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What Our Clients Say About Us

Jim Canales

President, Barr Foundation

“Viewcrest Advisors served as an indispensable thought partner as we revisited our organizational structure with a view toward a senior executive search. Rather than diving in to conduct a search, Viewcrest invested time to understand our culture, our history, and our aspirations; based on that, we jointly developed a more considered scope for a new senior executive, with broad buy-in and engagement. Viewcrest then led a thorough search process, in close partnership with me. While we were pleased with the outcome, we were just as pleased with the process, which was carried out respectfully and in alignment with our organization’s values.”

Nancy Goodman

Vice President for Policy, Environmental League of Massachusetts; Board Chair, Transportation for Massachusetts

“I offer my highest recommendation for Viewcrest Advisors.  We were looking for a new Executive Director for a coalition working on high profile transportation issues.   Kathleen helped us develop a pool of great candidates and we couldn’t be more pleased with the outcome.  Kathleen operated with the utmost integrity, always made herself available, guided us through a number of ups and downs during our search and skillfully handled some challenging negotiations.  She provided valuable insight and counsel and was a great sounding board.   Her years of experience finding highly qualified leaders who are the right fit for each of her clients clearly informs her work.   Plus, she is a pleasure to spend time with — high energy and always positive and encouraging.“

Richard C. Weber

Chairman, Board of Trustees, ICD – Institute for Career Development

“The Viewcrest Advisors’ team was instrumental in assisting us in fleshing out a position description that accurately articulated our newly enhanced mission.  At all times, Kathleen Yazbak and her team clearly understood and communicated our culture to a broad base of constituents.  Their research was detailed, and the search process thorough, which gave us a pool of diverse, tremendously qualified leaders to interview. As we narrowed the focus, Kathleen remained engaged with us and the final candidates, supporting both sides. She became invested in our mission which helped us secure a top-notch CEO to assist us to set the institution’s trajectory for the next 100 years.  If all executive search firms were as engaged as Viewcrest Advisors, the executive recruitment process would be exponentially enhanced. I highly recommend her and her team without reservation.”

Susan Zwirble

Associate Director, HR, Harvard University; former Director, Human Resources, Swanee Hunt Alternatives

“I worked with Viewcrest Advisors on a critical C-level search when the organization was in the midst of a transition.  Kathleen Yazbak is one of the most exceptional recruiters I’ve worked with.  Her approach to the search process allows her to present top notch candidates each and every time – there wasn’t one person I wished I hadn’t seen.   Kathleen has extensive resources and can network with others on the most difficult of searches – ours was certainly challenging and evolving during the process.  Viewcrest was not discouraged by this, and was aptly able to pivot and redirect every step of the way.  I appreciate Kathleen’s enthusiasm, tailored approach, consistent communication, follow up, and her professionalism during the entire process.  She is truly a value-added business partner.  She would be the first (and only) person I would reach out to, in undertaking future C-level searches.”

Ron Kleinman, M.D.

MD Physician in Chief, MassGeneral Hospital for Children; Chair, Department of Pediatrics, Massachusetts General Hospital; Board Chair, Project Bread The Walk for Hunger

“Viewcrest Advisors took the time to learn about our organization, and the qualities of the person who would best fit our needs. They led a very wide search using not only traditional sources but also their own extensive network. Kathleen guided us through the process, helping us narrow the field to identify the leading candidates. They were there with us every step of the way, and made it clear they really cared, and were invested in helping us identify an excellent candidate… I can’t imagine how the Viewcrest Advisors’ team could have supported us any better.”

Sarah Iselin

SVP and Chief Strategy Officer at GuideWell and Florida Blue; former SVP, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts

“Kathleen is a terrific executive search consultant. Her energy, insights, reliability, consistency, and instincts are spot-on. She has consistently brought me compelling candidates and has demonstrated her commitment to diversity. I’ve engaged her twice and would do so again without hesitation.”

Guy Kawasaki

Marketer and Silicon Valley investor; (former) Board Member, Wikimedia Foundation

“I highly recommend Kathleen and Viewcrest Advisors for filling leadership positions. In fact, the more difficult the search, the more you need her. I haven’t worked with a firm that invests more time and effort to learn about your organization in order to find the right person. My usual experience is that the “pitch” is better than the “reality.” This is not the case with Viewcrest—the pitch was great and the reality was even better.”

David Lipsius

President & CEO, Yoga Alliance

“Kathleen Yazbak has both mastery and magic when it comes to helping organizations evolve through successful leadership search. Kathleen has assisted my organizational development efforts in two nonprofits and served as a true partner in the successful evolution of both entities. She has proven to be an exceptionally reliable and effective agent of change with a collaborative style, positive outlook, and passionate advocacy approach that resulted in a series of successful hires. What sets her apart is her deep commitment to understanding the underlying needs of the organization and how best to match talent with the desired social impact. I have been through searches before; never have I had a person as interested and invested as Kathleen. And the results speak for themselves. I am very grateful for Kathleen and recommend her to anyone in need of an exceptional partner in search.”

