Meet the Coaches
Debra Turner Bailey
Her coaching clients successfully move into more responsible roles in their organizations through her insights and empowerment. Debra’s approach to coaching is to highlight that every situation a leader faces is a choice point which has desired and undesired opportunities, risks and consequences. Using a decision analysis framework, Debra helps clients determine what they want and need from each situation and how best to achieve a desired outcome, manage risks, and minimize unintended consequences.
Key areas of expertise:
- Leadership authenticity
- 360-degree feedback
- Team effectiveness
- Succession planning
- Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI)
Debra has built a legacy as both an individual contributor valued for her ability to make a deep impact on a focus area, and as a leader who excels at strategic thinking, leading collaborative efforts, and coaching others to realize their full potential.
In her former role as Global Diversity Officer, at Corning Incorporated, Debra was responsible for developing and implementing Corning’s global diversity strategy. She led the creation and deployment of a re-branding campaign for the Global Diversity office which more closely aligned the diversity and inclusion work to Corning’s focus on Innovation. Prior to this role, Debra held roles as Strategic HR Business Partner, HR Generalist and Director of 3 HR Centers of Excellence. Debra is certified in MBTI (Myers Briggs Type Indicator), Hogan Personality Assessment and LIFO.
Chris Bernal, based in Houston, is a leadership and executive coach and organizational development consultant who works with senior leaders and business owners to help them reach the next level of their growth and development.
Chris’ approach to coaching is built on the premise that trust is the essential factor found in all successful coaching engagements. He establishes an atmosphere of learning by doing that helps his clients increase their overall effectiveness by generating insights that lead to specific actions, with the aim of impacting key organization goals, results and culture.
Chris has a special interest in coaching clients who are looking for valuable insight into the forces that guide both individuals and companies, force that either propel them forward or cause them to fall back. He provides executive coaching from the systems perspective to help clients be effective and active agents of change within the broader scope of their organizations.
For the past 32 years, Chris has coached executives from many countries and cultures. Fully bi-cultural, he understands the dynamics at play when people from different countries work together in global organizations. Chris is an entrepreneur with ownership positions in several businesses in both the healthcare and restaurant industries.
Chris holds a MS (with honors) in Organization Development from the American University in Washington, D.C. in conjunction with National Training Laboratories. He is certified in Hogan, the Birkman Method©, and the Management feedback System© coaching process as well as several 360 multi-rater instruments including Lominger’s 360. He holds a coaching certificate from CoachLab International. Chris is fluent in both English and Spanish.
Linda Brown, Ph.D., based in Cleveland, is an executive coach and consultant who combines her 20+ years in business with her academic training to develop a deep understanding of her clients’ unique needs and goals, while also recognizing the context in which the client works. Clients report that they have increased their leadership effectiveness, gained greater self-awareness of how their behavior impacts others, and have been able to successfully move into more responsible roles in their organizations through her support and insights.
Linda’s areas of expertise include:
- Executive and performance coaching
- Selection assessment (psychological testing)
- 360-degree feedback
- Team development and coaching
- Performance management systems
- Family business consulting
- Succession planning
- Consulting during mergers and acquisitions to determine organizational fit
Linda works with clients in healthcare, manufacturing, family businesses, aerospace, scientific research, high tech, distribution, construction, education (secondary and higher education), retail, public sector, gas and oil, not-for-profit, and financial services. Her business experience includes roles at General Motors, Bendix, Kenworth Truck Company, Nestlé, and others.
Ellen Chernack, based in Virginia, is a leadership coach and organizational consultant specializing in not-for-profit organizations. Ellen has two decades of experience as a fundraising professional. She has held many positions throughout her professional career, including CEO of The Jewish Community Federation of Richmond, Virginia. Recently, Ellen has served in a consulting capacity to the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County and the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island, providing interim executive leadership and philanthropic direction to their fundraising campaigns. Ellen offers her clients customized consulting services and helps them develop strategic business and fundraising plans. She has organizational experience in all facets of non-profit governance with emphasis on designing and implementing development and fundraising initiatives, managing relationships with donors and volunteers, and, assessing organizational alignment.
Dwight Clarke, located in Boston Massachusetts, works with a range of professional clients, from emerging leaders to established C-suite executives. He specializes in identifying and coaching high-potential talent to help them to develop and hone their leadership skill.
With over 20 years of experience practicing the science of leadership and development in multiple settings, Dwight provides a holistic coaching experience. A typical engagement consists of a conducting a comprehensive 360 assessment, creating a detailed action plan based on the results, and subsequent coaching.
Described by his clients as energetic, strong, funny, innovative, and human, Dwight leverages his experience in working with every level of an organization—considering many vantage points and perspectives to deliver practical and motivational roadmaps for his clients to follow.
As a coach, facilitator, and HR leader, he has worked in settings including financial services, insurance, utilities, retail, and pharmaceuticals. This diversity of perspective allows Dwight to recognize and create solutions that are innovative and uniquely tailored to the situation.
Dwight holds a MS in Social Work from Columbia University and is an IPEC-certified Executive Coach.
Linda Cohan, based in Boston, has over 30 years of experience, first as a clinical social worker, then as a human resource consultant, and for the past 20 years as an executive coach. Linda has worked with organizations to develop cultures that increase productivity, morale and trust. She engages leaders at all levels to create a climate of leadership that gets results.
Linda is currently on the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council (MCLC), and was part of the faculty team that led entry-level training programs for 90 Attorneys and CEOs in Madrid Spain in 2013, in Bilbao Spain in 2015 and in Turin, Italy in October 2016. She has been a speaker at the Massachusetts Bar Association and has presented at the International Association of Collaborative Professionals Forum in Washington, DC.
Working with leaders across industries, Linda creates an environment that achieves results by inspiring others. This is done by developing and improving competencies that impact leadership performance such as: inner focus for self-awareness and self-management, outer focus for empathy and interpersonal effectiveness, and systems focus for vision and purpose.
Linda earned a BA and MSW from Boston University, an advanced coaching certification through Success Unlimited Network, and certification through Lynne Learning Labs to train and use the Index for Emotional Intelligence assessment tool. She is also trained in mediation through the Worcester Community Action Council and through the International Association of Collaborative Professionals.
