18 years. 166 clients.
1,052 successful engagements.
86% repeat rate.

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Carl Eschenbach, President & COO, VMware

We are a management consultancy that helps clients solve their most complex strategic, operational, cultural and leadership challenges.

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Changing the World by Changing the Way Business Leaders Think.



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Our Philosophy

We believe the fundamental drivers of success and change lie in things that are hard to see and manage – things like trust, relationship and mindset. We approach our work through a systems-view that intentionally connects human dynamics to issues of strategy, organization and process.

What's Visible:
Vision, Strategy, and Metrics

In most situations, the “presenting problem” is centered on things that are visible and tangible – questions of vision, strategy, priorities, metrics and financial performance. Ultimately, our client partnerships lead to significant improvements in productivity and execution, but surface issues are just that – a place to start.

What's Murky:
Processes, Structures,
and Governance

Processes, structures and governance are the soft tissue that hold the organization together. Without clear roles, accountabilities and decision rights, execution is cumbersome and challenging. We help our clients figure out how their organizations need to evolve to fully unleash the energy of the system.

What's Hidden:
Culture, Relationships,
Trust and Mindsets

Culture and leadership mindsets – conscious or otherwise – are at the root of everything. Producing fundamentally different results and creating lasting change requires working deeply beneath the surface. Conscious leaders communicate with purpose and inspire accountability. When leaders think differently, anything is possible.

Our Work is Focused on Growth and Change

Client case studies tell the story.

The Full Story

Our client came to us because surveys indicated serious challenges with employee engagement and confidence in senior leadership. Top executives from across the organization achieved their success because they were brilliant, but not because they were good at inspiring brilliance.

These very successful and sophisticated executives were not open to or in need of “leadership training” or skills-based development. Rather, the client hired us because we were able to develop a custom process for them that thoughtfully engaged leaders in a new kind of introspection. Senior leaders began to explore their underlying beliefs and assumptions and, through inquiry, came to see where they were misreading situations and relying on outdated and often directive tactics.

The Trium program was designed to connect with the values of the organization and to bring the strengths of the culture to life, so impact lasted well beyond the workshop. Many leaders reported breakthrough insights that had lasting personal and professional impact. Most importantly, executives got clear on their genuine leadership intentions and learned how to inspire true emotional engagement from their teams. Ultimately, the program went on for over seven years and touched over 500 leaders.


The Full Story

Our client leads a large division within a Fortune 50 healthcare distributor. While pursuing a growth opportunity for the corporation, it was failing to deliver on its promises. Two fundamental strategic objectives were essential for manifesting a transformation: driving the operating performance of key business units and dramatically increasing the business footprint to compete with scale.

Trium was approached for support in achieving strategic re-alignment, elevating senior-level leadership and revitalizing the culture around excellence and collaboration. Trium also supported the integration of the executive team following a merger of equals by collaborating with leaders over an 18-month period in both the turnaround and post-merger integration process. This involved energizing the broader team around a shared 3-year vision and enrolling the team in inspiring cross-functional goals; translating strategy into action by defining specific 12-month priorities and milestones; establishing a culture that enabled operational excellence and collaborative execution; fostering relationships of increased trust and cooperation across the organization; building high-performing leadership teams on multiple levels; and facilitating turning point conversations about the future organizational model and leadership implications.

In partnership with the client, Trium helped build a solid foundation for market competitiveness and growth. Teams began executing with a stronger sense of purpose, greater strategic clarity and increased cross-functional commitment. This enabled pursuit and completion of a challenging merger-of-equals, resulting in accelerated time-to-performance and improved financial results. The senior leadership team is now on solid ground to successfully steer a larger, more scalable business.

The Full Story

Trium served a 25-member cross-functional Executive Board charged with setting and driving the strategy for the company’s multi-billion dollar Technology Services business. The company’s customer landscape in Services changed frequently, making the alignment of day-to-day decision-making challenging. In addition, there was unclear support for product and corporate priorities within the Services teams. Fear of missing opportunities led to reactive decision-making, often in a siloed, uncoordinated manner.

