Copperbox empowers leaders to live their purpose, make better strategic decisions, and inspire their teams.

Why Executives Fail in Today’s Business Environment


  • Many executives have not done the critical work of knowing what they stand for and struggle to find how they want to impact the world.
  • Leaders have lost sight of what is truly important to them. Day-to-day pressures have disconnected them from themselves – mentally, physically and spiritually – and their true potential to contribute to their company, their community, and their family.
  • Business leaders frequently struggle to align their own purpose with their company’s mission and vision, leaving them unable to truly motivate, energize, and inspire their people. This results in their teams being poorly aligned and far less engaged.


  • Many executives simply manage others through the day-to-day instead of truly leading them towards an exciting future vision.
  • Executives often view ‘being a leader’ in the limited context of their organizational roles, not as the whole person they are.
  • It is common for individual executives to develop an incomplete or fragmented approach to leading instead of being grounded in effective leadership practice.


  • Executives commonly struggle to shift from being operationally focused to contributing at a higher strategic level.
  • Leaders find it challenging to formulate strategy in an increasingly complex business environment that seems brittle, anxious, nonlinear, and incomprehensible.
  • Executives often use strategic planning tools without a foundational understanding of how to think and act strategically.

These common executive challenges result in leaders who are unprepared to keep pace with or meet the demands of their complex, fast-moving businesses.

We’ve partnered with modern leaders at…

Our approach enables executives who:

Lead with Their Purpose and Values

Leaders who show up authentically, walk their talk, and are courageous in their moments of truth.

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  • Leaders who are able to take a long-term view on organizational growth and sustainability, while driving near-term business and financial goals
  • Leaders who can genuinely inspire their people and lead them towards an exciting future vision
Bring Greater Leadership Capability

Executives who develop critical leadership competencies and understand that leadership is a natural expression of who they are

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  • Leaders who are able to engage a range of diverse, talented team members, and align their unique strengths, aspirations, and personalities to achieve critical organizational goals
  • Leaders who are able to draw lessons from human history and the natural world to apply timeless wisdom to the complexities of today’s environment
Make Better Strategic Decisions

Leaders who understand how to read the current competitive landscape and make the right strategic bets for the future

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  • Leaders who can formulate strategy for complex organizations and businesses to capitalize on opportunities and mitigate potential risks
  • Executives who have a strong foundational understanding of how to think and act strategically, which increases the quality of their decision making



We utilize personality and leadership assessment tools, as well as deep reflection on the defining moments from your life to gain an understanding of who you are, what you value, how you lead, and your professional/personal ambitions.


Creating lasting value as a leader is about how you inspire others towards a future vision, how you show courage in moments of truth, and understanding what you stand for and why. We will help you gain clarity on your unique contribution to the world and why it matters.


We focus on helping you accelerate your leadership through specially designed experiences and working sessions that quickly build your skills, broaden your mindset, and deepen your leadership wisdom.


The most impactful executives are not only exceptional people leaders, but also smart strategic thinkers. We take a disciplined approach to help you build muscle around how to think strategically, grow your ability to formulate strategy for complex organizations and make the right strategic bets for your organization’s future.


Years of collective experience across 24+ countries


Real-time development that achieves results at the speed of business


Developing you into a globally competitive modern leader



Humans have existed and developed in close relationship with nature for over 300,000 years. The lessons from nature and how we have developed are many, from the elegant design of systems and purposeful cadence of the seasons to an innate awareness that we are interconnected with each other and our broader world. It is this more natural way of working, leading, and living that begins to define modern leadership.



We evoke wonder in our clients by creating development experiences that encourage them to develop a deep curiosity and a sense of awe. This enables them to form an emotional connection to their own development and increases the impact of the growth they experience.



Finding moments of magic in the workplace is rare. Yet we know that magic is both a system and a process which can unlock new thinking on ways leaders can engage and inspire their own people. We help leaders tap into their inner ability to create this magic for themselves and their teams.



We know leadership development can seem like a big, black box. Development offerings are created for a general audience, instead of individual leaders with specific needs. Leadership programs lack close alignment to a company’s business, strategy and desired organizational outcomes. These initiatives are often focused on incremental improvement of leadership skills, but not true transformational change. More in-depth leadership development experiences are often only reserved for leaders at the highest levels of an organization.

There is a better way.

We are passionate about helping leaders build the critical capabilities that drive organizational results. Through our work we create a development journey that inspires people – that gets them excited about the future, curious about what’s around the next corner, and deeply satisfied with their chosen path. They gain a strong sense of purpose and how they want to impact the world. This alignment enables leaders to achieve extraordinary business results with and through their teams. Along the way we seek to bring more nature, wonder and magic to their work and life – the ‘stuff of the stuff.’

We encourage our clients to choose their development experiences carefully. As we focus on deep, transformational leadership work, we ask leaders to be fully committed and engaged in the process to maximize their growth. We are confident that if you put in the effort, you will achieve your desired outcomes.

In your development journey, let us be the partner that runs hard and fast with you.


