Inspire HR is led by founder Jaime Klein, a seasoned HR executive who has personally advised and consulted dozens of C-level leaders of Fortune 500 and other high growth companies on hiring, training and retaining top talent. Through Inspire, a Certified Women Owned Small Business, Jaime has assembled a team of best-in-class consultants who are subject matter experts across a wide range of disciplines hailing from diverse industries such as: tech, financial services, advertising, pharma and media.

The team’s experience ranges from Fortune 500s to high growth companies. We determine the consultant who best matches your organization, based on your culture and project needs. Our consultant list continues to evolve as client needs unfold.

Jaime Klein (Founder)

Jaime Klein is the founder and president of Inspire Human Resources, a Certified Woman Owned Small Business. She has worked as a HR Business Partner since 1994. Throughout the growth of Inspire, she has collaborated with senior leaders at Fortune 500, as well as startup companies to hire, train and retain their talent. Jaime has implemented strategies and programs in training, talent management, coaching, organizational change, recruiting and employee relations.

Prior to founding Inspire, Jaime led a variety of human resources initiatives at American Express. There she developed programs in career development and employee engagement. In addition, she oversaw numerous department reorganizations that resulted in streamlined workflow and overhead cost reduction. Before American Express, Jaime established and grew the human resources department for Commerce One’s New York office. Jaime’s career began at The Corporate Executive Board, where she was a founding associate in the Corporate Leadership Council practice, which focused on business best practices for HR executives.

Jaime holds a Masters of Organizational Psychology from Columbia University. She received her B.S. in Business with a concentration in Marketing from the University of Maryland. She has guest lectured on human resource management at Fordham University. Media appearances include: Weekend TODAY in New York , NY1, and Martha Stewart Living channel. As an HR industry leader, she has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Forbes, Money, NY Post, CBS MoneyWatch, CNN Money, BBC Capital, Business Insider, U.S. News & World Report, Fox Business, Crain's, Medium, Self and Real Simple. Jaime serves on the Board of Beyond Celiac, and is a member of the Society of Human Resources Management.

Beth Adamson

Beth Adamson has worked in HR Business Partner roles since 1992. Her experience includes implementing organizational and human capital strategy, performance management, compensation, defining core mission support, ensuring legal compliance, initiatives in talent acquisition, sustainability and succession planning, leadership development and skills training. Beth has advised chief executives, board chairs, and senior business leaders in financial services, privately held businesses, start-ups, and academia.

Most recently, Beth led the Human Capital Management portfolio for Rothschild North America. As Rothschild’s Managing Director, she crafted and implemented the bank’s human capital strategy, pursuing core mission support initiatives in talent acquisition, leadership development, compensation strategy, employee relations, executive coaching and succession planning.

Prior to her roles at Rothschild, Beth was the Chief Operating Officer in the Industrials group within the investment banking division at Credit Suisse and previously held a position as HRBP in the sales, trading and research division. Beth started her career in human resources at Bankers Trust where she held various human resources positions across investment banking, sales and trading and operations management.

Beth received a B.A. degree in Economics from Fordham University. She earned her executive coach certification through ICoach New York City and Baruch College. Beth is a member of the Institute of Coaching Professional Association, the Society of Human Resource Management, the Women’s Business Development Council and an Advisory Board member of the Stamford Catholic School system.

Maribel Aleman

Maribel Aleman has worked in various Human Resource roles since 2003. She focuses her expertise on results driven leadership; relationship building skills; strategic leadership; situational leadership; team coaching; communication skills; performance management skills; employee engagement; high performance and motivation skills; career management; executive presence; influencing skills and conflict resolution.

Maribel partners with leaders to address a broad range of challenges. Whether the focus is on developing a leader’s strengths; carving a path to maximize a team’s performance or enhance a team’s structure or processes, the initiatives created from these partnerships are geared to ultimately support the leaders’ and the organization’s goals. Maribel has partnered with such organizations as the Roche, , Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield, U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency, National Australia Bank, Hess Oil, Mott MacDonald, MTV, American Management Association, A+E Networks, History, H2, Lifetime, Prudential, Verizon, Provident Bank, MacMillan/McGraw Hill, Time Warner, Social Security Administration, City Parks Foundation, BASF and the U.N.

Maribel holds an M.B.A. with a concentration in Management and Global Business from Rutgers University. She holds her B.A. in English and American Literature from New York University and is a Certified ICF PCC Coach. Maribel also holds Coaching Certifications from the Gestalt International Study Center and Marshall Goldsmith Stakeholder Centered Coaching. She is also certified in Blanchard’s Situational Leadership, as well as, various 360 and style assessments including Hogan, CDR 3-D Suite, Korn Ferry PDI 360, MBTI, TKI and Strengthscope. She has been featured in FOLIO, as well as, in Workforce Magazine. She has been a guest speaker at professional and business organizations such as CTHRA (Cable and Telecommunications Human Resources Association) and BCFM (Broadcast Cable Financial Management Association).

Jeanmarie Alessi

Jeanmarie Alessi has been an organizational training and development professional since 1991. Her passion lies in designing and facilitating adult learning programs, as well as executive coaching.

She has worked in various industries including: financial services, insurance, pharmaceuticals, advertising, communications, education, non-profit, and health care. She started her career at Chase Manhattan Bank and Prudential Securities, where she trained hundreds of employees. As a training manager, she coached other training professionals and organized various organization wide training and development initiatives. She has consulted to senior management on employee morale, team building, and the selection of employees during mergers and organizational change.

