Our Team

Lee Broekman, Principal

As an expert in persuasion, presentation and interpersonal communication, Lee trains decision makers in top organizations to communicate and manage naturally and effectively. Lee is a frequent speaker in legal and business gatherings. She coaches AmLaw 100 law firm leaders and senior managers of Fortune 1000 companies. Lee has taught courses at USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Marshall School of Business, and guest teaches at the UCLA School of Law. A richly varied background in political communications as an L.A. City Council spokesperson, campaign media advisor, ambassadorial scholar to the Netherlands and political lobbyist, has ultimately laid the strong foundation (and countless stories) Lee has to teach professionals to work with different people under stressful situations.

Office: 424-248-3267Cell: 818-212-9196Email: lee@organiccomm.com

Affiliate Coaches and Facilitators

team-chuckallenChuck Allen

As a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach, Chuck trains executives and organizations across the U.S., Europe and Asia to improve relationships and to increase levels of success and satisfaction. Chuck trains leaders to use storytelling as a platform for personal, professional and organizational transformation. He coaches managers in the areas of persuasion, leadership and conflict management and serves as an Executive Coach for Loyola Marymount University’s Executive MBA Program. Chuck trains leaders in sectors ranging from non-profit to aerospace, medicine, technology and the federal government. He brings more than 19 years of entrepreneurial experience as the owner of a technology consulting firm specializing in the entertainment industry. Chuck is skilled at breaking down barriers and tackling core issues in a non-threatening manner. He passionately advocates for fulfillment, compassion for self and others, and the creative power of possibility.

Keith Anderson

Keith Anderson holds a B.A. in Organizational Leadership from Woodbury University, and a M.A. in Forensic Psychology from the The Chicago School of Professional Psychology . He is a Deputy for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, where he has been since 1988. He has worked in Patrol Division, Custody Division, and Court Services Division. He currently is assigned to the department’s Civil Management Bureau. He is also an instructor at Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Academy where he teaches Ethics, Interpersonal Communications, and Cultural Diversity. Additionally, he is a facilitator for the department’s Deputy Leadership Institute and a Peer Support Counselor for the departments Psychological Support Services Bureau He is also an adjunct instructor at Azusa Pacific University where he teaches the American Court System, and at Argosy University where he instructs courses in Psychology and the Legal System, Psychology of Criminal Behavior, and Interrogations and Investigations.

howardHoward Breuer

A PR expert and journalist, Howard helps lawyers and other professionals promote their firms and themselves in the media. In his coaching sessions, Howard demystifies the media, and explains how to get good press by focusing on the needs of the journalist as well as the client. Howard became a PR consultant after spending many years as a legal affairs journalist for several top media outlets including the New York Post, the LA Daily News, Reuters and People Magazine, where Howard was a staff writer on the News and Human Interest team for over nine years, from 2005 to 2014, covering cases involving Michael Jackson, Jodi Arias, Jaycee Dugard, Anna Nicole Smith and many other famous figures. As a result, his journalist connections and understanding of the media are unparalleled. A multi-talented communications professional, Howard also provides media training, consults attorneys on high-profile trials, creates websites, and writes web content, press kits, blogs, op-ed pieces, marketing materials, internal communications and much more.

team-JeremyBroekmanJeremy Broekman

As an expert in marketing, branding, advertising, social media, graphic design and website development, Jeremy trains corporate, entertainment industry, real estate, start-up and nonprofit C-suite and V-suite executives. Jeremy leads summits and seminars that show professionals how to launch successful marketing campaigns and manage effective promotions. He coaches and consults teams and individuals in the areas of business development, brand strategy and social media. Jeremy is a Spartan racer, charismatic connector and master networker. His presentations are highly motivational and energizing, showing teams how to overcome obstacles and develop a shared vision. Jeremy draws on his experience at Universal Television and Xerox Corporation to train senior managers of Fortune 500 companies.

team-AmyGreenJudith Gordon

A lawyer, lecturer at UCLA School of Law, certified mediator and coach in social and emotional intelligence, Judith trains law firm and professional service firm leaders. She provides communication, business development and leadership training that helps firms and professionals grow their business, increase visibility, enhance their reputations and lead more productive, satisfying lives. Judith writes and speaks regularly on issues of well being and the high-achieving professional. She creates programs for executives who are driven to thrive both professionally and personally. Judith practiced law before her segue into business communications. She was Associate Director of Communications at the Milken Institute, a nonpartisan economic think tank, and she headed the marketing and professional development department for Buchalter Nemer, a full-service business law firm.

team-AmyGreenAmy Green

As the “go-to” coach for entertainment industry professionals, C-Suite & V-Suite executives of public and private companies, law firm leaders and professionals throughout the U.S. and Europe, Amy trains leaders to generate success and satisfaction within their organizations. With 17 years of experience as a Senior Executive Coach, Amy uses the best of today’s neuroscience research and application, along with cutting edge coaching, to help executives improve the quality of their professional and personal interactions. Amy is an ICF Professional Certified Coach (PCC) and Certified Executive Coach (CEC). She facilitates difficult conversations and creates an atmosphere of trust where people feel comfortable learning and practicing new skills. Her training leads organizations to innovate and increase productivity.

