Thought-provoking sessions by inspiring speakers

Past Speakers

Member of Marshall Goldsmith 100 Coaches, President of Baldoni Consulting LLC + Global Guru/Leadership + 14x author + Host, "GRACE under pressure" (LinkedIn Live)

President, Thought Leader, Coach and Advisor to Brilliant Leaders and Successful Executives

Entrepreneur, Digital Intelligence and Modern leadership Activist | Member of the Board - Marshall Goldsmith Leadership Coaching

Strategy + Execution Consultant | Speaker | Author of Ruthless Consistency

Executive Coach, PCC, MBA

Senior Vice President, Global Diversity
& Inclusion - Bank of America

Member of Marshall Goldsmith 100 Coaches, MG100 member, CEO of Workplace Equity & Equality (WEE), and the Association of Corporate Executive Coaches (ACEC) Global Guru/ Branding. Host "CB Bowman LIVE" (on LinkedIn Live). Contributing editor Forbes.

CEO - Terry Hildebrandt & Assocciates

Fintech Mentor, Executive Advisory Board Member at Facebook

Founder | Owner at Pine Mountain Digital, Inc.

Co-Founder Courageous Leadership, Forbes Columnist MG100 Coach

CEO at Turnkey Podcast, Podcast Producer & Coach, Business Consultant & Coach

Host, Trainer, Author, Strategist

Leadership Coach, Consultant, and Educator

Host of the Mindset Zone Podcast | Founder of Solo Biz Academy

President & CEO Mercedes Martin &


International Virtual Entertainer

Founder and CEO of SupportingLines
Yoga Enthusiast

John Baldoni, MCEC

Member of Marshall Goldsmith 100 Coaches + Global Guru/Leadership + 14x author + Host, "GRACE under pressure

Session – Leading in an Upside-Down World

John Baldoni is a globally recognized leadership educator, certified Master Corporate Executive Coach, and author of fourteen books that have been translated into ten languages.

John’s books include GRACE: A Leader’s Guide to a Better Us, MOXIE: The Secret to Bold and Gutsy Leadership, Lead with Purpose, Lead Your Boss, and The Leader’s Pocket Guide.

In 2021, the International Federation of Learning and Development named John a World-Class Mentor and named him to its Hall of Fame. In 2020 Global Gurus ranked John a Top 30 global leadership expert, a list he has been on since 2007. In 2018 Inc.com named John a Top 100 speaker and Trust Across America honored John with its Lifetime Achievement Award for Trust. In 2014 Inc.com listed John as a Top 50 leadership expert.

John is also a member of the renowned Marshall Goldsmith 100 coaches, a group of executive coaches and thought leaders from the worlds of business, academia, and social service.

John established a career as a highly sought-after executive coach, where he has had the privilege of working with senior leaders in virtually every industry from pharmaceutical to real estate, packaged goods to automobiles, and finance to health care.

John has authored more than 800 leadership columns for a variety of online publications including Forbes, Harvard Business Review and Inc.com John also produces and appears in a video coaching series for SmartBrief, a news channel with over 4 million readers. John is also the host of LinkedIn Live’s Grace under pressure interview series.

Holly Teska, MBA, MCEC, ACC,

Integral Coach®

Session – Monetization of Coaching

Holly is passionate about authentic leadership, transforming careers, and supporting business success through remarkable leadership.  She currently serves as President of Holly M. Teska Coaching & Consulting where she leverages her experience in leadership, executive coaching, and talent development as the cornerstones of her work in helping leaders become the very best versions of themselves.

Areas of expertise include executive and leadership coaching, personal and professional development for emerging leaders, women in leadership/gender equality, and managing careers through all types of transition.  Holly’s superpower is helping individuals develop an awareness of self, align their intention with perception, and develop new competencies to achieve not only professional and organizational success, but the personal fulfillment that comes with having a career that supports their life purpose and passions.

Holly served as VP & Managing Principal North America Coaching, for a $21 billion Fortune 500 company in the human capital industry.  There she was responsible for leading the North America Executive Coaching practice and the Project Management Office reporting to the Group EVP, Americas.  She was responsible for all aspects of the practice and project management office in the United States and Canada including up to four dozen full-time staff and 350+ project staff.  She served as the North American Community of Practice Lead for Leadership Coaching and as a key member of the Global Center of Excellence for Leadership Coaching.  Holly’s powerful coaching capability is further supported by a strong and functionally diverse background in sales, sales management, customer service, and operations management.

