One of the early leaders in the field of coaching, Hudson Institute of Coaching has been providing developmentally based coach training for leaders for more than 30 years. With over 1,400 certified coach graduates of our year long program and hundreds of leaders inside organizations experiencing our internal coach training, spot coaching training and leadership coaching services, we set the standard for building experiential learning programs that lead organizations and people to reach for their best as leaders and human beings in our global world.

At Hudson, we work with both coach practitioners and leaders inside organizations. Our services range from an elite Coach Certification Program with a Master Level to a series of Corporate Programs focused on leadership development with a ‘lead-from-behind’ coaching approach. Along with providing high-quality training, our dedication to the field of coaching is evidenced by our thought leadership. The Completely Revised Handbook of Coaching (2012) is based on our groundbreaking work and offers insights into the theories and concepts that are revolutionizing the growing field of coaching.  Coaching is what we do at Hudson.  It is our sole focus and commitment to our customers and our community of coaches that we are continually growing and innovating in the field of leadership coaching in order to bring the very best practices to the world.

Our History

The Hudson Institute was founded in 1986 by Frederic Hudson, PhD (1934-2015), as he was leaving his post as founding president of The Fielding Graduate University. A Danforth and Rockefeller Fellow, Frederic believed there was a need for a particular space in learning for professionals focusing on renewal and resilience at work and at home. Frederic’s long history of innovation and invention led him to creating innovating models for experiential adult learning extending beyond academics into the work of developing leaders by utilizing a developmental- and experiential-learning approach and created the foundational models that are used throughout our work at the Hudson Institute of Coaching today. Frederic was joined by clinical psychologist and partner, Pamela McLean, PhD, in the early years of the organization. McLean brought to the organization her background in psychology and systems work, along with her work and research in adult development to the organization.  Pamela stepped in to leading the organization in 2001 and continues at the helm of the company.  Frederic passed away in 2015 and leaving a powerful legacy to the field of coaching.

Hudson wrote one of the earliest books, The Handbook of Coaching in 1999 and launched one of the early coach certification programs in America in the mid 1990’s.  Hudson has also long emphasized the whole leader relative to the work of coaching and wrote The Adult Years and Life Forward with a focus on understanding the whole person over the course of the adult years.

 In 2013 McLean, equipped with current research and evidence based theories, wrote The Completely Revised Handbook of Coaching, articulating the essential elements on the journey to mastery as a leadership coach. Hudson has certified over 1,500 coaches and we provide a broad range of coach services inside global organizations — including short term coaching programs for managers, internal coach training programs for leaders, coach supervision to internal coach cadres and cadres of coaches for senior leaders.


Pamela McLean, Ph.D., CEO
A preeminent authority on coaching, transformation learning, and transition and change in the adult journey, Pamela McLean, Ph.D. has been at the forefront of the field of the emerging field of coaching for the past 30 years. As CEO and co-founder of the Hudson Institute read more

 of Coaching, Pam oversees and ensures Hudson provides the highest-quality coach training to seasoned professionals and leaders, as well as consulting to organizations worldwide.

Working in the arenas of clinical and organizational psychology, and leadership coaching and development, Pam has worked with hundreds of organizational leaders and seasoned professionals inside organizations and in solo practice to deepen and strengthen their coaching skills. She has also consulted numerous organizations in developing coaching cultures and establishing best practices inside organizations.

Pam is the author and co-author of several books, articles and whitepapers focused on coaching, human development and transformational learning. She most recently authored The Completely Revised Handbook of Coaching and is the co-author of the well-known book on transition and change, LifeLaunch, A Passionate Guide to the Rest of Your Life.

She currently serves as a part-time faculty member of Saybrook University in San Francisco and is an authority on topics such as coaching, transition and change, and women in leadership. A regular speaker on topics of The Coaching Continuum, Developing Learning Organizations, the Whole Leader and Women in Leadership, Pam recently presented at the China/US Conference on Women and Leadership in Shanghai on the topic of “The Role of Coaching in Women’s Leadership Development”.

