Ann Fischer 

Ann Fischer coaches and consults with managers and leaders from for-profit and nonprofit sectors.  She brings over 25 years of experience in a cross-section of industries and in teaching management in top business schools, including Duke, the University of North Carolina, and, currently, The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.  As a management faculty at Wharton, she instructs on management and organizational behavior in the MBA, Executive MBA, MBA in Health Care, and Executive Education programs. She is also an executive coach in the Wharton Leadership Program. 

Ann has consulted with organizations and coached managers and executives from a range of industries, including: AT&T, Morgan Stanley, Massachusetts General Hospital, Morgan Lewis LLP, RWJF Executive Nurses Fellows Program, Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts, Blank Rome LLP, Organization of Nurse Executives (NJ), University of Pennsylvania Health System, Center for Applied Research (CFAR), University of Pennsylvania Law School, Medicaid Leadership Institute, Center for Health Care Strategies, Unisys, and Merck.

Nancy Friedman

Nancy Friedman is a leadership development consultant, facilitator, and executive coach. Nancy works extensively in the health care field and is skilled at helping individuals and teams improve their performance, adapt to rapidly changing environment, and improve teamwork and communication. Nancy is able to leverage her 25+ years of experience working in large, complex, and rapidly changing organizations and combine it with her supportive, action-oriented coaching style to get results. Nancy’s years of experience leading strategic and business planning gives her a real world perspective that she shares with her clients.

Nancy is often called upon to work with leaders to help them better communicate their vision, more effectively influence within their organizations, improve their relationships with colleagues and direct reports, and better prioritize their work and use their time. Nancy is a sought-after facilitator as she ensures that the objectives for the session are met while tackling key issues and balancing the needs of the various participants. Nancy has worked with numerous organizations providing leadership training that she has developed, customized, and delivered to their leaders.

Nancy coaches, trains, and facilitates across the health care spectrum in public and private hospitals, academic hospitals, community clinics, public health departments, private and government health plans, consortiums, and trade organizations. Sample clients include: Sutter Health, Kaiser Health, UCSF, John Muir, Alameda Health Systems, San Mateo Medical Center, San Francisco Public Health Department, Yolo County Health Department, and Blue Shield of California. Nancy’s coaching clients include health professionals as well as clients in a range of administrative roles in finance, quality, safety, risk, and IT. She also coaches other nonprofit leaders and many corporate clients.

Nancy has a Master of Business Administration from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. She is a member of the International Coach Federation with the designation of Professional Certified Coach.

Thomas Huber

Thomas Huber is a health care advisor with nineteen years of experience in performance improvement in organizational strategy and operations. Mr. Huber recently was the senior director for consulting services at Quantros offering clients consulting services in process redesign and culture change. He spent four years as managing director of strategy at Kaiser Permanente leading large-scale change efforts across the system. He has led many redesign programs on improving quality, efficiency, organizational culture, service excellence, and safety. Mr. Huber has worked for such clients as Bon Secours Health System, California Children’s Hospital Association, California Healthcare Foundation, Intermountain Healthcare, Mayo Clinics, and Mass General Hospital. Mr. Huber has been a faculty member at Dartmouth Medical School and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. He has a master’s degree in public health from the Dartmouth Institute of Health Policy and Clinical Practice, and a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Psychology from Dartmouth College.

Brett Penfil

Brett Penfil brings over 15 years of experience facilitating individual and organizational change in public, non-profit, and for-profit heath care institutions to her work with leaders and teams. With her comprehensive background as a coach, organizational consultant, and psychotherapist and her master’s degree in public health, Brett uses her deep understanding of the development process to bring meaningful change to the field of health care at the individual, interpersonal, group, and systems levels. 

Brett coaches emerging as well as experienced leaders. She works collaboratively with clients to define clear goals by conducting a thorough assessment and applies a balanced, practical, and creative approach to support clients toward their vision. As a result, her clients have implemented successful initiatives that have led to greater efficiency, higher quality, lower costs, and improved workplace environments.

Brett currently serves as the director of coaching at the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) Center for the Health Professions. Previously she was a senior organizational consultant for Blue Shield of California and a health education evaluation consultant for Planned Parenthood Golden Gate. Additional clients include: the Genentech Corporation, the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Kaiser Permanente, California Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco General Hospital, the Gladstone Institutes, The Broad Foundation, and hospitals and community clinics throughout California.

Brett received her master’s degree in public health from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and her master's degree in counseling psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies. Brett is a licensed marriage and family therapist (MFC #48447) and a certified integral coach. She is MBTI certified and applies additional assessment tools as well. Her areas of expertise include emotional intelligence and interpersonal skills; communication, difficult conversations, and conflict management; meeting design and facilitation; team start-up, development, and performance; change management consultation; and training design and facilitation.


Christine Seed

Christine Seed is the founder of Detail & Design, a print and web studio based out of Durham, North Carolina. She offers her clients a variety of services including editing, branding, layout, websites, and social media strategy. Prior to launching Detail & Design, Christine was the managing editor for the North Carolina Medical Journal, a bi-monthly journal for health care professionals that focuses on health policy issues facing the state. She has a master's degree in public health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a bachelor's degree in mass communications from UC Berkeley.

George Sweazey

George Sweazey is the president of GES Professional Development, Inc. (GESPD). His focus is on leadership education, one-to-one coaching, and team development for health care managers and executives. Formerly he was one of the founding partners of the Executive Development Group (EDG), a leadership development and consulting firm located in North Carolina, Texas, and Ohio. He has taught at the Fuqua School of Business, Duke University, and at the Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University.

Before co-founding EDG, George spent 12 years at the Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro, North Carolina and has worked with more than 5,000 mid to upper level managers. He was also a founding partner of Triangle Associates, a consulting firm which focuses exclusively on the organizational development and leadership development needs of health care practitioners. He has provided leadership training and one-to-one coaching for executives, nurses, physicians, dentists, veterinarians, and pharmacists throughout the world, from Mexico and Europe to Saudi Arabia and China.

Mr. Sweazey is currently a senior fellow at the Center for the Health Professions at the University of California, San Francisco, and was active in designing and conducting the Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellows Program and the California HealthCare Foundation Health Care Leadership Program. George has an MBA in financial management from George Washington University.