Jeanmarie’s areas of expertise include the design and delivery of leadership development, management training, communication, change management and team building initiatives. Participants that have worked with Jeanmarie comment on her ability to create an open and non-threatening environment that supports self-reflection and challenges them to improve.

Jeanmarie holds a Masters of Science in Education and Training and Development from Fordham University. She received her B.A. in Psychology from Merrimack College. She is certified in the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), Strength Deployment Inventory (SDI), Hogan Development series survey, Voices 360, Emotional Competency Inventory (ECI), Team EQ and a number of other assessments and tools.

Christine Andrukonis

Christine Andrukonis has been helping executives achieve the seemingly impossible for over 15 years. She has broad expertise that spans leadership, talent, training, change management, strategy and communications.

Prior to Christine’s current role, she managed a boutique consultancy within Omnicom and was responsible for a 30-person team that spanned the US. She oversaw the development and implementation of people and change strategies for senior clients, and has deep experience optimizing talent and culture during organizational transformations. Christine has worked with companies across a variety of industries, including AARP, Chase, The Cleveland Clinic, FedEx, Goldman Sachs, Hess, Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, Quest Diagnostics, Rag & Bone, The Royal Bank of Scotland, Tesoro, and Weight Watchers.

Before consulting, Christine worked in HR at American Express and Lockheed Martin. During her time at American Express she created consistent global processes and tools for talent, performance management and compensation planning. There, she also developed and led the training of all HR leaders and people managers on the new processes and tools. At Lockheed Martin she created and launched the inaugural career development program. She also managed Lockheed Martin’s high potential leadership development program, mentoring programs as well as management training.

Christine was highlighted in Profiles in Diversity magazine for her work on talent and development programs at Lockheed Martin. Her experience coaching executives and her unique ability to merge big thinking with practical action, earned her the title of PR Week’s 40 Under 40 for 2013. It also garnered her the opportunity to teach at the Athena Center for Women’s Leadership at Barnard College.

Christine holds a Master of Science in Organizational Development from American University. She received her B.S. in Management from Penn State.

Sharyn Ben-Zvi

Sharyn Ben-Zvi has worked in HR Business Partner roles since 1994 and as an executive coach since 2008. Sharyn has worked in the areas of organization and leadership development, talent and performance management, employee relations and executive coaching. Both academically trained and certified, she successfully translates her real world corporate experiences to effectively help leaders develop and reach their full potential.

Sharyn has fourteen years of senior level HR management experience in the publishing and media industries. Sharyn worked for Time Inc. in a HR leadership role. During this time she was the senior HR advisor for senior management teams to continually optimize and strengthen the performance of the business. She partnered with leaders at all levels to build organizational structures required to meet the challenges of their business plans and strategies. Prior to joining Time Inc., Sharyn worked at The Walt Disney Company as a Senior HR Business Partner where she advised and counseled managers and employees on employee relations issues and recruited for various levels within the organization.

She holds a Masters in Human Resources Management and Organizational Development from The New School. She received her B.A. in American Studies from The American University. Sharyn received her certification in Organizational and Executive Coaching from New York University.

Dave Ciliberto

Dave Ciliberto has been partnering with senior leaders, teams and individuals since 1986 to develop, implement and measure strategies and tactical application through coaching, program design, skills training and facilitation. His expertise focuses on talent development/training, diversity and inclusion (“D&I”), leadership development and career transition. He works with Fortune 500, higher education and nonprofit clientele to align leaders and teams, advance productivity and broaden professional relationships. Dave’s expertise also includes work the executive D&I councils, ERG’s and organizational integration.

As a sought-after HR expert, Dave has created and delivered many specialized programs around working styles & team alignment, communication skills, supervisory and leadership skills, performance management, D&I, and respect in the workplace. Recently Dave managed an HR audit in talent acquisition and provided recommendations on improved hiring and onboarding for a nonprofit client. He also developed and delivered respect in the workplace training for C-Suite which was rolled out to all employees for a media/entertainment client. He has worked in HR roles with Prudential Insurance, American Express, UBS, Cornell University ILR, Jennifer Brown Consulting, Partners International, HSBC, Credit Suisse, Ion Media, the EEOC, NSA, CUNY, Colgate University, Local Initiatives Corporation (LISC), Bayer Pharma and Harley Davidson.

Dave received his B.A. in Business Administration from Lynchburg College and is certified in Diversity Management by The School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University. He is also certified in the Myer Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), PDI 360 Profilor, and Social Styles. Recently he has authored two articles; “Career Transitions Across Generations”, featured in SHRM online and “3 Things Wrong with D&I Training” Talent Management/Diversity Inc. online magazine.

Kira Copperman

Kira Copperman has worked as an executive coach, facilitator, and consultant focused on improving productivity since 1998. Her areas of expertise include change management, performance management and emotional intelligence, working in a multi-generational workforce and enhancing workplace communication.

Kira has experience consulting for various industries including healthcare, entertainment, new media and financial services. She has delivered interview skills training and performance management training for over 1,000 managers at Citigroup and facilitated leadership development programs for hundreds of employees at Elsevier and Everyday Health. She has delivered dynamic keynote presentations for executives at GE Capital, Bloomberg, and EisnerAmper. Kira is also the author of Send/Receive/Confirm: Optimizing Communication for the Modern Workplace, a book on strategies to improve communication in organizations. She is an award winning researcher in the area of workplace communication, and hosts the radio show, “Lessons from the Corner Office.”

Kira holds a Masters of Social Work from New York University. She received her B.S. in Business Communication from Emerson College. She has an advanced certification in coaching from the Six Seconds Institute. She is also certified in the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), Hogan Development survey, and DiSC. Kira serves on the Board of AWARE (Assisting Women through Actions, Resources and Education) and is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management.

