Esther Knecht values personal growth and diversity. Esther received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration as well as an Executive Master’s Degree in Human Resources Management in her native Switzerland. She has received her second Master’s degree in Social-Organizational Psychology from Columbia University, New York.
Esther has worked for over 15 years as a high ranking Human Resources professional. She has extensive experience in the fast-paced corporate world.
Esther has extensive coaching experience including coaching senior managers in the private banking sector for domestic and international markets. She has co-facilitated leadership development programs and helped manage restructuring projects at Credit Suisse.
As the Director of Human Resources International for Winterthur Insurance (now AXA), she was responsible for the HR-International Strategy worldwide, She has had the opportunity to implement her expertise in Talent Management, HR Transformation, Expatriates, Consulting, Coaching and Facilitating Executive Training in Europe, the United States and Asia.
Since 2010, She has been an independent consultant and coach, Esther has helped her clients with leadership, career and diversity challenges. She is also a passionate facilitator who leads workshops on cross-cultural leadership, team building, conflict resolution, and innovation throughout North America and Europe. She loves to leverage the multiple perspectives of human diversity in global teams to improve performance, bottom-line results and personal fulfillment.
Esther has traveled the world learning about people and their cultures. She has lived in the U.S., Canada, Italy, France, and Guatemala, and is fluent in German, English, French, and conversational in Spanish and Italian.
Esther’s passion is working with and inspiring people; she is curious, energetic and empathetic and considers herself a transformational activist. In her spare time, she likes to dance, hike in the mountains, and loves spending time with family and good friends.