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 ICF Los Angeles 2018 Leadership



Rachel Karu, MS, ACCRACHEL KARU, MS, ACC , Coach, Speaker, Author

Rachel Karu’s quest for purpose and passion led her to create Stepping into More – A personal and professional development company dedicated to supporting clients with their quest to unleash their purpose and passion in order to live a fulfilling and empowering life! An experienced coach, speaker, trainer, and singer with over 19 years’ experience, she energizes her clients and creates an affirming environment for personal and professional transformation. Prior to launching Stepping into More, Rachel served as Human Resources Manager at EMI Music Distribution and the Manager of Organization Development and Training at Easton Sports, Inc.

Rachel earned a Master’s of Science in Counseling for Business, Industry and Government and a Bachelor of Science in Business with a specialization in Human Resources. She achieved her Coaching Credential through the International Coaching Federation and is a Certified Strengths Coach with the Marcus Buckingham Company. Rachel is certified/qualified in a variety of assessment tools including the Myers Briggs Type Indicator and Standout (strengths based assessment).

Rachel’s personal journey as a Recovering Perfectionist inspired her to create Stepping into More. Rachel’s perfectionism paralyzed her from pursuing her passion for singing for over 20 years until a car accident changed everything.

This series of events led Rachel back into performing, publishing her autobiographical self-help book - Stepping Into More – Lessons from a Recovering Perfectionist (http://tinyurl.com/steppingintomore), and producing her CD of songs - Stepping Into More (http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/rachelkaru).

Clients include: Facebook, Intel, Cisco, AECOM, Raytheon, United States Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, Allergan, Philips, Braille Institute, Mattel, Viacom, Fox Entertainment, and Disney/ABC Media.

Rachel is happily married for over 26 years and has two amazing children who continue to be her best teachers on a daily basis. www.steppingintomore.com

Sarah KhambattaSARAH KHAMBATTA, coach
President Elect

Sarah is the founder of Dreams Transform Reality; a company committed to clients getting massive results in their businesses and careers by expanding their confidence, capacity and strategies.

Prior to Coaching, Sarah was the General Manager of two large live theatres and an outdoor venue in Los Angeles for 10 years. The facility was located on Federal Government property which honed her skills essential to communicate within government leadership, healthcare non-profits and highly esteemed Hollywood elite while collaborating with outside public, private and political opinion in a sensitive environment.

Sarah has diverse clients ranging from Coaches and Consultants to CEOs and Presidents, to marketing strategists and designers, military and recent College graduates, to housewives re-entering the work force. She coaches her clients to create powerful relationships, communicate in challenging opportunities with compassion and confidence, becoming true leaders in their own lives. Her clients have results such as tripling their income, claiming new careers, raises or bonuses they previously let pass them by, increasing their company’s net worth by inventing new companywide procedures and booming in their own dream business.

Sarah is a graduate of the prestigious Bard College in New York. She also graduated from the rigorous Accomplishment Coaching Coaches Training Program, an ICF accredited coaches training program (ACTP) in San Diego. www.dreamstransformreality.com


Yu-Lin Kong, YU LIN KONG, Communications Coach for Software Engineers
Past President

Yu-Lin Kong coaches software engineers to communicate effectively as they make successful career transitions to thrive as emerging problem solvers of our future. Whether it’s through one-on-one or group coaching or through speaking, Yu-Lin is an expert when it comes to personal branding, job search strategy, interviewing skills, and salary negotiation.

Drawing upon more than 10 years of coaching experience, formerly trained in the Evidence Based Coaching method, she brings a unique background in emotional intelligence, communication skills, and energy management in order to maximize an individual's potential.

After obtaining her black belt in Hapkido at the age of 16, Yu-Lin went on to study with a 34th generation Shaolin Temple Monk, practicing the arts of Shaolin Kung Fu, Tai, Chi, and Qi Gong. As a martial arts master, she combines the essence of this training in discipline, persistence, and refinement in her unique approach to caching with software engineers at every level of their development. Check her out in action!

Bringing friends together over a locally sourced organic home cooked meal, trying new restaurants, and exploring art are some of Yu-Lin’s favorite pastimes.

