The Women's Leadership Institute is supported by expert coaches and mentors who provide critical knowledge and insight to support leadership growth.




Kathy Bell-Toncic

Title: Corporate and Leadership Coach

Organization: two.six.two group

Location: Massachusetts

Kathy Ball-Toncic is a corporate and leadership coach, specializing in women’s leadership development. In 2006, she founded the two.six.two group, a leadership coaching and consulting firm. Kathy leverages her own experience in the corporate world to motivate and inspire other leaders. She has collaborated with CEO’s, managers, directors, and individual contributors, both men and women, from many diverse companies including corporations such as Omgeo (a Thomson Financial/DTCC company), NYFIX, Novartis, Raytheon, ING, and Babson University. Kathy is the former director and current faculty member of the Graduate Program in Executive Coaching at Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology in Boston (  Kathy is an adjunct faculty member at the Swiss School of Management in Rome where she teaches leadership to MBA students from around the world.

During her career Kathy has held senior management positions in sales, marketing, business development and relationship management. Kathy has worked for start-up companies, major corporations and nonprofit organizations. She has managed large global teams in many of her roles and has built world-class service organizations.

Kathy’s experience also includes owning and operating her own catering company where she honed her entrepreneurial skills. As an avid marathon runner, Kathy has a unique philosophy around the disciplines of marathoning as they relate to leadership. Her diverse experience combined with her energy, passion, and enthusiasm serve to inspire others to become extraordinary leaders.

Kathy’s facilitation experience encompasses leadership workshops and courses at several financial services institutions and global pharmaceutical corporations, at Mass School of Professional Psychology, and for other diverse groups such as counselors at summer camps and women survivors of abusive relationships. She is the founder of a women’s network at a major financial services company and sits on the board for an executive coaching school and several non-profit organizations. She has completed the coaching curriculum at The Coaches Training Institute and is a Certified Professional Behavioral Analyst (CPBA) who is qualified to use DISC and 360 evaluations as well as additional assessment instruments. Kathy is a “Woman of the Year” nominee for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and has personally raised nearly $100,000 for charity while training for and running marathons.

In September 2010, Kathy took off for a year in Rome – to learn first-hand about Italy’s “dolce far niente.” Practicing what she preaches, Kathy performed in The End is Nigh, the second part of a trilogy of monologues, written and performed by local artists in Rome on the theme of ‘endings.’ 



Rhonda Brown

Title: Owner

Organization: RMB Consulting

Location: Washington

Ms. Brown has been a leadership coach for the last 7 years.  Her approach to coaching is focused on the entire person; helping clients learn more about who they are, the values that are important to them, and developing specific actions to meet their goals. 

She worked in the Information Technology Industry at IBM for over 30 years.   Her background includes significant leadership and management roles in sales, marketing, project management and Human Resources.  She is a graduate of Seattle University’s Executive Leadership Program in 2006.  Ms. Brown is a certified professional coach and a member of the International Coaching Federation. 

Ms. Brown is the past board chair of Centerpoint Institute for Life and Career Renewal and is actively involved with the organization.  She recently joined the Impact Center as an advisory board member.  She developed and continues to work with a group of Seattle University Executive Leadership graduates leading a food bank delivery program.  Other hobbies include running and jewelry making.  She is married and has two children. 


Sari Brody

Title: Global Diversity and Inclusion Manager

Organization: IKEA Group

Location: San Diego, CA


Sari has been working in the space of leadership development as well as Diversity & Inclusion for over 20 years, sharing her passion for fairness and equality and taking actions to bring about change in these areas. Sari is the global Diversity and Inclusion manager at IKEA Group since 2012. She joined IKEA US in  2001 as the Leadership and Diversity manager, and for the last 5 years in this organisation she held the talent manager role, leading the areas of recruitment, competence and leadership development, succession planning and diversity & inclusion.  In her current role Sari provides strategic direction to create an inclusive work environment at IKEA Group, integrating diversity and inclusion into the overall business growth strategy.  Coaching and mentoring are an integral part of Sari’s leadership. She coaches and mentors leaders at IKEA, and dedicates time to coach with Women Helping Women organisation. Sari has an educational background in organisational psychology and is a certified coach with the International Coach Federation.  Israeli born, she currently resides in San Diego CA, while managing a virtual team and telecommuting to Malmo Sweden, where IKEA Group headquarters is located.


