Kent State University’s College of Business Administration Hosts “Coaching for Leadership” HR Forum

Kent State’s College of Business Administration Human Resources faculty joined together with industry professionals to host the HR Forum “Coaching for Leadership” on Kent State’s main campus.

The panel consisted of HR professionals Cathy Geib, Authentic Focus Consulting LLC; Jennifer Cohen, Ratliff & Taylor; Lori Young, Ready Now LLC; Rick Simmons, founder of the telos institute and Jonathan Reitz, CoachNet Global & RPI System Coach Inc.

Each panel member discussed individual techniques and coaching approaches that focus on common issues and challenges supervisors and managers face, what students can do to prepare for a leadership role and why companies invest so much money into coaching employees.

“Each of our entrepreneur panel members offered a unique approach to developing leadership,” said Mark Whitmore, associate professor in Management & Information Systems and leader of the HR Forum Series. “Students learned common issues and challenges that supervisors and managers face in the field, preparing them to be able to recognize and overcome those challenges to be successful leaders and entrepreneurs.”

Each HR Forum member has nationally recognized practices and a strong clientele, offering expertise and insight in HR entrepreneurship. Forum members include:

Cathy Geib, membership chair for International Coach Federation (ICF), Cleveland, has over 26 years of law firm experience on state-wide senior management teams. Cathy works with family businesses, private sector organizations, non-profits and community-based groups to provide innovative leadership development training and coaching. She facilitates Leadership Tuscarawas, the county’s flagship 10-month leadership development and community awareness program, with her husband, Rich.

Cathy earned her Master of Science from Case Western Reserve University and her Bachelor of Science from The Ohio State University.

Jennifer Cohen, senior vice president of leadership development at Ratliff & Taylor, previously worked for The Jewish Federation of Cleveland in human resources and volunteer leadership development and at Progressive Insurance where she held various human resources leadership roles in multiple business units and the corporate division.

Jennifer earned a Bachelor of Science in Human Resources and Labor Relations from The Ohio State University.

Lori Young has more than 20 years of experience as an executive and career coach, trainer and designer of nationally award-winning leadership development programs in healthcare, banking and higher education. These programs and services directly impacted leaders’ abilities to communicate, influence, collaborate and engage peers and direct reports.

Lori earned a master’s degree from Bowling Green State University and a Bachelor’s degree from Ashland University.

Rick Simmons, chief executive officer and founder of the telos institute, is an experienced coaching professional and has spent more than a decade collaborating with leaders at the highest levels of organizations to optimize both their businesses and lives. He is a founding partner of the telos institute, the behavioral research and performance coaching firm built on the belief that accomplishment in any form of human endeavor is rooted in several primary factors including clarity of purpose and a compelling vision of the future.

Rick earned his Master of Science in Organizational Behavior from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University.

Jonathan Reitz is chief executive officer and director of training of CoachNet Global & RPI System Coach Inc. He works with leaders to coach clients to their maximum potential and to start or build organizations or ministries that make a lasting impact while being financially profitable.

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Kent State University’s College of Business Administration is one of only 180 colleges or schools of business worldwide to achieve dual accreditation in both business and accounting from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International, the global accrediting body providing specialized accreditation at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels. The College of Business Administration is home to 4,372 students. The college boasts a satellite office of Kent State University’s Career Services Center dedicated to business students, and operates the Global Management Center, the Center for Information Systems and the Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation all propelling scholarly research, establishing innovative industry partnerships and providing outreach to Northeast Ohio and beyond.

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POSTED: Tuesday, October 20, 2015 12:00 AM
Updated: Wednesday, March 29, 2023 09:14 AM