World's Top 30 Coaching Professionals for 2019


The Coaching Category would like to acknowledge Marshall Goldsmith as our First Corps d’Elite Member for his Outstanding and selfless contributions to best Coaching practices and achievements

Guru #1

Paul Martinelli

PAUL MARTINELLI travels the globe spreading the word about unleashing one’s true potential and the power of what the mind can truly accomplish. His plain-spoken wisdom immediately connects with individuals and groups from all backgrounds. From humble and difficult beginnings, Paul learned to tap into his own true potential and became a multimillionaire. Now he shares his life changing message through workshops, retreats, seminars, webinars, coaching services, and keynote speeches. Paul is also a master at training others how to become skilled personal development coaches and platform speakers.

He founded The John Maxwell Team in 2011, and serves as president with over 20,000 members in more than 150 countries. These certified coaches, teachers and trainers are bringing transformation and starting a leadership movement within their own communities all over the world. Through his own journey of becoming a renowned coach and speaker, Paul has shared the stage with personal development masters such as John Maxwell, Seth Godin, Les Brown, Jack Canfield, Wayne Dyer, Brian Tracey, Mark Victor Hansen, Denis Waitley, Nick Vujicic, and Zig Ziglar.

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Guru #2

John Mattone

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John Mattone is the world’s top authority on Intelligent Leadership and the creator of the Intelligent Leadership Executive Coaching Process and Certification (ICF accredited). John Mattone is globally respected as a uniquely distinguished authority who can ignite and strengthen a leaders inner-self and talents, which enables them to realize four “game-changing” outcomes that they can leverage in their business and life: altruism, affiliation, achievement, and abundance (The 4 A’s). The 4 A’s are the seeds to achieving sustained greatness and creating a lasting legacy.

John Mattone is a powerfully engaging, internationally-acclaimed keynote speaker and top-ranked executive coach. John is the former executive coach to the late Steve Jobs and the former legendary CEO of PepsiCo, Roger Enrico. John Mattone is now one of the most in-demand C-level coaches in the world.

Whether John is keynoting an event, conducting a retreat, or coaching an executive, he has earned a global reputation for possessing a special ability that unlocks and unleashes greatness in leaders at all levels. Since 2015, the research organization, Globalgurus.org, has ranked John Mattone as one of the world’s top leadership authorities and speakers. In 2015, John Mattone’s Intelligent Leadership was named as one of the three Top Advanced Leadership Development Programs that Change Lives.

Recently, John was honored by his executive coaching peers (The Association of Corporate Executive Coaches), with the prestigious 2015 International Executive Coach Thought Leader of Distinction Award, in recognition of his thought leadership and his work as a global executive coach. John is one of nine executive coaches in the world who have been awarded the coveted Master Corporate Executive Coach (MCEC) certification from the Association of Corporate Executive Coaches.

John is the author of eight books, including Talent Leadership, Intelligent Leadership and Cultural Transformations (all Best-Sellers).

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Guru #3

Dr. Marcia Reynolds

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Dr. Marcia Reynolds, Master Certified Coach and president of Covisioning LLC, is fascinated by the brain, especially what triggers feelings of connection, commitment, and possibility. She draws on her research as she helps coaches and leaders make every conversation a difference-making experience. She has provided executive coaching and leadership training programs in 41 countries. She also works with organizations to create coaching cultures that improve both productivity and profits.

Dr. Reynolds is the Training Director for the Healthcare Coaching Institute at Virginia Tech. She was the 5th global president of the International Coach Federation and a past president of the Association for Coach Training Organizations. She is also faculty for the International Coach Academy in Russia and Create China Coaching in China. She coaches executives and high potentials in companies around the world.

Prior to coaching, she ran training departments for two global companies. Her greatest success came after designing the employee development program for a semiconductor manufacturing company facing bankruptcy. Working with the executive staff, the company not only turned around, it was the most successful IPO in the United States in 1993. Interviews and excerpts from Marcia’s books Outsmart Your Brain, Wander Woman, and The Discomfort Zone: How Leaders Turn Difficult Conversations into Breakthroughs have appeared in many places including Fast Company, Psychology Today, and The Wall Street Journal. Marcia’s doctoral degree is in organizational psychology and she has two master’s degrees in education and communications.

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Guru #4

Dr. Peter Chee

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Dr. Peter Chee is the President and CEO of ITD World, a global leadership development expert with over 30 years of experience in developing leaders from over 80 countries. He has been coached and mentored by Dr Marshall Goldsmith, the world’s #1 leadership coach, and has been specially selected as a fellow of the Marshall Goldsmith 100 Coaches (MG100) global movement. Peter is the chief mentor coach and developer of the Certified Coaching and Mentoring Professional (CCMP) program which is accredited and recognized by ICF (International Coach Federation). He is the inventor of the Coaching for Breakthrough Success (CBS) Metta Model, The Coaching Principles (TCP), Situational Coaching Model (SCM) and Achievers Coaching Techniques (ACT).

