Helping employees grow and thrive one company at a time.

Making life
at work better

In the years since, our mission has evolved beyond connecting people with coaches (although it’s still the core of what we do). The average person spends more than 3,000 hours at work each year, and our experiences on the job have a huge impact on every single part of our lives. And the truth is that for many people, “work” can be synonymous with anxiety and dread.

We believe that there’s another way, and it’s why we’re on a mission to make life at work better for everyone.

Our values

  • Everyone

    We work to foster an environment where everyone’s humanity and unique lived experiences are celebrated, so that all employees can thrive.

  • Further

    Our success is contingent upon defining and seeking clear lines of ownership, and every individual taking responsibility for their contributions.

  • Champion

    We’re committed to proactively sharing our ideas, plans, dependencies, insights, and challenges, even when it may not feel easy or comfortable.

  • Results

    We demonstrate our commitment to our purpose with the results we drive. We see impact as more meaningful than intent, and actions as more powerful than words.

  • Strive
    for better

    We’re always looking for ways to further and deepen our impact wherever we can. We don’t accept the status quo as a given.

Backed by the best

Bravely is proud to work with people-centric organizations who understand the importance of supporting employees at all levels in their careers.

Meet our Coaches

Our world-renowned professional coaches have an average of 10 years of experience and are ready to support your employees through whatever comes their way.

  • Bob Dyrda

    Bob Dyrda

    Bob brings more than two decades of diverse leadership experience to his coaching practise. He has held management and ownership roles in Retail, Tourism, and Economic Development throughout his career. His non-linear career path took him to the Cayman Islands to live and work in his 30’s, returned to University as a mature learner at age 40, which led him on a personal development journey that continues today. Bob focuses on leadership and personal development coaching. He is passionate about serving driven professionals who value increased self-awareness, clarity, and alignment in their lives. He employs reflective inquiry to help clients uncover inner and outer blocks and helping them discover what solutions may be possible.

  • Brandon Gould

    Brandon Gould

    MS, Leadership; ICF Certified Coach; Stanford Ignite Certificate of Innovation Brandon empowers leaders to create significance by designing alignment between purpose and action. A 2x founder in the Coaching & Consulting space, he has coached diverse leaders at Fortune 500 companies, start-ups, military and sports organizations, and in higher education. His design-centered coaching leverages curiosity, candor, and compassion - principles refined during his tenure as a coach and faculty member at the Center for Creative Leadership, Center for Character and Leadership Development, and other world-renowned institutions. Prior to his career as a certified coach Brandon learned the art and science of courageous leadership and unrelenting professionalism while serving as a decorated combat pilot, flight instructor, leadership consultant, and football coach in the U.S. Air Force and as a U.S. Senate staffer.

  • Britt Westfall

    Britt Westfall

    Britt has a background working with various startups in Chicago and New York focusing on workplace experience. In 2019, she expanded her view of what workplace wellness and employee engagement has the potential to be by getting trained as a professional coach. She's since then coached several clients in her own business, worked side by side with a Silicon Valley advisor supporting tech startup founders, and has also done career coaching at a coding bootcamp for aspiring tech engineers. In addition to her time at Bravely, Britt manages People Ops for a quickly growing fully remote startup. She also is a volunteer facilitator for the year round WBECS Coaching Summit. Britt holds a BA in Communications from Malone University and a HR Certification from Cornell University, is an ICF accredited coach and has been trained in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction. She is regularly found listening to every audiobook she can find on interpersonal communication, leadership, and self-growth.

  • Burju Erdem

    Burju Erdem

    Burju is an Executive Coach, Existential Therapist, and Business Strategist, with a deep background in strategy, consulting, and entrepreneurship. Working with Fortune 500 executives and successful business owners, Burju rapidly helps her clients breakdown obstacles, gain clarity, and move through their resistance to reach higher potential. With over 15 years of experience in driving impact across diverse cultures and settings, Burju’s mission is to help her clients nurture a winning mindset, elevate their performance and work towards goals with more ease, speed, and joy.

