About Leadership Development Institute


LDI Principals & Coaches

LDI coaches 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: First Republic Bank, SAP, Hewlett-Packard, Juniper Networks, Gilead Sciences, EMC, Yahoo, Levi Strauss, Specialized Bicycle Components, EMC, Dropcam, Gigamon and Cloudera.

Jeff Lugerner, Principal and Executive Coach

Jeff Lugerner SF San Jose Bay Area Executive Coach Jeff has been coaching leaders and executives for more than 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, Principal and Executive Coach

Karen Cooley Principal LDI Executive Coach photo Karen Cooley has over 20 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 primary focus and work currently is centered around being a thought partner to female leaders and executives.

  • 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



With more than 20 years of experience coaching managers, C-level executives and entrepreneurs, David has coached executives in a wide variety of industries, including technology, entertainment, county, state, and federal government, retail, real estate, sports and financial services.

David’s coaching engagements primarily focus on enhancing communication and collaboration skills, improving leadership presence and gravitas, developing strong presentation skills and successfully handling team conflict and organizational change.


David creates a highly collaborative partnership in all of his coaching engagements. He teams with all clients to create an individualized coaching plan that establishes both individual and organizational goals, identifies opportunities for significant growth and improvement, guiding clients through coaching programs that improve both individual performance and perception within their organizations.


  • Executive/Leadership Coach, Leadership Development Institute
  • Director, Alumni Career Services: Career & Executive/Leadership Coach, UCLA Anderson School of Management, Los Angeles, CA
  • Highly Experienced Public Speaker, Workshop Leader and Facilitator
  • Executive/Leadership Coach,The WhiteWater Group, Long Beach, CA
  • Executive Coach, University of Southern California’s Los Angeles County Executive Leadership Development Program


Google, LA Metrolink, Los Angeles County, AECOM, CBRE Group, PayPal, JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, Citi, Goldman Sachs, Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, Western Digital, Netflix, The Walt Disney Company, Sony Corporation, IMAX Corporation, Sherwin-Williams, Morrison & Foerster


  • Leadership Versatility Index Certification
  • Certification in Individual and Organizational Coaching, Hudson Institute of Coaching, Santa Barbara, CA
  • Marshall Goldsmith Lead60 Coach
  • Certification in General Management (Mini-MBA), UCLA Anderson School of Management, Los Angeles, CA
  • BA – Communications, UW-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Norm Arslan, MA, Executive Coach

Norm Arslan Executive Coach Over the past 10 years, Norm Arslan has provided coaching and training in a variety of industries, including pharmaceuticals, legal firms, financial services, high-tech, non-profit and educational institutions. He has also provided over 100 training seminars on such diverse topics as leadership development, effective management skills, conflict resolution, emotional intelligence, stress management, effective communication and motivation. He is skilled at helping executives and managers at many different levels develop their leadership abilities. Norm works in a collaborative style with an emphasis on making both behavioral and mind set changes. He is solution oriented and practical in his approach, looking for the most effective strategies for success in each individual situation. Leaders at all levels find that he is able to quickly assess and to help them develop the best skill sets needed for optimal performance.

  • Executive/Leadership Coach, Leadership Development Institute
  • Executive Consultant and Coach, MYT Consulting Group, New York City, NY
  • Executive Coach and Consultant, Leadership Development Institute, San Francisco, CA
  • Leadership Versatility Index Certification
  • EQ-I Assessment Certification

Abbott Labs, Ameritrade, Revlon, Knighted Ventures, Morgan and Lewis Law Firm, Mezzetta Industries, Vitasoy, Winston and Strawn Law Firm, East Bay Regional Center, San Francisco/San Jose State University

  • MA Chapman University, Counseling Psychology
  • BA University of California, Davis, Psychology

Nicole Stephen, PhD, Executive Coach

Nicole Stephen image With over 18 years of experience coaching managers and executives, Nicole has worked in a variety of industries, with deep expertise in technology, healthcare, financial services, nonprofit, and energy sectors. While Nicole coaches leaders at all levels, many clients are newly transitioned executives, wanting to make business impact quickly or high potential individuals looking to move into the executive ranks of their current organizations, thus coaching engagements often focus on the behavioral changes needed to obtain and effectively transition into these high profile roles. In addition to coaching, her professional expertise is in succession management, assessment, talent management, and leadership development. Nicole emphasizes partnership, goal setting, and reflection in order to produce the greatest impact. Quick to build trust and identify what the key success factors are for a particular client, she uses a pragmatic, real-world approach to coaching, which enables her clients to find the greatest levers that will have the most profound impact on improving performance. Regardless of whether the topic is related to leadership effectiveness, communication style, improving relationships, prioritization, or having greater impact, specific tangible results can be reached through a strong partnership, motivation, and willingness to think and behave differently.