Nathaniel Fuchs

Nat has worked as a global Human Resources professional for over 25 years. He is recognized for strengths in providing executive counsel on business strategies and human capital integration.

Nat has experience in the multi-platform media and financial services industries, as well as the non-profit sector. He has extensive experience in compensation, HRIS implementation, benefits, recruiting, employee relations, training and management development. He has worked as Director of Human Resources at The Study Group, Starcom Mediavest, Environmental Defense Fund, Universal Television Group, Disney Publishing, Showtime Networks and National Westminster Bank USA. Nat has also consulted on HR projects at MetLife Direct and MTV International.

His many accomplishments include: partnering with business heads to realign the organizational structure to execute the global strategic plan, leading a benefits and investment program review resulting in significant cost savings, leading a global talent mapping project focusing on key talent development, and implementing the first diversity process in the media industry. He also has expertise in the areas of succession planning and retention, developing compensation, and bonus and sales incentive programs.

Nat holds a Masters of Arts from City College of New York. He received his B.A., magna cum laude, from Lehman College. He is a pro bono consultant for the Taproot Foundation.

Marianne Gattinella

Marianne Gattinella has worked as a broadly skilled strategic HR Business Partner since 1985. Her accomplishments include implementing talent management, leadership development, executive coaching, succession planning, and organizational transformation and change management initiatives. She has deep and varying experiences as a collaborative, business driven HR leader supporting senior and C-Suite executives.

Most recently, as Vice President HR at S&P Global, Marianne had responsibility for delivering strategic human resource plans to the global Enterprise functions. In that position, she led the talent, selection and staffing process for the Company’s Growth and Value Plan and assumed a lead role in the HR Transformation initiative. She also led the Employee Relations Center of Expertise.

Prior to S&P Global, Marianne held various business partner roles at companies including New York Life International (NYLI), Lehman Brothers, Citibank and The Travelers. While at NYLI, she gained extensive international human resources experience including a one year overseas assignment in Hong Kong.

Marianne holds a MBA from the University of Hartford. She received her B.S. in Management from the University of Rhode Island. Marianne is certified in Myers Briggs, Evaluation/Assessment interviews and other organizational assessment tools. She is on the Board of Directors for New York Human Resources Planning & Strategy and University of Rhode Island Alumni Association. She is also a member of the Greenwich Junior League.

Juhi Gobalakrishna

Juhi Gobalakrishna has over 18 years of HR experience, with a strong focus on recruiting. She is skilled at full life cycle recruiting and on-boarding candidates at all levels. She is able to source and select candidates creatively using both traditional outlets and social media. She also delivers interview training and coaching to managers on effective interviewing to make the strongest hiring decisions. Her international experience includes training in India, as well as extensive cross-cultural work, makes her effective at navigating global firms and processes.

Juhi’s experience covers a breadth of industries ranging from media, public relations, healthcare, financial services and retail. During her 3-year tenure at the Federal Reserve Bank, Juhi managed their onboarding program with the goal of acculturating new hires into the bank and speeding the ramp-up time into their new roles. At Horn (a technology PR firm based in New York and San Francisco), Juhi was responsible for full life cycle recruiting across both offices. In her prior roles, she was responsible for helping streamline HR processes, involving recruiting, talent management, and overall HR infrastructure.

Juhi holds a Masters of Organizational Psychology from Columbia University. She received her B.A. in International Relations from the University of Mary Washington.

Shazia Jivraj

Shazia has worked in project management roles since 2002. She is detail-oriented and quality-focused, with an ability to see the big picture. Her innovative problem-solving and analytical capabilities have served her well in her range of positions.

Shazia has worked at Deloitte with experience servicing a breadth of clients. Throughout her career, she has been instrumental in operating and advisory roles within large public companies, as well as privately held entrepreneurial organizations across a variety of industries, including consumer products, technology, media and entertainment. In her most recent assignment at a client in the financial services industry, Shazia managed a cross-functional team working on an Anti-Money Laundering assignment. In addition to managing the team to achieve its milestones ahead of schedule, she also led a workstream focused on improving efficiency and effectiveness in top management functions.

Shazia received her Bachelor of Business Administration with Honors from the Schulich School of Business at York University. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in both Canada and the United States.

Saba Khan

Saba Khan has worked in Human Resources since 1997. Her areas of expertise include recruiting, training, coaching, performance management, talent and succession planning, global mobility, employee relations as well as compensation & benefits.

Saba has international experience as a strategic Human Resources Business Partner in Europe, New York and at Citigroup's Latin America regional headquarters in Miami. Saba worked as a Global HR Business Partner at UniCredit’s headquarters in Milan, where she coached and worked directly with the C-suite sharing her best-in-class HR practices acquired over the years at several financial institutions including Goldman Sachs. Prior to her relocation to Italy, Saba worked as a Senior HR Generalist at Ernst & Young, coaching managers and developing future leaders, in addition to her Business Partner responsibilities.

In all of her roles, Saba effectively and efficiently resolved complex employment issues and was responsible for identifying talent needs and opportunities in partnership with business leaders.

Saba received her B.A. in Political Science, with a specialization in International Relations, from Barnard College at Columbia University. She is fluent in Italian and Spanish.

Jeriann Kolton

As a 20 year veteran in Human Resources, Jeriann Kolton has become known for developing rapport quickly with leaders at all levels, and for delivering practical results with lasting business impact. She takes a holistic, systems approach to strategic Human Resource consulting.