Dorine Lawrence-Hughes

Dorine Lawrence-Hughes is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the USC Annenberg School of Communication and teaches courses on public speaking, argumentation, advocacy, small group communication and leadership. Lawrence-Hughes, an attorney licensed in the State of California, formerly worked in private practice for over 13 years and her transactional/advisory law practice focused on the representation of public entities including school districts, community college districts, municipalities, and redevelopment agencies. She developed an expertise in real estate law by providing special counsel representation to cities and redevelopment agencies throughout California in the areas of property acquisition and disposition, and affordable housing. Lawrence-Hughes often teaches a course called Communication Practicum in which she provides professional career guidance and mentoring to college students preparing for post-graduate work. She has also provided communication training and guidance for the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, the USC School of Cinematic Arts, the University of the Ozarks and the USC Admissions Office, among others. Her research focuses on advocacy, leadership communication and conflict management. Lawrence-Hughes received her B.A. from Whitman College, her M.A. from California State Northridge, her J.D. from the University of Southern California and her Ed.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles.

team-amymallowAmy Mallow

As a lawyer and expert in career and professional development for attorneys, Amy coaches lawyers and legal professionals in career planning, career transitions, time management, communication, achieving performance goals and building confidence. Amy previously served as Manager of Professional Development at Proskauer Rose in Los Angeles; Managing Director for the West Coast office of The Shannon Group; Assistant Dean for Career Services at UCLA School of Law; and Assistant Director in the Office of Career Services at Georgetown University Law Center. Amy frequently speaks at local and national organizations as well as law firms and law schools. She practiced law at Kirkland & Ellis and was an attorney in the Enforcement Division of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Amy co-authored several chapters in The Lawyer’s Career Management Handbook: Your Bridge to a Satisfying Career (West Publishing, 2010).

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Zachary S. Ritter received his B.A. in History in 2008 from UCLA, his M.Ed. in Student Affairs in 2009 from UCLA, and his Ph.D. in Higher Education in 2013 from UCLA. He has conducted research on Singapore’s Education System and completed his dissertation on East Asian International Students’ Experiences with Cross-Racial Interaction. He is now Associate Director of Campus Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Redlands, where he helps manage the Women’s, LGBT, and Multicultural Centers along with teaching a social justice history course and qualitative research methods course. He has also participated in New Ground, a Muslim-Jewish cross-cultural fellowship, has taught Intergroup Dialogue courses on race and socio-economic class, and helped create the American Culture and Communication diversity curriculum at UCLA’s Dashew International Center. He is also interested in current affairs, politics, and the role of the student-citizen, as illustrated in his help creating the new Current Events Fiat Lux in the Civic Engagement Department at UCLA. He has published scholarly works on media portrayals of black men, as well as Asian international students and college campus race relations.

Mayrav Saar

Mayrav Saar is a seasoned public relations professional with an expertise in thought leadership and a background in the disparate worlds of medicine, technology, fashion and pop culture/entertainment. After a 20-year career as an award winning journalist, Mayrav parlayed her expertise into an effective thought leadership portfolio. She is dedicated to framing clients’ narratives into messages of resonant meaning and enjoys helping other writers hone their craft. Mayrav is based in Los Angeles and has three children, two dogs and one husband.

Kathleen Schafer

Kathleen Schafer is principal of Leadership Connection and an innovator of leadership development programs and curriculums. She specializes in guiding leaders and their organizations to reach goals through engaged employees that lead through the alignment of their true talents with their roles and responsibilities In addition to her more than 25 years experience as a leadership coach, published author and in-demand public speaker, Kathleen has worked with C-Suite executives in the private and public sectors guiding them to greater professional success and societal impact through her innovative approach. Her professional achievements include the development of leadership programs at Michigan State University and The George Washington University, working with clients at the United Nations, US Department of State, the US Green Building Council and the American Medical Association among numerous other domestic and international organizations.

Schwartz-Stacey Bio PhotoStacey Schwartz

Stacey is an executive coach and facilitator, with a focus on talent management, career development and diversity and inclusion. She partners with organizations to inspire and support peak performance, enhance working relationships, maximize team effectiveness and create more inclusive cultures. She draws on 17 years as a lawyer and trusted advisor to leaders of large international law firms, where she has coached hundreds of professionals, helping them to develop skills, habits, self-awareness and confidence that transform behavior and maximize impact. Stacey has developed and delivered interactive, customized training and programming on a range of topics including career strategy, performance management and feedback, mentoring, business development and networking, career transition and interview skills, diversity and inclusion, reducing unconscious bias and career re-entry. Stacey practiced as a litigator at Davis Polk & Wardwell and Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld and held leadership positions in professional development and diversity and inclusion at Weil Gotshal & Manges, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom and Proskauer.