Leadership coaches

The Ford School has cultivated a diverse bench of over 20 International Coaching Federation-certified coaches who have experience in the public sector and are located in the U.S. or abroad. Coaches assist students in approaching workplace challenges with a growth mindset, curiosity and empathy, and with awareness—helping them become their professional best selves.


The coaching conversations with Ford students often focus on the same questions that I find my CEO clients confronting. That the students are grappling with these now means they are advancing in their leadership journeys to great advantage. I have much hope for the future, knowing this next generation of public sector leaders are developing this level of self awareness and leadership insight now."

Alan Booth, executive leadership coach


Get to know our coaches

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    Anna Alvarez Boyd is an International Coach Federation (ICF), Associate Certified Coach (ACC) and is the founder of Executive Horizons LLC. Anna has a passion for developing the next generation of leaders and her coaching starts with the belief that every person has an innate wisdom that can be accessed through reflection and transformational leadership development. She supports her clients with deeper self-discovery and a tailored approach that takes people on a journey to reintroduce themselves to their own power. 

    Anna was named a Top Coach in Orlando by Influence Digest because of her strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and her extensive experience as a senior leader during times of crisis, including 9/11, the Great Recession, and the COVID-19 pandemic. Throughout her career, Anna has acted as an advisor for leadership development and DEI programs across government, corporate and the non-profit sectors where she led housing, mortgage finance and community development policy at a national level. Anna currently holds the position of Senior Associate Director at the Federal Reserve Board, where she is responsible for directing consumer and community development research and programs that inform and support Federal Reserve policymakers. Anna’s clients include Darden University Foundation - Customs and Border Protection leaders, The Reinvestment Fund, and individual senior leaders with Federal Financial Regulatory agencies.

    With 25 years of executive leadership experience, Anna has expanded her impact and her commitment to the next generation of leaders through her nonprofit, FairWays to Leadership. The innovative program, co-founded with her husband, is a leadership development program that serves women and students of color. Started in central Florida in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the racial reckoning in the summer of 2020, the program builds leadership skills through golf. Anna’s expertise in community and economic development have bolstered the efforts bringing an immersive leadership program to over 150 students to collegiate campuses in two states.  

    Anna is a native of San Francisco, California and a graduate of San Francisco State University.  She is a graduate of Georgetown University’s Transformational Leadership Coaching program and a member of the International Coaching Federation, ACC level certified coach.  She enjoys poetry, dance and art.  

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    With 20 years of experience analyzing and advocating for policies that advance economic justice and racial and gender equity, Allegra is a coach and consultant who partners with mission driven organizations to support and retain staff, maximize the impact of leaders at all levels, and cultivate the development of creative and connected teams.

    Allegra is a leader whose deep experience across government and non-profits includes playing key roles in large-scale campaigns to expand access to health care, income support, child care, employment and training, and retirement security. Her expertise includes coaching, team building, leadership development, policy and program development and analysis, coalition building and advocacy.

    Allegra received her masters degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan, with a focus on policy and community organizing. Her practicum was at the Detroit City Council, where she served as a legislative aide to the Council President. Allegra's experience at the University of Michigan, including her practicum, solidified her interest in and commitment to public policy as a vehicle for social change. After graduating, she was awarded a Presidential Management Fellowship at the US Department of Labor. She then went on to work as a Senior Policy Analyst at CLASP, and at Community Change, where she was the Deputy Director of Public Policy.

    Allegra is thrilled to combine her love of coaching, leadership development and public policy in order to support University of Michigan students to continue to grow and develop as leaders.

    Allegra brings empathy and curiosity to her coaching. As a former improviser, she loves to combine a sense of playfulness and spontaneity with challenging and serious work. Allegra is the daughter of immigrants, who instilled in her a lifelong interest in learning about other cultures. She was born and raised in New York City and now lives in Maryland with her husband and two daughters. She is a certified coach through the International Coach Federation.

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    Alan Booth is an Executive Coach working with leaders at C-suite, Partner and Operational levels to discern how they can be their best selves as leaders and apply this insight to advance toward business and personal outcomes they consider important.

    Alan approaches each coaching engagement on its own merits, reflecting a client’s unique background, strengths, aspirations, goals and environment. Clients will experience coaching rooted in Alan's commitment to a safe, supportive environment of mutual respect and trust in support of self-discovery and new perspectives on themselves and how they lead. In this context clients can uncover new perspectives in validated data and observation across intellectual, emotional and physical dimensions and apply these in service to their leadership aspirations and professional and personal goals.