He works in close partnership with Dr. Marshall Goldsmith and with award-winning professor Dr. William J. Rothwell, who has written more than 120 books. Dr. Peter Chee and Dr. Jack Canfield are co-authors of Coaching for Breakthrough Success whereas Dr. Peter Chee and Dr. William Rothwell are co-authors of the book entitled Becoming an Effective Mentoring Leader and The Leader’s Daily Role in Talent Management: Maximizing Results, Engagement and Retention. He is also the author of the 12 Disciplines of Leadership Excellence with Brian Tracy.

Peter specializes in developing, transforming and coaching CEOs, CXOs and top leaders, some of the organisations that he has worked for include: Intel, Citibank, Schneider, Chevron, OSRAM, AIA, Infineon, B Braun, Mattel, Petron, World Scout Foundation, Philips, ANZ Bank, First Solar, MSIG, Bangkok Bank, ThaiBev, DTAC -Telenor, Vingroup, Petorvietnam, Beiersdorf, Sandisk-Western Digital, Nestle, PepsiCo and Nike. His life purpose is to transform leaders and change the world with love for God and people.

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Guru #5

Lance Secretan

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Dr. Lance Secretan is a pioneering philosopher and corporate advisor whose bestselling books, inspirational talks, and life-changing retreats have touched the hearts and minds of hundreds of thousands of people worldwide. He is the author of 21 books about leadership, inspiration, corporate culture and entrepreneurship as well as an award-winning memoir, A Love Story. His latest book is The Bellwether Effect. Lance is a riveting speaker and is acknowledged globally as one of our most insightful and original leadership teachers. He is the former CEO of a Fortune 100 company, university professor, award-winning columnist, poet, author and outdoor athlete. He coaches and advises leaders globally (he is ranked among both The Top 30 Most Influential Executive Coaches and The Top 30 Most Influential Leadership Experts globally), and guides leadership teams who wish to transform their culture into the most inspirational in their industries.

Individuals, entire organizations, cities and states have experienced remarkable transformations through his unique mentoring, coaching, wisdom and approach. He has helped 6 companies to be named to Fortune’s Best Companies to Work For in America list, and 8 others are also his clients, and 30 Secretan Center clients are on Fortune’s Most Admired Companies list. Speakers in America ranks him among the Top Five Leadership speakers and his firm, The Secretan Center, Inc., is ranked #1 in the world as an international Leadership Consulting firm by Leadership Excellence.

Dr. Secretan is the recipient of many other awards, including the International Caring Award, whose previous winners include, Pope Francis, the Dalai Lama, President Jimmy Carter and Dr. Desmond Tutu. He is a forum Chair at MacKay CEO Forums, current Chair of the Pay it Forward Foundation, and former Chair of the Advisory Board of the Special Olympics World Winter Games. He is an expert skier, kayaker and mountain biker, and he divides his time between Ontario, Canada and the Colorado Rockies.

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Guru #6

Tom Kolditz

Tom Kolditz is the Director of the Doerr Institute for New Leaders at Rice University, and formerly Professor in the Practice of Leadership and Management and Director of the Leadership Development Program at the Yale School of Management.  His experience as a leader development expert spans four decades in the public, private, and social sectors.

Tom Kolditz is an internationally recognized expert on crisis leadership and leadership in extreme contexts, and in the development of programs to inculcate leadership and leader development in everything from project teams to large organizations.  He has published extensively across a diverse array of academic and leadership trade journals, and serves on the editorial and advisory boards of several academic journals. He is a Fellow in the American Psychological Association and is a member of the Academy of Management.  He is a founding member of the Board of Advisors for the Department of Psychology at the University of Missouri, and serves on the Council of Senior Advisors for the Future of Executive Development Forum.

A skydiving instructor since 1980, Kolditz served as the senior instructor for the West Point Sport Parachute Team.  He weaves his personal experiences and abilities as a soldier, skydiver, and scholar into the first-hand study, analysis, and practice of leadership in dangerous circumstances—in extremis leadership—and how such leadership can inform the practice of leading in more ordinary settings. His most recent book, titled In Extremis Leadership: Leading as if Your Life Depended on It, was based on more than 175 interviews taken on the ground in Iraq during combat operations. He has been named as a leadership Thought Leader by the Leader to Leader Institute and as a Top Leader Development Professional by Leadership Excellence.