Holly received her MBA from Ottawa University and BS (Management) from Cardinal Stritch University.  She is a Master Certified Executive Coach (MCEC) with the MEECO Leadership Institute, an International Coach Federation (ICF) certified coach, and a certified Integral Coach®.

Dr. Elie Daher

Dr. Elie Daher

Entrepreneur, Digital Intelligence and Modern leadership Activist | Member of the Board - Marshall Goldsmith Leadership Coaching

Session – Effective Leadership in a digital landscape

Dr. Elie Daher is an accomplished senior-level executive with 30+ year track record of successful strategic leadership in both public and private organizations within the energy, education, consulting and IT industries. Elie has strong expertise in initiating and managing organizational change to achieve maximum results. He combines his leadership style with his years of successful career and experience in various industries to effectively transform businesses and impact positively the performance of companies and leaders.

Throughout his executive career, Elie has held various top executive and leadership positions such as CEO of a Joint Venture, Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer, Global VP of Strategy and Marketing, Head of Consulting among other roles while working across four continents with both medium size and fortune 100 companies.

Elie received his engineering degree from ESIB, earned an MBA and a Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) degrees with high distinction. Elie has furthered his executive education with INSEAD on M&A and with IMD on Board Management.

Elie received his certifications and accreditations from a number of well-recognized international organizations such as:
➢ Master Certified Coach – Association of Corporate Executive Coaches (ACEC)
➢ Certified Executive Coach by Marshall Goldsmith Stakeholder Centered Coaching
➢ Certified Leadership Facilitator by the Leadership Strategies
➢ Member of the Institute of Management Consulting

Michael Canic

Strategy + Execution Consultant | Speaker | Author of Ruthless Consistency

Session – The Joy of Pain: How to Establish the Three Levels of Need


Today, as the Chief Flag-Bearer for Making Strategy Happen®, I’m doing what I love to do. I deliver presentations and workshops across North America and overseas for CEOs and top management groups. I’ve written over 300 articles with ready-to-apply ideas. And by instituting the structure and discipline of our Strategic Management System™, I’m fulfilling my purpose: creating positive and significant inflection points in the lives of organizations.

Katherine R. Lewis

Executive Coach, PCC, MBA

Session – Coaching the Centered Leader

Katherine Lewis is Founder and CEO of Lewis Rush Associates LLC. With over 20 years of experience as a senior executive in corporate America, Katherine has walked in the shoes of her executive coaching clients. In her many leadership roles, she has managed multi-billion dollar companies through major organizational and cultural change and mentored dozens of mid-level senior and c-suite executives.

Katherine coaches, advises, and consults for executives at companies ranging from start-ups to large, global organizations. She works extensively and passionately with senior executives on leadership development, change management, and team effectiveness. She coaches teams experiencing fast growth and organizational change and enables executives to increase their self-awareness, improve their communication and become more effective and successful leaders. Katherine believes strongly that the best leader is a centered leader and coaches to help her clients achieve that goal. She works in a range of industries including, financial services, media, pharma, consumer goods, retail, and biotech.

Previously, Katherine was president of internet-photography company, MyPublisher.com (now part of Shutterfly Inc.) where she rapidly scaled the company from a start-up to a $30 million entity.

Sandra Quince

Diversity & Inclusion: Ethnic, Religious & Generational l Human Resources l Women’s Professional Development l L&D

Sandra Quince is a Diversity & Inclusion Executive responsible for the Global Diversity & Inclusion Council (GDIC). In this role, she supports the CEO and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer in delivering the Bank’s global D&I strategy. Sandra’s work with the GDIC is focused on growing the diverse representation of the workforce, promoting an inclusive workplace where all employees have the opportunity to achieve their goals and meet the needs of customers. Sandra also leads diversity for Global Human Resources, an organization of over 2500 employees.

Sandra’s role includes serving as the Market President Human Resources Leader, responsible for driving employee engagement, retention and talent management for the Tulsa and Oklahoma City markets.

Formerly, Sandra was in leadership development supporting Consumer and Small Business Banking. In this role, Sandra was responsible for talent management as well as a Client Manager for the Consumer Bank.

Sandra is the Vice President of the Tulsa Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. and a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. as well as immediate past president of the Tulsa Alumnae Chapter. Sandra is a graduate of Florida State University

Dr. Terry Hildebrandt MCC, MCEC

Founder and CEO -Terry Hildebrandt and Associates, LLC, Master Executive Coach Senior Organization Development Consultant, Certified Coaching Supervisor

Session – Monetization of Coaching

Dr. Terry Hildebrandt is an executive coach, organization development consultant, researcher, coach educator, coach supervisor, entrepreneur, and author. He is the founder and CEO of Terry Hildebrandt and Associates, LLC, an organization development and executive coaching consultancy and Activating Leadership LCC, a leadership development company.