    Alan commits to his clients to be present and curious; posing new questions and offering non-judgemental observation to support them to transform their understanding of themselves as leaders, recognise opportunities for greater impact and apply and sustain new leadership behaviours. He invites clients simply to commit to the process, frame objectives that are important to them, consider new insights and put new awareness into action.

    Alan’s executive coaching and related practice includes:

    • Personalised leadership coaching for executive and operational leaders seeking to increase their leadership strength and impact
    • Coaching leaders transitioning into new roles
    • Advising executives on developing leadership capacity in themselves and their teams
    • Engaging executives and corporate boards in executive succession planning
    • Advising on leadership development programming at the partner and executive levels.

    Alan's professional experience spans almost four decades in leadership roles across a broad range of Talent disciplines in the Financial Services and Professional Services sectors, including Labour and Employment Law, Training/Development and Corporate HR. He was a partner at Deloitte for over 14 years, leading various innovations in learning and development and serving as an advisory partner to the firm and its clients on Leadership and executive succession matters.

    Alan holds a BA in English from the University of Toronto and an MBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University. He completed his professional coach training at the Institute for Transformational Leadership at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, and holds a Professional Certified Coach designation from the International Coaching Federation. He is certified to deliver The Leadership Circle(TM) leadership effectiveness assessment, the Hogan(TM) Personality Inventory, Development Survey and Motives, Values and Preferences Inventory and the Business Chemistry(TM) assessment.

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    Sandra P. Buteau is the Founder and President of L2T Global Consulting, LLC, a Virginia-based Certified Women-Owned small business serving individuals, companies, and organizations by providing executive leadership development, executive coaching, multicultural training, and career coaching services. She brings over 20 years of experience coaching clients from across the United States and around the world. Sandra has worked in the legal field, at a consulting firm, as a senior administrator in academia, and at a global career management and talent strategy company. Her international background as well as her ability to speak English, Spanish, and French, enables her to excel in specialized and diverse contexts.

    She provides personalized, one-on-one and group coaching sessions to students and professionals to assess their strengths, achieve their professional goals, and develop individualized leadership development goals. In addition, Sandra helps leaders communicate effectively, build trust in relationships, navigate transitions, and develop personal effectiveness in the workplace. Her coaching philosophy is based on staying focused on the client’s objectives and feels strongly that what clients are seeking can be found within them. As a career coach, Sandra provides clients with the proper tools to implement an effective job search strategy.

    Sandra holds a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) Certification from the International Coaching Federation (ICF) and is also certified in the Six Domains of Leadership Survey by Delta Leadership, Using Type in Career Counseling by The Center of Applications of Psychological Type, and as a Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® Practitioner by the American Management Association. She received extensive training on Mentor Coaching and became certified in the Hogan Assessments Leadership Forecast Series and is a Value-Added Associate for TTI SI [behaviors (DISC), motivators, acumen, competencies, and emotional intelligence assessments]. Most recently, Sandra became Certified as a Mindfulness-Based Strategic Awareness Teacher Trainer (MBSAT-TT). She also serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Congressional School in Virginia.

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    Michael Cassidy enjoys nearly two-decades of experience working across the Department of Defense (DoD) and Intelligence Community in various analytical, operational, program management and leadership coaching roles.

    While serving as a China military analyst for the Defense Intelligence Agency, Michael drafted numerous assessments for military commanders, senior policymakers and the President’s Daily Brief. At the US Embassy in Tokyo, Japan, he provided in-depth analysis of ongoing geopolitical events, advising the U.S. Ambassador to Japan and other senior leaders on critical policy decisions.

    As a strategic planner for the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence (OUSD(I)), Michael led a multi-functional team that developed tailored, intelligence-driven strategies for senior DoD policymakers, warfighters and the acquisition community. He was hand-selected to lead the drafting of the strategy for a 150+ person organization that commands a ten-figure budget.

    In addition to these experiences, Michael founded NatSec Careers, LLC where he and his team of career and executive leadership coaches help individuals and organizations in the security sector and other industries overcome challenges and achieve important professional goals. 

    Michael holds a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and Master of Arts in International Affairs from The Fletcher School at Tufts University. He studied at the Joint Forces Staff College and Georgetown University’s Institute for Transformational Leadership. He was commissioned as an infantry officer for the U.S. Army in 1998 and served in Afghanistan as part of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM in 2003. He is also an award-winning screenwriter and film producer.

