*The one-on-one coaching experience is designed to focus energies forward and address any barriers to achieving both long- and short-term goals. Leaders engage in 1 hour coaching sessions to address challenges or to explore full-cycle growth and development.
Those competencies include:
Adaptability – Open minded; demonstrates flexibility when faced with workplace challenges.
Emotional Intelligence – Manages behaviors, navigates social complexities, and makes positive professional and personal decisions.
External Awareness – Sees things from multiple points of view. Aware of how actions impact others. keeps up to date with issues relevant to the area of responsibility.
Customer Experience – Seeks awareness of customer needs and looks for ways to serve and leverage experiences; to create positive long-term customer relationships.
Communication – Actively listens and supports the organization through clear written and verbal presentation of information.
Coaching – Identifies and develops people talent. Ability to guide for success, producing professional and personal growth.
Conflict Resolution – Successfully brings people together who have differences to support positive business outcomes.
Cultural Intelligence – Appreciates and leverages capabilities, insights, and ideas across a group of individuals diverse in culture, style ability, and drive. Highly aware of the benefits of inclusiveness.
Influence – Consistently directs situations without the need for an authoritative assignment. Directs situations and inspires people to win as a team.
Interpersonal Skills – Consistent ability to build lasting relationships of trust and respect inside and outside of the organization.
Initiative – Proactively makes things happen. Makes positive corrective action. Evaluates self and others and practices self- discipline.
Leadership – Drives business results by aligning the organization’s vision, mission, and values to enhance business outcomes. Able to lead others without relying on titles. Successfully enlist the cooperation of others while tapping into their highest skills and abilities; to achieve high performing results.
Professionalism – Credible image of maturity and integrity through both verbal and non-verbal communication.
Results Oriented – Passionate about winning and focused on team victory as well as individual pursuits.
Strategic Decision Making – Obtains and understands facts, weighs risk, and objectively prioritizes alternatives that result in decisive action.
LaVada English is a passionate educator with a sincere belief in the potential of humankind. She is the founder and CEO of Bright Places, Inc., a strategic coaching firm focused on leadership development and equity and inclusion.
LaVada has worked in this field for over two decades, and she’s just getting started! As a certified “Intercultural Capacity” coach, LaVada has impacted the mindsets of decision-makers within private, corporate, and government sectors.
Born and raised in Philadelphia, PA, she was educated at Arcadia University in Pennsylvania and holds a BA in communication and journalism and an MBA in human resource management.
LaVada is the president for the National Association of Business Owners of Ventura County, Ca., She is an alumnus of the African American Board Leadership Institute and the Los Angeles African American Women’s Public Policy Institute (LAAAWPPI.) She is also a Los Angeles Business Journal Women’s Summit nominee, participates in additional community initiatives, and has received recognition for her contributions.
LaVada and her team co-author the Bright Places Blog, featuring valuable leadership advice, and she is set to release her first children’s book Kyla Believes, a journey into the limitless potential of a child. Even without mentioning education, titles, or accolades, LaVada knows she is enough and kicks “IMPOSTER SYNDROME” to the curb! She brings a contagious enthusiasm to her work and most values her position as a mom to Lauryn, Leah, and Laila, a friend to many, and an advocate for change in the world.
Christina Kim brings 10 years of experience in building strong leadership and teams through consulting, workshops, coaching, and training. She is sought out for her ability to create effective and meaningful change. Christina has received her MBA from Pepperdine University and a Certificate in Psychological Science from UCI. She is also a Gallup Certified CliftonStrengths Coach, a Certified Professional Coach, and is currently pursuing her PhD in Clinical Psychology at Biola University. Christina’s portfolio of clients include Fortune 100 companies, government agencies, and national non-profits as well as educational institutions. Her passion is bringing solutions that not only increase work performance, but increase the well-being of both the employee and the organization.
Doreen is distinguished in her ability to assist individuals and teams to achieve insights that result in advancing their leadership capabilities. Her distinctive expertise is coaching leaders through successful changes in assignments, such as promotions, expanded scope of responsibility, global assignments, and integrating leadership teams resulting from mergers and acquisitions. These transitions often require re-examining one’s influencing strategies, clarifying position and personal power, acquiring organizational savvy, and building cultural competence. She has coached leaders and teams in North America, Europe, and Asia with twenty-five years working with C-Suite executives.
