CC14 Practicum

Elevating humanity through business

Mary Beth LaRu


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BIO:
Mary Beth LaRue is a yoga teacher and life coach whose mission is to lead people to their bliss, whether it’s through a sweaty yoga practice, a gratitude meditation, or a conversation over coffee about life goals.
Teaching for almost eight years, LaRue is continually inspired by the beauty of the human spirit, the ability of the body to heal and the innate, unconditional bliss that lies in each of us. LaRue teaches group classes at studios such as The Yoga Collective, The Green Yogi and Yogis Anonymous.
LaRue is the co-founder of Rock Your Bliss, a yoga and goals movement inspiring and empowering others to live the life of their dreams. LaRue, along with goal coach Jacki Carr, lead worldwide retreats, workshops and trainings.
LaRue has traveled the world working with professional athletes and creating sustainable, rehabilitative yoga programs. She has also developed classes held at the Down Syndrome Association of Los Angeles for teenagers, newborns, and their family members.
In 2013 LaRue was named one of the top yoga instructors in Los Angeles by Rate Your Burn. Her classes and retreats have been featured in the Huffington Post, National Geographic Traveler, LA Yoga and Origin Magazine.
In recognition of her work, LaRue has been named an ambassador of lululemon athletica, Manduka, Tiny Devotions,The Neshama Project and Stronger Faster Healthier.

Brent Laffoon


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Brent Laffoon is one of the top yoga instructors in Los Angeles. His easy-going personality, encouraging attitude and enthusiasm for the practice have made his classes popular among yogis of all levels.
Trained in a variety of styles – including Bhakti, Ashtanga and Iyengar – Laffoon’s classes are a creative blend of conscious movements designed to stretch and strengthen your body, open your mind and heart and ultimately to help you discover your highest potential by inspiring the confidence and imagination needed to transcend whatever limiting beliefs might be holding you back.
Prior to teaching yoga Laffoon was a college football player, a Peace Corps volunteer, a screenwriter and a nanny, among other things. He is honored to have been taught by some of the very best teachers in the world, and grateful to share what he has learned. His goal is to help as many people as possible discover not only what a yoga practice is, but what it can be, and to experience all the benefits that it can bring.

Julie Meissner


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Julie Meissner is the COO of San Francisco Sentry, a wealth management firm that focuses beyond the traditional when investing for their clients.  A client’s passion may lead us to explore the potential behind a diverse landscape of opportunities that range from fine art to sports teams as an investment.
Meissner came to wealth management after realizing that the yelling at the Pacific Options Exchange was not the environment she envisioned for her future years in finance.  Disillusioned by her early experience of the world of finance, Meissner searched for another way.  As a result she became an avid student of yoga and mindfulness and momentarily entertained the idea of leaving business behind to study acupuncture.  She found that these practices radically shifted her daily experience of work and life.
Meissner has a deep passion for the connection point between health, meditation, yoga, and mindful leadership.   She is moved to infuse mindful action into finance and help others find their inner brilliance to lead effectively.  She is thankful to be on this journey with her beautiful daughter and husband who are daily reminders to live in this perfect moment.

Tara Sheahan


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Tara Sheahan is the founder of Conscious Global Leadership, an organization whose mission is to support leadership development through mindfulness training and emotional intelligence.  CGL’s curriculum is results-oriented, and designed for personal and business growth.

Trained as an elite athlete in cross-country skiing, she found her dream job as a VP in sports marketing and television.  She left the corporate world to become ‘super Mom,’ and with husband Casey, CEO of Patagonia, raised two young boys.

Her most valuable life training came through contracting Lyme disease in her mid-30’s.  Losing the ability to walk, think, or function without pain, she searched for that ‘magic pill’ to cure herself, and discovered that true healing must happen through an understanding of the body/mind connection.   She spent the next 15 years becoming an expert in the ‘art of inner listening,’ using meditation and mindfulness practices to understand how our thoughts influence our health, well-being and success.  Sheahan recovered from chronic illness to nearly qualify for the 2006 Winter Olympic Games, at the age of 45.

Through immersions, workshops, private coaching and mentoring, Sheahan has introduced and taught mindfulness at eBay, The Aspen Institute, the World Caring Conference, New York’s “Peaceweek,” and with corporate clients and impact leaders across the world.

