Partnering for Real Image, Presentation and Professional Results

Neels & Company works with small and large professional services companies, trade associations and government agencies in metro Washington and across the country. Among our clients, we count a number of major law and accounting firms, as well as investment banking, private equity and management consulting companies. We understand the image, presentation, and professional needs of these industries and believe we offer exceptional value.


Gretchen gave a brilliant presentation to our organization on effective communication strategies with particular focus to different generations. She was engaging and entertaining throughout, and my sales team was enthusiastically soaking in all that she had to share with them on how to improve customer relationships through tailored communication methods. They are a young team and promote our products to customers of all ages. It was as if light bulbs were going off all over the room! The content was refreshing and added a new dimension to our professional training portfolio. Gretchen’s humor and expertise are coupled perfectly for a professional yet relatable delivery. We will definitely be bringing Gretchen back soon and will be recommending her to other organizations!

Jen Szymanski, General Manager
Vitaflo USA

Gretchen developed and presented a compelling Effective Communication Styles program for our incoming associates that focused on intergenerational differences. In light of my concerns about this topic and the audience, Gretchen agreed to collaborate with me on her presentation, seeking my input and direction as to the content and presentation style. We worked well together and this somewhat unconventional approach produced a very successful program. Gretchen is creative, energetic, and thoughtful, and was always prompt, detail-oriented, and responsive from my initial contact until (and following) her presentation. I really enjoyed working with Gretchen, and would highly recommend her to others looking for a presenter that is knowledgeable in this area, as well as sensitive to the challenges of this topic.

Amy George, Manager of Professional Development & Training
Nixon Peabody LLP

Gretchen Neels presented a business etiquette seminar and did an outstanding job on educating our team on business etiquette, including communication, how to dress for success and dining with poise and confidence and did so in a fun, effective manner in which everyone walked away with some additional practical knowledge. We are still saying to ourselves, "What would Gretchen say?" Great Job!!!

Julie Frankel
First Quality Enterprises

Gretchen was able to provide keen insights to help guide me in my job search, and more importantly she made me think in new and innovative ways to pursue a position that best fit my skills and my desires. She has a wealth of experience in the legal industry and her input is always up to date and applicable to the latest situations in a fast changing job environment.

Richard Brownell

Gretchen is a delight to work with. She knows the recruiting and interviewing games quite well and is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to crafting one's job search strategy. Working with her was a very positive experience for me.

Biba Aidoo

If you are looking to strengthen your interviewing, networking or business etiquette skills, call Gretchen! Her coaching style is direct and professional, and she has a remarkable ability to quickly zero-in on weak spots that might keep you from winning. I recommend her coaching services without reservation.

Peter Caporale

I ‘met’ Gretchen when I attended a webinar, and we subsequently had some email correspondence. She has given me some excellent advice. Great dynamic person with original ideas as a career coach.

Peter Verdirame, Partner
Chesney & Murphy LLP

Five Keys to Ensure Success: Strategies for New Hires was a motivating and educational program presented to members of WALRAA on the heels of a challenging recruiting season. Gretchen Neels recommended specific steps for our professionals to implement so that new hires would be better equipped to meet the demands of their first attorney position. To those looking for an engaging and informative speaker in the legal services industry, I enthusiastically recommend Gretchen.

Tiffany Wood, Recruiting Manager
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Many thanks for your timely and educational presentation at today's WALRAA meeting. I especially appreciated your discussion about emotional intelligence and the concrete examples you gave for how to effectively and compassionately deal with inappropriate dress and behaviors in the workplace. I'm wondering if I may please have an electronic (or hard) copy of your power point presentation.

Denise A. Robinson, Diversity Administrator
AmLaw 200 Firm

Gretchen did a great job presenting "Building Your Professional Image From the Inside Out," a wonderful start to our organization's Professional Development Series. Her program was fun and informative, and attendees came away with specifics to enhance their professional image. We highly recommend Gretchen to organizations looking to raise their standards of professionalism in a productive and positive way.

Coleen Collins, Assistant VP Human Resources
American Council on Education

Working with Gretchen Neels has had an impact in bridging that potential divide by helping the Baby Boomers and Traditionalists understand better how to interact with Millennials to achieve maximum results, effective collaboration and teamwork as well as aiding the Millennials to look through the other end of the telescope and work effectively with both their colleagues and customers from different generations. With some 75 million Baby Boomers about to retire in the US alone, attracting and retaining talent is key. I would not hesitate to recommend Gretchen to any organization facing similar challenges.

Maggie Morrison, Senior Director
Cisco Sales Associate Program

Gretchen Neels dusted off the staid subject of etiquette, and put it in a fresher, more relevant context for members of my Million Dollar Consulting® College. Knowing the rules of the road is the basis for being comfortable and confident in a business setting. Do yourself a favor, and listen to what Gretchen has to say about the new guidelines for today's executives.

Alan Weiss, Ph.D., President
Summit Consulting, Inc.

The Women's MBA Club at Northeastern University would like to thank you for the "Business Etiquette for Women" seminar. Not only was your presentation informative, but it was also fun and engaging. We really enjoyed the open discussion and focus on our specific etiquette questions and concerns. You were funny and made the conversation comfortable, while your knowledge and respect for the topic was inspiring.The ladies love the Business Etiquette 101 and 102 booklets, full of helpful tips and reminders. They can be kept in a purse or portfolio and they will come in handy before events and interviews. We look forward to working with you again and suggest all MBA students experience your seminar.

