GIA STORMS, CPCC, PCC
Ambassador, Chapter Meetings
Gia Storms is a professional coach and leadership expert specializing in developing employees, leading teams and catalyzing change. She brings to her work more than 15 years of strategic communications and marketing in the corporate and non-profit worlds, inspiring groups and individuals to overcome their fears and step forth with courage.
Gia previously served as the Chief Communications Officer at the Hammer Museum at UCLA, one of Los Angeles' leading contemporary art Museums and cultural centers. She led the museum in understanding communications styles and facilitated trainings across the museum to help improve outcomes in internal communications, employee engagement and departmental collaboration.
As coach and leadership facilitator, Gia brings strategic communication and storytelling to all her clients working to develop their organizations and futures. Presenting in front of groups and one- on-one, she helps individuals to realize their future path and pave the way for transformation in business and careers, with particular focus on mindfulness and co-active coaching.
Previously, Gia was the Vice President of Communications and External Affairs at the Times Square Alliance, managing communications and government relations for New York City's second largest Business Improvement District and promoting major annual events such as New Year's Eve. Gia also worked in Edelman’s New York Public Affairs, managing non-profits and corporate business, and served as the Media Director for Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum, the second highest elected official in the city of New York.
A native of Seattle, Gia is an alumna of Barnard College, Columbia University, with a bachelor’s degree in Women’s Studies. She graduated from the Coaching Training Institute, one of the world’s oldest coaching universities, with a certification in professional coaching, and has been trained with Coro’s Leadership New York, and certified in Interpersonal Leadership Styles, leading workshops with teams across dozens of organizations. She currently lives in Los Angeles where she runs coaching workshops and is a graduate of the University of Santa Monica’s Spiritual Psychology Program. More information at www.giastorms.com.
Ambassador - Chapter Meetings
Cynthia Oredugba’s passion is to guide women who yearn to be their best selves but who’ve put their innermost dreams on hold for family or career. Though they value their choices, now it’s their turn to explore new horizons. Cynthia helps them find clarity and confidence so they uncover their true purpose and manifest the abundant, meaningful life they desire.
Cynthia has a rich history of fulfilling her own life purpose. She was the first African American woman to join the William Morris Talent Agency as an agent trainee in the early 1970s, and later opened her own boutique talent agency in Los Angeles. In her 16 year career, she helped numerous creative individuals launch their dream careers, including director Lee Daniels of The Butler, Precious and Empire fame. Cynthia even introduced friend Alex Haley to David Wolper, who produced the iconic miniseries Roots! After stepping away to raise her two precious sons, Cynthia then helped the American Cancer Society raise awareness through trainings, workshops and seminars.
Cynthia’s empowering experience with personal development coaching inspired her passion to help others uncover and activate their full, extraordinary potential. Author of It’sYour Turn: Uncovering the Best You NOW, she completed her coach training with the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching and Lisa Bloom Story Coaching. / cynthiaoredugba[at]yahoo.com
NANCY RIEGLING, MS, PCC
Ambassador, Chapter Meeting Coordinator
Prior to founding Point Two Consulting in 2016, Nancy had an extensive career as an internal coach and consultant with Kaiser Permanente. Nancy is an experienced executive coach and consultant with over 30 years of experience leading in and consulting with organizations. She has worked alongside and helped innumerable individuals and teams manage change and create better outcomes. Nancy’s passion lies in fostering the personal and professional growth of individuals and teams in service of enhanced organizational performance. Nancy’s clients include Boards of Directors, C-Suite Executives, senior directors and many physician executives in mid- and large-sized health care organizations.
Nancy’s corporate background includes a variety of roles including bedside nurse, Nursing School faculty, front line manager, Chief Operating Officer, Organization/Executive Development Consultant and her most recent internal role as Director for Executive and Leadership Development.
Memorial Hermann Health System, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan/Hospitals, Kaiser Permanente Southern California Region, Southern California Permanente Medical Group, The Southeast Permanente Medical Group, Kaiser Permanente Georgia Region, Kaiser Permanente Hawaii Region, Sustainable Economic Enterprises of Los Angeles (SEE-LA), Pediatric Community Health Center (now Eisner Pediatric and Family Medical Center)
Nancy holds a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing, a Master’s degree in Nursing, a post-graduate certificate in Organization Development Consulting and is credentialed as a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) through the International Coach Federation.