Tom Kolditz has presented leadership content to more than 200 governmental, corporate, and social sector audiences worldwide. As a professor, he has led academic seminars or given lectures to students from Babson, Wellesley, and Olin Colleges, the University of Missouri, Columbia University, Duke University, Yale University, the Military Psychology Center of the Israel Defense Forces, Peking University, the Beijing International MBA program, Harvard’s Center for Public Leadership, Harvard Law School, seven national and international service academies and more than ten major metropolitan law enforcement, firefighting, and public service academies and assemblies.  Kolditz has appeared on Bloomberg TV, ABC World News, ABC 20-20, Al Jazeera, MSNBC, CBS, NPR, Calgary Today, Morning Ireland, and interviews with reporters from the New York Times, the Associated Press, Time, Discovery, the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the Washington Post, La Razon, and more than a dozen national and international news agencies.

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Guru #7

Brenda Bence

Known as the “Executive Whisperer, ”Brenda Bence is sought after as an Executive Coach across six continents. Having led billion-dollar global businesses herself as a Fortune 100 senior executive, Brenda brings to her coaching practice firsthand knowledge of the challenges faced by top leaders in today’s fast-paced world.

Through her coaching and speaking engagements, and as the author of 10 award-winning books, Brenda has impacted hundreds of thousands of leaders worldwide. Trusted by many of the world’s most recognized companies – 97% of which engage her services repeatedly – she is at the global forefront of executive leadership coaching.

One of only a handful of professional speakers worldwide who have earned the coveted Certified Global Speaking Professional title from the Global Speakers Federation, Brenda brings to her audiences engaging real-life leadership stories and a down-to-earth, pragmatic approach to inspire long-lasting transformational change – all with a good dose of humor.

Brenda holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and has offices in both Asia and the U.S. She has been featured in hundreds of media outlets and publications all across the world, and her highly-anticipated 11th book, The Choice, will be released in 2019.

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Guru #8

Tony Robins

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The removal of Tony Robins from this category last year was because of our decision to place him in the #1 spot for the Personal Development Gurus but his followers keep on voting for him in the leadership category. Although his focus is not officially leadership, his strategies and methods support and develop leadership across the board making us change our initial decision and provide him his well-deserved title as one of the best leadership speakers in the world. He has taken Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) to new heights and created a number of models used by leadership and sales trainers across the world today, Tony Robins is truly a pioneer in the area of Training and leadership development, and a large number of leaders of industry have at least attended a Tony Robins seminar. He is well known international speaker famous for being the most dynamic, energetic and inspirational of all the leadership gurus.

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Guru #9

Jack Canfield

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A coaching guru known as Americas #1 Success Coach, Jack Canfield has been coaching entrepreneurs educators corporate leaders and people from all walks of life and of all ages cultures and backgrounds. A Harvard graduate with a Masters Degree in psychological education, Jack is a one of the earliest champions of peak performance who developed some specific methodologies. He has developed millions of people with his unique and modernized formulas for success and personal fulfillment and is a widely recognized leader in performance improvement strategies. Over the last 30 years, his compelling message empowering energy and personable coaching style has helped remarkably large number of individuals achieve their dreams. His bestselling book The Success Principles How to Get From Where You Are to Where You Want to Be has been hailed as the new self-improvement guide containing 64 of the most powerful principles of success. He is an insightful speaker with wit and experiences that enriched his delivery.

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Guru #10

Rhiannon Rees

Rhiannon Rees (B.Bus, D.C.H, H.M.C, R.S. Hom). Business Coach. Ranked 1st Best Business Coach in the World 2010

Change Your Mindset, Change Your Life!

Set to be featured in the 2018 film ‘The Richness of the Journey’ alongside Jack Canfield, Dr.JohnDeMartini and Michael Beckwith (“The Secret”), produced by John Spender, Rhiannon Rees is renowned as one of the most refined multi-spectrum, self-development experts in the world.As author of the best-selling book, “How to Climb Mount Everest in Sandals – The Courage to Live an Ordinary Life”, followed by 2015’s “Life is a Choice and the Choice is Yours’,Rhiannon’s international reputation is one of servicing the survival needs of the most vulnerable as vigorously as sophisticating the success of the elite.

Whilst her client base spans X-Files, Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice cast members,the Spice Girls, NRL Roosters as well as the 2014 winners of ABC’s – “The Conscious Farmer”, Rhiannon’s drive is to draw out the full potential in all people. With a 30% gratuitous client base, Rhiannon focuses on single parents that could never afford coaching, with Rhiannon’s own past remaining a driving passion in getting clients off the street, into jobs, accommodation and reuniting many with children that had previously been in external care.

