Inaugural Coach Team

The concept of EthicalCoach has been supported from the beginning -- when it was nothing more than an aspiration -- by some of the world's foremost coaching pioneers. We could not be more grateful to our team of Inaugural Coaches for lending their influence and creativity to lifting this endeavor off the ground and keeping it alight.

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Carol Kauffman

United States

For the past 25 years Dr. Kauffman has taught at Harvard Medical School where she is an Assistant Professor and the Founder/Executive Director of the Institute of Coaching. In 2009 she received a $2,000,000 award from the Harnisch Foundation to create the Institute. As a leader with an entrepreneurial spirit she launched: The Institute of Coaching, Founded and co-chaired the Coaching in Leadership and Healthcare Conference at Harvard Medical School, the International Coaching Leadership Forum and the European School of Management and Technology Coaching Colloquia. She recently chaired the annual meeting of the Consulting Psychologist division of the American Psychological Association and the International Positive Psychology Association conference. Dr. Kauffman has published in many venues, and was the Founding Editor of the first academic peer-reviewed journal dedicated to coaching, Coaching: An International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice. Her Harvard Business Review article, What Coaches Can Do for You is their most frequently cited piece on coaching. Carol appears regularly in the media including New York Times, Forbes, LA Times, New York Magazine and is interviewed for local and national television and radio. She has coached live on television, radio and for a documentary film on positive psychology.

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David Clutterbuck

United Kingdom

Professor David Clutterbuck is a mentor, coach and entrepreneur, as well as one of Europe’s most prolific and well-known management writers and thinkers. He has written more than 70 books and hundreds of articles on cutting edge management themes. In addition, David is a serial entrepreneur, having built and sold two consulting businesses. He now works with an international network of mentor trainers and researchers, Coaching and Mentoring International, supporting organisations in developing capability in coaching and mentoring. He co-founded the European Mentoring & Coaching Council, the primary professional organisation in the field within Europe, and is now its Special Ambassador, promoting good practice in coaching and mentoring internationally. He founded the International Standards for Mentoring & Coaching Programmes and recently completed a three-year term as external examiner for Ashridge Coaching MBA. He was voted Coaching at Work magazine’s first Mentor of the Year and is a visiting professor at four business schools — Henley (Reading University), Sheffield Hallam, Oxford Brookes and York St John. He maintains a continuous programme of research into mentoring, coaching team coaching, talent management and leader development. He is an accomplished and controversial public speaker in high demand around the world. Among his current projects is one to create five million school-age coaches and mentors globally over a five-year period. He likes to practice what he preaches, setting himself the goal of achieving at least one major learning challenge each year – these range from sky-diving to becoming a stand-up comic.

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David Peterson

United States

As Google’s head of Executive Coaching and Leadership, David coaches senior leaders, manages Google’s network of external and internal coaches, and supports leadership, learning, and executive development initiatives at Google. Before joining Google in 2011, David served as leader of world-wide coaching services for PDI Ninth House (now part of Korn Ferry). In addition to coaching top leaders in organizations such as Salesforce, Sandisk, Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, Target, Wal-Mart, Shell, Genentech, Mayo Clinic, Harvard, and Stanford University, he provided consultation and thought leadership on how to design and manage organizational coaching programs, how to develop high potential leaders and critical talent, and how to accelerate learning and leadership development at all levels. David has published dozens of articles and chapters on coaching, is co-author of Development FIRST: Strategies for Self-Development and Leader as Coach, with over a million copies in print, and co-editor of the Handbook of the Psychology of Coaching and Mentoring. Vikki Brock’s history of coaching (2008, 2012) names David as one of the primary influencers in the field, both for his early influence on the emergence of executive coaching and for continuing to shape the field as someone "on the cutting edge of the profession, doing and saying surprising and thought-provoking things.”

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Frances Hesselbein

United States

One of the most highly respected experts in the field of contemporary leadership development, Frances Hesselbein is the President and CEO of The Frances Hesselbein Leadership Institute, founded as The Peter F. Drucker Foundation for Nonprofit Management and renamed in 2012 to honor Hesselbein’s legacy and ongoing contributions. Mrs. Hesselbein was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States of America’s highest civilian honor, in 1998 for her leadership as CEO of Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. from 1976–1990, as well as her service as “a pioneer for women, volunteerism, diversity and opportunity.” Her contributions were also recognized by the first President Bush, who appointed her to two Presidential Commissions on National and Community Service. In 2009, the University of Pittsburgh introduced The Hesselbein Global Academy for Student Leadership and Civic Engagement. The Academy’s aim is to produce experienced and ethical leaders who will address critical national and international issues and advance positive social and economic initiatives throughout the world. Also in 2009 she began a 2-year appointment as the Class of 1951 Chair for the Study of Leadership at the United States Military Academy at West Point. She was the first woman, and the first non-graduate to serve in this chair.