The client hired Trium to clarify and align the Services organization behind a 3-5 year vision and strategy to prioritize the investment areas for the coming fiscal year and to ensure aligned execution of priorities across diverse locations. Trium assessed that confronting such uncertain environments required having a clear view on how to serve customers in carefully selected future market scenarios. Framing and building-out the scenarios required significant iteration and buy-in, but in the end would build clarity and alignment, shorten response time and guide investment and resource prioritization decisions. Trium helped the client develop strategic plans for each of four critical market scenarios that accounted for the most important business uncertainties. Through interviews and a series of facilitated workshops, a globally and functionally diverse group of leaders articulated the following for each scenario: customer needs and requirements; client’s winning strategies; implications for go-to-market models and partner/competitor positioning; requirements for portfolio of offerings; and investments and innovations. They further named market signals that would indicate one scenario was emerging over another.

The highly collaborative process helped to build shared language for describing the Services strategy which, in turn, made large-scale alignment around a single playbook possible for the first time. Together, leaders created priorities and thoughtfully placed bets based on shared beliefs about near-term dominant customer needs. Importantly, this work created a foundation for ongoing strategic dialogues that would keep strategy execution clear, aligned and relevant as market dynamics evolved.

The Full Story

With over 30 jumbo airliners and a powerful consumer brand, our client expected to double their size in five years. The core challenge: balancing an entrepreneurial, informal culture with pressing demands for operational excellence, sophistication and efficiency. The executive team approached Trium for help with improving On-Time Departure Performance (OTP); theirs was among the worst at their main hub.

Knowing that neither rigid recommendations nor a canned change methodology would fly with this client’s culture, Trium designed an interactive process, casting a cross-functional leadership team with the job of driving change. Trium collaborated with the “change agent” team through a process of analysis, diagnosis, recommendation and implementation – elevating leadership mindsets, skills, tools and approaches along the way in order to create the foundation for an organization-wide transformation. Trium led a parallel breakthrough process in which roles were clarified, mindsets redirected and behaviors calibrated to support the change agent agenda.

During the first month of full implementation, OTP was the best it had been in years. Over a one-year period, OTP climbed by 30% to 40% and it continues to improve. Real cultural transformation took hold across the organization as it entered its third era. Teams and individuals assumed greater accountability, made decisions faster and streamlined operational execution. For their part, executives learned that change takes time and that long-term commitment is essential.

The Full Story

Our client disrupted the industry 10 years ago with cutting-edge technology that changed the way data travels through a network. With other players entering the space and customers asking for help with a wider range of problems, our client knew they had to evolve from a single to a multi-product company and expand into new areas. An Office of the President had been created to facilitate the evolution, but the President and his directs were not sure which changes were required to position the company for future growth and diversification. In addition, various members of the team had differing viewpoints on how the organization should evolve, creating uncertainty in the organization.

Trium knew the problem needed to be approached from several angles and started with an organizational diagnostic to understand the clarity of the strategy, how aligned the executive team was around which strategic path to pursue and how effective the leadership team was at reaching alignment on big bets. Trium custom-developed a way for the executives to have a holistic “where we play and how we win” strategy discussion through a set of well-framed dialogues. The dialogues allowed the executives to have dialogues at the right level of detail and to also see where their incoming perspectives had differed and how to align them much more quickly. While preparing for the strategy conversation, Trium also administered an in-depth 360 process for each member of the executive team, as it was clear that leading the company to create another marked disruption would require some new team and leadership behaviors. Our process allowed us to get very specific on what to change and how to do so.

Trium helped build an “outside-in” view of strategic options that enabled the client to make decisions about future growth based on customer needs. Through Trium’s engagement, the executive team got clearer on the set of winning plays they wanted to pursue, taking into account current organizational capabilities and ones that would be needed in order to grow. What started as significant misalignment around which direction to take ended up resulting in a prioritized plan for growth for the next 3-5 years. In addition, through the 360 process, executive team members – many of whom had been with the company for 10-15 years – awakened to their personal leadership opportunities and reconnected to why they were inspired to continue the journey.

The Full Story

Our client is a premier U.S. financial protection and wealth management organization overseeing $600 billion in assets. Embarking on an initiative to consolidate holdings, senior executives determined that “Leadership Excellence” (characterized by streamlined decision-making and appropriate risk-taking) was essential. However, an entrenched command and control culture had created a highly risk-averse environment, slowing decision-making and execution. Trium was asked to engineer and facilitate an organizational and behavioral change program that would align the client’s aspirational culture to their business goals. Such a program would help the client tackle these issues head on, while fostering an environment of innovation and empowerment.

