Rave Reviews

Bill Gates

Christine is super-high bandwidth.

Bill GatesCo-founder, Microsoft
Bill Clinton

Thank you for all your work in fostering American entrepreneurship.

Bill ClintonFormer US President
Brandon Ewing

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.

Brandon EwingCEO Server Technology, Inc.
Andres Ferrara

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.

Andres FerraraDirector General, Analitek
Alberto Moriana

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.

Alberto MorianaHead of Sales P&G Latin America
Tim Herrod

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.

Tim HerrodVice President, Procurement, Potash Corporation
Abigail Kampmann

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)!

Abigail KampmannCEO, Principle Auto Group
Chris Whitney

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!

Chris WhitneyCEO, Trans-Phos
Michael Trzupek

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!

Michael TrzupekGM Venture Integration Strategic Programs Microsoft
Steve Ostanek

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!

Steve OstanekPresident Neundorfer, Inc.
Terry Igo

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!

Terry IgoCEO, The Tampa Bay Trust Company
Dennis Lum

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.

Dennis Lum VP National Channel Strategy, Kaiser Permanente
Jamie Harden

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!

Jamie HardenPresident & CEO Creative Sign Designs, YPO Florida Day Chair
Len Herstein

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!

Len HersteinCEO & President ManageCamp Inc.
Verne Harnish

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.

Verne HarnishChair Fortune Magazine’s Leadership Summit and author of Scaling Up
Laura Robblee

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!

Laura RobbleeSenior Director, People, GoPro
Susan Diamond

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.

Susan Diamond Chief Learning Officer and Vice President, Women Presidents’ Organization
Elana Yonah

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.

Elana YonahChief Advancement Officer, Conscious Capitalism
Laurie Pieper

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.

Laurie PieperDirector, Human Resources, Omaha Chamber of Commerce
Chris Carroll

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.

Chris CarrollPresident Flavorseal, Inc., YPO Cleveland
Teresa Finn

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!

Teresa FinnDirector of Human Resources Server Technology
Mike Godwin

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!

Mike GodwinIMS Chairman – DFW Region
Trần Ngọc Bích

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!

Trần Ngọc BíchDeputy CEO – Corporate Service and Governance THP Group
Eric Parsons

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.

Eric ParsonsVP Talent Management & PeopleFirst Support Domino’s Pizza
Steve Ostanek

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!

Steve OstanekDay Chair, YPO Cleveland, President, Neundorfer, Inc.
Marc Benioff

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.

Marc BenioffCEO Salesforce.com
Michele Bousquet

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!

Michele BousquetSenior Vice President – Administration Forward
Brian Gale

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.

Brian GaleCEO, I.D. Images
Steve Degnan

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.

Steve DegnanChief HR Officer at Nestle Purina PetCare North America
Louis W. Meeks II

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!

Louis W. Meeks IIDay Chair, YPO Toledo, Victory Tax Solutions, LLC
John Gorski

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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John Gorski CEO, NAMSA
Jason Lauritsen

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.

Jason LauritsenQuantum Workplace, Chair, HR Reinvention Conference
Dan Weingart

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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Dan WeingartChapter Chair, YPO San Antonio
Sharon MacDonald

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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Sharon MacDonald CEO, Model 55
Tim Minahan

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!

Tim MinahanCMO, Ariba, Inc.
Kelley Eason

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!

Kelley Eason Sr. Manager, Media, Global Marketing, Citrix
Newsweek Magazine

By reputation, Christine Comaford is the woman you want to partner with.

Newsweek Magazine
Scott Eisenberg

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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Scott EisenbergManaging Partner, Amherst Partners LLC
Paula Cabacungan

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!

Paula Cabacungan Sr. Director, Commercial Enablement, Ariba, Inc.
Jean LaPorte

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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Jean LaPorteDay Chair, YPO Montreal
Michael VanErdewyk

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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Michael VanErdewykCEO, ReliaMax
Luke Williams

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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Luke Williams Ed Chair, YPO Connecticut
Chris Cooper

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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In my first few executive coaching sessions with her, I quickly learned tools that I could apply to both my business and personal lives. I learned how to help my team perform at higher levels, how to be of greater service to my colleagues and clients, and how to communicate and connect deeply with others—regardless of the topic.

I believe that STI’s techniques are brilliantly simple–and profound. Now I navigate complex situations much more easily, gain consensus and alignment much more quickly, and am becoming known as a cultivator of leaders. The personal return on investment with STI is significant. If you want to harness ways to perform at your peak, consider STI.

Chris CooperPartner at a Big 4 accounting firm
Tyler Gompf

How do you keep a room full of high energy bright brains engaged for 3 hours? Christine Comaford, that’s how.

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Tyler GompfEd Chair, YPO Manitoba
Dione Spiteri

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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Dione SpiteriCEO, U.S. Appraisal Group
Steve Mann

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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Steve Mann CMO, LexisNexis
Jennifer Shemwell

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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Jennifer Shemwell Ed Chair, YPO San Antonio
Tom Moore

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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Tom MooreDirector of Sales and Marketing, Baxter Manufacturing
Jeff Hoffman

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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Jeff HoffmanGeneral Manager, Baxter Manufacturing
Samantha Borland

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.

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Samantha Borland Chapter Administrator, YPO Global One
Robb Hollosy

Hands-up, hands-down — STI brought inspirational insight and practical tools to both our sales team and the clients they invited.

Robb Hollosy Marketing Manager, National City Business Banking
Patrick Cary

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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Patrick CaryVice President Marketing, ReliaMax
Heather Sanow

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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Heather SanowDirector of Training and Communications, ReliaMax
Jason Beans

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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Jason BeansCEO, Rising Medical Solutions
Kim Hopkins

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!

