIO, MetLife

“This was the most powerful and effective program I have ever seen or experienced in my 30 year career. Steve showed us how to turn difficult situations into gold. It was also a remarkable team building experience that created highly successful and award-winning culture shifts in our organization. The most amazing thing is that the effects of this program and approach are so dramatic and long-lasting.”

Greg Ross
CIO, New England Financial

“At the FAA, we were faced a project that had never before been attempted and a group of people who were very skeptical about its chances for success. Was the conference successful? Absolutely! Steve facilitated some remarkable interaction and communication. The entire group was truly engaged, they worked together, collaborated, and contributed. Steve Lishansky did a fantastic job facilitating.”

Chris Hart
Assistant Administrator, US Federal Aviation Administration

“Steve is a master business strategist who has brought profound insight to my business. Working with Steve is one of the best decisions I have ever made in my business.”

Marc Wayshak
President, Game Plan Selling

“I was incredibly impressed with how Steve helped our team through some difficult discussions and was able to navigate the many egos, personalities, and agendas in the room. He guided our executive team through tough subjects, including issues we’ve been avoiding for 10 years. Our challenges were clear to him, and he was able to put some truths in front of us, so individuals didn’t react defensively. His skill at executive team building is quite remarkable. Few people can do what Steve does – and in such a short time.

Neil Pye
VP, Parelli International

“I’ve had the pleasure of working with Steve for over 10 years and he consistently provides customized, leading edge and high value ideas that stretch everyone’s learning and capabilities. On top of being strategic, insightful, and practical, he’s endlessly enthusiastic and generous. He has the gift of finding the best in others and being able to help them breakthrough previous limits to find it themselves. I confidently recommend Steve to top executives and executive teams.”

Meredith Kimbell
President, Corporate Adventure

“Steve Lishansky is a gifted coach and consultant. I have worked with MANY over the years and he is by far in a league of his own. He is a generous, warm and funny guy who has a gift for getting people to see their blind spots and moving swiftly to their next level.”

Peggy McGillin
President, Journey Financial Planners

“Steve has the incredible ability to listen, clarify, draw in, and align executive teams for optimal performance. For us, Steve took a group of creative, independent thinking leaders (most with large egos) and optimized our power by leading us in a strategy of focus, teaching us about the power of working together. I highly recommend Steve Lishansky for your Senior Executive Team.”

Maureen O’Brien
CEO, O’Brien and Sons

“Steve has a rare and unique gift to see things most people don’t.. He has an uncanny way to bring awareness to an individual or group that produces remarkable results. As one of the smartest guys I know, Steve is also very humble and compassionate in his approach to people. I consider myself and our team very lucky for having the great good fortune to have worked with Steve.”

Joe Mechlinksi
CEO, EntreQuest

“It gives me tremendous pleasure to give Steve Lishansky the highest recommendation possible as an inspiring visionary, an honest to goodness trailblazer, and a brilliant speaker, coach and consultant. Steve is a magnificent role model who is known for empowering his clients, his audience and his colleagues to reach for and achieve awe inspiring personal and professional success. Steve is genuine and brings out the very best in absolutely everyone he touches.”

Chrissy Carew
CEO, Insightful Player

“Learning from Steve Lishansky has been one of the most valuable things I have done. He has an amazing combination of business insight and deep understanding of human dynamics. He is brilliant in the areas of decision-making, relationship building, and what it takes to connect in a meaningful way with the people that we interact with – both in our business and personal worlds.”

Mache Seibel, MD
International Health Care Authority

“We are all very much in your debt for how you deftly helped our Board through a very rough start last year, and supported the needed mobilization and process improvements throughout the year.”

Daniel Moirao, PhD
Educator & Professional Association President
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Some of Our Past Clients

Financial Services

  • MetLife
  • State Street Corporation
  • Mass Mutual Trust
  • Ontario Teachers Pension Plan (Canada)
  • Freddie Mac
  • Eastern Bank
  • First Reserve
  • First Marblehead Corporation

Technology & Engineering

  • EMC
  • Cisco
  • American Tower Corporation
  • Fidelity Investments Systems Group
  • CDM Smith
  • STS Systems (Canada)
  • New England Financial Information Systems
  • Hitachi High Technologies America

Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare

  • Johnson and Johnson
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Novartis
  • Novo Nordisk
  • Harvard Clinical Research Institute
  • Parexel International
  • Roswell Park Cancer Institute
  • University of Buffalo School of Dental Medicine

Consulting & Professional Services

  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Accenture
  • Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Deloitte
  • Ketchum Worldwide (division of Omnicon)
  • AMS (American Management Systems)
  • EntreQuest
  • MFA (Moody Famiglietti Andronico CPA’s)

Government, Non-Profit & Associations

  • NASA
  • Federal Aviation Administration
  • US Department of Environmental Protection
  • The Coast Guard Foundation
  • UN Women
  • SIM (Society of Information Managers)
  • International Association of Financial Planners
  • SHRM (Society of Human Resource Managers)

Other Major Clients

  • Oakley
  • Parelli Group
  • Cablevision
  • Canadian Tire Corporation (Canada)
  • The Mason Companies
  • PartSource Auto Parts Stores (Canada)
  • Resorts International (Atlantic City)
  • Arbys (Corporate)

Some of Our Past Clients

Financial Services

  • MetLife
  • State Street Corporation
  • Mass Mutual Trust
  • Ontario Teachers Pension Plan (Canada)
  • Freddie Mac
  • Eastern Bank
  • First Reserve
  • First Marblehead Corporation

Technology & Engineering

  • EMC
  • Cisco
  • American Tower Corporation
  • Fidelity Investments Systems Group
  • CDM Smith
  • STS Systems (Canada)
  • New England Financial Information Systems
  • Hitachi High Technologies America

Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare

  • Johnson and Johnson
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Novartis
  • Novo Nordisk
  • Harvard Clinical Research Institute
  • Parexel International
  • Roswell Park Cancer Institute
  • University of Buffalo School of Dental Medicine

Consulting & Professional Services

  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Accenture
  • Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Deloitte
  • Ketchum Worldwide (division of Omnicon)
  • AMS (American Management Systems)
  • EntreQuest
  • MFA (Moody Famiglietti Andronico CPA’s)

Government, Non-Profit & Associations

  • NASA
  • Federal Aviation Administration
  • US Department of Environmental Protection
  • The Coast Guard Foundation
  • UN Women
  • SIM (Society of Information Managers)
  • International Association of Financial Planners
  • SHRM (Society of Human Resource Managers)

Other Major Clients

  • Oakley
  • Parelli Group
  • Cablevision
  • Canadian Tire Corporation (Canada)
  • The Mason Companies
  • PartSource Auto Parts Stores (Canada)
  • Resorts International (Atlantic City)
  • Arbys (Corporate)

Book Steve for Your Next Event

Start a conversation with Steve now

When you work with Steve the first focus is on the results you want for your people. Your people will leave his presentations inspired, motivated, thinking differently, and ready to move forward faster in producing a bigger impact and better results. Don’t wait any longer — contact Steve now.

Contact Steve

Book Steve for Your Next Event

Start a conversation with Steve now

When you work with Steve the first focus is on the results you want for your people. Your people will leave his presentations inspired, motivated, thinking differently, and ready to move forward faster in producing a bigger impact and better results. Don’t wait any longer — contact Steve now.

Contact Steve

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