Terry has over 24 years of coaching experience and 34 years of business experience. He has dedicated a large portion of his career to executive coaching and organization development. He has worked with companies and organizations in multiple industries including higher education, high tech, aerospace, financial services, manufacturing, professional services, healthcare, insurance, energy, construction, network communications, farming/ranching, government, and nonprofit. He works primarily with mid-level and senior executives including members of the executive committee, board chairs, chief executive officers, vice presidents, directors, dean, and selected promising leaders.

He is also the former Director of the Evidence-Based Coaching Program at the Fielding Graduate University. He also worked at Hewlett-Packard Company for over 22 years where he as a master-level internal consultant/coach, manager, and engineer.

Chris Drury

Facebook, Visa, Fintech Mentor, Executive Advisory Board Member at Facebook, Visa, Fintech Mentor, Executive Advisory Board Member

Session – Working in a Boundary-less Environment

Operations leader. Program and product management leader with expertise in strategic technology planning and corporate innovation.

Enterprise Cloud | Global PMO | Technology and Operations Strategy | Innovation


Enterprise program management, product definition and product development
Internal technology consultant specialized in SaaS, unified communications and collaboration
Expertise in establishing and growing PMOs to maturity
Contract negotiation and proposal development
SharePoint, Jive, Chatter, Oracle corporate collaboration and enterprise social platforms
Corporate technology governance and change management
Staff development and training programs
Open and targeted innovation programs
ScrumMaster Certified

Dave Summers

Founder|Owner at Pine Mountain Digital, Inc.

Session – UP YOUR SHOW: 4 simple, but effective, ways to improve and enhance your (or your client’s) web video presence

Dave was an early advocate and developer of desktop digital media, eventually creating a massive library of constantly evolving web-based interactive content.

Through tours of duty at Pepsi, Accenture, and most recently AMA, Dave’s consistently fought for and delivered great customer and user experiences, partnering with recognized global thought leaders and some of the most compelling business storytellers in the world today. Whether through interactive business simulations, podcasts, webcasts, or streamed video, He has worked hard to both put out killer content and keep his skills/knowledge state-of-the-market fresh.
Dave can provide both production resources and content thought leadership to all of those seeking to have their stories told, their brands built, and their audiences expanded.

Tarek Wael, CPTD®, CTT, MGSCC, PPC, DiSC

Executive & Positive Psychology Coach Founder of Grow as you Go

Session – Monetization of Coaching

Tarek is an Executive and Positive Psychology Coach – Talent Development Expert- Personal Growth Hacker – Dynamic Leadership Development Consultant who dreams to Grow and help others; Grow as they Go. He is the 1st Arab and Egyptian to join the stage with Global Gurus and International Thought Leaders as: Ken Blanchard, Marshall GoldSmith, Gretchen Rubin, Patrick Lencioni during one of the Biggest International Summits: World Business and Executive Coaching Summit (WBECS).  

Currently, he is the Director of Learning & Development, Boost Training & Consulting.

In 2017, Tarek founded “Grow as you Go” to boost the personal and professional growth of individuals.
Tarek has served as a project advisor and consultant for Organization and Leadership Development projects with high-level governmental entities including The Prime Minister’s Office of the UAE.
He brings solid experience in corporate sales in some of the top 10 Pharma Multinationals. As well as his work as Marketing Supervisor with some of the Fortune 100’s including Global FMCGs and Tech. Giants. He was also selected as one of the Executive coaches serving the Leaders of the INC 5000, the fastest-growing company in the US chosen by Inc. Magazine.

Rhett Power

Co-Founder Courageous Leadership, Best-Selling Author, Forbes Columnist, LinkedIn Live Host, MG100 Coach

Rhett is a Co-founder at Courageous Leadership, a leadership consultancy that helps you believe again. Courageous Leadership is an amalgamation of experienced behavior scientists, entrepreneurs, best-selling authors, and breakthrough story makers who have worked with and helped grow some of the largest, most relevant brands on the planet, including Google, Snapchat, Major League Baseball, General Mills, Nestle, Qualcomm, and others.

His second best-selling book, THE ENTREPRENEUR’S BOOK OF ACTIONS: Essential Daily Exercises and Habits for Becoming Wealthier, Smarter, and More Successful by McGraw Hill is a guide on how to become the leader you want to be. He is a regular contributor to Inc. Magazine, Forbes, and Thrive Global.

