Laurel is a compassionate leadership and career change expert with experience coaching/consulting with individuals and organizations including the University of Denver, Cornell University, Toyota, Disney, Viacom, and the New York City Board of Education. She has an undergraduate degree from Cornell University’s College of Business and an MA in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University.
Laurel specializes in career, leadership, and organizational development that improves engagement and has designed programs for corporate universities, schools, universities, an ashram, and a prison. She has published several books including Pause for Purpose and Born To Do: The Practical Guide To Loving Your Work, has been featured on NPR and worked with executives in North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.
Laurel is a contributor at Forbes.com where she writes about Compassionate Leadership and hosts the Compassionate Leaders Circle Podcast where she interviews leaders from all sectors impacting their organizations and communities through kindness and purpose. She has dedicated the last twenty-four years to researching, developing, and validating change models that help people find work they love and help organizations provide loveable work.
Anthea Rowe, Chief Marketing Officer
Anthea Rowe is the Chief Marketing Officer at Compassionate Leaders Circle. As a marketing and public relations professional, she helps leaders and organizations find the right words to connect with their target audience. Anthea has extensive experience leading corporate communication strategies for leaders and organizations in the public, non-profit and private sectors. She has built brands, managed reputations, counselled executive teams, and managed crisis communications, media relations, government and donor relations, corporate social responsibility, corporate philanthropy, sustainability, and employee engagement and communications at small, medium, and Fortune 100 companies. She has overseen stakeholder relations during mergers, built relationships with local, state and federal governments and developed digital marketing campaigns and go-to-market messaging for medical research institutes, universities, consumer good manufacturers, global research centers, and automotive after-market retailers. In addition to leading corporate communication departments in-house, Anthea has led her own consulting practice, developing brands and communication strategies for leaders and organizations across North America. In addition to her role with Compassionate Leaders Circle, Anthea also provides curated personal branding services to help senior leaders build their professional reputations on purpose. She has taught graduate and post-graduate courses in public relations and communications at Canadian universities and colleges and held leadership roles with the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC), including President of the London Chapter. Anthea has a Masters of English from Western University in London, Ontario, Canada and Executive Education in Leadership and Marketing from the Ivey Business School – also in London, Ontario, Canada. Anthea believes business can and should be a force for good – and that it’s not only possible but critical to have fun while doing important work.
Darryl Brown, Podcast Cohost and Strategist
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Kelly Dwyer, Director at Learning
Kelly Dwyer is the Director of Learning at Compassionate Leaders Circle. As an executive coach and facilitator, she helps leaders and teams build awareness and choice, and drive toward performance outcomes. Clients find clarity, realize improved performance, and experience life at their growth edge. Kelly has extensive leadership experience across operations, strategic projects, and program management, often holding responsibility for the creation and launch of new departments, business services, and cross-functional teams. Her experience in startup and high-growth environments has given her an eye for innovation, a visceral experience of what it means to be Agile, and the ability to come up to speed very quickly in new contexts. Additionally, years of experience practicing and teaching mindfulness and yoga enhances the work Kelly does with clients in the areas of emotional intelligence, presence, and focus. She is a contributing author for Pivot with Purpose: The Path to Remarkable Work, is an engaging speaker, and is deeply passionate about personal growth and the positive impact it has in performance at work, personal relationships, and happiness. Kelly has worked with leaders in companies from 50 to 100,000+ employees, and across industries including software, healthcare, management consulting, media, legal, consumer products, and non-profits. Kelly is an ICF professional certified coach (PCC), holds an MBA from Cornell University, and a BS in Journalism from the University of Colorado.
Tracy Goodsel, Director of Operations/Senior Faculty
Tracy is a two-time certified life coach focusing on teens and young adults. Her passion is to help these individuals discover and cultivate self-compassion, confidence, and resilience to begin building a life that they love. She also has more than 20 years of operations and project management experience working in multiple industries including hospitality, manufacturing, and higher ed. Combining her coaching and organizational skills have made her an invaluable contributor to our client programs and workshops. Tracy earned her bachelor’s degree at UC San Diego and proceeded to find work all over the country. Starting in Hawaii, making her way to New York, and eventually settling on the west coast, she now resides in Reno, NV with her husband and two children. Tracy has a passion for the arts and self-development, which she infuses into her work as one of our Senior Faculty and certified coaches.
Shamis Pitts, Senior Faculty
Shamis Pitts serves as Senior Faculty. Shamis has operated at the intersection of strategy, people, and business processes for 20 years. She served as Chief Operating Officer for start-up technology companies in the education, music, and beauty verticals. Shamis functioned as the official mediator and the unofficial heart and soul of the companies, facilitating team alignment with the business strategy on a daily basis. Prior to working with start-ups, Shamis performed mission-driven work in both elementary and higher education, allowing her to support the educational growth and personal development of young women and men of color. She began her career as a human capital management consultant focusing on the development of strategies to increase operational efficiency through the design and implementation of compensation and other human resource structures. Shamis then had progressive responsibilities within a major US bank that spanned internal consulting, business operations, and marketing. She is passionate about mentoring young black women professionals. When at play, Shamis is mentoring, volunteering, karaoke-ing and dining with friends, or golfing with her husband.
