Michael J. Curran, Managing PARTNER
Michael J. Curran blends his legal, teaching, leadership, and management experience in order to help individuals and organizations reach their full potential. He is able to leverage his extensive background in growing, improving and leading companies and business units by working with people who desire to realize higher levels of satisfaction and potential.

 

Michael practiced law for seven years at the beginning of his career and then spent the past three decades working for public and private companies in the commercial real estate investment management industry. He has served as President, CEO, Partner, COO, and Senior Managing Director transforming organizations and motivating the people with whom he worked to learn and achieve far more than they thought possible.

 

Michael has extensive experience developing growth and change initiatives in both existing and start up organizations. He brings an abiding belief in the power of people to challenge, advance and transform themselves and their organizations by developing trust and demonstrating the power of culture, collaboration and teamwork that lifts individuals and organizations simultaneously.

 

Michael’s work includes coaching and consulting for individuals and organizations, helping them develop personal, organizational strategy, business solutions and overall goals. Through his teaching, consulting and facilitation, he is able to help people find new insights into how each person and organization can find more personal satisfaction and organization success through changes in how people think and work together.

 

Michael earned his MPA at Harvard University, his JD at the University of Louisville and his BA at Bellarmine University and holds a certification in Leadership Coaching from Georgetown University. He is also an adjunct professor in the Masters of Real Estate Development program at George Mason University. He is on the board of the Charter School Development Corporation and is a member of the Greater Washington Board of Trade and the Urban Land Institute

 

Michael is an avid distance runner, collects contemporary art and photography, plays the guitar and is a photographer.

KATHY BALL-TONCIC

Kathy has more than 25 years of team leadership and relationship management experience both within organizations as well as externally with clients and partners across all levels of organizations.

 

Kathy has enjoyed a successful career in a variety of business development and general management roles in the investment services and technology sectors where she designed, launched and built successful global relationship management platforms and built teams in Asia, the UK, Europe and the Americas. Further, as Director of the Graduate Certificate in Executive Coaching at Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, Kathy shaped all aspects of the program, she taught and mentored students wishing to become Executive Coaches.

 

Kathy earned a BA from the University of Colorado, and an MA from Boston University.  Additionally, she has studied at University of Bordeaux, Harvard University Extension School, Kellogg School of Executive Education, Babson Executive Education, INSEAD, and CTI. Kathy has her certification as a CPCC (Co-active Professional Coach) and a pending PCC certification from the International Coaching Federation and is a Certified Professional Behavioral Analyst (CPBA)  She received her coach training at CTI for life coaching and MSPP for Executive Coaching.

 

She is an avid volunteer championing women’s leadership and other initiatives and is an avid long distance runner. She is fluent in French and conversational in Spanish, Italian, and Croatian and has lived and worked abroad several times in her career.

CAROL HOOPES

Carol is a leadership development specialist and coach to senior managers from a broad range of companies, non-profits, and new ventures. Carol’s professional career includes significant experience in health care management and executive learning.

 

She has served as Director of the Leadership Institute at Boston University and as Associate Director of several Institutes and Roundtables including the Institute for Leading in the New Economy, the Manufacturing Roundtable, the Institute for Non-Profit Management and Leadership and most recently, the Institute for Technology Entrepreneurship and Commercialization.

 

During her 20 years in health care management, Carol served as a senior manager for the Harvard Community Health Plan, where she held several leadership positions including Corporate Director of Customer Service, and Associate Director of Operations. She also held the position of Health Center Administrator for the Harvard Plan’s Southborough Center serving as principal financial and operations officer for a twenty thousand member health center.

 

Carol has a B.A. degree in Education from the State University of New York College at Buffalo, and has done graduate work at Northeastern University.

 

Carol has lived in England and Southern France, and loves to travel internationally with her family, and enjoys theater, ballet, gardening, Zumba, and many genres of music and art. As a volunteer, she works with underserved youth to improve their communication and interview skills so that they can secure jobs that mesh with their abilities and interests.

barbara landes

In a career spanning more than 35 years, Barbara has been the CFO and Treasurer for iconic brand name organizations in media, technology and professional services ranging in size from $30 M to $600 M revenue. In these roles she has led finance, accounting, treasury, investments, HR, IT, real estate, facilities, strategic planning, administration and internal audit. For the last 15+ years she has honed her skills working in industries undergoing continual transformation and disruption.

