ASSOCIATE DIRECTORS

 

ADAM VENKER

Associate Director, Teleclass

Adam Venker is the Founder and Lead Coach of The Productive Pause, a leadership, communication, and performance coaching practice. With over three decades of experience, Adam coaches executives,  creatives, and high potential professionals from organizations such as Netflix, Cisco, Nestle, National Public Radio, Chronicle Publishing, and the FBI.

“The key to elevating performance, enhancing influence, and expanding your role is to root down into your deeper purpose. From that fertile, dynamic, and resourceful place, a path appears, your power and intelligence activate, and the future becomes a clear destination on the horizon.”

 

 IRIS GELT WARNER

Associate Director, Communications

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.

 

KATHY HADIZADEH, MSc, PCC

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.

 

DESIREE BRIEL RODI

Associate Director, Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

Desiree has worked in Higher Education Administration at Princeton University School of Architecture, nonprofits 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 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.

 

MICHAEL CASTIGLIONE

Associate Director, Sponsorships

Mike Castiglione brings 10+ years of real world coaching, professional training, and leadership development. Mike believes that leadership is a choice and not just a rank granted by progressing through your career. True professional leadership comes from taking ownership in self-development by becoming a lifetime learner to continuously hone their craft.

Mike owns a Sandler Training Center in Los Angeles, where he coaches and trains sales professionals, business owners and professions through a reinforced professional development model. Prior to owning a Sandler Training Center, he was a professor and director at Loyola Marymount University, where he focused on leadership development. Mike is a passionate leader that is dedicated to collaborating with professionals to build a systemic and sustainable culture for change.

 

GEORGE ROCHENY

Associate Director, Volunteers

George Rocheny was born on the East Coast, but found his home in Southern California in 2011, while serving in the U.S. Coast Guard. George is a passionate and creative educator. His commitment to life-long learning and professional development led him to earn several Master degrees: Master of Science in Education from National University; Master of Science in Forensic Psychology from Walden University. George is now pursuing a Graduate Certificate in Professional and Executive Coaching from the University of Texas at Dallas.

George thrives on creating moments of growth, self-discovery, and awareness – facilitating those moments that change mindsets, open up new possibilities, and tap into the hidden potential of others while learning new lessons along the way. His passion is all about helping people, teams and organizations grow through establishing, implementing, and evaluating effective employee development and training programs with a focus on a coaching culture.

Prior to founding GR Personal and Professional Development, George served in the United States Coast Guard on active duty for 11 years and in the Reserves for 3 years, earning the rank of Chief Petty Officer. Upon his release from active duty in 2015, he pursued a full-time career in teaching Special Education to at-risk youth. He began coaching in 2017, and specializes in leadership, career and brand development. He focuses on transitioning and bridging the gap between obstacles and opportunities.

Feel free to contact George at grocheny@gmail.com to learn more about ICFLA Volunteer Opportunities and how you can leverage your personal and professional skills as a member of the ICFLA Chapter.

 

ERICA SCHWARTZ-HALL

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.

 

Matt Mills, MA, ACC, CPC, ELI-MP

Associate Director of Membership

Matt Mills, MA, ACC, CPC, ELI-MP is an experienced coach, speaker and writer who helps burned-out professionals navigate through the crossroads of their career so they can take bold steps to achieve fulfillment and success in their work and beyond.

Matt has years of experience working with individuals at various stages of their careers, bringing practical expertise in guiding professionals to a thriving career path that is meaningful and more authentic to their best selves.

Prior to becoming a professional coach, Matt has worked in the entertainment industry as a film development executive, and in higher education as a career counselor guiding aspiring creatives in their career paths.

Matt’s background, training and experience as a professional coach has helped hundreds of individuals take leadership to discover more fulfillment, freedom and purpose in their work, and reach the next level of personal and professional success - on their terms.

Matt holds a Master of Arts degree in Guidance and Counseling from Loyola Marymount University, is an iPEC trained Certified Professional Coach (CPC), and is an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) through the International Coaching Federation (ICF).

When not busy with his professional pursuits, Matt enjoys the Southern California lifestyle with days at the beach, staying active and training for his next marathon, and exploring the diverse culture of Los Angeles with his wife Alyson.

 

Lori Tabb, MBA, CPCC, ACC

Associate Director of Membership

As a former C-level executive, Lori Tabb brings a deep understanding of corporate dynamics and executive leadership skills to coaching. Having worked inside high-performing organizations with a diverse range of cultures, industries, and leadership styles, she is familiar with the challenges and opportunities different environments present.

Prior to becoming a full-time coach, Lori spent more than 20 years in marketing and advertising in senior-level roles with industry leaders and Fortune 500 clients. From Creative Artists Agency (CAA) and J. Walter Thompson to Mattel and Hasbro, Southwest Airlines, General Motors, Coca-Cola, and Cirque du Soleil, she worked with some of the most recognized corporations and entertainment companies worldwide to successfully influence their brands and their people.

Today, Lori’s coaching client roster includes executives operating in all disciplines from the C-Suite and Founders to Senior and Mid-Level Executives in HR, Finance, Marketing & Advertising, Operations, Commercial Building, Film & Television Entertainment, Medical, Legal and non-profit leadership. Regardless of who she is coaching, she leverages the belief that we are all resourceful and creative and engages clients in a thought-provoking process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.

 

 PAUL SHADI SANBAR, PCC

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 www.paulsanbar.coach