We engaged Copperbox to help us with strategic planning during a critical pre-series round of funding for our business. We needed to quickly align as a senior leadership team on our strategic priorities and ensure buy-in by all the key executives on our team. It was evident from the beginning that our Copperbox partners were heavily invested in our success and committed to providing us not only an excellent strategic planning process, but the opportunity to work more effectively as a top team. Their methodology and approach helped us distill the complexities of our business into key priorities, which provided a foundation for our strategic plan. Copperbox demonstrated a keen understanding of our business goals and objectives, and their ability to guide us through creating a comprehensive strategy was remarkable. We've come to rely on Wayland and his team as trusted partners.

Working with my Copperbox coach for two years enhanced my leadership skills. He assisted me in becoming a more self-aware and compassionate leader for my team through a variety of thought-provoking exercises.

My coach also assisted me in improving intercompany relationships and my effectiveness with other business leaders within the company.

His strategic approach and consulting were very beneficial to my leadership and professional development.

Way doesn’t simply help leaders navigate the challenges of complex organizations, but also takes a uniquely personalized approach focused on your particular leadership journey. For me, it rapidly became apparent that achieving my fullest sense of self as a leader was only ever going to be possible by reflecting on how that was experienced through others. Way created several custom exercises to fit my place along the path, guiding me through them in real time. We then recalibrated and created anew for each session, dynamically charting a personal evolution in the process.

One-on-one personalized coaching was a completely different experience than any program I had been through before. The focus of the coaching was to help me more clearly identify strengths, areas of opportunity and action to change through self-reflection. My coach had a unique style of being able to drive through a lot of content and material in a very calm and supportive way. I was very pleased with the clarity that this experience gave me and the confidence I walked away with. I enjoyed my experience and appreciate having had the opportunity to work with my coach. I am a much more effective manager having had this experience!

My Copperbox coach helped me when I was preparing for a more senior position within my company and needed to develop my enterprise leadership capability. Through our work together I was able to find a better balance between driving operational excellence and adding more strategic value. His unique ability to draw out development opportunities, provide deep insights, and present them in a challenging yet supportive way was really appreciated. One thing that still stands out for me is how hard my coach pushed me to self-identify what my unique leadership style is – the brand I want to have as a leader, my key superpowers and how will I flex them. He also worked with me to shift my mindset on managing the diverse talent on my team so I could be more effective in engaging team members and fostering their development. My work with my coach has helped me become a more. caring, inspiring, and ultimately, more effective leader.

What I didn't know is how impactful and transformative my work with Copperbox would be. Their steady and insightful coaching helped me lean into every aspect of my leadership potential, while also providing me with practical approaches to challenges that will inevitably arise. My only regret is that I could not have my Copperbox coach for the tenure of my deanship!

Barbara and Wayland were an absolute pleasure to work with. They saw my flaws and my qualities and were creative and effective to help me become a better, more effective manager and colleague. What really touched me was their level of empathy - my obstacles became their obstacles and they truly thought about me even when they were “off the clock,” identifying ways to add value. This ranged from articulating or emailing methodologies directly, to recommending industry articles, books and biographies. Everything they recommend was well thought out and catered specifically to me and my situation. I also would say working with them both simultaneously was particularly helpful as they are a very good Yin and Yang and collectively bring so much to the table. Whether you work with them individually or are lucky enough to work with them both simultaneously, I am a huge fan and highly recommend them!

Meet the team

Wayland K. Lum

Founder / CEO

Wayland works with leaders at all levels to fully develop their leadership potential and achieve profound transformational change. His approach draws from the latest leadership research and adds in a healthy dose of nature, wonder and magic – elements that enliven the human experience, inspire growth and deepen wisdom. He marries the science and art of leadership to take clients through bespoke development experiences that are designed to help them evolve into significantly stronger leaders.

Prior to founding Copperbox, Wayland was a core team member of Korn Ferry’s CEO and Executive Development practice. His work included leadership coaching and real-time executive assessment, as well as designing leadership development programs that expand executive thinking. He has worked with hundreds of leaders globally in organizations such as Abbvie, Scholastic, Nike, Deloitte, John Deere, Hewlett Packard Enterprise and State Farm. His experience living and working in China, the UK and Mexico has given him a nuanced perspective on how to lead effectively across different countries, regions and cultures. He has also led executive career development for top talent at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business’ Executive MBA Programs in North America and Europe.


Wayland earned his MBA from Baruch College and his Masters of Science in Learning and Organizational Change at Northwestern University. He is a member of the Forbes Coaches Council and is a certified professional coach through the Coaches Training Institute (CTI).


When he is not doing the work he loves, you will likely find Wayland playing his guitar, running through Texas Hill Country, cooking with family and friends, or practicing the Japanese ‘art’ of Tsundoku (buying books and letting them pile up unread).

Ed Bancroft

Executive & Leadership Coach

Ed specializes in executive coaching and executive team development. His approach brings his leadership and consulting experience to practical immediate change. Ed takes these steps in his approach to developing client leaders:

Efficiently gathers confidential observations from key people
Ensures the individual is committed to the coaching process
Agrees with absolute clarity on the expected interpersonal behaviors and development areas with the individual and key people
Focuses on caring and frank discussions about behavior and its impact on others
Evaluates outcomes based on observation by key people during and at the conclusion of the assignment.


