OUR ASSOCIATES

All our Associates are committed to, and practice their own work around bias, and have the awareness and ability to lead and engage in conversations around race, equity, diversity and inclusion, freeing people from systemic barriers.

Cecilia Nelson-Hurt

“What has me thrive are the things that motivate and inspire me. At this point in my life, it’s about legacy, thinking about my grandmother who came before me and sacrificed so that I could be here. I look at my life and think about how far I’ve come and how her expectations are surpassed. This helps me when I’m focused or when I feel like I need the engine to push me over the mountain and keep me focused and determined.

What I need to thrive are moments of clarity. My pace at work can be so fast that I don’t get the chance to center myself. From time to time, I need to step away to do a check in with myself. What helps me thrive is putting myself first sometimes, and being realistic about what I can accomplish. I need empowerment and other’s trust in me that I know how to do my job well, and that I have the freedom within the parameters of my job, as well as outside of them to make decisions. I also need to be constantly learning and know it’s ok to make mistakes. When I’m thriving, I feel confident and at the same time, I think it’s important that even when I’m at the top of my game, I’m never overly confident that I under prepare.”

Dr. Frances Johnston, Ph.D

Frances Johnston

I thrive when I’m supporting people to be their best selves in relationship with one another. This includes my family, my team, clients I am honored to work with, and within my community.

I thrive in my work when people are authentic, trying to grow, and willing to explore the unknown. I love a complex situation where I can bring humanity, belief in possibility and my full self into the space.

When I am thriving, I feel very aligned in my strengths and to my noble purpose. 

Harold hill

“I’m thriving when I’m supporting organizations and leaders to achieve greatness every day. Seeing a team do more than they believed possible is exciting. My faith, family and hope help to keep my life centered. To thrive at work I need to believe that the client and their team/organization is fully engaged, where values such as inclusion, respect, collaboration and innovation are a big part of that approach. When I’m thriving, it feels like the work is easy, transparent and engaging. Projects maybe challenging but the feeling of togetherness helps all involved to bring their very best to address the issues at hand.”

JANE HUGHES

“What has me thrive in life is when I see the people around me – the people I care about, the people I work with – happy, healthy, and living fulfilled lives. I look outside of my thoughts, feelings and opinions about myself and my life. I thrive when I’m not trying to get somewhere other than where I am…. because I’m home…at home with myself and my life’s purpose and it feels GOOD!”

LISA STEWART

“What has me thrive in life is when…

MARTHA CUFFY

“What has me thrive in life is drinking coconut water whilst walking on a beach basking in sunshine, laughing with loved ones when things seem too crazy. In order to thrive I need to be part of a global network of innovators who encourage each other to create and debate, and seeing the impact of what I do even if the ripple effects take time. When I’m thriving, I feel in flow. It’s easier to create and deliver and I enjoy pushing the edge in creating new things. I get ‘wordsmithy’ and playfully create new expressions.”

Michael Henry

“What has me thrive in life is cultivating the things that serve me and releasing the things that do not. I have a very clear philosophy that I adhere to….to move from a position of ‘joy to peace’ and from ‘peace to joy’… and that joy is from within not from external things. To thrive in work I need to remain curious at all times and to take gratitude in the small things/incremental changes. This always keeps disappointment at bay.”

NITA SHARMA

“What has me thrive in life is when I have passion for my work and I’m making a fundamental difference to the lives of people and in organisations. In order to thrive, I need to have a purpose, have support and be determined. When I’m thriving it feels exciting, spacious and exhilarating.”

RAY FISHER

Relationships and connection are the spaces where I thrive most in life.  Viewing each and every interaction with others as a connection feeds my soul.

Strong supportive relationships are an absolute must in any work environment in order for me to thrive.  When I’m thriving, I can feel the energy flowing through my body and I can feel being in such with whatever I am being presented with.

All our Associates are committed to, and practice their own work around bias, and have the awareness and ability to lead and engage in conversations around race, equity, diversity and inclusion, freeing people from systemic barriers.

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With over 20 years human resources, diversity, equity & inclusion and professional development coaching experience, Cecilia Nelson-Hurt combines her passion and purpose to advance diversity and inclusion both professionally and personally. Cecilia has worked directly with senior leaders across industries to provide diversity education and foster intentional inclusion. Cecilia has created and executed initiatives focused on positively impacting organizational effectiveness, employee engagement and the development of inclusive leaders. Cecilia currently serves as lead for the L’Oréal USA’s Diversity & Inclusion Education pillar.

Under her leadership, L’Oréal has been recognized as a top company for both Diversity and Multicultural Women; and has consistently received a 100 score on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index.