She has held HR Business Partner and OD/ OE roles of increasing scope and complexity at Publicis and Saatchi & Saatchi. Jeriann has been a consultant since 2013. Areas of focus in her consulting practice include: Change Management; Project Management; Employee Engagement; Talent Management; Executive and Team Coaching; HR Strategic Planning; and Internal Communications.

Jeriann holds a Masters in Business Administration from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.  She received her B.A. in Psychology from Emory University.  She has certifications from Lominger, Hogan and Coaches Training Institute.

Jamie Levinson

Jamie Levinson has done facilitation, coaching and leadership development since 1993. Jamie draws upon her experience as a facilitator, coach and consultant, to create powerful learning experiences with the leaders with whom she works.

Jamie has worked in diverse industries, including financial services, professional services, advertising and non-profits. She has trained and coached leaders at TIAA-CREF, Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation, Moody’s Corporation, DDB WorldWide and National Development Research Institute. Jamie’s has trained hundreds of leaders in coaching others, leadership, presence, management skills, leading teams, workplace communication, influence, managing conflict, working virtually, and social style. While at TIAA-CREF, she worked with leaders at the prestigious Aspen Institute Leadership Program. She also partnered with the TIAA –CREF U.S. Regional Offices to oversee training needs and to deliver customized training, which resulted in stronger regional teams.

Jamie holds a Masters in Education with a focus on Cognitive Behavioral Counseling from The Johns Hopkins University. She received her B.A. in Education from the University of Maryland. She is certified by The Ken Blanchard Companies, and DDI. She has a professional coaching certification from iCoachNY at the Zicklin Business School at Baruch College, CUNY and an ACC credential from the ICF. Jamie is certified in Hogan, The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), The Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument, the EQ- i2.0 and EQ 360 assessment. Jamie is a faculty member at the American Management Association where she teaches at The Women’s Leadership Center. She also serves on the board of All Together Now, an adoptee-led support group for adoptive families.

Mindy London

Mindy London has worked in change management, learning and leadership development for Fortune 100 companies and start-ups since 1997. Her passion is guiding organizations to effectively drive transformation and culture change. Working with C-level, individual contributor and all levels in-between, Mindy is an enthusiastic change agent, facilitator, instructional designer, coach and collaborator.

Mindy has worked at Honeywell International, Goldman Sachs, Acorda Therapeutics and Teva Pharmaceuticals; and began her career in corporate bond trading at Morgan Stanley, Dean Witter, and Discover & Co. Mindy has led numerous business initiatives focused on change management, including identifying the required change, pre-change planning (such as mindset shift and community buy-in) and change implementation. Mindy was responsible for identifying OD and leadership issues within Honeywell’s emerging regions and spearheading an 8-step L&D initiative tied to business strategy that included business simulations, mentoring and rotation programs, e-learning, and customized development plans to address skills gap and accelerate leadership maturity. In addition to this work, Mindy has held other roles where she was responsible for competency modeling, assessment, talent review, succession planning, performance management and employee engagement.

Mindy holds an MBA in marketing from Fordham University. She received her BA in communications from American University. Mindy is Six Sigma Green Belt Certified.

Gwyn Meeks

Gwyn has been a coach, facilitator and consultant in organizational development and learning since 1998. Her areas of expertise include strategic planning, management development, team development, and leadership effectiveness.

Gwyn has spent the majority of her career in the media and entertainment industry. She served as the VP of Organizational Effectiveness for Viacom and Executive Director of Talent Development at NBC Universal. She also served as the VP of Human Resources at New York & Company, a women’s wear-to-work retailer. In addition to Media and Retail, Gwyn has experience working in the beauty and healthcare industries. Throughout her career, Gwyn has worked with executive teams to develop missions and visions, as well as manage and communicate change.

Gwyn holds a M.S. in Organizational Development from Pepperdine University. She received her English from Mount Holyoke College. She is a certified leadership coach through Georgetown University’s Leadership Coaching Program. Gwyn is certified to administer the ESCI and PDI 360 Profilor feedback assessment tools. She is also a facilitator of the Social Styles and DiSC assessments.

Laura Crothers Osborn

Laura Crothers Osborn has worked as a HR Business Partner since 1988 and a leadership coach since 2004. Laura’s passion is to help leaders achieve organizational and strategic clarity when starting a company or engaging in mergers or acquisitions. She has implemented strategies and programs in change management, integration, mentoring, leadership development, workforce planning, employee engagement and compensation design.

Laura cultivated leadership style during her years in HR with McGraw Hill, CIT, ADP, Merrill Lynch, EverBank and Shearson Lehman Brothers. She worked as Senior Director of HR focused on mergers and acquisitions at Standard & Poor’s where she led complex diligence and acquisition/integration project management teams. She also worked in the UK with Newcourt/AT&T Capital/CIT managing the HR integration of those global organizations. Most recently Laura was Chief People Officer at US Express Leasing (USXL), where she built the HR capability for the $85 million start-up commercial leasing organization, as it grew to $1 billion in assets. She enabled USXL to expand from 8 to 250 employees in five years and managed their $470 million dollar acquisition in 2010 when they were sold to EverBank.

Laura received her B.S. in Business with an emphasis in Human Resources and a minor in Mathematics from Susquehanna University. She is certified in The Leadership Circle Profile & Culture Survey, PDI Profiler, and DiSC.

Laurie Pellegrino

Laurie Pellegrino has assisted executives achieve their professional goals, develop their leadership skills, and manage change since 1996. With deep experience as an HR Business Partner and certification as an executive coach, Laurie unites leadership development, talent management, assessment, diversity and change management. Laurie partners with leaders to think differently about their talents and to create practical solutions that drive their growth and development.

