About Day One Group and Our Philosophy

Our Philosophy

Day One works with indus­try lead­ers to sup­port the pur­suit of excel­lence across rev­enue and non-rev­enue func­tions. We con­struc­tive­ly chal­lenge clients to talk straight, take per­son­al risks with integri­ty and make com­mit­ted deci­sions that cre­ate change for them­selves and their oper­a­tions. We col­lab­o­rate with our clients to cus­tomize pro­grams for all lev­els of man­age­ment for imme­di­ate rel­e­vance and impact in the work­place.

Day One Group President and Founder, Stephen Giordano

Stephen Giordano, President and Founder of Day One Group

Stephen Gior­dano, Pres­i­dent & Founder of Day One Group

Stephen Gior­dano is Pres­i­dent and Founder of Day One Group, a con­sult­ing firm that spe­cial­izes in orga­ni­za­tion­al trans­for­ma­tion through exec­u­tive coach­ing, skills-based lead­er­ship train­ing and change man­age­ment.

Stephen has over 15 years of expe­ri­ence both as an exec­u­tive coach and as a strate­gic con­sul­tant, and has worked with a wide vari­ety of For­tune 500 and For­tune 100 firms. Cur­rent clients include Mor­gan Stan­ley, Weight Watch­ers, Met Life, Rut­gers Uni­ver­si­ty, UBS, Deutsche Bank and New York Road Run­ners.

As a coach and con­sul­tant, Stephen con­sis­tent­ly chal­lenges his clients to bal­ance their long-term vision with short-term exe­cu­tion. A key focus of his coach­ing method­ol­o­gy is on the dynam­ics of inter­per­son­al skills as it impacts team man­age­ment, client rela­tion­ships and lead­er­ship devel­op­ment.

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Stephen is unique in his abil­i­ty to con­struc­tive­ly encour­age his clients to self-reflect hon­est­ly, take per­son­al risks to act with integri­ty and make com­mit­ted deci­sions that cre­ate desired change for them­selves and their orga­ni­za­tions. In addi­tion to coach­ing, Stephen advis­es lead­er­ship teams on strat­e­gy, orga­ni­za­tion­al devel­op­ment and tal­ent man­age­ment. He works with lead­ers at all lev­els and sup­ports the pur­suit of excel­lence across rev­enue and non-rev­enue func­tions alike. Day One Group is ded­i­cat­ed to trans­form­ing man­agers into lead­ers and poten­tial tal­ent into real­ized achieve­ment and ulti­mate­ly to help­ing com­pa­nies suc­ceed in hon­or­ing their mis­sion as well as reach­ing their bot­tom-line objec­tives.

Stephen began his con­sult­ing career in 1998 and worked as a Man­ag­ing Direc­tor for an inter­na­tion­al orga­ni­za­tion­al train­ing com­pa­ny from 2004–2011 before start­ing his own busi­ness. Pri­or to enter­ing con­sult­ing, Stephen spent ten years in high­er edu­ca­tion admin­is­tra­tion dur­ing which time he man­aged, trained and men­tored staff and fac­ul­ty mem­bers. Stephen holds a B.A. in Eng­lish from George­town Uni­ver­si­ty and a Master’s Degree in Edu­ca­tion from Man­hat­tanville Col­lege. Stephen is a mem­ber of the iCoach — New York pro­gram and has pro­fes­sion­al cer­ti­fi­ca­tion in Social Styles, Self Man­age­ment Pro­files, DiSC and the Har­ri­son Assess­ment.

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Active learn­ing with imme­di­ate impact

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Francesca Ferrara — Director, Client Experience

Francesca Ferrara Day One Group Senior Associate

Francesca Fer­rara, Direc­tor of Client Expe­ri­ence

Francesca Fer­rara has been with Day One Group since its found­ing. As an oper­a­tions orches­tra­tor, she over­sees client rela­tions and project man­age­ment, while work­ing close­ly with our team of design­ers and facil­i­ta­tors to ensure the qual­i­ty and suc­cess of Day One Group pro­grams. Her com­mit­ment to pro­fes­sion­al devel­op­ment and learn­ing facil­i­ta­tion has been a cor­ner­stone of her career.

As a for­mer teacher with a Mas­ter of Edu­ca­tion degree from Colum­bia Uni­ver­si­ty, Francesca under­stands both the the­o­ret­i­cal tenets and prac­ti­cal appli­ca­tions of design­ing and imple­ment­ing mean­ing­ful and mem­o­rable cur­ricu­lum. Her pas­sion for cre­at­ing learn­ing tools with real-life applic­a­bil­i­ty is evi­dent in her con­tri­bu­tions to Day One Group’s cus­tomized pro­gram designs for clients such as UBS, Neu­berg­er Berman and New York Road Run­ners. Her expe­ri­ence as a pro­fes­sion­al writer in both the aca­d­e­m­ic and enter­tain­ment indus­tries pro­vides a syn­the­sized blend of sub­ject-knowl­edge and acces­si­bil­i­ty to our con­tent.

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With over 15 years of cor­po­rate expe­ri­ence in both the for- and non-prof­it sec­tors of the sports and enter­tain­ment indus­tries, Francesca has devel­oped a deep under­stand­ing of and respect for the impor­tance of skills-based train­ing in the work­place. As a man­ag­er in the inter­na­tion­al licens­ing and mar­ket­ing divi­sion of the Nation­al Hock­ey League, she worked with 80+ licensees around the globe and devel­oped a bal­anced and ver­sa­tile style when work­ing with clients. Francesca’s firm grasp of the skills need­ed to help team mem­bers meet their full poten­tial con­tin­ues to enable real orga­ni­za­tion­al suc­cess with local and remote teams of vary­ing exper­tise.

Francesca man­ages Day One Group’s exec­u­tive coach­ing prac­tice. She is an exec­u­tive coach trained and cer­ti­fied through the Baruch Uni­ver­si­ty iCoach NY pro­gram. She is also cer­ti­fied by The Tra­com Group to admin­is­ter, debrief and train indi­vid­u­als and groups in the Social Styles assess­ment mod­el.

Francesca resides in New Jer­sey with her two sons. She is active­ly involved in her local school dis­trict, improv­ing the qual­i­ty of edu­ca­tion and enrich­ment offer­ings for stu­dents. In her free time, she enjoys run­ning and play­ing ten­nis.

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