About Scott

Scott is certified (at the PCC level) by the International Coaching Federation (ICF). He received his formal coach training from the University of Texas (Accredited Coach Training Program, or ACTP).

Prior to becoming a coach, Scott’s executive and leadership experience includes strategic communications and global marketing in the technology and energy sectors (Siemens); management consulting in change management (Booz Allen and multiple U.S. national security agencies); U.S. government policymaking (the White House and U.S. Department of Defense), grassroots organizing (national presidential campaigns); and higher education and leadership training (University of Maryland and the RAND Corp). He has an MPhil (Masters) from Oxford University and a BA from Emory University.

A few more details about Scott:

  • Throughout his career, he has provided his expertise and counsel directly to corporate CEOs and senior political and U.S. government officials.
  • He has managed large transformations in both the private and public sectors.
  • He is privileged to have been a speechwriter for the President of the United States, the Vice President, U.S. Secretary of Defense, the heads of several intelligence agencies, and a few corporate CEOs.
  • He has produced independent feature films that premiered at the Sundance and Tribeca Film Festivals.
  • He is a proud husband and dad to active-duty U.S. Marines.
  • As a volunteer financial counselor, Scotts help younger U.S. military service members manage their personal and family finances.
  • He is an avid scuba diver, mountain climber, and adventure traveler.
  • When possible, he goes overseas to provide onsite support for causes in which he cares deeply, such as wildlife conservation and refugee resettlement.
  • Scott is a global coach, having lived, studied and worked in many countries and cultures – across Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Africa.

“I have messed up at the office. I have been fired. I have quit. From all of these experiences, I learned something about myself – and I moved on.”

My areas of specialization as a coach
…because I have been there.

Developing resiliency through personal exploration.

“I have successfully navigated myself through, and risen up the ranks of, many organizations. I have also sent hundreds of resumes and gone on countless interviews for jobs I did not get. I was downsized without notice, forced to change careers – and increased my salary by 40%. I have left positions from frustration over poor leadership – and found meaning in new pursuits. When I got bored at the office, I went off to produce films – and found myself walking the red carpet at my own film premieres. Turning adversity into success is a skill anyone can develop.”

Improving listening and communication skills.

“Early in my career, I went undercover to investigate white supremacist groups. I learned how to put aside my assumptions in order to truly understand very different belief systems. Through my work in politics, I learned how to connect with people by using their own language. Reporting directly to CEOs, military generals, and senior U.S. government officials taught me how to listen and speak clearly and effectively.”

Managing organizational change.

“I have led and designed large-scale transition and change management efforts following corporate mergers and the U.S. government reorganization after 9/11. These transformational efforts required deliberate strategies that emphasized transparency and put employees and other stakeholders at the center.”

Thriving with diverse perspectives.

“I am a global coach, having lived and worked in many countries and cultures. Early in my career, I learned the strength of building diverse teams. Then, as a leader, I put those lessons into practice when designing marketing campaigns to reach global audiences and building teams that integrate the powerful synergy between civilians and military veterans. As the beneficiary of wise counsel from many mentors, I now share my experiences with others, including the younger LGBTQ generation.”