Proud of her 27 years at Novartis, a global healthcare Fortune 50 company, Laurie brings a strong record of business acumen and executive coaching to a broad range of business cycles, including start-up, turnaround, growth and consolidation. She has held leadership roles in HR planning, talent management and organizational development, training, recruiting and diversity. Laurie designed and executed innovative strategies to drive talent development resulting in 98% retention rate for key talent.

Laurie received her B.S. in Biology from City University of New York. She has completed executive education in Leadership and Management at UCLA, Center for Creative Leadership, Columbia University and Thunderbird. Most recently, she was awarded Evidence Based Coaching Certification from Fielding Graduate University. She is certified in range of assessment tools including Emotional Competence Inventory®, Inventory of Leadership Styles ®, Organizational Climate Survey®, VOICES 360®, INSIGHTS®. Laurie is a member of Society of Human Resource Management, Healthcare Businesswomen's Association, and International Coaches Federation.

Jessica Powers

Jessica Powers has worked in leadership and organizational development since 2006. Her areas of expertise include organizational and team assessments, leadership development programs, coaching, performance management and training.

Jessica has consulted with global organizations and startups in industries including financial services, energy, technology, digital media, international development and entertainment. At an energy company, Jessica managed the executive coaching program, the 360° process, and a leadership development program for senior leaders. As a Leadership Development Consultant at Bank of America, Jessica managed leadership development programs, drove the talent management process and conducted several organizational assessments that supported large scale organizational and culture change. In her consulting work, Jessica has designed and conducted organizational assessments and has delivered feedback that led to increased employee engagement. She has created and launched performance management systems, evaluated the performance management process, facilitated workshops and off-sites and created interactive soft skills training. A passion for strategic growth and healthy communities inspires her consulting work and has resulted in teams with increased clarity, focus, connection, and effectiveness.

Jessica holds a Masters of Organizational Psychology from Columbia University. She received her B.A. in Sociology from Oberlin College. She is a member of the Organizational Development Network of New York.

Dasha Rettew

Dasha Rettew has helped organizations, teams and individuals achieve their highest potential since 2004. Dasha partners with Fortune 500 companies, academic institutions and major non-profits to help executives navigate transitions and lead organizations through change.

As Head of Client Engagement, North America for the global leadership consultancy launched by the former Prime Minister Tony Blair, Dasha advised and coached heads of state, government officials and Fortune 500 executives. She worked closely with organizations including Coca-Cola, Duke Energy, Goldman Sachs, Google, J.P. Morgan Chase and Nike. Dasha has served as coach, trusted advisor and thought partner to senior leaders across all industries. She provides insight into how executives successfully transition into new roles; navigate complex relationships; maintain poise and agility in high-pressure, rapidly environments; and influence with confidence.

Dasha's work is grounded in research she conducted at the world's top academic institutions. Her studies revealed key components of professional leadership development and coaching programs that are significant predictors of competencies like openness to change, resilience and inclusion.

Dasha holds a Master’s in Business Management with a concentration in Leadership Development from New York University. She received her B.A. with Honors from Wake Forest University. Dasha is a certified Executive Coach through The Columbia Coaching Certification Program. She serves as a Vice President of the New York University Alumni Association.

Carla Rojas

Carla has been a Human Resources professional since 2001. She has a proven track record of achievement in working with key business partners to create a vision for the business, identify value opportunities, and align people practices to strategy. Carla has experience in building high performing work cultures, implementing innovative staffing solutions, utilizing behavioral assessments to develop an organizational structure, and embedding performance and talent management into the DNA of an organization. She is a creative thinker, team player, and self-motivator with the demonstrated ability to quickly assess an organization's needs and accomplish challenges and goals.

Carla began her career in staffing and has held executive HR roles at several advertising and media agencies in NYC. Most recently, Carla was with IPG Mediabrands where she led global HR for their most profitable media agencies. She has led and overseen the launch of new agencies and has experience leading projects in the following areas: performance management, talent acquisition, compensation, rewards & recognition, behavioral analysis, leadership development, and employee relations.

Carla earned her B.A. in Communications from St. Thomas Aquinas College and is accredited by Columbia University’s Executive Coaching program.

Shefali Salwan

Shefali is a practicing Executive Coach since 2008 and Human Resources professional with 20 years of experience in Talent Management, Coaching, Leadership Development, Assessments and Diversity and Inclusion. She has worked and lived in India, Netherlands, UK, Singapore & USA.

Shefali is coaching C-suite and emerging executives in the Private Equity, Professional services, Pharma, Asset Management, Banking, Telecom, IT, FMCG and the arts sector. She coaches senior women leaders in an Executive Leadership Program at Rutgers and worked as a Learning coach at Wharton Business School to coach senior leaders of microfinance institutions globally

As a coach, Shefali integrates her experience in global organizations with a deep understanding of psychological frameworks to create the right blend of frameworks and practical applications for her clients with a strong bias on behavior change. Her corporate experience spans roles in India, Netherlands, UK and Singapore. She was the Global Lead for Diversity and Inclusion in Unilever. She also held senior HRBP positions in India and Europe. Her HR consulting experience includes corporations like Tata Motors, Unilever, HSBC, Olam, Watson Wyatt and Barclays.

Shefali holds an MBA in HR from India’s top HR program at XLRI and bachelors in Psychology from Delhi University. Shefali is accredited in various tools including the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), Thomas Profiling, and Development Dimensions Institute (DDI, Pennsylvania). She is certified by Academy of Executive Coaching, UK and Newfield, USA and she is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) of International Coach Federation.