Trium led 220 senior leaders through a program of two-day offsites, followed by a 45-60 day period of practice and application to reinforce key concepts and tools, including interactive dialogues and experiential activities centered around effective ways to: lead change amid uncertainty; build and motivate teams; empower others and foster trusting relationships; and develop the mindsets and behaviors required to build a high-performance culture.

The success of the “Results Through Leadership” program has been phenomenal. Participants consistently rate the program as “exceeding expectations” while generating the enthusiasm, commitment and ownership required for immediate change. Leaders cite significant efficiency, productivity and morale improvements. Following the program review, senior leaders decided to cascade the program to the next level of leadership. In addition, Trium developed an extensive follow-up program for phase one participants.

The Full Story

A high profile global leader in money management was planning the launch of a new line of exchange traded index funds for the retail investor market. A successful launch required establishing an organizational entity to deliver a new product outside of the traditional distribution channels, defining operating principles to meet the unique demands of the retail market, and integrating the business unit into an established organizational culture with brand and market presence. Most importantly, it required a cultural shift from consensus-based management, to an entrepreneurial and innovative mindset. Trium was approached to help the client accelerate time-to-execution through defining and aligning teams behind a shared mission and vision, a clear set of actionable operating principles, and the mindsets and behavioral shifts required to execute.

The initial diagnostic confirmed challenges inhibiting the new team from reaching its ultimate potential – challenges such as structural integration of a new business unit into the organization, limited trust and relationship between leaders, and a divergence between old-school and new-school company cultures. Trium’s approach included a multi-day process with 20 members of the new leadership team, followed by iterative working sessions with a larger group of next-level leaders. Together with the client, Trium clarified and aligned leaders behind a new organizational vision, and defined what is required of each individual to enable the high-performance culture that is vital to its success.

Despite challenging market conditions, the client has since launched 42 new products, dramatically exceeding revenue and market penetration projections. Most importantly, the leadership team continues to operate with high levels of trust and relationship, and a cultural foundation that will support their future.

Our Mission Is To Change The World

By Changing The Way Business Leaders Think

Our clients are

the world’s change leaders

What’s it like to work with Trium?

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Yvonne Wassenaar,CIO, New Relic

"We have coaches in Trium that help us as individual executives improve our leadership styles, adjust our engagement, and really help us create a foundation so that we can be better leaders and team members..." Learn more at Trium Deeper.

Eric Hirshberg ,CEO, Activision Publishing

"Finding a group who works well at both those levels - both the interpersonal and human level, as well as the strategic level - I haven't found that very often. It's pretty rare and it's pretty valuable... I've seen people become their best selves." Learn more at Trium Deeper.

Carl Eschenbach,President, COO, VMware

"If we didn't engage with Trium, I don't know if we would have had the success we've had over the last three years ... They know their area of expertise and they do it better than anyone I've ever met in the last 25 years." Learn more at Trium Deeper.

Denise Haylor,CHRO, Flextronics

"We've seen some very, very tangible results from the work that we've done with Trium ... They don't come in with a bunch of PowerPoint slides, they listen and they learn, and they come back with appreciative and understanding solutions that are grounded in business, not in HR speak." Learn more at Trium Deeper.

Michele Jarrett,Sr. Dir., Operations, Cisco

"Trium is tenacious and passionate about execution, they are masters at propelling teams to a much more high performing space, they also pull in industry knowledge to shape the thinking behind the initiative ... I would recommend them to any organization." Learn more at Trium Deeper.

Matt Fawcett,General Counsel, NetApp

"Trium has been really good at helping us get really clear and focused on ‘What does it mean to be the best team?’ … They’ve helped us from conceptualizing a big challenge to articulating the plan to actually get there." Learn more at Trium Deeper.

Boutique by design.

Meet our team of seasoned consultants.

Amy Zelezen

Amy believes that strong, visionary leadership is the key to driving sustainable organizational change, and that complex changes demand a thoughtful approach. Amy honed her ability to decipher and reconcile the needs of multiple stakeholders during her time as a retail buyer and subsequently as an organizational transformation consultant working on large-scale technological, cultural, and strategic initiatives. Amy holds an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management, and a BA in Political Science, Economics, and Hispanic Studies from McGill University. She stays grounded through her connection to the outdoors - hiking, running, snowboarding, climbing, and kite surfing - and exploring the world, having lived, worked, or traveled in over 30 countries.

