Ann brings a seasoned, global perspective to her work with senior leaders. She has lived and worked with clients in Hong Kong, Shanghai and the U.S. Client companies include PepsiCo, Wrigley, Disney, Hewlett Packard, AJ Gallagher Insurance, Discover, PNC Bank, Ford, Estee Lauder, Brunswick Corp., and Leo Burnett. Her clients are senior executives called to lead in their organizations, who want to draw upon their greatest abilities to significantly impact their companies and their communities. Ann particularly enjoys working with clients who are creating change, driving innovation, and navigating transitions.
After twenty-four years of corporate business experience, twelve of which were in international and senior managerial roles, Ann chose to become a coach to truly effect change one-on-one with leaders. While Ann's direct experience is in advertising, marketing, and publishing, her work exposed her to a wide variety of business climates. In her last executive position as General Manager, Pacific for Newsweek International, based in Hong Kong, Ann managed both multi-culturally and virtually throughout the Asia region. Prior to that, she held management positions in advertising and publishing in Asia and the U.S. with Ted Bates, J. Walter Thompson, and Time Inc. Like her clients, Ann has been on the firing line and she brings knowledge and in-the-trenches experience to her coaching. Her intuitive, warm style, her energy and her orientation to action, once critical to her leadership, are key assets in her coaching process.
Coaching is about change, about transformation. In my corporate career, I learned that it's not always easy to navigate change or to go it alone. I came into coaching after leading an international organization through difficult times and significant shifts, and I was fascinated to learn more about what holds us back from change and what motivates us to become our best selves in a new situation. I bring to clients what I did not always have -- a partner in transformation, a champion, a catalyst, a truth teller, and a "holder of space", to explore and experiment with in creating the leadership and presence that we need to succeed. One of my own strengths is that I can see and bring out the strengths and unique qualities in others, helping them to draw on their own wisdom and experience and doing so in a trusting, caring and stimulating space. As one client said recently after a session, "I feel like I've come home."
My overall approach takes an "integral" view -- we work with the whole person, to bring all of themselves to their leadership and work, be it mind, body, heart or spirit (the home of values and purpose). I focus on leadership presence, developed through awareness, supportive practices, and an authentic understanding of values, purpose, and talents. Trained in strengths identification, appreciative inquiry, emotional intelligence and somatic coaching, I synthesize all these in service to the client's particular goals and situation.
Before becoming a coach, I worked in the corporate world, in publishing and advertising for 24 years. At Time Inc., I worked at Time, Sports Illustrated, and Money Magazines, as well as in the early cable and HBO group, as a consumer marketing director. Wanting an even broader business exposure, I shifted into advertising, and rose to a Vice President at J. Walter Thompson and Ketchum Advertising, working with clients like S.C. Johnson, Clorox, Pillsbury, Hunt Wesson, and DHL. Moving to Hong Kong for a further chance to grow, I ran the Mars Confectionary and Pet Food account. I "bookended" my corporate career by going back to publishing, as General Manager, Pacific for Newsweek International, helping to build the magazine's business across the region.
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- Food & Beverage
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- Emotional Intelligence
- Executive Presence
- Mindfulness at Work
- Strengths-based Leadership Development
- Women's Leadership