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Chip Conley, Author & Joie de Vivre Founder

Chip Conley founded Joie de Vivre by transforming a small motel in San Francisco’s seedy Tenderloin district into The Phoenix, a legendary haven for the rock ‘n roll set. Today Joie de Vivre is the country’s second largest boutique hotel company operating nearly 40 unique hotels and spas. Influenced by Abraham Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, Conley revamped his business model to focus on the intangible, higher needs of his company’s three main constituencies – employees, customers and investors. He credits this shift for helping Joie de Vivre triple its annual revenues between 2001 and 2008. And, he was awarded the “Most Innovative CEO in the Bay Area” by the San Francisco Business Times based upon this performance.

Conley has written four books, including PEAK:How Great Companies Get Their Mojo from Maslow and his most recent New York Times bestseller, EMOTIONAL EQUATIONS: Simple Truths for Creating Happiness + Success.  The veteran CEO of 24 years is an internationally sought after consultant and speaker, recipient of the 2012 Pioneer Award (the hospitality industry’s highest honor), and is Saybrook University’s 2012 Scholar-Practitioner in Residence.

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Sue Funkhouser, M.S.

Organization Development Specialist

Sue Funkhouser is the founder of Pinwheel Performance, and the Master Facilitator for PEAK Strategy Sessions and Seminars.  She inspires and challenges organizations, groups and leaders to review current systemic practices, explore new ideas, and move to action for greater effectiveness.  Her expertise and experience encompasses organization and culture change, employee engagement, brand development, customer experience, strategic off-sites, and non-profit board effectiveness.  As a former strategy consultant at Catalyst Inc., Sue advised Fortune 500 companies and professional firms  and spoke nationally about creating inclusive workplaces .

Sue’s experience also includes ten years as advertising executive holding such leadership positions as Account Director, Partner at Ogilvy & Mather advertising agency.  Her accounts spanned multiple industries including consumer products, technology and retail.  Sue earned a B.A. in Psychology at Connecticut College and a M.S. in Organization Development from Pepperdine University.  Based is in Los Angeles, she is a member of the Southern California Board of INROADS and an avid ocean swimmer.

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Athena Katsaros, MBA, PCC

Leadership and Team Coach

Athena Katsaros works with leaders who are committed to being catalysts for change in their organizations. Her experience includes 20 years as a marketing strategist for Fortune 500 companies. As an Executive Committee member for the Business Council for Peace, Athena has traveled to Afghanistan and Rwanda to develop and deliver training and mentoring programs for businesswomen in post-conflict countries.

Athena is a member of the faculty of The Coaches Training Institute and the Artemis program at the Thunderbird School of Global Management. Athena holds a Bachelors degree in International Politics from UCLA and a Masters in International Business from the Monterey Institute of International Studies. She is a certified leader of Creativity in Business and a Certified Professional Coactive Coach. She is also certified in The Leadership Circle Profile. Athena lives in San Anselmo, California where she hikes the trails of Mount Tamalpais.

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Vanda Marlow

Leadership and Team Coach

Before becoming a coach Vanda gained many years experience working with Board level executives as CEO of a leading London communications agency. She excels at working with entrepreneurs to build teams and bottom lines, while not losing sight of the broader objectives. Vanda’s work is informed by six years working with the dying at Zen Hospice San Francisco, and years of study with some of the leading teachers in the Human Potential movement.

Vanda augments her rich personal experience with in-depth training from the leading coach training organizations; Coaches Training International, Center for Right Relationship, New Ventures West and Team Diagnostic International. She has completed powerful leadership trainings from CTI and Angeles Arrien, the renowned Cross-Cultural Anthropologist and is Certified by the Leadership Circle. She has a degree in Psychology from Southampton University (England). Vanda lives on a houseboat in Sausalito, California.

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Kate Roeske, M.A., PCC

Leadership and Team Coach

Kate Roeske brings 18 years experience to her coaching, training and consulting work. She works with Fortune 500 companies and non-profits providing inspirational and action-oriented coaching and training. As a professional trainer Kate has designed and presented leadership development and team-building programs throughout the U.S. as well as in the U.K., Dubai and South Africa.

Kate worked for ten years as an Account and Planning Director, Senior Partner at Ogilvy & Mather advertising agency in New York City. She is on the faculty of The Coaches Training Institute, a worldwide training organization. She is a member of the International Coaching Federation. Kate has a B.A. from Stephens College in Columbia, MO. and an M.A. from Cambridge University in England and is a certified co-active coach. She is also certified in The Leadership Circle Profile. Kate lives in Boulder, Colorado.