Who We Are

Laura A. Davis, MBA – CEO & Founder
Laura A. Davis, MBA – CEO & Founder

Laura A. Davis is the CEO and Founder of Laura A. Davis & Associates, Inc., an Atlanta-based transformational executive coaching, leadership development, and DiSC-based assessment solutions training firm.  Since 1995, Laura has been coaching and training leaders at all levels of Fortune 500 and mid-sized companies to become more emotionally intelligent and aware of their role in creating a healthy, engaged corporate culture.

Laura and her team also focus on assisting teams within organizations to become more cohesive by building cultures of high trust, productive conflict, clarity and buy-in, mutual accountability and collective results.  Laura A. Davis & Associates coaches and trains individuals, teams, and organizations in the midst of transformational change on the principles, practices, and personal insights needed for inspired success.

Prior to starting her business, Laura held both line and staff marketing management positions at Exxon, Equifax, and UPS.  She was also an Adjunct Professor of Business Studies at Mercer University and holds an MBA in Marketing from Emory University. 

Laura earned the coveted Master Certified Coaching designation through the ICF in 1998 and maintains that credential through ongoing study of leading-edge best practices.  She is also a Diamond Award-winning Authorized Partner (which is achieved by less than 2% of all Wiley Authorized Partners worldwide) for the Wiley Everything DiSC® Application Suite, The Five Behaviors® of a Cohesive Team, and PXT Select™ brands.  

Laura and her team take a “whole person” approach to training and coaching leaders and teams so that clients become aware of the mindsets, skillsets, and toolsets that lead to sustainable inspired success.  Laura and her team have designed and delivered transformational talent development solutions resulting in positive cultural changes to thousands of prominent clients nationally as well as globally.  For a list of organizations positively impacted, CLICK HERE

She is a sought-after female speaker and her ongoing thought leadership is demonstrated in the talks she gives at professional industry conferences around the country.  She has written numerous articles for industry publications including Choice magazine, ATD (Association for Talent Development) newsletters, and ICF (International Coaching Federation) publications.  She is also a contributing author to “A Guide to Getting It: Self-Esteem,” and has appeared on “Good Day Atlanta”, and internet radio to speak about leadership challenges in the new world of work.  To see Laura in action CLICK HERE.

Laura A. Davis and Associates, Inc. is also a certified woman-owned business through WBENC (Women’s Business Enterprise National Council).

The Team

Our Team of Trainers, Coaches, and Consultants

Meet our impressive team of associates.  Every member of our team is passionate about improving organizational culture and the world of work to create better workplaces together with our clients.  All of our training team members are masters at their craft and are certified facilitators in the original Wiley Everything DiSC® Application Suite and The Five Behaviors® of a Cohesive Team.

All of our coaching team are ICF (International Coaching Federation) certified coaches designating their level of education, training, and commitment to the world of executive coaching.

Bonnie Reiner is a seasoned facilitator, trainer, and consultant who is passionately invested in helping organizations excel at the people side of business. She is skilled at designing and conducting workshops for all functional levels in a wide variety of industries.

For more than 25 years, Bonnie has worked with top companies designing and delivering customized training solutions that engage team members, improve customer engagement and retention, as well as build stronger leaders and more cohesive teams. Bonnie helps to create happier, healthier, and more engaged workplaces, where people want to show up every day and bring their best selves to work.

Bonnie’s seminars and workshops have received high praise from clients who have turned to her for improved staff performance, increased customer satisfaction, and greater levels of employee engagement.

Bonnie holds a business degree from Siena College. She is a Certified Facilitation Trainer from Rollins College and has completed a certificate in Training and Development from New York University. Bonnie is certified to facilitate DiSC programs and assessments and “Achieve Global Leadership” modules.

Christopher Jones has 20+ years of experience in training and course development: delivering training and designing and writing courses for sales teams as well as professionals such as Orthopedic Surgeons, Architects, and Designers.

