Lilian Abrams, Ph.D, MBA
Executive Presence | Cross-Cultural Leadership
Lilian Abrams brings to AIIR over 25 years of expertise in Organization and Leadership Development and Executive Coaching.
Lilian has developed leaders in the largest Fortune 500 and global organizations, as well as national firms and successful start-ups. She has coached senior executives from around the world, and across a wide array industries and functions. While she has had the opportunity to work with clients that represent a range of demographics, she specializes in coaching individuals from data-driven backgrounds (e.g., Finance, IT, R&D, etc.), those influenced by more than one culture, and female leaders. She has coached leaders in industries including health care, financial services, consumer packaged goods, retail, aviation, chemical products, arts, education, media, professional service firms, pharmaceuticals, and manufacturing.
Lilian is an accomplished, results-oriented executive coach who demonstrates commitment to her clients’ success in the areas most important to them. She utilizes her directness, warmth, thoughtfulness, practicality, and strong belief in delivering immediate value and results in every client conversation. Typical focus areas for clients include executive presence, building strategic networks across boundaries, strategic communications, coaching and developing others, inspiring followership, enhancing political and organizational savvy, and others.
Lilian holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior (Psychology) from The Claremont Graduate School, as well as an MBA from The Peter Drucker School of Management from the same institution. She earned her BA in Psychology from UCLA graduating magna cum laude and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She is accredited as an Executive Coach from the ICF (PCC) as well as the Association of Professional Executive Coaches and Supervisors (APECS) in Europe. Additionally, she is trained and credentialed as a Coach Supervisor. She is working towards her coach supervisor accreditation with the EMCC, as well as additional coach accreditation at the MCC level with the ICF.
Lilian has taught graduate-level business and psychology topics for multiple universities in the greater Los Angeles and New York City areas. She serves on the board of the New Jersey Organization Development Learning Community. She can often be found both providing and pursuing continual professional development as a coach to better support the leaders she coaches.
Nataliya Adelson, PhD
C-Suite Advisory | Intercultural Communications
As a leadership consultant, executive coach, and trusted advisor to senior executives, Dr. Nataliya Adelson brings to AIIR 15 years of entrepreneurial and global Fortune 100 experience.
Grounded in her corporate experience in financial services, technology, healthcare, and life-sciences fields, her ability to achieve successful and enriching coaching results is based on a rich combination of applied leadership development systems, along with deep expertise in human development and knowledge of the business.
She believes that a leader’s ability to understand critical success factors and decision quality are essential for delivering superior performance in today’s environment of constant change and disruption. Central to that effort, she also provides powerful learning experiences, which help leaders to challenge their assumptions, build new adaptive skill sets, take on more responsibility, and advance their careers.
In her most recent roles with Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation (DTCC) and Verizon’s Corporate Center of Excellence, Dr. Adelson coached both executives and high potential leaders. She was also responsible for internal coaching and assessment centers, an award-winning career development program for women in technology, global executive onboarding and mentoring programs, and executive education forums. In each of these positions, Dr. Adelson maintained a clear focus on developing a leader’s self-awareness, as well as a commercial and global mindset grounded in driving business results.
Dr. Adelson uses her knowledge and experience to devise customized approaches to develop leaders and their organizations, taking into account organizational, cultural, and marketplace nuances, in addition to commonly used methodologies. Her in-depth, focused approach results in deep, sustainable improvements in executive and team performance, as well as new capacities to tackle complex business challenges and a readiness to assume higher-level roles. She holds a Doctoral and Master’s degrees in Organizational and Clinical Psychology from Walden and Columbia Universities, respectively. She has also completed postgraduate training at the College of Executive Coaching and is certified in a number of multi-rater, team, and organizational assessment tools. As a member of the Greater Philadelphia Senior Executive Group, the Society for Consulting Psychology, the New Jersey Organizational Development Network, and the Financial Women’s Association, Dr. Adelson is an active speaker and presenter in academic and practitioners’ forums.
David Andrews, M.ED
Government | Emotional Intelligence
David brings to AIIR over 15 years of experience developing and delivering learning programs to individuals and teams on six continents. David’s mission is to help both individuals and teams understand their unique strengths in order to launch organizational growth, development and success. Working one-on-one through leadership and executive coaching, David designs and delivers programs and perspectives to build professional and personal strengths, fulfillment, and accomplishment. As a leader and facilitator, he works with teams to enhance their competencies and creativity with open minds, open hearts, and open wills.
Prior to becoming a full-time executive coach, David worked as a Business Process Officer at The World Bank where he supported all global teams. Through this special position, he had the opportunity to connect with staff in country offices around the world and with management at headquarters in Washington, DC. Working directly with senior-level managers and staff on the ground, David gained the trust of sometimes disparate parties and helped to create pathways for communication and solutions to benefit the organization and its mission. He also helped design and implement new programs to raise the stature and recognition of teams in crucial roles for the success of the organization.
David has led teams of learning and communications professionals for information technology, governmental, educational, pharmaceutical, non-profit, and development organizations. He started his career as a high school English teacher where he enjoyed tailoring learning activities to the unique needs of his students. He brings this passion for delivering individualized, holist and strengths-based solutions to all of his work. A lover of learning, David is a voracious reader who continuously seeks out and integrates new ideas through his relationships and his work.
David earned a Masters Degree in Education from the Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelors degree in English and Political Science from the University of Maryland. He has certifications and training in coaching and leadership through The Coaches Training Institute, The Center for Right Relationship – Organizational Relationship Systems Coaching, and the International Coaching Federation among others. He has extensive professional experience working with teams and individuals in and from countries around the world.
David’s clients appreciate his humor, approachability, and curiosity. With his deep and broad expertise across industries, and his skill at asking thought-provoking and direction-changing questions, David’s clients are propelled forward to higher levels of success and satisfaction.
Dana Asher, PhD
Emotional Intelligence | Women & Leadership
Dana Asher is an organizational consultant, group facilitator, certified executive coach, and keynote speaker with a track record of improving quality of life at work. Over a twenty-year career, Dana has maintained a focus on building personal and institutional capacity for growth and development, with a propensity for going deep across a broad swath of sectors and industries.
As Managing Director for the Winning from Within practice at Mobius Executive Leadership, and at The Energy Project, where she built and led the Organizational Transformation practice, Dana has helped some of the world’s top leaders and teams to lead transformationally while performing sustainably. At McKinsey & Company, as Practice Manager of the Capability for Performance practice, Dana led high-performing teams that delivered measurable impact at scale, developing innovative leadership development programs that reached thousands of learners across the firm’s diverse consultant and client base.
Dana currently serves organizations including amfAR (the foundation for AIDS research), Booking Holdings (formerly the Priceline Group), The Ford Foundation, Finalta (of McKinsey & Company), HavenLife (of MassMutual), The New School for Social Research, Oxeon Partners, and Storyful. Past clients include Accenture, Alcoa, Berkshire Partners, Corning, Google, KPMG, Lincoln Financial, Nestlé, PwC, Stop and Shop, and The U.S. Air Force, among others.
Dana works regularly with individuals and teams working sub-optimally as the result of chronic stress amidst rising demand and increased complexity. With awareness that organizations perform only as well as the people in them, and are only as strong and healthy as the internal and external relationships they can sustain, Dana works intentionally and relationally, bringing people and work cultures back into relationship with themselves, one another, and stakeholders. She works effectively with mission-driven leaders and organizations, as well as those who seek a North Star. A contributor to Fast Company and editor of the blog Inner Workings, Dana has been featured in The Boston Globe, More magazine, SELF, and multiple print volumes.
Dana trained in the Systems-Psychodynamic (Socio-Analytic) method at The Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research, wherein consultant and client look at person, role, and organization together, and completed two years of Tavistock-method participant observation with infants and their families. Prior to that, Dana was awarded a PhD with distinction from Northwestern University, where she trained in the humanities (the study of the human condition). She brings to client work deep attunement to the power of the stories we tell ourselves.
Rachel Benyola, MBA, M.S.
Entrepreneurship | Executive Presence
Rachel Benyola, Chief Executive and Founder of AnneeLondon, consults leaders in the areas of high-potential development, entrepreneurship, succession planning, interpersonal conflict and career transitions. She has coached executives and emerging leaders in $50M-$500M+ companies within retail, fashion, television, entertainment, healthcare, municipal government, nonprofits, and higher education. Rachel also coaches female executives on leading through and transforming cultural barriers within an organization.
Rachel was recognized as a Forbes Magazine’s 30 Under 30 leader for scaling AnneeLondon, a brand of outdoor exercise gear, into a multi-million dollar valuation in less than two years. Using a patented, game-changing helmet design that folds flat and retains its safety integrity through repeated impacts, she won several business competitions and secured funding to develop a full product line.
Rachel built a seasoned executive team to scale the venture into a North American corporation, making diversity and leadership development critical parts of her company culture.
She continues to executive coach because she passionately ascribes to the philosophy behind servant leadership. In her own words, “It is our responsibility as leaders to coach senior management in ridding ourselves of antiquated business practices, and to usher in the next generation of leaders with supportive guidance.”
Rachel is a direct, tenacious coach who unearths the entrepreneurial spirit in her coachees with creative, proven coaching methods. She activates and inspires leaders to move and take action with focused vision. She aggressively pushes to challenge leaders to go beyond their comfort zone and regain their inner enthusiasm for their work. Drawing from her own pool of expertise as a CEO and executive coach, Rachel leverages unique and often unseen connections among resources within and outside organizations to expand a leader’s influence. Her coaching mottos include: listen aggressively, communicate effectively, develop an entrepreneurial mindset, and create positive energy.
In addition to receiving Forbes Magazine’s 30 Under 30 award in Manufacturing and Industry, Rachel was named one of the nine innovators of the year by Smithsonian Magazine, young entrepreneur of the year by Drexel University, and AnneLondon one of the top 10 hottest Philadelphia emerging ventures in 2017. Rachel is also on Drexel University’s annual 2018 top 40 Under 40 leaders list. Rachel speaks on leadership, the entrepreneurial mindset, and innovation for maker communities, MENSA, women’s leadership organizations, and several universities across the United States.
Rachel holds a Master of Science in Psychology from Chestnut Hill College. She is trained on the Hogan 360º and DISC executive psychometric assessments. Rachel is also certified in the Coaching Mindset Index (CMI). Rachel earned an MBA from Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business in Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship with a certification in Leadership. Rachel earned her Bachelor of Arts from Rutgers University in Psychology and in Women and Gender Studies. During her time there, she was the first student to receive the prestigious Rutgers Civic Scholar Award for launching a new career and academic development program for minorities and underprivileged youth.
Leader in Transition | Change Management
Sherry Bisaillon brings over 30 years of business management experience to AIIR Consulting. As an executive coach, dynamic facilitator, and creative instructional designer, Sherry is recognized for her global perspective and results-oriented approach. As a former business leader, Sherry brings a strong passion for aligning business and people strategies for success. She knows how to enable leaders and their teams, in transition, and at the intersection of digital.
Sherry recently transitioned from an 11-year career at Microsoft where she and her global team led worldwide leader, manager and high-potential development for the Sales, Marketing and Services Group – a group comprised of over 50,000 employees, in over 190 countries, and delivering over $90 billion in revenue annually.
Prior to joining Microsoft, Sherry worked at Dell Computer where she was responsible for designing and executing the people capability strategy for 2,500 employees across the US, Canada and Latin America. Prior to her career in Human Resources, Sherry held progressively increasing leadership roles in Business Development, Sales, and Marketing at GlaxoSmithKline and Baxter Healthcare.
Sherry holds a Bachelor of Science and is certified in Adult Education from St. Francis Xavier University. She received her executive coaching training from the Hudson Institute of Santa Barbara. Sherry is also a graduate of Leadership Tomorrow and is certified in the Hogan Assessments, MBTI, TiLT, and Firo-B. Originally from Montreal, Sherry now resides with her husband in Kirkland, Washington.
Geetu Bharwaney, DSc
C-Suite Advisory | Emotional Intelligence
As a seasoned C-Suite executive coach and senior consultant of AIIR, Dr. Geetu Bharwaney works with leaders who are critical to the success of today’s organizations. She partners with executives, senior managers and those on the flight path for future leadership, developing leadership capabilities, cultivating deeper strategic thinking and enhancing abilities to connect with and influence stakeholders and their teams.
Geetu brings 27 years of experience coaching and developing organizational leaders to AIIR. Her work is recognized by global businesses throughout Europe, North America, South America, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Australasia, as well as in China and India. Her clients cover a broad spectrum of industries including global technology, oil and gas, insurance, manufacturing, retail, financial services, healthcare, I.T., pharmaceutical, military and include FTSE 100, Fortune 50 companies, government agencies and service providers, sports associations and public-private partnerships.
She was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Science (DSc) for her unique contribution to the understanding and application of emotion in business.
Geetu has a strong track record of highly successful, results-oriented coaching programs. She attributes her high performance as a coach to an holistic approach to building relationships with individuals, based on trust, collaboration, support and accountability. Her experience and ability to flex her style of coaching enables her to bring fresh thinking to each coaching session, challenging individual leaders in an empathetic yet productive manner. She tailors her approach to empower clients to seek and find workable solutions and make long-term, sustainable behavioral change.
Her coaching style incorporates thought-provoking assignments that challenge leaders to think and move on from their self-limitations, assumptions and thinking patterns. Changes in performance are typically visible to stakeholders, peers and subordinates, with measurable outcomes and a clear ROI for both client and sponsoring organization.
Geetu’s specialism is the advanced application of emotional intelligence which focuses on the awareness and development of emotional resilience and the associated essential micro-skills of understanding, managing and switching emotion. This frees leaders to work at their optimal performance or “sweet spot”, managing their levels of stress and adapting their functioning to meet business requirements. She is the founding director of one of the first companies entirely focused on emotional intelligence coaching, research, development and ROI evaluation. She has published numerous papers and chapters on emotional intelligence, is an internationally respected and recognized thought leader and speaker, and her latest book ‘Emotional Resilience: how to be agile, adaptable and always perform at your best’ was published by Pearson Business in 2015.
She is Hogan qualified, trained in Behavioural Coaching, and qualified in a range of emotional intelligence survey tools. Her M.Sc. focused on the Psychology of Health (City University, 2005) and her Undergraduate degree was in International Business and Modern Languages (Aston University, 1989). She is a Practitioner member of the Ei Consortium, founded by Daniel Goleman and Richard Boyatzis to advance research and the application of emotional intelligence in organizations.
Geetu is an EMCC International Standards for Mentoring and Coaching Programmes (ISMCP) Assessor and Consultant, aimed at providing a consistent and globally accepted benchmark of good practice in mentoring and coaching programme management. Geetu is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Personnel & Development (CIPD), a qualified trainer of three pioneering accreditations in coaching tools including AIIR’s Coaching Mindset Index (CMI).
