Passion-Driven Executive and Leadership Coaching and Mentoring.
To ignite the leader inside you and your entire organization. To remind you how to reconnect your drive with your passion, and to ultimately give you the tools to listen to the vision you have deep inside for the company you lead, the customers and shareholders that depend on you and the life you continue to build.
We are results oriented. We set goals with you and we achieve them. But our process is different than most other leadership development programs. We engage our clients by first understanding what their issues and concerns are. We dive deep into conversation under a strict confidentiality agreement around your goals, team goals and company goals. We listen to the data points you perceive are the most important. Then we do what most leadership development teams do not do. We set all that information aside, knowing we will return to it. And we focus on what you know to be true. What led you to bring you to this very point in time. What you love, what you’re passionate about, and what you may be afraid of. We create a very safe place for you to have the difficult conversations. We dive into conversations about your largest aspirations and dreams for yourself, your teams, and your organization. We give you tools to identify all aspects of these elements. And then, we re-open the discussion around the data points and the strategy of where to go and how to get there.
David Straus, CEO
David Straus is an accomplished Leadership and Executive Coach, working with clients globally. (CTI Certified) He began his executive coaching practice in 2011. His focus is connecting “Heart Thinking” with “Head Thinking.” After selling his first company to Amazon in 2008, he created and headed up the Los Angeles office of IMDb (a division of Amazon). In 2013, he formed, along with his partners, his next company, Critical Mass Studios Inc. (CMS). In that same year CMS acquired Rightsline Software (Rightsline.com). Today Rightsline is the go-to Saas platform for managing rights in the entertainment industry. Their clients range from Sony Pictures to Legendary Entertainment, Amazon and AT&T. In 2016, Straus began a professional transition from spending the majority of his time as CEO of CMS to focusing on coaching, leadership development and speaking publicly on those subjects. Straus also invests in social entrepreneurial ventures and advises entrepreneurs on best practices for raising capital and building customer and shareholder value. Straus holds an MFA from UCLA and is a Fulbright scholar. Straus lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two sons. In his spare time, he loves writing prose poetry and discussing the unknowns of the universe.
Sara Nixon-Kirschner, Partner & Coach
Sara Nixon-Kirschner has expertise in communications, management, and business development, with a passion for public policy and innovative public works. She has always been driven to positively impact society while also focusing inward on healthy and productive team dynamics within organizations.
Prior to ReasonV, Sara Nixon-Kirschner was Senior Manager of Business Development at IMDb, a subsidiary of Amazon.com (NYSE: AMZN). There, she was a member of the Professional Services team and ran Withoutabox, a film festival submissions service connecting artists and audiences and promoting independent film discovery around the world. In her time at IMDb and Withoutabox, Nixon-Kirschner liaisoned and collaborated with major film and technology players including the Cannes Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, NBC Universal, Yahoo!, and Sony Pictures, in addition to media and technology orgs within the Amazon family of companies. In 2009 and 2010, she was selected for the Amazon Leadership Development program, where she was coached to explore and develop healthy management behaviors, skills, and priorities with other rising Amazon leaders.
Before entering the world of business and technology, Nixon-Kirschner dedicated herself to the non-profit sector. After two terms as an AmeriCorps VISTA and Team Leader, she served as Communications Director for the Boys & Girls Club of Hollywood and then National Administrator for Operation HOPE, a global financial literacy movement focused on demystifying personal finance for urban populations.
Originally from Tucson, Arizona, Nixon-Kirschner earned her undergraduate degree in Media Studies at Scripps College in Claremont, California. She lives inTucson with her husband and two children.
Maria Ines Hincapie, Partner, Coach & NeuroChangeSolutions Facilitator
Maria Ines Hincapie, is an Executive Coach (CTI), certified trainer and NeuroChangeSolutions Consultant. After 23 years in the Corporate World (Exxon-Mobil & Disney), in Marketing, Sales and Leadership; today she is passionate about delivering Neuroscience principles to organizations, teams and individuals to help them discover new and better ways of thinking, acting and achieving outstanding results, as a means to create pathways to new potentials, becoming more open to new ideas and less stuck in past beliefs and strategies. She is part of the Global Leadership Team of Dr Joe Dispenza and is a facilitator of a Leadership program, specially designed for key leaders in the current peace process in Colombia. She is a certified practitioner of the PRISM Brain mapping tool, which helps individuals and teams gain new awareness and understand their preferred behaviors, as well as those desired skills and behaviors that their current role demands. She studied Industrial Engineering in Andes University, did a Diploma Program in International Trade & Commerce at UC Berkeley, and a 500-hour Teacher Training in Power Yoga. Maria lives in Bogota, Colombia, with her 2 amazing and active boys and works with clients globally.
