About Stephanie Barbour & Associates

My Background

Stephanie Barbour is an executive coach and leadership consultant who coaches executives, managers, and emerging leaders in mid-sized to Fortune 500 companies. Her coaching and training is distinguished by her application of neuroscience to leadership, her use of powerful somatic practices to generate purpose and presence, and her knowledge of systems dynamics which emphasizes the relationships within the whole organization.

Stephanie coaches, trains and facilitates from a deep vision of sustainability, while holding the belief that supporting the foundational value of human well-being leads to embracing the larger, more crucial value of creating well-being for all living beings and eco-systems.

Because organizations greatly impact global life-systems, her company’s mission is to facilitate wise, adept leadership by cultivating the skills, behaviors and qualities of courage essential for leaders to solve the world’s most profound social, economic and environmental challenges. Her ethos is shared by Jeffrey Hollender, Co-founder of Seventh Generation, who said:

“…the ultimate truth behind our work, [is] the knowledge that the environment is only temporarily entrusted to us and that our actions within and upon it affect its well-being far into the future.”

Stephanie and her experienced team of associates are aware that great leaders and their teams need more than noble visions. Leadership is an ongoing act of courage, risk-taking, exposure, energy and communication. Although thrilling at times, it can also be difficult and messy. Having lived and learned first-hand the challenges of leadership, Stephanie and her associates offer the following specialties to their clients:

Areas of Expertise
  • Executive and Leadership Coaching
  • Leadership and Management Training
  • Team Coaching and Development
  • Executive Well-Being & Resilience
  • Communication for Courageous Conversations
  • Coaching Skills for Leaders
  • Stakeholder Constituency Development
  • Facilitation, Team Retreats and Strategic Visioning

Professional & Educational Background

Stephanie has over 25 years experience in coaching, training and leading in the energy, IT, biotech and financial services industries. Her business roles have included leading two acquisition teams, managing HR enterprise initiatives, and implementing three transformative cultural changes.

Her accomplishments as an executive coach include co-creating Pacific, Gas & Electric’s (PG&E) internal leadership coaching program,  co-designing their prestigious MBA Associate Program and team-training an entire management tier of 500 leaders. She is currently the Vice President of Programs on the Board of PCMA (Professional Coaches, Mentors, and Advisors Association) and recently held the role of Bay Area Chapter Leader for the global NeuroLeadership Institute.

Credentials

Stephanie holds a BS in Business from UC Berkeley and has studied neuroscience and somatics extensively. She is a Certified Somatic Coach through Strozzi Institute, a Certified Coach through New Ventures West Professional School of Coaching, and has served as adjunct faculty for New Ventures West and Pepperdine University, Graziadio School of Business & Management in Northern California. Selected clients include: Cisco, Visa, PG&E, Symantec, Schering-Plough (now Merck) and WageWorks and many talented individual leaders.

Personal Influences

Stephanie is committed to practicing well-being, resilience and leadership in her daily life, a personal toolkit of wisdom and experience that she draws upon in her coaching and training. She is the proud single parent of two spirited and independent adult children and considers her parenting journey one of her most gratifying leadership accomplishments. Both her professional coaching and her personal life are profoundly influenced by her children, as well as by Aikido, somatics, meditation, poetry, wild nature and cultivating beauty in art and gardens.

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