The Pivot Team

Emily Lamia, Founder & CEO. Emily has helped people grow and develop in their careers for over a decade. In 2015, she founded Pivot Journeys to create experiences that help individuals navigate their next career move and find meaningful work.

She spent the first few years of her career working in politics, serving in various roles on electoral and advocacy campaigns, and at the Democratic National Committee. Recognizing her passion for helping others grow and succeed in their careers, she shifted her focus to supporting individuals as the catalyst to lasting impact in the world.

She served as the Executive Director of Democratic GAIN, a national membership association for individuals and organizations within progressive politics. At GAIN, she oversaw the growth of career development programming and coaching for individuals trying to make a difference through advocacy, nonprofits, government, and campaigns.

Prior to starting Pivot Journeys, Emily worked at Girl Scouts of the USA, managing the Office of the National Board, where she supported the Board’s oversight and promotion of strategic initiatives for the Girl Scout Movement.

Emily received her Masters in Public Administration from the Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service at New York University, and her BA in politics from Mount Holyoke College. She certified and trained in key diagnostic tools including The PRINT Survey and the Gallup Clifton StrengthsFinder.  Contact Emily.



Coaches we collaborate with:

Marina Romashko, Consulting Coach. Marina is the founder of Big Idea Lab, an idea coach, and a producer. She makes BIG IDEAS happen.

Originally from Minsk, Belarus, Marina moved to the US in 1999 and after various jobs in sales, project management, producing and even bartending, she started her coaching business, Big Idea Lab in 2009. Marina has helped individuals from a variety of backgrounds bring their ideas and projects to fruition. She believes that transformation happens through action. She is also an advocate for the importance of slowing down and leading a balanced life - an approach she has developed and incorporated in her work with clients and now for her Slow Down Retreats. 

Marina loves yoga, meditation, dancing, hiking, feeding people, and buying flowers. She was a the consulting coach on the December 2016 Pivot Costa Rica Journey.


Surabhi Lal, Consulting Coach. Surabhi is currently the Director of Career Services at New York University's Robert F. Wagner School for Public Service. She focuses on career coaching and planning for graduate students and alumni, ranging from those who are just starting their careers to seasoned professionals, as well as those who are changing careers.

She has worked in leadership and career development within universities, built systems and innovative programs in internationally focused start-up organizations, and worked in grants management. 

Using a multicultural and multidimensional lens, she knows that searching for a job impacts many facets of one's life. She loves helping others craft their pitch, develop a strategy for their search, and connect them with resources and people. She finds joy in making the unwritten rules of a job search more explicit and guiding others on their journey to career success. 


Cathy Wasserman, Consulting Coach. Cathy is a catalyst of important conversations and positive change within individuals, groups, organizations, and communities. A leadership coach, social experimentrice, and world traveler, her quest is to better nurture love, connection, and reflection in our hyper fast-paced, always connected, but strangely disconnected society. She has traveled to dozens of countries and loves the way that travel grows self-understanding, empathy and the capacity to share our gifts.

Through her business, Self-Leadership Strategies, Cathy has helped hundreds of individuals, from CEO’s to activists, CFO’s to non-profit professionals, entrepreneurs, artists, and others to access their full potential and realize their personal and professional goals, from making major career changes to maximizing opportunities in current work. She also helps organizations recruit and nurture leaders, and develop encouraging, innovative culture. Previously, Cathy has worked as a community organizer in the feminist and youth leadership movements as well as a youth program director, youth program officer, and nonprofit management consultant.

She has an MSW from Smith College and a BA in Psychology from Wesleyan University. Cathy was the consulting coach on the Pivot NYC and Pivot Belize Journey in early 2016.