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Meet the Coaches

CHAR LEMAIRE 

What is your position and/or responsibilities?
Chief Learning Officer – I get to lead the incredible talent that makes up our client services teams, plus I travel the world as an evangelist for Traveling Coaches. 

What are you most passionate about when it comes to your work?
Sharing our thoughts and trend setting ideas with the legal community through blogs, articles, webinars and speaking. 

Name one thing you can’t live without, and one you can.
My car. I really love to drive – which is good because I live 36 miles outside of where I work. I can live without road rage – really – we can all get there together safely.  And stop texting when you are driving! 

What’s the last book you read and why did it interest you?
I am re-reading Influencer – the Power to Change anything. Getting people on board with technology often involves getting them to change their minds and behavior. This book really makes me think about how important communities are in the change process.

What’s your favorite vacation spot?
I am a big fan of the Staycation – staying at home and enjoying friends and family. A few years ago I visited Positano, Italy (on the Amalfi Coast) – that had to have been the best place I’ve ever vacationed. 

Who is a thought leader that inspires you and why?
I love Seth Godin! I once heard him described as having an entertaining and fiercely original brain. He makes me think bigger. 

What’s your favorite TC moment?
We are a family and when we get together outside of the work day – it can be the best. I just went to a ballgame with a group of TCer’s and got to see the people who matter most in their lives – the spouses and kids. It grounds me and helps understand why we do what we do – provide a workplace where people can love what they do every day – and have fun. 

What’s your favorite Office 2010 feature?
I’m really enjoying how conversation view speeds up my ability to stay on top of what is going on in my world. A real productivity enhancement for me. What’s in your inbox? 

After work you’ll find me….
Being creative in the kitchen. I like to try new recipes and then change them up to make them unique. I love the whole process of planning, shopping, preparing and presenting new dishes. 


BRIE STAMPE 

What is your position and/or responsibilities?
Director of Market Strategies and Consulting Services – researching markets and trends, strategic positioning and building and celebrating customer loyalty.
 
What are you most passionate about when it comes to your work?
Finding and evangelizing new and better ways to motivate, educate and support law firm technology users AND playing with my crystal ball. 

Name one thing you can’t live without, and one you can.
I can’t live without my onion cutting goggles. Seriously…my eyes tear up so badly when I’m around freshly cut onions that I have to leave the room. My onion cutting goggles lock out the tear juice and have opened up a whole new world of cooking for me.  I can totally live without people who walk off an escalator and just stand there with seemingly no awareness of the people on the escalator behind them. Dog pile, anyone? 

What’s the last book you read and why did it interest you?
I’ve got a pile on my nightstand, which is keeping me from finishing any one book…I flip back and forth from Cesar Milan’s “How to Raise the Perfect Dog” to the Kirkpatricks’ “Training on Trial” and then to Jay Cross’ “Informal Learning.” I could use a new fiction to throw into the mix, if anybody has a recommendation!

What’s your favorite vacation spot?
Just about anywhere in Europe for culture and exploration – especially France. For relaxation and escape, give me a beach…any beach…and a frosty drink with an umbrella in it. 

Who is a thought leader that inspires you and why?
Sir Ken Robinson http://www.sirkenrobinson.com/… I owe him my career. He reminded me of how important it is to be passionate about what I do and enlightened me about “the element…the point at which natural talent meets personal passion.”  

What’s your favorite TC moment?
There are so many…just get a group of us together and we’ll run through our greatest hits with you.  Many of my favorite moments are wrapped up with individual colleagues. In my mind, I have an imaginary photo album with tabs listed by co-worker (aka friend)…  “Joe: Show tunes in Mexico” –  “Char: Visions of mini-me” – “Gina: Mind-reading tricks” – “Karen: Interview with a birthday girl” – and the list goes on and on and on… 

What’s your favorite Office 2010 feature?
Hmm…favorite of the day is anything One Note! So cool! But, I really need training…seriously…can I get some help over here?? 

After work you’ll find me….
What? There’s an after? Nobody told me about this “after” work thing! 


JIM BARKER 

What is your position and/or responsibilities?
I am an eLearning Development Specialist.  My responsibilites include developing eLearning briefs, assisting with multimedia design for Traveling Coaches and supporting back end web and server technologies.
 
What are you most passionate about when it comes to your work?
Meeting challenges and delivering a product that surpasses all expectations.
 
Name one thing you can’t live without, and one you can.
Water –  from what I’ve heard a person can only go 2 – 3 days max without it, although, I’ve never tested that theory personally. I can definitely do without lima beans, yuck!
 
What’s the last book you read and why did it interest you?
Steven King’s “The Dome”.  I’m just your average King fan.
 
What’s your favorite vacation spot?
Anywhere the sand is white, water aqua green-blue, cell phone reception is weak and beverages are strong.
 
