Experienced and Dedicated Partners to Our Clients

Executive Essential’s trainers and coaches are dedicated to the success of our clients. With a fundamental belief in continuous learning, they are business professionals who succeeded in their profession by utilizing the business skills they train. The result is a trainer who understands the issues and audiences you face.


Michelle Tillis Lederman, MBA, CPA, PCC
Founder & CEO

Michelle Tillis Lederman is a people expert who inspires organizations and individuals to build real relationships and get real results. For the past 15 years, Michelle has helped companies grow a business’s greatest asset – it’s people. Michelle is an accomplished speaker, trainer, coach, and author of four books including The Connector’s Advantage, The 11 Laws of Likability, Heroes Get Hired and Nail The Interview – Land The Job.

Named by Forbes as one of the top 25 Professional Networking Experts and a former NYU professor, financial executive, and CPA; Michelle teaches from experience and shares what she learned during her extensive career. Clients range from government to academia and non-profit to Fortune 500 companies like Madison Square Garden, Citi Group, Johnson & Johnson, Ernst & Young, Deutsche Bank, Michigan State University, Columbia Business School, Target, Sony, the NYC Department of Environmental Protection, and The Museum of Modern Art. Read Michelle’s full bio here.


Abby Katoni

As an affiliate of Executive Essentials, Abby brings her 20 years of experience, energy, resourcefulness and humor to support the development of employees at all levels within organizations. Her transparent communication, adaptability, approachability and humor enable her to quickly engage and build critical relationships with her clients. Her leadership and influencing skills have allowed her to easily navigate the challenges facing the new manager or the C-suite executive.

Abby’s diverse industry experience crosses the profit and non-profit sectors including consumer products, healthcare, pharmaceutical, government and biotechnology. She skillfully assesses organizations and the people that are responsible for bringing the vision and mission alive so that she can deliver meaningful learning solutions. Abby prides herself in the ability to balance the needs of the organization as well those of the employees that count on her coaching and expertise. She designs and delivers supervisory, middle tier and executive level management programs that meet the challenges of today’s ever changing workplace.

Abby is a graduate in Communications from The George Washington University and has her MSW from the University of Pennsylvania with a specialty in Workplace Dynamics. She has a certificate in Organizational Development from Columbia University Teachers College. She has held critical roles at The National Board of Medical Examiners, New York University Medical Center, Mount Sinai Hospital, Cadbury, Kraft, LifeCell, Symphony Health Solutions, G&W Laboratories and Lonza. Through her career she has utilized a wide array of tools and is certified in the GROW Coaching model, Thomas-Killman Conflict Instrument, Situational Leadership II, The Hogan Assessment, The Neethling Brain Instrument, the Myers-Briggs Type Inventory and the full suite of Korn Ferry Leadership Programs.

Adam Connors

Adam Connors

Adam Connors is a sought-after speaker, podcast host, social architect and super-connector who has transformed lives and accelerated careers through training, recruiting & career coaching. He’s known for expediting outcomes for people through training in the art and science of personal and professional networking. Adam has been interviewed on TV and quoted in numerous well known publications.

Adam hosts professional and personal networking themed workshops for corporations, teams, individuals, groups & schools. The principles he imparts apply to all levels and industries, affording him the opportunity to help thousands of people. Some of the more popular workshops he offers are “How to get access to anyone”, “Networking 101”, “Networking at a conference or event” & “Networking to Improve the company’s bottom line”.

Originally from New York, Adam now resides in Hoboken, New Jersey. He earned his B.A from Quinnipiac College in Sociology. He’s owns a small residential real estate company. He was a licensed FINRA Registered Rep and previously held his Real Estate license. He’s the author of the “Art & Science of Networking”, an infographic he published that went viral and got picked up by LinkedIn, The Association for Talent Development, Entrepreneur and TheLadders, just to name a few. Adam is also in the process of getting his “Networking IQ” evaluation trademarked.

Adina Viezel

Adina Viezel

Adina Viezel, an Executive Essentials affiliate, is a technology trainer and computer applications consultant with over 20 years of experience. She is a certified Microsoft Office Specialist and Microsoft Office Excel Expert and regularly teaches all levels of Microsoft Office, proprietary applications and new hire technology training in live classrooms across the U.S. and, virtually, to a global audience. A graduate of Wellesley College, Adina has served as a Training Manager, TTT, Lead Trainer, curriculum developer and has led large-scale software migration projects for clients such as ExxonMobil, Citi, Regeneron, Wolters Kluwer, New Jersey Manufacturers Insurance, New York City Campaign Finance Board, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and Cadbury Schweppes as well as hundreds of other organizations.  Adina’s passion for training is infused into each class she teaches and her students regularly comment on her deep knowledge of the material and her engaging, friendly style.

Adina’s training expertise is complemented by concurrent specialties in several other areas. She is a consultant/project manager who has developed automated database and spreadsheet solutions for clients in over 50 fields, managing all phases of development including discovery, specifications, system design, testing, implementation, documentation, training and ongoing support. Adina also brings award-winning writing and editorial skills which she regularly applies to custom curriculum, e-learning and IT communications and marketing projects. Adina also has had the unique opportunity to serve as an assistive technology trainer for the New Jersey Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired, experience which she finds invaluable for her mainstream training, as well.  


Alison Bluestone

With over 25 years of team and systems relationship-coaching, training, consulting, and facilitating, Alison Bluestone knows what it takes to create and teach healthy conversations that promote higher productivity through clear communication. As a team specialist, she is committed to creating rich environments where leaders can identify and cultivate their emotional intelligence through connections such as Peer Groups and Forums, expanding themselves, and their people to reach their optimal potential.

As a progressive trainer and coach, Alison has worked with CEOs and Presidents worldwide in mostly mid-sized organizations in the banking, investment, fashion, construction, manufacturing and service industries. She specializes in culture development in organizations and develops long term relationships with her clients. She runs offsite Leadership Development programs and delivers seminars to both for-profit and non-profit organizations, specializing in teaching emotional intelligence, communication skills, self-mediation, and implicit bias training.

Alison has a rich background gained through both experience and education. Alison graduated NYU with a BFA/BS, with a background in Dramatic Arts and Organizational Psychology. Early on, Alison was a successful entrepreneur in the both the fashion and holistic personal health/development areas. Later in her career, she sold her business and became a consultant in the fashion industry which led her to forming her own consulting company focusing on Relationship and Team Facilitation/Coaching, Training and Mediation business. Alison is a Consultant for Growth Resources Inc. – GRI.CO® (highly rated assessment tool for use in talent acquisition and retention, management training and communication); Certified Forum Facilitator for Young Presidents’ Organization International®; Certified Facilitator for Interaction Associates for Social Change®; Certified Positive Psychology® Practitioner and Coach – Harvard College, MA; Enhanced Practitioner Conversational Intelligence®; International Coach Federation® Member; Certified Trainer and Mediator: Managing Workplace Conflict® and a Certified Administrator for the Conflict Dynamics Profile® both from Eckert College, FL. She sits on the boards of several women’s business charitable organizations. She is a certified Women Owned Small Business (SBA – WOSB).

Andrew Mellen

Andrew Mellen

Andrew Mellen is an organizational expert, speaker, and the #1 best-selling author of Unstuff Your Life! His humor, honesty, tough love and foolproof strategies have won fans and followers from Fortune 50 CEOs, award-winning artists and older adults to local and national government agencies. A member of NAPO’s Golden Circle, he’s brought greater organization and productivity to American Express, Genentech, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, NetApp, Singapore Tourism Board, Time, Inc. and the US Depts. of Education and Homeland Security, among others.

Andrew is a featured contributor to Real Simple, AOL Jobs and KnowMoreTV and is on the faculty at New York Open Center. In addition to New York Open Center, he teaches frequently on the intersection of organization and spirituality at venues such as San Francisco Zen Center, Tassajara and Omega Institute.

Andrew speaks internationally on organization and productivity, addressing audiences from TEDx and Sustainability Leaders Forum to International Trade Expo UK and BlogHer. He’s been dubbed “The Most Organized Man in America” by media outlets including The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Real Simple, Oprah Magazine, America Now, Martha Stewart Living Today, HGTV, Better Homes and Gardens, Ladies’ Home Journal and NPR.


Anne Boyce

Anne Boyce is an organization development, coaching and training consultant with more than 20 years of experience as both an internal and external professional in the human resource/talent development arena. She specializes in needs assessments, instructional design, facilitation, coaching and measuring ROI. As a Coach/Trainer, Anne creates an inspired and safe atmosphere for participants to learn, grow, change and integrate new skills into their work and life.

Anne has had internal corporate experience in the financial services industry, American Express, and public sector organizations with her experience ranging from implementing needs assessments, instructional design, facilitation, coaching and measuring the return on investment of training initiatives. Anne has been on teams that have implemented multi-tiered leadership training programs both in the private and public sector. As a consultant, Anne has both facilitated training and provided Executive Coaching for organizations such as Prudential, American Express, Morgan Stanley, McGraw Hill, Times Mirror and others. She is certified as a facilitator/trainer in a variety of programs focusing on: Communication Skills, Presentation Skills, Diversity Training, Supervisory and Management Skills, Team Development and Change Management.

Anne holds an M.S. in Training & Development from Lesley University, Cambridge, MA, and a B.S., cum laude, from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. She has completed an independent study in Executive Coaching with iCoachNY and is experienced with numerous workplace assessments: DISC, Myers-Briggs, etc.


Anthony Sulmonte

Anthony is a coach with expertise in leadership, skills in emotional intelligence, and individual systemic change. He coaches individuals to achieve the outcomes that matter to them. Helping his clients define their leadership vision, understand their core values, and implement the changes they want. His compassionate and candid approach allows him to engage, support, and build deep trusting relationships with his clients.

Anthony has worked with leaders at all different levels and across various industries. He has worked with profit and non-profit organizations such as manufacturing, retail, fire and security, health and fitness, investment services, and governmental cities and towns. His goal is to meet his clients and help navigate them in creating new patterns of thought, leadership competencies, and behaviors that support the outcomes that matter to them and those they lead.