Brooke Loesby, Esq.BROOKE LOESBY, ESQ.
Director of Membership

Growth occurs outside our comfort zone. Brooke serves as a trusted ally, a resource and a sounding board for your transition. She is skilled in helping clients navigate roadblocks and keeping them focused on their path. Brooke has a genuine passion and interest in their success. Guided by clients’ inner voices, Brooke lends her creativity, inquisitiveness, and enthusiasm to help them to manifest their calling.

Brooke has assisted hundreds of clients in making important career and life transitions. Brooke’s approach is personalized and proactive; she works to help clarify their aspirations and assist them in achieving their goals. Brooke’s clients range from humanitarian activists to media and fashion professionals, to start up entrepreneurs and senior attorneys from Am Law 100 firms.

Before coaching, Brooke experienced several career transitions of her own: for three years, she worked in legislation on Capital Hill, for Senator Larry E. Craig; as an attorney, Brooke practiced Labor and Employment law at Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer and Feld; she then served as Assistant Director of Career Services at Loyola Law School, for six years. Brooke earned her Juris Doctor from Pepperdine Law School and her B.A. from University of Idaho. She enjoys hiking, vegetarian cooking, yoga and meditation. www.lawlifecoach.com

ELSBETH TATE, CPCC, PCC, Mentor Coach and Motivational Speaker
Director of Virtual Education

Elsbeth is the Chief Inspiration Officer of Rebel with a Cause Business & Life Coaching. She is certified by The Coaches Training Institute and holds the designation of PCC through the ICF. She is also trained in NLP, Organizational and Relationship Systems and Neuroscience, Transformation & Consciousness Coaching, Bigger Game Leadership Training and a graduate of CTI Co-Active Leadership Program. She has won the 2013 prestigious Women of Influence Award through the National Association of Professional and Executive Women and was on the Faculty of CTI leading the Business Development Course. Elsbeth served on the ICFLA Board as Co-Director of Virtual Education from 2015 to 2017 and on the Executive Committee since 2016.

A previous Accountant and coaching since 1999, Elsbeth firmly believes that true change comes via an inspired vision and collaboration! Elsbeth loves to raise the bar for coaches in her mentoring and supervisory roles.

Tina Robinson, MBA

Tina Robinson is a workplace futurist and talent management strategist on a mission to transform how we think and feel about “work.” We all want to bring our “whole selves” to work, to unleash our potential, and be cheered and rewarded for it. Tina’s imperative is to make this a reality, as a business leader, consultant, coach, facilitator, and teacher.

Tina is Chief Executive Officer at WorkJoy, an organizational transformation start-up creating happier places to work and more engaged, future-ready workforces from the inside out – through personalized human-to-human coaching solutions and programs tailored to each organization’s intersection of people, processes, and systems. She builds on her extensive experience in the corporate world as a sales operations, OD, and HR leader for global entities across industries.

Tina completed coach training through CTI (Coaches Training Institute) and has SPHR (Senior Professional in HR) certification. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Virginia and earned her MBA from the University of Michigan. Tina shares her knowledge with the community as a business school faculty member at Loyola Marymount University and as a coach and volunteer with local and international nonprofits.

When not advising, teaching, coaching, or running a business, Tina studies astrology, meditates on the beach, camps in the desert, and plows through her stack of New Yorker magazines. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two crazy pet parrots.

Learn more about Tina on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tinarobinsonhr
tina[at]workjoycoaching.com - (310) 415-374

Camille McKinneyCAMILLE McKinney, Coach and trainer

Camille McKinney is CEO and Leadership Consultant at Leveraged Leaders…her passion is in helping organizations improve employee engagement and retention by transforming good managers into great leaders that people want to work for. She brings her experience in performance consulting, training, and leadership to help leaders shift from a place of ‘reaction’ and overwhelm to a new way of being as a ‘conscious leader’...embodying leadership skills and competencies that empower themselves and others!

