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Carly Anderson

Carly Anderson is a certified Master Certified Coach by the International CoachFederation (ICF) with over 15 years of experience.  She also has Coach U, Corporate Coach certifications which she is also a Faculty for both programs as well.   She has coached a wide range of executives, managers, and influential employees over her tenure as an Executive Coach. Carly continues to be a very active member of the ICF where she is an Assessor who reviews credential applicants for PCC, MCC and some ACC. A few years ago, Carly was personally selected to train and personally coach over 450 managers and high potential individual contributors for a very well-known search engine company. She successfully garners results such as increased credibility and trust, stronger working relationships, conflict resolution skills and dealing with internal issues.   Carly has also had experience in a plethora of industries namely healthcare (medical devices, banking, financial services, engineering, transportation and construction services, technical and management services, project management, web technology, and online games (MMORPG).

Certifications: MCC (ICF Master Certified Coach)

Coach training: Coach U, Corporate Coach U. I’m also on Faculty for both of these.

Other certifications: Hogan suite of assessments I’m a very active ICF Assessor, reviewing credential applications mainly for PCC, MCC and some ACC.


Janet Conn

Janet Conn has over twelve years of diverse experience, she has acquired a strong background in leadership development, team building, career management and training. She has worked with some of the biggest names in several industries and with Janet’s help, her clients have unleashed their potential and had become valuable contributors and leaders in their organizations.   Additionally, Janet is recognized as an expert on talent development and is a frequent guest lecturer at University of Southern California. She has spoken at career events to MBA alumni of Columbia University and students at Boston University. She was an Adjunct Professor at Chapman University and has delivered training seminars for the law firm Irell & Manella and the Motion Picture Editors Guild.   Janet received a Masters degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.S. from Temple University. She has completed advanced training at the College of Executive Coaching and the Coaches Training Institute. She is qualified to administer the most widely used leadership development and team building assessments.  

Coach training: Have taken multi-day courses with: Coaches Training Institute College of Executive Coaching

Other certifications: MBTI, 360, Strong Interest Inventory, DISC, Temperaments


Barry Foster

Barry Foster’s expertise includes entrepreneurial start-ups, seasoned corporate executive, or an entire team with the development of the person being foremost for any organization to succeed.  With experience in sales, sales management and sales team development, Barry has consistently exceeded expectations and is uniquely qualified to assist any organization with a the challenges of leadership development and managerial performance.   With over 20 years of experience and his specialties in Leadership and Personal Development, Barry has become a rock in the industry. He is a Certified Professional Behavioral Analyst (CPBA), Registered Corporate Coach (RCC), certified through the Worldwide Association of Business Coaches (WABC), globally known as the premier business coaching association.

Certifications: Registered Corporate Coach through WABC. ICF recognized.


Jared Lock

Jared D. Lock, a Ph.D. and Licensed Industrial/Organizational psychologist has a solid 25-year career working as a leader and coach in thriving organizations.  While a psychologist by training, he is a businessman first and ingrains himself with his clients’ business mission and operating philosophy.  He then applies his psychological and people understanding in business terms, helping organizations and leaders easily use the complex world of psychology to their advantage.  He is a frequent speaker, writer, and professional trainer with over 60 book chapters, publications, and presentations in professionally refereed organizations.  He is an active member of APA, SIOP, and SHRM. Dr. Lock holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Kansas and both an M.A. and Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Tulsa.

Coach training: I have launched leadership research, assessment, coaching, & executive selection practices in three organizations, resulting in each of them in at least a 50% increase in business.

Other certifications: As a licensed psychologist, I am certified in all assessments. I also am a keen expert in terms of the Hogan Assessments, the Assess Systems assessments, DDI's assessment center methodology, all of CEB/Valtera's assessments, and multiple 360's including Clark Wilson.


Jacqueline Schaeffer

In pursuit of her passion for helping leaders, she became a Certified Professional Coach (CPC) as well as an Energy Leadership Index Master Practitioner (ELI-MP) through a rigorous program from the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (IPEC). She is also a Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) and certified in hypnosis. Jacqueline has a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of California, Irvine, and has created success in a variety of fields including as a licensed California real estate broker and as a corporate paralegal. Her specialty is leadership & employee engagement training, time management, effective communications and creating work-life balance. She empowers her clients to live better, more fulfilling lives, and to FOCUS ON WHAT CAN BE.

