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[av_testimonial_single src=’6997′ name=’Bill Gates’ subtitle=’Co-founder, Microsoft’ link=” linktext=”]
Christine is super-high bandwidth.
[av_testimonial_single src=’1194′ name=’Bill Clinton’ subtitle=’Former US President’ link=” linktext=”]
Thank you for all your work in fostering American entrepreneurship.
[av_testimonial_single src=’6398′ name=’Brandon Ewing’ subtitle=’CEO Server Technology, Inc.’ link=” linktext=”]
What is empowerment, really? We wanted to bring our amazing team to the next level, and STI is helping us to do just that. First, it had to start with me. Through coaching I’m learning to let go more, and have optimized my time to do more strategic (and fulfilling) work—and most importantly have more time with my family.  I am no longer focused on how activities are getting accomplished down in the weeds, but enjoying the benefits of having a strategic focus and determining the direction of where the organization is headed.  The one-on-one attention that STI has given myself and the key members of my executive management team are the reason for us becoming a more strategic and aligned organization.

As a company we now:

  • Have clearly defined goals with key results that define the metrics on how we measure the success of the organization.
  • Have goals that are agreed upon and aligned  throughout the entire organization
  • Everyone within the organization knows what we need to do, why, how, when, and the impact our actions have
  • Have new fresh skills for tackling challenging conversations, giving rich and useful feedback, aligning and enrolling others
  • Have developed a Culture Calendar to ensure we all grow and support one another in creating a consistently great place to work

As a result, together we’re:

  • Continuously surpassing revenue goals and getting increasingly comfortable with even loftier revenue targets.
  • Achieving new highs in production
  • Diversifying our client base while getting closer to and more involved in our key clients business’s
  • Gaining visibility on the business and have a lot less stress
  • Helping the team across the entire organization to perform at greater levels with deeper fulfillment
  • Receiving a “Best Places to Work” award based on voting by our employees.

Now I really know what empowerment is. Our people live it, and so do I.
[av_testimonial_single src=’6396′ name=’Andres Ferrara’ subtitle=’Director General, Analitek’ link=” linktext=”]
STI’s energy and emotion along with the specific material they presented has lifted our ceiling–and this is exactly what we needed to have a true opportunity (not only a wish) to scale up our business.  As well, STI has truly inspired our team.

We accomplished a remarkable amount at our recent Sales & Marketing Intensive with STI. Over an intense 1.5 days together we:

  • Crafted our Customer Journey to deeply understand our client/prospect emotional experience
  • Created our Customer profiles so we now know how to speak their language for greater rapport and connection
  • Designed our Qualification Process to ensure we optimize both our prospect’s and salespeople’s time
  • Developed the training priorities, tools, process, pipeline management, sales stages, accountability to streamline our sales team’s effort and performance
  • Planned out our next 6 months of marketing strategy, activities, tools, approaches to increase demand generation

All of the above is helping us to connect more rapidly to prospects, close sales faster, harvest more of our pipeline, build of tribe of fans and friends, and generate greater awareness and desire for our products and services and have a more fun and fulfilling experience at work.

My goal for every person that ever works at Analitek is that they grow and that if they ever leave they do so as a better person and better equipped to continue on with their lives.  STI has without a doubt contributed to the achievement of this. We have so much work to do and we have a perfect guideline to do so…what more could we ask for as professionals. Now our business unit leaders have great clarity on what to do, when to do it, and most importantly HOW to do it, thanks to STI’s proven processes. Our time with STI was super high ROI and our already high expectations were exceeded. If you want to align sales and marketing and get greater results faster, consider STI. We’re very glad we brought them in.
[av_testimonial_single src=’5870′ name=’Alberto Moriana’ subtitle=’Head of Sales P&G Latin America’ link=” linktext=”]
In our company we cultivate and we have very strong leaders. So we have been leveraging different tools and frameworks for many years, in order to build the leadership skills of our people. But Christine´s leadership tools are some of the most effective ones I have seen for quite some time. The neuroscience based approach is very new and very powerful. It has made a big difference for our folks, particularly in the areas of fostering collaboration (by helping people better understand the needs and mood of their team mates) and increasing productivity (by helping our managers focus and tell apart the high value added activities from the low value added ones). These tools are easy to reapply to many different business situations and are especially useful in fast changing business environments.
[av_testimonial_single src=’7356′ name=’Tim Herrod’ subtitle=’Vice President, Procurement, Potash Corporation’ link=” linktext=”]

Our sincerest thanks for your fantastic work at our Summit. Your energy is amazing, your expertise beyond valuable, and the STI team is wonderful to work with! Our leaders found the day to be packed with practical tools they can immediately apply to help their teams rise to new levels of engagement, performance, connection. In times of change and growth your powerful yet easy brain-based tools are already making a difference for our tribe. We can’t wait to work together further.

[av_testimonial_single src=’6873′ name=’Abigail Kampmann’ subtitle=’CEO, Principle Auto Group’ link=” linktext=”]
I’ve been to some of the top business growth programs in the country, and I’ve found STI’s methodology to be among the most effective. The positive transformation our company has experienced with STI has been profound.

Here are some of our results from Strategy Days, Trainings and Executive Coaching with STI:

  • We’ve powerfully aligned our geographically distributed leadership team with clear communication, needle movers, performance expectations, and proven processes to streamline results and save everyone time and energy.
  • We’ve defined compelling values that everyone is rallying around and associate engagement continues to climb.
  • We’ve created Customer Journeys, Safety/Belonging/Mattering Triggers, Meta Program Profiles for our top 5 customer profiles. Now we know how to step into their shoes and connect more deeply with them and provide even greater service, communication, joy in working with us.
  • We’ve raised the bar on our already high standards of performance, service, and behavior with programs our associates have created.
  • The company’s infrastructure is in place now and evolving to support our rapid growth.
  • We’re reaching new revenue and customer delight records, and have high visibility on our finances and operations overall

As a result it’s now easier to recruit new associates, to onboard them, to bring them powerfully into our high-performing tribe. What a difference STI’s proven processes make! They have sure saved us time and heartache. And I’m more fulfilled, relaxed, and into strategic work than ever before. We are creating a remarkable organization—and our team is doing this together.

Thanks STI for helping us reach new heights (and have fun in the process)!
[av_testimonial_single src=’7374′ name=’Chris Whitney’ subtitle=’CEO, Trans-Phos’ link=” linktext=”]
Our first year working with STI has been better than I ever imagined. As a result of our strategic planning retreats, coaching, and training our team is:

  • Taking greater ownership than ever before
  • More engaged than ever before
  • Stepping out of the tactical into the strategic more than ever before
  • Performing with more clarity, focus, accountability than ever before

It’s as if our whole team has risen to an entirely new level. It’s awesome and energizing! The results we’re getting as a result of our work with STI are tangible too. Together we’ve created:

  • Compelling mission, vision, values and company theme everyone loves
  • Cultural rituals for engagement (high 5s, celebrations/rewards for modeling our values)
  • Performance motivation, measurement and growth process (self-evaluation, leader review, Individual Development Plans, personal improvement process)
  • Accountability structures and tracking
  • 3 year strategic plan with specific tactics, dependencies, contingencies to ensure execution
  • 3 year budget and staffing plan
  • 5 year map to our next key inflection point

I knew our team was remarkable, but seeing them dive into greater depths of leadership, enrolling and engaging others, collaborating in new and powerful ways, embracing new skills and helping to cultivate and elevate others has been a profoundly fulfilling experience. I can’t wait to see what our next year with STI brings. Thanks STI for helping us step into our huge potential!
[av_testimonial_single src=’5704′ name=’Michael Trzupek’ subtitle=’GM Venture Integration Strategic Programs Microsoft’ link=” linktext=”]
As a finance executive it’s key to ensure you’re seen for the strategic value you bring. That’s one of the many reasons coaching with STI has been so transformative. I’ve significantly increased my ability to deliver strategic value across our organization by raising the bar as a leader. I’m now more present with others, listening more deeply, sharing my vision more clearly, enrolling and engaging people like never before.

