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  • Ann Betz, PCC

    2018 ICF Advance Provocateur

    Ann Betz, PCC, is the co-founder of BEabove Leadership and international speaker and trainer on the intersection of neuroscience, coaching, and human transformation. Ann served as the neuroscience consultant to the Coaches Training Institute (CTI) for many years. She provides neuroscience, leadership and coaching consulting to many other corporations and non-profits. Ann is also the co-developer/leader of BEabove Leadership’s popular training program for advanced coaches: “Neuroscience, Consciousness and Transformational Coaching,” which has been offered in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Turkey, China, Norway and the United Kingdom. A certified professional coach for more than 15 years, Ann is the author of a groundbreaking white paper on brain research and coaching. She contributes to Choice Magazine, Coaching at Work, Coaching World, the ICF and CTI’s blogs, and other coaching and HR publications. Ann is the lead author of “Integration, the power of being Co-Active in work and life, an exploration of consciousness and the future” (John Hunt Publishing, 2015), as well as a ground-breaking white paper on the neuroscience of the International Coach Federation coaching competencies. Ann speaks internationally on neuroscience, leadership and coaching, and she excels at making the complexities of the brain come to life with depth, humor, and simplicity. Ann lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico with her partner Will Sharon, their angelic Border Collie Jack, and two very enlightened cats named Paz and Luz.

    Read Ann’s blog on the brain at

  • Amanda Blake

    Amanda Blake is the author of the best-selling book Your Body Is Your Brain and the creator of the Body=Brain course, which explores the neurobiology of experiential learning.  In addition to teaching about the art and science of embodiment, she works with progressive leaders worldwide to help them become their best self, enjoy life more and make a bigger contribution. Once an internationally competitive athlete, Amanda is skilled at cultivating high performance in herself and others.  She is a Master Somatic Leadership Coach, holds a degree in human biology from Stanford University, and is a research fellow at the Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit.  She’s also a longtime yoga enthusiast, mountaineer, musician and celebrator of life. Learn more at

  • Alexander Caillet

    Alexander Caillet is the CEO of Corentus, which is the culmination of more than 25 years of research and practice in improving group and team performance. An organizational psychologist, consultant and team coach, he has led hundreds of team engagements in more than 30 countries. Over the past 19 years, Alexander has trained more than 2,000 practitioners in team coaching as part of Georgetown University’s Leadership Coaching Certificate program (as an adjunct professor) and  the Corentus Team Coaching Certificate program. He is co-founder of the State of Mind Institute, which is dedicated to researching the impact of a leader’s state of mind. Alexander is an international speaker on the subjects of teams, team coaching and leadership. He is a dual citizen of France and the United States. Alexander holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Michigan and a Master of Arts in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University.

  • Carlos Davidovich

    Carlos Davidovich has been coaching internationally for more than 15 years, supporting the development of leaders and management teams alike. Originally from Argentina, he now lives Toronto, Canada and has worked as an executive coach and facilitator with Optimum Talent since 2013. He is certified in Optimum Talent’s SuccessFinder Career System. Drawing on his skills as a medical doctor, plus his 20 years of experience as an executive in the pharmaceutical industry, Carlos delivers insights about neuroscience and leadership to both organizations and executives.

    He received a psychology degree in Spain, a medical degree in Argentina, an MBA in Switzerland.  He is a professor of Neuromanagement in the MBA program at the University of New York in Prague (UNYP) and a guest lecturer for the EMBA program at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. Carlos is part of the Forbes Coaches Council and is a member of the Neuroleadership Institute, the Neuromarketing Science & Business Association and the Institute of Coaching McLean Hospital.

  • Tara Jaye Frank

    Tara Jaye Frank,  a sought-after consultant, speaker and coach, helps individuals and groups define a vision and develop strategies to advance their culture and leadership goals. Tara is president and CEO of the newly formed P3T Group Inc., a talent engagement company that helps turn employee purpose and potential into greater business performance. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Tara spent 21 years at Hallmark Cards Inc., where she became the company’s first black female vice president, and at the time of her promotion to executive management, she was the youngest person to rise into senior leadership in Hallmark’s history. While her leadership contributions spanned creative, innovation, multicultural strategy and corporate culture, her passion for talent development has always been a powerful constant.

    Tara holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Spelman College and is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. as well as the Executive Leadership Council. She serves as a board director for Children International. Tara is the author of Say Yes: A Woman’s Guide to Advancing Her Professional Purpose—a practical tool to help emerging leaders reach their own professional high grounds.


