DYL Certified Coaches
I help leaders find the strategic breakthroughs they are looking to achieve in their careers and businesses. As a certified executive coach and business transformation expert, I introduce a fresh perspective along with structure to help my clients navigate through career transitions, break down career advancement obstacles, and stretch themselves to lead positive change and achieve their goals. By bringing insights from 30+ years in corporate executive leadership managing global businesses, I can uniquely help leaders advance in their organizations and promote greater thought leadership, strategic depth, innovation, and inclusion and diversity in the workplace. Pati is an ICF Certified Coach (ACC), and she holds graduate degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Miami.
Mary Kitson is the Founder and Principal of the Kitson Institute for Enlightened Leadership. As a coach, Mary serves as a catalyst for change. She encourages her clients to focus on what is most important, create a sense of urgency in driving to reach personal goals, and resourcefully work around obstacles to success. She partners with clients to enhance their leadership presence, speed progress towards a promotion or new role, or navigate a career transition. Mary is based in McLean, Virginia and brings over 20 years of experience in individual, team, and organizational effectiveness to client engagements. Mary is an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) with the International Coach Federation. She earned a Leadership Coaching certificate from George Mason University and holds degrees from the George Washington University and Virginia Tech.
Jen Lewi, MBA, CAE, ACC, is a Career Development Coach and CEO/Founder of Design Your
Next Step, helping professionals maximize their strengths and design career paths forward.
She has deep expertise in strategic planning, building training programs, marketing, facilitation,
and coaching individuals and teams for optimal performance. She is Vice President of Career
Development & Conferences at the School Nutrition Association (SNA). Under her leadership, SNA recently launched a Leadership series in partnership with Georgetown University and a Diversity, Equity & Inclusion series. Before joining SNA, Jen was Vice President of Marketing at BBC America, the British cable channel. For eight years, she built award-winning advertising campaigns at Saatchi & Saatchi in Paris and New York for Procter & Gamble, General Mills, LVMH, and many more global brands. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from McGill University and a Masters in Management from France's leading business school, HEC Paris.
I am a certified coach and ordained pastor who has spent the last 25 years coaching and consulting individuals and organizations for leadership and success. Designing Your Life principles and tools helped me during a key transition and, I believe, provide an ideal approach to help you develop a way forward. If you are feeling stuck or about to embark on a major transition and desire a coherent solution that considers all aspects of your life, I would be honored to work alongside you as your guide, coach, and cheerleader!
Jen Menzel Pool
Based in Northern Virginia, I am the Director of Equitable Opportunities for Vine & Fig Tree. In that position, I get to help youth and under-resourced and overlooked populations discover and develop their own paths to success. As a non-profit Executive Director and a board member for several small non-profits, I have a passion for investing in, and helping to further develop, advocates and leaders who want to make a difference in their communities, along with anyone feeling stuck in their life’s journey. Through an understanding of each individual's unique strengths, I encourage a design path that focuses on using resources on hand and personal goals to overcome obstacles and navigate life and career transitions. A veteran of the United States Marine Corps, I’m also a certified Adverse Childhood Experiences trainer, Mental Health First Aid certified, and am a Verified Coach in the Enneagram via Cloverleaf and ICF.
Mark is a former biotechnology executive who is now the Founder and Managing Director of Dartfrog Change
Consulting, which provides transformation services to the Life Sciences industry. Mark is also a certified professional coach who offers business coaching for life sciences executives. In addition, as a Designing Your Life certified coach, Mark also offers pro bono career and life coaching to university students and young adults who are trying to figure out how to get “from here to there” in their own unique life/career journey. Mark’s deep expertise is in helping organizations and people make transformative change. His own eclectic career includes serving as a partner at a global top tier management consultancy, and also a three-time Founder/CEO of health/tech start-ups. Mark holds an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, and a BA in Psychology from the Pennsylvania State University.
I'm currently Executive Professor Emeritus of Higher Education at the College of William and Mary. My teaching and research focused on advances in artificial intelligence, robotics, deep learning and how those technologies impact the workplace and educational institutions of the next generation. My current work focuses on helping individuals and organizations integrate exponential growth of technology with the new expectations of an aging society.
Prior to becoming a full-time faculty member, I served William and Mary as the director of IT Communications and Organizational Development, director of Academic Information Services, and as director of University of E-Learning Initiatives. As part of his e-learning responsibilities, I helped design the Mason School's Online MBA, and have worked as a consultant in business and professional education. Prior to coming to William and Mary, I was Director of Career Services at Hamilton College and taught in graduate programs in Adult Education at Syracuse University and Elmira College.
Tony support clients in developing a vision and gaining clarity around professional and personal goals, enabling them to make transformative change. A strategist, innovator and coach, Tony has served as a trusted advisor for executives at some of the most successful global organizations. He has deep expertise in innovation, leadership development, and trends impacting the future of work. With over 10 years of coaching clients at various stages of their career, Tony’s expertise is backed by over 20 years of executive experience, leading complex business units with a Fortune 100 company.
Kim van Essen
As the Director of Vocation & Well-being at the nonprofit Vine & Fig Tree, I can guide everyone from senior leadership to employees in understanding both their personal identity and how they fit in an organization. Through scholarship on finding your calling, understanding happiness, and training around seeking purpose beyond profit, I empower companies to seek a new kind of common good. As an enneagram 9, I thrive in making sure everyone feels heard and nothing is left unsaid. The MCODE has emphasized that I work at my best helping create a concrete path forward with holistic results. With a Bachelor’s in Justice Studies and a background in faith organizations in addition to secular, I am eager to help others design lives around what matters the most to them and their community.