Executive coaching for senior leaders in pharmaceuticals, health care and higher education.
Onboarding consulting in consumer goods and environmental engineering.
Presentation skills training for senior executives and high potential employees at global accounting and financial services firms.
Before becoming an independent consultant, Ed was a World-Wide Partner at Mercer Human Resource Consulting and Global leader for performance management consulting services at Watson Wyatt.

Clients have included John Deere, PwC, Citibank, Coleman, New Era, Ball State University, College Of American Pathologists, Erie Family Health Centers, and Toshiba, among others.


Ed earned his BA from Lake Forest College and his MA from Loyola Chicago. He attended the Harvard Business School Management Development program and earned his Program Specialist In Organization Development (PSOD) designation from National Training Laboratories. He has published articles on the aging workforce, performance ownership, 360 degree feedback and severance strategies. He is the co-author of The Total Onboarding Program (Wiley), a guidebook on designing and leading a new manager onboarding program.


Ed has served as board chairman for Global Alliance for Africa for the past five years. This group provides digital learning, libraries and art therapy in East Africa. He passions include reading, biking, walking, cooking and spending time with his wife, adult children and just recently a baby grandson. If you want to sidetrack Ed, ask him what he is reading and be prepared to be asked the same.

Robert W. Demaree

Executive & Leadership Coach - Organizational Development


Robert is passionate about supporting leaders and their teams taking the next step in reaching their highest potential. He is expert at helping them gain deep insights into their self-limiting thinking, behaving and how to overcome them using the Developmental Sprint learning process. Participants experience a whole new pathway for personal growth and development within the context of a small peer coaching group using the Immunity to Change methodology to quickly gain life-changing insights into how their thinking is holding them back.

Robert has had extensive experience working both internally and externally as an executive coach and senior organization development consultant with a broad range of clients including: Zebra Technology, Ernst & Young, Deloitte, International Truck and Engine, Leo Burnett, NovoNordisk and Fel-Pro.

At Zebra Technology, Robert was the manager of Organization Development and led the design and delivery of an innovative company-wide leadership development program that had leaders at all levels receive in-person feedback from their direct reports. Coaching was also provided following the feedback sessions.

As an executive coach Robert builds open and honest relationships providing leaders with effective feedback regarding mindset and behaviors based on personal observations, 360 feedback interviews, and supplemented with targeted surveys and self-assessments. Using the assessment data, Robert works with the leader to set goals, identify measures of success and build a customized development plan. His objective is to zero in on the capabilities leaders most need to develop now – and moves them into action quickly.



Robert earned his MS in Organization Development and M.Ed. in Counseling and Educational Psychology from Loyola University Chicago. His BA is in Philosophy from Denison University. He is a certified master somatic coach from the Strozzi Institute and has completed the Immunity to Change online coaching program with Minds at Work. He is a certified Developmental Sprint facilitator from the Developmental Edge. He also is a certified Mindfulness Meditation teacher from the Zen Life Meditation Center.


When he is not doing the work he loves, you will likely find Robert outside the year round running, camping, backpacking and walking his dog Abe.

Sarah Eisendrath

Lead for Sustainability & Social Impact


Sarah’s immense passion for social impact and making the world a better place is exemplified through her experience with diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) implementation in organizations along with her involvement in discussion facilitation and peer education. These experiences paired with her social media, marketing, customer service, and administration skills have informed her about how to partner with individuals and organizations to foster their own sustainable, equitable services and practices.

Sarah deeply believes in the power of empathy and kindness, centering her work on the values of interconnectedness and belonging. She is fascinated by the human experience within society. Therefore, her curiosity and practice of these values has enabled her to grasp a deeper understanding of effective change-making that promotes organizations and individuals to be their bests.



Sarah graduated with her Bachelor’s in Sociology from University of Wisconsin – Madison, earning a certificate in Social Justice and Education.  Sarah has training in both implicit bias reduction and violence prevention. Additionally, she has experience in research regarding social scripts about flirtation in the media, how it informs different generations, and perpetuates violence. Her history with violence prevention related work is synthesized by this research, as it documents the role in which media plays in our socialization.


Splitting her time between Madison as a student and north of Chicago where she grew up, Sarah enjoys live music, spending time with friends and family, and traveling. She loves new experiences, learning, and a good conversation by a bonfire.


Kim Eisendrath

Practitioner in Residence - Leader Wellness


Kim began her career as a special education teacher, curious about the mind-body connection and having a deep compassion for those who learned, processed and absorbed information differently. Acting as a consultant and advocate for those who did not thrive within the prescribed systems, she continued her learning to support her students and their families. Kim developed a passion for identifying opportunities for change to enhance the support for those with different needs.

