GET TO KNOW OUR TEAM

Bruce Kawahara

CPCC BluOpal Co-Principal and Co-Founder

Clients say… “Bruce offers an objective third-party perspective; I can ask him virtually anything without worrying about being PC or making a career-limiting move.” Sr. Performance Specialist, Human Resources, Continental Western Insurance Co.

What Bruce likes best about his work: “I like to shine a light on the parts of people’s lives where they do not often look. These are places that are the foundations for passion, values, and fulfillment. Together we reflect these places upon the client’s day-to-day challenges and frustrations and ask ‘Why?’ or ‘Why not?’ These seem like such simple questions, and yet they are not. These are the conversations we do not easily have by ourselves.”

Bruce’s proudest moment in coaching: “I had a client who worked diligently to build a hefty database of customers in financial services yet felt unable to reach true success. He often spoke passionately about how he dedicated much of his free time in spiritual practice through his service of others. When I asked what was important about this, he said, “It’s because I’m supposed to be the servant.” I asked what the difference was between serving someone in need and serving someone in need of financial services. His eyes opened wide and he uttered, “There is no difference”. Today his business has more than doubled because he honors his values by seeing himself as serving everyone.”

SPECIALTIES
  • Leadership development
  • Sales performance
  • Executive coaching
  • Organizational development consulting
  • Strategic planning
  • Career transitions
  • Industries: healthcare, insurance, financial services, government, transportation
CREDENTIALS
  • Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC)
  • Organization and Relationship Systems Coaching
  • Former Co-Chair and Vice President, Iowa Coaches Association, a chapter of the International Coach Federation
  • Certified Appreciative Inquiry Practitioner
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Michele Roden

MCC, CPCC, ORSCC BluOpal Co-Principal and Co-Founder

Clients say … “Michele is a great listener, has tremendous insight, is able to capture the essence of what I am trying to say as I meander during our phone calls and give it back to me in fewer, more direct words; she keeps me on track to get the most for my personal and professional growth out of my sabbatical.” Executive Director, Affordable Housing.

What Michele likes best about her work: “I love seeing people in the moments they recognize the best part of themselves. We all have greatness and shadow. It’s easier for most to know the shadow- it’s more challenging and more rewarding to own the best part of ourselves and make intentional choices from there!”

Michele’s proudest moment in coaching: “I was working with a high level executive who was bored and disillusioned with her organization. She planned an exit strategy, and upon realizing that finding the right next job may take months, she also considered how she needed to stay engaged during the search process. She discovered new ways to contribute and found renewed enthusiasm for her position. Today she remains engaged in her job 5 years after this coaching.”

SPECIALTIES
  • Leadership development
  • Team development
  • Relationship communication
  • Executive coaching
  • Confidence building
  • Polarity Management
  • Experiential learning design
  • Customized coaching and consulting solutions tied to business results
  • Industries: healthcare, retail, government, insurance, transportation
CREDENTIALS
  • Master Certified Coach (MCC)
  • Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC)
  • Certificate, Co-Active Leadership Program, The Coaches Training Institute
  • Certified Organization & Relationship Systems Coach (ORSCC)
  • Certified Appreciative Inquiry Practitioner
  • Authorized Provider of Team Diagnostic Assessment
  • Qualified to administer: Leadership Circle Profile 360°
  • Qualified to administer: Leadership Circle Culture 360°
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Neeraj Bhagat

ACC, MBA, PMP

Clients say… “Neeraj is one of the smartest people I know and he sees the world so differently from me. As a result, I gain amazing new insights almost every time we talk. I would readily add him to my management team so I can get him all day long!” Vice President of Sales, Large Technology Company

What Neeraj likes best about his work: Very simply, impacting how people experience life TODAY! We all have challenges with work, money, relationships, health, etc. And I find how we choose to engage with these challenges defines our experience, more so than the actual circumstances.

Neeraj’s proudest moment in coaching: My proudest moment was using coaching skills in a non-coaching situation. The leader of a 4-person management team asked for 30 minutes to address operational issues before we could start our scheduled meeting. I noticed the team was very demoralized, frustrated, and fighting with each other. By listening, asking a few key questions, and reflecting what I noticed, I helped the team leave two hours later inspired and unified. We got our work done and they hadn’t realized it. And yet they knew something magical had just happened.

