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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.”

Lynn Bay Dayton

President of Dayton Home; Vice Chair of the Board of Directors, and Chair of the Presidential search committee, MSPCA-Angell

“Our organization is complex and navigating a complicated time in our market space. Viewcrest Advisors’ upfront investment of time and resources discovering the needs of the operation, our culture and values made a world of difference in how we approached the search and our next CEO’s qualifications. The team identified impressive candidates and steered us through the vetting process brilliantly. Viewcrest Advisors’ cumulative professional experience and Kathleen’s personal contributions and enthusiasm in this effort were the perfect fit for us. I feel confident we would not have had such a successful result or a flawless search process without Viewcrest Advisors. Kathleen will be my first call for a search partnership in the future.”

Astrid Warden

Chair 1911 Office, LLC

“I have nothing but great things to say about our recent partnership with Viewcrest on our CEO search. Throughout the whole process Kathleen and her team were communicative, responsive, creative and thinking one step ahead. We were able to stick with our timeline and process, even during unprecedented times. Viewcrest’s extensive networking and candidate sourcing brought us a very strong candidate pool. We were working within a number of unique constraints. Viewcrest understood our particular situation and was able to find excellent candidates that fit our position.In the end, we had a very successful search and were thrilled with the results. Not only did the process bring us a fabulous new leader, but it brought our committee clarity on what we were looking for in a CEO and has reenergized and refocused us for the future. It was a pleasure to work with Viewcrest and I would highly recommend them to others.”

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.“

Cornelius V Kilbane Jr, CPA CGMA

World Board Chair PrimeGlobal

“Our global association had a challenging leadership role to fill and we were fortunate to have partnered with Viewcrest Advisors. Kathleen Yazbak and her team provided myself and our search committee with an outstanding level of support, guiding the process from the initial meeting through the final selection discussions leading to the selection of the next CEO of PrimeGlobal. The scope of the search required seeking candidates from around the world as well as the need to meet the needs of an organization in transition.  To have found Kathleen, who listened as well as provided valuable insights as the search moved forward, allowed decision makers to be in the best position to make a choice from a well qualified group of candidates. I would strongly recommend any organization seeking to fill a key C level position to consider speaking to, meeting with and retaining Viewcrest.”

Jane Dixon

Associate Vice President, Human Resources, The Boston Foundation

“I have worked with Kathleen Yazbak on executive searches at various organizations over more than a decade. I have always been impressed with her process; she devotes significant time at the beginning to lay the groundwork for a successful search. She assesses the mission, culture and priorities of the organization as well as the qualifications and qualities of the successful candidate. Viewcrest Advisors draws upon research, their extensive database, and vast network to surface candidates.  Kathleen is a true partner in the search – her candid analysis and insights are invaluable. After the candidate is hired Kathleen continues to be a partner, checking in periodically to see how things are going. Kathleen is not only extremely competent, she is also a pleasure to work with.”

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.”

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.”

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.”

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.”

Andrew Bendheim

Chair of the Leon Lowenstein Foundation

“Kathleen and her associates were exceptional partners in our challenge to identify a new executive director for our foundation.  I felt Kathleen really helped our board figure out and communicate what we needed.  She also skillfully guided us through the hiring process to ensure that we were all involved and comfortable with our decision.  She managed our search with great care and respect for all.”

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.”

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.”

David Lipsius

Former 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.”

Sarah Iselin

Executive Vice President Government Programs and Diversified Business 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.”

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.”

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.”

Viewcrest Advisors is certified as a Women’s Business Enterprise by the
Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), the nation’s
largest third-party certifier of businesses owned and operated by women.