Alison Farquhar

Title: Executive Coach

Organization: GTL Coaching and Consulting, LLC




Janet Feldman

Title: Managing Principal; Global Leader, Executive Coaching; Leadership and Talent Consulting

Organization: Korn/Ferry International

Location: Minnesota

As an executive coach, licensed psychologist, and former certified public accountant, Ms. Feldman brings over twenty-five years of experience advising C-suite and other senior executives. Her broad business knowledge and acumen bring insight and clarity to complex leadership issues.

Ms. Feldman specializes in the areas of senior leadership development, key talent strategy, and executive succession. She has earned a reputation for helping individuals and organizations “get to the heart of the matter” quickly and thus focus on meaningful value creation, impact, and return on investment.

Ms. Feldman has diverse coaching experience with senior executives from more than forty countries worldwide. Her clients span the Fortune 50 to Fortune 500, mid-sized companies and private colleges in a wide array of industries such as pharmaceuticals, healthcare, biotechnology, consumer goods, financial services, and professional services.

Additionally, Ms. Feldman has served on boards of directors for professional and community organizations, and as a partner in an entrepreneurial philanthropic venture aimed at improving the educational impact for at-risk youth.

With three decades of expertise and a solid track record in thought leadership and the creation of leadership and talent development solutions, Ms. Feldman is a key contributor to the development of several firm-wide solutions. She has created programs for the leadership pipeline, succession planning, talent review, mentoring, career management, and leadership development.

Ms. Feldman holds a master’s degree in human development from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Minnesota. She also received formal Coaches’ Training through the New Ventures West “Coaching to Excellence” program and is a Minnesota State Licensed Psychologist.


Jessica Robinson Gemm

Title: Director of Talent

Organization: For Impact

Location: Colorado

Jessica’s passion for making an impact has guided her through a non-traditional career path, enabling her to develop a breadth of skills in the nonprofit and policy arenas. Along the way she learned some fast lessons about how fundraising should work, as well as a broader perspective on what it takes to build a great organization.

A few years into her career, Jessica was asked to launch and lead the human resources department at College Summit, an award-winning, fast-growing national organization, where she was able to combine her love of strategy and systems with her ability to understand and develop people. During this time, she created or revamped critical processes and used her recruiting skills to grow the staff from 35 to 110 over four years.

Jessica jumped further into talent and human resource work through her own nonprofit consulting company, with a particular focus on helping organizations find the best people, and providing coaching to help them succeed. Her total recruiting numbers: nearly 200 hires, 1,000 interviews, and many thousands of resumes reviewed – while still finding time to run a few half-marathons (even at a very slow pace) and eat a lot of good food.

Now as the Director of Talent at For Impact, she is bringing her experience in organizational development and recruiting to clients in need of advice, coaching, and hands-on help to make sure their teams can change the world.

Jessica is a Boston native, and after 15 years living in Chicago, Washington, DC, and Boston, she and her husband Mike (also a For Impact coach!) now live in Colorado Springs with their sons, Nathaniel and Alexander. She is a graduate of the University of Chicago, and of Georgetown University’s Leadership Coaching Certificate Program.


Barbara Goretsky

Title: Principal

Organization: Barbara Goretsky Consultancy

Location: Virginia

As Principal, Barbara Goretsky provides consultative services to corporate clients in the areas of talent and leadership development, executive coaching, learning programs, and team development and effectiveness.  Her clients include large membership organizations, utilities, technology companies, and financial institutions among others. Her previous career as corporate director, learning and leadership development at Northrop Grumman Corporation, provides the basis for her expertise in these areas and provides for practical application of best practices and cutting edge methodologies. At Northrop Grumman, Barbara was responsible for supporting the corporate learning and leadership development strategy, with particular emphasis on designing, developing, and running Northrop Grumman’s core leadership development programs.  Additionally, she was chartered with designing the CEO’s annual leadership conference, 360-degree feedback processes, coaching and mentoring initiatives and various competency models.  

Barbara has significant HR experience, both in leadership and organizational development and in HR generalist roles.  After joining TRW in Northern Virginia in 1985, Barbara started the training and OD function for the Defense Systems Group’s East Coast operations.  She served as Director, Learning and Development for TRW Systems Integration Group, where she designed and implemented several executive development programs.  Barbara has also held numerous HR generalist positions.  Prior to these positions, Barbara worked at the Federal Reserve Board in Washington, DC in a management development/OD position and the Prudential Insurance Company in New Jersey.

Barbara holds B.A. and M.A. degrees from the Pennsylvania State University in Journalism and Speech Communications, and a second Master’s degree in Human Resources from the American University in Washington, DC.  She is also a graduate of  UVA’s Executive Education  Program on Management Development, a graduate of Northrop Grumman’s HR Leadership Program at UCLA, and is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR).  She is the author of several articles including, Building a Talent Pipeline, T&D Journal, 2007. 


