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More than 1,000 executives have successfully completed the Next Level program.
Some of our clients include: 2Entertain Scandinavia, Aegis Capital, Amfa Finance, Avalon Partners, Baked by Melissa, Becker Publishing Group, Connoisseur International, David Vanacore Music, eBuilder Sweden, EDSA Publishing, Eken Care, Eventyr Group, Eton of Sweden, Grant Thornton, Halebop, Hilltop Public Solutions, House of Sweden, Kodak Nordic, Krisscross, MAX, Mountain Atlantic, PricewaterHouse, Scandia Glas, SkyChefs, STS Foundation, Swedbank, Swedish Foreign Affairs, Swedish Interior Viking, The Consign Group, The Media Gallery, Tumba, Vision Group, Weber Shandwick
“In the spring/summer of 2011 I signed up for Next Level’s leadership program and received a lot of support from Gunilla and can highly recommend both her and Next Level. The program has changed my approach in dealing with the concerns I had about my career development earlier. Basically meaning that it made me understand how to find both solutions and even more importantly – take action and do something about the frustrations I previously had. It has also provided a clearer outlook of what I want to achieve going forward.” Olof Olsson, VP Aegis Capital
“Participating in the Next Level Leadership program helped me develop both my personal and professional leadership. Gunilla is one of the most inspiring people I’ve ever met and she is truly a great coach to have on a journey like this. Her experience meant that every time I faced a challenging situation she would have a story, anecdote or example that would help me through it. I entered the program as a new leader and left with both feet on the ground much more confident in my role. I would recommend anyone who is ready to challenge themselves and grow as a person to participate in the program and meet Gunilla because she is a true star.”
Anneli Nääs, Managing Director, Detectify
”The Executive Leadership Training Program from Next Level was voted the best program in our company amongst our executives because it provides immediate and long-term return on investment and relations.” Lars Guldstrand, former CEO – Eniro
“Next Level helps you move forward step-by-step. It’s hands-on and builds on individual accountability. The ROI is great not only for the individual but also for the company. I can track a very positive sales record of the team 15 people from corporate finance department that have gone through the NL program, generating very good sales. Even through the recession, these individuals managed to recruit new clients and retain and service their current client base.” Barbro Bolander, President of HR, Grant Thornton, Sweden
“The Next Level structure assures a re-check of all personal and professional goals and help to reflect different possibilities and ways to accomplish these goals. The suggested time frame of 6 – 12 months secures personal development and leaves time for transition. I am so grateful for my Next Level coach’s help in guiding me in a personally engaged way through all program steps. Everything happened just at the right moment and my coach is wonderful, energetic and inspiring,” Gudrun Opper, Manager Business Development, LSG Sky Chefs (a Lufthansa Company)
“Gunilla Girardo was my coaching going through the Next Level progra. She is an excellent mentor, and sets an inspiring example with her own professional accomplishments. She has tremendous people skills and leads by example. Her can-do attitude shines through in her interactions, and she is a positive force that challenges others to reach beyond their comfort zone and move forward in their careers. She makes a conscious effort to share her knowledge and advice on both a formal and informal basis, and she is always available to give advice and exchange ideas. Further, Gunilla is an exceptional connector and networker. She consistently uses her extensive network to help others accomplish their goals, and I’m impressed with the many meaningful introductions she has made on my behalf. I’m fortunate to have Gunilla as a friend and professional contact, and highly recommend her and the Next Level program,” Angelica Lofqvist, PriceWaterHouse.