TIMOTHY ALTAFFER, Executive Coach
Ambassador, Special Events
Timothy Altaffer is a proven and effective CEO with 30 years of experience in international business and executive leadership. He brings that success to his coaching and consulting practices, where he helps leaders and their organizations reach new heights. He lapidates rising executives and turns groups into high performance teams.
With over 10 years’ experience as a CEO, Tim worked in the U.S. and internationally, at leading multinationals such as Bacardi limited, Anheuser-Busch International, Ducoco, Novartis, Philip Morris International, CPC International and Unilever.
Some of his accomplishments:
- While CEO of Ducoco (a leading, privately-held Brazilian food and beverage company with two manufacturing units, seven plantations and over 1800 employees), Tim was responsible for the repositioning of the company and its portfolio, developing a plan leading to an IPO; led restructuring, governance and change management efforts to improve performance and increase the company’s value.
- As CEO at Novartis’ Medical Nutrition BU, Tim was responsible for outstanding results, including growing sales by 53% and EBIT by 265%, reducing NWC and improving the company’s cash position and achieving leadership in the core Hospital Care channel.
- As President of Bacardi, Tim improved results by increasing volume 12%, gross profit by 21% and by decreasing structure costs from 34% to 31% of net sales. He also improved the company’s cash position by reducing net debt by US$ 6MM (without reducing working capital) and finance expenses by over US$ 1MM.
- As GM of Budweiser Brasil, Tim built Budweiser’s volume (+40%), share (22pp to 31% Share Of Segment) and leadership (share gap from 2pp to 17pp) in a highly competitive International Brands segment. Share of total market grew from 0.18% to 0.25%. Budweiser was the leading International brand with twice the share of its closest competitor.
In addition, Tim is a Director (certified by Anderson UCLA) on Boards of major organizations and an Adjunct Professor of leadership, strategy and marketing at leading graduate business schools.
Ambassador, Special Events
Ester is a transformational coach, mentor and supervisor for coaches. Her specialization in coaching is creating greater awareness and clarity, building better self-relationship and connecting with deep values and unique sources, accompanying in achieving desired results.
Her mission in coaching is to help clients create transformational experience through positive changes.
Ester has more than 9 years of counseling experience in various areas of coaching and over 3,500 hours of coaching sessions, her clients confirm that through finding the way to their inner peace and balance, they often turn to their own wisdom and voice of heart and begin to live the life they always wanted.
Ester is founder of Coaching Without Borders, a non-profit organization supporting social initiatives in Russia and CIS countries through working with leaders of charity funds, social entrepreneurs, non-profit organizations and human rights activists, providing leaders with all-round professional pro bono support through coaching and mentoring sessions, business and coaching training.
Ester has a Master degree in Communications from Moscow State University, where she specialized in Philosophy of Language and Communications and is a certified coach of 7 international coaching schools.
Ester used to be a professional athlete, Europe champion in athletic fitness (2012), her passion is sport, psychology, personal growth and helping people.
DESIREE BRIEL RODI
Ambassador, Special Interest Groups (SIGs)
Desiree has worked in Higher Education Administration at Princeton University School of Architecture, non-profits in the Seattle-area, and in People and Business Strategy at Brooks Sports and uniquelyHR, in addition to owning her own personal chef business, Able Table. With experience in the start-up world, in non-profits and higher education, and in large corporations, Desiree is passionate about leadership and development and building successful companies through simultaneous creation of people and business strategy based on the vision and mission of a company. She now owns her own consulting and coaching business with the intention to help businesses build their business strategy and people strategy together, investing in, aligning and developing the employees as the first customers in order to drive business.
Desiree finds great satisfaction in helping others to become their best, while simultaneously pursuing her own path of self-improvement. Desiree holds a B.A. in Art and American Studies from Yale University and an MBA from Seattle University where she continues to assist with and facilitate graduate leadership courses, MGMT 5100, Leadership Skills and Team Development, and MGMT 5335, Leading with Emotional Intelligence. She teaches Emotional Intelligence workshops here in LA for businesses, non-profits, and the private sector. She is an avid marathon runner and swimmer, loves to cook and bake, and is also the proud mom to two active, fun-loving boys, Ben(5) and Will(3).
