We couldn’t be more honored to have some of the leading experts in organizational culture, leadership development, and executive coaches on our team. In addition to our lead team members below, our bandwidth expands to meet the needs of our local government clients with additional coaches and trainers. See the full bios here of our rock stars below.
Maria is a local government and corporate alum with Fortune 500 experience, and academia adventures that constitute a treasure trove of colorful experiences over 20 years. With a doctorate of management in organizational leadership, Maria works with local governments to create workplaces that attract and retain the best talent. Yes, she is the author of Love-Based Leadership: Transform Your Life with Meaning and Abundance – and no, it is not a book about Kumbaya, puppies, kittens, or rainbows. Maria’s mission is to help leaders move away from the old SOP of fear and into innovation. Maria can almost always be found with her nose in a book or ear to classic rock playing air drums (she’s hoping to learn drums from Keith Moon in Rock n’ Roll Heaven). Her positive attitude, willingness to find the humor in situations, and readiness to laugh-especially at herself- makes unleashing your leadership potential memorable.
Consultant, Coach, Trainer
Col. John Boggs
John is a retired Marine Officer, former Vice President of a major Washington, D.C. non-profit, and partner in a government contracting firm. He has a distinguished record of providing executive level leadership and strategy for large, complex organizations and operations. John’s areas of expertise include leadership, national security strategy, strategy development, operational planning, training, and education as demonstrated by the long list of prominent operational, senior staff, and academic positions he has held. He is one of the rare few that have commanded at every level of his Marine Corps career. He has served in advisory positions with General Officers, Political Appointees, Diplomats, and the Office of the Secretary of Defense. John has worked with local law enforcement agencies, in CO, MI, VA, and the NYPD. When John is not coaching or consulting with executives, he is coaching high school lacrosse.
Coach, Consultant, Trainer
Debora McLaughlin, PCC, CEC, LCMHC
A successful certified executive coach and board certified cognitive behavioral psychotherapist, Debora is an expert in assessments including Myers-Briggs, TKI Conflict Management, CQ Change Leadership, Strong Interest Inventory, Firo-B, CPI-260 Leadership Assessment, 360 Individual, Team and Organization Assessment, Extended DiSc and the COF (Cultural Orientation Framework Trained). She has over 20 years of experience in impressive organizational culture work with health care, technology, manufacturing, and hospitality industries. Debora is a Forbes contributor, NY Daily News columnist, and the author of best-selling books The Renegade Leader and Running in High Heels. Debora never misses a Tom Petty concert and gets super excited when HBR hits her mailbox. When she is not writing, in the boardroom, or on a plane, she can be found relaxing at her lake house with the loves of her life – her two golden retrievers and her husband.
Marie Gacke, MBA
Marie is our creative millennial force, keeping us on track and serving our clients as concierge. She IS the client care extraordinaire thanks to the United States Air Force, where (among other opportunities) she served as an executive officer supporting over 1,200 Air Force personnel and leadership by facilitating daily operations and strategic development at executive levels. Marie is also a registered nurse, who worked with stateside and deployed downrange patients, coordinating and overseeing all aspects of patient care and transport. SHE knows how to keep cool in explosive situations. Marie keeps our clients and us connected by overseeing our social media efforts, sharing our leadership messages with the world. Marie believes that there is always a creative solution to any problem. Marie is an expert in conducting research, crunching data, and holds the title for quickest Google-fu information search ever.