Mission Statement

We believe that the world would be a better place with greater equity in the workplace. We believe that when different experiences, different backgrounds, different perspectives all come together, they create better outcomes. In order to achieve this, we begin with the fundamental belief in the uniqueness and value of all individuals. We are inspired by what we see the future can look like.

What We Do

AWE | Advancing Women Executives is an enterprise solutions company that helps clients create sustainable workplace cultures by embedding equity in their companies. We partner with over 2,000 professionals from Fortune 1000 companies and have trained over 25,000 of our clients’ employees. AWE clients have the common goal of learning, growing, partnering, supporting and promoting each other with the shared philosophy that awareness and action lead to change.

AWE Milestones

AWE Milestones

Team

Ava Anuszkiewicz

Coordinator, Client Solutions

Ava Anuszkiewicz

Coordinator, Client Solutions

She/Her

Ava, a recent graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Chinese Language and Literature from George Washington University, is a Coordinator on the Client Solutions team at AWE. Throughout her undergraduate career she worked as a Canvasser and Field Manager, fundraising for grassroots organizations with a focus on women’s and environmental rights. Prior to joining AWE, she gained professional experience as a business development intern for a women-owned creative marketing firm based out of Austin, Texas. Upon completion of her internship program, she leveraged her marketing and communications skills as a freelance consultant for educational non-profits.

Ava is committed to fostering inclusive, equitable, and positive work environments. She is a problem-solver who enjoys collaborating with others on meaningful projects, and loves being part of the passionate team at AWE. In her free time, Ava can be found doodling in her sketchbook, doing yoga with friends, cooking up a delicious vegetarian meal, or putting together her latest inspirational Pinterest board.

Beverly Philipp

Senior Director, Content & Delivery

Beverly Philipp

Senior Director, Content & Delivery

She/Her

Beverly is an energetic and passionate coach-sultant. Beverly brings to AWE over 15 years of experience in leadership development, with an emphasis in coaching, consulting, facilitating, and teaching. She is a big-picture strategist who enjoys formulating a meaningful story and conveying that story with detail yet simplicity. She has worked with industries including technology, higher education, non-profits, hospitality, professional services, and athletics.

As Senior Director of Content & Delivery, Beverly is responsible for content design, training facilitation and experience, and coaching at AWE. Prior to joining AWE, Beverly served as a Learning Consultant designing, developing, and implementing coaching experiences for leaders, teams, and individual contributors. She also taught Leader Development courses in Master’s and Doctorate programs at Alliant International University.

Beverly received her Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Alliant International University. Beverly continues to advocate for professional development and executive opportunities for women in the working world. She also provides coaching and consulting services to Coaching for Everyone, a 501c3 nonprofit organization providing complimentary coaching and leadership services to the BIPOC community.

Born and raised in Southern California, Beverly finds ultimate serenity near water. When she is not working, you can find her spending time outdoors with her husband and 2 children paddle boarding, riding skateboards, or hiking trails in the Pacific Northwest. You might even catch her at a football game cheering very loudly on the sidelines!

Dayana Coba

Director, Business Development

Dayana Coba

Director, Business Development

She/Her

Dayana has over 10 years of experience in enterprise sales and strategy, making her a seasoned professional in the industry. With a master’s degree in business, she possesses a solid foundation of knowledge and skills that have contributed to her success. Specializing in selling to C-suite executives in the enterprise space, Dayana is a true hunter who goes above and beyond to secure new business opportunities.

In her new role at AWE, Dayana will be a valuable asset in driving the company’s sales initiatives forward. Her ability to bring in new business and foster strong relationships with clients will be key in expanding AWE’s market presence.

During Dayana’s off time, she embraces a healthy lifestyle and cherishes her role as the best dog mom in Miami. Whether she is hitting the gym, engaging in outdoor activities, or whipping up nutritious meals, Dayana prioritizes her well-being and that of her cute goldendoodle. On quieter days, she unwinds by the pool, with a captivating book in hand.

Dominique Zabala

Manager, Content & Delivery

Dominique Zabala

Manager, Content & Delivery

She/Her

Dominique is the Manager of Content & Delivery at AWE. She works to coordinate logistics and materials for the AWE Leader and Accelerator programs to ensure they both run smoothly. Prior to AWE, Dominique worked as a Localization Project Coordinator at PADI WorldWide, a scuba diver training organization. There she managed the translation of English scuba training material into 25 languages.

Dominique holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Law from Arizona State University and is currently pursuing her MA in Clinical Psychology at Pepperdine University. She is passionate about providing mental health services to underserved communities. A Southern California native who currently resides in Orange County, Dominique loves to take advantage of the nice weather and spend time outdoors. She is currently learning Spanish and cannot wait to start traveling again!

Elise Herbert

Coordinator, Sales Operations

Elise Herbert

Coordinator, Sales Operations

She/Her

Elise brings a strong problem-solving and process-driven mindset to her role as Coordinator of Sales Solutions. With a background in Business Administration and a Masters of the Arts in Global Sustainability, she combines her expertise to drive sustainable business practices and foster opportunities for women. Before joining AWE, she dedicated her efforts to various nonprofits, where she championed girl-centered activism and promoted climate resilience. In her role at AWE, Elise continues to leverage her skills and expertise to drive impactful solutions and contribute to a more sustainable and inclusive future.

Elise’s commitment to empowering women is deeply rooted in her diverse career journey. With experience as a former commercial boat captain, she intimately understands the barriers women encounter in leadership roles. During her free time, you’ll still find Elise driving boats and diving with sharks. When she’s not on the water, she enjoys cozying up with a good book alongside her two calico cats.