Certifications: Certified Professional Coach (CPC)

Coach training: Coach training through Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC), an ICF accredited coach training program

Other certifications: Practitioner of Neuro Linguistic Programming Certified Hypnotist Energy Leadership Index Master Practitioner (ELI-MP)


Maria Van Hekken

Maria brings a wealth of experience, passion, and a unique, positive approach to executive and leadership coaching. It is her belief in possibility, ability to see the gifts in challenges, steadfast focus on results, and the safe and supportive space she creates with clients that leads to sustainable change. Maria did her coach training at Georgetown University, holds an International Coach Federation (ICF) Professional Certified Coach (PCC) credential, and has served as the President of the Philadelphia Area Chapter of the International Coach Federation. Maria has over 20 years experience as a trusted advisor to leaders and executives. Her work focuses primarily on helping leaders in technical arenas – engineering, science, technology, pharmaceutical, medical, business, and government – to reach higher levels of performance. Most recently, Maria was Director of U.S. Programs at the Rodale Research Center in Pennsylvania managing Ph.D. scientists and Director of Program Development at The Food Trust in Philadelphia. Over the past several years, she has focused her professional development on the powerful application of adult development stages in coaching, studying with leading experts in the field, Susanne Cook-Greuter and William Joiner and is certified in the Maturity Assessment Profile (MAP) Adult Development Assessment and the Leadership Agility 360°.

Certifications: Myers-Briggs® Step II Type Indicator, TAI Inc. ProDevelopment Assessment, Leadership Practices Inventory® LPI 360°, Maturity Assessment Profile (MAP) Adult Development Assessment, Leadership Agility 360°.

Other certifications: Certificate in Leadership Coaching from Georgetown University


John Affleck

John is a passionate, enterprising partner in supporting and facilitating growth, integration and excellence in individuals, teams and organizations. He brings more than 25 years experience in starting, growing, coaching and sustaining thriving and profitable businesses across retail, service, automotive, dot-com, high tech, health, medical, financial, hotelier, consulting and training industries. John has developed an approach that combines harnessing  the inherent wisdom and passion within each of us with proven Business of Business Skills training to map, fuel, steer and align the path to vision achievement, efficiently, expediently and joyfully. John supports his career in Personal & Professional development with trainings and certifications such as: Instructor of The Transcendental Meditation Program, Master Certified Practitioner of  Neuro-Linguistic Programming through Advanced Neuro-Dynamics, Master Certified Life Coach and Certified Facilitator through Coach For Life, and Master Certified Business Coach through Focal Point Coaching/Brian Tracy University. He also earned a Masters in Education and Secondary Teacher Certification. John is the 2007 recipient of Campbell Fraser Coaching Excellence Award, awarded by Brian Tracy and an Adjunct Professor for Brian Tracy University.

Certifications: Master Certified Life Coach Master Certified Business Coach Certified Facilitator Training Master Practitioner of Neuro-Linquistic Programming

Coach training: Practitioner NLP Training with Family Therapy Institute Master Practitioner NLP Training with Advanced Neuro Dynamics Coach For Life Coach Training Modules 1,2,3 & Facilitator Training Master Business Coach Traing with Focal Point & Brian Tracy

Other certifications: DISC & TTI Behavioral Profiling & Interpretation


Gord Aker

Gord works with self-proclaimed people leaders who are frustrated by their inability to lead in a way that they know will create trust, loyalty, commitment and dedication in support of growing sustainable companies and organizations.  Often it is the pace and pressure of relentless execution that undermines the investment required to: build a strong and compelling organizational culture, create a workplace environment that is both fun and challenging and invest in the personal and professional development required for organizational sustainability and systemic growth. Working with Gord provides leaders with the opportunity to discover, develop and deploy their own unique leadership talent. Establishing and standing on a strong foundation of personal authenticity enables self-confidence and grows the credibility necessary to exert positive influence without resorting to positional authority.  Imagine a world where people support each other because they believe in one another and what it is they are trying to accomplish together. Working with Gord is quite often a transformative experience in supporting a leader’s personal growth and professional effectiveness.  It just makes good business sense.

