Our Partners

We partner with local-based professionals and organizations that share our values.  Our program partners are seasoned professionals and will guide you through discussing the things that keep you up at night. Hear about and learn from obstacles that other Pacific Northwest executives face. Question their answers and learn to question yours. Hold yourself accountable with practice and by reflecting on your successes and failures.

Strategic Planning – James DeBragga

Creating Culture – Laura Hamill

Resilient Organizations – Dora Summer-Ewing

Communications – Jim Hessler

Financial Strategies – Steve Abercrombie

Team Building – Shannon Bruce

Visioning – Urs Koenig

Shannon Bruce
Shannon Bruce, CPCC, PCC

Recent programs include: Me to We: The Power of Leveraging Teams to Accelerate Results

StoryBridge, Inc 360.308.8292 www.ShannonBruce.com shannon@shannonbruce.com

Shannon Bruce, CPCC, PCC Founder and current President and CEO of StoryBridge, Inc. of Kitsap County has been in the professional coaching industry for over 10 years working in many capacities as an Executive and Leadership Coach and Team Coach, Facilitator and Trainer. Her diverse background also includes 13 years as a CPA with Ernst & Young, Corporate & Regional Operations Management in the wholesale distribution field and entrepreneurship launching multiple business start-ups.

Currently, Shannon is also the Group Leader of Excell Puget Sound which is a peer group of CEOs & Executives committed to best practices and building sustainability in their lives, teams and companies.

Shannon is an “out-of-the-box” thinker looking for new and life-giving ways to enhance business results and team relationships. With her corporate background and coach training, Shannon understands the needs of both “people” and “profit” to help companies produce more with less. She creates positive and sustainable culture change within organizations,and partners with her clients to build a foundation of solid trust to increase employee engagement. Shannon’sgreatest joy is “going into companies” to “create communities”.

James DeBragga

Recent programs include: Addressing Uncertainty! Planning for uncertainty and executing effectively!

DC1 Consulting 206-618-1767 www.jamesdebragga.com Twitter: @JamesDeb

James DeBragga is an international entrepreneur and former Microsoft Corporation executive. From small businesses to multi-national corporations, James applies his world-class business acumen and unique understanding of personal potential to transform the capabilities of a company’s most important asset – its people – and drive break-through results across corporate development, marketing, sales, organizational development and data-insight strategy.


Over two decades ago James began his career on Microsoft’s “digital factory floor” as a temporary employee answering product support calls for Windows 3.1. A true example of “success rewards hard work,” he climbed from entry level to top executive and developed a passion for leading business, people, and change. James has been instrumental in multiple start-up, hyper-growth, and turn-around businesses as well as the creation of elite international marketing and sales organizations. Recognized for award-winning global product launches and product go-to-market strategies, James has also driven the transformation of some of the most trafficked global Internet properties, including http://www.windows.com.


James has served as a technology industry spokesperson to the Wall Street financial analyst community and has appeared on multiple industry panels for technology including the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.


Based in Munich, Germany, James currently leads DC1 Consulting, an international boutique management consulting firm focused on maximizing organizational capability in the business workplace. A firm believer in authenticity and service to others, he utilizes his unique people and business skills, supported by the values of integrity and commitment, to serve as a passionate change-agent. James is a trusted advisor to senior executives around the world, and widely considered a thought-leader in the area of enabling individuals and teams to become truly high-performance. He publishes a management and professional development blog athttp://jamesdebragga.com/, is a lecturer on Entrepreneurship & Venture Capital Investing at Seattle University and University of Washington, Seattle, and also a member of the European Press.

Laura Hamill, Ph.D

Recent programs include: Why Culture eats everything else for lunch! How to architect and create the culture you want

Paris Phoenix Group 425.246.2937 laura.hamill@parisphoenixgroup.com

Laura Hamill, Ph.D., has 20 years of experience architecting and implementing research and assessment strategies in organizations. Laura owns Paris Phoenix Group, an organizational research and assessment consulting firm. Before starting her own company, Laura worked for Microsoft for over 8 years, primarily as the Director of People Research, a team of organizational researchers.


Examples of Laura’s work include developing customized employee engagement and organizational culture assessments, implementing culture change approaches, creating strategic competency models for leaders, managers, and employees, creating approaches to ensure effective acquisition/integration, and conducting research to better understand employee perceptions of organizational strategy.


Laura has a Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology, and has led major strategy efforts for companies like Microsoft, GoDaddy, Concur, Avanade, and Limeade.

Dora Summer-Ewing

Recent programs include: The Power of Resilience in Complex Times

EXIDEO Consulting 206-842-5032 doctordora@me.com

Dora Summers-Ewing is a business psychologist and executive coach who specializes in partnering with individuals and teams to effect critical changes in support of their future growth and sustainability. She is currently the Managing Partner of EXIDEO Consulting, a firm dedicated to ensuring their clients have the optimal human capital needed to turn their strategic objectives into desired results.

