Speaker Bios

Robert Garcia, MBA, ACC, CAE

Vice President
International Coaching Federation (ICF)

Robert Garcia, vice president and chief staff officer of ICF Coaching in Organizations is responsible for leading the operations that enable global organizations to build coaching capabilities and develop a strong coaching culture. A pivotal leader in coaching culture development, Garcia is renowned for his strategic approach to expanding organizational coaching capabilities. His global expertise is reflected in strong partnerships across 50+ countries. An executive coach, a seasoned professor, and an eloquent keynote speaker, Garcia’s sessions are a confluence of insight and inspiration.

He has held senior level positions at Randstad, Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), Baptist Health, Florida International University (FIU), LHH, ADP, and United Healthcare. Garcia is fluent in English and Spanish, has presented in six continents, and has visited 92 countries and counting.

Robert Garcia

Will Guillaume Foussier

CEO & Co-founder
AceUp

Will Guillaume Foussier is the founder and CEO of AceUp. His belief that we can do well by doing good fuels his passion for empowering others through science-based, data-backed leadership development coaching at scale. A Harvard University graduate, TechStars, and Forbes 30 Under 30 alumni, Foussier has a background in social impact investment and finance. He founded AceUp out of the Harvard Innovation Labs after his own transformational experience with executive coaching to democratize it and make it more scalable, measurable, and accessible for all.

Foussier is also a strategic advisor at the Institute of Coaching, affiliated with Harvard Medical School and McLean Hospital, and a founding member of the IOC of the Research Consortium for Human-Centered Leadership. Foussier works with business and HR leaders all around the world to create cultures of coaching that unleash individuals, teams, and organizations' full potential, and that drive systemic change within organizations.

Will Guillaume Foussier

Alex Haitoglou

Founder and CEO
Ovida

Alex Haitoglou founded Ovida, the world's first AI platform aimed at enhancing the fundamental communication skills for leadership and coaching. Ovida supports leaders and coaches in their growth by providing AI-generated objective data, video reviews for self-reflection, and expert human mentoring.

With a background in Business Economics and German, Haitoglou worked with Procter & Gamble in global business leadership roles while also leading the Grow Coaching program, training hundreds of leaders in coaching skills. He later assumed executive positions at Walgreens Boots Alliance working across geographies in healthcare. Moving into entrepreneurship, Haitoglou built a health-tech business that was acquired by a major European retailer, and three years ago launched Ovida with his partner Bryan Watson.

Alex Haitoglou

Tim Harrison

CEO of EPOG Academy
CEO of ONUS Leadership

Tim Harrison the founder and CEO of EPOG Academy is the founder and CEO of EPOG Academy, a non-profit that takes a research-driven approach to empowering youth in underserved communities by providing access to top-tier services like executive coaching to inspire and equip them to realize their potential. EPOG's latest initiative leverages Generative AI, to bridge the 400:1 student-to-counselor gap and provide a scalable support system.

Harrison is one of eight global members of the Task Force for AI in Coaching selected by the International Coaching Federation. Outside of EPOG, Harrison’s portfolio includes leadership coaching, peer-reviewed psychology research, and applied AI consulting for individuals and organizations. He is currently the lead consultant on a $3M NIH funded study on the impacts of coaching on the success of underrepresented STEM students in higher education.

Tim Harrison

Jonathan Kirschner, Psy.D.

Chief Executive Officer
AIIR Consulting

Jonathan Kirschner is an executive coach and the Founder and CEO of AIIR Consulting, a coaching and leadership development company that fuses its proprietary leadership framework, proven approach to behavior change, and real-world business expertise to increase the performance of leaders and their organizations. Kirschner founded AIIR Consulting in 2009 when he saw an opportunity to leverage technology to make executive coaching more accessible and impactful. Since then, AIIR has helped clients across the Fortune 500 and around the world build better leaders, better teams, better organizations, and a better future.

Kirschner is also founder and CEO of AIIR Consulting's sister company, AIIR Analytics, a people insights company that empowers organizations with a deep understanding of their leaders. Through its suite of tools, AIIR Analytics helps companies create a leadership pipeline that drives organizational success. Kirschner  resides in the Philadelphia area with his wife and four kids. When not working, Jonathan derives energy from his vegetable garden, reading existential philosophy, mastering the art of BBQ, and playing late night ice hockey for his local team.

Jonathan Kirschner

Pam Krulitz

CEO
Optify

Pam Krulitz co-founded Optify in 2018 with a mission to make coaching a force to develop the next generation of leaders.  She is the visionary behind their coaching platform that enables Optify and its customers to create scalable leadership coaching programs, accessible to leaders across organizations. After a successful career in the IT consulting industry, she has served as a leadership coach for nearly twenty years, coaching hundreds of leaders across industries and levels to become more self-aware and more effective in their leadership capabilities. As a faculty member of the Georgetown University Leadership Coaching program, she mentored dozens of students on their journey of becoming certified coaches. Krulitz holds a PCC certification from the ICF.

