Coaches & Consultants
Americans—even prior to Covid—have come to live our lives in bubbles among people similar to ourselves. At the same time, developing individual relationships across differences has been found to be the most powerful factor in reducing assumptions about people unlike ourselves.
The leadership coaching profession itself has work to do on inclusivity. We continue to be surprised at large gatherings of coaches that include few–and in some instances no–people of color. Management consultants and facilitators have only slightly better representation at the leadership levels. We have designed this initiative and recruited our team with that in mind.
We are also at a moment in history where workplaces include colleagues across an unprecedented range of generations. Those generational differences in the workplace give voice to very different perspectives, adding complexity to clear communication and effective collaboration. As a result, we have also consciously included consultants of different generations in our team.
Margaret Brooks is a seasoned leadership development practitioner and executive coach. She has 30 years of Human Capital leadership experiences – 18 years at McKinsey & Company and a combined 12 years at Procter & Gamble and Eli Lilly & Company – and brings expertise in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. As an executive coach, Margaret has a track record of successfully helping her clients create results, encouraging actionable efforts that lead to positive outcomes
Margaret graduated salutatorian from the School of Business at Howard University where she was the 1990 student commencement speaker. She completed Georgetown University’s Institute for Transformational Leadership Coaching program, is a member of the International Coaching Federation and is certified to administer the Leadership Circle Profile 360 assessment.
In over 30 years as a lawyer, corporate executive and sports representative Earl has helped clients negotiate complex matters and relationships to find mutually beneficial solutions and outcomes. Throughout his professional experience, his ability to build working and productive relationships – especially with those who see things differently – increased the probability for success at all levels.
As a Leadership Development/ Executive Coach he has worked with individual leaders, teams and organizations, helping them acquire the skills and tools necessary to develop relationships strong enough to master their toughest challenges. Earl received his B.A. from North Park University, his Master’s in Public Health from UCLA and a J.D. from Southwestern University, Los Angeles.
Derek L. Felder
Derek is a senior healthcare executive, executive coach, and consultant and has extensive experience helping leaders align and drive strategy execution, manage business and cultural transformation, and accelerate the development of individual andteam talent. His work has a strong bias toward moving from “insight to action” to produce specific, measurable, and attainable goals.
Derek is a graduate of Georgetown University Executive Leadership coaching program and the US Army Command and General Staff College, and received his MBA from the University of Massachusetts. He is also a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and the American Psychological Association. He is a member of the International Coach Federation (ICF), a Board Certified Healthcare Executive, and a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE).
Leslie is a seasoned coach focused on leaders from top law firms, technology companies and non-profit organizations. Her primary clients are executives who want to develop greater leadership capacity and develop a broader range of tools to accomplish their goals.
She coaches leaders on strategies designed to achieve meaningful and sustainable success, strengthen relationship-building skills, and manage change that both leverages their strengths and reflects their values. Leslie received her B.A. from University of California, Davis and J.D. from University of San Diego School of Law.
Sheila F. Maith
Sheila’s clients are leaders seeking to realize their institutional and leadership development goals to reach the next level of effectiveness. Drawing upon substantial experience as an executive, a funder, an advocate and a board member, she delivers exceptional results as a trainer, facilitator and strategic advisor. Her professional experience includes working with the Federal Reserve Board, the Fannie Mae Foundation, and the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, after starting her career in private practice.
Sheila earned a joint degree in law and public policy from Harvard Law School and the Kennedy School of Government, her undergraduate degree from Duke University, and a Leadership Coaching certificate from Georgetown University. She serves as Chair of the Board for St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, a board member for Our Maryland, Inc. and a member of the Advisory Committee for the Montgomery Housing Partnership.
Miche’La “MJ” Martin
MJ is a Change Management Practitioner and Leadership Coach with 25 years of experience in all facets of HR programming, policy, and practices, including Diversity & Inclusion, Talent Acquisition & Strategy, and Performance Management. She has a demonstrated record of developing effective people management strategies and executing change management across organizations to resolve complex challenges.
A former Talent Leader at Deloitte, she has expertise improving data analytics to help leaders make talent decisions and manage headcount budgets. Whether consulting for a business or coaching an individual, her work is grounded in helping to maximize potential by minimizing interference. MJ received her MBA from the University of Texas and a BBA from the University of North Texas.
Dania Rivas specializes in working with leaders who want to cultivate a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace culture that fosters a sense of belonging among historically marginalized voices. She focuses on preparing individuals and institutions for rapid demographic change and firmly believes that diverse representation is vital to the health of our environment and communities.
As a first-generation college graduate, Dania earned a B.S. in Kinesiology from San Diego State University and a Master of Education from Concordia University in Portland, OR. Acting on her commitment to community, culture, and connection to nature, she is a graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership School as well as a Certified Professional Diversity Coach (CPDC) and a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC).
Victor Ruiz has more than 20 years of experience leading an organization serving the Latinx community. His coaching and consulting work focuses on helping organizations and individuals leverage their potential to benefit themselves as well as their communities.
As a W.K. Kellogg Foundation Fellow, Victor completed a 3-year program focused on racial equity and healing. He graduated from Baldwin Wallace College and holds a Master’s degree in Education from Cleveland State University. He is a Certified Professional Diversity Coach (CPDC) and serves on several boards including The Cuyahoga Community College and the United Way of Greater Cleveland.
Heather provides training and coaching on hiring, supervising, mentoring, and sponsoring people outside of dominant in-groups. Clients can count on her to help them with their interpersonal relationships as well as their ability to identify and pull the levers that activate systemic change within their organizations.
A graduate of Georgetown University, Heather received a Master of Science in Public Service Management from DePaul University where she has taught Human Resources Management as an adjunct instructor. Heather is a Certified Professional Diversity Coach through CoachDiversity Institute, accredited by the International Coaching Federation (ICF) and a Gold Status Tiara International Certified Coach. She is also a Qualified Administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) Assessment.