The Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) is the world's largest organization serving the professional and business interests of attorneys who practice in the legal departments of corporations, associations, nonprofits and other private-sector organizations around the globe.
Our team of highly experienced career coaches comes from a variety of professional backgrounds with an expertise in helping lawyers attain their professional development goals. Each of our coaches has had significant experience providing one-on-one coaching services in the legal profession.
All in-house counsel are eligible to receive a complimentary 30-minute session with one of our established coaches. Please feel free to reach out to the coach that best fits your needs.
Note: Unless otherwise indicated below all coaches are located in North America.
Founder/Principal - Global Mindset, Partnership and Negotiation Trainer/Coach/Consultant
Sirin Koprucu, the word “köprücü” means bridge builder in Turkish, and Şirin works to help leaders build bridges of success in the interconnected, globalized and rapidly changing world of the 21st century.
Sirin is a certified Global Mindset® facilitator and also an international educator in the Executive Education program of Thunderbird School of Global Management helping leaders improve curiosity, confidence, strategic thinking and success with increased cultural, market and global awareness. She is a Quantum Negotiator, and assists business professionals and teams in working well together to meet and exceed goals. Sirin is a design thinking enthusiast and helps businesses grow in new markets with an innovation mindset.
Areas of coaching expertise:
· Global mindset
· Strategic thinking
· Cultural competence and empathy
· Team leadership and the virtual environment
Jan is an award-winning consultant with over 35 years of experience leading, innovating, and serving as a change-agent and connector. Celebrating more than 10 years of delivering value and results to more, JADC assists organizations and individuals to better serve client needs by focusing on building long-term relationships, strategic communications, revenue generation and building brand, profile and visibility. Jan serves as an executive coach where she provides strategic guidance and counsel to organizations and individuals by assisting people to achieve breakthroughs. Jan has coached 1000s of lawyers, law students and marketing professionals including corporate law department and law firm leadership and high-potential individuals. Jan is a career-long champion of diversity and inclusion and is passionate about her work in this area.
Areas of coaching expertise:
Leadership and Executive Presence skills in a time of dramatic change:
· The role of a thought-leader and change-agent;
· Leadership and team objectives
· Strategy, goals and objectives refinement;
· Growth plan to build profile and visibility; and
· Social media strategy.
Transition coaching in a time of change:
· An assessment of career objectives and goals;
· Review of resume, cover emails/letters, and strategic networking approach;
· Social media profile audit;
· Interview skills preparation - mock interviews, role play and Q & A to get individuals comfortable with the interview process;
· Interim strategies to derive income and gain new experience such as temp positions or seconded positions and/or volunteer community service or pro bono work; and
· Creation of a 100 day-plan for those who have landed and are starting new positions.
Marianne’s coaching and training provides fresh insights, new ideas, practical tips, guidance, identification of action items, accountability, and inspiration. She has worked exclusively with attorneys for 25 years to help them navigate their careers strategically.
Areas of coaching expertise:
· Making the case for retention - stating your value
· First steps toward organizing a job search
· Resume strengthening
· Interview preparation
· Explaining gaps in employment and answering difficult questions
For over 20 years, as a former senior legal officer for a Fortune 50 company, she successfully developed, coached and transformed talent in corporations and law firms, as well as provided strategic legal and risk mitigation advice to financial institutions. As a former senior in-house attorney, she developed talent, strong leaders and teams. she understands what clients are looking for with the lawyers and law firms they hire.
In 2018, Sheila retired as Senior Vice President and Associate General Counsel at MetLife where she provided litigation, regulatory and risk mitigation advice. As a well-respected thought leader, Sheila served as an executive sponsor to MetLife's US Women's Business Network, co-chaired the Legal Affair's Academy providing developmental opportunities to legal and compliance professionals worldwide and serve as a member of its U.S. Task Force on diversity. Prior to joining MetLife, Sheila was at the law firm of Thacher Proffitt & Wood.
A Management and Leadership Professor, Advisor, Counsel, Coach, and TEDx Speaker, she advises and coaches lawyers and leaders; speaks and presents; and facilitates professional development programs and retreats. She founded and leads Leadership WellTM, a network and portal, empowering Conscious Counsel® Net and Mindful Managers®.
Her experience includes serving as a Fortune 500 in-house legal counsel and executive; a law school assistant dean; and an attorney with a global practice. She has served on regional, national, and international boards; corporate diversity/inclusion committees; and as a leader in professional, alumni, and community associations, including ACC.
