Allen Smith, CEO, Prudential Real Estate Investments

I retained Miriam as a coach in January 2009 and have just extended her contract for another 6 months. Our business is going through fairly dramatic change and being relatively new to my role (18 months as CEO), I wanted someone to work with me in further developing my leadership style, shaping my job in light of the evolving market conditions and assuring that I focused on the right strategic priorities.

Miriam has been tremendous on all fronts. She is a very quick study of both industry and organizational issues. She is a good judge of people and able to quickly assess internal organizational dynamics. She has gained the confidence of other people in the company and managed to illicit feedback that is otherwise difficult to achieve. She is direct and constructively critical and establishes coaching milestones that I am held accountable to achieving.

Finally, Miriam has good instincts regarding responding to specific situations that arise and in virtually all instances her advice on how to handle these situations has been right on target. Miriam is extraordinarily accessible and demonstrates a genuine interest in me and my personal development.

Cathy Marcus, Senior Portfolio Manager, PRISA, PREI

I can’t thank you enough for all of your support over the past few years. This would not have happened without you. Your influence has changed the course of history for PREI.

Ennio Ranaboldo, CEO/Executive Vice President, Lavazza USA

I finally had the time to peruse your document, unquestionably the single most intelligent and insightful PowerPoint of the past ten years!

I thank you heartily also for its practical usefulness, starting from what I learned about how to start changing thing with and around myself!

I trust we’ll find ways to continue working together even after the completion of this program.

Grazie!

Louis Ramunno, National Managing Principal, Deloitte Tax LLP

Your experience, insights, and support have been very helpful and greatly appreciated. Thank you for helping me meet my goal of getting the most I possibly can out of the NextGen program.

Tom McGee, Partner and Global Chief of Staff, Deloitte

Miriam helped lead the development and implementation of a new innovative leadership development program for our global organization. I worked closely with her throughout this process and was thoroughly impressed by her professionalism and intellect. Miriam is not only capable of providing constructive and thoughtful feedback but more importantly she can translate that feedback into concrete and simple action steps to address presented challenges. I view her as a trusted advisor and always welcome the opportunity to engage with her.

Ellen Stafford-Sigg, Global Lead Client Service Partner, Board Director, Deloitte

I have been working with Miriam Javitch for nearly a year, throughout which she has been my executive coach. I recently extended the contract for a year, since I have found her coaching and the investment of my time to be of great value, and see results in the effectiveness of my leadership team overall. Miriam’s highly personalized coaching is be very effective in helping me focus on the strengths that I can leverage better, with a long-term vision and clear short-term action steps. She takes a holistic approach that includes understanding my personal goals and balancing act as well as my career aspirations and leadership objectives. She also has an exceptional understanding of organizations, which she applied quickly to my firm and my role in the dynamics of the practice and the development of my team. The combination helps me take a fresh view of my own potential and how to attain it, which has been energizing and fruitful. I strongly recommend Miriam for coaching and leadership development programs.

Soultana P. Reigle, Prudential Real Estate Investors, Parsippany, NJ

Our CEO charged a group of about 40 employees to identify “problem” areas in our business model, propose solutions and… implement those changes. Miriam Javitch and her team at Meritas were instrumental in guiding us through this process. None of us had ever done anything like it before (think deer in headlights), but now this notion of “self-help” has really been woven into the fabric of who we are and how we go about our business.

Kurt Ekert, Chief Operating Officer, Travelport, a Blackstone Company

It has been my privilege to work with Miriam for the past fifteen months as an executive “coachee”. I have worked with several other executive coaches in my career, mostly in a team capacity, and Miriam is in a class by herself.

From the outset, the tone of my engagement with Miriam was always forward looking both professionally and personally, as she made me feel that I was talking to a close friend. She particularly helped me better understand others’ perceptions and how to influence those, not an easy task given the global dispersion of my team and peers. Miriam possesses an innate ability to dissect organizational dynamics, which she did via interaction with my colleagues and key stakeholders at work, and pairs this with strong commercial instincts.

On a personal level, the combination of psychometric and intellectual analysis early in our coaching engagement coupled with hours of one-on-one dialogue gave Miriam a powerful base from which to help me better understand my strengths and weaknesses. It is worth noting that, unlike many others in this field, Miriam’s focus has been primarily to help me exploit my strengths rather than focusing mainly on weaknesses. One of the most memorable elements of my time with Miriam was developing my Aspirational Leadership Brand, sharing this with selected colleagues at work, and then working hard to move myself closer to this desired outcome.