Françoise Meier

Manager, People Operations

Françoise Meier

Manager, People Operations

She/Her

Françoise thrives on building inclusive workplaces and engaging talent strategies that align with business priorities. As part of the Operations team at AWE, she is responsible for the organization’s recruiting, onboarding, talent management, employee benefit programs and compliance. Her detail orientated approach to projects and relationships allows her to create customized solutions that drive employee engagement and create a lasting impact.

Prior to her role in People Operations, Françoise spent time in account management and customer success with a specific focus on HR clients such as HRBPs, VPs of HR and Chief People Officers. This work provided her with valuable insight into the challenges and priorities of talent management in Fortune 500 companies.

In addition to her work in the US, Françoise has spent time working in both Asia and South America in communications based roles. She received her BA in Political Science at New York University, from which she gained a keen understanding of the socio-political factors that influence economies and businesses around the world.

Born and raised in the UK, she loves to spend her free time reading historical fiction and cooking!

Jessica Whitaker

Director, Business Development

Jessica Whitaker

Director, Business Development

She/Her

Born with the gift of gab and an electric energy, Jessica can strike up a meaningful conversation with anyone, anywhere. She has an innate ability to make people feel comfortable and is looked upon as a trusted advisor to many. Jessica brings to the table an incredible drive for uncovering challenges and opportunities and then finding solutions for them. Her passion to help her clients, colleagues, and her family succeed is infectious.

Jessica comes to AWE with over 20 years of successful sales, marketing, and leadership experience, 15 of which were spent in the death care industry. She has curated sales and marketing strategies and built sales teams from the ground up, earning millions in annual revenue year over year, catapulting her company from an idea to a nationally respected resource. As a relationship builder with a consultative and big picture mindset paired with a work hard, play hard attitude, Jessica creates long-lasting relationships with her clients and brings 100% commitment to all that she does. In her role as Director of Business Development at AWE, Jessica is responsible for driving new logos and is dedicated to helping her clients identify and achieve their goals, while rapidly expanding AWE’s mission and reach.

A Hoosier native, Jessica earned her bachelor’s degree in Public Affairs and a minor in Communications from Indiana University, where she was also a 100M hurdler for the Women’s Track & Field team, until an injury earned her early retirement. She currently splits her time between Indiana and Florida with her husband, 3 kids, and 3 dogs, who she affectionately calls the “floofs.” As a family, they are passionate about motocross and can often be found at national events around the country.

Kim Hart

Associate Director, Client Solutions

Kim Hart

Associate Director, Client Solutions

She/Her

Kim is a highly accomplished strategic account management professional with over 20 years of experience and proven track record of delivering results. Recognized for exceptional leadership skills and a strategic mindset, with a strong focus on effectively managing portfolios and teams. Adept at driving revenue retention and spearheading successful business development initiatives for Fortune 500 companies. 

In her role at AWE she will be responsible for closing new client business and collaborating with existing clients to address their evolving needs. 

Kim is a native Texan having graduated from the University of Texas McCombs School of Business with a BA in Finance. She started her sales career in New York working for a global in-store media solutions company dedicated to elevating the customer experience. 

Kim enjoys spending quality time with her husband, daughter and bonus son. She is a firm believer in maintaining a healthy lifestyle, dedicating time to regular workouts and mindful eating. On the weekends you can often find her working out, playing with her toddler or cheering passionately for her beloved Longhorn football team. Go Horns!

Laura Civiello

Head of Operations

Laura Civiello

Head of Operations

She/Her

Laura is a producer and a problem-solver. No matter what the project, she brings to it a unique mix of project management savvy, an analytical mindset, purposeful persistence and a dash of creativity. Her latest project is being AWE’s Head of Operations which includes oversight of Marketing, Finance and HR.

Her producing career began at age eight when Laura talked her younger sister into acting in comedy skits for her new tape recorder (they got rave reviews from her parents). With that success under her belt, she went on to have a 28-year career in television as executive producer and network executive. An integral part of the launch teams for three cable networks (Paul Allen’s /TechTV/, Comcast’s /G4/ and NBCUniversal’s /Esquire/), Laura acquired, developed and oversaw more than 500 hours of programming, including American Ninja Warrior, which has gone on to become a prime time hit for NBC.

In addition to putting her extensive skills to work for AWE, she serves as Board member for the Village Green, a 627-unit, multi-family community in Los Angeles on the National Register of Historic Places. She graduated from Cornell University with a B.A. in History and is looking forward to resuming her road trips to the Southwest with her husband and two standard poodles.

Meiko Takayama

Founder & CEO

Meiko Takayama

Founder & CEO

She/Her

Meiko is a visionary CEO and entrepreneur, founding AWE | Advancing Women Executives, the leading enterprise solutions company focused on creating sustainable workplace cultures by embedding equity into companies. A 26th generation rebel born of immigrant parents, Meiko is a connector, a global change agent, and a tireless advocate for equity in the workplace. She is a sought after thought leader and expert and speaks annually to thousands of professionals on the topics of diversity in the workplace, branding, networking, sponsorship, unconscious bias and storytelling in business.

After graduating from Bryn Mawr College, Meiko had a successful career in the art field in Europe and New York before changing her focus to business consulting. She was a Managing Director with CEB (now Gartner), through the company’s successful IPO and growth to $450 million in revenue. After many years of managing the West Coast business, Meiko became an executive recruiter and continued to experience first-hand the lack of diversity on leadership teams. In an effort to create a paradigm shift in the way companies look at accelerating the careers of underrepresented professionals, Meiko created AWE in 2012.