Team Effectiveness | Transformational Change
Gary Bond is an executive coach and leadership consultant who works with leaders to assess and develop their skills to meet evolving career needs and to achieve leadership excellence. He also designs interventions including training, seminars, team building and strategic planning initiatives.
He approaches coaching engagements as a shared mission to partner with his clients to address issues and opportunities in a ‘fact-based’ manner. Through his expertise in strategy and change management, he provides effective coaching that is relevant and tailored to client’s needs, aspirations and in meeting targeted goals.
Gary has expertise in accelerating team development, coaching project teams, meeting design and management, decision making, facilitation, and working with cross-cultural teams. He has worked with a wide range of company cultures and business models. He is particularly effective at helping clients improve performance. His experience spans Fortune 500 companies, middle market firms and tech startups. Clients recognize Gary as a results-oriented thinker, practical, insightful, and who is very good at forging alliances across diverse constituencies. His primary areas of expertise are in building high-performing teams and helping organizations successfully implement transformational change.
Gary brings more than 30 years of experience in providing strategic leadership and coaching in the areas of project management, process improvement, change management, training, facilitation and the development of analytic systems and enterprise IT solutions. He combines experience as an entrepreneur, senior leader in industry, and as a management consultant. Gary has worked with teams in over 30 countries and deployed solutions to 80 countries. His clients include: Credit Suisse, Barclays, Bank of America, Chase, UBS, Merrill Lynch, Marsh & McLennan, Dun & Bradstreet, IHS, Dell EMC, Microsoft, Bayer, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Boehringer Ingelheim, and Amplify. Gary was president of CPCE, a regional training and consulting firm he founded. The firm delivered training to over 250,000 individuals over a 12-year period before its sale to Knowledge Universe.
Gary holds a Bachelor of Science from Rutgers University. He served as Program Manager for Columbia University’s Computer Technology and Applications (CTA) program which focused on delivering training to business professionals. Gary resides with his wife in New York City.
Executive Facilitation | Diversity & Inclusion
Alvaro’s coaching is defined by his ability to help individuals achieve sustainable change through coming alongside leaders as they understand and utilize their unique strengths needed for success. He is passionate about helping clients solve challenges and working with them to transform their professional lives and consequently, their personal lives as well.
Prior to coaching, Alvaro spent over 20 years working in Corporate America within industries, such as Consumer Goods (3M), Pharmaceutical (Merck & Company), and Biotechnology (Roche-Genentech). With a solid background in business management (strategic planning, sales and marketing execution), he has an in depth understanding of leadership, communication and organizational development.
Drawing on his experience as a business manager, leading teams from 5 to 300 hundred people, -both direct and cross-functional-, has given him the knowledge and necessary tools to work with different cultures, languages, backgrounds and career paths, understanding the struggles of the everyday responsibilities and the challenges that individuals face in a fast moving, constantly changing professional environment.
As an executive-leadership coach, he works with men and women who lead and influence the direction of today’s organizations. He is committed to helping leaders face their own challenges of achieving their business goals while developing their communication and leadership capabilities.
As a business consultant, he helps CEO’s of small to mid-sized companies who want to take their business to the next level of growth, bringing clarity of the most relevant issues they need to change and provide new skills and tools to make change happen. He focuses mainly on change management, effective meeting design and facilitation, group problem solving, long term vision, strategic marketing plans and value proposition design.
Alvaro is currently pursuing an MBA from The Gabelli School of Business at Fordham University. He received is Executive Coaching Certification from New York University, is certified in My Everything DiSC, and is fluent in Spanish.
Bernadette Cabrera, MBA
Strategic Thinking | Change Management
Bernadette brings to AIIR over 15 years of experience as a trusted coach, advisor and consultant to executives globally. From building a Risk Consulting Practice in Asia, to being the Chief of Staff for the Consulting CEO, and to leading the People and Organizational Change practice specializing in Financial Services – she has proven to have the necessary experience and perspective to navigate the complex world of leading a global business.
Bernadette leverages her extensive business experience to inform her coaching work. Her work experience, particularly with one of the largest global consulting firms, has been characterized by impactful transitions that elevated her business and cultural acumen. She has helped global organizations go through change management, leadership alignment, organizational design, culture alignment, strategic communications, and development programs.
Bernadette is committed to inspiring leaders to find their unique strength, talent and voice, enabling them to bring ‘their whole selves’ to their professional and personal lives. She focuses on leadership legacies for senior executives, purpose definition, leaders in transition, navigating cultural and generational differences, leadership in the digital age, executive presence and authentic leadership and women and minority leader development. In her coaching, she employs the principle of integration – the use of a person’s major centers of intelligence: the mind (cognitive), heart (emotional intelligence) and body (somatic) – to achieve holistic alignment of the person in the pursuit of their professional goals.
As a coach, she is known to bring warmth, sincerity and directness that enables her to engage effectively and relate authentically with clients at all levels. Having a strategic perspective allows Bernadette to distill various inputs and get to the core of the client’s issues. By applying her creativity and powerful questioning, she guides clients to different perspectives and actions, enhancing their leadership and personal skills.
Bernadette was born in Manila, Philippines and moved to the US to pursue her Master’s Degree at Vanderbilt University. In the US, Bernadette built a dynamic management consulting career, before pursuing her passion and becoming a full-time coach. She is an ICF certified coach trained at New Ventures West.
Cecilia Carter, MBA
Executive Presence | Diversity & Inclusion
As a nationally recognized corporate affairs executive, coach and career strategist, Cecilia brings to AIIR more than 30 years of experience in corporate affairs, communications, and philanthropy. Cecilia’s mission is to help individuals and organizations win, through work, play and community. Her background in combining experience in both the public and private sectors across many diverse industries including retail, financial, consumer brands, and entertainment, make her uniquely positioned to provide strategic counsel both personally and professionally.
In her most recent position, Ms. Carter was Vice President of HR Communications for PepsiCo where she led communications and PR for human resources and diversity. Prior to joining PepsiCo, Ms. Carter led the community, diversity, and government relations teams as Vice President / Global Head of Diversity for Starbucks Corporation and General Manager of the Starbucks Foundation. In this role, she launched an innovative sustainable profit sharing program called Community Stores, which holistically aligned branding and business growth with social impact and served as company spokesperson. Additionally, Ms. Carter developed Starbuck’s diversity change management strategy.
Ms. Carter was also head of community affairs at UBS, where she lead the company’s philanthropic and community outreach. Earlier in her career, she worked in Burson-Marsteller’s corporate consultancy specializing in corporate reputation management, public affairs, and multicultural marketing. Ms. Carter also served as Senior Vice President of Communications for GE Small Business Solutions. During her 12-year tenure with GE, she managed and counseled on corporate campaigns, marketing, and internal communications. During this time, she also served on GE’s Corporate Marketing Council.
Ms. Carter currently serves as a Board Member for the University of New Haven and is a former Director for the Southwestern Connecticut chapter of the Urban League. Her past service includes Chair Woman, Committee for the Association of National Advertisers, Executive Director of the Rhythm & Blues Foundation, and a member of the corporate council for Hands On Network, the world’s largest volunteer agency.
She has been featured in numerous publications including Black Enterprise, Fast Company, and Savoy Magazine as one of the top 100 influential African American women in corporate America. Ms. Carter holds degrees from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management and her bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University. She is a certified iPEC ELI-MP coach. She received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from University of New Haven and served as the Commencement speaker at their January 2010 graduation ceremony. Cecilia now resides in New Rochelle, NY with her husband and children.
Manuelle Charbonneau, PhD
Emotional Intelligence | Change Management
Manuelle Charbonneau brings over 25 years of leadership development, executive coaching, consulting, talent management and international experience to her work with executives, senior leaders, high potentials and entrepreneurs. She is a bicultural and bilingual dual citizen of France and the US, and consults in both languages, in person and via telepresence, to clients dispersed around the world.
Her coaching focuses on stretching leadership capabilities for business results. Described by her clients as a Pragmatic Expert, she leverages her multi-disciplinary knowledge and experience for impact and tangible outcomes. Her clients consistently report an increase in their ability to engage, connect and influence others and lead execution across personality styles, functions, organizational cultures, and national cultures.
Manuelle majored in International Business at the Audencia Nantes School of Management, a Top 5 French business school, and worked internationally in Europe in market research. She has lived or worked in over 27 countries. Her career includes over a decade as a licensed psychotherapist, and several years as a change management consultant with a boutique firm. This was followed by over a decade in human resources in charge of organization development and leadership development for the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, the $1.6B wholesaler of water for the region.
In addition to her Ph.D. in organizational psychology, Manuelle completed executive courses in cross-cultural communication and global leadership from the Thunderbird School of Global Management, as well as an Executive Leadership Certificate from Cornell University.
Her experience covers a range of sectors including pharmaceutical, biotech, luxury retail, professional and financial services, high-tech, oil & gas, utilities, government, healthcare, manufacturing, aerospace, academia, non-profits, entrepreneurs and startups.
Manuelle served as a board member of the Los Angeles Organization Development Network. She is a member of the Human Resources Strategy Forum, a member of the Society for Intercultural Education, Training and Resources, a councilor member of the French-American Chamber of Commerce of New York, a founding member of the French Alumni SoCal network, and a member of the Consulting Psychology Division of the American Psychological Association, where she has been a repeat national conference presenter.
Dawn Cone, PhD
Emotional Intelligence | Leader in Transition
Dr. Dawn Cone brings 25 years of experience specializing in individual, team, and organizational effectiveness. As an executive coach and consultant, Dawn draws from her background in human behavior, leadership development, training, and research –combining strategy and innovation for maximum impact and value.
Her areas of expertise include individual and organizational assessment, team building, collaborative leadership, interpersonal effectiveness, employee engagement, generational differences, leveraging diversity, and bringing organizational vision to life. Dawn’s clients have spanned across several industries including government, healthcare, education, finance, retail, non-profit, utilities, and professional services. Her focus is on achieving visible and sustainable results that align with organizational goals. In coaching her clients, Dawn is intentional about building relationships based on trust, collaboration and mutual accountability. Her approach involves formal assessment in order to clarify strengths and challenges, along with focused feedback aimed at translating insight into action. Dawn supports goal achievement and sustained positive change by helping clients tackle the roadblocks that stall progress and building in strategies to reinforce desired outcomes.
As a leadership trainer and facilitator, Dawn has delivered numerous presentations to a variety of audiences on topics such as effective leadership styles, managing change, assessing individuals and teams, improving individual and team resilience, effective communication, and managing difficult conversations. She has also presented her research on Perceptions of Cultural Groups at Work at both national and international professional conferences.
Dawn is a licensed psychologist and earned her Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology and Clinical Psychology from Alliant International University in San Diego, California. Upon completion of her degrees, she received her program’s Outstanding Doctor of Philosophy award and the RHR International Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award. Dawn has served as Adjunct Professor teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in Effective Communication for Managers and Research Design/Analysis. She is a member of the Society of Consulting Psychology, the Institute of Management Consultants, and is certified in The Hogan Development Suite. Dawn is based in the Metro Detroit area.
Emotional Intelligence | Team Effectiveness
Paul Curci creates value for businesses at the intersection of strategy, human development, and organizational change. His 25 years of experience advising businesses in the areas of strategic communications has led to his current coaching, consulting and facilitation career.
Paul looks at business performance through the lens of communication, leadership, and strategic alignment—the three factors enabling organizations of any size to effectively navigate change. His expertise includes executive coaching, leader assimilation, strategy implementation, developing high-performing teams, and aligning internal communications throughout large complex enterprises. In the recent past, he has coached senior executives and CEO’s of Fortune 500 and non-profit organizations in technology, biotech, healthcare, higher education, legal, energy & utilities, hospitality, entertainment, and the creative sectors.
Some of his past clients have included the CEO of one of the most successful Energy & Utility companies in the US, several senior VPs at one of nation’s largest retailers, CEO’s of several large technology companies, the Head of HR of one of the fastest growing biotech companies, and the management team of a global food company.
Paul is a CTI trained and ICF certified coach and facilitator. He is certified in the Hogan Assessment tools. Paul’s thought leadership on organizational change through self-organizing groups is featured in Productive Workplaces: Dignity, Meaning, and Community in the 21st Century (2012, Weisbord).
Prior to moving into consulting and his role as a Senior Level Consultant at AIIR, Paul was the Publisher of Philadelphia City Paper, an award winning newspaper in Philadelphia. From this experience he learned how pivotal leadership and direct communication is for driving bottom line results. Prior to his role as Publisher, Paul worked as the Director of Sales and Marketing. In addition to business, Paul is passionate about art. He is an accomplished painter and sculptor whose works have been featured in prestigious galleries throughout the US and abroad. Paul holds a B.F.A. from Temple University’s Tyler School of Art. He lives in Center City Philadelphia with his wife and four children.
Career Development | Team Effectiveness
Charlie is a leadership coach with a passion for creating opportunities for leaders to thrive in exciting and challenging career evolutions. Her deep, practical experience both in leadership development and in corporate consulting uniquely positions her to understand the complexities and opportunities facing executives today, as well as understand the importance of return on investment. She believes that effective coaching should feel practical, relevant, and integrated with your life. Her shared mission in coaching engagements is to partner with her clients to put issues and opportunities on the table, and then think strategically and creatively to make progress towards their goals.
Most recently, Charlie was a leader in the Partner & Leadership Development (PLD) group at PwC, the world’s largest professional services firm. Charlie was part of a team dedicated to designing and delivering world-class leadership development programs and creating a firm-wide culture of coaching and feedback, both efforts leading to the firm’s induction into Training magazine’s Hall of Fame. She was tasked with leading a coaching and assessment based leadership program for hundreds of newly admitted partners, with responsibilities including financial and resource oversight, coaching, design, implementation, and facilitation. She also led the firm’s experienced hire on-boarding program that involves 3,000+ new hires each year, continuing her commitment to helping people navigate career transitions.
Earlier in her career, Charlie was in PwC’s Tax practice for 13 years, cultivating her skills in sales and business development, leading teams, and building relationships both with clients and within an organization. She has extensive experience providing Tax consulting services for companies across a wide variety of industries, including pharmaceutical, consumer products, technology, and manufacturing.
Charlie obtained her Certified Professional Coaching credential from the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (IPEC) and is a member of the International Coach Federation (ICF). While a tax practitioner, she held Certified Public Accountant licenses in Florida and Georgia. Charlie attended University of Florida, where she obtained Master of Accounting and B.S. Accounting degrees.
Monique Daigneault, MS
Executive Influence | Leader in Transition
Monique Daigneault is a seasoned Human Resources professional who brings to AIIR over three decades of corporate and entrepreneurial experience. As an executive coach and dynamic facilitator, Monique is known for her directive, yet collaborative, approach to leader development. She has the unique ability to build immediate trust and quickly get leaders into alignment with their true values and desired direction. Monique has developed an enhanced intuition based on years of corporate lessons learned and, coupled with her strong listening skills, guides leaders to solve their core pain points, be more influential, and have a higher impact in their organizations. Leaders benefit from practical and behavioral changes that are sustainable and measurable.
