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There's nothing more rewarding than helping a female student or recent graduate learn more about the career of their dreams or a career that they never even dreamed of.
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Tricia Brunton, Founder & President
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BEING HAPPYEnjoy your life

A well-trained coach knows how to use the right words so that you are naturally motivated.

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BE SUCCESSFULLYour potential

Clients take bigger actions, set bigger goals and think bigger when they work with a life coach.

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AVOID EVERYDAY STRESSFinding balance

A well-trained coach knows how to use the right words so that you are naturally motivated.

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FOR THE BETTERAccept change

Most people find that things start to happen very quickly after hiring a life coach.

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BEING HAPPYEnjoy your life

A well-trained coach knows how to use the right words so that you are naturally motivated.

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BE SUCCESSFULLYour potential

Clients take bigger actions, set bigger goals and think bigger when they work with a life coach.

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AVOID EVERYDAY STRESSFinding balance

A well-trained coach knows how to use the right words so that you are naturally motivated.

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FOR THE BETTERAccept change

Most people find that things start to happen very quickly after hiring a life coach.

Our Team

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FOUNDER & PRESIDENTTricia Brunton

Tricia Brunton founded “The Females’ Center of Excellence and Leadership” (Xcel) as a student-focused organization at Northeastern University, Boston, MA, in 2002. Tricia served, as President and member of NU Xcel’s Executive Board until 2005.

In 2005, Tricia and then co-Directors, Neakai Lewis, Olympia Valentine, Makeda Keegan and Allison Appel incorporated The Females’ Center of Excellence and Leadership in Massachusetts. Tricia continues to lead organizational efforts to provide value added programs and services to its members and the community, while expanding its outreach through resource development and establishing long-term relationships with businesses, community organizations and educational institutions.

Tricia has over 15 years of experience in accounting and finance within manufacturing and healthcare industries. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and Marketing from Northeastern University as well as an MBA and a Master of Science in Finance degree from Indiana University. Tricia has held leadership positions at United Technologies, General Electric, Connecticut Health Insurance Exchange and is currently the Director of Accounting at Health New England.
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DIRECTORNancy Nicolescu
Nancy Nicolescu is the Director of Education and Communications for the Connecticut Office of State Ethics. Nancy is a highly effective communicator, trainer and spokesperson. She is an executive team member focused on agency organization and has developed and implemented regulatory and policy initiatives. Nancy has over 20 years of experience and knowledge serving the public sector.

Prior to joining the Connecticut Office of State Ethics, she was a senior manager at the State Elections Enforcement Commission and was responsible for the administration of public campaign financing through the Citizen’s Election Program which provides grants to General Assembly candidates and Constitutional Officers.

Nancy is the Vice Chair of the Management Advisory Council and serves as a judge for the School for Ethical Education, Laws of Life Essay Program. Nancy is from Connecticut, is married with three children and enjoys spending weekends with her family.
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DIRECTORDebanjan Dey
Deb Dey has over 17 years of industry experience with Global Consulting and Fortune 100 companies. Over the years, Deb has worked on several transformation initiatives in IT, Business and Ops functions. Deb’s experience spans across companies in Asia, Europe, LATAM and US leading diverse teams across geographies.

Deb is deeply involved with the cause of women empowerment and believes there is lot that still needs to be done across several dimensions including the role of men in enabling this. He is working on a committee focused on creating a diverse and inclusive environment at his workplace. Deb has been involved with several charity organizations volunteering and raising money for their cause.

Deb holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Electronics and Telecommunication from Assam Engineering College and an Executive Leadership certificate from University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. Deb is an avid sports fan, who plays soccer and golf. He also coaches boys travel soccer team, loves reading and blogging.
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Analytics ManagerMarlude Pierre-Louis
Marlude believes in the power of effective mentoring and has partnered with many organizations that promote youth development and mentorship. Marlude’s experience in data collection, analytics and customer service enables her to lead the coordination and alignment of Xcel’s programs within the community in a strategic and impactful way.

Marlude previously interned at United States Attorney’s Office, where she assisted with creating and implementing anti-violence programs and planning outreach meetings with community leaders. She also interned at United States Senator Richard Blumenthal’s Office, where she supported briefings for the Senator’s upcoming events and responded to constituents’ economic and social matters.

Marlude Pierre-Louis holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Legal Studies from the University of New Haven and a Master of Science degree in Business Analytics from Quinnipiac University. Marlude is currently an Enrollment Analyst at Access Health CT, Connecticut’s health insurance marketplace.
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Analytics AssociateYuxin Wang
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DIRECTORLisa Sabbatino
Lisa is a 28 year pharmaceutical industry leader and contributor. She has vast experience in sales management, national account program development, business operations and strategic planning. She has lead many teams to top ranking success within highly competitive arenas.

Most recently Lisa has provided consulting services in the biotech space where she assists in building and launching start-ups looking to outsource their sales and marketing functions.

Throughout her career she has measured her personal success by how many people she has helped to achieve their goals. Lisa believes that although the inequality of women in the workplace has improved over the years, the gender gap in leadership roles remains a significant problem and must be addressed. She is on a mission to help make a difference and Xcel’s core focus provides a great foundation for this change.