Meiko has been named a Women of Influence by LA Biz, a Woman of Promise by Comerica Bank and the LA Lakers and was featured in BCBG’s Holiday Catalog as part of their series on influential and powerful women. She’s been on the Board of Directors for South Central Scholars and is active with her sons’ school. Meiko speaks regularly at Fortune 500 companies and conferences, including Northwestern University, Occidental College, IIT Global Conference, West Hollywood Women’s Leadership Conference, Women in Technology Hollywood, UPWARD, Women of LAVA, Harvard Business School Association of Southern California and Silicon Valley’s Influencer Series.

While making the world a better place, Meiko can also be found laughing with her husband and two sons in Los Angeles, enjoying a meal and mahjongg with friends, supporting political candidates and dreaming of her next international holiday.

Nicole Gum

Manager, Brand Communications

Nicole Gum

Manager, Brand Communications

She/Her

Nikki is a communications & marketing professional with more than 15 years of experience in education, nonprofits, government, corporate communications, and trade associations. At her core, she is a writer and storyteller who loves to create content in support of an organization’s brand, mission and objectives. 

In her role as AWE’s Manager, Brand Communications, Nikki is responsible for AWE’s newsletters, marketing materials, website, LinkedIn page, and more.

Nikki graduated from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA with a double major in media & communication and political science. She started her career in public service, working in the DC office of her home state’s U.S. Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr. The bulk of her career has been spent in education communications–both in higher education at two colleges and in K-12 education as a school district administrator. 

A proud Pennsylvanian, Nikki enjoys cooking, camping, traveling, attending concerts, cheering for the Eagles and Phillies, lounging with her two cats, and spending time with her husband and two kids. You might also find her planning a themed party or date night, or penning what is almost certainly not the next great American novel.

Reena Kirspel

Director, Client Solutions

Reena Kirspel

Director, Client Solutions

She/Her

Reena’s diverse and storied career path spans the performing arts, education, and communications sectors within private, public, and nonprofit settings. She is an experienced content creator, curriculum developer, and dynamic instructor – having designed and delivered theater and public speaking programs for schools, as well as professional development workshops for Fortune 500 companies.

She holds a B.F.A. in Drama from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and an M.P.A. in Strategic Performance Management from Rutgers University’s School of Public Affairs and Administration. Equipping individuals to realize their full potential as both leaders and team-players, while simultaneously encouraging them to be risk-takers is her passion. Along with helping organizations identify areas of needed growth and developing metrics that are in-line with company mission & vision.

Born in Zambia, raised in New York and currently residing in the Garden State (NJ) with her husband and teenage sons, Reena is an avid traveler – having visited Australia, Dubai, India, Singapore, South Africa and more! She cares deeply about people from all walks of life, as evidenced by her time spent mentoring inner-city youth, promoting anti-trafficking initiatives, and supporting women in recovery. Reena firmly believes that growth is on-going and learning is a life-long adventure!

Veronica Colborn

Manager, Client Solutions

Veronica Colborn

Manager, Client Solutions

She/Her

Collaborative by nature, Ronnie thrives in relationship-building settings and brings this passion for connection to her work as a Client Solutions Manager at AWE. In prior positions, she has helped manage and scale a mentoring program for first-generation college students, trained volunteers on communication and mentoring skills, and advised and managed relationships with hundreds of students navigating the college search process. Ronnie is energized by those moments of communication where both parties feel seen and heard, and looks forward to many of those moments with her clients and colleagues at AWE.

Ronnie is a proud and passionate midwesterner, currently living in Cleveland, Ohio but traveling whenever she can. Her favorite travel partner is her husky, Oliver, who responds to the command ‘Mush!’ on hikes and uses his momentum to pull his mom up hills. Her favorite not-traveling partner is her cat, Wendy, who responds to zero commands but gets treats anyway! Besides hanging out with her pets, you can usually find Ronnie training for some upcoming half marathon, watching or thinking about Survivor, or reading on her porch.

Vy Nguyen

Coordinator, Content & Delivery

Vy Nguyen

Coordinator, Content & Delivery

She/Her

Vy is a coordinator for the content and delivery team. Her role coordinates logistics and provides support for AWE programs to ensure a seamless experience. As a first-generation Vietnamese American, Vy is passionate about creating equitable spaces and opportunities in the workplace. With just under a decade of experience in K-12 and higher education, Vy brings a love for both teaching and learning to her position. Her previous experience as an educator and program manager give her unique insight on effective strategies for instruction and program modification.

Vy is native to Las Vegas where she earned her bachelor’s degree in mathematics and master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from UNLV. On the weekends, Vy can be found baking a loaf of sourdough at home with her dog and two cats, on the pickleball court, or on a campground in a neighboring state.

Aanchal Jain

Facilitator

Aanchal Jain

Facilitator

She/Her

Aanchal is a trained leadership and gender consultant and applied theatre practitioner. She manages and implements programs on gender mainstreaming, executive leadership, and diversity and inclusion. Her expertise lies in facilitating experiential trainings using the powerful tools of applied theatre, enabling participants to engage deeply and achieve transformative learning outcomes. With a passion for dismantling privilege and power structures, Aanchal employs intersectional pedagogies to unpack the complexities of feminist leadership, women’s issues in South Asia, gender equality, queer affirmation, disability-friendly practices, and anti-caste frameworks. Her approach fosters inclusive and progressive environments in interpersonal and professional spheres. Combining her academic training in Women’s Studies from the Tata Institute of Social Science, Mumbai, and training in Performance and Communication Studies from Yale and Trinity College London, she founded the India-based feminist training and research organization, Thought Project, that has forged strategic partnerships and collaborations with renowned organizations across Asia, North America, Africa, and Europe.