David Harris

Title: Coach & Facilitator

Organization: DH Coaching

Location: California

David Harris has more than 25 years of C-Suite experience in the public sector as a COO and CFO.  In these executive roles, David was known for building and leading highly motivated teams, eliminating organizational silos, mentoring staff and peers, and exceeding annual goals.  "What lights me up is helping others to be at their best… I work in partnership with executives to strengthen their leadership skills, with teams to assist them in being high performing and with junior leaders to build their skills as they ascend in their career."

David has brought his breath and depth of business knowledge, facilitation skills and coaching expertise to a range of organizations, including entrepreneurial start-ups, global financial institutions, health care conglomerates, high-tech pioneers, manufacturing industrialists, and non-profit organizations.  He is a Hudson Institute Certified Coach and a Myers-Briggs practitioner.  David earned his Master’s of Management from Antioch University and Bachelor’s of Science from Northwestern and Edinburgh Universities.  David’s also an avid racquetball player and enjoys theatre on and off the stage.  His wife, Dr. Melinda Garabedian, and he have two teenagers and live near Los Angeles.


Carol Hoopes

Title: Co-Founder and Principal

Organization: Quests for Learning

Location: Newton, MA

Carol Hoopes has broad experience in leadership development and in coaching senior managers from a range of companies, non-profits, and new ventures. She provides fresh, real world perspectives grounded in her years as a senior manager in healthcare and as the creator of innovative learning vehicles, partnerships and programs at Boston University. As Co-Founder and Principal of Quests for Learning, she works with senior leaders on organizational strategy, team development, business process development, and change management. Carol has coached and consulted extensively with senior executives to help them strengthen their leadership and operational capabilities, and sustain deep connections to customers, clients, partners, employees, and other stakeholders. She has developed and facilitated senior leadership programs for companies including Citigroup, Grist, John Hancock, NORTEL, Our Bodies Ourselves, Pfizer, Pharmacia and Pitney Bowes, and has helped senior executives with career transitions as a career associate for Lee Hecht Harrison. 

Prior to this, Carol served as Director of the Leadership Institute at Boston University and as Associate Director of several Institutes including the Institute for Leading in the New Economy, the Manufacturing Roundtable and the Institute for Non-Profit Management and Leadership. She was also Associate Director of the University’s Institute for Technology Entrepreneurship and Commercialization, where she developed a wide range of partnerships related to clean technology and sustainability. Before her work at Boston University, Carol spent fifteen years in healthcare as a senior manager for the Harvard Community Health Plan. This included serving as Administrator of a 15,000 member health center and Director of their corporate customer service operation. She also served as Associate Director of Operations. Carol has a B.A. degree in Education from the State University of New York College at Buffalo and is certified in several personality and assessment tools.


Deborah Lemmerman

Title: VP, Human Resources

Organization: Hebrew SeniorLife

Location: Massachusetts

Deborah Lemmerman is a business leader with a strong ability to assess organizational landscape and develop proactive HR solutions to address business challenges and objectives. She is widely recognized for success in articulating vision and proactively shaping the culture through implementation of change initiatives and highly actionable employee engagement programs. Deborah is regarded as a trusted advisor who can play a hands-on role in the leadership of the organization, and provide guidance on the HR function to promote new thinking and innovative solutions.

Prior to her current role at Hebrew SeniorLife, Deborah held various Human Resources leadership roles at several law firms. She is a professionally trained coach with an undergraduate degree in Psychology/Sociology and an MBA. 


Cathi Litcher

Title: Founder & Owner

Organization: The Litcher Group, LLC

Location: North Carolina

Cathi Litcher, M.S.W. is a coach, trainer, and facilitator who has helped thousands of managers, executives, and professionals reach their full potential. Cathi's passion is to support individuals, teams, and organizations to enable them to elevate their game. In this rapidly-shifting and ever-changing world, Cathi's clients appreciate her ability to be direct and compassionate.

Prior to turning her full attention to leadership development, Cathi spent over 28 years in Human Resources, Employee Development, Project Management, Strategic Planning with government clients and agencies throughout the U.S. Her unique communication style drives her ability to quickly assess, analyze, and customize professional strategic development paths for government and corporate clients alike.

Cathi's experience and accountability for results, coupled with her training proficiency in organizational development, enable her to build strong relationships based on trust and credibility with her clients in all business sectors. Cathi has served as speaker, workshop leader, and coach. She earned a MSW from Virginia Commonwealth University, considers herself a life-long learner and enthusiastically partners with others who support leadership development measurable outcomes.