Certifications: PCC with the ICF CPCC from the Coaches Training Institute

Coach training: Congruent Leadership from the Raynor Insititute

Other certifications: MBTI, Core Values Index from Taylor Protocols


Nancy Ancowitz

Nancy Ancowitz is a business communication coach and author of Self-Promotion for Introverts®, a Publisher's Weekly "Best Book" selection. She helps clients - introverts and extroverts alike - with vital career-building and leadership skills: influencing audiences in front of a room as well as one on one. Nancy is a thinking partner and stalwart supporter for these clients, who range from CEOs to emerging leaders in the business and creative worlds. They entrust Nancy with helping them prepare for their most important presentations, job interviews, and other business meetings. Nancy's background includes 12 years on Wall Street where she was recognized for running successful marketing programs for a multibillion-dollar business as a vice president at JP Morgan Chase & Co.; prior to that, at Citibank, she received an outstanding achievement award for her innovations in creating marketing proposals for international clients. A blogger for various sites, her media coverage also includes New York Times, The Wall Street Journal.com, the Financial Times, the Washington Post, WABC-TV, 1010 WINS radio, and CIO, Entrepreneur, Woman’s Day, and Men's Health magazines.

Certifications: ACC from ICF

Other certifications: Coach Training from New York University


Patricia Arroyo, Ph.D.

Patricia is dedicated to helping executives achieve exceptional success by using state-of-the-art technologies, assessments, and executive coaching approaches. She provides trainings, workshops, and coaching engagements.   Having over 20 years of combined clinical and coaching experience, Patricia is a licensed psychologist and certified executive coach. She has helped mid-managers to senior vice presidents and C-suite executives in Banking, IT, and Finance. Her primary focus is to address leadership performance by improving emotional intelligence skills. Her work has addressed improving performance and leadership development, enhancing interpersonal effectiveness, improving emotional intelligence skill sets, transitioning to new managerial roles, and coping with personal crisis while maintaining performance.   Her coaching engagements are designed to help clients identify and leverage their strengths while managing areas of relative weaknesses. Engagements include an assessment with a battery of tests, interviews, and coaching that may last from 6 months or longer. Tests may include the Emotional Quotient Inventory 2.0 and Leadership Report, 360 Feedback Report, MBTI Type II indicator, CPI-260, and the Firo-B.

Certifications: Certified Executive Coach from the College of Executive Coaching in Santa Barbara, CA Jeff Auerbach, Ph.D. heads up the training program.

Other certifications: Certified by Multi-Health Systems for the EQI 2.0 and 360 Feedback Reports (Leadership Report, 360 Feedback, and Team Reports. Qualified to administer the MBTI Type II Indicator, Firo-B, CPI 260. Trained in EMDR for us in Peak Performance Model


Sharmin Banu

Sharmin has worked as a Software Engineer for 12+ years most of it at Microsoft where she managed a team of Engineers. She became a coach in 2009 as she continued to ask the question: what do I enjoy doing with my life? Having walked in the shoes of high tech professionals, Sharmin knows how hard it is to feel a sense of satisfaction: Haunted by the guilt feeling that we are not giving enough to our work or to the family! That's where her services come into the picture. If you are tired of the way life is and are ready to take a step about it, she can help! Sharmin’s mission is to empower her clients to find their own answers, encouraging and supporting them to live a life aligned to their own essence.