Amy Coupal, Partner, Leadership and Executive Coach
Amy Coupal is an Executive Coach and leadership development facilitator with a passion for making the esoteric applicable for all. Amy’s experience leading organizations and projects across Canada and internationally enables her to bring a global perspective with localized focus. She helps clients cross pollinate approaches for greater impact, drawing from her own background in education, healthcare, not for profit and social enterprise. Amy has written and spoken internationally on a range of topics including collaborative leadership, the power of blended learning, mindfulness and creative disruption. Amy has a Master of Education in Workplace and Adult Learning, is an Adler Trained Coach (ATC), and is TTI Success Insights DISC Certified. Based in Toronto, Canada with her husband and twin boys, Amy loves to travel the globe for business, pleasure and in pursuit of the unknown.
John Parcell, Business Development and Client Satisfaction
John Parcell is a seasoned business development executive with 10 plus years’ experience serving executives at large enterprises to create business value with technology. In 2016 John began working with Heartmath as a volunteer to share their Inner Balance technology with individuals and now is a certified add heart facilitator with a focus on creating coherence in the Enterprise environment. John is an accomplished musician with a BA in Vocal Performance from Columbia College in Chicago. A father of four children John resides in Denver Colorado with his Partner Clare.
Adam Dorsay, Psy.D.
Dr. Adam Dorsay is a licensed psychologist and a corporate coach (CTI Certified) with nearly two decades of his own corporate experience in Japan and the United States prior to earning his doctorate. Adam’s private practice is located in the heart of Silicon Valley where he works primarily with C-suite executives. Drawing upon his work with executives, he was a featured TEDx speaker for a talk titled, “Emotions: The Data Men Miss.” In 2014, he co-created a highly successful international program for Facebook’s eCrimes and Counterterrorism Departments at Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park, CA. He is conversant in both Spanish and Japanese and has spent several years of his life overseas. His focus on leadership coaching addresses emotional intelligence and issues around vulnerability with executives.
Robbert van Ede, Leadership and Executive Coach
Robbert van Ede joined the ReasonV team in 2019 but has been working with clients as a leadership and executive coach since 2014. As a leadership and executive coach Robbert guides leaders, high performing individuals, and teams into connecting to the unlimited greatness that lives in each of them. Robbert comes to Leadership and Executive coaching from the world of sports. An acclaimed athlete as both a cyclist and rugby player Robbert brings the idea of Peak Performance to his work with his clients and serves as an agent for people-driven transformation in the corporate world. Robbert incorporates teachings based on principles from ancient philosophy, top performers, and modern peer-reviewed science into his leadership and coaching work. He effectively translates aspects from each of these teachings into practical, impactful and understandable methods and experiences. While Robbert is based inside the conscious community in Amsterdam his clients live around the globe and he is fluent in both English and Dutch.
Sadek Bakhazi, Leadership Coach
Sadek Bakhazi is a Leadership and Executive Coach based who spends most of his time in either the Middle East region and Europe. While Sadek joined theReasonV team in 2019 he has been working with teams on transformational thinking for over 5 years. Sadek began his career as a broker in the Lloyds of London market after finishing his Masters degree in Royal Holloway, University of London and has been covering markets in the United Kingdom, Africa and the Middle East for the past ten years. With a passion to serve and a desire to learn, Sadek is fluent in English, French and Arabic and is always looking to expand his understanding in the personal development industry by finding his clients’ needs and raising their awareness as a way to contribute to the planets shift in consciousness. Sadek is certified as a HeartMath Trainer as well. In his free time Sadek enjoys meditating, wine tasting and traveling the globe.
Natalie Gianelli joined the team at Reason Ventures in 2017. A coach for 18 years, she travels the globe working with individuals who want to find a deeper connection with who they are and what they do in the world. Through Natalie’s powerful coaching and inspiration skills, she creates an environment that gives her clients tools to help them remember their power and connect with their hearts.
James Brown is one of the world’s pre-eminent teachers of the ancient practice of Vedic Meditation, with a strong track record of making the practice both relevant and accessible to C-Suite audiences, start-up founders and in companies where innovation, authentic leadership, resilience and collaboration are highly valued. Why? Because after 25 years in the stressed-out world of advertising as a writer and creative director James has witnessed firsthand how high levels of stress and a constant Go-Go-Go! culture (on both the agency and client side) negatively impacts all those things. And he has a unique ability to blend ancient wisdom, modern science and humor to show how meditation can really, really help.
Since 2011 James has led courses and workshops in companies across the country, including some of Silicon Valley’s most innovative firms. He lives in San Francisco with his wife, two young sons, crazy dog and (according to his wife) way too many bicycles.
ReasonV Inc. works with a team of highly qualified professionals from around the world who are non exclusive independent contractors we engage that are intimately familiar and trained with our process and our values. They complement our work with the insights, diverse educational backgrounds and work experience they each bring to our community. Our independent contractors who hold the title of “Partner” next to their name means they proactively work with us and the larger team to bring programs, support and partnership opportunities with current and new clients from around the world.
If you are interested in joining our team, reach out and let us know about your coaching, mentoring and business background.