Kevin Martin, Managing Director of The Martin Leadership Group, works with early stage, venture capital, and private equity backed companies coaching senior leaders and their teams.
He is also a seasoned facilitator at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and has over 20 years of leadership experience in technology, venture capital, private equity, healthcare, and education.
Kevin builds rapport quickly with his clients and is a trusted adviser to many senior executives. Decades of hands-on business experience gives him a keen appreciation and empathy for the demands of leadership. Drawing on personal experience, current research, and a substantial library of concepts and tools, he provides his clients with the support and learning they need.
Kevin’s understanding of leadership, human nature, and emotional intelligence, combined with his experience in complex engineering and problem solving, allow him to examine highly complicated relational and organizational systems, diagnose root causes, and synthesize effective yet compassionate interventions and solutions. His deep operational experience provides both clarity and confidence to his ability to facilitate implementations.
Kevin has been facilitating group processes since his early years as an R&D manager, when he facilitated cross-functional product team meetings across virtually all functional groups. He was formally trained as a facilitator in 2006 at the Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB), where he continues to facilitate groups for the Interpersonal Dynamics course and large group (60-70 people) discussions for the Leadership in Diverse Environments course. Kevin has a BS in Electrical Engineering and a MS in Engineering Management from Stanford. He's an avid backpacker, zealous winemaker, and a great friend, husband, and dad.
Kathy Dailey wears many hats at The Martin Leadership Group, and her experience in the learning and organization effectiveness industry is vast. She has been involved in operations, finance, strategy, sales, and account management. She knows making the client’s job easier is crucial. She does this by gaining a clear understanding of the culture, objectives, and challenges of her clients; developing clear processes and systems around communication and delivery of services; and recommending solutions that will enhance their programs. Kathy has a BA in Business from Cal Poly, and enjoys time with her husband, two daughters, hiking, swimming, gardening, and like all of our favorite people loves wine.
Cathe Chapman-Martin oversees Client Relationships and is responsible for ensuring that the client experience is engaging and rewarding. She has an eye for the show-stopper details and manages the robust systems that allow The Martin Leadership Group to deliver complex services seamlessly, and convey compelling and clear messages about its brand. Before working with The Martin Leadership Group, she worked with several web marketing and design firms managing accounts including Avon, Nickelodeon, Netscape, and Intuit. She was a consultant for many years, advising clients on their web presence and branding. She has a keen interest in continuous learning at all stages of our lives and careers and has a BA in English from UC Santa Cruz and a MA in Writing from the University of San Francisco. She lives in the East Bay with her husband and 2 children, and loves to write, garden, and make (and drink) wine with friends and colleagues.
Jimena Galfaso is an experienced organizational effectiveness consultant, coach, and facilitator. She has deep wisdom about the nature of human experience and group dynamics, and the ability to create the conditions for others to transform and discover new parts of themselves.
She facilitates at the Stanford Graduate School of Business in their Interpersonal Dynamics course and workshops on diversity to incoming MBA students. She works with senior executives in different industries including tech, healthcare, education, agricultural commodity, and real estate.
Through her highly customized programs for companies she helps develop and strengthen critical interpersonal skills. She specializes in awareness building and the effective use of emotions to foster high performance in individuals and teams.
As an executive coach, she works with clients to create a safe and confidential space to work through stressful conflict and get the clarity needed to solve business and interpersonal challenges.
As a coach to teams, her approach centers on themes such as resilience, feedback, influence, and team communication. Ongoing sessions enable participants to improve their individual skill-sets and build a common vocabulary and mindset across the group that optimizes collaboration and effectiveness.
Her EQ workshops include exercises that build trust, awareness of self, empathy, and skills to give and receive feedback. Participants learn how to understand and harness emotions promoting effective communication and an increase of productivity.
Jimena is Certified by New Ventures West as an Integral Coach. She has an MD from Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Jimena lives in Piedmont with her two sons. She loves cooking and gardening, especially when it's with her boys.
