Powerful communication that creates and nourishes interpersonal connection is an Art

And to make it impactful takes Heart

We are committed to reviving the lost ART of communication.

While texts, instant messages, Facebook posts, and 140 character tweets are increasingly defining our manner of communicating with each other, real, meaningful interpersonal connections still occur real time and involve dialogue. The long term success of your personal and professional relationships depends upon your communication skills. And the self-speak in which we engage – how we explain failure, disappointment and success to ourselves informs how we will perform. We literally tell ourselves into being.

Join us and learn how to have empowered conversations at work, within your relationships and with yourself – your most important audience.

The Facilitators

Karen Senteio 2014 Head ShotKaren Senteio

Karen is a Professional Coach and owner of VERVE LLC, Consulting Services which focuses on inspired living, working and leading.  She partners with companies to help create cultures that capitalize on the strength of team members, fosters creative collaboration and builds conscious leaders that inspire the organization to produce exceptional results.

Karen has over 25 years corporate experience in various management and leadership positions in Project Management, Operations, IT, Diversity and Inclusion and Change Management.  Her corporate experience provides a unique backdrop to her coaching practice providing a lens into the many challenges professionals face.  She successfully co-created and facilitated a Coaching and Mentoring for Leaders program which trained and coached over 375 leaders and executives.

She is a certified member of the International Coach Federation (ICF) – ACC designation; certified as a Daring Way™ Facilitator-Candidate, PROSCI Change Practitioner, Higher Ground Leadership Coach,  Social +Emotional Intelligence Coach (ISEI), and an Oasis in the Overwhelm Facilitator.  She holds a PMP (Project Management Professional) from the Project Management Institute (PMI) and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Albertus Magnus College. Learn more about Karen 

Julie Connolly 2014 Head Shot copyJulie Connolly

Julie is a certified executive and personal coach through the International Coach Federation. Currently, she is an executive coach independent consultant with Korn Ferry International where she coaches high performing leaders within the financial services industry to master their communication, relational and influencing skills, strengthen their leadership style, and become adroit at conflict resolution. 

Through her own company, Life reCrafted, LLC and as a personal coach independent consultant with Jewish Family Services in West Hartford, she facilitates workshops and provides one-on-one coaching to people navigating career and life transitions. 

Her background includes being a certified public accountant and serving in various leadership positions within three companies where she managed, developed, and trained people in both private industry and public accounting for over twenty years. In her last corporate role as a principal of an accounting firm, she successfully implemented a coaching program focused on leadership development and decided to make coaching her full-time career.

She received her coach training at Coach U and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a concentration in psychology from Middlebury College. Learn more about Julie 

From Our Clients

What I appreciate most about working with Julie and Karen is their ability to create a relationship with me and my team to understand our pain points, customize the program to meet our specific needs and make adjustments as needed to create successful sustainable results.

Karen Bentlage, Regional Developer, European Wax Center

What’s At Stake?

Relationships with your employees, peers, stakeholders and clients. At some level of the organization this is how work gets done.

Flawed communication leads to de-motivation, disengagement and lost productivity which jeopardizes a company’s bottom line. What we say, how we say it, and when we say it determines long term success, employee engagement and client satisfaction.

Learn how to master your communication in one of three formats:


Are you a company or an organization who wants to foster collaborative peer relationships across the organization by engaging in meaningful, structured group dialogue? Have you recently had a workplace survey or a 360 assessment which has raised awareness around specific issues?

We will design and facilitate half-day, full-day or 90-minute in-person workshops to address your needs. We can also do one hour or 90-minute teleconferences.

**After an in-person workshop, our clients often find that a series of three follow-up teleconferences helps ground the workshop content and reinforces peer relationships.

Popular Topics Include:

  • How to say what needs to be said
  • Conflict resolution
  • Using language to bridge gender, generation and culture gaps
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Cultivating powerful peer relationships
  • Bias in the workplace
  • Learning the art of influence
  • Storytelling for impact
  • Mindfulness
  • Decision making
  • Limiting interference from self-speak
  • Change management and many more

Design Your Own

If you would like to design your own, please complete the inquiry form below and we will be in touch to customize a package that will work for your company or organization.  Contact us to discuss.

Focused on Three Critical Areas of Your Life

Julie Connolly and Karen Senteio are both ICF certified coaches and trainers with a combined 50 years of corporate experience. Together, they are facilitating three series of teleconferences focused on the three most critical areas of your life: your work, your relationships and YOU. Join us and learn how to have empowered conversations at work, within your relationships and with yourself – your most important audience.

Each Teleconference Series Includes:

  • Three one hour calls a month apart; they will be recorded in the event a call is missed
  • Materials for each topic
  • Links to articles, videos and/or Ted Talks
  • A closed Facebook page to continue the dialogue and provide ongoing group support that will be available to all present and past session attendees


Before the series begins, we will have a 30 minute call with the group to understand desired outcomes the members want to achieve, and to establish mutually agreed upon objectives.

Optimum group size: Between six and ten people to encourage meaningful interaction and participation between group members. These are not just talks. These calls are collaborative sessions designed to foster action and accountability! Links to relevant articles, videos and/or Ted Talks will be sent two to three weeks in advance of the meeting along with some thought questions that will serve as a jumping off point for the discussion.


$249 per series per person. If you sign up for more than one series, you will receive a 15% discount on the others.

The Teleconferences Series

Professional Series: The heART of Direct Communication

Saying What Needs To Be Said: Giving Feedback With heART
​Leveraging Strengths and Balancing Blind Spots
​Translating Failure Into Learning

Interpersonal Series: How to talk with heART

​Having Difficult Conversations With heART
​​Establishing Boundaries Through Language
​​Overcoming Over-Giving

Personal Series: The heART of Self-Talk

​Learning Resilience: Explaining Failure and Disappointment
Achieving Personal Balance
​Pursuing Excellence Instead of Perfectionism

Peer Cohorts

Why are strong peer relationships important? A strong peer network within an organization helps spread behavior change across the company. When peers come together they can help drive an organization’s initiatives through positive peer pressure, or they can create significant resistance.

In an article by Jon Katzenbach and Zia Kahn which appeared in Harvard Business Review, they site peer to peer interactions as being “the single most neglected lever of change.”

In order to foster meaningful dialogue and interaction, cohorts should be comprised of between five and six people if engaging via teleconference and between eight and ten people if in-person. Peer cohorts can either follow an in-person workshop or be independent. Click here to see popular topics.

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