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Trish Brandt

Trish Brandt

Trish Brandt is a Weatherhead Affiliate Instructor. She is the founder and president of Brandt Consulting LLC, an organization and talent development firm that works to inspire both individuals and organizations to realize their potential. BC provides consulting services—particularly those concerned with answering questions of strategic importance—as well as seminars and workshops aimed at helping organizations grow through particular attention to their human capital component. Often within the context of a larger organization, BC also provides one-on-one coaching to guide individuals in managing their professional and personal futures. Some recent clients include: A.T. Kearney, SAP America, Newry Corporation, The Bennett Group, University School, The Ratner School, Case Western Reserve University, Edison Search Partners and private individuals—senior level managers to recent college graduates.

In partnership with Case/Weatherhead School of Management Executive Education, Trish has also worked with large public companies to design and deliver executive-level leadership development programs, often incorporating the development of emotional intelligence competencies. She is also accredited by The Hay Group to administer and coach to the Emotional Intelligence Competency (ECI) instrument. At Case/Weatherhead School of Management, she has also taught “Leadership and Decision Making in Nonprofit Organizations” for the Masters of Nonprofit program, various career development workshops for MBA students and coached MBA and Executive MBA students in developing structured problem-solving skills as part of the Action Learning program. Additionally, Trish has assisted individuals—students from a variety of universities, alumni of the Weatherhead School and other working professionals—in exploring career options and setting a path toward personal career success.

Prior to the founding of her firm, Trish was a director with executive search firm Christian & Timbers, and worked on senior-level management and CEO searches within the technology industry. Previously, she was a Manager with the top-tier global management consulting firm, A.T. Kearney. While at A.T. Kearney, she worked on strategy and marketing issues as well as organizational and operating problems with large publicly-held companies in the automotive, information technology, healthcare, consumer products and chemical/pharmaceutical industries. During that time she also worked with the firm’s Professional Development and Training group creating new development models and programs for the firm’s Vice Presidents and consultants. Trish designed and delivered A.T. Kearney’s first major customized corporate university program with the University of Michigan Business School which drew participants from all over the world. She was also actively involved in campus recruiting efforts for the firm both at the undergraduate and graduate levels at top-ranked business schools around the country and created the A.T. Kearney Case Competition at the Weatherhead School of Management.

Trish holds an MBA from Case/Weatherhead School of Management and a BS in Chemistry, with additional concentrations in Physics and Mathematics, from Miami University. During business school, Trish completed a market research consulting project in Europe for a U.K. gas turbine manufacturing company serving both aerospace and power generation markets. She is currently on the advisory board of The Institute of Management and Engineering at Case Western Reserve University and was a board member of the Weatherhead School of Management Alumni Association (1995–1999). Trish has been involved in various community events/organizations including the Avon Breast Cancer 3-Day Walk, South By Southwest Conference and Music Festival and Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Debbie Fatica

Debbie Fatica

Debbie Fatica coaches individuals focused on self-improvement and sustainable changes. She works with the whole person to create and establish balance in their professional and personal worlds. Empowering people to dream, visualize, and initiate action is an integral component of her coaching style. Debbie works with building self-confidence and direction; adopting and maintaining optimism; examining one's leadership vision, style, and future plans; and making intentional change a lifelong process.

In the coaching partnership, Debbie becomes involved with identifying and understanding one's competencies and how to develop them to an optimal level. She has a passion for executive coaching and enjoys witnessing the personal and professional growth people undergo as they participate in the coaching experience.

As an executive coach, Debbie is certified to administer and interpret the Emotional Social Competency Inventory (ESCI).

Debbie has coached Engineering undergraduate and graduate students and emerging women leaders at Case Western Reserve University. She has coached many executives in Engineering, Health Care, Business and various other fields at a variety of companies.

She has worked extensively with corporate and executive representatives throughout the United States as she developed the Cooperative Education Program at Case Western Reserve University. She has a background in career development and counseling with additional experience in marketing, recruiting, corporate relations, leadership, and administration.

At Case Western Reserve University, Debbie served as the Director of Cooperative Education and Associate Director of the Career Center, and is currently serving as the Assistant Dean in the Division of Engineering Leadership and Professional Practice in the Case School of Engineering.

Debbie holds a Bachelor of Science in Social Work and a Master of Arts in College Student Personnel/Higher Education from Bowling Green State University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Ohio.

Kathy Overbeke

Kathy Overbeke

Kathy Overbeke utilizes management theory and experience to help leaders be adaptive, yet grounded in an increasingly complex environment.

In today’s world, knowledge is too vast to be limited to one person. Yet too frequently, issues in communication and interpersonal struggles result in inefficient transfer of information and compromised productivity. Overbeke addresses these issues with a comprehensive approach, leveraging her expertise in emotional and social intelligence to give her clients the tools to problem-solve, create innovations, adapt to new positions and transitions, acquire and disseminate knowledge, and set up goals and strategies to take their business to the next level.