Lauren Schept

Lauren Schept has worked in Human Resources since 2002. Her areas of expertise include recruiting, training, coaching, performance management, talent and succession planning, organizational development, and employee relations.

Lauren has experience as a strategic Human Resources Business Partner in various industries including consumer product goods, retail, wholesale, and management consulting. Most recently, Lauren was Director of Human Resources at L’Oreal USA where she led a variety of initiatives. She worked closely with employees and executives on career-development opportunities, performance management and facilitated the talent review, year-end performance appraisal and salary review processes. Prior to L’Oreal, Lauren worked at Warnaco Inc. where she successfully developed and executed programs and initiatives focused on employee engagement, on-boarding, and reward and recognition. Additionally, she advised senior management on all Human Resources matters, including employee relations, retention, performance management, organizational development and succession planning. In all of her roles, Lauren effectively and efficiently resolved complex employment issues and was responsible for identifying talent needs and opportunities in partnership with business leaders. Lauren previously held Human Resources/Recruiting positions at Kenneth Cole Productions, McKinsey & Company and Barneys New York.

Lauren received her B.A. in Sociology, with a specialization in economy, business, and society, from the University of Michigan.

Laura Schwarz

Laura Schwarz has worked in various corporations since 1991. She is a former marketing director turned executive coach and trainer. Laura understands the pressures and challenges facing her global clients and appreciates the urgency to demonstrate progress quickly in order to optimize business results.

Laura’s distinctive method for coaching and training incorporates precise observations that introduce new perspectives and solutions. Laura engages her clients bylinking their development opportunities to their core values and career aspirations. This creates an ideal environment for clients to embrace the changes necessary to maintain a competitive advantage. Laura’s coaching engagements span a range of professional development themes and she partners with clients from the C-suite to recent MBA graduates. Her signature workshop “Presence: What’s in it for YOU” is frequently requested across multiple industries. Prior to coaching and training, Laura held leadership positions at American Express, Young & Rubicam, and Research International.

Laura received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Michigan. Laura has a certification in coaching from The Coaches Training Institute (an International Coaching Federation accredited program). She is also certified in a wide range of assessment tools, including the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and Lominger Voices 360. She is a member of New York Women in Communications.

Mindy Schwartz

Mindy Schwartz has worked as a HR Business Partner since 1995 and an Executive Coach since 2012. Mindy is a Certified Executive Coach who supports and motivates emerging and established leaders to achieve greater effectiveness and confidence in their roles. As an astute, insightful and trusted advisor, she has coached dozens of executives including C-suite leaders, emerging leaders and high potential women to become more effective, maximizing the potential of individuals, teams and organizations to drive sustained and measurable performance improvement.

Mindy draws on her earlier career as a senior global human resources executive at Credit Suisse, and she has extensive HR experience in investment banking, asset management, research and equities where she partnered, advised and coached executives and their teams around the world on a wide range of initiatives. Mindy built an impressive career with expanded and increased responsibilities both in the U.S. and globally. Most recently, she was a Managing Director and the Head of HR for the Americas Region and Head of Global HR for the investment banking department.

Mindy holds a B.A. in English from the University of Delaware, certified in the Hogan Development survey and has a Certificate in Executive Coaching from the i-Coach Program at Baruch College.

Kelly Shannon

Kelly Shannon has worked in Talent Management & Development since 1999 and as an Executive Coach since 2012. As a Leadership Program Facilitator, Learning & Development Strategist and Certified Executive Coach, Kelly has designed and delivered global leadership and professional development programs. She has also coached and consulted with C-Suite Leaders, Senior Executives and high potential managers on topics of strategy, leadership, learning and development, talent management, succession planning, presence and team engagement.

Over the course of her career, Kelly has held lead roles in Talent Management & Development at Macquarie, Morgan Stanley, Citi, Deutsche Bank, and Societe Generale. Kelly’s deep understanding and knowledge of complex leadership and management challenges give her an advantage when coaching senior leaders. She is adept at coaching effective leadership behaviors and creating positive change for the individual and the organization both in one-on-one and large group settings.

Kelly received her B.A. in Music and Liberal Arts from Seton Hill University. She earned her Certificate in Executive Coaching from the iCoach Program at the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College in New York. Kelly is certified in the MBTI assessment instrument and is experienced in Birkman and DiSC assessments.

Sharon Singer

Sharon Singer has worked in training and development since 1989. Sharon ​partners with individuals, teams and organizations to improve performance, enhance organizational effectiveness, and to drive transformational change. She ​collaborates with organizations to design and deliver tailored and integrated learning programs and strategic initiatives. Sharon’s engagements span from Fortune 500 companies to the non-profit sector and startups. Her industry experience includes services, digital media, technology, entertainment, government, education, pharmaceuticals, consumer products, health care, and legal.

Sharo​n's career has ranged from leading human resources focused on staffing, developing and engaging all levels of employees in a wide variety of companies​ such as Goldman Sachs, Credit Suisse, Salomon Brothers, Everyday Health and Blue Cross Blue Shield. She has a proven success in retaining top talent by helping business leaders maximize employee performance and inspire teams to drive results. Sharon’s effective coaching ability has literally transformed the careers of hundreds of people.

Sharon holds a Masters in Applied Behavioral Science and Counseling from The Johns Hopkins University and a B.S. from University of Maryland, College Park. She is certified in the Myer Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), Hogan Development Survey, PDI 360 Profilor, DiSC, Tracom Social Styles, Thomas Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument to name a few. Sharon is a member of the Global Leadership Alliance, AWARE (Assisting Women through Actions, Resources and Education) and leadership mentor and corporate advocate for Women Unlimited Inc.

