About Our Team

Meet Our Founder

Dr. Eric de Nijs, Ed.D.

Dr. Eric de Nijs is an executive coach with over 30 years of experience helping people and organizations achieve improved performance and capability. His client base includes working with CEOs, senior and middle managers, high potentials, and key individual contributors. His background includes experience in diverse industries such as food, consumer products, manufacturing, financial services, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, defense, military, energy, and county and federal government agencies. He has worked with individuals and teams at all levels in Western and Eastern Europe, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Central and South America, Indonesia, South Korea, and Australia.

As a leadership coach, he helps his clients develop the leadership required to bridge the business case for change with the people case for change. Eric works with CEOs, senior level executives, department managers and teams to maximize leadership effectiveness and build a culture of trust, respect and engagement. He also helps individuals and organizations in developing new capacities and new perspectives with their resources, capabilities, opportunities and problems.  His background in continuous improvement and coaching lends to a unique experience and approach in solving problems and developing leaders. Eric’s coach training programs include an accredited ICF PCC and ACC program, continuing education in coaching, and various coaching techniques and practices.

Eric’s clients include Citizen’s Bank (Royal Bank of Scotland), Steelcase, Huntington Ingalls (Newport News Shipping), Lockheed Martin, Capital One Financial, TRowe Price, Pfizer Pharmaceutical, Exelon, Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Agency, Ford Motor Company, Arlington County Government (Virginia), and various branches of the U.S. Military.  

Eric holds a doctorate in Human Resources Development and two master’s degrees and is designated as a Professional Certified Coach with the International Coach Federation. He is certified to administer The Hogan Assessment, the Workplace Big 5, the Center for Creative Leadership 360, The Leadership Circle 360, The Coaching Clinic, Cultural Orientation Index, and the FIRO B. Eric has graduated from Georgetown University’s Leadership Coaching Program, Corporate Coach University, and Team Coaching International. 

Eric has written Playing in a Bigger Space, Transformational Conversations, and is a contributing author of “Excellence in Leadership Coaching.”  Dr. de Nijs is a part-time instructor and co-program director of Georgetown University’s Leadership Coaching program and an adjunct faculty member of the Center for Creative Leadership. Eric volunteers with a recovery program for recently released offenders in Richmond, Virginia. 

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Alan De Cerff

Over the last 10 years, Alan has focused his energy in facilitating leadership workshops and coaching with emerging business and government leaders so that they can lead more confidently and play in a bigger space.