Margaret Chan is an Executive Coach who works with professionals seeking career advice, transitioning careers, returning to the workplace after career breaks or launching new careers. She takes a holistic approach to her clients’ lives, of which a career is an important component, to prioritize their key values and to identify careers which best match their life objectives. After assessing their life values, she helps identify their skills from both their corporate and volunteer experience to target fulfilling careers that match their strengths and leverage their skills to ensure a good fit.
Her range of experience includes developing career strategies; identifying target careers and functions; creating resumes/LinkedIn profiles; developing career narratives/positioning; preparing for interviews; applying for returnships; negotiating offers; and supporting her clients to build confidence throughout the process.
Margaret has coached candidates seeking stimulating and fulfilling careers throughout her 25 years as an executive recruiting consultant. She worked for 18 years at Spencer Stuart and Korn Ferry International, the global executive search firms, where she interviewed and assessed over 3,500 executives. As a trusted strategic advisor to C-suite hiring executives, including CEOs, Presidents, CFOs, CMOs, CHROs, and Boards of Directors, she understands their perspectives and expectations and leverages this knowledge in her coaching practice.
She has been a trusted advisor to hiring executives on strategies for recruiting and developing talent, building strong leadership teams, and creating effective organizational structures at a wide range of organizations from Fortune 500, midsize and startup companies to nonprofits.
She has a broad bandwidth of knowledge about different career paths having recruited in a range of sectors, including financial services, insurance, consumer goods, retail, technology, consulting, and nonprofit. She has in-depth knowledge of multiple functions, including general management, finance, strategy, marketing, communications, sales, operations, consulting, board directorships and nonprofit development.
Margaret is an Executive Coach for The Leadership Lab at Columbia Business School. She is also an Executive and Career Coach for The Wharton School, Columbia Business School, and University of Pennsylvania.
Margaret had an earlier marketing career leading businesses at General Foods, Citigroup and Oppenheimer Management. She earned an MBA from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University where she was in an accelerated one-year program and was also a Johnson & Johnson Leadership Fellow. She holds a BS with honors in management from New York University. She also completed the External Coaching Intensive Program at Columbia University.
She serves as a board member for the West Side YMCA, New York. She and her husband live in New York City with their two children.