Inspire, teach, and motivate your people with Werq's captivating presence and insightful lessons.

The Speakers

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Ilana Zivkovich

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 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.

Gavin Pommernelle

Gavin is the President of Werq. Having led talent management and solutions over 20+ years of global talent leadership roles across multiple industries, Gavin brings a unique, culturally informed, and pragmatic perspective to his work. As a coach he works with c-suite and senior executives across healthcare, technology, and marketing services sectors, from start-up to large established organizations, to raise the bar on their personal and team effectiveness. His talent consulting work, strategy design, change management, and organization design work, leverages highly effective discovery methods to determine critical business needs and appropriate solutions.

Seen on Stage For


Fashioned by Fire

What is it that separates the good from the great in the realms of resilience, innovation, ambition, and the overall pursuit of excellence?  Why is it that some seem to easily take risks, learn from mistakes, and use their experiences to fuel their success, while others become daunted by challenges, shrink away from decisions, and ultimately limit their dreams and stifle their achievements? How do these patterned approaches to living impact fulfillment and success in love, life, and business?  This talk explores the habits of those who have to figure out how to use the “fires” (adversity, pain, failure) of life to fashion their character.  Those who rise boldly to challenges adapt after setbacks and confidently evolve to the next (and better) version of themselves.  Why they are more confident, more influential, and happier.  In this talk, you’ll hear a breakthrough perspective on failure – and why you should rethink everything you know about the path to success.

Emotional Intelligence: Your Ultimate Leadership Differentiator

In this topic, you’ll learn more about what EI is and how you can build this powerful skill to develop a stronger, more efficient team and enhance your influence as a leader. Learn the six simple elements in a leadership model that you can walk away with and start using immediately. Are you ready to develop your EI?

What Others Say

“Ilana is a top-notch speaker. She owns her content, keeps the audience inspired and engaged, and leaves people fired up to implement the valuable lessons she has to teach. Seeing her speak is an opportunity not to be missed!”

Duff BershbackSVP Legal Affairs and Biz Development, Sony/ATV

“I can't say enough great things about Ilana as both a facilitator and a speaker. She served as our keynote speaker for a college-wide conference and was incredibly well received by our participants. She has a talent for engaging people in a way that is authentic, meaningful, and growth-oriented.”

Alicia FridayPHD; Executive Director, Lonestar College

“Ilana is one of the most dynamic facilitators that I've come across. Her ability to engage, teach, and unite professionals in a meaningful way is truly special. Her talents are unique and her presentations are unmatched. I highly recommend her!”

Dustin FreyCEO, Sirona

“Ilana is an authentic, engaging, dynamic presenter, facilitator, and change agent. She gets to the heart of the matter and inspires others in her presence. I would highly recommend her for building culture, leadership development, and presentations.”

Paul AlexanderCEO, Northbound

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