Nominated for Telstra’s Business Woman of the Year, a finalist in the Asia Pacific Coach of the Year 2011 and winner of the Global “Action Man” award in Barcelona 2010. Rhiannon was a nominee for Entrepreneur of the Year in 2010 and Runner-up in NSW “Franchise Woman of the Year”.  Rhiannon’s ethos of financial success entwined with ethical contribution has seen her featured in countless interviews for TV, Radio and print in Australia and the US. Most recently she began the very first Apprenticeship programme for Coaches through www.limitlesscoaching.life called “The Conscious Coaching Collective”. Whilst Rhiannon is in the business of growing champions, her training base starts with her own team, extends out to clients, customers and other corporations and entities interested in combining business success with conscious self-development and ethical action. Currently working on the build of a school and hospital in Gabon – one of the poorest countries in West Africa – Rhiannon is not just about putting runs on her own financial scoreboard, she is about giving as good as she gets and coaching others to this same mindset of multi-spectrum success.

“I lost my innocence through child sexual abuse, lost contact with my mother for most of my childhood, lost my brother to suicide, lost 5 babies to miscarriage, lost all my money, lost my husband to his other identity as a woman, and even lost the roof over my head with my baby in my arms. Each of these losses carved deeply into my soul and I thought I would not survive. But I decided not just to survive, I decided to soar.”

In the same way that she did herself, Rhiannon supports others to question everything they believe beyond their control.

With her trademark laugh – and if necessary her trademark kick in the tail – Rhiannon uplifts and empowerspeople the world over to dive unashamedly into their own muck and see their potential to turn villages into conscious empires.

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Guru #11

Will Linssen

Making Change Happen’ is the foundation based on which Will provides top executives with effective business solutions and practical leadership applications that deliver measurable results for their specific organizational challenges. Will has 20 years of in-depth experience in executive positions and managing businesses in Europe and Asia. Currently he is the Practice Leader for Asia and Europe at Marshall Goldsmith Stakeholder Centered Coaching and in this position he also coaches numerous CEOs and other top level executives.

Will is known as the “Coaches Coach” and is one of the first Master Certified Coaches at Marshall Goldsmith Stakeholder Centered Coaching. For over two decades he has been working with executive teams to measurably improve their leadership and organizational effectiveness. He has held several positions in general management and business management at multinational companies in Europe and Asia and he also serves at the board of several multinationals in Asia. Furthermore he travels the globe training executive coaches and business leaders in using Marshall’s methodology.

Clients consistently commend his results driven personality combined with his confident, energetic and friendly character. A good listener and problem solver with in depth business knowledge and cross cultural understanding, he has also been recognized for his creative and analytical skills, and most of his executive clients hold international positions in a wide range of industries at Fortune 500 Cos across Asia and Europe such as Coca Cola, GSK, Novartis, McDonalds, Philips, ING, Philip Morris, BAT, LG, Standard Chartered Bank, Bayer, Syngenta, AON Hewitt and SC Johnson.

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Guru #12

Jane Hyun

Jane Hyun is an internationally renowned executive coach and leadership strategist to Fortune 500 companies, MBA programs, and non-profits. She has authored two books: Flex/the New Playbook for Managing Across Differences and Breaking the Bamboo Ceiling, a groundbreaking bestseller. In addition to coaching professionals to maximize their potential and advance their careers, she advises senior management on building effective multicultural teams and the critical role of the global talent pipeline. The firm’s Cultural Fluency Roundtables and Bamboo Ceiling® Series (leadership coaching program for Asians) have garnered praise from global Fortune 100 companies in the U.S. and in key global markets.

Prior to her leadership coaching role, Jane successfully led Operations and HR as VP of Human Resources/Talent Development at JP Morgan, and was Director of Recruiting at Deloitte & Touche. A graduate of Cornell University with a degree in Economics and International Studies, she is active with the President’s Council of Cornell Women.  Her insights on leadership, culture, and career development have appeared on CNN and CNBC, Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business School WorkingKnowledge, Fortune, Forbes, Leader to Leader Journal, and Fast Company. She is an advisor to the Toigo Foundation and the Center for Talent Innovation, researchers of recent HBR studies “Leadership in Your Midst”, “The Sponsor Effect” and “The Athena Factor.” Most recently, she led a research working group for the Conference Board’s Cultural Fluency in Asia study. Jane enjoys helping individuals flourish in their workplaces and in their communities

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Guru #13

Michael Bungay Stanier

Michael Bungay Stanier is the author of five books, including *The Coaching Habit*, the best-selling coaching book of the last two years with half a million copies sold and 1,000+ 5-star reviews on Amazon. Other books include *Do More Great Work* (100,000 copies sold), and *End Malaria*, a collection of articles about Great Work from thought leaders that’s raised about $400,000 for Malaria No More and reached #2 on Amazon.com. Michael is the founder of Box of Crayons, a company that is the best-known champion for coaching as a force for leadership development and culture change. More than 80,000 managers have taken their programs, and their clients include Microsoft, TD Bank, Salesforce and USA. Michael was a Rhodes Scholar, one of the first nominees in the Marshall Goldsmith 100, and the first Canadian Coach of the Year.

