- BA, Psychology,
University of Virginia
- Coaching Certification,
New York University
- CBS Network, Wired Magazine, Conde Nast, World Wide Sports ESPN Ski Show
- 5 Behaviors of a Cohesive Team
- David Rock Results Coaching System
- Tennis and Platform Tennis
- Ice Hockey
- Outdoor Adventurer
- Human Behavior Enthusiast
Liz Bentley is the founder and President of Liz Bentley Associates, a consulting firm specializing in leadership development programs. She is a nationally recognized keynote speaker and executive coach to top leaders and teams across a broad range of industries.
Having worked with hundreds of clients, Liz understands this fundamental truth: you can’t change people but you can help them evolve into a better version of themselves. To help unlock barriers, Liz has developed powerful models that are built upon the most current research on how people perform best. She also has a unique appreciation of mindset and its power to transform behavior that’s based on her lifetime of experience in competitive sports.
Through this groundbreaking work, Liz has become a thought leader in the industry. She delivers keynotes to top conferences and companies nationwide, including SHRM, Know Your Value, Microsoft, IBM, and Sotheby’s International Realty. Her ability to identify trends in human behavior also makes her a sought after expert in the media. Her advice has been featured in books, podcasts, business magazines and newspapers, including Fast Company, The Washington Post, and Business News Daily along with her career advice column in Marie Claire.
Liz received her coach training from the New York University Certificate in Organizational and Executive Coaching program, and the David Rock Results Coaching System. She received her BA in Psychology from the University of Virginia. Prior to coaching, Liz worked in advertising sales for Condé Nast Publications and CBS Network. She has also been a competitive athlete her whole life. She played Division I Soccer and Lacrosse at the University of Virginia. She taught skiing at Aspen Highlands in Aspen Colorado, has run the NYC Marathon twice, and currently plays competitive platform tennis, tennis and ice hockey.
I was having dinner at a friend’s house and seated next to a great guy who was a Yale graduate, fun to be around and an excellent tennis player. He was also a major influencer as a very senior executive at Morgan Stanley. He turned to me and said, “Liz I have been working with an executive coach and she has changed my life.” Wow, I thought, he was pretty good already! Soon after, I encountered 3 other good friends with similar backgrounds who expressed the same story with an executive coach. At the time, I had taken a pause from the corporate world to be at home with my 3 young children but when I heard about coaching, I knew my calling was here and it was time for me to return to the workforce.
Becoming a coach and having the privilege of working intimately with people all over the country has opened my heart and eyes to seeing the journey of so many amazing lives. From this experience, I have grown an incredible appreciation for the fight of the human spirit. Everyone shows up each day to do their best and some days they rise and some days they fall. In this career, I have developed tools to help people step into their power. By leveraging their strengths, hurdling the obstacles that stand in their way, pushing themselves out of their comfort zone and persevering even when the odds seem stacked against them, people achieve their full potential. From this work, I have had the joy of watching people succeed on deeply personal and professional levels. And I hope to continue this meaningful work indefinitely.
Being the youngest and only girl with 3 older brothers has given me unique skills in life. Like eating fast so I could get seconds at dinner, learning tackle football in the backyard as my first sport, or that crying was an unacceptable response to anything. Those big brothers also taught me to value the importance of play, to laugh at myself, and to enjoy playing the game even when you don’t win, which I usually didn’t. Luckily some of the values I learned in my youth did translate well to the workplace.
I was instinctively attracted to coaching because it’s the perfect meeting of 3 worlds I have always been drawn to:
- Psychology, the constant evolving study of human behavior. I have always loved studying and understanding what motivates people to be their best self and what obstacles they have to hurdle on their journey.
- Athletics. As a lifelong competitive athlete I learned the importance of mindset in impacting performance. On many occasions, I was the victim of mental distraction and self-doubt that created painful losses; on others, I had nerves of steel and resilience that produced memorable victories. And I had the gift of being influenced by amazing coaches who changed my life.
- Business. I love the strategy and competition of business. And I’ve greatly benefitted from my experiences in the corporate world of CBS Network and Conde Nast, which gave me great insights into leadership, teamwork, and sales.
testimonials about Liz Bentley
Leslie S. Modell
We have been working with Liz Bentley for a couple of years now, and I don’t think we’ll ever stop! In my particular organization, our work has been to move people to the next level of leadership. Liz brings just the right amount of compassion and expectation to this, and her input and collaboration has helped all of those she’s worked with here to achieve true growth. Everyone on my team is creative, I have found that traditional coaching models do not always apply. Liz really understands the creative spirit and has worked beautifully helping people find strength in operation and tactical growth, without curtailing their inspiration.
Kate Lewis, Chief Content Officer, Hearst Magazines
Brad Nelson, Senior Vice President of Marketing, Sotheby’s International Realty
Michele Promaulayko, Editor in Chief, Cosmopolitan
Joe Castronovo, CEO, KORG USA
Liz Bentley is the Olympian business coach that has been a magical secret weapon of many uber successful influencers. She created and conducted a great and memorable Team-building Day for my team, which was a big success all around. Everyone was fully engaged and captivated by her energy, lively presentation and hilarious stories. Much was learned about ourselves and our group chemistry. For me, the seminar served as a strong endorsement of our bond and good fortune to share our careers together.
Nikki Field Top 20 New York Agent, Senior Global Real Estate Advisor, Associate Broker, Sotheby's International Realty
Aoifa O'Donnell, Chief Executive Officer, National EAP
Katie Raftery, Vice President, Human Resources Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Deb Oberly, Microsoft
Sigrid Craemer, COO and Treasurer, ComForte
Kathy Korte, Former President & CEO, Sotheby's International Realty
Martha Stark, Group Director - Senior VP, FEW
Meredith Rollins, Editor in Chief, Redbook
Liz Morley Ehrlich, Director of Events and Special Projects, Billboard and The Hollywood Reporter
Mike Bradley, Vice President of Marketing, KORG USA
Participant at IBM’s “Power Up” Event
SHRM National Conference Attendee
Thanks to Liz, my career and my life have been completely re-organized, refocused, and re-energized. In only a few weekly sessions, Liz helped me identify my strengths, goals, and ways to focus my priorities and time so that I have a work balance and life satisfaction that I never had in 20+ years as a program manager.
Greg Winter, Senior Principal Program Manager, Aeroflex
Bill George, Senior Vice President Branch Manager, Wells Fargo
This was a phenomenal class. I have taken this back to my team and we are still learning from Liz's skills and her amazing way of teaching it. Just fantastic. Please have Liz come back next year so that I can bring my whole team to be tutored by her.
Participant at SHRM “Emerging Leaders” Seminar
Jim Frankel, Executive Vice President Sales, Sound Tree