Desiree is also a member of the Los Angeles chapter of SHRM, PIHRA, and serves as a Special Interest Group Ambassador for the local LA chapter of the International Coaching Federation.
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Debra helps individuals see their strengths and potential, define their goals and formulate unique strategies for achieving them. She also works on improving communication skills in order to make positive and lasting change. Her clients are often women leaders in corporate and creative environments.
Debra is an executive leadership coach and mentor with a background of 12 years of coaching and 25 years in entertainment marketing and sales distribution.
Clients she has coached and consulted include media/tech organizations such as ABC/Disney, Nickelodeon, Hallmark/Crown Media, Cartoon Network/Turner, Women in Cable Television, and GOAT.
Before becoming an executive leadership coach, Debra served in multiple senior entertainment marketing roles including startup ventures, non-profits and large corporations such as Showtime Networks, Sundance TV, MTV Networks, Film Independent, and The Entertainment Industry Foundation.
She worked on numerous successful initiatives, launching the distribution of diverse television networks, TV series, and branding campaigns.
Additionally, she designed high-profile education outreach and advocacy programs supporting the arts and STEM, including visual & performing arts, music, film, and travel.
Debra is an innovative leader driven by creativity, initiative, and dedication to excellence. She is a Center for Creative Leadership Alumna, and a member of the 92Y Tisch Center for the Arts Advisory Council, The Television Academy of Arts and Sciences, The Alliance for Women in Media, and PromaxBDA.
Debra is an ongoing mentor for Women in Cable and Digital TV, Patina Solutions, The Alliance for Women in Media, and Dining For Women (a global giving circle dedicated to transforming lives and eradicating poverty among women in the modern world). She supports Maria Shriver’s Move For Minds Alzheimer’s Initiative.
A cultural immersion leadership program recently took her to Cambodia and Vietnam where she participated in an initiative providing unique access to local schools and civic organizations.
Debra is certified by the International Coaching Federation, IPEC, and the Energy Leadership Index coaching program. She holds degrees in communication and marketing.
Debra is based in Santa Monica, CA.
CINDY LAMAR, CPC, MA
Cindy Lamar represents what it means to be a lifelong learner and diverse educator. In her 18 years in education she has focused on teaching, mentoring and holistic human development. She navigated several professional pivots, shifting from academia to corporate environments, and from teaching language to technology to professional development. These changes have allowed her to work within a variety of industries and to collaborate globally.
During her most recent employment with MediaMath, a global marketing technology company, she designed, managed and facilitated educational workshops and classes for internal and external clients. While initially hired to train users on their Demand-Side Platform (DSP), she quickly expanded her offerings to include workshops on effective communication, emotional intelligence and stress management. Feeling the need to further expand her skills, she set out to become a program designer, enabling her to increase her impact and deliver programs that inspire transformative growth. Two such programs were successfully launched: Mentor-the-Mentor and Executive Education for Programmatic Leaders in APAC. Once certified as a professional coach, she introduced coaching into the L&D department, designing Coaching for Trainers and Coaching for Managers workshops. In October 2017, Cindy left MediaMath to start a coaching business and more fully pursue her artistic endeavors in LA.
Today, Cindy coaches by example, designing her life as a coach and artist, and focuses on helping her clients to become deeply self-aware, embrace agility and pursue what’s in their hearts.
IRIS GELT WARNER
Iris Gelt Warner is an executive coach and communications strategist with an extensive track record of achieving powerful results. Her clients range from C- suite executives and their teams to individual business leaders.
Drawing on her long and diverse career as a senior corporate executive and consultant, Iris brings a wealth of direct, first-hand experience to helping organizations, teams, and individuals reach new levels of professional development and achievement.
An expert in strategic communications, Iris helps businesses and individuals optimize the measurable impact of strong communications skills to effectively influence audiences and deliver results in all types of meaningful interactions – including pitches, presentations, conferences, negotiations, interviews, media opportunities, and other leadership activities.