Kim has brought her heart for serving others into her wellness practice. She is a 20-year yoga practitioner and certified yoga teacher, specializing in stress, anxiety and trauma. Her work with clients incorporates neuroscience and the mind-body connection, and how the body holds onto the stories and beliefs we have about ourselves and the world. Kim guides her clients to use specific and targeted practices which allow them to unravel what has been holding them back, achieve a clearer vision of their present, and ultimately self-regulate their stress management leading to higher level thinking and processing skills. Seeing her clients release the stories and the tension held in their systems is another step towards making the world a better place. In addition to her role at Copperbox, Kim also serves as the Somatic Clinician for the Here and Now Mental Wellness Clinic.


Kim is a certified yoga teacher RYT-200, and has additional certifications in Yoga for Trauma, Advanced Polyvagal Theory in Yoga, TRE (Tension/Trauma Release Exercises), Neurogenic Yoga and is currently in the process of working towards her 300 Yoga Certification in Myofascial Yoga. Kim received her Master of Arts in Teaching, in learning disabilities and social emotional disorders from National-Louis University, and a Bachelors in Arts from University of Illinois.


When she is not working with clients or running impactful workshops, Kim loves to do yoga (of course), hike on the coast or in the mountains, read, and hang out with her husband, Bobby. She is constantly entertained by her two twenty-something children. Kim also enjoys doting on her two Havanese dogs, Hallie and Lucy, as well as connecting with friends over tea and a good laugh.

Kim Herrera

Executive & Leadership Coach - Leader Wellness


Kim’s passion is helping individuals and organizations navigate transition and reach peak performance.

In her coaching work she does this by providing support to rising professionals and executive leaders seeking to make significant, transformational change in their companies and in their work lives. Her coaching and organizational assessment work draws from an appreciative inquiry, strengths-based model of change, rooted in a results-focused, evidence-based approach.

Kim has coached talent from organizations such as: McKinsey & Company, BCG, Accenture, Deloitte, KPMG, EY, State Farm, Mercer Advisors, Northern Trust, Evercore, Peter J. Solomon Company, Kraft Foods, Mars Wrigley, Kerry Ingredients & Flavours, McDonalds Corporation, BOSCH, BP, Eaton Corporation, U.S. Cellular, Vertiv, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gap Inc., Foot Locker, & Walgreens Co., as well as since 2006 numerous start-ups organizations.

In addition to her work in private practice coaching, her in-house professional experience includes the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, where she delivered 1:1 coaching and leadership assessments to guide Executive MBA candidates and Chicago Booth alumni through complex career change and leadership, W.W. Grainger, where she was a member of the leadership team providing organizational design, change management, generalist direction, and leadership coaching. OnePoint Communications, an early-stage, venture capital-backed telecom company acquired by Verizon Communications, where she led a team of human resource professionals in the design and roll-out of corporate human resources activities including: M&A due diligence, corporate divestitures, talent acquisition, leadership development, corporate compensation, post-merger integration, and organizational restructures.


Kim holds a Master’s degree in Organizational Communications from Northwestern University and is an ICF certified executive coach. As an early-stage stroke survivor, Kim is also a dedicated student of the application of neuroscience to the field of coaching and is a professional Affiliate of The Institute of Coaching, McLean/Harvard Medical School.


Kim resides in the metro-Chicago area where she and her family (including dog Matilda) spend their free time taking in the beach, kayaking, and discovering hidden used bookstores. Kim is generally never seen without a camera or drawing pencil in-hand as capturing the magic of life’s moments is one of her greatest joys.

Jenna Hess

Leadership & Executive Transition Coach


Jenna excels at helping business leaders navigate major transitions and disruptions, such that they triumph in managing change and achieving their goals through a process that strengthens resilience and confidence. Candor, humor, and mutual accountability are hallmarks of her coaching style.

Throughout her career Jenna has had the pleasure of working with exceptionally talented, deeply discerning professionals – from high-potential young leaders to accomplished executives – helping them identify their core values, zero in on target outcomes, and land career opportunities in some of the most competitive industries and companies in the world.

Her professional experience includes Boston Consulting Group (BCG), where she provided customized 1:1 coaching to hundreds of top consultants and senior alumni, advised companies on talent acquisition and development, and created content and programming at the national and global level. Prior to BCG, she was Associate Director of Employer Development at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business (Booth) where she managed relationship development across the technology, consumer, and healthcare sectors, established new relationships with 50+ employers, coached Boothies on how to land their dream opportunities within those companies, and designed thought-leadership events for alumni in industry.

She has worked with hundreds of leaders on coaching and talent acquisition and development, at companies including Alphabet/Google, Amazon, Baxter, BCG, Bristol Humana, LinkedIn, LVMH, Microsoft, Neiman Marcus, Netflix, Nike, Salesforce, Starbucks, Walgreens, Workday, and several investment firms across private equity, venture capital, and hedge funds.

Jenna is a recognized expert on coaching and career change and has been quoted in the Chicago Tribune, Poets & Quants, Real Simple, US News, and Yahoo Finance.


