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Fun Fact

Ilona has completed three World Marathon Majors

Favorite Learning Resource

"Podcasts. Top three favorite:
1. ""How is Work?"" with Esther Perel
2. ""We Can Do Hard Things"" with Glennon Doyle
3. ""Dare to Lead"" with Brené Brown "

Areas of Expertise

Executive Presence, Public Speaking, Presentations, Listening Skills, Emotional Intelligence, Confidence, Resilience, Empowerment, Change Management, The Art of Connection, Difficult Conversations, Providing Feedback, Fostering Dialogue, Collaboration

Fluent Languages

English, Ukrainian, Russian

Meet Ilona Duda

Based in Colorado, United States

The work that Ilona brings to LifeHikes® is underlined by her passion to help people transform into skilled communicators and more engaging and effective leaders. As a certified life coach, she believes that creating a supportive and non-judgmental environment is critical for unlocking people’s highest potential.

Before immersing herself in the world of coaching, Ilona was a digital marketer in New York City. Heading up a team and working with brands such as Kayak, Casper, and Squarespace, it was here that she honed her leadership skills and gained self-awareness of the role self-leadership plays in impacting others.

A life-changing experience for Ilona came when she volunteered at a suicide prevention hotline. Out of 300 applicants, she was one of only ten who made it through the 7-week crisis counselor training, and over the next year-and-a-half, she helped hundreds of people through some of the toughest moments in their lives. This uniquely challenging, but tremendously rewarding, experience gave Ilona first-hand insight into the transformative power of empathetic, active listening—key ingredients in the way she works with people today as a coach.

Once an avid runner who completed three World Marathon Majors, Ilona now prefers the more relaxed pace of hiking… though on occasion, she will still challenge herself with a “14er” (a mountain over 14,000 feet).

"I really liked when Ilona would show the difference between delivering a few sentences the "typical" way and then she would do it again the "optimal" way. It really showed the difference and how implementing the techniques would dramatically improve the quality."
Maureen Kinard

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