Anthony holds a BS in Accounting and Management. He is certified in the Leadership Circle 360 and Predictive Index Assessments. He has studied Organizational Change, Facilitative Leadership, and Systems Thinking with Systems Theory Management. His previous work experience has been with large and small organizations, Foxmoor Specialty Stores, L. E. Mason Company, and Thomas & Betts.

Audrey Halpern

Audrey Halpern

Audrey began her career in sales and developed a knack for training and coaching.  Audrey is a highly engaging learning and development professional with a diverse background in Human Resources, instructional design (ILT/OLT), and sales, which makes for effective workshop facilitation and design. Since 1992, Audrey has been consulting with corporate clients, developing customized content and facilitating soft skills, emotional intelligence, leadership, and communication content face to face and through global webinars for clients in a variety of industries. Previously a Director of Training with a telecom company, she has experience in both management and consulting. Audrey has worked with global Fortune 500 firms both here in the US and abroad. She has been an adjunct professor for the MBA program at Hofstra University and New York Institute of Technology. Where she taught presentation skills/communication skills.  She has coached MBA students in successfully navigating their internships.

Audrey is passionate about soft skills in professional development. As a life-long learner, her philosophy is centered on two questions: how can I improve things around me and how can I assist employees in becoming more self-aware. She has a passion for making a difference. She is knowledgeable with adult learning theory, analyzing roles and responsibilities of skills to transform data into optimal results. As a trainer, she utilizes impactful activities to build confidence and essential 21st-century skills for individuals and teams to communicate and collaborate effectively.

Audrey is a faculty member of the American Management Association in New York where she teaches professional development topics throughout the Northeast. Audrey holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting and Art History. This creativity infuses her training making it fun, engaging, and highly interactive. She is able to pivot easily with acronyms and industry-specific terminology making it easy to understand. Audrey holds training certifications with Zenger Miller (AchieveGlobal) Instructor Frontline Leadership Instructor, Richardson, Gitomer, Investment in Excellence, Reciprocity Ring/Rippelle Effect Facilitator, Creative Training Techniques, Design Thinking, Leadership Challenge Posner/Kouzes, Actionable Books Facilitator, Story Leaders Facilitator, DiSC, Franklin Covey, Who Moved My Cheese Facilitator, FISH, Give ‘em the Pickle, Question-Based Selling Facilitator, Customer-Centric Selling Facilitator, Innovation Women Speaker/Presenter.

Bill Straubinger

Bill Straubinger

An Executive Essentials affiliate, Bill Straubinger specializes in helping businesses improve their results by developing employees and providing tools to make better decisions and solve problems more effectively. His background includes more than twenty years of senior management experience in the public, private and nonprofit sectors.

Over that time, he has worked with hundreds of individuals as an executive consultant, coach, project manager and trainer with more than 250 major organizations such as: AstraZenica, Bank of America, The Federal Reserve Bank of New York, National Grid, Southern Company, Marine Corps/Intelligence School, McGraw Hill, NY/NJ Port of Authority, Johnson & Johnson, Societe Generale Bank, Time Inc. the U.S. Mint and XLHealth, to develop and improve their employees’ professional and interpersonal skills to increase their management effectiveness.

As a trainer, Mr. Straubinger has presented and coordinated workshops at the local, state, national and international levels on topics concerning key management/organizational aspects of creating and operating winning programs throughout the company structure. A foundational topic in his practice is Critical Thinking and he’s a certified Mindex trainer. He also serves on the faculty of the American Management Association conducting seminars in their Leadership, Communications and Management practices.


Cara Power

Cara Power is a Certified Leadership, Career & Professional Development Coach whose disciplined, high-energy approach facilitates partnerships with aspiring, newly-transitioned, and existing leaders who seek meaningful transformations in their business and personal lives. Her career spans two decades and includes experience in corporate, legal, non-profit, and women’s leadership and empowerment organizations. In the coaching domain, Cara specializes in Leadership Presence, Personal Branding, Communicating Value Proposition, Goal Achieving, Team Collaboration, and Career Advancement—topics on which she is a sought-after speaker, trainer, and facilitator.

As a Certified Positive Psychology Practitioner, Cara offers coaching, training, and facilitation across a range of areas including: Growth Mindset, Resilience, Building Trust, and Impactful Communication. She caters to the high-achieving executive and those who aspire to become one. Her style is both interactive and action-oriented. She inspires clients to bridge the often-gaping chasm between contemplating change and implementing change. By cultivating Growth Mindset, Cara empowers leaders to overcome limiting beliefs, own their power and achieve greater goals than they knew were possible.

Cara has coached and/or trained clients from the following organizations: Bloomberg, Goldman Sachs, Blackrock, Morgan Stanley, Wells Fargo, Ernst & Young, Prudential, Elliott Management, DigitasLBi, McCann Torre Lazur, Planned Parenthood, Teach for America, Scholastic, App Annie, NAACP, NYC Economic Development Corp, NYC City Council, NYC Bar Association, NYC Mayor’s Office, Council of Urban Professionals, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP , Reed Smith LLP, Fusion Media Group, WebMD, HBO, City College of NY, Georgetown University and Cornell University.

Carrie Greene

Carrie Greene

Carrie Greene is a speaker, author, and coach. After she received her degree in Economics from Lehigh University, Carrie spent fifteen years on Wall Street in marketing and product development. She worked for the stock exchange and major brokerage firms, developing and launching highly sophisticated online trading platforms for clients. She left Wall Street shortly after 9/11 to start her own business so that she could be home to raise her children, and live her life on her own terms.

Over the years the focus of Carrie’s business has changed dramatically, but at the core of each shift was her commitment to keeping it simple in a world which seems to demand that success, and everything associated with it, be complex. Today, Carrie works primarily with business leaders to help them get clear on what they want and, helps them understand the value that they bring to their clients, others in their firms, and other people they associate with. She helps her clients create simple and straight-forward plans to help them reach their goals, clarify their message and communicate to improve employee engagement, improve their sales, and get past their biggest obstacle, themselves.

Carrie is a frequent speaker and the author of two books: international best seller, “Because You’re Worth It: How To Make More Money By Charging More Money” and “Chaos to Cash: An Entrepreneur’s Guide to Eliminating Chaos, Overwhelm and Procrastination So you Can Create Ultimate Profit!”

Casey Carpenter

Casey Carpenter

Casey Carpenter is a speaker, author, business coach, and Learning & Development specialist with expertise in executive coaching, leadership development, performance consulting, seminar facilitation, and sales training. She brings over 30 years experience working within the healthcare sector.

Casey excels at sales training, where she has used inquiry and coach training to motivate commercial and retail healthcare sales teams. Her areas of workshop expertise include giving effective feedback, motivating the team, effective delegation, innovation at the workplace, public speaking, strategic and critical thinking, and sales strategy. Casey’s strengths include her engaging and dynamic style that facilitates trust quickly. Her warm, upbeat tone diminishes barriers, and participants feel comfortable sharing tough organizational issues, knowing that they are in a safe space.

Casey holds a B.A. from Tufts University, a coaching certificate from Coach Training Institute (CTI,) and a Performance Consulting Certificate from Langevin Learning Institute. She is the author of Introverts in Sales: Turn Your Peaceful Power into a Profitable Selling Machine, a pocket sized sales survival guide, available on Amazon.

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Chris Westfall

Chris Westfall is a certified transformational coach, keynote speaker and publisher of seven books. Recognized as the US National Elevator Pitch Champion, he specializes in helping owners, founders and executives to create more powerful conversations. So far, his communications strategies have helped raise over $100 million for entrepreneurial investment, launching over four dozen businesses and transforming thousands of careers along the way. His clients have appeared on Shark TankDragons Den in Canada and Shark Tank – Australia. He regularly writes for Forbes, and has appeared on CNN, ABC NEWS and on NBC TV. A sought-after keynote speaker, he speaks between 60-80 times per year – helping organizations to go beyond the elevator pitch, and have the conversations that really matter.

Describing his coaching style, Chris explains, “Companies looking to match a pattern are probably better served by other coaches on this page. But leaders looking to create a pattern – or break free from one – are in the right place”. Because breaking through your barriers may or may not mean that you use the same strategies as someone in Nassau County or New Orleans. He takes an innovative, customized and results-driven approach, where the agenda is YOU. And one size doesn’t fit all. He looks beyond the “how-to”, helping leaders to see the “want to” and the “can-do”. It’s a fresh perspective on empowerment, change-leadership, and cross-generational impact. Chris provides one-on-one remote executive coaching, and facilitates online group coaching as well, to help people unlock the secrets of peak performance, teamwork and customer impact.  His clients include engineers, scientists, bankers, financial pros, healthcare, technology leaders, and real estate professionals…as well as owners and founders across various industries and nationalities.

Originally from the Chicago area, Chris Westfall graduated with honors from the top-rated MBA program for developing strong business communication skills, according to the Princeton Review. His corporate career included a series of progressive responsibilities in sales and marketing, at Fortune 100 giants as well as consumer-focused private companies, so he’s walked in your shoes. A former professional stuntman, he still does all of his own stunts (you’ll have to ask him about that one). He’s an award-winning instructor at a Top 20 MBA program, and he’s been recognized with the Members’ Choice Award in Vistage. Focused on working with Millennials and Gen Z, he’s coached the winners of the Harvard Executive MBA Pitch Competition and the Rice Business Plan Competition (the largest and most lucrative competition of its kind in the world). His books include the international best-seller, The NEW Elevator Pitch as well as BulletProof Branding and Leadership Language (Wiley – 2018).


Cindy Fleischer

Cindy Fleischer is an accomplished executive coach, trainer and consultant with a proven record of driving transformational initiatives, empowering people and delivering successful projects. Cindy is a creative, strategic thinker with particular talent in identifying opportunities and articulating needs. With a drive to help her clients, their stakeholders and the community, she develops strategies for alignment to effectively achieve goals, maintain stakeholder engagement and addresses issues of leadership, employee engagement, productivity and innovation. She demonstrates excellence in communication and facilitation skills. Her exceptional interpersonal skills impart the ability to influence. She is a true student of behavior in the business world and is passionate about her work. With grace, confidence and a business owners’ mind- set, she creates a collaborative environment for her clients to safely and confidently explore options and ideas.

