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About

ACT Leadership, LLC was co-founded by Michael and Erin Hutchins in 2012.  ACT focuses on coaching, leadership development, and consulting services. We use a systematic approach to professional development using the Assess Coach Train methodology, targeted at Individuals, Teams and Organizations.  ACT-GS is our government business focused on delivering coaching, training and consulting to the Federal Government.  Our exceptional team and trusted partners covers a full range of skills and experience in coaching, training and consulting. ACT is based in Washington DC and London, UK. Our team is geographically dispersed, with a presence on every continent.

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Mike Hutchins is the Co-Founder of ACT. He has over 20 years consulting and coaching experience with PwC, IBM Business Consulting and KPMG, where he trained as a CPA / Chartered Accountant. He specializes in Change Management, Organizational and Instructional design, Strategy, Program Management and Leadership Development. Clients include: Vodafone, Nike Inc., Safaricom, O2, BBC, Wolseley, National Health Service, Novo Nordisk, Volvo, Alliance UniChem, Cemex, AECOM, CTI and American University.

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Erin Hutchins is the co-founder of ACT and founder and owner of ACT Government Services.  Erin has trained hundreds of individuals from organizations and the Federal Government to become certified professional coaches. She has coached senior executives, teams and large groups in maximizing their relationships and results as well as to become more ‘coach-like’ in their workplace interactions.  Erin previously worked as the Director of Corporate for CTI and as a senior consultant for PwC.

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Robin is a highly skilled facilitator, educator and coach. She has worked in senior level positions and as an instructor at Brown University for 38 years. As a coach she works with executives from health care organizations, educational institutions and scientific and technology corporations. She is passionate about learning and helping others develop their practice of leadership.

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Katie is Director of Client Relations for ACT. She serves as the liaison between ACT and its clients, ensuring excellent customer service and customer satisfaction. Katie brings over 10 years of Sales & Marketing and consulting expertise, most recently working for PwC. She specializes in maintaining and developing client business relationships.

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Ashley has 20 years of experience in enterprise software, professional services, and digital marketing, and has held leadership roles in operations, client portfolio management, consulting practice management and project delivery in both corporate and startup environments. He has led enterprise software implementations for many Global 2000 companies
such as IBM, Citibank, British Airways, Best Buy, Merck, REI, and L’Oréal. He is a coach and facilitator with clients such as Rexall, Government of Ontario, Molson Coors.

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Denise spent over 28 years as a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). As a certified FBI instructor, she worked as a facilitator for the FBI’s leadership development program team.

Denise provides leadership development training to corporate and government organizational clients looking to achieve a higher level of performance through experiential-based learning and executive coaching. Areas of expertise include diversity and inclusion, women in leadership, professional and personal effectiveness and applied leadership development.

Clients include the Department of Commerce, Vaya Pharma, Environmental Protection Agency, IHG, and Georgetown University.

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Bonnie is passionate about her work as an executive coach and trainer. Bonnie specializes in leadership development and has extensive experience supporting leaders in increasing organization competencies, achieving organizational results and leading with impact. Clients have included Senior Executives, political appointees, and other leaders in HUD, USDA Forest Service, General Service Administration, HHS, Dept of Ed., NSA, DoD, Army, FDA and other government agencies. Bonnie has also worked with clients in hospitals (Children’s National Medical Center, D.C.), industry (Best Buy) and non profit organizations such as MercyCorps and FHI360.

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Szos, based on the west coast on Vancouver Island, is a masterful leadership coach and trainer who leads the way with his heart. Szos has worked with prominent leaders and teams across a broad spectrum of organizations including the Department of Defense, Brown University, Stantec, Teach for America, and Open Media Foundation.

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Jenny is the Manager of Communications for ACT. With a background in media relations, Jenny brings nearly 25 years of experience working across many sectors, including environmental, consumer, business, entertainment, healthcare, and technology. Clients have included David Suzuki, Grassroots Environmental Products, Britney Spears, The Barenaked Ladies, Beaches International Jazz Festival, Polaroid, and the National Home Show.

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Leonid Frolov, PCC is a coach and leadership trainer, mentor and cultural diversity consultant in public and private sectors. He has been coaching executives at the World Bank Group, Cargill, UNICEF. The range of the industries where he has clients spans from aerospace to agriculture and US Government. His is passionate about bringing cultural fluency as one of the key components in growing leaders.

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Kristina’s primary focus is to support people and organisations develop sustainable successful relationships by connecting and aligning them with themselves and others. She designs, facilitates and delivers leadership programs, team and individual coaching sessions.

Clients include: PVH, Sanoma, FootLocker, Nike, ABN Amro, Liberty Global, Disney, Relay42, Holland Venture, Totallux, The Swedish Chamber of Commerce

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Laura is a Program Coordinator for ACT. She has experience in the Health & Wellness field, where she has worked for Progressive Health, Capital Rowing Club, and Plus One Fitness. While working as a health and wellness professional, she developed a broad range of knowledge and skills with ultimate goal of improving the lives of others.
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L.A. specializes in working with global leadership, as a coach and trainer. She has spent the last 26 years engaged in the exploration of cutting-edge technologies for change. L.A. is a Master Certified Coach.  Her specialties are: long-term excellent performance, sustainable self-motivated change and leadership development. Clients include: IBM, Microsoft, Gore, Cargill, Marriott Hotels, Herman Miller, the MS Society, Boeing, AstraZeneca Norway, Fidelity Investments.