Areas of coaching expertise:
· Vision and Values
· Mindful Management
· Balance and Integration
· Leadership / Lawyers as Leaders
· "Wills, Walls, Wells®” Moving beyond obstacles towards goals
Jason founded Ready, Set, Launch, LLC®, after a career in brand management at Unilever, consulting at Accenture and law firm branding at Vault.com. Career, business development, and outplacement coaching and training are his passions. Jason coaches Amlaw 100 and in-house counsel attorneys of all backgrounds and works with attorneys in private, non-profit and government sectors, from early in their career through retirement. Jason has been a moderator and a speaker at national conferences including the Corporate Legal Operations Consortium (CLOC), Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD), and the National Association for Law Placement (NALP).
Areas of coaching expertise:
· Resume and Linkedin reviews
· Interview coaching (phone, pre-recorded and video conference)
· Handling a layoff or potential layoff
· Retirement and career transitions – thinking about your next steps
· Managing change and your personal brand
· Influencing stakeholders in a remote setting
Since forming Pinstripe, Debra has worked with more than 2,500 clients and has provided over 30,000 hours of executive coaching and training services with a focus on business development and practice management coaching. Building on more than 30 years of legal and business experience, Debra partners with legal and business clients in individual and group coaching sessions that help them realize their professional and personal goals. Pinstripe’s clients want to attract new business opportunities, grow existing relationships, manage time effectively, develop talent, demonstrate strong leadership and communication skills, adjust to business change and conduct business strategically. Debra has expertise helping lawyers and executives jump-start their business development efforts, or transition into new roles and responsibilities. For more than 10 years, Debra has been coaching lawyers from around the globe in individual sessions and workshops during the two half-year and annual congresses of the International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA). For several years, Debra also coached attendees of the Spring and Fall conferences of the Young Lawyers Division of the American Bar Association (ABA YLD).
Areas of coaching expertise:
· Managing perceptions, communications, personal branding
· Career transition, relationship building, mock interviews
· Leadership, advancement, promotion skills development
· Strategic smarts, business development (internal/external)
· Trusted advisor relationships, women’s empowerment
Stewart, an executive leadership and business development coach, consultant and facilitator, coaches and leads workshops for organizations and firm lawyers, including diverse lawyers’ retreats and sessions, on topics ranging from basic networking and cross-marketing firm services for law firms, to "Business Plan Boot Camp," “Pitching to Diverse Clients”, "Executive Presence" and "Implicit Gender Bias and Business Development". In addition to his work in law firms, Stewart has worked with many in-house women lawyers most of his coaching career.
His leadership coaching for firm leaders and Fortune 500 legal executives helps them enhance critical strategic thinking and leadership competencies and advance professionally. He is also Senior Coach for Trusted Advisor Associates' consulting clients.
Areas for coaching expertise:
· Creating a business/transition plan
· Interviewing for a GC/senior position
· Moving back to a firm
Elena F. Deutsch, MPH, founded WILL - Women Interested in Leaving (big) Law.
For over 20 years, Elena has facilitated learning and personal transformation. She has worked with dozens of clients, who come from global firms such as Cleary Gottlieb, Paul Weiss, White & Case as well as in-house roles or women who have already stepped away from the practice and want to fulfill their next dream. WILL clients transform their belief in what's possible, their lives, relationships and careers. They experience relief, meaning and connection with their work and themselves.
Areas of coaching expertise include:
· Experience relief from inner critics and skeptics
· Discover your innate gifts, talents and strengths
· Identify new opportunities that are a fit for your skills, interest and values
· Expand your network with other attorneys who want meaning, purpose and fulfillment in their careers
· Overcome your fears and take powerful action
Rosalie is a Leadership Consultant and Executive Coach having worked with a broad range of corporate, government, non-profit and private industries. Her expertise lies in leadership development, team dynamics and talent management.
She has expertise in leadership assessment and effectiveness and leadership influence by helping leaders develop critical skills that maximize the talent of the workforce of their organization, as well as identify and understand any potential blocks and beliefs that hinder progress. She has unique experience with respect to organizational culture, having worked with multicultural organizations with diverse workforces and complex challenges to develop and implement strategies, inclusive behaviors and performance excellence.Facilitation and speaking include: Developing a Credible Leadership Style; Cultural and Emotional
Areas for coaching expertise:
· Managing and finding some semblance of organization working from home
· Emotional Intelligence
· Managing difficult relationships
· Leadership skills
· Getting out of one’s on way
· Stress management
Sarah Oquist is a national speaker, corporate board director, executive coach, and business consultant. She currently serves on the board of directors of six companies; teaches business law at a local law school; speaks on leadership success, corporate governance, diversity and inclusion; and coaches executive leaders.
