Chris Cavanaugh-Simmons is a management consultant and executive coach based in Northern California. She is one of Silicon Valley's go-to people for leadership development. Among her clients over the years: Oracle, Haas School of Business (UC-Berkeley), Salesforce, Sandia National Laboratories, and Brown-Forman.

Born and raised in Oakland, California, Chris was educated in counseling at San Francisco State University and has wide experience in business. She has sought in her career to combine two great rivers—her love of business and entrepreneurship, and her passion to make the world better, gentler, more receptive to diversity.

In the 1990's she began studying a powerful new field, narrative therapy, and realized she could translate its concepts into coaching guidance for immediate use by busy executives. She became a bridge between academe and the boardroom. Today she's one of the few corporate coaches in the world who pursues diversity work through the techniques of narrative coaching, connecting on a daily basis to the challenges faced in the workplace by women, African-Americans, Latinos, and the LGBT community.

Her 2013 book is widely used internationally in leadership development programs: “Three Stories Leaders Tell: The What and Way of Using Stories to Lead.”

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The “Who am I?” Story

Christine Cavanaugh-Simmons

Through highly skilled executive coaching techniques, our approach will guide the group through the following:

Reflection: This step in the process of building a “Who am I?” story helps leaders mine the rich veins of experiences, influences, and events that shaped who they are as leaders.

Life Event Inventory: short of writing a personal biography, this process surfaces the key events, people and experiences that helped you become who you are as a leader

Ideal for small groups/intact teams to get to know each other or larger leadership development programs where leaders are being prepared to communicate to various audiences about who they are as a leader.

This program prepares a group to do subsequent programs on Who are we? and Where are we going? – a suite of stories leaders tell.

Every Program Purchase Includes

  • Gear Checks and Final Systems Check: Your Geniecast Experience Specialist will test the audio, video, and internet connection for your primary location as well as the Genie (Presenter).
  • Expert Feature Management: Customized features are available to Cast participants per Client specification.
  • Live Technical Support: We’re with you every step of the way to ensure a smooth end-to-end Cast experience.