Diane Testa

My mission is to empower individuals and organizations to discover and fully express their purpose with great success.

I’ve been blessed to work with professionals, corporations, non-profits and entrepreneurs over the past 10 years and witness growth and transformation. Our relationship is collaborative and powerful.

My heart-centered approach to coaching allows me to remain present, curious, intuitive, compassionate, creative, and collaborative. I am a deep listener, truth-teller and energized by what’s possible. My intention is to help you grow, change, develop, and achieve your goals.

For breakthrough strategic planning we use creative problem-solving facilitation to generate new thinking and gain team cohesion that happens in a fun organic way. The leadership team walks away energized with a tight and inspiring strategic plan driving everyone confidently in the same direction. I understand the steps to take, the flow to dance with and the strategy that will lead to good outcomes.

Years of experience, education, and intuition serve as a solid foundation for results driven coaching and consulting. I began my career in Corporate America and held several executive roles over a span of 25 years. I have an M.A. in Sociology from DePaul University, and am a graduate of Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management’s Executive Development Program. I am a Breakthrough Coaching Enhanced Practitioner, a member of the International Coach Federation, and certified in the FourSight Thinking Profile. Committed to strengthening my work through continuing education, I have completed course work in Path Coaching, Living Intuitively, Creative Problem Solving, Experts Academy, and High-Performance Habits.

Colleagues

Russ Schoen

Russ Schoen is the facilitation lead at FourSight where he designs and delivers training and facilitation that helps individuals and teams maximize their innovative output. In addition, Russ works as a speaker and trainer in the areas of deliberate creativity, innovation, strategic planning, high performance and change leadership. He has facilitated programs worldwide including programs in Kuwait, Singapore, Italy, Australia, England, India, New Zealand, South Africa and the US.

Russ is a contributing author to a number of creative leadership related materials including FourSight and Ingenious Thinking training materials. In addition, Russ is adjunct faculty at the Center for Studies in Creativity where he teaches graduate courses in facilitating creative process.

Russ holds a Master of Science in Creativity from the State University of New York at Buffalo and is a graduate of the Second City Conservatory specializing in improvisation. He is a specialist in the field of individual, team and organizational innovation and leadership and holds certifications in a number of additional training programs including Polarity Management and Emotional Intelligence. Russ also serves as a leader at the annual Creative Problem Solving Institute, the annual Creativity European Association conference in Italy and the Mindcamp Creativity Conference in Toronto.

A sampling of organizations to benefit from his training, on-going facilitation and speaking in the last few years include: T. Rowe Price, International Flavor & Fragrances, SmithBucklin, Association Forum, Kraft, TAP Pharmaceuticals, SC Johnson, Philips Electronics, Praxair, Discover, Zimmer and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Jonathan Vehar

Jonathan works with organizations to develop leadership and innovation solutions necessary for growth. Fast Company calls him an “innovation thought leader,” and Investor’s Business Daily referred to him as an “innovation guru.”

Jonathan is a partner with Pilgrimage Professional Development, an executive leadership and organizational development practice, and on the faculty of the Center for Creative Leadership.

He served as the chief product officer and member of the global executive team of Dale Carnegie & Associates, a training organization with operations in 50 states, 90 countries and 32 languages, where he revitalized the product offerings including face-to-face training, virtual instructor-led, on-demand video, and AI-based apps. Jonathan previously worked at CCL as a full-time senior faculty and portfolio manager for innovation, technology-based learning solutions, and individual leadership development solutions. He also spent 14 years as the President and cofounder of a global training and organizational development firm focused on creative thinking and innovation leadership skills.

Jonathan regularly works with Fortune 100 companies in the consumer goods, transportation, electronics, pharma, and entertainment industries as well as mid-size enterprises, various government agencies and business schools.

Jonathan has served as adjunct faculty at Northwestern University, SUNY Buffalo State College, Ithaca College, and the Rochester Institute of Technology, was a regular speaker at the Simon School of Business at the University of Rochester, and has lectured in the business schools at New York University and Georgia Tech. He is certified in FourSight, FIRO-B, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Workplace Big Five, and many other assessments.

Michael Miro

Michael Miro is the founder and principal operator of Shorepath Consulting, a boutique consulting firm specializing in strategic planning, board development, retreat facilitation, and team building. He is passionate about helping nonprofits and small businesses find innovative solutions to their pressing challenges.
Michael has an extensive background in the nonprofit/local government sector and has also been involved with a variety of start-ups and small businesses across various industries. He brings a creative, interdisciplinary lens to all his engagements and knows how to help clients make productive, meaningful progress on their goals.

Michael holds a certificate in Nonprofit Management from the Kellogg School of Management and a M.A. in the Social Sciences from the University of Chicago. He is a Leadership Evanston alum and currently serves as board president of the Ridgeville Foundation and Lending for Evanston and Northwestern Development (LEND). He served two terms on the Housing and Community Development Act Committee for the City of Evanston and is currently the chair of Bike the Ridge.

Recent clients include: Industrial Council of Nearwest Chicago, High Speed Rail Alliance, Citizens’ Greener Evanston, Central Street Evanston, Gordon Food Service,Learning Bridge, Connections for the Homeless, Fathering Together, Tellin’ Tales, Firelight Theatre Workshop, Reform for Illinois, and (in partnership with the Pratt Richards Group) Healthy Communities Foundation, Healthcare Alternative Systems, Episcopal Charities, and Crushers Club. 

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