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    Frieda Cheslow brings 20 years’ experience in management, human resources, legal representation, and conflict resolution to her role as a leadership coach. She has expertise in training, mentoring, and optimizing talent to achieve results in large organizations.

    Frieda is a Director at the Social Security Administration’s Office of Analytics, Review and Oversight in Arlington, VA. She leads a 150-person legal division that resolves nationwide disability insurance benefit appeals. Frieda is passionate about creating conditions for people to thrive. She develops her employees through skill-enhancement and competency building initiatives, creates strong teams, and is enthusiastic about supporting growth in leadership positions. Frieda has served in broad operational roles at SSA, including Acting Deputy Associate Commissioner, Office of Public Service and Operations Support in the Washington, DC headquarters area, and Acting Assistant Regional Commissioner for the New York region.

    As a coach, Frieda finds joy in partnering with people as they focus on their goals, discover new strengths, and grow in their chosen domains. Frieda helps clients see options and expand the range of possibilities for their lives. She is drawn to leaders at all stages of their professional journeys. Frieda coaches in a wide range of industries including the arts, IT, journalism, law, healthcare, and financial services. Her clients range from interns at Georgetown University and The University of Michigan Ford School of Public Policy, to senior corporate leaders. She works with leaders in think tanks, start-ups, family run businesses, small businesses, large corporations, not for profits, and the federal sector. 

    Frieda completed the Leadership Coaching Certificate program at Georgetown University’s Institute for Transformational Leadership. She received her B.A. and J.D. degrees from Rutgers University. In her spare time, Frieda practices yoga, cycles, and takes long walks. Creative pursuits include drawing, painting, and printmaking. 

    Frieda can debrief and interpret assessments including Leadership Practices Inventory; Positive Intelligence and Mental Fitness (PQ); Clifton Strengths; OPM Leadership 360 and Leadership Pathfinder 360; Six Domains of Leadership 360 (certified). She is available for one-on-one and group coaching engagements.

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    Claire Davidson is a certified Gallup Strengths and Six Domains of Leadership Survey (SDLS) Coach.

    She works as a Career Development Specialist at Wilson Sonsini in San Francisco, CA. In her role, she helps to manage a career development program for junior associates in Wilson Sonsini's corporate practice. She supports associates as they transition out of law school, coaching them on topics such as professional and leadership presence, project management, and networking. 

    Claire previously worked at the Ford School from 2018 to 2023. Most recently she supported key curricular and extracurricular programs and projects for the Leadership Initiative, including leadership coaching for Ford School MPPs and MPAs. She was the lead facilitator of the CliftonStrengths assessment and managed other leadership assessments and tools for Ford School students. Prior to her work with the Leadership Initiative, Claire was a member of the Ford School’s Career Services team providing career counseling to graduate students. 

    Claire completed her Master of Arts in higher education at the University of Michigan and received her Bachelor of Arts in communication studies at the University of Nebraska—Lincoln.


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    Jonathan is an experienced executive coach who has been a leader in his own right as a successful British diplomat who became an Ambassador and High Commissioner. As a coach he has had a wide range of clients, from those stepping up to leadership positions for the first time to people looking forward to their next major career move in their 60s, from small start-ups to major FTSE100 companies. Jonathan’s clients have ranged across a wide variety of sectors including tech, finance, mining, engineering, healthcare, education, security, non-profit and government. He understands the demands of working at pace whilst thriving and as a coach Jonathan is warm, engaging and attentive whilst providing useful and productive challenges. In addition to coaching, Jonathan also facilitates the induction of new senior public servants in the UK, helping them to understand senior leadership attributes and styles and to gain a better knowledge of systemic thinking. Jonathan's passion for diversity, driven in part by his own experiences as a child and young adult, is shown by workshops that he runs on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion for organizations both in the UK and overseas. 

    Jonathan has recently completed a term as the Vice President of the UK Chapter of the International Coaching Federation, leading almost 3,000 coaches. During his tenure on the Board the Chapter almost doubled its membership, reformed its administrative practices and Jonathan led a team that designed and produced a course focused on neuroscience & coaching, which became the Chapter’s best reviewed and fastest selling product. Jonathan holds the ICF’s ACC credential, EMCC's coach practitioner and team coach practitioner accreditation and the Global Team Coaching Institute's Practitioner Team Coach accreditation. 