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Nancy has been an ICF certified coach., since 2000.  Her 20-year career in the entertainment industry inspired her collaborative and creative approach to executive coaching. Her primary focus is on helping executives and teams gain effective leadership skills, to communicate with clarity and impact and to develop and sustain successful relationships up and down the corporate ladder.

Nancy’s executive coaching clients span the corporate worlds of media, financial, technology and retail companies and the nonprofit sector. Her clients include:  ACLU, AIG, Capital Group, Converse, ESPN, IMAX Films, Legal Zoom, Nickelodeon, NBC, Nike, Sony Pictures, Stantec, Warner Music Group, Universal Music Group and Viacom.

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Jessica, based in Europe, is a certified coach, facilitator and cultural scientist. She specializes in facilitating change processes, leadership development and executive coaching and training. In all these roles, she is passionate about unleashing the full potential of her clients, so they can be at choice and impactful and successfully transform themselves, their teams and organisations. Her clients have included Nike, PVH, Vodafone, Unicef, World Bank, United Nations University, Nato, ING and Sabic and a large amount of executive mba students from different business schools.

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Peter, based in The Netherlands, is an executive coach for both individuals and corporate teams. He leverages more than 25 years of experience as a Business Consultant, Corporate Manager and Director to understand his clients’ personal and professional lives. Clients have included: Accenture, PVH, Nike Europe, Capgemini, Lloyd’s Register, ING, Philips, European Investment Bank, Canon Europe, Salland Oil and Unilever.

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Josh is ACT’s voice coach. He brings his talent as an actor and teacher to work with leaders and coaches to expand their vocal range and presence. He most recently closed the Broadway revival of Les Miserables.  Joshua performed at most major theaters including Folger Theatre’s production of Twelfth Night, the world premiere of Soon at Signature Theatre and the DC premiere of Sam Hunter’s A Bright New Boise at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. He has taught at American University in Washington, DC and led workshops and classes at Gallaudet University, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (his alma mater) and the Catholic University of America in voice and acting.

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Stephanie Lovinger, CPCC, PCC is an Executive and Personal Coach specializing in Leadership Development, Change Navigation and Mid-Career Transition. She supports people as they make changes in situations, behavior and communication in the workplace and elsewhere. She has worked with clients in Government, Private Sector and Not-for-Profit organizations since 2001. She has been training and mentoring individuals and groups as they develop coaching skills since 2007. Prior to coaching she worked for a number of Fortune 500 and smaller organizations in sales, management and communication skills training roles.

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John is a certified Coach, Engineer and Trainer. He is ACT’s Faculty Leader for ACT’s Leadership Development Program, “Leader As Strategist”, infusing skills in Critical Thinking, Systems Thinking and the application of the principles in the book “The Thinker’s Toolkit”. John’s clients include longstanding relationships with GM, CIA and General Dynamics.

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Ken is ACT’s lead for the Community Partnership project. Ken is a recent retiree from the Federal Government where he worked 25 years in a variety of positions in the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the U.S. Department of the Interior.  This included positions as Deputy Public Affairs Chief, Recreation Accessibility lead and as a System Analyst where he tried to translate Information Technology into common English so that non-technicals could understand an issue.  Ken spent 12 years in the newsroom of The Washington Post. He has a BA in Psychology from The American University and a Masters in Public Administration with a specialization in Intergovernmental Relations from the University of Southern California.

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Clients and Testimonials

quotesACT led the HR and Strategy team at AFCC in the design and delivery of our off-site Leadership Team workshop. Trust was established from day one, resulting in resulting in an innovative 2 day strategy workshop, using powerful metaphors, creative media and a range of leadership development skills.

Glenn St.Onge
HR Director, AFCC Auto (A Joint Venture between Daimler and Ford)

quotesOne very successful thing that happened this week is this class! You changed the lives of 30 people and started the ripple that will affect an entire agency.

Federal Government Agency Chief Program Manager

Here’s what participants are saying:

  • This is the best training I have had in 28 years of government. Mike & Erin you rock!
  • Thank you so much for your positive energy each day + creating a safe + welcoming environment. You are both masterful facilitators + coaches + made it very easy for us to learn. Thank you
  • My military culture does not always embrace coaching as a leadership technique and listening does not always come naturally in a culture where the leader often provides all the answers. This course has really helped me hone in my listening skills.
  • Hands down, the best leadership course I have taken in the agency. Mike and Erin were absolutely fantastic in their approach, structure, and delivery of the content
  • An unforgettable experience shared with others that has helped me to be a better leader all around.
  • I will use my coach like skills when interacting and working with my staff and leadership. I will not take on the issues but use my coaching skills to hold myself and others accountable. I will use more powerful questions and acknowledgement during my conversations with my employees. I will practice my coaching like skills daily
  • Think critically about how I have choice in my issues. I will be more coach like in my interaction with others.
  • This course did a great job of teaching an old dog new tricks that apply to leadership and team building. The most significant shift for me is moving from a mentor style leadership that tells the client how he/she can acomplish the mission to the coach like techniques that help to understand the client and how they understand themselves and their role in the organization
  • I will look at tension in the workplace differently now, in that I will offer coach like approaches to solutions. Additionally I will not shy away from critical conversations that will enable all to grow more
  • The team energy between Erin and Mike was phenomenal and was beneficial to the group. You both are gifts to the field of coaching :)! Well thought out design for the program.

quotesACT provided quality leadership development coaching. They listened, understood our needs and the feedback from the coaching was very positive.

Maliek Ferebee
VP of HR, Corporate, End Market Group, AECOM/URS