McDonough School of Business

Career Coaches

Our team of coaches support students in many ways including elevating leadership, skill-based coaching, career pivots, and helping to crystalize career goals and next moves. Our coaches have work experience in vast industries such as consulting, (BCG, Deloitte, and McKinsey experience), life sciences, healthcare, engineering, military, the U.S. government and international policy, nonprofit, federal agencies, financial services, hospitality, tech, and more.

Students receive 1:1 coaching at a time that is convenient for the coach and student, beginning in the first month of school and throughout the program until graduation. Coaching support is also offered to alumni. If you’re an alum interested in coaching, please complete this form and our Assistant Dean will reach out to you and assign you a career coach.

Hemal K. Vaidya has been a pivotal force in fostering my professional growth throughout my EMBA journey. His adeptness at delivering constructive criticism is complemented by his skillful coaching in cultivating a positive mindset, embracing possibilities, aligning with personal values, bolstering self-esteem, and exuding a resolute can-do attitude. His mentorship has proven indispensable in propelling me toward an elevated version of myself that I aspired to present to the world. I am profusely grateful for his guidance, which has significantly enriched my development trajectory

Mika Rhabb (EMBA’24)

Career Coaches

Michael C. Hitchcock

President & Founder, Charles Atwater Group, LLC

Michelle Delanty

Leadership and Career Coach, Right Management

Brian Frohn

Executive Coach, Stoic Executive

Libby Graves

Executive Leadership and Career Coach

Daniel Hae-Dong Lee

Senior VP Business Operations and Transformation, Smithbucklin

Hemal K. Vaidya (SFS’95, L’24)

Strategy and Financial Advisor

Mary A. (Mish) Michaud

Executive and Career Coach

Max Palomeque (EMBA’19)

Executive Coach

Noel S Paul

Founder, President, and CEO of Tiger Careers & Consulting

Fasika Tefera

Executive Coach and Director, Georgetown University’s Institute for Transformational Leadership’s Organization Development Consulting Change Leadership Program

Pia Valdivia (EML’07)

Chief Financial and Administrative Officer (CFAO), ZERO TO THREE

Students can also request coaching from our Assistant Dean, Graduate and Executive Degree Programs, Denise Durgin.

Denise Durgin

Denise Durgin (EML’16)

Assistant Dean, Graduate and Executive Degree Programs

Denise Durgin serves the McDonough School of Business as assistant dean for Graduate and Executive Degree Programs within the McDonough Career Center. Most recently, Durgin was a patient experience performance advisor for the women’s and children’s clinical staff and senior executive clinical triad at Inova Health System. Before her role in patient experience, Durgin worked for more than 25 years at Marriott International and The Ritz-Carlton in sales, marketing, and revenue management leadership roles. She also served as senior director in asset management at Host Hotels & Resorts, the world’s largest REIT.

Durgin earned an Executive Master’s in Leadership at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business and an undergraduate degree in hotel, restaurant, and travel administration at The University of Massachusetts, Isenberg School of Management. Durgin also is a certified executive coach credentialed through the International Coach Federation. She lives in McLean, Virginia, with her husband and two pups, Stella and Stewie. She’s a stepmom of four daughters and enjoys time with her family, fitness, reading, Boston sports, and serving others through her volunteer work.

For more than 20 years, Durgin has given back to the D.C.-area community through her volunteer work on various boards and councils in the oncology space. Her passion to serve others also resulted in publishing her first book, “Prescription for Proton Radiation,” as well as numerous media appearances and participation on patient panels both locally and at the national level.

Contact Denise Durgin

Contact Executive MBA Careers Team

Denise Durgin, Assistant Dean, Graduate and Executive Degree Programs
Georgetown University McDonough School of Business
Hariri Building, Suite 285