Monique coaches senior leaders who want to increase their executive influence so that they can lead by example and have a higher impact on their team and within their organization. She is committed to working with those who are technically superior but need to improve their soft skills. Monique’s approach helps C-suite leaders align first with themselves then with their organization and team while also improving health and work life balance.
As a lifelong learner, Monique has achieved seven industry specific certifications, a Bachelor of Science in Management, and a Master of Science in Industrial / Organizational Psychology. She is a graduate of an ICF recognized coach training program and an Accredited Senior Coach. Monique is a contributing author to the Random House best seller, Ophelia’s Mom. The depth and breadth of Monique’s knowledge gives her a unique perspective into the development needs of senior leaders.
Monique is originally from Michigan and now resides in sunny Scottsdale, Arizona. She has two adult daughters and four grandchildren. As a former competitive bodybuilder, Monique enjoys weightlifting, hiking, yoga, and Pilates. She has accomplished nine tandem skydiving jumps across the United States. Monique volunteers for two months each year in Europe where she teaches Business English to foreign business executives.
Catarina R. Dolsten, MD
Strategic Thinking | Women & Leadership
Dr. Catarina R. Dolsten brings over 10 years of experience to AIIR, specializing in executive leadership coaching, organizational development, and change management consulting. Catarina has experience within healthcare, biotech, tech, non-profit and the financial services sectors, working with industry-leading institutions to deliver performance-based results.
For each engagement, Catarina takes into account the individual client’s needs, the manager’s objectives, and the organizations’s business environment.
Catarina has extensive experience in leadership assessment, 360-evaluation and development, C-suite executive coaching, team training and development, EQ, diversity, gender and inclusion training, development of a sustainable and innovative culture, organizational assessment and strategic planning for growth, and change management for organizations in transition.
Catarina received her coaching certificate from New York University. She holds a Master in Organizational Development and Change Management from the Teachers College at Columbia University. Catarina is a licensed Medical Doctor in Sweden and holds a Bachelor’s in Business Administration and Economics, completing both at Lund’s University, Sweden.
Prior to executive coaching, Catarina developed and implemented programming to maximize organizational efficiency on a global scale, coaching and leading teams to achieve tangible results within maternal and child health, using methods such as ehealth.
Catarina serves as a Board Director at Health Builders, a non-profit dedicated to leadership and management training for health centers in Africa. She has supervised Master students at Columbia University and New York University.
Charles Dormer, MSOD, MPHIL
Strategic Thinking | Executive Presence
Charles Dormer brings over 30 years of working in healthcare and pharmaceutical R&D to his executive coaching work at AIIR. In his extensive corporate career, he has worked for some of the top pharmaceutical companies, including SmithKline Beecham, GlaxoSmithKline, Wyeth, Pfizer and most recently as a VP of operations and strategy at AstraZeneca.
Though serving as a coach informally throughout his corporate career, Charles’ career transitioned to becoming an executive coach based on his a passion for helping leaders maximize their productivity and success, develop leadership effectiveness, and successfully navigate change and uncertainty.
In his coaching work, Charles draws upon a deep base of corporate experience to ensure his coachee’s development goals are grounded in the real-time business needs and context. Charles leverages experiences ranging from strategy definition and implementation, management, research, operations, reengineering, organization development, business redesign, portfolio management, and chief of staff activities. He has been involved in major mergers and acquisitions within the pharmaceutical industry and major change efforts in R&D. He has also been involved in the governance committees and key decision-making bodies.
Charles has a Masters of Science (Honors) and a Masters of Philosophy in Organizational Dynamics from the University of Pennsylvania. He is also certified in Institute Leadership and Management (ILM) Executive Coaching and Mentoring. His area of passion is the study of what creates value and what depletes value in large organisations and complex collaborations.
With a passion for teaching and mentoring, Charles delivers guest lectures at Georgetown University and Penn State University, where he shares his learning and experiences on strategic leadership and managing the business of science.
Team Effectiveness | Leader in Transition
David Ehrmann brings over 25 years of coaching experience to the AIIR Team. Executives, leadership teams and individuals alike have benefited from his clear and empathic coaching style. He excels in asking the questions that clear a path for clients to find their own solutions. David’s singular vision and proficient listening skills empower clients to embark on voyages of self-discovery. He prides himself in bringing fresh thinking to each coaching session, enabling him to tailor his approach to the client’s desired outcomes.
He is passionate about helping others plan and live fulfilling lives, on purpose. Over the last 25 years, David has worked with leaders across a spectrum of fields, including technology, finance, education, publication, science, consulting, healthcare, and pharmaceuticals. Regardless of industry or corporate culture, all individuals have one thing in common – they have to work with each other – and David’s message is clear and consistent. He believes that the only thing you can control is yourself. He is a former member of management at Motorola, Lockheed Martin Commercial Electronics, and Harvard Community Health Plan. David has also served on the adjunct Communication faculty at Northeastern University, and was a lead instructor within John Hancock’s corporate training function. In addition to his coaching work at AIIR, David serves as an executive coach through Harvard Business School’s Executive Education programs.
David’s road to coaching expertise started at Emerson College, where he laid the foundation in interpersonal communication. Building on this content rich experience, he studied to become a rabbi at the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in both Israel and Cincinnati, Ohio. He earned his coaching certification through the Boston Coaching Company, is certified to use the Leadership Multi-Rater Assessment of Personality (LMAP) and Performance Support System’s 20/20 Insight Gold Assessment. David also served on PSS’s Advisory Board, and he continues to grow as an Executive Coach with AIIR Consulting.
Change Management | Organizational Development
Ronald brings to AIIR over thirty years of experience as an executive coach specializing in the areas of Organizational Development and Talent Management. Ron’s expertise in organizational and culture change derives from his background as an officer in a publicly-traded company as well his training in Clinical Psychology. Ron has worked as both an internal and external coach with emerging leaders in various industries.
Most recently, Ron has served as an officer and senior HR executive of a publicly traded specialty chemical company. Ron’s background in business allows him to understand the corporate environment of today’s leaders. In his role as an HR Executive, Ron authored various programmatic approaches to talent development. He remains a skilled practitioner and strong advocate for developing individual potential within the corporate context.
Prior to Ron’s tenure as an HR Executive, he spent most of his career working in both public and private corporations holding positions as a manager and executive. In addition, Ron has acquired extensive international experience through managing global coaching networks. This has allowed him to successfully work with a multicultural talent base.
Ron has also worked in the energy sector, specifically with energy utilities. As both a manager and consultant in this field, he has built his coaching experience with a focus on enhancing leadership effectiveness and developing high potential talent. In the midst of industry deregulation and an increasingly competitive energy market, Ron’s work enabled leaders to create sustainable cultural shifts and a competitive mindset needed to position the corporation for early business success.
Ron is formally trained in Clinical Psychology and practiced as a Individual and Family Therapist for over a decade. He holds Bachelors of Science and Masters degrees in Psychology with a specialty in Family Therapy from Hahnemann University and Hospital. Ron is certified in a number of assessment tools such as the Hogan, Korn Ferry’s viaEdge, Heindrick Struggles LAQ, and MBTI. He has also received training in Blanchard’s Situational Leadership, various approaches to change management and team effectiveness, development and utilization of 360 tools, and has attended the Dynamics of Organization program at University of Pennsylvania. His current work as an executive coach incorporates clinical methodologies and applies them to the corporate context.
Ron’s background in psychology underpins his current work with executives and high potential leaders. Blending the tenants of human behavior with his strong, pragmatic understanding of the dynamics of the corporate environment has made him extremely effective in coaching those interested in optimizing their effectiveness and accelerating their careers as senior leaders.
Ron is a long-standing member of both the National Human Resource Planning Group and Philadelphia Society of People and Strategy. He also serves on the Board Directors for a cancer research foundation.
Career Development | Leaders in Transition
Taylor Flake has joined AIR Consulting after a 20-year successful career with one of the world’s premier talent academy companies, PepsiCo. He led the Talent Development function for their largest division (50,000 employees) where he oversaw the leadership development of hundreds of executives. He developed a Critical Experience Career Model currently used by PepsiCo’s 260,000 associates to successfully navigate career opportunities. He has a deep passion for helping leaders identify and close their developmental opportunities. He has demonstrated this capability as a certified internal coach of high potential leaders the past ten years. Taylor knows how to support leaders in getting off to “fast start transitions” by conducting new leader assimilation sessions to shorten the time required to reach peak performance.
Another area of Taylor’s expertise is in creating high performing teams. He helped lead the global effort to establish an agile team practice that is revolutionizing the way work gets done across PepsiCo; dramatically accelerating innovation, cutting bureaucracy and empowering decision making. Taylor developed a broad business background by serving as the Human Resource Executives on several senior operating teams in both domestic and international markets which achieved industry-leading performance.
Taylor holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Communications with a minor in Psychology from Brigham Young University and Master of Science in Industrial and Labor Relations from West Virginia University. He is certified in Hogan Assessments and as a Cambria Inside Edge Coach. He also completed the Principle of Organizational Dynamics course from University of Columbia and is currently enrolled in College of Executive Coaches – ICF Accredited Coach Training Program.
Taylor brings a breadth of experience and a global perspective gained through many diverse assignments both domestic and international. Taylor, his wife and children have recently moved from New York to a horse ranch in Utah.
Xavier Hernandez, PhD
Organizational Development | Diversity & Inclusion
Xavier Hernandez, PhD, integrates over 20 years of experience into his work, including senior-level executive assessment, leadership and organization development, talent management, and team effectiveness. He facilitates the development of talent, teams, and organizations by utilizing assessment, evaluation, measurement, and data to initiate break-through thinking. In all areas of his work, clients appreciate his bottom-line analyses, discerning insights, and ability to translate key concepts into meaningful business outcomes.
Bringing breadth and depth of experience, Xavier has coached executive-level leaders and has led talent and organization development across a wide variety of industries, in both private and public sectors, including global clients in: Automotive, Biopharmaceutical, Biotechnology, Bio- & Life-science, Data & Analytics, Energy, Financial & Investment, Government, Healthcare, Hospitality, Legal, Medical Device, Specialty Retail, Technology/high-tech, and Telecommunication.
As a credentialed executive coach, Xavier uses a systems approach to reflect the power, players, and politics inherent in navigating the leader’s reality. He integrates stakeholder feedback with real work experiences to guide leaders through self-awareness and goal setting toward exceptional results. His focus and interest in helping the leader reach his/her desired outcomes creates a learning environment that engenders trust and is safe to take risks needed for long term change. With a balance of support and challenge, he meets development areas with creative solutions and highlights strengths essential for sustainable impact.
As a consultative partner, Xavier’s extensive academic and professional background in talent management and organization development provides the tools for senior leaders to meet and exceed strategic business objectives. This work often includes partnering with leadership teams to drive results and accelerate team development using action learning and cohort/team group coaching. Additionally, organizations enlist Xavier to design and implement large scale human capital initiatives, such as aligning strategic goals with selection, development, performance and talent management processes, change management, and culture.
Xavier received his Doctorate in Dual Clinical and Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology and the Marshall Goldsmith School of Management at Alliant International University. His research and expertise are in the areas of the Positive Psychology, Character Strengths and Latino leadership. Xavier is currently exploring the differentiating foundations of high potential talent within teams.
Leader in Transition | Internal Coaching Strategy
Lesley Hoare is a highly experienced talent management and human resources consultant in addition to her role as an Executive Coach. She brings to AIIR extensive executive level leadership experience across a variety of industries and global regions.
As a coach, Lesley is enthusiastic and empowering, with a positive regard for the unique qualities and potential of each person. Her expertise includes providing inspired and strategic guidance for senior executives, including those in career transition, helping them identify and leverage their strengths to achieve their career goals.
Additionally, Lesley has served in a number of talent management positions with a focus on creating innovative, forward-thinking HR solutions for global corporations with large millennial, mobile, and diverse workforces. These solutions range from talent supply, leadership development, performance management, and engagement in order to position organizations for success. Lesley is skilled in bringing internal and external stakeholders together to adopt and deliver these policies and programs. She has served in HR executive roles with VMware, Oracle/Taleo, Kimberly-Clark, and Hewlett-Packard.
Lesley is consistently rated as top speaker at events for Human Capital Management (HCM) and talent best practices. She has led presentations at events sponsored by organizations like Evanta, HCI, Argyle, and Oracle. Lesley received Chief Learning Officer magazine’s Innovation Award in 2007 and the European Top Achiever Award in 1997.
Lesley acquired a Masters in Training and Development from the University of Leicester and a Teacher’s Degree in English Literature and Education from the University of Durham. She possesses a Professional Coaching Certificate from the International Coaching Federation. Lesley currently resides in California.
Jay Fehnel, MBA
Executive Presence | Emotional Intelligence
Jay Fehnel brings 23 years experience as an operating executive and strategy leader in the media and technology sectors to his executive coaching work. Jay held COO and GM roles at Tribune Media Services, leading the TMS Entertainment Products Group which was later sold to Nielsen for $560 million. Jay also led Integrated Marketing for Redbox, helping deliver $2 billion in annual revenue.
In his leadership roles, Jay coached over 25 colleagues to improve their leadership effectiveness and eventually take on new roles at the CEO, President, COO, GM, CTO, SVP and VP levels. Jay transitioned to executive coaching out of a desire to guide leaders to reach their full potential.
Jay’s coaching helps leaders become more aware of how they are observing themselves and their world, so they can gain new perspective and see more options for designing and reaching their goals. With extensive experience in strategy, M&A, marketing and corporate communication, Jay helps executives better evaluate their ecosystem, define their key audiences and then develop a more effective communication and leadership style.
Outside the corporate world, Jay has served as a consultant and interim executive for VC- and PE-backed technology companies. He regularly serves as a mentor and judge for entrepreneurship courses at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management. Jay has also served 20 years on advisory boards at Purdue University, serving as a trusted advisor for deans, school heads and development executives.
Jay earned an MBA in Marketing and Finance at the Kellogg School and a BA in Mass Communication at Purdue University. Jay is certified in Leadership Coaching by Georgetown University’s Institute for Transformational Leadership. He also holds the Associate Certified Coach (ACC) credentials granted by the International Coach Federation.
Career Development | Financial Services
Jonathan Flaks brings 20 years of executive coaching experience to AIIR Consulting as a Master Certified Coach (M.C.C.). As a pioneer of the executive coaching movement, he has facilitated hundreds of individual and team breakthroughs at companies from entrepreneurial ventures and middle-market corporations to global organizations. Clients have included leaders from Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs, Wells Fargo, the NBA, Cisco, Credit Suisse, and KPMG. With all of his clients, Jonathan has developed a solid track record for empowering growth-oriented leadership, enhancing high-performance teamwork and repairing challenged relationships.
