Our Partner Profiles

All DFA Strategic Partners are qualified coaches and organization development HR professionals. SKL program implementation is strengthened by sharing best practices in confidential Action Learning Sessions facilitated by Ms. Foster. DFA Strategic Partners are savvy professionals and see the value of using the SKL’s approach to developing stronger leadership and talent management. This leads to building high-performing coaching cultures that increase engagement, productivity, and bottom-line results for their clients.

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Diane Foster, MA, Career Development, Certified Master Coach

Began coaching in the early 80’s and has been active as an organization development and executive coach to hundreds of business leaders, and other coaches ever since. Her one goal has always been to achieve lasting, best-in-class results for her clients. An advocate for a pragmatic and customized approach and “action/experiential learning,” she is a master practitioner building true leadership skills with her clients. Her expertise and advanced training in emotional intelligence, positive psychology, neuroscience, conflict management, and dialogue, coupled with her positive energy and savvy, has enabled her successful support of C-suite leaders, teams, and individuals on strategy and alignment of competencies for both personal and bottom line success.

  • She is well known for her work in building collaboration, capacity, and engagement in work cultures during times of constant change.  Her digital Skill Kit for Leaders:  “Real- Time Tools for Developing Leadership Competency” program, with its rich skill-building tools, has been used globally by her many client organizations and by other certified coaches as a rich set of resources for coaching support on all aspects of talent management.

    Diane’s roots as a high school English teacher and her MA degree in Career Development have led her to support people of all ages in career management.  She understands life inside organizations, having held senior-level positions in  in Advanced Micro Devices and CSAA.

    In the early 1990’s she founded Executive Development International LLC, coaching primarily in the Silicon Valley. She went on to found Diane Foster and Associates, as a sole proprietorship, resulting in successful long-term contracts consulting and coaching in every industry and sector.

    Certified a Master Coach by the International Coaching Federation, she is known for building coaching cultures with her internal HR colleagues and other coaches as a mentor coach. A program that she designed and supported at the U.S. Dept. of Labor, called “Coaching for High Performance with Emotional Intelligence,” using her Skill Kit for Leaders doubled productivity in the targeted leaders’ offices and achieved dramatic gains in “EI”.

    In addition to her client work, she has been extended faculty for UCSF in their MHROD program, John F. Kennedy University’s Coaching Certificate program, and has been the Director of ICF Competency Development for both the College of Executive Coaching and the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland’s Coaching Certificate programs where she has trained and mentored hundreds of other coaches.

    Industries:
    Technology, Bio-Tech, Financial Services, Government, Insurance, Consumer Products, Retail, Life Sciences, Human Resources, Academia, Non-profits, Health Care

    Professional Experience and Services
    Executive Coaching, Mentor Coaching, Organization Development, Talent Management, Competency Modeling and Strategic Career Coaching and Assessment for Adults and Students.

    Education
    MA, Career Development, John F. Kennedy University
    BA, English, and Psychology, University of Oregon
    Master Certified Coach, International Coaching Federation
    Certified in multiple assessment instruments and training programs

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Rev. Dr. Sharon Barley website

Dr. Barley has a breadth and depth of consulting experiences from leading large corporate advertising campaigns and marketing to developing leadership and coaching cultures to turning around organizations from stagnation to growth. She has consulted for a decade with a Hospital IT department that today is one of the largest medical providers in the US and also has been recognized as a best practice for employee engagement, talent retention and medical records implementation success.

  • Dr. Barley has been instrumental in bringing religious organizations together and in partnership with their communities. She has been a national speaker for Interim Ministers, a retreat leader for Judicatories and clergy leaders, and an excellent spiritual and business coach. Dr. Barley is a sought after large group and employee mediator for companies and churches who face difficult conflicts that divide teams and cause the loss of talented employees and productivity.

    As a coach, spiritual leader, and business thought partner, Dr. Barley has made a significant impact in every organization she has engaged. Whether you need creative insight, innovative change strategies, a tailored talent management program, or conflict mediation in your company or religious organization, her systems-thinking coaching approach in partnership with Diane Foster’s coaching framework grows talent, is uniquely measurable, and will always be relevant for growing business talent and team capacity. Dr. Barley’s life’s work is grounded in the art of metaphor for civil discourse and social change. As an artist, pastor and business consultant she utilizes methodologies that inspire individuals and teams to discover and be their best self! She is a senior consultant for C2Lead, Inc., and President of Clergy2Lead.com

    Core Values: I-TRAC
    Integrity 
    Trust
    Relationships
    Appreciation
    Creativity

    Professional Experience and Services
    Information Technology Leadership Development: training, mentoring, coachingCoaching: Specializes in Measurable Performance Improvement & Assessments
    Conflict Mediation and Training
    Congregation Assessment Tools: Evidence-Based Organizational Intelligence 
    Succession Planning: Specialize in Clergy hiring & Leadership Transitions
    Strategic Planning: Systems-Thinking Approach
    Staff Development & retreats
    Appreciative Inquiry

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Han Ee Lim website

As an executive coach, Han Ee takes on an action-learning and mindfulness approach to strengthen his clients with agility and decisiveness. He partners with leaders to raise their game with emotional intelligence and resilient behaviors. His client base is a diverse range of leaders from MNCs, government, non-profit and military organizations. He coaches in both English and Mandarin.