Barbara Spitzer

Barbara Spitzer has dedicated her career to helping organizations improve performance through effective people practices since 1986. Barbara closely partners with senior level business and HR executives to drive strategy execution with a keen focus on vision, strategy, and people, including leadership, organization design, culture, talent management, engagement and change management.

Barbara is a senior leader with experience in people-related consulting across multiple industries. Prior to starting her own business, Barbara was a Managing Director at Towers Watson where she was a senior leader in the Talent and Rewards practice. Before that, she was a Senior Vice President with Capgemini Consulting and ran the global People & Performance. Barbara has also worked at Ernst & Young, Watson Wyatt and The Hay Group. Barbara’s clients have included global Fortune 500 companies, such as American Express, Pitney Bowes, National Grid, Johnson Controls, Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, Healthfirst, General Electric, Cisco Systems, and many others. Barbara has helped many companies produce measurable business results.

Over the course of Barbara’s career, she has held a number of leadership positions in the areas of Workforce Leadership Development and Coaching, Workforce Planning, Organization Design, Transformation and Change. She founded and led Capgemini’s New York Accelerated Solutions Environment (ASE) and is a top-level certified large scale workshop facilitator. Previously, in her global leadership role, Barbara spearheaded Capgemini’s research the Connected Organization, a point of view on the most important people trends businesses are facing in this decade. Throughout her career, Barbara has authored a number of publications on Leadership, Change Management and HR Transformation.

Barbara holds a Masters in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University. She received her B.S. in Psychology from James Madison University.

Cheryl Swirnow

Cheryl Swirnow has been helping executives execute on their vision since 2002. She has wide ranging expertise that includes strategy, communication, policy writing, operations, benefits and recruitment.

Prior to consulting, Cheryl was the co-founder and CEO of Sherpaa, a leading healthcare startup. She oversaw a 25-person team, and was responsible for the overall strategy of the company, as well as sales, finance, recruitment, and operations.

Cheryl has led HR and operations teams at Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Nike, Quintessentially, The Barbarian Group, and Rent the Runway. While at The Barbarian Group, Cheryl was directly involved in the implementation of layoffs. In this capacity, she worked with multiple stakeholders (CEO, COO, CFO and department heads) to determine which employees would be impacted by the layoffs. Her role included the creation of guidelines for discussions with those impacted, as well as the internal and external communications to stakeholders.

Cheryl received her B.S. in hospitality from Cornell University. Cheryl has been profiled in Marie Claire Magazine where she was called a "Healthcare Game Changer". She has also been highlighted in Elle Magazine and New York Magazine for her business acumen and vision.

Wendy Amengual Wark

Wendy Amengual Wark has worked in diversity and inclusion since 1988. Wendy helps employers to develop and implement practical and sustainable inclusion processes such as strategic diversity planning, inclusive communications, customized training, mentoring programs, and employee resource groups. Wendy has created success for Fortune 500 corporations, nonprofits, and the public sector including: The City of New York, The Public Health Institute, FedEx Freight, Inc., the NYC Department of Transportation, the NYC Commission on the Status of Women, New York University, the NYS MTA, MARTA, Stryker Endoscopy, the County of Santa Clara, and others. At FedEx Freight, Inc., Wendy worked with executives to develop and roll-out strategic diversity plans and establish diversity councils resulting in finding and developing hidden high potentials. As a Lecturer at NYU, Wendy facilitated the practical implementation of academic theories on EEO and diversity. Wendy conducted graduate studies in American History at Columbia University. She received her B.A. from The City College of New York (CUNY), and received a Certificate with High Honors at the University of Cambridge, England. Wendy is a member of the UN Women’s Training Roster for Gender Equality and her board and committee memberships have included: the Tri-State Diversity Council, SHRM’s Diversity and Inclusion Standards Taskforce; WTS–Greater New York Chapter, Diversity Committee, the New York City Commission on the Status of Women Sexual Harassment Prevention Task Force, and Friends of the San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women.

Nicole Weber

Nicole Weber has worked in business and HR roles since 1992. Her experience includes executive coaching, leadership development, communication skills, executive presence, training facilitation, employee relations, talent and performance management, as well as recruiting.

Nicole has held senior HR positions as well as business roles throughout her career at Bloomberg, Merrill Lynch, McKinsey and Goldman Sachs. As an HR Business Partner, she focused on talent management, leadership development, organizational change, training facilitation and executive coaching. As an executive coach, Nicole partners with individuals and teams to achieve their developmental goals and realize their full potential. She couples her knowledge of leadership and professional development with years of corporate experience to enhance her clients’ communication, interpersonal and self-management skills. Prior to her roles in HR, Nicole was a Global Markets Analyst and Associate at Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch.

Nicole holds a MBA from the Johnson School at Cornell University. She received her B.A. with honors in Political Science from Trinity College. Nicole is a graduate of Columbia University’s Coaching Program and is certified in the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), Neethling Brain Instruments (NBI) and Emotional and Social Competency Inventory (ESCI) assessment tools. She is a former Advisory Council member for the Association to Benefit Children and a former trustee of the Rye City School District’s Board of Education.

Laura Woodroof

Laura Woodroof has worked as a Human Capital Management Consultant since 2003, working closely with her clients to develop leading edge people practices, embed and sustain meaningful change and transform their HR functions. Her primary areas of expertise are: HR transformation, HR process design and organization design, change management and program management.

