WERQ's singular focus is to elevate your leaders to successfully handle today’s complex business dynamics and execute beyond expectations.

We do this by keeping client goals front-and-center, and designing custom programs focused on achieving measurable results.

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

Founder & CEO

Ilana is the Founder and CEO of WERQ. An experienced executive leader and Certified Executive Coach, Ilana is passionate about creating development experiences for top-level professionals that combine personal growth, professional empowerment, and a high focus on tangible results. Ilana’s clients include businesses and leaders across industries, including high tech, higher education, retail, private equity, real estate, restaurants, and healthcare. Her focus is on helping identify and address the key strategic priorities that will yield them the most significant positive business results. Prior to founding WERQ Ilana held a variety of executive leadership positions in the behavioral health field, where she had a proven track record of simultaneously improving patient outcomes while increasing the bottom line. Ilana holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin.

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.

Proud Members Of

Center for Executive Coaching Member
National Association of Corporate Directors Member
Austin Chamber of Commerce Member

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