About the Learning Engine

Since 1983 N. E. Fried and Associates, inc. has proudly served more than 1,500 clients worldwide with its products and services and was named in The San Diego Business Journal's 2016 Book of Lists as one of the top 12 executive training companies in the greater San Diego County.  The firm specializes in organizational effectiveness and talent management, offering products and services in executive assessment, 360 feedback, organizational culture surveys, performance management, coaching, training and development, and compensation research. The Learning Engine along with My Executive Coach are divisions of the firm. 

We enjoy getting to know our clients and taking the time to understand their needs. Our most satisfying consulting engagements occur when clients work with us as partners to solve business challenges. This arrangement keeps us on our toes by creating an environment for continuous learning and improvement. We maintain alliances with a variety of professional coaches, consultants, psychologists, assessment vendors, and training developers to assure we bring you the best available resources.

About N. Elizabeth Fried, Ph.D., BCC

dr-fried2Dr. N. Elizabeth Fried, author, speaker, consultant, and executive coach is president of N. E. Fried and Associates, Inc.  In 2010, 2011, and 2012 Elizabeth was ranked among the world's top 15 most influential executive coaches in the world by coaching gurus.  She was also nominated in 2015 by The Women of Influence for a lifetime legacy award and again in 2016 as finalist.  The California Senate and Legislature  as well as the State Board of Equalization recognized her for this honor.  She has contributed chapters to Coaching for Success (2009) and Extreme Excellence (2008). She is also author of two books, Outrageous Conduct: Bizarre Behavior at Work (1991, 1999) and Sex, Laws & Stereotypes: Authentic Workplace Anecdotes and Practical Tips for Dealing with ADA, Sexual Harassment, Workplace Violence, and Beyond . . . (1994). Ms. Fried received her Ph.D. from The Ohio State University and her Board Certified Executive Coach (BCC) credential from the Center for Credentialing in Education.

A vibrant and entertaining speaker, she regularly addresses audiences on a variety of human resources topics, including executive presence, hiring practices, and neuroscience applications for the workplace.  From 1983 to 2001, Fried conducted compensation research on a national scale and was quoted widely in such publications as the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, U.S. News and World Report, Ms., Business Week, and Fortune Magazine. A prolific writer, she frequently contributed to professional journals and trade publications, which featured her research on secretarial grading practices, on-call pay, and retention (stay) bonuses designed to retain key people during acquisitions, mergers, divestitures, and special IT projects, such as year 2000 or SAP. She has published more than 50 professional articles, including evaluating performance management software in an article entitled, "360 Degree Software Shootout: Comparing Features with Need," for HRMagazine's Focus on Technology Supplement as well as an update with more product comparisons for IPMA News. Additionally, she co-authored the WorldAtWork's Building Blocks in Total Compensation titled "Developing Statistical Job Evaluation Models: An Approach to Building a Job-Worth Hierarchy."

Fried taught a certification seminar for the WorldAtWork on job analysis, job documentation, and job evaluation for 25 years. She served as adjunct faculty at the University of California – San Diego, where she offered a course on assessment tools. Fried has also taught continuing education courses in compensation at Lehigh University and served as adjunct faculty at Franklin University from 1979 to 1986, where she taught a course in wage and salary administration. She also co-developed and facilitated sessions on 360 degree feedback, teambuilding, and communication for the Center for Leadership, a five-day premier program offered through the Ohio, Georgia, North Carolina, and California CPA societies.

Currently she offers pro bono coaching for The Honor Foundation, an organization dediated to helping navy seals and special ops military transition to corporate employment or entrepreneurship.  She is pleased to freely give her time to this group in appreciation for the priviledge of enjoying the freedoms in this country that they have served to maintain.  . 

Partial Client List


  • California Board of Equalization

  • California Department of Justice

  • Chevron Chemical

  • CIT

  • Countrywide Tax Services

  • GE Aircraft Engines

  • Georgia National Guard

  • Huron Consulting


  • Hilton Honors

  • HR Textron

  • Memphis Light Gas & Water

  • Molina Healthcare

  • Ohio Society of CPAs

  • Scripps Research Institute

  • Sharpe Electronics

  • ShoeMetro



  • Silverado Senior Living

  • Solatube Intl.

  • Springs Charter School

  • Textron MLS

  • Tele Atlas North America

  • Towers Perrin

  • Walt Disney World

  • Walmart Stores, Inc.



  • Wendy’s International



Strategic Partners


  • CFS Consulting

  • Human Synergistics

  • Mindsolve Technology

  • Panometrics

  • Performance Support Systems



  • Personal Systems Associates

  • Scantron

  • Target Training International

  • The Brooks Group

  • Vital Learning