Her dynamic, customized communications trainings go beyond typical preparation methodologies by focusing on strategic message-building targeted to specific business objectives. With this strong foundation, Iris conducts focused practice sessions using real-time video playback and critique to develop basic presentation competencies, help increase confidence and ensure that delivery is both authoritative and powerful.
As a business executive, consultant and coach, Iris has worked with a wide variety of organizations, from global corporations to local start-ups. Her diverse experience includes many different business sectors, including retail, technology, entertainment, government, higher education and non-profit. Her career highlights include heading the Corporate Communications department of Universal Studios for 22 years; and creating and heading the Strategic Communications department at Art Center College of Design for seven years.
Iris holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Secondary Education from the University of New York at Albany; a Certificat d’Etudes in French Literature from the University of Nice, France; and a Certificate in Corporate Community Relations from Boston College. Hailing from New York and now living in Los Angeles, Iris brings a unique bi-coastal perspective to her coaching practice. Her fluency in French and Spanish is an added asset when working with global corporations both here and abroad.
Iris earned her certification in Individual and Organizational Coaching in 2002 from the ICF-accredited Hudson Institute of Coaching in Santa Barbara, one of the profession’s premier coaching organizations. She participates annually in Hudson’s community service initiative and is a certified practitioner of the Learning in Action Emotional Intelligence Profile, one of the foremost measurement tools of leadership skills and practices.
Michael Ehrenberg is an executive coach located in the Los Angeles area working solely and with a variety of executive coaching firms through his own company, forward4change, and most recently has joined The DrumCafeWestCoast and Blue Fire Leadership.
Michael has consistently built a roster of clients In a variety of corporate and non corporate realms over the past decade. He began his coaching career with an International Coaching firm from Australia working with middle and senior level executives at several key technology companies, including: Cisco Systems and Novellus Software. As an associate with the company, Michael quickly was tapped to become part of a team with the firm to work with leaders and executives set to move into upper level management and executive roles. One of his standout roles for which he excels is to pinpoint where the gaps and the missing elements might impede a leader’s growth and with passion and joy to kick past barriers and make these changes to move upward in the organization.
Clients consistently remark about Michael’s natural ability to build trust and create powerful long-term relationships. His natural empathic qualities, a strong intuitive approach, and an excitement to take action help his clients to achieve the results they desire in a timely manner. Recognized as a having a deep appreciation of people from many backgrounds and interests, he helped create San Francisco Street Coaches where he collaborated with a team of coaches to introduce the power of coaching to the average person on the street, inspiring them to leverage coaching in their own lives. In addition, he co-hosted a radio show, QUEST DIARIES with another Bay Area coach to offer the public an insight to the highlights and common misconceptions about Leadership Development and the Coaching process.
Michael has worked for over 20 years in the Entertainment, Public Relations and Advertising sectors, namely in the area of promotion and marketing, but always incorporating coaching and leadership in his work. Most recently Michael has coached new and developing artists helping them realize their own uniqueness and discover their own qualities necessary for success in both business, and the maintenance of balance in their lives.
In addition to certification from the Coaches Training Institute, and most recently The CTI Leadership Experience, Michael has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Organizational Development from the Claremont colleges, and is continuing his education through Northwestern’s School of Management in courses such as High Powered Collaboration, Leadership, Teamwork and Negotiation. Michael speaks fluent Spanish, has coached with native Spanish speakers and has served as a translator in Madrid, Spain and the US. Client roster and associations include: Cisco Systems, Novellus Software, Wells Fargo, JBL and Walmart.
Kimberly specializes in respectful and effective communication, development of authentic leadership style, and custom-tailored habits to nurture behavior change. She leverages past roles in varied and fast-paced environments, including corporate banking (Fortune 50), education and training, and the nonprofit sector.
As a coach, Kimberly is known for positive, focused accountability. She blends proven strategies for behavior change with insight, compassion and humor. A former corporate banker, she’s adept at understanding business needs and the factors that drive results.