A Master Certified Coach, accredited by the International Coaching Federation, an Advisory Board member of WCAL of Portland, Oregon, and a Board member of LikeMinded, Inc. San Francisco, California, Pam has also served on the Women’s Leadership Board at the JFK School of Public Policy, Harvard University. She is a member of the American Psychological Association’s Division 13, Consulting Psychologists, a Fellow of The American Group Psychotherapy Association, and an Editorial Board Member of the International Journal of Coaching in Organizations (IJCO). Pam engages as an activist and leader in her community serving on the Board of Directors of the Central California Planned Parenthood Affiliate and the Strategic Advisory Board of Women’s Economic Ventures in Santa Barbara County.

Julie Grusin Hess, MA, PCC
Julie is a seasoned leadership coach and is a facilitator-coach in LifeForward.  With many years of experience inside organizations, Julie most recently served as Director of Leadership and Organization Effectiveness at Motorola where she partnered with senior executives in the areas of organization design, process redesign, change management, read more

 strategic planning and executive and team coaching. During her tenure at Motorola, she became recognized as a turn-around specialist for struggling divisions through her ability to help leadership teams focus quickly on strategic direction, critical path planning and implementation.

Toni McLean, PCC
Toni is is a seasoned executive coach and a lead faculty member of our Coach Certification Program as well as a part of our Hudson Supervision Center Team. Bringing 25 years of sales, managerial and organizational experience to her coaching and training career, Toni has expertly coached sales professionals, sales managers and sales teams to high achievement levels. Starting read more

in 1980, she gained field sales experience at Nystrom a division of Herff-Jones, and quickly moved into sales training and sales management and was there for almost 20 years before moving to National Geographic, School Publishing division. Toni received her professional coaching certification from The Hudson Institute of Coaching in 2001. She has worked with Hudson since 2004, serves as an internal mentor coach, and has facilitated professional skills training in several organizations.

Lynn Schoener, MA
Lynn is a season coach and lead facilitator in LifeForward as well as our corporate LifeForward Programs. A summa cum laude graduate of the University of Cincinnati, Lynn served in training, consulting, and leadership roles for retail, healthcare, and manufacturing organizations. Prior to establishing her “coachsulting” practice in 1994, she worked extensively in read more

 the areas of performance management, multi-rater feedback, leadership development, and coach training. Lynn is a Certified Birkman Consultant.
Thomas Fumarelli, MBA, CPA, PCC  Tom is an executive coach and leadership development consultant who serves on the faculty of our Coach Certification Program; he is also a facilitator in our Corporate Programs. His coaching and advisory work is based on a successful thirty-year career as a global CFO, COO and President. Tom was President of Holly Hunt Enterprises, COO of Yakima Products Inc. and Global SVP of CHANEL. He has a proven track record of leading high performing teams in public, private and family-owned businesses, and currently works with executives and business owners in a variety of industries in the US, Europe, Africa and Asia. Tom has delivered leadership programs in the Advanced Management Program at The Wharton School on the topic of Authentic Leadership. Tom holds an MBA from The Wharton School, and has completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School. He has a BS from Manhattan College and is a CPA. Tom is qualified in a number of leadership assessment tools including MBTI, Social Style, Hogan Assessment and several 360 instruments. As give back, Tom provides coaching and consulting to leaders in Social Enterprise including Goodwill Industries, Boys & Girls Club and Year Up.

Pat Adson, Ph.D., PCC
Pat is a seasoned leadership and transition coach and a member of our Hudson Supervision Center Team. She brings a wealth of experience from her early years as a psychologist and writing in the field of Jungian Psychology. Author of Depth Coaching and co-author of A Princess and Her Garden, Pat applies the metaphors of the Jungian archetypes to her work in coaching.

Joy Leach, MA, MCC
Joy is a seasoned coach and faculty member in our Coach Certification Program as well as a facilitator in LifeForward. Joy leads large-scale consulting projects and training initiatives to facilitate organizational effectiveness and transformation and is a lead facilitator of our Spot Coaching Approach Program used inside organizations. While she specializes in read more

executive coaching and leadership coaching, Joy also coaches in personal/ professional balance, presentation skills coaching, and career transition coaching. She has over 25 years of experience as an OD consultant, workshop trainer, executive coach, and author. She is co-author of Personal Power: Today’s Guide for the Working Woman and A Practical Guide to Working With Diversity.