Certifications: CPC - Certified Professional Coach, ACC - Associate Professional Coach (ICF), Tilt 365 Master Certified Coach

Coach training: EQ (Emotional Intelligence) Assessment, Power of TED for Practitioners, Strengths Focused Coaching

Other certifications: Inspiring Leadership through Emotional Intelligence, MS in Computer Science


Phylecia Bare

Starting her career as a Home Shopping Network host, Phylecia compels one’s attention whether she is coaching in the boardroom or facilitating in the training room.   Drawing from 20 years’ experience as an Entrepreneurial Professional Development Consultant and 2,000 hours of one-on-one direct coaching Phylecia spurs on leadership performance. She demonstrates superlative subject mastery and provides insights in sales performance, customer service and leadership development.   Domestic and international companies such as such as Southwest Airlines, Goldman Sachs, CITI, Swiss Re, Spectrum (formerly Time Warner Cable) and Fujitsu Network Communications seek Phylecia for her expertise. Those areas of expertise include executive coaching, development and delivery of experiential training programs and facilitation of team strategy alignment sessions. 

Coach training: Professional Sales Coaching, Achieve Global, Leadership for Results, Achieve Global, Quality Service Skills Coaching, Achieve Global

Other certifications: Tracom Communication Style Profile Assessment, Thomas Kilman Conflict Resolution


Frumi Barr

As the former CEO of 3 businesses and CFO of 2, Dr. Barr is no stranger to acknowledging every detail that makes a company function. It is this awareness of complete team performance that has made her focus on helping top CEOs and executives conquer the challenges of self-expression and team communication.   Clients appreciate Dr. Frumi’s MBA and a PhD in Business Administration. She brings over 15 years of deep experience in developing communication skills and mediating tough team discussions. As an experienced executive coach, Dr. Frumi can unveil the challenges that create negative business consequences for many executives. She has worked in a plethora of industries including healthcare, architecture, financial services, manufacturing and technology.

Certifications: BCC - Board certified Coach from The Center for Credentialling

Coach training: Hudson Institute of Santa Barbara

Other certifications: Taught Coaches on Coaching Leaders at Chapman University


Hector Barresi

Hector has more than 13 years of international business and coaching experience in driving new and innovative product and services worldwide, with a strong record of producing results. He has held a variety of positions of increasing responsibility in the areas of new products development, commercialization, marketing, and engineering. Hector has coached leaders and executives to increase their effectiveness, prepare for expanded roles, and bring about the results they seek.   In both his coaching and facilitating, Hector uses an approach that fosters development and collaboration regarding communication and learning. Hector’s clients describe him as "present", "sensitive", "reassuring", "knowledgeable", "dependable", "a good listener", "creative", and "energizing". His ability to help clients work through intricate issues and find workable solutions is appreciated and admired by those with whom he works.

Certifications: MBA, Core Essentials Program - CoachU

Coach training: Six Sigma Green Belt, Kaizen Facilitator, Root Cause Analysis and Corrective Actions, Danaher Business System (based on Toyota business system)

Other certifications: Excutive Management courses with Honeywell, Danaher and GE


Laura Benton

Laura Benton brings a wealth of diverse experience to our coaching ream. She is certified in delivering numerous assessments and specializes in delivering training solutions in Executive Presence and Behavioral and Motivational Leadership.  Ms. Benton works with clients to teach them how to exhibit executive presence and project professionalism through words, actions, and non-verbal signals. She is an expert on business writing, business and social etiquette, and she uses a “no frills no fluff” approach to letting directors and executives know the do’s and don’ts of executive presence. Ms. Benton’s previous work experience includes corporate sales at Hyatt Corporation where she interacted with senior executives to plan events at the local and national level. She is also the owner of Benton Court Reporting, and is a certified professional court reporter who specializes in pre-trial discovery depositions. In this capacity, she interfaces with executives in the legal, medical, and business fields and is called upon to represent clients with utmost professionalism, integrity, and grace.

Certifications: ACC (Candidate)

Coach training: Graduate of Coach U

Other certifications: DISC, PIAV, EQ, PTSI


Julie Berg

As a leadership consultant and coach, Julie Berg puts the GO! in your goals. All leaders, especially emerging and first-time managers & supervisors, grow in confidence and competence with Julie at their side. Managers and staff experiencing the challenge of change in their organizations learn new perspectives and skills for resilience and adaptability in her workshops and 1-1 coaching. Julie also is an energetic facilitator and learner-focused training designer  with over 25 years of experience working in a variety of industries, from healthcare to manufacturing to non-profits. She holds an M.A. in Human Resources Development from the University of Minnesota and is an International Coach Federation Associate Certified Coach (ACC).

