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Team members of Alliance For Coaching Effectiveness

Who We Are :
  Coaching Effectiveness Research Advisory and Executive Team


Joanna (Asia) Jarosz, Ph.D. 

Executive Director, Alliance for Coaching Effectiveness

Joanna Jarosz holds an M.A. in economics from the University of Minnesota and a PhD in Social Sciences from the University of Silesia. Her primary research interest includes the effectiveness of coaching and the application of coaching in enhancing well-being and performance in the workplace. She is a thought-leader and has authored many scientific publications in the field of coaching.

Asia’s model for assessing the effectiveness of coaching, the Cube of Coaching Effectiveness, offers unlimited possibilities to organizations, coaches, and clients alike. In both her academic research and professional life, she brings together the practice and the science of coaching. Asia has worked in the fast-paced tech industry for nearly a decade, and as an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) with the 

Joanna (Asia) Jarosz | Alliance For Coaching Effectiveness

International Coaching Federation, she has helped numerous

people grow as coaches and as managers. 

Asia’s other passion is music; she plays the cello and sings. She lives with her husband and three-year-old son, Taiyo (sun in Japanese), in Barcelona, Spain, just walking distance from the beach. Her family and friends, their outdoor lifestyle, and proximity to the sea, keeps Asia’s days filled with love and gratitude.

 Richard A. Cartor | Alliance For Coaching Effectiveness

Richard A. Cartor

Rick is a highly experienced professional with more than 25 years of executive leadership, human resource management and management consulting experience.  He has especially adept at helping organizations identify, then achieve strategic priorities by aligning their systems and resources to bring about a culture where team members develop as professionals and fully engage in the mission, vision, and values of the organization.  

Rick has provided expert consulting support on every aspect of the HR/Talent Management life cycle and has worked with senior leaders to conduct strategic planning leadership development, executive assessment for selection and development, team building, culture change, organization assessment, organization structure, compensation, succession planning, separation and outplacement.   

Rick earned his Ph.D. in Industrial / Organizational Psychology at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and has taught many graduate and undergraduate courses in both Management and Psychology at the University of Louisville, Bellarmine University, the University of Tennessee, and Maryville College (Maryville, TN).

Rick is originally from Wickliffe Ohio and has lived in Louisville with his wife, Dr. Pam Cartor since 1990. Pam is a Psychology professor at Bellarmine University, and they have two adult children.

Advisory Council

Rick Gilkey

Rick Gilkey | Alliance For Coaching Effectiveness

Rick Gilkey holds a joint appointment at Emory University, where he is a Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Emory School of Medicine and at the Goizueta Business School as a Professor in the Practice of Organization and Management where continues to teach as an Emeritus faculty. Rick is the recipient of the university’s highest teaching honor, the Emory Williams Award and Goizueta Business School’s Mark Adler Teaching Excellent Award. He is also the recipient of the Emory Medical School’s Albert E. Levy Award for outstanding scientific research contribution. Rick served as an Affiliate Professor at HEC Paris, France and Duke Corporate Education.

Rick earned his graduate degrees at Harvard University and the University of Michigan. Prior to joining Emory, Rick was at Dartmouth College. Rick has served as a visiting professor of international negotiation at Groupe HEC, Paris, and as a visiting professor at INSEAD, Fontainebleau, where he has taught leadership and organizational behavior. Rick’s research and writing has been focused on neuroscience and leadership, executive development, team effectiveness and change management. Rick Gilkey’s articles have appeared in several leading professional journals, including most recently The Harvard Business Review.

His current research is in the area of neuro-imaging, which involves the use of fMRI scanning technology to gain images of executives who are involved in strategic thinking, moral reasoning and creative problem solving. This research is focused on understanding how the brain operates in the high level cognitive tasks with an executive population, and how to facilitate these types of learning and thinking.

Rick has provided consulting and executive education service to a broad array of organizations, including Alcoa, AT&T, Beirsdorf AG, Bertelsmann Music Group (RCA, Arista Records), Coca-Cola, General Electric, Home Depot, IBM, and many others. He currently serves on the Advisory Board of Quantuvos (where he is helping to develop a research center for evidence based coaching effectiveness).

Gilkey’s most recent research and teaching is focused on executive coaching. He serves faculty director of the joint Diplomat program in executive coaching offered by the School of Medicine and Goizueta Business School.

Rod accelerates executives' and top teams' development into outstanding strategic change leaders. His executive coaching and strategic change leadership development firm, Accelerance Group International, leverages his 20-plus years of experience as a C-suite level strategic change leader to help his clients learn to lead strategic change more effectively. In all three sectors—private, public, and social—he led successful, complex, enterprise-wide strategic change efforts, alternating between global CHRO, strategy, and general management roles, domestically and internationally. 