Tom Pollack, JD, PCC
Tom is a seasoned coach and a facilitator-coach in LifeForward as well as our corporate LifeForward Programs. Tom is also a faculty member in our Coach Certification Program and part of the Hudson Supervision Center Team.  Prior to becoming a transition and leadership coach in 2001, Tom was a partner in a prominent Los Angeles law firm. read more

His law background and years of experience combined with his coaching skills provide the ingredients for helping high-profile individuals re-examine their goals for a fulfilling life.  Tom received a B.A. from Brown University in 1965 and a J.D. from New York University School of Law in 1968, where he served as the Articles Editor of the New York University Law Review.

John Schuster, MA, PCC
John serves as a senior coach and consultant in the delivery process of Leadership and Coaching Services and is a lead facilitator of our Corporate LifeForward Programs. With twenty-five years of leadership development and consulting experience, John has authored/coauthored three books on leadership and management issues, including the read more

 Power of Open-Book Management (Wiley). John has a passion for spirited work places and a free market system that generates right livelihoods for everyone. He is a speaker and keynoter, coach and trainer, and helps enterprises “get to the heart of the numbers.” By promoting leadership and management practices that fully engage employees, he helps clients build their next generation of leaders by keeping customers, effective business models and shareholders in mind.

Kathryn M. Downing, JD, PCC

Kathryn is a seasoned executive coach and certified coaching supervisor who has a passion for executive coaching and engaging with coaches in the reflective practice of supervision. Her passion and commitment to the coaching profession has led her to undertake a professional doctorate in coaching supervision at Middlesex University, London.

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Her practice is informed by many years as a coach, and almost 3 decades in Corporate America. As a business executive her focus was in leading the financial turnaround and cultural transformation of professional publishing companies including the Los Angeles Times as its Publisher, President and CEO. Kathryn’s specialty was in leading organizations through profound change and transformation. Her work and her personal and professional development are informed by deep reflection and integration of the Brené Brown approach to resiliency, wholehearted living and The Daring Way™, a highly experiential methodology based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown.
Keith Naber, MA, PCC Keith is a seasoned coach and is a facilitator-coach in our LifeForward.  He is passionate about helping others define their desired future and reach it.  Keith has 20+ years of experience assisting senior leaders and leading highly effective teams in Fortune 500 high-tech and manufacturing companies; he has a proven track record of leading high performing teams across geographic boundaries aligning them on strategy, bridging cultural gaps and building team cohesion. He is known for his strong commitment to employee growth and empowerment as the path to sustained success. He has proven ability to tackle a wide range of tough business problems with senior leaders and successfully leading large-scale organizational change.  

Karl Grass, PCC
Karl is an executive coach and serves as a facilitator in LifeForward and as our Online Coach in the Coach Certification Program. He has held executive leadership roles in a wide range of organizations. His experience includes co-founding one of the first start-ups in the tax software space, worldwide partner at Arthur Andersen, and general manager roles running businesses ranging read more

in size from $30 to $265 million at organizations such as Intuit and Sage Software. Additionally, he has served as an officer of the company at Intuit and has served on the board of directors of an SAAS-based start-up. Having experienced many of the same challenges as his current clients gives Karl a full appreciation for the importance of the coaching work they take on. Karl is certified in the EQ in Action, Zenger-Folkman Extraordinary Leaders, and Conflict Dynamics Profile assessments.

Bill Lindberg, JD, MCC
Bill is a seasoned executive coach and a lead faculty member of our Coach Certification Program and facilitator for LifeForward. Prior to leaving the active practice of law and becoming a full time coach in 1998, Bill worked in a variety of senior managerial positions at West Publishing, one of the premier legal publishing companies in the country. As the National Manager read more

 for Market Relations, Bill worked closely with key individuals in corporate, government and private law firms as well as in law schools and libraries. Bill also developed and delivered educational programs and managed a staff of attorneys during his tenure.

