If you aspire to be a good leader, you will find it’s hard work. Great leaders foster an inclusive culture where all can thrive. They engage and align efforts towards a better future. Our practical tools, proven best practices and coaching demystify the tough job of leading others. Our development process transforms individuals and teams into conscious, creative, capable and connected leaders that build ‘teams on fire’ that never burn out. 

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Patty founded LeadershipSmarts to further a more conscious form of leadership that balances business acumen with social/emotional intelligence. Great leaders know that even if they have a strong vision, they must lead inclusively to foster alignment up, down and across the organization.  Patty is an inclusive leadership evangelist who combines leadership best practices and coaching to transform managers into the best boss ever and executives into inspirational role models that can scale and grow the company. Patty is the author of The Art of Alignment A Practical Guide for Inclusive Leadership and the Versatility Factor Profile, an assessment for gender intelligent and inclusive leadership.  


Patty is an ICF Master Certified Coach with two master’s degrees, one in Organizational Development and a second in Geology. Prior to becoming a coach, Patty worked as a geoscientist and manager leading initiatives in new technology and emerging markets in the Energy industry. 

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Roger Toennis is a Senior Partner and CTO of LeadershipSmarts. Roger is a 32-year veteran of the technology products and services industries; having worked in Aerospace, Defense, Telecommunications, and B2C & B2B SaaS software. He has worked as an engineer, software developer, technical manager, product manager and leader in multiple executive roles including CTO and CEO. He holds a master’s degree in electrical engineering and is a named inventor on 12 USPTO technology patents.

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Laura Sprinkle serves LeadershipSmarts as our Client Success Manager. She brings her two master’s degrees in counseling-related disciplines, 5 years’ experience working as a therapist, and 10+ years of administrative experience to our LeadershipSmarts team. Laura manages the administration of our leadership assessments and puts her excellent relationship building skills to work as our primary client liaison. 

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Jody Gold is an evangelist for the power of collective intelligence to solve persistent, profound, and complex problems. He coaches leaders and facilitates teams to multiply how well they think, decide, and act together. After working with Jody, executive teams in tech, healthcare, alternative energy, and education have described their teams as "bulletproof" and "the healthiest I've ever been a part of." Jody is an ICF coach with a master's degree in Organization Development from Pepperdine.

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Alison Vallenari offers leadership development to individuals and organizations, primarily through executive coaching, strategic planning, and culture change. With 25 years of group facilitation experience, Alison has also focused on board development and effectiveness. Her three master's degrees in Counseling, Student Personnel Work, and Organization Development , have reinforced her belief in people and their own wisdom, as she helps them bring out the best in themselves.

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Beth Ronsick coaches purpose-driven leaders to multiply their impact without selling their souls. Her passion for multiculturalism and inclusivity is strong; she has worked with executives from over 35 countries and lived in New York, Hong Kong and Shanghai before calling Colorado home. Beth is an ICF Professional Certified Coach with a degree in journalism and a corporate marketing background creating brand campaigns for Fortune 500 companies.

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Avonlie Wylson helps people become more conscious leaders based on the premise that true leadership begins with self-leadership that is authentic, soulful, and humane. Her industry experience is primarily in the technology sector, including 14 years leading customer success teams for cloud-based software companies. As an ICF Associate Certified Coach, she especially enjoys helping people make transformational and transitional shifts as they step into their next level of leadership. Avonlie holds a master's degree in Organization Development from Pepperdine.

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Rachel Leone Marx partners with executives to realize their fullest leadership potential. She is contagiously enthusiastic about helping leaders access their inner courage to grow beyond their current capabilities. This often involves coaching the executive, their team, and customizing leadership development programming along the way. Rachel is an ICF Professional Certified Coach and holds a PhD in Education and Organization Performance and Change. Her evidence-based coach preparation is specialized in leader, team, and organization coaching.

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Gabriel Lockwood is passionate about helping leaders create lasting change in their organizations in a way that is both effective and compassionate. Based in Paris and fluent in five languages, he has extensive international experience working with both private and corporate clients in the financial, energy and technology sectors, as well as non-profits and community organizations.
Gabriel is an ICF Professional Certified Coach and holds a master’s degree in Organization Development from Pepperdine.

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