Jenna earned a BA from Indiana University, holds certifications from Hudson Institute of Coaching and Hogan Assessment Systems, and completed Chicago Booth’s Executive Program for Emerging Leaders. A self-described ‘lifelong learner’, she is currently studying ontological coaching with Advanced Coaching Practicum


Jenna is passionate about food, design, architecture, and college basketball. She enjoys exploring parks and nature preserves while maintaining a steady flow of coffee and matcha to keep up with her toddler’s boundless energy. In the spirit of authenticity, she is not above binging 90s/00s sitcoms, loves flowers and gardens but has a steadfast black thumb, and her taste in music is mostly stuck in the 60s-80s.

Jeff Kinsey

Leadership & Strategy Coach


Jeff is passionate about developing leaders – CEO’s, Presidents, General Managers, C-level staff. After a career being the “man in the arena” leading P&Ls and divisions, he now advises other leaders on their own journey. Jeff specializes in executive effectiveness in decision making, strategy, leadership and people management. In addition to his direct management and leadership background, his clients have included executives from small companies just starting with less than $1 Million to large companies with over $1 Billion in revenue.

Jeff’s 35-year management career includes roles as a President leading P&Ls from $5 million to $650 million in revenue. His career experience encompasses various functional roles related to strategy, M&A, turnarounds, consulting, product development, manufacturing and marketing at large enterprises like the US Navy, General Electric and Brunswick Corporation, as well as small companies. Jeff has been a senior executive in several industries including aerospace, recreational marine engines, recreational vehicles and boats, parts and accessories, and transportation industries, and he has consulted for industrial products, banking, transportation, and insurance industries.

In his career, over 45 President/General Managers reported to him, 25 of them in their first general management role. He has specialized in leading businesses from strategy formulation to setting up sustainable execution management plans and processes.



Jeff has an MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern, an MS in Aerospace Science from Embry-Riddle University and a BS in Electrical Engineering from University of Cincinnati. He is a graduate of CoachU and certified as an ACC coach by the International Coaching Federation.

Jeff is a former Naval Aviator and carrier pilot and served as a White House Liaison Officer for the Secretary of the Navy. He has been on various industry boards and local boards in his community.


When he is not working with clients, Jeff enjoys a variety of athletic and family activities. He is an enthusiastic golfer and pickleball player, an avid reader and a strong believer that we are in the golden age of serialized comedy and drama series on streaming services. He and his wife Heather have six children — which led to decades of basketball and soccer coaching for Jeff — and a pack of dogs and cats.

Mark Kinsey

Leadership & Strategy Coach


Mark is committed to helping senior and executive leaders grow and scale their leadership capabilities. Mark has a 30+ year career in general management, C-level functional leadership, consulting and running P&L’s. During that time, his most rewarding accomplishment has come through the leaders he has mentored and teams he has cultivated. Now, Mark is focused on helping other leaders accelerate their impact and to ultimately scale their own leadership and organizations.

In his career, Mark has held various leadership roles including C-Level operations lead, and P&L President. He has focused on client experience, operations, general management, product leadership, and P&L leadership. His P&L breadth has ranged from $10 to $130 million in revenue and operated in as many as 30 countries across 6 continents. Mark has held extensive leadership roles in technology, knowledge based and information services industries on a global scale at companies like Paylocity, The Nielsen Company, Ipsos, ATKearney and Sears. Mark has scaled teams growing at 30+% year over year for multiple years. On this journey, Mark and his team achieved world class growth, client satisfaction, and employee engagement at the same time. Mark also has extensive consulting experience in manufacturing, retail and consumer packaged goods


Mark holds an MBA from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University.


Mark maintains an active lifestyle balancing physical and mental challenges. He enjoys the mix of mental and physical challenges in golf as well as being immersed in nature. He was a collegiate soccer player and continues to enjoy the camaraderie of men’s-league soccer – albeit at a slower pace today.

He has 3 kids in their 20’s. He enjoyed coaching and supporting their activities as kids and teens. Now, he’s just trying to stay ahead of them (more accurately, he’s trying to keep up). He enjoys reading and almost always has multiple books going: one for professional development and one non-fiction thriller to pass the time.

Judy King

Leadership & Strategy Coach

Judy is a dedicated and results-driven leadership coach, consultant and strategic advisor based in the New York metropolitan area. Drawing on extensive multidisciplinary business experience in large financial and professional services organizations (American Express, McKinsey & Company and Goldman Sachs), advisory boards, entrepreneurial endeavors, and consulting engagements, Judy offers a unique combination of senior-level business experience along with advanced education focused on professional development. She supports clients at pivotal inflection points, in ongoing trusted dialogue, and in optimizing team outcomes — whether addressing leadership challenges, cultivating strengths or in pursuit of new possibilities. Judy strongly believes that curiosity as well as an openness to explore and reflect offer the basis for expanding one’s leadership capacity, ability to scale and have an exponential impact on results. She believes that learning and development are a forever pursuit and that what is needed to excel as an individual contributor is vastly different than the capabilities leveraged to lead a team and different still from that which is needed to inspire an organization. Her business experience, acquired knowledge and methodology are foundational in her support of clients and their organizations on their leadership journeys.


