Thanks to our Benefactors, the Library continues to be the largest free resource for coaches worldwide, both online and at our Writer’s Cottage in Maine where we hold the world’s largest physical library of coaching books (nearly 3,000 books). We are delighted to feature our benefactors below. If you’re interested in becoming a benefactor, please visit the Patron page for more details. As a benefactor, you receive all the gifts of the patron plus you have the option to submit your bio and photo to be featured on this page and you also have permission to use the lovely “benefactor badge” you see here in your marketing materials, on your website, or in your email signature matter. We appreciate you!
Dr. Jeannine Sandstrom
Dr. Sandstrom, MCC, is the founder and CEO of CoachWorks® International, Inc. a leader in the arena of executive development and leadership coaching. She is also a founding board member of Corporate Coach U, an international corporate and executive coach training firm with graduates worldwide, delivering valued executive and corporate coaching based on curriculum, models and codified experience. Jeannine co-authored these extensive training courses for CCU. Dr. Jeannine Sandstrom is a highly experienced executive coach who facilitates sustainable results in the areas of critical and current concern for her top level clients. After years of industry experience, CoachWorks® International has a proven record in leadership development and helping clients realize solutions to the top issues concerning executives today.
This work is delivered via individual leader coaching at the Board, officer and leadership team level; facilitating leader team learning and planning sessions; and delivering Legacy Leadership® Institutes designed by CoachWorks® for emerging and seasoned leaders.
Prior to starting CoachWorks® in 1995, Jeannine launched and led three national management development consultancies focusing on leadership emergencies, strategic plan implementation for merger and acquisition and emerging leader team development. Dr. Sandstrom has also worked with The Prudential, Fidelity Investments, Chase Bank, Anderson Consulting, Puget Sound Energy, ARCO, Oracle Corporation, Accenture, American Heart Association, private brokerage organizations, Merrill Lynch and numerous entrepreneurial and not-for- profit organizations. She has participated in Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) presentations, and has had featured articles in the Professional Mentor and Coach Journal, as well as The Wall Street Journal and Fortune Magazine.
She co-convened an Executive Coach Summit for the International Coach Federation to distinguish the profession of Executive Coaching, has served on the (Dallas, TX) Mayor’s Task Force for International Development and on the boards of national professional and industry organizations, is an alumnus of LEADERSHIP DALLAS, past president of the D/FW Chapter of International Association of Career Management Professionals, a charter member of the North Texas Chapter of the international Coach Federation, and a former International Rotarian. She is the co-author of Legacy Leadership.
- Master Certified Coach (MCC)
- Certified Business Coach (CBC)
- Doctorate in Human Resource Development
- Masters in Human Resource Management & Marketing
- Professional in Human Resource (PHR)
- ICF – Original Member, Coach Certification Adjudicator, Ethics Development Committee
A leader in the executive coaching industry, Dr. J was instrumental in its development as a profession. Prior to starting her own coaching practice, Sandstrom founded and led three national consulting companies focusing on leadership development, strategic plan implementation, and team development.
One of the early pioneers of coaching, Patrick Williams, MCC, began executive coaching in 1990. In 1998 he founded the Institute for Life Coach Training, an ICF Accredited Coach Training Program. He speaks worldwide on topics of living purposefully, coaching for global change, wellness coaching, and the coach approach in leadership. He has written dozens of articles and been interviewed on TV and radio.
Pat was awarded the first Global Visionary Fellowship by the Foundation of Coaching for his Coaching the Global Village project, a non profit organization to take the coach approach to developing villages on the planet.
He is the co-author of
- Therapist as Life Coach: Transforming Your Practice (2002)
- Total Life Coaching: 50+ Life Lessons, Skills, and Techniques to Enhance your Practice and Your Life (2005)
- Law and Ethics of Coaching: How to Solve and Avoid Difficult Problems in Your Practice (2006)
- Becoming a Professional Life Coach: Lessons from The Institute for Life Coach Training (2007)
Bill Carrier, President of Carrier Leadership Coaching Inc., leads an organization which specializes in coaching senior executives and high-potential executives in leadership and personal development. A graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, former Army officer, and Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholar, Bill grounds his coaching work in extensive practical leadership experience and the firm belief that we are all part of something bigger than our individual selves.