Sarah started her legal/business career over 20 years ago, first as a finance lawyer at a "big law" national firm, then as a primary international corporate counsel for the fifth largest financial holding company, then CEO/board chair of a quarter-billion dollar hospitality conglomerate, and most recently co-founder/COO for a local commercial litigation firm.
For the last ten years, Sarah has always carved out time for a passion of hers; coaching executive leaders. Sarah has received training and/or certification from Co-Active Training Institute (CTI), the Center of Right Relationship (CRR), Global in Organization and Relationship Systems Coaching, and from Gallup in CliftonStrengths.
Areas of experience include coaching business owners, executives and attorneys:
· to increase revenue/sales/book of business and/or to improve profitability
· to manage develop and empower their teams
· to advance within current company or to gain clarity in transitioning
· to clarify their goals/paths, craft strategies, and access the tools, inspiration and accountability to fulfill their goals.
India Martin is a 25-year veteran of financial services and a member of the Forbes Coaches Council. She has held several global C-suite roles including expatriate assignments in London, Frankfurt, Tokyo and Hong Kong. In her final role at JP Morgan, India was Managing Director and Global Chief Operating Officer for Investment Banking Technology and Operations where she had a multi-billion-dollar budgetary management responsibility for 15,000 staff in more than 40 global locations.
India is a globally recognized leadership expert and coach with a clientele of Fortune 100 and C-Suite executives from around the world. Formerly an adjunct professor of Corporate Education at Temple University in Japan, she is a well-known keynote and panel speaker. India is on the coaching faculty at Georgetown University for the Exec Master's in Leadership program and is also on the coaching faculty of the New York City Bar Association's Leadership Institute.
India is an expert at helping senior executives to build their profile. She is an expert strategist supporting leaders in business development, developing operating frameworks, building high performing teams and organizational transformation.
A former Fortune Global 50 executive, Amii is an executive coach and consultant who specializes in accelerating the success of Fortune 500 legal executives and their teams. Amii shaped company culture and strategy for the past 20 years at global companies such as McKesson and Allianz in multiple roles (CAO, Chief Compliance Officer, Chief Human Resources Officer).
An attorney and former Fortune 5 Chief Compliance Officer, Amii has been described by Forbes Magazine as "one of the top coaches for legal and compliance executives." She is a leadership columnist for Compliance Week, Fellow at the Harvard Institute of Coaching, and a member of Marshall Goldsmith's 100 Coaches
Amii earned her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center, her BA from Tufts University, is an active member of the California State Bar, and holds a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) certification.
Areas of expertise are:
· Executive Presence and Communication
· Strategic Thinking
· Executive Team Leadership
· Influence & Stakeholder Engagement
· Advancement & Promotion
As an executive and personal coach, speaker and author, Kemi has worked in the wellness industry for more than 20 years. Having studied leadership and purpose at The Gross National Happiness Centre in Bhutan, trained as a yoga teacher in India with a 23-year yoga and meditation practice, Kemi understands there is a process for meaningful, connection to ourselves, our work, our families and communities.
As a coach she works with leaders to unlock the obstacles that prevent value-based leadership and as a facilitator Kemi designs programs and speaks for global organizations. She is the author of Raw Beauty - The 7 Principles to nourish your body, transform your mind and create the life you want and, The Gift of Asking - a woman's guide to creating person power.
Areas of expertise (personal and leadership):
· shifting from surviving to thriving
· asking for what you need, instead of tolerating circumstances
· Gaining clarity, focus and accountability
· Value based leadership
· Growing and renewing confidence in your leadership style
Founder/Consultant & Coach
Shifting Into Action
Whitnie Wiley is the founder and chief evolution officer (CEO) of Shifting Into Action (SIA), a coach, consultant, author, speaker and trainer.
As a premier next stage coach, Whitnie has over 25 years of experience coaching in the areas of dream and goal achieving, career management and transition, and leadership development. She helps new and aspiring leaders build and manage careers that feed their souls, use their talents and gifts, and finance the lives of their dreams through training programs and retreats, 1-on-1 and group coaching. Additionally, she provides consulting and coaching services to organizations relating to succession management, leadership development and training, human resources and talent development.
Prior to starting SIA, Whitnie was a lobbyist and a legal counsel for the Association of California Water Agencies, where she was responsible for creating and managing the legal department, as well as the association's legislative intern/externship and mentoring programs.