Judy attended Georgetown University’s Institute for Transformational Leadership, earned an MBA from New York University and is a Certified Leadership Coach through the International Coaching Federation (ICF). She has pursued advanced coursework in the fields of neuroscience, complexity theory, adult development theory and positive intelligence. Judy co-developed and co-delivered “Innovation Demystified: Tools for Finance Professionals” through Coursera and has served as a guest lecturer at Columbia University, Human Capital Management MBA program. Judy is a Certified Administrator of The Leadership Circle 360 Profile and Growth Edge Exploration.


Judy enjoys exploring destinations near and far, with a passion for swimming, playing pickleball, biking on country roads, skiing and myriad outdoor activities. She often has her rescue dog Alice by her side and whichever friends she can cajole! She splits her time between NYC, the Catskills, Vermont and France/Italy whenever possible — she’s on a never-ending quest for balance of every sort.

Allen Moore, PhD

Leadership & Strategy Coach


Allen is an experienced global business executive with 20 years in leadership roles for medical device companies, and another 20 years of business consulting and coaching. He has worked with over 400 organizations across 25 countries, and trained more than 10,000 leaders. His expertise is in coaching senior executives on improving their strategic and global view, leading enterprise transformation, and cascading strategy to execution. Additionally, he works with senior leadership teams on improving their collaboration, engagement, and team performance. Living abroad as an expat for 15 years allows him to bring international and cross-cultural perspectives.

Allen works across many industry sectors: Financial Services, Healthcare, Pharma, Medical Devices, Technology / BioTech, Consumer Products, Logistics, and Energy. Clients include names such as Johnson & Johnson, Medtronic, Tokyo Mitsubishi Bank, SanDisk, Google, Autodesk, DHL, Duke Energy, Amazon, 3M, Abbott, Chevron, Bayer, Saudi Aramco, Hershey, Nike, and many others. He has also served as adjunct faculty on business programs with Kellogg, Harvard, and other universities both domestic and abroad.


Allen holds a PhD in Social Psychology from Tilburg University, Netherlands, where he specialized in Relational Leadership. His Masters in Business Systems is from the University of Southern California, and his undergraduate degrees are in Business Administration and BioMedical Engineering. Allen is an Affiliate of The Institute of Coaching, McLean/Harvard Medical School. He is a certified master coach from the Behavioral Coaching Institute. Allen’s book Coaching In Three Dimensions is available from Routledge and Amazon.


Allen’s personal interests include adventure travel – trekking, photographing, and eating his way across exotic locations around the globe. He dabbles in acrylic and watercolor art, and has a workshop for building and restoring guitars. He continues to play golf badly on occasional weekends.

Kim Nugent

Leadership & Executive Transition Coach

Since the beginning of her career, Kim has been building and improving organizations’ talent management systems, including performance management, career pathing and development, succession and leadership development.

Some of the representative clients over her career have included: ACNielsen, Booz Allen Hamilton, Cigna, Eli Lilly and Company, Johnson & Johnson, Microsoft, Stanford University, U.S. Steel and United Airlines.

Kim developed her own Career Development coaching methodology to help individuals discern and navigate among different career motivation styles (achievement, meaning and balance).

She helps her clients discern the cultural landscape of their present organization and set goals that align both with their values and career priorities. Kim is passionate working with leaders to build cultures of accountability, innovation and collaboration in our fast-paced global and digital world. She believes that downtime, rest and an understanding of how we spend our time, is critical to the success and well-being of our own lives and our teams.

Furthermore, she believes slowing down and really listening to others is the super power that all leaders need to build the high-performance teams and careers they want.


Kim earned her BA from the University of Notre Dame. She is about to complete her certification in the Hogan Assessment tool.

Kim previously worked with Watson Wyatt (now Willis Towers Watson) and Mercer.

See her Linked profile for her thought leadership. Some pieces: appeared on the Engaging Leader’s 198th Podcast to talk about: Team Effectiveness; was recently published on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Justice; and authored the piece: Just Do It! – Have A Career Conversation.


When Kim is not doing the work she loves, you will likely find her laughing with her 10-year old son, taking advantage of cultural life in her Chicago backyard, and dabbling in her art, including water colors.

Maria Odiamar Racho, MSOD

Business Development


Maria brings over three decades of diverse experience from Fortune 100 financial services, encompassing roles in sales, technology, HR, open innovation, and finance. More recently, her work in venture capital engages with all aspects of the startup ecosystem. Known for her collaborative, empowering, and purpose-driven leadership, Maria has a knack for seeing opportunities where others see challenges. On her own initiative, she founded an intrapreneur employee group which evolved into a corporate incubator, significantly contributing to the company’s innovation accolades. Maria also founded a venture capital firm and an angel syndicate focused on underserved founders.

At the core of Maria’s leadership are values of bold truth, outcome focus, and decisive action, complemented by a deep sense of compassion. She encourages her teams to be creative and take initiative, leading to environments where members not only excel professionally but also form meaningful connections.



