Leading with Resilience and Clarity in a Time of Crisis and Uncertainty

We want to support you during this time of COVID-19

More than ever, those who surround you and your organization depend on your leadership capacity to navigate with resilience and clarity through uncertainty and crisis. We are highlighting our virtual leadership coaching services and the assessment most suitable for leaders facing complex challenges, the Maturity Assessment Profile (MAP), to support you.

We adopt a ‘developmental’ perspective to accelerate the growth of your capacity to lead more effectively in complex environments. Today’s crisis is nothing if not complex and it beckons all of us to develop to meet the challenge. Through virtual leadership coaching and assessment, you can deepen an understanding of yourself and others to expand your choices for more effective action.


Effective Leadership For a Complex World

Our services and programs gives you the opportunity to:


Experiential Learning

  • Experience two days of highly interactive immersion into the complexity and paradox of three critical challenges: Diversity & Inclusion, Supporting High-Achieving Women and Cultivating Innovation
  • Learn to identify the paradoxes at play in situations presenting competing demands and values

Sensing And Leveraging Leadership Paradoxes

·      Populate the Polarity Maps® of salient tensions to better ‘see’ the interrelated dynamics and broaden choices for effective action

·      Practice tools and approaches that account for the complexity and ambiguity of challenges in moving toward greater clarity and effective action


Improvising to design action

  • Through jazz improvisation, learn to act in the midst of uncertainty and change
  • Expand your network of leaders seeking to develop their capacity and grow in their awareness of their own perspectives, assumptions, and worldview

Conversations to build trust and awareness

  • Develop a deeper awareness of your own ambivalence and defense mechanism
  • Expand your capacity to communicate in difficult and complex situations


“Dr. Martinez’s thoughtful, insightful approach of blending jazz improvisation with leadership tools I can use in complex adaptive systems created a powerful environment in which to learn. My excitement and enthusiasm are heightened and I am actively noticing paradoxes and polarities in discussions I have with my team members and leaders.”

Senior Leader

National Security

“With Sandra’s support as my executive coach, I made significant progress in my leadership development and I am much more confident about my leadership capacity. This coaching experience positively impacted my day-to-day operations. I am experiencing different patterns of thinking and behavior on a daily basis, in particular I now recognize and step back from my immediate and more primitive reactions to a crisis to consider other options and the impact of different options on the outcome of dealing with a difficult situation. I examine how my behavior might be contributing to the outcome. I empathize with people who are probably not acting in their best or the team’s best interest and have a greater appreciation of where they are in their development.”

“I enjoyed the way Dr. Martinez referred to evidence-based knowledge and behavioral insights and also provided me with materials that helped me to make sense of situations we were discussing. She has an innate ability to translate the conversation in a way that pushes one to consider the whole picture, and even see points of views one had not explored beforehand. I am now committed to continue to nurture this side of my professional life, as much as I nurture the scientific and content expert side. I would work with Sandra again and highly recommend her to others, especially those who seek to be challenged to accelerate their leadership capacity.”

Senior Leader, Research and Public Health administration

“Experiencing Sandra’s coaching led to a transformational change in my leadership style. Creating an open environment for discussion, reflection and positive challenge, Sandra has taken my leadership performance to new heights and enabled me to engage with greater influence and positive outcomes across all organizational levels.”

Senior Leader

Multinational Consumer and Industrial Business

“It has been a real privilege and treat to work with Dr. Sandra Martinez. She researches, understands and shares concepts of leadership and leader development in a highly integrative and interconnected way. Her research is deep and thorough-going. Her ability to diagnose and focus in on organizational, institutional and cultural issues that affect the abilities of leaders is unusual and goes well beyond just surface problems and conditions. She is highly professional in her coaching and consulting practice and authentic and genuine in her desire to assist clients. ”        