Before becoming a Leadership Consultant, Camille worked as a training and performance consulting professional, most recently as a Sales Training leader, where she led a team of professional sales training rock stars! She has a degree in Business Management, completed CoachU’s Core Essentials and advanced coaching programs, and is a licensed CoachU Coaching Clinic facilitator. She lives in Simi Valley with her husband Patrick and three cats…Moo, Finnegan and Fiona.


Director of Events

With a passion for strategy and communications, Matt’s been a catalyst for an eclectic roster of start-ups shifting from vision to action for over a decade.

As Public Relations Director for the TheFix.com, he handled all communications for the site The New York Times called a “game changer” for pulling recovery out of the closet and into the mainstream. The site quickly became the world's premier online resource for addiction and recovery. While opening new territories for the expansion of innovative, sustainable design firm Greensulate, the company was selected as a Top 5 Start-Up at Opportunity Green, and earned a coveted spot on Inc. magazine's "Entrepreneurs We Love" List.

In addition to coaching entrepreneurs and creatives, Matt’s a contributing Editor at FourTwoNine Magazine.

Courtney WebsterCOURTNEY BIRCH WEBSTER, PCC, CPCC, Coach and Facilitator
Executive Advisor

Courtney Birch Webster delights in working with new and established leaders in some of the most successful companies in the world to increase their effectiveness, productivity, engagement, impact, and joy by focusing on and leveraging their unique strengths and genuine brilliance.

As the founder of Your Recovered Life, Courtney is a dynamic and compassionate coach, known for helping clients make bold and courageous changes. Combining a wicked sense of humor with a keen understanding of the desire to find and live one’s purpose, she empowers her clients to identify and own their unique strengths in order to turn dreams into reality.

Courtney received her Certified Professional Co-Active Coach training and certification from the Coaches Training Institute, is a Professional Credentialed Coach through the International Coach Federation and is an Executive Strengths Coach through the Marcus Buckingham Company. In previous lives she was the top sales queen for Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, the on-air internet expert for a late-night series on FX, the coordinator for more reality sports shows than she can remember, and a producer for a documentary series on HBO that might make you blush.

Courtney has served on the board of the ICF-Los Angeles chapter for 5 years, including President in 2016, and looks forward to supporting the Board as Executive Advisor in 2018. courtney[at]yourrecoveredlife.com.


Barry BettmanBARRY BETTMAN, PCC, CPCC, ATL Professional Certified Coach
Executive Advisor

Barry Bettman is a passionate coach specializing in Leadership Team Development. With over 21 years of coaching experience, Barry brings a mixtures of one on one coaching and facilitation to his clients.

Barry is an "Approved Tribal Leader" consultant for workplace culture and a "Professional Certified Coach" with leaders and executives. He also an an Executive Producer of Stage 5 Leadership Productions, “Real Time High Engagement Teleseminars” where he holds the possibility of “LEADERSHIP FOR EVERYONE TO BE GREAT TOGETHER”.

For the past 4+ years, Barry has served as Director and Co-Director of Virtual Education, He has helped to create and run the successful ICFLA Teleclass series that has provided 24 global teleclasses each year. Barry will be serving the Board in 2018 as an Executive Advisor.
LinkedIn | coaching[at]barrybettman.com


Cynthia Oredugba
Associate Director - In Person Programming

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.


Evan KleimanEvan Kleiman 
Associate Director - In Person Programming

Evan Kleiman is a human capital strategist who has worked everywhere from fast paced dynamic start up environments to mid to large size companies. He is also a Co-Active coach who has worked with over 100 clients around the world. He is a big picture thinker driven to understand what it truly means to unlock human potential. His role centers on driving business results through data based decision-making and helping individuals achieve breakthrough results in their lives.

His approach to building a culture of engagement is shaped by collaboration with brilliant thought leaders in the field, the use of empirically validated methodologies & models and continued research and application. His goal is to engage hearts & minds and create "buy-in" for a common purpose. He is driven to understand needs & behavioral drivers, and design programs & services to attract, develop and retain top talent. He is also passionate about working with individuals who want to make changes and start seeing magic happen in their lives. He is committed to helping elevate the human experience for as many people as possible.


Nishtha GoelNishtha Goel
Associate Director - Sponsorship

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(at)sbcglobal.net


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