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ABOUT US

Way To Go! inc. is an award-winning, woman-owned, LGBTQIA+ friendly coaching firm with Associates from coast to coast. Diversity, equity and inclusion are key values of ours—to include but not limited to:

  • Ethnicity, race, culture

  • Sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression

  • Age

  • Differences in ability

  • Immigration status, nationality, national origin

  • Education

  • Socio-economic status

  • Family structure

  • Religious/non-religious beliefs

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Cynthia Way
Master Certified Coach (MCC)

While Cynthia has been coaching since 1991, she has been the President and Owner of Way To Go! inc. since 2001. She works with individuals and teams to develop mastery in leadership competencies, to create meaningful results, think strategically and systemically, lead change, deal constructively with conflict, master the art of communication and achieve breakthrough results, aligning with passion and purpose.  Cynthia brings a unique history:  a successful 13 year career with the Central Intelligence Agency on the executive track, co-led a private sector merger and acquisition culture integration effort with AT&T, and worked with the FBI and police departments as a biometrics consultant.  Her clients span the private and public sectors.  She has served on the Board for the Society for Organizational Learning, the Big Big World Project--a nonprofit she co-founded serving Vietnamese orphans, and Circulos.

Cynthia

The Facts

EXPERIENCE

  • 30 years experience as a coach, trainer and facilitator

  • Master Certified Coach, the highest level of credentialing one can achieve

  • Coached hundreds of mid-level leaders and senior executives

  • Works in the public, private and nonprofit sectors

  • Worked in over two dozen Federal agencies, international banking, the aerospace industry. and various nonprofits and private companies

EDUCATION & TRAINING

  • MS in Learning and Development from Revans University, England

  • Post-Graduate Certification in Social Therapy from East Side Institute in NYC

  • Bachelor's Degree from George Mason University

  • Certified in Social Action Research by Willamette University

  • Certified as an Emergent Learning Practitioner by Fourth Quadrant Partners

  • Certified as a Brain-Based Facilitator and Results Systems Coaching by the NeuroLeadership Institute (NLI)

  • Certified in the Foundations of NeuroLeadership by NLI

  • Certified in Myers Briggs Type Indicator, Emotional Intelligence (Bar-On EQi and EQ-360) The Learning Circle Profile and various 360 Instruments

  • Undertakes significant advanced training on an annual basis. Past trainings include: appreciative inquiry, neuroscience of leadership, emotional intelligence, somatic coaching, team coaching, systems thinking, theoretical foundations of coaching, polarity management, action learning.

AFFILIATIONS,ETC

  • A consultant member and past Board member of the Society for Organizational Learning (SoL)

  • Member of the International Coaches Federation (ICF)

  • Master Certified Coach (MCC) by the International Coaches Federation

  • Former Facilitator/Trainer for the NeuroLeadership Institute.

ASSOCIATES

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Pascale Brady, PCC
Associate

Pascale Brady is a Professional Certified life and business Coach, a consultant and a trainer/speaker with 30 years of professional experience, both in the corporate world and as an entrepreneur. She is French, German and American and works fluently in all three languages.  As a Business Coach and Consultant, she guides executives and managers individually or as part of groups or teams to successfully master their challenges and effectively resolve problems. As a Life Coach, Pascale empowers individuals, couples, and groups to overcome challenges in life or at work, specializing in those related to transitions and relationships. As a Mentor Coach, Pascale supports coaches in training toward attainment of their (next) coaching credential. Finally, Pascale is an intercultural trainer and a speaker on a variety of topics.

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Marvin Chambers, PCC
Associate

Marvin Chambers is an executive coach, leadership development consultant, keynote speaker, and team facilitator with 25+ years of executive level experience working with leaders and talent at all levels in world-class organizations.

Marvin’s mission is to inspire leaders to discover their voice, fulfill their promise and unleash their truth to the world. Marvin helps leaders to embrace the notion that they do not have to fit into the world, they can let the world know who they are and allow the world to fit around them. 

Marvin holds a B.B.A. from James Madison University with specialization in Finance and an M.B.A. from The George Washington University in Human Resources Management. He is an ICF Certified Professional Coach (PCC) and holds a coaching certification from the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching.

