Executive coaching

Helping executives and organizations grow and prosper

Our coaches

The transitions triggered by a new hire are exhilarating—and can also be challenging. From learning how to fit in with a new culture to growing as a leader, our candidates want what our clients want—to make the most of new opportunities and to help their organizations succeed.

Executive coaches can help transform the transition experience of a new hire event into a learning opportunity that fosters growth for both the executive and the hiring organization. That’s why we’ve partnered with two professional coaches whose work expressly facilitates both personal and organizational changes. We have known each of them in their prior professional lives and have referred clients to them with great success.

Each comes with extensive experience and extraordinary talents. Their approaches vary, and their credentials are impressive. We recommend them highly.

Don’t hesitate to contact any of us to discuss your interest, to help you assess your needs, or to put you in contact with one of our coaches.

Anita Jackson, SPHR

Anita Jackson, SPHR, brings over 25 years of professional experience in human resources, corporate communications and branding to her executive coaching and leadership development business. Over 15 of those years she was an executive in multi-site, multi-specialty medical group practices, helping her acquire the extensive real-world knowledge and expertise needed to facilitate transformative change in her client’s personal and professional lives.

Anita brings enthusiasm and experience in helping leaders overcome the obstacles that limit their success.  She knows how to help organizations connect their mission with the people in the organization.  One of her greatest joys was championing best workplace initiatives with the fruition of her employer being recognized as a Best Workplace, during a time of extreme organizational change.  She likes to guide her clients to become the kind of leaders who inspire commitment and loyalty in those they lead.  With her many years as a healthcare executive, she understands the unique pressures of leadership in this ever changing market.

Anita holds the highest certification from the HR field, a Senior Professional in Human Resources (“SPHR”), and the Society for HR Management certification, SHRM-CP, is a Certified Executive Coach with the ICF-accredited Center for Executive Coaching, and is a certified DiSC behavioral assessment coach.  In addition to her coaching and consulting practice, she speaks at conferences, seminars, workshops and universities.

Karen Hamby

Karen Hamby is the Founder of Possibilities 8, “Generating Success and Wellbeing!  Karen’s work is based on over 30 years of experience, learning and wisdom as a business leader, corporate executive, business owner, master coach and mindfulness mentor. Karen works with leaders, teams and organizations to increase their energy, resilience and engagement in their work and life resulting in greater success and sustainable high performance.

Karen is a proven executive leader in the pharmaceuticals industry and a recognized facilitator throughout periods of widespread change. She achieved numerous strategic milestones at GlaxoSmithKline. Most recently Karen served as VP Commercial Strategy & Performance Coach, Environmental Health & Safety, GSK. She has led successful commercial teams and facilitated leading edge culture development. Leaving her footprint, she designed and implemented an Enterprise Wide Strategy for enhancing employee energy & resilience, engagement and healthy sustainable high performance across GSK’s US Pharmaceutical Business. In parallel, Karen designed and implemented a coaching training workshop for 900+ leaders in GSK’s US Pharmaceutical Business.

Today, where the only constant is change, Karen assists leaders and organizations in creating an effective system for thriving in our ever-changing world. To bring her executive coaching/mentoring to life and effectively integrate the process, Karen designs and facilitates live and virtual training programs and workshops including: HEART- Heading an Energized and Resilient Team, Leading for Resilience, Team Resilience, Effective Coaching for Leaders and The Energy Project.

Debra Bowles

Debra Bowles, former President and CEO of Blue Shield of California Life Insurance Company,  utilizes her twenty-eight years of corporate and senior executive experience to assist her clients in navigating changing business landscapes, building superior teams, and powerfully using their greatest strengths. Debra’s expertise includes profit and loss accountability at the CEO level and large-scale change leadership, encompassing organization redesign, restructuring and cultural transformation.  She is known for her ability to quickly identify and solve the myriad unexpected problems encountered in every turnaround situation.

As a senior executive, Debra also led a two-year company-wide transformation initiative resulting in a 15% reduction in administrative costs and complete redesign and realignment of customer facing business processes. Now Debra works with organizations including: CSAA Insurance Group (AAA), Recurrent Energy,  Apollo Group (University of Phoenix), Deloitte Consulting, Goodwill Industries, John Muir Health, Medley Health, Blue Shield of California, Visa Inc, and Walmart eCommerce. Debra’s ability to work with her clients from the dual perspectives of senior executive and leadership consultant has supported her client organizations through significant change with outstanding results.

Debra’s coach training is with the Coaches Training Institute.  She is certified by the Center for Creative Leadership and 5 Dynamics. She is also a member of the International Coaching Federation and holds a degree in Marketing and Communications from St. Cloud State University.

Debra and her family live in San Francisco and can be found at many baseball fields, from Little League to the SF Giants, year-round.

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