Jeffrey Levine, MBA, CPCC is an Executive coach, speaker and workshop leader with a private coaching practice and over 25 years experience in management, marketing and the world of small business. He has an M.B.A. from Loyola Marymount University and his coaching certification from the Coaches Training Institute.
He and his wife home-schooled their daughter and have created a family-centric life while pursuing fulfilling careers. They live in Los Angeles with their dog Hazel and two cats, Boston and Magnolia.
Jeffrey is the past president (2005) of the Los Angeles chapter of Professional Coaches and Mentors Association and is also a member of the International Coaches Federation.
His clients include professionals from a wide variety of industries, all with one thing in common – the desire to be successful in their career while staying connected to their families and what is truly important to them.
Prior to his coaching career, Jeffrey was the Director of Finance and Business Affairs at a Hollywood talent agency and had the opportunity to oversee all human resources and contract functions while coaching both the CEO/Founder and the President on issues of management, employee and client relations and overall business strategy.
Will the Executive Dads program work for women also?
Absolutely. Many of the challenges dads face are also faced by professional women – the desire to have a fulfilling successful career and the pull to stay deeply involved in the raising of their kids – and the stress that creates. So the coaching and the workshops, with minor adjustments, are powerful tools for moms facing this dilemma.
What are some of the special challenges that fathers face?
Media, lack of role models, complexities of the modern economy have all pulled fathers away from family involvement and introduced pressures that put today s fathers who want it all, in a fix. The 21st century father is facing a host of challenges, not of his own making. He is encouraged to work harder and longer in order to provide for his family which it is getting harder and harder to do. Some fathers feel that this is incompatible with being an involved father. And many men are not even aware that there is a problem. The ones that are aware have few places to turn, though fortunately, that is beginning to shift.
What is your experience in this area?
As an executive, entrepreneur and professional with a family, I know intimately what it takes to be satisfied in both areas. I have maintained a healthy marriage, helped raise and home-school a daughter, changed careers, went back to graduate school and finally built a coaching practice, all while maintaining a balanced life.
I became a father before I was firmly entrenched in a career. I was studying, working, marketing myself, all the while attempting to be involved in the raising of my daughter. At the very beginning I made an important decision, a commitment I was not going to miss anything important. Not a parent-teacher night, not a recital, not a softball game. My daughter is now 18. Have I been 100% successful? No. Once, I was traveling during on orchestra concert she was participating in, so I made arrangements to attend a rehearsal before I left. I made sure that my compromises, when necessary, were in support of my commitment.