My Story

Sam

As long as I can remember I have loved coaching and helping people grow. After becoming an entrepreneur I noticed I was really interested in one question: How does leadership affect the healthy growth of an organization?

This question catalyzed me back to graduate school and after finishing a masters degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology, I started an 18 month long coaching program by Integral Coaching Canada to become an Integral Master Coach™.

Over the past 10 years I have been facilitating leadership development workshops, executive coaching, and consulting to Fortune 500 companies, non-profit organizations, as well as government, and higher and secondary education institutions.

Client list...

Stanford
Haas
Quaker chemical
Seagate
Tyco
Cisco
Abbott labs
Adobe
Disney
Genentech
Net app
Logitech
Medtronic
Kaiser
Oracle

Two Truths and a Lie

Sometimes, it can be fun to use a game or an “ice breaker” just to get to know someone a little better at first. In this spirit, I’d like to offer “Two Truths and a Lie.” Even though it can only be me sharing here, the way it usually works is that each person shares two things about themselves that are true, and one that is a lie. Other people try to guess which ones are true and which one is false, and in the end you get to know them better as they reveal which is which. Here they are:

  • 1) I am married to my high school sweetheart and together we have two boys named Andres and Marcelo. Find out the truth here.

  • New family

    Yes, this is true.

    I met Monique in a high school French class, and even though we broke up a few times because we went to different colleges (and long distance relationships are really hard!) we always gravitated back to each other during Christmas holidays and summertime. When she started medical school in New York after college we decided to make a go of it, and I moved out to NY to be with her and we have been together ever since.

    We have two boys, Andres, and Marcelo who are two years apart. In 2012 I wrote an article about parenthood that can give you a window into one particular aspect of my experience as a parent. If you want to know a little bit more about how that experience has shaped my life click here.

    Having a family has been a beautiful, challenging, and humbling experience.

  • 2) I put myself through UC Berkeley on a women’s volleyball scholarship. Find out the truth here.

  • Yup, this one is true.

    I know, it’s hard to believe. And I’ve always been a guy.

    In high school and college, I happened to be a pretty good athlete and the sport I excelled in the most was volleyball. When I got to UC Berkeley they had a men’s team but because it was a “Club” sport they did not give scholarships and each team member had to pay to play. I didn’t have the money to pay for this, but my former high school coach had gotten a job as a graduate student assistant for the women’s team, and he put my name in for a job as the team manager.

    As my luck would have it, they picked me above the other applicants because I could actually play the game. They ended up giving me a scholarship to be a “practice dummy” and play against the women’s team everyday, paying for my tuition and books all three years I went there. It was a great gig!

    And having grown up with 2 brothers, I feel like I have 15 sisters from that experience!

  • 3) I have written and directed my own one-person show about growing up in California and being the eldest of three boys. Find out the truth here.

  • Alas, this one is false!

    While I did grow up in California and am the eldest of three boys, I have not written or directed a one person show about it...although I really want to one day!