Johnson Alumni Advisor Consultants

The Cornell Alumni Career Development Office has curated the below network of seasoned career advisors who are available to provide expert advice and guidance on a spectrum of career issues. These external advisors have an agreement with Johnson to provide coaching to alumni for a reduced fee.

Nancy Ancowitz is a career coach and author of Self-Promotion for Introverts®. Nancy helps clients—introverts and extroverts alike—with vital career-building and leadership skills. She teaches career-advancement courses, including virtual and in-person presentation skills and business writing, at New York University. Nancy spent 12 years on Wall Street, where she was recognized for running marketing programs for a multibillion-dollar business as a vice president at JP Morgan Chase & Co; before that, at Citibank, she received an outstanding achievement award for her marketing proposal innovations for international client organizations. Earlier in her career, Nancy applied her business savvy and creativity as a jewelry designer, with clients including Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Henri Bendel. A blogger for Psychology Today and formerly for, Nancy has been published in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. Her work has also been featured in the Financial Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post,,,, WABC-TV, 1010 WINS radio, and CIO, Entrepreneur, and O, the Oprah Magazine.

Nancy holds a BS in Communication from Boston University and she did graduate work at the NYU Stern School of Business. She is an International Coach Federation Professional Certified Coach.

Lisa Bonk graduated from Johnson’s Metro NY EMBA program and has over 20 years Finance and Accounting experience.  Lisa spent 5 years at Deloitte in their Strategy and Operations group focused on finance, system selection and implementation, and merger and acquisition projects.  During her tenure at Deloitte, Lisa actively recruited full time Johnson students through informational, behavioral and case interviews.  She spearheaded the firm’s efforts to recruit directly from Executive MBA programs and coached EMBA students on how to transition into management consulting roles.  Lisa’s focus is assisting students understand and enter the management consulting field and building executive presentations.

Prior to her MBA, Lisa worked in financial leadership roles at both Fortune 500 and start-up companies.  After consulting, Lisa moved to upstate New York and opened a dog services company.

Schedule a consultation with Lisa via her email

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Rebecca Cain

Rebecca Cain, MBA ’05, brings expertise in general management, sales & marketing, financial services, and client management roles to support students in their career pursuits.  Rebecca has held a number of corporate and talent management roles where she led or redesigned recruiting processes first-hand and has coached countless MBA students in their interviewing, networking, and general career strategy.  When she was at GE, Rebecca (in addition to her full-time role) led the Company’s recruiting efforts at Johnson and participated in the hiring of dozens of Johnson students into the company’s rotational leadership programs.  Prior to business school, she served in research, relationship management, and HR roles at a DC-based think tank, was a manager of HR at a national non-profit and was a director at a recruiting agency in San Francisco. She lives in New Jersey with her family and works remotely with students and alumni, specializing in more recent graduates (<5 years graduated). Schedule with her over email at

Margaret Chan is a Certified Executive Coach experienced in career transitions and leadership development. In her 25-year career in executive search, including 18 years at Spencer Stuart and Korn Ferry, the global search firms, she assessed over 3,500 executives
as they pursued new career opportunities. Working with Chairmen, Boards of Directors, CEOs and their direct reports, she understands their expectations and leverages this knowledge in her coaching practice.

She works with professionals seeking career advice and new opportunities, and who are changing or relaunching careers. She helps identify their skills to target careers that leverage their strengths. Her experience includes assessments, career strategies, target careers, resumes/LinkedIn profiles, career narratives/positioning, interview preparation, returnships, offer negotiations, and support and confidence building throughout the process. She also has a particular expertise working with women relaunching their careers.

Margaret also partners with clients in executive coaching to help them identify their strengths and gaps as they pursue their next leadership level. She works with clients to increase their self-awareness, gain insight through self-reflection, and make behavior changes so they can
become more effective leaders. Her clients appreciate her strategic and practical approach, and her humor combined with a warm personal style.

She has experience with financial services, private equity, insurance, consumer goods, retail, consulting, technology, and nonprofit. She has in-depth knowledge of multiple business functions, including general management, finance, investments, strategy, marketing, communications, sales, operations, consulting, technology, and nonprofit development.