“It’s the first program I have encountered that helps improve the whole individual (not just the “manager” or the “leader”). A healthier, happier, more goal oriented and goal organized individual will be more successful in whatever they do. I’m excited about my colleagues completing the program too. Once we’re all using the same “roadmap”, there’s no limit as to what we can achieve together. My leadership developer/coach is amazing at instantly sharing life and business examples to “drive home” lessons in the Next Level manual. This brings so much more energy and value-added exchange in our sessions.” Erik Wilkinson, Director of Sales for North America, Eton of Sweden, New York
“The Next Level program has really helped me focus and define what my skills/talents are and how to best utilize those in the workplace and also how to determine my ideal workplace–the type of people I want to work for and with, as well as the best type of office environment/leadership style of superiors that will help me thrive as an individual and professional. My coach has been really helpful in building confidence and making me feel more comfortable in taking action towards positive and productive change. I want to thank Gunilla for her friendship and professional support and guidance over the past few months. I am so much more confident and energized about my professional future.” Dana Ju, Partner, Hilltop Public Solutions
“At some point in our lives we all are lost and confused—not knowing which direction we are supposed to take. I had gone through this phase of “wondering what’s going on in my life and what’s next” for some time. Like an answer to my questions Gunilla Girardo contacted me and introduced the Next Level Program. The program made me to stop wondering and instead helped me find answers and encouraged me to focus on the real issues and openly and honestly face them. Intensive discussions with my coach Ellene Felder-Scharnott provided guidelines on how to take the next steps—both in my professional and personal life. I can gratefully say that the Next Level Program has restored my confidence and helped me discover new opportunities pursue in my life.”
Kristina Mattila, Honorary Consul, Consulate of Finland in Philadelphia
“The Next Level program has helped me grow both professionally and personally. It has helped me identify my strengths and capitalize on them. At the end of each session, I feel like there’s no limit to what I can achieve. The program not only helped me achieve my next level of leadership, but also taught me specific strategies on how to achieve a HIGH level of leadership. Through the exceptional coaching skills of Gunilla, the Next Level program is strategically designed to help individuals with high career aspirations to achieve excellence and professional success.” Lilian Clemente, Program Manager, Development & Communications, STS Foundation USA
”The NL program is the best program that I have found on the market and took me to the Next Level in my Leadership and in my personal development.” Patric Nilsson, Operative Chief, Ministry of Swedish Foreign Affairs
”The NL program has drastically changed my life and my leadership.” Patrik Kinnbom, CEO - Eken Care
“In our regular day-to-day routines and habits it’s very easy to get stuck, not seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, because we follow the same old routines and habits. The Next Level program will help you find effective ways to move forward, reach goals and objectives and help you as a senior executive to lead the way for others. Having an external leadership developer is very important for executives within such a large and established company like Grant Thornton. GT has a lot of excellent internal programs in place but the senior leadership who have gone through many of the internal programs needs something else, like what Next Level can offer to help take us to the next level.” Ludwig Stendahl, Senior Manager, Grant Thornton, Sweden
” The Executive Leadership Development Program from Next Level has contributed to a strong growth in my Company and has taken the Leadership level of my Executives to a new dimension.” Michael Forsman, Owner and CEO – Amfa Finance
” The Executive Leadership Development Program from Next Level is a must for every Executive that has the intent to reach his/her full potential both as a person and as a leader.” Mickael Becker, Owner and CEO – TOV & Becker Business Group
“Very pleased. The Next Level program focused, goal oriented, and it gives you insights about yourself professionally and personally and provides ready-to-use tools to reach your goals. Having an external coach gives me a very valuable ‘good talk’ with someone who is not operational within the same organization. And that’s important. You shouldn’t vent everything with your co-workers. It helps me see things clearer, helps to have someone listen to you and bounce thoughts with…and also get feedback, in general terms, from other team members who are going through the program. I hear what they think about issues that we need to work on within the organization and I can make decisions to adjust certain things.” Pär Ekengren, Partner, Head of Corp. Finance, Grant Thornton, Sweden
”Next Level is my new tool for success. I needed to structure and focus that Next Level’s program provides in order to organize my business.” David Vanacore, President and CEO – David Vanacore Productions
“The Next Level Leadership Development Program is a MUST for every leader with ambition to fulfill his/her potential. It builds on your best assets and teaches you to set goals and take action. ” Bo Andersson, Founder – 2Entertain Scandinavia
“Next Level allowed us to expand our audience and helped promote an important international collaboration with the Karolinska Insitute. Additionally, it was very useful for our graduate students to become aquainted with Next Level and ponder new ways in which to apply occupational science and occupational therapy in the business world.” Dr. Florence Clark, Ph.D., OTR/L, FAOTA Associate Dean and Professor – University Of Southern California Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy