Associate Director, Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

Kathy Hadizadeh, MSc, PCC is the founder of Heart Mind Tuning in Los Angeles and a former IT executive.

Heart Mind Tuning is a coaching and consulting agency focused on human potential development and performance optimization.

She is a certified integral life, leadership, and executive development coach by New Ventures West. Kathy is also a certified neuroscience based emotional intelligence and mindful leadership consultant by Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute (SIYLI).

Using her background in systems thinking and her track record in mind body connection, Kathy developed methods that amplify effectiveness of leaders and boosts innovation in teams.

She builds on two Masters in Engineering and Management and 15+ years of experience leading technology and data initiatives and teams in the corporate world across multiple industries.


Jason Press, PCC

Associate Director, Sponsorship

Jason specializes in “nurturing curiosity” -- tapping into clients’ natural desire to explore, grow and lead.

Coming from the mad world of New York advertising, Jason has evolved from being an ad man who knows all the answers to recognize that most leaders are fully capable of making the right decisions – particularly when they have a supportive, collaborative, and creative-minded coach working with them to get past their blind spots and see new possibilities.

Prior to beginning his executive coaching practice, Jason was known for managing fast-growing and profitable creative service companies, delivering year-over-year top-line and bottom-line growth. Within WPP's Grey Advertising, Jason built a New York-based branding and design company from the ground up and managed a sales promotion network across multiple offices. At MDC, he ran the West Coast office of a global social media agency.

An ICF PCC, Jason consistently brings out the best in people and teams, inspires original and bold ideas, delivers high-ROI value to clients, and cultivates meaningful partnerships. His clients include an array of leaders in technology, retail, communications, apparel, and financial services companies.

Born in London, Jason lives in Southern California and works across the globe.



Associate Director, Chapter Meetings

Erica’s passion is to help leaders shine in life and work by collaborating with them to create meaningful change in their lives and the lives of those they touch.   She works with leaders to align intention and action to create and sustain a culture of leadership, accountability and trust that drives engagement and accelerates performance.

For the last 6 years, she has had the privilege of coaching 500 + leaders through Leadership@MARS 2 North America working with a diversity of talented managers from shift leads in manufacturing plants to a Global Director of Agronomy to Medical Directors for Banfield Pet Hospitals to IT professionals to their leadership development and drive high performing teams.

Erica believes in democratizing leadership - that people everywhere regardless of situation should have access to leadership development.  To that end she has worked with Maplewood Leadership Development, a group that provides leadership programs on a sliding scale to communities in NJ. She coaches in Ethiopia with the Center for Creative Leadership and has co-facilitated TransitionWorks, a ministry for helping people in transition.

Erica also facilitates Accelerated High Performance, a framework for accelerating and sustaining Cultural Leadership in organizations with T2Partners, LLC.  She recently trained as a virtual facilitator on the adobe connect platform and has converted face to face learning into interactive virtual learning modules.

Prior to coaching, she has 16 years of theatrical stage management experience in non-profit regional theater and commercial theater on Broadway.   And two years as the studio manager for a NYC 3-D design firm.  She and her family recently moved to South Pasadena, CA.  When not working, Erica loves spending time with her three sons and hubby, reading, cooking, gardening and helping her sons shine their light on the world.



Associate Director, Coaching Cafes

A Fortunate Series of Over-corrections, both the title to his upcoming book and his personal narrative that sets the foundation for his belief in the possibilities of positive change from the power of small shifts in our mindset, Paul is relentless in his empathic aspiration to live each moment of his life -just above average- and to leave this place just a little better than he found it.

A Launch Coach, BetterUp Associate Coach, workshop facilitator and assistant trainer with his alma mater, Erickson Coaching International, Paul has over a decade of personal and professional development experience, initially as a psychotherapist and now as PCC level coach with the ICF.  Whether as a coach, a writer and performance poet or with his work at The Guerrilla Experience, Paul's coaching mission has been focused on bringing transformative experiences to the masses and disrupting people's perception of coaching and development.