Areas of Coaching Expertise:
• Leadership & Management Skills
• Career Vision Development and Management
• Promotion, Advancement and Transition Planning
• Interview Preparation
• Work/Life Balance/Integration/Harmony
• Habits & Mindset
Claire Bibby is an accomplished coach and mentor who works with private clients and corporate teams to empower them to move their career, personal and leadership dreams into an active, actionable, pursuit.
With over 25 years of experience gained through senior management appointments with some of the world's largest companies and at the top-tier law firms, she specializes in coaching lawyers.
Claire is a signatory to The Life Coaching Academy Code of Professional Conduct, a copy of which is available at request.
To learn more about Claire, please review her bio.
Founder, The Learned Crew (TLC)
Jessie Porteus is an experienced in-house lawyer and founder of legal training company, The Learned Crew, which aims to prepare the next generation of lawyers for the real world of law through education and mentorship.
Jessie can help junior in-house lawyers and those new to in-house with mentorship, support and skills training to assist and build confidence, particularly during this difficult time.
Mark is a vastly experienced coach who has helped a large number of people to meet challenges in their professional lives. He has had an extensive professional and corporate career before becoming a coach so his approach is practical and based on a good understanding of modern organizational life.
Mark started his career in Sydney Australia as a Chartered Accountant. After qualifying as a CA he branched out into commerce and worked for fourteen years with Australian and multinational companies (e.g. Dupont, Rinker, Holcim) in a range of specialist and management/leadership roles.
Over the course of his career, Mark has had extensive international experience, both living and working at various time in the UK, Switzerland and the USA. After years of working in the corporate sector he realised his best days involved coaching people to new levels of performance, self-esteem and satisfaction in their work.
Areas of coaching:
· How to market yourself authentically and succeed in the job market.
· How to find a more suitable career direction that will enable you to enjoy your work and life more.
· Improve management skills, including managing subordinates as well as managing up.
Nicole Davidson is a specialist coach with skills in managing difficult interactions between people. Focusing on assisting people with building collaborative conversations to manage difficult team members or other stakeholders, Nicole works with clients to build their confidence to productively manage challenging situations and deliver optimal results.
Originally qualifying as a lawyer, Nicole brings significant corporate experience from working in insolvency and investment banking across a range of industries. She has been teaching negotiation and conflict resolution skills for over seven years and practices as a commercial mediator.
Area of expertise include:
· Commercial mediation
· Workplace mediation
· Conflict coaching
· Negotiation coaching
· Group facilitation
To learn more about Nicole, please review her bio.
Christa Cantieni Cunin PCC, LLM
Executive Coach, Trainer & Facilitator
My work experience spans over more than 20 years. I started my career in Switzerland working as a lawyer in the telecommunications industry. Later I moved for one year to the US where I undertook a LL.M. degree at New York University. Upon return I was offered the opportunity to become the General Counsel in a newly created IT company of over 3000 employees. I enormously enjoyed myself building up a team, develop people and doing strategy and management work. For family reasons I moved later to Brussels where I worked as an EU-lobbyist for a while and, in parallel, obtained a master's degree in EU law from ULB Brussels. In 2006 I decided to reorient my career to become a professional coach. When founding my company SAMIDA, I decided to combine my passion for people development, management and organisational health issues with all my previous career experiences and contribute to the advancement of the industries and sectors I knew best. Over the last several years, I have been very privileged to work with fantastic lawyers, leaders and organisations from all over the world. I have trained and coached people of over 50 different nationalities.
Areas for coaching expertise:
· Leadership and team-management
· Crisis management and strategy
· Self management (stress, dealing with uncertainty etc.)
· Developing vision and perspective for own career etc.
To set up a time to speak with Christa, please email her a day/time that works for you at: email@example.com
A medical doctor with 20+ years in the chemical and medical industries across three continents: in normal times, Dr. Madeleine de Hauke is recognized for her work as a Meetings Doctor and Midlife Professional Coach. She advises, coaches and trains large corporations, SMEs and NGOs on re-programming their meeting culture to increase results (including your meetings with yourself; when's the last time you got in your own way?)
But these are not normal times. Through the pandemic Madeleine works with individuals and organizations to optimize their Reset and Recovery efforts. Specifically, she supports clients with:
· Transitioning mid-life professional challenges
· Maintaining a growth mindset to lead effectively
· Leading effective and productive remote reams and virtual meetings
· Real-time support for having tough conversations
· Self-mastery to be empathetic and supportive whilst driving team productivity