Practical Skills

+ Radical Self Inquiry

+ Shared Experiences

= Enhanced Leadership + Greater Resilience

This formula is behind all that we do. We’ve designed our offerings to reboot your leadership whether you’re a CEO, founder, c-suite or employee.

“The best way to overcome the inevitable loneliness of life at the top may be to connect and mindfully attend to the process that’s already underway – the unconscious sharing that undergirds every relationship.”

Jerry Colonna is an executive coach who uses the skills he learned as a venture capitalist to help entrepreneurs. He draws on his wide variety of experiences to help clients design a more conscious life and make needed changes to their career to improve their performance and satisfaction. (Read Jerry’s thoughts on coaching & speaking here.) Previously he was a partner with JPMorgan Partners (JPMP), the private­ equity arm of JP Morgan Chase. He joined JPMP from Flatiron Partners, which he launched 1996 with partner, Fred Wilson. Flatiron became one of the most successful, early­stage investment programs in the New York City area. At Flatiron, Jerry was responsible for a wide range of the firm’s investments including Geocities Inc., Gamesville Inc., Vertical One Inc., and The New York Times Digital.

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“There is fundamental shift happening in the way people view work. It’s not just a job or a paycheck anymore. Our work is the expression of our natural gifts intersecting with the needs of the world. This is the purest realization of human potential.”

Khalid is a certified professional coach and founder of Clients praise Khalid’s insight and empathy, as well as his ability to transform complicated webs of story into simple strings of actionable steps. He works with founders and leadership teams looking to move through change and growth purposefully. His guiding purpose is to empower the people who will build the organizations he wants to see in the world his children will grow up in. Khalid has over ten years experience working in startups, both as a founder and turnaround CEO.

“Helping others find the opportunity – for joy, excitement, beauty – and growth within the wild roller coaster ride of entrepreneurship fuels my passion for this work. After all, the goal isn’t to avoid the bumps, it’s to keep our eyes open and our hands up.”

Dan Putt is an entrepreneur and Chief Product Officer for As a four time founder, Dan understands the ups, downs and terrifying free falls that accompany the startup life. Dan strives to help others bring their best, most full self to every moment. He believes that on the roller coaster ride of entrepreneurship, the goal is not to avoid the bumps, it’s to keep our eyes open and our hands up. Dan holds a degree in marketing from Ohio State University and is an ICF certified coach.

“When we’re facing challenges that appear oppressive to our spirit, or thwart our will to achieve, we come to a threshold that, if crossed, can usher us into a new way of seeing ourselves and the world around us. We gain a new stance that we couldn’t think our way into. Leaning into these crossings is to lean into our emerging leadership and humanity.”

Intensely interested in the human experience, Jim guides individuals and organizations through transitions while stepping more fully into their lives. He’s keen to help entrepreneurs and start-up organizations discover their own authentic expression of leadership and the meaningful contributions that come from it. Jim has extensive cross-cultural experience and has worked in settings around the globe. As a speaker and workshop facilitator, he is engaging on topics of leadership, innovation, design thinking and transformative change and has presented in a variety of gatherings and venues including MIT, Yale University, Michigan State University, Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and a variety of community and professional settings.

Jim is a Senior Fellow of the Presencing Institute, offering training and assistance in the application of Theory U – a methodology of transformative change. He is also a teacher of Authentic Leadership and advisor for the new Authentic Leadership Center at Naropa University. Jim has led programs for and is a former governing council member for the Authentic Leadership in Action Institute, is an advisor to Michigan State University’s Doctor of Educational Leadership program, has been a guide with the Animas Valley Institute for over 10 years, and currently co-guides the annual quest for Naropa’s Masters in Wilderness Therapy candidates.

“I am passionate about recovering the lost art of listening well. In this culture of “telling” we are driven to make assertions, give opinions, and push messages. Yet humble inquiry is the gateway to true learning. And listening well to another human being is a sacred gift–one that can help bring about transformation in our relationships and in our organizations.”

Andy is a coach, learning and development professional, and our PEER group facilitator. He has experience as an educator, pastor, Chief Coaching Officer for a startup and as an instructional designer crafting courseware for Fortune 500 companies. Andy’s extensive background is powerful bedrock for leading our PEER groups. Andy believes the best facilitators are servant leaders, and he approaches the work with gentleness and curiosity. He loves finding that one question that will break open the discussion and then getting the hell out of the way while the magic happens. Andy holds a Master of Arts in Teaching, is working to complete his MA in Theological Studies and is a Certified Professional Life Coach.

