You are brilliant.

Wow, I wasn’t expecting us to get there today.  What a natural segue in the conversation and you handled it beautifully.

I know you came into my life at this juncture for this purpose.  I so appreciate your support and help to both of us.

Becca Apfelstadt
President + Principal
treetree agency

Becca Apfelstadt
President + Principal
treetree agency

Julie Colbrese, CPCC/MCC

As a certified coach and experienced group facilitator, Julie combines coactive coaching skills with unique problem-solving tools honed through 20 years as a marketing agency owner in the creative services industry. Since becoming a coach in 2007, she has worked with hundreds of individuals in marketing, technology, manufacturing, professional services and other industries, including some of the biggest and best-known brands in the world. She is a frequent speaker on topics including leadership, coaching and creativity.

Julie holds a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) credential from the Coaches Training Institute and is one of less than 800 coaches in the world to earn a Master Certified Coach (MCC) distinction from the International Coach Federation (ICF), the only global governing board for coaches. She is a certified administrator of 360 assessment tools: The Leadership Circle and The Leadership Culture Survey. In addition, she is certified in coaching from The Arbinger Institute and from the School of the Art Institute in Innovation & Creativity. She is a member of ICF, the Chicago Coach Federation and The Institute of Coaching at McLean Hospital, A Harvard Medical School Affiliate. Recently, Julie binge-watched seven seasons of Scandal and then earned an M.S. degree in Forensic Psychology.

Deborah Hagman-Shannon, PhD/CPCC

The theme for Deb’s life and work, perhaps like yours, may be “transitions.” She has lived in six different cities during her adult life, traveled extensively throughout the world, and held leadership positions in organizations ranging from universities to corporations and nonprofits. With this rich experience as a backdrop, Deb brings compassion, reason and a sense of humor to her coaching practice. Through personal and professional experiences, Deb has learned life is filled with the unexpected, and we all have the strength, creativity and resourcefulness to learn, adjust and grow. Sometimes it just takes a little help from friends, or even a coach.

Deb received coaching training and certification through the Coaches Training Institute (CTI) and earned a BA from St. Olaf College, a MA from the University of Nebraska, and a PhD in from The Claremont University. She also holds certifications in the fields of group facilitation, total quality management and reengineering. Deb specializes in working with emerging leaders, as well as C-level executives in nonprofit and for-profit companies.

Brian Cahill, CPCC/ACC

As a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) and Associate Certified Coach (ACC), Brian leverages coaching with nearly 20 years of corporate experience to help clients discover a path to meaningful, lasting change in their lives and careers. From the halls of academia to the conference rooms of Corporate America, Brian works with clients who long to make big leaps toward personal and professional success and satisfaction. Whether they are looking to move up, move on or move over, Brian uses humor, curiosity, and accountability to champion his clients to discover what’s next.

Brian has received training and certification from The Coaches Training Institute (CTI) and is a member of the International Coach Federation (ICF) and the Chicago Coach Federation (CCF). He received his BBA in Finance from Loyola University of Chicago and his MBA from DePaul University in Chicago.

Cole Cruz, Certified Personal Trainer / Certified Fascial Stretch Therapist

As a Certified Personal trainer and Fascial Stretch Therapist, Cole brings nearly a decade of experience and expertise in the health, fitness and nutrition field. Cole has championed hundred of clients to reaching their health and fitness goals utilizing personal training, small group training, online training, and nutrition planning to help his clients optimize their goals. Programs are designed to give clients the best chance to succeed and focus on addressing goals in a realistic manner, including everything from priorities to lifestyle considerations.

Other related certifications and training includes: Certified Poliquin Performance Specialist-2 (PICP), Gray Institute Applied Functional Science (CAFS) Certification and Neurokinetic Therapist-2 (NKT). Cole earned a Bachelor of Science degree from University of Illinois (UIUC) in Recreation, with an emphasis in Sports Management. He holds a Master of Science degree in Sport & Exercise Psychology and is currently pursuing a second Master of Science degree in Applied Science, Sport Performance. Cole operates his practice out of Coalition Strength & Conditioning/West Town Crossfit, of which he is co-owner, and is available to clients everywhere virtually.

Note: When assignments require multiple coaches and/or a specific expertise is required or preferred, Hot Coffee Coaching maintains a select cadre of colleagues who are similarly trained, experienced and certified. Just ask.