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Lynn Cohen

Designs to Grow

Newtown, PA

Lynn Cohen, PCC president of Designs To Grow, is a certified personal and
professional development coach. Lynn’s experience includes working with
corporate executives, business teams, business owners and individuals.

Lynn’s tag line for her business is “Develop the personal so you can thrive
professionally.” Emotional intelligence, communication skills, intuition and
business, team building, management and coaching skill training, leadership
development, relationship issues and work – life balance are Lynn’s main areas
of expertise.

Lynn has a BS degree in Individual and Family Studies, is a certified
graduate of CoachU; a two year coach training school, a graduate of The
Evolutionary Institute; a two year advanced coach training school focusing on
visionary leadership and is certified in EQ in Action. She has taken and
completed courses in mind-body connection, Reiki, intuition development and
more. She was also rated as a top vendor at Johnson and Johnson.

Marianne Kaplan

Kaplan Consulting Network

Today’s organizations require extraordinary leadership skills, and Marianne Kaplan, founder and principal consultant of Kaplan Consulting Network, specializes in coaching leaders to maximize their effectiveness and satisfaction.   Grounded by over twenty-five years of business experience in Fortune 100 companies, Marianne provides coaching services in the following areas:

Leadership Competence – Increasing leadership versatility, developing visionary and strategic planning skills, appropriately using personal power and position authority, developing people, inspiring trust and respect, influencing others, managing in matrix and blended organizations, navigating the political landscape, and enabling change.

Professional Skills – Self and other awareness, performance management, communication, feedback, delegation, conflict resolution, interpersonal skills, managing transition, presentation skills, women and power issues, and productivity management.

Personal Effectiveness and Fulfillment – Connecting with personal life goals, creating a better work/life balance, managing life and career transition issues, and dealing with stress.

Marianne’s coaching approach is rooted in her belief in the excellence of individuals and in their ability to identify, articulate, and achieve their personal and professional goals.  She is committed to helping clients to grow in self awareness and choice, increasing their emotional intelligence skills. Marianne is perceptive, compassionate, and direct in interacting with her clients.  She challenges them to recognize their power and choice in the workplace.  At the end of Marianne’s coaching programs, clients feel better, are perceived better by their organizations, and have learned to deal with problem areas that have threatened to de-rail their careers.

Marianne holds a Masters degree in Organization Development from American University/NTL and a Professional Coaching Certification from New Ventures West.  Her undergraduate degree is in Psychology; she is also a graduate of the three-year training program in Gestalt Psychotherapy and a two year program in Hakomi psychotherapy.  In addition to her valued certification in LIAT’s Emotional Intelligence Profile, Marianne is certified at both the Individual and Masters level for Achieve Global programs.  Additionally, her credentials include certifications in Blessing-White’s Managing Personal Growth, Myers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator, Drexler-Sibbett Team Performance Model, NTL Team Building, FIRO/Element B, and FutureSearch.

Walter W. Sawatzky

Customized Coaching LLC

Walter has been certified by LIAT since 2008. He has used the EQ in Action Profile in many different circumstances with success: senior business leaders, young adults with relationship struggles,church leaders following a congregational blow-up, etc. Clients have invariably found transforming insights in the process.

In 2006 he established Customized Coaching LLC as a unique company in the career/job coaching industry which focuses on supporting leaders’ pursuit of their LifeWork by increasing spiritual discipline, self-awareness and high performance capacities.   Prior to that, Walter was engaged in social work, human resource management, and as a guide in Ignatian spirituality.

He has served extended times through the post-disaster trauma recovery periods in South Florida (1992-96), New Orleans (2006-07) and Haiti (2010 – present).

Walter is a member of the International Coach Federation and has been trained and certified by Transition Dynamics Inc. ( as a Master Transition Coach.