Professional Team
Kathleen
Kathleen Robinson
Founder and President, Robinson & Associates

Kathleen Robinson is an organizational consultant and executive coach who specializes in helping leaders maximize opportunities for business and career growth. Kathleen’s practical results-driven strategies and approach are based on her experience in strategic marketing, human potential, leadership development and business management.

Examples of coaching and consultative support include:
  • Coaching professionals through career transitions: new job opportunities, career changes, becoming an independent contractor, launching a new business, forming strategic alliances
  • Coaching professionals to market themselves and their services more effectively
  • Executive coaching to support managers in assuming new roles
  • Designing and facilitating visioning and planning sessions for leaders and teams
  • Facilitating important high stakes meetings with business and community groups to achieve greater focus and alignment on vision, goals, roles and strategies
  • Designing and implementing in-house management and leadership development programs including leadership summits, individual and peer coaching, mentoring programs, classroom training, and team off-sites
  • Strategic marketing planning for new businesses
  • Improving market differentiation through customer research
"I am truly thankful and grateful for you and all you’ve done for us Kathleen. I know how much time and effort you have put forth into this task…Not many could have accomplished what you have been able to accomplish with this group, and for that I thank you!"
- Mary Hevener, CFO
Tri-Valley Tradeshow Services
Prior to entering consulting, Kathleen was the marketing director for a fast growing Northern California professional services firm. Previous to that, she was a member of the Founders Team that launched Discovery Toys and in her role as marketing manager helped grow the company to $25M in sales in the first seven years.
 
Kathleen earned an MBA from St. Mary’s College Executive MBA Program and a bachelor’s degree in human development from the University of California, Davis. She has served as adjunct faculty or guest lecturer in management programs at UC Berkeley Extension, St. Mary’s College and John F. Kennedy University. She frequently contributes her time and energy to organizations such as the Workforce Development Board for Contra Costa County, the Contra Costa Council, Wardrobe for Opportunity and Women’s Initiative for Self-Employment.
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Marty F
Marty Friedman

Marty Friedman has 30 years of experience in training, coaching and organizational development. He is a specialist in all aspects of interpersonal communication, general management skills, and performance management and evaluation. He began to instruct management development classes in 1976 when he was an internal consultant in a large organization and began his coaching work in 1977.

As a consultant and trainer, Marty provides practical management solutions to everyday people problems. He has delivered more than 2,000 management training and team building workshops and helps individuals improve their relationships, management skills and increase their level of self-awareness. Marty has been a regional manager of a global consulting company where managed coaching projects throughout the West, and has owned several consulting businesses. His clients include Accenture, Group Health, Gilead Sciences, Xilinx, CV Therapeutics, Texas General Land Office, eBAy, Hewlett Packard, Elan Pharmaceuticals, Ernst and Young, Caterpillar, and Visa.

Marty holds a Master’s degree in Communication from the University of Texas. Throughout his long career, he has used many assessment tools such as the Denison Leadership 360, the Enneagram, Thomas-Kilman Conflict Mode, and BEST Communication Styles.

Marty has written and published many books, articles and manuals including:  
  • “Improving Employee Performance”
  • “The Supervisor’s Reference Manual”
  • “Hiring a Top Salesperson”
  • “The Complete Book of Interviewing Questions”
  • “Straight Answers to 101 Questions Managers Ask.”
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Pat Gaudio

Pat Gaudio

Pat Gaudio brings more than 25 years of executive experience at Fortune 500 companies as well as a passion and deep commitment to helping leaders realize their culture-shaping goals.

Skilled at establishing rapport-based coaching relationships, Pat guides leaders at every level in an organization to live their company’s values, increase productivity and create healthy financial growth through the following:

  • Teaching the difference between leadership and management and how to develop the characteristics of a successful leader
  • Coaching leaders in understanding how “accountability” differs from “responsibility” and the tools used in creating an accountable organization
  • Improving communication and feedback skills that foster a healthy, high performing organizational culture
  • Developing an understanding of teamwork and the behaviors that support and detract from accomplishing a collaborative environment

  • Prior to establishing The Gaudio Group, Pat served as vice president of marketing with Del Monte Foods. She also functioned as global director of business development for Burns Philp, an Australia-based food ingredient company where she was responsible for creating a global cross-functional team that doubled revenues and tripled profits. Her marketing and sales initiatives for 3M included the introduction and marketing of Post-it Notes.

