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LDI Principals & Coaches

LDI’s 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 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 and Team Coaching. 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

David Cooley Executive Coach LDI photo 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.

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 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.

  • 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

Michelle King, Executive Coach

Michelle King Executive Coach photo Michelle has 15 years of Executive Coaching, Leadership Development and Human Resources Consulting experience with executives and their teams across diverse industries, organizational models, both domestically and internationally. She has worked with executive clients who have led Fortune 500 Companies, startups (both early and late stage) and non-profits organizations, across multiple industries.  In addition to coaching, she has designed and delivered multiple leadership development programs/workshops and managed transformational change management projects at a large scale. She has helped leaders, teams, and organizations to design and implement change – clarifying vision and values, shaping strategy plans, and building the practices that enable growth and success. She is well-known for the depth and breadth of her knowledge and experience with regard to leadership development. Michelle has a knack for helping leaders to advance their team’s ability to deliver on demands of fast-growth scaling and audacious goals. She has been instrumental in driving better business results and has established a proven reputation for her ability to develop leaders to their next-level potential, solve communication challenges and improve relational-dynamics.

  • Sr. Director, Global Human Resources at Machine Zone
  • Head of Employee Relations and HR Business Partner, LinkedIn
  • Executive Consultant and Coach

Kaiser, Altera, AAA, Service Channel, VMWare, StyleSeat, Symantec, Certified Professional Coach, Master Herman Brain Dominance Instrument, Certification Leadership Versatility Index, Global HR Certification

David Motto

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 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

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, LDI, 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

Do we deliver on our promises? Take a look at what our clients say about us…

“Karen and Jeff have worked with our company for several years now to provide coaching to individuals and team building for groups. Both Karen and Jeff are excellent at figuring out what individuals or teams need to work on, identifying the best strategies for making improvements, and following through with the coaching or facilitation. They use various feedback…..
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Christine McKinley
Sr. Vice President, Human Resources – Cell Genesys, Inc.

“I’ve worked with LDI quite a bit. We used them for individual development planning and coaching, organizational development, change management and strategic business consulting.
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Marty Robins
Sr. Director, Executive Engagement – Microsoft Corporation

“Karen Cooley and Jeff Lugerner, of LDI, have provided applicable tools that have helped give me the time I needed to make better choices in the moment. Their genuine interest in my growth and unfailing support of my efforts created an atmosphere of trust that bolstered the courage I needed to risk trying methods outside of my comfort zone.
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