  • As a Strategic Partner with Diane Foster & Associates (DFA), he worked closely with Diane to update and release the 2014 electronic version of the Skill Kit for Leaders – “A one-stop systems approach to human capital development.” He has used the 42 leadership competency-building units from the SKL as resources in his coaching and relishes working as a mentor coach to build coaching cultures.

    Industries:  
    Microsoft, Advantest, Nike; Cerebos, International Flavors and Fragrances, MARS, Unilever, Yale-NUS, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG); Ministry of Education, SPRING Singapore, Ministry of Communication and Information, Infocomm Development Authority (IDA), Singapore Tourism Board, Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Thye Hua Kwan Hospital, ST Healthcare Pte Ltd, Cordlife, National Healthcare Group (NHG); TOLL Logistics Group, Mendaki SENSE, Singapore Armed Forces, and many more.

    Professional Experience and Services
    Prior to being an executive coach, Han Ee served in the Singapore Navy as a Naval Combat Officer, where he proved his own leadership for close to 15 years. During that time, he was the Executive Assistant to the Chief of Navy; an Executive & Principal Warfare Officer; and a Combat Performance Coach.   He has a reputation for enhancing leader’s executive decision making “under fire,” transforming under-performing units, and boosting productivity and effectiveness.

    Education
    Associate Certified Coach (ACC), International Coach Federation
    Bachelor of Applied Science (Electrical Engineering), Queen’s University
    Masters of Arts, Sport & Performance Psychology, John F. Kennedy University
    Certified Corporate Coaching Clinic Trainer, Corporate Coach University
    Certified Action Learning Coach (CALC), World Institute of Action Learning
    Certified Agility Profile (CAP) Coach & Trainer, Agil’OA
    EQ-i 2.0 Certified Practitioner
    Qualified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Instructor
    Advanced Certificate in Training and Assessment (ACTA), WDA

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Anne Griswold — website

Anne Griswold is a consultant, coach, mentor, facilitator, designer and adjunct faculty in the field of leadership and learning. At its core, Anne’s work is to “wake people up” moving them from everyday habitual responses to mindful, conscious behavior which assures greater influence, impact and business results.

  • Industries: 
    Technology, Semi-Conductor, Bio-Tech, Health Care, Financial Services, Government, Insurance, Retail, Human Resources, Family Owned Business, Education

    Professional Experience and Services
    With more than 25 years of experience in developing leaders at every level of organizations across the globe and across multiple industries, Anne has worked with hundreds of executives to implement sustainable change. Anne implements initiatives which range from1:1 coaching/mentoring and team initiatives, to change management, design & facilitation of corporate-wide programs.

    Anne has held many roles over the years being both an internal executive in Learning and Organizational Effectiveness, an external consultant and sole proprietor of her own consulting firm as well as a strategic business partner to many boutique consultancy’s and an adjunct professor. She has also held many positions on volunteer boards.

    Education
    B.A. in Communications
    M.S. in Management Science/Organizational Development
    Masters of Arts in Organizational Leadership
    Certified in many psychometric tools and assessments including Myers-Briggs and Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument, DiSC, Hogan, Voices, Leadership Architect.
    Certified facilitator for many programs including Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, QII Time Management and Emotional Intelligence programs.

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Diane Hartt website

Diane Hartt is an executive coach and leadership development expert with over 20 years of business experience. She has led talent management, leadership and organization development functions for a Fortune 50 and assisted in a merger and acquisition that doubled the company’s size.

  • She is currently President of Hartt Consulting Group, Inc. and spends her time helping executives excel, build strong teams, and improve performance. Diane and her team have designed and implemented numerous leadership programs and trained thousands of leaders. They have spearheaded business performance improvement initiatives that have resulted in multi-million dollar savings.

    Diane is a certified executive coach. Her clients appreciate her experience in business roles and HR. Her clients describe her coaching as individualized, business focused, action-oriented, encouraging, and candid. Her client list includes: finance, marketing, retail, science/engineering, building, and healthcare companies- such as WellPoint, Express Scripps, Boston Scientific, Triad International Engineering, Makino, Graceworks, and Burke.