Tracy Cyr, a consultant in leadership development and talent management, has over 20 years of diverse experiences in HR and Learning. Given her background, she understands the life cycle of leaders at all levels to identify performance gaps and career opportunities. She implements programs, tools, and processes that are relevant and actionable for leaders and teams thorough customer discovery and needs analysis. She ensures that solutions stick by actively applying Bersin’s “four E model” (Experience, Exposure, Education, and Environment). Tracy focuses on individual and team assessments, performance coaching, learning events (in person and virtual), facilitation, mentoring, and peer coaching
Tracy has aligned her education and work to leadership development and process improvement. She received her Bachelors in Psychology from Dickinson College and Masters in Industrial Organizational Psychology from University of New Haven. With significant work experiences in Germany, Italy, and Spain, Tracy’s mindset and perspective is global and growth-oriented.
She has experience working in a broad scope of industries and companies including Oxford Health Plans, Pitney Bowes, Merck KGaA, EMD Serono, and Liberty Mutual Insurance Group. Tracy is certified in Coaching, MBTI, Korn Ferry Hay Group Leadership Assessments, 360 Feedback, Instructional Design, Lominger Tools, and is a Six Sigma Yellow Belt. In addition to her passion for work, she finds great joy spending time with her family, playing music, travelling, and training for physical challenges including road and Spartan races.
Richard Dana, Ed.D., is a Boston-based executive coach with over 30 years of experience as a business psychologist, business consultant and educator. Richard’s goal is to provide corporations, family businesses, start-ups, schools and non-profits with integrated and innovative opportunities for change, growth and success.
Richard is a Licensed Psychologist who received his Doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Boston University and held an appointment as Instructor in Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard University Medical School. Combining his business expertise and clinical training, Richard developed the Executive Learning Profile®, a high definition road map. The Profile is developed through a dynamic assessment and coaching process that utilizes state-of-the-art cognitive, learning and personality research. Using his expertise in communications and group dynamics, the result is “a-ha” moments that build momentum for dynamic change.
Richard’s business consulting emerged naturally from his leadership of the highly regarded Dana Group Associates (DGA), a multi–disciplinary human services organization that Richard founded and sold in 2006. His experience leading DGA from start-up to mature business provides him a deep, first-hand understanding of the issues faced by small and intermediate sized businesses in varying economic climates.
Working with senior executives and management teams, Richard focuses on leadership and team development, communications and successful execution of strategic initiatives to drive performance and profitability. His experience ranges from large global corporations, to start-ups, mid-phase, closely-held businesses and family firms. A strong background in business, education and psychology differentiates Richard’s work in assessment, coaching and organizational consulting. This integrated skill set is particularly helpful for executives and teams in developing leadership competencies, bridging skill gaps, and building capabilities required for success.
His clients have included companies in financial investment services, manufacturing, construction, healthcare, consumer electronics, packaging, retail, industrial equipment, product design and education.
Richard has been a member of Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Venture Mentoring Service, the Family Firm Institute, and the American Psychological Association.
Joanne Derr is an executive coach who works with senior leaders stepping up to a new level of leadership who need to think and act strategically in order to gain greater success for both themselves and their teams.
Joanne has a deep understanding of corporate culture, strategy, and operations, allowing her to naturally link clients’ coaching goals to their business’ success. Utilizing her signature coaching process and assessment tools, Joanne helps her clients to first become aware of their strengths and their obstacles to changing desired behaviors, and then to understand why and how those behaviors have impacted others. Only then does she move to action planning with her client. Through this process, clients report an experience that is exciting, powerful, honest, humorous, authentic, eye-opening, and action-oriented, facilitating behavioral changes that move them forward to achieve more than they ever expected.
Joanne’s collaborative, direct, and results-oriented style supports her clients to create measurable, noticeable, and lasting change and success. Her clients have been promoted into C-suite and vice president roles, turned around challenging relationships, and improved their executive presence as measured by peers. For clients onboarding into new executive roles, Joanne has helped improve time productivity by 50%.
Joanne has over 25 years of executive and business experience in both the private and public sectors. She was previously Vice President of Human Resources at Care.com, the Neighborhood Health Plan, and the University of Massachusetts Medical School. At Bay Networks/Nortel Networks and at Digital Equipment Corporation, Joanne was a leader in mergers and acquisitions as well as diversity, equity, and inclusion. As an executive coach, Joanne’s clients have included Johns Hopkins Medical School, Oxfam America, Jewish Vocational Services, Ginko Bioworks, Toast, Atrium Health, Basset Healthcare, and Babson College.
Joanne is an International Coaching Federation-Certified Professional Coach and has trained at the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching. She holds her BS in Education and MS in Counseling, both from Boston University. She is also certified in several feedback tools including the Bates Executive Presence Indicator.
Jennifer Feldman, based in Boston, is a leadership and executive coach who has helped numerous professionals position themselves so they can be more successful at work.
With over 20 years of experience in the healthcare technology and services industry, Jennifer has worked with multiple C-Suite executives from startups, growth stage and established companies. She has built marketing departments and worked with sales teams to develop corporate brands, messaging and positioning. Jennifer understands the importance of how companies and their leaders are perceived in the marketplace. Knowing how one is perceived is the key to understanding one’s personal leadership style and is the impetus to driving change. Leaders shape the culture and set the tone of the organization and are often unaware of the impact they make.
Jennifer has a talent for helping leaders make their best impact on the organization. She understands the dynamics and challenges that business leaders face in motivating and retaining employees to improve operational and financial performance.
Over her career, Jennifer has had extensive business and leadership experience. In 2007, she became the first employee as Director of Marketing at Connance, a healthcare analytics and technology company. She assisted in the company’s growth for 10 years and it was acquired in 2018 by Waystar. Prior to joining Connance, Jennifer ran her own independent healthcare consulting business for six years, where she worked closely with executives and CEOs of various companies, including Athenahealth and Sleep Health Centers. Previously, as a healthcare management consultant at Beacon Partners, Jennifer worked with hospital leaders nationwide in operational improvement.
Jennifer has a Graduate Certificate in Executive Coaching from William James College. She has Masters in Public Administration in health finance and management from New York University, and a BA in economics from Simmons College.
Bob Glover, based in Boston, is a media and presentation skills coach. He is a seasoned communicator with over thirty years’ experience in broadcasting, marketing, and management. Bob is an Emmy-winning producer, manager, and on-air presenter of public affairs, entertainment, and children’s programs, and is a firm believer in the power and ability of stories to create a context for better understanding.
Bob is a storyteller whose production credits include Frontline, Sesame Street, Zoom, Peter, Paul and Mommy Too!, Ready to Go!, Rebop, and The Mort Sahl Show, as well as numerous national and local public affairs and entertainment programs for WBZ-TV (Boston), WGBH-TV (Boston), and WNET-TV (New York), along with corporate education programs for Disney, US West, and Simon & Shuster. Bob’s work has been recognized by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the New England Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Action for Children’s Television, the National Association of Broadcasters, the American Children’s Television Festival, and the National Association of Television Program Executives.
