Faculty Members are listed in Alphabetical Order by Last Name.
Ann Acheson, Coach & Facilitator, New Hampshire, US
With the background of a B.A. in Psychology from Rutgers University, and massage therapy training several years after that, Ann has combined her deep interest in health, the unfolding of one's personal growth process, and accessing information from the collective unconscious, to form a unique bodywork practice that she has been building for the past 20 years. She delights in being part of and facilitating woman's circles, and takes great joy in witnessing women expand into their capacity to live a fully engaged life. She lives with her husband and cat in southern New Hampshire.
Ìpek Arcan, Coach & Facilitator, Turkey
Individual and organizational transformation and development is at the core of Ìpek’s business focus. She defines her approach as being a bridge in client’s journey to transform into individual or organizational dreams and potentials. She fulfills this focus by professional coaching, teams and systems coaching, training, workshop design and facilitation and management consulting.
Ìpek is an ACC, ACPC Professional Coach and ORSC Trained Team Coach who is a firm believer in change and development. Her consultancy approach which she has been exercising in the last 13 years of her career is being reshaped towards thinking together and creating together by the touch of her coaching practice. She had the privilege to work with institutions pioneer in their industry in various projects such as Tani, Arçelik, Petrol Ofisi, Tirsan, KOSGEB, Borusan Boru, SEK Süt amongst others.
Ìpek is a graduate of Izmir Bornova Anatolian High School (BAL) and Middle East Technical University, Business Administration. Speaks fluent English. She is married and has 3 lovely children. She loves to read, think and write that feeds her soul, she enjoys various sports that activates her energy.
Emanuela Barbi, Coach & Facilitator, Italy
Emanuela graduated in Computer Science at the Turin University in 1983, she has developed her managerial career into the Aerospace & Defence industry and is currently working as Intellectual Property Senior Manager in a sector leading company.
With a strong background in software engineering and project management, she mastered the processes of innovation, knowledge and training management by leading many R&D departments and collaborating with several Universities. She also accomplished the development of a Corporate Academy for Advanced Training.
Throughout long-standing fieldwork and continuous education to manage human resources and to lead integrated project teams, she acquired consistent soft skills in emotional intelligence, team building, change management and coaching.
Always committed to promote the women leadership, in 2016 she joined the CIYO Community to contribute to the purpose.
She lives in Rome, has two beloved sons and spends free time enjoying full immersions in nature, culture and sports.
Magda Barceló, Coach & Facilitator, Spain
Magda is an experienced organizational consultant, integral coach and facilitator. Her passion is to support individuals and organizations in realizing their highest potential. Originally from Spain, she works internationally as a consultant in the fields of organizational development and facilitation. She has worked for diverse clients such as the Red Cross, the European Commission, Glaxo Smithkline, Unilever and local cooperatives, among others. Fluent in five languages, she holds a degree in Business Administration by the Rovira i Virgili University held in Spain, France, Italy and the UK and a masters in Gender and Social Policy from the London School of Economics. She is a practitioner of the Art of Hosting participatory leadership movement and is deepening her practice of Theory U and embodiment.
She is married and lives in Spain. She finds great joy in walking in the nature with her dog Puca, practicing yoga, writing and painting.
Dorian Baroni, Coach & Facilitator, US and Europe
Dorian is an executive coach, leadership programs and retreats faculty, and organizational advisor. Her business experience has spanned a variety of industries - investment banking, global energy, consumer goods and art retail - and a number of countries - UK, US, Venezuela, Italy, and Belgium.
One of her core beliefs is that a leader's individual journey towards wholeness is critical to addressing today's global challenges. And as a business woman, she is particularly passionate about the role and power of feminine leadership to support the evolution of global mindsets, social systems and models of economic impact. "I work with both individuals and organizational teams. I help individuals develop a higher quality of transformational self-awareness, so as to enable courses of action in which the truth of one's individual calling and the power of one's true gifts can more clearly 'show up'. When working with organizations, I look for the patterns in the organizational culture, systems or structures - whether hidden conflicts or self-defeating strategies - which are getting in the way of the creative potential of collective endeavors. Bringing to light such patterns allows for a different level of conversations in which the truth about such 'stuckness' can be seen, voiced and ultimately transformed." Dorian currently lives in the US and resides in Arizona.
Vesselina Blagoeva, Facilitator, Sophia, Bulgaria
Vesselina works as a business lawyer and mediator. Her professional focus is to support communication and dialogue on various levels. In her practice of business she is a solution-finder, assisting and encouraging her clients to use different methods of alternative dispute resolutions and bringing together counter positions.