Andrew Blum

As CEO and Managing Partner of Trium, Andrew is a thought leader working at the intersection of strategy, leadership and culture to help change the world by changing the way business leaders think. With over 20 years of global consulting experience, Andrew has led breakthrough engagements at many of the world’s leading organizations. Prior to founding Trium, Andrew was a leader in Towers Perrin's Strategy and Organization Practice. He also served as a 1st lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps. Andrew holds an MBA from Georgetown University and a BA in philosophy from Reed College. He is a dedicated family man, Ironman triathlete and actively supports a variety of causes aimed at raising consciousness on the planet.  

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Anna Zhi

Anna believes that creating long-term impact requires visionary leadership that is truly attuned and empathic to organizational and market needs. Prior to joining Trium, Anna worked in innovation strategy at Jump Associates, where she helped Fortune 500 companies design growth strategies informed by social science research, business strategy and design thinking. Before Jump, Anna worked at SYPartners, a change management consultancy known for its uniquely human-centered approach. This experience taught her to fuse systems-thinking and creativity to create meaningful and lasting change within organizations. Anna holds a BA in Economics and Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley.

Annette Templeton

For more than 20 years, Annette has helped individuals and organizations optimize performance through a transformative, strengths-based approach.  She is an expert in developing effective cross-cultural business teams and implementing large-scale transformation programs across various industries.  Annette helps leaders refine and execute with clear purpose so that they may reach significant growth goals.  Prior to joining Trium, Annette held leadership positions in two human capital management consulting firms.  Her longest tenure was at Gallup Inc. where she provided vision and insight to drive client impact strategy across 20 countries.  Annette is a PhD candidate at the International School of Management in Paris and holds a BS in Mathematics and an MA in Applied Social Research.

Arika Verma

Arika is passionate about building thriving organizations that are characterized by high levels of trust, relationship and a learning orientation. Prior to joining Trium, Arika worked as part of Accenture's global strategy practice, where she advised companies on growth and innovation opportunities within the digital landscape. She holds a certificate in Design Thinking for Innovative Problem-Solving from the University of Virginia Darden School of Business. She also holds a BA in Economics and Informatics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, which instilled in her a deep interest in human motivation, productivity and technology.

Averell McFerran

Averell is passionate about transforming organizations through their most important asset – their people. She believes that successful strategies are ones that address the underlying behaviors, mindsets and motivations of the leaders and teams executing against them. Before joining Trium, Averell worked in both sales strategy and investment consulting. She holds an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and graduated from Colby College with a degree in Psychology.

Catherine Gray

Catherine specializes in creating compelling visions and clear strategies to guide teams. She has worked for more than 15 years assisting many Fortune 100 leaders with organizational and leadership development programs. Before joining as a Partner at Trium, Catherine worked in the field of communications with the Wall Street Journal, a television production company in Los Angeles and the first private media network in the former Soviet Union. Catherine has a particular interest in purpose-driven businesses and corporate social responsibility and for eight years she served as President of the Natural Step, a sustainability think tank and advisory services organization. Catherine holds a BA in journalism from Brown University.  

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Charlotte Kells

A trained Mediator / Facilitator / Coach, Charlotte works with individuals and teams to resolve conflict, problem solve core issues and build alignment during times of change. She spent 20 years with the Creative Problem Solving Institute in Buffalo, NY and has completed advanced courses with The Coaches Training Institute. Charlotte is certified in the Myers Briggs Type Indicator and other coaching tools. She holds a BS in Education and English from the University of Michigan and Master’s Degrees in both Education and Business from the University of Michigan and Lesley College.

Chris Davis

Christopher Davis has almost three decades’ experience improving how organizations, teams, and individuals work. He is one of the original developers of Commitment-based Management, one of the major management innovations of the past thirty years. Chris is an accomplished executive coach and trainer, having led programs teaching management and leadership skills to over 10,000 participants across multiple industries and countries. Chris has a BA in philosophy from Pomona College and an MA in the philosophy of language from International College, under the tutelage of Dr. Fernando Flores. Chris is also a serious student of Eastern philosophy. He is the founder and managing director of The Stratam Group, a strategic partner of Trium’s.