Cecilia also serves as the Co-President of the NYC chapter of Ellevate Network, the largest community of women at work. A powerful coalition of ambitious and supportive women who believe there is strength in numbers. Additionally, Cecilia is a board member of non-profit organizations The Dinner Table, YouthBridge NY, Knit the Rainbow, and the Vogue Knitting Magazine Diversity Advisory Council. In this capacity, she helps to create strategies to advance diversity, inclusion and belonging for the populations they serve.

Cecilia is an avid crafter and knitting, who enjoys traveling the world and visiting yarn shop and fiber festivals along the way. Cecilia holds a bachelor’s degree cum laude in International Marketing from Pace University and Diversity & Inclusion certifications from ESSEC Business School and Cornell University.

Dr. Frances Johnston, Ph.D. is a world-renowned scholar-practitioner, researcher, and co-author of the Harvard Business Press book, Becoming a Resonant Leader. Fran is the founder and CEO of Teleos Leadership Institute, a boutique consulting firm that focuses on organizational development, executive coaching and leadership.

Over the course of her 30+ year career, she has become a trusted coach, mentor and advisor to C-level executives and top teams across a broad range of organizations and sectors—including many of the world’s biggest and most well-known companies: Merrill Lynch, Viacom, Unilever, CISCO and Unisys; and small ones including architecture firms, food co-ops, and school districts. She has also worked with the United Nations Development Programme and consulted to government leaders around the globe on issues of inclusion, post-conflict organizational development, and community leadership.

Fran’s fascination with group development and deep commitment to organizational growth enables her to create real connections with those she serves and catalyze transformational change in large systems. She’s done it worldwide in a variety of complex contexts and approaches, including 6,000 business line leaders in a global energy company; 1,000 community and government leaders in post-Khmer Rouge Cambodia; 700 distributed leaders in a major financial services firm, 50 clinical care leaders in a regional health system; 25 managers of her local food co-op; and with one incredibly competitive Division I college basketball coach. Fran sees the potential of any group or individual to make a difference with their leadership to change the world, and her fundamental belief in human possibility and profound capability to understand an organization’s complexity, set her apart as an effective leader of leaders.

Fran earned a M.Ed. in Sports Psychology and a Ph.D. in Adult and Organizational Development, both from Temple University. She designed custom executive education programs at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School before joining the Hay Group, a global management consulting firm focused on organizational change. In early 2002, she co-founded Teleos with her friend and thought partner, Annie McKee.

Harold Hill is an Organization Development (OD) consultant and Leadership Development (LD) facilitator and coach, with the passion and expertise in enabling organizations, teams and leaders to improve their effectiveness and increase their capacity. With over 20 years of relevant LD, coaching, cultural alignment, OD and change management experience, Harold’s clients range across many professional services including health care, technology, hospitality, financial services, insurance, entertainment, government and utility.

Clients include, The Walt Disney Company, The National Football League, Ralph Lauren, Zebra Technology, Cox Automotive, Disney Institute, US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Advent Health, FLEX and Texas A&M University among others.

Harold was a Senior Consultant with North Highland Consulting and prior to that he was an OD manager with Walt Disney Parks & Resorts (WDP&R) in Orlando, Florida for nearly 10 years. He was responsible for coaching and developing executives and providing consultation in business assessment, strategic planning, organizational design, cultural alignment and change management. Harold also worked for a Chicago area utility for over 15 years in the areas of OD, Diversity & Inclusion and project management.

Harold earned a BS from Bradley University and holds an MBA in Operations Management from DePaul University. He earned a Professional Human Resources (PHR) certification from SHRM and has completed the Principles & Practices of Organization Development program at Columbia University.

Harold is a faculty member and practicum supervisor at the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland and the International Organization and System Development programs. He is also a facilitator and trainer for the National Training Laboratory (NTL). Harold completed his ICF ACC Coaching Certification with Teleos Leadership Institute. He also has an Emotional Intelligence certification from Korn Ferry Hay Group. With these for profit and non-profit organizations, Harold delivers coaching and work sessions in South Africa, The UK, Portugal, Germany, Singapore and The Netherlands on topics of strategy, leadership, diversity & inclusion, change, conflict, communication and culture.

Jane Hughes is known for her creative thinking and ability to translate ideas and commitments into real-time results, Jane has over 20 years’ experience designing, facilitating, leading and implementing dynamic conversations, meetings and innovative strategies, supporting some of the world’s most extraordinary artists, entrepreneurs and executive leadership teams to successfully attain their personal and professional goals.

Through coaching and consultation with start-ups, scale-ups, not-for-profits and multinational organizations in the US, Europe, Central America and the Caribbean, Jane’s work has focused on the delivery of transformational culture change and business growth to ensure relevancy, sustainability and the maintenance of a competitive edge in ever-changing business and political environments. Through her facilitation, clients take on challenging endeavours with velocity and certainty, providing inspirational leadership during times of complexity and change.

