The Team

Luis Velasquez, MBA, PhD.

Luis Velasquez, MBA, PhD.

Principal

Luis is a leadership coach, employee engagement expert, and management trainer. Formerly a University professor and research scientist, Luis hold a dual Ph.D. from Michigan State University; and an MBA in Organizational Leadership. With years of consulting experience worldwide, Luis has a passion for helping people reach their maximum potential. He has a long list of client successes, which include leadership development and coaching in the Middle East and Latin America; assessing management competencies in Asia, Australia, Spain, and coaching executives in Silicon Valley. Having traveled and worked extensively ‘offshore’ he is attuned to nuances that influence business relationships and the success of new strategies in emerging markets.
His coaching follows the highly successful Marshall Goldsmith Stakeholder Centered Coaching process. As a leadership coach, Luis brings a broad base of experience working with individuals from mid-level management through C-level positions.
Luis is an avid endurance athlete.   He has completed many marathons, ultra-marathons some at the 100-mile range, several Ironman triathlons, and cycling events. He can share valuable lessons with his clients i.e. work ethic, preparation, focus, determination, commitment, failure and success for their benefit.

Curtis Crosby, Ed.D.

Curtis Crosby, Ed.D.

Senior Leadership Coach

Curt has 30+ years of practical, leadership experience in the high-tech industry. He has held a number of senior management positions supporting Quality and Sales organizations within Sun Microsystems, Hitachi Data Systems, Bluecoat Systems (now Symantec), Nutanix, and most recently as VP of Worldwide Sales Operations at IXIA. Curt’s inner passion is helping leaders develop personally and professionally—setting up measurable goals that will position them to become better leaders within a specified period of time.

Curt is a Certified Stakeholder Centered Coach, using the proven principals of the Marshall Goldsmith Methodology. “a very simple and efficient process that helps already successful people have a positive change in behaviors that are sustainable and validated by those that surround them.” Fundamental to his values are active listening and strengthening two-way communications skills. In his off time, Curt works hard to slow the aging process through running and routine cardio and strength conditioning.

James Kornbluh, J.D.

James Kornbluh, J.D.

Senior Leadership Coach

James is a leadership coach, business relationship expert and change agent.  Formerly a Lawyer, mediator, law professor and peace-maker, James holds a J.D. from Cardozo Law School and served over 15 years as a Clinical Law Professor in Cardozo’s nationally acclaimed Kukin Program for Conflict Resolution.  With years of consulting experience worldwide and in the diverse worlds of New York City business, government and social enterprise, James has a passion for helping people and enterprises reach their maximum potential by continuously transforming challenges into opportunities.  He has a long list of client successes, which include leadership, team, culture and business development with tech start-ups, in Fortune 500 companies, and with innovative government and social enterprises. James is an internationally recognized authority in the areas of conflict, partnerships, gender dynamics, teams, trust and culture change.  His coaching practice focuses on C-level executives and teams responsible for leading change. His coaching follows the highly successful Marshall Goldsmith Stakeholder Centered Coaching process.

Diane Davidson

Diane Davidson

Senior Leadership Coach

Diane has over 30 years of professional training and coaching experience. Prior to her consulting practice, Diane was a leader in the banking and healthcare industries where she was responsible for leadership development programs. She is a Certified Stakeholder Centered Coach, helping successful leaders become even more successful.  She uses the Marshall Goldsmith’s methodology, which is highly effective and time efficient. She is intuitive, perceptive and genuinely curious about her client’s unique experiences and everyday challenges. “I see coaching as a two way interchange of energies and shared learning’s, with the goal of showing measurable results for my clients personal and professional success.” Diane is also a professional entertainer, producer, and recording artist. As a seasoned global performer, she has a specialized approach to public speaking that’s helped thousands of leaders increase their influence, with her flagship program Rock Star Presentations™.