 

Barbara has managed investment portfolios and engaged in diverse types of financing transactions.  She has developed policies, procedures and designed processes to guide numerous business operations.  She has created and managed ERISA committees and has set up treasury activities and overseen and managed investment portfolios. She has deep knowledge of  ERP implementations and has had P&L responsibility for B to B and B to C businesses. She has  engaged in development of new revenue generating businesses and has led or participated in successful exits and restructurings of various business ventures.

 

She has been profiled in magazine articles and has been a speaker on topics of Risk, Innovation and the role of the Strategic CFO. Barbara received her undergraduate degree from Washington University, which named her a distinguished Alumna, and her MBA from the Wharton Graduate School at the University of Pennsylvania. She has been a long serving member on the National Board and Investment Committee of Girls Inc. and is a strategic advisor to companies in healthcare and in media and digital technology. She is a member of an awesome book club and enjoys cooking/ entertaining and spin class.

Sheila F. Maith, PCC
Sheila has over 25 years of experience leading teams to deliver results.Her clients are leaders seeking to realize their institutional and personal leadership development goals with support from executive coaching, training and consulting. She supports clients in taking their leadership — and their organizations — to the next level of effectiveness.

 

She brings a wealth of experience including serving as Community Affairs Officer and Senior Advisor for the Federal Reserve Board; as Managing Director of Policy and Leadership Development at the Fannie Mae Foundation, and as Senior Counsel to Senator Edward M. Kennedy on the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. She also held positions at Local Initiatives Support Corporation and The Enterprise Foundation (now Enterprise Community Partners). Sheila began her career in the private practice of law at Hill & Barlow.

 

Sheila earned a joint degree in law and public policy from Harvard Law School and the Kennedy School of Government. She has an AB magna cum laude from Duke University. She has a certificate in Leadership Coaching from Georgetown University. She is certified to administer the Leadership Circle™ Profile 360 assessment and is a TetraMap–Certified Facilitator.

jose morales

Jose’s 25-year career spans military and diplomatic service, college faculty, and an array of senior leadership roles in training, leadership and talent development within the public and private sectors. He has extensive experience in coaching, consulting, and facilitating leadership and organizational development programs and solutions.

 

The architect of award-winning learning, leadership, and organizational development solutions, Jose has consulted, designed and directed organizational and people transformations for Fortune 500 companies, government agencies as well as non-profits and start-ups in both the U.S. and overseas. As a certified Master Instructor, facilitator and university faculty, Jose has developed and delivered dozens of courses, workshops, and presentations on leadership, team building, and improving organizational people systems.

 

Jose graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy, earned an MBA from Penn State, completed postgraduate studies on leadership, change and adult development at Harvard, and holds Graduate Certificates in Leadership Coaching and Organizational Development from Georgetown University. He is certified as a coach by the International Coach Federation (ICF/ACC),

 

Jose is an accomplished musician, has his own band and has hiked two of the trails of the El Camino de Santiago which he found transformative and life affirming.

DONNA PEARING

Donna is an ICF (International Coach Federation) credentialed Leadership/Executive Coach (PCC level), Instructor and Facilitator with over 25 years of practical business, managerial, and leadership experience in Fortune 500 companies, such as IBM and Siemens. During Donna’s career in IT and Telecommunications, she gained experience and appreciation for the entire business continuum, to include sales, sales support, systems engineering, systems design, implementation, project management, operations and service.

 

Donna also has over 15 years of experience in leadership development training. She has taught over 200 programs, touching over 5,000 participants. Donna is the lead instructor for a large government agency's Leaders' Academy, which incorporates 10 different classes for emerging and experienced leaders over the course of two years.

 

She obtained her Masters in Organization Development and Knowledge Management from George Mason University and received her BS in Psychology and Spanish from Dickinson College. She also earned her Leadership/Executive Coaching Certification from Georgetown University.

 

In addition to her work with private and public organizations, Donna also volunteers her services at non-profit organizations such as The Carpenter’s Shelter and The Women’s Center. She is focused on enabling others to enhance their ability to develop their professional and life skills in order to lead a healthy, productive and financially stable life.

