Arabona Coaching & Training is a Chicago-based firm helping companies engage, develop and retain their young talent.
We are passionate about creating healthy cultures and impactful growth opportunities for young, up-and-coming leaders.
Integrity, Humility, Diversity, Ingenuity, and Excellence.
To provide clear and effective talent development solutions for leaders through coaching, training, and consulting.
To change the world by empowering and equipping leaders globally to grow and use their influence for the good of their society and economy.
Arabona was born out of a desire to see excellent leadership grow, develop, and prevail.
Several years ago, we began to see a need for innovative perspectives in leadership development globally. With a highly cross-cultural background and extensive international experience, we set out to start our own company focusing on bettering the future leadership of the world. Instead of waiting until some ambiguous, future "perfect time" to start, we decided to thoughtfully begin taking next steps. With a commitment to excellent leadership and a vision to work both with individuals and companies to reach this, Jesse received world-class training in executive coaching through the John Maxwell Team. The two of us then started working with young business owners, organizational leaders, and entrepreneurs.
Our vision became even more focused as we began to see the growing need for greater and more focused talent development specifically for young professionals and emerging leaders. We saw changes in philosophies of work and leadership styles between generations, and we realized that we could help emerging leaders learn from the past, adapt in the present, and lead for the future. As organizations look to find better ways to invest in and retain their young, up-and-coming talent, our company has stepped into the gap to meet this crucial need. With this vision, Arabona has grown and expanded to now provide coaching, training, and consulting for companies and their emerging leaders.
In the future, we want our story to take us to other parts of the globe. Using the profit from our business in the United States, we want to provide affordable leadership and economic development in countries like the ones we grew up in, where it is not as readily available.
Certified Coach, Trainer, and Speaker
Marketing Coordinator & Creative Wiz
What Makes Us Different
(and why it matters)
We are young - We (Viki and Jesse) started this business when we were 25. We ARE young talent, so we know how to best develop and retain your young talent. We don't do things the way they've always been done. If you need a fresh, forward-thinking perspective, we're what you're looking for.
We are a family - We (Viki and Jesse) don't just run a business together as partners, we do life together as husband and wife. Working with us is less like being swallowed by a corporate whale and more like joining our family circle.
We are international - Between the three of us (Viki, Jesse and John), we were born on 3 different continents and have lived significant portions of our lives in 5 different countries. In an ever-globalizing world, raising up leaders with a global perspective is ever-critical!
We are nimble - We are a small business that runs lean. This means we adapt skillfully to best meet your company-specific needs without red tape and bureaucracy slowing us down. In a time of lightning-fast change, we don't just keep up - we drive positive change.
Giving back is at the heart of what we do. Through coaching, training, and consulting, we help leaders grow and make a greater difference in their spheres of influence. However, we also recognize that not all leaders with great potential are able to hire a coach. That’s why we offer a free coaching program for qualified non-profit leaders, young entrepreneurs, and other high-impact individuals that are going out to make difference.