2020-2021 Evaluation Committee
Meet the people who will be evaluating the applications. This prestigious group of people represent the highest quality in the employee experience arena.
Please visit the criteria for each category you may be interested in participating. There are four categories.
Barbara Singer MCEC, M.A.; President, Executive Core
Barbara Singer is the founder, president, and CEO of Executive Core and leads a group of 100 global professionals whose mission is to more quickly innovate professional development globally. For more than 15 years, she has worked with thousands of high-potentials leaders around the globe at critical turning points in their careers. Barbara is renown for her work in the evidence-based study of predictors of executive success and executive coaching.
Barbara has authored numerous executive education programs, written two books, numerous white papers and articles including Recovering Executives at Risk of Derailing and Influence & Collaboration. Barbara has an M.A. in Counseling Psychology and B.A. from Bowling Green with dual degrees in Interpersonal Communications and Psychology. She recently served on the board of the Executive MBA Council for two terms as corporate liaison and belongs to numerous professional associations.
Dr. Mirella De Civita, MCEC, PCC; CEO, Papillon MDC, Inc.; Founder Grand Heron International (GHI)
Dr. Mirella De Civita holds a Ph.D. in Psychology and a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Behavioral Medicine. After spending years in academia, she left a burgeoning career and entered the business world in 2006. There she discovered the world of coaching, and in 2010 founded Papillon MDC Inc. She is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) who partners with C-level executives around the globe in facilitating their personal transformation as leaders as well as supporting them in bringing about profound changes in their organizations. She uses her solid clinical and research background in the area of psychopathology, resilience, developmental potential, and treatment adherence in guiding her work and thinking in the area of leadership development. Based in Montreal, Quebec, she has gained experience in a variety of industries, including financial services, aerospace, healthcare, education, hi-technology, consumer goods, pharmaceuticals, advertising, loyalty, property management/development, retail, manufacturing, gaming, and not for profit organizations.
In 2015, she founded Grand Heron International (GHI), an online service provider in the area of individual coaching, coaching assessments, and webinars focused on masterful coaching. GHI was conceived with the intent of bringing together coaches from around the globe to share their expertise and knowledge, and to partner with one another in creating a community of learners that respect and adhere to the ethics and coaching competencies that make the coaching experience one of transformation. The idea of GHI was born in 2011 out of a sheer desire to create blue ocean space where everyone, anywhere in the world, and at any time could have access to a trusted and professional coach to them help through a crisis or a critical turning point in their lives.
In addition to her leadership role at both companies, Dr. De Civita maintains a part-time clinical practice and acts as a mentor coach to students pursuing coaching certification as well as a supervisor to graduate students in psychology. She has co-authored a number of scientific articles in the area of resilience and risk, adherence behaviors, developmental pathology, coping/living with chronic illness, as well as management and leadership (For a list of her publication please visit Covalentdata.com). She reveals her wealth of knowledge in personal psychology and transformation in her book entitled, “The Courage to Fall into Life: The Tao of Purposeful Existence“, published in 2011. She provides an honest and personal account of the promises and perils of delving into the past in order to create a more meaningful life. She invites the reader to travel with her through her past, revealing her thought processes, her fears, and her desires as she finds her place in life:
“The path toward living to your full potential sometimes involves experiencing deep, personal painful realizations. Accepting what cannot be changed, and focusing your attention on what can be different in your life right here, right now can make all the difference. I learned through much pain, struggle, and sorrow that it is not what we’ve done or failed to do that matters, but what we are doing now that will make a difference tomorrow”.
Being mindful of her actions and decisions on a daily basis, as well as engaging in both formal and informal meditation sustains her creative work at Papillon MDC and Grand Heron International.
Postdoctoral Fellowship in Behavioral Medicine, McGill University
Ph.D. Psychology, University of Montreal (Université de Montréal)
Corporate Coach U Certified Graduate (CCUCG) Designation
Professional Certified Coach (PCC), International Coach Federation
Mirella is also trained in knowledge transfer and diffusion of innovation from the Centre for Knowledge Transfer at the University of Alberta.
Dr. Stacy Starkka, PhD, MBA, CT; Consulting Industrial-Organizational Psychologist
Dr. Starkka is a consulting industrial-organizational psychologist who specializes in researching and applying organizational, team, and individual interventions to improve healthcare outcomes through professional education, including teaching, facilitating, and coaching. She has designed and conducted various face-to-face and online continuing education courses specifically for healthcare professionals to improve interprofessional collaboration through teamwork, leadership, and communication. She also creates and delivers courses related to behavioral interviewing, clinician-patient communication, clinician advocacy and leadership, culture change, various protocols, and quality and process improvement. She coaches teams and individuals to help improve well-being, patient satisfaction, and team effectiveness.
Dr. Starkka is affiliate faculty and a senior consultant with CSU Institute for Palliative Care and has a private consulting and coaching practice based out of San Diego. In addition to her Ph.D. in Consulting Industrial-Organizational Psychology, she holds a Masters of Business Administration and is a Certified Thanatologist.