Executive coaching clients have included senior executives at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve, CEO’s and senior vice presidents of corporations from $4M to $10B in annual revenue, a chief merchandising officer for a multinational retail corporation, and a winner of the Navy’s Zumwalt Award (annually given to the best captain of a ship in the US Navy).
Bill has extensive experience in working with senior-most HR executives of billion-dollar companies across the US, Australia, and South Africa to leverage leadership assessment and human capital measurement to improve company culture and performance. As a senior director at the Executive Intelligence Group (EIG), Bill led business development, working with the world’s leading corporations regarding assessment practices for succession management, high potential employees, and senior executive deployment and development.
Prior to EIG, Bill led business development teams at CLC Solutions and the Corporate Executive Board, the world’s top corporate best-practice research and executive education firm. Bill worked with the top HR executives at Fortune 1000 companies to help them to build stronger leadership benches, strengthen relationships with high potential employees, and effectively measure and manage human capital.
Bill began his career as an officer in the U.S. Army, where he was the direct supervisor of a combat arms team in high-stress training environments. After retiring from the Army, Bill was selected to represent the United States as a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholar to Brazil. In addition to an extraordinary background in direct leadership and coaching, Bill has extensive studies in leadership and coaching. Besides graduating from West Point, Bill has been a certified Dale Carnegie instructor and is Certified Newfield Ontological Coach. He continues his ongoing education in leading-edge coaching and human performance improvement best-practices under world-class coaching and somatics expert, Dr. Stuart Heller, and is a founding member of the Coaching Excellence in Organizations community of practice.
In recognition of his excellence as a senior executive coach, Bill has served as a Mentor Coach, supporting other senior coaches and leaders enrolled in the Coaching Excellence in Organizations advanced education program. Bill has been a member of the Board of Directors of the International Consortium of Coaching in Organizations (ICCO) and is a Founding Fellow of the Institute of Coaching at Harvard. Bill has been an ardent supporter of youth leadership development programs, including Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership and Presidential Classroom.
Since 2005, Lexy has been cultivating and applying a blended methodology to drive leadership and team performance in an effective, sustainable, and integrated way. Over the years, she has accrued a powerful combination of tools including which enhance her strong foundation with her undergrad and masters in leadership and executive coaching.
- Leadership Circle Profile
- Gallup Strengths Coach Certification
- Entrepreneurial Profile 10 Certification
- Crucial Conversations/Accountability Certification
- Social & Emotional Intelligence Certification
- Entrepreneurial Profile 10 Certification
- Workplace Bullying Certification
- MBTI (Meyers Briggs) Certification
- Dream Manager Certification
Her hunger to provide her clients with the most relevant and potent tools has also lead her to become a member of:
- the Center for Creative Leadership Adjunct Coaching Staff
- member of Forbes Coaching Council
Her passion for strong leadership and high functioning teams drove her career into the entrepreneurial space in 2010, which has given her the unique lens necessary to provide high-caliber services in a market lacking in professional resources. In 2014, after consulting for many years, Lexy’s success led her to found her own coaching practice, Alexsys Thompson, LLC and most recently building an intimate, intensive retreat center in the mountains of Vermont.
Lexy has created the Gratitude 540 Journals and collective stories that are accelerators for leaders and teams to access their heart center and tap it into their ability to align what they do to who they are as leaders, through gratitude. She also has authored a book titled The Power of a Graceful Leader that will be released the fall of 2020.
Adria Trowhill, MA, PhD (ABD), CPCC, MCC, Master Tilt Practitioner
Adria was one of the pioneers of coaching in Canada. She is a business oriented, practical and heart centered executive coach with over 20 years of experience coaching senior corporate leaders, academic leaders, and teams across multiple industries. She also mentors coaches at both PCC and MCC levels. One of Canada’s first Master Certified Coaches, Adria is a Founding Faculty, former Dean, and Dean Emerita of Adler Graduate School’s Coaching Certificate Program worldwide. She was Canada’s Coach of the Year in 2008, as President led the chartering of the Toronto ICF Chapter, and has continued to play an integral role in the Canadian coaching community. Her ‘Living Systems Approach™’ to coaching groups and teams, has been taught to hundreds of coaches across North America.