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Judith E. Glaser

United States

Judith E. Glaser (1946 – 2018) was an Organizational Anthropologist and one of the world’s most pioneering and innovative change agents in the consulting and coaching industry. With over 40 years’ experience, Judith was the world’s leading authority on Conversational Intelligence, WE-centric Leadership, and Neuro-Innovation.  A best-selling author, Judith wrote seven business books including the best seller – Conversational Intelligence: How Great Leaders Build Trust and Get Extraordinary Results. By applying “the Neuroscience of WE™” to business challenges, she demonstrated how CEOs and their teams can elevate levels of engagement, collaboration and innovation to positively impact revenue and profitability, even in challenging and dynamic environments. Judith was the founder and CEO of Benchmark Communications Inc. and the Chairman of The Creating WE Institute. Her transformational approach, with its integration of neuroscience and anthropology, continues to empower leaders as they raise their Conversational Intelligence and their ability to lead and develop agile, high-performing, individuals and teams.

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Mark Thompson

United States

Mark Thompson is a highly sought after executive coach, VC and New York Times bestselling author. Forbes called Mark one of America’s Top Venture Investors with the ‘Midas Touch’, and the American Management Association ranked him one of the “World’s Top Executive Coaches”. Mark advises top leaders in Fortune 500 and Global Fortune 1000 companies as well as the executive teams who are leading high growth startup companies, from Apple, American Express and The World Bank to and He was founder Charles ‘Chuck' Schwab’s former Chief of Staff and Chief Customer Experience Officer, and the Executive Producer of He is a founding patron of Sir Richard Branson’s Entrepreneurship Centres, and founding advisor of the Stanford University Realtime Venture Design Lab, his alma mater. He was a founding board member of Esurance, now an Allstate company, and Interwoven, now an HP company, and the Frances Hesselbein Institute. He is a founding member of the World Bank President’s Leadership Advisory Council and bestselling author of Success Built to Last: Creating a Life That Matters; Now Build a Great Business; and Admired, 21 Ways to Double Your Value.

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Marshall Goldsmith

United States

Dr. Goldsmith is the author or editor of 35 books, which have sold over two million copies, been translated into 30 languages and become bestsellers in 12 countries. His two other New York Times bestsellers are MOJO and What Got You Here Won’t Get You There - the Harold Longman Award winner for Business Book of the Year. In February 2016, recognized the ‘100 Best Leadership & Success Books’ in their To Read in Your Lifetime series. The list included classics and newer books - management and self-help books. Both Triggers and What Got You Here Won’t Get You There were recognized as being in the top 100 books ever written in their field. Marshall is only one of two authors with two books on the list. Marshall’s professional acknowledgments include: Harvard Business Review and Best Practices Institute – World’s #1 Leadership Thinker, Global Gurus, INC and Fast Company magazines – World’s #1 Executive Coach, Institute for Management Studies – Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Teaching, American Management Association - 50 great thinkers and leaders who have influenced the field of management over the past 80 years, BusinessWeek – 50 great leaders in America, Wall Street Journal – top ten executive educators, Economist (UK) – most credible executive advisors in the new era of business, National Academy of Human Resources – Fellow of the Academy (America’s top HR award), World HRD Congress (India) – global leader in HR thinking. His work has been recognized by almost every professional organization in his field. Dr. Goldsmith’s Ph.D. is from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management where he was the Distinguished Alumnus of the Year. He teaches executive education at Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business. He is one of a select few executive advisors who has worked with over 150 major CEOs and their management teams. He served on the Board of the Peter Drucker Foundation for ten years. He has been a volunteer teacher for US Army Generals, Navy Admirals, Girl Scout executives, International and American Red Cross leaders – where he was a National Volunteer of the Year.

