Associates

Meet Our Team

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Brett Bell, Psy.D., M.A.

Brett is an accomplished organizational consultant and executive coach with several years of experience enabling organizations and individuals to learn and grow to their fullest potential. He specializes in leadership team development, professional development, and executive coaching. His passion is creating environments where individuals, teams and organizations can transform and break through to unparalleled performance. As a consultant, Brett has expertise in all facets of leadership development and executive coaching and focuses on aligning the strategic direction of the organization to the strategic development of its people.

He has an ability to diagnose the issues within an organization, align the people and processes and help initiate the results needed to meet the strategic objectives of the organization.   He is known for helping organizations cut through the issues and learn to communicate more effectively within teams.   Brett has an ability to give direct and enlightening feedback to his clients that focuses on strengths of the leader and results for the organization.

As a Coach, Brett brings a broad perspective and practical approach to career, human resource and organizational issues. He has a strong intuitive sense that allows him to align with others and build a high degree of trust with coaching clients.  Through experiential coaching, Brett strives to facilitate the individual awareness and skill development necessary for effective leadership in today’s diverse world.

Brett believes that if we are self-aware, have a greater understanding of what drives our reactions and responses, we will see that we have more choices and find deeper meaning in our work and our lives.

Brett earned his Bachelor of Arts from Temple University and pursued his graduate work at Widener University where he earned his M.A. and Psy.D.

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Chikwere Obi Amachi, Psy.D., MBA

Chikwere Obi Amachi has a doctorate in clinical psychology (PsyD) and a master’s in business administration (MBA) from Widener University.  He is also a certified Pennsylvania school psychologist.   Obi’s strong background in psychological and needs assessment, data and organizational analysis and intervention implementation has allowed him to aid leaders and teams in various settings.  He has consulted to leaders and teams in various industries including education, community mental health, healthcare, and fine dining. Throughout his career Obi has worked with young leaders across the country. These leaders have ranged from young professionals to junior high students.  His consultation and leadership engagements have included such topics as: effective decision-making, team development, strategy development, effective leadership, and workplace dynamics.

His overall philosophy on effective leader and team development hinges on thorough formal and informal assessment.  Obi is able to meticulously review data, determine the areas of need, and develop data driven interventions.  These data driven interventions have helped various clients manage change in order to meet strategic goals and obtain results.   His psychological training has honed his ability to foster trusting relationships with key stakeholders within an organization.  Additionally, his training allows him to provide clients with feedback that has allowed them to understand and implement change at both an individual and group level.

Obi is a member of the Society of Consulting Psychologists, The American Psychological Association, the Philadelphia Society of Clinical Psychologists, and Teach for America.

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Evelyn Maldonado, JD

Evelyn Maldonado is an accomplished, bilingual (Spanish) hands-on, resourceful, high energy, well respected, human resources professional withover 25 years experience in employee relations, labor relations (union and union avoidance), organizational development, recruiting/staffing, compensation/benefits design and administration, training and human resources compliance.

She has comprehensive knowledge in employment law, investigative practices, negotiation strategies, policy and program design, immigration compliance/administration, performance management, conflict resolution, contract (union) negotiations as well as union avoidance experience. She also consults with company owners and senior management to create business and succession plans related to organizational restructuring, management-initiated terminations and/or redeployment of employees.

Throughout her career Evelyn supported both large companies and entrepreneur organizations in varying industries, including government contracting. She worked for companies such as IBM, Citigroup, SAP and Marriott International and has experience supporting multiple locations/facilities both in the US, Canada and the Caribbean.  She has a Bachelors in Human Resources Administration and a Juris Doctorate with a concentration in Employment and Labor Law.  Evelyn is also an active member of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM).

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Michelle Braden

Michelle has coached and trained leaders and teams for more than 20 years. She is the founder of the Emerging Executive Leadership Program, the Authentic Leadership Summit, serves on the leadership board of the Building Goodness Foundation and the VA Chamber Small Business Advisory Board. Her areas of expertise include Executive, Leadership and High Potential Coaching. In 2011, Michelle served as a panelist for the World Coaching Conference.

Michelle has worked with notable leaders from The Federal Reserve Bank, Morgan Keegan, Capital One, the University of Virginia, Darden Business School, Coty International, Boringer Illiam, Battelle, General Dynamics, LexisNexis, and the City of Charlottesville, to name a few. Michelle has also been a key note speaker for notables such as Virginia Government Finance Officers Association, National Organization of Rheumatology Managers, Virginia Recreation and Park Society, and SHRM.

Michelle is a certified coach and the author of three leadership books, Stand Out, Dare to Make A Difference, and Bottom Line as well as a thought-leadership contributor to several blogs/publications including: Thought Leaders, Lead Change and Leadership Courseware.

Michelle is committed to helping leaders identify their motivations, drives, values and principles to help them better understand who they are as Leaders. She helps clients uncover why they behave and respond the way they do, and how they can go from “good to great” in leading their teams and organizations. Ultimately, she motivates clients to set and achieve their highest goals. Her down to earth approach, strategic business sense, and interpersonal relationship skills put people at ease and inspire her clients to gain the most from their coaching and training! This combination of attributes challenges and motivates leaders to achieve their highest goals.

Michelle is married to Steven Braden and proud mother to Anthony, Erica, Josh and our golden retriever Levi. She enjoys running, hiking, camping, cooking and enjoying meaningful conversations with family and friends. Michelle has lived on 10 states and can easily adapt to any culture.

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