As a result I’ve built more powerful connections and greater trust with senior executives, peers and team members—all of which is crucial as our business continues to grow, change and evolve.

My team is responding too. We’re more cohesive, effective, energized and ‘on point’ than ever before. My relationships are richer and closer with more open communication. Together we’re achieving more, influencing more, and seeing conflicts and challenges as exciting adventures. I’m now someone who powerfully and quickly brings people together and delivers results that far exceed expectations. I’m now seen as a strategic asset, a trusted advisor and a cultivator of talent and people in general. Thanks STI!
[av_testimonial_single src=’6381′ name=’Steve Ostanek’ subtitle=’President Neundorfer, Inc.’ link=” linktext=”]
We tried your suggestion on recruiting and wanted to share the success story!

We have a long time employee retiring in June 2016.  She is our VP  Finance and has been with us for 22 years. We integrated your strategy for recruiting for value alignment and high accountability into our process. It worked out very well.

We had 70 applicants for the position.  Each applicant received an email from us and requested that they answer these three questions:

Please look at our company mission statement and values by clicking this link:  http://www.neundorfer.com/about-neundorfer/mission-statement.aspx

Please respond to each of these in a reply email.

Tell us about a time when you most powerfully embodied at least one of these values.

How does this position support your passion for your work?  How might working for Neundorfer help you grow as an individual?

What makes a working environment most compelling for you?

We made it clear that if you do not answer the questions you are no longer being considered for the position.  25 out of 70 responded!  Our process to filter through these went much faster as we evaluated the responses.  Only 7 were contacted and brought in for interviews.  2 were brought back for more than 2 interviews and we just selected the candidate today.  Our next step is to have dinner with them and their spouse – the final evaluation.

I think this approach took 30 or more days off the process plus we calculate that the process saved us 60 team member-hours per candidate.  We have two positions we are trying to fill so that’s 120 hours. We’re small so think about a firm who is trying to hire 10, 20 or more positions.  Adds up quick.

The process also gives you more insight into the individual and you feel you know them a lot better which takes the risk off.

So if anyone doubts this, just have them talk to me.  Why would you do it any other way!
[av_testimonial_single src=’6709′ name=’Terry Igo’ subtitle=’CEO, The Tampa Bay Trust Company’ link=” linktext=”]
At our Sales and Marketing Intensive with STI we set out to improve our sales and communication skills and we came away with that and so much more. As a result of our day together we now have:

  • Detailed customer profiles for our top 6 customer types
  • Communication plans for how to connect with them to foster deep rapport
  • An understanding of the path they walk in making a buying decision and how to best be of service to them
  • Sales and Marketing alignment on how to streamline our communications to prospects, customers, referral partners
  • Momentum and enthusiasm in our sales and marketing team to deliver even greater results
  • A template and plan to move forward in further implementing these essential strategies

We are grateful for STI’s unique approach that fits so well with our culture and where we are as a firm right now. Thank you STI!
[av_testimonial_single src=’7376′ name=’Dennis Lum ‘ subtitle=’VP National Channel Strategy, Kaiser Permanente’ link=” linktext=”]

In today’s world of constant change, leaders need simple and powerful tools to support their teams.  STI’s practical, evidence-based tools that you introduced to our sales and underwriting managers were met with appreciation and excitement.  You delivered the workshop in a way that connected with our emotions and intellect. I’m confident that the tools will help us focus on critical objectives and keep our energy high.  We found our time together to be of high value.

[av_testimonial_single src=’6386′ name=’Jamie Harden’ subtitle=’President & CEO Creative Sign Designs, YPO Florida Day Chair’ link=” linktext=”]
Christine’s sessions at both the YPO and CEO Council events I chaired were exceptional. The depth of take-home value, the audience participation, the tangible tools and practical application were generous and tremendously helpful. Everyone raved about the insights and tools they gained, and we can’t wait to have Christine back!
[av_testimonial_single src=’6550′ name=’Len Herstein’ subtitle=’CEO & President ManageCamp Inc.’ link=” linktext=”]
Christine Comaford is a dynamo. Her insight and knowledge is matched by her energy and passion. I was impressed by her ability to engage the audience at Brand ManageCamp while delivering tangible techniques to help the audience propel the performance of their teams to new heights. She was a pleasure to work with, the audience loved her, and I would not hesitate to hire her again!
[av_testimonial_single src=’6341′ name=’Verne Harnish’ subtitle=’Chair Fortune Magazine’s Leadership Summit and author of Scaling Up’ link=” linktext=”]
Christine received the top rating at our Fortune Leadership Summit. Her program on building trust in tangible, measurable, specific ways by showing us how it is experienced in the brain was life-changing. Our audience of 650 business leaders were captivated by her message and engaged as we did labs together to apply Christine’s neuroscience-based tools. It’s been over a month and our participants keep raving about it! We can’t wait to work with Christine again.
[av_testimonial_single src=’7406′ name=’Laura Robblee’ subtitle=’Senior Director, People, GoPro’ link=” linktext=”]

Thank you so much Christine for your brilliance, passion and inspiration you’ve imprinted on each of our minds and hearts. Your program at our first GoPro Women’s Summit empowered everyone profoundly. We have received so much incredible feedback from our attendees! Now they have new tools to help them generate new insights and help others to do the same, to make new meaning about their experiences, to bring safety, belonging, mattering where it is needed so they can lead themselves, others, and the business with a fresh perspective. 

We can’t thank you enough for leading such an impactful session. Your brain-based tools are truly helping our tribe!

[av_testimonial_single src=’7275′ name=’Susan Diamond’ subtitle=’ Chief Learning Officer and Vice President, Women Presidents’ Organization’ link=” linktext=”]
Christine’s dynamic session at our annual training event for WPO Chapter Chairs linking neuroscience-based tools with employee engagement was fascinating.  Our facilitators, who came from all over the world, were intrigued by Christine’s ‘Safety, Belonging, and Mattering Index.’ We’re very interested in practical applications for creating an environment of trust in order to improve group performance as part of WPO’s signature peer learning method.
[av_testimonial_single src=’7910′ name=’Elana Yonah’ subtitle=’Chief Advancement Officer, Conscious Capitalism’ link=” linktext=”]

STI’s program at our Higher Purpose conference received record high ratings! Christine’s tools to help leaders boost connection and engagement were practical, powerful, and easy to put into action. Our participants were buzzing about her program and many other speakers referenced her tools from the stage. The value Christine brought to our event was palpable. We can’t wait to work with her again.

[av_testimonial_single src=’7100′ name=’Laurie Pieper’ subtitle=’Director, Human Resources, Omaha Chamber of Commerce’ link=” linktext=”]
Christine’s session at the Chamber was received with enthusiasm and profound engagement. Everyone rolled up their sleeves, dove in, and learned tools to apply to real-world people challenges they had currently been struggling with. We all know that emotional engagement makes all the difference—but sometimes it’s tricky to understand how exactly to create it. Well now I can say ‘mystery solved.’ We have the tools, we know how to use them. Here comes more emotional engagement for the teams of our members. And that really makes my day! We can’t wait to bring Christine back.
[av_testimonial_single src=’6384′ name=’Chris Carroll’ subtitle=’President Flavorseal, Inc., YPO Cleveland’ link=” linktext=”]
Thank you for sharing your Smart Tribe story with YPO CLE today.  We found the information extremely valuable and worthwhile. There are several great tools and techniques that we will be able to implement immediately into our business.
[av_testimonial_single src=’6398′ name=’Teresa Finn’ subtitle=’Director of Human Resources Server Technology’ link=” linktext=”]
Over the past six months I’ve been in STI’s Culture Coaching program. Wow! We have achieved tremendous results! They include:

  • A complete Cultural GAME (Growth, Appreciation, Measurement, Engagement) plan
  • Growth: we have launched Individual Development Plans, Leadership Development Program,  Leadership Lunches, neuroscience-based trainings on influence, leadership, change, teams, we have enhanced Performance Reviews and more frequent Feedback
  • Appreciation: we’ve enhanced our individual and team-specific celebration/acknowledgement, and have added appreciation techniques that are positively and powerfully received
  • Measurement: our new needle-mover-based accountability structures have helped our executives to connect corporate goals to departments and teams—we all have great clarity on how we’re contributing to the greater good, how important our contributions are, we understand what is expected of us and have terrific visibility on how we’re performing
  • Engagement: our mission, vision, values have been refreshed to be super motivated and are creating a deep experience of tribe—they are more engaging, and are being embodied across our company, our leaders understand their role and commitment more clearly via our compelling Leadership Code of Conduct, our team members love our CEO lunches!
  • We’ve been voted a “Best Places to Work” by our employees
  • Our revenue, production, retention levels have reached record highs

We’re completing our company-wide Learning and Development Plan to support all of our remarkable team members in growing to the heights they aspire too.