He is also the recipient of the Parents Choice Award and the Award for Excellence in Children’s Programming. Bob’s management credits include Executive Director of the Boston Film/Video Foundation, Executive Vice President of BBK Communications/BBK Patient Recruitment, and an Executive Producer of the WGBH Educational Foundation.
Before Columbus, Marsha worked in her home state of Virginia serving as the Executive Director of the Jewish Community Federation in Richmond. She also served as Acting Director of the Richmond Federation’s Endowment Fund, and held senior positions with Jewish Family Services and the Tidewater Federation. Marsha received her B.S. in Nursing Home Administration from Medical College of Virginia and a Master’s degree in Gerontology from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Todd Iarussi, based in Boston and Providence, coaches for the ripple effect—the tremendous positive impact that leaders can have on others when they embody their values and take ownership for how they show up in the world. He coaches leaders in Fortune 500 companies, family businesses, government organizations, foundations, and athletics organizations. Todd specializes in working with leaders on influencing, executive presence, vision development, time management and delegation, accountability, and decision making.
Todd’s experience as a VP with a retained executive search firm, where he also interviewed 1,000 leaders, lends a practical, results-based perspective to his coaching. Earlier in his coaching career, Todd spent two years co-leading team-building and leadership development retreats around the world with a former U.S. Olympic leadership and performance coach.
Todd cares about helping leaders build resilient, high-performance teams that learn, collaborate, and get results. He has a passion for supporting leaders who have to make tough decisions while honoring shared values and goals, and who want to sustainably meet the challenges of competition, complexity, and change in their roles and organizations.
James R. Jandl
James R. Jandl, based in Boston, provides Consulting and Executive Coaching services to the business community and teaches at the graduate level. Most recently he served as Executive Vice President for the Oxford Divisions of On Assignment, Inc., an international provider of contract consulting and permanent placement services in the IT, Software, Engineering, Life Sciences and Digital & Mobility sectors with more than 35 offices in the US and Europe and revenues over $600 million. At Oxford, James was directly responsible for all back office operations including HR, Legal, Management Development & Training, Staffing and Finance James holds a BA and MA in Psychology from the University of West Georgia and spent the early years of his career as a therapist working with chronic schizophrenics in clinical settings. Prior to Oxford, James worked extensively in all areas of HR and Organizational Development with a focus on labor relations, management development and training primarily in start-up, turn around and high growth settings for organizations such as Iron Mountain Records Management, Sheraton Hotel Corporation, and Beacon Hotel Corporation. In addition, James has taught as an Adjunct Professor at the Van Loan School of Graduate and Professional Studies at Endicott College and also provides Executive Coaching and Outplacement services for professionals in transition. He has presented at numerous seminars and classes on topics related to management, business strategy and Human Resources issues. James has served as secretary for the HR/IR Forum at MIT’s Sloan School, was a member of the Corporate Advisory Panel for the Van Loan School of Professional and Graduate Studies at Endicott College and served on the Cooperative Education Employer Advisory Board at Gordon College. He is also a past chairman for the Northshore Heart Walk for the American Heart Association.
Nancy K. Kaufman
Nancy K. Kaufman MSW, MPA has had a distinguished career within non-profit, government and Jewish communal sectors. She is recognized for her commitment to advocacy and the advancement of social change in both established and start-up organizations. She has an impressive track record of not only establishing, but reviving and expanding existing organizations, fundraising and overseeing organizational growth and sustainability; innovative program development, hiring and supervising high functioning teams; partnering with boards of directors on governance, policy formulation and strategic planning. She has recently created a strategic consulting and coaching business where she is focusing on high level organizational change strategies for NGO senior managers as well as coaching for women in the c-suite or who aspire to the c-suite.
Kaufman recently stepped down as chief executive officer of the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW), a grassroots organization of volunteers and advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children, and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms. Nancy was hired in 2010 as the first CEO in 125 years and moved the organization from an operating board to a governing board. She initiated and oversaw the transition of this volunteer-driven legacy organization to become a vibrant progressive Jewish women’s organization with sixty sections across the country and a new consolidated headquarters in Washington DC.
Prior to joining NCJW, Kaufman served as the executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of Boston for twenty years, where she led the social justice, Israel advocacy, and governmental affairs agendas for Boston’s Jewish Federation and its agencies. She created a national model of engaging Jewish communities in multi-faith organizing and meaningful social justice work.
She has also held a variety of positions related to health and human services delivery in state and local government and in the nonprofit sector, including being founding executive director of a community action agency and working for the Dukakis administration as deputy director of the Governor’s Office of Social Policy, assistant secretary of Health and Human Services, and deputy commissioner of the Welfare Department for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Kaufman is a graduate of Brandeis University and received an MSW in community organization and social planning from the Boston College School of Social Work and a mid-career Master’s in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She is also a recipient of an honorary doctorate in Public Service from Northeastern University. Among other honors, she has received awards for: Greatest Contribution to Social Policy from the National Association of Social Workers; Alumni Achievement Award from Brandeis University; Woman of Valor Award from the Jewish Funds for Justice; Bernard Reisman Award for Professional Leadership from Brandeis University’s Hornstein Program; and the Community Leadership Award from the Armenian Assembly of America and was recognized four times by the Jewish Forward as one of the top 50 Jewish leaders in North America.
Richard (Rick) Koonce, based in Boston, is an accomplished leadership coach who has worked with executives and teams across five continents over the last 23 years. The co-author of six books on leadership, including Growing Leaders (ATD, 2001) he has coached executives at all levels, from the C-suite to high-potential new leaders, in a wide variety of industries including: biopharma, healthcare, aerospace, banking, professional services, financial services, creative services, family businesses, and manufacturing.
Rick’s passion is helping executives and managers lead change, build strong teams, enhance their leadership presence and effectiveness, and communicate with key stakeholders and constituencies. Leading with curiosity, Rick’s coaching involves a rigorous process of asking probing questions, generating self-reflection, building trust and rapport, and helping coachees develop clear (and measurable) coaching goals.
Clear agreement is struck, early in a coaching engagement, to align coaching goals with business strategy and to address existing/emerging skills gaps or professional development priorities. As coaching proceeds, various methods are used to accelerate and facilitate the learning process and to gauge progress. Methods used include 360 assessments, stakeholder interviews, and various “dialogic” tools to help leaders strengthen their leadership and influence with others.
