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Colleen Yamaguchi, JD MBA, is an experienced lawyer and professional certified leadership coach and consultant, who helps professionals to thrive in their work and personal lives. Focusing on authenticity, intentionality and effectiveness, she collaborates with clients to design actions and plans for achieving goals that work for them within their environments. In addition to coaching, she facilitates experiential workshops and retreats for professionals and organizations on leadership skills, including communicating across boundaries, emotional intelligence, team-building, authentic brand and work-life balance.
Colleen is a consultant and Program Chair with the Executive Development Institute, a non-profit organization that provides culturally based leadership training to Asian Pacific and Hispanic professionals from major Pacific Northwest companies, such as Boeing, Microsoft and Nike. She is also an executive coach for leadership programs of Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics.
In her leadership work, she draws on her 20+ years of experience as an international transactions lawyer, as partner in two global law firms, Perkins Coie and Sidley Austin, and as senior in-house counsel at an international aviation company. Specializing in aircraft finance, she worked collaboratively in leading transaction teams and negotiating complex multi-jurisdictional deals.
Colleen was born and raised in Hawaii. She holds a coaching certification from the Hudson Institute of Santa Barbara, a J.D. degree from Georgetown University Law Center and B.B.A and M.B.A degrees from the University of Hawaii. She is certified in the emotional intelligence assessment instrument, EQ in Action, and the People Skills workshop using the Behavior Styles assessment.