Christina Coles

Christina is passionate about helping clients and colleagues to realize their full potential. Prior to joining Trium, she worked for a number of mission-driven organizations, where she leveraged her background in organizational behavior, strategy and marketing to raise funds and awareness for important social issues of our time. She has a BA in Psychology and Fine Arts and an MS in Human Behavior & Applied Psychology. Both degrees were earned from the University of Southern California. As part of her undergraduate program, Christina also spent a semester studying at the University College London.

Danielle Conroy

Danielle is a specialist in transformational leadership, coaching and organizational change. With over 25 years working in large multi-national companies, and experience running her own consulting businesses, Danielle understands the complexity, challenges and rewards of working in medium, large and matrix organizations. Her clients value her creativity, integral thinking, emotional intelligence, focus on results and partnership approach. With a deep commitment to meditation and her own personal development, she guides and supports leaders to unlock and accelerate powerful mental, emotional and relational capacities that support them in navigating the complexity of today’s world and allow them to have greater impact in their organizations. Danielle has a graduate degree in Business & Leadership from Curtin University in Australia.

Darren Gold

As a former CEO and long-time board member, Darren brings deep personal leadership experience and years of advising and mentoring senior leaders to his work with organizations. Darren's approach to leadership is premised on the importance of personal mastery and deep self-awareness. He believes that senior leaders have the power to create a new context for themselves and others that can unlock extraordinary performance. Prior to joining Trium, Darren was the CEO of two education companies, Heald College and Delta Career Education. Earlier, he served as a Partner in two San Francisco-based private equity firms, Gryphon Investors and Genstar Capital. Darren has also worked as an engagement manager at McKinsey & Co. and an attorney at Irell & Manella. He has a B.A. from UCLA and a J.D. from the University of Michigan.

David Drake

As a master coach and thought leader in the human potential community, David has a passion for facilitating transformative change. He founded the field of narrative coaching, and has helped dozens of businesses infuse coaching into their work and culture, bringing new stories to life. David has led change and leadership initiatives for more than 70 organizations and trained over 10,000 leaders in fifteen countries. He received his BA in Sociology from Trinity University and his PhD in Human & Organizational Development from Fielding Graduate University. He serves as a Thought Leader for the Institute of Coaching at Harvard Medical School. He loves being a dad, time in the wilderness, and serving as a rites of passage guide.

Dugal Bain

Dugal relishes opportunities to help companies realize their visions more quickly by creating strategic clarity and alignment, cultural cohesion and personal leadership mastery.  Before joining Trium, Dugal worked across Australia, Europe, and the United States with the bulk of his experience gained as a product strategist for BlackRock’s European investment team based in London. He also led successful independent consulting engagements for clients across the consumer goods, hospitality, non-profit and arts sectors.  Dugal holds an MBA from the University of Cambridge, England, a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Finance from the University of Queensland, Australia and a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Political Science and American History, also from the University of Queensland.

George Stubbs

George is devoted to helping individuals, teams, and organizations develop the awareness required to exercise leadership at the complex intersection of culture and strategy. His systems-based philosophy is driven from his experience working in evolving organizations, teaching and researching leadership in academia, and from playing and coaching sports. Before joining Trium, George drove cultural transformation and executive development within three different global organizations. He holds an A.B. in Organizational Behavior from Harvard University with an emphasis on team dynamics. George and his wife hiked the Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada in 2015 and he is an accomplished Ultimate Frisbee player, having won six world championships as a player or coach.

Israel Rosales

For 23 years, Israel has worked with individuals and organizations to cultivate the skills necessary to adapt and thrive. He co-designs mindfulness programs primarily in tech startups, integrating practical mindfulness skills and cognitive strategies to optimize performance, collaboration, and purpose. He works with executives, guided by neuroscience, to pursue leadership skills necessary to respond flexibly to ever-shifting challenges. His organizational consulting focuses on strategic changes necessary to carry out mission in a responsive and ethical manner. Israel holds a Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and a B.A. in Psychology from Yale University. He enjoys mountain biking, swimming, tennis, and time with family.

Janaina de Alencar

Janaina is passionate about establishing an environment that lets the team do its best work for clients. In her role as Office Coordinator, she often works behind the scenes to ensure that our business operations and facilities are running smoothly. Prior to joining Trium, she spent a few months traveling through Europe, learning about the different cultures and customs, and making memories that will last for a lifetime. She speaks three different languages (Portuguese, Spanish and English) and graduated from The University of British Columbia where she studied International Relations.