Our executive team is deeply aligned now and has the structure, path, process to evolve our awesome culture and company to the next level. The company buzzes with excitement and employee engagement is at record highs. Our team knows they are valued, and we’re all investing in one another. The best part is we all know we’re making a positive difference here. Thanks STI for helping us to create the culture of our dreams!
[av_testimonial_single src=’6390′ name=’Mike Godwin’ subtitle=’IMS Chairman – DFW Region’ link=” linktext=”]
Ok, there’s no way anyone gets a 6.8 out of 7 at their first IMS session…but you did!  You scored 6.8 for speaker effectiveness and 6.6 for content value, both at the top of the excellent range. Thank you again for an awesome day!
[av_testimonial_single src=’5869′ name=’Trần Ngọc Bích’ subtitle=’Deputy CEO – Corporate Service and Governance THP Group’ link=” linktext=”]
How do you grow a leader, really? It takes time, courage, heart, commitment. Time, of course, is what most executives have too little of. This is why I coach with STI. Their neuroscience-based approach has helped me to continuously improve my and my team’s performance in optimal time allocations.

I can always count on Christine to gently nudge me out of my comfort zone, to enable me to see into my blind spots and expand my vision. STI’s SmartTribes Playbook is full of their proven processes and practices for leadership, culture, sales and marketing so my team doesn’t have to reinvent the wheel—we’re too busy for that. In the past year we’ve experienced a profound shift in my team’s effectiveness in delegation, accountability, internal motivation, ability to enroll and engage others, and collaboration. Christine has helped us map out a 1 year plan to get thousands of people performing more effectively, and I’m happy to say we are on track.

Thank you so much for helping me on my journey, and pushing me out of my comfort zone so that I can live my life fully and contribute more to others. Now I know how to grow a leader. Thank you for your leadership!
[av_testimonial_single src=’6388′ name=’Eric Parsons’ subtitle=’VP Talent Management & PeopleFirst Support Domino’s Pizza’ link=” linktext=”]
The STI session for our high-potential team members was well-received and impactful. Our early career leaders gained access to some innovative thinking and creative strategies. The tools Christine Comaford introduced are practical and straightforward to implement.
[av_testimonial_single src=’4518′ name=’Steve Ostanek’ subtitle=’Day Chair, YPO Cleveland, President, Neundorfer, Inc.’ link=” linktext=”]
Christine’s program at YPO Cleveland was one of our best ever. Her rating was 9.4 out of 10, and we’re a tough group to impress. Here are a few things our members liked best about our event with Christine:

“Great take away tools!  These techniques can be implemented ASAP”

“The information presented in a way that can be easily understood and applied”

“Very useful tools, great examples”

“Great insights on solving problems and recruiting”

“Fast pace, lots of great insights”

“The real world applicability of the concepts.  Worth spending the time”

“The ability to take information back to grow my business and improve culture”

“Tremendous take home value”

“Speaker and content were inspiring”

“Great take home value, helps us fill the gaps in our systems”

“The focus on how to apply the learning”

“The interaction, the learning, the new ideas to an old process”

“Discussion of the various responses of the brain and connection to changing behavior”

“Great information, engaging, exciting speaker”

“So many terrific takeaways to put into action and take our organization to the next level”

“Passion of the speaker and culture building information.  Interactive approach was a positive”

“Very interesting topic and content.  Based on my business situation, I came prepared to leave early to deal with some other issues but based on quality of program I found myself more and more engaged as the day went on and was delighted to stay to the end”

“I would love to have something like this every year”

Thanks Christine and SmartTribes Institute for an outstanding event!
[av_testimonial_single src=’4742′ name=’Marc Benioff’ subtitle=’CEO Salesforce.com’ link=” linktext=”]
We all want to build deeper connections and more trust with our teams, colleagues and clients.  Comaford makes this easy by providing a proven playbook for increasing engagement, alignment, and results.
[av_testimonial_single src=’6198′ name=’Michele Bousquet’ subtitle=’Senior Vice President – Administration Forward’ link=” linktext=”]
STI has helped our team to profoundly raise the bar in the past 6 months. Before STI we were running in many diverging directions, we hadn’t optimized our sales and marketing processes and plans, and our team didn’t feel like a cohesive tribe. Here’s how we came together with STI’s help:

  • STI led a Cultural Assessment to find our greatest points of cultural leverage. Their SmartTribes Playbook provided templates for a fresh set of company mission, vision, values, employee surveys and celebrations.
  • With their Leadership Training and Playbook, we aligned our leaders around needle movers and simpler ways to get greater results.
  • With their Influence Training and Sales & Marketing Playbook we are building processes that are propelling our team’s effectiveness to new levels.

STI’s elegant yet simple brain-based programs and Playbooks have helped us to enroll, engage, align our team to optimize our performance. Now we get more done in less time, we are more motivated, we are all speaking the same language, and we all continue to collectively raise the bar. We’re more accountable, aligned, and effective than ever before. We can’t wait to see what we achieve next!
[av_testimonial_single src=’5867′ name=’Brian Gale’ subtitle=’CEO, I.D. Images’ link=” linktext=”]
Often the results of coaching are hard to quantify. Not with STI. In our initial work together we’ve continuously moved the needle. STI is super flexible too—if we’re having a specific challenge, they’ll create a custom training or enhance our playbook to help us tackle it swiftly. With STI’s potent neuroscience techniques we’ve created:

  • Marketing: 300%+ increase in open and click thru rates, a powerful brand promise, rich brain-based client profiles and more effective communication
  • Sales: 25-30% increase in team member performance and revenue results on plan
  • Culture: initial Growth Appreciation Measurement Engagement plan, Leadership Levels and initial program launch
  • Leadership: increased communication, engagement and performance across the whole team, leaders rising up and owning their areas even more powerfully, increased focus and accountability

The net-net is I now can focus where I make the greatest positive difference: in cultivating our terrific leaders, growing the business, and guiding our future.
[av_testimonial_single src=’7925′ name=’Steve Degnan’ subtitle=’Chief HR Officer at Nestle Purina PetCare North America’ link=” linktext=”]

STI’s Building Brilliant Teams training is a key course in our Leadership Development program. Our leaders like the high interactivity, the hands-on labs, the practical brain-based tools that are easy to learn and immediately create high impact results. The case studies which help clarify STI’s key tools are popular too. Here’s direct feedback from our leaders and what they found most helpful: 

· The need to be more aware of what drives others and how to realize and react to it. Everyone is a valuable team member.

· The various tools, like outcome frame and Safety/Belonging/Mattering in particular – also perceiving my team in the terms of a ‘tribe’ with common values that define who we are is good

· Very helpful class – new ways to perceive old and troublesome issues and challenges in our teams and potentially address them going forward

· Learning skills to provide Effective Feedback and Effective Delegation

· Instructor was very knowledgeable and her presentation was full of energy–her experience with other companies was very helpful in putting things into perspective

· Very interesting – tying in the neuroscience and emotional drivers of satisfaction and motivation to drive team performance and happiness

· Feedback and Effective Delegation – these tools I can implement myself

· Great class! One of the best I’ve attended!