Rhett travels the globe speaking about entrepreneurship and management alongside the likes of former Gates Foundation CEO Sue Desmond-Hellmann and AOL Founder Steve Case. He has been featured in the Huffington Post, Business Insider, The Hill, Time, The Wall Street Journal and CNN Money. He developed a love of teaching and service to others in the US Peace Corps.

Doug Sandler

Monetization Strategist, Build Influence, Grow Community | CEO at Turnkey Podcast, Podcast Producer & Coach, Business Consultant & Coach, Sales & Customer Service Trainer, Author, Speaker

Doug Sandler is an entrepreneur and podcast industry leader. His book, Nice Guys Finish First is a #1 ranked Amazon Best Seller.  As a podcast host of The Nice Guys on Business, Doug has interviewed Gary V, Arianna Huffington, John C. Maxwell and dozens of celebs. Doug is a nationally recognized speaker, writer, and founder of TurnKey Podcast Productions, providing podcast production, editing and launch services. His Nice Guys podcast, with over 1,000 episodes has been downloaded 3.5 million times, in more than 175 countries.

JJ Flizanes

Host, Trainer, Author, Strategist

JJ Flizanes is an Empowerment Strategist and the host of several podcasts including People’s Choice Awards nominee Spirit, Purpose & Energy. She is the Director of Invisible Fitness, a best-selling author of Fit 2 Love: How to Get Physically, Emotionally, and Spiritually Fit to Attract the Love of Your Life and The Invisible Fitness Formula: 5 Secrets to Release Weight and End Body Shame. Named Best Personal Trainer in Los Angeles for 2007 by Elite Traveler Magazine, JJ has been featured in many national magazines, including Shape, Fitness, and Women’s Health as well as appeared on NBC, CBS, Fox, the CW and KTLA.

Dr. Stanley Ward

Leadership Coach, Consultant, and Educator

Dr. Stanley J. Ward believes that when leaders care about both relationships and results, we all win. His work changes how leaders connect with people and think about their own work. The result: more energy, better relationships, and more effectiveness for these leaders, so they can succeed both at work and home.  He does this through coaching, training, and educational resources. 

Stan has decades of experience as a writer, educator, and leadership coach. His writing work includes scores of blog articles as well as two leadership books – Ethical Leadership: A Primer and How to Beat Burnout for Yourself, Your Family, and Your Team.

Dr. Ward holds a PhD in leadership studies. As an educator, he has served as an instructor, curriculum writer, and administrator in American secondary and higher education settings and has taught and written curriculum for a variety of experience-based settings. He has also been a frequent presenter for the International Leadership Association’s global conferences and guest on various podcasts.

As a coach, his clients have included high-potentials, vice presidents, C-level leaders and business owners in both for-profit and nonprofit settings including aerospace and defense, community development, design, manufacturing, and sales organizations. His work applies executive coach Marshall Goldsmith’s observation, “What got you here won’t get you there,” with a focus on overcoming limiting behaviors that prevent optimum success. He is an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) with the International Coaching Federation, and board member for the Texas Coaches Coalition.

Mercedes E. Martin

President & CEO Mercedes Martin & Company

With over two decades of experience with Business Strategy, Diversity and Inclusion, Executive Coaching, Leadership Development, and Organizational Change Management, I bring a radically different approach to my work. As a Business and Leadership Development Consultant, I shed new light on the topics of business transformation, inclusion, and innovation.

This unique approach weaves together the existing political, social and economic contexts as they relate to current complex business dilemmas. Whether it is through delving into Samba as a way of analyzing Brazilian business culture or teaching storytelling techniques to foster connection and compassion, I effectively engage leaders and teams in ways that have a lasting impact.

Before launching Mercedes Martin & Co, I worked at Ernst & Young (EY) for approximately 10 years as a Talent Development and Organizational Change Consultant and as an Executive Coach. Prior to that, I was Executive Vice President of Business Transformation and Innovation at Ashton212. I was also the CEO and co-founder of In Partnership Consulting, a consultancy that specializes in business strategy, leadership development, and global diversity. In this role, I worked with senior executives at small and mid-sized businesses in the Americas, West Africa, and Europe.

Ben Corey

The Meeting Illusionist and Founder of Skyfire Entertainment

Join us, for excitement brought to you by international virtual entertainer Ben Corey.  Corey will vanish objects through the screen for you to catch. Zap thoughts from your mind to his, by using impossible mind-reading skills. And with your help, he’ll levitate an energy ball. 

