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.

Meet Our Founders

Ilana Zivkovich

Founder & CEO

Ilana is the Founder and CEO of WERQ, a strategic leadership advisory firm headquartered in Austin, TX, serving clients around the country and abroad. 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 business leaders across industries, including high tech, higher education, retail, private equity, real estate, restaurants, and healthcare. Her focus is on helping them identify and address the key strategic human capital 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.

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