Stephanie Gertler completed the certification program in personal life coaching at New York University more than a few years after she received her first NYU degree, a B.A. in Journalism and a minor in English Literature.
After graduation, Stephanie left her hometown of New York City to be part of the then newly-formed Miami bureau of Newsweek Magazine. While in Florida, she also wrote an appellate court column for The Miami Review and features and restaurant reviews for Miami Magazine.
In 1978, Stephanie moved back to New York City where she became a Senior Medical Editor for a division of Harcourt Brace, married her husband (Mark) and had three children.
During those years, Stephanie became the Lifestyles Editor at Greenwich News and The Greenwich Post, a Contributing Editor to Greenwich Magazine, and the award-winning syndicated columnist of “These Days,” which, for over a decade, openly and honestly described the issues that she, and others, were facing during the 1980s and 1990s while they worked, formed relationships, and raised their families. In addition to “These Days,” Stephanie wrote hard-hitting features for local and national media on subjects such as domestic violence, women in prison, surviving breast cancer and homelessness. Her column and her features won her a total of twelve Excellence in Journalism Awards from the Society of Professional Journalists.
Though she was working full-time, freelancing, and raising a family, Stephanie nevertheless felt the need to express herself in a different format. She began writing her first novel at night and, after 15 months, Jimmy’s Girl was released to great acclaim in 2001. Never one to rest on her laurels, Stephanie produced three more successful novels during the following five years: The Puzzle Bark Tree in 2002; Drifting in 2003; and The Windmill in 2004
(visit her website at www.StephanieGertler.com).
In 2005, she also released her first non-fiction book, To Love, Honor, and Betray:The Secret Life of Suburban Wives comprised of 26 interviews with married women who had contemplated infidelity, had affairs, and who were currently embroiled in an extramarital affair. Stephanie publicized the book with appearances on Oprah, Inside Edition, Good Morning America, Anderson Cooper 360, and more. Her books are published in the U.S.A. and 21 foreign countries.
Today, Stephanie is back at home in Manhattan: the nest is empty though the kids are close. She takes dance classes, pilates, and yoga with a passion, and is working on her fifth novel.
And, of course, she is coachingwith storytelling as the motivator for all her clients since she believes strongly that everyone has a story to tell and own, and one which will take them forward.