Your Team

The Work. Life. Leader. Team is comprised of professionals with extensive experience and expertise in their field. Each is committed to supporting program participants in achieving their professional, personal and leadership goals during the 12-month program, and providing them with tools and strategies for life-long success, satisfaction and engagement.

Julie Cohen

Julie Cohen, PCC, MS


Founder/CEO, Executive Coach, Cohort Facilitator

  • 14 years operating Julie Cohen Coaching, LLC, providing executive, leadership and career coaching to individuals and organizations in the US, Europe, Asia and Australia.
  • Author of Your Work, Your Life…Your Way: 7 Keys to Work-Life Balance. Presents highly-interactive workshops and training on book content in organizations throughout the US. Clients have included Novartis, Aramark and The Wharton School as part of its Leadership Development Workshop Series.
  • Leadership Coach for full-time Wharton MBA students for eight years.
  • Internal Executive Coach and Human Resources Professional at Ernst & Young Management Consulting. Part of team that designed national coaching program, and supported Management Consultants to achieve professionally and to manage demanding consulting lifestyle.
  • Career Counselor at the University of Pennsylvania.
  • Bachelor of Arts in Economics from University of Pennsylvania; Master of Science in Counseling from Villanova University.
  • Juggles roles of mother, wife, beagle owner, striving pianist, yoga student and recycling enthusiast.
  • The Wire, The Weepies, napping on Sunday afternoons, Dracula, pinball, dark chocolate gelato.
  • Columnist/Blogger for Huffington Post, WorkingMother.com and Philadelphia Business Journal, writing about career, leadership and work-life balance topics.
  • Client work highlighted in NY Times, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post; sought out resource for media on career, work-life and leadership topics for regional, online and national outlets.
  • Professional Certified Coach (PCC) credential from the International Coach Federation (ICF). Past-President of Philadelphia Area Coaches Alliance (PACA – now ICF-Philadelphia).
  • Board of Directors and Executive Committee of Congregation Kol Ami.
  • Internal and external career management, work-Life balance/integration, effective communication, leadership style and adaptation, performance management.
Joe Baker

Joe Baker, PCC, MA


Executive Coach

  • Coached hundreds of executives and their teams across industries and around the globe to improve leadership effectiveness, including confidence, executive presence, emotional intelligence and team alignment.
  • Consultant to Fortune 500 companies providing support for change, organizational effectiveness, talent development, communication and social media.
  • Global roles with Accenture in systems consulting, corporate finance and strategic human resources management.
  • While working as an internal corporate coach and human resources leader for Accenture, also worked part-time for a non-profit counseling agency as a therapist, helping couples and adult individuals thrive in life, career and relationships.
  • Bachelor of Science in Finance from Indiana University Kelley School of Business; Master of Arts in Counseling from Dallas Theological Seminary.
  • Married over 20 years and father of two teenage boys. Biggest joys, struggles and growth opportunities have come in these arenas.
  • Best recent marriage-building investment: tandem bike with a basket for our dog.
  • Enjoy playing basketball and tennis, vacationing, biking and snowboarding.
  • Trainer, mentor, advisor and blogger on leadership and career effectiveness.
  • Professional Certified Coach (PCC) credential from the International Coach Federation (ICF). Registered Corporate Coach (RCC) designation from the Worldwide Association of Business Coaches. Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) in Illinois.
  • Volunteer in community and non-profit organizations, such as Executive Leaders in Transition Exchange (President-elect), River Forest Tennis Club (Board of Directors), First Presbyterian Church River Forest (Board of Directors), Agape College Ministry in Bulgaria (led Emotional Intelligence seminars for student leaders), All God’s Children (lead annual family service trips to Honduran orphanages).
  • Career management, leadership style and adaptation, work-life balance/integration, influencing and navigating organizational politics, managing conflict.
Bobbi Black