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Guru #14

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Kristi Hedges is a communications expert, author, speaker and sought after leadership coach. In her 25-year career working with leaders to help them communicate more effectively she’s encountered every personality type imaginable, yet remains more than a little passionate that anyone can learn presence. Through her coaching and workshops, she’s worked with CEOs, senior leaders and professionals in companies spanning the Fortune 500, non-profits and the U.S. government. In addition to running The Hedges Company, she is a founding partner in the leadership development firm, Element North.

Kristi writes about leadership for Forbes and Harvard Business Review and is regularly featured in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The Financial TimesEntrepreneurBBCChief Learning Officer and CNBC. She’s been honored as one of the “50 Women Who Mean Business in Washington, D.C.” and as an owner of a top 25 Largest Women-Owned Businesses by the Washington Business Journal.

Prior to becoming a leadership coach, Kristi co-founded and ran one of the first technology communications firms in the Washington, D.C. area for a decade before successfully selling her interest. Her career highlights also include working for a national news outlet, and as a political consultant for dozens of electoral campaigns from U.S. President to statewide offices. Kristi holds a Phi Beta Kappa B.A. from Virginia Tech and an M.S. from Purdue University. She is an ICF-credentialed leadership coach through Georgetown University, and is a teaching faculty member in Georgetown’s Institute for Transformational Leadership.

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Guru #15

Connie Dieken

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for more than 20 years, Connie Dieken dedicated herself to journalism as a television news anchorwoman, reporter, broadcast personality, and talk show host, including co-hosting The Morning Exchange, America’s longest running television talk show. She is a multiple Emmy award-winning and Telly award-winning journalist and her excellence has led to her induction to the Radio/Television Broadcasters Hall of Fame. Connie has represented more than 50 companies as their spokesperson, including Intel, Sealy, GE, American Greetings, Ernst and Young and Goodyear. Connie spent her career with the most successful and influential people in business and entertainment and recognized a pattern to their success. After years of research, she learned the common traits each of these people shared, and discovered people could learn how to be influential with the right training. Armed with unique insight into the power that influence has over each of us, she developed a proven methodology to transform any leader or executive into an influencer. In 2000, she founded onPoint Communication to train leaders and emerging leaders in critical influential leadership, communication, media and presentation skills. For nearly 12 years, Connie has been the trusted executive coach and advisor to many leaders who run the world’s most recognizable brands. She has become the most respected and in-demand executive coach, keynote speaker, author and authority on learning the skills needed to become an influential personality in all forms of leadership and communication. Connie is the author and co-author of five books, dedicated to teaching individuals influential leadership, communication and presentation techniques. Her most recent bestselling book, Talk Less, Say More: 3 Habits to Influence Others and Make Things Happen, takes Connie’s knowledge, research and experience coaching high-powered leaders and condenses it into a fast-paced, no-nonsense guide to teach anyone to be an influential communicator with anyone, anywhere.

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Guru #16

Shweta Jhajharia

Shweta is a multi-award winning ActionCOACH and her achievements include some of the coveted awards for “Number 1 Coach in Europe”, ”EMEA SalesCOACH” & “World’s Fastest Growing Coaching Business” out of 1400 coaches globally.

Based on their business performance and initiatives, Shweta’s clients have won prestigious awards and industry recognition. Some of the proud achievements include award titles like ”Best Business Financials”, ”Best Business for Growth Strategy”, ”Business Innovations Award”, ”Entrepreneur of the Year”, ”Best Business for Customer Service” & ”Business of the Year”

More than ten years of experience & learning, including her successful employment at global FMCG Unilever, has provided Shweta with an exceptionally strong knowledge base in the key areas of sales, marketing, advertising, customer relationship management, team building & business development. This is knowledge & experience that she is able to draw on for her clients. During her time at Unilever, Shweta won two Director’s awards for outstanding achievement in her various senior managerial positions

Shweta’s clients have achieved phenomenal consistent growth over the last three years (averaging 41%!) despite the crippling recession that has hit Europe. Here’s a selection of what her clients have to say

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Guru #17

Heidi Heron

Heidi Heron, PsyD, has been involved with the technology of NLP for most of her life, and is known for her integrity, authenticity and simplicity in which she shares NLP around the globe. She is an International Master Trainer of NLP, Clinical Hypnotherapist, consultant and coach in her own practice. She is a Trainer Member and Clinical Member with the Australian Board of NLP, Trainer Member with the Association of NLP, Level 4 Member and Supervisor with the Australian Counselors Association, Master Certified Coach with the International Coaching Federation, and holds a Doctorate of Clinical Psychology. Dr. Heidi is also the co-author of sought after books 30 Days to NLP (www.30daystonlp.com) and You Must Learn NLP (www.youmustlearnnlp.com). She is on the leadership team with the Australian Board of NLP (www.abnlp.org.au) and is co-lead of the NLP Leadership Summit (www.nlpleadershipsummit.org).