    In addition to his coaching work Jonathan is employed as the Chair of Gatwick Airport’s Noise Management Executive Board which brings together diverse stakeholders from across national and local government, industry and communities to agree voluntary ways to reduce noise from aviation. Jonathan also is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh and acts as an ad hoc advisor to its International Executive.

    During his extensive diplomatic career, Jonathan dealt with trade, trade policy, international finance, counter terrorism, conflict and peacebuilding and piracy amongst other issues. He also dealt with issues of diversity and inclusion in the workplace during his career and was awarded an MBE for this work in 2010.

    Jonathan remains a strong public speaker and has spoken to a number of key entities including the CBI, the Caxton Group, Save the Children and St Andrews University.

    Jonathan has led an internationally-focused life. His parents are from England and India, he was born in Canada and he has lived in several more countries including Singapore, Papua New Guinea and Mauritius. He is equally at home with domestic matters in the UK and enjoys walking up and down the various hills that can be found in the countryside. Jonathan is based in London, UK.

    In addition to his coaching credential, Jonathan completed his Masters (MA) at the School of Oriental and African Studies and his Bachelors (MSc(Econ)) at the London School of Economics. He has also studied International Trade Policy at Harvard. 

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    Sadia Ghazanfar brings 15 years of experience in operational leadership in the higher education sector to her role as a leadership coach.  Her mission is to help people create meaningful careers, increase well-being and deepen human connection. 

    Sadia runs a private coaching practice, Slay Your Dragons.  In her practices, she specialises in helping emerging leaders become career-confident, authentic and happy at work.  Her goal as a coach is to be a catalyst.  She finds joy in helping people find clarity, build confidence and self-belief, so they can show up as their highest selves.  

    Sadia uses positive psychology, guided visualisation and neuroscience tools/strategies in her coaching.  She prides herself on being a strategic thinking partner,  diving beneath the surface to facilitate sustainable growth and transformation.  Her coaching style is wise, empathic and mind-body focused. 

    She is a member of the International Coaching Federation (ICF) and is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) a Certified Mental Fitness Coach (CPQC) and has a Bachelor's Degree in Business Studies. 

    Sadia is a second-generation woman of Pakistani, Persian and Afghan heritage.  Sadia lives in Bristol, UK.  In her spare time, she can be found hiking in nature, travelling and exploring the cuisines and cultures of countries and learning to play the bass guitar. 

    You can learn more about her on LinkedIn

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    Reem Labib Tyson serves as an executive coach for entrepreneurs, mission-driven leaders, and individuals who are ready to pivot, transform or looking to get “unstuck.”

    Reem prides herself on being authentic, compassionate, and light-hearted while consistently delivering results. She believes in disrupting the system and challenging boundaries to support clients in their personal and professional journeys.

    • 20+ years as a leader in the education sector
    • 10+ years as an entrepreneur
    • Certification, Leadership Coaching, Georgetown
    • University’s Institute for Transformational Leadership
    • PCC certified, International Coach Federation
    • Partner with universities, charter schools, mission driven non-profit organizations and entrepreneurs to provide coaching for executives and leaders
    • Provide 1-1, group and team coaching experiences
    • BIPOC Coach Collective, Founder
    • Georgetown University Alumni Association, Career Coaching Partnership Program, Coach Certified practitioner: EQi-2.0 and EQi360
    • Bachelors in Psychology, The George Washington University
    • Masters in Education, George Mason University

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    Diane Morrison has been working in the field of leadership and organizational development for over 20 years. She has worked with over 20,000 front-line managers and middle managers in the training environment, designed over 250 leadership courses, and coached leaders for over 10 years.

    Diane is a member of the International Federation of Coaching and graduate of Georgetown University with a certificate in Executive and Leadership Coaching. The prestigious program increased Diane’s ability to partner with leaders to expand their thinking and approach to personal growth, building relationships, and overcoming challenges.

    Diane’s approach to coaching is caring and direct. She is intuitive in her approach and uses her insights to identify where to ask questions or push for greater clarity and movement toward a goal. Diane specializes in vertical development, expanding your capacity for thinking. Diane believes that the client has the capacity to articulate challenges, identify solutions, and create an action plan. Her work is to help the client to explore the thinking and feelings that are contributing to, or getting in the way of, achieving desired outcomes.

