We work with leaders and teams to build emotional intelligence and resilience skills to enhance organizational performance

Who We Are

We are an advisory firm based in Menlo Park, CA that works with executives, teams and organizations to build emotional intelligence (EQ) and resilience skills to enhance business performance.

Our team is a highly skilled group of practitioners who combine decades of experience in industry, facilitation, coaching and experiential learning. The firm’s partners facilitate and teach emotional intelligence classes at Stanford University and the Stanford Graduate School of Business, including the most popular elective Interpersonal Dynamics (aka Touchy Feely).

Our programs are designed with a view to business application and to what works best in practice whilst maintaining a firm grounding in current social psychology, neuroscience and neurobiology research.

Lela Djakovic, CEO

Resilience Lab™ and Coaching

Lela sees the possibilities in individuals, teams and organizations. She is always searching for the fastest and most effective ways to build resilience and emotional intelligence and engineer lasting behavioral change. Lela coaches within the Executive Program at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and facilitates the popular elective "Interpersonal Dynamics" (aka Touchy Feely). She develops facilitators for women’s circles for their Women in Management Program and facilitates equine leadership programs at Stanford's Red Barn. She co-founded three other ventures in finance, software and cosmetics. Previously, she worked in leveraged finance and was a credit and commodity derivatives trader at Goldman Sachs in London. Lela holds an MBA from Stanford and a BSc (Hons) in Mathematics from the University of Durham, England.

Dennis Werkmeister

Facilitation and Coaching

Dennis helps clients identify how their behavioral patterns and beliefs impact the systems they manage, and then supports them to find ways to better align behaviors with desired impact. At the Stanford Graduate School of Business he facilitates the most popular elective, Interpersonal Dynamics (aka Touchy Feely), coaches within their Executive Education and MSx programs, and facilitates equine leadership programs at the Stanford Red Barn. Dennis draws on over 20 years of leadership experience in strategic Human Resources as a Director and VP of HR in large and medium-sized organizations within tech and bio-tech including Genentech, Johnson & Johnson, Roche, Hyperion Solutions, and Tandem Computers.

Claudia Miravete

Facilitation and Coaching

Claudia supports leaders and teams to disrupt sub-par relational dynamics and create cohesive teams that adapt easily to rapidly changing environments. She excels at identifying and shifting the underlying structures that are in the way of a team’s performance. Claudia has a 15-year background in sales leadership at established and high growth companies. As Head of Sales and Partnerships, she helped take Clip from a 16-employee startup to becoming the largest fintech company in LATAM with 300 employees and the most extensive point of sales network in Mexico. Previously she managed sales teams at Fortune 500 companies including Microsoft, Starwood Hotels (now Marriott) and Walmart. Claudia maintains a pro bono mentoring program for low income women in Mexico which prepares them to break through to middle management and beyond.

Teresa Atkin

Facilitation and Coaching

Teresa takes a process-oriented, multi-disciplinary approach in her client work where obstacles become the fuel that propel a leader forward. She combines neuroscience, psychology, and physiology with her experience in engineering, people management and systems thinking to identify points of leverage and define a direct pathway to exponential performance growth. Previously, she was the Head of Image Intensifier Production at E2V of Teledyne Technologies. She also oversaw sales, manufacturing, operations, and R&D for an earlier product and as an engineer, developed military goggle components for night flying. Teresa holds a BSc with Special Honors in Physics from the University of Sheffield, England.

Leah Weiss, PhD

Facilitation and Programming

Leah is on an ongoing quest for the most efficient ways to help clients build emotional resilience in themselves, their teams, and their organizations. She combines quality research with modalities from the mindfulness and compassion domains and creates practical applications for workplace environments. Leah teaches courses on mindful leadership at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and is a Senior Teacher for Stanford’s Compassion Cultivation Program, which was founded by the Dalai Lama. She blogs for the Harvard Business Review and the Greater Good Science Center. Her book "How We Work" was published by HarperCollins in 2018. She holds degrees from Stanford University and Boston College.

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