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Guru #18

Neen James

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Neen James, is an attention expert and leadership expert who delivers high-energy opening keynotes that show leaders how to profit by paying attention. She’s an Australian obsessed with helping leaders profit by paying attention so they can create more significant moments in life that matter. Audiences love her practical strategies they can apply at work and home. Neen’s fun, Aussie-ness makes her a sought after keynote speaker that meeting planners love – they often describe her as the energizer bunny for their events. With a strong background in learning and development and managing large teams at various corporations, Neen is the perfect fit for organizations wanting a presenter to provide implementable strategies to save time, increase focus and help their people get more done. Clients including Comcast, Cisco, Virgin, Pfizer, FBI and BMW describe Neen as authentic, energetic and passionate. Neen regularly provides one-on-one consulting and mentoring on topics productivity, thought leadership and women in leadership. Neen often appears in the media sharing leadership expertise and is a published author of eight books, including Folding Time, Secrets of Super-Productivity, Strategic Networking and Network or Perish. She earned her MBA from Southern Cross University, Certified Speaking Professional designation from National Speakers Association, received numerous awards in her industry, is a partner in the international education company Thought Leaders Global, and in her spare time serves on several Boards.

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Guru #19

Michael Neill

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Michael Neill is an internationally renowned transformative coach and the best-selling author of six books including  Creating the Impossible, The Inside-Out Revolution and The Space Within. Michael is often described as the ‘coach’s coach,’ and commands extraordinary respect within his field for unleashing the human potential with intelligence, humor, and heart.​

He has spent over 25 years as a coach, adviser, friend, mentor, and creative spark plug to celebrities, CEOs, royalty, and people who want to get more out of themselves and their lives. His books have been translated into 18 languages, and his public talks, retreats, seminars​, and online programs​ have touched and transformed lives at the United Nations and​ in over 60 countries and on six continents around the world.

His TEDx talk, ‘Why Aren’t We Awesomer?’, has been viewed by over 200,000 people. Michael’s weekly radio show, Living from the Inside Out, has been a listener favorite on Hay House Radio for over a decade.​
His weekly blog and podcast, Caffeine for the Soul, is now in its 18th year and going strong.

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Guru #20

Brad Sugars

Brad Sugars started the ActionCOACH brand (formerly known as Action International) when he was in his early twenties. Today the company is internationally recognized as the leading global business coaching firm and one of the leading and most awarded franchises in the world today. So how did a twenty-something Australian create this global powerhouse? He did it through hard work, determination and a well-organized, systemized approach that leads businesses to profits.

Brad Sugars has always been entrepreneurial. Even from a very young age, Brad was an entrepreneur. He displayed a natural curiosity for how to work smarter and get measurable results. When still at university, Brad Sugars ran several small businesses. Perhaps due in part to his talents which were developed at a relatively young age, Brad’s ability to make companies from every conceivable industry flourish lead him to be known as “The Turnaround Kid”. Brad Sugars was soon asked to speak to business owners and executives – sharing his tips and advice on marketing, sales, systemization and team building. Audiences were wowed. Brad’s “pull no-punches” approach was a refreshing change from other speakers at the time. The content of his events were filled with simple and easy ways to grow businesses. Brad Sugars’ seminars quickly grew in reputation as the business building event to see.

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Guru #21

Terri Levine

Terri Levine (SAY Luh-VEEN) is the founder of Heart-repreneur® and is a business and executive coaching expert. She assists businesses worldwide with business growth, sales, and marketing. She has more than 40 years of business experience, encompassing work with more than 5,000 business owners and entrepreneurs in a variety of industries. She is also a best-selling author of dozens of books, has her own radio and TV show and is also a keynote speaker.

Terri has a passion for helping businesses to grow with her own personal experience gained while building multiple successful businesses from the ground up. Terri has created the Heart-repreneur® cause teaching business owners to do business heart-to-heart.

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Guru #22

David Rock

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Dr. David Rock coined the term “NeuroLeadership” and is the director of the NeuroLeadership Institute, a global initiative bringing neuroscientists and leadership experts together to build a new science for leadership development. He co-edits the NeuroLeadership Journal and heads up an annual global summit. He has written many of the central academic and discussion papers defining the NeuroLeadership Field. David is the author of the business best-seller ‘Your Brain at Work’ (HarperBusiness, 2009), as well as ‘Quiet Leadership’ (Harper Collins, 2006) and the textbook ‘Coaching with the Brain in Mind’ (Wiley & Sons, 2009). He blogs for the Harvard Business Review, Fortune Magazine, PsychologyToday and the Huffington Post, and is quoted widely in the media about leadership, organizational effectiveness and the brain. David is also the founder and CEO of NeuroLeadership Group, a global consulting firm with operations in 24 countries, helping large organizations operationalize brain research to develop better leaders and managers.

