Laura Gooler, PhD is an executive coach and dynamic organizational and leadership development executive, strategic change agent and thought leader dedicated to making the world of work a better place through the science and practice of strategic leadership and organizational development and culture change.
Laura’s passion centers on increasing leadership capabilities to manifest true success, happiness and fulfillment at work and at home. Her executive coaching work has successfully focused on helping leaders achieve positive, measurable, long-term change in leadership behavior and business outcomes. She provides assessment, feedback, coaching, and developmental experiences that are customized to the needs and results that matter most to her clients.
Whether at the individual, team or organizational level, transformation is hard work that requires identifying underlying challenges, surfacing aspirations, and taking targeted steps to improve. Laura builds trusting partnerships with individuals to empower them with insights, tools and capabilities to envision a better future, translate strategy into action, optimize strengths, ignite engagement and get unstuck to achieve break through results.
Laura specializes in helping leaders:
• Improve Leadership Effectiveness
• Eliminate Team Dysfunction to Build High Performing Teams
• Design, Implement and Manage Strategic Culture Change Initiatives
• Increase Communication Effectiveness During Tough Conversations
• Establish and Communicate a Clear and Compelling Vision
• Develop, Mentor and Coach Employees
• Increase Employee Engagement
• Balance Work and Personal Lives
• Transition Careers
• Increase Customer Satisfaction & Engagement
In addition to executive coaching, Laura provides customized leadership development, organizational effectiveness, and team building consultation services.
Industry experience: healthcare, professional consulting services, financial services, insurance, academia and not-for-profit.
-iRhythm Technologies, Inc.-
Director, Learning & Development
Apr 2020 – Present
iRhythm is a digital health care solutions company and the national leader in ambulatory cardiac monitoring, where patients and quality are top priority. As Director of L&D, I'm responsible for leading, developing and implementing all organizational development and talent management processes and programs.
-Gooler Leadership Consulting-
Leadership & Organization Development Executive Coach & Consultant
Aug 2013 – Present
-Varian Medical Systems-
Global Head, Continuous Improvement
Aug 2015 – Apr 2020
Varian's vision is to create a world without fear of cancer. My role is to build capability among employees, leaders and teams, and inspire people to find new ways to beat cancer. Initial responsibilities with Varian focused on building capabilities within Oncology Systems in the areas of succession planning, top talent development, executive coaching, organization development, and HR transformation. Currently responsibilities center on building team and organizational capability for global mergers and acquisitions and change management capability to build a high performing, agile organization at scale.
Apr 2014 – Jan 2015
Studer Group is a premier professional services firm that helps healthcare providers achieve cultural transformation to deliver and sustain exceptional improvement in clinical, operational, and financial results. Studer Coaches partner with hospitals and health care systems by providing a detailed framework and practical how-tos that create change. We work side-by-side establishing, accelerating, and hardwiring the necessary improvements to create a culture of excellence.
-Calfornia Pacific Medical Center-
Director, Organization Development & Service Excellence
May 2007 – Jul 2013
Provided strategic leadership for organizational development, leadership development, and service excellence initiatives. Responsible for strategic leadership development institutes and programs, coaching, team building, and driving continuous improvement efforts (e.g., Lean, Baldrige) and safety culture initiatives across CPMC, the Sutter West Bay Region (WBR) and Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation (SPMF). Served as executive leader for Interpreting Services and Patient Relations.
-Blue Shield of California-
Sr Mgr, Leadership Development
Feb 2005 – Apr 2007
Responsible for design and implementation of executive leadership and organization development strategy and talent management initiatives to improve leader bench strength and drive performance excellence, including: 360-degree leader competency assessment, feedback, and individual development planning (IDP) process, leader on-boarding, executive coaching, succession management, critical functions/top talent review, and design/execution of All Management development Offsites (AMOs) and executive retreats. Co-designed enterprise-wide employee engagement strategy, and designed and implemented change initiatives for HR realignment and company brand transformation.
-Saint Agnes Medical Center-
Manager, Organization Effectiveness
Dec 2001 – Feb 2005
Responsible for creating an organization effectiveness (OE) model to guide development of new OE department focusing on strategic leadership and organization development, executive coaching, change enablement, culture transformation, and employee engagement. Developed performance improvement action plans based on qualitative and quantitative culture change needs assessment and employee surveys resulting in numerous OE programs designed to align culture to strategy, including: team building, conflict resolution, new/improved behavior-based selection, development and performance management programs, new hire and executive on-boarding, concierge services, safety training, and mentoring programs.
-Claremont Graduate University-
Evalation Director, The California Wellness Foundation's statewide Work & Health Initiative
1996 – 2001
Responsible for managing external client relationships and directing applied program evaluation research to guide the design, implementation and effectiveness of organization initiatives across more than 40 diverse California organizations, including large corporations, private companies, community technology centers, employment agencies, human service organizations, education institutions, and government agencies. Taught doctoral courses in Organizational Behavior, Program Design, Program Management, Qualitative Research Methods, and Internal Consulting.