Bradley Myles

CEO, Polaris

“Kathleen and her colleagues supported our Chief Operating Officer search, at a critical moment in our organization’s history. The stakes couldn’t have been higher. Beyond running a strong search process, I appreciated that their goal was to delve into how the COO and I would actually partner, not only who would do what, but more strategically, how Nancy Choi and I could co-create the launch pad for this next important phase of Polaris’ work and culture. Kathleen went the extra mile, got to know the nuances of the position, gave consistent personalized attention, and really got to know Polaris as an organization and us as individuals. In each interaction, I could tell how much she and her team deeply cared about finding the right fit for us. I grew to put my full faith and trust in her and her team, knowing they had our best interests at heart. The search with Kathleen to hire our COO in 2017 was hands down the best executive search process I’ve ever been part of, and I would wholeheartedly recommend Kathleen and her team. They are the best in the business in my view.”

Ron Grzywinski

Vice Chair, BRAC USA

“During a 45 year career in domestic and international bank management and economic development, I have had an opportunity to work with many search firms, from the smallest to the largest. Most recently, as chair of the Board Search Committee for a CEO at BRAC USA, I had the privilege of working with Kathleen Yazbak and her colleagues at Viewcrest Advisors. I have never had a better search experience. Not only were we able to hire a remarkably strong president, but we had multiple qualified candidates from which to choose. The working relationship throughout the search process was unparalleled.”

Len Schlesinger

Baker Foundation Professor, Harvard Business School; President Emeritus, Babson College (former Vice Chairman, Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship)

“I have had the great pleasure of working with Kathleen on the recently completed search for a new CEO of NFTE (Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship).  She made the process as painless as possible; connected with multiple stakeholders across our organization and network, took the lead with our search committee on the job spec, engaged us fully in the process of developing an understanding of  the subtleties of our organization’s needs and desires, communicated thoroughly and regularly, and moved heaven and earth to respond to the logistical challenges of a search committee with members in Boston, New York, Washington D.C., London and Chicago.  She knows the broader candidate pool well and because she is very much plugged into the dynamics of the “industry,” provided market insights and candidate information that were extremely helpful as we made our decision.  I can’t recommend her enough!”

Gerald McNamara

Director & Chief Investment Officer, The JPB Foundation; Chair, Board of Directors, The Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network

“I recently worked with Kathleen and her Viewcrest Advisors team on a CEO search for the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network. We were very pleased with the result and feel we got our money’s worth. Kathleen’s process was organized and methodical, and she met all scheduled deliverables. Her background research and interviews of Board members and BCAN stakeholders were thorough, and enabled her to develop a clear understanding of our culture and needs. Her final candidates were impressive. I recommend her highly.”

Sydney Morris

Co-Founder and co-CEO, Educators 4 Excellence

“We worked with Kathleen and Viewcrest for a critical C-level search. Kathleen and her team dove in head-first in order to deeply understand E4E and our mission, vision, theory of change, and needs for this leadership role. Kathleen was a true thought partner through the entire search – from refining the scope of the role and job description, all the way to matriculation. I highly recommend the Viewcrest team for their commitment to excellence and true partnership.”

Fay Twersky

Director, Effective Philanthropy, William & Flora Hewlett Foundation

“Kathleen is an outstanding executive search consultant. When I was building a new team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, I engaged her for all my toughest searches and she worked closely with me to fill many positions during a high growth period over several years. She always brought forward creative ideas and talented people for me to consider and she helped me hire some of the best talent in the country in the area of strategy and evaluation. She has the highest standard of integrity and is a pleasure to work with.”

Carol O’Neil

Board Chair, Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health

“As a member of the Search Committee, it was such a pleasure to work closely with Kathleen Yazbak, and her team at Viewcrest Advisors, finding a top notch, highly qualified and experienced professional to fill the position of CEO at Kripalu Center. In recent years, Kathleen enabled us to successfully secure the placement of three talented Vice Presidents, so without a doubt, she was the go-to search partner to manage the process and locate the right person for our top leadership role. Kathleen is exceptional in her field of work, not only because she is knowledgeable, well respected, connected and has a vast network of resources, she completely immerses herself in understanding the organization’s mission, vision and needs. Her great insight, judgment, positive energy and skillfulness guided both the Board and the leadership team through reflective, explorative and strategic exercises that developed the profile of our new CEO, who is so well suited to enhance and carry on Kripalu’s important work and social impact. Kathleen Yazbak is a warm, caring, attentive, and dedicated advisor, and she will always be considered a valued colleague and dear friend to us here at Kripalu.”

Betsy Burnett

Board Chair, YMCA of Greater Boston

“I’ve partnered with Kathleen Yazbak on two high profile CEO searches; the first was so successful that our CEO was recruited by the national organization after five successful years. Kathleen and her team were fully committed and invested the time to understand our unique needs and tailor their approach. She met tight search timelines, identified and proactively recruited diverse, highly qualified candidates from multiple sectors, and provided expert assessments that were crucial to our decision-making. Kathleen has stayed connected with us and our CEO, because she genuinely cares about our team, mission and work in the community.”

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