2018 facilitators & coaches

Tanya Monsef Bunger, WLW Co-Facilitator

TANYA MONSEF BUNGER - A leader in many national and international organizations supporting women and entrepreneurship, Tanya Monsef Bunger has a background of 25+ years of Silicon Valley high tech, startups and non-profit business success in the areas of finance, marketing, and strategy.  She has coached and delivered programs with leaders from 40+ countries.


Tanya designs leadership training, leads workshops, provides one-on-one coaching, and facilitates conversations with clients around the world. She speaks globally about the power of leading from authenticity as a way to create harmony in the workplace.  She loves working with individuals, teams and organizations to build highly collaborative work environments that achieve high impact results, with an emphasis on start-ups.


She is Dean's Executive Professor, Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University (SCU), CA.  Tanya is active in various community programs and non-profits, has served as Chair of the Board for Global Women’s Leadership Network, co-founder of SF Turkish Women’s International Network chapter, Advisory Board for My Own Business Institute, Board of Fellows for SCU and program director of the Global Fellows program at SCU.  


Tanya has been recognized for excellence by receiving the Silicon Valley Woman of Influence Award. A native of the Silicon Valley, Tanya holds a B.S. degree in finance from Santa Clara University along with graduate coursework from the University of Southern California.

Abha Singhvi, WLW Co-Facilitator

ABHA SINGHVI - Abha’s vision is a world where every human being lives a life of dignity. She is a Life and Leadership coach and business consultant bringing her experience from founding two successful businesses. She is currently an adjunct professor at Santa Clara University. She co-founded 2 businesses and sold one of them to TMP Worldwide (later known as Monster.com)

Abha designs and delivers leadership training workshops, provides one on one, group coaching for individuals and teams. She has been a supporter and has worked with non-profit organizations throughout her career. She is Co-founder of GWLN (Global Women Leadership Network), board member at Maitri, an organization that supports South Asian women facing Domestic Violence issues; and BAVC (BayArea Video Coalition), San Francisco based organization that inspires social change by empowering media makers to develop and share diverse stories through art, education and technology. She also served on the board of Arati for Girls, an India based women’s empowerment organization that focuses on the issue of female gendercide.


Abha is passionate about working with founders and executive teams of startups and small businesses and non-profits globally.

Allison Elvekrog, WLW Coach

Allison enables leaders to stand in their power and create meaningful impact in their world.


Allison’s career began in media, communications and politics, first as a network television producer and strategic communications consultant, and as an event producer and press strategist for a US Presidential campaign. She took the skills that were honed on the campaign trail to Russia and applied them to a 100-person operation to promote Russian Privatization through advertising, public relations and grassroots field organizing. Living and working in Russia provided the breadth and depth of perspective to understand how to be a successful global leader, to effectively collaborate, and to operate with cultural sensitivity.


After attending Harvard Business School, she worked for several Silicon Valley start-ups as a marketing and general manager with a focus on delivering media that matters and educational e-commerce. She wrote and pitched business plans, raised venture capital, led cross-functional teams, created operational efficiencies, and delivered impactful user experiences.


As an independent consultant, she worked for years with leaders of start-ups and non-profits, applying her business knowledge and experience to partnerships, funding, go-to-market strategies, and marketing. It was through the coaching and mentoring, a by-product of her work, that Allison discovered her calling, executive coaching senior leaders and rising stars. She received her advanced coaching certification from the Coaches Training Institute (CTI).


Allison is a natural human change agent. What excites her most about working with Women Leaders of the World 2018 is that never before has there been a greater need for empowered women to lead with their hearts and minds.

Executive Coach, Mountain West Partners

Carla Morton, WLW Coach

Carla brings 30 years of business and entrepreneurial experience to her coaching practice, where she works with Fortune 500 business leaders and start-up entrepreneurs. She was the founder and CEO of several start-ups including BrandhHabit, a Silicon Valley funded start-up in the fashion vertical, as well as ASPIRE, a corporate employee wellbeing program.

Carla brings her warmth and humor to the coaching conversation where she considers not only her client’s professional experiences, but also how they navigate the world on an everyday basis—physically, socially and emotionally. Carla has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She is an ICF Credentialed Professional Coach and is the Executive Director of The MMS Institute of Northern California where she facilitates workshops and ICF credentialed coach training programs.