· Insights to recruiting

· The experience of the instructor and her ability to link real life/behaviors to the technical field of neuroscience opened my eyes quite a bit.

Thanks STI for helping us to invest in leadership growth. As a result our leaders are raising the bar on building brilliant teams.

[av_testimonial_single src=’4518′ name=’Louis W. Meeks II’ subtitle=’Day Chair, YPO Toledo, Victory Tax Solutions, LLC’ link=” linktext=”]
The Smart Tribes event starring Christine Comaford was an absolute ‘knock the ball out of the park’ HOME RUN. Christine’s rating was an extraordinary 9.4 out of 10. Quite frankly, hearing the term and topic ‘neuro-science based techniques’ was a bit intimidating for my team and me…. However, Christine’s unique ability to reduce the complexity to highly relevant action items was incredible!  My key associates are super-pumped to begin the process of implementing the STI strategies this week. From my vantage point, the content Christine delivered had more applicability to my business and my team than any YPO speaker presentation I have heard in the last five years!

“STI’s event with us was a home run! Christine’s practical neuroscience-based techniques were easy to learn and apply, and our chapter cited countless scenarios in which to use them. The pace was fast, the approach was fresh, our members were highly engaged and the enthusiasm was contagious. We can’t wait to have her back!
[av_testimonial_single src=’4517′ name=’John Gorski ‘ subtitle=’CEO, NAMSA’ link=” linktext=”]
Wow—our team had several ‘ah ha’ moments at our recent Sales and Marketing Intensive with Christine. Now we clearly see what we’re not doing, what we can be doing, and how exactly to do it to get the increased results we want. Christine helped us fill in the gaps to streamline sales and marketing processes, identify the profiles (and surprising similarities) of our diverse prospects, launch powerful neuroscience-based messaging for a new service, further align our sales and marketing teams around common objectives, all while laying out a clear path.

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[av_testimonial_single src=’7102′ name=’Jason Lauritsen’ subtitle=’Quantum Workplace, Chair, HR Reinvention Conference ‘ link=” linktext=”]
How do you captivate a room full of HR professionals? Christine Comaford, that’s how. Christine’s pragmatic, potent, easy to apply neuroscience-backed tools had our audience fascinated and focused. They learned practical techniques to problem-solve some of their most vexing HR challenges. We can’t wait to see what happens next, and plan to bring Christine back in short order. Thanks Christine for helping us raise our collective HR bar.
[av_testimonial_single src=’4518′ name=’Dan Weingart’ subtitle=’Chapter Chair, YPO San Antonio’ link=” linktext=”]
Christine provided tremendous take home value at our forum retreat. We gave her a complex set of challenges, both business and personal, and she skillfully and compassionately navigated them all.

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[av_testimonial_single src=’6211′ name=’Sharon MacDonald ‘ subtitle=’CEO, Model 55’ link=” linktext=”]
When I first met Christine I knew we had to work together, but wasn’t sure what the return on investment in coaching could truly be. Now I know what it is: I think bigger working with Christine – we will double (or greater) our revenue this year as a result of my increased ability to create new strategies, expand my vision, see into my blind spots.

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[av_testimonial_single src=’5023′ name=’Tim Minahan’ subtitle=’CMO, Ariba, Inc.’ link=” linktext=”]
How do you inspire a global sales force to adopt new, high velocity sales techniques and get beyond ‘no’ even in the face of a down economy? SmartTribes Institute, that’s how. Your proven tactics for sales and life success left everyone inspired, invigorated, and ready to exceed their quotas!
[av_testimonial_single src=’4519′ name=’Kelley Eason ‘ subtitle=’Sr. Manager, Media, Global Marketing, Citrix’ link=” linktext=”]
When we received some of our highest registrations ever for Christine’s webinar we knew we were in for a remarkable event! The webinar was one of our most popular, had some of the highest interaction we’ve ever witnessed, and garnered tremendous accolades. Nearly 70% of the participants filled out the post-webinar evaluation–and with rave reviews too. We were thrilled to bring STI’s potent and easy-to-learn neuroscience techniques to our tribe. Thanks Christine!
[av_testimonial_single src=’1199′ name=’Newsweek Magazine’ subtitle=” link=” linktext=”]
By reputation, Christine Comaford is the woman you want to partner with.
[av_testimonial_single src=’4521′ name=’Scott Eisenberg’ subtitle=’Managing Partner, Amherst Partners LLC’ link=” linktext=”]
Prior to working with STI, we did not have a great meeting and communication routine and did not have focused accountability. This was impacting our performance. We could do better. Christine has been very effective in helping me establish a strong meeting and communication rhythm, which has increased our team’s morale and improved our culture.

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[av_testimonial_single src=’5023′ name=’Paula Cabacungan ‘ subtitle=’Sr. Director, Commercial Enablement, Ariba, Inc. ‘ link=” linktext=”]
Christine keynoted our Global Sales conference and received rave reviews! Our team learned practical ways to quickly establish rapport, to rock rejection, and to reinvent themselves—all while keeping an eye on delivering the massive customer value Ariba is known for. Bravo!
[av_testimonial_single src=’4518′ name=’Jean LaPorte’ subtitle=’Day Chair, YPO Montreal’ link=” linktext=”]
The event was a huge success.  The Overall Rating was 9 and we had approximately 90 people present.  Here are some comments from the members:

  • Outstanding take-home value (This comment appeared multiple times)
  • Thanks so much for such a worthwhile and useful program.  Amazing!
  • Rarely do I feel such take-home value… Bravo
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[av_testimonial_single src=’4418′ name=’Michael VanErdewyk’ subtitle=’CEO, ReliaMax’ link=” linktext=”]
STI has made a huge difference in the growth of our company, the level of leadership across the team, the sense of ownership in all of our employees. In addition they are helping me perform at new levels I had not known were possible.

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[av_testimonial_single src=’4518′ name=’Luke Williams ‘ subtitle=’Ed Chair, YPO Connecticut’ link=” linktext=”]
I think Christine Comaford is a Rock Star in the modern business world. Her approach to business leadership and management is cutting edge. It will soon be the new norm, as others will become obsolete.

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[av_testimonial_single src=’5706′ name=’Chris Cooper’ subtitle=’Partner at a Big 4 accounting firm’ link=” linktext=”]
I work across multiple cultures, countries, industries and am always looking for ways to better serve my diverse clients. So when a colleague told me about Christine’s book, which outlines techniques for establishing rapid rapport and trust and for bringing a person deep levels of safety, belonging and mattering, I was fascinated.

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[av_testimonial_single src=’5263′ name=’Dione Spiteri’ subtitle=’CEO, U.S. Appraisal Group’ link=” linktext=”]
STI has helped me to become a more effective leader in the eyes of my team members, my colleagues, my strategic partners and the loved ones in my personal life. A true coach has your back, tells you what you need to hear, helps you grow even when it is uncomfortable. Christine’s commitment to my evolution as an executive and a human being is significant. She’s the real thing… a true coach.

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[av_testimonial_single src=’4514′ name=’Steve Mann ‘ subtitle=’CMO, LexisNexis’ link=” linktext=”]
I’ve been in the sales and marketing world for decades, and I can be a bit skeptical of consultants. Christine changed all that. From the start she was generous with her time, ROI-focused, and profoundly accountable.

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[av_testimonial_single src=’4518′ name=’Jennifer Shemwell ‘ subtitle=’Ed Chair, YPO San Antonio’ link=” linktext=”]
Christine’s program at our chapter retreat was one of our best ever! She taught us fascinating and effective neuroscience techniques to deliver high leverage results in three areas: to boost our leadership by enrolling and engaging others deeply; to shift our culture and create positive behavior, belief, identity change; and to successfully impact revenue and profit by applying her techniques in sales and marketing scenarios. Everyone was wowed by the take home value and thanked me for ‘raising the bar’ in our YPO chapter.

