Barbara Kurka

Barbara brings a powerful combination of expertise: Clients benefit from her 30 years of corporate experience in strategic human resources, talent development, and executive coaching roles. She brings a unique perspective on how businesses operate and how individuals succeed by finding and focusing on what is important. Barbara works with key management on what it means to be a leader and how to increase executive presence. She also works with senior executives who are looking to navigate the challenges of their roles. Barbara coaches high potentials to prepare for promotion, or grow into a new role.  She also works with people in transition both professionally and personally.


Clients include: Sotheby’s; Thomson Reuters; HSBC; Northwell Health; The Bronx Museum of the Arts; National Grid and JDRF among others.  Speaking engagements and workshops include: The Moth; The Conference Board; Vistage International; MFM/Media Finance Managers national conference; SHRM/NYC, and more. Publications include TFM (The Finance Manager), New York Enterprise Report (now Smart CEO), and Woman around Town.


Barbara’s background includes senior HR positions at Accenture, Grey Advertising, Katz Media Group, and Sumitomo Bank Financial services. She has a coach certification is from The Coaches Training Institute (CTI). In addition, Barbara is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) with the International Coach Federation, Executive Coach with Lee Hecht Harrison, and a certified Five O’Clock Club career coach. She is  certified in a number of assessments, including the EQ-I 2.0 and EQ-I 2.0 360, and MRG’s Leadership Effectiveness suite of instruments. Barbara’s undergraduate degree is from Hunter College, and her MS/ILR is from Baruch College/Cornell University. She is a member of SHRM and SHRMNYC, having served on the Board and is on the Director’s Forum. Barbara is also a member of ICF and ICF’s New York Chapter. She is also a volunteer coach with Stand Beside Them, an organization that provides free coaching for veterans as they transition from the military to the civilian work force.