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  Book of Lists for five consecutive years as one of the top 15 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.

Dr. Elizabeth Fried, author, speaker, consultant, and executive coach has been president of N. E. Fried and Associates, Inc, dba The Learning Engine for 37 years.  Her firm received the 2019 Global Business Insight Award for Best Business Executive Coaching Center and in 2018 was honored with the North American Business Award for Best Development & Training Services Provider in the Western USA.   In 2017, her firm received the California State Business Award for Best in Executive Coaching & Excellence Award for Leadership Training Programs. Additionally, the San Diego Business Journal’s 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 Book of Lists named her firm among the Top 15 Executive Development Companies. In 2012 she was ranked for the third consecutive year as among the world’s top 15 most influential executive coaches by coachinggurus.net, now: globalgurus.org. Personally, she was a finalist nominee in 2016 by The Connected Women of Influence for a lifetime legacy award and recognized by the California Senate and Legislature for this honor.

Elizabeth served a two-year term as the president of the San Diego Professional Coaches Alliance and prior to that, contributed in other board member roles for an additional four years. She volunteered as supervisor of graduate students from Alliant University and was named Supervisor of the Year. Additionally, she served on the Columbus, OH Chapter of Big Brothers/Big Sisters as VP Public Relations and received The Richardson Award in her role as an outstanding big sister.

She is committed to The Honor Foundation, which serves special operation forces Military, such as Navy SEALs, Marine Raiders, Delta Force, and Green Berets. There she provides pro bono coaching services to help these special operators transition to the civilian workforce. In 2017, she was awarded the prestigious Navy Paddle for her extensive donation of time, talent, and treasure. Elizabeth received her Ph.D. from The Ohio State University and has been repeatedly invited to speak to national, regional, and local professional conferences and business groups.

Additionally, since 2016 she has served as board member of The National HouseCheck Foundation, which is dedicated to funding protective and prevention services for those suffering from domestic abuse. 

As she has entered this next chapter of her life, she has She enjoyed helping film students with their projects and has appeared in a variety of films, often in lead roles.  Examples include:

Options for All:  A WAD OF LIES 2019

Chapman University:  RETURN OF LADY MACBETH 2019

She has also appeared in paid TV and online commercials.  Examples include Reverse Mortgage on ME TV in 2017, Holiday and Dining Room regional commercials for LIVING SPACES in 2019 and 2020, and Online public Service Announcements for Planned Parenthood.

Partial Client List


  • ACCO Brands

  • Breg

  • California Board of Equalization

  • 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

  • San Diego Regional Airport Authority

  • 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