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Anita, or Coach Anita as she is known to many, is the Founder & CEO of Access to Opportunity Consulting. An ICF-certified Executive and Career Coach, she specializes in coaching leaders in biopharma, consulting, and public service.

A former scientist & management consultant, Anita brings an open, honest and direct approach from her global consulting & coaching experience. Today, Anita coaches underrepresented MBA students with Management Leadership for Tomorrow, life sciences clients via LifeSciNYC, executives with Next Step Partners and Skillsoft, and is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in Leadership at New York University Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service.

Anita’s skill in partnering with leaders to be courageous and bold allows them to set ambitious goals and take meaningful risks. Her strengths in strategic thinking and relationship-building, combined with a scientific approach to problem-solving, help her clients pilot new approaches to their own leadership behaviors and mindset. She designs and leads inclusive facilitation sessions that generate both real-time as well as follow-on engagement.

Anita’s superpower is being a straightshooter with deep empathy. She is a certified MBTI facilitator and also leads group DiSC profile assessments.

Coaching focus areas:

  • Strategic planning to elevate leadership and business performance

  • Navigating complex organizational structures

  • Building one's strategic network

  • Authentic self-promotion

  • Cross-cultural competence

  • Career shifts

Anita has trained with the Center for Creative Leadership and completed the Professional Coaching Program (PCP) certificate course, a partnership of iCoach New York and Baruch College’s Zicklin School of Business, Management Department. She has also completed a course in Human-Centered Design from Acumen & IDEO.

Now based in New York City, Anita was raised in rural Kansas and brings an international flair to her work from living on three continents. Anita holds degrees in chemistry from Yale University (BS), the University of Melbourne (MSc, with honors), and the University of Georgia (PhD). Anita also holds an MPA from the NYU Wagner School of Public Service.

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