She currently serves as founder and owner of  The Litcher Group, LLC; is certified Judgement Index (TM) Consultant; a Coach and Leadership Consultant for Statarius, LLC and Epic Coaching and Consulting, LLC; in addition to engaging other public and private sector organizations to elevate their game using unique customized adult learning techniques. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Tri-County Economic Development Alliance located in Northwestern Illinois.


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Pernille Spiers-Lopez

Title: Co-Founder and Life Designer

Employer: Good Life Designed

Location: California

Pernille is together with her daughter the co-founder of Good Life Designed and the author of Design Your Life. She is an international business leader with over 20 years executive experience and a unique focus on developing both business and people. Among several top executive positions she held the position as President and CEO for IKEA North America, global Chief HR Officer and was a member of the executive management team of the IKEA Group for 10 years. 

In addition to her work with Good Life Designed she is a Corporate and Non-Profit Director in both US and Europe with a focus on Retail, Leadership, Strategy, Competence development, succession and compensation. She is currently on the board of directors for Meijer Corporation, Grand Rapids, Michigan, Coop DK, Copenhagen, Denmark and Save The Children US and International.

Throughout her career she has been dedicated to advancing Gender Intelligence, Cultural Inclusiveness and empowering individuals to achieve their highest aspirations while remaining true to themselves. It is through that lens she approaches her work as a business leader, coach and mentor. Pernille has two adult children and lives with her husband in Belmont Shore, California.


Barb Lubinski

Title: Principal Consultant

Organization: Korn Ferry Leadership and Talent Consulting

Location: Minneapolis, MN

Ms. Lubinski has over twenty years of business experience focused on the identification, assessment, and development of leadership talent. She has worked in both external consulting and internal talent management roles, where she developed and implemented talent practices that included succession planning, identification and assessment of high-potential talent, leadership competencies, 360 feedback, and high-potential development programs.

Ms. Lubinski has diverse coaching experience with senior leaders through early career high potentials across a range of industries and functions. Oftentimes the leader is focused on optimizing performance in a current role and preparing for advancement. She takes both a personalized and systemic approach to leadership development, recognizing that leadership does not occur in a vacuum but is significantly influenced by organizational dynamics and reward systems. She partners closely with the organization and individual leader to create and implement a customized plan that meets both the organization and individual leader's needs, which facilitates the individual and organization working together to sustain performance over time.

Ms. Lubinski holds a master's degree in counseling psychology from the University of Minnesota and is a licensed psychologist. She completed a mini MBA at the University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis. She received extensive leadership assessment and coach training at PDI Ninth House, a Korn Ferry company, is certified on both PDI Ninth HOuse and Lominger assessment tools, and completed formal coach training with New Ventures West.


Dina Maloney

Title: Co-Founder

Organization: EPIC Coaching and Consulting

Location: North Carolina

Dina Maloney is a business and executive coach, workshop facilitator, and motivational speaker that is passionate about empowering people and organizations to evaluate where they are, where they want to be, determine what it will take to get there, and commit to taking the steps to make it happen. Over the past 25 years, she has served as a catalyst for change and excellence as a Communication Executive, College Educator and Administrator, and Steward of Leadership Development, and is now utilizing the knowledge, insight, and experiences she gained in those roles to lead others to peak performance. 

Dina’s approach to individual and leadership development is to fully engage those she works with in a self-discovery process; first, determining an individual’s core values, their personal strengths, their passion and their mission, and then empowering them to align their decisions, behaviors, and actions with their identified authentic self.  She firmly believes that leadership is a responsibility, not a position.  Once someone understands the difference and is willing and able to be who they want to be, not who they should or need to be, and accept the need for change, it is then that the ability to lead exists.  

Dina earned a Master of Arts Degree in Communication Media from Barry University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Florida State University, where she majored in English and minored in Communication.  She provides training and coaching around a number of assessment tools, including Myers Briggs Temperament Instrument (MBTI), Emotional Intelligence 2.0, Strengthsfinder 2.0, the Judgment Index, and an IVA (Individual Values Assessment). In additional to the Impact Center’s Women’s Executive Leadership Program, Dina is also a contributing coach for UNC Chapel Hill’s Bridges Academic Leadership Program for Women, and serves as a coach and consultant for Statarius, LLC. She is a member of the Global and Raleigh Chapter of the International Federation of Coaches and is in the process of earning her Associate Certified Coach (ACC) Credential.