Jonathan draws from a diverse 30-year business communication and consulting background spanning advertising, brand licensing, media and entertainment, and investor relations. He has published two works, Income Double – Half the Trouble and Who Are You, Bring Out Your Best in Business.
Jonathan’s coaching process helps clients generate exciting culture transformations and revenue and profit growth ranging from 20%-300%. His clients achieve measurable change in time management, increased income, sustainable confidence and career satisfaction. His guiding philosophy is that confidence, clear communication, and exciting collaborations lead to outstanding performance. He is a licensed and certified BANKCODE trainer and proficient with Genos Emotional Intelligence 360 profile, DiSC, and Team Dimensions Profile assessments.
Jonathan earned a dual degree from Cornell University in Engineering and Music and was Adjunct Professor in Business Leadership and Coaching Skills for New York University. He is one of the first 1% of coaches worldwide who earned the M.C.C. credential from the International Coach Federation (ICF). For six years, he was the Vice President on the Board of the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG-NY) a leading network of middle-market private equity executives, investment bankers, lenders and advisors.
Jonathan races sail boats, plays tennis, bikes, and is a skilled keyboard player. He previously was the organist for the New York Rangers at Madison Square Gardens.
Harvey Floyd, M.A.
Government | Team Effectiveness
Harvey Floyd II is an Organizational Psychologist and Leadership Coach and Consultant who brings more than a decade of diverse career experience to AIIR – experience that has resulted in transformational leadership solutions across the non-profit, education, and private sectors. Over the course of his career, Harvey has forged and facilitated strategic change initiatives in organizations such as the Center for Creative Leadership, Booz Allen Hamilton, and the YMCA. Harvey’s clients rely on his dynamic facilitation style, and expertise in human behavior and change to help leaders and teams navigate transition.
As a Senior Consultant and Leadership SME in Booz Allen Hamilton’s Strategic Innovation Group, Harvey advanced executive and management development efforts impacting the Intelligence Community, Department of Veteran’s Affairs, Environmental Protection Agency, Ferring Pharmaceuticals, and Booz Allen’s Leadership Development Community of Practice.
In addition to leadership and executive coaching, Harvey has years of experience as a facilitator and trainer, delivering high impact leadership and change programs to mid-senior executive clients. He draws on his management consulting, project management and people management experience to help clients navigate the ‘people side’ of organizational change.
Harvey is skilled at recognizing and identifying the leader behaviors, and environments that enable all leaders – including those at the executive level – to thrive, and deliver results. His ability to assess, challenge, and support, positions his clients to target high leverage opportunities for growth and change. His passion for leader and leadership development expressed through powerful coaching, enables his clients to lead themselves more effectively, and others with emotional intelligence and resonance.
Harvey has an executive master’s in Organizational Psychology and Change Leadership from Columbia University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He received coach training at Teleos Leadership Institute (neuropsychology, emotional intelligence, intentional change), the Center for Creative Leadership, and Columbia University. Harvey is certified in the Burke Learning Agility Inventory, Scott Eblin’s Next Level 360 and coaching, OPM 360, Change Style Indicator and Change Readiness Gauge, MBTI and FIRO-B.
Mark Frederick, Ph.D.
Globalization | Team Effectiveness
Mark Frederick, Ph.D., is a global consulting and coaching professional with over 20 years of experience partnering with Global500 and Fortune 1000 companies helping them identify, develop, engage and retain global talent.
Mark has worked closely with leaders, managers and employees from over 60 different countries across 4 continents on global talent management, change management and cultural integration projects. Mark also coaches a wide range of leaders, helping them develop a global mindset and strengthen key competencies essential for global leadership in a complex marketplace. He has a wide range of industry experience including Technology, Medical Devices, Consumer Goods, Automotive, Pharmaceuticals, Energy, Financial Services, Aerospace, and Education.
Mark is a frequent speaker at international conferences focusing on Talent Management, Human Resources and Global Mobility themes. Topics include “Becoming an Effective Global Leader”; “Building High Performing Global Teams”; and “Attracting, Developing and Retaining Global Talent through Company Culture.”
He is both bicultural and bilingually German with a German mother and U.S. American father. Mark has grown up between the two cultures throughout his life and frequently works and travels in Germany. He often serves as a cultural resource specialist for German and U.S. workplace interaction. In addition to his cultural life experience in Germany, Mark has lived and worked in the UK and Singapore on extended global assignments.
Mark is licensed to deliver and interpret a variety of assessment instruments useful for selecting and coaching global talent. His doctoral degree is in Comparative Literature with an emphasis on Psychology and Cultural Studies.
Financial Services | Globalization
Oya Günay is an Executive Coach and Strategy Partner working with leaders and senior corporate executives across Europe. She has more than 20 years of international business experience, specifically focused in financial services.
During her time working in London and Vienna, Oya held the positions of Head of Investment Banking Operations (Banque Paribas), CFO (ABN AMRO Capital Markets Turkey) and Regional Project Coordinator (ABN AMRO Bank London and Vienna). This business background gives her insights into the challenges, goals, and opportunities of local and global executives from a wide variety of countries and let her move into Executive Coaching and Strategy Partnership in working across cultures.
Because of her years of diverse executive experience in the business world, Oya is an expert in partnering with leaders and senior corporate executives on finding solutions to how to discover themselves, maximize their potentials and then move forward from the point where they are into the point where they aspire to be. Her expertise includes leadership development, cultural competency, conflict resolution and mediation, resilience and change management. Oya Günay is a certified Executive Coach of Columbia University, Business School and a certified Assessment Analyst on The Neethling Brain Instrument.
In addition to her role as an Executive Coach and Strategy Partner, she makes academic research on the foundations of intercultural interactions and writes articles in that regard. She teaches in some of the seminar programs organized by the Istanbul Technical University in Istanbul, Turkey.
Oya lives in Vienna, Austria and speaks Turkish, English and German.
Therese Heeg, M.S
Change Management | Team Effectiveness
Therese M. Heeg brings over 20 years of coaching experience to AIIR Consulting, including a decade in the healthcare industry. She is a master at growing and developing people from the C- Suite to the front line and has worked with clients across the United States and in 5 European countries.
Therese has a passion for bringing a fresh, open and innovative perspective to her coaching that leads to breakthrough results in short periods of time. She is focused on providing measurable results while maintaining high-integrity relationships. Her goal is to create sustainable change by building the capacity of her clients, and she does this with a no-nonsense approach tempered with caring concern for her clients.
As a former Director at a growing health care system, Therese enjoyed working with internal sponsors and stakeholders to build sustainable solutions leading to increased employee engagement, accelerated executive onboarding and the development of a coaching culture.
As an external consultant, this experience has informed her ability to customize a coach approach to fit the client’s culture and to ensure alignment with strategic goals and metrics. Therese is an expert at guiding organizations in the development of their leaders and has been sought out as a coach of other coaches.
Therese has a passion for helping leaders manage their resiliency as they manage organizational change, and she has delivered presentations at local, regional and national conferences on this topic. Some of the organizational changes she has supported include partnering with executives and operational leaders to open new hospitals and clinics, merge entities, redeploy employees, and build new leadership teams. Other areas of expertise include building leaders’ ability to manage difficult situations, coach and mentor staff, increase civility in the workplace and increase accountability.
Therese is a lifelong learner and holds a Master of Science in Administrative Leadership as well as certifications in the Hogan Assessment Suite (Hogan Assessments), Brain Based Results Coaching (NeuroLeadership Institute), Crucial Conversations, Crucial Accountability, Influencer (Vital Smarts), Facilitation (DDI), Coaching (Coach University), Organizational Development (ASTD) and the MBTI. She is an ACC certified coach through the International Coach Federation (ICF), and is also a member of the International Change Management Association (ICMA) and the Association for Talent Development (ATD).
Jane Horan, PhD
Keynote Speaking | Emotional Intelligence
Dr. Jane Horan is an expert in cross cultural leadership and career transitions as well as a widely recognized author in the corporate world and beyond. She focuses on helping organizations build an inclusive company culture and works with individuals on career transitions.
Jane is an internationally recognized speaker and author of I Wish I’d Known That Earlier in My Career: The Power of Positive Workplace Politics, a business guide used by corporate universities and career coaches globally. She is also the author of How Asian Women Lead: Lessons for Global Corporations, which is based on her doctoral research, and uses storytelling to show new perspectives on the future of leadership and careers. Her next book, The Art of Career Navigation, will be published in 2017.
Jane has written many articles on female leaders, office politics and career transitions for Bloomberg Business Week, Human Resource Review, Quartz, The Economist Intelligence Unit, South China Morning Post, Straits Times and other publications.
With over 20 years of work experience with companies such as Kraft, Disney and GE, Jane uses her work knowledge to help organizations build inclusive and engaged workplaces. Her consulting work includes Fortune 100 firms such as, BP, Credit Suisse, Covidien, HP, McDonald’s, Microsoft, Monsanto, Jones Lang LaSalle, Syngenta, SingTel, Toshiba, VMWare and others. As a coach Jane blends doctoral research and work experience in Organizational Development, combining Evidence Based Coaching and Positive Psychology to ensure talented professionals achieve their full potential. Through her advisory work, coaching and workshops and by recognizing what matters most to succeed, Jane provides both sound advice and practical tools to help organizations retain and engage talent.
She is a Senior Researcher in gender equality with Hong Kong University and, a Senior Fellow with the Conference Board. Jane is also an adjunct professor at the California Institute of Integral Studies, has lectured in the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. Jane has lived, worked and studied in the US, China and Hong Kong, and holds an Educational Doctorate from Bristol University. She now lives in Singapore.
Leader in Transition | Intercultural Communications
Emrah Ikiok is an executive coach who enjoys partnering with achievement-oriented and results-driven individuals who are focused on enhancing their current performance and taking their career to a higher level. An important part of Emrah’s approach is that she helps her clients to identify and break out of inefficient thought patterns which enables their innate capabilities to shine and fosters out-of-the-box thinking.
Before becoming an Executive Coach, Emrah enjoyed 15 years of diverse professional experience in large companies, followed by a key role in a successful start-up. Emrah’s career has included industrial engineering, innovation, product development, merchandising and sales experiences in large corporations including General Motors and Whirlpool as well as independent start-ups. With the foundation of her Bachelors of Science in Industrial Engineering, a Masters in Business Administration and her completion of Columbia University’s Coaching Certification Program at the highest level, Emrah is well positioned to support clients in a broad range of sectors and work environments.
With an extensive background in engineering and business, Emrah is data driven and curious. She deploys a logical, thought provoking and creative process to assist her clients to trigger their best thinking. Complimentary to her approach, she adopts Whole Brain Thinking practices, identifying clients’ left- or right-brain thinking preference, and supporting them through expanding their thinking styles, especially effective in cultivating creativity and innovation in organizations.
Emrah has diverse international experience in different cultures, countries and corporate environments. She cherishes her Turkish-Canadian identity, enriched by her years of educational, professional and personal life experiences in the United States and the United Kingdom. This background gives her insights into expatriate life, transitions and the importance of welcoming change and adapting to it.
C-Suite Advisory | Digital Leadership
Krish has lived and worked on four continents and in as many industry sectors – industrial consumables, industrial commodities, IT services and enterprise software. A significant part of his career has involved being a change agent and catalyst for organizational growth, sales effectiveness, innovation and strategic transformation, working across cultural and functional boundaries. Krish has worked with 3M Co., Praxair, Satyam Computers and SAP. In his years as a corporate executive, he has been appreciated for his high-energy creative professionalism, a strong drive for results, a proven ability to work across cultures, and the highest integrity and people focus.
Leveraging a variety of methodologies, capabilities and techniques, which include business transformation, appreciative inquiry, design thinking, and facilitated brainstorming, Krish drives a coaching-consulting approach with leaders and teams, as a thought-cum-action provoking, and creative partnership to realize their personal and professional potential.
Krish has an Advanced Coaching Certification from the Teachers College, Columbia University, in addition to his International Coach Federation (ICF) credentials, and successfully melds the scientific and academic rigor of the Columbia Coaching Foundations, with his deep and varied business acumen, and his unique energy and style, to deliver comprehensive and effective transformational engagements to his clients, whether as individuals or teams.
Krish leverages a variety of assessment tools and psychometric instruments as part of his coaching and facilitation engagements, including MBTI-II, Hogan Assessments, WorkPlace Big 4.0™, Power+System’s Organizational Workshop™ methodology, The Predictive Index (PI), and NBI™ Thinking Profile Assessment.
Krish is a Singapore national, and is blessed with a daughter and son from 3 decades of marriage to his college sweetheart.
Claire Jaffe, Psy.D
Emotional Intelligence | Communication Skills
Dr. Claire Jaffe brings a diverse background in psychology, business, wellness, and research to AIIR. As a consultant, Claire leverages her significant expertise in personality assessment and coaching to drive deep insight and sustained change.
Claire’s strong psychology background informs her ability to establish compelling insights and ask powerful, effective questions. Her greatest passion is guiding her clients toward a self-understanding that ultimately leads to enhanced performance and flourishing in the workplace. Her areas of expertise include emotional intelligence, diversity in the workplace, female leadership development, mind-body connection, and wellness training.
Claire began her professional journey in journalism and design. She has a profound appreciation of how creativity and innovation in the workplace can breathe new vitality into an organizational space. Claire was also a researcher at Columbia University, where she engaged an historic developmental research study on widowed mothers and their infant children affected by the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Her enthusiastic, insight-oriented and encouraging approach to client partnership aids in revivifying the workspace culture and enhancing interpersonal working relationships for optimal team functioning and effectiveness.
Claire received her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Widener University and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Boston University, Summa Cum Laude. She is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA) and Society of Personality Assessment (SPA).
Jeffrey Janowitz, Ph.D.
Team Effectiveness | Organizational Development
Jeffrey Janowitz brings to AIIR more than 25 years of experience working on new talent development and management approaches in business. His coaching expertise extends to individual, group, team, and action learning coaching, all with one and only one purpose in mind: to align talent efforts and actions to strategic business goals.
Jeffrey is known as a fierce innovator and talent maximizer. Jeffrey knows the leadership demands of delivering organizational results while under pressure from having founded two different businesses. With great warmth, humor and deep, deep listening, he helps clients find the smallest possible solution that will have the biggest possible impact. His clients benefit from the heightened clarity about goals, options to achieve them, and measuring both success and growth that results from working with him. He has worked primarily in technology and software, financial services, pharmaceuticals, health care, and automotives.
He was most recently Senior Director, Global People Development at VMware, focused on Top Talent Development and Succession. While at VMware, he created and implemented a new talent segmentation model based on business-driven capability sets that altered the way management thinks and talks about talent. Before that, at what is now Hewlett Packard Enterprise, he was Talent Manager for Worldwide Sales in the Enterprise Group, working closely with global top talent to find their next role in the organization – and be realistic about their next steps without crushing their dreams.