Maria holds an Executive Master of Science in Organizational Development from Pepperdine University. She’s an active board member of Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Chicago. Her leadership role with an Asian American Small Business COVID19 Relief Task Force led to the establishment of an Illinois Small Business Development Center serving the AAPI community of the Midwest. In January 2023, she was appointed to the Women’s Business Ownership Council by Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker.



As a first generation immigrant Filipino American, family and faith are core pillars in her life. Maria is married to her childhood sweetheart, has two loving sons, and an extended family the size of a small village.

As part of the Copperbox team, Maria brings her unique lenses of corporate and startup, organization development and investing, and super-connector to the table. Her focus is on broadening Copperbox’s reach with networks, leaders, and companies that would greatly benefit from Copperbox’s expertise in developing modern, strategic leaders, while bringing more nature, wonder, and magic into their lives.

Kelly Scherer Ph.D.

Executive & Leadership Coach - Executive Assessment


Kelly is a leadership assessment specialist and executive coach who brings experience working with C-suite executives across industries. A large portion of Kelly’s work today includes partnering with private equity firms to assist in talent assessment and development of leaders in portfolio companies. She does this in mind with the PE firm’s goals for the company, ensuring to align assessments and developmental actions to the enterprise’s needs.

As a coach, she looks for ways to build on an individual’s strengths while simultaneously mitigating their risks, helping them see and create their own story through fresh eyes. Her coaching engagements begin with a multi-pronged assessment approach, including 360 feedback, to offer a well-rounded perspective on a leader’s strengths and opportunities. This process also helps to create awareness of the strengths the leader may continue to leverage in new or different ways, as well as pinpoint the impact of their development areas on their colleagues. Together, Kelly works with leaders to craft actionable development plans focused on implementing new habits that will get them to where they want to go.


Kelly holds a bachelor’s degree in both psychology and English from Villanova University and a Ph.D. in industrial/organizational psychology from Purdue University. She is also certified in multiple tools designed to provide workplace insights, including Hogan Assessments. Her research has been featured in the Journal of Applied Psychology, International Journal of Selection and Assessment, and Personality and Individual Differences, among other peer-reviewed journals.


Her favorite things to do in her free time are traveling, walking her dog Coco, and enjoying the many Chicago restaurants with her husband.

Paul Styrna

Engagement Project Manager


Paul is a dedicated and proven project leader who strives for maximum effectiveness and efficiency in serving clients. Prior to joining Copperbox, Paul was a core team member of Korn Ferry’s Advisory practice area with a particular focus in Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, and Leadership Development. Paul often played a key role in organization assessment and transformation projects; whether helping clients to assess their overall current state or develop C-Suite talent, he often anticipates project challenges and provides solutions to keep projects on track while providing the highest outcomes.

As an Engagement Project Manager Paul works across a variety of industries including financial services, technology, retail/wholesale, energy, and healthcare. He has ten years of experience helping organizations solve their business problems.



Paul earned his BA in Psychology from Arizona State University. He is professionally trained in project management and is working toward his PMP certification.


Outside of work Paul spends time being hands-on with his “3 R’s”: repair, recipes, and recreation. He enjoys DIY projects, cooking, and is a moderate hiker who leads outdoor activities for his daughter and friends. He is also an active member of his community’s volunteer Grounds and Trails committee.

Lindsey Thome

Executive & Leadership Coach

Lindsey believes in the power of the human spirit and the magic of what is possible when that spirit is ignited. For this reason, she believes the greatest asset of any organization is its people. She is intent on helping others to better understand themselves, to create more connections to the living world around them and to realize the full potential of their desired impact on the world.

Lindsey is an experienced organization effectiveness consultant and coach specializing in team coaching and team development. She leverages systems thinking, expert facilitation and authenticity to inspire and guide positive change. Lindsey approaches her coaching relationships the same as all of her relationships: with care, curiosity and collaboration. She’s in her zone when she is creating space for individuals to show up authentically, connect with one another deeply, and to dream and design together effectively.

Whether you need to decide on your destination, don’t have a map or not sure where you got lost along the way, Lindsey is the partner to jump in the passenger seat with a smile and say, “Let’s do this! Together.”


Lindsey earned her BSBA in Marketing and Management from Drake University. She is a certified Systemic Team Coach through the Global Team Coaching Institute. Lindsey is a Qualified Administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory and is a trained facilitator.


While not caught in the ever-exciting web of work, Lindsey can be found at live music shows, hiking through the Rockies or enjoying a bonfire at home. She has a penchant for new experiences and new people – which she satisfies through travel, research and saying “yes!” to most any opportunity that presents itself.

Michael Zheng

Leadership & Strategy Coach


Michael Zheng is an executive coach who brings over a decade of experience working with senior leaders on topics of strategy development, change management and organizational effectiveness.

His expertise includes individual coaching as well as broader team facilitation, with a particular focus on translating coaching insights into tangible performance improvement for leaders and their organizations.