“Entrepreneurship is ultimately an act of creative expression. Which means you are doing work from your soul. You are a builder, a strategist, an operator, a leader… to do all of that with a deep sense of feeling and purpose can turn executing a roadmap into a truly transformational experience. Creating a company and nurturing an enduring culture, may be be one of life’s greatest portals into finding out what is at your core and who you are continually becoming.”

Albert is an executive coach, designer, and start-up advisor based in NY. He serves as a strategic thought partner and coach to both founders and investors, and believes that the most impactful companies and funds will be those that operate with a clear purpose and deep-seated set of values leading their way.

Albert has a deep background at the intersection of design, business, and culture development. He is also currently the Designer-in-Residence at NEA. In this role, he works closely with portfolio companies supporting them with product, design, and organizational development strategies and execution. Previously, he was the Managing Director of IDEO’s New York office, where he brought more than a decade of experience in digital product, communication, and venture design to bear, in addition to building high performing creative cultures. He specialized in developing new offerings and incubating ventures for clients based on consumer insights and has worked with companies such as Target, American Express, SoulCycle, and Ford.

Albert was also named to Fast Company’s 1000 Most Creative People in Business in 2014. He is an ICF certified professional coach and has been known to make extensive use of a whiteboard with lots of drawings and different colors in coaching with his clients.

“There is no truth so frightening that it does not contain some spark of beauty and light. By working with ‘what is’, we can uncover a ‘what can be’ that is bolder, bigger, and more powerful than anything we could have imagined on our own.”

Caneel loves startups and innovators. She’s on a mission to help creative entrepreneurs bring their best ideas to the world at scale. She believes that when we connect with our true vision, we gain ease, clarity, and strength in how we lead and how we live. As a coach and strategic advisor, Caneel helps clients find alignment between their deepest intentions and the current reality, to channel their energy in effective directions, to infect others with their clarity of vision, and to navigate with integrity all of the pivots, rebrands, re-orgs, hockey sticks, booms, busts, and exits inherent to startup life (all of which has experienced herself). Caneel gently pushes clients to overcome preconceptions and explore opportunities in new ways.

With over 15 years of experience working with startups in roles spanning growth, product, marketing, operations, and strategy and a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior, Caneel draws on an expertise in social psychology and human behavior. She has taught Organizational Change, Leadership, Negotiations, Design Thinking and Designing Creative Organizations at U.C. Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, the London School of Economics and the Stanford d.School.

“From a place of Authentic Self-expression a true leader unfolds. Connecting to deepening rapport with Self changes Life’s unfolding (forever).”

Jen is an executive & personal coach, group facilitator, and certified NLP Master Practitioner. She passionately assists her clients on their path to a more conscious life, fully stepping into being whole. Many clients comment that Jen’s work is so transformative words simply don’t do it justice.

Jen’s corporate executive & private practice experience spans over 18 years of building high performing teams & individuals. Infinitely willing to meet the client wherever they are on the journey, Jen is confident and authentic in style. She leads through “extreme conflict” with clarity & insight which assists in developing a strong culture to support company values, navigating through challenging mergers/acquisitions and communicating through rapid company growth.

Guided by her strong intuition and deep knowledge of the human experience, Jen gets to the core of what “holds the client back” from living the life they want. One of her most gratifying discoveries working with clients is their enjoyment of the work and the continued growth. Jen thrives on being present to those special “ah ha” moments when the clients connection to themselves and life is forever changed.

“I believe we each have a unique brilliance — a “genius”. Recognizing your brilliance in action allows you to effortlessly reach previously unimaginable levels of success in all areas of life.  It seems to me that if we can enjoy life and be successful, why would we choose anything else?”

Miriam is a Business Psychologist and Certified Leadership + Transformation Coach. She holds a Masters in Organizational Development. Since the late 90s, Miriam has been helping executives discover greater levels of success and ease in all areas of life. Early in her career she specialized in culture and leadership development for major corporations around the globe. More recently she has focused on working with high powered leaders ready to take their lives and organizations to the next level. Known for her powerful positivity and diamond-clear feedback, not only does she support you in unhooking old belief systems, she also helps you redefine what you are truly capable of.

The form of your life is designed. By you. The process of revealing the seemingly invisible structures that support the form is a profound journey connecting you to the wonderfully meaningful desires you have for yourself and the world. Every day is another opportunity to re-design how you show up on the journey, every day becoming more and more you.

