Meet Coach Dave Kaiser

David Kaiser, PhD, PCC, CPCC

Please fill us in on your background.

I’m a recovering academic, unrepentant and successful entrepreneur, married and highly spiritual father to an amazing daughter/athlete/future U.S. Senator.

I was depressed and didn’t like who I was, which led me to learn how to build self-confidence, self-acceptance and self-love.

How did you come to coaching?

When I was finishing my dissertation. I knew I didn’t want to be an academic, but I wasn’t sure what to do next. I spent a lot of time on the receiving end of coaching, counseling and therapy, and I remember thinking, during one coaching session: ‘My coach has a pretty cool job, I could do this.’ A few I started my training and certification at Coaches Training Institute a few years later, and during the 2008 recession, I knew it was time to start my own business and live my dream.

Do you have any life experiences that inform your coaching?

I was unemployed and underemployed for a long time, which led me to see the value of having a clear vision and taking responsibility for turning it into reality. I also was disorganized and unreliable, which led me to systems of time management and productivity. I was depressed and didn’t like who I was, which led me to learn how to build self-confidence, self-acceptance and self-love. This pattern has helped me to see that dealing with each of my struggles is actually preparation for being able to help my clients with the same issues.

What is your mission?

My mission is to use my “magic” to serve my clients and the world. I define ‘magic’ as the ability to change reality by changing our consciousness, for example, by viewing every problem as an opportunity in disguise.

With what kind of clients do you most enjoy working?

Mid-career women executives and professionals who want to create an extraordinary life of service, in accordance with their values and desires. I have found that women are more open to doing the professional and personal growth work necessary to become amazing leaders and make a big difference in their worlds.

Do you hold workshops?

Right now I do webinars, often for alumni associations. I am in the process of rolling out my own webinars and also planning in-person workshops in the Chicago area. Here are links to some of my webinars:

I am also developing a program entitled “Confidence for Women Professionals” which should be ready shortly.

Where and how often do you coach?

Typically we do three 30-minute calls/Skype per month, usually for a six or 12 month engagement, and I offer email support in between calls. I offer a complimentary “Your Dream Life and Career” Strategy Session

What’s the most important thing to know about you?

I have been through hell enough times that I can help you find the door out when you’re stuck there, and I can help you to create an awesome career, life and relationship through it all.

Meet Coach Shirley Oya

Shirley Oya, CPCC, BCC

Please fill us in on your background.

I was an accountant for many years, first working in a public accounting firm, and then operating a home business while raising two daughters. I specialized in working with television writers/producers and holistic health practitioners. While I enjoyed working with numbers, the best part was the interaction with my clients.

How do you come to coaching?

In 2004, when my youngest started kindergarten I began to reflect on what career would fulfill me going forward. I worked with a Life Coach and soon discovered that coaching was at the core of everything I’d done. So I opened my private practice and first coached clients on their personal finances. After taking a course at The Coaches Training Institute, I was instantly hooked! I pursued my coach training with CTI, including the advanced certification, CPCC. I soon discovered my real passion was working with women around career and life transitions, and I’ve never looked back!

Do you have any life experiences that inform your coaching?

Parenting and experiencing my own life and career transitions give me a perspective that help me understand each client’s experiences.

I also faced many challenges in my childhood, including alcoholic parents, who fought continuously, and left my severely disabled sister under my care for extended periods while they went out drinking. As a result I grew up with a lot of anxiety and depression, but thankfully, I got to work with a gifted therapist (specializing in psychoanalysis) who helped me heal. While coaching is a very different modality (though many of the benefits overlap), my own personal work in therapy deeply informs my work, especially for clients who also struggle with anxiety. I am a student of neuroscience and positive psychology (self taught), and that informs my work as well.

I like clients who understand and accept that change begins with them (it truly does), and that playing the victim or blaming others are NOT the answers!

What is your mission?

I want to educate and guide women towards lives that they can control; to coach them to ‘own’ and use their natural gifts, values, and passions to do the work that is enormously fulfilling and uplifting to them.

What kind of clients with whom do you most enjoy working?

Women, in particular, highly successful executives in their 30’s, 40’s and 50’s who are disenchanted with life the way it is, and are seriously motivated to make changes. Most important, I like clients who understand and accept that change begins with them (it truly does), and that playing the victim or blaming others are NOT the answers!

Do you hold workshops?

I am super excited about my signature talk, which I’m now doing throughout the Los Angeles area. It’s called “3 Massive Mistakes Female Executives Make That Keep Them Overworked, Overwhelmed, and Struggling to Find Time for Their Kids.” It’s an educational talk that provides a ton of value, tips, and tools that women can apply right away to ease their stress trying to balance it all.

Attendees will learn:

  • About their surprising, self-sabotaging habit that keeps them highly stressed.
  • How a simple five-step process will help them live easier lives, right now.
  • The #1 secret to living a fabulously fulfilling, and brilliantly balanced life!