  • Calanit Elza Derby

    Calanit Elza Derby

    Dedicated and passionate life coach skilled in empowering clients to make life changing decisions and pursue their goals, training and supervising young coachers and guiding families and individuals in times of crisis, grief and loss. Highly educated and well trained in utilizing effective coaching techniques, Buddhist and positive psychology as well as active listening and observing skills. Caring and empathetic with extensive experience in working successfully with diverse population and conducting sessions in person and in groups ensuring a safe and supportive environment

  • Carla Vazquez

    Carla Vazquez

    Carla is an open-minded and curious person, passionate about connecting with others and pursuing a life of learning and personal growth. She truly believes in people’s ability to grow and change into whatever version of themselves they envision. She enjoys working with curious, driven people who want to achieve their full potential and overcome self doubt and insecurities. Her clients describe her as warm and empathetic and appreciate her positive energy and support to make traction towards their goals. She has over 15 years of experience working in international environments in management consulting and tech startups as a strategy and operations leader. Carla led multi cultural and remote teams, and was recognized as a highly empathetic and effective leader. She is a certified professional coach through the Co-active Training Institute and holds an MBA from Berkeley Haas and a MS in electrical engineering. Carla is originally from Barcelona, and after having lived for over 8 years in California she is now settled in Amsterdam where she lives with her husband and two young boys.

  • Cathleen Merkel

    Cathleen Merkel

    Cathleen is a Leadership Coach who is curious about people and about everything that makes them 'tick'. Characterised by aspiration and the pursuit of excellence, pace and constant change, Cathleen’s career has been shaped by her passion for a better understanding of what it takes to be at our best, and what it takes to help other people around us be at their best. She spent 15 years as a leader in international, matrix-structured organisations supporting leaders and teams in transition, and individuals through their personal development and growth paths through coaching and leadership development.

  • Christi Nix Bloomer, PCC

    Christi Nix Bloomer, PCC

    After two decades in HR and management consulting, Christi made a pivot to focus on executive coaching. She had much to learn as an entrepreneur and harnessed her ability to use technology, network and connect to create a successful coaching business on her own terms that align with her values. She loves to work with professionals who are high performers, courageous, driven and intentional and want more. She knows that coaching is and consulting are in her blood, both help create success for herself and others and always enjoys seeing her clients create a vision for what's possible for them.

  • Dr. Christine D'Alessandro

    Dr. Christine D'Alessandro

    Christine has a passion for helping people live more meaningful and vibrant lives by unlocking their greatest potential and purpose. In her roles as a life coach and an organizational and leadership development coach she provides the safe space for individuals to create their own conscious transformation. She brings 20 years of collective and diverse experience to her coaching practice. She has a doctorate in clinical psychology and comes to coaching with a background in psychotherapy. She uses a strength-based approach to help empower individuals to live authentically and to thrive in all areas of their life. Her work is strongly guided by a holistic and cultural lens as she is multilingual and multicultural and has worked within diverse groups and organizations globally.

  • Christy Macchione

    Christy Macchione

    Christy enjoys supporting individuals and teams in their ongoing growth. With specialties in leadership development and cultural diversity/inclusion, she provides coaching that creates effective individuals, leaders and teams in support of an organization’s strategy and mission. Christy highly values her experiences working throughout the US, Europe and Asia. She is passionate about developing diverse teams, working across cultural, generational, and gender differences. As gender culture specialist, Christy’s experience ranges from one-on-one coaching to being a keynote speaker in multiple major organizations. Christy has partnered with individuals at all levels of an organization, from new supervisors to senior leaders in identifying their path for growth and improvement. Her coaching philosophy is to meet the individual where they are, without judgement, and providing support to find the direction that best suits them.

  • Christy Stuber

    Christy Stuber

    Christy has a MSW, is an Associated Certified Coach, holds a Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy designation and has over 20 years of experience in roles in the business, education and nonprofit sectors. Throughout her career, she has supported others through developing insight to what is most meaningful to them and how they can execute that vision utilizing their strengths and values. Christy lives in Southwestern PA and loves to explore the world through stories.

  • Cindy Hurley Leister

    Cindy Hurley Leister

    Cindy loves people, places and performance. For over a decade, she held a full-load, corporate HR career in Germany and the US. On top of leading a team, she worked closely with Senior Executives of a German DAX30 to solve people and culture challenges around the world. In 2019, she decided to make a shift, serve a wider community of leaders and spend more time in Australia, her partner's home country. Since then, she uses her brave, energetic and optimistic style to help people around the world transition into the life they want. She is the founder of Blue Mountains Coaching and is based in Leura, Australia, on Darug and Gundungurra country.

A healthy culture starts with Bravely

Offering individualized coaching as a benefit is an impactful show of support - it signals to your people that you’re investing in their workplace wellness.