Certifications: ACC from the ICF

Coach training: Coaches Training Institute

Other certifications: MBTI Step l & ll, Social Styles, DiSC, EQi 2.0


Gary Best

Gary is a results driven performance strategist and executive coach who helps individuals & teams thrive at work… and organizations of all stripes become more effective. Gary uses a highly collaborative approach with his clients that builds deep trust. From this place of trust, Gary and his clients co-design, deliver and implement solutions that enable both people (individuals and teams) and organizations (organizational systems / processes / structures) to significantly improve their performance and achieve their desired results   Over the last 37 years Gary has held positions as a Risk Manager, Management Analyst, City Manager, Law Firm Administrator, Account Manager, and Organizational Development Director.  This diversity across the positions he’s held, as well as the organizations and industries he’s worked in, provide him with a broad and deep perspective on the “absolute must haves” for becoming both an effective performer as well as how to create an effective performance environment so performers can thrive.  


Stephen Bizal

Certified Master Coach, Certified Corporate Trainer, Management Consultant, Senior Executive Stephen Bizal specializes in optimizing leader potential & building high performance cultures. A dynamic, results-oriented C-level executive with 25 years of strategic and tactical leadership, coaching, and training experience in start-up, rapid growth, reorganization and restructuring environments. Known for his ability to create organizational cultures that optimize people, performance,  productivity & profitability.Steve has developed and delivered leadership training and educational programs, both domestic and international, for The Boeing Company, Fluor Corporation, ARAMCO, Monex International, Goldline International, State Savings, The American Gunsmithing Institute, and Whitaker Wellness Institute. Steve’s leadership and coaching style is based upon the principles of “Emotional Intelligence” with an intimate understanding of the human condition, relationship dynamics and effective communication. His coaching and training effectiveness is based upon a mastery of the principles of adult learning, experiential learning and accelerated learning. He possesses a thorough knowledge of employee performance psychology and organizational development best practices for a clear vision of how to accomplish a company’s talent development goals. Fortune 500 industry sector experience in health care, pharmaceutical and financial services; including insurance, investments, banking & public accounting. 

Certifications: Certified Master Coach, Current World Coaching, Portland, OR (2013)

Coach training: NA

Other certifications: Certified Corporate Trainer, Spectrum Learning/Wilson Learning Although not certified, Stephen has created the curriculum for and delivered over thirty (30) 8-12hr programs approved for continuing education in the state of California for both Chiropractors and several 1hr CME's for Medical Doctors. He has also given more than a dozen 1-hour live presentations (Including "Blueprint for Corporate Wellness") as guest lecturer at University of California, Irvine, School of Public Health.


Rodger Blaker

Rodger Blaker is an executive coach who brings years of practical leadership and business experience to his approach with clients.  He believes that personal and professional development is optimally achieved through understanding mindsets and behaviors in actual personal and professional contexts.  He works with his clients to stimulate their creative thinking, deepen their emotional intelligence skills, and explore how they understand and leverage their experiences to become better leaders.   Before becoming a full-time coach, Rodger spent 25 years in Project Management leadership roles with large corporations where his responsibilities included working with clients on operational strategies and professional development. 

Certifications: PCC, Professional Certified Coach through the International Coaching Federation

Coach training: Graduate of the CoachU Certified Graduate Program

Other certifications: Certified Professional Behavioral Analyst, Certified Professional Values Analyst, Certified Professional TriMetrix HD Analyst, Board Certified Christian Life Coach


Diane Blakey

Diane Blakey, prior to working as an independent coach, she was a human resources manager for twenty years for ConocoPhillips and BP.  She is a certified coach via the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching and has an M.S. in Industrial Relations from the University of Oregon.  In addition to coaching, her work has included team buildings and facilitation; conflict resolution; customized trainings and workshops; independent, third party investigations of employee concerns; and other HR consulting projects.  She works with individuals, corporations, small businesses, and non-profits both within and outside of Alaska and the U.S.

Certifications: Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching; ICF Associate