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[av_testimonial_single src=’4506′ name=’Tom Moore’ subtitle=’Director of Sales and Marketing, Baxter Manufacturing’ link=” linktext=”]
When my boss said he wanted me to increase our top line sales by 30% fast I was wondering how I’d do it. We’re a huge company, and growth like this doesn’t happen overnight. I’ve been in sales for decades and increased quotas are nothing new to me. I thought I knew the ropes. Then I met the team at STI.

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[av_testimonial_single src=’4506′ name=’Jeff Hoffman’ subtitle=’General Manager, Baxter Manufacturing’ link=” linktext=”]
I’d heard that STI helps companies increase annual revenues by 25-110% and net income by 17-200%. Long term sustainable top line growth was something missing at my company so I decided to see what STI was all about.

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[av_testimonial_single src=’4518′ attachment=” name=’Samantha Borland ‘ subtitle=’Chapter Administrator, YPO Global One’ link=” linktext=”]
As a Certified Meeting Planner and Conference Coordinator for the past 18 years, I have hired hundreds of speakers for conferences, day workshops, seminars and social events. Over the years, one speaker’s message runs into the next and the thrill of hiring and hearing speakers’ presentations and messages has dulled.

Therefore, when I read Christine Comaford’s book Rules For Renegades, I instantly knew she was different and that I had to hire her and bring her to my YPO client, Global One.


[av_testimonial_single src=’5274′ name=’Robb Hollosy ‘ subtitle=’Marketing Manager, National City Business Banking’ link=” linktext=”]
Hands-up, hands-down — STI brought inspirational insight and practical tools to both our sales team and the clients they invited.
[av_testimonial_single src=’4418′ name=’Patrick Cary’ subtitle=’Vice President Marketing, ReliaMax’ link=” linktext=”]
I have experienced a profound surge of support and renewed connection with my team as a result of coaching with STI.

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[av_testimonial_single src=’4418′ name=’Heather Sanow’ subtitle=’Director of Training and Communications, ReliaMax’ link=” linktext=”]
Before working with STI I was stuck in a position that I knew I had outgrown, yet I wasn’t sure how to envision and evolve to the next level. Christine and the team helped me clear my limiting beliefs, expand my vision, look into the blind spots that had held me back. Then we formed a solid strategy for how I could best serve my company.

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[av_testimonial_single src=’4512′ name=’Jason Beans’ subtitle=’CEO, Rising Medical Solutions’ link=” linktext=”]
Rising already had a fantastic culture and tremendous growth over the years, but we can always get better. I’d been through a couple of STI trainings and knew some leaders I respected who worked with STI and had rave comments about their ability to develop great leadership and ensure continued growth, so I was curious.

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[av_testimonial_single src=’5274′ name=’Kim Hopkins’ subtitle=’Sr. Vice President, Area Sales Manager Business Banking National City Bank’ link=” linktext=”]
Christine delivered a thought-provoking keynote at our recent client and team appreciation event. The audience was entertained, encouraged and gently challenged to take their careers and lives to the next level. Christine’s pragmatic techniques for reinventing oneself, increasing connection with others, and delivering results were all spot-on. The feedback has been phenomenal!
[av_testimonial_single src=’5289′ name=’Christina Bui ‘ subtitle=’ACG Programs Committee Chair and President Elect, San Francisco Chapter’ link=” linktext=”]
Christine Comaford helped our Chapter put together an excellent panel of speakers and program about Talent Optimization. She is an amazing moderator full of energy, enthusiasm, knowledge of the topic, and ability to steer the discussion to keep the audience captivated. It was one of our best programs! We learned a lot of new things as well!
[av_testimonial_single src=’4538′ name=’Fortune Magazine’ subtitle=” link=” linktext=”]
Christine Comaford has turned the traditional VC process on its ear.
[av_testimonial_single src=’4302′ name=’Kyleen Fishwick ‘ subtitle=’Integrated Account Manager, Businessweek’ link=” linktext=”]
Your keynote at our client appreciation event was a smashing success! Thanks for a lively, inspirational, thought-provoking program. I know everyone left with tangible take-aways to both excel in their careers and lead balanced, fulfilling lives. Thanks Christine!
[av_testimonial_single src=’4302′ name=’Margaret Posh’ subtitle=’Businessweek’ link=” linktext=”]
You are one of a kind. Thank you for making the event smart and interesting for everyone involved. You have a passion for what you do and it shows —and, you GSD!! Thank you again for everything.
[av_testimonial_single src=’4536′ name=’Joy Boatwright’ subtitle=’Senior Financial Advisor, Merrill Lynch Global Private Client Services’ link=” linktext=”]
Our client appreciation event was our best ever-thanks to you, Christine! You reinforced our brand as the financial advisor whose finger is on the pulse of what the high net worth individual needs. Our clients and prospects were enthralled, entertained, and eager to take decisive action regarding their financial future.
[av_testimonial_single src=’4522′ name=’Karyn Barsa’ subtitle=’CEO, Coyuchi’ link=” linktext=”]
I’ve been in board rooms around the world, and I’ve been in the C Suite for many years. I thought I’d learned a great deal about leadership and culture in my roles as COO and CFO at Patagonia, and CEO at Smith & Hawken. Then I met Christine.

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[av_testimonial_single src=” name=’Marc Ruosso’ subtitle=’Event Chair, EO G2 2010′ link=” linktext=”]
You rocked. Thank you very much for the extraordinary job you did today. People were high from your energy. WOW!! Great presentation. Thank you again.
[av_testimonial_single src=’4529′ name=’David Hassell’ subtitle=’CEO, 15Five – Former President EO San Francisco Chapter’ link=” linktext=”]
STI has been my coach for 90 days, and WOW have I been blown away from the results.

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[av_testimonial_single src=’5284′ name=’Reza Bavar ‘ subtitle=’Chair, EO Alchemy 2010′ link=” linktext=”]
How do you get a room full of accomplished entrepreneurs and executives transfixed? Christine Comaford, that’s how. Her program invigorated, surprised, and moved high achievers to find more meaning in their work, be more authentic and fulfilled, and ultimately, get more out of their teams. If you want results like this, call Christine. I certainly will again!
[av_testimonial_single src=’4508′ name=’Kristin Richmond’ subtitle=’CEO, Revolution Foods’ link=” linktext=”]
Whatever business challenge we’ve come up with, Christine and the STI team have worked through it before—and often across multiple industries. STI has multiple approaches and strategies for us to pick from and match with our culture and the opportunity at hand. STI’s tools and techniques are practical, easy to apply, and are super impactful. They have truly resonated with my team.

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[av_testimonial_single src=’4530′ name=’Betty Bodenweiser’ subtitle=’CEO, Foundation for Learning’ link=” linktext=”]
Before I started coaching with STI my company was growing slowly, without a solid plan. In the first four months working with STI, we’ve created a solid marketing plan, additional revenue streams and a reliable revenue plan, a staffing plan, standard operating procedures for our most crucial company functions, made 2 key hires and I finally feel on top of my business.

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[av_testimonial_single src=’5270′ name=’Alexis Martin Neely ‘ subtitle=’CEO, Personal Family Lawyer & Serial Entrepreneur’ link=” linktext=”]
I’ve built successful businesses before, but never one that required outside financing. My new endeavor spiraled into a rapid growth trajectory, which is why I sought out STI. I was skeptical about involving just anyone in my new business, but after reading articles on Christine, reading her book and doing my own version of further investigation – I was sold!

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[av_testimonial_single src=’6277′ name=’Odette D’Aniello ‘ subtitle=’Celebrity Cake Studio ‘ link=” linktext=”]
STI is thorough, creative, energetic and very compelling. The material is comprehensive and ideas actionable – the programs are a fantastic place to lay out your business ideas and get valid and innovative feedback in a friendly and high energy environment.
[av_testimonial_single src=’5277’ name=’Jack Canfield ‘ subtitle=’Co-Author of the ‘Chicken Soup for the Soul®’ series’ link=” linktext=”]

STI can launch your business and life into the stratosphere. Often funny, always cut-to-the-chase, she delivers the goods to get you where you want to go, exposing her trials and triumphs along the way.