Karen Bummele, Coach, Facilitator, & Yoga Teacher, New York, US
Karen is deeply passionate about empowering mindful living, conscious leadership, and awakening possibilities and potential. Her expertise and innovation in the areas of diversity and inclusion, cultural competency, visioning, women’s leadership, and community building, has led her to lead numerous large-scale initiatives bridging organizations, government, and corporations towards sustainable collaborations and collective impact.
As an executive, leadership and life coach and facilitator, she works globally across wide ranging fields and sectors. She is additionally a registered yoga teacher specializing in restorative yoga and Urban Zen integrative modalities. Her own personal path of deepening mindfulness and presence based practices has inspired her to inspire others to discover the power of pause and “whole” self. Our outer journey is truly fulfilled when it is aligned with our inner journey so that we can take bold, authentic, purposeful steps in all walks of our journey.
Barbara Cecil, CIYO co-founder, Coach & Facilitator, Oregon, US
Barbara works as a thinking partner, coach and guide for leaders in organizations which are involved in renewal processes. She teaches core leadership skills for senior executives who are interested in new forms of team governance. Since 1987, Barbara has pioneered the discipline of dialogue as a foundational capacity for large systems change. Barbara developed The Symbols Way process, a tool for discerning one's path forward in a way that reflects calling at current stages of one's life.
Barbara specializes in community dialogue, corporate and non-profit change initiatives, and support for women in transition. Prior to her work as a consultant, Barbara was Executive Director of the American-Soviet Film Initiative, established to dissolve stereotypes sustained by top image makers in the media, (Moscow/Los Angeles); She was Associate Dean of the School of Humanities at California State University, Long Beach. Barbara is also an artist.
Peri Chickering, Coach & Facilitator, New Hampshire, US
Peri currently works as a Senior Consultant for Dialogos. Historically, she spent years as a professional mountaineer, guide, and experiential educator. With the outdoors as the classroom, she traveled to many parts the world creating and leading wilderness based leadership experiences for individuals and groups. Much of this worked centered around creating multicultural leadership development programs for both youth and adults, including bringing the first group of Soviet youth into South Africa and the first tri-lateral exchange between Soviet, Hungarian, and Americans in the United States. As an outgrowth of these pursuits, she went on to raise the funds, train and develop local staff, and start new leadership schools in several countries including Brazil, Bulgaria, and South Africa. She holds a Masters Degree in Human Development and a Ph.D. in Human and Organizational Systems from the Fielding Institute.
Daniëlle Doeve, Coach & Facilitator, The Netherlands
Daniëlle is a natural connector of people, practices and ideas.
She is the founder of Hartskracht (HeartFire). As coach and trainer, Daniëlle helps to unlock the full potential of the people she works with and to connect them to their purpose in life. She is educated at Phoenix Education and skilled in Constellation Work & NLP.
She has worked for Nuon, an important Dutch energy company for 15 years. Her main focus was to increase customer and employee satisfaction. She created awareness on the importance of a Caring Customer Service and on an environment that is based on interconnectedness. Now, self employed, she facilitates Personal Development Programs and Inner Quests for Female Leaders in organizations to help them to lead from within in this time of transition.
Music is an important inspirational force to her. Together with her husband she organizes concerts that set the human heart on fire. Her heart is her inner compass in life and leads her again and again to fertile grounds. Daniëlle is married to Jeroen and they live with their two children Roman and Isobel in Amsterdam IJburg.
Gabrielle Donnelly, Ph.D., Coach & Facilitator, Canada
Gabrielle is a scholar and practitioner of creativity and social change. A collaborator with Brave Space, Gabrielle works with methods for meaningful public engagement, participatory leadership, and systems change such as The Art of Hosting, Deep Democracy, and Participatory Action Research. Her passion for integrating theory and practice leads her to work with organizations like Coady International Institute, FoodARC, ALIA Institute, Government of Nova Scotia, Ecology Action Centre, Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission, and Now Lunenburg County.
Gabrielle is a professor at Acadia University, an associate of the Taos Institute, and publishes in the areas of creativity, social change, participatory leadership, and transdisciplinarity. She is the Managing Editor of World Futures: The Journal of New Paradigm Research. Born in London, England and raised in Calgary, Alberta, Gabrielle lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She's British to the bone, Irish at heart, Albertan to the soles of her (cowgirl) boots, an engaged Nova Scotian, and an inspired global citizen.