Abigail Boudreaux

Executive Coach Consultant

Abigail Boudreaux

Executive Coach Consultant

She/Her

ABIGAIL BOUDREAUX is a Transition & Performance Coach, Educator, and Culture Strategist, on a mission to evolve how we experience work. She believes deeply in the power of coaching to drive individual and cultural transformation. She coaches people in career and life transition to lean into their strengths and superpowers, cultivating agency to design new career and life chapters they love. Whether changing careers, growing in a current role, or starting a new position, she supports them as they navigate change, and helps them perform at their best. She’s spent her career partnering with leaders of scaling organizations to create human-centered cultures and people-first business strategy. With a background in HR/Learning & Development, Business Consulting, and Professional Services/Market Research, her solutions blend Talent and Operations practices to power engagement. She is a Certified Hudson Institute Coach and holds certifications for multiple development instruments, including Strengthscope®, The Leadership Challenge® and Leadership Practices Inventory® (LPI 360).

Alicia Richardson

Facilitator

Alicia Richardson

Facilitator

She/Her

Alicia Richardson is the Founder of Black Create Connect, an Advisory Board Member for start-ups and experienced diversity, inclusion, and talent strategist passionate about diverse hiring and talent development. Alicia has over 6 years of experience in creating and executing diverse hiring strategies across the Creative, Tech, and Marketing industries. She has led successful talent acquisition and corporate branding programs to transform organizational culture, and the appointment of skilled black professionals to drive business performance.

Alicia is passionate about underrepresented talent rising to senior positions specifically within creative, marketing, and tech industries, due to the fact that she has first-hand experience with non-inclusive organizational culture within these types of industries. Alicia is a coach and mentor to a range of young black professionals and dedicates time to continue providing opportunities to underrepresented groups. 

Alicia is a Podcast host, Speaker, Lead Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Consultant at SyncD, and an experienced workshop facilitator. Companies and clients she has worked with included Spotify, Depop, Analog Folk, Media Cause, House 337 and Looping Group.

Alicia has created and executed diverse hiring strategies by conducting detailed audits, research, and data analysis. This has resulted in her impacting who companies attract, and how they successfully retain diverse talent.

Alicia has been featured on platforms such as BBC, Evening Standard, Tribe Urban Radio, and Women in CTRL and has partnered with a range of organizations including Access VFX, Four Communications, Coding Black Females, Black Recruiters Network, Word on the Curb and more.

As an international business graduate with experience living and working in San Jose, CA, Alicia has an ongoing desire to learn and understand other people’s experiences, so she travels regularly and has mastered how to adapt her approach to connecting with a range of individuals.

Bami Kuteyi

Facilitator

Bami Kuteyi

Facilitator

She/They

Bami Kuteyi is a Young Fearless Entrepreneur, having founded the international dance fitness brand Bam Bam Boogie when she was only 22 years old.

In February 2018, Bami decided to risk it all and leave her full-time job at Google Ireland as an advertising executive, to focus on empowering women and young girls all around the world through “Fearless Dance Fitness”.

She not only aims to transform the way that womxn feel about their bodies and minds, but she’s a huge advocate for diversity, inclusion, and equality. As someone who has been a minority within the workplace, she has a passion for long term change, and she’s driven change, growth and helped to reshape businesses through her engaging training and workshops.

Bami focuses on racial equality workshops, as this is the area where she has the most experience and knowledge. Bami has worked with Google, Facebook, Nike, Puma, Eventbrite and more.

Bree Riley

Facilitator / Coach

Bree Riley

Facilitator / Coach

She/Her

Bree Riley is a facilitator and coach with AWE. Trained as a social worker, Bree leverages a person-in-environment perspective and strives to take into consideration a client’s social context and intersectionality when co-designing person-centered solutions. Bree specializes in transitions and aims to help clients make life changes that align with their core values.

Bree is originally from the South and studied theatre and journalism at the University of Georgia (Go Dawgs!) She holds a Master’s in Social Work from Silberman School of Social Work. In addition to her work at AWE, she is a Senior Mental Health Clinician at a community-based organization in NYC. She also serves on the board of Housing Works, an NYC-based nonprofit specializing in housing and healthcare for people living with HIV/AIDS. In her free time, she is an avid runner and cyclist. She enjoys cooking as much as she enjoys eating. She resides in Brooklyn with her partner and pets.

Camilla Gordon

Facilitator

Camilla Gordon

Facilitator

She/Her

Camilla is a passionate facilitator, bringing creativity and energy to spaces to help groups to achieve common goals. Based in the UK, with extensive international experience she uses facilitation as a tool to support change within people and organisations. Working across the public, private and charity sector Camilla works with groups at every level of an organisation from C-Suite to beneficiary groups using a range of tools to ensure the best outcomes for all involved. She has a wide range of experience of supporting communities facing discrimination and disadvantage to be heard and influence decision making. 

Camilla is a director at the Refugee Youth Service and was elected to the board of the International Association of Facilitators England and Wales. She was recently awarded a Facilitation Impact Award, recognising her work with Bridge 47 at the Envision 4.7 event. Camilla is trained in LEGO Serious Play, Action Learning Set (ALS) facilitation, Advanced virtual facilitation (UNHabitat), Working with Trauma and holds a Drama BA(hons) degree from the University of Manchester.