Kimberly has an appreciation for the challenges and complexities of day-to-day communication, especially in high stress cultures. She coaches in the US, China, Spain and Mexico (in Spanish), helping leaders stretch out of their comfort zones as they raise self-awareness, effectively practice new behaviors, and adapt their leadership style to become even more successful and bring out the best in their teams.
Functional roles in fast-paced, cross-cultural environments have ranged from individual contributor at two of the world’s largest banks to Board Chair of a local non-profit, providing practical experience with diverse stakeholders and stretched resources. She has provided coaching and or consulting/training services to leaders in finance, education, technology, healthcare, and construction management.
Kimberly graduated from the University of California Santa Cruz with a degree in Economics. She holds professional coaching certifications from The Coaches Training Institute and Marshall Goldsmith’s Stakeholder Centered Coaching. She is accredited by the ICF (ACC). She’s currently a candidate for a certificate in Adlerian psychology through The North American Society for Adlerian Psychologists (NASAP). She has presented at NASAP-sponsored state and national conferences, and co-authored curriculum for professionals working with families of teens.
Kimberly is known for her commitment to youth and families, and has chaired the board of Los Ayudantes, a 501c3. She enjoys nature, music and triathlons, and counts family interactions among the greatest daily opportunities for practicing communication skills.
With a Masters in Digital Media Art from UCSB, George has over 20 years experience in many aspects of web development including frontend, backend, haptics, design, and marketing.
His most important work to date was volunteering for the Tibetan cause in India. Together with his wife, we worked directly with the Tibetan Parliament in Exile and separately with H.H. Dalai Lama's agenda to educate the world about the loss of natural resources in Tibet.
His proudest work achievement was teaching Tibetan refugees and monks web development. Classes were taught during winter in a freezing cold tiny room of a monastery. There was no heat, no computers, one very dim light bulb and a room full of eager students.
When not traveling the world, he resides in Hawaii with his wife and two young children.
JOHN VOLTURO, CPC, ELI-MP, MBA
John is a former C-suite executive. Having previously worked at startups and publicly traded companies, as a Performance Coach John coaches CEOs and high-performance individuals to clarify vision, build complementary leadership teams, use clear and concise communication and to lead with authenticity with their employees, investors, and other stakeholders. John also conducts workshops on Corporate Diversity and Culture, with a specific focus on the LGBTQ+ community inclusion.
John acts as a mentor to the L.A. tech community through his work at AmplifyLA, and is also a member of Los Angeles Lesbian & Gay Chamber of Commerce (LAGLCC), Vistage Executive Speaker network, CMO Council, Junto Institute, Digital Marketing, International Coaching Federation L.A. and the digital CMO Network. John is passionate about Feeding America’s children.
Nishtha is a Director of Sales/Social Media at a luxury accessory brand wholesale company, where she shares her enthusiasm and creativity, as a servant leader, to streamline workflows and increase sales and market share. Having worked in Fortune 500 companies for over 19 years, she uses her Agile project management, sales, social media marketing background to re-engineer and bring about positive transformation. She uses her training, writing, coaching and consulting background in all her work and volunteer efforts. Nishtha is a firm advocate of using meditation as a tool to empower and transform corporations into happier environments and has given presentations on how to use meditation as a technique to build better and more productive work environments. Contact her via LinkedIn or email her Nishtha.Goel@sbcglobal.net
Arnold Zeman is a Certified Professional Co-Active CoachTM trained by the Harvard of professional coach training, the Coaches Training Institute. He has also been certified by the International Coach Federation as an Associate Certified Coach.
Prior to becoming a coach, he had a 33-year career as a Canadian public servant in successively more senior positions, culminating with his appointment as Assistant Inspector General of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service. After retiring from the federal government in December 2006, Arnold trained and was accredited as a family mediator by the Ontario Association of Family Mediation. He was on the court roster as a family mediator in Ottawa for a number of years and also had a standing offer with Health Canada to facilitate discussions about workplace conflict. In his coaching engagements.
Arnold takes a stand for his clients claiming ownership of the richness and wholeness of their entire life as the path to fulfillment and happiness. His life-long anxiety is behind his commitment to coach people who hide their anxiety from others and long to be seen and accepted. We are all each other’s guests while here on planet Earth and Arnold seeks to live everyday the values of kindness, compassion, and non- judgment.