Margaret Drescher, Facilitator, Canada
Margaret is co-director of Windhorse Farm. She pioneered Shambhala International's move to Nova Scotia, Canada in 1979.
As a sister, mother, grandmother feminine leadership comes naturally. Her guide is the natural world and her intuition comes from a meditative approach. She has facilitated CIYO programs at Windhorse Farm and in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Her college degree is in Ornamental Horticulure and she has been a practitioner and attending seminars an teaching Shambhala Buddhism since 1973.
Lyedie Geer, Coach & Facilitator, New Hampshire, US
Lyedie is an intuitive and skillful Integral Master Coach, facilitator and leadership consultant. She helps people and organizations fulfill their potential by bringing proven leading edge theory about creativity, leadership and human development into practice. As her practice evolved over the years, she developed a focus on women’s lives and leadership and she delights in holding women’s circles in a variety of settings. She offers a deeply felt and fully researched understanding of the phases of our lives, how we define and redefine success along the way and what contributes to confidence, creativity and our sense of connection. With quiet appreciation and deftly wielded insight, Lyedie clears a path to fulfilling the promise of who we are.
Vintage 1958, she stands proud as the mother of three strong and lovely daughters and now two freshly minted grandchildren. She finds great pleasure in hunting for edible wild greens and mushrooms, dancing, creative writing, hiking, and an active yoga and meditation practice. In the summer she delights in paddle-boarding on the lakes near her home. She lives with her youngest daughter, Madelin, and they enjoy community life in the Central New England river valley town of Walpole, New Hampshire, USA.
Myriam Ines Giangiacomo, Coach & Facilitator, Rome, Italy
Myriam Ines is a philosopher, an entrepreneur, a change and leadership advisor, an executive coach, a counsellor and facilitator. After having worked for over thirty years within HR, holding management roles in several large companies and in a large multinational consulting firm she founded Bottega filosofica. She concentrates on strategic consulting in the field of social innovation, organizational and personal development as well as leadership. A specialist in business ethics, Myriam Ines combines the unique point of view and methods of the philosophical practitioner with solid corporate background. Having a strong aptitude for organizational innovation and design of new organizational and management systems, she has been involved in several business start-ups and has managed numerous complex change and transition projects during her career.
Now she uses her acquired experience in philosophical practice, counseling, coaching and systems thinking to help organizations and individuals, mainly in phases of growth, change and transition, to better understand themselves and reality and to define and achieve their goals, setting free the existing resources and potential developing their leadership, systemic vision and collective intelligence.
She lives in Rome. She is married to Renzo and they have a son, Francesco.
Silvia Gollini Daum, Facilitator, France & Italy
Silvia grew up in Italy and obtained a Master's Degree in Economy from the University of Bologna. As an HR consultant since the mid 90s, she has worked for some of the major consultancy firms in Italy. Silvia has lived in Paris since 2005, while working both in Italy and in France. Her core competency areas are consultancy, facilitation, training, and collective intelligence process. Silvia has worked extensively in most private sectors, doing interventions in diversity and inclusion, diversity management, leadership, management, creativity, innovation and systemic thinking. She has worked with a lot of different kind of clients in different sectors such as banking, insurance, cosmetics, high-technology, and transports. She is passionate about everything around sustainable development and ecology, and she is very active in her community participating and leading initiatives around the emergency of a different future. She loves cooking and she shares her organic recipes on her blog. She is married to Matthieu, and has two daughters, Charlotte and Gabrielle.
Heidy Heffner, Coach & Facilitator, US
Stéphanie Leonard, Coach & Facilitator, France
After having had a rich and busy career of 18 years in the sector of recruitment, Stéphanie founded Aimotion. As a certified coach and trainer, she offers a full range of services for men and women in career management. Her effective and alternative approaches based on systemic coaching using collective intelligence processes and dialogues, allow her clients to revitalize their professional careers in tune with their personal values. Stéphanie also works together with Pluribus Europe as a diversity and inclusion professional assisting clients to create a culture of inclusion. Her passion is to help women and men to model their professional activities as a source of well-being. Stéphanie is 43, married to Gilles and is based in Paris. Together they have a 12-year-old daughter, Margaux.