Outside of post-it notes and pens Camilla loves baking and weightlifting, although preferably not at the same time.

Carrie Gormley

Facilitator / Coach

Carrie Gormley

Facilitator / Coach

She/Her

Carrie is an executive & leadership coach specializing in helping female executives develop their authentic leadership style while staying true their purpose, in turn increasing their efficacy and impact as leaders. She is driven to advance the growth of women in leadership, supporting them as they grow their influence, make their voices heard and take purposeful action to shift the status-quo in business. 

Prior to becoming a coach, Carrie worked for 15 years as a creative executive in entertainment marketing. Most recently, she was the President and Partner of a top creative advertising agency, managing a large team of seasoned creatives and overseeing all aspects of agency management – including finance, HR and operations. During her time there, she discovered a different way to lead that felt more authentic to who she was as a female leader and not surprisingly, turned out to be effective in delivering business results. 

Combining 20 years of personal development work, professional coach training, and leadership experience, Carrie holds a BA in Sociology from UC Berkeley, is a Hudson Institute Certified Coach and is ACC ICF certified. Carrie’s favorite role is being the mother of two children. She is a fierce advocate for working mothers and the unique challenges they face.

Cori Wong

Facilitator

Cori Wong

Facilitator

She/Her

Cori is a passionate speaker, writer, educator, and consultant with over 15 years of training and leadership experience related to intersectional feminism, antiracism, social justice, and inclusive culture change. Cori is committed to helping others clarify how and why their leadership matters to create more equitable and inclusive realities. With strengths in systems-thinking, vision, strategy, and facilitating difficult dialogues, she is a thought leader on how to connect everyday choices, behaviors, and practices to movements for systemic change. Her approach is rooted in feminist theory and liberatory praxis and fosters conditions for transformation by cultivating authentic relationships across differences. Values of love, creativity, and freedom inform the means and ends for her work, while support, truth-telling, care, humor, and playfulness are among the essential ingredients.

In addition to ten years college-level teaching, Cori developed concepts such as feminist friendship, positive philosophy, and honest confidence, and began publicly sharing reflections through her own YouTube channel and blog over a decade ago. Her work has since been featured in two TEDx talks, journal articles, and numerous podcasts. She also offers a unique approach to coaching and consulting services through her business, Positive Philosophy Consulting, LLC, which was featured in Oprah’s Spring 2021 Issue of O Magazine.

Cori previously led diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging initiatives as an Assistant Vice President at Colorado State University. She earned a dual-title PhD in Philosophy and Women’s Studies from the Pennsylvania State University and completed the Embodied Social Justice Certificate Program from The Embody Lab. Always an artist, she is consistently creating side projects that explore connections between writing, comedy, intimacy, community building, and performance art.

Gracie Inacay

Executive Coach Consultant

Gracie Inacay

Executive Coach Consultant

She/Her

GRACIE INACAY works with organizations and professionals to improve individual, team and organizational effectiveness through assessment, executive coaching, leadership development, team efficiency and strategic planning. As a coach, she provides support as a career accountability partner, leveraging strengths, uncovering vulnerabilities and blind spots, improving problem-solving skills, and helping implement behavioral change that drives business results and professional growth. While leveraging her strong business acumen, Gracie has developed a panoramic view of enterprise while working across a wide range of industries – financial, insurance and professional services – and brings more than 25 years of experience leading effective HR teams. As an approachable and collaborative senior HR executive, Gracie continues to be sought out for advice and unbiased coaching which has solidified her role as a trusted mentor and advisor. Gracie holds coaching certificates from the International Coaching Federation and Center for Executive Coaching and is trained in Hogan’s leadership assessment tool.

Eve Thow

Facilitator

Eve Thow

Facilitator

She/Her

Eve is a passionate learning and development specialist. A strong background in Journalism, Marketing and Events, she is equipped with strong communication and stakeholder management skills. As a Consultant and Facilitator for more than 15 years, Eve has also helped senior leaders improve Team Communication and Collaboration, in particular, newly-formed APAC teams with high performers coming from diverse backgrounds. Certified in several highly renowned profiling tools, Eve uses these tools as the foundation to build on a wide spectrum of other soft skills with great success. The learners are able to relate to different situations with higher awareness of self and others. This mindfulness behavior leads to better self-management and improved social skills. The end result is effective communication for influencing behaviors and achieving desired outcomes. Effectively bilingual, Eve facilitates in Singapore, Malaysia, China, Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand and Indonesia.

Ilhiana Rojas Saldana

Facilitator

Ilhiana Rojas Saldana

Facilitator

She/Her/Ella

Ilhiana Rojas is a certified Executive & Leadership Coach, a Diversity & Inclusion Consultant, a High-Performing Teamwork Trainer and Facilitator, a seasoned multicultural Business Strategist, a Best-Selling Author, and an International Motivational Speaker. 

With over two decades as a highly respected and sought-after global business leader and strategist working at Fortune 500 companies domestically and abroad, Ilhiana partners with her clients to build resilient, inclusive, collaborative, and high-performing leaders and cultures. She has coached leaders of all levels, from individual contributors to C-Suite level executives, with a special focus on developing inclusive leadership mindset, habits, and behaviors. Through her proven successful and action-oriented strategies and tactics, Ilhiana has impacted thousands of professionals globally, fostering new skills, attitudes, and practices, resulting in positive workplace engagement and performance. She has also been the driving force in launching four women’s leadership development programs in Europe, LAM, and the US, helping participants gain the skills necessary to achieve next-level positions and reduce the gender gap. 