  • Anthony Grant, Ph.D.

    Anthony M. Grant, Ph.D. is globally recognized as a key pioneer of Coaching Psychology and evidence-based approaches to coaching. Anthony left school at the age of 15 with no qualifications and after a somewhat circuitous route into his 40s, he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in (Hons) Psychology, a Master of Arts in Behavioural Science and a Ph.D. in Coaching Psychology.

    He is founder and director of the world’s first Coaching Psychology Unit, which is at the University of Sydney, where he also serves as a professor of Coaching Psychology. He is a visiting professor at Oxford Brookes University and Henley Business School; and an Associate Fellow at the Säid School of Business, Oxford University.

    He has over 100 coaching-related publications and has received many prestigious awards, including the British Psychological Society Award for outstanding professional and scientific contribution to Coaching Psychology and the Vision of Excellence Award from the Institute of Coaching at Harvard University for his pioneering work in helping develop a scientific foundation to coaching.

  • Marci Heerman, ACC

    Marci Heerman, ACC, has worked with individuals and cross-cultural teams throughout North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia for more than 20 years to facilitate transformation and change. Marci uses the keys to emotional intelligence and personal mastery to teach high-potential talent how to activate their innate strengths and lead their teams toward extraordinary results. She is active in the international Executive Coaching community and provides pro bono coaching to leaders in humanitarian organizations across the globe. Marci has worked as an external consultant in private practice as well as inside global corporations. Early in her career, she held positions at Honeywell, 3M and Arthur Andersen LLP. She was a consultant to Wells Fargo before joining Cargill, where she worked for 10 years in human resources, developing high-potential talent and leading the coaching practice area for organizational development.

  • Katerina Kanelidou, PCC

    Katerina Kanelidou, PCC, works with leaders and business owners from around the world, supporting them to create healthy workplaces and positive sustainable change. Her clients include senior executives, high performers and organizations’ talents, who need to hone their leadership skills, overcome their challenges and thrive in the most adverse environments. Her coaching style is holistic, integrating her multifaceted background. She is the founder of Six Steps Ahead, a faculty member at the International Coach Academy, a member of the Harvard Business Review Advisory Council, a steering Committee member of the CoachActivism Program, and a coach training coordinator of the MELES 2.0 (an academic project of five European universities).

    Katerina is a graduate of the University of Athens, the University of Barcelona and the International Coach Academy. She holds a Master of Arts in Dramatherapy and Psychodrama. Prior to becoming a coach, she worked as a therapist and educator.

  • Mariano Sigman, Ph.D.

    Mariano Sigman is one of the most outstanding neuroscientists in the world, with over 150 publications in the most prestigious scientific journals. He is passionate about experimentation and has worked with magicians, chess masters, musicians, athletes and visual artists to bring his knowledge of neuroscience to different aspects and contexts of human culture. He has participated in two TED global events in Vancouver (2016 and 2017), the second with Dan Ariely.

    Mariano obtained his degree in physics from the University of Buenos Aires, his doctorate in neuroscience while in New York and a post-doctorate in cognitive sciences at the Collège de France (Paris). In 2016, he was awarded the Pio XI Medal, from the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, which is one of the most outstanding prizes in science. Beyond academia, Mariano’s research has had practical implications in medicine, education and the arts. He has appeared on a number of TV programs and has been published in a variety of editorial media. He is the author of the best-seller, The Secret Life of the Mind: How Your Brain Thinks, Feels and Decides.

  • Taryn Stejskal, Ph.D.

    Taryn Stejskal, Ph.D., has spent nearly two decades focused on leadership, assessment and the development of high potential talent. She currently leads the global high potential agenda for Cigna’s top leaders, focused on enterprise leadership development, coaching and experiential programming. In her role, she is privileged to serve as a strategic partner, developing and mobilizing exceptional talent to key business functions and segments. She draws upon systems theory to understand the dynamic nature of organizational environments, believing that change in one area of an organization has the ability to positively alter the organization as a whole. Taryn is particularly adept at quickly identifying critical business issues, identifying patterns and trends, and creating realistic and achievable outcomes rooted in best practices to support enterprise strategy. She often serves as a trusted advisor and focuses on helping leaders find solutions instead of focusing on problems. She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Michigan, obtained her doctorate degree from the University of Maryland, and completed pre- and post-doctoral fellowships in neuropsychology at Virginia Commonwealth University.

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