Mary Ann Ireland, WLW Coach

Mary Ann Ireland is the Principal of ClarityWorks, a San Francisco/Bay Area, California based company founded in 2003. Mary Ann is an Executive/Leadership Coach, facilitator and team mobilizer, primarily in the life science and high tech industries.


Mary Ann empowers individuals and teams to skillfully communicate, engender trust and hold each other accountable to their commitments so that they can successfully achieve their goals. The foundation for her work includes Commitment-based Management (CbM) (listening for opportunities, skillfully coordinating, and respectfully managing with accountability) and Executive/Leadership Presence (improving one’s ability to influence, engage and lead others while being responsive to change), so that clients can articulate bigger possibilities and deliver

on them.


Mary Ann’s ability to listen deeply to her client’s concerns, clearly identify strengths and areas of development, and compassionately speak to what limits an individual or team’s performance, allows her to partner with clients to co-design and execute for exceptional results, as judged by their stakeholders.


Her coaching clients include Vice Presidents, Directors and Senior Managers in start-up, emerging, midsize and Fortune 500 companies. Mary Ann has worked in the UK, China, Switzerland, Spain and Poland to mobilize teams, and travels in the US to deliver leadership training and coaching programs.

JeanAnn Nichols, WLW Coach

JeanAnn Nichols is an accomplished executive with more than 30 years of diverse professional experience. She has managed a variety of functions—including engineering, product design, manufacturing, marketing, sales, communications, and IT operations—in Fortune 500 companies, and most recently served as a Vice President and General Manager for a $60B global technology company. Her ability to foster open communication, inspire urgency, and drive rapid execution has consistently driven meaningful and measurable bottom-line results.


Among her colleagues, JeanAnn is known as a talented leader with a gift for navigating complex business environments and managing rapid, dramatic change. She is an exceptional cross-cultural communicator, possesses unique insight into the impacts of globalization and technology on modern business, and has built a reputation as a deeply principled executive and staunch advocate for women and underrepresented minorities in technology.


A voracious reader, JeanAnn loves comparing theories and assumptions across diverse authors and connecting the dots between texts published at different moments in time. She is also a seasoned global traveler who delights in expanding her worldview by experiencing new cultures, whether in a personal or professional context and in meeting and talking with people in their local communities.

Amidst the changing seasons of work and home life, JeanAnn believes it is important to make time to give back to her local community. She volunteers regularly with the California State Parks Foundation as a Park Champion, leading volunteer teams in habitat restoration. JeanAnn lives with her husband in the San Francisco Bay Area, has two grown children and is currently accepting applications for a new family pet.

Melinda Stephenson, WLW Coach

Melinda Stephenson is a coach and consultant with over 22 years of experience in human development on an individual, team and organization level. She provides an excellent balance of strategic vision, coaching and operational execution abilities.


Melinda provides outcome-based coaching to senior teams and senior executives. Her coaching is a blend of pragmatic guidance and curious exploration into the underlying assumptions and thought patterns which support leadership performance. She draws on her knowledge of neuroscience, positive psychology, emotional intelligence and cognitive behavior change to help leaders and their teams expand possibilities and realize their potential.  She has helped clients build new skills in areas such as strategic thinking, influence and persuasiveness, relationship and conflict management.


Melinda also builds human resource and change strategies for high-growth, global clients and she has completed extensive work in the creation of talent development strategies and leadership development program design. She is curriculum designer and co-founder of The Leadership Room – a one-year learning experience for high potential executives.


Prior to her career as a coach and consultant, Melinda held senior positions in Human Resources. She served as VP of HR and Sr. Director of Organization Development for Gap, Inc., providing consulting support to the CEO and leadership team. In these roles, she designed and executed human capital strategy to expand the talent pipeline and build global general manager skills. She also managed large-scale change efforts in product innovation, sourcing/inventory management, HR training strategy, and brand marketing.


Melinda devotes significant time and energy to issues that touch her deeply.  She is a facilitator for the Insight Prison Project and she mentors scholars through SHE-CAN. Melinda loves to sing and travel the world. She makes her home in the San Francisco Bay Area with her teenage son.

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