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Meade Dickerson, MCC
Associate

Meade's “no-nonsense” coaching approach gets to the core of the issue with his clients and helps them be the leaders they want to be. Meade’s mission is to serve individuals and organizations committed to creating positive and sustainable change. This includes clarifying goals, strengthening leadership capacity and transforming the status quo from the “expected” into something truly dynamic. This mission is based on his belief that the combination of deepened insight and intentional choice creates powerful change. As your coach, Meade will help you discover your unique leadership strengths and passions to help you achieve the goals that you design for your career and your life. He will support you in discovering and implementing the actions necessary to make your leadership skills stronger and create higher levels of success and achievement in your life. He is a compassionate, intuitive listener who sees the power, brilliance, and magnificence already in your possession. He currently lives in Miami Beach and enjoys traveling, spending time with his family and friends, and spending as much time on the beach as he can!

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Carol Earnest
Business Strategist

Carol is an accomplished and versatile graphic designer with expertise in shaping marketing materials, social media content, and messaging strategies. With a career spanning over twenty years across non-profit, corporate, and federal sectors, she excels in brand strategy, process improvement, and catalyzing business growth.

 

She deepens her expertise through experience in personal development, facilitation, volunteer work, and photography. Her passion lies in supporting organizations dedicated to fostering positive change.

She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Communication Arts and Design from Virginia Commonwealth University and lives in Washington, DC  with her fluffy rescue cat, Raja.

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Robin Goodbary, MCC
Associate

Robin Goodbary, MBA, is a Master Certified Coach focused on Business and Leadership and a Certified Retirement Coach. Her steadfast and transformational coaching approach supports leaders and business owners to discover and unleash their untapped potential and expand their impact. She pulls from over 30 years of experience as a marketer, new product developer, project leader and trainer and has led projects, people and teams to excel.  By employing an Outward and Growth Mindset and Positive Intelligence, she helps her clients to expand their way of thinking and discover creative solutions to complex situations.

 

Robin started her private practice as a single mother and while working full time, she managed to negotiate life and home while building a business.

 

When she is not supporting clients, she and her husband spend time vegetable gardening, fishing, volunteering and cooking.  She holds a patent with the US Patent and Trade Office.

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Nkanta (Nick) Hines, Sr.
Associate

Nkanta (aka Nick) is a seasoned leadership development and strategy consultant, executive coach, keynote speaker and engagement facilitator with 25+ years of professional experience as a c-suite executive, operations, and strategy leader. Nkanta believes that diversity of thought is the initiator of innovation.


He holds a bachelor's degree in Biology, Master’s in Biomedical Science, Master’s in Business Administration, and five certifications, including: Executive Leadership, High-Performance Leadership, and Diversity-Inclusion (all from Cornell University), Lean Six Sigma (White and Green Belt), and is trained through Brain Based Coaching within the NeuroLeadership Institute. 


Nkanta is President & CEO of Capital Strategy Group and Managing Director for the Human Capital and Business Advisory practices within the Fahrenheit Advisors firm, both based in Richmond, Virginia.

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Sheri Leffel, PCC
Associate

Sheri Leffel, MBA, PMP, and Professional Certified Coach is a leadership and life coach, trainer, facilitator, and somatic practitioner. With 25 years of experience in the private and federal sectors, Sheri has led teams and programs, driving enterprise-level change through coaching and collaboration.

Sheri partners with clients to help clarify their purpose, expand their vision, and overcome challenges to create brighter, healthier futures for themselves and the organizations they serve. She loves working with passionate, dedicated people who are ready to manifest their best lives. 

Sheri is also a RYT500 certified yoga teacher focusing on somatic healing through movement and Yoga Nidra, as well as a Level II certified Reiki practitioner, and massage therapist.

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Valerie Lingeman, MCC
Senior Associate

Valerie Lingeman, M.A., and Master Certified Coach, thrives on helping leaders navigate the complexity of organizational life.  Over the course of her 25-year career in the national security sector, Valerie managed people and programs and led change at division and enterprise levels. In her private coaching and organization development consulting practice, she has coached hundreds of leaders and teams at all levels, helping them achieve a multitude of individual and organizational goals. Valerie especially enjoys the challenge of coaching leadership teams because they are the single most critical link for achieving organizational success.

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Veronica Matthews
Associate

Veronica Matthews is the founder of the award-winning boutique firm VLM Coaching & Consulting Services, LLC.  VLM Coaching was selected as one of the top Leadership Development firms in 2022 by Manage HR Magazine. A graduate of Accomplishment Coaching, an ICF-certified training, Ms. Matthews transforms a leader’s ability to use various leadership styles along with inclusivity, emotional intelligence, and empathy to effectively engage, motivate and retain their employees.  She has coaching experience at the mid, senior, and executive levels, coaching hundreds of leaders, including CEOs, Presidents, Vice Presidents, and Directors in the private sector. 