    Diane’s work with leadership training and development includes topics such as leadership assessments, accountability, conflict management, influence skills, coaching, giving and receiving feedback, team building, delegation, change management, meeting skills, performance management, and emotional intelligence.  

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    Isabelle Moses has two decades of experience working across the nonprofit, for-profit, and government sectors. Since 2010, her work has focused on partnering with foundations and nonprofits to advance equitable results in communities through courageous leadership and visionary strategies. Isabelle is committed to supporting leaders and communities to realize individual and collective power so that we can all thrive.

    She is Senior Advisor, Executive Office, with Faith in Action Network, the nation’s largest faith-based grassroots community organizing network seeking to dismantle systemic racism and oppression and build beloved communities.

    She runs a part-time independent leadership coaching and consulting practice, Isabelle Moses LLC. Her practice supports leaders and leadership teams to accelerate results by deepening self-awareness and understanding of both why and how current actions promote and inhibit intended outcomes to create intentional shifts in both beliefs and behaviors. Isabelle has coached leaders within dozens of nonprofit organizations and foundations around the country.

    Prior to joining Faith in Action, she led the leadership development practice with Community Wealth Partners, a social sector-focused consulting firm. She previously held consulting roles with Accenture, Eagle Hill Consulting, and The Management Center. Earlier in her career she managed investor communications with The Calvert Foundation and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Cameroon.

    She holds undergraduate and M.B.A. degrees from Georgetown University and is a certified leadership coach from Georgetown’s Institute for Transformational Leadership. She serves on two boards: Hamlin School (San Francisco) and ProInspire (Washington, DC). In her spare time, Isabelle is an avid kayaker and can be found in the marinas and along the shore of the Pacific Ocean near her home in Los Angeles, CA.

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    Adam Schmidt comes to the field of professional coaching and development with more than 15 years of leadership and consulting experience. Throughout his career, people development has been a passion for Adam. He has an exceptional ability to guide others to overcome obstacles—both real and perceived. His capability to translate the diverse work and personal experiences of his clients into tangible resources for personal and professional growth allows him to succeed with individuals from varied backgrounds and professions. 

    Adam is an International Coaching Federation (ICF) Professional Certified Coach (PCC).  As a PCC, his coaching style is shaped by the fundamentals of ICF Professional Coaching—powerful questioning, authentic listening, accountability and being fully present for his clients.  He endeavors to successfully merge and leverage his professional coach training and professional, academic and personal experiences to effectively help people grow and optimize their full potential. Adam is fully committed to the ICF Code of Ethics, ensuring that clients experience coaching in a confidential, ethical and comfortable way.

    Professionally, Adam was an Army officer with assignments in both the Middle East and European theaters for nearly 10 years. During that time, he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for meritorious service during combat operations in Iraq.  More recently, Adam has served as a Senior Consultant in International Policy for both the United States and International Organizations.  In his role as Senior Consultant, Adam has a track record of helping professionals become more effective leaders, communicators, and change agents within their organizations.  Adam is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).

    Academically, Adam is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, the University of Michigan's Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and Georgetown University's School of Continuing Studies. At West Point, Adam learned and applied fundamental tenants of effective leadership such as strategic thinking, goal setting, and communication.  At Michigan, Adam complemented those leadership skills with a Master’s in Public Policy, gaining an understanding of the policies, politics, and prose that are required to create meaningful change. At Georgetown, Adam was professionally trained as a Leadership Coach through Georgetown University’s Leadership Coaching Program. While there, Adam concentrated on a co-active approach to Leadership and Executive Coaching. 

    Personally, Adam is a licensed private pilot, a certified SCUBA diver, and seasoned international traveler. An avid outdoor enthusiast, Adam enjoys mountaineering (the namesake of Smart Summit Coaching) and has summited renowned peaks in Europe, North America, Africa, and Asia. He is very active in his community as a Veteran Ambassador for Team RWB (a Veterans support organization) and as a Coach for Leadership Fairfax, an organization dedicated to training and developing leaders in the Northern Virginia Area. He lives with his wife, Ashlee, in Northville, Michigan, and their very spoiled Beagle, “Huck”.

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    Bridget Seymour developed a passion for leadership and organizational development from her experience serving as a Naval Officer. In her early career, she served as a P-3C Orion Pilot and Aviation Maintenance Quality Assurance Manager. Bridget continued her journey in higher education where she held positions at the United States Naval Academy (USNA) as a Master Leadership Instructor and Assistant Deputy Director of the Leadership and Education Division (LEAD).

