Lisa has 30 years’ experience leading organizations and initiatives working with government, corporations, foundations, nonprofits, and educational institutions to develop and implement strategies for building sustainable social systems change and for maximizing social impact. As recent CEO of Social Venture Partners Seattle, Lisa led a team responsible for engaging and educating over 500 philanthropists making pooled investments in social enterprises and collective impact initiatives.
Lisa is an Adjunct Professor in the Social Enterprise Program, School of International Studies, American University and a Lecturer at the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington. She has taught graduate courses on Impact Entrepreneurship, Social Mission Businesses, SROI Metrics Measurement & Evaluation, and Corporate Social Responsibility. She holds an MBA from Stanford University and a B.A. from Harvard University. Lisa and her husband Peter live in West Seattle and spend as much time as possible with their four children and two grandchildren.
Saima Butt, MCC
For Saima, coaching and societal progress are inextricably linked. Her purpose is to connect people with the abundance of their potential. She holds a vision for humanity in which people come together to generate social change for an equitable place for all to thrive.
She is co-founding director of a business approaching 20 years delivering in private and public sector organizations. Her coaching, training, mentoring and facilitation are drawn on by executive leaders wanting to create and drive change. Leaders are drawn by her passion in applying strategic thinking and intuitive awareness in delivering focused outcomes for business success.
After university, corporate experience, the pharmaceutical industry, and an MBA, she certified as a Master Trainer and Master Certified Coach (MCC) with the International Coaching Federation. Saima served as UK ICF Chapter Board Director and on the Inaugural Council of Ambassadors, ICF Foundation.
María Elena Retter, ACC
María Elena Retter is a management consultant and executive coach who is passionate about helping leaders transform themselves and their organizations to achieve results. She works closely with her clients in creating an aspirational vision that maximizes the talent and strengths of each team member.Prior to her current work with The Dash Group, María Elena held positions with IBM and The Coca-Cola Company across a wide range of functions including strategic planning, process improvement, and institutional change initiatives. She later served as Executive Director of a large private foundation, where she led a team that partnered collaboratively with non-profit organizations.
ICF Global Board Representative
My work is driven by a love for people and nature and an unstoppable commitment to making a difference – at scale. This is a self-observation, rather than a declaration.
I naturally see the opportunity for a shared win in diverse perspectives. I am experienced in designing processes and systems to reveal hidden patterns and shared interest, to large groups, institutions and networks. When interacting with leaders – I naturally invoke vision and ambition through inquiry into mandate, impact and scale.
I have provided strategy shaping advice to clients/partners ranging from the secretary general of an international trade body (for profit); to unemployed youth leaders in Africa, to AIESEC leaders – on how 70,000 members can partner governments to deliver the SDGs. Since 2000, I have helped shaping and delivering strategic NGO initiatives in Europe, Africa, MENA, Americas, China and India.
Yene Assegid, PhD, MCC
Yene Assegid has been working in the field of leadership and personal development since the early nineties, close to 28 years. The focus of her work is coaching and designing/delivering leadership training. She spends three fourth of her time working with Fortune 500 Companies and multinationals as well as various UN Agencies and European Union Institutions; and one fourth with Civil Society organizations in Africa.
Yene is most appreciated for her ability to engage with a wide range of individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds. She is appreciated for her capacity to relate to people and create a safe environment, enabling effective learning at all levels of management. Her life journey has given me the opportunity to naturally learn the and understand the global mind-set, including cross-cultural dynamics in leadership development, change management and team building, in an increasingly diverse work environment.
Wang believes everybody has the desire to be a better person and the will to contribute to what they believe in. And coaching is a powerful tool to clarify what makes sense for each person and to unleash potential to become who the person wants to be. When people improve, we build a better society. The change must start with us, but not limited to ourselves. This may give us a good reason to join efforts and help more people to access coaching.
Over more than 30 years of her career, she acquired a very diverse experience of themes and positions, such as Project Manager throughout Brazil for more than 5 years, market access manager for small companies, an accountant at the beginning of her career. Since 2012, through 4Coach, we have conducted a social project for the Development of Young Leaders, with annual editions, for young people between 18 and 25 years old, of low income, offering training in leadership, profile assessment, and coaching. Currently, Wang is an executive and career coach, and also the founder of 4Coach, a company in Brazil, that provides lectures, training in Soft Skills and Coaching since 2011.
Ann Dorgan, PCC
Ann Michael Dorgan is CEO and Founder of Gumball Enterprises, a leadership development company in Seattle, WA., USA. For the last 20 years Ann has worked as a strategic advisor, executive coach, facilitator, leader in the private, public and non-profit sectors as coach, consultant, director, and manager. Ann is credentialed by the International Coaching Federation (PCC) and holds a MA from the Leadership Institute of Seattle in Applied Behavioral Science.
The last seven years have been spent coaching and facilitating teams and leaders of Fortune 500 companies. Her international work has taken place in Malaysia, China, Canada, and Argentina. She’s most recognized for her ability to create a space for trusted and candid conversation. Ann is also committed to community service and continues to volunteer her services to various boards and organizations.
Dr. Dumisani Magadlela is a Certified International Executive and Leadership Coach based in Johannesburg, South Africa. He is a Coach Trainer, Leadership Development Facilitator, Organizational Strategy Session Facilitator, and Speaker. Dumi is currently the Deputy Chairperson of the Regional Leadership Centre for Southern Africa for the Barak Obama-initiated Young African Leaders Initiative and the Mandela Washington Fellowship. He is the co-founder and current chairperson of the Ubuntu Coaching Foundation, a not-for-profit organization promoting access to coaching for civil society and community members who would otherwise not be able to afford coaching services.
He works with the Pan African Capacity Building Programme at the Development Bank of Southern Africa helping develop leadership skills among African professionals. Dumi is passionate about Africa’s development. He is currently working with the African Union towards the achievement of the AU Vision and Agenda 2063.
José Piñero is also the Co-Founder & Chief Mentor at The Cultivation Company, a diversity consulting firm focusing on empowering women and minorities. His firm has coached and developed women and minority professionals in top companies including Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft, Google and others. For half a decade he led the diversity and multicultural marketing initiative for all of Microsoft. In this role, José was the voice of Microsoft to the U.S. Hispanic community and an advocate for Latino opportunities. Before Microsoft, José performed brand management at Procter & Gamble.
In his spare time Jose plays electric guitar, reads psychology books, travels and spends time with his loved ones. He is a fan of music and trivia and was a member of the Recording Academy of Arts and Sciences (Grammys). He divides his time between Los Angeles, Seattle and Puerto Rico.
Magdalena N. Mook is the Executive Director and CEO of the International Coaching Federation (ICF). She joined ICF in 2005 and has supported ICF with extensive experience in fundraising, development, consulting and association management.
Previously, Magdalena worked as Assistant Director of National Policy and Director of Development with the Council of State Governments (CSG). Prior to CSG, she served as program manager for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service.
Magdalena’s formal education includes an M.S. in Economics and International Trade from the Warsaw School of Economics in Poland and completion of the Copenhagen Business School’s Advanced Program in International Management and Consulting. She is also a trained coach through the College of Executive Coaching, and she holds a certificate in the Fundamentals of Systemic Coaching.
Magdalena is fluent in Polish, Russian, and English, and has a working knowledge of French.