I strongly endorse Miriam for any one-on-one or team engagement and know that she will have similarly powerful impacts with her clients in the future.

Damian P. Manolis, Director, Pramerica Real Estate Investors, Asia

I felt you did an excellent job and I like your positioning in our work. The way I see it is that we’ve had consultants who did a lot of work from the outside, gave us a report and we put it on a shelf. We didn’t do anything with it, because we didn’t own it and didn’t invest the energy, just the money. We’ve missed things in such cases or were not pushed hard enough.

On the other end, through your guidance and facilitation, we’ve done strategic planning completely on our own, void of outside eyes and criticism. I like how you enabled us to achieve a balance between these two opposing methodologies. I feel we own this work, we are accountable and we believe in it. Through the process we’ve engaged at least 30%+ of our organization — that in itself built ties that will not be broken and will yield tremendous unexpected benefits.

Your personal style was perfect. You were very responsive and helpful. Thanks again for all you have done to help us move PREI forward.

Tax Managing Consulting Partner, Deloitte Tax LLP

I wanted to let you know personally it was the most effective training I have ever had at Deloitte and it was just session 1!!! Thanks to you and the team as well as to Miriam and hers who has put together such a thoughtful / outstanding program.

Global Lead Client Service Partner, Deloitte

I gained confidence by understanding what to do with my strengths and shortcomings. Something as obvious as continue serving as an advisor to CEO’s and stop worrying about X resonated more when someone else independently reached that conclusion. I stopped worrying about some of the things that just “are” and can’t be changed. I was reminded that some of my skills that I take for granted are more powerful than I think.

Global Lead Client Service Partner, Deloitte

I appreciated having someone to talk to who was outside of my business yet knowledgeable enough to offer objective and useful advice because they knew our firm and understood our business.

Global Lead Client Service Partner, Deloitte

Thoughtful input about me, and continued encouraging pressure to work on my development areas and helping me set aside time to think and plan.

Global Lead Client Service Partner, Deloitte

Honest objective insight with understanding of Deloitte environment without any “strings” attached including the assessment process and coaching conversations.

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Leadership Development

I wanted to let you know personally it was the most effective training I have ever had at Deloitte and it was just session 1!!! Thanks to you and the team as well as to Miriam and hers who has put together such a thoughtful / outstanding program.

Partner, Tax Management Consulting
Deloitte Tax LLP

I really valued the time that we spent together and wanted to let you know that your impact on my career will not be forgotten. I especially appreciate the safe place to speak my mind and your honest feedback and thoughts. Your ability to take my sometimes incoherent and not politically correct thoughts and turn them into golden nuggets was invaluable.”

Nicole Torgrimson
Director of Operations, Audit
Deloitte Calgary

I can’t thank you enough for all of your support over the past few years. This would not have happened without you. Your influence has changed the course of history for PREI.”

Cathy Marcus
Senior Portfolio Manager, Managing Director, PRISA
PREI

Your experience, insights, and support have been very helpful and greatly appreciated. Thank you for helping me meet my goal of getting the most I possibly can out of the NextGen program.”

Louis Ramunno
National Managing Principal
Deloitte Tax LLP

Unquestionably the single most intelligent and insightful PowerPoint of the past ten years!”

Ennio Ranaboldo
CEO/Executive Vice President
Lavazza USA

Meritas caused me to pause and step back from the rigor of day-to-day and reflect on some larger connections.”

Global Lead Client Service Partner
Deloitte

Meritas Partners’ experience with boards provided me with much needed insight and guidance.”

Laura Hamilton
CEO
MTS Systems

The team at Meritas Partners was instrumental in guiding us through this process. None of us had ever done anything like it before (think deer in headlights), but now this notion of “self-help” has really been woven into the fabric of who we are and how we go about our business.”

Soultana P. Reigle
Prudential Real Estate Investors
Parsippany, NJ

For a whole group to take the time to critique another person turned out to be… a gift for which I am very grateful, and one that I fully intend to pass on.”

Georg von Werz
CEO, AG Business
PREI

Meritas focuses on my strengths and how to leverage them, as well as on where I need to improve. Meritas is genuinely interested in my success.”

Ivan Tornos
President, Europe, Middle-East and Africa Regions
EMEA Division
CR BARD Inc.