  • Executive/Leadership Coach, Leadership Development Institute
  • Director of Talent Performance Engagement and Exec Coach, EA, Redwood City, CA
  • Director of Organizational Development and Exec Coach, Bose, Framingham, MA
  • Executive Consultant and Coach, PDI Ninth House, Boston, MA and the Hague, Netherlands
  • Senior Consultant and Exec Coach, Linkage Inc., Lexington, MA
  • Manager and Consultant, Assessment Solutions, Linkage Inc., Lexington, MA
  • Consultant, American Institutes for Research, Washington DC
  • Instructor, Virginia Polytechnic and State University, VA

American Red Cross, Bose, Canadian Pacific Railway, Dartmouth Hitchcock, EA, IDEXX, Lowe’s, MFS Investments, Reebok, Royal Dutch Shell, UNDP PhD, I/O Psychology, Virginia Tech, Virginia, USA; MA, I/O Psychology, Virginia Tech, Virginia, USA; BS, Applied Psychology, Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY, USA

Jada Black, Executive Coach

Jada Black photo


Jada is a seasoned Fortune 100 professional who brings a unique blend of organizational development and executive coaching skills to all of her engagements. She has helped hundreds of individuals from various backgrounds and in different roles in organizations from front-line managers to C-level executives. Her typical client is someone with a track record of success who is looking to enhance who they are and what they do.


Jada helps clients by examining values, mission, purpose and identifying blockers to goal attainment, which may have been skills or confidence based. Through those engagements, individuals are able to successfully navigate their business or career and derive the outcomes that they are seeking which leads to a more enriched life experience.


  • Executive/Leadership Coach, Leadership Development Institute
  • Associate Director, Executive MBA Program, UCLA Anderson School of Management, Los Angeles, CA
  • Clients include J&J, Fidelity, Lyft, FaceBook, Deloitte, Disney, MyVest, LogMeI, Tiffany & Co., Warner Brothers


  • From start ups to large companies, she has worked high tech, fintech, consumer goods, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, entertainment, manufacturing, non-profit and many others


  • Bachelor of Science degree in Human Resources Management with a Minor in Finance and Accounting from California State University Long Beach and graduated Magna Cum Laude
  • ICF Professional Certified Coach

David Motto, Executive Coach

David Motto Executive Coach photo With over 25 years performance coaching experience, David has helped business leaders, athletes, and performing artists learn and execute complex skills confidently and successfully. He consistently delivers the means for highly-driven individuals and teams to efficiently and effectively achieve their desired outcomes. David has coached leaders in a diverse set of industries, including finance, nanotechnology, executive recruitment, real estate development, entertainment, and health technology. In addition to leadership development, David coaches individuals and teams on presentation skills, strategic visioning (and effectively communicating that vision), skill mastery, goal achievement, trust and authenticity, and performance optimization. In his coaching David uses experiential learning and the deliberate practice process, enabling clients to translate knowledge into action and drive sustainable success. He customizes his coaching style to the specific needs and expectations of each client and focuses clients on small changes that deliver big results. David’s clients not only deepen their expertise but also develop the requisite mental agility and emotional resilience to use those skills effectively.

  • Executive/Leadership Coach, Leadership Development Institute
  • Executive Consultant, Performance Coach, and Presentation Coach
  • Workshop Leader, Author, and Public Speaker
  • Leadership Development Institute – Executive and Leadership Coach
  • Performance Coach, Mills College, Oakland, CA
  • Chief Communications Officer, Invincible Wallet, San Francisco, CA
  • Instructor, San Francisco State University, CA
  • Founder, Molto Music Publishing Company, Oakland, CA
  • Leadership Versatility Index Certification

Visa, Softbank, Electronic Arts, Nanosys, Health Innovation for People, California Department of Transportation, Mills College, Pollinator Partnership B.A., University of California Berkeley, interdisciplinary degree: History, Philosophy, Music

David Cox, Executive Coach

Dave leverages his 25 year career in explosive growth, technology companies to help aspiring leaders reach desired higher levels of leadership. In building global operations capabilities for several start-ups and very successful young public companies, Dave differentiated himself as the in-house executive coach for top performing, yet challenged leaders, on his direct teams and cross-functionally. As Dave rose to the senior executive level, he partnered with and coached dozens of co-workers, from Sr Managers to Sr Vice Presidents, to help them achieve the next level of leadership. Across nearly every corporate function Dave has formally and informally coached ambitious co-workers seeking that often elusive promotion. Coaching has been and continues to be the most rewarding aspect of Dave’s career to date.


