Andrea Wedell Petaluma, California
Entrepreneurship Coach, Career Coach, Executive Coach
Certified Executive Coach Training, Certified ACSTH life coaching, Certified DISC, Certified 360 Reach Assesment
I'm a seasoned coach specialized in creative entrepreneurship, emerging leaders and career growth.
For creative entrepreneurs, I help you identify your audience, clarify your offer, network strategically, set up systems and processes to successfully drive your business.
In my leadership coaching work, I focus on your ability to communicate and be heard. I help leaders build strong relationships by helping them develop greater awareness about themselves, so they can be more effective with others. I work on assertive communication skills so my clients are equipped to handle crucial conversations with ease.
For the many seeking career orientation and growth, I help clients create a vision for their career that is most closely aligned to what they care about. Once the vision is crystallized, I work with them to identify actionable strategies, and provide tools, to get to where they want to go.
I bring demonstrated international expertise in coaching entrepreneurs, teaching leaders communication skills across the globe, and mentoring those in transition towards the work they love to do. A 40 + entrepreneur myself, I've marched to the sound of my own entrepreneurial drum, driven by an un-compromised need for freedom, on two continents, for decades.
I co-created and ran a business in France for 10 years, and currently run two creative businesses in the Bay Area.
I graduated from UCLA with a B.A in theater and have taught theater skills to help people become powerful and influential communicators throughout my career. Also a visual artist, I've been painting and exhibiting in contemporary galleries in Europe and the U.S. for over fifteen years.
As both a creative and business person, with a great track record, I'm well positioned to add value to my client's needs.
I'm certified in executive and life coaching, DISC and Reach 360 assessment and have a degree in graphic design.
I'm constantly advancing my own coaching training to best serve my clients.
24 reviews (5.0)
Sarah B - senior buyer - San Francisco, California
I contacted Andrea at a time in my career when I needed help getting clear on my work priorities and values. I had been awarded a promotion and knew in my heart that I didn't want it, but wasn't sure what that meant for me or my future. Andrea guided me through that confusing time and provided many resources to explore my options and decisions. I loved working with Andrea and would highly recommend her as a career coach. She was insightful, available and created a very safe space for me to explore important career decisions at a time when I needed a place to be vulnerable and to think creatively about my next move.
Bruno Fargeon, Head of Modelling & Simulation, Engineering, System CoC chez Airbus
We contracted originally Andrea to facilitate one event aimed at boosting team spirit. She turned to be much more than a simple facilitator. Her preparation and follow-up work has been recognized by the team members as being highly valuable. She delivered an outstanding facilitation during the event, detecting issues we had no clue about and truly helping the team to build up. Her style was both relax and very professional. No doubt we would contract again with Andrea!
Jamie Ritchie, Chief Commercial Officer for Deimos Imaging
I had the pleasure to work with Andrea when she led my team building event in early September 2014. Andrea's empathetic, flexible and direct approach to facilitating the sessions enabled the team to really address the issues that mattered and resolve them with clear actions. Andrea used insight & intuition to modify the exercises to ensure the end goals were reached. I would highly recommend Andrea as a team facilitator and coach.
Tanay Mehta, Product Manager at Dropbox
Andrea brings a blend of empathy, compassion and a strong moral compass to the art of coaching that make her uniquely effective. Throughout my 2+ years working Andrea, I've been consistently impressed at her ability to reason through situations at a variety of levels of abstraction -- from role-playing difficult conversations, to providing frameworks for thinking through situations, to helping reason through things on a values level.
Seth Thompson, M. Arch I at Yale School of Architecture
Andrea is a deeply thoughtful leadership & management coach who strikes the perfect balance between providing succinct actionable advice and open-ended frameworks for self-guided reflection. Over the course of the past year and a half, Andrea has helped me improve my approach to strategy, communication, presentation, and execution at Google. As a person and a mentor, she is warm, generous, and supportive. I highly recommend Andrea Wedell in any capacity related to career growth or professional development.
Katherine Lai, Software Engineer at Transcriptic
I worked with Andrea as my coach for several months while I worked at Dropbox. She’s a fantastic listener, making sure she understood what I was trying to say (which certainly helped teach me how to be better at active listening by example), and also great at asking questions to challenge the assumptions built into the way I was thinking about myself, my abilities, and the way I interact with other people at work. The primary things I was working on were communication styles and how to work better with people who are very different from myself. We also worked on my ability to project and run meetings more effectively as I’m usually softspoken and passive. After working with her, I’ve gained much more confidence overall. Specifically I run my meetings more effectively, have a better understanding of how I like to work and how I can be more successful when working with others. I would highly recommend Andrea to anyone seeking an executive coach.
