Dave Gent

Career & Leadership Coach

About Dave Gent

As your coach, I'm your partner in thoughtfully identifying, considering and acting on new opportunities, whether you are switching careers or accelerating on your current path. From, what to do with my life?, to how much should I get paid, I will be your go-to each step of the way.

Coaching focus:
Career & Leadership Coach
  • Career planning & management
  • Job search strategy
  • Networking
Some of Dave Gent's milestones:
  • 8+years of career counseling and coaching experience
  • Former adjunct faculty, Advanced Leadership and International Business seminar courses
  • Deep knowledge of career paths especially within financial services, private equity/venture capital, consulting, technology, brand management and entrepreneurship
  • Extensive experience working with pre- and post-MBA professionals
  • Partnered with blue chip firms such as Goldman Sachs, McKinsey, Apple, Google, P&G on hiring top talent
  • Knowledge of various self-assessment tools including Myers-Briggs and CareerLeader
  • Former Executive Director, Haas School of Business, and Senior Associate Director and Adjunct Faculty, Kellogg School of Management
  • MBA from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management
  • Bachelor of Arts degree with Honors, University of Michigan
Customer Reviews and Testimonials:
I am quite happy to recommend Dave Gent, as I have enjoyed the benefits of his coaching since 2001. Over the years Dave has helped me immensely in working through a range of career and life related decisions - let's face it the two are not mutually exclusive and Dave understands (and helped teach me) that. He helped me shape my strengths, weaknesses, skills, experience and aspirations into a value proposition that employers and colleagues easily responded to.
When we started working together, I had broad experience and really wasn't sure where to focus. Dave helped me narrow down potential paths using frameworks that predicted not only my potential for success but also personal satisfaction. His understanding for and ability to coach me on networking helped me as a new MBA grad get fast tracked into Mattel as an Associate Brand Manager; he guided me on several key career decisions as I moved up to Director there.
He’s always been there for me especially during a mid-career crisis; most recently, with his coaching, I joined Zynga, where I am running marketing for a studio and LOVING IT.
Dave is someone who knows how to build and manage a career; has deep instinct and a sensitivity; listens to you; pumps you up but won't BS you; and doesn't think (solely) in straight "career" paths. If you’re looking for a great coach, he’s your man.

Nathalie L.
Product Marketing, Zynga, MBA

Dave is an insightful leadership and career coach with a deep understanding of the recruiting and organizational practices throughout many industries. He is extremely personable and professional; he will help you develop a practical roadmap to achieve your professional goals.
In his work with the Kellogg School of Management’s Career Management Center, Dave sat at the nexus of job seekers and job providers. This experience gave him an invaluable perspective on the companies’ search methods, which in turn helps him focus his coaching on working with candidates to find the right strategy and approach in their career planning.
Working with Dave led me to landing a marketing leadership role at a major financial services institution on the West Coast. Since then, he has coached me through almost every professional transition. Dave also helped me transition into a business development leadership position at a technology company in Silicon Valley where I was in charge of leading a global development effort and product roll out. I also worked with Dave directly during a tenuous team confrontation; I have found his insight to be incredibly valuable in a good number of situations.
With Dave, you will find a broad range of coaching ability that spans horizontally (through industries) and vertically (throughout the organization). He will help you develop a strategy and a tactical plan to help you achieve your professional and even personal goals.

Vladimir B.
Consultant; Co-Founder and Publisher, The Registry

Over the last 3 years, Dave has impressed me with his intelligence, insightfulness and ability to accurately assess any business situation that we were discussing. 6 months ago, I asked Dave to assist me by advising and coaching in some of the critical Marketing, Business Development and Strategy aspects of my start-up company. He has further impressed me.
Dave has a disarming ability to listen to the issues at hand, assess all of the possible angles of attack and then present a solution strategy in a quiet, but assuring way. Being able to present situations to Dave as a business coach and get his feedback regarding the various potential pitfalls and options of any given decision – especially regarding overall business strategy, potential client issues, strategic partnerships and marketing challenges -- has been invaluable.

Geff W.
Founder and CEO, Wine Valet

We covered a lot of ground in the first session and defined clear next steps. Dave helped me focus while generating excitement about what is possible. Looking forward to our next call!


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