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Christy Whitman

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Christy Whitman is a Transformational Leader, Celebrity Coach and the New York Times Bestselling Author of The Art of Having It All. She has appeared on The Today Show and The Morning Show and her work has been featured in People Magazine, Seventeen, Woman’s Day, Hollywood Life, and Teen Vogue, among others. Christy is the CEO and founder of the Quantum Success Learning Academy & Quantum Success Coaching Academy, a 12-month Law of Attraction coaching certification program. Christy has helped thousands of people worldwide to achieve their goals through her empowerment seminars, speeches, and coaching sessions and products.  Christy’s life-changing message reaches over 200,000 people a month and her work has been promoted by and featured with esteemed authors and luminaries such as Marianne Williamson, Dr. Wayne Dyer, Marci Shimoff, Brian Tracy, Neale Donald Walsch, Abraham-Hicks, and Louise Hay. She currently lives in Arizona with her husband, Frederic, and their two boys, Alexander and Maxim.

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Marilyn Atkinson,

Marilyn Atkinson, Ph.D. is the founder of Erickson Coaching International and the originator of a well-known, comprehensive, Solution-Focused and Outcome-Oriented Coaching model.  Her model has actively contributed to the emergence and expansion of Solution-Focused Psychology, and the development of Meta Program Analysis for effective hiring and managerial approaches worldwide.  As an Industrial Psychologist she has honed Solution-Focused methods for multiple kinds of corporate engagements, making the tools effective and easy for managers to use.

Marilyn has been a dedicated follower of Milton Erickson for decades and gave his name to Erickson Coaching International in 1985.  For the past ten years she has been developing highly effective and specialized coach training programs (ICF ACTP-accredited The Art & Science of Coaching) that are currently being taught in 45 countries.

A former Registered Organizational Psychologist in Canada, Marilyn is also an NLP Master Trainer and specialist in Ericksonian Communications. She began developing formal business coach training programs in the mid-1990s. Since then she has been helping leading global companies and leaders through Solution-Focused and Outcome-Oriented Coaching transformations.

Marilyn has written and co-authored six books, including “The Art & Science of Coaching” Trilogy (Inner Dynamics of Coaching, Step-by-Step Coaching &The Flow of Coaching)

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David Allen

David Allen is the creator of GTD®, the popular Getting Things Done methodology.

David founded the David Allen Company, where he engineered Getting Things Done®. He is widely recognized as the world’s leading expert on personal and organizational productivity. His 30-year pioneering research and coaching to corporate managers and CEOs of some of America’s most prestigious corporations and institutions has earned him Forbes‘ recognition as one of the top five executive coaches in the United States and Business 2.0 magazine’s inclusion in their 2006 list of the “50 Who Matter Now.” Timecalled his flagship book, Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity, “the definitive business self-help book of the decade.” Fast Company called David “one of the world’s most influential thinkers” in the arena of personal productivity, for his outstanding programs and writing on time and stress management, the power of aligned focus and vision, and his groundbreaking methodologies in management and executive peak performance.

David is also the author of Ready for Anything: 52 Productivity Principles for Work and Lifeand Making It All Work: Winning at the Game of Work and the Business of Life, continues to write articles and essays that address today’s ever-changing issues about living and working in a fast-paced world.

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Mark Nation

Mark Nation is a globally recognized management expert, leadership consultant, executive coach, author and speaker. He is personally obsessed with discovering what makes individuals, teams and organizations amazing – those elements which drive the heart and soul of people and businesses worldwide. He is convinced that life and work are meant to be experienced as “superlatives,” and everyone brings one-of-a-kind gifts to life that make the extraordinary possible. His upcoming book, Made for Amazing: Finding Your Song in Work and Life, helps people to identify and sharpen their unique talents in the workplace and beyond.

Mark has developed and managed companies in five diverse industries, including enterprise technology, financial services, music and entertainment, construction and professional services. Mark’s work has been leveraged across a wide range of clients, from young aspirational leaders, corporate managers and executives, to start-ups, Fortune 500 organizations, schools, non-profits and churches.

Mark graduated summa cum laude from The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where he was first in his class, and he has an MBA from Harvard Business School. He is a former professional musician and Ironman triathlete, and he still thrives on skiing, long-distance running and triathlon. Mark’s work and travels have taken him to over 40 U.S. states and 35 countries, where he has managed, performed or spoken to over 300,000 people. When not traveling, Mark is based in Tennessee.