    Pat has coached executives and managers in a wide variety of companies including: Symantec, Net App, Ohio State University, Genentech, Cisco Systems, Kellogg’s, Hitachi Data Systems, Abbott Diabetes Care, Barclay’s Global Investors, McKinsey Consulting, Northwest Airlines, Hyatt Hotels, Bank of America and Yum Brands.

    Pat holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Temple University and has completed course work in marketing and finance at Harvard and Stanford universities. She has taken numerous psychology and human development courses through accredited institutions.

    She is certified by Dr. Michael Watkins, Professor at Harvard in “The First 90 Days” on-boarding methodology and is certified in numerous assessment tools.
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    Kraemer W
    Kraemer Winslow

    Kraemer Winslow is a communications consultant who specializes in helping professionals speak more effectively. She provides presentation skills classroom training, individual coaching and media skills development for managers and employees at all levels of the organization.

    Prior to establishing her own practice, Kraemer was an associate of Decker Communications, where she provided interactive training seminars for professionals seeking to enhance their speaking and sales skills. She has also coordinated, tailored and conducted seminars in presentation and management skills for Xerox Learning Systems, where she trained and coached executive, sales and technical personnel for major Pacific Coast clients.

    As a coach and trainer she currently serves a wide range of clients, including Syntex, Memorex, Bank of America, Intel, Tab Products, National Semiconductor, LSI Logic, Kaiser Permanente, Adobe Systems and the American Electronics Association.

    With an M.A. degree in Behavioral Psychology, Kraemer blends her practical experience with her understanding of human behavior to produce innovative and effective programs. She utilizes video feedback and coaching to integrate state-of-the-art presentation techniques and fundamental communication skills.
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    Emily J
    Emily Jarosz

    Emily Jarosz is an experienced instructor, course developer and trainer, specializing in supervisory and management skill building and organizational effectiveness. Among her areas of expertise are diversity, workplace harassment prevention, performance management, team effectiveness and organizational change.

    Emily is on the faculty for the Human Resources certificate program at San Francisco State University, College of Extended Learning, teaching Organization Development and Performance Management. She is also on the faculty of JFKU MBA and Masters of Organizational Psychology programs, teaching Principles of Organizational Consulting. She has held management positions in Human Resources and Employee Development as well as Senior Training and Development Consultant.

    Equally effective as a consultant, facilitator, trainer or coach, Emily's interpersonal style works well with staff at all levels in an organization. Clients appreciate her perseverance on "tough" projects, sensitive and direct communication skills, insightful perceptions and practical approach.

    Emily graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a BA in Sociology from the University of Washington, and holds a Masters Degree in Human Resources Management from Golden Gate University, where she was awarded a graduate fellowship from the International Personnel Management Association. She is a member of several professional associations in Organization Development, Human Resources and Training, and is a popular speaker at numerous industry and professional association conferences.
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    John B
    John Bouffard

    John Bouffard is an organization development consultant, trainer, and executive coach specializing in helping leaders create exceptional workplaces. John brings over fifteen years of management, consulting and coaching experience to his practice.

    As a senior consultant at the research and consulting firm, Great Place to Work Institute, he has studied many of the workplaces on Fortune's annual list of 100 Best Places to Work in America. He has helped companies in many industries improve their workplaces, including Planned Parenthood Federation, Bonneville Power Administration, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Promega Biosciences, Kaiser Permanente, and Child Development Incorporated.

    John is an affiliate consultant of The Management Center and of the Atlanta-based Generative Leadership Institute. He has studied facilitative leadership with the Interaction Institute for Social Change, and systems thinking through Innovation Associates in Boston. He also served on the board for the Coaches Training Institute in Marin, where he received advanced training in personal and professional coaching.

    John holds an MBA in organizational development and nonprofit management from the University of California, Davis.

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