Coaches

About L. Kay Wilson, Founder of the Maverick Leadership Institute

L. Kay Wilson began her career as a trial attorney in the area of employment law after graduating from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 1994. From 1995 through 2001, Kay operated the Law Offices of L. Kay Wilson, PC, in the Hartford area. From 2001 through 2006, she served as counsel to the Postal Service Law Department, where she distinguished herself as a litigator, national trainer, and training designer, receiving numerous awards for innovative programs on litigation prevention, risk management, interpersonal skills, leadership and workplace environment improvement. Kay was repeatedly tapped for workplace environment interventions where there was intractable conflict in mail processing plants and post offices. Kay also garnered recognition for her work on diversity initiatives and diversity programming while at the Postal Service Law Department.

Kay Wilson received intensive coach training through Results Coaching Systems in New York City in 2002. In 2003, she launched her coaching practice for executives, attorneys and business owners.

L. Kay Wilson is an avid student of relevant works in the areas of positive psychology, crisis management, management theory, and communication sciences. Because of her background as an employment lawyer and litigator, L. Kay Wilson brings unique perspective to her executive coaching and delivery of keynotes, seminars and training.

Since 2003, Kay has delivered training and executive coaching to clients in a broad range of industries. Her clients have included Ameriprise, Middle Oak Mutual Assurance Company, U.S. Postal Service, Bay Path College, ING, Covenant Prep, Montana Rail Link, and the Connecticut Department of Correction.

Kay Wilson’s Philanthropy: Kay innovated a program for inmates in the state of Connecticut called Motivation and Self Mastery™, which she and her volunteers have been delivering since 2003 to both male and female inmates. This program is a pre-release readiness process which has been hailed as exemplary by inmates, counselors and correctional officers. Its focus is on developing a strong sense of worthiness, integrity and purposefulness in the student inmates so that they are able to successfully transition back into their communities.

About Robin Ann Bienemann

Robin Ann Bienemann specializes in helping growing companies increase value through improved business processes and innovation.

Bienemann brings extensive management experience to her role in working with business owners. She has served in an executive capacity for companies with revenues as small as $1M and as large as $20B. At age 24, she founded Ocean Industries, a quality control equipment manufacturer in Manchester, NH. Thereafter, she was Senior Vice President of Operations with Blue Arc Corporation, a $60M computer storage manufacturer in San Jose, CA. Bienemann’s assignment at Blue Arc included the creation of strategic alliances and outsourcing strategies. Bienemann has established a partnership with Core Value a software systems company dedicated to serving small and midsize businesses in a variety of industries. Based in Vermont, Core Value provides owners with a tool set designed to increase the value of the business.

The University of Connecticut’s School of Engineering tapped Bienemann to be its first Entrepreneur in Residence. Bienemann helps lead an effort to strengthen ties between the School and the small and mid-size business sector in Connecticut.

In addition to her career work, Bienemann contributes to a variety of non-profit organizations. She has provided services to Hospice, Open Hearth, Women’s Shelters and Senior Services as an individual contributor. She also provides business guidance support to Women & Family centers in CT.

Bienemann received her bachelor’s degree from Springfield College and her masters as a Sloan Fellow at MIT.

About Ryan Chanman

Ryan has been in the workforce since he was sixteen years old and every position he has landed has been through his considerable networking skills. At eighteen years old, Ryan helped open a new business, building it from the ground up with the owner. While in college, Ryan was a straight A student in all of his business classes. Ryan has worked in small businesses and large corporations, and has varied experience ranging from modeling and working as a movie extra, to executive talent search and talent placement for medical companies. As a millennial, Ryan brings a wealth of insight and experience to the program, Facing Forward: Harnessing the Talent of Millennials, which he co-facilitates with L. Kay Wilson. A gifted speaker and communicator, Ryan is able to compare and contrast the perspectives of millennials and bring their unique qualities into focus during their joint presentation.