Rick is a long-time executive coach to the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he coaches in the MBA, EMBA, and Advanced Management programs. He also serves as a coach to the McColl School of Business at Queens University in Charlotte, NC. Prior to becoming an executive coach, Rick worked for 15 years as a senior consultant to PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting and IBM. Earlier work experience includes sales experience with AT&T and eight years as a print and broadcast journalist and commentator.
Richard holds a BA from the College of William and Mary and an MA from Georgetown University, and is a graduate of the Georgetown Institute of Transformational Leadership. He is an International Coaching Federation- and Hogan Assessment-certified coach, and is also certified in the CCL Suite of Leadership Assessments and the MBTI, FIRO-B, and EQI Assessments. Richard is contributing author to Chief Learning Officer Magazine, HR Executive, and numerous other publications.
Megan Laufman is an executive and leadership coach who is dedicated to helping her clients reach their highest potential through providing a safe space to look inward, where one can engage with vulnerability, honesty and curiosity with their own self. Megan provides clients with tools to better understand themselves in relation to their surroundings and to overcome obstacles. She has broad experience working with individuals within all industries, functions and levels.
Prior to becoming a coach, Megan was a consultant in executive search and spent a combined 15 years working with two global, retained executive search firms. With wide-ranging experience in both the executive search and commercial real estate industries, Megan has served a variety of clients in their transformation and talent needs and has successfully placed senior-level executives in both publicly-held and privately-owned companies. She began her career in commercial real estate and advertising sales.
Megan is currently receiving her Coach Certification from the Hudson Institute and is a certified Predictive Index practitioner. She graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara with a BA in Communication.
Morlie Hammer Levin
Morlie Hammer Levin, based in Massachusetts, combines her analytical expertise with her hands-on experience leading major non-profits to advise high-potential organizations and executives. She helps shape strategy and evaluate alternatives, develop organizational capacity to achieve high-level results, craft team cultures that support professional development and growth, fine-tune board and staff relations, and coach both lay and professional leaders. Morlie was most recently the CEO of NEXT, the alumni division of the Birthright Israel Foundation. Prior to that she served as the National Executive Director of Hadassah and was the Vice President of Strategic Planning and Donor Initiatives at the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles where she launched LA’s first Jewish Venture Philanthropy Fund. Before entering the Jewish communal field, Morlie was a Senior Analyst at the Rand Corporation and ran her own consulting firm focusing on strategic planning and marketing for Fortune 100 companies. Morlie completed her undergraduate degree at UCLA and has a Masters in Policy Analysis from Claremont Graduate School where she studied under Peter Drucker. She is a Wexner Heritage Fellow, a member of the Jewish New Teacher Project Leadership Council, and was a founding member of the Board of the Jewish People Policy Institute.
Dr. Richard Levin, based in Boston, is widely recognized as one of the first executive coaches. He is one of a half-dozen global leaders who have created and shaped the coaching profession since its inception in the 1980’s.
Richard is a leadership developer, trusted business advisor, television commentator, and newspaper columnist with a special knack for bringing successful people together.
As the founder and principal of Richard Levin & Associates (the first executive coaching firm, and the first network of independent executive coaches); as co-author of the popular and powerful book Shared Purpose: Working Together to Build Strong Families and High Performance Companies; and as a founder of Boston University’s Center on Work and Family, Richard has stretched the boundaries of creativity, inclusiveness, and collaboration to build extraordinary organizations.
Richard’s clients have included corporations, medical practices, family-owned businesses, law firms, accounting firms, and not-for-profit organizations. His clients have included Walmart, Fidelity, Gillette, Timberland, American Express, AT&T, State Street Bank, Biogen, Bristol Myers Squibb, Merck, BJ’s Wholesale Club, and many, many others.
Richard has been interviewed by most major newspapers, radio stations, and television news programs. For 20 years he co-wrote a newspaper column, As We Live and Work, with one of his mentors, Dr. Barrie Sanford Greiff (published in the Boston Business Journal and syndicated widely), and for many years was a regular commentator on the PBS Nightly Business Report. In addition, Richard has written several publications on flexible benefits, work/life stress, and family businesses. His 1992 article, “The Family Circle: Psychological Issues and the Family Business,” was selected by the Family Firm Institute as one of the ten best articles on family business, and was republished in the book The Best of Behavioral Science. His 2001 White Paper on Children’s Reactions to Stress was distributed globally by the United Nations the day after the tragic events of 9/11.
Richard received his BA and MA from Brandeis University and his Ed.D. from Boston University. He is certified in the Hogan Personality Inventory.
Sara Miller-Paul, Coaching Practice Manager, Consultant, and Facilitator, is based in the greater Boston area. In addition to her client-facing roles, she has also served as Richard Levin & Associates’ Managing Director—overseeing a number of marketing and operational initiatives, and striving to understand the needs of potential clients in order to connect them with the best coaches, consultants, and facilitators. As Coaching Practice Manager, Sara connects the administrative piece of the work with coaches and clients, and strategizes for communication externally and internally.
As a coach, Sara prioritizes developing trusting relationships with her clients, such that shared goals and challenges alike can be approached with understanding and strategic savvy. She enjoys helping clients find creative solutions that position them for success and believes that learning across organizations and fields can yield strong results.
Sara has previously worked in Providence, Rhode Island at a campus-based organization devoted to student engagement and education, as well as with organizations such as a museum, an arts institute, and a women’s shelter abroad. She has a BA from Brandeis University. A graduate of the MBA program at the Heller School for Public Policy, also at Brandeis, Sara devoted her graduate fieldwork to a diversity of competencies: education, data analysis, and human resources policy research. Sara has also completed the “Facilitation for Community Engagement” training through Essential Partners.
Gennifer Miller Dornstreich
Gennifer Miller Dornstreich provides leadership development and coaching services for executives, entrepreneurs and high potential professionals seeking to develop the skills necessary to build strong teams, deliver authentic impact and show up powerfully in their work. She specializes in helping clients develop a high degree of emotional intelligence, increase conscious decision making and find greater fulfillment in their careers. She does this through the alignment of career potential and self-mastery.
Gennifer is a certified in Core Energy Coaching™ and a Master Practitioner of the ELI Assessment tool. This a proprietary, research backed attitudinal assessment designed to illuminate how an individual’s mindset impacts leadership effectiveness.
Gennifer Miller has received 400+ hours of intensive training in coaching and has accumulated over 350+ hours of paid coaching work. She works with clients in a one-on-one or group coaching setting. She also delivers workshops on the topics of business development/energetic sales, problem solving/conflict management, time management/balance, dynamic communication and high energy relationships/teams.
