Anca van Assendelft
Anca is a seasoned executive, with 20+ years coaching, consulting and client-side experience who “ignites, impacts and interlocks” with a passion for analytical rigor with around-the-corner vision.
Her focus is on helping individuals and teams connects the dots between aspirational vision and operational realities. With a bias towards deep discernment and “operating from the core,” Anca inspires development of the individual and organizational resiliency fabric of tomorrow, leveraging the best of an individual’s and organization's DNA, capacities, and capabilities, while providing strategic and pragmatic guidance for a better tomorrow. Anca helps them answer the questions "who are we?" "what do we stand for?" "who are we becoming?" and "how will we get there?"
She helps clarify strategic goals, key considerations and implications in the context of the larger strategic landscape and key organizational success metrics. In working with organizations, her focus is on driving technology enabled change and innovative solution strategies to help companies create efficiencies and transform customer experiences.
Her industry experience includes working with a range of organizations, teams and individuals in high tech, retail, CPG, financial services, and manufacturing – including high-growth, global enterprise, and start-up environments. Her experience spans large scale corporate transformation, go-to-market and digital customer engagement strategy, product development, merch-supply chain, and M&A in North America, Europe, and Australia.
Anca currently works as transformation strategy consultant and breakthrough executive coach, consulting with organizations worldwide on customer engagement and experience strategy and innovation. She helps those clients accelerate their transformation and efficiency and effectiveness improvements by collaboratively developing a high-level roadmap and strategic path forward.
She is a graduate from Wharton’s International MBA program, and is fluent in English, Dutch and German. When not working, Anca is at the XFit Gym, Adventure Racing, or writing poetry.
Stacy Blake-Beard is Deloitte Ellen Gabriel Professor of Women and Leadership and Senior Faculty Affiliate, Center for Gender in Organizations at the Simmons College School of Management where she teaches organizational behavior. Dr. Blake-Beard has also been visiting faculty at the Indian School of Business in Hyderabad, India and at the Lorry I. Lokey Graduate School of Business at Mills College in Oakland, CA (USA). At both institutions, she taught an elective on Gender, Diversity and Leadership.
Dr. Blake-Beard brings her deep expertise in mentoring, diversity and inclusion to Seven Stones as a senior advisor. Prior to joining Simmons, Dr. Blake-Beard was faculty at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. She has also worked in sales and marketing at Procter & Gamble and in the corporate human resources department at Xerox. Dr. Blake-Beard holds a BS in Psychology from the University of Maryland at College Park and an MA and a Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology from the University of Michigan.
Dr. Blake-Beard’s research focuses on the challenges and opportunities offered by mentoring relationships, with a focus on how these relationships may be changing as a result of increasing workforce diversity. She is particularly interested in the issues women face as they develop mentoring relationships. She also studies the dynamics of formal mentoring programs in both corporate and educational settings. Dr. Blake-Beard has published research on gender, diversity, and mentoring in several publications including the Journal of Career Development, the Academy of Management Executive, the Psychology of Women Quarterly, Journal of Management Development, the Journal of Business Ethics, Human Resource Management Journal, Journal of Management Education, and The Diversity Factor. She is co-editor of a volume focused on women’s careers (Handbook of Research on Promoting Women’s Careers). She is also the recipient of a Fulbright Award, which was awarded to support her project, entitled “Systems of Sustenance and Support: Exploring the Impact of Mentoring on the Career Experiences of Indian Women,” in partnership with the Center for Leadership, Innovation and Change at the Indian School of Business in Hyderabad, India.
Dr. Blake-Beard sits on the advisory board of a number of organizations, including MentorNet, Teen Voices, the Harvard Project on Tenure, and the Harvard Medical School Center for the Study of Diversity in Science. Dr. Blake-Beard has been the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships, including awards from the National Science Foundation, the Ford Foundation and the Robert Toigo Foundation. She has given seminars for and consulted on a wide range of topics, including effectively leveraging diversity, implementing formal mentoring programs, gender and leadership, bystander awareness training, unconscious bias, managing visibility, career action planning and team-building. Organizations with which she has consulted include Infosys, EMC, Hewlett Packard, Jobs for the Future, The Partnership, IBM, Cisco, The Robert Toigo Foundation, Bank of America, Chase Manhattan Bank, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Swissotel, PepsiCo, Goldman Sachs, Intel, Linkage, AstraZeneca, Eli Lilly, Boston Chamber of Commerce, The Conference Board, Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Cambridge Hospital, Boston University, Connecticut College, University of Connecticut, University of Michigan, University of Texas, University of California, Harvard University, Boston Public School District, The PhD Project, The Compact for Faculty Diversity, New Leaders for New Schools and Working Mother Media.