Lloyd Raines, MS, MCC

Lloyd is a seasoned master coach (MCC, International Coach Federation, since 2004), leadership development consultant, and educator. He helps leaders grow their individual and organizational capacities for enhanced strategic impact with internal and external stakeholders. He employs an appreciative and strengths-based approach, non-judgment, active listening, inquiry, provocation, and on-going action learning practices that map directly to the leader’s (and organization’s) strategic goals.

 

Lloyd has coached executives, leadership teams, emerging leaders, and managers in highly prominent public, NGO, and private sectors domestically and internationally. As a pragmatic optimist, Lloyd studies breakthrough innovations of leaders from around the world – his favorites include Ricardo Semler, the Mondragon worker cooperatives in the Basque region of Spain, and the story of Paolo Lungari creating Las Gaviotas in Columbia.

 

Lloyd earned his BA in psychology (University of Maryland, Baltimore County) and an MS in the administration of justice (American University). He is a founding faculty member of both Georgetown University's Leadership Coaching Program (launched in 2000) and its Institute for Transformational Leadership (launched in 2013), where he continues to teach.

 

In his private life, Lloyd reads widely, enjoys the arts, writes on leadership, is a wide-eyed kid during international travel with his wife and two artistic daughters, and is always open for a good, leisurely café conversation. He was spiritually mentored for 18 years by his venerable chocolate Lab.

 

sarah schonberg

Sarah is an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) with the International Coach Federation (ICF). Her nonjudgmental, often humor-filled approach focuses on holding clients accountable to self-determined goals and increasing self-awareness. Sarah extensive coaching experience includes working with clients to recognize and maximize strengths, manage successful teams, move from feeling disempowered to being empowered, transition to the next career level, manage conflict, and much more.

 

In addition to her coaching and leadership development work, she has 15 years of experience in the nonprofit sector working at one of the world's largest philanthropic foundations and running a development department at an international organization. She has a Leadership Coaching Certification from Georgetown University, an MBA from Indiana University and a BA from Michigan State University. Sarah also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Guatemala.

 

In her free time, Sarah enjoys hiking, reading, meditating, practicing yoga, and spending time with her family and friends.

BECKY A. THOMAS, PCC, CPCC

Becky has an extensive corporate background in branding, marketing and strategy, experience with fortune 500 companies and non-profits such as Jimmy Dean, Sara Lee, GUM brand and the Chicago Tribune as well as the National Restaurant Association. She also served as the director of an international MBA and Leadership program in Rome, Italy for nearly 4 years where she also served as adjunct professor for their leadership program.

 

Having navigated the politics and the complexities of managing up, down, and cross functionally she brings her marketing background, corporate knowledge and international experience to provide insights and a unique relevant perspective to her coaching. Layering on her international experience as the director of an MBA and Leadership program in Rome, she brings cultural and expat/repat insights into the mix to address the needs of international transfers within corporations as well.

 

Becky received her MBA from DePaul University and her BBA from the University of Iowa with a major in Marketing and a minor in Communication. She has her PCC, CPCC from the International Coaching Federation and is a Next Generation Coach focusing on helping Millennials and GenX'ers thrive in today's cross-generational work environment

 

In her free time, she is the Chair for the Mentors Program at the DePaul University Center for Entrepreneurship and served on the programming team for Conscious Capitalism Chicago and as a mentor for 1871. Her hobbies include travel, reading, tennis, skiing, and running along Lake Michigan.

RICHARD WILDE

Richard has been a business advisor and developer of leaders for more than 40 years.  For thirty years, he was a Managing Director and leader of highly successful teams at Deloitte LLP, culminating in a five-year stint as Chief Marketing Officer. As a consultant, he has worked with clients of all sizes, including many of the world's largest financial services companies.

 

At Deloitte, Richard led successful teams as large as 150 professionals, consistently setting the standard for talent retention, future leader development, and operating performance. In addition to Masters Degrees in Education and Business Administration from the University of Vermont and Georgia State University respectively, Richard earned his BA from Hiram College. He received his leadership coaching certification from Fast Track Academy.

 

Richard and his wife, Kimberly, have launched the Wilde Warfield Foundation and traveled to Lusaka, Zambia, to dedicate the first of their privately endowed Libraries for Disadvantaged Youth. In addition, through American Corporate Partners, Richard serves a mentor for individuals seeking to transition from a career in military service to the corporate world.

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