Ling Lam is an executive coach and facilitator with The Martin Leadership Group. He also provides coaching services to hundreds of Google employees. As a former Silicon Valley engineer, Ling enjoys working with high tech professionals on emotional intelligence and interpersonal effectiveness. His main areas of focus include helping clients to experience reduced anxiety and stress, greater clarity of purpose and ability to focus, deeper awareness of conscious or subconscious patterns that sabotage success, increased resilience to handle setbacks, expanded capacity to regulate emotions, improved interpersonal effectiveness, and easier access to their deepest creativity and motivation.
Ling has more than a decade’s experience working in Silicon Valley, where he was part of the original engineering team that invented and proliferated as worldwide standard HDMI, with billions of devices shipped to date. Ling is also a licensed psychotherapist in California and an Academic Year Lecturer at Santa Clara University.
His experience and expertise includes leadership development, emotional intelligence, feedback, team building, collaboration, diversity, stress management, and interpersonal dynamics.
He maintains a psychotherapy and executive coaching practice in Palo Alto and San Francisco (Hayes Valley). Ling has worked successfully with hundreds of individual contributors, managers, and executives from Google, Apple, Cisco, VMware and Stanford University, as well as numerous entrepreneurs, startup founders and CEOs. In addition, Ling serves as an Advanced Facilitator at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, helping facilitate a popular elective on interpersonal dynamics since 2007. Born in Beijing and growing up in Hong Kong, Ling is fluent in English, Mandarin, and Cantonese.
Ling holds a Ph.D. in Psychology and two master's degrees: M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. He is also a graduate of the Group Facilitation Training Program at Stanford Graduate School of Business. Ling volunteers as a freshman academic adviser at Stanford University and was nominated for the Outstanding Adviser Award.
Erica Peng is a leadership development coach, consultant, and educator. At Stanford University Graduate School of Business and University of California at Berkeley, she helps students develop foundational leadership and influence skills in emotional intelligence, effective verbal and non-verbal communication, managing diversity, conflict and group dynamics.
She coaches leaders and delivers high-impact workshops for groups and teams. Her areas of expertise include managing diversity and conflict, and building personal leadership and high-performing teams in global and cross-cultural business contexts.
As a first-generation Chinese-American who grew up in New England, she has extensive experience and knowledge about navigating multi-cultural and cross-cultural environments. She has lived and worked in Asia, has spent extensive periods in Latin America, and speaks Mandarin and Spanish with proficiency.
In addition to leadership development, she designs and facilitates transformative cross-cultural travel experiences to Cuba and indigenous villages in Guatemala. Participants examine historical context, power and privilege dynamics, economic and community development, and build bridges and relationships through culture and the arts. She has a MA in Organization Development from Sonoma State and a BA in Architecture and Urban Design from Stanford University. She also has a certification from La Únion Spanish Language School (Antigua, Guatemala).
Kirsten Moss is The Martin Leadership Group's advisor on leadership assessment. She also is the Associate Dean of Admissions at Stanford's Graduate School of Business, and an advisor and consultant evaluating and developing talent in organizations throughout the United States and Europe.
Kirsten has a Doctorate of Psychology at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology. Her research and proprietary tools and methodology focuses on examining how to assess leadership capability through behavioral based interviews.
As a consultant at Egon Zehnder in the Global Innovations Practice, she developed a framework and methodology for measuring leadership potential. In addition, she assessed and coached senior executives and advised organizations on how to develop their talent pool.
Prior to working at Egon Zehnder, Kirsten was the Director of Admissions and Financial Aid at Harvard Business School. Through assessing thousands of applicants, Kirsten developed a deep understanding of how to evaluate leadership behaviors and potential across different industries, functions, and geographies. After moving to Palo Alto, Kirsten became the Director of Admissions at the Stanford Graduate School of Business where she redesigned the selection process to include leadership competency assessment and built an on-line evaluation system to assess applicants more holistically within their industry, function, and geographical context.
Kirsten also was the Director of Career Services at Harvard Business School where she delivered services to over ten thousand recruiters and two thousand students annually. She worked in partnership with companies to help them recruit and hire talent. In addition, she designed and taught all first year MBA students a job search curriculum, which included: assessing internal values and motivation, finding potential career opportunities, networking, resume writing, interviewing, and negotiating offers. Kirsten counseled students and alumni on all aspects of their career development.
