Our corporate trainers, coaches and consultants are business professionals with real-world experience, knowledge, and credentials. Our trainers consistently meet or exceed high performance standards in their respective areas of expertise. Each training professional has many years years of industry/corporate experience and keeps current with advances at the cutting edge of their specialties. Meet a few of our expert trainers below.
Rae Ann Ianniello holds a Master’s degree in Communication, two teaching credentials, a certificate in Human Resources Management and a Master Trainer certificate from NUMMI (Toyota affiliate). She has served as the President of the HR Connection (a professional educational and networking group), and is a member of the American Society for Training & Development. Rae Ann has presented courses using several modalities including Instructor-led, hybrid, and online courses for a wide variety of organizations, including high-tech, start-ups, profits and non-profits, large and small businesses, and government agencies. A dynamic, hands-on instructor, she delivers in‑depth training that is interactive, practical, and fun!
Jackie Welch, Certified Coach, Facilitator and Trainer has a diverse leadership background with 25+ years of corporate experience driving business results, embracing culture change, and working in collaboration with other teams to deliver exceptional customer satisfaction. She is an experienced workshop facilitator working with organizations to identify potential gaps and implement solutions. Jackie is also a member of the ICF (International Coaching Federation) and has also completed her required studies in Learning & Development in the area of Instructional Design and Delivery. Her Credentials consist of: DDI Certified Facilitator, Instructional Design, Certified Coach, CPCC and Minority Business Owner (MWBE).
Nancy Nelson, SPHR-CA, GPHR, is a senior HR leader and practitioner with extensive hands-on experience developing and implementing HR strategies for start-up and small businesses, emerging high-growth and multi-national corporations across a wide range of industries and sectors. She has consulted and trained at Nortel Networks, Fujikin of America, CNEX Labs, Transera, Omnicell, and several California colleges including UC Santa Cruz Extension and California State University East Bay.
Beth Weisberg delivers training programs and provides coaching to a variety of organizations including emerging companies, non-profits, public agencies, Fortune "100 Best To Work For" companies. She has presented hundreds of high-impact workshops to boost the effectiveness of individuals and teams, and coached individuals in a variety of roles from administrative to high level executive. She served as director in a boutique human resources outsourcing firm providing HR consulting for dozens of clients.
Ravi Kalluri, MSEE (Stanford), MBA (Kellogg), PMP and Certified Scrum Master, has more than 20 years of experience leading complex programs at Citrix, Ericsson, CA Technologies, VeriSign and Motorola. Ravi's core expertise is in Project Risk Management, with 9 years of experience teaching Project Management. Ravi is also a Certified Scrum Master and is highly skilled at teaching Agile Project Management using Scrum.
Hilda Sendyk, M.S. is a Learning and Development consultant with over 20 years’ experience in both the corporate and academic arenas. She has corporate training experience in high tech, biotech and pharma and has presented highly acclaimed training classes at Stanford Graduate School of Business, Stanford Medical Center, EPRI, Genentech, Hewlett-Packard, Apple Computer, IBM, and many other Silicon Valley and global organizations. She is an authorized Microsoft trainer and has attended PeopleSoft University. She has a Master of Science degree in Biology/Ecology, a California Lifetime Teaching Certificate, and has consistently received excellent reviews for her training effectiveness, clear subject presentations delivered with humor and deep topic knowledge, enabling her to relate the content to actual business usage.
Jonathan Bissell is Executive Director of Community, Continuing and Corporate Education (CCCE) with SMCCCD, a Certified Contract Trainer who designs and develops training programs for U.S. and international private and public-sector organizations, and a Certified Executive Coach with the Center for Executive Coaching (CEC). Jonathan is passionate about growing leaders and teams and providing support to organizations that care about developing talent towards increased productivity and operationalized values. Having worked with countless organizations to understand their needs and design relevant training for results, Jonathan provides insight into behaviors that foster success for leaders and teams, guidance on strategies for success, and design and delivery of trainings. He has a Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics from Teachers College, Columbia University.
