Meet the Team

70+ years of experience being messy and successful humans.

We are coaches, strategists, designers, business professionals and educators who walk our talk. We are passionate about helping you make the most or your mess. We bring humanity to the workplace so you can get better work done.

Chief Inspiration Officer, Co-Founder

Kate Roeske-Zummer

Kate brings over 20 years of experience to her coaching and leadership-development work. She specializes in helping individuals and teams explore their own strengths and weaknesses so they can lead by example and make an even bigger contribution to the world. She is passionate about bringing more humanity into the workplace by coaching leaders to become more present, emotionally intelligent and relational.

Kate's Full Bio >>

Kate believes that transformation is possible for everyone. She helps clients identify their unique opportunities—and what may be standing in the way—so that they can become the leaders they were meant to be. Kate believes that reactive management styles are ineffective and that vulnerability-based leadership creates stronger relationships, more authentic connections and better results. Through online 360s, Kate dives deep with clients. Her skill-based approach helps leaders cultivate the communication skills and values that drive success across the organization.

Since 2003, Kate has worked with both corporate and nonprofit clients, including Mozilla, Pinterest, Adobe, DaVita, CBS Interactive, United Way of America, RW Baird, Leo Burnett, Ogilvy and Mather and The Colorado Education Initiative. Her work has been focused on being a part of a deep cultural shift in organizations, where she has helped leaders examine their values, accountability and what it means to be a contributing member of the organization. This has resulted in big shifts—within the organizations themselves, as well as within their shared language, leadership development and understanding of what it means to be a leader.

Kate began her career at Ogilvy & Mather where she eventually rose in the ranks to become Strategic Planner, Senior Director. Her primary focus was on strategic development for such Fortune 500 companies as Ponds, Dove, United Way and Kodak. Kate also served on the faculty of the Coaches Training Institute for nearly eight years where she delivered training throughout North America, Canada, England and South Africa.

Recent Leadership Coaching Clients

CEO (Not-for-Profit)

CFO (Advertising)

EVP, Operations (Technology)

SVP, IT (Financial Services)

Directors, VPs (Technology Companies)

VPs (Healthcare)

Director, Management Consulting (Training and Development)

SVP, Public Relations (Healthcare)

VP, Operations (Healthcare)

40 Directors and 5 VPs (Multiple Functional Areas, Technology)

Chief Instigator

Debbie Cohen

Debbie is a change agent whose richly diverse journey has led her from preschool teacher to executive leader in Global Fortune 100 companies. Her published case study was recognized by Berkeley-Haas in 2013 as providing the most important contribution to management education in the preceding year. The breadth of her industry experience is diverse as well. She has held leadership roles in tech, entertainment, media, advertising and in the nonprofit world. Not surprisingly, Debbie is sought after for her creativity and thought leadership in complex, evolving systems.

Debbie's Full Bio >>

Debbie believes that systemic change cannot happen without individual change, and that individual change requires a responsive environment to nurture the effort. This both/and approach to management is at the core of her leadership development style. If there’s an elephant in the room, you can count on Debbie to put it squarely in the middle of the table, with warmth and humor, so that everyone can take part in the conversation. She then facilitates change at the point of greatest need and least resistance, honoring the capacity for change in individuals and organizations. As additional need is demonstrated, more support is offered. Transformation happens in phases based on the readiness to learn, assimilate and grow.

Debbie has held executive Human Resource positions for First Look, the Mozilla Corporation, Razorfish and Time Warner. Prior to Time Warner, Debbie was the Senior Strategist for Bright Horizons Family Solutions, where she was known as a leader in human-capital management, dependent care and work/life balance. Debbie is committed to balancing the needs and interests of individuals with those of the broader organization to unleash the power of possibility in the midst of complexity.

Executive and Team Coaching – Industry Experience

Technology (Mozilla Corporation)

Media and Entertainment (Time Warner & First Look Media)

Advertising (Razorfish)

University (Stanford)

Public Sector (Department of the Interior)

Early Childhood Education (Bright Horizons)

Start-up (First Look LLC)

Chief of Training

Jeffrey Jacobson

Jeffrey Jacobson is an executive and corporate coach and facilitator with over 20 years of experience. He works with clients to manage change, enhance performance, discover cutting-edge solutions and create sustainable working environments. His current roster consists of clients from all over the world who seek him out for his sharp, innovative insights.