Bobbi Block, MA


Subject Matter Expert

  • Independent experiential Facilitator and Coach with a unique background in training and the performing arts, specializing in leadership, collaboration, creativity, relationship-building and presentation skills development. Work globally with Fortune 500 clients across multiple industries for 20 years.
  • Facilitate DiSC and The Communication Wheel assessment tools.
  • Independent Faculty for The Wharton School’s Executive Education Institution.  
  • Teach Improvisational Theatre in Philadelphia; Adjunct Professor in the Theatre Department at Temple University, Drexel University, and The University of Otago in New Zealand.
  • Bachelor of Arts in English and Development through Creative Expression (two degrees) from the University of Pennsylvania; Master of Arts in Theatre from Villanova University; trained with master improvisers at renowned theater centers in Chicago and NYC.
  • Performs unscripted theater with critically-acclaimed Tongue & Groove Spontaneous Theater and improvised comedy with ComedySportz Philadelphia.
  • Plays drums in a samba band, Unidos da Filadelfia and trying to turn her brown thumbs green in a tiny urban garden.
  • Founder/Producing Artistic Director of Tongue & Groove Spontaneous Theater.
  • Co-Founder of CSz Philadelphia, home of ComedySportz, Philly’s longest-running live show.
  • Designs curriculum for a wide variety of training programs, and conducts Train the Trainer programs.
  • Executive presence, managing difficult conversations, mindfulness, adapting communication style, expanding innovation and creativity.
Marvin Chambers

Marvin Chambers, MBA


Executive Coach

  • Provide executive/leadership/career coaching & human resources consulting services to individuals and organizations with the aim of maximizing workforce excellence.
  • Global Human Resources Executive for such notable organizations as The Coca-Cola Company, W.R. Grace & Co, and AT&T Global Information Solutions (NCR).
  • Former Management Consultant for Ernst and Young - expertise in change leadership, communication management, and human resources transformation.
  • Entrepreneur - provide affordable housing to college students and moderate-income families.
  • Bachelors in Business Administration (Major: Finance) from James Madison University; Masters in Business Administration (Concentration: Human Resources Management) from The George Washington University.
  • Titles that matter most: Father, Son, Brother, Friend.
  • Certified i9 Sports Head Coach – football and basketball; Little League Baseball Coach.
  • Favorites: Good Will Hunting, The Wire, See it Through, The Bible, a Sunday afternoon nap (pre and post football season), The French fry (will be the death of me).
  • Founder of Career Ninjas – Development forum that provides affordable professional development opportunities for entrepreneurs and business professionals who are focused on career achievement.
  • Certified Executive Coach from the International Coaching Association (ICA). Coach Mindset Life Coaching Certification.
  • Mentor for Howard County High Schools Gifted and Talented Program.
  • Board of Directors of Love BDD Foundation – supports civic and communities activities for the city of Harrisonburg in Virginia.
  • Building personal & value based relationships, managing challenging bosses, communicating personal brand, performance management, delivering and stewarding results.
Shelley Churchill, MBA

Shelley Churchill, MBA


Subject Matter Expert

  • 16-year career as Management Consultant delivering Change Management and Change Leadership programs. Experience spans for-profit, non-profit, military and government realms.
  • Contributing author to a proprietary manual on the Appreciative Inquiry methodology, multiple change management approaches, and an online sugar detox program.
  • Certified Health Coach working with professionals to change health behaviors as a step toward full engagement in work, life and as a leader.
  • MBA from Duke University; Bachelor of Arts from Macalester College in French Literature and Political Science.
  • Health Coaching Certification from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition.
  • 29 year relationship with my husband. Together we parent our adopted children and dog Buck. We focus on positive, present parenting going against the grain of a distracted, hurried, overscheduled culture – it’s tough!
  • Practice my healthy non-negotiables: exercise, nutrition, spiritual practices and supportive, productive relationships at all levels, in work, life and as a leader.
  • Health and Wellness education/speaking in the Nashville and Washington DC communities.
  • Presenter for NAWIC (National Association of Women in Construction)
  • Keynote Speaker for NHSA (National Human Services Assembly)
  • Best practices for health, wellness and positive habits, self-care, organizational change management methods and research, performance management, team productivity.
J. J. Cutler, MBA