[av_testimonial_single src=’6273′ name=’Phillip H. Gordon ‘ subtitle=’Consultant and Adjunct Faculty, Mills Graduate School of Business ‘ link=” linktext=”]

It was a very great pleasure to meet and listen to you. The students couldn’t stop raving about your presentation and about you. On a scale of 1-100, you were a 1000. Many thanks for coming and giving us so much!

[av_testimonial_single src=’6275′ name=’Jasmin Young ‘ subtitle=’Co-chair, Entrepreneurship Panel 2007 Women in Leadership Conference of the Haas School of Business at Berkeley’ link=” linktext=”]

Christine lit up the panel with her passion and energy; her practical perspectives and thought-provoking insights on entrepreneurship borne from hard-earned experience were also an inspiration! Thank you, Christine!

[av_testimonial_single src=’6278′ name=’Jennifer Colosi ‘ subtitle=’Co-Chair Silicon Valley Committee, Financial Women’s Association ‘ link=” linktext=”]

Thank you for your great presentation on The New Laws of Leadership. You made it easy for each person to grasp impactful take-aways even after a long day of work and rowing through a rainy drive in. It was a success indeed!

[av_testimonial_single src=’4510′ name=’Asha Chaudhary’ subtitle=’CEO, Jaipur Rugs’ link=” linktext=”]

Working with STI has made a huge positive difference for us in sales, marketing, culture, operational efficiency and leadership overall. Our sales plan is now streamlined, and our reps have compelling new incentives—plus we’re getting great feedback from them. We’re now putting in place a solid ROI structure and can cost-justify our marketing–plus STI introduced us to trusted, cost-effective marketing resources.

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[av_testimonial_single src=’5710′ attachment=” name=’Karl E. Hansen’ subtitle=’President and CEO, The Vita Companies’ link=” linktext=”]

Christine’s keynote at our annual client conference was a smashing success! 300 Human Resources professionals rated her program as one of our best ever—it was rich in practical techniques, profound insights, and plenty of humor (much appreciated after lunch!). Christine made neuroscience and the brain approachable, and our clients were thrilled to learn how easy and yet impactful her tools are. We’ll certainly have Christine again.

[av_testimonial_single src=’7275′ name=’Myrna Marofsky’ subtitle=’Chapter Chair, Women President’s Organization’ link=” linktext=”]

Thanks for making this a very enriching day. Your program was very well received by our members, who found the day to be full of practical highly useful tools they could immediately apply to create positive revenue growth, cultural engagement and individual motivation. 

Keep up your meaningful work. You are making difference!! 

[av_testimonial_single src=’5263′ name=’Stacey LaFlamme’ subtitle=’Revisions Manager, U.S. Appraisal Group’ link=” linktext=”]

Sometimes we lose ourselves. Working with STI I realized that for a long time I’d played the victim without realizing it. My self-confidence and self-trust had plummeted as a result of some very challenging experiences over the course of many years.

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[av_testimonial_single src=’5266′ name=’Paula Wilbert’ subtitle=’CEO, Joint Protection Products’ link=” linktext=”]

With the support and resources of STI we increased revenue 3x this past year! My 10 year plan has been streamlined to 5 years, and I plan to sell my business for multiple millions by then. I wish I had found STI sooner! Work with her & you WILL reach your goals!

[av_testimonial_single src=’5269′ name=’Tim Dineen & Natalia Ippolito ‘ subtitle=’Co-founders: Inspire Me Media’ link=” linktext=”]

STI’s personal coaching in our business plan and on acquiring advisors and investors was brilliant. They de-mystified so much for us and Christine’s personal contacts have been helpful several times.

Because of STI we are approaching billionaires, millionaires and world famous speakers to consider strategic alliances. Thankfully we had the courage to hire STI.

[av_testimonial_single src=’5286′ attachment=” name=’Michael Sansolo ‘ subtitle=’Senior Vice President Food Marketing Institute’ link=” linktext=”]

Our members rely on us to provide them with leading-edge speakers and break-through ideas. Christine keynoted our annual CEO conference and got a standing ovation. Need I say more? Nope.

[av_testimonial_single src=’4527′ name=’Sabetay Palatchi’ subtitle=’CEO, General Financial’ link=” linktext=”]

If you want to gain tremendous clarity on your business strategy and priorities, consider STI.


[av_testimonial_single src=’5276′ attachment=” name=’Brent Payne and Shane Krider’ subtitle=’Co-CEOs, Liberty League International’ link=” linktext=”]

On behalf of our entire Liberty League family, thank you for the incredible excitement and energy generated by your presentation at our Liberty Conference in Cancun. Thank you for your professionalism, commitment and inspiration.

[av_testimonial_single src=’4537′ attachment=” name=’Gregg Brandyberry’ subtitle=’VP Procurement, Global Systems and Operations, GlaxoSmithKline’ link=” linktext=”]

We’re a high performance service team in a very complex business with very demanding customers.


[av_testimonial_single src=’5288′ attachment=” name=’Jazmin Potucek’ subtitle=’National Diversity Council’ link=” linktext=”]

We were thrilled to have Christine lead our recent Silicon Valley Women in Leadership Symposium. She kept the energy, value, and enthusiasm high throughout our three hour afternoon session. Our audience was deeply engaged and the reviews were among our best ever.

If you want an engaging, high-energy speaker, plus high value strategies your audience can immediately apply, Christine is the answer.

[av_testimonial_single src=’5283′ attachment=” name=’Sunny Nunan ‘ subtitle=’President & Founder, Core24’ link=” linktext=”]

If you need a speaker to engage your most difficult audience — “Type A”, dynamic business leaders that are often difficult to engage, you need Christine Comaford.


[av_testimonial_single src=” attachment=” name=’Mary Ross ‘ subtitle=’CEO, Five Star Events’ link=” linktext=”]

I cannot adequately express how much I value what you do, the opportunities you provide to people, the lives you touch and how you inspire. What you created last weekend will change my life in deep and meaningful ways. My new friendships are friendships that I feel and hope will last a lifetime.

[av_testimonial_single src=” attachment=” name=’Nabil Oudeh ‘ subtitle=’CEO, Centre for Conflict Resolution’ link=” linktext=”]

The Hot Seats, interaction with the other participants, and Christine’s energy and advice were exceptional! I wouldn’t change a thing!

[av_testimonial_single src=” attachment=” name=’Suzanne Kyra’ subtitle=’CEO, Kyra Consulting Inc.’ link=” linktext=”]

Thank you for your fantastic leadership. I have just returned home robust with direction and focus. These three days were nurturing and inspiring for me. Loads of work to do.

[av_testimonial_single src=’6268′ name=’Edan Barshan ‘ subtitle=’CEO, Universal Benefit Plans, Inc.’ link=” linktext=”]

I liked the interactivity within the group, loved the curriculum, loved the openness and the flow of good energy and support with my peers. I have learned more in one weekend than I did at the other business events I attended over the past years!

[av_testimonial_single src=’6269′ name=’Lisa Vincenti ‘ subtitle=’CEO, Sensory Revolution’ link=” linktext=”]

The tone was upbeat and not the typical workshop mania, the caliber of participants was more than amazing! You are such a wealth of knowledge and heart. I feel safe choosing you as my mentor. Now I connect tangibly with my company’s next 90 days!

[av_testimonial_single src=” attachment=” name=’Susan Scanland ‘ subtitle=’CEO, Geriscan’ link=” linktext=”]

I liked the implementation of a 90 day plan with direct feedback. The group energy and connection was incredible. Christine is such a powerhouse of info for entrepreneurs who get ‘stuck’ at a certain stage of business growth. She ‘throws a rope’, pulls us out of our holes, allows us to see the light, provides us with a crystal clear picture of our business.