During the course of her career, Cindy has mentored many who have gone on to be industry leaders and enjoy successful and fulfilling careers. As a coach, trainer and consultant, Cindy has had the opportunity to create and implement innovative and original pilot programs for nonprofit organizations, serving many in new and innovative ways while creating models to be duplicated. She has also had the opportunity to coach new managers, mothers returning to work, faith leaders and seasoned executives engaged in career change. Her training work has introduced her to manufacturing, distribution, corporations, the pharmaceutical industry, educational institutions, faith organizations and non-profit fields.

She holds a BA from FDU in psychology and several certifications including DiSC, Hogan HBRI, and from Rutgers: Sustainability, Project Management and Lean Six Sigma. She is honored to have served as a member of the board of directors for the Mental Health Association of Morris County, the Mental Health Advisory Board of Morris County, MC Stigma Free Initiative and currently serves on the grant committee of Impact 100 Garden State. In addition to coaching and training, available courses include: Management & Leadership, DiSC Behavior Profile, Communications skills, Customer Service, Conflict resolution, Change, Goal setting and feedback, Sales, Lean 6S for managers, Team building and others.


Crista Salvatore

Crista Salvatore is a seasoned talent development consultant, facilitator, and coach for 12+ years as both an internal and external professional in learning and organizational development. Her expertise is in helping executives, high-potentials, and professionals tap into their authentic style through increasing their self-awareness, leveraging their strengths, and increasing their capacity to take action. Crista’s has coached and trained individuals to success from many organizations and industries: financial services, technology, retail, insurance, manufacturing, medical devices, education, and non-profit. Her goal is to help individuals and organizations to create sustainable transformation and growth.

Crista has an intuitive approach when it comes to facilitating learning. Her strong insight and instincts enable her to stay tuned in to the group and drive meaningful discussion. Her philosophy is to respect the learning process and allow space for participants to challenge and assimilate the content. She teaches on the following topics: Management Fundamentals, Emotional Intelligence, Presentation Skills, Personal Brand, and Communication Skills.

Crista graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a Business Studies minor at Providence College. She completed an Executive Education Program in Change and Consultation: Principles and Practices of Organization Development at Columbia University in 2011. Additionally, she completed a Professional Coaching Program from iCoachNewYork at Baruch College’s Zicklin School of Business in 2014. Crista is certified on a variety of assessment tools: 360 feedback, Hogan Assessments Systems, The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, and EQi.

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David Drew

David is a strategy, marketing, people, and execution consultant who delivers break though performance improvement for organizations, teams, and individuals. His emphasis is on core leadership and management capabilities, including complex issue prioritization, problem solving, and decision making. He also specializes in risk management, strategic planning and execution, marketing functional leadership redefinition, and assessing and modifying human performance ecosystems.

David has provided global leadership experiences in telecommunications, software, automotive, manufacturing, training, and management consulting. He has trained and coached clients at all levels from the C-suite to operational teams in capabilities including program planning, project management, marketing planning/ execution, and partnership and alliance management. He has directly managed various aspects of business operations in over 30 countries.

David has a BA Joint Honours in Modern European Languages from Cardiff University. He has certifications in the IDEO/Experiencpoint Design Thinker simulation; Kepner-Tregoe’s Program Leader Development Institute, Analytic Trouble Shooting, Problem Solving and Decision Making, and Managing People in Projects. He’s been published in the Weslaw Automotive Journal and The Journal of the American Management Association.


Dru Cutler

Dru Cutler focuses on the space where technology and interpersonal skills meet. He understands the hyper-paced tech landscape and the incredibly short attention span of the digital learner. His philosophy is simple: Learning should be fun.

Having worked in Learning and Development for Tech-giants Apple, Amazon, Samsung, and IBM, Dru successfully designed programs to grow subject matter experts into better speakers, teachers, trainers and leaders. His areas of expertise include: Presentation Skills, Classroom Facilitation, Brainstorming and Ideation, Design Thinking, Time Management and Intergenerational Dynamics.  

Originally from Tampa, FL. Dru graduated from the University of South Florida and now lives and works in New York City. He’s a certified instructional designer through Langevin Learning.



Edward Kim

Ed is a coach, consultant, and trainer with expertise in leadership, emotional intelligence, intercultural competence, and aligning intentions to the impact leaders and teams want to have. He has helped leaders and teams clarify their north star and utilize emotions as critical data points when making decisions and leading people.

As a coach, Ed works with leaders of all levels from profit and non-profit organizations across various industries including healthcare, higher education, and tech. His goal is to meet his clients where they are, provide value, and set them up for success. Ed has led team development workshops around intercultural competence, clarifying values, and Everything DiSC®. Each workshop is customized to create learner engagement, relevance, and clear application to be effective in relationships and business objectives.

Ed received his M.A. in Social-Organizational Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a B.S. in Sport Management from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He is certified in Everything DiSC®, and the Intercultural Development Inventory® (IDI®). His previous work experiences have been with Barclays Capital and NBCUniversal, Dartmouth-Hitchcock, and Dartmouth College.

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Dr. Howard D. Leifman

Dr. Leifman is an internationally recognized expert in the area of human development. He currently advises, trains and consults with corporate clients, consulting firms, not-for-profits, and individuals specifically on: executive coaching, career development, change management, counseling, human resources, outplacement, training, recruiting and staffing and time management. He specializes in helping organizations and individuals work through their personal and human resources issues.

Howard has worked with numerous Fortune 500 firms, major consulting firms and individuals both here in the US and overseas. He has trained employees on both soft and hard skills. He is also an adjunct professor at two major Universities. He is the author of the Vault Guide to Resumes, Cover Letters and Interviewing.

Dr. Leifman has a bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University, a master’s degree in Communications Management also from Syracuse University, a master’s in Social Work from New York University and a Ph.D. also from New York University. His dissertation is on, “Family of origin roles and adult work roles in relation to employee adjustment, satisfaction, and success.” He has guest lectured at Harvard, MIT, NYU, CUNY, Stanford and the College of Aeronautics. He has worked and lived internationally.


Jamie Levinson

Jamie Levinson is an executive coach and experienced training facilitator. She has worked over 20 years in Human Resources both in leadership development, and learning and development in financial services, professional services, healthcare and non-profit organizations. Jamie has extensive experience working with newer leaders as well as more senior leadership. She has developed expertise working with women leaders and the issues facing women in the workplace today. Her Masters in Counseling Psychology, behavior change theory, and her unique ability to build trust quickly with her clients, supports them to achieve lasting and impactful results.

Jamie’s signature presence carries a warm, relaxed yet professional style, which creates a safe environment in which to work. She builds a foundation for trust by being present, engaged and curious. She brings openness, warmth, humor and authenticity to her relationships. Through assessment, powerful listening, questions, feedback, and an action-oriented approach, Jamie’s clients achieve results they did not think possible. Jamie has delivered workshops on many communication skills topics, coaching others, leadership presence, confidence and assertiveness training for women, virtual teaming, emotional intelligence and leadership. She has expertise in virtual as well as classroom training.

Jamie holds a B.S. in Education from The University of Maryland, and a M.S. in Counseling Psychology from The Johns Hopkins University. Jamie has a professional coaching certification from iCoachNY at the Zicklin Business School of Baruch College, CUNY. She is qualified in Hogan, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator(MBTI), The Thomas-Kilmann

Conflict Mode Instrument, EQ- i2.0 and EQ 360. She also holds certifications from Coach University, The Ken Blanchard Companies, NTL, DDI, and multiple other training companies Jamie is a member of ICF NY Chapter ODNNY, and ATD NYC Chapter.


Janis Machala Brief

Janis brings her clients over 25 years of coaching leadership and excellence in creating and supporting intentional values-based cultures for organizations, executive teams, and C-suite leaders. She has a broad background in Professional Services, Cloud Computing, E-Commerce, IT Services, Healthcare, Education, Technology, and other industries nationally and internationally. Janis has successfully coached entrepreneurs and board members as well as C-suite executives, directors, and senior managers to gain more confidence, executive presence, and embrace bravery, integrity, empathy, and compassion in their contributions to leadership and business initiatives. Janis’s knowledge paired with honest insights helps those she coaches recognize their authentic leadership style to achieve desired business results. She empowers her clients to fully utilize what “gold” already exists in them to become more effective leaders, achieve greater results in their business initiatives, and raise their and their team’s performance bar. Janis has coached clients within companies such as Accenture, Amazon, Costco, Dropbox, Expedia Microsoft, MSCI, and Smartsheet.

Janis has held senior management roles in Fortune 500 companies at Microsoft Corporation, Sun Microsystems, and Wang Laboratories. She has held numerous interim C-suite roles for a myriad mid-size and start-up organizations; providing active leadership, executive search, and business, marketing, and sales expertise for cultivating sustained productivity and smooth transition periods. Janis is an active, sought-after speaker on board development, innovation, leadership, talent management, entrepreneurship, and women in technology.

Janis uses the following assessment for her client work: Core Values Index, GallupOrganizations’s Strengths Finder 2.0, Harrison Career Assessment, Myers Briggs Type Indicators (MBTI), and Various 360 Leadership Assessments. She is a CPCC through the Coactive Training Institute (CTI), is a PCC level coach through the International Coaching Federation (ICF), and is a PQ certified coach through Positive Intelligence, Inc. Janis has a B.A. In Psychology and English from Augustana College in Rock Island, Il. And an M.B.A. with a concentration in Marketing from the University of Iowa, Iowa City, Ia.


Jennifer Wisdom

Jennifer Wisdom, PhD MPH, helps curious, motivated, and mission-driven professionals to achieve their highest potential by identifying personal and organizational goals and then providing them with the roadmap and guidance to get there. She has a mission to help people achieve clarity, reach their greatest potential, and lead with wisdom.

Jennifer is a former academician who is now is a sought-after consultant and speaker. She helps individuals and teams successfully master transitions, improve client service delivery and outcomes, implement evidence-based treatments, and conduct cutting-edge research. Her book, Millennials’ Guide to Work, has been highly praised as an “awesome resource with practical tips” and was a best seller in vocational guidance.  She is an expert in intergenerational struggles at work and has been delighted to use her more than 30 years of work experience to help Millennials and others navigate the workplace. Millennials’ Guide to Work helps Millennials achieve success and respect at work while keeping their integrity and sense of humor.