Her experience extends over a wide range of industries in both the public and private sectors: Retail (BUILT NY); Tech (BT Fresca); Fashion (Andrew Gn); Financial Services (Citibank); Aviation (Meggitt Aircraft Braking Systems); Public Sector (Salford City Council Housing Department, UK); and Not-for-Profit (Shelter, Campaign for the Homeless, UK).

Originally from London, Jane lives in New York City, and has a US Green Card based on her track record of providing ‘original contribution’ in business over the span of her career. She holds a BA(Hons) in French, Business & Finance from the University of Middlesex, London, including a year of study at the University of London Institute in Paris.

Lisa Stewart is respected and valued for being a thinking partner to HR professionals and business leaders. Clients retain her for leadership development; coaching, workshops on unconscious bias, women and minority career development; team working interventions; Diversity and Inclusion culture change strategies, and learning experiences on many aspects of diversity.

She has 29 years of consulting, learning and development experience in a variety of industries. Her clients include: Avon, Bank of America; Baxter; Bayer; Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Citi; DuPont; Deloitte; GE; Kimberly-Clark; Novartis; Saatchi & Saatchi, UN Foundation and Tropicana. She is currently on retainer with one of the largest family foundations in the world.

Lisa was formerly a senior consultant based in The Hague, Netherlands, with Shell Learning, and a founding member of Shell’s Global Diversity Practice, based in London. Partnering with her Diversity Practice clients, this team created Shell’s ground-breaking Global Diversity Standard which was the first enterprise-wide framework for diversity culture change implemented by a company of this size outside of the United States, and the first for an energy major. Lisa was also a member of the BP Global Faculty delivering “Inclusive Leadership” and personal effectiveness courses for BP staff around the world.

Three of her favorite engagements have been:

  1. Designing and facilitating workshops on inclusion and unconscious bias for players, coaches and back office staff of NBA teams (Nothing beats dynamic conversations with young, restless millionaires!)
  2. Teaching an adult ex-offender how to read, and
  3. Partnering with Impact of Austria to design a meditation-based learning experience for enhancing perceptual skills and developing world-mindedness among senior negotiators.

Key accomplishments include:

  • Led the first women’s career development program for staff of Shell International in Warri, Nigeria.
  • Key team member of 5 consulting engagements which garnered Catalyst awards for the clients

Education and Professional Affiliations: Master of Business Administration, University of Chicago Booth School of Business, concentration in health systems administration; Bachelor of Arts, Chatham University, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania

Certifications and Professional Development:

  • Certified Marshall Goldsmith Stakeholder-Centered Coach
  • Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) Qualified Administrator
  • Gallup Strengths Finder
  • Firo-B
  • The Enneagram in Business, “What Type of Leader Are You?

Martha Cuffy BA, MBA, MA

Martha gained senior management and consulting experience for 10 years in ethical investment/auditing and Deloitte Corporate Finance. As a Director in the publishing software industry she worked between the US, London, Paris and Germany in the 90s during the dotcom boom. The past 10 years she has delivered individual and team coaching programmes with award-winning teams, sustainability pioneers and lawyers including one Thurgood-Marshall winner. Topics – accessing your genetic potential, transforming toxic cultures, gender privileging, scenario planning, sustainability, right/left brain integration and leadership presence.

After attending the pioneering Business and Sustainability course at the ecological Schumacher College, Martha was inspired to attend a 2-year residential MA in Yoga Psychology in India. In 2008 she moved to Dominica, (not Dominican Republic), the land of her ancestors. Here she gained insights into the direct connection between leadership development with personal and environmental sustainability on a rainforest isle with nine active volcanoes. Her transformational wellness work in nature gained her international recognition in a top travel magazine. She was part of a core team who built and served an online transformational community. 

She attracts clients who recognise a need for the rewilding of the human spirit often confined by the monoculture of corporate language. A published writer for numerous magazines, she has hosted numerous radio shows and moderated events around sustainable development. She has been involved in both grass roots and regional initiatives in the Caribbean to transform and train the upcoming leaders and wellness practitioners. She uses innovative tools to serve a diverse audience – from team profiling to the more esoteric Human Design & Gene Keys.

Past clients include UBS, Deloitte, 02, Crown Prosecution Service, Windsor Leadership Trust, BP, National Bank of Dominica, Dominican Government and University of the West Indies.

Martha has a BA (Honors) from University of Bristol in German & Politics, an MBA (Distinction) from Strathclyde Graduate Business School and a two-year MA (1st place) – Bihar Yoga Bharati – the world’s first yoga university in India.

