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our team. 

Michael CHAD Hoeppner


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Michael Chad Hoeppner is the CEO and president of GK Training and Communications, a firm dedicated to giving individuals, companies, and organizations the skills necessary to reach their highest goals in work and life. He leads a team of coaches who help professionals achieve profound, lasting transformation through superb coaching and dedicated long-term follow-up support.  GK T&C serves dozens of Fortune 500 companies, non-profit organizations, and academic institutions. 

As an individual coach, trainer, and speaker, Michael has worked with some of the world’s most influential companies and their leaders, in the United States, Europe, Asia, and South America. His clients include Swiss Re, Xerox, Computer Associates, The Boston Consulting Group, Pfizer, KKR, Johns Manville, Columbia University Business School, NYU Law School, Macy’s, Octagon Sports Marketing, and others. He offers individualized coaching for c-suite executives and senior partners on communication skills, consultative selling, executive presence, influencing, messaging, and more. He builds and delivers customized training programs for Fortune 100 companies and presents to thousands of audience members around the world every year. 

 His background in communications, training, and teaching is diverse and rich. He studied linguistics, theatre, speech, rhetoric, philosophy, and communications at the graduate and undergraduate level. He received his Masters of Fine Arts degree from the prestigious NYU Graduate Acting Program, where he trained with the best voice, movement, and speech teachers in the country. He worked as an actor in film and television, on Broadway stages, and international theatre for eight years. He has handled public relations and event management for clients ranging from the National Basketball Association to The Trust for Public Land. He traveled across the United States and Southeast Asia as part of a worldwide speaking tour with a total audience of 60,000 people. He has lead workshops on communication, team building, and education in Poland, Singapore, Taiwan, Dublin, London, and across the US. He also volunteers his time and skills, teaching and mentoring elementary school students in New York City at the 52nd Street Project and the Staten Island Zoo, and doing pro bono consulting for non-profit organizations.  Michael attended Dartmouth College and Colorado College and graduated Phi Beta Kappa in History and Philosophy. He is an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University Business School. 





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Matt has been teaching writing skills and written expression for nearly twenty years. As an undergraduate at Stanford, he studied both linguistics and literature. Throughout his time in Palo Alto, Matt tutored extensively; following graduation he taught writing and the humanities in Bay Area private schools, then made his first forays into corporate communications coaching. Upon his arrival in New York, Matt founded Intelligentsia, Inc., an enterprise dedicated to providing exceptional individualized education for all intellectual levels, from elementary to executive.

Inspired to assist companies in creating integrated linguistic identities, Matt has spearheaded Intelligentsia’s joint corporate training approach with GK Training and Communications. Matt oversees the linguistic component of a comprehensive program for corporate communications. His work guides companies through the process of articulating corporate vision, establishing voice and vocabulary, and training employees and executives to write with clarity and confidence.


Bianna Golodryga


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Bianna Golodryga is anchor for Yahoo News and Finance. Prior to joining Yahoo in August of 2014, she served as the co-anchor of "Good Morning America's" weekend edition. She was named co-anchor in April 2010, and under her leadership, GMA Weekend moved into the #1 rated Saturday morning network news show. Golodryga has interviewed President Clinton, chief executive officers, former Secretaries of State and Treasury, financial titans including Warren Buffett, box office and music celebrities, and was the first U.S. journalist to interview Dzhokhar Tsarnaev - the father of the Boston bombers - in his native Russian tongue.

Golodryga joined ABC News in July 2007, initially covering the economy and business beat before being promoted to GMA Weekend anchor. She reported extensively on the automobile, housing and credit crises, and the financial crisis. She was also responsible for the network's digital media and social networking coverage during the 2008 Presidential election.


Dan Shadwell


Dan is a media expert, coaching companies and executives in on-camera skills, messaging, interviewing, and media relations. Dan’s expertise is based in a prolific career across media platforms, including over 15 years at the FOX and CBS affiliates in San Diego, Northern California, and Indianapolis. He has created, produced, and hosted a wide variety of news stories that have taken him all over the world and put him face-to-face with hundreds of musicians, writers, artists, and actors, as well as politicians, scientists, authors, and entrepreneurs. Dan also developed, produced, and wrote advertising campaigns for TCI Media Services (later AT&T Media), including one of the longest-running ad campaigns in Denver TV history.

In 2011, Dan co-founded a direct-to-consumer multimedia company that anticipated the convergence of TV and internet programming and viewer interactivity. 