    After leaving active military service, Bridget taught as an Adjunct Instructor at James Madison University and for the Navy Leadership and Ethics Center (NLEC). As an independent contractor, she delivered leadership development workshops for various government, Fortune 500, and non-profit organizations spanning industries in healthcare, financial management, hospitality, consumer goods, aviation, engineering, manufacturing, agriculture, and technology. After receiving her International Coach Federation (ICF) accredited training from Georgetown University, Bridget established her own Executive Leadership Coaching practice, and continued her career as a pilot, flying an RQ-4 Global Hawk Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) for Northrop Grumman. 

    As an Executive Leadership Coach, Bridget has partnered with high potential leaders at all levels in the workforce from various government, for-profit, and non-profit organizations. She has served as a coach for the Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) Leadership Assessment Programs (LAP levels I and II) and the NSA’s Executive Assessment Program. Bridget has also provided coaching for the Department of Justice, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the Navy Undersea Warfare Center, Microsoft, and faculty at USNA. Clients have worked on a variety of topics to include work-life balance, conflict management, values alignment, emotional and social intelligence, finding their authentic voice, and presence. She is certified in Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI), FIRO-B®, WorkPlace Big Five™, Hogan assessments, CCL 360-degree assessments, PROFILOR®, KF 360 assessments, and has extensive experience with Strengthsfinder 2.0®, DISC®, EQ-I 2.0®, OPM 360, Thomas Kilmann Conflict Profile (TKI), Conflict Dynamics Profile®, Change Style Indicator™, Influence Style Indicator®, Leadership Circle Profile™, and Pathfinder 360 assessments. Bridget embraces the idea that everyone can impact the world in a meaningful way; she encourages her clients to remain fully present, to stay curious, open-minded, and to experiment with newfound possibilities.

    Bridget is currently a Leadership Solutions Partner at the Center for Creative Leadership working with global clients across industries and sectors. She is recognized for expertise in customized design and delivery of leadership development solutions, curriculum development, experiential instruction abilities, and empowerment of individuals and teams to lead and manage change. Bridget utilizes her unique blend of practical experience and continuous academic scholarship to effectively serve her clients.

    Bridget earned a MS in Management from the Catholic University of America, a BS in Ocean Engineering from the United States Naval Academy, and two graduate certificates in both Organization Consulting and Change Leadership, and Leadership Coaching from Georgetown University. Bridget currently lives with her wife, two sons, and mini-golden doodle in Richmond, VA.

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    Janeen Shaffer is a Professional Certified Coach, sought after for enhancing the internal development and external performance of leaders and their teams.

    Janeen’s coaching niche is working with leaders and teams focused on enhancing their results, increasing their influence and impact, and building their capabilities.  Janeen offers twelve years of demonstrated success in coaching Fortune 500 leaders, public sector leaders, emerging women and diversity leaders, academia and non-profit directors.  She is known for being grounded, strategic, and insightful with her clients and developing a transformative connection.

    Janeen leads Shaffer Coaching + Consulting, LLC, whose clients include Microsoft, EY, Salesforce, FDA, NIST, and the University of Michigan Ford School of Public Policy, among many others. She provides pro bono coaching support to military veterans, Women in Technology, and small business entrepreneurs.

    Prior to launching Shaffer Coaching + Consulting, Janeen was a senior leader at Booz Allen and Deloitte.  She led teams in talent acquisition and performance management for leaders in the government and commercial consulting businesses.  Janeen had a successful track record for delivering strong results, being a change agent, and developing underperforming teams.  She received awards for being an effective leader and coach for teams.

    Janeen is an active speaker and community leader.  She is a board member of the Hanover Chamber Foundation. In addition, Janeen speaks on career and leadership topics to organizations such as the American Foreign Service Association, The Women’s Congressional Staff Association, and the W&M School of Business.    

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    Jane Sommers-Kelly is an Executive Coach working with Leaders in transition who want to keep improving their impact and self-fulfillment. Jane helps each Leader identify what they want to be known for, and what practices would help them achieve their Goals, starting with their next step(s).

    Past Clients include: Michigan County Health Dept. top team; the World Bank; Non-profits; NYC-based Kenyan NGO Exec Dir. & Board; Solar Energy CEO. Having lived and worked internationally for half of her life, Jane has coached Leaders for 10+ years and advised global organizations on their leadership development for over 18 years.