Sarah Mann

Title: Leadership Coach and HR Consultant

Organization: Independent

Location: Massachusetts

Sarah Mann is a Leadership Coach and strategic HR consultant with more than 20 years’ of experience in B2C, B2B, Global and startup environments. She has held several senior level roles in marketing, operations and human resources. Sarah’s passion is developing leaders at all levels of the organization, driving teams and individuals to higher levels of performance through coaching and performance consultation. She takes a “hands on” approach with her clients and has been described by others as a “force of energy,” and “strategic,” with a “refreshing perspective.”  

Most recently, Sarah held a senior HR role at Automatic Data Processing (ADP), supporting different lines of business generating more than $325M in annual revenue. While there she coached and led her clients through a number of dynamic organizational restructures and significant cultural transformations. Prior to ADP, Sarah was one of the key leaders at AMP, a youth marketing agency, where she led national promotions for clients including, Converse, Timberland and Gillette. During her tenure, Sarah was instrumental in helping grow the agency from its infancy stages to a robust organization generating nearly $45M in revenues. 

Sarah holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. In addition to obtaining her SPHR, she is also MBTI certified, and a Motivation Factor Certified Practitioner (MFCP). Sarah has been a NEHRA member since 2004 and has sat on numerous committees during that time. She is also a member of The Boston Club, and the Boston Facilitator’s Roundtable. 


Beth Minton

Title: Executive Coach

Organization: Beth Minton & Associates

Location: North Carolina

Beth Minton is an executive coach specializing in helping people understand themselves and those around them, what they would like to achieve, and how best to get there from here. She brings over 30 years management, consulting, coaching and training experience to improving the effectiveness of leaders and their teams in competitive environments. Beth’s clients appreciate her nononsense guidance toward seeing things for what they are and her challenging, yet caring support in making positive change, both in their organizations and personally. One executive describes his experience: “Since I’ve been working with Beth, I’ve grown in ways I never knew I could. I’m a much stronger leader, more confident in my own skin, and the work we’ve done with my team has them stepping up too. We can even see the effects across the entire company.” 

Beth’s perspectives and mastery result from her rich and diverse background. Her first leadership role was in the US Coast Guard where she served as an officer on active duty. She began her business career as a brand manager in packaged goods companies, followed by a stint as CEO of a start-up and several years as a strategic planning and organizational effectiveness consultant. Since 2000, she has been coaching executives, high-potential leaders and business teams toward reaching their full potential and realizing their visions. Equally as diverse are her clients, which have included Easter Seals UCP of NC & VA, RTI International, GKN Driveline, Novo Nordisk, KB Home and Nortel Networks, as well as several smaller companies and start-ups. 

She is certified by the International Coach Federation as a Professional Certified Coach and by the Coaches Training Institute as a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach. Beth is also a graduate of the Center for Right Relationships’ Organization and Systems Relationship Coaching Program. She leads Best Year Yet goal-setting workshops for individuals and business teams, and is certified in several individual and team assessments, including Tilt 360, Six Advisors and DISC. Beth is active in the International Coach Federation and the Organization Development Network, and has served as President of the Triangle OD Network, North Carolina. Her MBA is from the Anderson School of Management at UCLA, and she holds an MS in Industrial Psychology from California State University at Long Beach. 

Beth describes her philosophy and style of coaching: “I know that all healthy individuals have within themselves the ability to be creative and resourceful, to develop and nurture strong relationships, to make sound decisions, to take care of themselves, and to grow as leaders. My job as coach is to listen, question, challenge, hold accountable and champion as the journey unfolds.” 


Laura Neal

Title: Executive Career Coach and Facilitator

Organization: Be the Leaf Coaching

Location: Virginia

Laura Neal, ACC, CALC is an expert Executive Career Coach and Facilitator who specializes in Authentic Conscious Leadership with the vision to change the face of corporate. With more than 30 years in corporate America, Laura stepped out of her senior management position in one of Fortune 100’s largest IT companies to pursue her passion and purpose: executive coaching. Her corporate roles spanned from sales to training to operations and provide her with real-life, in-the-trenches business acumen and experience. Throughout her corporate career, the trials, tribulations and politics taught her that a successful career requires being in touch with your own needs, desires, and definition of fulfillment — in other words, your authentic self. As airlines warn us, “Please insure your own oxygen mask is securely in place before helping others.” 

