2023 Leadership And Coaching Conference

Theme: Thriving Today, Transforming Tomorrow
Date: September 5, 2023 At 8AM-12PM Philippines Time (GMT+8) Via Zoom

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The Benchmark Consulting Leadership and Coaching Conference is an annual event that brings to life our advocacy to champion continuous learning and development for leaders and coaches.

This year, we have chosen the theme Thriving Today, Transforming Tomorrow to discuss the competencies leaders and coaches need to remain relevant and successful in the new business landscape, as well as how we can best prepare our organizations and teams for constant change.

It will be held on September 5, 2023 at 8AM-12PM Philippines Time (GMT+8) / September 4, 2023 8PM-12AM Eastern Time and will be held online via Zoom.

thriving today, transforming tomorrow

Topics and Speakers

Dr. Marcia Reynolds, MCC

Dr. Marcia Reynolds, MCC
Global Gurus Top 4 Coaching Professional, Past ICF Global President, Bestselling Author

Neuroscience In Leadership And Coaching (With A Live Coaching Demo) With Dr. Marcia Reynolds, MCC

Dr. Marcia Reynolds, MCC, is the author of 4 books, including the international bestseller Coach the Person, Not the Problem, and is a pioneer in the coaching profession. She was the 5th global president of the International Coaching Federation and inducted into their Circle of Distinction for her many years of service to the global coaching community. She is recognized by Global Gurus as one of the top 4 coaches in the world. She has coached leaders, delivered coaching, leadership and emotional intelligence programs, and spoken at conferences in 43 countries and is on faculty of 5 coaching schools in the US, Europe, and Asia. Marcia holds a doctorate in Organizational Psychology and two master’s degrees in communication and adult learning. She is passionate about researching, writing about, and teaching people around the world how to engage in powerful conversations that connect, influence, and activate change.

To make the best decisions and act differently with confidence, we must shift how we see ourselves and our dilemmas in the context of a desired future. But we can’t do this on our own, as our brains are triggered to resist what feels uncomfortable. We all get stuck in our automatic thought-processing and fool ourselves into thinking we are acting consciously and willfully. In this session, learn how Coaching acts as an external thought disruptor to help people arrive at effective and sustainable change by disrupting the brain’s operating system, allowing them to decide how best to move forward right now. We will look at the essential elements of skillfully coaching thinking patterns and behaviors and how to use reflective inquiry techniques to shift perspective.

Dr. Elena Espinal, MCC

Dr. Elena Espinal, MCC
Leadership Development, Team Building and Future Design Expert, one of Marshall Goldsmith’s 50 Thinkers Influencing Coaching

The True Journey Of A Leader With Dr. Elena Espinal, MCC

Dr. Elena Espinal, MCC, has 33 years of experience in leadership development training and coaching, facilitation, and team building. She is a specialist in Futures Design and authored the book Crafting the Future. She is the founder and director of TeamPower, a coaching services company based in Mexico, and the Institute of Professional Coaching in Argentina. She has also been named as one of the 50 Thinkers Influencing Coaching by Marshall Goldsmith in 2022. Elena holds a degree in Psychology, a doctorate in Dentistry and a Master’s degree in Pathology. In the last 10 years, she has actively advocated for Diversity and Inclusion in companies and governments and created the Coaching con Vision project for blind coaches.

The greatest journey of our life has an unknown destination. It is not a journey we will take to a place in the world (although it may include it), but to the greatest of worlds, which is our own being… an inner journey that allows us to step out of the demands and needs of our society and culture, to really understand our “why” and “what for” in life. It is a journey that will connect us with our purpose as leaders beyond what the world has made us believe, moving from the “should be” to the “I want to”. This is the journey we invite you to in this session. A journey into the unknown and without a travel agenda or itinerary, requiring courage and the ability to truly recognize ourselves.

Joel DiGirolamo

Joel DiGirolamo
Vice President of Research and Data Science of the International Coaching Federation

Future Proof: Trends In Leadership And Coaching With Joel DiGirolamo

Joel DiGirolamo is the Vice President of Research and Data Science for the International Coaching Federation (ICF), leading a research team whose goals are to advance the understanding of how coaching works and to understand how coaching is evolving and enhancing society. He has more than 30 years of staff and management experience in Fortune 500 companies and is the author of two books. He holds a master’s degree in industrial and organizational psychology, an MBA and a degree in electrical engineering. Joel is also an Associate Editor for Consulting Psychology Journal and the author of numerous academic papers and book chapters. He is passionate about developing innovative and robust research that will provide the foundation for continued exploration of building high performing organizations.

The seismic changes the world has faced in the last few years have also significantly impacted how people relate with each other on a personal and professional level, with new imperatives emerging in order to thrive and stay relevant in today’s and tomorrow’s business landscape. This session will reveal research findings on post-pandemic shifts in leadership and coaching and indicators of where the future can take us. We will explore the latest information on artificial intelligence and how it will be used in coaching and leadership settings, with technologies such as ChatGPT, Machine Learning and enhanced computing power changing the game for everyone. We will also examine correlations between coaching and talent engagement, talent retention and team cohesion.