Earlier in his career, Jeffrey was Director of Coaching Services at Personnel Decisions International (now part of KornFerry), while also serving as Global Client Manager for Hewlett Packard. He led a global team of 100+ coach colleagues to deliver coaching and other services to accelerate global executive integration and collaboration following the Compaq acquisition. Previously, he was Practice Leader of an internal consulting organization at Kaiser Permanente, coaching senior executive sponsors of major organizational change initiatives.
Dr. Janowitz received his Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from North Carolina State University; Masters in Clinical Social Work from the University of Maryland at Baltimore; Masters in Shakespeare Studies from the University of Birmingham (England); and Bachelors in Writing from Queens College, City University of New York.
Executive Presence | Mindfulness
Marie-Jeanne brings to AIIR 25-plus years of business experience working with and advising international executives in Silicon Valley. She leverages past leadership roles in fast-growth environments, in executive communications and marketing, and a decade as a recognized national business journalist.
Marie-Jeanne specializes in developing leaders’ communication skills and executive presence. Her approach blends the latest in neuroscience and secular mindfulness practices with hands-on behavioral skills training. The outcome for leaders: powerful authentic leadership – built on the “inside” and delivered on “outside.”
She coaches technically strong rising stars needing to rapidly build leadership skills, leaders wanting to improve how they “show up” – including presentations/speeches, as well as founders and senior leaders exploring legacy and career transition. She also works with intact teams or cohorts of peer leaders to build greater competence, trust, impact; and with leadership groups seeking high-output – yet fun – strategic meeting and retreats.
As a coach, Marie-Jeanne is known for her direct yet compassionate style, and her ability to quickly identify core issues. A former journalist, she has interviewed hundreds of leaders, asking powerful questions to elicit critical business answers. Her experience in the C-Suite adds understanding of the need for practical coaching, and measurable business outcomes. She helps leaders find the “space to breathe,” lifting them out of the day-to-day and into the strategic bigger picture.
Some of Marie-Jeanne’s leadership roles have encompassed signature initiatives at TriNet HR as VP of Marketing, including 100% growth and an IPO run; at Robert Half International as head of Corporate Communications; as Bureau Chief for Venture Magazine, where she directed media coverage on venture capital and emerging growth companies. Her consulting and trusted advisor coaching to leaders has spanned startup, middle market and blue chip, as well as multiple industry sectors, including life sciences, medical device, industrial design, finance, venture capital, technology, professional services, media, higher education, and governments.
Marie-Jeanne graduated from Stanford University and has completed additional study at UC Berkeley In HR, Training and Development. She is an ICF certified coach trained at New Ventures West, and holds certifications in several assessments, including Myers-Briggs and IEQ, the first scientifically validated Enneagram tool.
Marie-Jeanne brings a diverse and inclusive sensibility to her work. She came to this country as an immigrant, speaks two languages, and holds dual citizenships.
Brittany Joslyn, Pd.D.
Emotional Intelligence | Career Development
Brittany Joslyn, PhD has worked in the nexus of business and psychology for over ten years. Dr. Joslyn draws from her diverse background in leadership development, HR consulting, counseling psychology, and career development to generate deep insights and provide maximum impact to clients. She is passionate about working with clients to create fulfilling professional lives that permeate into richer personal lives as well.
Her areas of expertise include leadership assessment, emotional intelligence, emerging leader and high potential development, diversity and inclusion, positive leadership impact, and career coaching. Dr. Joslyn uses a pragmatic, goal-driven coaching process that is built on a collaborative, egalitarian relationship with the coachee. Through her approach, Dr. Joslyn completes thorough assessments that leverage a variety of tools to clarify strengths and uncover opportunities for growth. She is also adept at helping clients hone their self-awareness and uncover self-insights. Clients often describe Dr. Joslyn as a thought partner who provides valuable wisdom, guidance, and encouragement instrumental to their professional journey. Her experience spans a range of industries including: healthcare, education, retail, engineering and construction, logistics and transportation, not-for-profit, financial services, and banking.
Dr. Joslyn began her career at Mercer, where she worked in the Human Capital practice. Then, she served as a career coach and course instructor at Florida State University’s world-renown Career Center. While in this role she led workshops focused on career development and published several journal articles. After graduate school, Dr. Joslyn completed the Thompson Fellowship in Executive Assessment and Coaching, where she worked directly with one of the pioneers of executive coaching at LWF. She graduated from Rhodes College cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration. She earned her PhD in Counseling Psychology from Florida State University and is a licensed psychologist. Dr. Joslyn is an active member of the Society of Consulting Psychology, where she is currently serving on the Leadership Development Initiative, and in her free time, she volunteers with the Junior League of Dallas, where she focuses on developing the newest league members.
Rachel Kadosh, M.A.
C-Suite Advisory | Leadership Dynamics
Rachel Kadosh brings to AIIR extensive experience in executive coaching and consulting to enable leaders, teams, and organizations to achieve their potential, above and beyond what they may have thought possible. She customizes a research based, multi-disciplinary and results-oriented approach for each client and focuses on producing sustainable outcomes with meaningful impact.
She has coached executives across sectors on goals related to leadership style, self-awareness, self-management, confidence, executive presence, achievement of results, conflict resolution, and interpersonal dynamics. Her clients describe her style as insightful, challenging yet supportive, and results-oriented.
Rachel has coached a wide variety of clients, including many CEOs and Founders, partnering with them to take their leadership, a critical professional relationship, or their entire leadership team to the next level of achievement and development.
Rachel’s expertise in executive performance is based on her background as a retained executive search consultant specializing in CEO, President, and Vice President level positions. During her tenure as a consultant, her assessment of hundreds of leaders provided her with a deep knowledge about what it takes to be successful as an executive. Rachel’s management experience includes leadership at the University of California, Berkeley, where she oversaw employment services for their 20,000 employees, led executive recruitment, and played a key role in the transformation of the employment services function.
Rachel graduated from Columbia University’s Advanced Executive Coaching Certification Program at the highest level awarded. She is certified in The Hogan Development Suite, The Neethling Brain Instrument and The Leadership Versatility Index 360. She is also qualified in the administration of a wide range of other assessments including the Myers Briggs (MBTI). She has served as an adjunct faculty member teaching an undergraduate course in conflict resolution and team dynamics. Her Masters Degree in Psychology is from John F. Kennedy University and her Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology was conferred with honors, from Vassar College.
Jeff Kaplan, MBA, PsyD
Emotional Intelligence | Executive Presence
Jeff Kaplan has been working in the fields of consulting and psychology for 25 years. Jeff brings 15 years of coaching, training and consulting to AIIR. Jeff has coached over 200 managers and executives on issues related to emotional intelligence, particularly self & organizational awareness, executive presence, and relationship management. As an executive coach, he is known for his innovative approaches to helping managers and executives break free from habitual thought and behavior patterns and think, decide, and act mindfully. Jeff has consulted across a broad spectrum of industries including healthcare, manufacturing, finance and banking, biotech, pharmaceutical, technology, education, law, government, retail, and communication.
Jeff has created various leadership development and train-the- trainer programs, led cultural change initiatives, and he trains and supervises facilitators and coaches. He created a coaching program for Penn State’s Smeal College of Business EMBA students; cofounded Breakthrough Coaching, a company focused on teaching advanced coaching skills to experienced coaches; started and oversees the coaching division for the Habit Change Company, which provides health coaching to hospital patients, executives, and managers; co- developed and teaches a 125-hour coach training program; helped spearhead a three-year leadership development program for a billion dollar healthcare system located in Philadelphia, PA.
Jeff trained at Temple University where he received his doctorate in psychology and M.Ed in Education. In 2007, Jeff earned his MBA at Penn State University and cofounded a small behavioral health company, where he built a team of over 30 professionals, developed a coach training school, and ran operations. As a professional coach, Jeff is an ICF Master Certified Coach (MCC), Certified Habit Change Coach (CHCC), Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC), and Certified MentorCoach (CMC). He is trained in numerous assessment instruments including the Hay Group Emotional Intelligence Inventory (ECI), the Booth 360, and the Lominger VOICES 360.
Internal Coaching Strategy | Team Effectiveness
Liz Keever creates value for leaders by leveraging her experience as an entrepreneur, B2B salesperson, leader in a Fortune 30 company, and as a performing artist. Her approach is founded in strategic thinking and developed with emotional intelligence, executive presence and a deep knowledge of adult learning. Her deep listening skills and thoughtful questions enable her clients to discover their own path.
An experienced leadership coach, consultant and facilitator, Liz has coached business leaders nationally and internationally. She has personally coached emerging leaders as well as leaders in the C-suite from Fortune 100 companies in financial services, management consulting, pharmaceuticals and manufacturing. Liz has helped to develop leaders or leadership programs in China, India, Japan, Europe, the Middle East and Africa via in-person sessions, phone and video calls.
Liz is an award-winning international speaker and author. She has led workshops and presentations for the American Society for Training & Development (now ATD), International Coach Federation, and the International Association of Business Communicators. She presented at the International Conference on Knowledge, Culture and Change in Organizations at Cambridge University. Her paper, on the use of video in collaborative learning, is published in the same journal. She has been published in the Training Journal and her most recent article on ‘E-Coaching” appears in Technology-Enabled Learning Excellence for HR.com. Liz served as adjunct faculty at New York University in the department of Leadership and Human Capital Management where she taught executive coaching, teambuilding and leadership at the graduate level as well as the capstone program in the executive coaching certificate.
In her most recent position, Liz was a leader of the internal coaching group at Anthem. In addition to coaching senior executives, she was responsible for training and developing the internal coaching team. Her work tripled the size of the internal coaching program and was featured in an article on the measurement of ROI in coaching for Training Magazine. Her development and training of Anthem’s Leader as Coach initiative contributed to a measurable reduction in turnover.
Initially trained as a musician, Liz continues to be passionate about the arts. Her work in coaching and leadership development taps her experience as a creative artist and professional performer as well as a teacher of singing. It was as a voice teacher that her coaching journey began. She sees a strong tie between creativity and innovation in the workplace and the work of a creative artist.
Liz holds a Master’s degree in Strategic Communication and Leadership from Seton Hall University and a Bachelor’s degree in Cultural Studies from the State University of New York. Her coach training is from the Hudson Institute of Coaching in Santa Barbara. She is certified in several personality assessments and has completed programs on design thinking at the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia.
Marsha King, PhD
Executive Presence | Team Effectiveness
Dr. Marsha King is a leadership consultant and executive coach who works with senior leaders to assess and develop their skills for achieving leadership excellence. She also designs interventions including training, seminars, team building and strategic planning initiatives. Most recently, Marsha has conducted leadership development programs and coached executives within Kraft, Baxter, Astellas, iFly, Northwestern Kellogg School of Business, ITW,Gurwitch Cosmetics, Navigant Consulting, CEVA Logistics, T. Rowe Price, B/E Aerospace, Jet International, Kelton Research, Hanover Insurance, The Goodwill of Greater Washington, Sunrise Senior Living, Avon, Galaxy Entertainment, Pepco Holdings and AARP.
Marsha worked for Capital One, a Fortune 200 Financial services firm based in McLean, VA, for 8 years. She began as the Director of Leadership Acceleration where she led 40 employees to provide services across the organization including succession planning, performance management, diversity, training and development and talent management. After 3 years, she became a Managing Vice President of HR and led HR Consulting for Capital One’s staff groups and several other strategic businesses. Additionally, she led external HR branding and enterprise-wide change management as part of her responsibilities.
Prior to joining Capital One, Marsha was an Executive Coach for Development Dimensions International (DDI), a global human resource consulting firm based in Pittsburgh, PA. She worked with several Fortune 500 firms including Qwest, Nortel, Steelcase, Whirlpool and the US Postal Service to assess leadership capability and coach leaders to demonstrate stronger performance. Prior to DDI she worked with Pennsylvania State University as a faculty coach in their Engineering Leadership Program. Marsha began her career with Worthington Industries, headquartered in Columbus, Ohio as a human resource generalist where she specialized in development and performance improvement.
Marsha is also a well-respected adjunct professor at Northwestern University and Georgetown University where she teaches in their Human Resource Development programs, specializing in executive coaching, leadership and research. She is also a coach to Northwestern Kellogg Executive MBA students.
Marsha received her Ph.D. in Organization Development and her M.Ed. in Instructional Systems Design at Pennsylvania State University. She received her undergraduate training in Business Administration at Ohio State University. Marsha’s certifications include Negotiation and Influence Skills Certification (Harvard University), an Executive Coaching Certification (Georgetown University) and a Change Management Certification (University of Virginia, Darden College of Business).
Strategic Thinking | Leader in Transition
Bob Kinnison is a seasoned executive coach bringing 13 years coaching experience and 25 years of cross functional business performance to AIIR. Bob has provided executive coaching to leadership levels from senior managers; to the C-suite; to visionary entrepreneurs and founders, and has coached across borders, working with leaders on 6 continents. He’s coached in world-leading organizations in technology, professional services, health care, media and entertainment, retail, telecom, advertising, and financial services.
Bob has always excelled in performance-oriented cultures; on-stage, on-air, in sales organizations, and in results-based coaching environments. In addition to coaching, he’s contributed IT, design, sales, marketing, operations, HR, training, and production skills to some of the most recognizable brands in the world, namely NBC Television and iHeartMedia. He’s also started two profitable businesses himself.
Being coached by Bob, clients are truly seen for who they are, and deeply heard. He combines deep listening, intuition, and a sky-high vision of what’s possible for his clients, always challenging them to go bigger, and asking the right question. His coaching typically focuses on breaking out of limiting paradigms and negative behaviors, deepening self-awareness, re-framing, and maximizing executive presence and authenticity.
He has attained the Professional Certified Coach (PCC) certification from the International Coach Federation. Additional certifications include: The Coaching Mindset Index; AIIR Team Effectiveness model; the Hogan Assessment Suite; Executive Arts Transition Tools; the ExPI Executive Presence model; Myers-Briggs Type indicator; Situational Leadership II©; the full suite of Lominger For Your Improvement and Learning Agility products and Voices 360 assessment; The Energy Project; the ROI Coaching Model and the Co-Active Coaching Model.
Outside of coaching, Bob enjoys hockey, cycling (pretty much anything physical!), woodworking, design, nature, photography, and his own personal development. He’s committed to supporting Senior Military Leaders upon their transition to civilian life, and helping them shift into a new way of contributing.
Dr. Jonathan Kirschner
Executive Coach | Founder & CEO, AIIR Consulting
Dr. Jonathan Kirschner is the Founder and CEO of AIIR Consulting. He is also a member of the AIIR Global Coaching Alliance through his executive coaching work. As an executive coach and business psychologist, Dr. Kirschner’s areas of expertise are in strategic thinking, bolstering team leadership skills, cultivating emotional intelligence, managing stress, and increasing influence. He coaches senior leaders from the Director level to the CEO, and his experiences span a range of sectors including financial services, technology, pharmaceutical, hospital, manufacturing, oil & gas,government, non-profit and higher education.
