President and Chief Executive Officer
Wendy Wollner is the Founder and CEO of Balancing Life’s Issues (BLI). With over 25 years of experience she has built and overseen a network of over 1,500 BLI trainers who bring work/life balance programs to corporations, not-for-profit organizations, employee assistance programs, and educational institutions.
BLI trainers create custom-tailored curriculum for programs that focus on topics that include: emotional intelligence, managing stress with humor and health and wellness.
Wendy passes her honest, straight forward approach combined with her high energy and sense of humor, through to her trainers who encourage program participants to think differently in order to cope with the stresses of today and boldly face the challenges of tomorrow. All BLI trainers bring their own personal experiences as well as their expertise to the programs, bringing a deeper level of understanding and human connection to help reach all individuals. BLI trainers have worked with a wide range of diverse industries including biotech, and major manufacturing companies, as well as service and professional organizations, reaching everyone from the shop floor and administrative personnel up to the C-Suite and boards of director across the United States and Canada.
In 2016, Wendy received The Business Council of Westchester’s Business Hall of Fame Award in the category of Women Business in Success. In 2015, SmartCEO honored BLI as one of the fastest growing companies in New York, and Wendy was a nominee for the 2012 Enterprising Women of the Year Award. She has been featured in Entrepreneur’s Start-Up, HR Magazine, The New York Post, The Journal News, CBS News Radio 880 with Joe Connelly, Westchester Parent, the Chicago Tribune, ExecuNet’s Career Smart Advisor, More magazine, and SHRM Magazine. She is a past board member of The United Way, and currently holds a board position for Volunteer NY.
Wendy received a master’s degree in industrial psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. In 2014, Wendy completed an Executive MBA program through WBENC and Tuck Business School. In 2012, she graduated from Goldman Sach’s 10,000 Small Business Program. The proud mother of three adult children, including an eldest son who is in medical school, Wendy lives in the lower Hudson Valley of New York.
Chief Operating Officer
Jennifer joined Balancing Life’s Issues in August of 2017 as Chief Operating Officer.
Prior to joining Balancing Life’s Issues, Jennifer worked at Anthem, Inc. bringing more than 10 years of clinical social work experience. She began working in EAP and Behavioral Health in 2007, managing the EAP accounts in the North East region and in 2010 became the dedicated EAP Behavioral Health Account Manager to a Fortune 14 company. In 2011 she moved to national accounts and managed the medical benefits for this company until joining Balancing Life’s Issues in 2017.
Jennifer worked as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in a large health care system treating individuals with mental health and substance related issues. This experience helped to foster her “one size does not fit anybody” philosophy. There are many variables that create a situation for employees and employers. Treating a person with mental health or substance abuse issues requires an understanding of all the variables and requires one to create a caring and trusting environment. Jennifer has used these skills in her work. Her clinical experience has cultivated her ability to listen, observe, understand and assess the situation before she builds out the solution and begins the execution process.
Jennifer enjoys adventure, is self-disciplined and has stamina. She has a strong drive and a take charge attitude. She has run four full marathons, eight half marathons, and has mentored others to realize their marathon goals. She has gone hiking in West Virginia, Washington, Alaska, has gone snowshoeing in Colorado, and has been known to fly the trapeze now and again. She has a positive attitude and a witty sense of humor.
Carrie is the VP of Business Development and a Senior Wellness Trainer for Balancing Life’s Issues, a national training company. Carrie’s background is in the training and marketing areas of corporate America for a financial firm and with that experience Carrie decided to transition into a full time trainer.
Carrie has worked with a major healthcare client to deliver and implement full day continuous improvement workshops. Carrie has presented hundreds of seminars and lunch and learns in both the health and wellness and workplace capacities. Some popular topics she excels in include: resiliency, living a healthy life, sleep, nutrition, how to speak with your physician, alternative medicine, stress management, mindfulness, going green, the immune system, exercise, caregiving, smoking cessation, teleworking, and communication to name a few.
Carrie has a passion for her own health and wellness which has led her to flourish in the training world sharing her experiences and knowledge with others. She works a lot in the area of health (including stress management, staying positive and eating healthy) and smoking cessation which she pulls from both personal experience and her focus on behavioral therapy. Carrie does a lot of her work in educating people on tools and techniques to change negative behaviors.
Carrie does a lot of work in the area of eco-friendly and going green. She began this practice in her own household a few years back, and now loves to share her knowledge about going green in the home and alternative products to use. She incorporates into her trainings how you can do this as inexpensively as possible!
Carrie has a bachelor’s degree from Philadelphia University with a major in Marketing and a minor in Psychology. Carrie is a certified Health Coach through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. Carrie is certified by the American Management Association in Leadership and Steven Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Carrie has also taken educational nutrition classes the Blum Center for health targeted on cooking for cancer prevention and gluten free living as a part of preventative health.