Kim HopkinsSr. Vice President, Area Sales Manager Business Banking National City Bank
Christina Bui

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!

Christina Bui ACG Programs Committee Chair and President Elect, San Francisco Chapter
Fortune Magazine

Christine Comaford has turned the traditional VC process on its ear.

Fortune Magazine
Kyleen Fishwick

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!

Kyleen Fishwick Integrated Account Manager, Businessweek
Margaret Posh

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.

Margaret PoshBusinessweek
Joy Boatwright

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.

Joy BoatwrightSenior Financial Advisor, Merrill Lynch Global Private Client Services
Karyn Barsa

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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Karyn BarsaCEO, Coyuchi

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.

Marc RuossoEvent Chair, EO G2 2010
David Hassell

STI has been my coach for 90 days, and WOW have I been blown away from the results.

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David HassellCEO, 15Five – Former President EO San Francisco Chapter
Reza Bavar

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!

Reza Bavar Chair, EO Alchemy 2010
Kristin Richmond

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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Kristin RichmondCEO, Revolution Foods
Betty Bodenweiser

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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Betty BodenweiserCEO, Foundation for Learning
Alexis Martin Neely

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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Alexis Martin Neely CEO, Personal Family Lawyer & Serial Entrepreneur
Odette D’Aniello

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.

Odette D’Aniello Celebrity Cake Studio
Jack Canfield

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.

Jack Canfield Co-Author of the ‘Chicken Soup for the Soul®’ series
Phillip H. Gordon

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!

Phillip H. Gordon Consultant and Adjunct Faculty, Mills Graduate School of Business
Jasmin Young

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!

Jasmin Young Co-chair, Entrepreneurship Panel 2007 Women in Leadership Conference of the Haas School of Business at Berkeley
Jennifer Colosi

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!

Jennifer Colosi Co-Chair Silicon Valley Committee, Financial Women’s Association
Asha Chaudhary

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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Asha ChaudharyCEO, Jaipur Rugs
Karl E. Hansen

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.

Karl E. HansenPresident and CEO, The Vita Companies
Myrna Marofsky

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!! 

Myrna MarofskyChapter Chair, Women President’s Organization
Stacey LaFlamme

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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Stacey LaFlammeRevisions Manager, U.S. Appraisal Group
Paula Wilbert

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!

Paula WilbertCEO, Joint Protection Products
Tim Dineen & Natalia Ippolito

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.

Tim Dineen & Natalia Ippolito Co-founders: Inspire Me Media
Michael Sansolo

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.

Michael Sansolo Senior Vice President Food Marketing Institute
Sabetay Palatchi

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

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Sabetay PalatchiCEO, General Financial
Brent Payne and Shane Krider

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.

Brent Payne and Shane KriderCo-CEOs, Liberty League International
Gregg Brandyberry

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

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Gregg BrandyberryVP Procurement, Global Systems and Operations, GlaxoSmithKline
Jazmin Potucek

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.

Jazmin PotucekNational Diversity Council
Sunny Nunan

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.

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Sunny Nunan President & Founder, Core24

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.

Mary Ross CEO, Five Star Events

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

Nabil Oudeh CEO, Centre for Conflict Resolution

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.

Suzanne KyraCEO, Kyra Consulting Inc.
Edan Barshan

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!

Edan Barshan CEO, Universal Benefit Plans, Inc.
Lisa Vincenti

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!

Lisa Vincenti CEO, Sensory Revolution

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.

Susan Scanland CEO, Geriscan
Seymour Segnit

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.

Seymour Segnit Founder & President, Change That’s Right Now, Inc. & Trainer, Peak Potentials Guerilla Business School
Denise Brosseau

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!

Denise BrosseauInvent Your Future
Claudia & Fabrice Caporal

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!

Claudia & Fabrice CaporalPeer Momentum
Rufeng Liang

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.

Rufeng Liang Event Planner, Chinese Information and Networking Association

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.

Linda Holroyd CEO, FountainBlue

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

Kelly Phair McCarthy Tomlinson Zisko LLP

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.

Sally Crawford President, ATW Silicon Valley
Kristina Gilbertson

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

Kristina Gilbertson Assistant Director of Career Services, Colorado Technical University Online
Ray Sjolseth

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.

Ray SjolsethPresident, Seesmart
Henry Wong

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.

Henry WongCEO, Rally Commerce CCA
Nammy Patel

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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Nammy Patel Founder and CEO, Green Dentistry
Rick Thompson

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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Rick ThompsonVP Talent Management, Rising Medical Solutions
Gail Tolstoi-Miller

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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Gail Tolstoi-MillerCEO, consultnetworx
Christopher DeCharms

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.

Christopher DeCharmsCEO, Omneuron Medical Sciences & Technology Company
Marcia Weider

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.

Marcia Weider CEO, Dream University
Jason Beans

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.

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Jason Beans CEO, Rising Medical Solutions Inc., G2 2011 Chair
Eric Parsons

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.

Eric ParsonsVP Talent Management & PeopleFirst Support Domino’s Pizza
Stanford Graduate School of Business

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.

Stanford Graduate School of BusinessPalo Alto, CA
Lisa Calhoun

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.

Lisa Calhoun CEO, Write2Market
Mindy Goodfriend

“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.”

Mindy GoodfriendWomen President’s Organization Chapter Chair NY2
Nancy Geenen

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!

Nancy GeenenSilicon Valley Chapter Chair, Women President’s Organization
Scott Stevenson

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.

Scott Stevenson Education Chair, YPO Wisconsin