Dr. Kirschner’s approach to executive coaching is influenced by both traditional psychodynamic as well as modern cognitive behavioral frameworks. Through developing a strong coaching relationship and providing unwavering accountability, Dr. Kirschner helps his clients step outside of their comfort zone and convert strategic self-awareness into tangible results.
As a business leader, Dr. Kirschner founded AIIR Consulting with the mission to create a global consultancy that creates value for individuals and their organizations through robust, technologically enhanced leadership solutions. In 2009, Dr. Kirschner developed the AIIR® coaching method for achieving sustained behavioral change. He has also developed AIIR Consulting’s technology platforms including the Coaching Zone and Enterprise Coaching Manager (ECM).
In addition to his work at AIIR Consulting, Dr. Kirschner is the creator of the mobile app Stress Check™, a stress assessment that has been downloaded by over 1.5 million people worldwide.
Dr. Kirschner is a member of the Society of Consulting Psychologists (ISCP) of the American Psychological Association and an affiliate member of the International Society for Coaching Psychology (ISCP). He graduated from New York University, Cum Laude, with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Religion. He holds a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Widener University.
Executive Presence | Strategic Thinking
Passionate about coaching, leading and super-charging strategy and process, Danessa Knaupp consistently enables clients to deliver high-impact change with material financial improvement. By empowering people to bring life and energy to the constant change swirling in today’s corporate environments, Danessa supports executives and teams as they define a path forward.
Danessa uses a multi-disciplinary coaching approach to explore leaders’ full reality. She attends to the dynamics of the organizational culture and systems surrounding the client, and co-creates targeted, simple practices to increase effectiveness and expand opportunity. Danessa combines her deep real-life business experience with the candor and compassion she is known for, and enables leaders to achieve their full, unlimited potential.
During Danessa’s 20+ years as both a senior corporate leader and an entrepreneur, she gained valuable firsthand experience in solving the complex problems that executives face.
During her career at Capital One, Danessa was a sought-after internal change-maker. She successfully navigated the same challenges her clients face, from managing a P&L in a tough, ever-changing economic environment, to leading a national sales force to prominence in both traditional face to face and 21st century virtual environments. Danessa’s hallmarks were designing and delivering sustained change in customer and associate behavior, and leading large teams through complex mergers.
As an entrepreneur, Danessa has founded and successfully run three separate companies. She’s navigated start up complexities, the double-edged sword of exponential growth, and operational issues of scale and delivery. Danessa’s deep sales background began with her customer-facing entrepreneurial ventures. Danessa brings that breadth of experience to her client work.
Leveraging her expertise as a senior leader, entrepreneur, and executive coach, she provides highly effective coaching and strategic consulting in broad ranging areas including leadership development, team performance enhancement, strategy development and execution, and change management.
Danessa is a graduate of the world-renowned Executive Leadership Coaching program at Georgetown University, holds an ACC accreditation from the International Coach Federation, and is certified in the Hogan Assessment Suite. Fluent in Spanish, she holds a Bachelor’s Degree with dual concentration in Psychology and Sociology from the College of William and Mary.
Marie Leithauser, MS, MBA
Pharmaceutical/BioTech | Research and Development
Marie is a trained scientist and brings to AIIR nearly 20 years of experience as a senior leader in Pharmaceutical R&D. She served as Chief of Staff for the head of Research at Bristol-Myers Squibb where she was a key contributor to business strategy development and was responsible for operational planning.
Marie has experience in organizational restructuring, talent management, integration of acquired biotech companies, executive communication, stakeholder engagement, change management, process optimization, and navigating complex matrixed organizations.
She is a confidante to senior leaders and a sought-after mentor. Marie has seen firsthand the impact that senior leaders have on their organizations and appreciates the importance of a solid and well-communicated strategy, efficient and effective operations, and authentic and thoughtful leadership.
During a coaching engagement, Marie facilitates the development of the client’s personal vision in the organizational context, helps the client gain a clear view of their current state (including strengths and challenges), and assists with the creation of an action/development plan. Marie believes in coaching the whole person and feels it is important for the client to be able to articulate their values and strengths, to apply them to situational challenges, and to develop a unique, authentic leadership style. Marie brings warmth, respectfulness, confidence, and open-mindedness to her coaching practice. She possesses a keen ability to grasp complex concepts quickly and challenge assumptions.
Marie earned a B.S. in Chemistry from Wayne State University, M.S. in Oncology from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and MBA from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Marie is a graduate of Duquesne University’s Professional Coaching Certification program, and is ACC certified by the International Coach Federation.
Katherine Lewis, MBA
Emotional Intelligence | Executive Presence
With over 20 years of experience as a senior executive in corporate America, Katherine Lewis has walked in the shoes of her executive coaching clients. In her many leadership roles she has managed multi-billion dollar companies through major organizational and cultural change and mentored dozens of mid-level, senior, and c-suite executives.
Katherine coaches, advises and consults for executives at companies ranging from start-ups to large, global organizations. She works extensively and passionately with senior executives on leadership development, change management and strategic planning. She coaches teams experiencing fast growth and organizational change and guides newly promoted managers in developing their leadership and management skill sets. Katherine believes strongly that the best leader is a centered leader and coaches to help her clients achieve that. She works in a range of industries including, finance, media, pharma, biotech and creative services.
Previously, Katherine was president of internet-photography company, MyPublisher.com (now part of Shutterfly Inc.) where she rapidly scaled the company from a start up to a $30 million entity.
Katherine has extensive experience in senior roles in the cable television industry having marketed and launched several digital products, including digital TV, cable internet services and video-on-demand for cable operators Time Warner and Cablevision. She also held the role of Global Brand Manager for Sheraton Hotels & Resorts Worldwide at Starwood Hotels.
Katherine began her career as a management consultant at Bain & Company where she advised Fortune 500 companies on strategic and organizational issues. She has an MBA from Harvard University and a BA from Haverford College. She is a Certified Professional Co-active Coach (CPCC) by the Coaches Training Institute as well as having her PCC Certification from the International Coach Federation. She is a Birkman Method and Hogan Assessment consultant.
Katherine is a volunteer mentor for young companies through the Harvard Business School’s New Ventures program as well as an alumni mentor for the school’s recent female graduates. Katherine resides in New York City and is a member of the Association for Corporate Executive Coaches and the International Coach Federation.
Thor Legvold, Psy.D
Intercultural Communication | Change Management
Thor brings a uniquely European approach to leadership with a global focus, and is dedicated to helping clients find their own best solutions. His expertise covers leadership, culture, teams, communication, strategy, and talent management. Developing leaders and teams has been a central theme in Legvold’s work. Improved efficacy and meaning is the aim, whether personal, group or organizational. Thor is experienced working with both C-suite executives and upper management across multiple levels; coaching individuals, developing high performance teams, and effectuating pervasive change throughout entire organizations. He has experience working across cultures, with cross-national teams and interfaces, has lived and worked in several countries during his 20 year career. Thor speaks fluent English and Norwegian, conversational Serbo-Croatian and Portuguese, with a rudimentary understanding of French and Japanese.
Thor is an outgoing, professional and compassionate person who rapidly gains the trust and respect of clients, working collaboratively and creatively to keep the focus on the issues at hand, while maintaining an objectivity allowing difficult and uncomfortable questions to be raised. He employs a values and purpose-based approach and encourages clients to bring out the best in themselves along with their team and colleagues.
Previous roles Thor has held include Senior Consultant for Bjørnson Organizational Psychologists, where he assessed and coached senior executives of multinationals across several sectors, as well as developed executive teams, worked with conflict management and more, and Senior Consultant with Assessit. While there he worked with clients in both private and public sectors on improving leadership, organizational climate and culture, effectivity and profitability, as well as testing and interviewing candidates for highly coveted diplomat trainee positions. He originally moved to Stavanger in order to work as a Senior Consultant for the Norwegian Royal Mail in facilitating privatization with concurrent downsizing of 10000 of the 30000 employees at the time. He has also worked extensively with entrepreneurship and developed programs to assist immigrants and locals alike in starting and running their own businesses, has started and run several businesses himself, and has management and leadership experience.
Thor holds a B.A. in Psychology from California State University Northridge and a Psy.D. from the University of Bergen, Norway. Legvold subsequently completed a 5 year post-graduate specialization in IO psychology. He has served as a guest professor/lecturer for graduate level students at several international universities since 1996.
Thor is a member of the APA (divisions 1, 13, 14 (SIOP) & 52), NPF (Norwegian Psychological Association) and EuroPsy. He is a licensed and accredited psychologist and certified specialist in IO psychology within the NPF and EuroPsy organizations.
Cathie Murensky, PhD
Organizational Development | Executive Presence
Cathie Murensky, is an Industrial/Organizational psychologist that brings to AIIR extensive expertise in leadership, talent and organizational development. Cathie’s coaching style is based on 3 key criteria that allow her to align an organization’s business strategy and measure success: skill acquirement, changed behavior, and achievement of a business goal. Her experience spans a wide-range of engagements including the development of competency models, full life-cycle leadership development programs, immersion/on-boarding, high-potential development and succession planning.
Cathie’s expertise is based on an integration of her experience in the private and public sectors working with diverse individuals, teams and organizations. She has worked as both an external consultant and an internal practitioner and has previously held a number of roles as Director in Learning and Leadership Development. Through these roles, she has built and managed Organization and Leadership Development functions, as well as Learning and Development teams.
Prior to her roles as Director, Cathie worked for a global organization in the energy industry where she was the lead consultant for their human capital function. In this role, she partnered with senior stakeholders to assess their needs, as well as design and implement tailored development solutions. Cathie has also spent several years as a Human Capital consultant with the HayGroup.
Cathie’s past clients have included companies such as Mobil Oil, Rolls-Royce N.A., CASE Latin America, Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), U.S. Air Force (USAF), Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), US Department of the Navy, Molson Coors Brewing Company, Seagram, Volvo, and Leadership Fairfax Inc.
She is an adjunct professor for the University of Maryland where she teaches International Leadership and Communications. She is also an adjunct professor for the University of Denver where she teaches a graduate course in Organization Design, Culture and Change Management. In the past, Cathie also taught a capstone course for a Master’s program at George Washington University on HR consulting skills.
Cathie holds a Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from George Mason University, an M.A. in Industrial/ Organizational Psychology from East Carolina University and a B.A. in Psychology from East Carolina University. Her doctoral dissertation on Emotional Intelligence is cited as the #3 best selling dissertations of all time across all disciplines.
Sue Negrey, MBA
Women & Leadership | Career Development
Sue is a seasoned executive, consultant, and leadership coach who partners with executives and emerging leaders in order to accelerate critical changes and sustain results in both themselves and their organizations. Bringing more than 25 years of experience in management, consulting, and coaching to her clients, Sue enables organizations and individuals to achieve strategic goals through increased focus, accountability and measurement disciplines. She specializes in executive coaching engagements, strategic business planning, team facilitation and the design and execution of learning and development programs. Sue is skilled in administrating assessments to increase self-awareness in leaders and enhancing leadership agility through improved relationships and team- building. Her clients range from entrepreneurial start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. Sue has also been a leader in a number of non-profit organizations and currently serves on the Board of the International Coach Federation (ICF), New York City Chapter.
A former certified public accountant, Sue spent the first 15 years of her career at Arthur Andersen, rising to managing director in business consulting. Sue then became a key sales leader at DigitalThink (now Convergys), a custom web-based learning solutions firm serving Fortune 500 companies. During her five-year tenure there, she was responsible for the sales and implementation of global online training solutions, including onboarding, product, sales and technology training. Sue has spent significant time in the healthcare industry, eight of which were spent managing a specialty medical practice. In addition, her clients have included healthcare institutions, healthcare suppliers and
Sue earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, with a dual major in accounting and finance. She holds a Master’s in Business Administration from Villanova University. Sue is also a graduate of Columbia University’s Advanced Executive Coaching Certification Program and is an Associate Certified Coach of the ICF.
Sean Olson, M.A.
Change Management | Higher Education
Sean Olson brings to AIIR over 20 years of experience as an executive coach, facilitator, and speaker. He works with individuals, teams, and organizations to help them reach their full potential and highest level of effectiveness. Sean grounds his coaching practice in measurable results to accelerate client development and overcome limiting behaviors.
His experience with organizations ranges from small start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. Within those organizations, Sean has worked with teams and individuals from the C-Suite to
management level. As a former Director of Business Development at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business, Sean’s coaching practice is founded in achieving business outcomes. His direct business experience and relational skills together bring powerful results for his clients.
Sean has worked extensively as a leadership facilitator, delivering workshops on Teamwork, Strategy Development, Work Styles, Company Culture, Conflict Management, and Emotional Intelligence. He has also led group coaching seminars focused on the concept of coaching for impact.
Sean is an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) with the International Coaching Federation. He is also a Marshall Goldsmith Executive Coaching Stakeholder-Centered Coach. He is on the program committee for the Indianapolis chapter of ICF and the program committee for the ICF Midwest Regional Conference. He has also completed the CoachU Core Competency Program and is completing the Advanced Corporate CoachU program.
Sean holds his Bachelor’s degree from Kentucky Christian College and his Masters degree from Cincinnati Christian University.
Lynn Ellen Queen, MBA
Emotional Intelligence | Strategic Thinking
Lynn Ellen Queen brings to AIIR more than 25 years of experience helping clients find direction through executive coaching, facilitation, and strategic planning. She works globally with mid-level and senior leaders as well as teams in businesses, government, and non-profit sectors.
As an executive coach, Lynn Ellen is committed to empowering people and teams that are foundational to the success of an organization. With a clear focus on achieving individual and organizational results, she works with each client to build a trusting relationship in which she challenges and supports them to foster learning and growth.
In Lynn Ellen’s prior roles as an executive and consultant working in law, financial services, manufacturing, and non- profits, she has experienced firsthand the challenges facing leaders across industries. In addition to her coaching and leadership development experience, Lynn Ellen also held positions in strategic planning, strategic execution, problem solving, project management, and process improvement.
Lynn Ellen earned a B.A. in French from Northwestern University and an M.B.A. in International Marketing from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. She also earned a Certificate of Leadership Coaching from Georgetown University’s Institute of Transformational Leadership.
In addition to being a member of the International Coach Federation, Lynn Ellen completed The Skilled Facilitator workshop and is a certified facilitator in SOAR. She is also certified to administer CCL’s Benchmarks for Managers and Benchmarks for Executives, Workplace Big Five 4.0, Influence Style Indicator, Change Navigator, FIRO-B, FIRO Business, the Hogan Development Suite, and MBTI assessments. Lynn Ellen holds a position as an adjunct executive and leadership coach with the Center for Creative Leadership. She also speaks French and previously spent several years in North Africa and Europe.