SPECIALTIES
  • Team / Relationship Coaching
  • Executive / Individual Coaching
  • Strategic Planning
  • Change Management
  • Training and Facilitation
  • Industries: technology, government, healthcare
CREDENTIALS
  • Associate Certified Coach (ACC))
  • Organization and Relationship Systems Coaching
  • Certificate, Co-Active Leadership Program, The Coaches Training Institute
  • Masters Business Administration, The Darden School, University of Virginia
  • Certified Project Management Professional (PMP)
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Hanna Cooper

MPH, PCC, CPCC, ORSCC

Clients say … “Instead of giving me ‘the answer,’ Hanna asks the questions so I find my own solutions. By coaching with Hanna, I am finally resolving situations that have lingered unresolved for years, as I discover I have the capacity within me to change my current and future outcomes.” Statewide Health Improvement Initiatives Manager, Minnesota Department of Health

What Hanna likes best about her work: “Helping fan the flames on a leader’s own learning and growth, knowing that they will have even more significant positive impact in the world. Coaching leaders allows me to act in alignment with my own values while serving others.”

Hanna’s proudest moment in coaching: “Repeatedly, it’s in witnessing clients find and use their own unlimited inner wisdom and then making the critical shifts they desire from that place of knowing. When clients can ask themselves their own coaching questions, I know they’ve got it!”

SPECIALTIES
  • Maximizing leaders’ professional and personal lives
  • Transforming organizational conflict
  • Helping emerging leaders
  • Industries: government, nonprofits, healthcare
CREDENTIALS
  • Professional Certified Coach (PCC)
  • Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC)
  • Certified Organization & Relationship Systems Coach (ORSCC)
  • Certificate, Co-Active Leadership Program, The Coaches Training Institute
  • Master’s Degree in Public Health with a focus on health behavior and health education from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
  • A graduate of and a former mentor for the Public Health Education Leadership Institute
  • Qualified to administer: Leadership Circle Profile 360° Feedback & Culture Survey
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Meade Dickerson

MCC, CPCC

Clients say … “Meade, has an amazing spirit that’s booming with a sense of pure aliveness. I wanted to have some of his spirit move me to the next level of my own journey, and he did just that. What does Buzz Lightyear say in the movie Toy Story? ‘To infinity and beyond!’ That’s Meade. That’s me. Man, we’re awesome!” Management Consultant, Communications

What Meade likes best about his work: “Knowing that the work I do is what I am here for in the world. It is my true calling, and I feel lucky and blessed to have found it at such a young age. Coaching is who I am. How cool is it that I get to do the work that I love and get paid for it?!”

Meade’s proudest moment in coaching: “When a client told me that due to the work I had done with her, I had helped save her life. This client had gone through a horrific bout of cancer treatments while trying to change her life and her career. Our work together allowed her to move through the transition and heal with empowerment and grace.”

SPECIALTIES
  • Leadership development
  • Team development
  • Developing in-house coaching structures
  • Emotional Intelligence for sales teams and leaders
  • Enneagram Personality Typing Systems
  • Industries: financial services, hospitality, real estate, technologies, publishing, shipping and transportation
CREDENTIALS
  • Master Certified Coach (MCC), International Coach Federation
  • Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC), The Coaches Training Institute
  • Certificate, Co-Active Leadership Program, The Coaches Training Institute
  • Bachelor of Arts in History and German, The College of William and Mary
  • Past President, International Coach Federation, Miami Chapter
  • Emotional Intelligence Certification, Talent Smart
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Wendy Gutin

PCC, CPCC

Clients say … “More than a sounding board or a conscience, Wendy takes you to the places you’re most afraid of but need to go. I’m truly amazing and delighted at the ground we’ve covered since working together, and when I think about what I’m most grateful for, Wendy immediately comes to mind.” VP Corporate Marketing and Communications

What Wendy likes best about her work: “I love that I get to champion people to be their best selves, whether through individual coaching, their being a participant in a course I’ve led, or being someone I’ve supervised or mentored. I love having people wake up to and embrace their potential and their dreams!”