Prior to receiving his Master’s in Psychology, Paul attained his BSc from the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business and then spent many years in market research and business development for various tech startups in Silicon Beach where he first realized how much he enjoyed finding solutions for our most powerful device, our minds. Learn more about Launch Coaching with Paul


Pedro Pinto, PCC

Associate Director, IT

Pedro Pinto is a Certified Executive Coach, supporting clients from different walks of life in overcoming their roadblocks while using their strengths, balancing their personal and professional lives, and being the most effective contributors in their companies.

With a solid 17+ years in the corporate world as a CIO, he understands the hurdles of how to navigate across a company, all areas, and across- teams.

With an IT, Digital Marketing, Master in Neuropsychology, and an MBA, and having a solution-focused, feed-forward mindset/approach, he can support, facilitate, and provide solutions in an integrated way assisting clients in achieving the best possible outcome/scenario.

He is an International Coach Federation member, Professional Certified Coach (with two complete ACTP programs under his belt), an NLP Master Practitioner, and an ICF mentor. Pedro was an ICF Charter Chapter Portugal volunteer in the past before ‘crossing the pond’ and being able to call ICF Los Angeles ‘home’ where he served as an AD and Communications Director during a combined period of a year and a half.

He transitioned to coaching more than seven years ago. It was a smooth and seamless transition since he was already doing most of what a Coach does. Furthermore, being a coach allows him to connect with individuals worldwide while providing the best coaching/results and learning with his coachees (clients.)

On a more personal level, he loves languages – he speaks English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, and Italian. International economy, politics, and foreign affairs also spike his interest - and he loves to have deep and meaningful conversations.

Being exposed to different cultures and countries throughout his life allows him to have an open, diverse, inclusive, and broad perspective of the world.

If you want to get in touch with him, 'shoot' an email to - you will get a reply from him for sure.


Joel Perez, Ph.D. ACC

Associate Director, DEI

Joel Pérez is the owner and executive coach at Apoyo Coaching and Consulting. He is a former C-suite executive in higher education where he held various roles in a 20-year career. He is a qualified administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory that he uses as the foundation for cultural humility coaching. He works with executives and leaders that want to become stronger DE&I allies and social justice advocates. He also works with organizations in assisting them in developing strategic plans for diversity to implement sustainable DE&I efforts more effectively.

Joel received his certification through the Academy of Creative Coaching now serving as an instructor specializing in helping prospective coaches develop skills to become effective cross-cultural coaches. He has a doctorate in higher education administration from Claremont Graduate University. He also serves as the interim executive director of the Immigration Resource Center of San Gabriel Valley located in Monrovia.


Hitomi (Mukaibo) Taguchi, Ph.D.

Associate Director, Teleclasses

Hitomi is a former assistant professor in Chemical Engineering at the University of Rochester (New York). Her research focused on electric-field-based technology to address critical challenges in solar fuels and energy storage devices. She also found delight in sparking students’ excitement in Chemical Engineering disciplines. In addition to lecturing at the university, she developed a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) program with local high school teachers, and worked with professors in the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing (D/HH) community to provide more opportunities to the D/HH scholars.

After 15 years in academia, Hitomi began exploring industrial sectors as a new phase in her career. She became a business development manager at a life-science equipment service company and served as the primary client-facing role in the Southwestern US territory for almost two years. Through the interaction with her clients—including facility directors, accountants, lawyers, and C-level executives—Hitomi developed a strong passion for nurturing powerful relationships.

Currently, Hitomi is an aspiring career coach and a happy jack-of-all-trades with a great passion for food and cooking. She is going through the Co-Active Training Institute’s programs to become an ICF-certified coach. She combines diverse coaching skills with dynamic leadership, creative brainstorming, and engaging communication skills that she developed through her previous careers. She brings her enthusiasm and experience to her coaching practice to convert her client’s confusion to clarity, doubts to inspiration, and inaction to flourishment.