Preparing Workforce Development Solutions for over 25 years!
Coach Jo Romano
Jo is a results-driven professional with a reputation as a visionary, innovator, and consensus builder. She partners with leaders to use their personal presence, powerful methods, and a comprehensive approach to work through their dilemmas, so they can enjoy optimal results personally and for the organization. She has a passion for responding to operational and human resource challenges with clarity, confidence, and creativity. She has excellent negotiation, leadership, management, and human relations skills while serving as a flexible and inclusive team leader. She loves people and empowering them to succeed. Jo is acclaimed for generating highly successful pilot projects, innovative program development, and employee satisfaction.
Because of her 20 years practicing as a Superior Court Administrator and County Clerk, along with her 17 years as a Substance Abuse Prevention Specialist, Jo has direct experience working with people and systems in transition and crises. Jo has coached and consulted a wide range of leaders to include entrepreneurs, judges, lawyers, executives, directors, managers, supervisors, and leadership teams, to achieve maximum performance, profitability, and sustainability. She celebrates what works and promotes collaborative solution-finding. She uses coaching as a leading management tool to foster excellence within individuals and teams, to create a highly positive and productive organization and culture.
"Having worked with Jo in several ways (having been coached by her, then trained by her as a coach, and finally in many collegial conversations and brainstorming sessions about coaching that we still have today), I can say with confidence that Jo is an outstanding coach, trainer, and colleague. She helps her clients dig deep into themselves to access their strengths and insights...helping them create plans and stay on track so that they can be successful, faster and with more energy than they would on their own. As a trainer, she's clear, prepared, inspiring, and asks students to stretch beyond where they thought they could reach. Beyond who she is as a professional, she's also an exceptional person: positive, energizing, and caring."
Lions Share Coaching
"For the past year, I worked with Jo as my personal and business coach. Jo's commitment to my success was evident every time we met and in between sessions as well. Before I began coaching, I wasn't sure what direction I wanted to go with my business or how I would begin to envision what it could be. With Jo's gentle, pointed questions and observations, I connected with my true passions and began to make changes in my life that directly resulted in more fulfillment, happiness, and balance with my career change.
With her loving support, Jo helped me realize my untapped potential. I found myself opening to greater possibilities and opportunities with her gifted coaching skills. With Jo's guidance, I learned how to make choices that would support my values and align with my life's purpose. Investing in Jo's coaching was one of the best decisions I made for my business and myself."
Creative Coach and small business development coach
"Jo Romano is an excellent coach, trainer and consultant. Her ability to organize information and her calm step-by-step demeanor provides for top shelf training. Jo helped me to learn a strategic design process that I use not only for my own company but have used as a facilitator for my client companies. One month later, the investment in Jo's coaching and training resulted in two strategic planning contracts making Jo's coaching an excellent return on investment. Not only do I have a refined focus for my own company but also I am able to better serve my clients by using a system of design that makes it easy to organize any meeting, tele class, workshop or program. The skills I learned from Jo will be used again and again and her personal support was remarkable."
Leadership Institute, Open Door Coaching, Executive Coach
Coaching conversations with you always help me to look at new possibilities and open up new potential in others and myself. You are fun, you laugh easily and often. Many people move through life on automatic pilot, earning their keep, doing their jobs, raising their families, but often complaining about the things they "can't do." They never see excitement in the newness of each day. It's wonderful and refreshing to have a relationship with someone who shares my philosophy of wanting to live life with energy and excitement and knowing something great is just around the bend. "
Community Action Wellness Coordinator
"You really listen and comment critically, realistically, and very politely. This is something I wish more people could do. Your heart is in the right place and you don't have a big ego about it. You're real!!! I love that you are so passionate about what you do, which I suspect can be very challenging. When I speak to you you’ve listened and clarified my thinking. I never felt the need to follow-up with you. You get it!"
Financial Business Manager and Consultant
"Jo, Thanks for such a great session today. I am on fire and with direction!! I can hardly wait to see this plan unfold. I feel like I have taken charge of my destiny!!"
Leadership Development Strategist, Center for Leadership Skills
"You help me stick to the goals that I set for myself. Before I had your support, I would reach a glass ceiling with my goals or get distracted. I know that you'll help me take a rough idea I have for a new service and develop it into a revenue stream. One of the things I like about working with you is that you continually look at what is in my best interest, even more than I do! You consistently challenge my assumptions and challenge my thinking. Something that translates into me being a lot more effective in my job. The biggest surprise I've experienced in coaching is just how some of the seemingly simple changes that I have made have turned out to be life changers. I know that I can come to you with a problem and that you'll actually hear me out instead of trying to solve it too quickly. I like to solve my own problems and the perspective/questions you bring, help me to do that, my way. "
"Jo, you are so gifted! Even though I have been scattered over the short time we've been coaching together, I've made more progress than I have in a year on my own. And I'm loosening up on "one goal, one focus."
Horses and Pathfinders, Middlesex, VT
"I am one of the many that greatly appreciate your contribution to my life! Your insight was invaluable."
The Woodland’s Real Estate, TX
"Words just cannot express my gratitude to you and the Coaching Institute for matching me with Jo Romano as my mentor coach. Not only did she brilliantly prepare me for certification, but she has mentored me in other ways, too. Jo and I have continued our coaching agreement beyond my certification. I can say without a doubt that she has been one of the biggest influences in my life to date. I had been struggling with a childhood experience for more than 30 years and in one half-hour conversation with Jo, she helped me reframe my past and start on the path to healing and forgiving myself. The sense of freedom I have now is immeasurable! Jo's warmth, compassion, encouragement, and humor are amazing to experience. I count her as one of the greatest blessings of my life!"
Business Owner, Ontario
"I cannot believe how strong and healthy I feel in the midst of all this change. I have said it before but I could really be a mess right now but instead, I am embracing change and the new opportunities it is bringing into my life. Continued thanks for your help in my creating changes for my healthy and happy new life.
My job for myself is to exercise everyday so I can never neglect it or not have time for it and the big surprise is that I love it!! I love the way I feel when I am walking and working out. It makes my mind feel so clear and all the sugar carvings are gone!!!! What's up with that!! I used to be a complete sugarholic; seriously I have done so much damage to my body because of the high sugar and fat empty calories. I could not get through a day without junk food and now, today, it doesn't cross my mind. I am grateful for vegetables and fruit and protein and lots of water.
Therapy has never worked for me but this life coaching should be mandatory for everyone. Thank you so much. "
Teen advocate and coordinator
"I feel like the coaching has made me more open to my own happiness. I used to think twice before doing something that I really wanted to do and now I just do it. I feel more freedom. Jo is a free-spirited person and working with her has inspired me to become more open to my own thoughts. She made me realize that I have to be happy in order to live and work well."
19, Young adult in life transition