J. J. Cutler, MBA


Subject Matter Expert

  • Currently Sector Head of Korn Ferry’s Futurestep Higher Education and Nonprofit practice, working with a diverse slate of clients to identify, cultivate, and integrate emerging leaders.
  • Deputy Vice Dean at Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania, responsible for MBA Admissions, Career Management and Financial Aid.
  • Executive Vice President of ARAMARK’s Healthcare division.
  • President of a startup skin care company.
  • Bachelor of Arts in Communications from University of Pennsylvania; Master of Business Administration from Wharton School.
  • Jack-of-all-trades/Master-of-none list includes: yoga, Pilates, spinning, acupuncture, weight training, golf, and world traveler.
  • Long-suffering Philadelphia sports fan, particularly and tragically rooting for the Flyers to win another Stanley Cup.
  • Constantly-striving-to-be-better husband and father of two teens (each competing for the title of “I know more than my Dad”).
  • Philadelphia Business Journal “40 under 40” recipient.
  • Leadership Philadelphia participant.
  • Executive Sponsor of ARAMARK’s first ever LGBT Employee Resource Group.
  • Strategic Planning Committee Chairman of the Philadelphia Independence Visitors Center Corporation, Board Member of Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Neighborhood Gardens Trust.
  • Internal and external career management, navigating change, risk taking, influencing others, leading with diversity/inclusion.
Brian Fishbone

Brian Fishbone, MBA


Subject Matter Expert

  • Currently Culture and Inclusion Manager of a leading global financial services firm.
  • 10+ years of designing and delivering corporate training at various global financial services firms.
  • Adjunct university professor in Business Ethics and Organizational Communication at one of Philadelphia’s largest universities.
  • Training seminars delivered as a consultant include “Your One-Hour Leadership Lab”, "GLBTQ: Being You At Work", and “Finding Work You Are Passionate About in Organizations that Share Your Values”.
  • One-year assignment teaching business English in Seoul, South Korea.
  • MBA in HR Management from Temple University and Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and Spanish from Muhlenberg College.
  • Favorite people in the world include partner Jon and nephews Ryan and Harrison.
  • Live for world travel – visited 30 countries on six continents. Favorite on-the-ground activity: exploring culture through commerce, from Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar to the artisan markets of Mexico City.
  • Formal and informal leadership roles within small and large companies, including call center team leader and general manager of a small uniform business.
  • Volunteer leadership positions ranging from national lead of Muhlenberg College regional alumni clubs to Secretary of the Board of Centro Pedro Claver, a community-based agency dedicated to neighborhood revitalization and community empowerment.
  • Networking, communicating personal brand, building relationships with peers/colleagues, managing career externally, influencing others.
Rick Gardner

Rick Gardner, ACC


Executive Coach

  • Provide executive coaching, leadership team development and business consulting to Directors thru C-suite in organizations operating in the US, Canada, Europe, and Asia for 16 years.
  • Leadership Coach for Wharton MBA and Executive MBA students for 3 years.
  • Extensive career with the CIGNA group of companies is a variety of roles including Regional Vice President, Field Operations Vice President, Vice President of New Products and Strategic Alliances, and President of ESIS, a subsidiary insurance services organization.
  • Happy son, brother, uncle, nephew, cousin, husband, father, and grandfather of the growing Gardner clan.
  • Bachelor of Business Administration with concentration in Finance from Loyola Marymount University.
  • Interests include astronomy, baseball, basketball, bocce, Buddhist psychology, neuroscience, Sudoku, wine, world travel, and yoga.
  • Wannabe trilingual in English, Japanese, and Spanish.
  • 5 year Board Member of U. S. Legal, a national court reporting and medical record retrieval service.
  • Associate Certified Coach (ACC) credential from the International Coach Federation (ICF).
  • Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) and Associate in Risk Management (ARM) from the American Institute for Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters and the Insurance Institute of America.
  • Volunteer Basketball Coach Upper Dublin Junior Athletic Association.
  • Leadership style adaptation, developing your professional brand, executive presence, effective communication and influence, executive mindset and mindfulness.
Dawn Graham