Ianna Raim, MBA
Women & Leadership | Entrepreneurship
Ianna Raim brings 25 years of international business experience to AIIR. Ianna’s corporate career began as Regional Director of Marketing for DIRECTV Latin America. There, she coordinated the service roll out in the markets of Venezuela, Argentina, Chile, Mexico and Brazil by working closely with executives and their teams in Sales, Operations, IT, Engineering and Marketing. As the first digital direct-to-home entertainment service to reach Latin America and the first to bring Pay-per-View to the region, DIRECTV Latin America was the undisputed market leader having launched in over 27 countries and reaching over 1 million subscribers in record time.
In addition to her corporate experience, Ianna has also devoted much of her career to entrepreneurial endeavors. She successfully started three companies: Mamex Inc., South Florida’s first mobile mammography clinic established to screen women for breast cancer at their place of work; Manufacturer’s Export and Equity Group Inc. created to help mid-sized businesses finance exports overseas; and TeleAmericas LLC, a satellite distance learning network for Fortune 500 companies including GE, Oracle, Bank of America, and Herbalife.
In her current role, Ianna is an executive and career coach where she uses her extensive professional experience leading teams and inspiring them to overcome business challenges. Her clients include corporate executives and business owners in the U.S. and overseas. Her clients represent a diverse range of fields including financial services, law, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, technology, education and non-profits. By partnering with high performing and high achieving leaders to navigate complex work environments, Ianna empowers them to think differently about their situation, their peers, their teams and themselves. Her results oriented approach encourages them to challenge the status quo and the behaviors that may be working against them. In doing so, Ianna helps people and organizations make transformational change.
Ianna is a graduate from the Institute of Professional Excellence (iPEC) in Coaching. Ianna received her MBA with Honors from Harvard Business School and her B.A. Magna Cum Laude from Brown University. She is the past President of the Harvard Business School Alumni Club of South Florida and of OWIT South Florida (Organization of Women in International Trade). She is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.
Executive Presence | Team Effectiveness
Rajeev’s 25-year career experience includes roles in Management Consulting, Corporate Banking, Investment Banking, Private Equity, Strategic Advisory and Executive Coaching. Geographically, Rajeev’s exposure spans the Asia Pacific markets including India, Singapore, Australia, The Philippines and Malaysia. His sector experience covers energy, telecom, media, real estate, healthcare, breweries, automobiles, financial services, information technology, professional services and manufacturing.
As a Certified Coach and Facilitator, Rajeev has been involved in engagements encompassing vision setting, strategy facilitation, personal branding, trusted advisor, communication skills, leadership development, conflict management and leadership behavioural coaching. His clientele has been mainly CXOs and high performers in global organizations across the Asia Pacific region.
Rajeev’s foray into Executive Coaching is a further extension of his experience and capabilities in leading and mentoring high performance teams in dynamic organizations and under complex situations. To enhance the value of his coaching assignments, he brings together his rich experience in working across countries, cultures, organisations and his strength in leading people to the fore. Based on real-life coaching experiences, Rajeev has authored a paper on Tolerance QuotientTM.
In most of his past roles, Rajeev has specialized in setting up new businesses or targeting new markets and running them successfully while simultaneously hiring and leading highly energized teams. He also mentored colleagues across the Asia Pacific region in his last role with Deutsche Bank.
In the past, he has worked with prominent and global organizations such as Ernst & Young (Bangalore), Scotiabank (Bangalore & Singapore), DBS Bank (Mumbai), GE Capital (Mumbai) and Deutsche Bank (Mumbai).
Rajeev is also a qualified Chartered Accountant and Cost & Works Accountant.
Jamie Ramsden, MBA
C-Suite Advisory | Strategic Thinking
Jamie Ramsden brings 20 years of international business experience to AIIR, including five years as a Chief Executive, where he created significant and sustained business results through intense customer focus, disciplined processes and highly-engaged teams. He has been an Executive Coach for ten years with clients in the UK, Europe, Americas, Africa and Asia.
During his time at Goodridge USA, Jamie created a change initiative that transformed the company and resulted in 400% growth over a seven-year period. During this time, he and his team also built infrastructure, energized employees and implemented LEAN systems. This yielded world-class supplier awards from Goodridge’s OEM customers and resulted in significant top- and bottom-line improvements. After this business transformation, Jamie then guided Goodridge to private-equity acquisition as part of the global leadership team in 2013.
Jamie is currently the founder and Chief Executive of Adastra Consulting, LLC, a strategic partner of AIIR Consulting. His clients include corporate, government, nonprofit and private organizations around the globe, including Coca Cola, GE, All State, Ford,
Nissan, Wharton Business School, London Business School, Comcast, Anthem, SAP, Lord&Taylor, COACH, Sak’s Fifth Avenue, Five Below, KPMG and Bristol-Myers Squibb.
Jamie received an MBA from Lancaster University (UK) with a specialization in Leadership and Change Management, and is also fluent in French. He received advanced leadership training from the CCL, where he is adjunct faculty, and is certified in a number of instruments including all CCL 360 assessments, Firo-B, Myers Briggs (MBTI), Change Style Indicator, Hogan 360, California Psychological Indicator 260 (CPI-260), Campbell Leadership Index, Work Place Big-5 and Coaching Mindset Index. In addition, Jamie is an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) through the International Coach Federation (ICF).
Outside of work, Jamie enjoys keeping balance through sports, music and exercise, as well as spending time with his wife of seventeen years and their four children in Princeton, New Jersey.
John Rogener, M.A.
Career Development | Financial Services
John A. Rogener brings over 30 years of experience as an executive coach, consultant, and facilitator with global expertise in leadership and management development, executive coaching, managing transitions, and sales. John’s coaching style is based on a collaborative, solution-based process that enables clients to make behavioral changes based on self-awareness, ultimately increasing business results. John’s approach also includes discovery, action, accountability, and sustainability. He specializes in group and individual coaching, helping executives through transitions and facilitating teams.
John’s previous business experience includes a position as VP of Global Learning and Talent Development for BNY Mellon’s Investment Management business. He has also held similar senior level roles at Morgan Stanley/MSCI Barra, US Trust, and Citigroup. In addition to John’s experience in senior level positions, he served as a former adjunct professor faculty member at Rutgers University Center for Management Development, as well as spent 14 years as an adjunct professor at New York University where he was granted their prestigious Award for Teaching Excellence.
Specializing in group and individual coaching, John has worked with executives through transitions; helped facilitate teams; coached sales, portfolio, and middle managers; and worked with high potentials in various management roles. His experience as a trusted advisor has also helped senior leaders expand their capabilities and drive stronger business results.
John is a member of the National Association for Talent Development (ATD) and is President Emeritus and member of the ATD NYC chapter. He coauthored an article entitled, “Address Learning Needs, Not Wants,” and has presented at professional organizations on topics such as Management and Leadership Development, Communication Styles, and Communicating Across Diverse Cultures. John completed his Executive Coaching certification from New York University and is now certified in DiSC and Myers Briggs. He has a Master’s Degree and Advanced Graduate Studies in Rehabilitation Counseling from Assumption College and a Bachelor’s Degree from Marist College.
Robert C. Satterwhite, PhD
Succession Planning | Executive Assessment
For the past 20 years, Robert has partnered with clients to design and deliver talent assessment and development programs across the organization from high volume, entry-level roles all the way to the CEO. At the C-suite, he facilitates executive and leadership team assessment for selection, onboarding, development, coaching, high-potential identification, succession planning, and due diligence. His experience also includes competency modeling, organization design, performance management, training, litigation support, and employee engagement.
Robert has consulted with Fortune 100 as well as small and mid-cap companies, non-profits, and public-sector agencies. He has extensive expertise across a range of industries, including retail, manufacturing, private equity, financial services, insurance, pharmaceutical, hospitality, and the federal government.
Robert completed his Bachelor’s degree in Economics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Master’s degree in Psychology at Wake Forest University, and doctorate in Industrial/Organizational Psychology at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is a member of SIOP and a current or prior advisor/board member of SOCT SHRM, HR.com, and Justice in Motion.
Robert has published/presented scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals/conferences and is co-author of the book, The Importance of Psychological Traits. He has appeared in Human Resource Executive Magazine, HR.com’s Talent Management Excellence Magazine, AESC’s Executive Talent Magazine, and Retail Leader, discussing human resources, human capital, and talent management issues. He is based in the New York City metro area.
Robin Schletter, M.A.
Team Effectiveness | C-Suite Advisory
As an Executive Coach, Robin Schletter develops a partnership with her clients through open and honest dialogue with an emphasis on results. She helps senior executives and high potential management overcome persistent obstacles and performance challenges to build their value and commitment to their organization. She builds leaders’ abilities to become more strategic thinkers.
Robin’s professional history spans over 30 years and began with a focus on the design, development and implementation of training programs. At Home Box Office (HBO) she spearheaded the landmark affiliate training function that created the first nationwide system to improve sales and customer service for over 150,000 customer contact personnel. This work led her to focus on how management issues impact the performance of the front line and the bottom line.
Her non-profit work began with the Susan G. Koman Foundation. This affiliation resulted in meaningful success as she worked with a team of professionals to create a new channel for funding to outlets supporting breast cancer care in underserved and underprivileged populations. She is the Past President of the Board of Dance to Unite, a non-profit organization in NYC committed to creating experiences for children to develop compassion, understanding and respect for all cultures in the hope of promoting future peace.
Robin is a graduate of Columbia University’s Advanced Executive Coaching Certification Program and a Certified Career Coach with The Five O’Clock Club. She is certified to administer The Hogan, The Birkman Method and the NBI: Thinking Preferences Assessment. Robin has completed the Gestalt Advanced Coaching Workshop and holds a Certificate in Training and Development from New York University. Her Master’s Degree in Psychology is from the New School for Social Research in New York City and she holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and Sociology, summa cum laude, from Long Island University.
Robin is currently serving on the Board of Governors for The New School for Social Research. She is also on the Board of the the New York Chapter of ICF (International Coach Federation) and a member of ACEC (Association of Corporate Executive Coaches).
Military & Veterans | Emotional Intelligence
Chris brings over 30 years of service and experience with the United States Army as a Special Forces “Green Beret” to his executive coaching work at AIIR. His extensive and diverse experiences inform his view on leadership and optimizing individuals and teams to performs at their absolute best. His past three decades of experience include coaching, mentoring and training Partner Nation leaders, both Senior Army Ofﬁcers and Government Leaders, in Canada, Western Europe, the Balkans, Northwest Africa, and Afghanistan. This consulting experience included both in combat and in uncertain environments at the strategic, operational and tactical levels.
As the Assistant Professor of Military Science at Central Washington University, Chris was recognized by U.S. Army Cadet Command as the ROTC Instructor of the Year for all programs in the United States. He was also recognized by the Department of Joint Military Operations at the U.S. Army Command and Staff College as the Instructor of the Year. In these roles, Chris gained a reputation as a leader who can build teams, exercise leadership, foster relationships, and leverage a global network.
Since retiring from military service, Chris has conducted face-to-face executive coaching with Directors from Fortune 500 Companies, facilitated leadership workshops and led non-traditional, adventure-based leadership development. He has a particular passion for supporting the transition of veteran service members into the new and oftentimes drastically different lifestyle of a corporate leader. Chris also teaches as an adjunct professor in the MBA Program at City University in Seattle. Outside of his coaching and academic work, Chris is passionate about supporting the Veteran Community and currently serves as the Seattle Deputy Chapter Chair for Team Red, White and Blue.
Holding a Master’s of Science in Organizational Development from Central Washington University and a Bachelor’s of Science in International Relations from the United States Military Academy at West Point, Chris is uniquely qualiﬁed to conduct cross-cultural mentoring, facilitate self-discovery and assist others in attaining success. Chris is currently certiﬁed in The Birkman Method and possesses a United States Government Top Secret clearance.
Natalie Schürmann, MSc.
Emotional Intelligence | Leader in Transition
For over 15 years, Natalie Schürmann has served individuals, teams, and organizations as an executive coach, consultant, business leader, facilitator and trainer. As a global coach, Natalie coaches in German, Italian, English, and French. Clients know Natalie for her authenticity, positivity, expertise and inspiration to make others want to go the ‘extra mile’ to obtain successful results. In addition to executive coaching, Natalie also specializes in delivering coaching skills education, assessment for identification, development, & succession planning, and design, delivery & facilitation of development solutions.
Natalie’s global delivery has impacted numerous regions including Europe, Ryadh, Singapore, Russia, West, East and South Africa. Her global business experience spans the technology, internet, and professional services sectors. Most recently, Natalie was Global AVP Leadership & Organisational Development for Infosys. Prior to Infosys, she was Portfolio Director and Head of Executive Coaching practice for the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) EMEA. Other corporate roles have included Yahoo! Europe (Head of Talent Development), Dell, SITA (Societe Internationale Telecommunications Aeronautiques), and the UK Employment Service.
Natalie received her Masters of Science (MSc) in Occupational Psychology at Goldsmiths College, University of London and her Bachelors at London Metropolitan University. She is a CTI Accredited Co-Active Coach and she is certified in multiple psychological assessment instruments. Natalie has published and spoken at numerous professional association events. Natalie’s motto is “Lead your Self. Inspire Others. Transform the World.”
Jamie Smith, Ph.D.
Organizational Development | Career Development
Dr. Jamie Lewis Smith brings to AIIR over 15 years of experience guiding the growth and development of individuals, teams, and organizations. She has spent her career as a psychologist, human resources leader, coach, trainer, and advisor helping leaders to successfully navigate private sector, nonprofit, and government agencies. Jamie uses her training as a Clinical Psychologist to apply behavioral science principles and practices to help leaders align their daily interactions with their core values, support and accelerate successful leadership transitions, overcome roadblocks to career success, and bring about positive change in their organizations.
Jamie possesses a deep expertise in leadership development, executive assessment, strategic talent management, and organization development. She enjoys assisting leaders to align their organization’s strategy and daily work with their desired culture and values in order to produce an engaged workforce with exceptional organizational outcomes. Jamie knows that leaders are the key to creating and sustaining a healthy and successful organization. This drives her passion for helping leaders to become the best version of themselves, which in turn maximizes their leadership impact. She uses a combination of interview and quantitative feedback to guide clients as they identify leadership and career goals that will have the greatest influence on their workplace success and personal satisfaction.
By taking a practical, results-oriented coaching approach, grounded in cognitive behavioral principles such as motivational interviewing and acceptance and commitment coaching techniques, Jamie is able to facilitate sustained change. Her clients appreciate how she balances her direct and candid communication style with empathy for their unique situation, in order to increase their self-awareness and emotional intelligence while leveraging their natural strengths.