Kirsten began her career as a financial analyst on Wall Street at J.P. Morgan. After business school, she was the Assistant to the CEO of Bertelsmann Music Group, a $2 Billion music company and worked with senior leadership on strategy and business development. She received her B.A from Harvard College and her M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Kirsten has enjoyed working at the Stanford Graduate School of Business as a facilitator with the Interpersonal Dynamics course. She continues to coach senior executives and consult with organizations on how to develop leadership capability.
Mary Anne Huckabay
Mary Anne Huckabay has consulted to organizations, small groups, families, and individuals for the last 35 years. With an emphasis on team development, executive coaching and interpersonal competence, her organizational clients include large, complex systems such as Avery International, Levi Strauss International, Kaiser Permanente, DuPont of Canada, Marriott Hotels, Mervyn’s, Stanford University Hospitals, Sun Microsystems, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Federal Aviation Administration.
She has been a lecturer in Organizational Behavior at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business for over 20 years, teaching the popular Interpersonal Dynamics course and Taking Stock/Moving Forward. She is the former director of the Group Facilitation Training Program, a program that develops SF Bay Area professionals to facilitate the student training groups so central to the Interpersonal Dynamics course. For 10 years, she was also the faculty director for the GSB’s Women in Management (WIM) Program, overseeing the delivery of WIM student groups to over 75% of the school’s women M.B.A. students. She currently teaches in the business school’s Executive Education Program.
Dr. Huckabay is a licensed psychotherapist with a small private therapy and coaching practice in Berkeley, California. For eight years, she was an organizational development consultant and research associate for Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program in Northern California. In addition to Stanford, she has taught courses in organizational behavior at Sonoma State University, Alliant University, and Hayward State University. Throughout her teaching, writing, coaching, and consulting, she emphasizes the importance of integrating the personal and the organizational domains, holding the position that it is the separation of these two spheres that has been so costly to the effectiveness of organizations and the people who inhabit them.
Dr. Huckabay earned her doctorate in Organizational Behavior at Case Western Reserve University, holds a Master’s in counseling, and a double undergraduate degree from Stanford University. She is a professional member of the National Training Laboratories, is on the teaching faculty of the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland, and is a member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists and the Organization Development Network—Bay Area.
G. Anthony Ramsey
G. Anthony Ramsey is an executive coach with over 20 years of experience as a manager, executive coach, and group facilitator. His areas of expertise include, conflict resolution, diversity, organizational effectiveness, change
management, facilitation, executive retreats and strategic planning, leadership development, cultural diversity, and organizational effectiveness. Anthony’s professional experiences include Leadership Coach at Stanford Graduate School of Business, executive coach and organizational effectiveness consultant for Kaiser Permanente, Sr. Manager of Executive Development at Gap, Inc. and Corporate Training Specialist for Safeway, Inc.
As an executive coach, Anthony has spent the last 12 years working with professionals with varied backgrounds including MBA graduate school students, engineers, medical physicians, hospital administrators, senior level executives up to and including CEOs. Anthony is particularly skilled in working with 360 degree feedback instruments and helping clients both interpret the data and develop successful action oriented and behaviorally based developmental plans. Anthony has performed a broad range of consultative services across several industries including, healthcare, retail, transportation, and education.
His certifications include, Intercultural Development Inventory Certification Assessment Instrument, Myers-Briggs (MBTI) Qualified, and AIM Change Management.
G. Ramsey has a BA in Industrial Psychology from San Francisco State University and is a MA Candidate in Human Resources and Organizational Development at the University of San Francisco.
VC Partnership Lead, Executive Coach
Mansi Goel is the VC Partnership Lead, an executive coach, and a facilitator.
Mansi launched into coaching after almost twenty years in Tech. She has navigated the trials and triumphs of leadership, from seeing snafus turned into headline fodder, to building high-performance global teams from 4 people to 40+. As a business development manager, she managed a deal portfolio of $175MM+, before transitioning to an operational role for expanding Google’s footprint in emerging markets. She then became Google’s Global Head of Policy for all monetized products (except YouTube and Play), engaging SVP and C-level executives to successfully launch projects with a multi-billion dollar impact.