Through his own in the trenches, real-world, senior executive leadership experience, Dave helps his coaching clients connect the dots…evolving job requirements, corporate culture, key functional and corporate deliverables, personal strengths and development areas, etc. Dave partners with leaders to help them identify their applicable challenges, both real and perceived, and collaborates with them to find actionable solutions. Getting to authentic self-awareness and acceptance of those blind spots typically limiting success is a significant dependency to achieving leadership breakthroughs. Dave then works with his clients to create goals to achieve the required improvements and coach them to success.

  • External Coach, Leadership Development Institute, San Francisco, CA
  • Senior Consultant, On Tap Consulting, Los Gatos, CA
  • Senior Vice President of Worldwide Operations, Gigamon, Santa Clara, CA
  • Vice President of Manufacturing and Operations, Lytro, Mt View, CA
  • Senior Vice President of Operations, Blue Coat Systems, Sunnyvale, CA
  • Vice President of Operations, Pluris, Cupertino, CA
  • Director of Manufacturing, Cisco Systems, San Jose, CA

REPRESENTATIVE CLIENTS: Solpad, iBeat, Arctic Wolf Networks, Meridian, KBM-Hogue


  • MBA, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA
  • BA International Relations, University of California, Davis, CA

Ana Estrada Daniels, Executive Coach


Ana Estrada Daniels has over 20 years of experience working with individuals, teams, and organizations to develop their capacity to lead and influence at all levels through leadership development and coaching. Ana accomplishes this by building relationships with clients to gain an understanding of their challenges, opportunities, and desired impact while looking across their evolving landscape. The drive behind her work is a desire to create equitable environments where all people have the opportunity to belong and thrive. She has experience working with people and organizations within corporations, government, nonprofit, philanthropic and educational sectors.


Ana specializes in leadership and career development, executive coaching, building human networks, community outreach, program evaluation, research and facilitation. Ana’s commitment to service was sparked during her AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps national service years.


  • Executive Coach, Leadership Development Institute
  • Executive Coach, Surge Institute: Oakland Surge Fellowship
  • Executive Coach, National Conference of State Legislators/University of Southern California: Legislative Staff Management Institute
  • Executive Coach and Faculty, University of Southern California’s Los Angeles County Executive Leadership Development Program


National Latina Institute For Reproductive Health, USC, CIBHS, Sierra Health Foundation, AICCU, Women Foundation of Minnesota, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Korwin Consulting, Better Together, New Teacher Center, The Women’s Foundation of California


  • Certified Dare to Lead™ Facilitator trained by Dr. Brené Brown
  • Certified Professional Co-Active Coach, Co-Active Training Institute
  • Annie E. Casey Foundation fellow from the Social Sector Talent Pipelines Strategy & Learning Lab
  • MA USC, Public Administration
  • BA University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Economics and Spanish

Thomas Matty, Executive Coach


With over 25 years of experience working within global and boutique Financial Institutions Tom Matty is a highly regarded and recognized strategic thought leader. Tom’s coaching work leverages his deep experience managing successful teams within Global Corporate, Mid-market, and Non-for-Profit market segments. His coaching expertise focuses on developmental, strategic needs and tactical skill building.

Tom’s clients are seasoned Senior Executives and Mid-Level professionals who may be at some inflection point in their professional career. He has a special passion for coaching emerging leaders on the upswing of their leadership development curve. Given Tom’s strong international background, he has deep expertise coaching executives within cross-cultural, matrixed organizations.

Tom’s developmental coaching engagements help build and expand professional capacity as well as deepen alignment of executive talent with the dynamic needs of the organization. Tactical coaching engagements include expanding capacity to navigate the landscape of a rapidly changing organization, strengthening communication skills and style, building creative problem-solving techniques to improve and enhance day-to-day operations, navigating demands of time and talent, and developing greater professional life balance.


Tom’s coaching work is mission driven and seeks to bring forth the best professional self of every client. He utilizes an Integral Coaching methodology. Each coaching engagement is guided by collaborative development of a coaching plan including purpose and outcomes, customized to the professional needs of the client and the needs of the organization. Suggested practices and exercises are created for each client to help build and strengthen intended outcomes.