Lenore Champagne Beirne
Lenore Champagne Beirne is a leadership and organizational coach and consultant with Seven Stones Leadership Group. She is an executive coach for leaders of startup companies, and works with clients in technology, finance, media, real estate, beauty, retail and the arts. She founded Bright Coaching and is co-founder and Partner at The Kasa Group.
Lenore uses coaching to drive positive transformation in people, companies, industries and communities. She is an expert at working with clients moving from individual contributor to an executive role, assisting them in growing their executive presence. She has expertise in leading through change, using coaching as a management tool, building effective team dynamics, fundraising for young companies, leadership in underrepresented groups and building scalable business systems. Lenore understands how to connect her clients’ personal missions to their career goals, creating greater satisfaction and increased effectiveness.
Having worked as a founder and investor in startups and social enterprises, she draws on her deep understanding of the multifaceted challenges of leadership in these areas. She also draws on experience in venture capital, communications, business strategy and management consulting. In addition to her own operating and investing experience, Lenore is guest lecturer and coach at NYU Stern School of Business and also served as a communications consultant to graduate and undergraduate business students at American University. She reserves a portion of her practice to work with CEOs in The City of New York Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise Program (M/WBE).
Lenore holds a Master’s in Business Administration from NYU Stern focused on Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and a Bachelor's in Business Administration from American University with a concentration in Finance and Marketing. She is a graduate of Accomplishment Coaching, an ontological coach and leadership training program. Lenore works from Brooklyn, NY where she lives with her husband and two young daughters. She enjoys spending time exploring Prospect Park and trying new restaurants.
Roberta L. Colasanti, LICSW joins Seven Stones Leadership as a psychotherapist who brings her thirty-five years’ experience as a clinician and researcher to the business community with an innovative approach to change-readiness, productivity and fitness-for-duty issues. She is the CEO and founder of Colasanti & Associates, LLC (C&A), a clinical and coaching practice with two decades of experience assisting organizations with the performance and well-being of their workforce.
Ms. Colasanti has adapted her clinical approach to assist companies in offering a wide variety of programs that have resulted in significant improvement throughout their businesses. Ms. Colasanti has also provided extensive consultation and individual coaching to help physicians, managers and senior leadership change behaviors that minimize effectiveness or that put their jobs at risk. Her knowledge and expertise on human behavior and relationships significantly impacts successful communication, even in the most challenging of workplaces. A sample of her client lists include Proctor & Gamble, Boston Edison Company, Harley Davidson Motor Company, Harvard Medical School, Kaiser Permanente and The National Institute of Mental Health.
Ms. Colasanti co-founded the Behavioral Medicine Training Program at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care that provided nationwide training on integrative medicine to physicians, nurses and mental health clinicians. In addition, she served for eight years as the Clinical Director for the Center for Psychology and Social Change, an affiliate of The Cambridge Hospital, Harvard Medical School.
In addition to her work in the medical field, Ms. Colasanti uses the Enneagram, a highly sophisticated system of nine personality profiles that are meant to help us know ourselves and others, as well as how others “see” and experience us. Each Enneagram type can help individuals navigate their ongoing personal growth and ultimately build more satisfying and collaborative relationships in both work and personal life. The Enneagram is a comprehensive system that describes how personality and character structure are formed in three centers of our human existence: mind, heart, and body. Through her course, Building Collaboration and Trust Through the Enneagram, participants have the opportunity to work with all three centers in pursuit of deeper personal awareness, and in building trust-based relationships.
Ms. Colasanti completed her post graduate degree at Boston University School of Social Work’s Advanced Standing Programs. She completed her clinical internship at The Cambridge Hospital, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School. She is a graduate of the three-year intensive Ontological Design Course, The Logonet Foundation, Emeryville, CA, a nationally recognized workplace coaching program.
Christine Connors joins Seven Stones Leadership as an executive coach and organizational consultant with over 30 years of leadership experience in the Human Resources, OD and Leadership fields. Christine has supported a wide variety of mission-driven organizations such as WGBH, Education Development Center, Abt Associates and Berklee College of Music. In her most recent role at Berklee, Christine was responsible for managing both the human resources and diversity and inclusion teams (HRDI) to create a working and learning environment that fostered creativity, diversity, collaboration and innovation. Through a wide variety of services and initiatives, Christine and her teams worked with all areas across the college to recruit, develop and retain a diverse and exceptional faculty and staff.
Throughout her career, Christine coached and mentored a wide variety of leaders through both one-on-one coaching as well as the development and implementation of leadership development programs. Christine is certified in the administration and interpretation of the Leadership Circle 360° tool.
