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 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.
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.
Francesca Ferrara — Director, 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.
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.