Gennifer began her career as an entrepreneur, running her own business for 8 years. She wrote and produced written, video and interactive content on personal and professional development for a subscription based online magazine. In addition to creating content, she produced monthly workshops, webinars and interactive events.
She is a graduate of Tufts University (BA), Babson College (MBA) and the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (CPC). She resides just outside of Philadelphia with her husband and two daughters.
Monika Moss-Gransberry, based in Cleveland, works with C-suite leaders and their directors and managers. She has over 30 years of experience consulting and coaching across a diverse set of industries, including the non-profit and government sectors, arts, education, healthcare, and social service.
As a coach, Monika’s intention is to support the leader in getting clear about the work they will do together and to set measurable goals. Her approach allows the leader to be held in a confidential relationship so that they can explore, together, issues and challenges, strengths, and opportunities in a safe place. She helps leaders explore choices and the impact of those choices—so that they are ready to address whatever is coming their way in a proactive and strategic fashion.
Monika’s clients say that she provides support while challenging their thinking in ways that help them find clarity, make good choices, and gain powerful insights into their own thinking and the situations they face. As a coach, Monika’s goal is always to move to new levels of self-mastery—so that leaders can play with all 52 cards in their deck.
Monika’s decades of experience as a consultant, coach, entrepreneur, and organizational executive allows her to ground her coaching work in real world, practical ways. She is on the faculty of both the Goldman Sachs10K Small Business Program, where she teaches “You are the Leader” and “It’s the People,” as well as the Gestalt Organizational Systems Development (OSD) Center where she co-chairs the OSD Weekend Program and the Use of Self Program.
Monika holds a BFA from Howard University and an MFA from Columbia University. She is a Gestalt OSD Center-Certified Coach and Gestalt Practitioner, an Institute of Cultural Affairs-certified in ToP Facilitator, and has attended the National Coalition Building Institute’s Diversity Leadership training program.
Mike Nikitas, based in Boston, has been successfully training people to better communicate internally and externally with clients, key stakeholders and the public, through public speaking, TV, radio, print, and online for more than 20 years.
Mike is an award-winning former TV news and business anchor in Boston, with 36 years of daily news, interviewing, hosting and moderating experience in television and radio. He anchored live TV coverage of many major events, including the Boston Marathon bombings, 9/11, the New Hampshire Presidential Primaries, and championship celebrations for the Patriots, the Red Sox, and the Celtics.
Mike teaches “Media Strategy and Skills” to graduate students at the Carsey School of Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire. He has a special interest in veterans’ issues, and emcees the annual Massachusetts Veteran’s Day Ceremony. Mike has appeared as a newscaster in two movies, including the hit film Ted.
Mike is a five-time Emmy nominee as Outstanding Anchor in the Boston/New England region, and has been inducted into the prestigious “Silver Circle” of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
Mike’s clients have included the British Consul General of Boston, and leaders at John Hancock, State Street Global Advisors, SailPoint, Software AG, Axis Communications, Magellan Jets, DataRobot, CyberArk, Adviser Investments, Sig Sauer, PA Consulting, the Boston Globe, the Boston Business Journal and the Boston Museum of Science.
Malachi O’Connor, CFAR Principal, has worked for more than 20 years with senior executives in a broad range of for-profit and non-profit organizations. He works with leaders to implement systemic changes that strengthen cultural values while measurably improving performance and productivity. He has worked in many industries, including healthcare and life sciences, insurance and financial services, foundations and higher education, and has contributed significantly to the development of CFAR’s change methodology.
Trained as an ethnographer, Mal helps organizations meet the challenges of changing behavior in the service of new strategic imperatives. This makes him particularly attuned to how people think—to why and how differences matter, and to the impact those differences have on achieving desired results. He works with clients to harness the often-tacit beliefs and assumptions of employees, managers and leaders, working with, rather than against resistance to generate improved performance. His work has included strategy and system-wide strategic change, board and executive development, team building, mergers and acquisitions, restructuring, performance management and the business case for cultural diversity.
Mal is an experienced speaker and meeting facilitator. He has spoken to both large and small executive audiences in corporations, trade associations, executive education programs, and industry and other business groups. Some of these include The Conference Board, the American College of Healthcare Executives, ELAM, The Healthcare Business Women’s Association, the National Center for State Courts, Yankee Alliance, the American Pediatrics Association, as well as the leadership teams of numerous CFAR clients.
Mal is co-author of The Moment You Can’t Ignore: When Big Trouble Leads to a Great Future, published by PublicAffairs Books in October 2014.
Mal holds a BA in English Literature from Fairfield University, and a Ph.D. in Folklore and Folklife from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organizations, ACHE Massachusetts, the American Folklore Society, NEHI, and the A.K. Rice Institute, and is a faculty member in the Program in Organizational Consultation at the William Alanson White Institute, and at the Cornell University School of Industrial Relations.
Sally Ourieff, MD, has over 25 years of experience as a physician, corporate and healthcare leader, and executive consultant and coach. She works with C-suite executives to ensure their leadership has impact and to help them align their team and systems to drive strategic and operational goals.
Sally brings deep expertise in organizational systems, change management, individual and team dynamics, and behavior change. She partners with executives seeking to expand their leadership impact, take on a new role, reshape unproductive management styles, or manage rapid growth or emerging risks and opportunities. She also works directly with teams to develop alignment, high performance, and productive team culture.
Her specific medical and science background allows her to help subject matter and technical experts rise up into executive positions.
Sally helps C-suite executives navigate the speed and complexity of their current world. As a coach, Sally helps leaders understand where they are, see clearly where they want to go, and understand how to get there.
Sally’s clients range from start-ups to Fortune 25 companies in multiple industries, including health care, pharmaceuticals, academia, biotech, retail, finance, and sports. She is a leadership facilitator in executive education at Harvard Business School and on the faculty at Brandeis University where she teaches in their Executive MBA for mid-career physicians. Sally was a Founding Fellow and advisor of the Institute of Coaching at Harvard Medical School and co-founded The Boston Executive Coaching Round Table, a group of Boston’s leading executive advisors. She is also on the Board of Directors of several Boston nonprofits
Sally holds an AB in Human Biology from Stanford University and received her MD from Harvard Medical School. She is certified in multiple individual, team, and 360 assessments including Hogan, LSI, DiSC, Kantor, MBTI, Zengor Folkman, and others.
