Executive Coaching


Our world is increasingly complex, with more incoming data, and more necessity to be heard and present in a rapidly increasing number of outlets. An ability to quickly filter, synthesize, and communicate meaning is the pressing requirement of leadership.

Thaler Pekar & Partners guides visionaries in introducing the meaning of new projects and products, and in linking current projects and challenges to the narrative of their institution’s past, present, and future.

We work with leaders striving to be credible, influential, and approachable – and who must repeatedly share the same story with multiple audiences, with resonance and transparency. Our trademarked communication processes — Head, Heart & Hand®, Engagement Equation®, and Invitational Incline® — sustain smart leaders in offering effective engagement and motivation.

And we collaborate with filmmakers, photographers, data visualizers, content strategists, editors, web designers, researchers, and other extremely talented partners to help you and your organization both passionately and persuasively communicate.

“I had been asked to speak to a gathering of start-ups, and prepared an extensive deck of slides detailing how my company, Empire Interpreting Service, had grown to an over $2 million a year enterprise. Then, I heard Thaler speak, threw out most of the existing content, and decided to fully focus on one goal for the keynote – inspiring the entrepreneurs to grow their businesses into multi-million dollar enterprises.

I heard Thaler: tell a story. Heck, I told five short stories. For the first time ever, I let people know where I come from and why I do what I do. The response was amazing. Audience members cried. I had a new perspective on how to reach people!

Within a month, I started a blog to put a real personal face on my company. As a result, my interpreters better relate to me: on a daily basis, it’s difficult for over 300 subcontractors to know my priorities and expectations– the blog really helps. It also helps me reflect on where I’ve been, what my original vision for the business was, and how that’s been redefined. Now, my staff has greater respect for the struggles to get where we are.

Sharing stories isn’t easy for me; it’s not my natural style. But it makes a big difference in how people perceive me and my business, and audiences now find me and my staff much more approachable. We’ve increased revenue as a result. One new client told me she had avoided using us due to the costs, however now she understood we offered extremely high quality and high ethical services that are well worth the investment. It’s what makes us human that makes people connect – and respond.” – Theresa Slater, CEO, Empire Interpreting Service

In addition to one-on-one coaching tailored to your specific challenges and desires, Thaler Pekar & Partners has developed and programs that guide executives in

Preparing for a TED-Style Presentation

Preparing & Delivering TED-Style Talks

Are you impressed by the delivery of TED presenters? Are you often inspired by their talks? You, too, can master the craft of delivering TED-style talks!



Moderating Panel Discussions

Moderating Panel Discussions

Thaler Pekar & Partners delivered a half-day program for members of Philanthropy New York on how to successfully moderate a panel. During the fun and interactive session, participants discovered how moderating a panel is like hosting a dinner party: the moderator is the host, and the panelists and the audience are the guests. And no cooking and clean up required!

Presenting for Video

Presenting & Meeting via Video

Thaler Pekar & Partners recently delivered a dual-location program in effective team video presentations for Wellspring Advisors. The session was interactive and lighthearted while pursuing the serious business of maintaining executive presence across a virtual system.

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Upcoming Events & Appearances

May 14-16, 2021
Association of Junior Leagues International, keynote Participatory Narrative Inquiry program

August 20, 2020
Defense Information School, Advanced Story Work

June 30, 2020
Penn State, oral history interviewing and story elicitation

June 30, 2020
Knowledge Network Group, European Union

April 14, 2020
Columbia University School of Professional Studies

March 25, 2020
"Equitable Communication", private client program

March 17-19, 2020
WBENC Summit & Salute, Nashville

February 4-7, 2020
"Beyond Understanding: Listening for Emergence", Frank Conference, Gainesville, FL

December 5, 2019
Dual Office Philanthropic Client, DC & NYC

December 4, 2019
Social Sector client, Mississauga, Ontario

November 18-22, 2019
Funders' Collaborative Strategy & Narrative, Copenhagen

November 14, 2019
Corporate Retail Client, NYC

November 7, 2019
Nationswell Summit, NYC

October 13-18, 2019
"Build Trust & Inspire Action ~ A 3-Part Method for Motivating Others", Opportunity Collaboration, Cancun, Mexico

October 4 & 5, 2019
"Beyond Understanding: Listening for Emergence", Communications Network, Austin