 Rod McCowan | Alliance For Coaching Effectiveness

Named a White House Fellow by President Bush (41), He later led the United States Department of Education's revitalization as a senior political appointee under President Clinton. At Herman Miller, Hitachi Data Systems, and VeriSign, he restructured and led global HR organizations that drove strategic change, strengthened culture, and improved leadership, team, and business performance. At Herman Miller, he also led successful business turnarounds as Managing Director, Southeast Asia, and President, Herman Miller East Asia. At New Profit, a premier venture philanthropy firm, he advised leading social entrepreneurs on how to hone and scale their innovations, organizations, and governance to achieve large-scale social and systems impact.

Rod’s Accelerance Group clients have included private, public, and social sector organizations ranging from startups to Fortune 50 global companies.  He also serves as an associate professor in the Practice of Organization & Management at the Goizueta Business School of Emory University, specializing in strategic change leadership.

Rod earned a Ph.D. in Strategy and Organizational Behavior with honors from the IE Business School, IE University (Madrid, Spain). Earlier, he earned an M.Sc. in Research Methodology in Management Science from IE Business School; an M.P.P. from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, where he was twice named a Kennedy Fellow; and a M.A.R. in Ethics from Yale Divinity School, Yale University.

Margaret Brake 

Margaret Brake | Alliance For Coaching Effectiveness

As an executive coach, consultant, and facilitator with over 20 years in leadership and organizational development, Margaret has worked with hundreds of mid-level to senior leaders focusing on high-performing teams, communication and influence, executive presence, leadership effectiveness, and managing change. She has held leadership positions across a wide range of industries including financial services, hospitality, telecommunications, retail, healthcare, manufacturing, and non-profit. In these roles, she designed enterprise-wide talent management processes and consulted with business unit leaders to drive growth and organizational change. As a leadership development expert, Margaret has designed award-winning programs that utilize blended learning approaches. Several of these were featured in Investor’s Business Daily and have been implemented widely throughout F100 companies, earning the LEAD awards for “Best Team Development Program” and “Best 

Executive Coaching Program.” Her extensive client list includes companies such as Delta Air Lines, Hilton Hotels Corporation, McKesson, Home Depot, the Centers for Disease Control, Chick-fil-A, UPS, ING, Novelis and the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce. 

Margaret holds an M.B.A. in Management and an M.S. in Counseling from Georgia State University as well as a B.S. in Psychology, cum laude, from the University of Florida. In addition, she has served as a career coach to the Executive M.B.A. students at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School. With her husband and three children, Margaret resides in Atlanta and serves on the board of Summerhill Community Ministries, a non-profit organization serving inner-city youth of Atlanta. 

Gregg is a serial entrepreneur working with technology and services companies since 1998. With 25 years of experience and a strong record of helping companies successfully execute major initiatives, Gregg has held key leadership roles in program management, strategy execution, business transformation, and change leadership. He has followed a variety of paths, having started and run new ventures, consulted with companies large and small, led business transformations, and managed the execution of complex strategic initiatives. He has worked with a wide variety of companies in a range of industries, including Andersen Consulting (Accenture), Kurt Salmon Associates,, Wal-Mart, Merck, Habitat for Humanity International, National Vision Associates, lululemon, and others. Gregg is skilled at transforming established companies and working with young organizations, balancing strategic and operational perspectives. He leads strong teams, develops and implements innovative solutions, manages and measures progress, assesses and mitigates risks, and assures companies realize their goals.

Gregg Bedol | Alliance For Coaching Effectiveness

Gregg recognized there was a need for Quantuvos after helping his recently graduated / newly employed daughter through some of her angst. He had an epiphany: not everyone has a parent who can help. Quantuvos was created from that core understanding. 

For Gregg, his wife and daughters are everything, followed closely by the Watering Seeds Foundation, Quantuvos, and Broadway musicals. He bakes, plays piano, sings in two choruses, walks the dogs (not enough), and believes that All People Must Be Respected, Equal means Equal for Everyone, Love is Love is Love, Black Lives Matter, and Vote as if Your Life Depends on It – because it does. 

 Julie Stokely Hussain | Alliance For Coaching Effectiveness

Julie Stokely Hussain is the General Manager of Global Leadership, Learning & Development at Delta Air Lines, responsible for leading Delta’s enterprise-wide leadership development strategy and L&D facilitation strategy. Since 2019, she has demonstrated a strong passion around supporting leaders in finding meaning and fulfillment in their personal and professional lives. In 2022, she was nominated to Chairman’s Club, Delta’s most prestigious recognition program.