Rebecca Illowsky, Product Manager at Facebook
Andrea really took the time to understand me and how I learn. She broke the soft skills into a structured and logical framework that my engineering brain could grok. This helped me build deeper relationships with my teammates and mentors. I highly recommend Andrea when anyone asks me about management coaching.
Mamoun Hajjar, Multicultural Master Networker, Strategist and Sales Leader
I came to Andrea for coaching support when I was planning a significant career shift. I wanted to not only change roles and companies as a senior leader, but also relocate from the Middle East to California. I was deeply impressed at the amount of knowledge she possesses on every aspect of job search strategy, from narrowing down the focus, to writing compelling copy to attract recruiters, to leveraging my network. She’s warm, friendly and a master at immediately understanding the task at hand. She helps you gain clarity on what you want, where you should be focusing, and the steps to take to get there. With just a few sessions , I know I’m on the right track and moving in a meaningful direction for me. I strongly recommend Andrea as a career coach whether you’re looking for a change or any level of enhancement in your career.
Merrill Feather, Head of Marketing at Seesaw Learning
Andrea is a tremendous coach! She helped me understand my personal motivations for my focus areas, which helped fuel my growth. She was invested in me and my team - helping facilitate group activities with my team, allowing her to give me more real-time feedback and to help me be more effective. And she was a great sounding board for all of my toughest decisions!
Conner Hayes, Director of Product Management at Facebook
I would highly recommend Andrea as a professional coach. She and I worked together over the past year, during a time where I had many open questions about how I wanted to focus my time, grow and advance my career. Her thoughtful approach helped me unpack my motivations, add clarity to the direction I am headed and instill confidence in those around me as I improved in my work. I hope to work with her again in the future!
Irene Chen, Data Scientist, San Francisco, California
"It is rare to come across a management coach as skilled and impactful as Andrea. I worked with Andrea for two years through my many roles at Dropbox: data scientist, chief of staff, and machine learning engineer. I am in awe of Andrea's ability to empathetically break down a problem into actionable insights and suggestions--which has had a profound impact on my professional career. Her artwork is also astounding! As a management coach and as a human, Andrea has my highest recommendation."
Chelsey Tanack – Project Manager, San Francisco
“I came to Andrea for help with a big transition I was making into a leadership role with a lot of client-facing responsibilities. She helped me with a couple of specific things: learning how to use a variety of leadership styles, effectively delegating, and figuring out when to escalate concerns up to senior management. Andrea was a thoughtful listener who asked me to test out assumptions I was making and gave me frameworks to think about the decisions I was making. I found our coaching sessions to be really helpful and I am confident that I’ll use the ideas and concepts that Andrea introduced me to in the future.”
James Liu – Project Manager, San Francisco
“Working with and learning from Andrea was a highlight of my time at Dropbox. Through our coaching sessions, I become more confident in my professional skills – specifically around leading others and presentation skills – and clearer about my professional values. Every session I came away feeling refreshed and inspired. I wholeheartedly recommend Andrea as a coach.”
Mike Schlitt, playwright, director, performer, Los Angeles, California
For years, I’ve been feeling like I wasn’t devoting the time I needed to my writing, that the work was suffering for it, and worst of all, I was so focused on what I was NOT getting done, that I neither enjoyed the process of creation, or the time I spend doing other things I supposedly enjoyed. I hired Andrea to work with me for three months via bi-weekly check-ins. The results were truly revelatory. I felt like we connected on multiple levels almost immediately, she had an amazing intuition about what my stumbling blocks were and how to best work through them. She also has a masterful way of cutting right through to the heart of the things. Andrea is wise and wonderful and incredibly fun to work with. After just three months, both the quality and productivity of my writing improved exponentially. Plus, I’m actually having fun writing again–a feeling that’s eluded me for years.
Nicole Miller, Treasury Services Operations Unit Manager, JP Morgan, Paris, France
"Andrea's coaching methods are highly efficient. She helped me develop greater well-being and work-life balance, at a time when I needed it most. We worked on my management approach and aligned it more closely to my own core values which was has brought on huge, positive transformation, and most important, the coaching sessions with Andrea allowed me to see my professional issues from a different perspective and to change the way I was both thinking about them and handling them. She is an excellent coach and I highly recommend her."