As a coach, Leto has worked with high-potential professionals to help empower them to gain confidence and assertiveness in the workplace, improve team communication, as well as create and maintain a positive quality of life by helping them identify priorities and learning to say no, when necessary. She is also experienced in conducting 360 assessments and working with her clients to make positive and productive changes based on the feedback they receive.
In addition, Leto is skilled in facilitation and workshop design and delivery. She has facilitated many team meetings and brainstorming sessions, and especially likes creating and delivering workshops on topics such as career transition, branding, and networking.
Leto previously worked as an outplacement consultant, where she helped many individuals of all levels successfully transition into new roles, and many times into new fields. In this capacity, she gained an understanding of many industries, including non-profit, medical device, finance, high technology, and others. She finds that many of the same themes or issues arise in organizations, regardless of the industry.
Leto holds a BA in Psychology from Drew University, and an MA in Organizational Psychology from William James College. She earned her ICF certification through The Coaches Training Institute, and is certified in the MBTI.
John Poirier, Ed.D., based in Boston, is an executive coach with expertise in Human Resources Development and Management. As part of his practice, John takes on the roles of coach, consultant, trainer, and facilitator to help clients develop the competencies they need to enhance organizational effectiveness, team learning, and individual performance. John’s combined expertise in Business and HRD allows him to directly link people strategy to business strategy. His varied experiences as a corporate manager, management consultant and college professor help him relate to clients using their own frames of reference.
As an executive coach with an MBA, John is particularly effective with C-Suite clients given his ability to quickly understand contextual business challenges. He has worked with executives at EMD Serono, Fidelity Investments, Liberty Mutual, Parexel and Putnam Investments. Clients include identified high potentials as well as many individuals focused on improved leadership effectiveness. As a consultant with SPHR certification, he has helped hundreds of HR professionals with their functions and their own professional development, with projects at CVS, UMASS Memorial Medical Center, and Wachovia. John has also facilitated many off-site meetings for organizations such as John Hancock and Aon Hewitt. As a trainer, he has logged countless hours leading management development programs for managers from all functional disciplines. Public sector clients have included not for profit organizations such as the Seven Hills Foundation and government agencies such as the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, NASA and the US Forest Service.
Dr. Poirier is also a Lecturer in the department of Management at Bryant University where he teaches courses in Human Resources Management and Organizational Behavior.
John earned his Doctor of Education degree from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. He also holds an MBA from Bryant University and a Master of Science in Organizational Development from American University in Washington, D.C. John also holds the SHRM-SCP designation from Society for Human Resource Management and SPHR from the HR Certification Institute.
Hilary Potts is a leadership change strategist and executive coach who advises leaders to successfully execute business strategies, implement organizational change, and smoothly advance into new roles. She draws upon a strong foundation of practical business experience, extensive consulting expertise, and deep transformational practices. Hilary’s passion is to bring out the best in people in order to achieve positive outcomes.
With over three decades of experience in leading and advising organizations, Hilary knows firsthand the importance of leadership in creating and implementing strategies to grow healthy organizations. Hilary serves as an advisor to some of the world’s most prominent companies across numerous industries. She has worked with thousands of leaders—from established Fortune 500 businesses to early startups, spanning many geographies in the for-profit and non-profit sectors. Hilary advises leaders and organizations to implement strategies to fast-track into new roles and guides leaders in navigating the cultural aspects of strategic initiatives such as pre- and post-merger integrations and reorganizations.
Drawing on her expertise, Hilary is the author of The Executive Transition Playbook: Strategies for Starting Strong, Staying Focused, and Succeeding in Your New Leadership Role. The book offers senior leaders’ powerful principles and practices to achieve a smarter, smoother transition during a leader’s first 90 days and beyond. Hilary’s second book, The Truth About Change: A Leader’s Guide to Successfully Executing Change Initiatives, reveals the pitfalls leaders can encounter and lays out a clear path to leading change throughout an organization. Hilary’s recent book, Change-Up: How Executives Lead Change and Deliver Results, provides practical strategies for leaders to execute the changes to accelerate and sustain results.
Over her career, Hilary served as CEO and President for a global leader in performance-based consulting. She spent the first part of her career at a Fortune 500 chemical company, where she held various sales and business management positions.
Whether she is working with an executive in a one-on-one setting or engaging with a leadership team, Hilary ensures that the leaders she works with develop clear direction and that their teams work together to make better decisions and execute plans more efficiently. Hilary is a trusted advisor and confidante to leaders seeking to navigate today’s competitive business world with success. Hilary lives in Connecticut with her husband, Michael. When she isn’t working with leaders, she enjoys being with family, playing golf, hiking, cycling, and traveling the world.
Denise Rosenblum, based in Boston, is the President and Founder of Dynamic Development, a training company that specializes in developing employees to become stronger communicators, managers, and leaders.
Denise has over 25 years of training, talent assessment, professional development, and marketing experience, having worked for numerous global companies, including McCann Erickson, Young and Rubicam and Hill Holliday. Denise is a seasoned trainer, executive coach, and expert in communication skills, managing and motivating people, client service, and leadership skills.
With keen insight into people’s strengths and opportunities for growth, Denise believes that companies retain employees and build loyalty when they invest in their talent. Denise works with companies to create an environment where employees feel valued because of training, feedback, and coaching.
Prior to founding Dynamic Development in 2006, Denise worked at Arnold Worldwide as Senior Vice President, Director of Talent Development; in this role, she designed and executed training programs to meet the company’s business objectives and employee’s career development needs. Denise takes great interest in helping employees reach their fullest potential as managers and leaders. In her current role as President of Dynamic Development, Denise has an extensive track record of building successful managers and leaders and creating a motivational work environment.
Denise has a BA from Tufts University in Political Science and lives in Natick, MA with her husband Scot and sons, Matthew and Eric. In her free time, Denise exercises, listens to Audible books, travels, and loves to eat.
Annette Rubin, based in Boston, is a Certified Professional Coach and founder of Coaching to Potential. As a strategic partner, Annette is passionate about helping non-profit professionals create their own success, guide their own development, and become dynamic leaders.
With decades of experience in the non-profit sector, Annette has helped countless organizations and professionals address their challenges, strengthen their leadership and strategic skills, clarify values, create a vision for the future, and develop goals and action plans for change. She supports non-profit leaders, both staff and board, to enhance individual and team performance, improve working relationships and achieve success.
Annette’s clients describe her as astute, thoughtful, and intuitive—a creative, seasoned leader and coach. Her coaching services have been a powerful professional development tool for staff and leadership and have led to positive culture change, enhanced productivity, improved management and more effective leadership. Annette has provided direction and motivation to clients, employees, partners, and colleagues and has increased the scope and impact of many organizations.