Derek Hansen, Senior Faculty
Derek is a coach to executives, professionals, and impact investors; and an organization development consultant specializing in purpose, leadership development, culture change, and team effectiveness. He has worked with individuals, small organizations, and Fortune 500 companies in industries including banking, technology, food, FMCG, transportation, and mission-driven NGOs in North America, Latin America, and Europe. Derek has led multi-month leadership and team effectiveness programs for teams with $1 billion+ P&L responsibility. Prior to focusing on leadership and organizational transformation, he spent 10 years in strategy consulting, leveraged buyouts, and investment banking. Derek received his Bachelor of Science in Economics summa cum laude from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a graduate of The Coaches Training Institute’s Co-Active Coach Training and Co-Active Leadership programs and a 2018-2019 Fellow with the RSF Integrated Capital Institute.
Jaye Smith, Senior Faculty
Jaye is an Executive Coach and master facilitator providing clients with the knowledge, expertise, and compassion to create better work environments, opportunities, and to drive success and results for all stakeholders. Her career as an executive coach and organizational effectiveness consultant spans over 25 years. Her mission is to help people, teams, and organizations be vital and chart a course of action that is fulfilling for them and produces extraordinary results. Jaye is co-author of The Retirement Boom: The All-Inclusive Guide to Money, Life, and Health in Your Next Chapter as well as Reboot Your Life: Energize Your Career and Life by Taking a Break. Jaye founded Breakwater Consulting and co-founded Partners International. Previously, Jaye spent a number of years as a senior consultant to Chase, Chemical Bank, and Citibank. She began her early career in senior management positions at a community-based organization. Jaye holds an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from New York University and a B.A. in Psychology from City College of New York.
Karen Radtke, Senior Faculty
Karen is a dynamic, inventive senior-level leader with a proven ability to be a catalyst for transformation. Designer of unique and lasting organizational experiences for a wide range of global to not-for-profit leaders and organizations. She has a track record of partnering with senior teams and key talent to create a competitive advantage through people. She is particularly skilled in conducting organizational diagnostics, leading cultural integrations, branding & change initiatives, developing, coaching & advising leaders, designing succession, employee engagement, and leadership development processes, and implementing innovation and growth strategies. Karen also has a lifetime of experience and service as an advocate and philanthropist for women’s and children’s initiatives.
Elizabeth Moran, Senior Faculty
Dr. Moran has 20 years helping leaders discover and leverage strengths and work through barriers, to create fulfillment and higher performance for themselves, their team, and the organization. She coaches executives to help them create permanent, positive shifts in their leadership impact and the results they achieve. Her curious, intuitive, and practical nature, plus broad business experience, creates a powerful blend of vision and action. She has supported executives and team leaders in client services, sales, technology/product development, finance, marketing, and HR roles, within the technology, financial services/fintech, professional services, pharmaceutical, energy, government, and not-for-profit sectors. Additional experience includes Vice President of Global Talent & Development at ADP, Leadership, Diversity, and Inclusion with Bloomberg, Vice President of Talent Management at Lehman Brothers, and leadership development, coaching, and OD roles at Getty Images, Rodale Publishing, and Gap Inc.
Nancy Johnston, Senior Faculty
Nancy is an executive leadership development and transition coach, working closely with clients to help them identify and pursue their career passions. She serves as an objective advisor, connecting the dots on the areas that spark their interests, capitalize on their strengths, and provide a sustainable path for future growth. Using an appreciative inquiry approach she helps them craft a strategy for finding the next source of professional inspiration, and personal satisfaction.
Nancy currently serves as the Director of Alumni Career Management at Columbia Business School. Prior roles included career management and corporate relations at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Nancy has made her own career pivot. Before transitioning into the field of leadership development and coaching, she served in a variety of marketing management roles at both large corporations and small entrepreneurial ventures, primarily in software technology firms. She is convinced that all individuals can find fulfillment and joy by contributing their talents while integrating their lives' professional and personal aspects.
Nancy earned a Master of Arts degree in Counseling and Organizational Psychology from The Adler School of Professional Psychology, and an MBA in Marketing and Finance from DePaul University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing from Loyola University. She is certified in the Tiara Model for True Leadership (SM), various Hogan Inventories, and the Korn Ferry Voices 360.
Andrea Shaw, Senior Faculty
Andrea Shaw is an education advocate, passionate about the power of learning and compassion to transform lives. She brings over 25 years of strategic leadership across public, private, and for-profit higher education institutions driving marketing, admissions, career and student programs and curriculum innovation with an eye toward change. Andrea has also held executive positions at global educational publishing organizations such as Pearson, Cengage, and Houghton Mifflin. For fun, she teaches brand management and strategic marketing at Southern New Hampshire University. She holds an Economics degree from Cornell University and an MBA from the University of Virginia.
Regina Jaynes, Brand and Design Manager
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Ali McWalters, Content and Creative Manager
As Content and Creative Manager, Ali is responsible for directing, producing, and editing Compassionate Leaders Circle's podcast, video, and social media content. She also coordinates website design, media relationships, and content strategy for the company. She is passionate about creating and earned a BA from Marist College in Media Studies and Production with a concentration in Film and Television. There, she created Grace, A Short Film for her senior project about how to deal with your own reflection. In 2020, she was the co-director and co-producer of the YouTube miniseries called Quarantine, Real Life Edition that featured an international cast filmed on Zoom. She currently splits her time between Westchester and Suffolk counties in New York where she loves spending time with family, friends, and her perfect puppy, Puck.
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