David Severance


David is a certified executive coach and Organizational Development expert with 25 years of experience working with both small and multi-national firms. His real-world experience and coaching acumen help executives and teams quickly identify factors limiting their effectiveness and discover ways of creating more positive impacts on those around them. His Emotional Intelligence expertise is in high demand by international executives who need to find ways to quickly and effectively relate with and influence those coming from cultures vastly different from their own. He has worked with C-level clients as well as Directors and others at the executive level active in Europe, Asia, South America, and the Middle East. 

He also works with both new and struggling teams to create the high performance and achievement that organizations always seek yet rarely enjoy. His experience assessing team protocols and relationships yield crucial "nuggets" of insight that lead to better ways of working together. David leads teams through sessions that help clarify team goals and collective purpose, clarify member roles and responsibilities, and establish effective ground rules for interaction to which all team members can be fully committed. His communication sessions provide clients with the knowledge and skills to become exceptional listeners, to speak in ways that prevent undesired impacts, and resolve conflict in ways that enhance, rather than diminish, the cohesiveness of the team. 

David has helped organizations experience rapid, extraordinary improvements in productivity, profit, employee commitment and turnover through developing work cultures that truly work. Replacing common cultural shortcomings like political maneuvering, "we-they" barriers between management and staff, silo thinking, and unintentional exclusionary practices can be achieved by any organization committed to significantly raising its game. David's knowledge and experience can help a company develop a mission-promoting environment that is characterized by true commitment (not mere compliance), real respect for management and staff, and constant improvement. 

David spent 15 years in the travel field with one of the world's largest airlines. He has also founded and run two international firms and has personally served executives and teams at IBM, SAP, GE, Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, HSBC Bank, AstraZeneca, PriceWater-house, Panasonic, Lockheed Martin, Siemens, Honda, Toyota, Chevron and many others. He has also worked with individuals and teams from the American Red Cross, United Way, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Family Services of Westchester, Friends of Karen, and many smaller non-profits. David facilitates Westchester's signature leadership development program, Leadership Westchester.

David received his B.A. in East Asian Studies from Colby College and his Coach Certification from the International Coach Federation (ICF).