Annette’s successful coaching techniques are based on more than 20 years of experience. She created and led the Cardiovascular Wellness Center at Brigham and Women’s Hospital; developed Boston Children’s Chorus from a start-up to an innovative, internationally renowned organization; led Executive Service Corps of New England through extensive growth and restructuring; directed organization expansion and new program development at Project Bread/The Walk for Hunger; and headed the Office of Community Economic Development for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Her coaching clients have included the Broad Institute, the Boston Foundation, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Cambridge Community Foundation, CJP, Jewish Family Services of Metro West, Mass Audubon Society, Edvestors, West End House, Italian Home for Children, Facing History, and others.
Annette is an IPEC-certified professional coach. She holds an MA in City and Regional Planning from Rutgers University Graduate School of Urban Planning and Policy Development, a BA from Clark University, and was a Fulbright Scholar in Mexico. She speaks fluent Spanish.
Teri Sica, LICSW, based in Boston, refers to herself as a Motivational Life Coach, and is best known for her popular radio talk show on Boston’s South Shore and her wide-ranging speaking engagements. Teri has nearly 30 years of experience as a psychotherapist, and has developed a unique ability to engage and motivate her clients toward change. Her working philosophy is based upon the belief that challenges are opportunities for authentic change and growth. Teri’s work with authenticity focuses on building stronger relationships, enhancing communication, improving performance, expanding upon one’s talent, conquering self-doubt, positive conflict resolution, overcoming fears, and discovering a new level of freedom—the freedom to “be.”
Other initiatives include the publication of her article in the Boston Business Journal, “A Few Business Lessons from the Equestrian Arena.” As an equestrian rider, Teri utilizes a collection of metaphors from the equestrian arena to illustrate life and business lessons. She highlights the importance of overcoming fears, achieving greater balance, discovering our own truths, and forward thinking as key issues in this learning process.
Donna Star, based in Boston, is an executive coach and corporate consultant who has helped countless leaders cultivate greater self-awareness, develop solid action plans, and ultimately achieve their goals, both inside and outside of the workplace. With a 30-year background in corporate America focused on providing talent acquisition marketing and software solutions to Fortune 500 companies, Donna draws upon her experience and deep understanding of how to navigate the corporate landscape to offer meaningful perspectives on all aspects of executive leadership. She is most motivated by helping her clients maximize their potential and effectiveness.
Through her coaching practice, Donna holds leaders accountable to making sustainable changes that will elevate themselves in both leadership and life. She is a seasoned business executive with expertise in sales, client, financial, and office management, as well as software sales and implementation, talent acquisition strategies, and mergers and acquisitions. Prior to becoming a full-time coach and consultant, Donna served as SVP at TMP Worldwide (now Radancy), where she was named “Best Client Relationship Manager” in the company.
Donna is a certified coach through the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching, where she also earned her COR.E Dynamics Transitions and Leadership Specialist certifications. She is an Associate Certified Coach designated by the International Coaching Federation, a certified Predictive Index Talent Optimization Consultant, and an Energy Leadership Index practitioner. She holds a BBA in Marketing from University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Vicki Stearn, based in Washington, D.C., is a social media coach and adept communications generalist, whose wide-ranging interests enrich her creative approach to public relations and stakeholder engagement. Vicki offers extensive experience launching new products, building communications departments, and developing and implementing highly successful public relations initiatives in many arenas, including consumer high tech, consumer electronics, cable TV, satellite, radio, education, automotive, and environmental issues. One of her core competencies is bringing technical or complicated products to a consumer market.
Vicki was PR director at Sage Communications, director of corporate communications for iBiquity Digital, and was part of the management team that launched the XM Satellite Radio brand and took the company public. Part of her role at XM was developing the communications and investor relations departments.
Before joining XM, Vicki held several positions at Discovery Communications where she was responsible for designing and implementing public relations campaigns for the cable TV network’s new initiatives, including the pay-per-view service Your Choice TV, BBC America, Discovery Multimedia, and Discovery Education.
Previously, Vicki was Manager of Communications for Showtime Networks, responsible for local-market publicity campaigns across the United States, including the award-winning Funniest Person in America talent search. Prior to Showtime, Vicki was the managing editor of Videography magazine and before that production assistant for Boston’s then ABC affiliate, WNAC-TV. Vicki holds a degree in broadcast journalism from Boston University, where she was news editor of The Daily Free Press.
Rabbi David Teutsch
Rabbi David Teutsch, based in Philadelphia, is Senior Consultant to the Center for Jewish Ethics and the Louis & Myra Wiener Professor Emeritus at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, where he previously served as President for a decade.
His recent work, A Guide to Jewish Practice: Everyday Living won the Kraft Prize, the National Jewish Book Award for Contemporary Jewish Life and Practice. The second and third volumes, A Guide to Jewish Practice: Shabbat and Holidays and A Guide to Jewish Practice: The Life Cycle, were published in 2014. Rabbi Teutsch was Editor-in-Chief for the groundbreaking seven-volume Kol Haneshamah Reconstructionist prayer book series. His textbook Making a Difference: Jewish Leadership and Not-for-Profit Management, came out in 2009. He is also the author of Spiritual Community: The Power to Restore Hope, Commitment and Joy and dozens of other books and articles.
Rabbi Teutsch is a past president of the Society of Jewish Ethics and of the Academic Coalition for Jewish Bioethics. A past member of the Conference of Presidents, he has served on the boards of over a dozen other organizations, including schools, synagogues, and magazines.
A renowned lecturer, consultant and trainer, he has previously served as Executive Director of the Federation of Reconstructionist Congregations and Havurot, as Program Director of CLAL, and as a congregational rabbi. An honors graduate of Harvard University ordained by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, he earned his Ph.D. at the Wharton School, where his dissertation dealt with organizational ethics. He has received honorary degrees from the Jewish Theological Seminary, Hebrew Union College and Reconstructionist Rabbinical College.
With 40 years of coaching and consulting experience, Teutsch understands the task of a consultant to be to help with skill-building, analysis, reflection, process design and moral reflection so that organizational leaders can increase their effectiveness, expand their accomplishment, encourage the development of others in their system, and derive growth and joy from their work.
Barry Wanger, based in Boston, is a public relations coach and President of Wanger Associates, a leading public relations agency, founded in 1984, which specializes in media relations, crisis communications, and public relations audits. Barry has won more than 25 regional and national public relations awards for his work on such projects as the robbery at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the launch of the $100 million American Business Collaboration for Quality Dependent Care, and the 50th anniversary of the Framingham Heart Study.