Jennifer Choi

Jennifer is passionate about creating an environment that inspires the team to do its best work for clients. In her role as Office Manager, she manages our business operations and facilities, in addition to putting on the occasional firm happy hour. Prior to joining Trium, she worked as a Medical Equipment Coordinator at Muir Orthopaedic Specialists. She is a certified athletic trainer and graduated from San Diego State University with a Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology.  

Jonathan Rosenfeld

As a change strategist, Jonathan works with leadership teams and CEOs to develop cultures which maximize engagement, creativity and performance. Jonathan is a respected thought-leader in the field of organizational change, drawing on deep expertise in neuroscience, mindfulness technology and leadership. He began his career teaching Clinical Psychology and Therapy and has since consulted to non-profit and government agencies serving high-risk, hard-to-treat populations. He is currently retained as an executive coach, serving leaders across the technology, social media, entertainment and aerospace industries. Jonathan received his BA in Psychology from Swarthmore College and his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the San Francisco School of Psychology. Beyond his passion for his family, Jonathan spends time as a whitewater rafting guide for non-profits working on river restoration and providing inner-city children the opportunity to experience the wilderness.

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Katherine Hosie

Over the past thirteen years, Katherine (Kate) has been coaching full-time, accumulating over 10,000 hours of direct coaching experience. She has discovered over time that the more her clients understand and accept themselves, others, and their situation, the easier it is for them to then adapt and flourish. In essence, self-judgment keeps us stuck, whilst awareness and acceptance invite change. Kate earned her Master of Science, Coaching Psychology from the University of Sydney, which specializes in evidence-based coaching, that is, what has been repeatedly proven to be effective. She was President of the International Coach Federation, Australasia, in 2012, leading over 1,300 coaches. She has lived around the world and loves the Bay Area best.

Kent Harrel

Kent is a seasoned project management specialist who helps leaders focus on mindsets and the impact they can have on team dynamics and organizational results. He works with leadership teams to define their aspirations and goals, and helps them create shared understanding and meaning throughout the organization. Kent has supported clients in the utility, technology, food packaging and entertainment sectors to gain alignment in executing transformational strategies. Before joining Trium, he worked for an international development consulting firm in Washington, D.C. Kent attended the American University in Washington, D.C., where he earned a B.A. in International Studies.

Kim Trajano

Kim delivers exceptional results to her client teams and finds it is not just the work that she does but the people she works with that drive her. Kim first joined Trium as part of our Operations Team where she gained a deeper appreciation for how the foundational, and often behind the scenes, aspects of a business can drive holistic success. She began her career in Operations as Operations Manager for a high-end boutique salon and day spa where she learned how to build a business from the ground up. She holds a BA in Psychology from San Diego State University.  

Mary Massey

Mary helps leaders and organizations gain insight and overcome obstacles to realize their potential. With over 20 years in the professional services game, she has extensive experience with projects ranging from large-scale go-to-market transformations to senior executive development, managing client relationships in the US and overseas. Mary has partnered with senior executives in globally renowned companies and has an extensive background in financial services. Before joining Trium in 2004, she got her start at Goldman Sachs and ABN Amro Bank. She has an MBA from UCLA and a BS in Business Administration from Miami University.

Michael Bader

Michael is a clinical psychologist who has been practicing psychotherapy for 40 years.  He believes that people always strive to realize their best selves, but are often derailed in the pursuit of their goals by beliefs that can be overcome through increased self-awareness and thoughtful experimentation with new behaviors. He co-founded the Institute4Change, an interdisciplinary team of change experts who consult leaders of progressive organizations around issues of strategy and organizational change. He also founded a nationwide coaching program for progressive political leaders. Michael has written four books and has published over 50 articles about the interactions between psychology, culture, and politics. He received his Doctorate of Mental Health from UCSF, and an MS and AB from UC Berkeley.

Michelle Gale

Michelle is a highly trained coach, facilitator, and mindfulness educator. She is inspired to work with leaders who are willing to first look within themselves for the struggles they find in the world around them, be that in the workplace or otherwise. With a long history working in high growth start-ups, Michelle helped usher Twitter through 350% year after year growth during its early years. She was a key member of the human resources team, coached leaders, and built their early learning and development programs. She received her Masters in Psychology at Meridian University with a focus on the study of consciousness and transformational learning.

