Carol Kauffman

Founder and Executive Director of the Institute of Coaching

Carol is the Founder and Executive Director of the Institute of Coaching and is an Assistant Clinical Professor at Harvard Medical School. She is Co-Director of the annual Harvard Coaching Conference and launched the annual International Coaching Research Forum.   In 2009 she received a two million dollar gift from the Harnisch Foundation in order …..

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David Peterson

On a mission to make learning faster, better, and more rewarding for people and organizations

David Peterson has been an executive coach and innovative thought leader in leadership development for over 20 years. He joined Google in 2011 as Director of Executive Coaching and Leadership. He coaches senior leaders, manages Google’s network of external and internal coaches, and supports innovative, high-impact leadership, learning, and executive development initiatives at Google.   Before joining Google, …..

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Jim Clifton

CEO of Gallup and Creator of The Gallup Path

Since 1988, Jim Clifton has served as CEO of Gallup, a global leader in consulting and public opinion research and analytics. Under his leadership, Gallup has expanded from a predominantly US ­based company to a worldwide organization with 30 offices in 20 countries and regions.   Jim is the creator of The Gallup Path, a metric-­based economic model …..

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Jim Kouzes

Co-Author of The Leadership Challenge and the Dean’s Executive Fellow of Leadership, Leavey School of Business

Jim Kouzes is the Dean’s Executive Fellow of Leadership, Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University and the coauthor with Barry Posner of the internationally award-winning and best-selling book, The Leadership Challenge, with over 2 million copies sold. Jim has co-authored over thirty other books, including The Truth About Leadership, Credibility, and A Leader’s Legacy, as well as the Leadership Practices Inventory (LPI). The Wall Street Journal named Jim one of the ten best executive educators in the U.S., and in 2009 he received the Distinguished Contribution to Workplace Learning and Performance Award from the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD). Jim has also been recognized as one of HR Magazine’s Top 20 Most Influential International Thinkers in 2010-2013.

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Judith E. Glaser

Chairman of the Creating WE Institute

Judith E. Glaser is an Organizational Anthropologist. She is one of the most pioneering and innovative change agents, consultants and executive coaches, in the consulting and coaching industry and is the world’s leading authority on Conversational Intelligence®, WE-centric Leadership, and Neuro-Innovation, and is a best-selling author of 7 business books including her newest best seller – Conversational Intelligence: How Great Leaders Build Trust and Get Extraordinary Results. Through the application of ‘the neuroscience and anthropology to business challenges, Judith shows CEOs and their teams how to elevate levels of engagement, collaboration and innovation to positively impact the bottom line. Judith is the founder and CEO of Benchmark Communications, Inc., and the Chairman of The Creating WE Institute.

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Ken Blanchard

Co-Founder and Chief Spiritual Officer of The Ken Blanchard Companies®

The Ken Blanchard Companies® is an international management training and consulting firm which Ken and his wife, Margie Blanchard, began in 1979 in San Diego, California. With a passion to turn every leader into a servant leader, Ken shares his insightful and powerful message with audiences around the world through speeches, consulting services, and bestselling books. In addition to being a renowned speaker and consultant, Ken is a trustee emeritus of the Board of Trustees at his alma mater, Cornell University, and he also teaches students in the Master of Science in Executive Leadership Program at the University of San Diego. As one of the most influential and compassionate leadership experts in the world, few people have influenced the day-to-day management of people and companies more than Ken Blanchard.

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Liz Wiseman

Bestselling Author, Speaker, & Executive Advisor

Liz Wiseman teaches leadership to executives and emerging leaders around the world. She is the President of the Wiseman Group, a leadership research and development firm headquartered in Silicon Valley. Some of her recent clients include: Apple, Disney, eBay/PayPal, Facebook, GAP, Google, Microsoft, Nike, Roche,, and Twitter. Liz has been listed on the Thinkers50 ranking and named as one of the top 10 leadership thinkers in the world.

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Mark Thompson

Senior Executive Coach, Bestselling Author, Keynote Speaker

Mark C. Thompson is a senior executive coach, NYT bestselling author, operating executive, board member and leadership columnist for and Mark has worked with 3 of the world’s great innovators: Apple’s Steve Jobs, Virgin’s Richard Branson and Charles Schwab. He founded Sir Richard’s leadership coaching program, and he’s Schwab’s former CCO and Exec Producer of He’s author of 3 bestselling books (Success Built to Last; Now, Build a Great Business and Admired: 21 Ways to Double Your Value) Mark is founding advisor of the Venture Design Lab at his alma mater: Stanford. The AMA featured Mark as one of the “World’s Top Executive Coaches” and the #1 thought leader on Innovation Leadership and Engagement.

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Marshall Goldsmith

One of the Top Ten Most-Influential Business Thinkers in the World

Marshall Goldsmith has been recognized as one of the top ten Most-Influential Business Thinkers in the World and the top-ranked executive coach at the 2013 biennial Thinkers50 Awards Ceremony in London. Marshall is the author or editor of 35 books, which have sold over two million copies, been translated into 30 languages and become bestsellers in 12 countries. His new book Triggers will be published May 19, 2015! He is one of a select few executive advisers who have been asked to work with over 150 major CEOs and their management teams.

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Ruth Ann Harnisch

Ruth Ann Harnisch is the Founder and President of the Harnisch Foundation, investing in creative, progressive, and spirited philanthropy since 1998. She was honored with the Vision of Excellence Award at the first Harvard Coaching Conference for “her immeasurable contribution of energy, resources, talent and money to the coaching field.”   She has served on …..

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