Jeff's Full Bio >>

Jeff has been a faculty member of the Coaches Training Institute (CTI) since 1999, where he has taught thousands of students the inner workings of the coach approach to work and life. He has developed educational programs, supervised students throughout their certification process and has set the standard for top-level teaching and training.

Jeff also teaches CTI’s Co-Active Leadership Program, where entrepreneurs, managers and executives work together in a retreat setting to ignite their inherent leadership strengths as well as create innovative projects for their organizations and communities. He is well known for engaging his students to achieve optimum results with focus, ease and finesse.

Jeff co-founded Fork in the Road Learning with a mission to bring awareness to automatic thought processes based on the Ladder of Inference model. He uses this process to help clients eliminate their reactive habits in order to create fresh ways of working and communicating.

Jeff currently splits his time between Los Angeles and Shanghai, China, where he oversees the training of Chinese Leaders for the Coaches Training Institute. He also leads coach-related training and corporate development in Mandarin and English.

Prior to coaching and training, Jeff studied Asian culture and language for years throughout the East and Southeast Asian regions, and went on to teach Mandarin Chinese to business executives from Ford, Motorola and Texas Instruments. Additionally, he has worked as an interpreter and translator.

Executive and Team Coaching – Industry Experience

Automotive (Ford Motor Company)

Technology (Motorola, Texas Instruments, IBM)

Finance (Wells Fargo, American Express, China Merchants Bank)

Travel/Hospitality (Alaska Airlines, Marriot Hotels)

Healthcare (Fairview Hospitals)

Industrial (Cummins, Cargill, Siemens)

Retail (C&A, IKEA)

Consulting (Schouten China)

CLT, Chief of Little Things

George Zummer

George had a 30+-year career in technology and engineering before transitioning to all the little things that add up to big headaches. He is the one keeping track of all the details that make the business run and does this with efficiency and humor. If you are working with us, then likely you will be dealing with George on all things technological and financial!

George's Full Bio >>

Passionate about leadership, George often has his head buried in a book about leadership and finds articles and ideas that funnel through the business. His philosophy can be summarized in this quote, “Leadership is not about a title or a designation. It’s about impact, influence and inspiration. Impact involves getting results, influence is about spreading the passion you have for your work, and you have to inspire teammates and customers.” -Robin S. Sharma.

George’s past lives have been consumed with technical sales, engineering, and the cloud for such companies as GE, Samsung and Front Porch Digital. Now, he is the Chief of All Little Things for StepUp so that the rest of the team can focus on bringing more humanity back into the workplace.

Leadership Catalyst

Ken Mossmann

Ken Mossman is an executive coach with an international clientele of individuals from such diverse industries as finance, higher education, law, entertainment, medicine, venture capital, technology and the arts. Ken helps clients enhance their leadership by developing their emotional literacy, fluency and flexibility. By taking ownership of their innate creativity and wisdom, clients can better serve their organizations, communities, families and, of course, themselves.

Ken's Full Bio >>

Ken has over thirty years of experience in facilitation, leadership and curriculum design. His coaching and leadership style is intuitive, incisive, irreverent, more than occasionally provocative and always fun and engaging. He is a senior faculty member and curriculum designer for The Coaches Training Institute (CTI), and has been leading their coach-training programs since 2005. He is also a leader and supervisor for CTI’s Certification Program. Ken has gained a reputation among his students and colleagues as a heart-centered, compassionate holder of a higher bar of learning.

Ken understands first-hand why the journey is so important for the ultimate destination of future leaders. His own professional career has led him through the snowy mountains of Wyoming, on to art school, into the fitness industry, and finally to CTI as a leader in Co-Active Coaching. He looks forward to helping clients realize their full potential, both as professionals and human beings.

Recent Leadership Coaching Clients

CEOs (Law, Finance, Commodities)

CTO (Technology)

SVP (Finance, Food Service, Advertising/Media)

Director/VP (Energy)

Middle Management (Finance, Technology)

Executive and Team Coaching – Industry Experience

Arts

Aerospace

Medicine

Education

Venture Capital

Banking

Home Products

Small Business/Entrepreneur

Logistics/Relocation