I’d like to share some testimonials from the talks:

A rich, insightful time of sharing and information. Shirley is precise in setting the stage for people to discover, delve, and deepen their self-awareness.

—Jennifer Oliver O’Connell

Everything changed for me in like three days after the speech. I’m STILL Amazed.

—S. King

This was such an insightful presentation. I learned something that I was able to apply the very next day with a client

—Vicki Schmidt, R.N., M.F.T.

To register at a location near you, contact me:

Where and how often do you coach?

I coach via Skype (audio), or telephone, so I can coach clients anywhere in the world.

My sessions are 45-minutes, three times a month, with a minimum three-month engagement. I first do a free 30-minute consultation so a potential client and I can determine if we are a good fit.

What’s the most important thing to know about you?

I am fiercely devoted to every client’s change and growth, and I won’t give up on you, as long as you don’t give up on you!

CTI Ambassadors: Canada


With over 40,000 people trained globally in Co-Active coaching and leadership skills, CTI ( supports the growth of its alumni Community, through a team of Ambassadors who represent the company in cities across North America. This passionate team of Co-Active learners and leaders provide opportunities for our alumni to deepen their learning and expand their personal network through continuing professional development events. Ambassadors also invite local businesses to learn more about the value of building conscious interpersonal relationships; contribute to the local community through social responsibility programs; and provide opportunities for the local community to create new connections and friendships. At all times there are many opportunities for people new to CTI to experience the transformative power of Co-Active coaching and human connection. We look forward to meeting you!

*CPCC = Certified Professional Co-Active Coach


Nicole Owen, CPCC

Within the first 10 minutes of her first Co-Active Coaching course, Nicole saw the untapped potential that had been hiding inside—which found expression in working with artists and women. As an artist and performer herself, Nicole understands their need to embody creative purpose through authenticity, belief, and courage. It is her desire to help others uncover their own personal wholeness and untapped potential so they may create the life they long for. Inspired by her experience in CTI’s Co-Active Leadership Program, she co-founded In The Change Room, a community to create conversation around body image and reconcile the relationship women have with their bodies.

Tel: (403) 617-2534

Leah Halvorsen, CPCC, PCC

Leah is passionate about creating a vibrant and connected community in which coaches find success by blending CTI’s teachings with their own unique contributions and motivations. As a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) and a graduate of CTI’s Leadership Program and an active mentor with the Leadership Mentor Program, Leah is a fierce advocate for the ongoing nurturing of leadership learning. Leah is the Founder of What if…Life and Leadership Coaching. Her 13 years of experience working in crisis intervention helps inform her coaching specialty: Heart-Centered Discovery and Empowerment Coaching. Leah also provides unique Leadership Development experiences to youth and other organizations which focus on Compassionate and Empowered Leadership.

Tel: (403) 279-5324


Jason Billows, CPCC, ACC

As a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) and leadership consultant, Jason helps people become more effective leaders so they can have a lasting, positive impact on themselves, their relationships, their organizations, and the world. He specializes in working with new and emerging business leaders, and with individuals who want to become more effective leaders in their personal life. Jason is a multiple Ironman triathlete and believes that a healthy lifestyle is a key factor to being a truly effective leader. He has worked with numerous charities as a board member, committee member, and volunteer, and is proud to have played a pivotal role in raising millions of dollars for youth, education, health, and arts initiatives. Jason is also an Accredited Certified Coach with the International Coach Federation, is certified in The Leadership Circle assessment and methodology, and has studied Organizational Relationship Systems with The Centre For Right Relations.

Tel: (510) 714-8852


Kristen Bentley, CPCC, C.P.D.C.

Kristen is a former Optometrist and business owner turned Co-Active Coach. After being introduced to CTI and Co-Active principles in 2011, she transformed how she lives and works, and is driven to inspire others to do the same. Kristen is passionate about transforming individuals, homes, and workplaces into their best and most vibrant versions. She revels in the similarities that people have in common and appreciates the creativity and innovation that comes from differences. She believes that the Co-Active approach is a perfect blend of this reveling, appreciation, and passion, and is the answer to bringing humanity and sanity into the world. Kristen is a graduate of CTI’s Co-Active Leadership program and is also a Certified Physician Development Coach. She is driven to share how powerful this work can be for the individual healthcare professional as well as the healthcare system as a whole

Tel: (705) 795-4906


Susan Jordon, CPCC, ACC

Sue is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) and a graduate of CTI’s Co-Active Leader Program. She is an entrepreneur at heart with a background in business, having co-founded a national organization and other smaller ventures. Her private coaching business specializes in leadership, small business and entrepreneurial coaching, as well as workshops to various associations and groups. As an inspired mother (her oldest son is a cancer survivor) and grandmother, Susan feels it is part of her legacy to ensure that future generations are not shackled by their own self- limiting beliefs or the ways of living dictated by society today. She especially embraces her newfound profession to not only coach but to support others in their dreams, bringing this work into everyday lives and business communities to really make a difference.

Tel: (604) 417-5214