Seven Stones founders Gina LaRoche and Jennifer Cohen met each other in 2005 through a collegial group dedicated to looking at the distinction of sufficiency. After discovering they shared a common way of seeing and thinking about the world, as well as a passion to pursue meaningful work that could have a positive impact on both individuals and society, they began collaborating together and eventually founded Seven Stones Leadership Group in 2009.
While Seven Stones has grown and evolved since those early days, Gina and Jen’s original vision for the firm remains unchanged:
To help people achieve their true potential as individuals and leaders in a way that affirms the value of all life, creates lives, communities and organizations that will stand the test of time, and inspires them to embrace what is full, exquisite and already available in their lives.
Gina LaRoche is an organizational leadership consultant, facilitator and executive coach. Gina brings respect, clarity, truth and love to all of her work. At Seven Stones, she leverages more than 25 years of experience in delivering executive programs that have challenged leaders, teams and entrepreneurs to accelerate results using vision, strategy and accountability. Her current passion is working with leaders to develop mindfulness and presence in themselves and then bringing these practices to their organizations.
Gina has spoken at Wisdom 2.0 Business and at the Mindful Leadership Summit, and she was nominated by Sharon Salzberg into the Community Dharma Leaders Program at Spirit Rock, an insight meditation center in northern California. She will graduate from the two-year program in April 2017. She is also a writer and collage artist, and the co-author of The Seven Laws of Enough (Parallax Press, forthcoming) and author of Living in Sufficiency: A daily journey (2009) and Unstuck: Make the Shift (2011).
Gina is currently a visiting faculty member at Simmons School of Management, where she teaches and coaches in the school’s executive education programs. As a faculty member, Gina has worked with Merck, Pfizer, Verizon, EMC and the Boston Chamber of Commerce, teaching mentoring and strategic networking while coaching participants on their 360-degree reviews. Gina has also built a niche in working with colleges and universities. Her most recent work includes Berklee College of Music, Housatonic Community College, UNLV Law School, Northeastern University and Yale University.
In 2001, Gina founded INSPIRITAS Corporation, a consulting and training firm advancing the practice of leadership, with her husband, Alan Price. Working with a broad range of industries, her clients included Credit Suisse, EMC, Miller Brewing, Harvard University, American Student Assistance and Stamford Hospital. Prior to INSPIRITAS, Gina acquired 15 years of experience in sales, marketing and training at high-tech and emerging growth companies. She served as director of marketing for Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), where she managed product marketing for the e-business group. She was also a product-marketing manager at Vicorp Interactive Systems. Gina started her career as a sales professional at IBM in Waltham, Massachusetts, where she received numerous excellence awards.
Gina holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BSBA from Georgetown University. When not at work she spends time with her New Haven sitting group, being with her neighbors and enjoying time with her spouse, two sons and dog.
Jennifer Cohen is a leadership and organizational coach and consultant with over 25 years in the field, during which time she has coached hundreds of individuals and groups. She specializes in developing leaders to excel in a context of uncertainty and quick-shifting terrain. Her coaching and training is distinguished by her applied studies in communication theories, including quantum physics, ontology, neuroscience, Somatics and systems thinking.
Jennifer’s coaching experience is informed by two decades of working with executives across industries—including healthcare, pharmaceuticals and technology—and throughout many of the most prestigious professional services firms. Within the context of the cutting-edge leadership development programs she has designed and led, Jennifer has brought executives from the board room into a dojo-style learning environment to hone their leadership skills through in-depth training and development opportunities.
Jennifer is known as a “coach’s coach,” and is a coach to some of the senior coaches at The NewField Group, one of the nation’s top schools for leadership coaching. She has worked with corporate clients that include Pfizer, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Boston Consulting Group, Hewlett Packard, Microsoft, MIT’s Sloan School of Management and Nike. Through her work at the Simmons School of Management, she has also coached senior executives from Merck and EMC. She has a niche in coaching world-class academicians from institutions such as Simmons and Harvard Business School. She has served as the Director of Coaching Education for Mobius Executive Leadership, a global boutique-consulting firm serving Fortune 500 companies.
Jennifer is the author of the chapter “From Surviving to Thriving” in the book Being Human at Work, edited by Richard Strozzi Heckler, and is currently working on a book to be published by Parallax Press in 2018. She has an MS in Applied Psychology with an emphasis on systems theory from the Antioch New England Graduate School, and she did her undergraduate work in philosophy at Oberlin and Barnard. Jennifer and her spouse are avid gardeners and co-parent their daughter, Sophia. Jen loves to dance and takes singing lessons with a great singing teacher.
"The support and encouragement from Gina was consistent, unwavering and available at a critical juncture in our organization evolution and my career evolution."
"One of the most productive, pleasing and powerful processes I’ve partaken of in my quest to lead a more pleasurable and powerful life has been engaging with Jen Cohen in a coaching relationship."