Lauren Zander is the co-Founder and Chairman of The Handel Group®, an international corporate consulting and private coaching company. Concerned with the issues of global warming and human impact on the environment, Zander held the prestigious post of Earth Fellow at the UN Development Program’s Global Environment Facility. During that time, she also began exploring personal development education. She signed on at one of the country’s first personal development corporations, where she coached individuals and led seminars daily. Her coaching methodology was successful with her private clients and she later developed a coach-training program to school other would-be coaches in the techniques of the Handel Method®, which led to the creation of The Handel Group®.
With nearly two decades of experience and a client list which includes hundreds of individuals, groups, entrepreneurs, couples, families, and executives at Vogue, BASF, Sony BMG, NYU Medical Center, and The New York Times Company, The Handel Group™ guides people through their most difficult and vulnerable stages in life. Through an engaging, edgy and truthful conversation, which first confronts and then inspires, Lauren is able to help people shed the psychological or emotional burdens that hold them back.
One of Lauren’s most ambitious dreams was to impact higher education by creating a curriculum that addresses how a person can lead a powerful, fulfilling and happy life through a focus on Personal Integrity®. Toward that end, Lauren is currently in her fifth year teaching her popular and groundbreaking course Designing Your Life at MIT and her first year teaching at Stanford University School of Business. The Education Division of Handel Group™ is growing and is now implementing courses at NYU and Rutgers, with more to follow.
In 2009, Lauren had the honor of moderating a roundtable for the White House Office of Social Innovation at Stanford University, and has been a featured expert in the New York Times, the BBC, the Joan Hamburg Show-WOR, Forbes Magazine, and Marie Claire. She wrote the weekly Businessweek column “Coaches Corner” from 2008-2010, and contributes regularly to The Huffington Post. Her television special “Celebrity Life Coach” premiered on December 1st, 2010 on A&E’s Biography channel. In December of 2011, Lauren presented at the world renowned TedX Women’s Conference in Amsterdam.
She lives in Westchester County, New York with her husband and three wonderful children.
“I had my first meeting with Lauren Zander at the recommendation of a friend and business associate, who I think very highly of. I would not have gone on my own, and I was not enthusiastic about the idea of meeting with a “Life Coach.” However, when I met Lauren my skepticism disappeared instantly. Lauren was nothing like what I had expected. Her approach was brutally honest, but her personality was fun and creative in a way that was so engaging that it took me by surprise. What made the strongest impression on me was her incredible gift for insight. After asking me a few questions, she discerned things about me which I had not even considered, but which rang so true when they were said, that I couldn’t believe that they had not been common knowledge before. It was a moving experience, which helped me to honestly identify the things that are most important in my life and how best to focus on them.
Working with Lauren has been incredibly engaging and strangely comfortable, even when the things that she says and the actions that she recommends are not comfortable at all. It doesn’t take long to realize that even her most uncomfortable assignments, create incredible satisfaction when they are achieved. The comfort comes from knowing that what you are working toward is the truth, and that your most sincere goals are now taking priority, that they cannot be put on the back burner, and that you have an astute and objective conspirator working with you toward your own success. Once Lauren helps you to put together a plan for achieving your dreams and not just being distracted by the day to day things that come up at random, it is very liberating. My work with Lauren helps me to maintain the perspective necessary to follow my dreams honestly and without distractions or excuses. Her bare-knuckled attitude is an incredible asset, keeping me honest with myself as we move down the road to success.”
Chris Dell’Olio President, Master Mind Artist Management