Pam Krulitz

Parker Mitchell

CEO
Valence

Parker Mitchell is an award-winning entrepreneur known for building high-performing teams and cultures. Recognized as Ernst and Young's Entrepreneur of the Year and one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40, he founded Engineers Without Borders, which under his leadership became an award-winning social mission organization, praised by the Harvard Business Review, The New York Times, and Financial Times. Mitchell believes in putting teams at the heart of change for success.

He launched Valence to provide tools for employee engagement in transformation initiatives and recently has built out the world's most advanced Generative-AI coach, Nadia, utilized by enterprise leaders from Experian, Coca-Cola, Nestlè, and other Fortune 500 companies to reshape teamwork culture and scale out executive coaching.

Parker Mitchell

Prof. Jonathan Passmore

SVP
EZRA & Henley Business School, UK

Jonathan Passmore is a chartered psychologist, author and executive coach. He is senior vice president of EZRA and also holds full professorship at Henley Business School. Prior to this he has worked for PWC, IBM, OPM, and CoachHub. He has published widely with over 40 books, and 250 scientific papers and book chapters making him one of the most widely published researchers in his field. His latest books include Coaching Tools: Volume 3, The Digital & AI Coaches’ Handbook, and Becoming a Team Coach: The Essential ICF Guide. He has served as the inaugural chair of the British Psychological Society Coaching Psychology Division as well as acting as advisor to EMCC, ICF, and ILM on coaching issues. Passmore is listed in the Global Gurus and Thinkers 50 coaching lists.

Jonathan Passmore

Varun Puri

Co-Founder
Yoodli

Varun Puri is the co-founder of Yoodli, an AI-powered communication coach. Yoodli provides private and judgment-free analytics on your filler words, body language, content and more. Yoodli is being rolled out by Korn Ferry to major Fortune 100 clients, Toastmasters International to 300,000+ members globally, and thousands of coaching companies and universities. Yoodli has raised $7M+ in funding, and been featured across media outlets such as the Wall Street Journal, and Inc.

Before Yoodli, Puri ran special projects for Sergey Brin, one of Google’s founders. Puri is a TEDx speaker, part of Forbes 30 under 30, and was voted the Young Entrepreneur in the Pacific Northwest.

Varun Puri

Ioanna Mantzouridou Onasi

Co-founder & CEO
Dextego

As a visionary community builder and talent development strategist, Onasi champions the use of Applied AI to redefine talent development. Leading Dextego, an innovative AI Coaching Platform, she supports talent leaders in delivering AI Experts for each employee at the point of need, enhancing their communication, negotiation, presentation skills and more. Her belief in the power skills as the essence of humanity underpins Dextego's mission to make these skills universally accessible. A Gen Z leader with a transformative mindset, she leverages technology to unlock human potential. Previously, as VP of people and chief of staff at Aptivio, she was instrumental in developing their B2B SaaS Revenue AI ecosystem. Driven by a passion for fostering a community of lifelong learners, she is inspired by humanity's limitless potential. Through Dextego, she's shaping a future where emotional intelligence and tech go hand in hand to elevate individual and collective growth.

Ioanna Mantzouridou Onasi

Rebecca Rutschmann

AI Coaching Tech Founder & Consultant
CoachAI

Rebecca Rutschmann is a pioneer in the convergence of coaching technology and artificial intelligence. She has founded the AI coaching companion startup evoach in 2019, being responsible for all product development and acting as co-CEO overseeing product development and marketing until January 2024. Now she works mostly as an AI Consultant delivering keynotes, AI literacy trainings and consulting on creating outstanding integrated AI coaching experiences. As a tech entrepreneur, communications specialist and certified business coach, her expertise shines in crafting outstanding user experiences, a testament to her deep understanding of both technology and human interaction.

Rutschmann’s mission is bold and transformative: she aims to make coaching accessible through designing and developing innovative AI coaching and learning experiences. This groundbreaking work is designed to empower coaches and their clients, unlocking their utmost potential in an ever-evolving digital landscape. Her focus extends beyond theoretical frameworks to practical applications, particularly in coach enablement. She dedicates herself to making AI an accessible and integral tool for coaches, fostering a deeper understanding and practical navigation of AI in coaching.

Rebecca Rutschmann

Neal Sundberg

Senior Director of Coaching
Headspace

Neal Sundberg is the Senior Director of Coaching Services at Headspace.  In this role, Sundberg provides strategic vision and drives the process to build scalable solutions within the coaching org. Sundberg has a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC). He has experience working in a variety of mental health and coaching settings prior to Headspace, including residential substance use, supportive housing, private clinics and neurorehabilitation programs. Sundberg’s interest and passion is in developing innovative solutions to addressing the supply-demand imbalance that exists in the Mental Health space.

Neal Sundberg

Leon Wever

Co-founder and Managing Director
Coachello AI

Leon Wever is the cofounder of Coachello AI, a next-gen coaching platform that, embedded into the working environment of employees, provides hybrid and fully AI-based coaching programs to provoke behavioral change. Coachello goes further than traditional platforms through its integrated and AI-based approach to augment the quality of one-on-one human coaching and fully democratize professional coaching in organizations. Wever is an expert in the use of AI in organizational transformations and coaching. He previously worked as a lawyer at a large international law firm in Amsterdam.   

Leon Wever