Margaret is an Executive Coach for The Leadership Lab at Columbia Business School and a recommended coach for alumni of The Wharton School, Columbia Business School, University of Chicago, University of Pennsylvania, and Cornell/S.C. Johnson Graduate School
of Management. She had an earlier marketing career at General Foods, Citigroup, and Oppenheimer Management.

She earned her Executive Coaching Certification at the highest level from Columbia University, an MBA from The Kellogg School at Northwestern University where she was in an accelerated one-year program, and a BS with honors from New York University. She serves
on the board of the West Side YMCA New York and lives in New York City with her husband and two children.

Ellis has had a diversified, extensive experience in career and executive coaching, management consulting, and training in corporations, consulting companies, private practice, and colleges and universities.  He has been a highly sought-after public speaker.

He currently maintains a varied consulting practice.   Corporate clients have included Deloitte, General Electric, Estee Lauder, Goldman Sachs, The Gartner Group, Purdue Pharma, Swiss Re America, ING Capital, Penguin Putnam, American Civil Liberties Union, Hess Corporation, and Citigroup.  In his private practice, he works with clients at all levels on career development and transition.

His employment history includes several years as Managing Director at Right Management Consultants and Systems Staffing Officer with the Chase Manhattan Bank.

He was an instructor with the Center for Career, Education, and Life Planning at New York University from 1987-2006, and, from 2001-2017, was a retained consultant to Columbia Business School in Experienced Professionals Career Management.  Other work at Columbia has included several other colleges and graduate programs.  He has appeared on CNN, CNBC, and has been a regular contributor to a wide variety of media.

For the past several years, he has also consulted with EMBA and Alumni Career Development at Cornell/S.C Johnson College of Business, as well as delivering many live presentations and webinars.  Other university work has included Sarah Lawrence College, Yale University, Clark University, University of Georgia Terry School of Business, the New School, Pace University, Fordham University Gabelli School of Business, University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and New York University Stern School of Business.

His first book, In Search of the Fun-Forever Job:  Career Strategies That Work, was released in April, 2013.  The second, Networking, was published the following year.

Mr. Chase holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in English and Secondary Education, both from New York University.


Roy Cohen

Career Counselor & Executive Coach

Roy is a nationally recognized career counselor and executive coach, and is a leading expert in Wall Street job search and career management. He is the author of The Wall Street Professional’s Survival Guide, the best-selling and only career resource for people who work on Wall Street.

Roy maintains an active private practice for both individuals and organizations in the areas of career management, executive coaching, and leadership development. For 14+ years he served as Goldman Sachs sole career and outplacement counselor. His practice is focused largely on Wall Street and boards — job search at every level, pivoting in and out, life on the job, securing a board seat.

In addition to numerous media appearances and frequent quotes, Roy was selected in 2013 as the official career coach for the movie, Lee Daniels’ The Butler, and he serves on the advisory board of Men’s Fitness Magazine. He speaks often at a range of events, most recently on behalf of various chapters of the CFA Institute and at a number of business schools including Columbia, Cornell, Chicago, and Wharton. In the past, he has been invited to speak at Citibank Women’s Leadership Council, the Financial Women’s Association, the 92nd Street Y “About Women” series, and the “Women on Wall Street” annual conference. In 2019 and 2020, he was the keynote speaker for CFA NY’s annual career event.

Roy has an MBA from Columbia and an undergraduate degree from Cornell. He was a long-standing faculty member at New York University where he taught in a program to train executive coaches. He is currently an advisor to Baruch College’s master of financial engineering program.

Robert Hellmann, President of, has helped thousands of individuals to define and achieve their career and job-search goals since 2003 via his private coaching practice. He is a certified GetFive Senior Career Coach and a LinkedIn-Certified Professional Recruiter.

Rob’s background includes 20 years of experience in Organizational Development, Finance and Marketing roles at American Express, JP Morgan Chase, and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. This hands-on business experience greatly enhances his ability to add value for clients, as Rob has successfully navigated the challenges his clients often face; these include getting interviews, turning interviews into offers, negotiations, hiring and leading staff, managing work relationships, and career changes.