Catherine Robinson-Walker, MBA, MCC
Catherine Robinson-Walker, MBA has served in the areas of tailored product solutions and delivery, business development and client organization interface. Cathy’s leadership and coaching career builds on 25 years of business experience including as the CEO of a high-growth organization devoted to leadership and learning. With her colleagues, she founded a read more

consortium of 15 major universities throughout the United States and Canada, including the University of California-Berkeley, the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and the Kellogg School at Northwestern. Her recent book, Women and Leadership in Health Care: The Journey to Authenticity and Power, is a Jossey-Bass best seller.

Sandy Smith, MA, MCC
Sandy is a seasoned executive coach and one of the lead faculty members of our Coach Certification Program and our Master Coach Program as well as a part of our Hudson Supervision Center Team. Before her career as coach and consultant, Sandy enjoyed a successful business career with broad functional experience. She held executive positions in the telecommunications read more

and software industries, including founding two technology companies. She also served as COO for Aldus Corporation, a top ten global software company which created the breakthrough product, PageMaker.

Deb Gerardi, RN, MPH, JD, PCC
Deb is a seasoned executive coach and facilator-coach in our LifeForward as well as our corporate LifeForward Programs. She has over 30 years of experience working in and with healthcare organizations providing services that are designed to promote leadership development, enhance organizational and team effectiveness, and incorporate personal resilience read more

in complex and dynamic work environments. Deb has provided professional services to over 100 organizations internationally and over 40 academic and community medical centers and clinics.
She is a a licensed attorney, an experienced mediator, facilitator, and educator in the field of dispute resolution.  She also brings a spirit of fun and a creative approach to her work.  She trained at Second City and at Bay Area Theater Sports in applied improvisation.


Lynn Luckow, MA
Luckow is former President of Jossey Bass Publisher and  former CEO of Craiglist Foundation. He was recently tapped to lead a new Craigslist Foundation project, LikeMinded. Luckow has an extensive background in business, philanthropy, and higher education. He was president and CEO of Jossey-Bass Publishers and later transition president of Northern California Grantmakers. His experience consulting to and serving nonprofit organizations is vast. He has served on over 40 boards and in 2000 was honored as the nation’s top nonprofit board chairman by the National Assembly of Health and Human Service Organizations.

Beverly Kaye, Ph.D.
Beverly Kaye is an organization consultant who, for the past 30 years, has been designing and conducting a variety of management and career development programs. Dr. Kaye has authored Up Is Not the Only Way, and co-authored Love ‘Em or Lose ‘Em: Getting Good People to Stay and Love it, Don’t Leave it: 26 Ways to Get What You Want at Work. She is President of Career Systems International, Inc., a career development publishing company. Well known in the corporate training world, Beverly is a co-founder of The Influence Alliance and a staff member at the National Training Laboratory Institutes.

Richard Leider, M.A.
Richard Leider is a founding partner of The Inventure Group, a corporate training firm devoted to helping individuals, leaders and teams discover the power of purpose. As a pioneer in the field of Life/Work Planning, Dick has become an internationally respected author, speaker and career coach on the subject, as well as a noted spokesman for “life skills” needed in the 21st century. Dick has written and co-written four books: The Inventurers, Life Skills, Repacking Your Bags and The Power of Purpose. He also contributed to the Peter Drucker Foundation book, The Leader of the Future. The book, read more

Repacking Your Bags is an international best-seller published in 14 languages. His clients include leading Fortune 500 companies, such as 3M, Imation, Northwestern Mutual Life, American Express and Saturn. Richard’s favorite client is Outward Bound, with which he has been a long-time board member and program consultant. Yearly, he leads his own Inventure Expedition walking safaris in Tanzania, East Africa. Richard passionately believes that each of us is born with purpose and he is dedicated to coaching individuals, leaders and teams to discover that purpose. www.inventuregroup.com 


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Saybrook University is a graduate university headquartered in San Francisco providing master’s and doctoral level degree work in the areas of Psychology, Organizational Systems and Health and Wellness. Hudson partners with Saybrook to provide graduate credits to quailifed applicants in our coach certification program who are also working to complete an advanced degree in Organizational Systems.



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