WOTW Leadership Facilitators

Meet the Renowned Women’s Leadership Facilitators for WOTW

WOTW leverages industry-leading experts to facilitate sessions on career development, leadership and personal growth

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Designed to accelerate professional growth and executive presence, our WOTW programming helps women cultivate the vision and capabilities needed to succeed within their organizations. Our various talent management and leadership development products include sessions with renowned speakers and practical strategies to foster system intelligence and awareness.

Much of the success of our programming can be attributed to the distinguished WOTW facilitators who lead our sessions. These experts on career development, leadership, and personal growth have purposefully curated to provide top-notch content. Development content that helps women grow into their leaders they are meant to be.

We’d like to shine a light on these amazing facilitators and as fans of lifelong learning, we asked each of them to also share their favorite leadership books with all of you. 

Meet the WOTW Navigator Facilitators: 


At Women On Their Way, we’ve been partnering with Dr. Nayla for over a year, based on our mutual commitment to career development, leadership, and personal growth. As a graduate of a women’s college, a longtime organizational leader herself, and a mother to two teenage daughters, Nayla has a particular interest in helping women leaders grow and in women’s leadership communities. The experiences that she designed for Women On Their Way empowers attendees in her key areas of expertise: leadership confidence, personal leadership, and career satisfaction.

Nayla is an executive coach, teacher, and co-host of The Inside Job Podcast. Her mission is to help everyone she collaborates with create their ideal relationship with work, one that lets them thrive, experience more satisfaction and flow, lead with impact, and deliver excellence. 

As you get to know Nayla, you’ll see that her work is grounded in the best of science and research and shared with heart and humor to support her clients and students on their own paths. In addition to coaching senior leaders across industries, Nayla teaches at the graduate level at Columbia University.

Learn more about Nayla at www.naylabahri.com.

Dr. Nayla Bahri’s Recommended Reading:  Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott



Holly O’Driscoll is an industry expert in the field of Design Thinking and human centered design. Throughout her 25+ year career, Holly has built a reputation as a master human centered facilitator, trainer and strategist having led programs in more than 20 countries. She is the former Global Design Thinking Leader at Procter & Gamble, where she led more than 250 workshops, often at the request of C-suite executives.  She is the founder and CEO of Ampersand Innovation, LLC; a Design Thinking and human centered leadership and innovation strategy consultancy.

Holly is an IDEO Experience Point certified Design Thinking facilitator and a certified Psychological Safety practitioner and facilitator.  She is a 2019-22 Entrepreneur in Residence at Miami University, a trainer/consultant for the Xavier University Leadership Center, and the former faculty chairperson of the Rutgers University Design Thinking Exec Ed program.  Holly has guest lectured on the topic of Design Thinking at The Parsons School of Design, Trinity College, Harvard Business School, Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, and more.  In January 2018, she was named one of Michael Bloomberg’s Design Thinking Coaches for the Bloomberg Philanthropies USA Mayor’s Challenge project, which resulted in the city of South Bend, Indiana, being awarded a $1 million prize for the progress made during their partnership.

In addition, she has contributed to several books including Tom Wujec’s The Future of Making, David Dunne’s Design Thinking at Work, Thomas Lockwood’s Innovation by Design.  

Learn more about Holly at linkedin.com/in/holly-n-odriscoll

Holly O’Driscoll’s Recommended Reading: The Fearless Organization: Creating Psychological Safety in the Workplace for Learning, Innovation, and Growth by Amy Edmonson



Catherine "Cat" Cheshire is a leadership, executive and team coach -- partnering with driven and mission-focused leaders around the world, and right here in Tampa Bay. Cat focuses on whole-person self-awareness and development, supporting optimal performance and well-being through emotional resilience, and emotional intelligence in teams and team leaders. Constructive conflict, mindset, and strengths application are topics of perpetual learning and interest for Cat.

A KWLF/WOTW facilitator since 2021, Cat collaborates with Forum members to build, empower and create the outcomes they envision through open, frank and supportive dialogue. 

She says,” Gender aside, most of us face challenges, have confidence wobbles and have to make sacrifices. One of the reasons I work in women's Forums specifically, however, is that, still, in 2022, women in general are more likely to be juggling careers with caregiving and raising families. Advances are significant, but the higher we get to the top of the organizations, the fewer women we see, relative to men.”

Women are achieving extraordinary things (and simply leading great work each day) and she sees many organizations supporting women as they climb to the top. In Cat's view, bringing executive and executive-track women together to collaborate on individual challenges builds not just the resilience of the leaders in our Forums, but the resilience of their organizations. It's a great investment for organizations when it comes to performance and productive leadership, and, at the same time, a gift to the communities Forum members touch.

Learn more about Cat atwww.catherinecheshire.com.

