Employees don’t want to be trained, they want to be developed

That’s why our unique approach and best-in-class coaches focus on stronger, continuous alignment between individuals, stakeholders and corporate business objectives.

Customized Coaching Solutions

In today’s modern companies undergoing digital transformation, the learning curves for all staff, from new managers to C-level executives is much steeper without adequate training.  While training is usually the first step, it’s not customized to your company’s goals and lacks the lasting changes in leadership skills developed through 1:1 executive-style leadership coaching. What solutions do you have that are specific to your company’s environment, industry or talent pools?

New or Front Line Managers

Companies are growing faster than ever before. Our coaching experience helps new and developing managers to shift their thinking and mindsets, develop a key set of managerial skills and begin to access and identify how their leadership can impact the goals of the company.

  • Prioritization
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Leading high performing teams

Mid to Senior Level

As leaders advance to more senior roles, another up-leveling of their thinking is required.  As the business issues become more complex and the skills needed more intangible, having a Sounding Board coach as their thinking partner and guide becomes even more critical.

  • Conflict Management
  • Broad Strategic Thinking vs. Daily Objectives
  • Communication + Interpersonal Skills

C-Level Executives

At the executive level, leaders need broad enterprise thinking and a wealth of leadership capabilities to successfully lead the company. Individualized coaching that can address both upleveling of new execs and the maturation process of mature execs with direct feedback.

  • Setting Vision and Direction
  • Leading High Performing Teams
  • Executive Presence
Onboarding success with Sounding Board Executive Coaching for Enterprise Organizations

New Leader Onboarding

As new leaders join your organization, they need help adapting their leadership style and approach to the culture of your company. With their coach, they explore the culture and style of your company adapting their skills to fit and adding new skills that work in this environment.

  • Learn Effective Delegation
  • Broad Strategic Thinking vs. Daily Objectives
  • Being Team Focused
High Performing Employee Success with Sounding Board Executive Coaching for Enterprise Organizations

High Potential / High Performing

At every level you will often identify high potentials that are excelling in their functions. Coaches can help them further develop their strengths as well as gain perspectives on opportunities that can help them make their next leap in leadership.

  • Conflict Management
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Decision Making
Diversity Training Success with Sounding Board Executive Coaching for Enterprise Organizations

Diversity & Inclusion

Because coaching is highly personalized to the leader, it can be used effectively to develop leaders from a variety of backgrounds and experiences to be successful within your company culture and values. This helps promote group inclusion and communication.

  • Influence
  • Setting Vision and Direction
  • Executive Presence
Sounding Board Coaching is playing a key role in supporting the development of our top leaders. From a corporate perspective it’s great to see the impact happening in a scalable and cost effective way!
Eileen Markatos Sr. Director, People & Talent, Pivotal
I’ve expanded my thinking and learned new strategies to lead teams in a much more structured way. I also communicate my ideas more clearly and confidently. My Sounding Board coach really supports me personally and professionally.
Angelo Ferro Sr., Business Development Manager, Unity Analytics
My leadership skills have improved on a few levels.  My team has benefitted from my improved communication skills.
Executive & Sounding Board Coachee
My overall confidence in my leadership skills has increased, impacting how I communicate and ultimately, the projects assigned to me
Executive & Sounding Board Coachee

Lori Mazan

Co-Founder & Chief Coaching Officer

Lori Mazan is the Co-Founder and Chief Coaching Officer of Sounding Board, the preeminent global leadership development enterprise platform changing the face of leadership development through innovative technology for leaders at all levels of an organization. Lori is a seasoned executive coach who has guided hundreds of corporate executives through 1:1 coaching focused on business outcomes and developing critical leadership skills. Client companies advanced by Lori’s expertise include Fortune titans such as Chevron and Sprint as well as high growth and public companies like Intellikine, and Tapjoy, plus 10XGenomics, which became a public company in 2019 while top executives worked with Lori and the Sounding Board team.
Lori has spent the last 25 years coaching C-Suite executives to leadership excellence. Many of those public and private company CEO’s expressed that they would have liked this caliber of coaching earlier in their careers. Inspired by these experiences, Lori joined with Christine to launch Sounding Board as a feedback-driven, cloud-based leadership coaching platform that could maintain best-in-class leadership coaching while lowering costs to make it affordable and scalable for leaders at every level of their careers.
Before founding Sounding Board, Lori received her Masters’ in Adult Educational Psychology/Counseling from the University of San Francisco and a Bachelors’ in Psychology from the University of Virginia. Lori is an educator and has spent over 10 years as a professor of social psychology and group dynamics while acting as the interim Dean of Students at Holy Names University, She is certified by the industry’s gold standard, the Coaches Training Institute, and is a founding member of the Genentech Preferred Network of Coaches. Sounding Board is one of <3% of sole female founded startups receiving venture funding. In 2019 Sounding Board was selected as 1 of 7 startups (out of 100+ applicants) as part of SAP’s HR tech cohort, a group that represents the rising stars of the next-gen HR ecosystem.

Christine Tao

Co-Founder & CEO Sounding Board, Inc.

Christine Tao is the co-founder & CEO at Sounding Board, a Silicon Valley startup redefining how organizations are developing their leaders. Her extraordinarily rapid career growth to executive management in the media, mobile and tech sectors of Silicon Valley became her inspiration for founding Sounding Board. As she began to manage larger teams and be responsible for growing revenues, it became clear that she needed a “sounding board” to coach her on the development of her leadership skills. That’s where her Sounding Board co-founder, Lori Mazan came on the scene. A seasoned executive coach focused on leadership development, Lori coached Christine on real-world leadership skills that had a direct impact on business outcomes. Based on her positive and impactful experience with leadership development, Christine was driven to make leadership development coaching accessible to people at all levels of the organization.
Christine advises several startups, is a budding angel investor and is also a Tory Burch Foundation Fellow, a foundation dedicated to investing in the success and sustainability of women entrepreneurs.
Prior to co-founding Sounding Board, Christine was a Senior Vice President of Developer Relations at Tapjoy, a venture-backed, leading mobile advertising & publishing network. She led the growth of Tapjoy’s publisher advertising business from 0 to over $100 million in revenues in less than 3 years. Prior to that she led e-commerce partnerships and strategy at YouTube. Christine holds an MBA in Marketing & Operations from Wharton and a BA in Business Administration from UC Berkeley.

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