Wendy’s proudest moment in coaching: “Several come to mind, but one of them is when I coached a woman who had worked for WorldCom to start her own consulting company and move across the country. She created an entirely new life and new career, in a new location, and felt self-confident, creative, and fully alive for probably the first time in her life.”

SPECIALTIES
  • Overcoming limitations
  • Personal transformation
  • Coaching individuals through real — and lasting — change
  • Industries: Technology, Coaching, Alternative Health
CREDENTIALS
  • Professional Certified Coach (PCC)
  • Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC)
  • Certificate, Co-Active Leadership Program, The Coaches Training Institute
  • Organization and Relationship Systems Coaching
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from the University of Maryland
  • Faculty member, Coaches’ Training Institute
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Bonnie K. Hill

PCC, CPCC, MSW

Clients say … “I am struck by the immensity of the gift you have given me, even during the moments even when I questioned everything. Thank you for the huge part you played in getting me to this moment today. A huge THANK YOU for your strong, intuitive coaching, Bonnie.” President, Solopreneur, Web Design

What Bonnie likes best about her work: “I feel totally alive and thrilled about my work when I see clients recognize that they have choice in their lives and then actually choose to do something new, different, or what they previously thought of as ‘hard’ or ‘impossible.’ My work is all about creating and uncovering possibilities; I see them and it’s fantastic when they see them too!”

Bonnie’s proudest moment in coaching: “[A client] felt that our coaching relationship had enough trust and safety to bring up something that was very hard and uncomfortable for her and had the courage to be honest, forthright and willing to have a difficult conversation. For me, this was a powerfully clear example of how creating a safe and courageous coaching relationship really works.”

SPECIALTIES
  • Coaching education and training
  • Mid-life women
  • Solopreneurs
  • Upper level managers
  • Industries: Academia, Federal Government
CREDENTIALS
  • Professional Certified Coach (PCC)
  • Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC)
  • Certificate, Co-Active Leadership Program, The Coaches Training Institute
  • Certified Authentic Happiness Coach
  • Organization and Relationship Systems Coaching
  • Masters in Social Work, California State University- Long Beach
  • Faculty member, Coaches’ Training Institute
  • Authorized Provider of Team Diagnostic Assessment
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Heather O’Neill Jelks

MS, PCC

Clients say … “Hiring Heather two years ago has been one of my best decisions! She has been instrumental in helping me become a more effective, focused and efficient executive director. My trust in Heather is absolute, and as a result, I am comfortable working with her on my toughest issues. She has added tremendous value to me and to my organization.” Executive Director, National Association

What Heather likes about her work: “It’s exciting and gratifying to help a leader identify and leverage her strengths and address habits that may be holding her back from the impact she craves. I work with leaders and teams to provoke insights and introduce new practices that align their results with their intentions and vision. With just the right blend of heart and backbone, I champion my clients to make subtle shifts that create big differences in their satisfaction and success. Nothing is more rewarding than to witness someone experiencing the joy of reaching her goals successfully!”

Heather’s proudest moment in coaching: “Coaching is filled with inspiring “aha” moments. I work with a leader who assumed the executive director role of an organization she cared deeply about. When we began working together, my client felt overwhelmed and unsure of her leadership. Her predecessor had put in 65 hour work weeks and was intimately involved in every action taken and decision made in the organization. Following in these foot steps, my client didn’t trust that she had the skills and capacity to lead effectively. In our work together, she’s created a vision for the organization and engaged in practices that help her sustain her energy and creativity while maintaining a manageable work-life balance. Her “aha” moment came when she realized she could develop her own unique brand of leadership and did not need to mirror the approach or style of her predecessor.”