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Bonnie Marcus

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Bonnie Marcus is a Certified Executive Coach author and professional speaker. She is the founder and principal of Womens Success Coaching. Bonnie specially assists professional women to position and promote themselves in their careers. With more than 20 years of sales and management experience, Bonnie has an extensive business background including being the VP of Sales at Medical Staffing Network and two others national companies. She has held many executive positions in start up companies and Fortune 500 companies. Forbes.com honored her Womens Success Coaching in 2010, 2011 and 2012 as one of the top 100 websites for professional women. Her articles have also been published in Forbes.com, Forbes Woman, Women Entrepreneur and Central Valley Business Times. She has been featured several times in the Wall Street Journal and CIO Magazine. Bonnie is a cool and rhetoric kind of speaker. As a coach she always draws respect and attention from her audience. Bonnie is the author of The Politics of Promotion: How High Achieving Women Get Ahead and Stay Ahead (Wiley March 2015).

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Guru #28

Bill Walsh

Bill Walsh is the CEO/Founder of Business Coaching/Venture Capital firm Powerteam International. Bill hosts and speaks at events all over the world! His passion is to empower entrepreneurs and business owners to create massive success. He loves to help people to understand specifically what it takes to build successful companies. He is an accomplished author, speaker, radio personality and movie celebrity, He has a very successful background in finance and marketing. He has spent two decades working with start-ups to major global brands increasing sales, productivity and overall success. He is an innovator with a remarkable ability to determine and dictate success strategy to Bill has an extensive background in foreign currency trading, real estate development and building companies around the world. Over the past two decades, he has specialized in helping companies launch, grow and create exponential valuation in the market. The Rainmaker Summit and WIN University® programs offered through Powerteam are designed to assist entrepreneurs in creating the focus, plans and partnerships required to build multi-million dollar companies!

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Guru #29

Kevin Cashman

Kevin Cashman is a best-selling author, top-ten thought leader, keynote speaker, global CEO coach and pioneer of the grow the whole person to grow the whole leader approach to transformative leadership. He is the founder of LeaderSource Ltd and the Chief Executive Institute, recognized as one of the top three leadership development programs globally. In 2006, LeaderSource joined Korn Ferry, where Kevin is now Senior Partner, CEO & Executive Development. Kevin has advised thousands of senior executives and senior teams in more than 60 countries worldwide. He is an accomplished thought leader on topics of personal, team and organizational transformation. He has written six books including Awakening the Leader Within and Leadership from the Inside Out, named the #1 best-selling business book of 2000 by CEO-READ and is now used at over 100 universities globally. His latest book, The Pause Principle: Step Back to Lead Forward, has been recognized as a Business Book of the Year finalist by both ForeWord Reviews and CEO-READ. The 20th Anniversary Edition of Leadership from the Inside Out will be published in 2017. Kevin has written scores of articles on leadership and talent management and has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Chief Executive, Human Resource Executive, Fast Company, Strategy & Leadership, Investors Business Daily, Directors & Boards Magazine, CNN, National Public Radio, and other national media. He is a leadership columnist for Forbes.com and has been named as one of the Top 10 Thought Leaders globally by Leadership Excellence and one of the Top Ten Executive Coaches by GlobalGurus.org. Mr. Cashman holds a degree in psychology from St. John’s University and is an adjunct professor for the University of Minnesota Executive Education program. He is a former Advisory Board Member for HR.com; a Senior Fellow in the Caux Round Table, a global consortium of CEOs dedicated to enhancing principle-based leadership internationally; and a Board Member for the University of St. Thomas Center for Ethical Business Cultures fostering ethical leadership worldwide. He is also the founder and thought leader for the highly popular Transformational Leadership Group on LinkedIn.

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Guru #30

Patricia Fripp

Patricia Fripp, CSP, CPAE is an award-winning keynote speaker, author, sales presentation skills trainer, and in-demand speech coach. Her speech-coaching clients include corporate leaders, celebrity speakers, well known sports personalities, and sales teams. Meetings and Conventions magazine named her “One of the 10 most electrifying speakers in North America.” She delivers high-energy, high-content, and dramatically memorable presentations. Kiplinger’s Personal Finance named her speaking school the sixth best way to invest in your career. She has won or been awarded most honors NSA bestows. These include the CSP Certified Speaking Professional, CPAE Hall of Fame and their highest award the Cavett. Many consider the “Oscar” of the speaking world. Given once a year to a person who consistently makes great contributions to the National Speakers Association, its members and the speaking industry. Patricia founded and was President of the largest National Speakers Association chapter, NSA Northern California. Patricia is also a member of NSA Las Vegas and has donated her time to speak at more NSA chapters than any other leader in the history of NSA. Patricia is the author of two books, Get What You Want! and Make It, So You Don’t Have to Fake It! and coauthor of three books Speakers Edge: Secrets and Strategies for Connecting with Any Audience, Speaking Secrets of the Masters, and Insights into Excellence. She is featured in the Bullet Proof Manager training series, which is sold in over fifty countries. Fripp starred in the popular training film Travel the Road to Success: An Adventure in Customer Service.

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