Dr. Christine Billy, MBA
Christine Billy is a Laureate of the School of Pharmacy of Paris, France, holds a Ph.D in Pharmacochemistry and Drug Metabolism, a MBA from the Open University Business School, UK, and is a professional coach in innovation and change, strategic human resources, product and project management.
Passionate catalyst of change, she demonstrated excellence in new business development, cross-functional collaboration and talent management. She has more than 20 years’ experience leading global scientific, technology and organizational change projects in the pharmaceutical industry at Pfizer and Novartis.
Since 2009, she supported more than 1000 individuals and teams to move from dissatisfaction to action, to achieve sustainable success. She uses a simple and efficient 3 steps approach: Choose, Believe, Act.
She has been serving as mentor and motivational coach for Universities and Business Schools and local and global associations, Former Board member for International Coach Federation (ICF), Project Management Institute (PMI) and Healthcare Businesswomen Association (HBA). She is currently supporting the Association of Executive Corporate Coaches (ACEC) and is a lead trainer for ICF accredited coaching schools.
Her motto: let’s make it ambitious and easy!
Natasa Iacovides, BA, MA, Senior Manager Human Resources & Executive Coach at Hermes Airports Ltd.
Natasa Iacovides is from the European island of Cyprus. Natasa has 17 years work experience in the field of Human Resources, is a Code of Ethics Officer and a certified Executive Coach. Natasa holds a Bachelor degree in Business Administration from the University of Peiraeus (Greece) and a Master degree in Human Resources Management from Thames Valley University (UK). In 2007 Natasa joined Hermes Airports Ltd (the operator of Larnaka and Pafos International airports in Cyprus) and since 2013 has held the role of the Senior Manager Human Resources. From 2013 until 2017 Natasa was a Board Member of the Cyprus Human Resource Management Association (CyHRMA) and the European Association for People Management (EAPM). In 2018, Natasa became a member of the Airport Council International (ACI) Europe Leadership and Human Resources Forum and in 2020 was elected as Vice President.
As an Executive Coach, her focus is on the development and growth of individuals both professionally and personally, helping them to increase self-awareness, acknowledge their inner strengths and move forward. Natasa is certified in the 360 Leadership Circle Profile instrument.
In 2020 Natasa co-developed the Philoxenia Leadership training program which was offered to the Leaders of the airport community (Larnaka and Pafos International airports); an innovative training program which aims to redefine the encounters between the airport employees and the customers, based on the perceptions and traditions of the Cypriot culture, and gives emphasis on the human mind, the concepts of structural interaction and coaching tools.
Natasa’s continuous passion, dedication and drive for excellence and her strong belief in the creation of a healthy organization led Hermes Airports to become accredited and acknowledged by established organizations on a national and international level, such as MEECO Silver Designation, Investors in People – Platinum Accreditation, Airports Council International (ACI) Europe HR Excellence Award and 3 Gold awards for People practices from the Cyprus HR Awards 2019.
Allison A. Davis, MCEC, M.A., Founder and President of AkersDavis
Allison Davis is a Coaching Strategist, trusted coach, and consultant who works in partnership with a rich diversity of corporate and healthcare executives and business leaders. Her commonsense approach to organizational change is uncompromising in its mission to change business and healthcare for the better with coaching. After 20 years in corporate and consulting roles, she pivoted to Healthcare where she served as VP Organization Development for the Lahey Health System in Greater Boston.
Professional roles include VP and Coaching Market Leader for Right Management’s Northeast Division, responsible for leading consulting projects, selecting and developing coaches and establishing coaching cultures within her client groups. As a senior leader for Stanley Works, Carvel, CIGNA, Aetna, and Travelers and in partnership with executive leaders, she helped drive business and organization performance and provided leadership coaching to build high-performing teams and develop senior-level and high-potential talent.
As an executive coach she has served clients in PepsiCo, Chubb, Gilt Groupe, Diageo, HSBC, Covidien, John Hancock, Thomson Reuters, HAI Group, United Healthcare, Mohegan Sun, and the United Nations. She was a coach for Yale University’s Extraordinary Leader Program. Allison has also co-run a women’s leadership program, Woman’s Leadership Accelerator, to provide leadership development and one-on-one coaching to address the unique needs of women in the workplace.
Coaching is both a profession and a passion for Allison. She has done extensive research on measuring the impact of coaching and presented at the University of Pennsylvania on “Measuring Coaching for Business Success” and is published in the International Journal of Coaching in Organizations, Coaching: Navigating the Emerging Trends in Financial Services, Issue 4, 2009, Volume 7. She is currently co-writing a book: Physician Leader as Coach.
Allison is Master Corporate Executive Coach (MCEC) with the MEECO Institute. She is a guest educator for the Industrial/Organization Graduate Program at the University of New Haven, she teaches leadership mastery and organization effectiveness. She currently serves on the HRLF board and is a volunteer leader for Dress for Success of Hartford’s coaching program. She earned her master’s degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of New Haven and holds an Executive Coaching Certification from Penn State University’s Smeal College of Business. She is also certified in DiSC, Hogan, Leadership Effectiveness 360, Clark Wilson assessments, InsideOut Coaching and HCI Enterprise Coaching Culture program; she received her certification in Positive Psychology from the Whole Being Institute.