SPECIALTIES
  • Executive Coaching
  • Career and career transitions coaching
  • Leadership training design and delivery
  • Leadership and leadership team development
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Managing capacity
  • Cultivating presence
  • Effective communication
  • Managing conflict
  • Industries: financial services, health care, technology, law, associations, non-profits, government
CREDENTIALS
  • Professional Certified Coach (PCC)
  • Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC)
  • Certified Somatic Coach, The Strozzi Institute
  • Trained mediator
  • Trained in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
  • Qualified to administer: MBTI, DiSC, EQ-i, Highlands Ability Battery, Leadership Circle Profile 360° Feedback & Culture Survey; Six Thinking Hats; Strengths Deployment Inventory
  • Bachelor of Arts in English, Georgetown University
  • Certificate in Conflict Analysis & Resolution, George Mason University
  • Master of Science in Organization Development, American University/NTL
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Debra J. Josephson

PCC, CPCC, RN, BSN

Clients say … “I will be forever grateful for the thought-provoking questions you asked me. The ‘a-ha’ moments are too numerous to count but each one was valuable in helping me to find my way.” VP Human Resources, Manufacturing

What Debra likes best about her work: “It is an absolute honor to observe the awakenings that people have in and about their lives. To watch people experience more joy, fulfillment and authenticity is an amazing process and contributes bit by bit to improving our human community.”

Debra’s proudest moment in coaching: “I’m proud of when a client realized that the pain of living life ‘asleep’ was greater than the fear of making a fundamental change. This change shook her old belief system of putting everyone else and their needs ahead of what she wanted and needed. She started ‘living life out loud’ and has not looked back since.”

SPECIALTIES
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Setting and reaching goals
  • Identifying helpful or harmful patterns
  • Accountability for positive change
  • Dealing with addiction
  • Industries: healthcare, manufacturing, consulting
CREDENTIALS
  • Professional Certified Coach (PCC)
  • Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC)
  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Augsburg College, Minneapolis MN
  • Qualified to administer: EQi 2.0 and EQi 360° assessments
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Tamara Keefe

M Ed, ACC

Clients say … “Tamara Keefe has influenced my life more than I could have ever hoped for. When I partnered with her as my coach I was working in Corporate America, but badly wanting to break away and start my own business. I have enjoyed “playing my music” for three years now, and I will forever be grateful for her help.” Professional Speaker, Trainer, Author

What Tamara likes best about her work: “Working with clients who want to make positive changes in their lives and are motivated to do what it takes to make that happen. I believe coaching is transformational. It creates perspective, expands possibility, brings clarity and that clarity breeds action. I love the miraculous nature of this work.”

Tamara’s proudest moment in coaching: “It’s when my clients reach that special breakthrough moment when they become more fully aware of all they are capable of and clear about how to achieve it.”

SPECIALTIES
  • Dialogue facilitation
  • Leadership coaching
  • Training and Facilitation
  • Holding wide-open possibilities
  • Industries: Call centers, Human Services, Technology, Financial Services
CREDENTIALS
  • Associate Certified Coach (ACC)
  • Master Certified: Customer Relationship Management
  • Master Certified: Leadership Development
  • Certified: Organizational Development
  • Graduate of the Coaches Training Institute
  • Extensive training in dialogue and facilitative leadership
  • Bachelors in education from the University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill
  • Masters degree in education from the University of South Florida
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Jessica Oster

MA, CPCC

Clients say… “Jessica is an absolute joy to work with. Very polished and professional, I am confident every person she touches experiences great improvement.” –HR Manager, Communications

What Jessica likes best about her work: “I am humbled by the moments where everyone in a discussion commits consciously or subconsciously to learn from each other and learn from themselves without judgment. When this happens, positive outcomes can be limitless.”

Jessica’s proudest moment in her work: “During my final presentation as a Rotary ambassador in Israel, I facilitated a discussion of steps to peace in the Middle East. By doing so, the community was able to establish 5 business and educational actions to be taken in the following two months. The journey this community and I had been on together for the past year created and deepened relationships across religious and ethnic divides while discussing progress from an intrapersonal, interpersonal, and international level. One gentleman, who was unable to speak English, came up to me after my last facilitation event, handed me a used envelope on the back of which were written the words “You have a gift for peace,” and smiled a smile that transcended all borders.”

SPECIALTIES
  • Relationship Builder
  • Organizational Development
  • Event planning
  • Conflict Negotiation
  • Community Organizer
CREDENTIALS
  • Certified Professional/Co-Active Coach (CPCC)
  • Rotary Ambassador
  • BA Global Studies
  • MA Peace & Conflict Management
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Madelyn Roche

ACC, CPCC

Clients say … “Coaching with Madelyn was an unforgettable experience. She helped me to develop the self-esteem and confidence I needed to move forward in my life.” Sales Associate, PriceWaterhouseCooper.

