When I think how I navigated the C-Suite without Vanessa’s guidance, I cringe. There have been so many mistakes I have talked through with Vanessa that have made me realize how my executive presence needed much improvement. I love to share my knowledge with others since my passion is to help others and Vanessa’s name comes up often in almost every conversation I have with others that want some type of mentorship advice. It is never too early or too late to ask for help to assist you in accomplishing your goals, and Vanessa is the best qualified person to guide you through it all. I am even now writing a book.

— Success Notes from Veronica Villareal, DHR Health.

My second coaching cycle compared to my first one was deeper and recalibrating. I think the first cycle was Coaching 101 with Vanessa where I was sort of hurled into going through the introduction of doing the inner work. I think much works come in the second cycle-of finding my inner strength, intuition, tapping into the side of my personality traits that I need for the particular situation, being in tuned with others on an emotional level for relationship building, etc. I finished my second coaching cycle walking away reflecting the whole process and concluded that coaching is powerful. It is powerful because as a leader, you are in the position to impact others with the qualities and attitudes you exhibit and the influence that one has on setting of tone in a workplace. I appreciate to have met Vanessa in this stage of my career growth and personal life journey. She opened my eyes to see that it is possible to live by your core values and principles while growing into the leader you aspire to be.

— Karen Wei

I came into my coaching relationship with Vanessa skeptical but knowing I needed some outside guidance and expertise in my career. I didn’t know what to ask for or expect from coaching. I just knew I needed something. From that inauspicious beginning something wonderful grew.

Vanessa, I felt, understood me right away. She didn’t try to push techniques or jargon, instead she listened, reflected back to me what she heard and offered new frameworks for approaching a given challenge.

She is also very skilled at not letting me off the hook. She’d always be sure to ask: what I’d learned, how I would implement it, what I’d do next. And she also shared super valuable perspective with me, reminding me of successes and noting areas of strength.

I would trust Vanessa with any challenge, professional or personal. She is not judgement and very responsive to individual needs and preferences. My industry is very specific, and yet, just from listening she developed very sophisticated ways of relating to my challenges and offering reflections on how to approach them. With Vanessa’s help, I broke with some patterns of behavior that drained my energy and developed new ones that have infused my life with more energy and opportunity.

— E.B. Media Executive

As someone at the mid-way point of their career respectively I found that not only are the non-negotiables important–resume, interviewing, career advancement etc, but also leaning in and finding out more about your distinct strengths and needs. I have been fortunate to work with Vanessa Yu, which she is not only helping me better understand my strengths and needs but how I leverage those into any career (and life) decision moving forward. It has been an absolute game changer and it is a great exercise to better know yourself and what you need to be successful. Per Vanessa’s advice I also took the CliftonStrengths test to really get a better snapshot of my specific skills and better feel for what my needs are. 

— Success note from S.B.

My coaching experience with Vanessa was amazing and not what I expected. I had heard from friends that coaching is about the pivotal experience it was for them and not that I was entirely skeptical, but I really wondered how I personally could be helped. I’m so happy that I can share a very positive experience after 6 sessions where so many things were unpacked, including a major breakthrough to search/find a new job, and acquiring many takeaways/techniques going forward.

— Success note from Y.B., leader

I went to Vanessa seeking clarity on my career future, but came away with so much more – a renewed love for myself, a foundation of self-worth that doesn’t depend on my accomplishments and the ability to trust my intuition again. Vanessa has a unique gift of being able to empathize with a person, understand who they are and help them move forward by pointing out their unique qualities. I am very fortunate to have worked with Vanessa.


— C.I., Investment Strategist

Vanessa was a pivotal part of my career redux and helped me better understand my needs from a value perspective and beyond.  I can’t say enough good things about Vanessa.


— S.B. Business Owner

It’s been a wonderful meta-cognitive journey. It started at just talk, and I love that the talk ended up with action. Talk is necessary and it did end up in something tangible. I thought I wouldn’t put in the work and take action. You continue to be the wind beneath my wings, Vanessa. It was wonderful to have someone in my corner that cared, and it felt good.


— J.C. Customer Success Manager

I learned through coaching to slow down not only to think through things, but to look inwardly on how I am feeling and how I want to show up and respond in my leadership. I have learned to take a beat and think. Breathe. I have learned to internally calm myself, my thoughts and my energy, so that I can think through how to deliver and show up for all my teams. I have learned to control the amount of time to work. I have learned to set time aside for myself and this is where I can then provide value to my work and my people. Allowing time for myself and my family have become priority.

I am now really understanding what it is that I should take or delegate. I have learned to ask myself, “Is this your job to do?” What am I spending my energy on, what do I need to prioritize? This has been a game-changer for me.


— G.P. Director of Operation, BDR Solutions