Doreen coached and trained all levels of management from CEOs to mid-level management in such industries as pharmaceuticals, chemicals, consumer beverages, and health and financial services. She is distinguished in her ability to assist individuals and multicultural teams achieve step changes in gaining personal insights that result in advancing their leadership capability faster. She is recognized for helping her clients quickly move to action for improving individual and organizational performance.
Doreen earned her Ed.D. (ABD) in Organizations and Leadership, M.A. in Organizational Psychology, and M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology, each from Teachers College, Columbia University in New York. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from Pennsylvania State University. In addition, she completed executive programs at Harvard University and the University of Pennsylvania, as well as a variety of certifications in leadership and coaching programs throughout her career.
Embarking on her 17th year in business, in 2006, Desiree Saddler President/CEO formed Saddler Consulting Group Inc. and continues to achieve success in helping organizations reach their desired optimal performance. Desiree is passionate about helping businesses build strong teams that communicate clearly and work efficiently. Clients value her expertise in leading process improvement initiatives combined with her ability to connect with diverse groups. With over 30 years of experience in human resources, coaching and mentoring leaders, training and development, Saddler Consulting Group, Inc., is certified in over 13 different assessments and has taught over 20,000 workshops and has designed curriculum in numerous content areas including management and supervision, leadership, communication, generational differences, diversity development, performance management, customer service, team building, conflict resolution, sexual harassment, employee engagement and emotional intelligence. Consistently, Saddler Consulting Group, Inc., receives stellar reviews from past participants and organizations resulting in increased productivity from their employees, managers and leaders.
Her educational background is a B.A. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and a M.A. in Organizational Management (MAOM). Saddler Consulting Group, Inc., associates provides high-level consulting, facilitating and coaching that is designed to improve the overall leadership presence through a deliberate customized process that utilizes focused conversations to create an environment for individual growth, purposeful action, and sustained improvement.
Dr. Denise Wolfe is an Executive Coach and Leadership Development Facilitator. She is the President of an Organizational Transformation consulting firm, Legacy in Action, Inc. Denise is a highly sought-after executive coach, trusted advisor, and strategic consultant to Fortune 500 businesses, non-profits, as well as national, state, and local government agencies. Her work involves over 25 years of experience in executive coaching, strategic visioning, leadership development, organization development & transformation, team excellence, program design, and training. Some areas of specialization include: leadership styles & excellence, executive presence, navigating change, effective communications, high-performing teams, innovation, conflict resolution, leveraging diversity and inclusion, global diversity, women in leadership, and emotional intelligence. Dr. Wolfe focuses on capacity-building, strategic action implementation, and inspiring leadership at all organizational levels. In addition to coaching and consulting across 12 industries, she has held leadership positions in five different industries. Dr. Wolfe is also on faculty for numerous UCLA Leadership Programs and taught in a doctoral program for Organizational Management and Consulting. Denise supports community-based non-profits by serving on Boards of Directors (e.g. United Nations Association chapter, Executive Board for 6 years). She has a passion for exploring new cultures and has traveled to over 50 countries. Her educational background includes both a M.S. and Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology. Denise is a Professional Certified Coach with the International Coach Federation.
Gregory C. Scott is an innovative certified executive coach, leadership consultant, and business strategist, and he is distinguished for his extensive private sector and non-profit Chief Executive expertise. With a career spanning over two decades in economic and community development, he has emerged as a thought leader in transformational change. A visionary known for his strategic acumen, Gregory has channeled his passion into catalyzing social responsibility, fostering inclusion in business, and communities by helping organizations and leaders expand their impact. His journey has been marked by a powerful combination of economic development strategies, advocacy, innovative thinking, and business growth. He has a strong ability to navigate through chaos, turn around underperforming business units, and lead leaders to maximize growth.
Currently, Gregory serves as the President & CEO of the Community Action Partnership of OC (CAP OC), a prominent national network dedicated to combatting poverty, nurturing racial and economic equity, and fortifying family structures. Within this role, he expertly guides his team in deploying world-class services and executing impactful organizational strategies that tackle complex social issues faced by disenfranchised individuals and their families. His holistic approach to executive coaching is further underscored by extending his influence to empower leaders from diverse business sectors. Through his unwavering commitment and dedication, Gregory is a change leader through coaching, mentoring, and leadership training, leaving an indelible mark on business development, philanthropy, community development, and personal transformation. Gregory holds a certification in the John C. Maxwell Leadership Program.