Coaches & Training



CEO Groups, Coaching & Workshops

Most of these programs also offer individual 1:1 coaching, in addition to management development programs for teams and individuals. 

Catlin & Cookman offers curated CEO groups, as well as onsite workshops around culture & values for teams. The company has developed a range of offerings that helps innovative leaders grow great companies. Pillar partner, Russ Wilcox, participated in this CEO group as did many of our Founding Pillar CEOs.

Founded by former VC, Jerry Colonna, Reboot offers coaching, 360 degree performance reviews, bootcamps, co-founder bootcamps, peer groups, internal trainings and organizational change management for your company, and plenty of rich resources for entrepreneurs, such as their podcast.

  • Lead with Purpose (Laura Parrott |

Lead with Purpose is an immersive, multi-day cohort program for people who lead teams, projects, and/or small organizations. Participants will join a mixed cohort of ~25 leaders from various Boston area companies and organizations to learn, discuss, and reflect upon effective leadership and management practices. Laura Parrott, VP of L&D at HubSpot, designed this six-session workshop with for new managers at high-growth companies in Boston. Laura was previously part of the L&D team at Google, and was a facilitator for's management development program. 

Collaborative Gain is a community of senior leaders who help each other lead innovation and customer-centric change to drive business results – the most effective approach to growing your business network and career. The company offers curated peer groups for C-level executives that meet twice yearly. 

  • VPE Forum (Website)

    Melanie Ziegler is a former VPE who now runs quarterly facilitated peer groups of CTOs and VPEs in Boston. Highly recommended to Pillar from several local high-growth companies, the forums bring together groups of 8 senior leaders who have ownership over the engineering function in their companies.

Minds at Work offers several ways for you to start accomplishing your most important change goals. The team offers small group coaching pods to personalized 1:1 processes delivered by coaches.

CEO / Executive Coaches

These coaches offer one-on-one assistance as well as management training for new and experienced executives.

  • Amy Tananbaum ( | LinkedIn)

Pillar's Sarah Hodges has worked extensively with Amy Tananbaum. Amy oversees a diverse team of coaches, and can recommend several options based on an executives' specific needs. She is wonderful to work with, and her team has supported individuals ranging from early-stage startups to Fortune 500 companies. 

  • Anthony Palombit (San Francisco) ( | LinkedIn)

Anthony is based in SF and has a psychology background. He works with CEOs, executives and senior teams, and also facilitates workshops. Anthony uses unique approaches, and is very effective by phone. He also teaches at Wharton part time.

  • Brad Spencer ( | LinkedIn)

Brad Spencer was recommended to Pillar by one of our co-founding CEO's, with whom he personally works as a coach.

  • Camille Preston ( | LinkedIn)

Camille was recommended to Pillar (with high praise) by one of our co-founding CEOs' companies for whom she has facilitated an exec session. She is also a coach for one of the company's senior executives. 

  • Don Arnoudse ( | LinkedIn)

Don was recommended to Pillar by one of our co-founding CEOs' companies, who has known him for 25 years and has deep respect for his practice. Don works with very senior executives and has an exceptional style. 

  • Jim Rosen ( | LinkedIn)

Jim works with several CEOs and executives in Boston at Yesware, Pixability, Influitive and other companies. He was a member of Netegrity's founding management team, and has a strong focus on mindfulness, addressing both the inner dynamics of leadership (consciousness) as well as practical skills development (competence).

  • John Delmonaco ( | LinkedIn)

John is based in Boston and is part of RHR, a national coaching consulting firm. He does assessments, 360s, succession planning, and coaching.  

  • Julie Engel ( | LinkedIn)

Julie Engel works with Jim Rosen (see above) at Mindful Aware, and also has her own coaching practice. Julie focuses on helping leaders develop the skills, capacity and mindsets that support them in being less reactive and more grounded and steady as they meet the complexity of leading a start up.  Julie's integrated and transformational "whole person" approach consistently has clients move beyond insights, into more effective action. This includes gaining greater mastery of emotions, understanding and practice in how the body can be one's ally in navigating the intensity of startup life, and building and maintaining more effective and satisfying work relationships.

  • Kathy Ball Toncic ( | LinkedIn)

Kathy is based in Boston and was in HR as an exec and then transitioned to coaching. She works with individuals and also facilitates workshops across a broad range of topics (feedback, unconscious bias, presence, etc).  

  • Nancy Goldberg (| LinkedIn)

Nancy is based in Boston, she’s a coach focusing on presentation and public speech-making skills. Nancy is very good at practicing public speaking.  

  • Rob Galford ( | LinkedIn)

Rob is based in Boston, former HR exec, has written books and articles, serves on boards. Rob works with senior execs and boards.  

  • Sam James ( | LinkedIn)

Sam was recommended to Pillar by the former GM of a publicly traded company in Boston. Sam has a psychology background, and brings science to his executive coaching in a non-academic way. Sam works with both CEOs and executives. 

  • Whit Mitchell ( | LinkedIn)

Whit Mitchell was recommended to Pillar with high praise by one of our co-founding Pillar CEOs, who has worked with Whit for several years as a coach.

  • Camden Consulting (Omar Saldana |

The Camden Consulting Group has been recommended to us by several CEOs in our network in Boston. The team has experience working with hundreds of companies and thousands of leaders, from start-ups to emerging growth companies and mature organizations. Beyond cohort programs, the group offers executive coaching and team workshops.

Public Speaking

These public speaking coaches will help you become more comfortable with speaking in front of a crowd.

  • The Speech Improvement Company (Dr. Ethan Becker | Website

    This company comes highly recommended from the team at a public company in Boston. 

  • Public Words (Nick Morgan |

    A colleague who has worked with Nick says he is "amazing". Consider recording a video of yourself giving a talk and spending an initial hour with Nick critiquing opportunities for improvement.