She has worked with complex health care, government, and educational environments for 25 years, including the serving in the U.S. military, working with non-profit service delivery programs, and as faculty in higher education. She has previously been a photojournalist, soldier, therapist, marathoner, surfer, academic, and teacher.

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Jenny Fernandez

Jenny Fernandez is an Executive Coach, Chief Marketing Officer, and Adjunct Professor at Columbia Business School. As Executive Coach, Jenny’s mission is to help successful leaders and organizations drive exponential growth by unlocking resilience, collaboration, and innovative thinking through personalized coaching. Her clients include executives from Fortune 500 Companies to start-ups such as Colgate Palmolive, Kraft, Google, Meta/Facebook, Tiffany’s, Marsh, Mercer, Driscoll’s, Zscaler, and EltaMD Skin Care. Jenny empowers successful leaders with the self-awareness, knowledge, and mindset shifts needed to accelerate their organizational impact and career trajectory. She also teaches and facilitates courses and workshops that leaders leverage to create competitive advantage such as Business Resilience & Reinvention; Executive Presence & Leadership Brand; Power, Influence & Collaboration, and Navigating the Digitization of Media and Marketing.

Jenny Fernandez is also a Chief Marketing Officer, and Adjunct Professor at Columbia Business School & New York Universities. Jenny brings over 20 years of experience leading, launching, and growing brands, from multi-million-dollar businesses within Mondelez International (Oreo, Trident Gum), Kraft Foods (Ritz, Triscuit, and Wheat Thins breakthrough Innovation), and Accenture to high-growth, mid-sized organizations such as Merlin Entertainments, and Loacker USA.

Jenny is a Board Advisor at the American Marketing Association and Board Chair of the Global Connections for Women Foundation. She is a contributor to Harvard Business Review, speaks in engagements, and moderates panels about leadership, marketing, and business growth. Her book on Leadership Habits will be published in 2023. Her unique perspective is shaped by her academic background in Applied Mathematics & Operations Research at Columbia University and her Marketing, Strategy and Management & Organizations MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management. She is certified in the Marshall Goldsmith Stakeholder Centered Coaching (SCC) method and a member of The World’s Largest Executive Coaching Network.

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Jess Wass

Jess Wass is an Organizational Development Consultant, Career Coach, Educator, Facilitator, and Speaker. Jess Wass is a Career Coach and Consultant with expertise in high-performance environments. She helps high-achieving individuals craft intentional career paths and high-performance organizations cultivate people-centric work cultures. She’s been featured in publications such as The New York Times, Bloomberg Businessweek, and Thrive Global. Prior to her current career, she was an Associate Consultant with Bain & Company. She then spent several years at Starwood Hotels working on strategy, global marketing partnerships, and as Chief of Staff to the Chief Brand Officer. After that, she spent several years working across various stage startups leading Operational teams.

As a Career Coach, Jess works with a variety of clients to find meaning, direction, and fulfillment in their careers. She supports individuals on challenges such as navigating career and job transitions, supporting managers and leaders in their career progression and to become empathetic leaders, and adopting habits and organizational skills that support better productivity. As an Organizational Development Consultant she specializes in Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging and Learning & Development. She creates and facilitates workshops aimed at helping teams develop a culture of communication by providing them foundational skills and knowledge needed to work more effectively together. Example workshops include: Team Communication, Foundational Manager Skills, Building a Culture of Feedback, Unmasking Microaggressions, Navigating Difficult Conversations, and (Re)Setting Expectations. She also supports organizations in developing the strategy behind their DEIB and L&D initiatives and helping leadership teams lead more effectively.

Jess holds a M.A. in Social-Organizational Psychology with a focus in Change Leadership from Teachers College, Columbia University. She has a BSBA in Finance and Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis where she was also an Ervin Scholar. Jess is also trained as a certified coach through the Coactive Training Institute (CTI). Jess uses the following assessments for her client work: Clifton Strengths, Myers Briggs Type Indicators (MBTI), and a custom Values Assessment.

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John Neral

John Neral is an executive and career transition coach who helps mid-career professionals “SHOW UP” to find a job they love or love the job they have. John has been developing talent for over 25 years. He has served as a mathematics educator, instructional coach, supervisor, educational administrator, and training director. John’s expertise is in helping his clients create a professional roadmap aligned to their professional goals.

John has worked with clients across various industries and Fortune 500 companies to help them identify their strengths and the value they bring to their clients, teams, and companies. As a public speaker and workshop facilitator, John speaks to organizations and audiences about
what it means for them to “SHOW UP” energetically and professionally to make a more significant impact as leaders and with their teams and clients. He is a best-selling author and podcast host.

John earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Loyola University in Maryland, a Masters of Arts in Teaching from Monmouth University, and obtained his professional coaching certification through the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC). John is also a Master Practitioner in the Energy Leadership Index Assessment™.


Julie Murphy

Julie is a consultant, speaker, and master training facilitator helping clients develop better leadership skills, healthy culture, employee engagement, change management, team dynamics, resilience, and emotional intelligence. She coaches leaders with a focus on raising self-awareness and managing blind spots to become a more effective leader. Julie is a certified mindfulness teacher and has taught the science of mindfulness worldwide at global corporations. She is passionate about creating environments where leaders inspire and employees thrive.

Julie is a former practicing attorney and headed up strategy for a large, national non-profit, providing leadership at the national level and for affiliate organizations across the country. She focuses on core leadership and management capabilities, and helping leaders create a culture of inclusion and engagement. She has developed and delivered many programs on resilient leadership for senior leaders and has conducted leadership retreats for women executives. Julie has experience with the Tech, Healthcare, Banking, Wealth Management, Chemical, Telecommunications, Foundation, and Non-Profit industries.

Julie has a Juris Doctorate from Brooklyn Law School and a Bachelor of Arts from Rutgers University. She is a retired member of the NJ Bar Association. Julie is a certified teacher of Search Inside Yourself, the mindfulness based emotional intelligence program developed at Google.


Julie Nickerson

Leveraging art and science, Julie Nickerson is an enthusiastic champion of human-centered design, design thinking, and systems approach to help clients improve their communication, leadership presence, and business impact. Julie empowers individuals and teams with the communication and leadership skills they need most to persuade and increase their influence.

From Walmart to New York City Government Agencies, Julie has worked with diverse global organizations to drive change and help build internal capability so they can be more agile, innovative, and effective. Her art background comes from extensive experience in the consumer goods area where she served as product manager and design director persuading and influencing diverse, complex corporations to bet on innovation, resulting in increased sales and profits. A life-long learner, she built on her experience innovating product and process, and blends art with science. Working with a variety of industries including media, management consulting, and public sectors, she helps people and teams develop communications, articulate, and connect to make their interactions count so business goals can be achieved with greater impact.

Julie has conducted and presented original research on creative teams, shared leadership and emotional intelligence. She holds an MS in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from Baruch and received her BA in Organizational Behavior and Communications from New York University. She is certified to administer and coach the EQ-i 2.0 Emotional Intelligence assessment.


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Karoline Borup

Karoline Borup is a human capital consultant and executive coach based in Princeton, New Jersey providing consulting, coaching and workshop facilitation. With over 25 years of corporate experience, internally and as a consultant, she has worked across the various facets of human resources. Her experience is in organizational design and effectiveness, talent management and development, mergers and acquisitions, change management, workforce engagement and total global rewards.

Karoline has worked with Fortune 500 companies and not-for-profit organizations supporting them through significant growth and change. She has been responsible for developing and delivering programs that enhanced communications, build team effectiveness and increase employee engagement. Past projects include the facilitation of Everything DiSC™ at AmerisourceBergen, conducting leadership assimilation workshops at Princeton National Rowing Association, facilitating DDI workshops in Building Trust and Effective Communication at LifeCell, developing/implementing merger integration strategies at Johnson & Johnson, and the development of onboarding programs at Veeco Instruments.

Karoline received a B.S. in business administration from Montclair State University. She is a SHERPA Coach and a certified Everything DiSC™ facilitator. Prior to starting her human capital consulting practice she held director level positions at LifeCell Corporation, Veeco Instruments, and Johnson & Johnson. Ms. Borup has experience in the Biotechnology, Medical Device, Pharmaceutical, Consumer Products, Semiconductor and not-for-profit organizations. She began her career at PriceWaterhouse Coopers.


Kathy F. Bernhard

Kathy F. Bernhard is the president of a firm that helps organizations drive performance through the design and implementation of talent management as well as other strategic development and human resources programs. She is an accomplished human resources executive with 25+ years of experience. She works with clients to create talent management processes aimed at developing the organization’s future leaders, and consults with leaders at all levels concerning strategies for enhancing business results through developing human capital.

Kathy’s areas of expertise include leadership development, coaching, performance management and organization development. She is a seasoned “hands-on” professional with in-depth knowledge of executive assessment, 360° feedback, succession planning, training facilitation and executive assimilation.

Kathy holds a B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University and an M.B.A. from Adelphi University. She is also a member of the YWCA Academy of Women Achievers and represented Arrow Electronics as a member of the Conference Board Council on Development, Education and Training.


Ken Blackwell

Ken brings over 25 years of experience as a certified coach and trainer to his work with a diverse mix of US and international companies across a wide range of industries such as: American Express, Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals, Blue Cross Blue Shield; Bristol-Myers Squibb; Campbell Soup Company; County of Albemarle, VA; Chase; Dallas Morning News; FujiFilm, Johns Hopkins University; L’Oreal; Nabisco; Novartis; Ocean Spray; PepsiCo; Roche Molecular Systems; Rohm & Haas; Saint-Gobain; Schering AG; Transportation Safety Administration; US Army; US Marines; US Navy; Verizon and W.L. Gore.

