Leadership And Coaching Conference

Theme: Transitioning To The New World Of Leadership And Coaching

Date: August 25, 2022 At 8am-12pm Philippines Time Via Zoom

Meet Our International Roster Of World-renowned Speakers

Benchmark Consulting’s 4-Hour Virtual Conference “TRANSITIONING TO THE NEW WORLD OF LEADERSHIP AND COACHING” brings you the latest updates with the aid of our roster of world-renowned gurus in the field of leadership and coaching.

Benchmarks 20th Anniversary

Topics and Speakers

Kim Pong Lim


Kim Pong is the CEO and Founder of StrengthsAsia. At StrengthsAsia, he is a coach, a speaker, and a facilitator. Under the leadership of Kim Pong, StrengthsAsia has one of the largest strengths-based coaching platforms in Asia.

He is among the first 20 Gallup Certified Strengths Coach in the world. He is the Global Partner of SoundWave and a Master trainer in accrediting SoundWave Coaches globally. He is a certified Lego Serious Play facilitator. He is also a Halftime Master Coach.

In his strengths engagement work with the tertiary and educational institutions, he is a faculty member on the “Smith Leadership Program for Women” in Smith College (Boston), and the “Strengths Based Leadership for Church Leaders Program” in the Tung Ling Bible School of Leadership. He is also the regular coach for the National University of Singapore’s ongoing “Emerging Leaders Program”.

He is a founding board member of the Transformational Business Network (TBN) Asia. TBN Asia is part of TBN, which is an established impact investment collaborative platform in the world.

He is the creator of The REFRAME Program. REFRAME is on helping high achievers get clarity, capabilities and reframe their current success to designing their best lift of purpose and greater joy, engagement, and meaning.

Do you know your SoundWave? “Talk” is the most repeated and present behavior of people. At work, it is demanded that we are effective in the way we talk, especially where our roles involve a level of responsibility. Harnessing the ability to communicate effectively is one of the most important skills that the future of work and the leaders of tomorrow must possess.

Yet often, these demands seem to be met imperfectly. In the context of the modern workplace, it is not enough to simply exchange information in an environment that calls for results. Our ‘talk’ needs to be purposeful in the way we ask questions, share our ideas, disrupt thinking, and build a culture that encourages innovative change. Our ‘talk’ should seek to help us exert influence without authority, build authority with respect, and lead with purpose. Our Knowing our ‘talk’ is the most crucial tool for leaders of tomorrow to be able to lead with success in the post-crisis world.

Learn how you can take control of your talk and drive action through the power of conversation. You will walk away knowing:

  • How the quality of your conversations impacts your leadership, relationship, and influence
  • How you can change your talk from habitual and unconscious, to purposeful, persuasive, and collaborative
  • How your unique SoundWave can enable you to hold or change your conversation to align your outcomes and influence with others
Eileen McDargh


Eileen McDargh is the CEO (Chief Energy Officer) of The Resiliency Group. Since 1980, Eileen has helped organizations and individuals transform the life of their business and the business of their life through conversations that matter and connections that count. She believes that resiliency is a critical life skill and one that requires the energy of connections.

She draws upon practical business know-how, life’s experiences and years of consulting to major national and international organizations that have ranged from global pharmaceuticals to the US Armed Forces, from health care associations to religious institutions. Her programs are content rich, interactive, provocative and playful–even downright hilarious.

In 2022, Global Gurus International, a British-based provider of resources for leadership, communication and sales training, also ranked her 4th as one of the World’s Top 30 Communication Professionals following a global survey of 22,000 business professionals.

She authored Work for a Living & Still Be Free to LiveThe Resilient SpiritTalk Ain’t Cheap… It’s PricelessGifts from the Mountain: Simple Truths for Life’s ComplexitiesMy Get Up and Go… Got Up and WentYour Resiliency GPS: A Guide for Growing through Life and Work, and Burnout to Breakthrough: Building Resilience to Refuel, Recharge, and Reclaim What Matters.