Using Weatherhead’s system of vision-based leadership and intentional change, Overbeke has helped executives in companies of all sizes move their careers and personal lives forward by facilitating their discovery (or rediscovery) of their core strengths and motivations.

In addition to her diverse industry experience, Overbeke offers the theoretical rigor of a Doctor of Management, having received her doctorate from the Weatherhead School of Business at Case Western Reserve University. Her years as a practitioner/scholar have given her a unique perspective on relationships in organizations and interconnected systems in their full complexity. She uses this knowledge to help leaders define themselves in the context of their environment in all its economic, professional, and social intricacies.

Overbeke also has a specialty in family business continuity, a type of organization that has an added dimension of complexity due to family ownership. This work has helped her bring versatility to her coaching.

Prior to becoming an executive coach and family business advisor, Overbeke worked in the manufacturing sector, the federal government, and secondary and higher education. She was also an entrepreneur, owning and operating two companies for over 25 years.

In addition to her D. M. degree, Kathy holds an M.S. in Education from Indiana University and a B.A. in American Studies from The George Washington University. She is also certified by the Hay Group to administer and interpret the Emotional and Social Competency Inventory (ESCI).

Claire A. Scott Miller

Claire A. Scott Miller

Claire A. Scott Miller is a Weatherhead Affiliate Instructor. She has been a career and human resource consultant for over twenty years. Her consulting and training expertise has successfully assisted corporations and organizations in maximizing the effectiveness of their human resources. Clients have included professional service firms, Fortune 500 companies, banks, hospitals and government agencies across the United States, Canada and Europe. Her executive coaching has assisted individuals in maximizing their potential and enhancing their career-life satisfaction.

Noted for her customer focused programs, Miller was selected to be part of a pilot model program on Customer Service Skills training for the nationally recognized Greater Cleveland Growth Assoc.’s Workforce Initiative and a High Performance Leadership Program for high growth companies. Other projects have included a Quality Team Building program for a partnership between MK-Ferguson and Dupont, which has been recognized nationally by both the American Society for Quality Control and the Organizational Development Network; developing and presenting state-of the art Managing Transitions and Career Development programs which have been used successfully by prominent outplacement firms and government agencies; leadership-team building program for the new NFL Cleveland Browns; performance management programs for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation nationally; supervisor and career development programs for JPMorgan Chase Bank; mentoring program for the US Navy; comprehensive EEO and sexual harassment training for BP and a variety of government agencies; team building initiatives and emotional intelligence training for a variety of organizations. Miller is also certified in several programs (Team Works, Communication Styles) including Franklin-Covey’s What Matters Most.

Past research involved directing a Work Family project, funded by the Cleveland Foundation, which gained recognition nationally. While managing the project, Miller was on a leave of absence from the General Electric Co. At. General Electric, she was a member of the Professional Relations Staff and was involved with recruiting, training, performance management and EEO.

Miller is an outstanding workshop facilitator and speaker and has been featured at national and international meetings and conferences (Society of Women Engineers, American Banking Assoc., Professional Secretaries International, Women Going Global (Paris, France) etc. She has been featured in articles by United Press International,Computer Decision Magazine, American Bank Women Journal, Cleveland Plain Dealer and has appeared on radio and TV. She is the co-author of a recently published book, Quality Customer Service in Government and was published in Preparing Professional Women for the Future: Resources for Teachers and Trainers by the University of Michigan.

Additional experience includes teaching at the undergraduate, graduate and executive level at Bridgewater State College in Massachusetts, Elon University, Cleveland State and Case Western Reserve Univ. Executive Education. She has also served as a consultant to the US Office of Personnel Management, Workforce Effectiveness Unit.

Honors include Who’s Who Among University Women, YWCA Career Woman of Achievement Merit, Business Woman of the Month. Her education includes a BA from Denison Univ., M.Ed. from Bowling Green State University, continuing education at Harvard and Radcliffe and advanced training from the National Assoc. of Business Coaches (NABC).

Suzette Williamson

Suzette Williamson

Suzette has been working with diverse populations of individuals seeking to improve their leadership and management potential for over 20 years. Suzette is an executive coach and is certified to administer the Emotional and Social Competency Inventory. She has also earned a certificate in Developing Leadership through Emotional Intelligence from the Weatherhead School of Management.

Suzette takes a relational approach to coaching with an emphasis on individual purpose, giftedness, vision and values, while helping to refine deeper self-awareness, effective leadership skills, and career satisfaction. Building on the power of intentional change, Suzette promotes the physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual value of life-long personal improvement.

Suzette spent 7 years at the Weatherhead School of Management's Executive Education Center, working extensively with executives and professionals engaged in advanced education before joining the Case School of Engineering for the past 14 years, where she has served in various roles in the area of graduate engineering and management education. She currently serves as the Executive Director for the Institute for Management and Engineering.

Additionally, Suzette is a Licensed Professional Counselor in private clinical practice, providing services to adult women. She holds a M.A. in Clinical Pastoral Counseling from Ashland Theological Seminary, and a B.S. in Psychology from Baldwin Wallace College.