Clients experience Ken as centered, engaged, and optimistic; at the same time, his work is grounded, realistic, and practical. He creates an open, inclusive environment that makes it safe for participants to tackle difficult issues that may be outside their comfort zone. Ken approaches even the most difficult situations with good humor and a smile. Whether he is working with individual contributors and front-line supervisors or members of the C-Suite, he tailors his approach to their specific needs rather than applying a “one size fits all” mindset. 

Ken is one of a few consultants worldwide to be Certified in Conversational Intelligence® (C-IQ), a revolutionary methodology that leverages the power of neuroscience to elevate performance and create lasting change for individuals, teams and entire organizations. He is also an Everything DiSC® Certified Trainer and a Five Behaviors of a Cohesive TeamTM Accredited Facilitator.  Ken is a sought-after speaker and has presented at a variety of organizations and many corporate conferences. He is an instructor at Drexel and Rutgers Universities and has also appeared as an expert guest on Comcast Network’s Money Matters and ABC’s Good Morning America. 

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Ken Katzeff

Ken is a highly versatile Talent consultant with over 25 years of experience helping clients achieve their business goals and increase organizational effectiveness. He works collaboratively, tailoring each innovative and cutting-edge solution to meet each organization’s unique set of business needs that achieves measurably faster, better and more sustainable results. Ken specializes in Talent, Organizational and Leadership Development, and Executive Coaching.

Ken’s knowledge and wealth of experience comes from working with a highly diverse group of clients across a variety of industries. He has used his extensive experience to help organizations create business and learning strategies, and develop executive leadership programs and competencies, and also provides targeted executive coaching – 360 degree assessments and individual development plans. He designs succession planning processes, identifies high-potentials, implements Knowledge Transfer programs, creates on-boarding and mentoring programs, and provides post-merger integration learning systems. He also builds performance management systems, facilitates teambuilding off-sites.

As an accomplished facilitator and speaker, Ken conducts web- and classroom-based workshops on a variety of topics from Strategic Planning, Emotional Intelligence and Managing for Results to Promoting Your Personal Brand and Using Stories to Make High Impact Presentations using stories into his presentations to engage an audience, feed their imagination, and paint pictures with words to drive home key insights and serve as a foundation for learning.

Ken spent his early career as a consultant for Towers Watson’s Learning and Development Practice, headed-up Product Development for Juran Institute, Inc., and held key management positions at Philips Electronics, N.V. and Prudential Resources Management. Ken received his B.S. degree in Psychology and Mathematics from Lehman College, and holds a Master’s degree in Counseling from Bank Street College. He is certified in Lominger’s Leadership Architect® Competency process. Ken has also been an adjunct faculty member at Pace University and Fordham University’s Human Resource Graduate Program.

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Kisha Wynter

Kisha Wynter is a certified neuro-transformational coach with extensive corporate experience in Fortune 500 companies in leadership development, human resources, and consulting. Kisha’s outcome-based coaching helps leaders dismantle limiting beliefs and habits that hold them back from reaching their full potential while utilizing strategies to help them lift their executive presence, influential communication, and strategic execution skills. She has led initiatives in leadership and talent development, training, facilitation, diversity equity and inclusion, team effectiveness, cultural transformation, change management, and executive coaching. She held various leadership positions at Citicorp, and General Electric including as GE’s Global HR Leader, Americas for the company’s premier leadership development program where she designed an initiative for high potential women to build their leadership presence and influencing skills so that they can step into leadership roles in the US, Africa, Europe, Latin America, Asia, & the Middle East.

Kisha has coached or trained clients from the following organizations: Wells Fargo, General Electric, Ernst & Young, Samsung, Citicorp, CVS Health, PWC, Royal Bank of Canada, Microsoft, Standard Chartered Bank, Kraft Heinz, Adobe, Apple, Concordia College, GEICO, Comcast, and NBC Universal among others. Her premier leadership development program for high potential Women in Leadership, Own Your Power has been delivered in corporations globally. Kisha also delivers training for experienced and emerging leaders on topics such as Developing Leadership Coaching Skills, Leading With Emotional Intelligence, Executive Presence And Communication, Building Stress Resilience And Mental Acuity, Owning Your Career While Managing Self-Doubt, Leadership Skills As A New Manager, and many more.

Kisha is a Certified Professional Co-active Coach from the Coaches’ Training Institute, a Certified Neuroscience, Consciousness and Transformational Coach from Be Above Leadership, and holds a MBA from Sacred Heart University.

Laura Schwarz

Laura Schwarz

Laura Schwarz, former Marketing Director turned executive coach and trainer, has developed leaders at some of the world’s most recognized companies. Laura understands the pressures and challenges facing her global clients and appreciates the urgency to demonstrate progress quickly to optimize business results. Laura engages her clients by linking their development opportunities to their core values and career aspirations, creating an ideal environment for clients to embrace the changes necessary to maintain a competitive advantage. Laura provides powerful insights for her clients to build new yet authentic behaviors to improve their leadership and expand their impact.

Laura’s executive coaching and leadership programs have inspired leaders across 10+ countries to unleash their full potential and ignite productivity across their organizations, with extensive experience delivering virtual coaching engagements and programs. She created and hosts the Mojo Mondays Bootcamp podcast series where she coaches and inspires audiences to overcome the obstacles between them and their dreams.

Laura has held leadership positions at American Express, Young & Rubicam and Research International. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan with a B.A. in Psychology. Laura is certified by The Coaches Training Institute (an International Coaching Federation accredited program) and in a wide range of assessment tools including MBTI, DiSC and NBI.


Linette Gomez

Linette Gomez is a first-generation, American-born, French Colombian LatinX. She is a coach, consultant, and trainer who provides clarity in a short period of time by quickly cultivating trust and motivation that helps her achieve a level of focus that they did not know was attainable. Linette brings a no-nonsense and motivating style to her coaching relationships, led by emotional intelligence, excellent communication skills, and business acumen. She sparks change and transformation for her clients, anchored in both strategic thinking and natural empathy. Her executive and organizational coaching is informed by nearly 20 years of marketing, business, communications, and leadership experience. Her background spans from start-ups to enterprises within technology, hospitality, legal, media, advertising, education, and recruitment. She draws from various company cultures and multinational work including her time at CA Technologies (now BroadCom), SS&C Intralinks, and Criteo. 

Throughout her career, she has built out and led teams both remotely and in-person, run mentoring programs and been an advisor to others in their careers. As a coach, facilitator, and consultant, Linette has expertly developed and delivered leadership and manager coaching and development programs for both corporations and non-profits. She works predominantly with managers of managers, seasoned executives,  rising leaders, as well as teams. She predominantly works with tech, media, and non-profit organizations.

She received her BS in International Area Studies and International Marketing from Drexel University and earned her executive and organizational coach certification from Columbia University. In addition, she’s certified in the Shift Positive 360 Method. She holds leadership board seats with the Leadership Forum Community and Marketers2Marketers for Women in B2B. Additionally, she is on the leadership team for the Columbia Coaching Conference and committee member of the Association for Coaching US chapter. Outside of work, she’s a proud mom, enjoys visiting family in France and Colombia, and is active in women’s retreats.


Lisa D. Jenkins

Dr. Lisa D. Jenkins is an award-winning cultural strategist helping organizations unleash cultures of impact that inspire their people to lead with unstoppable purpose, passion, and bold action. With a diverse background that includes human resources divisions within Fortune 500 companies, as well as a faculty member with the largest urban university system in the United States, Lisa’s passion is to equip teams and increase productivity by strengthening individuals through cultural competency.  Known for her engaging and transparent style of communication, Lisa’s passion spans the arenas of Corporate America, academia, and civic engagement.

A sought after facilitator, trainer, and lecturer, Dr. Lisa’s areas of expertise include multicultural workforce, intergenerational communication, and unconscious bias. She also addresses issues of workplace accommodation and productivity. As a cancer survivor, Lisa rises daily above the challenges of ADHD, a subject she also addresses.

Dr. Jenkins holds a B.A. in Speech Communications from Pace University, a Master’s degree from New York Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry from McCormick Theological Seminary. She has also studied Organizational Leadership at Boston University.  An adjunct faculty member with the City University of New York, she is a certified Prepare/Enrich facilitator, and has served on the board of trustees for the Helene Fuld College of Nursing and the advisement committee of the National Association for the Advancement of African American Children with Learning Differences. Dr. Jenkins was appointed to Manhattan Community Board 10 as well as numerous task forces and has worked in nonpartisan environments with a goal of enriching and empowering individuals, communities, and organizations.

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Lorraine DiSimone

Lorraine is a skilled vocal coach and trainer enabling her clients to be heard, to be understood, and to communicate with their authentic voice. She had a successful career as a professional opera singer for 35 years while simultaneously serving as a voice and public speaking teacher in both private and academic settings. Her 40 years experience included positions at Wake Forest University, Clark University, and she served as an Associate Professor at the University of Tennessee/Knoxville for 15 years.

Lorraine provides a Tool Kit of vocal exercises designed to develop a speaker’s understanding and mastering of resonance, pitch variation, volume, articulation and breath support. Elements of concentration, focus, and stage fright are also central to her work. She has trained numerous business people through workshops in affiliation with the International Forum (founded by the Wharton School of Business) in seminars in Europe and the United States. Her clients included Managing Directors and CEOs from Deutsche Bank, Proctor & Gamble, Volkswagen, Xerox, SEB Bank in seminars held in Brugges, Stockholm,
Riga, and Krakow as well as Toronto and Philadelphia.

Lorraine received a Masters in Voice from New England Conservatory of Music and has attended workshops and seminars with leading voice therapists and pedagogues through the Voice Foundation and the National Association of Teachers of Singing. Remaining current and active in new developments in pedagogy and voice science is both a passion and delight for her.


Marc Kalan, MBA

Marc H. Kalan is a Marketing/Business Development Executive, now full time Professor of Marketing, with over thirty years of diverse consumer marketing experience at clients (from established Fortune 500 to start-ups, including the Internet), suppliers, and promotional marketing agencies. Kalan’s background includes executive positions in both Marketing and Sales Management. With a foundation in traditional CPG Brand Management, he brings expertise identifying, qualifying, creating, selling and managing impactful new business marketing programs, building strong client relationships while building/managing major account and sales teams in both On-Line and Off-Line spaces (media and promotion).