What Madelyn likes best about her work: Helping people achieve powerful, life-enhancing breakthroughs in their personal and professional lives.

Madelyn’s proudest moment in coaching: Helping a client to overcome personal and self-confidence barriers so that she was finally able to write the book she had dreamed about writing for years.

SPECIALTIES
  • Executive workflow optimization
  • Developing organizational systems that maximize client effectiveness
  • Professional and personal breakthroughs
  • Industries: healthcare, federal agencies, national associations
CREDENTIALS
  • Associate Certified Coach (ACC)
  • Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC)
  • Certificate, Co-Active Leadership Program, The Coaches Training Institute
  • Organization Relationship System Coaching
  • Candidate for Certification – Team Diagnostic Assessment
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Paul (Paolo) Scoglio

MSW, LICSW, CPCC

Clients say … “I coached with Paul off and on a couple different times for 2-3 years and then again for under a year. I grew personally, in my awareness and understanding of my impact in my personal life, in all aspects of my life … my impact in the world and how I show up … he helped me to be more powerful and full and complete.” COO/CFO Coach Training Industry

What Paul likes best about his work: “I love the people I meet and the depth of connection they offer on the journey they share with me. Far more than seeing their accomplishments, it is the connections and the discoveries that fulfill me the most.”

Paul’s proudest moment in coaching: “My proudest moment occurred when I referred a client to a job that was perfect for her. Through the experience of couples’ coaching, she and her husband rejuvenated their marriage and she agreed to her husband’s desire to relocate even though she had to quit her job. She struggled for two years to find a satisfying position. Finally I referred her to a great job that she landed. It was a perfect fit for her experience, talents, need for community, and interest in serving others. It reignited her own transformational growth. ”

SPECIALTIES
  • Authentic leadership development
  • Relationship Coaching
  • Team- building
  • Meeting facilitation
  • Managerial leadership training
  • Group Coaching
  • Industries: utilities, healthcare, insurance, sales leadership
CREDENTIALS
  • Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC)
  • Certificate, Co-Active Leadership Program, The Coaches Training Institute
  • New Equations training
  • Masters Degree in Social Work from Boston College>
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Lisa Seims

MBA, ACC, CPCC

Clients say … “When I went to Lisa, I was looking for just that extra oomph to take me to the next level. Lisa far exceeded my expectations! Her approach is to work in self affirming paradigm shifts, helping to expand your personal horizon. Lisa has great intuition complemented really well with a very logical mind and guides in a non-judgmental way. I never did more than I was comfortable doing yet I was stretched in ways that I hadn’t envisioned. I highly recommend Lisa, she is a terrific guide!” Director, Human Resources

What Lisa likes best about her work: “I enjoy helping people get clear about what they want professionally and personally. Whether coaching someone around goal clarification, effective communication or strategy, the identification of limiting beliefs or the behaviors that keep people stuck, I know I am deepening their awareness and helping them become more empowered. I love to blend my analytical aptitude and my intuitive/interpersonal skills (sometimes referred to by my clients as “touchy-feely”) to support them in achieving their goals.”

Lisa’s proudest moment in coaching: “It’s not just one moment, but every time a client has a moment of self-discovery – of seeing something new or differently that creates greater freedom and power in their choices and actions. Hearing someone tell you that you made a significant, positive difference in their life is very rewarding.”

SPECIALTIES
  • Process improvement: Six Sigma, Lean
  • Leadership development
  • Team development
  • Executive coaching
  • Industries: Financial Services; Education; Not for Profit; Hospitality; Service sector
CREDENTIALS
  • Associate Certified Coach (ACC)
  • Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC)
  • Certified Quality Manager (CQM)
  • Certified Six Sigma Black Belt (CSSBB)
  • Masters Business Administration
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Andrea Sigetich

MCC, CPCC

Clients say … “I ran across a quote today that describes my experience after working with Andrea all these years. ‘No man remains quite what he was when he recognizes himself.’ [Thomas Mann] I have changed ever since I recognized myself as the person I want to become.” Director, FedEx Ground

What Andrea likes best about her work: “I adore turning on the light switch. I love the a-ha moments of insight, when clients see the patterns and their meanings. I love being allowed to see intimately into another’s heart and soul, and — having been granted the permission to challenge — assist them in seeing their best selves.”