Dr. Ellen Neiley Ritter
Marisol M. Rodriguez
I believe the three most important ingredients of a life FILLED with joy are: well-being, growth, and alignment. As an Executive Coach, I believe we have control over what we create in life and how we respond to it. The choices we make either empower or hinder our growth.
After spending many years in the government and corporate sectors, I realized it was time for me to explore life’s endless possibilities, elsewhere. In 2013, I founded Marisol M. Rodriguez LLC and joined an exciting industry focused on developing motivated, self-starter and audacious leaders seeking to increase their confidence to lead, boost their organizational impact, and focus on strategic issues.
I’m known for my integrity, authenticity, and ebullient personality. And, when it comes to creating new businesses, from idea to full implementation, you can count on me to provide the kind of expertise and sincere feedback that will generate innovative results.
Clients, colleagues, and those who know me best will tell you: “Marisol is a true leader; empathetic and genuine when it comes to supporting others in achieving their goals.” In fact, they’ll say that whether I’m speaking in front of a large audience, teaching, or coaching there’s always an air of excitement and energy! I’m a confident and bold adventurer who is ready to guide you on a journey of self-discovery and self-reflection that will transform your life!
Dr. Laura Belsten
Dr. Laura Belsten is the founder and president of CEO Partnership – Coaching Executives & Organizations. For over two decades, she has helped her clients translate their vision into action, build exceptional teams and high-performing organizations, lead change and manage transitions, and improve employee commitment and engagement. She also supports her executive clients in building healthy, respectful and fulfilling workplaces, helping them take a “coach approach” to managing and leading.
Laura is also the Founder of the Institute for Social + Emotional Intelligence, an international learning and research organization that provides training to coaches worldwide in how to coach the skills and competencies of socially and emotionally intelligent leadership.
Dr. Belsten has also been on the faculty of the University of Denver since 1990 teaching graduate courses in leadership and communication.
With 25 years in management and leadership positions prior to establishing her private coaching practice, Laura is a gifted executive coach and consultant who understands first-hand the challenges her clients face.
Emma-Louise Elsey began her career as a project and relationship manager for Fortune 500 companies. Her interest in motivation, teams and leadership led her into management and then to life-coaching.
Completing her training in 2004, Simplicity Life Coaching Ltd. in was launched in March 2005 after Emma-Louise moved to Vancouver, Canada from England. She added the NLP Practitioner designation to her coaching repertoire in the summer of 2005.
In 2008 she moved to a 5 acre homestead on Salt Spring Island off the West coast of Vancouver to follow her dream. The Coaching Tools Company.com followed in early 2009 to supply professional coaching tools and exercises to fellow coaches and therapists. Life Coach on the Go, a blog to help people create a life they love began in 2011 and her next project Fierce Kindness is planned for early 2017.
She is a passionate leader, writer and entrepreneur in the coaching field. Her goal is to help increase the impact of coaching around the world through her writing and resources. So far she has created over 100 coaching forms, tools and exercises.
Emma-Louise is both an individual ICF member and an official ICF Business Solutions Partner through The Coaching Tools Company.com. She supports Big Brothers and Big Sisters, local homelessness charities, the Red Cross and the Canadian Mental Health Association. She is now a proud supporter of the Library of Professional Coaching.
Hillary Hutchinson, founder of TransitioningYourLife.com has a passion for the world of academic work, and is known as The Change Strategist. She has been a coach since 2009 focusing on career advancement and transitions for academics. She holds an MA in Social Anthropology as well as a MEd in Higher Education Administration, both received from the University of Texas at Austin. Her decades-long association with the university environment helps provide support and guidance to academics as they navigate pressing issues. In addition, her professional organizer credentials help clients to implement simple systems for setting priorities and staying on top of deadlines.
Colleges and universities can benefit from her workshops to develop academics at all phases of their careers, including Pathways: Living Successfully as an Early Career Academic; Rekindling the Vision: Imagination and Goal Setting for Academics; Starting Over: Beyond Academia; Surviving and Thriving: The Collegial Department; Transitioning Your Life: A Roadmap for Negotiating Necessary Career Steps in Academia; and Beyond the Blank Page: Tips and Strategies for Overcoming Writer’s Block.