He has a background in a wide range of industries, including aviation, healthcare, restaurant, trucking, and retail. His experience in multiple business disciplines and his entrepreneurial spirit give him an edge when helping CEOs and client organizations.

With experience in training, sales, marketing, change management, leadership, and business development, Christopher has been successful in working with clients of various sizes, and has lived in different geographical and cultural markets such as Africa, Germany, Spain, England as well as around the USA.

He is an experienced professional speaker, published author and has a passion for delivering dynamic programs to the industry. He holds a Master’s Degree in Adult Education from Auburn University which has given him extensive knowledge that he integrates into all of his training and educational events.

Shelley Gaynes

Shelley Gaynes is a seasoned trainer, facilitator, and executive coach with over twenty-five years of experience in sales, marketing, management, training, and coaching.  Shelley’s  impressive track record of success, excellent communication skills, and high energy combine to make her a dynamic resource.  

She is highly skilled at performing needs analysis, creating dynamic coaching and training materials, coaching for improved performance, along with course facilitation in the classroom and via Adobe Connect and WebEx.  

Since 1992, Shelley has served as an Executive Coach, facilitator (classroom and webinar), and consultant for a wide variety of organizations from a wide array of industries. She has delivered programs in relationship selling, leadership skills, negotiation skills, territory management, customer service, conflict resolution, fundraising, team building, presentation skills, and coaching essentials.

Shelley is an ACC Certified Coach – an elite coaching credential awarded by the International Coaching Federation.  Shelley also holds the advanced Corporate Coach U Graduate (CCUG) designation. She is a past Board member of the ICF-Georgia Coach Association and a past Field Editor for ATD’s (formerly ASTD) Links newsletter.

Prior to becoming a part of the team, Shelley held both line and staff sales management positions for Fortune 500 companies in the software and telecommunications industries.  She consistently exceeded her sales quotas and had revenue responsibilities exceeding $50 million.

Shelley holds an MBA from Emory University in Atlanta. She achieved this degree through the rigorous Executive MBA Program and was among the youngest “executives” to participate in the course at that time.  Her Bachelor of Arts is in Psychology from Newcomb College of Tulane University in New Orleans.  Also, she attended the University of Madrid, Spain, during her Junior Year of College. 

Yvonne Bryant Johnson works with organizations to build high-performing teams and strengthen leadership effectiveness in the workplace through executive coaching, facilitation of learning sessions, team building and consulting.

She has served on the faculty of Nonprofit University (a unit of the Georgia Center for Nonprofits) and as an Executive Coach at Kennesaw State University’s Cole School of Business Executive MBA Program.  In addition, Yvonne has served as a Mentor with Emory University’s Goizueta Business School.

She has over 20 years of corporate experience from AT&T, where she provided leadership to sales and customer service employees. Yvonne worked with leading corporations, nonprofits, foundations, and universities including AARP, Southern Company, Home Depot, Georgia Pacific, Chick-Fil-A, Medtronic, Technical College System of Georgia, Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel and JCB North America.

An active community volunteer, Yvonne is a graduate of Leadership Atlanta, Leadership Women America and former board chair of the Georgia Center for Child Advocacy, Youth Ensemble of Atlanta, Partnership against Domestic Violence (PADV) and SCELL (a Sickle Cell organization).  She is a member of the YMCA Diversity & Inclusion Committee; the Leadership Team for High Tech Ministries and she has also served on the board of the Atlanta Business League. 

Because of the strong support she has given PADV over the years, Yvonne was selected to join the organization’s Legacy Society. She is recognized in Who’s Who in Black Atlanta® and the Atlanta Business League Top 100 Black Women in Atlanta – Tenured, an acknowledgment of being on the Top 100 list for 10 years.

Yvonne is a contributing author for “Mastering the Art of Success” with Les Brown, Mark Victor Hansen, Jack Canfield and other well-known leaders. A Spelman College graduate, Ms. Johnson was one of the first recipients of the Alumnae Achievement Award for Business.  She has a Managerial Coaching Certification from Kennesaw State University, and she also attended Johns Hopkins University, the Universities of London and Ghana and received an MBA from Emory University. 

