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Laila Cook

Executive Director

Make-A-Wish Oregon

Thank you very much for sparking a new era of board service for us.

The energy in the room was palpable, and I honestly feel like it was a game changer for our board.

Ann Prater

Executive Director

Portland Community College Foundation

Amy has been an extraordinary partner to help us strengthen our staff, inspire our board and strategically prepare for our first comprehensive campaign. Amy has provided expert campaign counsel, energetic and effective board and staff trainings, and helped us create a transformative campaign plan that will guide our success. She’s not only professional and effective, she’s also truly fun to work with.

You can tell Amy really cares about our success.

Hillary Giglio

Development Director

1000 Friends of Oregon

Coaching with Amy has been a crucial element of my confidence and success in taking on a new job with significantly increased responsibility. Her experience and leadership skills have provided a light on my blind spots, a different perspective and support in brainstorming ideas when I get stuck.

Amy has been there for me during times of chaos in my new role.

Her empathy combined with her experience has helped me to deescalate the situation and develop a strategy and clear path to tackle any challenge. Having her support has allowed me the opportunity to keep my own self-care as a priority. I highly recommend Amy’s coaching services.

Ashleigh De Villiers

Director of Development

De Le Salle North Catholic High School

Deciding to work with Amy is one of the best things I’ve done for my career. She has provided thoughtful insight, gentle encouragement, and new ideas to support me as I transitioned to a new position of leadership within my organization. I can say without a doubt that I would not be in the position of confidence and success today if it weren’t for my work with Amy.

Amy’s professionalism is something to aspire to. She brings charm and wit to everything she does and her tenacity to get the job done right provides a wonderful example to all the clients she works with.

What I love most about working with Amy is her constant ability to help you push the envelope, but always providing you with the support you need to move forward.

You never feel alone and when you are taking new risks in trying new ideas, feeling supported is absolutely invaluable.

Robert Wagner

Associate Vice President College Advancement

Portland Community College

Amy has provided expert and professional guidance in supporting the PCC Foundation in preparing to launch our first comprehensive campaign. She has provided engaging, imaginative and effective board training. She has helped us develop a comprehensive campaign plan and timeline, tools to engage our internal stakeholders, and has been a sounding board to me and other Foundation leadership.

Amy has an amazing energy and is just a blast to work with. I recommend Amy without reservation!

Andy Wallace

Adult Protective Services Investigator

West Senior & Disability Services

Working with Amy is probably the smartest thing I’ve done for my career in a long time. One of the many things I appreciate about Amy is her holistic approach to coaching. She has the practical and “nuts and bolts” knowledge that I needed, and I also valued her insightful reflections that helped me gain perspective on thoughts and behavior patterns blocking me from moving forward towards my goals.

After working with Amy, I feel more confident in the direction I’m heading in my career and life.

Monique Eldridge

Director of Development & Marketing

Friendly House

Sometimes the universe sends you just what you need – for me it was Amy Varga.

Leadership Coaching with Amy was worth its weight in gold.

With her guidance I was able to grow as a fundraiser and a manager. She has uncanny insight and a way of inspecting hard truths in a supportive way that feels empowering and exciting. Amy is a truly gifted coach and teacher who was able to help me move towards my goals.

Your presentation was fantastic! I had the fortune of going to a Penelope Burk event some time ago. I would put the content of your session to be equally valuable. Executive Director, Honolulu, Hawaii
Your enthusiasm is contagious! Workshop Participant, Portland, Oregon
That's the first time I've seen the board so animated and engaged. I also had a few aha moments myself! Executive Director, Portland, Oregon
I had a couple of big “ah ha!” moments which I plan to implement in my fundraising efforts, starting today.  You made the whole conference worthwhile... Board Member, Cottage Grove, Oregon
Your training really worked. I’ve never seen our Board so engaged. Executive Director, 
Portland, Oregon
You were AMAZING and INSPIRING! Thank you for helping me become a better and happier fundraiser! Workshop Participant, Portland, Oregon
Thank you, thank you for such a rewarding development partnership. Executive Director
, Portland, Oregon
You rock! ‘Nuff said. Associate VP College Advancement, Portland, Oregon

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