Emily R. Halpern


you have a story to tell—

with the work you do and the life you lead, the meals you cook and the songs you sing, the celebrations you plan and the lessons you teach, the ideas you share and the things you create.

You shape the world we live in, and the world needs to hear what you have to say.

It's not easy to give voice to what's inside you and to show up confidently as your truest self—in your work, in your art, in your family, in your relationships, in your communities, and even in the dreams you dream for yourself—which makes it pretty easy to feel like an imposter, pretty tough to strike out on your own, and pretty scary to put yourself out there.

Not to worry.

I'm here to help.

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Hi! I’m Emily. I'm a communications strategist, consultant, and coach.

I collaborate with individuals, communities, businesses, and organizations to help them get the perspective, direction, and clarity they need to make informed, intentional, impactful choices in their businesses and lives.

Drawing upon over 15 years of expertise in communications, coaching, and culture, I use my love for strategy and big ideas, my intuition, and my knack for language to help you find your voice and share your story, so your life and work are grounded in your values, enriched by self-awareness, and supported by clarity and confidence.

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Think of me as your catalyst, cheerleader, and creative-collaborator.

Leveraging the power of narrative and self-reflection, I’ll help you understand your self or your business in context, give voice to your story, and communicate it with confidence and clarity.

My specialty is helping you pull out the important threads of your story to create a cohesive narrative that empowers you to make conscious choices about your business and your life.

My approach is collaborative and holistic, grounded in my studies in culture and communications, my training as a co-active coach, and my work as a storyteller. My talent for identifying what's hidden below the surface, my joy in helping others give voice to their feelings, and my knack for clarifying and communicating ideas are at the core of my work.


When I’m not working, you’ll probably find me:

  • Bingeing on English period dramas on Netflix. #nerdalert

  • Taking long walks in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park.

  • Baking (and eating) brownies.

  • Gushing about my niece and nephew to anyone kind enough to listen.

  • Going around New York City on food adventures with friends.

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Emily is a passionate creative and inveterate polymath whose diverse professional experience includes performing as a soprano soloist with the New York Philharmonic, working as creative director for Di Palo's of Little Italy, working as assistant to Alice Waters, making pastry at Chez Panisse, writing for Food & Wine and Saveur, and consulting on creative projects for various culinary and cultural institutions like The Astor CenterThe Essex Street Market, and The Museum at Eldridge Street, among others. She honed her skills as a facilitator and storyteller working as a costumed interpreter and educator at The Tenement Museum.  Emily holds one MA in Cultural Memory from the University of London , another in Food Culture and Communications from The University of Gastronomic Sciences in Italy, and a BA in music from Barnard College of Columbia University. She is also a CTI Certified coach and a graduate of the French Culinary Institute (now the ICC). A native New Yorker, she lives in Brooklyn. 



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