Simply put, Rita Allen is a great coach, mentor, facilitator, and trainer. Her combination of authenticity, pragmatism, candor, compassion and industry knowledge make it easy for executives to connect with her in various settings and in highly constructive ways which lead to highly effective outcomes for her clients.
Nancy Huntington Stager
Executive Vice President
Human Resources & Charitable Giving
Eastern Bank Corporation
I have the pleasure of knowing Rita both personally and professionally. Rita has been instrumental in the success of the leadership programs I oversee. Rita is a facilitator that knows how to read a room. She asks the right questions designed to ignite great discussions and debates. She invites people to step out of their position and view things in a different way. She knows how to respond to participants while always keeping their best interests in mind. Rita is also an effective executive coach. Her coachees trust her and have made positive, sustained change, and have moved forward in their career. Rita is great at what she does, and she is delightful to work with, which is something I value very much. She is smart, creative, collaborative, and a true partner. I highly recommend Rita, she will be a complete asset to your HR and Organizational Development needs.
Director, Learning & Organizational Change
I had the pleasure of working with Rita when she designed and executed very specific career coaching initiatives for senior personnel at Gentle Giant Moving Company. We conducted a rather exhaustive search for the right person to steer this effort and Rita's name consistently surfaced as an exceptional resource during our search. Rita exceeded our expectations during her roughly year long engagement with Gentle Giant. Rita is a quick study, incredibly perceptive, truly skilled at successfully navigating tricky interpersonal dynamics, and is appropriately and consistently focused on achieving positive results. We greatly value Rita's leadership development and career coaching contributions in our workplace. I'd love to work with Rita again if the right opportunity presents itself and truly respect her depth of knowledge, compassionate style, and dedication to results.
VP, Organizational Development
Gentle Giant Moving Co.
Rita worked with the Natgun senior management team on two occasions; first, she conducted an MBTI session with the team. Most of the group was new to this type of assessment and her program was excellent -- importantly, her approach made everyone comfortable. The feedback reflected her success and we hired her back to design another program. Rita was very effective guiding our senior team as we evaluated topics and selected "High Performing Work Teams" which aligned with our goals. We especially liked that it was customized to our needs and culture and that Rita worked so hard with us on the upfront needs assessment. The Natgun senior management team was very pleased with her programs and the feedback on both programs was excellent.
Marie McGah SPHR
Vice President of Human Resources and Administration
Rita has been an invaluable partner to my senior team and me as we have redesigned our business model and focused on delivering more seamless H.R. services to our internal clients at the university.
Vice President of Human Resources
I have had the pleasure of working with Rita for over 15 years, and have utilized her talents for a wide range of Human Resource and business needs. Rita has been my 'go to' business partner for finding great HR talent and career transition planning/coaching. She's served as a resource for my business colleagues interested in her leadership workshops and career development assistance. Rita is a true business leader with a wealth of knowledge that she readily shares with her HR colleagues via her roundtables, workshops and training programs. I trust her sound judgment, value her great interpersonal skills and admire her service to others. I always get a big 'thank you' anytime I refer business colleagues to Rita.
Vice President of Human Resources
Tweeter Home Entertainment
Rita is an outstanding career coach. She uses a varity of assessment tools including a 360 that I found most helpful. She is particulary insightful in her questioning and thorough in her analysis of your data and statements. She really listens and then guides you through a decision process that results in a better understanding of yourself and your future course of action. I recommend her without reservation and will be indebted to her for the insights she helped me realize.
Rita worked with our Human Resources management organization to help the team identify and develop their personal brand. The process was closely linked to the development and roll out of our business partner model. Rita masterfully facilitated the team workshop and presented a leadership presence that was both credible and engaging. I would bring Rita back for a team engagement in a heartbeat!
Laureen (Laurie) Fiola, SPHR
Vice President, Human Resources
Rita Allen was instumental in rolling out one of our leadership development programs in 2010. She was so effective when working with program participants that I hired her back to support the same 9-month program this year. Rita also delivered an engaging MBTI module. I strongly recommend her.
Enio Velazco, Ph.D.
Senior Director of OD and Leadership Development
Rita delivered a Myers Briggs program to my team of 17 proposal managers in 2010. She did a tremendous job focusing the material on my group's specific needs, and creating customized reference material. Her presentation style was engaging, and she followed up after the session to guage the impact on the group. I enthusiastically recommend Rita's work!
Holly Conlay (Hochstadt)
Senior Manager, Marketing Operations North America
I have known Rita for over four years and have had the pleasure to work with her and listen to her present on several occasions. I recently attended Rita's workshop on personal branding. Rita was informative, inspiring, and positive while giving numerous practical tips and suggestions that I can put into use today. An expert in her field, Rita has incredible listening skills, a great sense of humor, and is a genuine, honest, and enthusiastic person. She is a pleasure to work with and I highly recommend her.
North Eastern Regional Consultant
I brought Rita in to do some team building with my team at John Hancock. This was a relatively new team, and Rita did a great job of getting to know the team, understanding our roles and building sessions that were relative to a diverse group of professionals. Rita has a deep understanding of the HR field and brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience while customizing the solution to the target audience.
Vice President, Global Talent & Succession
North America at Manulife Financial
Rita Allen was brought in to Surface Logix as a Consultant to help train and develop our mid-level and senior level management team. The modules created were extremely professional, on target to our needs and related directly to our industry and our culture. Rita took a great deal of time and effort to get to know the group and created sessions that had immediate and long standing results. In addition, everyone who attended the sessions gave high praise in their feedback. I would highly recommend her as someone who can truly give your company what it needs for Leadership Development.
Director of Human Resources
I hired Rita as a career/communications consultant when my company was young and growing fast. She did an amazing job working with me and my team to help us all focus on our common goal and give us strategies to help us communicate effectively with one another. She has a terrific personality and is so enthusaistic about her work!! I would recommend Rita without hesitation.
Owner, Monument Staffing
There have been several occasions when I have turned to Rita Allen for coaching and counsel, most recently when I began to pursue professional opportunities outside of my familiar and rather defined comfort zone. Rita methodically put me through my paces and I've never worked harder at self examination and professional reflection. She approached my challenges with a disciplined process, overlaid with an outstanding intuition of what makes me tick. She clearly understands the value of developing and marketing one's personal brand, which was something I was grappling with and evolving. She keenly blended the newest practices in career development with an amazing facility to listen, absorb, advise and support my perspectives. In a heartbeat I'd recommend Rita to anyone thinking of changing careers, or feeling the need to reinvent their persona and re-charge their profession.
Senior Living, Strategy, Marketing, New Business Development
I am pleased to recommend Rita Allen. We have known each other for a number of years as professional HR colleagues --we also hired her to do consulting that included team building, facilitating, and career coaching. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her practice and is very well respected in her field. She is the ultimate professional and approaches her work with integrity and commitment. Rita is a thoughtful leader and genuinely cares about the people she serves. It has been a pleasure to know and work with her. I would highly recommend her as a coach and consultant.
Nanette Smith Callihan
Associate Vice President of Human Resources
Rita Allen is an exceptional coach. She is highly skilled in a variety of areas from leadership and organizational coaching, to career assessment and development to job search strategies. She is very insightful and able to quickly assess a situation, and provide practical advice and tools to navigate a variety of organizational challenges. And as a career advisor, Rita has an enlightening process that helps you identify what's next to continue your path to success. In addition to being a great coach, Rita is also simply a wonderful person, someone who I really enjoy working with. She is smart, savvy, inspiring, energetic, and a great partner to have on your side!
Gitti Crowley MBA
Marketing Director - Consumer and Retail