Adrienne Schmoeker


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Adrienne Schmoeker is a Talent Solution Lead at Catchafire, the world’s leading skills-based volunteer platform. Shmoeker designed & implemented what is now Catchafire’s talent solution for corporations to engage employees through skills-based volunteerism, and has extensive experience working with leaders of HR, CSR and PR teams within corporate environments in addition to consulting with Executive Directors of nonprofits to set them up for success with skills-based volunteer engagements. In the past, Schmoeker has managed Catchafire’s Talent Solution for Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, MTV and Nielsen.
Before coming to Catchafire, Schmoeker ran program development, marketing, data analysis and strategy for different businesses within a Fortune 500 along and dabbled with various startup organizations in New York City. She holds a degree in Public Policy Studies and Economics from The University of Chicago.

Susan Taylor


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Susan Taylor has spent 19 years of her professional career partnered with Joseph Jaworski on leadership development and project management.  Dividing her time in two capacities, as Managing Director, Susan is accountable for the daily operations of the firm assuring a level of operational excellence internally.  Externally, Susan acts as project manager, executive coach, and group facilitator for Generon’s client engagements.

Taylor has managed Generon’s Wilderness Retreat Business since 2003.  Providing safe and enjoyable nature experiences for leaders of all types is her love and passion. Taylor holds the perspective that Nature is a teacher and a powerful vehicle for renewal.  Taylor is certified through the Coach Training Alliance and is a member of the International Coach Federation. Her expertise in executive coaching is routinely applied as executives shift their worldview or stage of development.

Taylor is accredited in Qigong, Nature Awareness, and Chinese breathing meditation. She teaches executives in these practices of mindfulness and self-management as part of Generon’s executive development programs.

 

Joseph Jaworski


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Joseph Jaworski is a founder and chairman of both Generon International and the Global Leadership Initiative, as well as the founder of the American Leadership Forum, an NGO responsible for developing the practice of collaborative leadership. Jaworski has led the Royal Dutch/Shell Group’s renowned team of scenario planners, served as senior fellow and board member for the MIT Center for Organizational Learning, and cofounded the Society for Organizational Learning. He is also author of Synchronicity and co-author of Presence.

Eric Jacobsen


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Eric Jacobsen is the managing partner and a co-founder of Dolphin Capital. He recently served as CEO of Winder Farms from 2003 – 2006.

Jacobsen was the founder and CEO of TNT Sound which was sold in 1983, Vice President of MECA Software which went public and was sold to H&R Block in 1994 and Founder and President of Home Financial Network which was sold to Sybase in 2000. Early in his career, he was an investment banker with Smith Barney.

Jacobsen sits on the boards of Ragnar Events, Dynamic Confections and Winder Farms. He also chairs the board of the Park City Education Foundation and is a trustee of the St. Paul’s School in Concord, NH. Jacobsen received a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University.

 

 

Dave Kashen


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Dave is extremely passionate about helping people unlock their potential and achieve their dreams, and is committed to making a big difference in the world. Several years ago, Dave recognized that despite having more food, clothing and shelter than they will ever need, most people seem to be trapped in a ‘fog’ that keeps them from living lives they love. Dave’s mission is to ‘lift the fog’ and help people live fulfilling, joyful, extraordinary lives. Dave is excited about coaching leaders as a way to help make a difference in their lives, and in the lives of the people touched by the organizations they lead.

Prior to founding Quantum Leading, Dave co-founded an online health startup, worked as an investment banker for Goldman Sachs, and as an investment associate for private investment group SPO Partners. Dave holds an MBA from Stanford University, a BS in Economics from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and received his coaching training at the ICF-accredited Coach Training Institute.

Jimmy Carter


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Jimmy Carter is a veteran in the field of organizational effectiveness and leading sustained inspired performance. With nearly twenty-five years of experience, his clients include Sun Microsystems, McKesson Health Care Solutions, Marks & Spencer, Shell Oil, Coca-Cola, and BHP Billiton. He is known for his interactive style, cajoling skepticism, and tenacity of pursuit.

 

With Pecos River Learning Centers and Innovation Associates/A.D. Little – cofounded by The Fifth Discipline author Peter Senge, Carter designed and implemented experientially-based, best practice learning events for more than 15,000 participants from Fortune 500 companies.

 

With Covidien, a $13B/year medical device company, he supported the successful completion of over 45 high risk / high value projects around the world, and in the process, developed a cadre of leaders at all levels.

 

As a Client Partner at Effective Leaders International, he guides the delivery of superior business results using proven methods such as Six-Sigma/Lean Process Improvement, G.E. based Work-Out Problem Solving, and Organizational Learning-Systems Thinking.