Ann is President of Llumos, LLC, a Washington, DC-based women’s owned small consulting firm serving global senior leaders in public and private organizations and nonprofits.
With over 18 years as a consultant and coach to business and community leaders, Ann focuses on identifying and igniting the capabilities of top-tier leadership. An Ironman triathlete with a doctorate in psychology and an MBA, she knows what it takes to perform at the highest levels. Her unique blend of psychology and business lends important insight into the human factors that make top businesses results possible. Ann helps to close the gaps between potential and performance primarily through organizational reviews, talent assessments (for selection and development), team development, change management facilitation, talent planning, and executive coaching. High energy, direct, and goal-focused, Ann is an effective partner in pushing beyond today’s challenges to achieve audacious goals.
Consulting and Coaching Philosophy
Ann believes long-term business success is achieved when the right people are in the right roles, and are developed, nurtured, and prepared for future success. Part psychologist, part businessperson, and part provocateur, Ann will push systems and conventional thinking of leaders to ‘up their game’ in order to land and keep the very best talent. She helps clients build talent processes that are inclusive, innovative, and nimble – all necessary to remain competitive in today’s fierce, global talent marketplace. The result is organizations with higher levels of engagement, better business results, and strong, lasting leadership.
Using a stakeholder-centered approach in coaching, Ann taps into information from the client and her critical relationships to understand strengths and areas for change. A “practical theorist,” Ann helps clients discover patterns that drive behavior, and then helps them set actionable goals for creating sustained, positive change. The result is leaders who are significantly more confident, capable, and successful in their leadership. She is also known for her zeal for an integrated life, where self-care is a natural part of work success. In combination with leadership goals, Ann encourages her coaching clients to set goals for health and wellness to cultivate greater leadership staying power.
All of Ann’s clients appreciate the candor, energy, empathy, accountability, and humor she brings to her engagements.
Prior to founding Llumos, Ann worked as Principal at Green Peak Partners, where she partnered with private equity firms on selecting the right leaders for their client companies. She also helped build optimal corporate structures and high-performing teams. Earlier, she acted as Managing Director at TalentQuest, a leadership consultancy and talent software firm in Atlanta. She had oversight of account and project management, business development, revenue and profitability targets, and people leadership for the Atlanta consulting team, in addition to personally driving revenue growth via high-level client engagements. Prior to TalentQuest, she worked as a consultant with Leadership Perspectives in suburban Philadelphia while she also maintained a clinical psychotherapy practice.
Speaking and Research
Ann speaks on a wide range of topics to a host of national audiences, from corporations and Boards to professional associations, colleagues, and community groups. Her research and speaking interests lie in harnessing the power of diverse workforces, innovative approaches to talent development, and the impact of wellness on work productivity and engagement. A sampling of some popular leadership topics:
- Future Forward: Harnessing the New World of Talent and Technology
- Disruptor or Disrupted: Five Factors to Invoke Critical Change
- Who Moved my Queso: How Diversity and Inclusion Can Radically Improve your Business
TALENT IDENTIFICATION AND DEVELOPMENT
- It’s the Who: How to Identify People with Potential
- Preventing the Brain Drain: Six Key Steps to Retain a Knowledgeable Workforce
- Dump the Performance Review
- Ironman Leadership: The Endurance Athletics Model to Stronger Leadership
- Leadership For Life: Creating Internal Integrity regarding Time, Energy, and Relationships
- Why You Should Care About Corporate Politics
- How Do I Look?: Managing Your Professional Brand
Education and Affiliations
Ann holds a BA in Psychology with High Distinction from the University of Michigan. She earned her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology, while concomitantly completing an MBA, all from Widener University. She is a licensed psychologist in Pennsylvania and Georgia. She is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Society for Consulting Psychology, the US Women’s Chamber of Commerce, the Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology, and the National Association for Italian-American Women. She is also involved with several civic and community associations, and currently serves on the DC Advisory Board for Back on My Feet.
Instrument Certifications and Trainings
Ann is a certified Hogan Assessment administrator and has deep expertise in a myriad of tools for assessing and developing individuals and organizations. In addition, she has completed the Coaches Training Institute and The Johnson & Johnson’s Human Performance Institute’s Corporate Athlete program.
Partial Client List
Ann’s client list ranges from startups and small, privately held companies to Fortune 100 global organizations to private equity. She considers herself industry agnostic, offering her deep expertise in understanding human potential and behavior as her technical skill set. Her client selection is based on their passion for building success through great people. She has experience in a wide variety of industries, including:
- Advertising and media
- Broadcast communications
- Building supplies
- Departments of transportation
- Financial services
- Food and beverage
- Global economic development
- Government (city, regional, state)
- Life sciences
- Mining support
- Oil and gas support
- Private equity
- Professional services
- Real estate