François Rispe, General Manager for Southern Europe, Prologis, Paris, France
"In 2011, my company AMB Property corporation merged with Prologis. At that time I was in charge of AMB for Southern Europe at the head of a team of 10 or so. I became Head of Southern Europe of the new entity – called Prologis - and had to manage a team of nearly 70. The merger prompted me to come into coaching with a few goals in mind: 1) Move the culture of Prologis to a culture of accountability, performance and fun 2) Build a cohesive management team that would capitalize on its experience and origin but primarily on the new opportunity of the merger to create a new company 3) Ensure the management team would spread the new culture to all employees 3 years later, I must say that all 3 goals were reached. Andrea has been instrumental in helping me understand the culture of Prologis, how people interacted, how to manage people that were reluctant to change ,how to handle critical situations that sometime created frustrations and emotions and to keep and integrate the key managers that worked with me previously in the new organization. She also helped build this new culture within the Management team by developing Self-Awareness programs for all of us that were critical as a step toward better and stronger cohesion; Andrea has done a terrific job not so much by providing solutions to problems but by pushing me identify the solutions so that they became obvious. She was also a good asset to help implement those solutions. Last but not least, she led a few seminars with my Management team around Corporate values, Accountability and problem solving. The fact that she was bilingual English- French was undoubtedly a strength.
Marianne Mitchell, Visual Artist and Creative Educator, Denver Colorado
“I came to Andrea when I needed help creating my business offer. I had a lot of balls in the air, and needed someone to help me see, prioritize and gather the scattered pieces into the innovation program I was developing. I had a feeling Andrea would understand me like no one else, and I sure was right about that. She is both highly creative and pragmatic, warm and caring. Her support went far beyond my expectations.”
Nam Durand, HR Director EMEA, CWT, Paris France
"I highly recommend Andrea as a business coach. She has been a tremendous help for the development of our people at Carlson Wagonlit Travel Europe. When our recently promoted young talents were identified as high potentials, I wanted to make sure these key people were able to rise to the bar and achieve success. Andrea supported them through this process, and the results went beyond our expectations. Being bicultural herself, (French /American), Andrea knows how to bridge the two cultures and possesses the tools, qualifications and experience to bring the best out in people. She always maintains a positive regard for her coachees and is at all times supportive and non-judgemental."
Kim Bruce, artist and website designer for artists, Calgary Canada
“As a full time artist, I’ve been away from the corporate business world for 12 years, and I suddenly found myself in the position to provide a workshop for artist’s websites. Fear and nervousness overcame me until I talked with Andrea Wedell. Through Skype, with Andrea in France and me in Canada, Andrea coached me with a series of video calls. Andrea helped me build my skills, provided encouragement and valuable feedback, she was my audience of one who played many roles to challenge me to perform at my very best. I was able to structure and practice my content and field questions which in turn enabled me to think on my feet. By working with Andrea I was able to overcome my awkwardness and rebuild the confidence I once had in the boardroom. The class I’d been so scared about was a tremendous success and I’m doing more and more of them now, along with presentations. All of this is a tremendous help to my business development.” Kim Bruce, artist and website designer for artists, Canada
Dan Low : Owner World, Education, Author, Paris France
Andrea has shown great flexibility and openness. These are invaluable assets. Her artistic talents also lend support to her work as a coach, as you need to be right-brained to use your intuition to help guide others. And Andrea herself, having been exposed to multicultural environments, can widen perceptions more easily for those seeking alternatives for change.”
Jean Pascal Denis, HR Manager, Carlson Wagonlit Travel, Paris France
“I experienced Andrea's extreme professionalism through her coaching work on creativity. Her coachees all became far more aware of their skills and were able to assimilate the full scope of the creative process all the way through to implementation of their projects. Through both her warm personal style and her broad experience, Andrea adds value to the human potential.”
Ana Paula Machado, HR Manager Global/EMEA, CWT, Paris France
I have worked with Andrea for several coaching missions for our company. She is always a very professional, positive and effective person. All the coachees give us systematic excellent feedback at the end of the coaching cycles. She knows exactly how to help each individual reach their goal. It's always a pleasure to work with her, she is quick, creative and brings us solutions for each issue as it arises. And one of the most important qualities we in HR look for in our coaches, is the ability to totally respect all aspects of confidentiality. Andrea embodies this code of ethics.
Cris, IT Consultant, Apple France Paris
“I met Andrea during a time of some personal turmoil due to unexpected unemployment. Over many cups of tea she helped me assess my strengths and weaknesses, and was a great sounding board that helped me come to terms with my new situation, restore some bruised confidence and to move forward in a positive way.”
karin, Entertainer, Rome Italy
The coaching sessions with Andrea Wedell have empowered and guided me through the initial stages of a new artistic career. Her personalised insights have given me so much more clarity about the myriad psychological and pragmatic issues of this new professional arena. She encourages your potential!”