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New York Metropolitan Association of Applied Psychology

Inclusive Coaching: Leadership for a Diverse Workforce

  • 7 Jun 2021
  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • (Zoom Link Sent Out on the Day of the Event)

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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion have clearly taken center stage. HR, I/O Professionals, Talent Managers, and Coaches all play a significant role in leveraging the power of inclusion in an increasingly diverse workforce. Effective leadership- and coaching- requires untangling a complex web of personal filters, stereotypes, biases, and organizational contexts. This presentation will provide perspectives and practical tools to support practitioners in bringing out the best in their workforce, colleagues, and coaching participants in ways that foster acceptance and inclusion.

This interactive presentation is intended for HR and I-O practitioners responsible for talent management processes in their organizations, individuals working as internal or external coaches, and other applied professionals who wish to deepen their understanding of how to make coaching more inclusive.

Presenter Bios


Anna Marie Valerio, Ph.D., President of Executive Leadership Strategies, LLC, is a consultant specializing in executive coaching and leadership development and a member of New York University’s Adjunct Faculty in the I/O Psychology Masters’ Program.

Dr. Valerio helps spur the growth of C-suite, High-Potential, and STEM leaders as they rise to meet the challenges facing senior leaders in Fortune 500 organizations. Today’s leadership challenges for men and women involve learning how to develop, engage and influence a diverse workforce, accelerate the development of women leaders into senior roles, and become more inclusive leaders who achieve results for their organizations. In her prior corporate experience at IBM, Anna Marie was responsible for executive development with the CEO ’s direct reports focused on building global leadership and organizational capability. At Verizon and Sony, she led teams of professionals and managers in strategic Talent Management functions.

Dr. Valerio has authored two books, Developing Women Leaders: A Guide for Men and Women in Organizations (2009, Wiley/Blackwell) and Executive Coaching: A Guide for the HR Professional (co-authored with Robert J. Lee, 2005, Wiley/Pfeiffer). She has also published articles and book chapters, and has made extensive presentations at conferences. Dr. Valerio holds a Ph.D. in Psychology from The City University of New York and is a licensed psychologist. Memberships include The Society for Industrial/Organizational Psychology (SIOP), The Society of Consulting Psychology (SCP), and The NY Metropolitan Association for Applied Psychology (NY METRO). 


Dr. Veronica Schmidt Harvey supports organizations in building strong, healthy organizations and leadership pipelines through assessment, inclusive coaching, and the design of holistic leadership development processes. She has deep expertise in assessing and developing the learning agility needed to not only survive but thrive during the dynamic times we live and lead in. 

Over the course of her 30-year career, Veronica has been privileged to partner with many renowned organizations and their leaders across all levels and a diverse range of industries.  She has assisted some of the most respected organizations in the world, including Bank of America, BNSF Railway, Cargill, Ecolab, FedEx, Hershey’s, Lurie Children’s Hospital, Merck, Murata, Nestle, Occidental Petroleum, Procter & Gamble, Syngenta, The FBI, Underwriter Labs, Union Pacific, University Health Systems and many others.

Veronica received a Doctorate in Industrial-Organizational Psychology, a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology, and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, all from Iowa State University. Some of Veronica’s most influential learning experiences have been creating and leading a corporate leadership development function, operating her own talent consulting business, and serving as a Partner with Aon Hewitt for more than 18 years. These experiences and interviewing contenders for Aon Hewitt's Top Companies for Leaders research have provided her a unique window to some of the most learning agile leaders in the world. 

Veronica is co-editor of the book - The Age of Agility: Building Learning Agile Leaders and Organizations, published by Oxford University Press in 2021. She is certified to use multiple assessment instruments, including the TALENTx7 assessment of learning agility, the Hogan suite of personality assessments, Facet5, and ADEPT15.

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