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Professor Peter Hawkins

United Kingdom

Peter Hawkins is Professor of Leadership at Henley Business School, Chairman of Renewal Associates and founder and emeritus Chairman of Bath Consultancy Group and Chairman of Metaco South Africa. He is a leading consultant, writer and researcher in leadership and leadership development and an international thought leader in executive teams, and systemic team coaching. He has just led a major global research project on Tomorrow’s Leadership and the Necessary Revolution in Today’s Leadership Development for Henley Business School and finished writing the third edition of Leadership Team Coaching to be published in June 2017 by Kogan Page. Over the last 30 years he has worked with many leading companies all over the world, co-designing and facilitating major change and organisational transformation projects and coaching company boards and leadership teams. He has helped several senior executive teams develop their vision, values and strategy for the future, both in commercial companies, public sector, higher education and large professional service organisations. He is the author of several best-selling books including Leadership Team Coaching in Practice; Supervision in the Helping Professions; Coaching, Mentoring and Organizational Consultancy: Supervision, Skills and Development; Creating a Coaching Culture; and The Wise Fool’s Guide to Leadership.


Board of Directors

As a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, EthicalCoach relies on a volunteer board of directors to work closely with our project manager and volunteer team to set the vision, keep us in alignment with our mission, actively participate in partnership building and strategy development, and help to steer the ship as we navigate the globe.

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Kathryn Bean


A Certified Human Resources Leader in the talent management space with deep experience in coaching, career development, strategic resourcing, learning and development, recognition, engagement, and change management. Leverages excellent consultative, analytical, and problem-solving competencies to achieve business objectives. Have led teams of learning specialists, business analysts and customer service agents, achieving 93% engagement scores with national teams. Recognized for strengths in the following areas: Leadership and Team Building | Project Planning and Execution | Innovation and Continuous Improvement | Negotiating and Facilitating | Customer Focus and Stakeholder Management

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Benjamin Croft


Benjamin Croft is a multi-award winning entrepreneur who specializes in the Business and Executive Coaching industry. He is founder of the World Business & Executive Coach Summit and EthicalCoach. In 2018, Ben's company WBECS Group was named the fastest growing Education company in the UK in the INC 5000. WBECS has grown to become the world's leading event for the industry with 7200 attendees in its first year 2011 and over 46,000 in 2018.  With a vision to create and sustain a positive impact on the world, along with the intimate understanding of the power of coaching, Ben began to ask questions that broke down the barriers between coaching and the organizations that are dedicated to making the world a better place. As a result, EthicalCoach was born. Together with his incredible team, he's on a mission to link world-class coaches to NGOs to increase leadership capacity and effectiveness, tackle environmental and humanitarian challenges and support 64 million additional children in need over the next decade.

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Marva Sadler

United States

Marva Sadler is CEO of the World Business & Executive Coach Summit - named the fastest growing Education company in the UK in the INC 5000 in 2018. With over 20 years of executive management and consulting experience, Marva specializes in helping small companies turn creative chaos into repeatable, scalable outcomes so they can grow, mature and professionalize. As an incredible communicator, she excels in building high-performing, positive team cultures based on shared goals, shared accountability and shared values of honesty, kindness, and respect. 'Growth' is the single biggest concept to her both personally and professionally, as personal growth leads to business success and professional growth leads to being a better person. It's her mission to have a positive impact on others by helping them reach their full potential.  Her personal purpose combined with her extensive background working closely with professional coaches has ultimately prepared her for her current role as CEO of WBECS and Board Member of EthicalCoach.


EthicalCoach Team

The EthicalCoach initiative would not be possible without our team of dedicated volunteers from around the world, all of whom give generously of their time, energy, and talents in support of our mission. From communications and fundraising to local coach team support, these are the people actively working behind the scenes to make the magic happen.

Benjamin Croft Australia

Dr Meshesha Shewarega Ethiopia

Jane Cooke-Lauder Canada

Kathryn Bean Canada

Kerry Woodcock CPCC ORSCC PCC Leads change for a world of change. Amplifies the power of relationship. Systems coach, mentor, trainer Canada

Sara Groenendijk Ethiopia

Sebastian Fox United Kingdom

Paul Chang Australia

Dez Stephens United States

Anushly Sithamparam Sri Lanka

Malini S. Kumar Nigeria

Sam Voorhies United States

Larissa Thurlow Canada

Steadman Harrison Ethiopia

Yene Assegid Ethiopia

Shay Withnell Australia

Karen Radtke United States

Bilen Asrat Ethiopia

Deb Rae Australia

Vesna Jovicevic Serbia

Kofi Hagan Rwanda

Amanda Michelle Echevarria Guatemala

Negash Teklu Ethiopia

Tenagne Lemma Ethiopia

Contributing Volunteers Past and Present

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