    Diane is a dynamic facilitator and speaker; presenting at international conferences such as AQP, The Conference Board, and Human Capital Best Practices on the topics of leadership, talent management and organization development. She is a former member of the Conference Board’s Working Research Group: High Potential Talent. She is a regular presenter for Cincinnati’s WELead program and has served as a coach for the selective program.

    Diane is qualified to administer numerous leadership and talent assessments. She holds a Master’s from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Bachelor’s degree from James Madison University. She has the SPHR designation and is a member of the Society of Human Resource Management and ASTD. She also is a member of the International Coach Federation and certified through the ICF credentialed College of Executive Coaching. She currently resides in Cincinnati with her family.

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Jessica Worny Janicki, MBA, PCC website

Jessica Worny Janicki helps people and organizations develop talent. She helps people reach their potential in different roles of coach, consultant, facilitator, trainer, mentor, and teacher.

Jessica’s work has helped 1,500 aspiring and established leaders from 25 nations implement lasting changes in their careers and lives. Her coaching style is inspirational, supportive, and direct. Clients focus on one or more of the following specialties: craft a career vision, identify individual strengths, implement career development plans, develop and enhance leadership skills, and develop and leverage emotional intelligence capability.

  • Jessica has over 15 years of experience applying the principles of organizational change, adult learning, and career development to move people and organizations forward.

    She has worked for General Mills, Arthur Andersen, Case Western Reserve University, and The University of Toronto.  In her current business clients include individuals representing employers from Google to Bosch, and organizations including The Chamberlain Group, Kellogg School of Management, Booth School of Business, DePaul University, and the Illinois Institute of Technology.

    As a management consultant, she worked with Fortune 500 executives and family company leaders to design and deliver major change, learning, and career development initiatives.  Her senior leader training events have been rated 4.9/5.0.

    At major research universities, she has designed and taught career management courses as an adjunct instructor.

    As a career and executive coach, she has worked with people at all levels from 25 nations.  Popular coaching topics include leadership development, emotional intelligence, identifying values, career visions, and utilizing assessments for development and decision making.  She spoke at the National Career Development Association conference in 2014.

    Jessica has a reputation for engaging others with her warm and approachable yet analytical style.  She has a particular passion for using research-based assessments and facilitation tools in her work with clients.  She also donates her time as a coach and facilitator at the nonprofit Career Transitions Center of Chicago.

    Industries: 
    Consumer Packaged Goods, Management Consulting, Retail, Higher Education, Professional Services, Non Profit

    Professional Experience and Services
    Executive Coaching, Curriculum Design, Organizational Development, Training, Facilitation, Mentoring, Career Coaching, Leadership Development, Career Development, Mentoring Programs, Appreciative Inquiry, Emotional Intelligence, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator.

    Education
    MBA, Organizational Behavior – Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University
    BS, Business Administration (Sociology minor) – Miami University
    Professional Certified Coach (PCC) – International Coaching Federation
    Certified Executive Coaching – Weatherhead School of Management
    Certified facilitator for assessments: MBTI, SII, ESCI, EQi 2.0

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Jennifer LeBrett website

Jennifer works with individuals and organizations to bring more holistic practices to work and life. She supports clients by helping them remove barriers and shift limiting mindsets so that they can experience greater success and satisfaction. Through coaching and consulting Jennifer uses a whole-person/whole-systems approach to help clients create greater alignment, focus, and clarity for more comprehensive solutions to human and organizational development. She is the creator of The AHAA Moment, a journaling process that helps individuals have a more productive and sane day.

  • Experience
    Jennifer has more than nine years experience developing and growing membership organizations and businesses.  She ranked in the top five percent of executive directors at a national media and marketing company for launching and growing a women’s professional organization.  As a skilled business development professional she has helped raise over $3 million in less than one year to launch multi-stakeholder economic development initiative.  Her work in economic development put her at the convergence of private, public and social sector collaboration giving her a unique vantage point for developing strategic partnerships and implementing stakeholder engagement strategies.

    As a business consultant Jennifer has worked with executives and teams helping them develop and implement their strategic plans and business development strategies.  As a business partner she supports and develops executive teams, keeping them focused on moving business initiatives forward while maintaining organizational alignment. As a coach, she helps her clients develop the leadership skills necessary to excel in the 21st Century.  Her strength lies in being able to attend to the individual and organizational needs simultaneously.