Victoria Dicce

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Victoria is a senior Executive Coach at GK Training and Communications, and has extensive and diverse experience in communications coaching and leadership development. She began in the field as a coach and trainer at Seattle University School of Law, and now trains start-up entrepreneurs on story-telling, messaging, and delivery for pitching and investor meetings; coaches Fortune 1000 executives on selling, presence, gravitas, and interpersonal communication; and designs and implements customized training programs for NGOs, international law firms, academic institutions, and Fortune 500 companies. Recent engagements include: coaching at Columbia Business School, training the admissions team at NYU Stern School of Business, and group workshops for large pharmaceutical companies. In her individual coaching, Victoria specializes in professional services, including international law, accounting, and finance.

Victoria also has a wealth of experience in the arts, with experience as an actor, producer, and director, and as the leader of a New York City theatrical production company. Her coaching work is heavily influenced by the tools of professional arts training.



Cassandra Freeman


Cassandra is a performing artist, teacher, and consultant who works in diverse worlds: acting in Hollywood, volunteering in Africa and the US, and teaching and facilitating for corporations and universities. In her work as a consultant, Cassandra teaches communications skills, team building, collaboration, diversity training, sales training, and more. She is a popular speaker and is frequently a moderator of panels. As a facilitator and trainer, she helps individuals and organizations transform how they communicate by channeling their own strengths and creativity.

Cassandra is the founder of the Kassandra Arts Project, a non-profit organization that seeks to empower disadvantaged children by helping them to unlock their creativity. KAP’s most recent programs focus on working with young people in Rwanda.

In addition to her work in the business and non-profit sectors, Cassandra is also an established actress with credits in Hollywood and New York. On the big screen, she had major roles in Chris Rock’s I Think I Love My Wife and Spike Lee’s Inside Man, where she starred alongside Denzel Washington. She has also appeared on television on The Good Wife, Numb3rs, and Queen Latifah’s Single Ladies. She is an alumnus of Florida Sate University, received her Masters of Fine Arts from New York University, and currently teaches at Fordham University at Lincoln Center.


Eleanor Handley


Originally from Melbourne, Australia, Eleanor has over 15 years experience in professional development, management and communications training for companies throughout Australia, the UK and North America. Now a lead trainer at GK Training and Communications, she specializes in communication, selling, presence, and influencing, conducting group and individual training across the legal, finance, pharmaceutical and academic sectors. Most recently she has coached professors at Columbia Business School, as well as a number of start-up companies looking to refine their pitch and messaging. She has an extensive background in the performing arts, including her Masters in Fine Arts from the New School University, a speciality in dialects and accent modification, and has performed on many stages throughout the USA, including a production of King Lear for President Bill and Hilary Clinton.


Drew Cortese


Drew is a teacher and coach specializing in linguistic precision, spoken delivery, and text analysis. He works as a consultant with GK Training and Communications while maintaining a full-time position as Head of Grade for the Class of 2019 and a founding faculty member at Avenues: The World School. As a consultant, some of Drew's most recent assignments include helping teams at Silicon Alley start-ups Vindigo, Zingy, and Rave Wireless improve their customer relations, and assessing soft-skills for new hires at PwC. He brings deep experience in teaching, coaching, and performing to the GK team. He spent ten years on faculty for the Vassar College/New York Stage & Film Powerhouse Training program, having designed and implemented their text analysis curriculum, in addition to directing productions of As You Like It, Julius Caesar, and an all-female Romeo & Juliet. Prior to joining Avenues, Drew spent three years helming the Greek Festival for the Dalton School, guest lectured on Shakespeare in practice at the Pingry School, and was a teaching artist for the Urban Assembly School for Law and Justice in Brooklyn, where he directed an adaptation of Their Eyes Were Watching God. Drew co-lead a Classics seminar in Greek Theatre at Wesleyan University, and he's led workshops throughout the country at both the graduate and undergraduate level, including the American Conservatory Theatre's MFA program, the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater BFA program, and the University of Denver's BA program. As a performer, Drew has been seen at theaters around the country, and he can be heard alongside Sir Derek Jacobi, Orson Welles, David Tennant, and Adrian Lester on the Sourcebooks Shakespeare editions of Julius Caesar, Macbeth and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, as well as on the Folger Theatre's recording of Richard III as the titular monarch. Drew holds an MFA in Acting from the NYU, and a dual degree in Public Policy Studies and Drama at Duke University.