Janice Thompson

Janice Thompson

Senior Leadership Coach

Janice is founder and principal with JD Thompson & Associates, a Sacramento-based leadership and management consulting firm. As an organization development practitioner, she has passion and knowledge to optimize leadership effectiveness and resiliency within her client organizations. A highly experienced and skilled consultant, Janice understands what it takes to deliver results in challenging and complex environments. Her areas of expertise include succession planning and talent management, leadership and management development, change leadership and executive coaching.

Janice has achieved results for people and performance initiatives working in a variety of industries. Her recent client work includes projects with Farmers’ Rice Cooperative, Teichert, Inc., Fat Family Restaurant Group, Ramos Oil, Tri Counties Bank, Raley’s, Blue Shield of California, The State Compensation Insurance Fund, and MBK Engineers. She is a Consulting Associate with The Ken Blanchard Companies and a certified Coach with Marshall Goldsmith Stakeholder Centered Coaching

Advisors

Frank Wagner MBA, PhD

Frank Wagner MBA, PhD

Advisor

Dr. Wagner has been a successful consultant in the field of Leadership development since 1981. His career began when he joined the staff part-time at The Center For Leadership Studies with Paul Hersey in the late 1970’s. He then became partner and director at Keilty, Goldsmith, and Boone. Besides co-founding Prism Ltd. in 1986, Dr. Wagner currently serves as Director of GEO Strategic Services Inc., an organization focused on helping organizations with strategic action in FastTime. In leadership development, Dr. Wagner’s training specialty is leadership behavior; with an emphasis on commitment, teamwork, influence across organizational boundaries, coaching and faster strategic planning and execution. His training designs all revolve around a specific leadership model supported by exercises and tools to apply the concepts learned.
As a behavioral coach, Dr. Wagner brings a broad base of experience working with individuals from mid-level management through C-level positions, first with the Alliance for Strategic Leaderships (A4SL), then with Marshall Goldsmith Partners. Dr. Wagner oversaw the training process in Marshall Goldsmith’s method of behavioral coaching. In this capacity, he co-developed and trained all coaches in the Marshall Goldsmith Partner network. He is currently a partner in the Marshall Goldsmith Group and Co-Founder of “Stakeholder-Centered Coaching” with Chris Coffey, Marshall Goldsmith, and Willy Linssen. He also serves as a coach & facilitator for Global Leadership Associates.

Tony Tasca PhD, MBA

Tony Tasca PhD, MBA

Advisor

Antonio (Tony) Tasca, Ph.D. is executive director of Skopelos Ventures LLC, a social entrepreneur and consulting firm based in Palo Alto, California. Before Skopelos, he was Group Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) for Zain, a telecom with operations in 24 countries, principally in the Middle East and Africa. Prior to Zain, Tony was the founder and Chairman of Louis Allen Worldwide Inc. He is a recognized international organization development consultant and human resources executive. His areas of specialization are: organizational assessment and change, executive coaching, human resources planning, and talent management.Tony holds a BSc. in Industrial Relations from San Jose State University, an MSc. in Organization Psychology from HEC Paris University, and a Ph.D. in Organization Behavior from the Union Graduate School. He recently published his first two novels and is currently working on another.

Sheryl Axline MBA, PhD

Sheryl Axline MBA, PhD

Advisor

Dr. Axline has over fifteen years of experience using quantitative and qualitative insights to facilitate large-scale organizational change, improve management practices, and enhance employee engagement. Her areas of expertise include employee analytics, leadership, team learning, organizational learning, organization development, training, and the changing nature of work and careers. Dr. Axline has consulted for clients around the globe in a wide range of industries including high tech, logistics, manufacturing, nonprofit, retail, and telecommunications. Her clients range from start-ups to Fortune 50 corporations.
Dr. Axline also has learning and development experience in the nonprofit and higher education sectors.
She earned a BA from University of California, Los Angeles, an MBA from Claremont Graduate University’sPeter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management, and a Ph.D. in Applied Psychology from Claremont Graduate University’s Division of Behavioral and Organizational Sciences.

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