[av_testimonial_single src=’6271′ name=’Seymour Segnit ‘ subtitle=’Founder & President, Change That’s Right Now, Inc. & Trainer, Peak Potentials Guerilla Business School’ link=” linktext=”]

You have to see Christine to believe her—and even then it’s hard. The audience, tired after several days of intensive training, was captivated. Christine goes beyond mere credibility, intelligence, enthusiasm and humor to something very rare indeed: a feeling in the audience that she is their best friend, mentor and ultimate champion. And she is. Awesome.

[av_testimonial_single src=’6274′ name=’Denise Brosseau’ subtitle=’Invent Your Future’ link=” linktext=”]

Christine was one of the highest ranking speakers at our recent event — no surprise given her sense of humor, terrific content and wonderful energy. At the follow-up reception she was bombarded with Q&A for over two hours and she was happy to stay and share her connections and ideas with each and every attendee. I highly recommend Christine as a speaker at your upcoming event. She will definitely WOW your audience!

[av_testimonial_single src=’6270′ name=’Claudia & Fabrice Caporal’ subtitle=’Peer Momentum ‘ link=” linktext=”]

Christine is a powerhouse of resources and creativity. Her material is insightful and practical-everyone in business needs it. Find an event where she’s presenting, get her book, get an opportunity to be in the same room with her, you’ll leave with specific techniques you can immediately apply to turbo-charge your business. Thank you Christine!

[av_testimonial_single src=’6272′ name=’Rufeng Liang ‘ subtitle=’Event Planner, Chinese Information and Networking Association’ link=” linktext=”]

Thank you so much for your wonderful presentation at CINA, the audience really liked your speech and some were asking if we can have back for another one in the future. We learned a lot from your mixed presentation about both intrapreneurship and entrepreneurship.

[av_testimonial_single src=” attachment=” name=’Linda Holroyd ‘ subtitle=’CEO, FountainBlue ‘ link=” linktext=”]

Thank you for doing such a terrific job at today’s SV High Tech Entrepreneurs’ Forum! I received many compliments from the audience about how knowledgeable you are. Thank you so much for taking the time to tell your incredible tale! You are truly an inspiration.

[av_testimonial_single src=” attachment=” name=’Kelly Phair McCarthy ‘ subtitle=’Tomlinson Zisko LLP’ link=” linktext=”]

Thank you for your program! The feedback we have received is all beyond positive. Everyone loved it.

[av_testimonial_single src=” attachment=” name=’Sally Crawford ‘ subtitle=’President, ATW Silicon Valley’ link=” linktext=”]

Christine’s high-energy presentation style and heartfelt message made a significant impact on women who attended ATW’s Volunteer event. She generously shared personal stories which made the presentation come alive.

[av_testimonial_single src=’6276′ name=’Kristina Gilbertson ‘ subtitle=’Assistant Director of Career Services, Colorado Technical University Online’ link=” linktext=”]

Thank you for putting so much energy, charisma, charm, and character into your speech! I know our students will be inspired and then some!

[av_testimonial_single src=’5258′ name=’Ray Sjolseth’ subtitle=’President, Seesmart’ link=” linktext=”]

As a result of working with SmartTribes Institute we have accelerated growth by 100-300% monthly—and we are sustaining this level. Further, we have created a guaranteed revenue stream via a distributor network, and negotiated countless complex financing, human resource, and client deals.

STI has helped us achieve multiple business breakthroughs through her incredible insight, guidance, focus, long term thought. The result for our business has been sustained growth, M&A positioning, and IP Protection.

[av_testimonial_single src=’5260′ name=’Henry Wong’ subtitle=’CEO, Rally Commerce CCA’ link=” linktext=”]

Within the first 6 months of working with STI our company achieved phenomenal results. STI brought us over 2 dozen strategic partners, assisted us in acquiring a competitor for a super low price, helped us quadruple our revenue and optimize our marketing plan, raise venture capital financing, the list goes on and on because we’re working with her to this day.

STI is our secret weapon.

[av_testimonial_single src=’5262′ name=’Nammy Patel ‘ subtitle=’Founder and CEO, Green Dentistry’ link=” linktext=”]

Coaching with STI has been one of the most powerful experiences of my life. It’s not often, as a CEO, that you are present to all your leadership opportunities and blindspots and STI has been instrumental in me understanding where our biggest leverage points were in our company and how to capitalize on them.

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[av_testimonial_single src=’4512′ name=’Rick Thompson’ subtitle=’VP Talent Management, Rising Medical Solutions’ link=” linktext=”]

Before working with STI we had a terrific group of very capable individuals who weren’t always working effectively as a team. With our rapid growth it was key to raise the bar on leadership and collaboration among all divisions.

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[av_testimonial_single src=’4524′ name=’Gail Tolstoi-Miller’ subtitle=’CEO, consultnetworx’ link=” linktext=”]

I initially hired Christine because I needed a Business Coach/Mentor to help guide me grow my business and provide insight on improving process improvement, efficiencies, and building a great team and company. In addition, STI is known for helping change behavior that can be a hindrance to your organization.

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[av_testimonial_single src=’4526′ name=’Christopher DeCharms’ subtitle=’CEO, Omneuron Medical Sciences & Technology Company’ link=” linktext=”]

STI has done a fantastic job in helping us with building our culture of opportunity and accountability.  They have worked with each of us on finding greater clarity on what stokes our true passion as individuals, and how this can be used in service of our team goals and achieving what we really care most about.

In less than two months so far, we are already seeing important improvements in our communication, our focus, both our teams’ excitement and my own, and ultimately in our output.  We look forward to continuing to work together.

[av_testimonial_single src=’5268′ name=’Marcia Weider ‘ subtitle=’CEO, Dream University’ link=” linktext=”]

STI helped me grow my company exponentially—to 7 Figures! I cannot recommend SmartTribes Institute enough. I received my investment back 100 times. I am working less and making more and now have a lifestyle that is in alignment with what I teach.

[av_testimonial_single src=’4512′ attachment=” name=’Jason Beans ‘ subtitle=’CEO, Rising Medical Solutions Inc., G2 2011 Chair’ link=” linktext=”]

Christine has spoken at G2: Growing of Giants, a collection of entrepreneurs from around the world, twice so far. Christine has an amazing mind that moves at the speed the rest of the world should.


[av_testimonial_single src=’6290′ name=’Eric Parsons’ subtitle=’VP Talent Management & PeopleFirst Support Domino’s Pizza ‘ link=” linktext=”]
The STI session for our high-potential team members was well-received and impactful. Our early career leaders gained access to some innovative thinking and creative strategies. The tools Christine Comaford introduced are practical and straightforward to implement.
[av_testimonial_single src=’4539′ name=’Stanford Graduate School of Business’ subtitle=’Palo Alto, CA’ link=” linktext=”]
Spend five minutes with Christine Comaford and the overriding impression you get is one of energy… velocity… sheer momentum. Christine is a whirling dervish of action and inspiration. She is the rarest of Silicon Valley personae: the bottom-line financier with a top-line evangelistic zeal.
[av_testimonial_single src=’6267′ name=’Lisa Calhoun ‘ subtitle=’CEO, Write2Market’ link=” linktext=”]
Christine’s coaching has been instrumental in accelerating growth in my company from 2011 to 2012–triple digit this last year. She pushes, she paws at existing structures, and she insists on performance. Great investment.
[av_testimonial_single src=’7275′ name=’Mindy Goodfriend’ subtitle=’Women President’s Organization Chapter Chair NY2′ link=” linktext=”]
“Our program with STI was uniquely outstanding! Here are some of the many raves from our chapter:

  • ‘This is the best workshop I have ever attended at a WPO Retreat!’
  • ‘The content was very relevant to my current business needs and challenges’
  • ‘Now I understand what motivates the people I work with’
  • ‘Very thought-provoking and concrete’
  • ‘You brought so much to light for me… I loved the dialog’
  • ‘Christine is a highly dynamic and empathic teacher… she is enthusiastic and thoughtful’
  • ‘Great examples and tools I can start using tomorrow’
  • ‘Very effective and relevant’
  • ‘This helped me understand why my employees sometimes don’t “get” me’
  • ‘Christine’s energy level and knowledge shared were remarkable’
  • ‘Christine’s presentation was very clear. She took time to explain if people truly needed to stop and deep dive into a part.’