Prior to starting his agency, Barry served as director of public affairs for the National Endowment for the Humanities, Brandeis University, and the University of California at Santa Barbara. He also worked as a newspaper editor and political press secretary for U.S presidential, senatorial, and mayoralty campaigns. While Wanger Associates primarily focuses on serving non-profit organizations, particularly educational institutions, health care organizations, and foundations, Barry has also provided public relations support for major corporations, including IBM, AT&T, Bank of America, Stride Rite, and MobilExxon. Barry is a fellow of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and has received lifetime achievement awards from PRSA (Boston Chapter) and the Publicity Club of New England. He is a former adjunct professor of public relations at Boston University.
Suzanne Wilkins, based in Boston, is a coach and organizational consultant with over 20 years of experience working with organizations and individuals to develop leaders in healthcare, higher education, retail, financial services, and non-profits.
Suzanne coaches leaders to enhance their own performance and to create inclusive environments in which organizational goals can be achieved. As a registered drama therapist, Suzanne uses traditional coaching approaches and invites her clients to utilize embodied techniques and tools from the arts to develop critical insights into the myths, meanings, metaphors and memes that drive each leader’s behavior and effectiveness.
As a consultant, she helps organizations develop and fully leverage the talents of their valued employees through coaching, creation and facilitation of long-term developmental experiences, training and building inclusive environments.
In her former role as Director of Program Services at The Partnership, a Boston-based firm specializing in talent development for professionals of color, Ms. Wilkins led the organization’s flagship leadership development programs and guided the firm through a six-month transition period as Interim President and CEO.
She has worked with a wide variety of clients, including Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Commonwealth Care Alliance, Massachusetts General Hospital, St. Mary’s Center for Women and Children, Tufts University, The TJX Companies, Inc., and Harvard Business School.
Wilkins is a sought-after conference presenter on leadership development and personal transformation. She is a presenter at the Linkage Women in Leadership Institute and coaches through the Harvard Business School Executive Education programs. Wilkins has been a guest lecturer at Babson College and Bentley University, The Institute for Nonprofit Management and Leadership and on the faculty of Cambridge College. A playwright and actress, Wilkins performs Undiscovered, a one-act play on a woman’s journey through mid-life.
She earned her BA degree from Princeton University, her MA from Lesley University and her Registered Drama Therapist credential from the North American Drama Therapy Association. Wilkins has served on several non-profit boards and is a Fellow Member of the Institute of Coaching at McLean Hospital.
Joe Wolke, based in Boston, is a Strategy Coach and Infrastructure Consultant who brought more than 30 years of business management experience to his senior advisory position at Forsythe Solutions. Twenty of those years were spent in executive IT positions defining, communicating, and implementing IT strategies in global, fortune 1000 companies. As a Managing Principal focusing on IT Strategy, Joe worked with clients to identify, define and execute those initiatives and projects that can most effectively deliver the value of IT to their organizations.
Joe has experience across a broad spectrum of IT disciplines including operational effectiveness, data center and consolidation strategy, project and program management, IT organizational design, business continuity and disaster recovery, enterprise architecture, data warehousing and application development. He uses this experience to look holistically at IT initiatives, assuring that business objectives and anticipated value are realized.
Prior to joining Forsythe, Joe spent seven years at the Aon Corporation, a Fortune 500 company that provides insurance brokerage and risk management services world-wide. He served initially as a divisional CIO and later as Vice President of Global IT Strategy and Communications, working with over 900 offices in 150 countries, designing and implementing numerous strategic initiatives including physical regional consolidations and logical consolidations within the application portfolio.
Prior to AON, Joe spent nine years with the Brunswick Corporation, starting as a Systems Analyst and rising to the position of Director of Corporate Information Services.
Caren Croland Yanis
Caren Croland Yanis is an educator, coach, and advisor to professionals, athletes, celebrities, and family-based businesses on culture and purpose-based programming.
Caren guides leaders who find themselves at inflection points to build culture, process, and purpose. She uses executive coaching, meeting preparation and facilitation, and social asset mapping as tools to support individuals and groups in identifying opportunities for growth and being able to meet those opportunities head on.
“Begin with the end in mind,” a Stephen Covey quote, is one of Caren’s mantras when it comes to identifying success. Caren helps leaders sift through the noise to identify goals and create a path to get there. Results include improved internal communications and community engagement, development of thoughtfully designed and activated policies, and mindful preparation for future.
As the Executive Director of Oprah’s Angel Network and the Oprah Winfrey Foundations, Caren was also part of the Harpo management team from 2000 to 2009. She went on to coach family and corporate leaders on structure and engagement.
Mentoring and teaching is at the core of Caren’s work. In addition to coaching and consulting, Caren is an adjunct faculty member at Tulane University, where she teaches “Foundations of Strategic Philanthropy,” and at the University of Chicago Booth School, where she teaches the Private Wealth Management certificate program. She is a regular keynote speaker and podcast guest.
Caren holds a BA in Broadcast Journalism from Emerson College and a certificate in strategic non-profit management at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. In her spare time, Caren hosts salons that bring bold thinkers together for meaningful conversations. She has a passion for listening deeply, navigating challenges, and guiding people who have the potential to make the world a better place.
Alida Zweidler-McKay, based in Boston, has spent 20 years as an executive coach focusing on what it takes to create working relationships that get results. She enables leaders to authentically build high-performing teams and successfully lead their organizations through challenges and change. She also works with emerging leaders to develop their executive presence, as well as delegation and communication skills, so that they can confidently step into their new roles. Her work is based on an innovative systems approach to change that works at all levels—individual, team, and organization.
Some examples of Alida’s approach to systems change through coaching is when she supported two of the world’s largest megaprojects in the petrochemical industry: a $20-plus-billion project at Chevron, and another $20-billion project for a major chemical company. She also was instrumental in a global process alignment implementation for Shell.
In addition to being an executive coach, Alida is a strategy consultant, expert facilitator, and custom workshop designer, helping teams surface, explore, and resolve difficult issues. She is a certified trainer and a Certified Master Coder in SAVI® (the System for Verbal Interaction) Communications. She is also an experienced speaker, presenting at numerous conferences, such as the Boston Business Women’s Conference, the Houston Association for Talent Development Annual Conference, the American Group Psychotherapy Association, the Systems-Centered® Training Annual Conference, and the International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organizations.
Alida earned her Bachelor of Arts from Swarthmore College and her Master of Business Administration in Finance and Organizational Change from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
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