Previously a senior engagement manager at McKinsey and Company, Michael has worked with national and regional healthcare systems, pharmaceutical companies, PE and VC firms, philanthropies and public health entities. He brings extensive content knowledge of the US healthcare system, consumer and technology industries and the global foundation/donor ecosystem.

While at McKinsey, Michael led efforts to redesign the Firm’s internal flagship leadership training program for consultants and achieved recognition as master faculty for his role in teaching and facilitating a broad range of training programs. He also spearheaded efforts aimed at LGBTQ+ recruiting and retention across his firm’s west coast offices.

Prior to management consulting, Michael discovered his passion for leadership development and team dynamics as an outdoor guide and instructor, planning and leading adventure trips across the American West, Asia and East Africa.



Michael holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Harvard College.

In addition, he is a certified Wilderness First Responder and is a part of Royal Road University’s executive coaching program.


Michael is happiest in the outdoors, and you’ll find him eagerly exploring the mountains and lakes of the Pacific Northwest across all seasons. He is a new but proud co-parent of a Bernedoodle puppy and enjoys cooking and eating all kinds of spicy food.



It takes 20 years of exposure to the sun, wind, rain and snow to create a deeply rich, green patina on the surface of copper. The weathered beauty that copper develops over time is an apt metaphor for the development of leaders.

Like copper, people are also exposed to different elements which can draw out the richness of the human experience and reveal the unique character, developed over time, of the leader within.

At Copperbox, we accelerate the client’s journey through this process of transformational growth to become richer and deeper versions of themselves, and ultimately leaders who have profound lasting impact – on their people, their organization, and their community.

We help you become a better leader faster than standard development programs at other leading firms. Key to our multidisciplinary approach is a focus on making sure your development is tightly linked to the business outcomes you need to achieve and the rapid changes in your business that can happen over a matter of months. Through our work you will broaden your leadership mindset, grow your strategic thinking and decision making, and identify your core purpose so that you develop in each of the key areas essential for you, as a modern leader, to be more successful.

While we work with executives from the C-suite to mid-level leaders, we understand that the work of leadership starts from early on in a person’s career and life, irrespective of their title, scope of responsibility, or number of people reporting to them. It is from this lens that we approach developing the ‘whole’ or ‘complete’ modern leader.

Leadership begins with you – understanding your principles and values, being grounded in your core purpose, and possessing a clear idea of how you want to make an impact in the world. As leaders mature and broaden their scope of leadership responsibility, there is a continuum of development that executives journey through – a journey that is deeply personal and about the leader her / him / themselves.

There are many good firms out there that help executives work on leadership competencies and skills. Our focus and approach is on developing the whole leader, which encompasses not only building competence, but helping people understand how leadership is a natural expression of who they are. It is from this place of full authenticity that we invite the person to pick up the ‘torch of leadership.’

Our method of developing leaders is designed for 3-4 months of focused partnership with a coach versus 6+ months at many other leadership development firms.

We also work with executives to ensure they are able to add significant value on several important dimensions of leadership – operating from their values and core purpose, formulating strategy for complex businesses, and bringing leadership wisdom that is both timeless and relevant to meeting today’s challenges.

Leaders today can no longer afford to operate as they did in the pre-COVID era. Life and work have changed in fundamental ways. Old paradigms of what constitutes the ‘workplace,’ how people should collaborate, and what effective leadership looks like will not meet the needs of employees today and enable them to be and do their best at work.

Balancing onsite, virtual, and hybrid work environments adds an additional layer of complexity for leaders trying to effectively manage and develop their people. While technology is an enabler for the work of leaders, it is no substitute for the intentional and consistent focus on nurturing people that will define success for the modern organization.

At Copperbox, we believe modern leadership encompasses the following principles and thinking:

  • Understanding how to think and act strategically
  • Leveraging diversity in its various forms – generational, cognitive/neuro, racial, cultural, religious, disability, and gender.
  • Understanding life’s stages and seasons, as well as the ever-evolving needs of a multigenerational workforce
  • Knowing the benefits and limits of technology in motivating and engaging individuals and teams
  • Understanding evolutionary psychology – how humans operate and why

We work closely with top teams, including business unit and functional groups, to help them achieve sustained team performance and create additional value. We introduce leadership teams to new thinking, tools, and practices that enable them to operate effectively within a system to meet multiple stakeholder needs and organizational objectives. This work also includes helping leadership teams with their strategy formulation and strategic planning needs.

We have partnered with leading faculty at Northwestern University to develop a systematic approach to developing strategic thinking and decision making at every level. This begins with ensuring that leaders have a strong foundational understanding of strategy and what it means to think strategically. From there, we help individuals and teams build their ability to formulate strategy, taking into consideration the specific contexts, complexities, and time horizons relevant to their organization and business.

Some examples of our strategy solutions include:

  • Two-day strategy sessions for top teams / business and functional leadership teams
  • Strategic scenario planning for top teams / business and functional leadership teams
  • Thinking and Acting Strategically workshops (manager / director level)
  • Strategic Leadership workshops (VP and above level)

Our strategy programs and solutions are created and tailored based on the objectives and needs of our clients.

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