    Approach: Jane knows that each person is unique. You the Client know yourself and your differentiators – I the Coach prompt you to reflect, reconsider and be intentional. Together we identify which skills you want to strengthen, and which practices you might want to adapt for your next Phase.

    Professionally, Jane worked with JPMorgan and Bankers Trust, then ran INSEAD’s Executive Education Business before moving her family to NC where she was a Managing Director @ Duke CE for ten years.

    Academic background: MBA, INSEAD; Summa cum Laude BA, UNC @ Chapel Hill; Graduate, Georgetown University Leadership Coaching Program

    My Community involvement includes having served as: Chairwoman DV Compass Center; Board member, Hotchkiss School; Finance Committee and Trustee of my Church. Sports are a personal passion, as I am the parent of two professional athletes.


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    Anna Sparks provides leadership coaching to executives and rising leaders and employee experience consulting services to clients around the world. Companies and individuals trust Anna to draw out their potential and support them in leveling up as leaders and teams. Rising leaders come to her for support in defining their next career moves including finding their next roles and transitioning from doing to managing others. As a former management consultant, she brings strategy and laser focus to move intractable problems forward leveraging the strengths of her clients.

    She has served the US Federal government in seven countries over the past 20 years in Europe, Africa, South America, and North America. She holds a Bachelor’s in Communications and Sociology, a Master’s in Public Administration, and an Executive Certificate in Leadership Coaching.

    You can learn more about her on LinkedIn and reach her at [email protected]

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    Anne Steen is an ICF PCC Certified leadership coach who founded Keybridge Coaching and Consulting to provide growth-minded business leaders and entrepreneurs with the tools and strategies they need to transform goals and visions into realities. Anne specializes in advising executives and emerging leaders who understand that thriving in a global economy and tech-oriented culture means evolving ahead of change. Her client portfolio has a global footprint and includes leaders in the private, public and non-profit sectors. Her clients work across a wide range of industries including social impact, energy, education, finance, compliance and consulting.

    An established leader in the nonprofit sector, Anne developed her deep expertise by leading large and small teams through challenging situations in their respective organizations. From departmental mergers and downsizing to management changes, Anne offers steadfast leadership and empathetic approaches to ensure management benchmarks are aligned with larger business objectives. Anne’s coaching philosophy is built on the premise that the coach/client relationship is grounded in trust, respect and the desire to grow. While coaching often occurs in an organizational culture, transformation occurs when the focus is on the whole person. As a coach, Anne uses a range of tools including inquiry, reflection, assessments and candid self-awareness to unlock one’s personal and professional potential in life.

    Anne earned her Leadership Coaching Certification through the Institute for Transformational Leadership at Georgetown University. She holds a M.Ed. in Counselor Education from The University of Virginia and a BA in Economics from the University of Mary Washington. Anne integrates service into her life as a mentor coach with the Coaching Fellowship and the Arlington Community Foundation Scholarship Committee. She is a wife, mother of two adult children, a diehard Washington Nationals fan, and two-time veteran of the Camino de Santiago in Spain. Anne believes that professional fulfillment begins with a personal commitment to larger connections in life.

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    Jamey Stowell is a professional leadership coach, strategy consultant, and group facilitator with a diverse background in academic, nonprofit, and business environments. At Georgetown University, African Leadership University, and INSEAD, Jamey designed academic and professional development curricula in collaboration with world-class faculty.  A founding partner of Netcito, Jamey facilitates professional peer groups in a thriving community of entrepreneurs. 

    Following a 25-year career in leadership development, Jamey now serves as a trusted coach for MPP students at the University of Michigan Ford School of Public Policy, an advanced facilitator for the Interpersonal Dynamics course in the Stanford MBA program, and a certified leadership coach utilizing the Six Domains of Leadership Model and a Coactive approach to coaching. By combining Jamey's diverse expertise and passion for driving positive change, he brings a unique perspective to leadership development, strategy consulting, and facilitation.

    Jamey's expertise aligns with the interests of Ford School students in various areas, including:

    • Consulted on projects in the World Bank, focusing on results measurement across a broad set of programs.
    • Established collaborations with organizations in the NGO, government, and quasi-governmental sectors across three continents.
    • Delivered executive leadership programs for hundreds of nonprofit executives throughout the U.S.