Christine received an MBA with distinction from Bentley University and a B.S. in Business Administration from Stonehill College. She is also certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR). She lives in Medford, MA with her wife, Bev, and their dog Tallulah. In her spare time, she loves music, nature, hiking and reading.
My year-long executive coaching sessions with Chris Connors have been instrumental in my development as a leader in higher education. Her commitment to my professional growth provided the perfect environment for me to examine my strengths and weaknesses and adjust my sails so I could fly as an institutional leader. Chris’ caring coaching methods were helpful as I practiced and developed competencies that would propel me in my career. Her advice on effective strategies for managing the transition into an executive role showcased her resourcefulness and expertise. Overall, through my executive coaching experience, I found her to be focused on the elements that would help me meet my professional goals and objectives. I highly recommend Chris Connors as an impactful executive coach and leadership trainer.
Julie has over 25 years of experience as an organizational development consultant, executive coach, facilitator, trainer and researcher. Julie works with executives and managers helping them be more resourceful and grounded as they meet and navigate the ever-changing, fast-moving, and often challenging and uncertain circumstances of their work and personal lives through cultivating a strong foundation of resilience, courage, sensitivity and presence. A special focus of Julie’s practice is her work with leaders and teams in the nonprofit, public and corporate sectors who are working in service of a more just, peaceful and sustainable world.
Julie is on the faculty of New Ventures West, an International Coaching Federation-accredited coaching school, where she trains coaches in the Integral Coaching methodology. Julie is also designated as a “social entrepreneur catalyst” at the Lewis Institute at Babson College, a center for facilitating students and alumni in their commitment to use business as a vehicle for social innovation. She is also a faculty-member in the MFA in Design for Social Innovation at the School of Visual Arts. Julie has been a featured blogger on the Skoll Foundation-sponsored website for social entrepreneurs, Social Edge.Prior to launching her own consulting practice, Julie was a Senior Research Associate, consultant and faculty member at the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship. She supported and conducted applied research on executives and managers catalyzing their organizations toward more responsible and sustainable business practices. Julie provided consultation, one-on-one coaching, and facilitated a peer-to-peer learning network of corporate responsibility executives from fourteen Fortune 500 companies. Julie has authored or co-authored several reports and articles based on her research, including Integration: Critical Link for Corporate Citizenship and “Leading from the Middle”, in the book, Global Challenges in Responsible Business, a volume in the Cambridge Companions to Management series.Julie has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Tufts University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from Boston College, where she focused her studies on political and cultural sociology. Her dissertation was published by New York University Press as a book, Talking Trash: The Cultural Politics of Daytime TV Talk Shows.
Anne Gottlieb coaches and teaches dynamic presentation and presence skills for numerous organizations nationally and internationally. She has consulted to Fortune 500 companies as well as designed and led courses for a broad range of corporate clients and training organizations. Her programs have been offered to executives, emerging leaders and senior management professionals at Young President’s Organization, FINRA, The Center for Meaningful Leadership, Omega Institute, Brandeis University, Cambridge Associates, Integrative Life Practices, the Georgetown Leadership conference as well as governmental agencies and numerous non-profit organizations.
She is a senior teacher for Seven Stones Leadership, Integrative Life Practices and the Director of Presence and Presentation work for Mobius Executive Leadership. Her programs combine a wide range of disciplines that draw on theatre techniques learned in her nearly 20 years working professionally as an actor, director and voice teacher. Anne’s background has equipped her with a rare combination of tools for helping clients overcome their obstacles and achieve remarkable results.
Edward M. Gurowitz
Ed Gurowitz, PhD is a senior coach and advisor at Seven Stones Leadership Group. He has spent over 35 years on the front lines of organizational change, partnering with executives, entrepreneurs and organizations to provide training and consulting in leadership, communication, collaboration and organizational effectiveness. His approach includes executive coaching, consulting, and designing and delivering programs. He has consulted to organizations ranging from Fortune 100 companies to startups and non-profits.
Ed has served as a contract executive in startups and public agencies and as a consultant to startups seeking venture and angel financing. In these capacities, he wrote and assisted in writing business plans for presentation to investors, for internal development, and to make the business case for new ventures and acquisitions. He also was a Mergers and Acquisitions Advisor for Citigroup Geneva Capital Strategies, where he worked with owners of middle-market businesses to document and market the value of their businesses for sale or merger.