Rob has authored the books Advanced LinkedIn: For Your Job Search, Business and Career and PEAK Presentations. Jobseekers and career-advancers have also found value in his dozens of blog posts at, on his LinkedIn profile:, and in his articles for Forbes where he’s a contributor: . His career-related insights have also appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, Money Magazine, the Chicago Tribune, NBC News, ABC News and more.

Rob’s has successfully coached c-level executives, mid-level managers and recent graduates in industries and professions too numerous to list. He adds value for clients wherever they are in their career or job search.

Rob is active in Association for Talent Development’s New York chapter. He has a BS in Economics/Math from Binghamton University and an MBA from Fordham University.

Lindsey Honari, MBA, ACC brings twenty years of corporate, recruiting, and coaching experience to help her clients make significant career acceleration. She delivers practical, thoughtful, and empathetic coaching rooted in the realities of today’s job market. Her mission is to help executives and professionals excel.

Lindsey began her career in finance, first on Wall Street, then as an investment consultant with Cambridge Associates. She helps her clients become better leaders, move up the corporate ladder, and successfully make professional transitions. Her clients are mid-to upper-level executives and serve clients in a range of industries including supermajor oil and gas, energy, private equity, investment management, and healthcare.

She is a sought-after speaker who shares her knowledge with universities and organizations. She is a frequent guest and panelist at the University of Houston, a coach for startup executives in the Texas Medical Center, and an Executive Coach for Columbia Business School alumni.

Ms. Honari is certified by the International Coach Federation and is the current President for the ICF Houston chapter. She holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BA from Tufts University. She lives in Houston with her family and is a passionate volunteer providing job search training to students and refugees.

Vince Ponzo

Vince Ponzo

only for those alums considering startups, or startup employment

Vincent Ponzo is a member of the Amazon Web Services Startups team, where he works closely with startups of all kinds to guide them through the roller-coaster ride of starting and launching a business.

Prior to AWS, Vince spent four plus years as the Managing Director of the Eugene Lang Entrepreneurship Center at Columbia Business School where he coached hundreds of students and alumni annually. Vince previously held executive level positions at a variety of startups including SelectMinds (exit to Oracle), Kargo and General Assembly (exit to Adecco), where he served as the General Manager of the
education business.

Vince is an active advisor to multiple startups through formal roles and volunteer programs such as Techstars, NEW INC and the New York City Venture Fellows Program. He serves on the board of Project Pericles and the Eugene Lang Entrepreneurship Center at Columbia Business School and is an invited member of the Tribeca Disruptor Foundation Fellows.

Vince has an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BS in finance from Boston College.

Kathy Welborn McLean is an executive coach with over two decades of experience specializing in personal and professional development and work/life integration. She has worked with a variety of clients from C-level executives to high potential early career individuals. Her clients hail from a variety of industries and include Fortune 500 companies, small boutique firms and start-ups.

Kathy is highly sought after for her ability to quickly hone in on the strengths and gaps in her clients’ core competencies. She helps to identify and address behaviors needed to increase ROI on professional and personal decisions. Through her action-oriented and goal-driven approach, Kathy has worked with clients on a variety of engagements such as developing strong communication skills, strengthening the ability to influence others, increasing learning agility and using reflection and feedback to build self-awareness.

She has led individual clients at all levels through career transitions by developing career strategies, sharpening personal/professional objectives, and guiding them through interview preparation to align their strengths to the opportunity. She has also worked with special interest groups such as Management Leaders for Tomorrow (MLT) where she developed, launched and coached the MBA Prep Accelerated Program.

Kathy holds an MBA from the Wharton School of Business and earned a BS with honors in Industrial Engineering from North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University. She has previously been certified by the International Coach Federation and is also a Certified Facilitator for the Center for Creative Leadership Benchmarks® 360 Suite and a Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® and Strong Interest Inventory® Practitioner.

Currently, Kathy serves on the Board of Visitors and Center of Excellence in Entrepreneurship and Innovation at North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University and lives in Arlington, Texas with her husband and three children.