With over 20 years of experience, Dora’s industry expertise is broad and diverse and has spanned four continents. She has worked with Fortune 500 clients in High Tech, Professional Services, Retail, Biotech, Pharmaceutical, and Healthcare enterprises. She has also consulted with start-ups, family businesses, and nonprofit organizations to build their leadership capacity to overcome key challenges and create sustainable futures. A well-known authority on leadership, she is a frequent speaker/writer on Executive and High Potential Talent Development, Organizational Learning, and Transformational Change.


Prior to joining EXIDEO, Dora was a corporate learning officer for a publically traded company, where she designed and implemented enterprise-wide programs to address Succession Planning, Leadership Development, Employee Engagement and the overall Talent Management needs of her organization. In addition, Dora spent 13+ years with two major consulting firms providing subject matter expertise in human behavior to global clients in pursuit of breakthrough results. This included architecting and implementing aggressive turnaround strategies as well as providing merger and acquisition support.


Earlier in her career, she was the Director of two academic departments (University Career Center and Women’s Leadership Program) and an editorial board member for the Journal of Career Development. Today, she continues her interest in higher education as an adjunct professor teaching in both the Business and Psychology departments of a community college.


Locally, she has served as a community leader on the Boards of multiple nonprofit organizations: Executive Service Corps, the Alzheimer’s Association of Western WA, Leadership Kitsap, Hospice of Kitsap and two regional Humane Societies. Time permitting, she is also a pro bono consultant for 501 Commons, which provides affordable management consulting services to nonprofit organizations in Washington State.


Dr. Summers-Ewing is a licensed psychologist and earned her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology. She also has Masters’ degrees in Business Administration and Psychology. She has also achieved certification as a Senior Professional Human Resources leader through the Human Capital Institute and recognition by the Society of Human Resource Management as a Senior Certified Professional.

Jim Hessler
Jim Hessler

Recent programs include: Why you need to be the Chief Communication Officer for your company and what steps to take to be an effective CCO

Path Forward 425-591-7593 www.TheBossShow.com TalkToUs@TheBossShow.com Twitter: @TheBossShow

Jim Hessler is president of Path Forward, a leadership development company that he founded in 2001. He brings over 30 years of business management and executive leadership experience to our group meetings to help put you on the path to greater success.

Jim has been an award-winning salesman, sales manager, general manager, and executive. He has specialized in turning around underperforming operations, and helped lead a massive national reorganization for a Fortune 150 company.

Jim’s experience in general management has resulted in broad and deep knowledge of nearly all aspects of a well-run business. From building and managing a sales organization, to managing complex inventories and delivery systems, to generating vision and trust in demoralized organizations, to leading complex restructuring efforts, Jim has earned a depth of knowledge and insight that serves his Path Forward clients exceedingly well, regardless of the leadership challenges they face.

Steve Abercrombie

Recent programs include: Making better financial decisions. Steps to Building Sustainable ROI; learning how to use break even models to plan debt reduction/payback and sustainably reinvest in my company!

Steve brings passion and personality to company financial strategies. His life experiences as a banker, financial educator and business owner have shown him that having financial knowledge of your business model is in many cases the absolute key to success. His clients all say that Steve excels at taking the mystery out of the numbers with his common-sense approach and always-compassionate personal style.

Steve has helped many clients prepare their businesses for the financial scrutiny of lenders and investors when financial restructuring or expansion is imminent. He understands the language of lending from his years in banking, where he has held roles from branch manager and lender to bank President and CEO. As President and principal of a leading financial training company, he mastered business expansion from the other side of the desk – with the perspective of owner and rain maker. He gained notoriety as a sought-after convention speaker for graduate schools of banking, corporations and associations throughout the US, Australia and England.

Steve’s clients include Choice Hotels, ProSource Floor Coverings, Graduate School of Banking of the South and Bright Star Franchising.

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Urs Koenig, PhD, MBA

Recent programs include: Coaching for Vision and Mission: How to make them come alive!

Red Point Coaching (206) 372 8626 www.RedPointCoaching.com urs@redpointcoaching.com Twitter: @UrsKoenig

URS KOENIG, PhD, MBA is the founder of Seattle based RedPoint Leadership Coaching, that specializes in executive coaching and leadership development. His approach combines a successful track record as a leader in business, academia and competitive sports with strong professional leadership coaching and facilitation skills. Urs has coached 150+ leaders from businesses large and small helping them to lead more effectively, improve their bottom line, while finding more personal fulfillment in their career.

Urs’ background include two years as a management consultant for A.T. Kearney/EDS, two years as the turnaround marketing director at Merriman, one of the Northwest’s largest investment advising firms. Urs has also served as an adjunct professor at Seattle University where he taught business communication and as CEO peer group coach for Vistage International and Business Resource Services. He furthermore was an instructor at the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) business planning workshops.

Prior to this, Urs worked as a lecturer/assistant professor and research fellow at the University of Zurich/Switzerland and the Australian National University, Canberra/Australia. As an assistant professor, he published 20+ original journal articles and book chapters and presented at more than 30 conferences.

Urs is an accomplished ultra cyclist. Since 2002, he has won numerous ultra bike races (200 to 3,000 miles) and holds several course records. Prior to his ultra cycling career, Urs was competitive Nordic skier and coach for the Swiss University Ski Team for 15 years. He regularly placed in the top three at Swiss Championships and won numerous university championships worldwide

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