Upon an extensive industry career Marc began teaching at the college and graduate levels in 2003 and has taught at Fairleigh Dickinson, William Patterson and Kean Universities. Since 2008 Professor Kalan has served on the faculty of the Rutgers Business School, Department of Marketing, teaching an array of Undergraduate, Graduate and Executive Marketing Courses. Kalan adds multiple international experiences teaching RBS EMBA students in Beijing and Singapore, and RUNIN students in Changchun, China.

In spring 2012 the RBS undergraduate student bodies on the New Brunswick campus (New Brunswick Rutgers Business Governance Association) and independently on the Newark Campus (RBS Undergraduate Dean’s Advisory Council) each voted Professor Kalan awards based on his engaging presentation style. These include: “Overall Best Professor”, “Most Motivational”, “Most Liberal Teaching Methods”, “Funniest Teacher”, and “Most Likely to Brighten Your Day”, “Most Knowledgeable Professor 2012”, and “Best Teaching Style 2012”.

In January 2013 Marc authored a 3 part series published in the online edition of The Journal of Sales and Marketing Management entitled, “Tips to Enhance Personal Presentation Skills in the Digital Age” and in addition to his full time teaching runs seminars/workshops on building these individual skills, as well as seminar workshops on “Marketing Basics for the Non-Marketing Professional”.

More recently (May 2013) the Rutgers Business School Newark and New Brunswick presented Professor Kalan The Thomas H. Mott, Jr. Award for Excellence in Teaching and followed this honor in July 2013 by appointing him one of just 5 inaugural Teaching Excellence Center Fellows where he initiated the faculty workshop series (“Tips to Enhance Personal Presentation Skills in the Digital Age”). Capping these honors he is a recipient of “The Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching 2015-2016.” Kalan holds degrees from The University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University.


Maria Guida

Maria Guida is an expert in executive speaking, and specializes in developing emotional intelligence, empathy, impact, and influence; her custom-designed programs provide acting techniques that turn leaders into powerful and persuasive speakers.

Maria has delivered programs and keynote addresses for Fortune 500 companies, business associations, and universities, including McKinsey & Co., JPMorgan Chase, PricewaterhouseCoopers, American Express, Chubb, Moody’s Corporation, Johnson & Johnson, SHRM, and Baruch College. Maria was an Adjunct Professor at NYU’s School of Continuing Education and serves on the faculty of the School of Visual Arts Graduate Program. She has also served on the board of the National Speakers Association NY Chapter.

Maria spent fifteen years as a professional actor on Broadway, TV, and film (working with Paul Newman, James Earl Jones, and Kevin Kline) – where she learned that acting is the art of persuasion. She studied acting with Olympia Dukakis, and Alan Arkin. Maria is a graduate of the NYU Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Acting Program, holds an MA in Communications from Hunter College, and is certified as a teacher by the State of New York. Her articles on the use of theater techniques for persuasive business speaking have been published by SHRM, the National Speakers Association, Smart CEO Magazine, NY Women in Communications, the NY County Lawyers Association, Jersey City State College and others.

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Marjie Terry

Marjie Terry is a passionate, dedicated, and inspiring speaker, executive coach, and facilitator who, for over 15+ years, has honed her leadership development expertise across the corporate and not-for-profit sectors. As a social worker and Co-Active coach, Marjie is highly adept at guiding clients as they discover and pursue their most fulfilling and high-impact personal and professional goals. Marjie is also an executive presence trainer who helps individuals bring their best selves to every conversation and communication. Whether a client is mastering the art of memo writing, learning to lead meetings, or preparing for a keynote, Marjie teaches them to command an audience by presenting with energy, clarity, and conviction.

As a coach, leadership development trainer and consultant, Marjie has had the privilege of developing and leading communication skills, DEI, executive presence, and group coaching programs at companies including Morgan Stanley, JP Morgan Chase, Facebook, Google, TikTok, LinkedIn, Amazon, Disney, Spotify, ViacomCBS, NBC, and CBRE. 

Marjie holds a coaching certification through Coaches Training Institute, a master’s degree in social work from Hunter College, and received her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University. 


Mark Riesenberg

Mark Riesenberg is a motivational speaker and business coach specializing in the goal achievement and time management process. His book, “Stop Whining and Start Winning,” zeroes in on ways to combat negative thinking, one of the most powerful stumbling blocks to success there is. Mr. Riesenberg is an expert at focusing clients on the essentials of leadership in life and in business: vision, mission, goals, time management, implementation and accountability. He has written two books, How to Stop Whining and Start Winning: A Guide to Goal Setting and Time Management (1997) and Brightening Your Life’s Path (2011).

His leadership seminars and workshops – Thinking BIG: Focused & Organized – concentrate clients on results which are specific, measurable and meaningful. Over the years Mark’s leadership seminars, workshops and keynote addresses have assisted thousands of individuals and companies such as MetLife, Guardian Life and Northwestern Mutual Life in clarifying their visions, and identifying and streamlining their goals by following the specific steps required to hit their marks.

Mark holds a B.S. in Economics from C.W. Post College of Long Island University. He began his career at 7-Eleven Food Stores working his way up the corporate ladder from night clerk in Staten Island to Northeast Division Training Manager overseeing training for 365 franchise stores and coaching 7-Eleven’s executives. Mark is also a certified teacher of Transcendental Meditation (TM).


Natsuyo Lipschutz

A TEDx speaker, 3-time Toastmasters district finalist, World Class Speaking certified coach, strategy consultant, best-selling author, competitive ballroom Latin dancer, mother, and cancer survivor, a Japanese native Natsuyo has been delivering trainings, workshops, seminars, and keynotes in Japanese and English to the diverse audience.

Natsuyo is a Global Leadership and Cross-Cultural Communications strategist. Using a multi-layered approach of cross-cultural theory, public speaking skills, logical thinking frameworks, and team leadership skills, Natsuyo assists her audience to learn how to adjust their messages to be heard by different cultures. By the end of her session, the audience will be equipped with advanced cross-cultural communication skills to improve team dynamics by bridging the cultural gap and leveraging diversity. Natsuyo has worked with various industries and companies, including Toyota, American Express, BNP Paribas, Hitachi, Fujitsu, Chamber of Commerce, and more.

Born and raised in Tokyo, Japan, Natsuyo began her career at one of the top Japanese trading companies, ITOCHU International in New York. She then received her MBA degree from New York University, and held a position as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company. Today she is the managing principal of her own strategy consulting firm, ASPIRE Intelligence, and executive consultant of a global public speaking consultancy, Breakthrough Speaking.

Natsuyo resides in New York with her husband Robert, who is a dentist, and their young daughter Leena, who is a model/ballerina/figure skater!


Nayla Bahri

As a consultant, faculty member, facilitator and coach, Nayla Bahri brings the best of research and practice to an empathic, heart-led practice of helping people and organizations thrive.  Nayla brings more than 15 years of experience into partnerships with clients and collaborators to develop leadership skills, promote career growth and satisfaction, improve employee, student and community engagement, and establish learning communities.

Nayla was the longtime Dean of Students at Columbia Business School where she coached, taught, and advised thousands of students and co-founded the Leadership Lab, the clearinghouse for leadership activities for MBA and EMBA students. Subsequently, Nayla helped lead the global talent and organizational development practice for a global medical diagnostics organization, creating and leading initiatives including culture and employee engagement strategy, leadership development programs, performance management innovation, management curriculum, leadership coaching and workplace learning.  She has consulted and facilitated trainings for Columbia University, News Corp, H-E-B, American Express, PwC and many other organizations across industries.

Nayla has conducted original research and presents workshops and keynote addresses based on her findings on the impact of change on career identity and satisfaction for several leadership conferences and professional organizations. She serves as an adjunct professor at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia Business School and with the Institute for Personal Leadership. Nayla is involved with various women’s leadership organizations, including the Athena Center at Barnard College, the Quorum Initiative and Ellevate. Nayla graduated from Smith College and the University of Pennsylvania, and has a doctorate in Adult Learning and Leadership from Columbia University. She is a member of the International Coaching Federation (ICF).

Nicole Wells

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Nicole Wells turned her greatest fear, public speaking, into her greatest passion and has taught hundreds of professionals to do the same. She is an adjunct faculty member at New York University’s Stern School of Business as well as the School for Professional and Continuing Studies (SPCS), where she teaches Organizational Communication and Speaking Without Fear. Nicole specializes in presentation/public speaking skills, overcoming performance anxiety, and business writing.

Nicole created the course Speaking Impromptu: The Art of Thinking on Your Feet, which is now part of the curriculum at The New School and NYU’s SPCS. The foundation of her skills comes from her extensive actor training–she earned her Master of Fine Arts at Rutgers University under the direction of William Esper. Nicole has performed in numerous theatrical productions throughout New York City and helped found the New Stage Theatre Company.

A successful manager, Nicole Wells has worked for two prominent New York City museums. She has experience in supervising a large staff, retail, customer service, negotiating contracts, and project management. Nicole also maintains a private coaching practice assisting people with vocal and performance issues. Prior to earning her MFA, Nicole received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre from the University of Minnesota-Duluth.


Nina Hoch

Nina Hoch is an accomplished business executive with nearly two decades of experience and record of successful learning & development innovative solutions design and delivery. She has worked at the intersection of management consulting, technology, and training/education, with established skills in strategy and leadership development, HR & training, global teaming and communications, Future of Work, and XR/Immersive technologies. She served as a client executive at KPMG, Ernst & Young & Arthur Andersen, and held executive roles at Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs. Her clients included major capital markets, asset management, insurance, life sciences, real estate, and technology companies. She also served as an adjunct professor at City University of New York College of Technology and was a speaker at industry conferences, most recently about the Future of Work. She is a member of the Women’s bond club, an executive networking organization, and is supporting a number of the Diversity & Inclusion initiatives.

Nina is passionate about developing her clients’ professional, communication, and leadership skills, resulting in career growth and fulfillment, and increased employee engagement. Nina has consulted and facilitated trainings for professional services organizations, capital markets, banking, asset management clients, universities, and other organizations across industries from soft skills including business communication, teaming, leadership, and management, to industry-specific topics including accounting, risk, and financial products. She coached internal clients on soft skills, communication, management, team building and conflict resolution.