Andrea’s proudest moment in coaching: “There is a shift — an almost audible, but certainly tangible shift — when a client truly ‘gets’ that they are magnificent. He suddenly crosses a barrier … His self-confidence at this point, and his willingness to continue on his path, whatever the risks, challenges, or fears, make the coaching screech to a halt. He is done. Hallelujah!”

SPECIALTIES
  • Executive leadership, especially HR
  • Strategic development
  • Internal coach training and development
  • Industries: high-tech, financial services, hospitality, health care, transportation and small service businesses
CREDENTIALS
  • Master Certified Coach (MCC)
  • Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC)
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Michigan
  • Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management from the University of Utah (summa cum laude)
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Kristine Steinberg

CPBA, CPVA, ORSCC

Clients say … “I found Kristine to quickly zero in on my situation and provide invaluable coaching at a critical moment in my career. In a short time, she was able to assess where I was, and analyzing my strengths and weakness, she coached me on how best to present myself.” Nursing Director, Massachusetts General Hospital

What Kristine likes best about her work: “The moment of ‘awakening’ inspires me beyond words. I experience a sense of great humility and honor as a witness to this awakening. All the effort that goes into coaching culminates in that moment and this is what I love most about what I do.”

Kristine’s proudest moment in coaching: “When a client awakens to the truth in themselves and in that truth they discover the power to break a pattern/habit/barrier and follow their dream. These dreams range from going back to school to pursue innate talents/passions to ending alienating behavior in order to become a leader that people want to work with and emulate.”

SPECIALTIES
  • Executive coaching
  • Career coaching
  • Facilitation
  • Job search consultation
  • Industries: corporate, academia
CREDENTIALS
  • Certified Organization and Relationship Systems Coach (ORSCC)
  • Certified Professional Behavioral Analyst (CPBA)
  • Certified Professional Values Analyst (CPVA)
  • Qualified to Administer: DiSC, Workplace Motivators, Myers BriggsInventory, Strong Interest Inventory
  • Master’s Degree in Psychotherapy from Lesley University, Cambridge, Mass.
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Betsy Stites

BSN, M.Ed

Clients say … “Working with Betsy is a Wow experience. – I appreciated the ability to journey through to a heartfelt vision. To have to focus down, to prioritize, actually provided freedom for me to let other things go and to see that there is a way to a vision. My experience was transformational!” System Director Strategy Development

What Betsy likes best about her business: “What warms my heart is to see hope ignited in people’s eyes and to help them begin to claim their own magnificence. It reinforces my passion to help others be the best they can be. I feel privileged to be in partnership with another person during life’s journey.”

Betsy’s proudest moment in her work: “I personally do not believe in retirement. My word is “refirement” – for individuals to continue to provide their skill, wisdom and abilities as long as possible but perhaps in new and innovative ways. I had one client who was 60 and had been retired for 5 years. She was bored and ready to begin looking at a legacy career.
At the end of our engagement her evaluation was- “when I began working with Betsy, I was a 60 year old who felt like an 80 year old who was finished. Now I am a 60 year old who feels like a young and valuable 40 year old.”

SPECIALTIES
  • Transformational Change
  • Executive coaching
  • Political navigation
  • Helping individuals discover and claim their voice in the world
  • Possibility thinking and making lemonade out of lemons
  • Industries: healthcare, human resources, Not For Profit
CREDENTIALS
  • Certified in the Advanced Art of Convening
  • Certified in Enneagram Personality Survey
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Duke University
  • Master’s Degree in Education from University of St. Thomas
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Rhonda Van Diest

MA, ACC, CPCC

Clients say … “Coaching with Rhonda Van Diest is the best thing I did for myself this year. She helped me unearth my true direction and we made a solid plan for me to reach my goals. She does this all with a high level of compassion and professionalism.” Author, Screenwriter, Professional Blogger

What Rhonda likes best about her work: “Seeing the tremendous energy and potential in my clients. I know that each one is magnificent, and I love watching each client revel in their own successes as they move through the coaching process. Having worked in organizations all over the world, I see the need for coaching and the efficiency and benefit of engaging a professional at this level.”