In addition to coaching, Ilhiana serves on multiple Boards and organizations supporting DEIB efforts to empower women and the Hispanic community. She is an Associate Certified Coach by the ICF (International Coaching Federation), a Certified DISC+Values Coach by InstituteSuccess, a Certified Team Effectiveness Facilitator by AIIR Consulting, and has a Diversity & Inclusion Certificate from Cornell University. Ilhiana graduated with honors as a Chemical Engineer in Mexico City and lives in Rhode Island with her husband and two kids.

Jaclynn Robinson

Facilitator / Coach

Jaclynn Robinson

Facilitator / Coach

She/Her

Jaclynn Robinson is a criminologist and international psychologist, specializing in organizations and systems. In the corporate sector Jaclynn supports senior managers, leaders, and executives across the globe on creating operational efficiency and cultural intelligence. Industries served include government, higher education, healthcare, biotechnology, media, nonprofit, aerospace engineering and technology.

In addition to her work with organizations, Jaclynn’s passion for business and psychology is present in her work as an executive coach for business builders and leaders. As a coach she serves as a thought partner and guide to help individuals overcome challenges, achieve goals, and think through the unknowns. In a pre-pandemic world, Jaclynn devoted her time behind the prison walls, coaching the incarcerated, better known as “entrepreneurs-in-training,” to help them think through unique and feasible business ideas that could be realized upon reentry. Thanks to technology, the virtual environment is where it now happens upon post-release!

Her interest in raising awareness and bettering the lives of vulnerable communities also led to Jaclynn’s research work on the lived experiences of Syrian refugees during her doctoral studies. Her research work has been presented at the London School of Economics “Middle East Centre”  and the International Political Science Association’s World Congress on “Borders and Margins.”   

Jaclynn earned a bachelor’s degree in criminology from the University of Oklahoma, a masters degree in psychology from Pepperdine University, a master of advanced studies degree in criminology, law and society from the University of California-Irvine, and a doctoral degree in international psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Jaclynn is an Associate Certified Coach through the International Coaching Federation and a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach.

Outside of work you can find Jaclynn co hosting a podcast, going on “car rides” with her dog, working out, or finding reprieve hiking or exploring a new city.

Jennifer Linday-Finan

Facilitator

Jennifer Linday-Finan

Facilitator

She/Her

Based in the UK, Jennifer is passionate about empowering women to fulfill their potential. She delivers a variety of Learning and Development work for women leaders and women-owned businesses and has been in the training field for more than ten years. Jennifer has delivered leadership training programs designed to engage employees, elevate performance, and improve productivity. She has designed and facilitated on-boarding, leadership, and performance management programmes in organizations.  She has also designed and facilitated coaching, mentoring, unconscious bias and entrepreneurship training programs for business owners and business support advisors. 

Jennifer has a passion for training and enjoys sharing her knowledge with a calm and encouraging approach to help individuals and organizations achieve results.

She is an Associate member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development with a Certificate in Learning & Development Practice, a member of The Institute of Leadership & Management and also holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Business and Management.

Jessika Portney

Facilitator

Jessika Portney

Facilitator

She/Her

Passionate about empowering women, Jessika Portney is an executive and leadership coach and founder of Journey On. Jessika has worked in the field of leadership development for over a decade, supporting leaders of all backgrounds and tenures. In addition to her work with private clients, Jessika coaches and facilitates leadership development training programs for non-profit organizations and government agencies. Her approach to leadership has been informed by the cross-cultural experiences she’s sought out: pursuing a graduate degree and teaching English in Rome, facilitating Fulbright fellowships for mid-career leaders from 90 different countries, and implementing USAID projects for Egyptian women pursuing a STEM education.

Clients value Jessika’s deep curiosity about the human experience and ability to create a warm environment for them to be vulnerable and dig deep. She became a coach to honor these gifts and create space for those who want to do similar transformational work. Jessika finds true joy in partnering with clients to embrace their superpowers and manifest their potential.

Jessika obtained an M.A. in Government and Politics with a concentration in International Relations and a certificate in Diplomacy and International Law from St. John’s University in Rome, Italy. She received a B.A. dual degree in Communication and Italian Language & Literature from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Karen Mazarello

Training Support

Karen Mazarello

Training Support

She/Her

Karen Mazarello has over 18 years of corporate experience as a multi-course certified Senior Training Consultant. She has delivered programs for a wide range of clients, including Abbott, Allianz, Apple India, BMW, Central Bank of India, Cisco, Citibank, Credit Suisse, GE Healthcare, Hyundai Motors, KPMG, Microsoft, Nestle, PepsiCo, and The World Bank. She received her Bachelors of Commerce from St Andrew’s College, Mumbai University, and received professional certifications in instructional design, performance assessments, and various HR competencies.

Kate Anderson

Training Support

Kate Anderson

Training Support

She/Her

Kate joined the world of Learning & Development as a Virtual Producer 3 years ago after the Covid pandemic unexpectedly changed her career path.  It was a new world that she didn’t know existed, she has embraced the opportunity to learn and develop and follow this new path.

Before Kate joined the Learning & Development community she single handedly ran a successful interior design business for 25 years, focusing in commercial design but also working with several high end residential clients. She holds a Bachelor of Interior & Environmental Design honors degree gained in her home country of Scotland.  Over the years she has developed many of the transferable skills she utilizes in the virtual classroom today.

When not working Kate likes to spend time outdoors with her dog and horse enjoying the beautiful Scottish countryside. 