Nina earned her Master of Arts in Mathematics of Finance from Columbia University and Bachelor of Science in Finance from Long Island University. She also holds Chartered Financial Analyst Series 63 certifications. Her international upbringing allows her to connect with and understand the global teaming complexity. She spends her spare time doing traveling, art, sports, and staying involved in charity and community efforts, including veterans’ mentoring, domestic violence prevention, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and local school district PTA chapter.


Pam Soden

Pam has an infectious belief that learning is lifelong and fun. She applies that belief in the design and delivery of every training program she creates. Through coaching, consulting, and training she supports her clients in facilitating change, increasing productivity, and improving quality. In her more than 30 years as a Learning and Development professional, Pam has trained thousands of individuals in the skills they need to be more successful in their lives and in their careers.

Pam skillfully uses a blend of accelerated learning techniques as she teaches her clients how to lead, supervise and manage, build teams, manage conflict and change, communicate effectively, train others, manage time and stress, make presentations, assert themselves and create winning customer service. Her wealth of experience, her passion, a naturally engaging style, and a willingness to share have earned her the title of “The Trainer’s Coach”.  Some of the organizations Pam has worked with are Instrumentation Laboratories, Unilever, Honeywell, HUD, B Braun, 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers, Eppendorf, Sharp, Weil, Gotshal & Manges, and A&E Television Networks. In addition, she served as adjunct faculty at NYU School of Professional Studies for 15 years.

Pam has practiced what she teaches by mentoring an award-winning team of fellow consultants and trainers. A frequent lecturer and popular speaker, she has been a top-rated presenter and conference speaker for the American Management Association where she has taught management and leadership courses since 1981. Pam holds a degree in Business Administration from Marymount Manhattan College and is past President of its Alumni Association. She is also a former Chairperson and Director of the Council of Concerned Black Executives and advisor to the Women’s Center for Education and Career Advancement.


Patricia Lee

Patricia is a Sr IT executive with more than 25 years of experience focusing on business and IT transformation. Her specialization is transforming IT organizations through strategic planning and visioning, IT business alignment, organization design and effectiveness, leadership development, and culture shaping. Her experience spans across multiple industries, including higher education, government, non-profit, and transportation and logistics.

Patricia uses a collaborative approach by engaging stakeholders developing and executing change management strategies while aligning individuals, processes, and technologies to increase adoption and motivate teams. She has a track record of advancing teams to successful outcomes through a results-oriented and inclusive approach. Most recently, she led a leadership development program for a large government agency that was designed to strengthen and empower the leadership team through the development and facilitation of comprehensive leadership programming, covering areas such as: strategic planning, cross-functional network building, emotional intelligence, coaching and feedback, and development of personal leadership style.

Her experience and clients include: PricewaterhouseCoopers, CSX, Descartes Systems Group, The MTA, NYC Housing Development Corporation, Columbia University, and The New School. Patricia has an MS in Organizational Change Management from the New School, a coaching certificate from the Neuro Leadership Institute, and holds PMP, ITIL and CRISC certifications.

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Paul Naronis

An accomplished trainer and facilitator, Paul Naronis brings more than 25 years of sales and management experience to his clients. He works with companies and firms like Fannie Mae, KPMG, Liberty Mutual, the NBA, and many more. Paul has trained over 7,000 professionals, and counting, in virtually every industry at every level from new hires to the C-Suite. In addition to working with groups of professionals and senior executives, he creates many customized communication skills training solutions. Paul helps leaders craft and deliver impactful messages to their business audiences when they’re presenting, leading, managing, meeting, selling, and writing.

Paul began his career as a sales professional and relationship manager at a major international medical device and optics company. He managed financial transactions and leasing portfolios across the Southwest. Paul continued his career at an international imaging company in New York City in a similar role. He was responsible for developing relationships with new and existing clients, negotiating contracts, and closing deals.

Following his corporate experience, Paul moved into the training and consulting world where he became an expert facilitator, client development manager, and executive coach. He seamlessly integrates his corporate and client experiences as training lessons in the classroom and coaching sessions, connecting communication skills to real-life business situations. When Paul is not teaching business professionals, you can find him enjoying his other passions, his family, his photos, and his prized Fender Stratocaster.

Rachel Wainer

Rachel Wainer

Rachel is a professional educator with ten years of experience as a training facilitator and motivational coach. She has worked extensively with the public and voluntary sectors, helping teams and individuals become better aligned with their strategic goals. Rachel has created and delivered a broad range of workshops on leadership development, communication, personality assessment, customer service, goal-setting, behavior modification, and health and wellness.

Rachel’s experiential workshops engage groups through reflection, skill building, and action planning. Drawing on her background in education, Rachel guides participants through activities and discussions that bring content to life. With new information, a new perspective, and a new plan, individuals are motivated to make an impact with lasting change.

Rachel holds a Master of Science in Education with concentrations in student development and multicultural competence, and a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations and Organizational Communication. She is a certified MyersBriggs Type Indicator practitioner.

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Rebecca Friese

Rebecca, an affiliate of Executive Essentials, has spent her career helping individuals and organizations navigate and manage change. Her strength lies in her ability to cater to a client’s unique needs and customize a program grounded in practical principles that brings about successful change and growth. Her 16 years of experience includes organizational development, coaching, change management and talent engagement. Rebecca’s work spans large corporate entities and small independent, one-on-one relationships.

As a Manager in Accenture’s Change Management Practice, Rebecca became an advocate for people impacted by organizational change through training, communication and project planning. Armed with this strong foundation, Rebecca further helped clients grow as the VP of People for a financial services internet company, and then by collaborating with niche change management consulting companies and consulting independently. Her corporate clients have included Chevron, PMI Mortgage Group, Gateway Computers, Thompson Reuters, AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals and She Writes. In addition to being a consultant and coach, Rebecca is proud to be a Nittany Lion, earning her degree in Communications with a minor in Speech Communications from Penn State. She’s also a featured writer on numerous websites, an actress and a mother of two.

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Regina Miller

Regina M. Miller is a senior executive coach, facilitator, and consultant with more than twenty-five years of proven success and experience in Organization and Leadership Development. Her background includes holding senior level and executive roles in both established and start-up telecommunications organizations.

Regina has a passion for working with executives and leaders at all levels who are focused on creating a positive impact. She understands and relates to the challenges, dilemmas, frustrations, and joys of leadership and brings a deep level of respect for the role of leaders in today’s organizations. Her live and virtual facilitation style is focused, fun, and outcome-oriented. Regina has worked for and consulted with large enterprises in a wide variety of industries and sectors. Regina designs and facilitates ongoing leadership development and coaching initiatives. Clients include the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Army, USAID, the Intelligence Community, FDA, Federal Executive Institute, and the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission.

She is certified in the following assessments: DiSC, Four Lenses, 360 Feedback Assessments, Lumina Spark, EQI 2.0, Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Instrument, The Change Style Indicator, the Conflict Dynamic Profile and The Influence Style Indicator. She holds her Professional Certified Coach (PCC) credential from the International Coaching Federation. Regina holds her BA in Political Science from Hunter College and an MA in Human Resources/OD from the New School for Social Research in New York. She completed the Human Resources Executive Program at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Additionally, she completed an Executive Clinical Coaching and Consulting for Change program at INSEAD. She recently received an Executive Certificate from the Graduate Institute of Geneva in Global Environmental Governance. She lives near the ocean on the eastern end of Long Island in Southampton, NY.


Reggie Carney

Reginald “Reggie” Carney is the CEO, lead coach, workshop facilitator, and public speaker. With a focus on emotionally intelligent leadership, Reggie helps leaders, teams, and organizations of all sizes maximize their potential. From in-person and/or virtual one-on-one coaching to group workshops, his experience offers growth in crucial leadership areas such as time management, conflict resolution, process improvement, interpersonal communication, and more.

Acting as the “guide on the side and not the sage on the stage”, Reggie’s down-to-earth approach to coaching and facilitating appeals to leaders from new professionals to executives. Each new engagement is built on the foundation of the 4 C’s: Connecting, Contextualizing, Collaborating, Conversing. Reggie first connects with each leader to learn about past successes and struggles. Then, the leader and Reggie work together to create context around identified goals. Once a plan is created through collaboration, Reggie continues conversations through routine check-ins to celebrate successes and make adjustments as the leader moves toward well-defined goals.

Reggie is an electrical engineer by degree turned leadership enthusiast with certifications in Insights Discovery, E.Q. 2.0, Myers Briggs Type Indicator, Korn Ferry 360, Master Facilitator, Conflict Dynamics Profile, and Modern Classroom Certified Trainer.

Rich McLaughlin

Rich McLaughlin

Rich is a strategy, people and innovation consultant who has over 12,000 hours engaging leaders and teams in developing their capacity and innovating their business forward. He has coached leaders in a number of situations over the years including; accelerating them into a new team, 360 for career development, and to avoid derailment. Rich has engaged departments as large as 100 people in processes that unleash their creativity to improve operations and identify new revenue streams. He has worked in professional services, pharmaceutical and biotech, financial services and manufacturing industries.

Rich has worked with Accenture (Effective Presentations, Leadership Skills for New Managers), Baxter Healthcare (7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Foundations for Leadership), Chicago Board of Trade (New Leader Program, Hard Conversations), PWC (Effective Presentations and Managing Meetings, Tools for Tapping Group Genius), Square D Company (Leading with Vision and Values, Leadership and Quality Simulation) and Siemens Diagnostics (New Leader Workshop, Customized Team-building)

Rich has an M.A. in Training and Development for Business from Ohio State University, and is consulting faculty for the University of Notre Dame’s College of Business. He is author of, Rules of Engagement: A Story About How Leaders Can More Effectively Engage Employees. And he co-authored The Experience-Based Learning Guide: Consulting Tools and Exercises that Facilitate team Performance and Learning Through Action. He is also certified in EQi 2.0, Rummler-Brache process mapping methodology, MBTI, TMI, CCL’s 360 Benchmarks, the Hermann Brain Dominance Index, the Matrix Management Institute’s Project Management Methodology, and the IDEO/ExperiencePoint Innovation simulation.