Martha is a Professional CoActive Coach and graduate of CoActive Leadership Program with The Coaches Training Institute (CTI). An Organizational and Relationship Systems (ORSC) Facilitator – an advanced ICF-certified course which includes Process Work, conflict resolution and constellations. She is also a TCI (Team Coaching International, CA) Team Diagnostic Authorized Facilitator and a Certified Fireworks Career Coach. She facilitates interventions in nature using the Earth-based psychology of Arnold Mindell. Her transformational work also includes the Human Design/Gene Keys systems, energy work, yogic poses, breath work, and visualization practices to open up inaccessible dimensions of her clients, which serve all areas of their lives. Gene Keys Guide and Mentor.

Martha has lived, studied and worked in the UK, France, Germany, Norway, Turkey, India, USA and the Caribbean. She speaks both French and German fluently.

Michael Henry is a Systemic Family & Couples Psychotherapist, Lecturer/Facilitator, Social Work Consultant, Executive Coach, and Principal Consultant at Sakara Consultancy, Ltd.

I have amassed over 25 years of working in various statutory, corporate and non-profit organisations primarily centred around working with children & families and the systems that surround them.

For the past 10 or so years, Michael has grown a specialty in his clinical work with a keen ‘trauma informed’ lens to his practice which serves as the fundamentals of what most clients arrive in the clinical space for. The techniques and interventions that he has added to his repertoire has led to breakthroughs in other areas of his work as a positive consequence. For example, adding the intervention ‘Brainspotting’ has been a tremendous resource for his Executive coaching work.

Michael, with his warm, gregarious and optimistic style, engages audiences as a gifted workshop facilitator and lecturer. He is highly sought-after to deliver a wide range of training which includes Systemictheory, concepts, and intervention tools that empower professionals in a number of varied industries.

Born and bred in East London to Jamaican parents, his ‘Britishness’ is most evident whenever he travels around this world (which is often). He proudly embraces the many aspects of his multiculturalism.

Nita Sharma, Certified Professional Certified Coach (PCC) with the ICF, is passionate about inspiring others to be the best they can be – to be their best selves. Nita works with leaders using a coaching and systemic thinking approach, to raise next generation leaders as the key people to have the biggest impact on the culture of their organisation. Nita uses a range of psychologically based methodologies based on the latest research into her practice dependent on the context and nature of the development and interventions in her facilitation and coaching.

Nita is a space. She has more than 30 years of experience with leading multi-national and global organisations across a broad range of industries including, finance, consumer, retail, pharma, industrials technology and charities. Nita’s key areas of expertise include executive coaching, inclusive leadership, diversity, and cross-culture management.

Her global experience extends to working with diverse, different cultures from UK, Continental Europe, USA, the Middle East, APAC, and India. Nita is particularly skilled at working with organisations who want to be inclusive and grow their talent. She achieves this through running women’s’ leadership development workshops with a focus on Black, Asian and Minorites Ethnic groups and through coaching on leadership programmes. Prior to becoming a coach and consultant, Nita worked at the BBC as a diversity manager where she was responsible for strategic development of equalities, both internally and externally. One of Nita’s key successes was ‘putting fair representation of diversity on air’, an initiative which continues to have an impact in the UK today.

Nita is an advisory group member and a nomination committee member for the British Science Association (BSA) advising them on diversity, equity, and inclusion. She also proudly offers her coaching services on a Pro bona basis to NHS employees impacted by COVID 19 in the UK for the National Health Service. (NHS). Nita is a Certified Professional Certified Coach (PCC) with the ICF, Certified Professional CoActive Coach (CPCC). She is a Master Practitioner in Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP). Her licensed certifications include: MBTI® (Step 1&2), Firo-B, Strength Scope, World Work’s International Profiler and the IPI (International Preference Indicator). She is also licensed in GlobalSmart, Team and Leadership Assessment and in the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI). She is a certified Couple Counsellor and in Mindful Based Stress Reduction (MBSR).

Ray Fisher, MSW, LCSW, PCC is an educator, executive coach and facilitator who has worked with clients across various industries, including global client services firms, government (Federal, State, County, and City), higher education and not-for-profits. For the last 15+ years, Ray has helped senior leaders and management teams expand cooperation, improve performance, and transform their organizations through increased efficiencies. He is recognized for his extensive knowledge in the area of emotional growth, relationship development, and human capital maturity, with a specialty in anti-racism education and coaching. Ray has taught a number of courses on race at the graduate University level. He has extensive experience and knowledge working with individuals, groups, and organizations assisting in moving towards becoming Anti-racist organizations.

Ray holds a Master’s degree from Smith College School for Social Work. He is also an adjunct professor at Smith, a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) through the International Coach Federation (ICF), and certified in the Emotional and Social Competency Inventory (ESCI) through the Hay Group.