Dr. Cathy Downes

Professor, National Defense University

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Sandra M. Martínez, Ph.D

For 25 years, SANDRA M. MARTINEZ, Ph.D. has supported leaders and organizations globally, first as a researcher, then as a consultant and executive coach. Responding to a mandate of the office of the U.S. Secretary of Defense, she was named the Defense Transformation Chair at the US Army War College where she introduced adult stage (vertical) development to the Professional Military Education curriculum to develop the capacity of senior leaders facing complex and ambiguous environments. Also, as a certified Master Practitioner in Polarities, she works with entrepreneurs and leaders in business, government and non-profit organizations to create understanding and clarify effective action in the face of complex challenges. Early in her career, she served as an adjunct faculty member at the Wharton School. She has presented and consulted in the U.S., Latin America, and Europe and published on the subject of complexity and adult stage development. She earned a B.A. in Music at Colorado Women’s College, a master’s degree in International Management at University of New Mexico and a Ph.D. in Business Administration at New Mexico State University. She is certified as an executive coach and to score and debrief the Maturity Assessment Profile (MAP). As a pianist, she draws on her experience in both the arts and science to enrich and expand the personal mastery and capacity of leaders and organizations.

Dr. Penny Potter

Dr. Penny Potter divides her coaching and consulting time between government and non- profit/NGO organizations that grapple with meaty challenges such as healthcare, education, international development, and democracy. As a former senior leader, Penny understands the challenges of leading well in high-pressure situations with multiple stakeholders. She uses this experience as grounding to help her clients and their organizations develop “real world” solutions that they can incorporate into their busy lives. Clients describe her as calm and supportive yet challenging when that approach is called for. In addition to her work with organizations, Penny currently teaches in George Mason University’s organizational development graduate program in the Schar School of Policy and Government. She holds a Ph.D. is in human and organizational systems, an M.S. in organizational development and knowledge management, and a B.S. in psychology. She received her coaching training from Georgetown University and her Professional Certified Coach (PCC) accreditation from the International Coach Federation. She serves on the board of the Graduate School Alliance for Education in Coaching (GSAEC) and is co-chair of the research committee.

Jeffrey Chappell

Pianist JEFFREY CHAPPELL is a gifted, innovative teacher who is renowned for his ability to connect with every student. He has performed throughout the United States and internationally with major symphony orchestras and at venues including Carnegie Hall. He has appeared at jazz festivals such as the East Coast Jazz Festival and Key West International. Recently he was invited to inaugurate and lead the Jazz Studies Program of the Alba Music Festival in Alba, Italy. There he performed as an orchestral pianist and in chamber music and jazz concerts. A recording artist, award-winning composer, and bestselling author, he is the Director of Jazz Studies at Goucher College and is on the faculty of Levine Music. He is also the founder of Music Everybody and composes and performs as part of a jazz quartet he formed with three other musicians, Otherworld (http://www.otherworldjazz.com). He studied with Leon Fleisher, Rudolf Serkin, Eleanor Sokoloff, and Jane Allen. Jeffrey works with students of all ages and different levels of musical ability to encourage their creative expression through improvisation.

Giovonti “Gio” Vick

Giovonti “Gio” Vick has over 10 years of experience as a systems administrator supporting executives at medium and large size organizations including SAP, Apple Corporate, George Mason University and other companies and institutions. Gio currently serves as the IT Specialist II supporting C-suite executives and associate directors at the Carnegie Institute for Science. He is also a committee member of Carnegie’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion board which is charged with articulating a set of principles and an actionable institutional strategy to address challenges of DEI within Carnegie and also to take a leadership role in the larger American scientific community. Gio has built specialized knowledge in Apple devices including deployment, system management, hardware and software support. As president and founder of The Holocene Project (https://www.theholoceneproject.com), Gio assists small businesses in the D.C metro area in purchasing new equipment, building their IT infrastructure, initializing device configuration, and providing remote IT support. Outside of information technology, Gio is a home automation enthusiast who takes pride in designing his home into a “giant robot.” Gio serves as a critical member of the Fenix team managing IT-supported and IT-driven projects and ensuring the security of programs and devices.

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