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Shelley Pernot, PCC
Associate

Passionate about the topic of mindfulness, Shelley Pernot is particularly adept at helping leaders tap into the unconscious and often reactive patterns holding them back so they can show up powerfully and purpose-driven. Her recent clients have included corporations and educational institutions such as Shell, Dell, Baker Hughes, and The University of Texas Center for Professional Education. Prior to coaching,  Shelley held several leadership roles in Finance and Risk Management at fortune 500 firms and spent half of her 25-year career working abroad in the UK, Middle East, and Africa.

Shelley holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master’s in Business Administration from Erasmus Rotterdam School of Management in the Netherlands. In addition to holding a PCC credential through the ICF, she is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a licensed hatha yoga instructor. Shelley is also the award-winning author of Running on Empty: The Irreverent Guru’s Guide to Filling up with mindfulness and lives and works on beautiful Lake Austin in Texas.

 

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Karissa Mae Ramos
Executive Assistant

Karissa Mae Ramos is a highly reliable young professional with over six years of experience in Marketing. In addition to her marketing expertise, she has also assisted in operations, administrative, and basic accounting tasks. She is dedicated, passionate, and always eager to learn. In her role as Marketing Manager, she also served as the Executive Assistant to the President. Karissa graduated from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines, one of the most prestigious universities in the country, where she received an academic award as President's Lister. Happily married since 2019, she is blessed with a wonderful daughter. In her free time, Karissa enjoys cooking, visiting beaches, and spending quality time with her family.

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Selena Reames, PCC
Associate

Selena Reames is a somatic practitioner, occupational therapist, and an ICF professionally certified level coach and trainer with an emphasis on building containers of psychological safety to enable transformational culture building.  In addition to her private practice, she has helped pioneer health & wellness initiatives with organizations such as Walter Reed National Naval Medical Center, Towson University's Institute for Well-Being, and Medstar Health Center for Integrative Medicine. She has trained extensively in human potential and development, meditation, bodywork, trauma and somatic healing modalities. Her work is informed by a blend of Western medicine and science models as well as studies of restorative and healing practices from Indigenous cultures. 
 
Selena, a life-long learner, continues to build on her existing knowledge-base through the study of Compassionate Inquiry with Dr. Gabor Mate, Anti-Indigenous Racism Training with Jennifer-Lee Koble of the Metis/Cree and Embodied Anti-Racist Culture Building with Resmaa Menakem.

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Deborah Reidy, PCC
Senior Associate

Since 1979, leadership has been Deborah Reidy's passion.  At the age of 24, she was recruited to establish an agency serving people with severe disabilities and she’s been in numerous leadership roles ever since.  Along the way, she became committed to developing other leaders through coaching, workshops, strategy design, and writing. She holds a MEd in Adult Education and a Certificate in the Foundations of NeuroLeadership.

Her workshops are designed to ensure learning that lasts. With a Professional Certified Coach designation, she’s coached hundreds of leaders in industry, government and nonprofits. Longstanding board chair of the Society for Organizational Learning (SoL), she’s played significant leadership roles in that organization.  In 2012, she published a book on leadership entitled Why Not Lead?, and she regularly blogs on leadership topics.

She is a lifelong fitness enthusiast and has recently taken up the art of mobile photography.

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Michele Roden, MCC
Associate

Michele Roden, a Master Certified Coach, coaches individual executives, leaders and teams. Clients say she creates safe space for challenging conversations- particularly with teams who have to work together well. Michele’s advanced certification in Organization & Relationship Systems is enhanced by other certifications in the Leadership Circle 360 Profile, Team Culture Survey and Team Diagnostic Assessments. Healthcare transformation is a true passion, though her clients come from many industries- public, private and non-profit. As a dynamic trainer and instructional designer, she emphasizes experiential learning with real-life application. 

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Alicia Turner
Associate

Alicia Turner, is an operations and leadership practitioner and consultant for non-profit, commercial, and government organizations. Additionally, as a consultant, she primarily focuses her engagements on developing leadership and team capacity in organizations through practical consulting projects that drive organizational process improvement. Alicia has over 20+ years of leadership and operations management experience, including a billion-dollar healthcare corporation as a Human Resources and Organizational Development executive and Chief Operations Officer.  Her corporate, non-profit and government work experience enables her to effectively relate to front-line staff, supervisors, middle management, senior leadership, and executives. Alicia’s business experience, which has developed her leadership skills, decision-making, and analytical skills is coupled with a strong educational background and professional certifications that enable her to effectively and practically serve her clients.