    In addition to his professional pursuits, Jamey is a dedicated father of three boys and indulges his (and his kids’) passions for outdoor adventures including fossil hunting, open water swimming, and international travel.

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    A Congressional committee staffer-turned-lobbyist, Parker Tracey spent twenty years in public policy roles, primarily in Washington D.C. Her time on Capitol Hill focused on American Indian and Alaska Native issues, sparking an interest in energy and environmental policy. 

    Outside of negotiating climate legislation and advising decision-makers, Parker is known for advancing cross-collaboration and mutual mentoring across multigenerational workforces.

    A former competitive figure skater and Division I athlete at the University of Michigan, Parker's coaching career began in college. Introduced to the world of leadership development through the LeaderShape Institute, Parker has served as a mentor, coach and facilitator for the past 25 years. 

    An ICF Associate Certified Coach, Parker studied under Martha Beck and is a leadership advisor to public-facing top performers in sports, public service and the arts. Her specialty is helping clients negotiate seasons of uncertainty and exploring intentional transitions between what was and what's next. 

    Parker profoundly cares about our next generation of leaders and is committed to opening doors to those who traditionally haven't had access. Through her pro bono work, she is proud to support change-makers who operate in spaces resistant or hostile to change.

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    As a certified professional coach, Natalia Vayner-Heyraud combines co-active and positive intelligence coaching skills with unique problem-solving tools honed in over 15 years as an international communications and marketing expert in the financial services sector, where she continues to hold a corporate role.

    Discover, refine, ignite

    Natalia works with high potentials at a crossroads in their lives and careers by helping them to discover their unique strengths, refine their ambitions and ignite their passion in order to achieve enduring impact as they become the kind of transformational leaders they aspire to be. For highly rational, analytical thinkers who apply their razor-sharp focus to achieving business goals, Natalia’s coaching style provides a complementary toolkit for accessing intuition, empathy and resilience—key aptitudes for achieving long-term success. Natalia’s mission is to help people tap into their wisdom and find lasting fulfillment in their lives, both personal and professional.

    A unique story

    Originally born in Russia, Natalia moved to the US at the age of 7, which gave her life-long insight into cultural adaptation and deep curiosity for the ways in which individuals navigate profound changes in their lives. She began her career in academia, which brought her to France in 2000 as a researcher and lecturer, then made a transition to the corporate sector. In coaching clients, Natalia draws on her first-hand experience of reinvention and of overcoming cancer, which have shaped her views on how we attain clarity and courage even under the most challenging circumstances.


    Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC), Co-Active Training Institute Associate Certified Coach (ACC), International Coach Federation (ICF) Certification in progress: Positive Intelligence Mental Fitness Coach (CPQC), Positive Intelligence, Inc. MA in Comparative Literature, University of Pennsylvania

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    Paula Di Rita Wishart brings 32 years of leadership and coaching experience in higher education and industry settings. She has created a multi-million dollar university career initiative, developed professional development programs, and led diverse and inclusive teams in higher education. She coaches mid-career professionals on leadership and professional development. Her goal is to foster awareness, motivation, and skills that bring clients to sustained levels of personal and professional growth. She partners with clients to strengthen their ability to be who they want to be in this world as a leader and as a person, so they engage in work with more joy and enthusiasm. She holds her Master’s in Higher Education from BGSU and her Bachelor’s in Economics from the University of Michigan.

    Create a process of collaboration: My work with clients is a collaborative process. Clients bring the content; I bring a process that encourages possibility and forward motion. The client is always in charge and they define the terms of their success and they know someone else is equally invested in those outcomes. Clients work with me to co-create the plan to achieve their outcomes and can rest assured they always have a co-conspirator in their success.

    Structured approaches to professional development: Professional and leadership development is important and highly individualized work. I coach a client in this often challenging work with structured, practical approaches that produce concrete and thematic outcomes for the client; exploring who they are, how they want to lead, the impact they want to make, and why this matters to them. 

    Foster a vision of a client’s best self: Often a client limits what they engage in because the outcomes are uncertain or they fear they might not succeed. This risk-averse behavior limits what is possible for a client. We work together to cultivate a learning mindset and self-efficacy to build the confidence to produce the results they are seeking. 

    Engage in anticipatory problem solving: Obstacles, mistakes, and barriers are an inherent part of any growth and change process. Often the process for addressing obstacles focuses on a reactive model, addressing problems as they arise. My method involves engaging anticipatory problem-solving methods that create future readiness.