LDI Principals & Coaches

LDI Principals & Coaches

As Co-Founders and Principal Partners of the Leadership Development Institute, Jeff Lugerner and Karen Cooley bring a combined 30 years of executive coaching, team development, and business consulting experience to their work with leaders and their organizations.

Karen and Jeff often work in tandem and as a result are able to bring both a male and female perspective to each of their engagements. Collectively they bring candor, an emphasis on action that leads to results and a toolkit that enhances the leader’s confidence and leadership versatility.

Their clients currently include: SAP, Hewlett-Packard, Juniper Networks, Gilead Sciences, EMC, Yahoo, Levi Strauss, Specialized Bicycle Components, EMC, Dropcam, Gigamon and Cloudera.

Jeff Lugerner, Executive Coach

Karen Cooley Principal LDI Executive Coach
Jeff has been coaching leaders and executives for 20 years. His expertise includes:
*helping leaders implement and navigate organizational change
*developing more executive presence
*creating leadership versatility
*building teams that work effectively cross-functionally
*developing and sustaining credibility

Prior to working as an Executive Coach, Jeff worked with professional athletes on the mental and behavioral aspects of peak performance and incorporates this work into his coaching.

Additionally, Jeff was part of a 10 year research project where he led work groups in the behavioral modification of the Type A Behavior Pattern through Mt. Zion Hospital in San Francisco.

Jeff has post graduate degrees and certifications in Counseling/Psychology, Team Coaching, The Leadership Versatility 360 Tool and the Hogan Suite of Assessments. .

Visit Jeff’s blog at Leadership Coaching by Jeff Lugerner

Karen Cooley, Executive Coach

Karen Cooley has over 15 years experience consulting and coaching senior-level executives at both Silicon Valley startups and Fortune 500 companies. Her expertise ranges from employee and team performance to executive leadership assessment and development. Karen’s exceptional understanding of the impact of leadership styles, team dynamics and corporate cultures leads executives of companies to seek out her feedback and trust her perspective.

Karen’s coaching expertise includes:
*igniting a leader’s ability to generate followership
*developing cross-functional influencing skills
*creating a unique, powerful and credible leadership brand
*developing conflict competence
*helping female leaders find their “leadership voice”

Karen has an M.S. in Behavioral Sciences from the University of Wisconsin and a certification in Industrial Relations at the University of Minnesota. She is certified in Team Coaching through Team Coaching International, as well as being certified in Meyers-Briggs and the Hogan Assessment Tools.

David Cooley, Executive Coach

David Cooley Executive Coach LDI
David Cooley, Executive Coach
David Cooley has been an Executive Coach with LDI since September 2001. His client list includes E! Entertainment, Synopsys, the Walt Disney Company, Gilead Sciences, the IMAX Corporation, L.A.’s Metrolink and Lumend Technologies. His background also includes five years as a Career Coach and trainer for an international career consulting firm and more than seven years as an award-winning Career Coach for UCLA Anderson School of Management’s full-time MBA program.

Prior to becoming an Executive Coach, David worked for more than 10 years as a Public Relations Professional with top executives and senior-level management for international companies including Sony Pictures Entertainment and Vivendi Universal Interactive Publishing North America.

He received his B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and holds a certification in General Management from UCLA Anderson School of Management. He is certified in Executive Coaching by the Hudson Institute of Santa Barbara, California.

Jenna Abel, Trainer & Leadership Coach

Jenna Abel Trainer Leadership Coach LDI

Jenna Abel is a Leadership and Executive Communication Coach based in the San Francisco Bay Area and Atlanta. Her specialties include strategic communication, networking, and difficult conversations.

She has served as a Communication Coach at the Stanford Graduate School of Business since 2010, working with MBA and Sloan students to improve their skills in extemporaneous speaking, presentation, and writing. Currently, she also works as a facilitator at Emory’s Goizueta Business School.

In addition to Executive Coaching, Jenna leads a number of workshops, including Networking Essentials I and II, Speed Networking, and Breakthrough Conversations. She is a certified FourSight facilitator and teaches innovation and creative problem solving strategies to teams and individuals.

Jenna has worked as a Senior Editor at Genentech and as an Editor and Writer at multiple universities, including Vanderbilt University and the College of William and Mary. She received her bachelor’s degree from Washington and Lee University and her master’s degree from Vanderbilt. Jenna lives in Atlanta, GA, with her husband and three children.