Dawn Graham, PhD


Subject Matter Expert

  • Expert Career Coach advising individuals and groups of all levels and backgrounds in corporate, non-profit, and academic settings for over 15 years.
  • Currently Director of Career Management at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania for the Executive MBA program, coaching some of the world’s top business leaders in making strategic career changes, building their professional brands, and negotiating competitive compensation packages.
  • Background as a Recruiter and a Licensed Psychologist, approaching career coaching from a holistic view, and teaching clients the psychological aspects of the job search so they can avoid pitfalls and get the roles and compensation they want.
  • Held senior-level positions in Recruiting, Talent Management, Career Coaching, and Training at PDI (a Korn Ferry company), AT&T Corp, Arthur Andersen and Lee Hecht Harrison.
  • Served as Adjunct Faculty at the University of Denver teaching career management courses to graduate and undergraduate students.
  • Bachelor of Arts from Seton Hall University; Masters of Science from The Johns Hopkins University, and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Denver.
  • Juggles roles of certified personal trainer, LinkedIn guru, career coach, runner, community volunteer, writer and worldwide traveler.
  • Lived in seven US States and twice abroad.
  • Some favorites: Autumn, fitness, Buddhism, Halloween, TED Talks, wood burning fire places, traveling, clever quotes, cats.
  • Earned Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) designation, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) certified, and a Board Licensed Psychologist in the State of Minnesota.
  • Sirius XM Special Radio Host for Channel 111 (Wharton Business Radio).
  • Industry thought leader, regularly publishing expert career advice through online blogs.
  • Former Board of Directors and Board Secretary for the Walk-In Counseling.
  • Internal and external career management, networking for introverts, interview coaching, negotiating, adapting communication styles.
Lisa Kramer

Lisa Kramer, PCC, MSW


Director of Coaching Services, Executive Coach

  • Executive coach, coach trainer and mentor coach working with individuals and organizations in health care, technology and higher education for 14 years.
  • Author of The Coach Approach, a comprehensive training and group mentoring program that enables managers and leaders to incorporate coaching into their leadership. Present in organizations throughout the US, including University of Pennsylvania Wharton School, MBA Leadership Fellows training since 2009.
  • Leadership/Executive Coach for full-time Wharton MBA and Executive MBA students and for Executive MBA students at Penn State University Smeal College of Business.
  • Instructor, coach supervisor and assessor at University Texas/Dallas Executive Coaching Certificate program.
  • Former full time faculty/administrator at Widener University Center for Social Work Education.
  • Master of Social Work, University of Pennsylvania
  • Certified Kripalu yoga instructor
  • Parent of two adult sons, both in their twenties who she coaches when asked!
  • Loves yoga, cycling, dancing, being outdoors in nature, spending time with family and friends.
  • Professional Certified Coach (PCC) credential from the International Coach Federation (ICF).
  • Past board member ICF-Philadelphia chapter; Educational steering committee for ICF-Global for two international conferences.
  • Active member of Dining for Women.
  • Effective communication, coaching skills for managers, feedback, difficult conversations, creating a personal and professional vision, values clarification.
Helen Morris

Helen Morris, SPHR


Executive Coach

  • Executive Coach helping emerging leaders raise their levels of self-awareness, explore and expand their options, and build the foundation for constructive change.
  • More than two decades of Human Resources leadership experience providing advisory services to major corporations in areas including: talent management, leadership development, organizational realignment, performance management, employee relations, and compensation planning.
  • Team building and meeting facilitator.
  • Columbia University Certified Executive Coach; completed Harvard Business School’s Strategic Human Resource Management Program.
  • Enjoys being a wife, sister, friend, bicyclist, hiker, accountability partner, and baker.
  • Some favorites: dark chocolate, red wine, sunrises, ocean sounds, Center City Philadelphia, National Parks, hiking above the tree line.
  • Peer Coaching Program creator and facilitator for the ninety-member faculty of Gloucester County Institute of Technology.
  • Project Executive for Temple’s Fox School of Business Management Consulting Program.
  • Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) designation, Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) qualified, and certified to deliver a variety of assessment methodologies.
  • Leadership skills, team development, effective communications, performance management, new position assimilation.
Julie Perkins

Julie Perkins, ACC


Instructional Designer

  • Entrepreneur specializing in instructional design, delivery and facilitation for Fortune 500 companies for over 20 years. Create custom learning solutions for coaches in their areas of expertise.
  • Associate Certified Coach (ACC) credential from the International Coach Federation (ICF).
  • Health and Wellness Coach.
  • Bachelor of Science, International Studies/Spanish, University of Scranton.
  • Some favorites: spending time in nature (hiking and camping), swimming, Elton John, Stephen King, scrapbooks, shamanism, international travel.
  • Radio Show co-Host of “Teens Done Different” with my teen daughter.
  • Speaker and advocate for cancer causes.
  • Avid supporter and volunteer leader and mentor of Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of America.
  • Creating personal and professional visions, values exploration and clarification, managing stress and self-care, using mindfulness practices, mentoring others.
Cheryl Rice