As a contract executive, Ed established and managed an HR program for a multi-agency insurance firm and was Contract COO for a bi-state regional planning agency where he shifted the culture to one of collaboration, high performance and customer focus. In both these positions he specialized in talent assessment, management and development. In addition to his PhD in psychology and 35 years’ experience in organizational psychology, he is certified in administration and interpretation of the Myers Briggs Trait Inventory (MBTI), the DISC and other assessment tools.
In his work, Ed has concentrated on producing organizational change while maintaining and increasing productivity and profitability by unleashing the power of people through enhanced communication, collaboration and teamwork. In addition to his work in North America, he has worked extensively in Europe, Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Australia.
Ed holds degrees in Psychology and Brain Research from Cornell and the University of Rochester and is a leading-edge thinker in the area of the impact of brain function on leadership, management, and communication. A member of the Neuro-Leadership Institute, he is the author of a book, The Molecular Basis of Memory, and numerous articles on clinical psychology, organizational psychology and management, as well as the forthcoming book Gender Partnership: Beyond Equity and Equality.
He has facilitated negotiations in the mergers and acquisitions arena as well as union-management negotiations and has coached CEOs and other executives in areas such as decision-making, delegation and leadership.
Jennifer Krier, PhD is a coach and advisor at Seven Stones Leadership Group. She works by synthesizing multiple disciplines to bring leaders and teams some of the most cutting-edge thinking and practices in the field of coaching. Trained as a coach through Coaches Training Institute (CTI) in California, one of the premier schools for coaching, she also holds a degree as a clinical social worker, a certification as a yoga teacher and did her original training as a professional anthropologist.
Jennifer offers holistic and in-depth coaching in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors. She uses her interdisciplinary approach to support clients to produce lasting positive change in themselves and in the organizations and communities in which they live, move and work. Her mission is to bring mind-body integration to the everyday culture of workplaces in order to create the physical wellbeing and thriving relationships that are critical to successful teams and individuals striving for innovation.
Jennifer received her BA from Bryn Mawr College, and her PhD in Anthropology from Harvard University, where she was a Fulbright Scholar studying gender and power. In addition to her CTI certification as a Professional Co-Active Coach, Jennifer is trained as a Master Somatic Coach through the Strozzi Institute of Leadership and Mastery. Jennifer has taught at Harvard University and was an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Cornell University. She has had her own business providing coaching for over a decade. She offers executive coaching to senior consultants through her affiliation at Mobius Executive Leadership, as well as delivering coaching with Seven Stones and participating as faculty in their Somatic Leadership retreats.
Jennifer has served as the Boston area group facilitator of the Hoffman Process Graduate Group. She is the co-author of a published play, Eve-olution, which was produced and ran off-Broadway. In addition to coaching, Jennifer works as a depth psychotherapist at the Danielsen Institute, and teaches yoga classes and workshops in the greater Boston area. Jennifer lives with her husband and three children in Belmont, Massachusetts.
Neil A. Levine is an Affiliated Certified Professional Coach at Seven Stones Leadership Group. Neil has over 20 years of experience in advising individuals and groups on setting the conditions for success. He brings a passion for creating and leading high-performance teams, focused on unlocking individual creativity and enhancing institutional performance.
Neil's career includes over 30 years in the federal sector in the Executive Branch and on Capitol Hill. His teaching experience includes a faculty appointment to the Department of Strategic Leadership at the National Defense University's Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Policy and an adjunct professorship at American University (Washington, DC).
Neil worked at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the federal agency that works in over 100 countries providing humanitarian and development assistance. At USAID, Neil served as Deputy Director for Central American Affairs, as Director of the Office of Conflict Management and Mitigation and Director of the Center of Excellence for Democracy, Human Rights and Governance.
Neil has a M.S. in National Security Strategy from the National War College, a Master’s in International Affairs from Columbia University and a B.A. from Earlham College. He received his Professional Coaching Certification from the College of Executive Coaching. His board service includes the School for Friends (Washington, DC) and the Echo Hill Campership Fund. He is now on the board of CDA – Collaborative Learning Projects. Neil and his wife, Kate, live in Beverly, Massachusetts.
Sue Richardson is a leadership and organizational coach and consultant with Seven Stones Leadership Group. She is a coach, mediator and an experienced business executive. Her diverse background contributes to her ability to assist clients from various industries and organizational cultures. She has coached hundreds of people and draws from over 20 years’ experience as a program manager, team leader, and manager within a range of organizations: information technology, wellness, education and publishing in both social-profit and commercial organizations. Sue also has a specialty working with startup ventures. She brings a razor-sharp listening, clear thinking, compassion and humor to all of her work.
