Create ripples of positive impact by revolutionizing leadership.


Be the trusted ally in professional performance enhancement for leaders and their teams worldwide.

Werq was founded in 2018 by two individuals passionate about leadership and the ability to impact the world. Today, Werq continues its mission of creating ripples of positive impact through executive coaching, team performance, and strategic planning services.

This is just the beginning. Werq continues to be the trusted ally of leaders and their teams and continues to find ways to enhance their results and impact in the world.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at Werq

We are diverse by nature, equitable in practice, and inclusive by choice.

At Werq, diversity, equity and inclusion are not only represented by our internal values, but are also reflected in the services we deliver to our clients. Our mission of creating ripples of positive impact by revolutionizing leadership includes setting an example by maintaining our own commitment to a comprehensive DE&I framework.

Our Values

Werq’s values are what make us a great place to work and a great team to partner with. They shape our worldview, how we solve problems, and how we earn trust. They are representative of who we are. Read below to see what you can expect when interacting with the Werq team!


We are avid explorers, relentless in the pursuit of truth.  We seek to understand ourselves, each other, our clients, and the world.  We engage you in this explorative process. We use curiosity to gather data and form insights. These discoveries become the foundation for our work, our relationships, and our ambitions.


We tell the truth.  We respect you enough to find a solution-focused way to tell it to you straight.  We hope you will do the same for us. We believe that clarity is kindness. We choose uncomfortable bravery over comfortable avoidance every time.  Because we believe without candor, real results are slow or sometimes impossible to achieve.


We see ourselves as true partners – with each other and with everyone who comes into contact with the brand.  We value teamwork and respect diverse opinions. Everyone has value to offer. We walk alongside you, challenging, supporting, and inspiring you to achieve your best outcomes.


We are in this for the win. We work with people who are similarly passionate.  Results are our truest measuring stick. We help our clients clearly define what success means for them, then dive into action to help them reach it.  We celebrate success in all its forms and bring joy and appreciation into everything we do.

Our Founders

Ilana Zivkovich

Ilana Zivkovich

Founder & CEO

Ilana is the Founder and CEO of Werq, an executive and team performance coaching firm headquartered in Austin, TX, serving clients around the country and abroad. An experienced executive leader and Certified Executive Coach, Zivkovich and her team help leaders align their people, processes, and strategy so that businesses can achieve exceptional results. Prior to founding Werq, Ilana served as a C-level executive in national behavioral health care organizations and consulted with CEO’s across industries. Along with being a Certified Executive Coach, Ilana is also a seasoned keynote speaker with topics on leadership, emotional intelligence, and performance. She holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin, serves on multiple non-profit boards and councils, and lives with her husband and daughter in central Austin.

Steve Hicks

Steve Hicks

Founder & Strategic Advisor

With over 25 years of experience building, managing, and growing businesses across multiple sectors, Steve Hicks has a proven track-record of identifying market opportunities and executing strategy necessary to build thriving enterprise level companies. Starting his notable career in the the media and broadcasting industry, Steve has successfully mentored leaders and built businesses in sectors including media and broadcasting, financial services, healthcare, real estate, and e-commerce. Steve serves on numerous charitable and professional boards, and is the owner and Executive Chairman of Capstar Partners, LLC. He has been a Regent of the University of Texas for the past nine years. In 2017, the social work program at the University of Texas was endowed as the Steve Hicks School of Social Work at UT Austin. Steve has also received the prestigious honor of Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year.

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