Cat Cheshire’s Recommended Reading: Reboot - Leadership and the Art of Growing Up, by Jerry Colonna



Marna Killian is a Forum facilitator, executive coach, speaker, facilitator and consultant. She specializes in Organizational & Culture Strategy, Employee Value Proposition & Branding, DEI, Remote Work, and Workforce Planning. Marna built her career as a Human Resources Executive, achieving business results through people. She believes successful company strategy and culture is driven by an aligned executive team. Alignment starts with each executive team member bringing their whole self to the table, ultimately improving the professional and personal lives of those they lead.

Marna has over 30 years of leadership experience in Human Resources in the hospitality and service industries, which has enabled her to develop hundreds of thousands of leaders. Marna’s accomplishments include providing the strategic vision and planning for the people function of large restaurant, retail, entertainment and hospitality brands such as Margaritaville, Darden Restaurants, Bloomin’ Brands, and Checkers & Rally’s. She has created and led high-performance teams of acquisition, engagement, talent management, human resources, training, and leadership development professionals. She has transformed brands through creating culture, employee value propositions and people strategies that produced business results.

Marna knows how challenging it can be for executives to bring their whole self to the table and is passionate about helping leaders navigate solutions to these barriers. Marna works with the whole person to support personal and professional goals including physical and spiritual wellness, leadership skills, and uncovering blind spots to improve performance.

Learn more about Marna at linkedin.com/in/marnakillian.

Marna Killian’s Recommended Reading: The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else In Business by Patrick M. Lencioni



Meaghan is an executive communication coach and founder of Studio C Consulting. Meaghan works with professional clients on aspects of communication including public speaking, story telling, accent modification, and managing differing communication styles. Meaghan has a Masters in Speech and Hearing Science and Psychology with 20 years of experience in public speaking and communication coaching. This experience, along with her background in vocal science, vocal arts, and communication strategies, has resulted in the development of a unique approach to help her clients enhance professional and personal interactions through the nuances of verbal and non-verbal communication.

 Meagan joined the WOTW Faculty in December of 2021 and truly believes in the work we do. She has a shared mission with WOTW to cultivate talent, reimagine leadership and transform culture, using communication as a lever within the larger system. She says, “I am thrilled to be part of a program that is making such an important impact.”

Learn more about Meaghan at www.studiocconsulting.com.

 Meaghan Kane Benjamin’s Recommended Reading: Smarter Faster Better: The Transformative Power of Real Productivity by Charles Duhigg and Choosing Leadership: How to Create a Better Future by Building Your Courage, Capacity, and Wisdom by Linda Ginzel, PhD



Phyllis is an entrepreneur, expert facilitator, and branding coach with more than 25+ years experience working with B2C and B2B organizations to align teams and bring creative ideas to life. She co- founded her first agency, Woods Witt Dealy & Sons in 2007, and then founded Reinvent The World in 2016, to energize leaders and teams to create more sustainable, socially impactful brands, products and organizational cultures. Phyllis runs executive leadership retreats and regularly delivers keynotes and training on listening, collaboration, presentation skills, and personal branding. She is a regular guest lecturer at Harvard Law School and is currently writing her first book, The Awareness Factor®.

Having worked closely with WOTW founder, Audrey McGuckin, Phyllis was integral in developing the WOTW program from conception to launch. She says, “It’s a thrill to continue the journey and contribute as a faculty member. 

Learn more about Phyllis at www.reinvent.world.

Phyllis Schaeffler Dealy’s Recommended Reading:  Presence by Peter Senge, C. Otto Sharmer, Joseph Jaworski and Betty Sue Flowers, and The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle



Laura is President of 180 Coaching and has been coaching entrepreneurs, team leaders, and executives for over 18 years. Formerly a fashion and publishing entrepreneur, Laura has benefited from a broad base of exposure in dozens of industries including transportation, fashion, construction, manufacturing, communications, IT and software, energy, hospitality, entertainment, higher education, healthcare, and nonprofits.

Laura’s keen interest in neuroscience, resiliency, and positive engagement has informed her work, resulting in the development of the Scott Cognitive Empathy Model and her proprietary Pause (II) Power for Resiliency and Emotional Self-mastery training which helps individuals, business leaders, coaches, and health and wellness professionals manage their stress responses and be more creative and strategic in their responses to threats, anxiety, and stress. 

Her extensive exposure to leaders has given her continuous insight into what leaders need to feel confident and purposeful. Through her affiliation with the top training and assessment providers (Working with Resilience, Success Insights, Conflict Dynamics Profile, Conversational Intelligence®, and the Energy Leadership Index™), Laura’s 180 Coaching clients have access to leading-edge tools and assessments allowing them to develop and execute self-aware leadership and interpersonal action plans, engage others more positively, build stronger teams, and be more confident decision-makers.

Learn more about Laura at 180coaching.com.

Laura S. Scott’s Recommended Reading:  Becoming a Resonant Leader: Develop Your Emotional Intelligence, Renew Your Relationships, Sustain Your Effectiveness by Annie McKee, Richard E. Boyatzis, Fran Johnston


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