After ten years, Mansi left Google to begin a new chapter. Through travel, humanitarian work, and thousands of hours of silent meditation, she discovered her aptitude and passion for uplifting other professionals into their authenticity. She now uses her decades of work experience and mindfulness training to coach executives and to facilitate various leadership programs at Stanford’s business schoolsuch as Interpersonal Dynamics, High Performance Leadership, Women in Management etc.
Mansi lives in the SF Bay Area with her husband and a menagerie of plants and animals.
"There is only one question: how to love this world." -Mary Oliver
Organizational Development Consultant
Ling Thio is an organizational development consultant and leadership coach with 11 years experience as an educator, facilitator and coach, focusing on personal growth, relationship building, and diversity & inclusion. He is known for his strategic thinking, empathic listening, wisdom, and his caring yet candid style of communication. He currently facilitates interpersonal dynamics classes at both Stanford Graduate School of Business and UC Berkeley Haas School of Business.
Ling is trained in Matrix Leadership (organizational development), Hakomi (experiential form of psychotherapie), Somatic Experiencing (experiential form of trauma healing) and Stanford (interpersonal dynamics) and holds an M.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.
Previously, he played key leadership roles in three successful Silicon Valley software start-ups as Lead engineer (acquired by Compuware), Chief Architect (acquired by Lucent) and Co-founder (acquired by Computer Associates).
Ling was born in Indonesia, grew up in The Netherlands, has an unofficially adopted son from Côte d’Ivoire, and lives with his wife in Oakland, California.
Thoraya Halhoul, MA, is an executive coach and organization consultant with over 20 years of national and international experience working in large complex and startup systems. Believing that leadership is a critical success factor to meet business objectives, she specializes in developing and delivering a variety of interventions focused on assisting leaders and senior management teams in addressing critical issues facing their organizations. Her expertise includes leadership development, organization effectiveness, stakeholder engagement and alignment. She focuses on helping leaders implement and sustain strategic change at the individual, team and organization levels. Thoraya’s work is characterized by an extremely high degree of commitment to her subject matter and her clients, balancing a healthy regard for people with the important task orientation of organizations.
Thoraya’s client list includes Chevron, IPIECA, Pacific Gas and Electric, Hewlett-Packard, and Mercer Management. She has been adjunct faculty at the University of San Francisco School of Law and John F. Kennedy University where she teaches Negotiation and Mediation, Interpersonal Skills and Organization Behavior and Consulting courses. She is a Senior Facilitator and trainer at Stanford University Graduate School of Business and is a Professional Member and Trainer at the National Training Laboratories: Institute for Applied Behavioral Science where she focuses on Leadership and Organization Behavior development programs. Thoraya holds a Masters degree in Human Resources and Organization Development from the University of San Francisco.
Julie Cullinane-Smith is an executive coach, leadership consultant and facilitator who is passionate about helping leaders determine the impact they want to have and achieve their goals. She has nearly 25 years of experience helping guide individual and organizational transformations at Fortune 1000 companies as well as start-ups in a variety of industries including biotechnology, high technology, healthcare, retail, financial services, and consumer packaged goods.
In her coaching work, Julie has worked with leaders ranging from new managers to CEO’s across a variety of functions, including Operations, Manufacturing, R&D, Product Development, Legal, IT, HR, Sales and Marketing. She partners with her clients both to identify and maximize strengths, as well as to uncover blind spots and barriers that prevent them from achieving their goals. Her clients include leaders who want to:
- cultivate greater executive presence
- increase their ability to focus and prioritize
- build effective relationships and networks
- develop greater confidence
- balance commitments and priorities
- listen and communicate more effectively, and
- inspire and engage their teams and other stakeholders.
Julie believes that there are many facets to being a successful leader, including self-awareness, self-confidence, passion, authenticity, creative thinking, developing relationships, asking good questions and getting results. She helps her clients be thoughtful and deliberate about their leadership brand and contribution, providing just the right balance of challenge and support to help create breakthrough growth.
Julie holds an MBA from The Anderson School at UCLA and a BA in Psychology from UC San Diego, bringing a combination of business and people savvy to her work. She is also a Certified Integral Coach through New Ventures West where she is currently an Adjunct Faculty member.