Ambassador, Teleclass Host
Kathryn (Kathy) Burnett is a Professional / Personal Coach & Consultant, principle of Vibrant Life Coaching. Her experience includes positions as Wellness Coach for The Habit Change Company, and serving in various leadership and trainer capacities at MentorCoach, LLC.
Kathy specializes in Habit Change, Organizing, Positive Psychology, and Wellness Coaching. She’s passionate about applying positive psychology and the latest research in habit change, brain science, motivation, and happiness to her coaching practice.
Kathy created "Shape Your Space," a workshop with an approach to organization utilizing personal strengths and positive psychology principles to get and stay organized.
She coaches individuals and groups and especially loves helping clients connect to their most authentic, powerful, and passionate selves. She has presented workshops on organizing, communication, procrastination, wellness, and successful change.
Kathy authored a chapter for the book, Clutter Free and Clear. Titled "THE STRENGTH ADVANTAGE: Getting in touch with your inner Superhero," she presents her unique approach to getting and staying organized: utilizing the power of your own innate and developed strengths.
TERRY NORTON, MCC
Ambassador, Teleclass Host
Terry is an innovator with a highly developed intuition that enables her to get to the heart of the matter – fast. She enjoys a well-earned reputation for producing lasting outcomes in even the most challenging situations. Terry has worked with all levels of senior executives from a wide variety of organizations including ABC, Warner Bros., Disney, NBC Universal, CBS Paramount, USC, Carnegie Mellon, Verizon, Rauxa Direct, PHFE, McCann, Carillion, Lewis-Gale and Kehillat Israel.
A certified analyst in the DISC, PCSI and custom designed 360 multi-rater assessments, Terry has a diverse set of professional and personal growth instruments to share with those who want to reach peak performance. Terry is also known for her energetic and results-oriented workshops, retreats and training programs. Her upbeat attitude with an uncompromising focus on results encourages active and enthusiastic participation in her group meetings and workshops. Terry receives consistently high evaluations from clients.
JANE DRUCKER, Ph.D., PCC
Jane is the founding explorer behind "Inner Journeys Coaching". Her coaching practice helps women in transition thrive while providing healing for others. She coaches physicians and healers, psychotherapists, life coaches, and other healthcare professionals. She also coaches family or professional caregivers of the disabled, seriously ill, or dying.
As a coach and guide to others on their own "Inner Journeys" for over two decades, Jane brings her professional expertise, personal commitment, and sense of humor to every client to support them in achieving their very best.
Jane holds advanced degrees in counseling psychology and special education, and she is certified by the ICF at the PCC level. Jane is also a writer, author, and seminar/workshop leader, and she has worked as a teacher, learning specialist, psychotherapist, and network television censor.
Jane is excited to serve the Board of Directors of ICFLA as the Ambassador of Membership. She has also served on the Board of Trustees of the Colony Theatre in Burbank CA, and as a Board member and Committee Chair on her local Neighborhood Council.
Jane believes we are on this earth to show up as our Authentic Selves and to be of service to others. Contact Jane at email@example.com.
Jen Wilson is a coach, trainer and facilitator with a background in developing and leading ethnically and generationally diverse teams. She combines deep business and team building expertise with proven experience developing leaders. Jen specializes in motivating individuals and operational teams to make bold decisions in line with their core values, inspiring productivity breakthroughs and meaningful change.
Jen comes from an 18-year career in international education, higher education collaboration and nonprofit management. Over this time she has built and led multiple teams in a global organization, managing key deliverables for domestic and foreign government and corporate partners. Jen has created breakthroughs with leaders and cross-cultural teams by helping them take stock of today, co-create a vision of tomorrow, and commit to sustained impact over time.
Jen holds a Masters degree in International Education Development from Columbia University, Teachers College, and a Bachelors of Science in Child and Family Development from Benedict College. She has also completed a Leadership Development Program with the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) and currently is in enrolled in the Co-Active Coach® Training Program with the Coaches Training Institute (CTI) due to complete in May 2019. To learn more about Jen and her practice please visit: www.jenrwilson.com.