Vokser Strategies was created to support and encourage personal growth and professional development in career driven individuals looking to up their game in life and business. Our experienced team works with organizations to foster positive employee engagement and assisting management teams in developing cultures of wellness, personal growth, and high performance through coaching and customized training programs. Vokser Strategies provides consulting services for designing and optimizing: HR Operations, Benefit Plans, Health and Wellness programs, HR Communications and Performance Management for small to medium sized companies.
Melissa A. Halverson
Founder and Executive Coach
Melissa founded Vokser Strategies as a way to align professionals and organizations on business objectives, corporate values, and employee wellness to develop and maintain high performance cultures that strive to optimize their bottom-line and increase engagement. Melissa and her team use state of the art coaching techniques, HR consulting services, as well as leadership and wellness training initiatives to engage and ignite transformation in professionals and their teams. With a 20 year plus career in financial services, Melissa has consulted and held executive roles in banking, brokerage, start-up, and venture backed organizations. She has a strong belief that there are two types of professional coaches: those who have never held a job in corporate America – espousing theory and repeating stories they’ve heard over the years, and those that have “been there, done that,” building experience, managing through situational challenges, relationships, and amassing real data, a real understanding and real compassion for what the aspiring executive must deal with on a regular basis. Melissa is the “real deal” and is passionate about creating sustainable change in aligning purpose, people, and performance through coaching, and engagement.
- During her career, Melissa has been responsible for managing people, teams, and budgets; designing performance and leadership programs; creating incentive plans and communications; Business Development; and responsible for overseeing the corporate cultures for three financial services institutions.
- As an HR Executive, she has hired, fired, and coached hundreds of professionals and executives in various organizations.
- As a female in corporate America, Melissa has had “a seat at the table,” and experienced (first-hand) all of the respective challenges and hurdles that women and working mothers face. Melissa truly understands the reality of pressures at work combined with keeping up with child care, maintaining relationships, and running a household.
- As a business owner and professional Coach, Melissa understands what it takes to thrive. She treats all of her clients on the same premise: That we are all naturally creative, resourceful, and whole. Under the umbrella of that philosophy, Melissa works with her clients to live out their personal and professional dreams to accomplish their most desired goals. Melissa is a trained coach that studied at the Coaches Training Institute and she utilizes the highly effective and widely adopted Co-Active Coaching model in her work.
Wellness Coach & HR Consultant
Kara joins Vokser Strategies with over twenty years of experience in Human Resources and Corporate Wellness. Her integrated expertise in global HR and Health Coaching come from a variety of roles held in both the US and Australia over the last several years.
Kara’s passion for bringing a healthier culture to the workplace is based on her first hand knowledge of the challenges faced by individuals to maintain their health while achieving and succeeding in their careers. Through her work, Kara manages the design and delivery of large scale engagement and learning programs in the workplace where she focuses on the employee lifecycle and getting the most out of an organization’s health plans. Kara’s proven experience in the areas of coaching, employee engagement, project management, and health and wellness strategies create the perfect synergies for aligning people, purpose, and business goals.
In both individual and group settings, Kara works with professionals to increase positive health and wellness in organizations to effect positive changes that align productivity, increased energy, and overall positive culture while enhancing the company’s bottom line.
Kara has a B.A. in Organizational Psychology from the University of Michigan, a M.A. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from NYU, and is a Certified Health Coach.
Public Speaking and Presentation Coach
“Nick” is a Dale Carnegie trained presentation coach and works with professionals and organizations in developing executive presence, body language skills, tone, as well as, constructing the perfect speeches and presentations. Nick’s ability to inspire confidence and optimize a professional’s presentation skills, or creating speeches for large groups are bar none. He has an uncanny ability to add humor and make professionals feel at ease when the stakes are at the highest levels of one’s career. Whether you need to give a presentation to the board, a speech at a non-profit event, or optimize your sales team’s presentation skills, Nick is the key to releasing that unrealized potential and getting the attention of your intended audience.