From an Editor-In-Chief for Vice Media
Working with Dorothy Doppstadt over the last three years to develop a new professional path has been some of the most rewarding personal growth I have ever done. From the onset of our working relationship, Dorothy tested and evaluated my skill-sets with helpful analytics and personal assignments. She was able to determine through candid conversations that I desired to be a leader in new media and worked with me to develop actionable tasks that challenged me in new ways and changed my perception about management and professional demeanor. She helped me change my shortsightedness and emphasized growth for the long term with real strategy. I can confidentially say that I now approach everyday with a freshness and ease with a can-do attitude. I now manage a team of 10 people to develop daily content and big media campaigns for written segments, video features and cable TV.
From The Executive Director of Program Management, Queens College/City University of New York
“Dorothy Doppstadt delivers value. She has the business acumen and coaching experience to look at the all the factors and recommend ways to achieve the highest impact. She put me on a fast track to success with perfect timing. Best of all I was able to learn new communications skills that will serve me well into the future.”
From The Associate Director of Recreation at LaGuardia Community College/CUNY:
I have worked with Dorothy Doppstadt as both a colleague and coach.
I first met Dorothy when she was invited to lead a workshop at LaGuardia Community College (LaGCC) for the 2008 Student Leadership Conference. and since then we have been collaborating on many City University of New York (CUNY) projects.
She has been invited to LaGCC several times a year to work with various areas of the college since her first workshop. I was so impressed with her presentation and knowledge, I invited her to come and present to students for our campus leadership program. Her ability to connect and work with our diverse population was what stood out most to me. She has a way of engaging with the participants that is wonderful to watch and feel. Each and every time she comes and works with our students, they do two things which they claim they can not do well or, can not do at all; they write and speak publicly. She inspires and touches participants in a way that is short of magic. I have witnessed first hand how she is able to help someone tap into themselves and draw out something amazing which was thought to never be there.
She is able to cross boundaries that one would believe are impossible. I say this because she has worked with the Black Male Empowerment Cooperative (BMEC) several times. One would think that is not a good mix; young black males listening to an older white female, who obviously come from different backgrounds. But to see how these young men respond to her is amazing. She made such a great impression she was invited to be the keynote speaker for LaGCC 2010 Student Leadership Conference, and most recently she was invited by the honor society to work with the soon to be graduates on developing themselves as leaders.
Having seen Dorothy’s work first hand I was thrilled to hear she was continuing her own development by becoming an executive coach. And this was, for me, a blessing. In February 2011, The Associate Director for my area announced he was retiring. While I knew this was a great opportunity for me, the opportunity to show I was able to take on this role was short. It was during this period where Dorothy was critical to my success. She was able to help me realize behaviors which where self-sabotaging and helped develop techniques to overcome them. She helped me discover different ways of seeing and doing things, which were sometimes right in front of me.
In her new role as my coach, I got to see a different side of her. I was able to see the firm yet encouraging coach. She would not let me fail. She would correct me when needed. Confront me at times. Many times these were not great experiences. But I was growing and I was not even aware. Slowly, people were relating to me differently. I knew there was a major change in how I was conducting and leading myself when the Senior Director for my area announced his support for me as the Associate Director.
I can only attribute this to the work of Dorothy. Without her guidance and support, I would not be where I am now. She has been instrumental to my professional development and success at LaGuardia Community College. The change in myself was so vast, the Senior Director contracted her as the coach for department. I have recommend her to colleagues who can use coaching. Although my goal has been achieved, having a coach was such a helpful experience, I am looking forward to re-contracting with Dorothy to continue growing and developing.
If for any reason there is a need to speak with me, I would be more than happy to discuss more of my work with Dorothy Doppstadt.
Associate Director of Recreation
LaGuardia Community College
From an executive coaching client:
I began working with Dorothy this summer after attending her workshop at NYU.
As a newly licensed social worker, and a former marketing executive, I struggled to find an appropriate career path that appropriately combined my interests and skill set. I was drawn to Dorothy’s message of using personal story telling as a way to authentically connect on a human level in this digital world. In addition, I appreciated Dorothy’s holistic approach to coaching. Following the workshop, I was forced to take time off from a dead-end job search to address a health condition, but I kept Dorothy’s contact information on hand.
Dorothy helped me recalibrate my compass, and reframe my story. She gave me permission to explore, test, and challenge my established boundaries. Through a series of targeted evaluations and exercises, and with her guided wisdom, I was able to more clearly define my professional purpose. I believe that uncovering one’s passion is an evolutionary (often lifelong) process , and Dorothy provided me with the tools to truly begin to unearth my inner potential. I am grateful for, and proud of the life changing work we have done together. I recommend Dorothy to any and all who are searching for a more fulfilling professional path.
– Ellen (LMSW)
From The Director of The Black Male Empowerment Center at Medgar Evers College/City University of New York
“Dorothy is the real deal! She was instrumental in helping me get “unstuck”. She allowed me to talk through my professional goals and aspirations then challenged me to break through to what I really wanted. She helped me understand not only how I would get to where I wanted to be, but why I wanted to go there. She is smart, ethical and confident in what she does. I would highly recommend her to anyone seeking something more out of their career.”
Larry B. Martin
From a higher education leader:
Dorothy Doppstadt, Executive and Organizational Coach, is one of the best personal and professional investments I could have ever made. My only regret is that I had not discovered the value of executive coaching early in my career. Her staff development workshop as a facilitator was insightful and dynamic. She reenergized everyone, and we became purposefully intentional and more knowledgeable about our strengths as individuals and as a team. She added value to our goals. I highly recommend Dorothy as a coach, workshop facilitator, public speaker or career consultant. She is skillful at what she does! This is a woman you want “rooting” for you.
Dr. Janice M. Borlandoe
From the Director of the Black Male Empowerment Co-op at LaGuardia Community College/CUNY:
Thank you for making the Student Leadership Workshop a success. Your topic resonated with the participants. The energy and enthusiasm you brought to this program was amazing! Our students and staff are still singing “Good job!” In my time in the Student Affairs field, I have not seen a more dynamic speaker on the topic of leadership and diversity. You have empowered us and given us a charge to make our Department better. Your engaging style was impactful and meaningful to our students and staff. The simple and easy-to-use tools that you shared with us will only help us in our endeavors to become more diversity competent. Also, the discussion questions that you shared will assist all of the participants to become more proficient and mindful of writing and communicating with people from various backgrounds. Your sessions were very practical and real to the participants.
We look forward to having you back to campus again in the future! It was a pleasure working with you!
John Lee Baker, Jr.
Associate Director of Student Services, Instructor of Natural and Applied Sciences
LaGuardia Community College, The City University of New York