Julie has spent 20 years in leadership development, human capital consulting, and executive coaching. Prior to Delta, Julie founded Radical Lotus Coaching, an organization focused on helping executives craft their purpose and values, accelerate goal achievement, and navigate career transitions.

She also worked at Mentora where she coached, consulted, and trained global leaders at organizations like MetLife, Morgan Stanley, Unilever, the United Nations, and Verizon Wireless. Before Mentora, Julie worked as a consultant at Deloitte Human Capital and as an Associate Director of Research at the Corporate Executive Board (now Gartner). She was a frequent lecturer at Columbia Business School (2013-2019) and at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism (2017-2019).

Julie holds a BA in Psychology from Yale University, an MBA from Columbia Business School, and a certificate from the Columbia Coaching Certification Program, and is an ICF-certified executive coach. Outside of work, Julie serves as a board member with the Atlanta Women’s Foundation. She also loves painting, salsa dancing, Taekwondo, and traveling with her husband and daughters, Ranya (10) and Nayla (7).

Shweta Sharma Sehgal

Shweta is an experienced Associate Researcher with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry and with numerous academic publications across many fields like health psychology, mental health and leadership. Researcher at the Goizueta Business School; skilled in Lecturing, Organizational Leadership, Leadership, Interviewing, and Data Analysis. Taught and facilitated the full time MBA core leadership courses, one of them focused on Emotional Intelligence in the field of leadership. Conducted and coordinated behavioral research using qualitative and quantitative techniques, and behavioral lab resources to support faculty research projects. Shweta is a strong research professional with a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) focused in Health Psychology from Panjab University, India. 

 Shweta Sharma Sehgal | Alliance For Coaching Effectiveness
 Karen Golden-Biddle | Alliance For Coaching Effectiveness

Karen Golden-Biddle  is Questrom Professor in Management and Professor, Management and Organizations at Boston University Questrom School of Business.  She a sought-after voice on cultural change and cultivating the discovery mindset to make it happen. Karen works with contemporary and future leaders who wish to successfully transform themselves, their teams, and the ways their organizations operate. Karen has also been a leader in driving transformation in academic institutions, serving in Research Director, Senior Associate Dean and Department Chair roles. Karen holds a PhD and MBA from Case Western Reserve University and a BA from Denison University. She is the recipient of numerous teaching and research awards, including induction as a Fellow of the Academy of Management.

Jason Smith | Alliance For Coaching Effectiveness

Jason is a skilled manager, facilitator, instructor,

and leadership coach with experience developing people

in multiple industries, including government, academia,

and healthcare. Until joining Penske in October 2022 as a
Senior Leadership Development Manager, Jason was

the Manager of Talent Planning—which included the
Learning and Development, Workforce Planning, and

Career Development teams—for the University of Virginia’s
Academic Division and Health System. Jason's leadership

and learning philosophy is grounded in emotionalintelligence, vertical development, and in the emerging field of humanistic leadership, which seeks to place human well-being and

dignity at the center for leaders and organizations.

Before joining UVA, Jason managed leadership and organizational development for Cochlear Americas,

amarket-leading medical device company based in Denver, Colorado. Prior to that, he worked for 16

years at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in analytic and leadership positions, focused on

analyzing complex information to help senior US officials stay ahead of a broad array of critical

foreign policy challenges. As an experienced first and second-line manager, the teams Jason leads

are known for high morale and trust, strong vision and values, and good team dynamics, which he

believes lead naturally and sustainably to efficient processes, exceptional results, and excellent

talent retention and development.

Jason is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) through the International Coach Federation (ICF). He often
coaches clients around navigating change and transition, developing emotional intelligence, strategic leadership, effective decision-making, and having difficult conversations. A graduate of Georgetown University’s leadership coaching certification program, Jason approaches coaching relationships with

“cura personalis” or “care of the whole person” in mind. This approach comes alive principally through a focus on finding a healthy integration between work and life and developing the person for the sake of achieving professional goal.

Jason lives in Crozet, Virginia with his wife Mary, two children Olivia and Parker, and Boston Terriers

Poe and Stephen. Jason has a BA in Government and International Politics from George Mason University

and a MA in Education and Human Development from The George Washington University. Jason enjoys, running, hiking, biking, and getting outside as much as possible. He also loves mopey, introspective music, creative horror and sci-fi movies, and boring documentaries about pretty much anything.


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