Chris is an executive coach, licensed architect and passionate listener. His training as both a designer and coach informs how he works with clients by endeavoring to understand and hold where they are as valid, which provides a safe place to create what they most want in their personal and professional lives. He has over 11 years of experience engaging groups and individuals to craft sustainable solutions that are thoughtful and unapologetically beautiful. Chris believes that we are constantly in a state of transformation and learning, he holds a Post-Graduate degree in Alternative Design from Archeworks and a Master Practitioner certification from NLP Marin.

“We all have aspirations, things we want to achieve. I believe the true formula to achieving our goals is already within us, but is often buried under the burden of our daily lives. I am truly privileged to help people unlock the wisdom that they already possess, and define their own unique path to success.”

From first-time jobholders to late-professionals at Yahoo, Google, and Lyft – to name a few – Courtney helps uncover blocks to individual success so her clients walk away with the confidence and pragmatic approaches needed to be more effective leaders. In addition to corporate coaching, Courtney founded her own triathlon club where she coached a membership of over fifty athletes. Prior to coaching, Courtney worked for 15 years in the fields of technology and sports marketing and has held leadership roles at AOL, Handspring and Webroot Software. Her strong understanding of corporate dynamics allows her to coach management teams within challenging, fast-paced environments.

“Being thoughtful about how we relate to our work and one another is one of the most important things that we bring to our role. Sorting out what’s yours, what’s mine, what’s ours and what’s about the role is hard work. And, there is no right answer, only many possibilities.”

Marc Maltz has helped CEOs, Presidents, Boards and senior officers to develop and transform their organizations, manage risk and improve productivity for over 20 years.

His work in organizational and leadership development, change management and organizational resilience has enabled clients to gain critical personal insight to tackle difficult situations and achieve new levels of success. Marc specializes in helping clients develop organizational resiliency, a key component for any firm navigating complex business conditions, shifts in the marketplace or other organizational trauma.

He is a Registered Organizational Development Professional, and a member of the A.K. Rice Institute and the International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organizations. He is on the Board of Directors for the Gordon Lawrence Foundation and Patron Technologies. Marc has an M.B.A. and holds postgraduate certificates from MIT, the Wharton School and the William Alanson White Institute for Psychology and Psychoanalysis.

“Coaching is a calling and a passion for me. My goal is to inspire, energize and empower those I work with to share their signature strengths with the world.”

As a former lawyer practicing in technology and corporate areas, Kathryn brings over 20 years of strategic counsel and communications experience to her coaching and facilitation. In addition to 1:1 coaching, Kathryn has lead learning and leadership development projects at Google, Yahoo!, SAP, Brocade, Sephora and Asana, among other start-ups and mid-sized companies. Her experience as a trusted and valued counselor underlie her ability to act as a strategic business partner to those she coaches. Kathryn’s pragmatic, intuitive approach to 1:1 coaching works through real-world scenarios to support her clients to achieve tangible outcomes that will make the most difference to them and their organization.

“There is a deeply mysterious process unfolding in and around us that we are a part of in all aspects of our lives. We each have the opportunity to say yes more completely to that amazing process and in so doing we can ignite the unfolding of our unique potential as brilliant leaders, visionary artisans and soulful and wise participants on our planet home.”

Jade Sherer has devoted her life to showing up to support others as they navigate the small and large transitions of their lives. For more than twenty years she has guided others in nature-based transformational processes and ceremonies and has been a mentor to hundreds of people as they have listened for what is next in their lives and how they might they bring their integrity and authentic genius alive and accessible for the world. Jade’s heartful attunement, sensitivity and intuitive wisdom drove her to naturally become a sort of tracker between worlds…opening terrains of mystery for the ones she works with.

Jade is currently coaching, and creating and facilitating custom programs for audiences around the world from philanthropists to students to women over 50. She guided at Animas Valley Institute for 15 years and went on to initiate and train new guides there. She is a graduate of UCSC and a founder of a green cemetery. At this time on earth she sees soul-based collaboration combined with mindful self reflection as crucial to growing community, justice, commerce and planetary care.

“As David Whyte once said, “All that is needed to transform from awkward to graceful is to place yourself in your element – the place where you come alive.” I love helping people to discover their element so that they can fully bring who they are, to what they do.”

Ann Mehl helps entrepreneurs work on things that are holding them back from being the best leaders they can be. Prior to becoming a coach in 2005, Ann spent years in executive search, recruiting C-level prospects and building management teams for VC funded high-growth companies. Through one-on-one coaching sessions, Ann guides clients to listen to their authentic selves and focus on their personal growth. As a runner who has completed over fifty marathons worldwide, she lives what she preaches. She is disciplined in her approach, and yet flexible enough to respond to individual needs.