Rhonda’s proudest moment in coaching: “It’s always in seeing clients recognize limitations they have put on themselves – and make a conscious decision that those boundaries are unnecessary and no longer helpful. When they let go of those limitations and really examine why they hold ideas dear, the shift is really amazing to behold.”

SPECIALTIES
  • Executive and Individual Coaching
  • Helping emerging leaders
  • Organizational design and development
  • Strategic planning
  • Training design and delivery
  • Meeting facilitation
  • Industries:Pharmaceuticals, Healthcare, Federal Government Engineering & Architecture, Small Business
CREDENTIALS
  • Associate Certified Coach (ACC)
  • Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC)
  • Master’s Degree in Organizational Development with a focus on Instructional System Design (ISD) and training delivery from the George Washington University Graphic Facilitator, trained by Crowley & Co.
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Laura West

CPCC

Clients say … “Laura is the essence of creativity. She approaches problems and opportunities with a unique way of seeing the patterns, potential and the path. Where there was once chaos and confusion there is now clarity, confidence and a clear plan of action!”

What Laura likes best about her work: “I love when people shift into possibility-land! When clients are able to see and own how their unique skills, personality, and expertise combines together to create their unique personal brand leadership, something shifts. The belief in what is possible and that they are the person to lead is palpable.”

Laura’s proudest moment in coaching: “I was working with a consultant who is incredibly smart and experienced but couldn’t see her own brilliance when it came to her personal brand and business opportunities. We reclaimed her many intertwined career experiences to see a new bigger and more powerful impact that she wanted to have on the world. She found clarity and a sense of empowerment for her mission. She had been fighting this small box she was thinking she had to fit into – she shifted and realized she was playing a much bigger game!”

SPECIALTIES
  • Executive /Entrepreneur Coaching
  • Strategic Planning and Visioning
  • Personal Brand Essence
  • Marketing and Branding
  • Women’s Leadership
  • Innovation and Creativity
  • InfoDoodle Murals and Graphic Recording
CREDENTIALS
  • Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC)
  • Certificate, Co-Active Leadership Program, The Coaches Training Institute
  • Certified Business Development Coach and Advisory Board Member, Entrevis
  • Past Program Chairperson, Georgia Chapter, ICF
  • Author, Joyful Business Guide – Creative Right-Brain Business Plan
  • Bachelor of Science, Business Administration in Marketing & Women’s Studies, Old Dominion University, Virginia.
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JoAnne Weimer

Virtual Administrator

Clients say … We couldn’t do half the job we do at BluOpal without Jo’s organization and structural help. She’s great at making sure our clients are well taken care of! Bruce & Michele, BluOpal Consulting Jo is the Virtual Administrator for BluOpal. She excels at providing high quality administrative services with dedication, commitment and confidentiality.

What Jo likes best about her business:
“Working as a team with my clients as they achieve their vision, goals and objectives while, at the same time, accomplishing my professional goals. Having my own business offers lifestyle flexibility and the opportunity to ‘break out of the box’ and try new methods; always challenging and exciting. One of my favorite quotes (author unknown) is Women who Behave rarely make History…I believe that quite nicely sums up my business motivation and management style.”

Jo’s proudest moment in her work: “My proudest moment is when I started my business in 1998 and finalized my initial ten clients. International entrepreneurs and small businesses continue to recognize the efficiency and cost savings provided by virtual assistants, and I am proud to be associated with an industry on the upswing.”

SPECIALTIES
  • Project management
  • Strategic Planning
  • Generating efficiency at reduced cost
  • Creating win-win results
  • Entrepreneurial thinking
CREDENTIALS
  • CEO of Luce Creek Associates
  • Member IVAA (International Virtual Assistant Association)
  • Bachelor Degree in Business Management, Radio, TV & Film – University of Maryland
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