Lara Gillett

Facilitator

Lara Gillett

Facilitator

She/Her

Lara is passionate about engaging and fun learning, upholding principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion in all aspects of life, and empowering women in their professional and personal journeys. Lara brings 26+ years of “surviving and thriving” experience in corporate America, specifically in the financial services area, where she led teams on strategic initiatives and functions including training and project management.

Lara received a B.A. from University of California, Irvine and currently resides in the beautiful Hudson Valley of New York. She also attended Wharton University of Pennsylvania Executive Education and earned the Certified Regulatory and Compliance Professional designation.

As an immigrant from South Africa, Lara is an avid traveler and culture enthusiast. She has visited 35 countries and 48 states in the USA so far, and she loves meeting people (everyone has a story!). As an ambivert at heart, Lara also enjoys solitude in reading, hiking, motorcycle riding, camping, and creating pottery.

Nancy McCabe

Executive Coach Consultant

Nancy McCabe

Executive Coach Consultant

She/Her

NANCY McCABE‘s clients have spanned the corporate worlds of media, financial, technology and retail companies and the non-profit sector. Clients appreciate her executive experience and commitment to helping clients blend personal goals with professional excellence and achievement. With more than 20 years of creative executive experience in the entertainment industry, combined with extensive coaching training, Nancy understands the fast pace and the competitive nature of high-stakes industries, and how to balance the needs of the individual with the juggling act of competing corporate goals.  Purposeful coaching, encompassing 360s and emotional intelligence work enables clients to explore how they are perceived and where there are opportunities to enhance their strengths and broaden their range, for effective communication and even more successful leadership. Nancy holds certifications from Coaches Training Institute and the International Coaching Federation and is certified in Hogan, Leadership Circle 360 and The Team Diagnostic Survey leadership assessment tools.

Patricia Ee

Facilitator

Patricia Ee

Facilitator

She/Her

Patricia is a Certified Coach, Facilitator, Trainer & Speaker. Sometimes known as the Human Hacker through her extensive social experiments. In over 25 years of diverse corporate and training experience, spanning 17 countries in 3 continents, Patricia has acquired deep knowledge and understanding of the challenges that organizations and their employees face. Drawing on this rich experience, she creates opportunities for her workshop participants to resonate and respond to those challenges with a positive mindset and outcome. 

Patricia approaches life with an extraordinary dose of can-do attitude. Her vision and life work is to help individuals in organizations “find their cape and become the superheroes that they are”.  She firmly believes that individuals have power to transcend learning barriers – if given the opportunity to learn after being positively encouraged and coached.

Patricia is also a Certified Trainer in Insights Discovery ® Profiling, DISC Flow ® Profiling, Lego Serious Play®, Points Of You®, Genos Emotional Intelligence® and Mental Toughness®, enablers to support, transform and develop talents for business sustainability and growth.

Being naturally people-centric, Patricia is ever ready to support all levels of individuals to stand tall and stand strong, both personally and professionally, amidst a VUCA world. empowering them to make significant contributions to their organizations and to society. Based in Malaysia and Singapore, she loves having #conversationthatmatter with people from different walks of life over a nice cup of coffee or tea!

Sapna Padmanabhan

Facilitator

Sapna Padmanabhan

Facilitator

She/Her

Sapna is a leading learning consultant who has helped transform some of the world’s best known companies. She specializes in creating positively disruptive, sustainable learning journeys using simple, powerful, practical techniques. With a career in Learning and Development that spans over 20 years, Sapna began with a nine year stint at IBM where she facilitated professional and leadership development programs. As a freelance learning consultant and facilitator, she has worked with a wide-range of industries including banking, aviation, technology, hospitality, insurance, FMCG, computing, logistics, fast food, and apparel and has delivered programs across Asia, Europe and Africa. Sapna has also been intimately involved in nurturing the start-up ecosystem in India through her talk shows on radio and television.

Sean Morong

Executive Coach Consultant

Sean Morong

Executive Coach Consultant

He/Him

SEAN MORONG works with executives, private clients and corporate teams to leverage their natural gifts and talents, with a goal of living their most authentic life. His focus areas include improving team engagement, increasing morale, individual strengths assessment and shifting organizational culture. He is often referred to as “The Corporate Therapist.” Sean is also an HR Executive for one of the largest technology consulting firms in the world. He has over 18 years of experience leading teams at some of the largest corporations in Retail and Health & Public Service industries. With a Bachelor of Arts in Health Administration, Sean continues to be passionate about the study of human behavior and changing mindsets. He is regularly consulted to speak on topics including fear, anxiety, purpose and what makes people act and think the way they do. If you ask Sean where he gets his positive beliefs and inspiration, he’ll likely tell you about his good fortune of having a wise and spiritually connected grandmother, who was his teacher, mentor and biggest fan. Sean is a certified Gallup® Strengths & Engagement Coach and a Certified Professional Co-Active® Coach (CPCC).

Shanaia Samtaney

Training Support

Shanaia Samtaney

Training Support

She/Her

Shanaia has worked as a Virtual Producer for the past 3 years for Virtual Production/Training companies across the globe, on platforms such as Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Adobe Connect, WebEx Training Centre and Meeting Centre. She has a strong customer support mindset and enjoys working with the facilitator and participants to ensure that the event runs smoothly.

Shanaia is proficient in English and Hindi (the national language of India). Her strengths lie in the field of Communication Skills and Presentation Skills (both virtual and face to face).

