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Kaveh Naficy

Founding Partner and Coaching Practice Lead at Philosophy IB, Kaveh received his B.A. from Baker University, a Master's degree in Labor Relations from Cornell University and an M.B.A from Boston College. He completed his coaching training at Georgetown University, is PCC-certified by the International Coach Federation (ICF), and has conducted over 2,500 hours of executive coaching. Kaveh leads the coaching program at the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business and built the ICF-certified Executive Coaching Program, starting at George Mason University in 2010, and expanding to Rutgers University in 2014, and to American University in 2016. Prior to founding Philosophy IB, Kaveh held executive positions at Citibank, Ernst & Young, and Warner Lambert.

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Christopher Brookfield

A former entrepreneur and CEO, Chris is currently Principal and Coaching Leader at Philosophy IB. He holds a B.A. in psychology from Duke University and an M.B.A. from Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia. Chris was trained and certified through The Coaches Institute, one of the oldest and most rigorous coaching schools in the country. He is an ICF, PCC-certified coach with over 15 years of experience coaching people and organizations. Chris served for three years on the Board of Directors of the Metro DC International Coaches and has lectured at the Darden School of Business.


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Sandi Stewart

Sandi is an executive coach and consultant with over 20 years of organizational experience. Sandi has a BA in psychology and French from Colgate University and an MBA from Columbia University. She trained as a coach with Coach University and Corporate Coach University and her career has spanned a number of industries in her roles as manager, marketer and strategic planner. She was a manager with Johnson & Johnson, Hearst/ABC, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich and Ferrero, N.A. This work experience, an M.B.A., and her more than 20 years of consulting and coaching has given her a breadth of understanding of the diverse challenges executives face.

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Suzi Pomerantz

Director of Training for Philosophy IB’s LCOP program and CEO of Innovative Leadership International, LLC, Suzi is an award-winning executive coach and bestselling author with over 22 years of experience coaching leaders and teams in 200 organizations. Suzi designed the LEAP Tiered Coaching Program for leadership teams, founded the Leading Coaches' Center and co-founded the Library of Professional Coaching: the world’s largest free online library for coaches. She served on the IJCO Editorial Board, the ICCO Advisory Board, and the ICCO executive committee as Founding VP of the Board, the International Executive Coaching Summit board, and the Harvard Business Review Advisory Council. She was among the first awarded the MCC credential from the ICF 17 years ago and is considered a thought leader in the industry. Suzi holds Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees from the University of Virginia.