ExpiredSeptember In-Person Meeting: Making the Investment in Coaching

  • Making the Investment in Coaching
    September 29, 2017
    8:30 am - 12:00 pm

September 29, 2017 Chapter Meeting

Making the Investment in Coaching – Panel Discussion on How Organizations are Managing and Maximizing their Investment in Coaching

Panel Discussion on how organizations are managing and maximizing their investment in coaching

 1.0 CCE in Resource Development

   .5 CCE in Core Competencies (Pending)

To launch our 2017-18 program year, we are hosting the first of a series of Business Development Programs. This panel discussion will provide an opportunity for ICF-CT members to gain insight from regional business leaders and coaching service providers about the sourcing models, decision-making processes, criteria and success factors considered when evaluating their investment in coaching.

Topics include:

  • Models for sourcing coaching professionals
  • Processes and selection criteria for building a cadre of coaches, both internal and external
  • Key differentiators for both coaching firms and individual coaches
  • Processes for evaluating coaching outcomes and effectiveness

Coaches will have an opportunity to coach each other to reflect on key learnings from the discussion, and to design actions to support their clients and their coaching practice.



Allison Davis, Lahey Health. Burlington, MA.

Vice President Organizational Development. Department of Human Resources.

Allison Akers Davis serves as the VP Organization Development for Lahey Health, a $1.8b healthcare system located in Greater Boston. Allison joined Lahey in July 2013 with responsibility for the Organization Development Strategy across the system including leadership development, team effectiveness, coaching, business redesign and engagement. Allison works across the system with leaders to work through the complexity of their organizations and create simple approaches to creating engagement and positive work environments. Prior to joining Lahey Health, Allison has worked in a blend of corporate and consulting roles, as well as her work in higher education. She is published in the International Journal of Coaching in Organizations, Coaching: Navigating the Emerging Trends in Financial Services, Issue 4, 2009, Volume 7. Allison’s background gives her a unique perspective on the requirements of today’s leaders and the results they are required to deliver. She earned her Master’s Degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of New Haven. She holds an Executive Coaching Certification from Penn State University’s Smeal College of Business and certification in Positive Psychology from the Whole Being Institute.


Scott Gingold, WJM Associates, Inc. NY, NY.

Scott Gingold, Vice President, WJM Associates, Inc.

Scott Gingold has over 20 years of consultative sales, client management, and consulting experience, and has worked with Fortune 100 and mid-size companies across a wide range of industries. Scott works with clients to develop and implement customized solutions to meet their needs in executive coaching, talent assessment, leadership development, and organizational effectiveness. Scott is client-focused and dedicated to building long-term relationships with his clients. Scott joined WJM in 2011, after many successful years with a global talent and career management firm. Prior to working in the consulting industry, Scott’s first career was in retail commercial banking, where he held numerous sales and management positions. He earned a BA degree in History from Cornell University, and an MA in Organizational Behavior from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Scott received a certification in Executive and Organizational Coaching from Columbia University in New York City. Scott lives in Northern New Jersey with his wife and twin sons, and is passionate about music.


Deborah Hopper, Prudential Retirement. Hartford, CT.

Vice President Human Resources. Talent Development, Diversity and Organizational Effectiveness.

Deborah is a Vice President in the Human Resources Department – Prudential Retirement – located in Hartford, CT.  She leads the Talent, Diversity and Organizational Effectiveness initiatives for the division. She joined Prudential in July 2004 as an HR Business Partner and has
supported functions including Sales, Operations, Products, Investment Solutions, Actuary and Technology.

Deborah’s current responsibilities in Retirement include creating and leading the strategic initiatives for talent as well as diversity and inclusion. She also leads the creation and ongoing rigor of succession management, talent processes and development programs. Deborah has worked to improve the overall climate of the Retirement division through leadership development, team effectiveness, learning, and organizational design. She is certified in the PROSCI Change Management methodology and actively applies it to business strategies.

Deborah also supports a variety of talent and diversity initiatives with business partners across the Company. Deborah has over 30 years of human resources experience in a variety of HR disciplines including setting strategy for the HR team, employee relations, project management, human
resources consulting, recruiting and compensation. Prior to joining Prudential, Deborah held a variety of positions in Human Resources for Allstate Insurance Company, The Hartford and CIGNA.