Cheryl Rice, PCC, MS


Executive Coach

  • President of independent coaching, speaking, and team building practice for 15 years.
  • Additional 15 years internal corporate leadership, HR and organization development positions.
  • Author of Where Have I Been All My Life? A Journey Toward Love and Wholeness.
  • Speaker and Seminar Leader: From Critic to Champion: Claim Your Leadership Voice.
  • Leadership coach for full-time Wharton MBA students for 3 years.
  • Adjunct professor, organization effectiveness, Cabrini College.
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Monmouth University; Master of Science in Psychological Services from University of Pennsylvania; Master of Science in Organization Development from Pepperdine University.
  • Currently enrolled in 6-month Certificate Program in Applied Positive Psychology.
  • On the cusp of being an empty nester as youngest leaves for college…on second thought, and much to my husband’s displeasure, will still have frisky dog to tether me.
  • Cherish walks in nature, reading Sunday NY Times cover to cover when time allows, independent film and dark chocolate.
  • Professional Certified Coach (PCC) credential from the International Coach Federation (ICF).
  • Regional Leader for The Hyde School Parent Association.
  • Member Dining for Women and Women for Women International.
  • President, Board of Directors, Camp Netimus Scholarship Fund.
  • Philadelphia Region Organization Development Network Steering Committee Member.
  • Participant Leadership, Inc. class of 2000.
  • Member, Board of Directors, Family & Community Service of Delaware County.
  • Executive presence, professional and personal confidence, mindfulness practices, maintaining self-care, managing relationships with direct reports.
Steve Schack

Steve Schack, MBA


Executive Coach

  • Provide executive coaching, team leadership coaching and organizational effectiveness advisory services for eleven years.
  • Leadership Coach for students in two Executive MBA programs.
  • Over a decade of management consulting experience, most recently as a Senior Manager in Capgemini’s (previously Ernst & Young) Transformation Consulting practice. Also responsible for the people management area within the practice group, coaching and mentoring several high-potential leaders.
  • Prior corporate positions in sales, business research and global strategic planning.
  • MBA in International Business from George Washington University and BA in Business from Rutgers University.
  • Leadership Coaching Certification from Georgetown University.
  • Dedicated husband, uncle and son; overindulgent pet owner to Ollie and Mac.
  • Some favorites: morning dog walks in Central Park, binge-watching Netflix, jogging with good music playing in my ear buds, exploring the NYC dining scene, and any warm weather travel in winter.
  • Speaker on topics including time management, communication, and team effectiveness.
  • Recent VP of our condominium’s Board of Managers.
  • Team Leader on Taproot Foundation pro bono non-profit consulting assignments.
  • Building relationships at work, executive presence, influence and enrollment, delegating, managing/supervising others.
Daisy Swan

Daisy Swan, CPCC, MA


Subject Matter Expert

  • 25 years of career and life coaching experience working with clients across the country and globally.
  • Author of Making Work Work: Secrets from a Career Coach’s Office.
  • Mindful Awareness Practices teacher (Mindfulness for Emerging Leaders) to classes of MBA students at University of California at LA.
  • Taught year-long mindfulness meditation program to Teach For America teachers in South Central LA as a means to stress reduction and community.
  • Expertise in and extensive teaching experience of mindful awareness practices to help individuals develop strategies to manage interactions in stressful situations; casual public speaking, inter-office politics, mindful assertiveness, and overcoming shyness.
  • Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Loyola University Chicago; Master of Arts in the Social Sciences from University of Chicago.
  • Delighted in raising an independently minded son (while building a busy business) and teaching him principles of life and work by playing loads of games ~ Monopoly, Life and Rollercoaster Tycoon to name a few ~ who is now a sophomore in college.
  • Consider baking, quilting, running and swimming creative and fulfilling outlets that increase joy and peace. Attend two week-long silent meditation retreats each year for the past 5 years – and love every moment.
  • Love being by, and swimming in, big bodies of water anywhere in the world, particularly the Aegean Sea, the Atlantic and Caribbean.
  • Frequently sought out media source in print, TV and radio to address career and life management issues.
  • Certified Somatic Coach from the Strozzi Institute, Certified Professional Co-Active Coach from the Coaches Training Institute, Certified Mindful Facilitator from UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center.
  • Board membership in many civic and volunteer organizations throughout the years.
  • Using mindfulness practices, career management, executive presence, personal and professional confidence, assertiveness.