Lauren Handel Zander | Handel Group | Handel Group

Co-Founder and Chairwoman

Lauren Handel Zander

Lauren Handel Zander is a celebrity life coach, public speaker, and the Co-Founder of Handel Group®, an executive life coaching company based in New York City. 

Lauren is also the creator of Inner.U: Learn to Human Better®, the online coaching course that teaches the entirety of The Handel Method, a method that has been used by dozens of celebrities, CEOs, and entrepreneurs since 2004 and is endorsed by Conscious Capitalism as its learning platform of choice for its members and leaders. Lauren is also the author of Maybe It’s You (Published by Hachette Book Group, April 2017), a no-nonsense, practical manual that helps readers figure out not just what they want out of life, but how to actually get there.

Lauren has spent over 20 years coaching thousands of private clients: entrepreneurs, couples, families, professors, politicians, Emmy, Peabody and Academy Award-winning artists, Grammy-winning musicians, and Fortune 500 CEOs. Her corporate clients have included executives from Live Nation, Ticketmaster, Sony BMG, The New York Times, News Corp, J. Walter Thompson Agency, Citibank, Dropbox, LinkedIn, Uniworld, The Gap Inc., BASF, NYU Langone Medical Center, and Vogue. She has fixed corporate business relationships, mediated contract negotiations, reconciled marriages, and helped resolve complex family issues. 

In the early 2000s, Lauren created a groundbreaking methodology, The Handel Method®, which is supported by top educators and psychologists, and has been developed and taught in over 50 major universities and institutes of learning across the country, including MIT, Stanford Graduate School of Business, Stanford Medical School, NYU, Columbia, Yale School of Drama, Wesleyan, Fordham, Rutgers, Middlebury College, Scripps Research Institute, and in the New York City Public School System. Internationally, The Handel Method was taught in the esteemed CEMS Program at Vienna University of Economics and Business, one of the largest business schools in the world. 

With her unique, honest and irreverent approach, Lauren is a contributor for several publications and media outlets, including: The New York Times, BBC, Harvard Business Review, Forbes, Self, Women’s Health, Men’s Health, Vogue, Ebony, Cosmopolitan, Experience Life, Marie Claire, Family Circle, Elle, Prevention Magazine, and The Huffington Post. She has appeared on television and in film, starring in A&E’s Biography Channel TV Special, “Celebrity Life Coach,” as well as the critically acclaimed feature documentary, “My Own Man,” produced by Edward Norton. She has been an expert on The Dr. Oz Show, The Meredith Vieira Show, The Dr. Drew Show, MTV’s True Life, and Businessweek’s “Coaches Corner.” She has also worked with Dr. Phil McGraw on his TV special, “The Marriage Test,” which starred two of her senior coaches using The Handel Method to help fix troubled marriages. In 2017 and 2018, Lauren appeared on nearly 100 podcasts following the release of her book Maybe It’s You, including the immensely popular Impact Theory, Goal Digger, and Her Money shows. 

In 2015, Lauren was the spokesperson for Marshall’s national “Go Ahead Campaign,” guiding women to lead a powerful and fulfilling life. She’s led seminars and conferences all over the world for organizations, including: the World Bank, the US Department of Justice for Judges, Rodale Publishing, Mayya Movement International, Leading Age, Prevention R3 Conference, Donna Karan’s Urban Zen, Soho House, Empowering Latin American Women’s Conference and the Journalist Salon series: A conversation about Feminism (with best-selling authors Gail Sheehy, Esther Perel, and Miki Agrawal). Also, Lauren presented her coaching methodology at the world renowned TEDx Women’s Conference in Amsterdam, and was a moderator running the roundtable for the White House Office of the Center for Social Innovation Conference at Stanford University. In 2019, Lauren served as the keynote speaker at the annual Conscious Capitalism conference, addressing an audience of nearly 1,000 people.

Lauren is happily married, has three children and lives in Westchester, NY. She is an artist in her spare time, specializing in pointillism

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