Laura often is referred to as a “direct communicator” for her ability to candidly mirror back incongruity and challenge limiting beliefs while holding her clients with compassion and empathy. Her coaching has been referred to as “a gift,” “the wind beneath my wings,” and “roadblock wrecker.” Her coaching is focused on finding and tapping into the client’s authenticity and uniqueness and applying that to their careers and leadership style. Her clients range from individual contributors to high potentials to senior executives, all of whom have the common goal of searching for a life that connects their core values and unique gifts with a career of purpose and fulfillment. 

Laura has served as an Executive Career Leadership Coach, facilitated “Bring Your Career to Life” Workshops and “Leader as Coach” forums for Cisco Systems, Inc. She is a Certified Emotional Intelligence Assessment practitioner and LinkUp Instinctive Drives Master. As part of her philanthropic DNA, Laura holds voluntary leadership roles at Raleigh Coaching Academy as Head of Client Engagement and Adjunct Faculty, continuing to help others fulfill their dreams of becoming a coach. 

Laura graduated from Drake University with a Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts and Raleigh Coaching Academy with her Certified Authentic Leadership Coach certification. She obtained her ACC through the International Coach Federation in 2015. She resides on the beautiful Delmarva Peninsula overlooking the Chesapeake Bay with her husband and two dogs. A life-long lover of “air in her hair,” Laura retired her motorcycle for a boat and, when she is not transforming lives, can be found fishing or enjoying the sunset from her dock, living in the moment and rejoicing in it!



Dina Rauker

Title: Principal Consultant

Organization: Korn/Ferry International

Location: Minnesota

Dina Rauker is a Principal Consultant with Korn Ferry Leadership and Talent Consulting and is based in the Firm’s Minneapolis office. Ms. Rauker has over 15 years of experience as a leadership and executive development consultant. A focus of her practice is senior executive development, and she is certified in Korn Ferry’s proprietary Executive to Leader Institute executive development process. She works with a diverse clientele, from global Fortune 50 to mid-size companies across industries, including financial services, life sciences and healthcare, manufacturing, consumer goods and retail, and non-profits. 

Ms. Rauker partners with clients to co-create solutions for their talent needs.  As an executive coach, she applies keen attention to understanding clients’ experiences to quickly establish trusted relationships. She addresses development in the context of organizational needs and culture, challenges clients to think and make decisions in new ways, and helps them hone and integrate leadership behaviors that foster business success as well as personal and career satisfaction. 

Ms. Rauker brings a global and systemic perspective to her consulting work with early career experience with national and international organizations including the National Governors’ Association and the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Office of International Cooperation and Development.
She is a licensed psychologist in the state of Minnesota and is a member of the Consulting Psychology Division of the American Psychological Association. 
Ms. Rauker received her doctorate and master’s degrees in counseling psychology from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota, and her bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics and in rural sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 


Joan Rosenberg Ryan

Title: Coach

Organization: Joan Rosenberg Ryan Consulting

Location: Watertown, MA

Highly skilled and experienced senior leadership executive coach, organization development professional and attorney with long term demonstrated track record facilitating sustainable professional growth, behavior change, and collaborative and interpersonal skill building for individuals and teams.  Strong record of program and materials development and delivery in settings world-wide.  Superb interviewing skills including translating interview material to online learning modules.

Significant Accomplishments

  • Go-to leadership and executive coach for major US law firms 2001-2014, significant record of assisting successful partners in building sophisticated management and leadership skills into their law.
  • Successful interventions to solve highly volatile serious behavior issues allowing professional advancement including advanced work in anger management.
  • Co-created and actualized a large scale training program in the Enneagram system of personality, self- awareness and meditation since 2003 making 12 annual teaching trips to Bangkok Thailand.
  • Mastered the art of teaching to a largely non-English speaking audience and interfacing with translators to maximize the learning in the programs.
  • Researched and conducted in depth video recorded interviews with more than 50 major authors and teachers in the fields of leadership development, positive psychology, coaching, and related fields in 4 annual conferences co-sponsored with Harvard Medical School titled “Coaching in Leadership and Medicine (2010-2014 and ongoing annually).
  • Created and presented self awareness training programs for interns, residents and medical school faculty for the Department of Psychiatry at a major Medical School and Hospital in Bangkok, Thailand.
  • Trainer and materials development expert for Multi-party Collaboration Training project for government functionaries in differing agencies under USAID contracts in the field of HIV-AIDS prevention and treatment – focus on collaboration and negotiation skills for leaders working toward common goals but subject to differing agency mandates and directives.

A.B. Washington University in St. Louis, J.D. New England School of Law. Licensed Attorney in Massachusetts. She has been working in the Coaching industry since its beginnings in the early 1990s.  Joan has leveraged her legal experience and knowledge, together with her studies in personality and psychology to create a thriving coaching practice since 1996.  