    Industries
    Technology, start-ups, nonprofits, foundations, social enterprise, private-public partnerships, membership organizations, hospitality, professional services, financial services

    Professional Experience
    Executive Coaching, Business Development, Economic Development, Leadership Development, Human Development Design and Training, Strategic Planning, Capital Campaign Management, Nonprofit Management, Project Management

    Education
    BS, Organizational Behavior and Leadership, University of San Francisco
    Human Resource Management Certificate, Sonoma State University
    Post-Graduate Certificate in Transformational Leadership Development and Global Project Management, MetaIntegral Academy
    Certified Professional Coach

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Charlie Smith website

Charlie brings decades of experience in the financial services industry. He has held domestic and international leadership and advisory roles working with global industrial players throughout the course of his career. He has helped to develop high performing teams globally. He focuses on helping individuals and organizations achieve optimum performance. He is a certified 6 Sigma Black Belt and Master Black Belt and has managed numerous strategic projects in The Americas, Europe and Asia.

  • Prior to joining Line of Sight, Charlie spent 20 years at Caterpillar’s Financial Services division serving in a variety of executive leadership roles in the US, Europe and Asia. As Managing Director of Caterpillar’s financing arm for power systems in Asia, Charlie worked extensively to expand Cat’s finance footprint across Australia, China and SE Asia. He had P&L responsibility while leading and developing a team that grew the business from greenfield to a half-billion dollar operating unit. He brings extensive strategic planning, leadership development, change management, process improvement and large-group facilitation to Line of Sight.

    Charlie has a passion for “leaders-as teachers” and believes the principle – when you get the people part right, everything else is monitoring outcomes. He has delivered talks on “Embedding 6 Sigma” and “New-World Leadership” and will be publishing a book under that title in 2017. He continues to author articles and blogs on leadership and organizational life. He has applied these principles in Europe and Asia with success, and has pioneered a proprietary process called Innovation Circles to de-silo organizations and release untapped ideas and creativity. Charlie has held positions with Caterpillar, JI Case, and American Bankers Insurance Group.

    Charlie is active in the Scottsdale community and sits on several boards including the Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce, AZ Helping Hands and Junior Achievement of Arizona. He is the Chair of the Scottsdale AM Connect Committee.

    He previously served on the JA Singapore and JA Asia Pacific Board of Directors. He is also a founding member of the Women’s Initiative in Singapore (WINS), an organization created to support women in business, and was the sponsor for the creation of the Asia Synergy Network, a connection and networking group in Singapore. He is a singer, songwriter, arranger and producer of a variety of music genres at his home recording studio.

    Industries: 
    Financial services, insurance, music, consultancy

    Professional Experience and Services
    Growth. Change. Process. Making Great Leaders, Leaders as Teachers, Change Master, and 6 Sigma

    Education
    MBA, Manchester Business School, Manchester United Kingdom
    Mini-MBA in Strategic Planning, University of Bratislava
    BA, Business Administration, Bellarmine College, Louisville KY USA
    Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and Tennessee Quality Award Examiner
    Certified 6 Sigma Black Belt, Deployment Champion, Master Black Belt and Change Master

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Jennie Smith website

Jennie is a certified coach, author, speaker and motivational listener who believes that we all have untapped potential waiting to be shared with the world. Her passion is to guide and support people toward greater confidence, self-awareness and leadership ability that enables them to maximize their technical skills and professional knowledge to do impactful and meaningful work. Her coaching is grounded in the ICF core competencies of setting the foundation, co-creating the relationship, communicating effectively, and facilitating learning and results.

  • She has lived in the US, Europe and Asia, and worked with clients from more than 20 countries, including leaders from a variety of MNCs such as Caterpillar, Nestle, EMC and Accenture, as well as working with entrepreneurs and those making major career changes. Her key strengths are: deep listening and synthesizing; holding the vision for the client; building strong teams by strengthening individual self-awareness and helping people to become purposeful and deliberate about how they show up; maximizing individual talents within the context of the whole; translating between technical and user groups; holding a long-term vision and taking appropriate action in the present; constantly scanning the environment for opportunity and improvement; and, sorting through complexity to find relevance and actionable items.

    Prior to coaching, Jennie had a variety of experiences in the corporate world in the areas of property management, financial analysis, project management, change management and operations. She has worked for Case IH, Ford, GM and MetLife.

    She is the author of several books, including the ALIGN-ACT-ACHIEVE series of coaching books to be released in late 2015.

    Industries: 
    Technology, Banking and Financial Services, Professional Services

    Professional Experience and Services
    Executive Coaching, Life Coaching, Project Management, Facilitation, Presentation Skills, Time Management, Strategy Execution, Team Building, Leadership

    Education
    MBA, Marquette University, Milwaukee WI USA
    B.A. cum laude, Sociology, Hanover College, Hanover IN USA
    Post-grad studies in Theology, Trinity Theological College, Singapore
    Professional Certified Coach (PCC), International Coach Federation