Faculty and Staff
Co-Founders and Lead Trainers
Ann Betz, CPCC, PCC
Co-Founder BEabove, Director of Research, Senior Trainer
Ann Betz, CPCC, PCC, MNTC, is the co-founder of BEabove Leadership and an international speaker and trainer on the intersection of neuroscience, coaching and human transformation.
In 2011, Ann studied neuroscience at the graduate level, and using this fascinating research, in 2012 co-developed (and is senior leader for) BEabove Leadership’s popular training program for advanced coaches: Neuroscience, Consciousness and Transformational Coaching. This program has been offered in-person worldwide and is now available in an in-depth virtual format.
Ann was a faculty member and served as the neuroscience consultant to The Coaches Training Institute (CTI) for many years. She provides neuroscience, leadership and coaching consulting to many other corporations and non-profits, including the International Coach Federation.
A certified professional coach for 20 years, Ann is the author of a groundbreaking white paper on brain research and coaching. She contributes to Choice Magazine, Coaching at Work, Coaching World, the ICF and CTI’s blogs, and other coaching and HR publications.
Ann is the lead author of Integration, the power of being Co-Active in work and life, an exploration of consciousness and the future (John Hunt Publishing, 2015), as well as a ground-breaking white paper on the neuroscience of the International Coach Federation coaching competencies. She is also a published poet, using her understanding of the brain and consciousness to bring to life the wonders of the human soul. Ann speaks internationally on neuroscience, leadership and coaching (and occasionally poetry as well), and she excels at making the complexities of the brain come to life with depth, humor and simplicity.
Ann lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico with her four (yes four!) highly entertaining cats.
Ursula Pottinga, CPCC, BCC, PCC
Co-Founder BEabove, Director of Operations, Senior Trainer
Ursula Pottinga, CPCC, PCC, MNTC is the co-founder of BEabove Leadership and is the co-developer/leader of its groundbreaking training program for advanced coaches: Neuroscience, Consciousness and Transformational Coaching. A master coach for 19 years, Ursula is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach through The Coaches Training Institute and a Master NeuroTransformational Coach.
With 25 years of experience in professional development, Ursula has worked with managers, supervisors and executives in the US, Canada and Europe to improve performance. She has held executive positions in Germany, Belgium, England, Canada and the US and also co-founded and run a non-profit organization focused on leadership development for young leaders serving in AmeriCorps, a national service program.
Ursula is a skilled facilitator with many years experience creating and leading workshops, events, and meetings as an organizational development consultant. She is the co-author of The Guide to Getting It: Remarkable Management Skills, Create a New Normal and her newest book, Universal Intentions. A sought-after speaker and coach, Ursula also has her own consulting company, Profound Growth, where she specializes in helping individuals and families protect and live in alignment with their financial and cultural legacies.
Known for her deep wisdom, humor, and ability to bridge the gap between science and spirituality, her programs and offerings not only explore what it means to raise our level of consciousness, but how to do so using science-backed strategies for creating lasting change.
Learn more about Ursula’s work and schedule a discovery call on her website.
Jean Davidson brings 25 years’ experience in business, education, entrepreneurship, consulting and coaching to her work. Her background includes consultation, management, training, facilitation and coaching in the healthcare, financial services, retail, pharmaceutical, and technology industries as well as higher education and government.
Jean has been a business owner for a total of 30 years and has expertise in team and leadership development, leadership coaching, as well as the successful implementation of change initiatives. Her passion lies in working with the human and cultural elements of change, team development, communication skills, and coaching leaders to reach their full potential. In short, Jean believes that life is most fulfilling when we are intentional about how we show up in the world and embark on a lifelong journey to being our best selves.
Jean is an Insights Licensed Practitioner, accredited in the entire Insights suite of tools. She is qualified in Lumina Spark and serves as Lumina Learning faculty. She is an International Coaching Federation credentialed coach, as well as a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach and Certified Neurotransformational Coach. She holds an Ed. D. in Organization Development from the University of St. Thomas and her research focus is leadership transition and organization change.
Her recent work projects include several e-books which you can learn more about on her website. In her spare time, she can be found crocheting, quilting, putting together jigsaw puzzles or spending time with her family (husband, 3 children, 11 grandchildren, and 2 Siberian huskies) in Woodbury, Minnesota where she lives. She recently retired after 37 years as a Jazzercise instructor. To stay active she has traded in her dancing shoes for golf shoes. She highly recommends it as a way to stay humble!
An Irish sparkplug, Carol McLean, CPCC, PCC is a truly gifted certified neuro-transformational coach (CNTC), facilitator and non-profit visionary.
In 2011, motivated by a certainty that all individuals are capable far beyond their circumstances and past, Carol pivoted from a career in accounting to launch Shift Happens, a registered Canadian charity, to bring coaching to at-risk children, teens and individuals struggling to find a job. As a rebel and rule-breaker in the best of ways, Carol has always challenged broken, conventional models, calling for radical change in businesses and individuals when required. She sees not what is – but what can, and will, be. Carol dares to go where others might waver and does so with a playful, take-no prisoner approach.
Working with government and local agencies, Carol is well on her way to her ultimate goal: bringing this work to prisons, empowering all individuals to change their lives. She views people not by their past or circumstances, but clearly sees the true power of every individual, fiercely and lovingly calling you forth.
Eric was born and raised in Miami, Florida in the middle of the last century. He has over 35 years’ experience in coaching and developing managers and executives, ranging from a career at IBM to his own long-standing coaching and consulting practice.
Eric holds a B.S. in Management Science as well as many other certifications and distinctions, including as a Certified NeuroTransformational Coach and license holder for training on the Seven Levels and Neuroscience through BEabove Leadership, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Training, facilitator in the Future Search Network, and Myers-Briggs Certification.
Eric is a passionate baseball player and is a Hall of Fame Member of the DC Men’s Senior Baseball League. He is the Treasurer of the Austin, Texas Chapter of 100 Black Men of America and a volunteer mentor in Communities in Schools of Central Texas. More on Eric’s work.
Student Support Manager
Kelly brings 15 years of marketing and communications experience with a passion for customer/user experience. With an MBA from the University of St. Thomas, Kelly has worked across corporate and nonprofit organizations, including serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer.
In 2019, she joined BEabove Leadership providing support part-time. Additionally, she is the Director of Communications and Org Effectiveness at Camp Fire Minnesota, a youth-development organization dedicated to catalyzing growth through nature-based learning and outdoor experiences.
Kelly lives in Minneapolis, MN and enjoys hiking and traveling whenever possible.
Marketing and Web Design
Grace Heerman is a writer, content coach and yoga teacher from Minneapolis. Through her business, Said with Grace, Grace designs websites and creates content that capture how great her clients are so they can authentically share their expertise with the world. As the daughter of a coach, she especially enjoys helping coaches translate their gifts into language that their clients understand.
Grace is also an avid traveler and enjoys spending six months each year outside the US.
China Partner and Leaders
Since 2014, BEabove Leadership is very pleased to have an ongoing partnership with Vivi Tian (org, name) to bring our training to China. In 2019, we began offering our flagship program, Neuroscience, Consciousness and Transformational Coaching, in China in Mandarin. We are thrilled to be able to expand the range of our offerings by adding Carol Wang and Rebecca Hou, two talented leaders and native Mandarin speakers to our faculty!
For more information on BEabove offerings in China, please contact Vivi Tian at [email protected].