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Jaesic Wade
Associate

Jaesic [they/it] is a dancer, musician, life coach, peer support specialist, and a powerful advocate for personal and systemic change. A graduate of the University of Michigan and the ICF-accredited Academy for Coaching Excellence, Jaesic founded its own coaching company, Queer Culture Coaching, in 2021 before joining Way To Go! Inc. in 2023.  Their work is fundamentally shaped by their lived experience as a queer, neurodivergent, and disabled human, but also by the levity and humanity by which they keep tough topics accessible. Sessions with Jaesic are guided by the “three C’s” of curiosity, courage, and compassion, where you are supported to connect with your inner voice of wisdom and find your own pathways forward. In addition to its coaching practice, Jaesic is a DEI practitioner, who frequently travels around the country to curate and facilitate inclusive and accessible partner dance spaces.

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Stephanie Winters
Associate

Stephanie Winters has a heart for guiding high level professionals from anxious and overwhelmed to calm and productive. 

People worldwide have been enriched by Stephanie’s innovative and inspiring work as a celebrated cellist, public speaker, and award-winning coach. She creates coaching programs for organization teams and their leaders. Stephanie’s results-driven approach combines live cello music with brain science to reduce stress, increase productivity, and cultivate resilience.

Stephanie works with leading organizations, including Harvard University, L'Oréal, American Express, the World Bank, Duke Corporate Education, and the National Institutes of Health. Her private coaching practice guides high-level professionals to take their work performance and satisfaction to the next level.

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Birgit Zacher Hanson, MCC
Associate

Birgit Zacher Hanson, MS, is a distinguished author, speaker, thought leader, strategic advisor and Master Certified Coach. Her purpose and passion center around helping executive leaders in all industries elevate their thinking and create a culture of safety, reliability and growth. As co-author of Amazon bestselling Who Will Do What by When?, a business fable (available in German, English and Spanish) about how to improve performance, accountability and trust with integrity, Birgit is considered an expert in creating a coaching and commitment culture in which people value diversity, lead change, develop other leaders and hold themselves and others accountable for results.  Birgit hold a MS degree in Applied Behavioral Science from Johns Hopkins University (1998) and BS in Psychology from the University of District of Columbia (1994).

Meade Dickerson, MCC
Robin Goodbary, MCC
Nkanta (Nick) Hines, Sr.
Valerie Lingeman, MCC
Veronica Matthews
Shelley Pernot, PCC
Selena Reames, PCC
Deborah Reidy, PCC
Alicia Turner
Jaesic Wade
Stephanie Winters
Pascal
Marvin
Sheri
Michelle
Birgit
Carol
Karissa

PHILOSOPHY & APPROACH

Way to Go! inc. delivers solutions, not just training courses.

A systems approach. All our work is grounded in the five disciplines of organizational learning: Systems thinking, personal mastery, mental models, team learning and building shared vision. Way to Go! inc. is committed to creating a sustainable learning culture within our company and with our clients.

Experiential, grounded in theory. We blend the two together to produce results that make a lasting difference. All our work is highly experiential but grounded in theory and research, including the latest in neuroscience, positive psychology, social action research and emotional intelligence.

Working with real challenges to make a real difference. Our programs are designed with real work as the centerpiece. We take theory and make it relevant, accessible and practical. The results speak for themselves: nearly 100% of polled clients report that they use what they learned on a weekly if not daily basis.

Changing the way you think. Einstein said “The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.” Unless you change the way you, your team, your organization, think, all the tools and training in the world will only have a small impact. Our strategy at Way to Go! inc is to first focus on the shift in thinking, then on the practical tools, methods and models to create the winning formula for breakthrough results.

Self-Discovery. We take a coach-like approach to the educational process, grounded in Adult Learning principles.

Competencies: Our offerings have common underpinnings, designed to enhance, strengthen and reinforce the following competencies:

  • Self-Awareness

  • Self-Control

  • Self-Discipline

  • Personal Responsibility

  • Accountability for Results

  • Listening

  • Communication

  • Emotional Intelligence

  • Dealing with Conflict

  • A Systems Approach

  • Results-Driven

  • Learning-Oriented

  • Bring Out the Best in Others

  • Cultivating Positivity

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