Laura-Erkeneff-Training-for-Techies-HeadshotLAURA ERKENEFF

Laura’s passion to bring out the best in others started at age 16 when she served as a crisis center responder. She discovered that leadership skills could be taught to anyone at any age and made huge improvements in the lives of people. This inspired her to pursue a clinical psychology degree that she later applied in private practice as a family therapist and in community assistance programs. Laura repeatedly saw that personal values and leadership development are a major factor in personal, family and career success and satisfaction. In corporate life, her method of leadership development endures because it is skill based and works with the individual to apply learning to the immediate business need.  The ITL program is a culmination of 20 years of experience, condensed and made affordable by using a group format.

In addition to coaching and consulting, Laura continues to teach at both the American Management Association (AMA) and the Management Institute for Leadership Excellence at (University of Santa Cruz (UCSC).  Before founding Insights to Leadership, she launched Training for Techies, Inc. a training company based in Silicon Valley.

On a personal note, in her spare time, Laura loves gardening, cooking for her family and friends, hiking in the mountains and laughing. She enjoys playing tourist with her two grown sons and husband, especially in her home city of San Francisco. Click here for professional bios. 

Jim Tietz Technical LeadershipJIM TIETZ

Jim is highly unusual in the most positive way. He is a our balanced geek  who understands inside out how to launch a profitable new product having been through the drill many times from both line engineer and senior management positions.  Both technically and non-technically inclined clients’ love him as he is known for his unique ability to move in both worlds.  He is a translator of dual realities. Jim can easily traverse the universe with you while discussing the inherent similarities in black hole research, on-line-community compensation models or best practices for composting.
In his spare time he can be seen on the baseball field with his son, cheering his daughter at a gymnastics tournament or coaching his eldest daughter with her college admissions applications along with his wife.  Also, check out Jim’s latest venture into clean tech energy and community experiments. ( The ViralEV Project) Do we smell new patents coming ready to be added to Jim’s list?  Click here for professional bios. 

Mark Alexander

Mark loves helping people innovate and dramatically increase their performance in an entertaining way. His Silicon Valley expertise lies in cognitive science–how the mind works to limit and enhance goals. In his heart, he is a truth seeker. How does the mind create blind spots to the truth? How can let go of our limits and achieve goals that lead to success in every part of out lives?

Areas of expertise include: personal and professional development, presentations skills, and high performance goal setting.

On a personal note, in his spare time, Mark loves to write books that help people bring greater variety and freedom to their lives. Regarding his books Kirkus Reviews has said, “Alexander is very effective at stressing the excitement and discovery, the great personal rewards to be reaped with patient and meticulous study.”  Click here for professional bios. 

Bree Renz

Bree loves helping people tell their stories and reach their goals. Everything comes down to story. While facts and figures can peak momentary interest, it’s great stories that grab and hold attention, and drive engagement.

You can weave story into everything, from your brand, to your products, to your marketing. It’s essential in training, coaching and leadership development.

When Bree is not helping people develop their stories and connect to their audiences, you can find her and her camera outdoors. Capturing stories.  Click here for professional bios.

Jeff-Richardson-Organization-DevelopmentJEFF RICHARDSON

Have you ever known someone who can pull any team together under any conditions and accomplish the goal? In addition to accomplishing the goal, everyone on the team is still talking to each other at the end of the project? Well, that’s Jeff. With a background as a mechanical engineer and a Master’s in Change Management, Jeff just can’t help but improve and fixing things for greater business and team outcomes.
Jeff is our resident extrovert and is also known what being a master at coaching clients on how to leverage leadership and networking skills for greater career success.
You can find Jeff whizzing up and down the Bay Area back roads on his bike or “cutting the rug” on the dance floor when he is not coaching for ITL or running his own business. Check it out here:  Click here for professional bios.