Mona Barber, Northeastern University
Graduate School of Business Administration, MBA Class of 2009

I want to thank you for conducting the business etiquette seminar for our MBA students. Your presentation was informative and engaging. The students truly appreciated your willingness to focus the presentation on their specific etiquette questions and concerns. The enthusiasm you created during the event made the program enjoyable for all. Thank you again for a successful program.

Kevin D. Hoch, Program Manager, The Duke MBA Cross Continent
Duke University — Fuqua School of Business

Thank you for coming to speak to my class! Your understanding of the four generations and your interactive approach engaged my students and really made them understand how age cohort factors can affect relationships and productivity in the workplace they’ll soon be joining.

Ellen Foxman, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Department of Marketing, Bentley College

Business Etiquette 101 is a terrific resource for our students. This small booklet offers readers 30 practical tips they can implement immediately, resulting in a new level of confidence in rising young professionals as they learn what’s acceptable, and what’s not, in the workplace. Direct and entirely on-point, Business Etiquette 101 is a must read for today’s Millennial generation.

Megan Houlker M’06, Director
Center for Career Development, Babson College

Gretchen, I just wanted to send you a quick note of thanks. You were fantastic last night! Thank you for making "A New Year, A New You" such a great event for the American Woman’s Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Tracy Curley, CPA and Secretary
AWSCPA - Boston

It has been my pleasure to attend the three-part breakfast series on “Managing the Millennials.” The intimate setting and interactive exchange were ideal for discussing sometimes provoking yet exciting examples of “how to” engage the Millennials! I am now better equipped to fashion and foster a harmonious environment for the new generation of workers in our office. Your insightful approach and delivery were immensely useful. The tools that I took with me have already paid immediate dividends. I look forward to attending other seminars you may hold in the future. Thank you, Gretchen.

Lorraine Curry, PHR, Administrator
Looney & Gossman LLP

Thank you for conducting the “Managers Managing Millennials” training for the management team at Winston & Strawn. The group was impressed by the material presented and your engaging training style. The issues surrounding this new generation entering the workforce will impact every business, and we are grateful for your guidance and insight. We look forward to our next training session.

Mark O. Stull, Director of Administration
Winston & Strawn LLP

Thank you for taking the fear out of networking! Our business is largely by referral, so effective networking is critical to our success. You provided the basic tool kit and presented with an assuring, approachable style. The tips you shared are easy to remember and, most importantly, help build confidence. I would strongly recommend your services, especially for professionals who simply have not had the opportunity to learn how easy networking can be.

Katrina Redmond, Director, Business Development
Fox Relocation Management Corp.

I have worked with Gretchen to recruit Administrative professionals for our growing office in New York. Gretchen is the consummate professional, always going above and beyond for our requests. She listens to our requests and always follows up to make sure we are on track. She is timely in responding to any questions. As a client I know I will receive the highest level of customer service when I work with Gretchen. I would recommend her to anyone.

LaVerne A. White, Administrative Manager
Bain & Company, Inc.

I would like to extend my appreciation to you for the time you committed to the Practice Interview Program this Saturday. We could not have done it without you! Thank you very much for your willingness to stay for an additional 30 minutes to ensure that all of our students received an interview. I truly appreciate the extra effort you took and I am sure the students did as well. Best wishes for a fantastic 2007 and we all will look forward to working with you again next year!

Betsy Strickland, MBA Career Services
Harvard Business School

Working with Gretchen is a delight. Over the past year, she has provided our leadership with education and training in critical soft skills such as communication, presentation, and the like. Invariably, Gretchen’s work is on time, accurate, highly effective, and is to a high standard of quality.

Roger W. Payne, Chairman of the Board
Leaders For Today, Inc.

Gretchen Neels’ unique understanding of corporate culture makes her an excellent resource for those looking to present themselves more positively and to connect effectively with others. She readily shares her knowledge and insight with our Scholars, preparing them for interview success with hiring managers.

Valerie Paric, Career Services Specialist
One Family Inc.

Neels & Company has helped us in an effort to attract high-level talent. Gretchen and her team understand what we are looking for and go about the recruiting process in a very professional and skillful manner. I recommend Neels & Company to any firm looking to recruit top talent.

Susan F. Maren, Vice-President of Human Resources
The Brattle Group

We found Gretchen to be a dynamic, engaging, and enthusiastic speaker when she delivered a presentation at our All Hands meeting last fall. Her knowledge on multi-generational issues is impressive, as is her ability to deliver key concepts in a humorous and distinctive manner. I would highly recommend Gretchen as a talented and effective speaker.

Richard Wenning, Director, Enterprise Sales
Cisco Systems, Inc.

Partial Client List

Neels & Company's Clients
  • American Council on Education
  • Babson College
  • Bain & Company, Inc.
  • Baker & McKenzie
  • Boeing
  • The Brattle Group
  • Braver PC
  • Central Intelligence Agency
  • Cisco Systems, Inc.
  • Clear Channel
  • Dechert LLP
  • Defense Acquisition University
  • Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
  • Duke University, Fuqua School of Business
  • Edwards, Angell, Palmer & Dodge LLP
  • First Quality Enterprises, Inc.
  • Fox Relocation Management Corp.
  • Gordon Brothers
  • The Hanover Insurance Group
  • Harvard Business School
  • Jenner & Block LLP
  • Liberty Mutual Insurance
  • Nixon Peabody LLP
  • Northeastern University
  • Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP
  • Office of the Director of National Intelligence
  • Oklahoma City University School of Law
  • The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA)
  • Seyfarth Shaw LLP
  • Thomson Reuters
  • The University of Oklahoma College of Law
  • Vitaflo USA
  • Winston & Strawn LLP

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