Sue was a founding board member of Longwood Software, Inc., a web-based software for marketing and sales departments within manufacturing, consumer goods, business services, and high-technology companies. She is currently an officer of the firm where she participates in C-level decision making in every aspect of the business, with a particular focus on finance, administration and human resources. Sue also served on the founding board for a social-profit called the Singing Bowl. Sue earned an M.S. in Organizational Development from Loyola University in Chicago. Her undergraduate degree is from the University of Massachusetts in Finance and Economics. She studied ontology intensively for over 10 years at Landmark Education and was trained as a Certified Professional Mediator through Lakewood College. Sue is married and has a daughter.
Marc Roudebush, PhD is a senior coach and advisory board member at Seven Stones Leadership Group and has 20 years’ experience applying organizational learning and leadership skills in the workplace, as a coach and senior executive. In addition to 10 years of operational management in director and senior management roles, Marc brings 10 years of full-time experience as an executive coach, trainer, and consultant to mid- and senior-level leaders in companies like Google, Shell, Bacardi, Citi, Microsoft and Cisco.
Marc’s expertise includes executive coaching, team development, large-scale culture change and leading complex client service teams. Marc is also very experienced in leading train-the-coach and train-the-trainer programs.
As the Managing Director for North American Programs at Explorica (a leading educational travel company), Marc drove a 400% increase in sales revenue, and led the overhaul of the company’s global brand expression and online customer experience. As a Director at Sapient Corporation, Marc led multidisciplinary teams in designing and delivering large-scale, web-based technology solutions to clients in the public and private sectors.
Marc holds a social science PhD from the University of California at Berkeley, and is a certified Search Inside Yourself (SIY) instructor. (SIY is a Mindfulness and Emotional Intelligence program for leaders, initially developed at Google). Marc is certified in NLP-based coaching and is a graduate of intensive coaching programs at Newfield Network and the Action Design Institute. In addition, Marc continues to train formally with Robert Kegan and Lisa Lahey, of Harvard University, in their breakthrough “Immunity to Change” methodology.
Marc has practiced martial arts and meditation since 1989. He lives in Boston with his wife and three children. He speaks fluent French.
Kathe Shaw-Bassett is an executive coach and organizational consultant with over twenty years of experience in business development for professional services firms and nonprofits. Kathe has coached CEOs, nonprofit leaders, and business teams to build enduring relationships and thrive even when markets, expectations, and budgets change. Known as a dynamic, engaging coach and facilitator, Kathe helps people consistently and collaboratively discover fresh perspective and generate practical solutions.
As a VP in financial services, Kathe led regional sales teams through bank mergers and times of market stress, helping teams optimize performance in challenging conditions. She now serves clients navigating transition by helping to develop resilience, increase emotional intelligence and leverage strengths through executive and group coaching programs.
Kathe has worked with individuals from across the globe as a coach at the Harvard Business School Executive Education program, counseling executives on issues of leadership, teamwork, career planning and work-life balance. She believes in helping clients focus on communication, action and ways of operating as a whole person and as a leader. Kathe holds a BA in Planning, Public Policy, and Management from the University of Oregon. She is certified as an Integral Coach through New Ventures West and as a facilitator of Integrity Selling, Insights Discovery and Immunity to Change. Kathe cultivates work-life balance through running, yoga, gardening, and meditation. She is married and has a son and a daughter.
"I am extremely grateful to Seven Stones and to Kathe for the opportunity to work with her over these past six months. The work we did together is helping me to tap into the conviction and energy that usually lies beneath the surface in my daily work (and life)."
--Brian Milder, Director Council on Smallholder Agricultural Finance (CSAF)
Adam Sutton is a dynamic, inspirational speaker, sought-after coach and corporate trainer who has become a thought leader in the fields of positive psychology and human development. Adam has been helping individuals and organizations be the very best they can be for over twenty years.
Through the consulting firm Breakthrough Collaboration (www.breakthroughcollaboration.com), Adam has worked with clients in academia, health care and corporations including Harvard University, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Yale University, Wellesley College, Bentley University, and companies such as GE and Lahey Health. Prior to Breakthrough Collaboration, Adam worked as a trainer, program manager and organization development consultant at Harvard University, partnering with hundreds of staff at all levels, bringing a down-to-earth, accessible and fun approach to topics ranging from employee engagement to effective communication and emotionally-intelligent management.
Adam has worked extensively in the field of human development and organizational effectiveness and brings expertise and passion to all of his teachings, specifically in the areas of team-building, leadership development, career/mission-alignment and human potential and motivation.
"It’s powerful and profound and focused on helping people bring their whole selves wherever they go and live and lead from a centered place of sufficiency."
- Transformational Coaching Participant