Bill Collins is passionate about helping people become better leaders. He has consulted and coached privately and in collaboration with Berkeley Innovation Group and Berkeley Executive Coaching Institute, where he received his executive coaching certificate. His range of clients includes Adobe, UC Health, and Recology. Bill holds an MBA with honors from UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business. Now a lecturer at Haas, he teaches Creativity & Leadership and Leadership Communications to undergraduate and MBA students, covering topics such as authentic leadership, coaching, design thinking, innovation, lean startup, and futuring. Bill has also spent more than 10 years in the private sector in analytics, product, and marketing roles.
Claire Laughlin, MA, is a dynamic and engaging trainer and consultant who uses experiential and innovative methods to help business leaders, teams and organizations become happy, high-energy workplaces. With every client, she seeks to build individual leadership potential, teach positive and engaging communication habits, and enhance trust among and between team members. As an independent consultant and trainer with 20+ years of diverse experience, Claire brings a background in management, a relentless dedication to transformation, and a passion for improving relationships and employee engagement to all of her work. Claire’s specialties include: Leadership development, facilitation skills to enhance engagement for mid-level managers, self-management skills that lead to higher personal effectiveness, and teaching trainers. Claire’s latest endeavor, the BeAnAmazingTrainer Course, focuses on helping content experts turn their knowledge into dynamic and transformational training courses.
Michelle Waters, MA, leverages over twenty years of corporate training and coaching experience and a Master’s in Communication to empower clients with the winning combination of purpose, strategy, and practical tools to get results. She honors the trust and relationship aspects of each client encounter, and strives to maintain a positive, worthwhile learning environment for all enables self-awareness, goal clarification, and alignment with potential. Michelle is passionate about assisting others to improve their leadership skills, interpersonal relationships, executive presence, service and speaking skills – and has trained clients in California, Australia, the Netherlands, and Spain. In addition to designing and delivering customized training, Michelle is approved to teach materials for Korn Ferry, Development Dimensions International (DDI), and Stephen Covey’s Speed of Trust. She has also completed 96 hours of instruction at The Coaching Training Institute. A published author, Michelle has been a guest speaker on several radio shows and has also appeared on television. She is currently co-authoring a business communication textbook for Oxford University Press that will be published in late 2020.
As a strong business partner, consultant and coach with over 37 years business experience, Doug consistently brings individuals, teams, and whole organizations to higher levels of performance. With a focus on professional development and teambuilding, Doug designs, develops, and delivers a variety of learning and organization development programs targeted to improve individual, team, and organizational performance. Doug’s expertise includes customized online and live course development, blended learning, e-learning, project management, organizational change management, and process improvement. Doug holds a Master’s degree in Human Resources and Organization Development, and a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. He is a licensed professional engineer with the State of California, and is a Certified Management Consultant with the Institute of Management Consultants USA. Doug delivers a number of professional development workshops and programs including Ken Blanchard’s Situational Leadership® II and the Stanford Advanced Project Management courses: Managing Without Authority, Leveraging the Customer Relationship, Leading Effective Teams, and Leading Change from the Middle. Clients who have benefited from Doug’s expertise include 3M, Apple, Cisco Systems, Ghirardelli Chocolate, IBM, Lucent Technologies, PG&E, Salesforce.com, Shorenstein Realty Services, VISA, and Wilson Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati. In all his work, Doug maintains a strong process and people-oriented perspective with a focus on helping individuals, teams, and whole organizations become more effective, more efficient, and more human in their pursuits. And when Doug is not working with clients directly, you might find him on the racquetball court, backpacking in the Sierras, or spending time with his family.
Deepak has dedicated all 20 years of his career to helping individuals, teams, and organizations in being the best versions of themselves. As a certified facilitator and coach, he designs and facilitates strategic change interventions, leads workshops for senior and middle management and is a coach to corporate executives. Deepak consults and provides coaching to a diverse range of organizations including government and non-government organizations, Silicon Valley technology start-ups, universities, and Forbes Fortune 500 companies. He brings a fusion of methodologies like IT-enabled collective intelligence tools and experiential learning exercises along with a deep understanding of systems thinking and interpersonal dynamics to the interventions he designs and leads. Deepak has earned his doctorate in Organization Development (OD) and holds a master’s degree in business administration. He has acquired professional credentials from courses undertaken at prestigious institutions like the Stanford Graduate School of Business, Kansas Leadership Center, the NTL Institute, Indian Society for Applied Behavioral Sciences (ISABS) and Group Relations India (GRI). Deepak is also a certified OD and MBTI professional.