As a business author and commentator, Eileen has appeared on network news, on radio programs and in business journals and in major metropolitan newspapers. She is a certified speaking professional (CSP) and her election into the CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame places her among the top 3% of speakers in the United States. She’s also listed as a recommended expert through the Sloan Work and Family Research Network now headquartered at University of Pennsylvania.

The “soft stuff” of business is always the hardest part of business. It’s time to START talking and get back to work! Create a competitive edge in engaging and retaining talented employees and customers on the most human of playing fields: conversation. Discover how to craft communication that counts and connections that matter. In this fast-paced session, you will learn:

  • Five rules that influence the outcome of communication
  • The power of listening vs. hearing and six steps to improve listening
  • Four ways to defuse a negative situation
  • Four ways to be assertive vs. aggressive
  • Guidelines for turning communication into an ART
Marcia Reynolds


Dr. Marcia Reynolds has 41 years’ experience developing effective leaders world-wide. She understands organizational cultures, what blocks communication and innovation, and what is needed to bring people together for better results. She has coached leaders, delivered leadership and emotional intelligence programs, and spoken at conferences for clients in 43 countries.

Marcia was the 5th president of the International Coaching Federation (ICF) and is one of 20 coaches recognized by the ICF in their Circle of Distinction. She holds a doctorate in organizational psychology and two master’s degrees in learning psychology and communications. She teaches for coaching schools in the 4 countries as well as develops and supports internal coaches in global organizations.

Quotes from Marcia’s books Outsmart Your BrainThe Discomfort ZoneWander Woman, and her latest international bestseller, Coach the Person, Not the Problem have appeared in business and psychological publications world-wide.

In this time of heightened anxiety and wavering hope, we are called to coach, motivate, and enable those that seek our guidance. But you can’t tell people to think differently and expect they will. There is some truth to the stories that scare them, and then there is the rest of the story that can provide a different focus that is more helpful than fixating on worst-case scenarios.

Instead of suggesting options, it is better to listen to their concerns and coach them to see how their thinking is stopping them from moving forward. If done the right way, they will see beyond the fog of fear to a possible future. The vision inspires both hope and the confidence to act.

This session will give participants effective tactics for holding inspiring conversations while creating the safety people need to speak up and express their fears. The intent is to shift perspective and reshape their stories. To do this, coaches and leaders must be prepared to deal with strong emotions, including their own. Participants will learn new coaching skills and how to develop the mental habits they need to stay calm, patient, and compassionately present no matter what emerges in the conversation.

Key takeaways:

  • Understand why using a coaching approach to conversations is more essential now than ever before
  • Use reflective inquiry techniques to shift people from focusing on current problems to discovering a path to the future
  • Perform three steps in mental preparation to increase presence and more effectively coach even when strong emotions emerge
  • Differentiate sympathy from empathy and practice methods to coach with non-reactive empathy
Dewitt Jones


In his twenty-year career with National Geographic, Dewitt Jones lived the vision of “celebrating what’s right with the world” and embraced an attitude that took him to new heights both in business and in life. He found that the creative tools he employed as a photographer had even deeper application when applied directly to his personal and professional growth.

Using his own extraordinary photographs as illustrations, Dewitt weaves a visual tapestry of emotion and content. One that allows you to touch your own passion; to balance your head with your heart; and to come away inspired with your own creative potential.

These are turbulent times. People are isolated, shaken, dispirited. How do you motivate your workforce to embrace a positive vision in circumstances like these? Dewitt Jones has spent 20 years inspiring audiences to Celebrate What’s Right with the World. Why? Because by celebrating what’s right, we find the energy to fix what’s wrong, to reframe obstacles into opportunities, to greet the day with a sense of possibility not paralysis, and to transform the ordinary into the extraordinary.

Never has his positive message been more important. Let Dewitt inspire you – focus your vision – rekindle their passion – and Celebrate What’s Right with the World!

Key concepts from the session would include:

  • There’s More Than One Right Answer
  • Reframe Problems into Opportunities
  • Focus the Vision
  • Train Your Technique
  • Put Yourself in the Place of Most Potential
  • Open to the Possibilities
  • Is Your Goal Success or Significance?
  • The Difference between a Good Frame and a Great Frame is Measured in Millimeters not Miles
  • Celebrate What’s Right with the World!