Cécile Pernette Masson, Coach & Facilitator, Europe
Cécile was originally trained as a Ceramics and Glass Restorer and holds a BA in English Literature. She moved from restoring objects to creating new insights with people generating durable solutions to problems or situations. Today she is a coach, facilitator and thinking partner working in Dutch, English, French and Italian. Swiss born (Zürich) she has lived and worked in various European countries and worked in the arts and in various industries. For 20 years, she has owned her consultancy Vialingua where she works with national and international SME’s and local Dutch Government. Cécile is happy to share her passion for Diversity & Inclusion working with Pluribus Europe. She is a board member of a grassroots organization that is linked to the International Council of Women, an NGO that transforms society through women’s empowerment. She coaches young women entrepreneurs on their leadership and co-created a learn and sharing circle with the female governmental executives. The love for her children and nature is her biggest inspiration.
Daniela Mattia, Coach & Facilitator, Italy
Computer science “addicted”, manager, pink lady, business development consultant, trainer, coach, all in more than thirty years of work experience. She has always operated in the ICT world with major incursions in the way culture arts area, holding management positions in large companies and a large multinational American ICT company. Since 2008 is on the market as a freelance developing and cultivating the fundamental skill for the development of enterprise, innovation, creativity, technology and attention to human resources. She has a Degree in Computer Science has always preferred the innovation and technology, but as a good right brain thinker has developed her own way of approaching the business development, thanks to insights on creativity, complexity, environmental sustainability and ethics, authentic leadership. This tendency has led her to play a prominent role in EMEA in the management of start-ups. Has a natural flair for problem solving and large team-building skills. Active in social work at the national and local level always prefers to mix the beauty and technology, art and numbers. She takes care of her personal development nurturing herself at least 10 days of training per year and immersing herself in various readings. She is married, mother of two girls. She loves the outdoors where practice her favorite sports, jogging, nordic walking, swimming and yoga. She frequents the theater and listens to music.
Sarah-Jane Menato, Coach & Facilitator, UK
Sarah-Jane works as a coach, consultant and workshop leader in the UK. She founded a community collaboration that supports and trains enterprising women who want to start and run their own businesses. Sarah-Jane has a particular gift helping women assume their unique leadership stance as they pioneer new ways to work, earn money, and define success on their own terms. As an integral part of the UK’s “Coming Into Your Own” leadership and personal development program, Sarah-Jane uses “The Symbols Way” in her coaching practice for both individuals and groups. She is available in the UK and via Skype.
Amel Murphy, Coach & Facilitator, Dubai, UAE
Amel is an Organizational Learning Consultant. Her work includes leadership development, dialogue, large-scale participative change interventions and development of women leaders. Combining personal enthusiasm and practical experience, she creates an environment in which individuals can listen and think together to produce new, powerful and sustainable outcomes.
Amel has over 15 years of international experience with business, government, non-profits and global energy. Her clients have included Eneos, BP, ExxonMobil, British Gas, British Telecom, Wokingham Council, Oxfam, NatWest, VSO, Reading Football Club and Berkshire Mental Health Services.
Amel is a human structural dynamics practitioner. She is accredited in Myers Briggs, FIRO-B and Behavioral propensities profile (BPP). She holds an MS degree in Organisational Development from University College of London. She lives in Dubai with her husband, John.
Sonja Nossent, Coach & Facilitator, The Netherlands
Sonja is the founder of Essentio. Since 2008 she has worked as an independent coach, trainer, process facilitator and organizational developer in the area of social and workplace innovation. Sources of inspiration for her work are Constellation work, Theory-U, Appreciative Inquiry, NLP, Leadership archetypes, Spiral Dynamics, Large Scale Interventions and others.
Sonja holds a MSc-degree in chemistry and has worked for 24 years as a researcher/consultant in the field of working conditions. Her last job in this field (1997–2008) was at TNO, a large and renowned research institute in The Netherlands. She has worked in national and international projects within the EU and the Russian Federation. Gradually, her interest has moved from the ‘hard chemistry’ (risks of chemicals and substances at the workplace) towards the ‘soft chemistry’ (what is happening within and between people (in organizations).
Sonja was born in Rotterdam, studied in Nijmegen, and has lived and worked in Amsterdam for 24 years. Since 2008 she has been living in a village in Zealand, the south-west province of The Netherlands, being happily married to Dook. For the past few years she has been finding time to take up her artistic work again which will definitely be involved with femininity: female power, sensuality and the female body.
Isabelle Pujol, Coach & Facilitator, Belgium & France
Isabelle is the founder and director of Pluribus, a consultancy committed to develop individuals, teams and organizations to succeed through diversity and inclusion. She provides strategic consulting, designs and facilitates dialogues with leaders from various global organizations to create a truly inclusive performing culture.
She is committed to support women and men in fulfilling their full potential by understanding and valuing their respective cultural differences. She is passionate about supporting their unique leadership journey and helping them reconnecting with their inner voice and authenticity.