LTG (Lieutenant General, USA (Retired) Michael D. Rochelle
Michael Rochelle is co-founder, President and CEO of MDR Strategies, LLC, a thriving executive coaching and management consulting firm headquartered in Northern Virginia. Immediately upon his retirement from the United States Army in 2009, General and Mrs. Rochelle founded MDR Strategies, LLC. He leads a thriving international executive coaching, leader development and management consulting enterprise. Among his coaching clients, he lists:
– George Mason University- The University of Denver- Frontier Communications, Inc.- Leadership Arlington; Arlington, VA- Stand Beside Them (Wounded Warriors in Transition)- The PAC-12 Athletic Conference- The Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation
General Rochelle holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and the Professional Certified Coach (PCC) credential from the International Coach Federation (ICF).
Mike Rochelle serves on the Board of Governors for the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) and has been designated a George Mason University Center for the Advancement of Well-Being Coaching Fellow, and a member of the GMU coaching faculty.
BlueRio Institute (part of THINK BlueRio) is a proud benefactor of the Library. It’s founder, Jessi LaCosta is known for ground-breaking approaches to educating and training coaches at the beginning, intermediate and advanced levels. Having been one of the first to develop several coaching and consulting models that blend relational neuroscience (IPNB), branding, communications, and conflict strategies, she is a sought-after speaker and thought-leader in the areas of organizational culture, leadership and professional development.
As a Social Entrepreneur, LaCosta founded BlueRio Strategies with its main purpose to transform lives through Brand-Centered Sustainability™ – empowering individuals and organizations to build healthy, effective, sustainable and resilient platforms for personal and professional success.
LaCosta works with a wide array of clients including but not limited to: scientists, healthcare professionals, nonprofit leaders, CEOS, government administrators, military veterans, social enterprises and those is higher education. Jessi also founded the USA’s First Center for Credentialing and Education BCC-Approved certification training program that focuses on producing quality, certified coaches who can assist military veterans with life mapping, career transition and career development. In keeping with her vision of fostering resilience and accountable, authentic and attuned leadership, she then launched more BCC-Approved Coach Training and Certification programs in Leadership and Resilience as well as Life Mapping. LaCosta has been awarded for her robust volunteerism. She has been featured in local, regional and national media. Affiliations include: McKinsey Executive Panel Member, WOMENS MEDIA CENTER SheSource Expert, International Association of Trauma Professionals Member, and Past Board Member Global Association of Interpersonal Neurobiology Studies.
SueAnn has over 25 years of experience in employee relations, management, mediation, arbitration, salary and benefits negotiations, and coaching individuals, leaders, executives, and teams, on the conversations the have and how they make decisions. She engages clients in partnerships and processes to gain perspective, insight and skills in making critical decisions and holding important and sensitive conversations that gain desired outcomes.
She is a Certified Professional Co-active Coach (CPCC), Board Certified Coach (BCC) through the Center for Credentialing and Education; a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) through the International Coach Federation; a Certified Mediator with the California Lawyers for the Arts; Committee member for the Board Certified Coach Credential and holds a MA in leadership from Saint Mary’s’ College. In addition, she is a Leader Effectiveness Trainer (L.E.T.), MBTI and EQi2 assessor and Affiliate Member, Institute of Coaching, McLean Hospital, Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Jane Williams
Dr. Jane Williams is the former Chief Information Officer at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Prior to her retirement in 2020, Dr. Williams led a team of IT professionals charged with maintaining the technology systems of more than 14,000 students. She continually strived to transform traditional CIO structure in support of new strategic imperatives with a focus on customer service. Additionally, Dr. Williams has been an online instructor for more than 15 years and is currently an adjunct faculty instructor at Waldorf University.
Prior to joining the University of Missouri -St. Louis, Dr. Williams spent 20 years as an IT and Business consultant with IBM. She served in a variety of leadership positions with experience in retail and management consulting, solutions marketing, solutions delivery, enterprise content management, and sales education. An IBM certified executive consultant, she was an Integral part of IBM’s global virtual team working remotely and traveling extensively worldwide to drive innovation in different divisions within the company. She was responsible for leading, directing, mentoring, and managing global virtual teams.
Dr. Williams currently serves as an Executive Coach for the Pathways program of the CIO Executive Council of IDC. She specializes in working with women executives in the IT field as they seek to grow in their careers.
Dr. Kerryn Griffiths
Dr. Debbi Rivers
Dr. Margaret Cary