Prior to her career in leadership development and coaching, Julie was a Managing Consultant at Towers Perrin (now Willis Towers Watson) for eight years where she worked with dozens of organizations to help develop and implement strategies for leading successful organization transformations. She has also held in-house leadership roles at Kaiser Permanente, California State Automobile Association and Pitney Bowes. Her interests include hiking, yoga, skiing, reading anything she can get her hands on and spending time with her husband and twin teenage daughters.
Pien van den Herik
Pien van den Herik is an executive coach, consultant, facilitator and educator with extensive experience in leadership development.
As a coach Pien is attuned to her clients and builds deep and productive partnerships. Pien is adaptive to her client's needs and uses a range of working models (Emotional and Social Intelligences, Global Leadership Skills, Appreciative Inquiry, Mindfulness, Conflict Resolution, Non-Violent Communication, Women's Leadership Practices). She is known both for her openness and warmth and her practicality in being a thought partner.
She has served as an Adjunct Professor, Leadership Coach, and Facilitator, at varied institutions, including the Graduate School of Business and Executive Education of Stanford University, INSEAD Global School of Management, UC Berkeley Haas School of Business, Sonoma State University, University of San Francisco School of Law. Pien is also the founding Co- Director of the non-profit Include.
Pien lives with her husband in Orinda, California. She loves to cook, listen to music, hang out with friends and is an outdoor enthusiast.
Amina Knowlan, MS has been facilitating groups and trainings in cities throughout the U.S. and Europe for 30+ years. She works as a consultant, trainer, facilitator, and coach for corporate executive teams, businesses, health care organizations, schools, communities and non-profits. In her coaching practice, she works with individuals, partners, and teams. Some of her focus areas include incorporating systemic awareness (e.g., the impact of organizational structure and workplace culture; and issues in diversity, equity and inclusion), whole-life satisfaction and sustainability, and working with empowering women leaders and systems’ thinkers.
She considers herself a social architect who incorporates system’s approaches; multi-cultural and diversity training; somatic, psychological and intuitive awareness; as well as dance, movement, voice, and practices of mindfulness into her work. She currently works internationally in Sydney, Australia, Singapore, and the UK. She also partners with Coaching Institute in St. Petersburg, Russia. She is currently in the final stage of preparing a manuscript on Matrix Leadership for publication.
Her formal background includes an M.S. in Counseling and Teaching Psychology at the University of Missouri and training from the National Training Laboratories for the Behavioral Sciences. Earlier in her career she was the director of the Groups and Outreach Programs in Interpersonal and Group Communication at the University of Missouri Counseling Center. She was a trainer for the Hakomi Institute for Body-Centered Psychotherapy for twelve years. She was also a co-owner and psychotherapist at Wellspring, Partners in Health (a holistic community medical clinic) for fifteen years.
Amina has two adult children and lives in the beautiful mountain foothills of Boulder, Colorado. She enjoys salsa dancing, swimming, gardening, singing, and hiking with her dog.
Henry M. Most
Henry M. Most brings a very diverse background to his work - from the therapy, coaching, and group facilitation worlds, and many years working in market research and data analysis. He serves as a Leadership Coach at Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB), facilitates interpersonal dynamics groups (“t-groups”) at Stanford, Berkeley-Haas, and elsewhere, and teaches/facilitates the Group Dynamics class at the holistically-oriented California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS). He also co-designs, leads and facilitates custom workshops around interpersonal dynamics, EQ, and DEI (LinkedIn, Sequoia, Stanford Hospital, et al.).
After many years working in market research and data analysis, Henry began focusing on his passion for self-exploration, learning through Buddhism, psychology, and interpersonal/group dynamics, among other areas. Self-exploration organically turned into helping others along this path, to deepen their self-awareness and ability to connect with others, and become more effective colleagues, leaders, and people. Henry is passionate about helping others to realize the personal shifts they desire, whether personal, professional, or both. His varied background allows him to meet his clients where they are, work with the whole person, and be comfortable both in the emotional depths and in more directly action-oriented territory.
Henry has a BA in History from Cornell University and a masters in Marriage & Family Therapy from the California Institute of Integral Studies’ Integral Counseling Program, in addition to his training in the Stanford Interpersonal Dynamics Facilitator Training Program (IDFTP). When not doing the above, you can find him enjoying wine and travel with his girlfriend, in the outdoors, at music festivals, or relaxing daily with the NY Times crossword.