Jamie is a published author and international speaker on the topics of leadership and change. She earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, FL and is a licensed psychologist in Ohio. She is an active in APA Division 13 Society of Consulting Psychology, as a part of the Annual Conference Planning Committee and supporting the Continuing Education Committee. She is certified in a number of executive assessment tools, including the EQ-i 2.0, Conflict Dynamics Profile, Zenger Folkman Extraordinary Leader 360- degree Assessment, and the Hogan Development Suite. Jamie is based out of the Cleveland Metro area, where she lives with her husband and son.
Brian Szepkouski, M.A.
Intercultural Communication | Executive Presence
Mr. Brian Szepkouski is an executive coach who brings 15 years of executive coaching experience to AIIR. As a leading authority on cross-cultural communications, international executive development, and strategic planning for global business expansion, Brian provides executive coaching for long-term excellence in global leadership. Capitalizing on his extensive global business experience, he provides executive coaching to global team leaders as well as executives facing the challenges of understanding and working effectively in a new culture. In addition to executive coaching, Brian also offers targeted programs focusing on, Leading Across Cultures, Cross-cultural Negotiation Strategies, and Developing a Global Mindset for companies around the world.
Brian has worked extensively throughout Europe and Asia, handling key accounts in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Switzerland, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, Singapore, China, and Australia. With a keen knowledge of building effective relationships across borders and cultures, he leads workshops and consults with individuals on developing global leadership skills, increasing organizational effectiveness, and harnessing diversity for solid growth.
Some of Brian’s past business positions have included working as the chief representative of the New York office for Daido- Hoxan Inc., a Japanese multinational, while concurrently holding the role of head of marketing for a new company created by American-Standard Inc. and Daido-Hoxan. Mr. Szepkouski also held the position of executive director of international public relations for Tiffany & Company, where he directed worldwide media events and product placement.
Brian has a true passion for inspiring individuals and organizations alike to manage, leverage and profit from the changes associated with various business cycles. As a group facilitator and keynote speaker, numerous corporations have benefitted from his cultural insights, humor and engaging style. In addition to co-authoring two books, Brian provides intercultural training to organizations seeking to improve their global effectiveness and productivity.
Brian has a M.A. in International Education and Human Resource Development from George Washington University and a B.A. in Foreign Languages (German, Japanese and Spanish) from the University of Redlands in California. He completed intensive courses in languages and linguistics at the Monterey Institute of International Studies and the University of North Dakota. In addition to his six years in Japan, Brian has lived in Mexico and throughout the U.S. Brian speaks Japanese and has conversational abilities in Spanish and German, and his interests include international travel, swimming, gardening and calligraphy. Brian currently resides in Bernardsville, New Jersey with his wife and son.
Sarah Tennyson, MSc.
Executive Assessment | Team Effectiveness
Sarah Tennyson is an executive coach who brings 10 years of business psychology expertise to AIIR. Sarah has coached both individuals and teams and facilitated workshops in 20 different countries.
Sarah has coached individual clients ranging from VP / Director to C-level. Her coaching specialties include supporting leaders transition into more senior leadership roles, helping senior executives with team leadership, dysfunction, mindset, and communication style, identifying development needs and planning to meet their career goals.
For team coaching, Sarah has created and facilitated offsites, and strategy sessions for intact teams that have enabled them to achieve culture change, improved team cohesion, reduced conflict, better communication, higher level of team performance, healthier team dynamics, increased trust, and clear strategies and action plans to achieve their goals.
Sarah holds an MSc Occupational Psychology and a BSc (Hons) Psychology. She is accredited to use a number of psychometric assessments and holds the British Psychological Society Qualified Test User Occupational Ability and Personality certificates.
Prior to founding her own talent development practice, Sarah was Senior Director at Moody’s Analytics where she led a global team of talent development consultants. She co-chaired Moody’s UK women’s network and played an active part in promoting gender diversity within the company. Sarah began her career with ENB Consulting, a UK-based firm providing training for banks worldwide.
Sarah volunteers for the ATD NYC Chapter as a Board Member and is an active member of SIOP and SHRM.
Organizational Development | Emotional Intelligence
Paul Thallner brings to AIIR more than 20 years of experience in large, complex systems change and has studied leadership and organizational change at the top-ranked Weatherhead School of Management. Paul is an executive coach and organizational development consultant specializing in strengths-based change.
By helping leaders leverage their strengths to drive engagement and results, Paul has built a reputation as an expert in catalyzing positive, sustainable organizational change at scale. His clients have included senior executives from PepsiCo, The Arthur Ashe Institute for Public Health, U.S. Department of Agriculture, The Corporation for National and Community Service, and more.
Paul was hired recently to redesign the executive coaching component of the Presidio Institute’s flagship cross-sector fellowship program. In 2013, he was awarded a FuseCorps fellowship to design innovative cross-sector solutions aimed at reducing the high school dropout rate. While he was a consultant at Teleos Leadership Institute, Paul led large-scale transformational change projects for various clients.
Paul was President of School Performance where he developed innovative solutions to provide student achievement data to school administrators quickly, efficiently, and at low cost. Here, he was able to lead a complex mission-driven, multi-stakeholder organization, and his experience led him to become a student of leadership.
Paul received a M.S. in Positive Organizational Development and Change from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University where he graduated with distinction and was inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma management honor society. He also holds a M.A. from the College of New Jersey and a B.A. from Gettysburg College. Paul started his career in Washington, DC researching best practices in education and later was appointed by Governor Pete Wilson to lead the development of California’s Math and Science standards.
Paul provides pro-bono coaching to early-career non-profit leaders, and he volunteers with several community organizations. He enjoys reading, cycling, hiking, coffee, and spending time with his wife and son.
Key Note Speaking | Emotional Intelligence
Jim Trunick brings over 30 years of corporate business success to AIIR consulting. Jim served in large corporate roles including director of sales, product marketing, and global commercial training. He also led numerous U.S. operations, national sales training and professional relations teams. He has presented and led leadership development in over 20 countries with 7,000 people, including U.K., Malaysia, Canada, India, Australia, Thailand and China. During Jim’s tenure at Allergan, the business went from a $40 million optical company to a multi-national injectable, biotech, pharmaceutical and device conglomerate with a market cap of over $60 billion.
Jim’s core philosophy on leadership is that it comes from within. Through introspection and strategic self-awareness, an individual can lead authentically and build lasting success and happiness. His coaching approach improves leadership effectiveness, drives business outcomes at work, and leads to increased engagement at home.
Jim is the author of the highly acclaimed The CORE of Leadership™. He has presented, facilitated, and given keynote presentations at numerous domestic and international industry sales, marketing and management seminars and executive workshops. He is currently on the Board of Directors for the Mount of Olives Trust Foundation and is serving as Vice-President LTEN (Life Sciences Trainer and Educators Network).
In addition to his work at AIIR, Jim is a certified coach & presenter with Ken Blanchard Management Company, a Licensed practitioner with Discovery Insights Behavior Development, a Certified Practitioner with DDI Talented Selection®, and a Master Trainer with Yukon Management and Negotiations Inc. Jim is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a B.S. in Zoology. Jim and his wife Cindy, are raising five children in Laguna Hills, California.
Judy Wade, M.S.
Internal Coaching Strategy | Executive Presence
Judy Wade brings thirty years of leadership development experience to the AIIR Team. She has experience working in a variety of business settings and has coached leaders at all levels. She most recently worked at Anthem, a Fortune 50 company, where she held a variety of roles in Human Resources over a period of 14 years. Some of those roles included managing executive development, leading enterprise-wide succession planning, directly supporting C-suite talent management, providing individualized coaching to senior executives, building out an internal coach program, and sourcing external executive coaches.
Prior to joining Anthem, Judy worked at Sallie Mae for nine years managing teams responsible for leadership development, Organizational Development consulting, and call center training. Her early career included leadership development and internal consulting at a regional bank, as well as building development programs at a large family-owned retailer.
As an executive coach, Judy encourages self-direction and independence. Her coaching style is outcome-focused and adaptive to changing personal and business objectives. Her coaching style is to provide clear and continual feedback coupled with change-provoking assignments; challenge thinking patterns, assumptions, and self-limitations in order to build self-awareness and emotional intelligence; and keep the leader accountable for behavior, decisions, and agreed upon actions. Through listening with presence, humor, engaging conversation, and a balance of empathy and push, Judy applies her understanding of human and organizational behavior directly to her work with clients.
Judy completed her Bachelor’s degree in Management at Indiana Wesleyan University and her Master’s degree in Adult Learning and Organization Development at Indiana University. Judy is a Certified Professional Coach (CPC) through the College of Executive Coaching, a Registered Corporate Coach (RCC) through Advantage Coaching & Training, and an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) through the International Coach Federation (ICF). She is also certified in Hogan leadership assessments, advanced applications of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), and various 360 assessment tools.
Kathryn Wankel, M.A.
Executive Presence | Team Effectiveness
Kathryn Wankel brings to AIIR over 20 years of expertise in Executive Coaching working with Senior Leaders and Teams. Her coaching client list boasts 25 Fortune 500 organizations in 17 countries on five continents. She has developed talent in most industries including over 50 Physicians and Department Chairs in three leading Academic Medical Systems and supported leadership development efforts through the use of sophisticated assessment and related development plan-driven coaching in entertainment; media; legal; consumer products; professional services; engineering; retail; public sector governmental agencies; banking and finance companies. She thrives on building coaching capacity; transitioning leaders in, up, and around their organizations; developing high performing teams; and facilitating strategy sessions using her large group process facilitation skills. Kathryn’s systemic approach aligns individual coaching objectives with organizational goals. Change in performance is clear, results-oriented and achieves measurable outcomes.
Kathryn added rigor to her practice serving as the Internal Talent Development Consultant and Coach at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York- tasked with developing the Bank’s leadership pipeline. As an early pioneer in the use of 360 feedback tools, Kathryn established feedback practices for new leader on- boarding, assimilation, executive coaching, and related leadership development practices. During her tenure, she had compiled, analyzed, and debriefed 360 feedback data for over 225 senior leaders. Kathryn also served as a Senior Organization Development Consultant at New York Life Insurance Company for five years. She donates her time to Save the Children’s International Leaders and the Kipps Bay Boys and Girls Club.
Kathryn holds a M.A. in Organizational Psychology (Cum Laude) from Columbia University; a B.S.W. in Social Welfare (Cum Laude) from Adelphi University; and an Advanced Executive Coaching Certification (CCCP-Level Two Professional Designation) from Columbia Business School Executive Education, where she served on the Columbia board for four years. Throughout her career, Kathryn has served on many boards of New York City- based, professional associations all focused on how leaders learn, grow, and change.
As a thought leader, Kathryn researched and wrote on misusing power in organizations (Bullying) and leveraging state- of- the- art assessments in coaching. Her most recent article: “Using Assessments in Executive Coaching”, was published in an Internal Executive Coaching book written in collaboration with Columbia University peers and faculty.
Ren Wiebe, M.ED.
Executive Presence | Change Management
Ren Wiebe is an impactful and seasoned Leadership Coach and Consultant. Over the past 20 years he has made significant contributions to the field of leadership development – 15 of those with Canada’s premier Human Capital Consulting firm. His personal mission is to support and energize the development of leaders. From senior executives to emerging talent, Ren thrives on helping leaders maximize their impact and personal satisfaction. He is a sought after facilitator, trainer and coach to executive teams. He also brings specialized expertise in a variety of leadership assessment instruments.
In his coaching, Mr. Wiebe draws on his direct business leadership experience in finance and project management. For 8 years he held senior roles in the real estate development sector; managing syndicated public offerings for a major real estate development conglomerate. He led finance teams and uncovered his true talent for developing people. In 1990, following this passion, Mr. Wiebe returned to school to pursue post graduate studies Applied Psychology, where he focused on coaching and leadership development.
As a coach, Mr. Wiebe helps leaders set clear goals and dynamic plans for achieving them. He challenges people to elevate their thinking and identify solutions that maximize their natural talents. He has a proven track record of helping leaders thrive in complex business environments and with the challenges of influencing in a matrixed organizational context. He has a particular passion for assisting leaders to maximize their relationship impact with direct reports, colleagues and customers.
Mr. Wiebe is a certified coach (Corporate Coach U), and holds a Bachelor of Business in addition to a Masters in Applied Psychology.
Women in Leadership | Team Effectiveness
Allie Wilkinson brings over 20 years of experience in leadership development and organizational change to AIIR, supporting clients through executive coaching, strategic planning and team development. Allie partners with mid-level to senior leaders and teams who want to accelerate their leadership potential and impact.
As an executive coach, Allie shares a warmth and boldness with clients as they navigate complexity and increasing challenges. She creates space for her clients to explore limiting beliefs and assumptions and to help them find growth in adversity and joy in change. By supporting her clients in making decisions and taking actions that draw upon their inner strength and values, they discover new possibilities that enrich both their professional and personal lives. Allie is passionate about creating culture transformation by connecting the leadership, team and organizational needs throughout her work. When her clients can see their own barriers to progress with a fresh perspective, they can find new paths to success.
Across her corporate career in management consulting and healthcare, Allie led major enterprise initiatives; She has redesigned divisions, evaluated mergers and acquisitions, launched innovative business models, and turned around failing market segments. From her prior leadership roles in strategy, organizational development and program management, she brings her deep experience in the interior world of complex organizations to her coaching and consulting practice. Allie understands the challenges leaders face and knows what it takes to create sustainable change.
Allie is an Associate Certified Coach with the International Coach Federation and earned certification in Leadership Coaching from Georgetown University’s Institute for Transformational Leadership. She is certified in the Predictive Index and The Leadership Circle and serves on the faculty for Linkage’s Women In Leadership Institute. Allie has a BS with distinction in Human Development from Cornell University and an MBA from Northeastern University.
Dr. David Yudis, MBA
C-Suite Advisory | Executive Presence in the C-Suite
David Yudis is a driven, Talent Management Leader with 15 years global experience providing creative business solutions that maximize human performance. He brings extensive consulting experience to all levels of the organization, from senior management to emerging leaders. A polished executive who seamlessly integrates his advanced education in psychology (Psy.D.), business (MBA) and learning (MS Ed.) with experience in leading enterprise wide, cross-functional initiatives to mine the competitive advantages within the business.
Over the past 11 years, Dr. Yudis held positions of increasing responsibilities across several operating segments of The Walt Disney Company. These positions included a range of specialist and subject matter expertise roles in Global Learning, Organization and Executive Development. Most recent, Dr. Yudis led development for the organization’s Top 200 leaders as vice president, Enterprise Executive Development. He has worked with senior executives and teams from around the world and focused on the growth of businesses via innovation, global immersion and the use of technology in platforms that spanned consumer products, studio entertainment and corporate headquarters.
Prior to his work with Disney, he held positions in management consulting and executive search. Dr. Yudis’ consulting services have provided links between employee engagement and business performance. He is a licensed psychologist. He holds a holds a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and MBA from Widener University, and a Master of Science in Education and undergraduate Psychology degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
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