Julie Colbrese


Deborah Hagman-Shannon


Cole Cruz


Brian Cahill


Julie Colbrese, CPCC/MCC/BCC

As a certified coach and experienced group facilitator, Julie combines co-active 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 executives inside some of the biggest and best-known brands in the world. She is a frequent speaker on topics including leadership, coaching and creativity.

Julie is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) and Certified Co-Active Leadership graduate from the Co-Active Training Institute, where she is a member of the faculty; a Board Certified Coach (BCC); and a Master Certified Coach (MCC) from the International Coach Federation (ICF). She is a certified administrator of The Leadership Circle 360 Assessment tool and was selected as one of five coaches by google to deliver a comparable 360 assessment to director-level leaders globally. 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. In 2018, 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 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.

Cole Cruz, CBC / CPT / CFST

Building on a decade of experience in the health and wellness field, Cole has championed hundreds of clients toward reaching goals in all areas of work and life. This mind-body experience has allowed Cole to transition into business coaching working with entrepreneurs among other clients. Cole’s straight-forward, performance-based approach helps clients identify what it is they really want and what they need to keep focused, motivated and moving forward.

Cole holds a Certified Business Coach (CBC) distinction from the Universal Coaching Institute. Cole earned two Master of Science degrees in Psychology and Applied Exercise Science and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from University of Illinois (UIUC) in Sports Management. Related Certifications include American College of Sports Medicine Certified Exercise Physiologist and National Strength & Conditioning Association Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist. A business owner and entrepreneur himself, Cole owns and operates Coalition Strength & Conditioning/West Town Crossfit in Chicago’s West Town neighborhood.

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.