Joel DiGirolamo

Dr. Robert Biswas-Diener
Bestselling Author, Researcher, Coach and Consultant

Courageous Conversations With Dr. Robert Biswas-Diener

Dr. Robert Biswas-Diener is a researcher, coach, and consultant who focuses on positive topics such as courage, wellbeing, hospitality, and communication. He is especially interested in how cultural influences affect these topics. Robert has consulted with companies in dozens of nations including Standard Chartered Bank, Australia Department of Defense, Unilever, Free Balance, Deloitte, and many others. He also loves coaching high-potential mid-level leaders. He is the author of the coaching book Positive Provocation, the New York Times Best-Selling The Upside of Your Dark Side, and the Prose Award-winning Happiness: Unlocking the Mysteries of Psychological Wealth. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

Managers, coaches, and educators are all familiar with tough conversations. They often involve delivering critical feedback or addressing sensitive problems. All too often, these exchanges are worrisome for the deliverer of the feedback and difficult for the receiver. As a result, these conversations tend to erode wellbeing, take more time than they need to, and are not always effective. In this presentation, Dr. Robert Biswas-Diener will shift the focus of tough conversations away from solving problems or focusing on performance and, instead, focus on the psychological aspects of these exchanges. Specifically, he will discuss the science of courage and how it might be used to bolster leaders in addressing difficult scenarios. On the other side of the conversation, he will focus on ways to create psychological safety so that feedback can be received and used more effectively.

Julius Ordonez, MCC, ACTC

Julius Ordonez, MCC, ACTC
Founder and President of Benchmark Consulting, Founder of ICF Philippines Charter Chapter

Resolving Conflicts Using Team Coaching With Julius Ordonez, MCC, ACTC

Julius Ordonez, MCC, ACTC is the President and founder of Benchmark Consulting. He has over 20 years of experience in organizational, leadership and team development, executive and, management consulting and mentoring. He is the Philippines’ first ICF Master Certified Coach and among the world’s first to receive the ICF Advanced Certification in Team Coaching. He was also the President of Asia Pacific Alliance of Coaches and the founder of the ICF Philippines Chapter. Julius studied Strategic Business Management at Harvard University and Management Consulting at the New York University. He finished the Business Coaching and Advanced Corporate Coaching Program at the Corporate Coach University in the US & Australia, and Life Coaching at the Coach Training Institute, USA.

Teams are the backbone of business and organizations. Companies can successfully navigate today’s ever-changing business environment when teams are innovative, resilient, agile, adaptable and flexible. But this can happen only when team members are genuinely connected and work together in synergy to accomplish a common goal. Achieving team synergy, however, is a challenging task. When do team members normally get stuck? It is when they avoid situations where they have incompatible interests, goals, principles, opinions or feelings, also referred to as CONFLICT. This highly interactive session will explore how team coaching can make teams see conflict as a breakthrough point for synergy. It explores how coaching can help team members behave constructively in a conflict situation so they can deliberately work towards creating healthy and productive ideas and solutions.

Panel Discussion: Building A Coaching Culture


Luchi Vitales, PCC
CEO of A and N Consultancy and former HR Director of Monde Nissin Corporation Philippines


Dr. Ellen Licup-Medina
Director of the Institute for Health Leadership at Zuellig Family Foundation


Angela Valenzuela
Head of Training and Organization Development at Petron Corporation


Martin de Guzman
Head of Human Resources at Maynilad Water Services

About the Topic:

A growing number of organizations recognize the value in building a coaching culture that offers employees at all levels the opportunity to grow their skills, enhance their value and reach their professional goals. In this panel discussion with four esteemed leaders from different industries, we will examine the components of strong coaching cultures, how to get started, overcoming challenges and obstacles, and how organizations can use coaching to achieve their strategic objectives and purpose.


Please note that program schedule is preliminary and is subject to change. All times provided are in Philippines Time (GMT+8).

8:00AM – 8:15AMOpening Activity
Welcome Remarks
8:15AM – 9:00AMNeuroscience In Leadership And Coaching (With A Live Coaching Demo) With Dr. Marcia Reynolds, MCC
9:00AM – 9:45AMCourageous Conversations With Dr. Robert Biswas-Diener
9:45AM – 10:30AMBreakout Sessions
1. Panel Discussion: Building A Coaching Culture With Luchi Vitales, PCC, Dr. Ellen Licup-Medina, Angela Valenzuela, and Martin de Guzman
2. Resolving Conflicts Using Team Coaching With Julius Ordonez, MCC, ACTC
10:30AM – 10:40AMBreak
10:40AM – 11:10AMFuture Proof: Trends In Leadership And Coaching With Joel Digirolamo
11:10AM – 11:40AMThe True Journey Of A Leader With Dr. Elena Espinal, MCC
11:40AM – 12:00PMClosing Remarks

Registration Fees and Forms

Date and Time

September 5, 2023 at 8AM-12PM Philippines Time
(September 4, 2023 at 8PM-12AM Eastern Time)

Regular Rate

  • Local: Php. 3,000.00 + VAT
  • International: USD 60.00

Early Bird Rate (if registered and paid before July 31, 2023)

  • Local: Php. 2,500.00 + VAT
  • International: USD 50.00

Special Rate for Benchmark Clients and Alumni

  • Local: Php. 2,000.00 + VAT
  • International: USD 40.00

Group Rates

Registration Forms

General Registrations


Benchmark Clients and Alumni Registrations


Important Notes

1. Cannot be used to attend other courses/programs
2. Are non-transferable

Contact Us

For any inquiries or concerns regarding the conference or refund-related matters, email us at info@benchmark-consulting.net.