Don’t miss the fun! Together, we’ll experience magic with Ben Corey.

Ben Corey entertains globally for corporate events, client and employee appreciation events, conferences,  holiday parties, and his performances are deployed using his unique skills as a neuro persuasion sales accelerator.  His latest TV news appearance was nominated for an Emmy.  

Learn more at BenCorey.com

Jeff Smith

Founder and CEO of SupportingLines, formally Mobify, Chief Operating Office

Jeff Smith is a Master Corporate Executive Coach (MCEC), PCC, and certified dharma yoga instructor. He offers a dharma yoga experience that is suitable for beginners and advanced practitioners alike.

Jeff’s teaching philosophy is grounded in helping people develop their own personal practice to become more present and intentional in their lives. He helps people connect their practice on the mat to truly living their purpose once they step off the mat. His ability to integrate yoga, coaching, and executive leadership earned him the nickname Chief Yoga Officer.

Jonathan Sibley, MCEC

What is vertical development and what might it bring to our coaching?

Building on the work of Jean Piaget with children, Bob Kegan, Suzanne Cook Greuter, Bill Torbert, Jennifer Garvey Berger, Theo Dawson and others have considered how adults can continue to develop in how we experience and think about ourselves and the world. In this session, we’ll look at how a focus on what is often called vertical development might be applied in our coaching and what it might add to our work with individuals and teams. We will also look at the shadow side of vertical development and things we might want to watch out for.

Key takeaways:
  1. The difference between “horizontal” development (used in most training and coaching) and “vertical” development?
  2. How you might begin to apply a vertical development approach in your coaching?
  3. Options to assess your developmental stage and the stages of your clients?

Janice Perkins, MCEC

How Leaders Get Stuck

A discovery of what kind of leader I want to become and the ways I limit myself from getting there. As leaders, we tend to make our decisions the same way every time. When we are in distress, we tend to get stuck in the same quicksand for our teams and our organizations. When leaders become frozen, the consequences to the organization, staff, productivity, profits and workflows can be devastating. When leaders are stymied, choices for escaping the situation can be skewed, narrow and solutions may seem non-existent. 

Key take-aways:

  1. Objectives: Why is my capacity as a leader limited
  2. Learning how to unleash my potential
  3. Learning how to establish an aspiration to direct my goals and decisions

Andrew Cohn

Tune In To Lead

We know that listening is a critically important leadership skill. This means listening effectively to others to build alignment, engagement and accountability. But equally if not more important is listening to our deeper selves to ensure motivation, high performance, and fulfillment.

Most of us don’t do either kind of listening very well, or very frequently. And that’s because true listening is hard to master; it’s fundamentally about being present, tuning in, and connecting to our personal purpose. How can we do that in an overstimulating world that’s becoming even more demanding?

This is a conversation about the benefits of and barriers to deep listening, and how we can do better for ourselves and our clients. A variety of strategies will be discussed. One specific innovative, yet traditional, experiential approach will be included in the conversation, namely engaging with horses- it may not be what you think!

Key take-aways

  1. The relationship between listening and engagement, effective decision-making, and personal fulfillment
  2. Strategies for successfully tuning in, both to others and to ourselves

Jeremy Jones

How to author a book to grow your business

Jeremy C. Jones, a proud military veteran, is also a family man and entrepreneur who lives in Scottsdale, Arizona. His accomplishments include being a four-time #1 Best-Selling Author on Amazon, hosting the popular podcast “Ideas & Impact,” establishing AuthorityCoach.com, and founding and serving as CEO at Jones Media Publishing.

Key take-aways

  • Discover how to position yourself as an industry authority to your perfect clients
  • Learn how to convert more cold leads into warm referrals with a published book
  • The three ways we use a published book to get more leads and client applications to grow your business

Gregg Ward, MCEC

Can Executive Coaches Really Restore Respect to the Workplace?
Effectively supporting the repair of broken work relationships in a disturbingly disrespectful world

In this engaging, hi-energy, and informative talk, Gregg Ward, the Executive Director of the Center for Respectful Leadership, and a bestselling, award-winning author, speaker and Master Corporate Executive Coach introduces us to his brand-new book Restoring Respect: a how-to guide for supporting the repair of broken work relationships and his Coaching for RespectTM process which he has used successfully many times in industry and government. You’ll learn how Gregg does it and how you can do it too!