Christine delivered great value with the workshop, and many participants will pursue additional work with Christine independently within their companies.”
[av_testimonial_single src=’7275′ name=’Nancy Geenen’ subtitle=’Silicon Valley Chapter Chair, Women President’s Organization ‘ link=” linktext=”]

When CEOs spend a full day learning about leadership, the expectations are sky high. And Smart Tribes Institute delivered! Christine’s session for the Silicon Valley Chapter was one of the strongest workshops we’ve had. Christine helped us understand the basics of the human brain.  We learned about STI’s easy, potent tools to enroll, engage, align, empower our teams in immediate and high impact ways. As leaders, the labs we did during the workshop helped us address our real-world challenges and apply STI’s tools to them. This boosted everyone’s understanding profoundly. Christine was also warm and generous with her expertise. Everyone is still buzzing about the program. We can’t wait to have her back!

[av_testimonial_single src=’4518′ name=’Scott Stevenson ‘ subtitle=’Education Chair, YPO Wisconsin ‘ link=” linktext=”]

Our event with Christine was one of our best ever! The room full of 100+ leaders was fully engaged for an entire day. I’ve never seen anything like it. Christine took the time to learn what would benefit our members most, and then designed a custom program that blew everyone’s mind. The tools were just what we needed to take our teams to the next level, to create deeply engaging company cultures, to market more effectively and close sales faster. We’re all high performers, and it’s rare that we hear something that fascinates us. Christine’s program had everyone diving in, learning new techniques, applying them to key business challenges, and buzzing about how they could share these tools with their teams. What a remarkable session! We’ll have Christine here again.

[av_testimonial_single src=’4518′ name=’Daniel Levin’ subtitle=’Education Chair, YPO Windy City’ link=” linktext=”]

Incredible event! The program we had recently with STI was one of the highest rated of the year! Christine did pre-work to learn what our members’ top business challenges were, then brought exactly what we needed to solve them. She made sure we understood how to use the tools, specifics on applying them to different scenarios, and she also was very generous with extra tools and extra time. The whole day was non-stop take-home value! Our members didn’t know it was possible to get this much value in a single program. We will definitely have Christine work with our CEOs again. Everyone gave overwhelmingly positive feedback!

[av_testimonial_single src=’7275′ name=’Jayne Huston’ subtitle=’Chapter Chair – Greensburg and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Women President’s Organization (WPO)’ link=” linktext=”]

The workshop you led for our Mid Atlantic Region WPO members in Harrisburg was incredible. All our members raved about the tremendous value they received and the excellent investment of time the day was for their businesses. 

Based on the verbal feedback received after the workshop by Chapter Chairs, I would venture to suggest that this was one of our most impactful and successful events over the past many years. Thank you for giving us a new way to view our employees. We’re all excited to get busy and use the tools to create a ground swell of WPO business Smart Tribes in the Mid Atlantic Region!

[av_testimonial_single src=’7275′ name=’Lesley Mallow Wendell’ subtitle=’Chair, Philadelphia and Wilmington Chapters, Women Presidents’ Organization’ link=” linktext=”]

Thank you so much for leading an incredibly impactful program for our WPO Members in the Mid-Atlantic Region.  The feedback has been has been extremely positive, and members in my chapters were excited to have tools they could start using right away in their work and personal lives.  I am pleased to share the following email I received from one of the newer WPO members:  ‘I would be remiss in not mentioning how amazing her presentation was.  It has been life changing for me.  I read the book, but her presentation really brought it to life.’

[av_testimonial_single src=’7952′ name=’Rhonda Overby’ subtitle=’President/CEO, Camera Ready Incorporated’ link=” linktext=”]

Christine Comaford offers an awesome combination; she is:

  • HIGHLY Evolved
  • Extremely Experienced
  • and Most Interested in enabling you to attain your goals.
[av_testimonial_single src=’8095′ name=’Cheryl Farr’ subtitle=’Founder, SIGNAL.csk Brand Partners™’ link=” linktext=”]
Our first year with STI has been a total game-changer! Emotional engagement is our highest ever: we’re all super aligned behind a vision we share and are totally in sync. Communication is also at an all-time high: we’re open, compassionate, clear, and honest with each other and we now have new levels of collaboration and trust. The results have been tangible, measurable and specific: new clients, increased operational efficiency, some of the best work we’ve ever created, and it feels like we’re just beginning to hit our stride.

Thank you for helping us raise our level of leadership, for helping us optimize our culture and org chart, for helping us set clear and compelling needle movers and so much more. Our marketing is more effective than ever before, our updated values, mission, and vision are inspiring everyone, and our new tools to increase engagement, communication and prioritization are taking us to new heights. WOW. I knew our team was awesome, and they just keep raising the bar. I’m so glad we’re on this adventure together!
[av_testimonial_single src=’8169′ name=’Patrick Gallagher’ subtitle=’Vice President, Gallagher Asphalt Corporation’ link=” linktext=”]
What a high impact day at our recent Sales & Marketing Intensive! Lots of great feedback from our team. VERY impactful for us. I was thrilled by how quickly everyone grasped your powerful brain-based rapport tools.

Our team is fired up and charging ahead at remarkable speed:

  • They are already working on direct mail concepts using their new rapport tools—they’ll present them in 2 weeks
  • Our infographics are being optimized for high response rates with Safety, Belonging, Mattering, Meta Programs, WIIFM, CURVE
  • The 4 Customer Journey Personas we created together are ready for validation
  • Our Sales and Marketing Needle Movers are clear and all our programs are tied directly to them
  • Our new marketing plan has been shared and all are engaged, aligned, enrolled
  • The Sales team is on board with the new stages, probabilities, X Factor to streamline pipeline visibility and performance
  • Our client success stories are teed up and will be deployed easily, ensuring we amplify the awesome work our organization does for our clients

We now have the tools to support our Sales and Marketing team members to bring their personal best every single day

Our day together was the most productive and high ROI sales/marketing gathering I’ve ever experienced. And I’ve experienced plenty of them! Thank you Christine and STI! I can’t wait to see what we create together next.
[av_testimonial_single src=’8177′ name=’Doreen Lettau’ subtitle=’VP Market & Business Development, Plymouth Foam, Inc.’ link=” linktext=”]
I’ve been a sales and marketing professional for decades and thought I knew all the coolest tools. Then I met Christine and the team at STI. Their powerful, easy to use, clear tools have really packed a punch for us!

We’re only 2 months into using our new brain-based tools and the tangible benefits are already rolling in. We recently had our first very positive results using our new Customer Journey, SBM, Meta Program, WIIFM and CURVE tools. Here’s what happened:

  1. With a key client we had a deep and actionable conversation of expectations that were and were NOT being met.
  2. We then took action on expectations we hadn’t realized weren’t being met resulting in:
    a.  Actual cost elimination benefiting both companies and saving our customer $100K annually…
    b.  We increased rapport using our new tools, creating a deeper business and personal relationship resulting in…
  3. Implementing a 3 year supply agreement locking in existing business with incentives for new business growth!

In 60 days we went from potentially losing business to an engaged partner willing to participate in a 3 year agreement benefiting both of our companies!  This was the customer we chose to validate the customer journey with… and it became a $2 million phone call…

Our sales team is now a cohesive tribe vs lone rangers, they have a clear standard sales process with stages that map to our Customer Journeys and marketing tools per stage. Our sales visibility is greater than it’s ever been before, as we now have tools to accelerate pipeline momentum and reporting, and know how to “unstick and unstall” any accounts that need help

Our marketing is only focused on what will drive solid results via metrics, and we have the playbook to enroll, engage, align with our internal stakeholders, our prospects and clients, our partners and key influencers too. Our new brain-based tools really work!!

Thanks STI—I can’t wait to see where we go from here!”