Laura’s experience in people and HR related consulting spans a variety of roles and functions. Laura worked in the management consulting practices at Deloitte LLC and Capgemini. She was also an HR Business Partner/Generalist at The Bank of New York Mellon, supporting the business leaders of the front office functions in London. In her capacity as a consultant, Laura has delivered client engagements across multiple industries including financial services, retail, life sciences, energy and utilities, auto, manufacturing, tobacco and government.

Laura holds an MBA from Kent Business School at The University of Kent (UK). She received her B.A. in History from The University of Kent and is a Graduate member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD).

Laura Zaccardi

Laura Zaccardi has worked in organizational development since 1990. Her areas of expertise include large scale change execution, learning, strategic communications, and group facilitation.

Laura has experience as both an internal practitioner and an external consultant across a broad spectrum of industries including financial services, manufacturing, health care, pharmaceuticals, and media & entertainment. As an external consultant she has lead the change management activities on IT implementations that accompanied organizational transformation. She has also project managed the rollout of a global employee engagement survey. Her roots are in learning where she has delivered a host of management development programs, onboarding experiences and compliance related training. Whatever the charter, she is highly collaborative with clients to address needs and customize solutions based on the unique culture of the organization. She is also known for bringing a spark of creativity to her engagements.

Laura holds a Masters in Organizational Development from Johns Hopkins University. She received her B.S. from Hood College in Human Resources Management. She is certified in the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). Laura also serves as a board member for a non-profit organization that focuses on animal rescue and rehoming in New Jersey.

Sabrina Zook

Sabrina Zook has worked in Human Resources since 1989. Sabrina has worked on strategic HR projects for both Fortune 500 companies and smaller, entrepreneurial firms. She has a successful track record of strategizing, planning and executing a broad range of HR initiatives that measurably improve morale, retention and productivity. These include strategies for compensation, benefits, leadership development, talent management, succession planning, management training, organizational change, performance management, and team building processes.

Most recently, Sabrina was the global head of HR at Argus Information & Advisory Services where she increased the company’s size by over 300% and oversaw every aspect of HR. Previously, Sabrina also worked at JPMorganChase for over 14 years, leading talent management, executive coaching, leadership development and team effectiveness practices that structured and supported a high performance culture.

Prior to JPMorganChase, Sabrina was a management consultant specializing in executive compensation. She has served on the faculty at NYU’s Leadership and Human Capital Management Department and has been a frequent presenter at Columbia Business School and IvyExec. At NYU, she taught courses in executive coaching, leadership development, and coaching assessment instruments. She also coaches alumni and current MBA students as part of Columbia Business School’s coaching services.

Sabrina holds an MBA from Columbia Business School with concentrations in Management of Organizations and Human Resource Management. She received her B.A. from Wesleyan University, and graduated with high honors in Psychology. Sabrina is certified in Myer Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), emotional intelligence inventories, Hogan Development survey, Voices 360, TAIS, and 360 degree feedback instruments.

Grace Sumka

Grace Sumka has worked in project management roles since 1999. Her strengths are identifying gaps and inefficiencies, while creating efficient and user-friendly solutions.

Grace has over ten years in corporate management leading global projects. At Meridian Health, a leading not-for-profit health care organization, Grace led the special projects initiatives encompassing all areas of operations including human resources, patient and family interactions for several of the healthcare facilities. Prior to Meridian Health, Grace was a vice President at Morgan Stanley where she led the development, implementation, training, and support for a new global employee performance review system. She led the anti-money laundering initiative required by the Patriot Act and was part of a team that created an end-to-end system supporting trading derivatives. Grace has also held roles at Shearson Lehman Brothers as well as Saatchi and Saatchi.

Grace received her B.S. in Marketing from Hofstra University.

Karyn Harwood

Karyn Harwood has worked in human resources since 1988. She has helped a wide variety of organizations implement small and large-scale human resources initiatives requiring the development and execution of project plans and management of client relations.

Karyn’s background includes human resources roles in a broad cross-section of industries including financial services, consumer products, construction, consulting and not-for-profit. As a human resources consultant at Aon Hewitt, she managed competitive compensation reviews and developed compensation strategy and plans for Fortune 500 clients. Prior to Aon Hewitt, Karyn worked at Colgate-Palmolive where she led a cross functional taskforce that was responsible for developing total compensation strategy and guidelines for the production workforce in U.S. based manufacturing facilities. While at Colgate, she worked closely with senior management to determine the best compensation programs to attract, engage and retain high performing employees. Karyn has also held human resources roles at Prudential Securities and KPMG Peat Marwick.

Karyn received her B.S. in Business Administration from Alfred University and is a Certified Compensation Professional (CCP). She currently serves on the board of the Adam Wysota Foundation as an advisor on human resources-related issues. Karyn is a member of the Society of Human Resources Management.

Diane Martynowicz

Diane Martynowicz has over 20 years of cross-functional experience in Fortune 500 companies, including Morgan Stanley, America Express, Lehman Brothers and CBS. Diane is a highly respected professional who is known for her strengths in strategic planning, cost control, managing cross-functional projects, improving operational processes and vendor management.

Diane’s adaptable skill-set has allowed her to be involved in every aspect of the business life cycle from operations to senior management. As Executive Director at Morgan Stanley, Diane managed and created communications channels for Global Operations as well as creating project-specific communication campaigns. She was recognized for her efforts in creating news and feature content for a departmental website for over 5,000 employees. In addition to her experience with large corporations, Diane also has a firm understanding and sensitivity to small businesses. While working as the Director of Operations for a small start-up firm in Seattle, Washington Diane handled all daily operations including fulfillment, financial reporting, vendor negotiation and cost reduction.

Diane has a B.A. in Accounting.