A Boston College graduate, Ann works in New York City and is a sought-after guest speaker, blogger, coaching and wellness expert. Her articles have appeared in Women’s Running, Body+Soul, Woman’s World, and Women’s Adventure Magazine and she is a frequent radio contributor, appearing on Martha Stewart’s Whole Living Program.

“I believe in helping people open their hearts, minds, and souls to reveal their inner beauty and shine their inner diamond. As we clear away our dusty webs and allow ourselves to shine brightly, we are able to express our beauty through all aspects of our life, including our work.”

With a career spanning twenty years in a progressive series of roles across marketing, sales, strategy, and operations, Jacquie has advised everyone from Fortune 500 leadership teams to start-up CEOs across a variety of industries including technology, healthcare, retail, logistics and financial services. Having worked at Goldman Sachs and Bain, she leveraged her strength in strategy and analytics to lead and scale a high-growth organization during her 6-year tenure at Google. Most recently, Jacquie has been advising and coaching high-growth businesses, with a strong focus on monetization, product development, partnerships, sales, business operations, hiring, and learning and development.

Jacquie is also a certified Hatha yoga teacher, whose passion is bringing more mindfulness into the workplace. In pursuit of bringing the wisdom of the ancient sutras to everyday life, she believes that through alignment of our bodies, our minds, and our intentions, we are able to maximize our human potential. Jacquie has a Masters of Science from Cornell University, an MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and is a certified master NLP practitioner.

“It is my firm belief that 90% of success is not talent or skills, it’s the ability to manage your emotional and mental game.”

As a former collegiate baseball player, Jeff was inspired by the impact of the mental game on high performance. He read the book Heads Up Baseball every single day throughout his athletic career which kickstarted a passion for learning how the best in their professional fields think and prepare. Carrying that information into business, for the last 7 years Jeff has been helping CEOs, founders and executives increase their own and their company’s performance, by facilitating a deeper sense of self, clarity of purpose, and mastery of their mental game. His original and very tattered copy of Heads Up Baseball still sits on his desk while he coaches his clients.

“I am excited to help leaders and organizations truly understand the core of who they are and what they stand for. With a firmer foundation established, leaders can better tap their strengths and passionately inspire their teams.”

Dave is a seasoned Executive Coach bringing perspective and experience from years as a senior leader in start-ups and large companies. He was part of fast growing businesses and firms on the brink. Private equity and venture capital firms brought Dave in to build, buy, save or sell portfolio businesses. In his C-level roles, Dave led multiple functional teams in a broad array of industries including 3D Printing, marketing technology, ERP software, financial services, and sports. Dave received his MBA from Harvard and was a business Chaplain to executives, entrepreneurs and Wall Street professionals. Dave’s approach to coaching utilizes a variety of angles and contexts, both outside-in and inside-out.

“What unites us all as human beings is an urge for happiness, which at heart is a yearning for union, for overcoming our feelings of separateness. We want to feel our identity with something larger than our small selves. We long to be one with our own lives and with each other. If we look at the root of even the most terrible addictions, even the most appalling violence in this world, somewhere we will find this urge to unite, to be happy. In some form it is there, even in the most distorted and odious disguises. We can touch that. We can draw near and open up.”

Sharon Salzberg is a meditation teacher and New York Times best-selling author. She is the co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, and has played a crucial role in bringing Asian meditation practices to the West. Sharon has been a student of meditation since 1971, guiding retreats worldwide since 1974. She is a weekly columnist for On Being, a regular contributor to The Huffington Post and the author of many books including “Real Happiness,” and “Lovingkindness.” For more information please visit her website at

“We are all nodes in the network of conscious beings. We entrepreneurs have a unique opportunity to reprogram our minds, awaken our hearts, and reboot the world for the better.”

Vincent Horn is a mind hacker & buddhist geek. In 2006 he co-founded Buddhist Geeks, a media project which has gone on to become one of the most important venues for exploring Buddhist thought & practice in the 21st century. Vincent’s work has been featured on the pages of the Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, Fast Company, Entrepreneur, and The Atlantic. He has been referred to as one of the “power players of the mindfulness movement” by Wired magazine and was honored to be part of Wired UK’s “Smart List 2012: 50 people who will change the world.” Along with his wife and creative partner Emily Horn, he makes his home in Asheville, North Carolina—that is until the distinction between atoms and bits dissolves completely.