Isabelle lives in the area of Brussels and is married to Jean-Marc. They have 2 children, Raphael and Sarah.
Nicola Shearer, Coach & Facilitator, Singapore
Nicola is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) who supports individuals and groups to transform themselves, their teams and their businesses through coaching and leadership development. Past and current clients include FTSE100 companies, Public Sector Leaders and Social Entrepreneurs. Nicola’s global coaching and facilitation work is based on over 20 years commercial and organizational development experience living and working in UK, China, Taiwan, South Africa and Sierra Leone. This includes 10 years as a commercial executive in the Energy Sector.
Nicola has been trained by the Coaches Training Institute in Co-Active Coaching and is a member of the International Coach Federation and The Association for Coaching UK and abides by the ICF Code of Ethics. She also holds a Masters degree in Engineering from Oxford University, an MBA from Durham Business School, is accredited in Myers Briggs and FIRO-B.
Life purpose – “I am a fiercely passionate woman, who gently holds your truth and calls forth brilliance”
Michele Steckler, Coach & Facilitator, New York, US
Michele is the founder of Fly Loft Group, a workshop facilitator, thinking partner and coach. Fly Loft Group is a collective dedicated to supporting the next generation of young leaders, fostering multi-generational connections and guiding individuals and organizations through periods of transition. Through a narrative framework that combines storytelling, generous listening and reflection, Michele creates space where people feel safe to explore, grow and create. Her expansive career in the theatre included more than a decade with Disney Theatrical, where as Senior Producer she led celebrated creative teams to success on Broadway and around the world.
Michele is passionate about building bridges and honoring the human instinct to connect. She holds a BA in Theatre from the University of Vermont and divides her time between New York City and Columbia County, NY, where she also serves as wine director at a local farm-to-table restaurant.
Nükhet Solak, Coach & Facilitator, US & Germany
Nükhet is an OD advisor, who is passionate about understanding and personal growth. Her work focuses on enabling reflection and awareness – individually as well as collectively –, so that people can develop trustful relationships, reliable processes and supportive structures to yield intentional and sustainable outcomes and foster organizational learning.
She developed her multi-facetted change skills working for 20 years in various roles in industries such as finance, software development, strategic management and leadership development and is fluent in four cultures and languages: Germany, Turkey, UK and US. She holds an MBA and MSc. in organizational change.
Nükhet is currently living in New York and Hamburg (Germany), is married and loves exploring urban spaces, hiking, yoga, modern art and architecture.
Maija Van Langendonck, Facilitator, Belgium
Maija is a corporate entrepreneur with over 20 years work experience. She would describe herself as a people – culture and change strategist. She has held various commercial and strategic HR roles across different companies and industries including Cargill, NATO and Management Centre Europe. Maija is currently EMEA HR and Inclusion Lead for Global IT within Cargill.
Areas of expertise range from sales – organizational development – talent management – leadership development – HR strategy to Change leadership, with red threads throughout her career being Cultural Intelligence and Inclusion. She values co-creation and is driven by the opportunity to help people and leaders see their gifts and rise to their full potential, strongly believing in Strengths based performance.
Being a member of the CIYO faculty is my way of seeking to maintain balance and stay true to my values of authenticity – sharing, empowering others, development and self-care. Maija was born in the UK – grew up in Belgium – lived in North America and now in Brussels area with her husband and 13 year old daughter.
Burcu Yalman, Coach & Facilitator, Turkey
Burcu is an International Coach Federation certified professional coach, working with individuals and corporations, primarily on change, development and transition. She practices her profession under her company Yalman & Yalman Co. Her niche area is women empowerment. Besides being the Turkey Representative and Faculty for CIYO, she works as a faculty leader and executive coach in Adler Turkey, an ICF accredited coach training institute with HQ in Toronto.
Prior to coaching and training, during her 13 years in finance, Burcu worked at various positions in international and local financial institutions, such as the World Bank, Global Securities and Europhoenix; and as an entrepreneur in her firm Fora Corporate Finance, a boutique corporate finance advisory firm working primarily with SMEs and private equity funds. Burcu has substantial experience in cross-cultural environments: she has worked and managed projects in Turkey, USA, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Egypt, Jordan, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Kazakhstan.
Burcu holds a BA degree in Business Administration from Bogazici University (Istanbul) and an MBA from George Washington University (Washington DC). She speaks English fluently and has a good command of French. She enjoys music, reading and traveling. As a mother of two children, she likes to spend her spare times with her family in the nature and on the sea.