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The Coaching Special Interest Group is for internal and external executive coaches, talent and leadership development professionals, those responsible for coaching within their organization and individuals who are new to coaching.  We offer thought-provoking, interactive programs that support an evidence base for coaching, cutting edge research and have real world application.  We are organized around one simple idea:  when we get together and do the things that matter to us, we’re at our best.  And, that’s what the Coaching Special Interest Group does.  We bring like-minded individuals together to explore, share, learn, mentor, and support each other – all in the pursuit of bringing our best selves to our organizations and clients.


 Come prepared to learn, share your knowledge, and meet new people.


About the SIG Co-Chairs 

Joyce Grillo

Joyce has 25 years of practical experience as an Executive Coach and Leadership and Development Consultant working both internally and in a consulting capacity for Fortune 500 companies in the US and globally. 

As the world becomes more complex, the nature of how we develop leaders and the skills required of leaders has changed.  More adaptive and perspective taking capabilities are required.  

Learning about the field of Adult Development has changed and expanded Joyce’s preconceptions of how to develop leaders.  Her approach combines traditional skills and competencies to include a leader’s shift in mindset, not just behavior, and the ability to take multiple perspectives that are critical for effective leadership in a fast and unpredictable world.

Drawing on her senior human resource positions at Citibank, the latest evidence from research in complexity and systems thinking, adult development and positive psychology, in addition to coaching hundreds of clients from various industries and cultures, Joyce brings an informed perspective to the roles of Co-Chair of ATD NYC’s Coaching Special Interest Group and Co-Chair of ATD NYC’s Group and Peer Coaching Supervision Groups.

Adding to her strong coaching experience, Joyce has had broad and varied experiences including: leading company wide change programs; facilitating culture and values workshops; team and group coaching; and designing and delivering executive leadership programs.

She is a former Board Member and Membership Chair of the New York Human Resources People and Strategy, and Past President and Program Chair, New York Chapter, Association for Psychological Type (MBTI).

She graduated from New York University with an M.A. in Social Psychology, B.A. in Psychology and English Literature.  She has an advanced certification in Organizational and Group Dynamics from the William Alansan White Institute in New York. 

Certifications include: Immunity to Change Coach, MBTI Step II (Master Practitioner), Hogan (MVPI, HDS, HPI), FIRO-B, Korn Ferry’s Voices 360, Choices Learning Agility, CPI-260, EQ-i, Learning Styles Inventory, Thomas Kilmann Conflict Mode Inventory and Change Style Indicator.

Her clients describe her as practical with an uncanny ability to “connect the dots,” with an appropriate sense of human.  She is a nature New Yorker where she lives with her husband.  Her interests include American History, International Politics and solving crime mysteries


Gowri Cavale

Gowri Cavale is a results-driven talent development executive with a passion for business transformation. With almost 20 years of experience in creating and driving comprehensive transformational change and learning strategies that address global change visions, Gowri has a demonstrated ability to assess organizational change needs and translate these into the implementation of global strategic learning solutions that build capability and commitment and achieve business goals. 
Gowri has a proven track record of leading and coaching large diversified teams of professionals and organizations to success. Currently, she leads all professional skills training and core leadership development for PwC's Advisory business, impacting over 14,000 leaders and staff.  


Gowri has lived and worked in London, Paris and New York.  She holds a degree in International Business and French from the University of Bath, is a fully qualified UK Chartered Accountant and will shortly commence her Coaching Certification through the Hudson Institute of Coaching in Santa Barbara.



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