Who is a thought leader that inspires you and why?
Steve Jobs is one.  His understanding of the proper marriage between hardware and software for the best end-user experience is admirable.
 
What’s your favorite TC moment?
Finishing a project with a team effort where everyone contributes and puts their own touch on making our product the best in the industry.
 
What’s your favorite Office 2010 feature?
It would have to be the more dynamic connection between all of the office applications and the web.  This allows a more streamlined workflow and helps tremendously with meeting deadlines.
 
After work you’ll find me….
Still working usually… 


CAROLYN HUMPHREYS  

What is your position and/or responsibilities?
Learning Development Consultant; I work closely with our development team on the production of training materials and head up our CLASSclub program, I’m the client liaison on all issues relating to CLASS™ and Rollout Kit materials, and I work with clients on ways to improve their learning programs. 

What are you most passionate about when it comes to your work?
Learning new things! Anything shiny and new gives me a burst of energy! 

Name one thing you can’t live without, and one you can.
Can’t live without DVR! Between work, kids and church, my schedule is constantly in flux.  It may be while walking on the treadmill in the morning or on a Saturday afternoon, but I can finally keep up with the few TV programs that I watch regularly. I could live without Twitter.  Honestly, I can’t say anything in 140 characters. I already get teased at the office about my 400+ word tips for our monthlye-newsletter, Coaches Connection, that are more like white papers because of their length. 

What’s the last book you read and why did it interest you?
I’m actually on an audio book kick and have begun selecting books based on my favorite narrator, Davina Porter, whom I first heard through the totally amazing Outlander series written by Diana Gabaldon. I’m currently listening to Anne Perry’s Thomas and Charlotte Pitt series. I recently finished all the Jane Austen novels.  All of these books are set in 1700-1850 England.  The historical information and social norms of that time are fascinating! 

What’s your favorite vacation spot?
The Napa Valley (my hometown), San Francisco, the Redwoods and the Pacific Ocean. 

Who is a thought leader that inspires you and why?
One of my favorite people is Gordon B. Hinckley (1910-2008), religious leader and author of “Standing for Something,” “Way to Be,” and “Stand a Little Taller.”  He was quick-witted, had a good sense of humor, was a champion of education and spent the majority of his life in the service of others. 

What’s your favorite TC moment?
 When Char, Robin and Lori put on gigantic men’s tightie-whiteys that said “CLASSe Briefs” on the backend and walked down the hall into one of our training classes!  

What’s your favorite Office 2010 feature?
In Word – the Navigation Pane and customizing the Ribbon; in Outlook – Groups and the Scheduler View; in Excel – Pivot Tables; and in PowerPoint – the picture editing tools, new templates and transitions. 

After work you’ll find me….
At home with my husband and teenage kids, running to a school event, at the movies, or participating in a church activity.


TAMI SCHILLER 

What is your position and/or responsibilities?
I am a Senior Analyst and Consultant and lately, I’ve been playing to my futurist strength and looking for trends and developments around Next Generation Learning.

What are you most passionate about when it comes to your work?
Being able to share what I learn with others. 

Name one thing you can’t live without, and one you can.
I could not live without access to new things to learn. I’m always challenging myself to learn something new. Sometimes the new thing relates to work and sometimes it is learning about a new hobby. I can live without rudeness. There’s just no need for it. 

What are you currently reading and why did it interest you?
Now that I’ve discovered I can read ebooks on multiple platforms, I’m reading several books at once. It’s a mixed ebag of social learning, project management and SharePoint 2010. All of these topics interest me because I know my peers are, will be or should be interested in them.

What’s your favorite vacation spot?
Just staying home and relaxing while catching up with family and friends re-energizes me more than travel. 

Who is a thought leader that inspires you and why?
Too many to list here; and if I tried, I might miss someone. There are definitely people that I work with and with social communication tools like Twitter, Facebook and Linked In you can connect with incredibly smart and talented people world-wide. It’s amazing. 

What’s your favorite TC moment?
Having been a client before becoming a coach, I have many TC moments that qualify as favorites. If I have to pick something though, I think it would those moments when I was a client working side by side with any TC coach and their commitment to my success. 

What’s your favorite Office 2010 feature?
If you have been following the blog for a while, you know I originally said Paste Preview was my favorite feature. It is still a favorite, but hands down for the type of work I do, OneNote – even though it is an application and not a feature -has made a tremendous impact on my productivity and relationship with the teams I work with at Traveling Coaches.  We share research, notes, agendas and actions in shared notebooks. All the relevant information the team needs is in one place and we aren’t losing valuable knowledge assets in email mailboxes.

After work you’ll find me…
At home; but probably with my laptop within arm’s reach just in case something I’m reading, watching or listening to peaks my curiosity.


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