Robyn Hatcher

Robyn Hatcher shines a light on how the power of COMMUNICATION can lead to more sales, stronger teams, a collaborative culture and increased retention & productivity.

Robyn is an author, speaker, recovering actor, communication skills coach and consultant and a thought leader. She has been quoted and published in major magazines, has appeared on over 20 Podcasts and on Good Morning America speaking about #metoo and the workplace. Robyn has successfully trained and coached thousands of business professionals from – Fortune 500 companies and brands, like Lifetime Television, Jones New York, AXA, UBS, Hewlett Packard and many more providing lightning fast results  to improve their sales, culture, retention and engagement management. She has spoken in front of hundreds of audiences large and small.

Despite being incredibly shy as a child, Robyn has spent over 20 years as a professional actor appearing in TV commercials, episodic TV shows and the stage and has written for two daytime dramas. She is also a certified Neural Linguistic Programming (NLP) Practitioner and a brain science geek. She uses a combination of her creative skills and experiences and her scientific research to turn her dynamic keynotes and breakout sessions into educational, engaging, entertaining events. She delivers tangible, easy to implement techniques that turn your high potentials into high performers.

Robyn’s first book, Standing Ovation Presentations (Motivational Press, 2013), contains a unique communication-style system called ActorTypes.  and was named on Forbes.com as one of 2015’s Top 100 Coaching Books.


Rochelle Rice

Rochelle Rice, CSP, AS, is a nationally recognized speaker, author and educator. A former professional jazz dancer, she creates highly interactive, entertaining and content-rich presentations that anchor the learning objectives for immediate implementation. Rochelle makes it her personal mission to create a sense of community and inclusion with every program she delivers building confidence, improving decision making and impacting bottom line results.

Rochelle has been featured on Fox News, ABC World News Tonight and the CBS Early Show.    Her movement program has appeared in the New York Times, the LA Times, Family Circle and Fit Magazine. She helped develop and lead a Leadership Training at Verizon in Brooklyn and has worked with several local law firms on stress management and team building. Rochelle has authored numerous articles for IDEA, Massage Magazine, and the American Council on Exercise. Providing confidence, trust and hope, with a solid, proven technique, her message is one of unwavering faith in people’s unique ability to create a dynamic life of leadership. 

Rochelle is the first woman in the world to hold both the Accredited Speaker (AS) designation from Toastmasters International and the Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation from the National Speakers Association. She is a Somatic Experience Practitioner and is trained in the C.H.R.I.S Technique with Christine Schenk. She received her MA in Individualized Study from New York University specializing in movement and her BFA in Dance from UMASS, Amherst. 


Shrooti Singh Naga

Shrooti is an Executive Coach and Facilitator with over 10 years of experience coaching individuals and teams across various industries throughout the world. Shrooti combines humor, empathy, and some good old tough love to connect with her clients. She is passionate about supporting clients to achieve promotions, become confident and strong people managers, achieve work-life balance, and manage stress. Shrooti helps people communicate effectively, understand their values, strategize ways to overcome conflict, and create accountability plans for the long-term.

Shrooti launched the Mumbai chapter of She Creates Change, a women’s empowerment start-up founded in NYC. The company used a 12 principled process to support women in finding purpose in their work and lives. She worked closely with women at companies such as ICICI Prudential and Barclays, in order to help them maximize their engagement to work and leverage their resources to further their careers. Additionally, Shrooti spearheaded a change initiative for Nexsales Mumbai, a B2B marketing start-up headquartered in California, resulting in overall productivity and engagement through group facilitation and 1:1 coaching. She has coached clients from various companies like Facebook, TikTok, Microsoft, Amazon, TBWA/Chiat/Day, Skybound, Flowspace, The Black Tux, and Saifee Hospital. She is experienced in coaching startup CXOs.

Shrooti holds Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Mathematics from Bryn Mawr College. She is an ICF, Certified Professional Coach from Leadership That Works. She has previously worked at PwC in NYC, at Harvard Medical School, and performed with the Nayikas Dance Theater Company in NYC.


Stacey Staaterman

Stacey Staaterman is a Certified Professional Coach (Executive, Leadership, Career) and Communications Consultant. With in-depth expertise in media and lifestyle industries (luxury, epicurean, travel, tourism, automotive), Stacey works with companies to remove performance blocks, drive employee engagement and elevate leadership/executive skills. She also helps individuals clarify their values, improve executive skills and align personal priorities with professional pursuits.

Stacey has coached executives and high-potentials at organizations including: Google, Amazon, Egon Zehnder, Viacom, Mercer Healthcare, American Express, JP Morgan, Chanel, LVMH, Sesame Street Workshop, Novartis, McCann, McGarryBowen, MEC, Prudential, Indeed.com, Consumer Reports, Fortune, Post Foods, Meredith, Time Inc., StartUp Institute, Marsh & McLennan, MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) Media Lab, Random House, Blackstone, Legal Zoom, Bloomberg Media, and EY.

Stacey also held leadership positions in the advertising and media industry for more than 20 years with companies including American Express, Time Warner, Fast Company, Meredith Corporation, and Scholastic. Stacey is a Certified Professional Coach (CPC) and Master Practitioner of the E.L.I. (Energy Leadership Index) which she earned through ICF-recognized,  iPEC (Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching). She is also certified in Stakeholder Centered Coaching methodology — a framework designed by Marshall Goldsmith, coach to more than 150 Fortune 100 CEOs.


Stella Lee

Stella Lee is a seasoned Organization Development professional with over 17 years of experience in the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors. In her career, she has focused on the assessment, development, training and coaching of clients from individual contributors to senior executives and physicians. She has worked extensively assessing individuals and organizations, and helped clients with large group change, strategic planning, and self-awareness in order to achieve goals.

As a senior internal Organization Development Consultant at Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, she designed and delivered interactive learning programs on a variety of management and customer service topics including Problem Solving, Listening, Project Management and Time Management. She has developed customized training in self-awareness to facilitate group learning and self-discovery. She facilitated organization development initiatives using large-scale change approaches (Appreciative Inquiry), and small group / individual awareness tools (The Human Element, HBDI).

In order to get a broader exposure to the businesses, Stella has also spent time as a Human Resources Generalist in several organizations, enabling her to tailor OD solutions more directly to critical business needs. She has consulted with MetLife, Pfizer, and HP, and has run survey programs at Citibank and Memorial Sloan Kettering. She is currently coaching extensively in technology firms and also serves as a faculty member at New York University and Baruch College receiving strong teaching evaluations for her courses in coaching, organizational psychology and research methods / statistics.

Stella received her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Industrial/Organizational (I/O) Psychology from New York University (NYU) and a B.A. in Psychology from the George Washington University. She holds a certificate of Professional Coaching Skills from Results Coaching Systems and is a certified facilitator in Benchmarks 360, EQ-I 2.0 – Emotional Intelligence, MBTI, & HBDI various other assessments.


Sue Brogan

Sue Brogan has developed and delivered computer software training courses to business professionals for over 22 years. She teaches a variety of software packages including the complete Microsoft Office suite with specific proficiency in OneDrive, Project, Excel, Visio, and PowerPoint. Sue is a lead trainer and curriculum developer for projects including large scale migrations, proprietary software deployments, new hire onboarding, and over the last 15 years has expanded her global reach beyond the physical classroom by conducting online training using Skype for Business, WebEx, and Adobe Connect. Attendance in these sessions ranges from 2-250 people per session.

Sue has provided computer training and consultation for clients in the pharmaceutical, accounting, and financial industries such as: Novartis, Regeneron, J&J, Roche, Wyeth, Wolters Kluwer, Guggenheim and Citibank; government agencies such as the New York Economic Development Corporation; and educational institutions such as the Montclair Adult School.

Prior to becoming a computer training consultant, Sue produced the corporate marketing, public relations and employee communications materials for a Fortune 500 company. This experience allowed her daily contact with corporate departments such as Accounting, Finance, Human Resources, and Customer Service, which she believes helps her understand the environment her clients are coming from. She likes nothing better than to share her professional experience with her students. Rather than just teach concepts, Sue prefers to teach them how to apply what they have learned to their everyday lives.


Winston Lau

Winston Lau is a consultant with more than 25 years of international corporate executive experience and more than 15 years of international consulting experience in developing leaders who drive organizational performance. His specialty areas include executive leadership education, executive coaching, team leadership, crosscultural awareness and change management.

Winston’s strength as a consultant lies in his ability to communicate with great credibility and conviction backed by insights gained from his extensive executive experience. He is able to help individuals to develop leadership competencies and enhance performance by delivering tough messages while offering real-world perspectives. He has worked extensively with clients in manufacturing, distribution, chemical, pharmaceutical, media, industrial and consumer products. His clients include Ingersoll Rand, Hercules, Verizon, Lexmark(China), Starcom Mediavest, Rosetta Marketing, Becton Dickinson, ConAgra Foods, Reed Elsevier, Johnson and Johnson, AT&T, BASF, FedEx, GE, Publicis, Pepsico, a NFL franchise, Campbell Soup, E&J Gallo Wineries, KPMG, Amgen and the Yale School of Management.

Prior to his consultant role, Winston was President of the Palnut Company, Industrial Retaining Ring Company and Seeger Inc. where he led the successful consolidation of these companies and the implementation of a business strategy to exploit the various brands and marketing channels for profitability and growth. Before that, he was the President and CEO of Crane Canada Inc. headquartered in Montreal where he successfully reengineered the company to meet the challenges of NAFTA and the severe recession in the early 90’s both in Canada and in the US. Significant changes in culture, strategy and processes were implemented to achieve efficiency and profitability including plant closure, divestiture and acquisition. Before that, he had an extensive and diverse career with Ingersoll Rand Company as Vice President of Distribution, Marketing Manager Asia Pacific, MIS Manager and Manager of Accounting. Winston holds an M.B.A. from the University of North Carolina, with undergraduate studies in Electrical Engineering and Business. He is bilingual in English and Cantonese. He works extensively in the US, Europe and Asia. He resides in Wyckoff, New Jersey.

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