Jan Rybeck

Title: Partner

Organization: COPIA Coaching and Consulting

Location: Maryland

Ms. Rybeck’s expertise builds from over twenty-five years of experience and training in psychology, business, organizational and leadership development, and executive coaching. She is a sought after facilitator, coach, and consultant with a proven track record in delivering engaging, relevant, and impactful development programs to build leadership capacity and results based performance throughout an organization. Working primarily at the senior executive level, Ms. Rybeck supports leaders and teams at the top of the house to hone their leadership presence; apply and build their capabilities in the most impact-full, economical, and sustainable ways; and align purpose with effective action..

Prior to joining Korn Ferry she was senior manager and coaching practice lead at ICF International where she built, managed, and contributed to new and repeat business totaling more than $2 million. Additionally, she led training for CMG Associates, a workplace behavioral consulting firm, and has co-owned and managed two small businesses in the health care sector. Ms. Rybeck received the ‘Distinction in Teaching’ award for her work teaching Psychology of Leadership at Harvard University. She is a Master Certified Coach (MCC) through the International Coach Federation. She has co-authored two white papers:  “The Secret of a Successful Telework Program,” and“The Unexpected Powers of Coaching” and provides thought leadership for next practices in coaching delivery.

Certifications include Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Voices®, OPM 360,  Center for Creative Leadership Suite of tools, Decision Styles, Succession Architect®, Interview Architect®, Team Architect®, viaEDGETM, Hogan Leadership suite, Strategic Alignment Architect®, PROFILOR®, and the LMF-MAP (Mature Adult Profile). Ms. Rybeck earned a master’s degree in clinical practice from Boston University and a bachelor of science degree in psychology from the University of Oregon. For more about Jan, read her recent blog post:


Clarice Scriber

Title: Executive Coach & President

Organization: Clarity Consulting, Inc.

Location: Maryland

Clarice Scriber is an executive coach and President of Clarity Consulting, Inc., a Baltimore-based company that specializes in coaching clients who want to enhance their leadership communication and presence for organizational results.

For the past 15 years, Clarice has coached seasoned executives and managers who have been successful in delivering results, but need to develop their interpersonal communication and leadership skills to achieve their goals. As part of her coaching offer, Clarice works with leaders who want to enhance their podium and presentation skills. Clarice believes that leaders must find their voice and the leadership style that works best for them. To that end, she coaches leaders to find their authentic presence to discover new possibilities and creative solutions.

Prior to launching Clarity Consulting, Inc. Clarice was an executive coach and senior consultant at Fannie Mae, where she worked on a team that designed and managed the company’s high potential development programs and coached senior leaders. Before becoming a coach, she was an executive speechwriter at Fannie Mae, a journalist and a public relations specialist in a top-20 television station and at The Baltimore Sun. For a number of years, she lectured and taught speech communications and journalism at Morgan State University and the University of Maryland, College Park.

She is currently on the faculty of the Georgetown Leadership Coaching Program and is the co-editor of and contributor to the book, On Becoming a Leadership Coach: A Holistic Approach to Leadership Coaching (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013 and 2008).


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Deborah Slobodnik

Title: Co-Founder & Principal

Organization: Options for Change

Location: Massachusetts

Deborah Lipman Slobodnik, co-founder and principal of Options for Change, is a senior organizational consultant and coach, with over 25 years’ experience in managing change, developing leaders and building teams. She built her reputation by marrying the fields of organizational development and family systems to produce a practical and powerful approach that aligns culture, teams and leaders around the future business vision and strategy. Deborah was nominated by clients and colleagues and selected as one of the top 10 Executive Coaches in the Boston area through The Boston Herald and

Her ability to quickly identify the “pain points” and to customize successful interventions that change the behavior of both individuals and teams has made her an invaluable resource to clients in diverse industries such as biotech, healthcare, finance, high tech, professional services and non profits.

Her well reputed workshops, Making Change Happen™ and FasTeams® for Leaders have been praised as “the antidote to the real human issues that undermine all change efforts.” They have been presented to hundreds of leaders, change agents and project managers throughout the US, Canada, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. As a result, besides her own clients, she mentors other consultants and coaches, helping them become more effective in that role.

Deborah has also co-authored the FasTeams® web-based toolset so that leaders and coaches can coach teams despite the challenges of their complex, cross-functional and virtual environments. The response has been overwhelming with such feedback as, “Deborah, it went better than good. I’m thrilled at the results. I can’t remember the last time I’ve used a more effective toolset.”