James Seol is a Lead Executive Coach with GK who has extensive professional experience in the United States and abroad. He has worked with many of the world’s leading IT firms, law firms, and financial institutions. With a particular emphasis on practicable, experiential learning in group and one-on-one settings, he guides clients at all levels of management towards more facile, specific and dynamic communication. As a coach, his areas of specialty include sales training, presentation strategy and execution, influencing skills across diverse populations and cultured, effective and efficient interviewing and transformational feedback delivery.


Robert Thompson


Robert Thompson is a Lead Executive Coach with GK Training and Communications, with an expertise and emphasis on strong, physical presence and precise vocal clarity.  He trains executives and directors from major corporations around the world, including New York’s top financial and accounting firms, international law firms, leading health care and pharmaceutical companies, and technology industries in presentation, meeting skills, sales training, and interpersonal business skills. He also co-teaches a PhD course on Effective Presentations and Spoken Communication with GK President Michael Hoeppner at Columbia Business School. Rob received his conservatory training at the renowned Juilliard School at Lincoln Center. He spent a semester in Russia at the famous Moscow Art Theatre, concentrating on voice, speech, movement, and dance. This training is directly connected to his work as a communications lead coach and trainer, linking the body, voice, message and mind as one.  Rob has a B.A. in Political Science and Communications.


Hannah Cabell


Hannah is an accomplished trainer, teacher, and artist. As a Lead Executive Coach with GK Training & Communications, Hannah has worked extensively at some of NYC’s most elite private schools, as an individual executive coach and lead group trainer with some of the largest financial institutions in the country, and as a senior coach with international law firms, as well as sales teams and executives at major pharmaceutical brands. She uses kinesthetic learning, text analysis, Alexander technique, and voice and speech training to help professionals in all stages of their careers. With a Masters of Fine Arts from the prestigious NYU Graduate Acting Program, Hannah’s training techniques are based on skills she has honed over the years in her teaching and performance work. She also works with children in underserved elementary schools and community programs in New York City, including communications programs at Bread and Roses High School in Harlem and the 52nd Street Project, which pairs professional performers and teachers with children to create original works of art. Hannah received her BA from Oberlin College.


Rebecca Brooksher


Rebecca Brooksher has extensive experience working with individuals to enhance and hone their leadership skills. As a coach, her areas of specialty include sales training, executive presence and core communication skills. Her techniques as a coach are built on the tools of artistic collaboration – active listening, empathy, moment-to-moment awareness, and improvisation – to dramatically improve her clients’ ability to navigate 1-on-1 interactions with power, poise, and grace under pressure. To help them shine in larger settings, she coaches clients in the art of adaptation and listening, thereby enabling them to increase their intuitive skills and boost the power of their presence. A New Orleans native, she has traveled across Louisiana teaching professionals and young adults the skills required for creativity and compassion in leadership. She teaches life skills and works as a mentor at The ICC home for children.

In addition to her work as a communications and leadership consultant, Rebecca – a graduate of the prestigious Juilliard school – has a busy career as a performer. She has acted on stages all over North America—including Lincoln Center and the Kennedy Center—in films and television shows such as The Good Wife, Canterbury’s Law and Ugly Betty.



Chiara Motley


Chiara Motley is a lead executive coach with GK Training and Communications, and has an extensive background in coaching and entrepreneurial development. She began in the field as a personal coach, and now works with GK, consulting with clients in the fields of law and finance. In her individual coaching, Chiara specializes in professional presence, vocal production, poise, composition, and movement training. She helps her clients determine what they want to present, how to organize the presentation, and how to communicate that content effectively, with poise, confidence, physical grace, and clarity. Chiara holds a Master of Fine Arts from The National Theatre Conservatory in Denver, CO and a BA from Stanford University, where she was awarded the Evelyn M. Draper Prize for Performance and graduated with distinction. She is also a graduate of Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts. As an undergraduate at Stanford, Chiara studied English, composition, and linguistics, as well as theatre. In addition to her work as a communications consultant, she has a background in ballet and contemporary dance. Her approach to teaching is informed by her own career in the arts. Chiara is a performer and voice over artist. She has appeared in several commercials, voice overs, and performed on stages across the country. Chiara has led workshops for Seattle Shakespeare Company and the Denver Center's Education Program, and has coached performers, businesspeople, and entrepreneurs. As a consultant, Chiara helped The Chef’s Connection develop their online written and video content to increase business and website traffic. She has coached chefs and restaurateurs, helping them to speak passionately and eloquently about their cuisine, their aesthetic, and their business strategy.







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