Deborah holds a B.A. in English and Sociology from Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts and has served on the Executive Board for the Greater Hartford Chapter of MADD as well as Capital Towers of Hartford, CT. She volunteers regularly for Sprout – a local group that provides meals to Hartford children in need.


Sharon Malone, BeamPines, Inc. NY, NY and West Hartford, CT.


Sharon Malone is a consultant and coach with 25+ years of Human Resources leadership experience. Presently, she is engaged in enterprise wide talent management initiatives for our clients, including succession & talent planning, executive search, and c-suite and high potential executive assessment and coaching.


Sharon has led client engagements on such varied topics as succession planning, high potential mentoring, leadership interviewing, managing change and executive communication. She has consulted on organizational design, including processes for downsizing and rightsizing, teambuilding, leadership development, and creating a positive workplace culture. Her multiple retained search engagements have including CEO, COO, CFO, and CHRO. She brings talent assessment and coaching expertise to her search work to assure a great fit and longer-term success. Sharon is presently coaching a variety of senior executives. Her focus is on supporting clients as they explore topics key to their continuous career growth, take on new challenges and responsibilities, and create fully satisfying work life experiences.


Sharon has delivered executive level coaching and consulting to clients such as: Aetna, Capital Workforce Partners, Cigna, C&S Wholesale Grocers, Corporation for Independent Living, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, Daymark Energy Advisors, Fallon Community Health Plan, Hartford HealthCare, The Hospital for Special Care, ING (now Voya), ISO New England, Jefferson Radiology, Key Bank, Liberty Bank, LIMRA, Mental Health Association of CT, Pediatric Endocrine Society, Raytheon, St. Joseph Hospital, WellCare Health Plans, & White & Case International Law, LLC.


Sharon previously served as vice president of Talent Management for ING across the Americas and prior to that as vice president of Leadership Development for Cigna HealthCare, both Fortune 100 companies. Working with senior leadership, Sharon re-engineered and revitalized succession planning and personally provided executive coaching and career counseling to top 200 leaders. Within these corporations, Sharon has been accountable for executive search, executive assessment, leadership development, executive coaching, employee survey, and talent acquisition. Through her corporate experiences and as an affiliate with The Global Coaching Partnership, Sharon has extensive international experience and understands the unique cultural dynamics of an environment. She has partnered with executives to enhance results in Asia Pacific, Canada, Europe, India, Mexico, the Middle East, and in South America.


Also an HR business partner, Sharon has worked with senior leaders to create positive people climates while driving toward top business results.  Her expertise includes assembling top performing leadership teams, strategic support to start-ups, acquisitions and post M&A integrations, large scale change and culture initiatives, staffing strategies to secure best-in-class talent, downsizing, pay-for-performance with strong reward differentiation, dashboards for tracking core people metrics, and improving diversity at all levels. While at Cigna, Sharon received The President’s Award for outsourcing clinical recruiting, improving hiring outcomes while saving several million dollars annually. With roots in learning and development, Sharon has designed and delivered an array of leadership programs for improved performance.


In the community, Sharon was an eight-year member of the board of directors and also previously served as board chair for Corporation for Independent Living, a not-for-profit real estate development firm. She previously served as president of The Repertory Theatre of New Britain, Inc. and on the board of The Muscular Dystrophy Association of CT. Sharon was a recipient of United Cerebral Palsy of CT’s Humanitarian Service Award in recognition of her special fund raising efforts.


Sharon holds a M.S. in Organization & Management from Central Connecticut State University. She also completed her B.A. at CCSU in Organizational Communication. She has served as an adjunct professor at CCSU. Sharon is also a graduate of The Coaches Training Institute, and a Six Sigma Executive Green Belt. She is a member of The International Coaching Federation, The HR Leadership Forum and SHRM. Sharon is certified in numerous developmental programs, instruments and tools. She resides in Farmington, Connecticut.



 ICF-CT Program Committee Co-chairs, Adrienne Milics, MBA, PCC and Vanessa Williams, MS, PCC


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