Lisa holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Springfield College. She is an active member of her towns Historic District Commission. Her greatest pride comes from raising her two amazing daughters who she believes will someday experience true equality in the workplace and they will help lead the change.
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DIRECTORKaren Randall
Karen is the global leader for quality and continuous improvement for the Siemon Company who designs and manufactures IT infrastructure solutions and services. She is passionate about providing support to future women leaders in traditional male-dominated industries. She has been instrumental in mentoring young women from elementary school through high school ages to increase their interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) through the Women In Nuclear (WIN) Program. Additionally, she has been involved with several workplace support groups for women.

Karen believes that a woman’s unique leadership style brings much needed compassion, empathy and fairness into the workplace. When employees can’t or don’t take care of themselves, their family or feel mistreated in the workplace, they are not engaged. Engaged employees care about their work and their company. She believes that balance in life, work and self-care is critical to survival. Leaders who care about their employees get the reciprocal benefit.

Karen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Massachusetts Lowell and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She became a certified Project Management Profession (PMP) in 2000 and a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt in 2006. She is also a Certified Yoga Teacher.
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LinkHer CoordinatorRacheal Breault
Rachel began her career in the non-profit field as the Community Outreach Officer for the University of Connecticut’s (UConn) chapter of Love 146 and as an Intern at the Greater Hartford Children’s Advocacy Center at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center. Rachel has held positions as a FAMILEE Mentor at UConn’s Rainbow Center, an intern for the Storrs branch of the Connecticut Writing Project, and as a tutor through the America Reads program.

Currently, Rachel is a mentor for the First Year Experience Program offered by UConn’s Dean of Students Office. As a mentor, Rachel assists incoming students with their transition to the university. She is also a writer for Nutmeg Publishing.

Rachel is enrolled at the University of Connecticut for a Bachelor of Science degree, double majoring in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences as well as Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Rachel enjoys working in fields that serve others and after undergrad, she plans to continue her education and career in Higher Education and Student Affairs.
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LinkHer AssociateJanvi Sikand

Our approach
to counseling

Every 'rough patch' is an opportunity to expand your capacity for love. Successful relationships require us to to communicate, empathize, compromise, and show each other love and respect. Positive and productive therapy helps you
Strengthen your emotional bond
Solid relationships in a marriage are built on trust, emotional intimacy, love and respect.
Improve your
career
Learn how to improve your career, create a lifestyle that encourages more, and how to avoid stress.
Intimacy and
passion
It takes intention and full time involvment to keep passion alive in long-term relationships.
Improve your communication
Successful couples can work through anything, provided they have communication.
Strengthen your emotional bond
Solid relationships in a marriage are built on trust, emotional intimacy, love and respect.
Improve your
career
Learn how to improve your career, create a lifestyle that encourages more, and how to avoid stress.
Intimacy and
passion
It takes intention and full time involvment to keep passion alive in long-term relationships.
Improve your communication
Successful couples can work through anything, provided they have communication.

Contact us
for counselling

Learn more about our marriage counseling, relationship coaching, premarital counseling, dating coaching, life coaching or career coaching - contact us with your questions.

Online life coaching

Get the motivation, guidance, and support you need to get your life on track. If you want to attract wealth, success and happiness, then our online coaching courses are for you.

BASIC COURSEStrong start

Envision your ideal life and set goals to create your best year yet! You’ll discard old goals...

ADVANCED COURSEIncrease power

Attract what ytou want in life by eliminating the energy drains and adding in new, healthy energy sources.

ADVANCED COURSEClean up your act

If you want to attract new things into your life, you need to free up space for them.

BUSINESS COURSEDo work you love

Finding work you love is satisfying; start making the necessary transitions so that you do what you love to do.

BASIC COURSEStrong start

Envision your ideal life and set goals to create your best year yet! You’ll discard old goals...

ADVANCED COURSEIncrease power

Attract what ytou want in life by eliminating the energy drains and adding in new, healthy energy sources.

ADVANCED COURSEClean up your act

If you want to attract new things into your life, you need to free up space for them.

BUSINESS COURSEDo work you love

Finding work you love is satisfying; start making the necessary transitions so that you do what you love to do.

What others say
about us

We help our clients create more love, happiness and success through marriage counseling and relationship coaching, life coaching, and individual therapy.
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Thanks so much for helping us find our strong bond again. We can’t tell you how much it’s helped us.

MARIA & WILLIAM

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Celeste was a joy to work with. I really enjoy her willingness to explain things and help me think of things in another way.

ERICA

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Celeste has truly been a joy to work with. I can’t thank her enough for all of the ways she’s helped me change my life.

KATRIN & SASHA

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Thanks so much for helping us find our strong bond again. We can’t tell you how much it’s helped us.

MARIA & WILLIAM

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Celeste was a joy to work with. I really enjoy her willingness to explain things and help me think of things in another way.

ERICA

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Celeste has truly been a joy to work with. I can’t thank her enough for all of the ways she’s helped me change my life.

KATRIN & SASHA

Everyone deserves a
healthy life!

My mission has been to make quality life coaching affordable and available to anyone who strives to live their ideal life.

Everyone deserves a healthy life!

My mission has been to make quality life coaching affordable and available to anyone who strives to live their ideal life.