Key take-aways:

  • You Will Learn About…
    The Neuroscience of Respect & Disrespect
  • The Ten Steps of the Coaching for RespectTM Process
  • How Facilitating the CfRTM Process is of Significant Value to Your Coaching Practice

Dr. Elie Daher, MCEC

Re-imagining Leadership


  1. “Charting a Course for Organizational Alignment and Improvement”
  2. “Unleashing Organizational Potential through Leadership Enhancement”
  3. “Enhancing Team Dynamics”
  4. “Humanizing the Digital Revolution”


Dr. Daher’s presentation on “Reimagining Leadership” covers four subtopics for enhancing leadership and organizational effectiveness:

  1. “Charting a Course for Organizational Alignment and Improvement” emphasizes aligning an organization’s goals, culture, and structure for better performance.
  2. “Unleashing Organizational Potential through Leadership Enhancement” explores how leadership development programs can identify high-potential employees, boost engagement, and drive innovation.
  3. “Enhancing Team Dynamics” highlights effective communication, collaboration, and trust in building high-performing teams.
  4. “Humanizing the Digital Revolution” stresses the importance of leaders assessing their readiness to embrace Industry 5.0 (IR5.0) and adopting mindsets like change, learning, and customer-centricity to leverage technology responsibly and navigate the upcoming industrial revolution successfully.


Get ready to challenge the status quo! Dr. Daher’s presentation on “Reimagining Leadership” unveils four game-changing takeaways for enhancing leadership and organizational effectiveness:

  1. Align your organization’s goals, culture, and structure to thrive and achieve sustainability in a constantly evolving business landscape.
  2. Revolutionize your leadership development programs to identify and nurture your high-potential employees, boost employee engagement, and foster innovation in your organization.
  3. Build high-performing teams through effective communication, collaboration, and trust – the secret sauce of success.
  4. Gear up for Industry 5.0 (IR5.0) by embracing change, lifelong learning, and customer-centricity mindsets to leverage technology responsibly and seize opportunities presented by the next industrial revolution. Be the leader who not only survives but thrives!

Dr. Terry Hildebrandt, MCEC

How to Effectively Choose and use Assessments

Assessments and instruments are vital for any coach’s toolbox; however, there are so many options and applications that choosing and using the right assessment is confusing and daunting.  In this presentation we will explore an integral approach to the landscape of instruments and demystify the process of selecting the right tools for specific applications in individual, group, team, and organizational coaching.  

Key take-aways:

  • Understand the Integral Map of Assessments and how you can measure psychological, behavioral, cultural, and social perspectives in coaching engagements.
  • Access free tools that you can try out for yourself or your clients right away.
  • Understand the benefits of using assessments for clients, coaches, and your business.
  • Outline the key factors to consider when choosing specific instruments for client engagements.
  • Hear about how Artificial Intelligence and automation are enabling better instruments and client interpretations.

Michael Crystal

Finding the Fun in Coaching

We’ll explore where the “fun” in coaching lies.  Beyond the fulfillment, monetary and psychic income we derive from doing what we do, we’ll look at what makes it fun, for us and those we coach.  

Fun can be defined in so many ways — light-hearted pleasure, enjoyment, amusement, boisterous joviality, merrymaking entertainment — there’s probably a great deal more of it in our work than we may realize. So we’ll identify where it is and what it looks like — please be prepared to share your own personal stories of where you find fun in your work — how do we know when we experience it, what can we make of it and what benefits do we and those we coach derive from adding more of it to the mix.


Key take-aways:

  1. Determine what “fun” is and where does it fit in the coaching process
  2. The differences between “fun” and “funny,” and what are the appropriate uses of fun
  3. Increase our sensitivity to the fun we derive from coaching
  4. Improve our creation of fun for our own benefit and the benefit to those we coach
  5. Have fun while exploring the fun in coaching


Edgar Papke, MCEC

True Alignement

As a pioneer in the art and science of alignment, Edgar Papke is globally recognized for his work as an author, international award-winning speaker, podcast host, and master executive coach. HisTrue Alignment presentation draws from his bestselling books True Alignment and Innovation By Design, as well as his over 30 years of experience helping leaders and organizations align and grow to achieve greater levels of success.

In exploring the elements of the TA system, practitioners will be provided a framework and insight into human-centered approaches to the alignment of customer experience, brand, culture, and leadership influence. Furthermore, participants will connect with their purpose and gain insight into their own unique approach to their professional pursuits.

