When a senior human resources executive at a global financial institution says he’s worked with over 250 career consultants and Dan Coben is the best, that’s saying something. Clients describe Dan as a rare talent whose contributions significantly improve human capital programs, add millions to the bottom line, and positively change the trajectory of executive careers. Their highest compliments praise the care he brings to every relationship and the integrity he champions, encouraging even the largest, most complex corporate teams to embrace and sustain a people-centered approach to leadership. With a focus on career management and executive coaching that spans 25+ years and literally thousands of cases, Dan is an innovative and results-driven professional with invaluable experience to offer our career and leadership development clients.
Dan joined Waldron as Director, Client Services and leads the Phoenix office, where he is responsible for new business development and the management of some of our most senior client relationships. Dan’s approach to guiding clients combines bottomless creativity with a mature understanding of the cross-functional objectives inherent in corporate environments. He’s driven by the opportunity to create a positive outcome and foster values-based leadership, which means not just doing things right but also doing the right things. Whether the client’s goal is career transition, upward mobility, or preparing for larger leadership challenges, Dan is a savvy business partner, an intuitive guide, and a collaborative manager.
Prior to Waldron, Dan served as executive coach, program developer, and practice manager at JPMorgan Chase, where his focus on non-traditional solutions led to groundbreaking programs that optimized employee engagement, retained top talent, and saved over $64MM in severance, recruitment, and onboarding costs. While there, he created and led an innovative diversity initiative that nearly doubled the advancement rate of high potential women and minorities. He also spearheaded a program that strategically redeployed employees within the organization during downsizing events, pioneering innovative and practical tools, training programs, and initiatives that were adopted as best practices. Concurrently, Dan established a career development program for Boehringer-Ingelheim USA, a global pharmaceutical firm, where he trained and managed a team of executive coaches and guided key employees through leadership challenges.
Originally a CBS and ABC News journalist, his views on career issues have been published in Time magazine and the New York Times. Dan holds a master’s degree in Applied Psychology from New York University and completed all coursework towards a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at Seton Hall University. In both programs, he researched and wrote extensively in the areas of vocational development theory and contemporary career management. Earlier, he earned a BA in Journalism and Mass Communication at New York University, where he was honored as the “best graduating student” in a ceremony hosted by Ted Koppel of ABC News.
Dan loves Arizona, and when he isn’t in the office, his creativity may be invigorated by a hike among the red rocks of Sedona, a horseback ride in scenic Chandler, or sailing the otherworldly beauty of Lake Powell. He enjoys the art galleries and nightlife of Phoenix and Scottsdale, though he might also be found settled in for the evening with a classic film. He also draws inspiration from volunteer experiences with Pro Mujer, a non-profit organization that helps poor women in Latin America with microfinance, business training, and healthcare programs, and the Wounded Warrior Project, a charity and service organization offering programs for wounded military veterans.