Mina Muraki

Mina advises leaders on managing change, with an eye towards making it stick in their corporate culture. Her expertise moves freely from strategy to organizational change to leadership communication. Mina’s 20+ years of experience domestically and internationally lends itself to a broad context and perspective. She began her career with McKinsey & Company, headed up Strategy, Marketing, and Product at a London-based start-up, and was SVP of EMI Music in Asia. Most recently, she was part of the leadership team at Embarcadero Partners, a San Francisco-based consulting firm that works at the intersection of strategy, leadership, culture, and design. Mina holds an AB from Princeton University and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Monica Chi

Over the past fifteen years, Monica has worked with teams to solve complex problems, strengthen their ability to engage in strategic dialogues, and realize their ambitions. Prior to joining Trium, Monica worked with the senior executive team at the Federal Bureau of Investigation post-9/11 on an array of organizational transformation, human capital and leadership development issues.  Previously, she was also with Accenture in their Change Management practice. Monica earned a BA with honors in Human Biology from Stanford University, studied at Oxford University and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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Penny Chew

Before joining Trium in 2006, Penny worked as a Controller and Operations Manager for over 10 years in consulting firms. As a mainstay of all Trium operations, she manages the full range of finance and human resources functions. Her role extends to coordinating efforts on our recruiting, facilities management, payroll, employee benefits, and technology teams. Penny holds a B.A. in Accounting and Computer Information Systems, and an MBA from San Francisco State University.

Peter Coughlan

Peter Coughlan has spent more than two decades consulting and teaching at the intersection of design, innovation, leadership, and strategy. His approach involves helping clients to envision a future state and create engaging, low-risk ways to get there. Prior to joining Trium, Peter was a partner at IDEO, where he founded the Transformation by Design group and worked with clients in dozens of industry sectors on a diverse range of challenges. Peter has a Ph.D in applied linguistics from UCLA, a M.Ed in teaching from Boston University, and a B.A. in English Literature from Trinity College, CT. Outside of work, he enjoys exploring personal development, writing fiction, and playing with his camera.

Rich Fernandez

For more than two decades, Rich has used his training in leadership development, organizational culture and positive psychology to help Fortune 100 leaders and organizations navigate change with mindfulness, resilience and emotional intelligence. He is a co-founder of Wisdom Labs, a learning and development consultancy, and a Master Teacher of the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute’s “Mindfulness-Based Emotional Intelligence” course. Prior to founding Wisdom Labs, Rich held learning and leadership development roles at Google, eBay, Bank of America and JP Morgan Chase. Rich completed his graduate work at Columbia University, where he earned a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology and an M.A. in Organizational Psychology. He also holds a BA in Literature from the University of California at San Diego.

Sarah Lugaric

With a diverse background including finance, organizational transformation, corporate strategy, and sustainability, Sarah has a unique ability to find points of alignment and build consensus in even the most challenging situations. Previously, Sarah managed over 40 national and global relationships for J.P. Morgan’s Institutional and Private Asset Management practice. She earned her BA from Dartmouth College, studied at Oxford University and the University of Queretaro, Mexico, and has completed leadership courses at Colorado Outward Bound School and NOLS.

Stephanie O'Brien

A natural people person, Stephanie is fascinated by human behavior and the dynamics of change. Experience has taught her that collaboration by people with varied worldviews and open minds always produces the strongest results. Prior to joining Trium, Stephanie worked with Fortune 100 executives as a strategy and culture consultant at Embarcadero Partners, founded a healthy life skills program for girls (Girls on the Run of New Orleans), and served as an AmeriCorps Volunteer. Stephanie holds a BA in Sociology from Wesleyan University and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. She is a runner, yoga teacher and plant lover.

Will Kabat-Zinn

Will works to help leaders access what is deepest and best in themselves, clear away barriers to creativity and full expression, and be more skillful and effective in their personal and professional lives. Will has worked with a number of Silicon Valley’s leading innovators and is passionate about helping leaders do transformative personal work in the midst of rapidly changing conditions. He has practiced insight meditation for over 15 years and has taught mindfulness and meditation to hundreds of business and technology leaders. He leads retreats regularly at Spirit Rock and meditation centers around the country. Will holds a B.A. from Cornell University and an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from CIIS.  He is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a nationally renowned mindfulness and meditation teacher.

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