Deborah is also a regular presenter at international conferences including INC Magazine, Linkage, Project Management Institute and Pegasus Communications. She teaches team leadership at Babson College and facilitates a forum for women Executive Directors through The Commonwealth Institute. The case study of her work with the MathWorks appeared in Linkage’s Best Practices in Leadership Development 2000.

Her academic credentials include an advanced degree in Organizational Development from Antioch College, an undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, training at the National Training Labs and an advanced coaching certificate from the Kantor Family Institute in Cambridge, MA.


Susan Symington

Title: CEO

Organization: COPIA Coaching and Consulting

Location: McLean, VA

Susan Symington is the CEO of COPIA Coaching and Consulting, a company comprised of former executives uniquely qualified to coach and develop leaders in the public and private sectors. After 31 years with the Central Intelligence Agency, she retired to begin coaching and consulting full time on leadership development in the public and private sectors. With many years of experience living and working overseas, Ms. Symington is particularly interested in cross-cultural coaching and feedback.  In the CIA, she managed human resources, including recruiting, training, employee development, coaching, mentoring, and succession planning.  She has designed and taught extensively in leadership programs.  In her last executive position, she oversaw all budgetary resources and strategic planning for CIA's Clandestine Service. 

A graduate of the Newfield Coach Training Program and an ICF Professional Certified Coach, Ms. Symington has worked extensively in the Intelligence Community and the private sector using the Hogan suite of instruments to give substantive feedback to individuals and teams ranging from executives to interns.  She is also certified to give feedback using the Leadership Circle, the Center for Creative Leadership's Benchmarks, 360 By Design, Executive Dimensions, and Prospector. Her clientele has included senior officials in CIA, the Department of Homeland Security, the Director of National Intelligence, and private businesses. Ms. Symington has coached and consulted widely in the international arena via Skype, including Hong Kong, Bangkok, Riga and Paris. More than half her life has been spent overseas working and learning in other cultures. Committed to work that brings a high impact to her community, she is also part of the leadership development and coaching team for cohorts of high potentials in the District of Columbia Public School system who are moving into principal positions.

Ms. Symington's training and personal philosophy lead her to work with her clients as a partner. Coaching leaders, especially those under the high levels of stress common in the national security arena, requires both toughness and respect. While working with clients towards their goals, Ms. Symington brings a light touch and diplomacy as she holds them accountable for their actions and decisions. Her extensive work with groups, including those comprised of businessmen dealing with cross-culture issues and virtual teams, has led to successful organizational change leadership in a variety of public and private sector arenas. Feedback indicates that Ms. Symington’s clients are especially appreciative of her ability to speak their language, understand their challenges, and help them on their path to more successful and satisfying careers.



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Peg Clarkson, Executive Coach, Senior Consultant, and Professional Facilitator, Shambaugh Leadership

Nancy Dunnells, Owner, LHC Associates

Dee Gaeddert, Leadership and Training Consultant, Korn/Ferry International

Sofia Gruskin, Associate Professor of Health and Human Rights; Director of the Program on International Health and Human Rights; Harvard School of Public Health

Brian Frawley, Senior Principal Consultant, Korn Ferry Hay Group

Jim Harmon, Chairman, Harmon & Co. LLC

Chris Jennings, President, Jennings Policy Strategies

Nicole Lambrou, President, ThreeTenets, Inc.

Mary Lindquist, Leadership Coach and Organizational Consultant, Art of Positive Change

William Marshall, Kenan Professor of Law, University of North Carolina

Pat McGinnis, Professor of Practice, Georgetown Public Policy Institute

Daphne Miller, Executive Coach, DDM Consulting LLC

Betsy Myers, Speaker, Author, Public Servant, Mentor, Advocate, Myers Leadership

Caroline Nicholl, CEO & Founder, Blue Apricot Solutions Co.

Cheryl Persighel, Consultant, Consultants Consortium, Inc.

Dianne Rankin, Federal Executive and Leadership Coach, The Greystone Consulting Group, Inc.

Kathleen Sack, VP, Talent & Organization Development, American Red Cross

Cheryl Alexander Stearns, CEO, Cheryl Alexander & Associates, Inc.

Kristin Von Donop, Senior Consultant, Teleos Leadership Institute

Ellen Weisberg,  Women's Initiative Director, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Ellen Wingard, Principal, Ellen Wingard & Associates

Andrea Winter, Owner, Leadership Potential Unlimited, LLC

Sarah Wang, Senior Associate, DLA Piper