October 3, 2019
"Breakthrough & Story Your Future!", pre-conference workshop, Montana Nonprofit Association

September 24, 2019
"Why Story Matters to Your Leadership", Guide Dogs for the Blind

September 23, 2019
The Ethics of Working with Story, Northern California Grantmakers

September 17-19, 2019
"Building Big Narratives by Sharing Small Stories", Waggl Harvest: Voices at Work Leader Retreat, St. Helena, CA

Early September, 2019Documentary filming, Utah

August 19, 2019
Private Client, Princeton, NJ

June 25-27, 2019
WBENC National Conference, Houston

May 7, 2019
CTAM Communications Strategies Course

April 11, 2019
Storytelling and Social Change, Institute for Research on Women, Rutgers the State University of NJ

April 9, 2019
Presence & Engagement program, Anomaly, NYC

March 20, 2019
Starion Bank, North Dakota

March 19, 2019
North Dakota Council on the Arts


  • "WOW is the first thing that comes to mind. WOW, what a session that was. It was thought-provoking, it was imminently applicable and it was fun, great job." – James Heffernan, The Jedi Group Consultoria, Brazil

  • "Thanks for helping me become a vivid story sharer. Before I worked with you, I'm afraid I was a rambling geek with a Powerpoint presentation. Now, each time I deliver a keynote, I generate two or three more engagements from audience members. Big, big change thanks to you." – Dave Maney, Founder & Publisher, Economaney

  • “When I was calling around to check Thaler's references, one of her clients told me that she was thinking about asking Thaler to be her child's Godmother. After working with Thaler I realized that the client wasn't joking. It is rare to find a consultant like Thaler, with the right mix of expertise, intuition, centeredness, ethics and passion. As a client, I found Thaler innovative and delivering above and beyond expectations. As a participant, I discovered my storysharing abilities exceeding what I thought was evolutionarily possible.” – Damon Azali-Rojas, Director of Field Programs, Jemmott Rollins Group

  • "As a result of the group training and individual coaching that we receive from Thaler and Jay, Wellspring staff are presenting their work in ways that show more confidence and organization, while letting the passion for our work shine through." – John and Myles Taylor, Wellspring Philanthropic Fund

  • "I've seen another well-known presenter on story, and he made me curious. But what I walked away from your program with was immediately implementable ways to capture and use story in my work, and to benefit my organization." – Dawn Harbatkin, MD, Executive Director, Lyon-Martin Health Services

  • "Thaler directed us in focusing on which specific stories to share with our corporate partners. As a result, there was a lot more confidence going into our next presentation. It was well received and effective. We will follow this process for future presentations.” — Brendan Ennis, Director of Development, Food Banks Canada

  • "Thanks a million for stretching my thoughts and how I approach today and tomorrow." – Gary Cassard, former Vice President & General Manager, Bright House Networks

  • "I'm a storyteller by trade, in a company that lives by story, with a truly amazing story to tell. So, in some ways, we're already there. That said, I was inspired by Thaler's deconstruction of narrative, and pointers for listening and engaging." – Steve Cooper, Director of Product Marketing, Lytro

  • "Jay is the coolest. I love the way he presents. Thaler is smart as a whip. I can't wait to hear what comes out of her mouth next. Together, they are able to break down the components of engagement in a way that we were previously unable to diagnose, let alone approach.” – Vice President, Global Education & Customer Experience, major cosmetics brand

  • "I found several things from your workshop directly applicable to my recent presentation to my board, and all grants were approved, so it was a big success. Our board chair even applauded after my presentation – a first! Thank you so much for your wisdom and guidance." – Denise Joines, Program Officer, Wilburforce Foundation

  • “We couldn’t be more pleased with the results. Thaler Pekar & Partners really 'get it' when it comes to helping move organizations forward in creative and positive directions. They possess a rare combination of flexibility and professionalism." -- John Seager, President, Population Connection

  • "Thaler is a communications genius with an insanely great ability to see 'through' a problem or challenge and create a story-based communications strategy to tackle the issue. She is fun to work with and obviously bright but not ego driven. It has been a privilege to work with her each time we have hired her. What I love most about her is that much of what she does is value-driven." – George Heindrichs, Former President and CEO, Intrado