Key take-aways:

  • Discover the True Alignment System
  • Explore the elements of alignment
  • Understand how misalignments present powerful opportunities
  • Learn how to apply alignment as a coaching tool
  • Delve into the alignment of self

Holly Teska, MCEC

Ditch the ROI conversation and shift to Business Value

For years, the coaching industry has tried everything possible to demonstrate the return on investment for coaching.  It’s an impossible feat, given we are dealing with humans and complex systems working in tandem to create better leadership.  Holly will share how she has learned to speak with senior-level buyers, connecting the dots between behavioral shifts and the achievement of business goals. It’s a conversation that gets attention.

Key takeaways:
  1. Shift the ROI conversation to an IOO (impact on organization) conversation
  2. Speak the language of business leaders when selling coaching
  3. Understand the link between behavior change and operational shifts

Barbara Singer, MCEC

Variety of Life: Coaching to Accelerate Diverse Executives

Diversity in Leadership Mission in Academia and our Work in Partnership with Corporate Clients

Mission: To serve as a catalyst for the advancement of ethnic minorities and women across the country, facilitated through the development of talent pipelines for higher education and industry.

Vision: To help close educational attainment gaps, wealth gaps, skills gaps, and opportunity gaps for minoritized groups in order to transform our living, working, and learning communities, into thriving ecosystems where human flourishing is a realistic endeavor for all.

Purpose: To foster the professional growth and development of ethnic minorities and women leaders, acting as a vehicle for local firms to attract and retain talent, who are empowered to become change agents in communities across the country. 

Barbara will talk about her work with the Executive MBA Council and how they are setting the standard for challenging business schools to address diversity, equity, inclusion, and accession.  Through our work with the Diversity in Leadership Program and many other diversity initiatives in corporations, we are helping to move the needle.

  • Organizations
    Organizations directly supporting education and  advancement of DEI leaders.
    • Provide an opportunity to excel and advance,
    • Focus on the development that matters; co-build your diverse talent,
    • Establish a strong, supportive network of diverse colleagues, and
    • Participate in speaker events and establish your firm as a premier DEI employer.
  • Leading Business Schools
    Schools partner to deliver academic courses, while increasing their exposure and attractiveness to potential DEI graduate degree enrollment.


“The American economy has the capacity to grow an additional $8 trillion by 2050, if only our nation would commit to professionally advancing ethnic minorities and women.”

– W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Key take-aways:

We have to move beyond talking about barriers to removing them.  Explore ways you can increase your impact with diverse executives, change how you measure impact, and partnering for results.

Anna Pool

Unlocking Solutions to Extreme Povery

When I became a volunteer with the Shanta Foundation, an international NGO headquartered in Durango, CO, serving the extreme poor in Myanmar, I had no idea I would become part of a cutting-edge movement in community led development.  I had no idea I would develop powerful insights and expertise about global poverty.  Or that Shanta’s unique approach to community mobilization, leadership development and community banking would actually work, facilitating more that 35 villages in finding paths out of extreme poverty, even in under the terror of the military dictatorship. But almost 15 years later, that’s exactly what’s happened.

All of you are coaches—you get the potential inherent in the leaders you work with and how, with a little support and insight, most can become an even greater force for the good in their worlds.  But for some reason, most development approaches have yet to translate that dynamic to unlocking solutions to extreme poverty.  We are still bringing our colonialist, racist, sexist biases to this work, and despite incredibly sincere and expensive initiatives, often end up either enabling or simply not helping those we aim to serve.  I’m excited to explain more about Shanta’s approach to the work, because it is tightly aligned with the principles of the work that we do every day as coaches and consultants. And because it works—bringing about sustainableand outrageously uncommon results.  

Key take-aways:

  • How and why traditional approaches to poverty reduction fall short
  • Key principles to activate local leadership and embed agency and sustainability into the work
  • How to become an influencer for unlocking sustainable solutions to extreme poverty


Dr. Ana Melikian

Mindset Zone: Unlocking the Human Potential for Self-Leadership

Would this work as a talk teaser?

Actions based on reactivity are the number one cause of overwhelm and burnout. If you’re always busy, stressed, and tired, you may be unintentionally falling into a dynamic that is keeping you from achieving the results you want and stunting your human potential.

By exploring the relationship between thoughts, feelings, and actions, and how to overcome the tendency to unwittingly repeat old patterns, you can develop your self-leadership skills and increase your impact while enjoying the process.

Sound too good to be true?

Ana Melikian, a Ph.D. in psychology, will make it possible for you. 

In this interactive and highly educational talk, Ana will teach you her simple and powerful P.I.E. Method that will allow you to unlock your human potential so you can lead yourself and others to amplify effectiveness while avoiding burnout. 

