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.
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David Straus, Founder & CEO
David Straus is an accomplished Transformational 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 are among the largest entertainment companies around the world including Disney, Universal, Amazon and Sony Pictures.
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, Leadership and Executive Coach
Stephanie Kwong, Leadership and Executive Coach
Stephanie Kwong is a Subconscious Rewiring Coach, Hypnotherapist, NLP Practitioner, Breath-work Facilitator, and Host of the Rise Higher Podcast. She supports CEO’s, Executives, Founders and Entrepreneurs to identify and remove mental and emotional roadblocks to achieve their next level through coaching and subconscious reprogramming techniques. Through mastering their mind and redesigning their subconscious, her clients effortlessly achieve the results they want personally, professionally and financially, shifting from a life of limitation and stress to one of joy and freedom. Her unique wellness experience, The Reset, is designed to help high achievers recharge and reboot their mind and body through teachings and tools to manage their mental and emotional fitness so they can function at higher levels with greater ease. Stephanie’s work has supported thousands of clients around the world to reprogram their subconscious and to experience greater happiness, inner peace and fulfillment.
Amy Coupal, Leadership and Executive Coach
Adam Dorsay, Psy.D.
Natalie Gianelli, Personal Coach
Natalie Gianelli has been a Transformational and Spiritual coach for 20 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