Brian Jaudon is a Master Coach with a passion for and special focus on team development.  He brings extensive knowledge and training to the team and his work with executive teams and organizations through a unique blend of skills incorporating family systems psychology, emotional intelligence, behavior change theory, and mediation.

Like many members of the Laura A. Davis & Associates team, Brian works with the Everything DiSC® Application Suite models and tools and The Five Behaviors® of a Cohesive Team to enhance his organizational impact. He also works with senior teams to clarify their shared vision.  Once their vision is clear, he helps them to create the road map for fulfilling that vision, craft collective behavior commitments that elicit high performance, and revise the team narrative so that it truly inspires and motivates all levels of the workforce.

Brian’s 1:1 executive coaching helps individual leaders create the blueprint needed to be highly effective and elicit top results from their direct reports. This often includes changes in mindset, behavior, and strategy. Included is an exploration and renegotiation of the executive’s individual narrative, core values, natural abilities (gifts), personal vision, and hidden motivators of their behavior and decision making. Through working with Brian, each executive develops the ownership, commitment, and enthusiasm needed to make sustainable changes in their leadership approach. 

Brian works with executive teams in a number of industries including health care, manufacturing and technology. Based in Greenville, South Carolina, he has been a coach for more than 20 years.

Robin Kellog’s career has led to her professional purpose of helping teams and individuals achieve their highest potential. Organizations today are increasingly judged on the basis of their relationships with their workers, customers, and their communities.  To this end, Robin helps to provide a framework for improved relationships through effective leadership, increasing emotional intelligence, and communication and presentation skills. By using proven methodologies and personalized experiences, Robin helps individuals achieve transformational and sustainable changes.

Over the past 30 years Robin’s corporate experience has been in the for-profit industries of software and publishing.  In the non-profit sector, her industry experience includes health care and the public sector of local government.  In the entrepreneur realm, Robin started ultimately three retail stores for a new brand to the marketplace. She grew that business and sold them after 10 years.

Most recently, Robin worked for Wiley training hundreds of practitioners how to bring the Everything DiSC® Application Suite and The Five Behaviors® of a Cohesive Team into organizations.

Robin has served in leadership positions in several industries throughout her career. As a retail store owner, she led a team of employees and independent contractors across multiple locations and effectively managed the intersection of developing people and the work required to grow a successful business.

With a passion to serve, Robin has contributed to a  number of volunteer organizations’ boards in all capacities from President to volunteer.  She was appointed the Dean of the National Speaker’s Association (NSA) Speakers Academy for academic year 2019-2020.

Beena Kavalam, MBA, CPCC is based in the NJ area. She earned her MBA from NYU Stern School of Business and her executive coaching certification from Coaches Training Institute.

Beena started her career as a management consultant for Accenture and later worked as a brand manager on the Bayer Aspirin®, Flintstones Vitamins and International Delight® brands. Today, she coaches and trains over 300 top millennial leaders and C-level executives around the country on the topics of presence, communication and leadership. In addition, she advises leading global corporations on how to recruit and retain these high value professionals in the new world economy.

 

Operations & Administration

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Debbie Kerr is our Virtual Office Manager and Back Office Online Manager for Laura A. Davis & Associates Inc.  She is responsible for designing and creating forms, documents, and presentations to support the company’s training programs and speaking engagements. She administers the EPIC platform for the DiSC assessment as well as other Wiley assessments including the The Five Behaviors® of a Cohesive Team, 360-degree assessments, and more.  Debbie also assists with email marketing and social media for the firm.

Diane Allers is our Client Relationship Manager and supports our clients with their existing professional development initiatives, including training and support on the Wiley EPIC portal. She will routinely engage with clients to ensure that they are utilizing our services to create the best possible outcomes for their organizations and teams. She has over 20 years of experience in professional development and education as well as account management in both the creative and tech/security space. Diane is well-versed in a variety of assessments. She holds a BA from the University of Oregon. 

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