Key take-aways:

  • a thorough understanding of how life-changing it can be to press the pause button
  • increased self-awareness
  • and embrace the experimentation mindset every day for increased happiness, productivity, and growth

Has your client’s team lost its compassion and capacity for creativity and innovation?
Are their teams not living up to their full potential?

Courageous leadership can inspire and motivate teams, foster a culture of innovation, and ultimately drive business growth. Investing in courage consulting can be a powerful tool for personal and professional development, and can help you and your team tap into your full creative and leadership potential.

As an executive, having the courage to make difficult decisions and take calculated risks can be crucial to the success of your company. Consulting with CB can provide an outside perspective and support you in building the confidence to act on your convictions. A courageous leader is not afraid to challenge the status quo, speak their truth, and take action in the face of uncertainty.

▶︎ How to increase capacity for creativity and innovation.
▶︎ How to turn failure into sustainable accomplishments.
▶︎ How to create a culture of growth, and step out in front of your competition.
▶︎ How to recognize and support courageous behaviors

Jordan Goldrich, MCEC

Victim vs. Target
Coaching Clients Who Work With Abrasive Leaders

Jordan Goldrich is a Master Corporate Executive Coach, Member of Marshall Goldsmith’s MG100 Coaches, and a Professional Certified Coach. A former COO, he specializes in working with valuable executives who are experienced as abrasive to be completely authentic, fulfill their mission, and drive results without damaging relationships® Jordan is co-author of the Amazon best seller, “Workplace Warrior: People Skills for the No-BS Executive.” He is producer/host of the podcast, “Workplace Warrior®: Drive Results Without Damaging Relationships®”

When your client is subject to disrespectful, bullying behavior do they feel victimized and wounded or do they see themselves as a target who can remain calm, confident and in control? You will hear three areas related to coaching people who work with abrasive, bullying, executives to survive and even thrive. Author, speaker and Master Corporate Executive Coach, Jordan Goldrich shares perspectives from the martial arts, and his background as a retired Licensed Clinical Social Worker.

Key Take-aways

  1. Know how the brain of abrasive leaders is wired
  2. Application of martial arts philosophy for dealing with psychological attack
  3. How to give feedback to people who don’t want to hear it

Susan Conti, MCEC

Coaching from Within

We will explore concepts and successful applications of developing and implementing an Internal Executive Coaching program.

Exploration will include research, feedback from current practitioners, benefits and potential pitfalls, structuring a successful program, and ideas for how to market your Executive Coaching skills to provide Internal
Executive Coaching services.

Key take-aways:

• Gaining new perspectives about launching an internal executive coaching program
• Ideas for how to structure an Internal Executive Coaching program
• How to avoid potential pitfalls and challenges
• Understanding how to differentiate the roles of Leadership and Management Coaching from that of a Professional Internal Executive Coach.


Presentation Title


  1. “Charting a Course for Organizational Alignment and Improvement”
  2. “Unleashing Organizational Potential through Leadership Enhancement”
  3. “Enhancing Team Dynamics”
  4. “Humanizing the Digital Revolution”


Dr. Daher’s presentation on “Reimagining Leadership” covers four subtopics for enhancing leadership and organizational effectiveness:

  1. “Charting a Course for Organizational Alignment and Improvement” emphasizes aligning an organization’s goals, culture, and structure for better performance.
  2. “Unleashing Organizational Potential through Leadership Enhancement” explores how leadership development programs can identify high-potential employees, boost engagement, and drive innovation.
  3. “Enhancing Team Dynamics” highlights effective communication, collaboration, and trust in building high-performing teams.
  4. “Humanizing the Digital Revolution” stresses the importance of leaders assessing their readiness to embrace Industry 5.0 (IR5.0) and adopting mindsets like change, learning, and customer-centricity to leverage technology responsibly and navigate the upcoming industrial revolution successfully.


Get ready to challenge the status quo! Dr. Daher’s presentation on “Reimagining Leadership” unveils four game-changing takeaways for enhancing leadership and organizational effectiveness:

  1. Align your organization’s goals, culture, and structure to thrive and achieve sustainability in a constantly evolving business landscape.
  2. Revolutionize your leadership development programs to identify and nurture your high-potential employees, boost employee engagement, and foster innovation in your organization.
  3. Build high-performing teams through effective communication, collaboration, and trust – the secret sauce of success.
  4. Gear up for Industry 5.0 (IR5.0) by embracing change, lifelong learning, and customer-centricity mindsets to leverage technology responsibly and seize opportunities presented by the next industrial revolution. Be the leader who not only survives but thrives!