Our mission at Gates Group LLC



Meet Our Team

Read Laura's full bio, here.

Read Laura's full bio, here.

Areas of Expertise

  • Leadership Self-Awareness (EQ/EI)
  • Executive Presence
  • Conflict resolution/interpersonal
  • Innovation + Creativity (IDEO)
  • Women in Leadership

Laura Gates, Founder

Laura is an ICF PCC Certified Executive Coach/Leadership Mentor with over 30 years coaching and business leadership experience. Her background includes team facilitation, leadership training and culture change work globally. Laura is a speaker on the topic of Leading with Purpose, a subject she’s passionate about.

Previously she was a founding member and key driver in the growth of Learning as Leadership where she worked for 22 years with clients ranging from C-suite Wall Street executives to NASA astronauts, nuclear physicists and Navy jet fighter pilots.

Her clients span the globe and include NASA, Shell Oil, Capital One, AT+T, Quaker Chemical, Lexis Nexis, Hewlett Packard, McKesson, the Department of Energy, the US Navy, the Pentagon, M+T Bank, Mahindra BT, Silicon Valley Giants and venture-backed start-up CEOs, and Visa International from China, India, South America, Canada, the United States, Europe, Australia and the UK. 

Originally from the East Coast, she lives in Marin County with her husband, Laurence and their rescue dog Goldie.



Sarah Nicotra, Online BUsiness Manager

Sarah is a multi-disciplinary consultant, two-time master-degreed professional (Organization Management and Transpersonal Psychology), certified grief counselor, and certified medical reiki master who runs things behind the scenes at Gates Group LLC. Sarah lives in Michigan with her three children, husband, Golden Retriever Luna and Ragdoll Cat Hawk.

Collaborative Partners / Specialized Contributors


Areas of Expertise

  • Men's Leadership
  • Sustainable Change

Bodhi Aldridge

Bodhi Aldridge is a solid mentor and teacher. Wise, fearless and with a great sense of humour, he will guide your journey from a place of open heartedness, honouring where you are now and all that has brought you here, while encouraging you to see the bigger version of yourself, operating and flourishing in all aspects of your life.

Bodhi works with a wide range of individuals and organisations. He has a particular interest in working with young men looking for more in their career, starting their own business and interested in a holistic approach to life and work – integrating all aspects of their life and how they express that in the world.

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Nancy Larocca Hedley, PCC

Nancy Larocca Hedley founded Crescent Coaching in 2008 and her practice focuses on executive coaching, career coaching, and team development.  Prior to founding Crescent Coaching in 2008, Nancy spent over 12 years with high tech and Internet firms focusing on leadership and employee development, organizational change, M&A, talent acquisition, and HR program management.  

Nancy is a Professional Certified through the International Coach Federation and a graduate of the Academy for Coaching Excellence. She is a certified practitioner of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and the Tilt 365 feedback tool.  She has also studied Organization and Relationship Systems Coaching with CRR Global, and Organizational Development with the Center for Human Systems. 


Areas of Expertise

  • Mindfullness

Janice Gates

Janice is a Yogini, teacher, author and mother, deeply dedicated to supporting others in living authentically and from their hearts. As a pioneer in the field of Yoga Therapy, Janice is passionate about teaching how to use the incredibly sophisticated tools of yoga for healing. Janice is also the author of the pioneering book; Yogini, the Power of Women in Yoga and co-founder of Awakening as Women, an online yoga and meditation community for women. Her focus is on bringing ancient teachings into daily life in a down on the ground way.



Areas of Expertise

  • Strategic Management
  • Change Management
  • Organizational Change
  • Performance Measurement
  • Solution Delivery

Timothy kotnour, PhD

Tim Kotnour, Ph.D., partners with senior management teams to develop solutions for sustained performance excellence for their organization. He is a Professor in the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Systems at the University of Central Florida. He completed his doctorate in Industrial & Systems Engineering with an emphasis in Management Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech.  He is the Director of the UCF Engineering Leadership and Innovation Institute and the Program Director of the Professional Engineering Management Program.

In 2001 and 2005, he was awarded a NASA Public Service Medal for the partnership work with the Kennedy Space Center.  He is a Fellow in NASA’s Center for Program/Project Management Research.  He is also a Fellow of the American Society for Engineering Management.

He is author of the book Transforming Organizations: Strategies and Methods and was the Editor of the Engineering Management Journal.


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Joel Kimmel, CEO Kimmel & Company

Joel Kimmel's career has focused on building highly successful organizations grounded in efficient, powerful, and effective communication technology. His private clients experience the benefit of individual creativity, an intimate sense of their unique brilliance, and a personal commitment to themselves and their work environment. 

He consults with numerous leading edge coaching firms including Turning Points Inc., BizFutures - consultants to PIKE PLACE FISH and The Williams Group. His extensive experience leading corporate trainings, consulting on problem solving and team intervention, and coaching individuals and management to increased productivity is well established.  

Joel has developed a unique consulting technology based on "Ontology" - the study of "Being".  He continues his inquiry into "the power of language" and "the technology of speaking" and their relationship to personal and business leadership and success.  Joel's consulting has included start-ups and long-term management of viable, successful small businesses, franchises and international corporations. His diverse background includes being a small business owner, Executive Consultant, an "Ontological Design" coach,  Keynote Speaker, ultra runner, national rowing champion, Vietnam veteran, and ongoing community volunteer.


Areas of Expertise

  • Resilient Leadership
  • Emerging Leaders

Charlene Wilson

Charlene is an ICF Certified Executive Coach with over a decade of experience supporting leaders and organizational change. Her training includes: Certified Somatic Coach through the Strozzi Institute, Ego Coaching through Learning as Leadership and Consciousness, Neuroscience, Transformation Coaching with Be Above Leadership. 

Charlene combines her academic knowledge with practical skills for building trust and improving communication. She supports her clients to gain clear insights into behavior that leads to positive choices for themselves, their families and the communities they serve. Charlene earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a Master of Arts in Educational Administration & Leadership from the University of the Pacific.