  • Executive Coach, Leadership Development Institute
  • Executive Development Coach, Thomas D Matty LLC
  • Managing Director Institutional Investments, CBIS
  • Partner and Vice President Business Development, Wilson RMS
  • Director International Products and Strategy, UBS
  • Vice President Global Strategy & Product Development, Deutsche Bank
  • Vice President International Product Strategy, Bank of America


From Startups to Fortune 500 companies, Tom coaches clients within the Financial Services, Healthcare, and Technology sectors. Companies include Salesforce, GlaxoSmithKline, Aimmune Theraputics, HSBC, BNY Mellon, Morgan Stanley.


  • Professional Coaching Certification, New Ventures West
  • International Coaching Federation, Certified Coach
  • Leadership Circle Profile 360, Certified Practitioner
  • Soul Driven Leadership, Certificate
  • Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Certified Practitioner
  • Series 7 License
  • Series 63 License
  • Graduated Magna Cum Laude, St. Mary’s University, Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology and Theology
  • Graduated with Honors, The George Washington University, Master of Arts degree in International Affairs, International Economics

Marcy Alstott, Executive Coach

Marcy has a 30-year career as an executive in high growth technology companies and used this experience to help aspiring leaders reach their goals, both personally and professionally. Marcy has a proven track record of architecting change by bringing the best out in her direct and indirect teams. While building global operations capabilities for small and large companies, Marcy consistently coached top performing leaders; many of them are women who have now risen to VP and CEO levels in global companies. Coaching has always been a core competency and part of her own formula for personal success. Recently, as Marcy has consulted in the start-up realm, she has coached multiple founders and executives in the medical, industrial, automation and consumer spaces.

Through her own experiences in executive leadership roles and through these coaching experiences, Marcy helps her clients connect the dots: evolving and increasing job requirements, corporate culture, key functional and corporate deliverables, lifestyle priorities, personal strengths and development areas. Marcy partners with leaders to help them identify their applicable challenges, both real and perceived, and collaborates with them to find actionable solutions. Getting to authentic self-awareness and acceptance of blind spots is a path to achieving leadership breakthroughs. Marcy will help her clients identify areas in which to improve and put a measurable action plan together.


  • Senior Consultant, Coach and Managing Director, On Tap Consulting
  • Vice President of Operations and Customer Service, Grabit, Inc.
  • Vice President of Operations, LaserJet Printers, Hewlett Packard
  • Vice President of Operations, Sun Microsystems
  • Vice President of Operations, Adept Technology
  • Engineering Program Director, 3Com
  • Manufacturing Engineering Director, Chipcom

Recent Clients:

  • Owl Labs, Bodyport, Preemadonna, KOKO, Halter, Lifesync, Britelab, Pax, Matterport


  • Certified, Leadership Versatility Index (leadershipversatilityindex.com)
  • MBA, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA
  • MS Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University
  • BS Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University
  • Advisor Emerita for Santa Clara University’s and Purdue University’s Engineering Programs

Sabrina Horn, LDI Advisory Board Member

Sabrina Horn is an award-winning CEO, author, tech communications expert, and advisor/board member.

Her career is highlighted by her 25 years as Founder, CEO and President of Horn Group, the iconic U.S. tech communications agency she founded in Silicon Valley at age 29. Her firm counselled thousands of tech C-level executives and their companies through their business and marketing challenges including category creation, brand transformation, global expansion, IPOs and acquisitions, pivots, and crisis matters. Horn Group had multiple offices across the U.S, a global partner network, and received numerous awards including Best Employer and Best Tech Agency in the U.S.

Sabrina sold Horn Group in 2015 to Finn Partners, a global marketing communications agency, and was appointed Managing Partner of their Technology Practice. In 2018, she became a Senior Advisor to the firm. She is currently CEO of HORN Strategy, LLC, a bespoke consulting firm focused on helping entrepreneurs, founders and CEOs navigate the early stages of their start-up companies.

Horn currently holds board member and advisory seats for: 4CRisk.ai, Boston University Alumni Council, Dieu Donné, Dogly.com, Illuminate Ventures, KloudGin, and The Jordan Edmiston Group. Horn has a B.A. in American Studies from Hobart/William Smith Colleges and a M.S. in Public Relations from Boston University. She has two amazing daughters Grace and Christina, and two very large golden doodles.

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