Supriya Venkatesan

Facilitator

Supriya Venkatesan

Facilitator

She/Her

Supriya Venkatesan works with executives and entrepreneurs across the globe to unlock their total potential. Her focus areas include interpersonal communications, overcoming subconscious blocks, achieving peak performance, and broader culture change within organizations while exceeding business metrics.

With over 18 years of experience across a diverse career spanning marketing, journalism, and the military combined with extensive coaching training, she helps clients achieve professional and business goals by mastering the three levels of communication: Unconscious communication with the self, conscious communication with the other, and collective conscious communication within group dynamics.

Supriya holds a Masters degree in Strategic Communications from Columbia University, is a certified Trainer and Master coach in Neuro-linguistic Programming. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Media & Communications from Maharishi University with a minor in Vedic Science and a certificate in Yoga Philosophy from Oxford University.

In 2020, she was awarded the ADCOLOR award by ADWEEK for exemplary leadership in DEI. in 2007 she was given the Commandant’s Award by the US Army for performing in the top 10%  at the US Army Leadership Academy. Supriya is a combat veteran having served 6 years in the US Army where she first honed her leadership skills leading teams of 100+ personnel of soldiers and civilians while stationed across 3 continents.

Her writings have been published in the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, Playboy, Teen Vogue, Redbook and elsewhere.

Sydney Butler

Facilitator

Sydney Butler

Facilitator

She/Her

Sydney is a people-first conflict transformation and restorative justice practitioner. She is an educator, facilitator, coach, partner, and lifelong learner in the work of unpacking cultural conflicts and identity and creating liberated spaces for all people to thrive and belong. She is a mental health advocate, an empowerer of womanhood, and has a heart for truth, humility, restoration, dignity, and community. 

Her background in DEIJB work is in education. She previously worked as a Black Student Achievement Program Liaison in Howard County Public Schools in Maryland to advance racial equity education and decrease achievement gaps for black high school students. She is a trained facilitator with Maryland Leadership Workshops and she now works with a Baltimore non-profit to increase the academic and personal capacity of black youth attending Baltimore City Public Schools and private schools. 

Sydney graduated cum laude from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA with a Bachelor of Science in Human Development & Community Engagement, and a focus on African American Studies and Sociology. She spent time in Philadelphia with the Urban League, AVID, and served in numerous middle and high schools supporting urban education. She is currently working towards her M.A. in Restorative Justice from Eastern Mennonite University with a specific focus on racial trauma healing.

In her work, Sydney uses her education, experiences, passions, and skills to connect the head and the heart of understanding across differences and how the concepts of power, privilege, oppression and bias affect us all interpersonally and in policy. Sydney is energized by peeling back the layers of this complex human experience, guiding people in self-reflection, and taking their personal, relational and organizational development to the next level.

Yennie Rautenberg-Loya

Facilitator

Yennie Rautenberg-Loya

Facilitator

She/Her/Ella

Yennie Rautenberg-Loya empowers and develops leaders to flourish and leave a positive mark in the world.  Through her proprietary Authentic Inclusive Collaboration® framework, she enables teams and individuals to build  inclusive, productive and collaborative work environments where everyone experiences a sense of belonging, is  empowered to participate and has equal opportunity to thrive.  

Originally from Mexico, she is a bilingual (Spanish/English) and multicultural ICF-certified leadership coach with  25+ years of global experience in corporate and executive communications, and 15+ years delivering life and  executive coaching and training programs to hundreds of people. She has championed, participated and served as  an ally of multiple inclusion and diversity initiatives, and collaborated with teams in 25+ countries.  

Yennie designs customized programs in the areas of inclusion and belonging, employee resource groups (ERGs), emotional intelligence, leadership, resilience, communication, career advancement, and career/life transitions  (relocation, job termination and retirement). Based on client’s needs, the programs may include one-on-one  coaching, facilitated group/team sessions, workshops and/or consulting services. 

Yennie has provided services in different capacities to multiple organizations including Accenture, ASML,  Autodesk, Edmunds, Global Foundries, Google, Intel, Meals on Wheels, Meta, Metlife, NAB, National Restaurants  Association, New York Times, NHL, Pinterest, Qualcomm, Tesla, UNICEF, University of California San Diego,  VMWare and Yelp. 

For 11 years, Yennie worked at Qualcomm, where she was responsible for global communications programs for  India, Latin America, Middle East, Africa and Southeast Asia. During her tenure, she also championed diversity and  inclusion initiatives, supported corporate social responsibility projects, as well as high-visibility programs such as  the company’s partnership with the World Economic Forum.  

Yennie worked at Porter Novelli in Mexico City and South Florida for nine years managing local and Latin American  programs for several accounts including Fortune 500 companies.  

Education and Certifications  

Yennie is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) credentialed through the International Coaching Federation  (ICF) and an Emotional Intelligence (EQ-i2.0 and EQ360) Certified coach. She holds a Certification in  Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace by Muma College of Business at the University of South Florida  and a Leadership Coaching Certification by the University of San Diego School of Leadership and Education  Sciences. She’s also a certified Gold-tier facilitator of Google’s #IamRemarkable global initiative. 

In 2019, Yennie graduated from Cornell University’s Certificate Program in Strategic Human Resources  Leadership, and from the Latina Success Leadership Program by MANA de San Diego, a National Latina  Organization.  

Before immigrating to the U.S., Yennie received a Diploma on Organizational Communications and  Behavior by Universidad Panamericana in Mexico City, a Diploma in International Marketing by Universidad La  Salle in Mexico City, and a Trade Degree in Business Administration, Management and Operations by Colegio  Alemán Alexander von Humboldt in Mexico City.

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