Our real-world experience from across the globe and across industries helps us build stronger leaders and our relentless focus on improvement is in our DNA, as we continue to spend time refining our knowledge, experience base and toolkit to better serve our clients. Transcend is able to deliver practical solutions to help make each business owner, leader or executive a better leader which, in turn, helps build our community, our country and a better global community. This big picture view drives the company.
Laura Huckabee-Jennings, President
Laura Huckabee-Jennings is the founder of Transcend, which has been serving executives, senior-level teams and promising entrepreneurial organizations since 2002. Transcend’s objective is to bring world-class tools and the latest scientific knowledge about business and human development into your business to achieve your ambitious goals.
Laura’s 20+ years of experience include line management roles in top tier consumer goods such as Procter & Gamble and Coca-Cola, as well as technology and consumer start-ups. She has managed businesses through extraordinary growth in markets around the world, including Japan, China, Israel, Poland and the US. She has used her results-oriented strategic approach to grow revenues and profits through driving new business and marketing models and executing with excellence and determination.
Laura holds degrees in Physical Chemistry from Princeton University, in Comparative Culture from Jochi (Sophia) University in Japan, and an MBA from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France. She speaks Japanese fluently and has a good knowledge of French and a smattering of other languages. She is actively involved in the business community, as President of the Board of the Women’s Economic Development Council, with the Partnership for Biotechnology Research, Women’s Business Center and Leadership Huntsville/Madison County (Class 22) as well as Board Development Chair for Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama. She is a Professional Certified Coach through the International Coach Federation, the largest internationally recognized certifying body for coaches, and is a Certified Energy Leadership Index Master Practitioner through the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC). A sought-after and engaging keynote speaker, Laura speaks about Leadership and the Fearless Organization, as well as Change Resilience, Engagement, Emotional Intelligence, Style and Strategic Thinking.
Andrew Jennings, Founding Partner
Andrew, a founding partner at Transcend Leadership Coaching, is a seasoned international business development professional with 20 years’ experience developing and managing direct and indirect sales organizations and business partnerships in Europe, USA and Asia through periods of phenomenal growth and industry and economic changes.
In addition to being a professionally trained strategic facilitator, Andrew brings real-world experience in building strategic customer and supplier partnerships, global sales channels, global strategic business plans, go-to market strategies, customer and market segmentation and leveraging his deep understanding of a complex sales cycle to drive extraordinary business results. Using his hands on experience in global business development, and the hiring, developing and managing of customer facing teams in both small companies and large global corporations across Biotechnology, Automotive Manufacturing and Software Development, he provides practical consulting and coaching services to navigate the challenging arena of domestic and international business development, in addition to providing strategic advice and facilitation on partnering, product development and support and global sales and marketing.
Andrew holds a Masters degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering as well as a Masters in Business & Finance. Having lived in the UK more than half of his career working for French and German companies, and spending a significant amount of time responsible for businesses across Asia, he brings a unique global perspective to all his client engagements.
Linda DeLuca, Executive Coach and Facilitator
Linda is an executive coach and facilitator who supports and encourages individuals and organizations in their pursuit of learning and leadership development in their life and business. She advocates learning as a process and designs, develops, and delivers engagements, which include small group and individual coaching to support sustained positive change.
For more than 25 years, Linda has provided coaching and consulting with leaders and managers in many industries including: Aerospace; Pharmaceuticals; Federal Government; Insurance; Education; and Manufacturing. She has worked in multiple disciplines including: Leadership Training & Development, Organizational Effectiveness & Education; Process Improvement & Development; Project & Portfolio Management; Information Management; and Finance.
Linda’s primary focus is on helping leaders and teams develop their essential communication skills providing them with influence and impact from the boardroom and beyond.
Linda holds a Master of Science degree in Organizational Dynamics from the University of Pennsylvania, and is a Professional Certified Coach with the International Coach Federation, the largest internationally recognized certifying body for coaches, and a Master Trainer for LIFO® Strengths Focused Performance Improvement Approach.
Diane Dempster, Executive Coach and Facilitator
Diane is an executive coach and facilitator who works with teams and individuals to improve results by understanding the behaviors, thoughts, and attitudes they are using to get their current results, and expanding leadership versatility and core skills.
Diane uses her strong interpersonal skills and results-oriented strategic approach to assist executives, individuals and business owners in establishing goals, understanding obstacles, eliminating barriers, and executing on plans to step into to their optimal and ideal future. She is experienced in working with staff at all levels including executives, clinical, and technical staff.
Prior to becoming a coach, Diane had more than 20 years of corporate leadership experience in the Health Care Industry in the areas of Marketing, Finance, Product Development and Program Management. She is an effective change agent, team leader, and trainer and brings an impactful combination of strategic, operational, and interpersonal capabilities. Experienced at recruiting, managing and developing staff, Diane was consistently recognized for proactively identifying and resolving complex problems, and brings those same skills into her current work with leaders and teams.
Dana Gillis, Executive Coach and Facilitator
Dana is an executive coach and facilitator with deep experience in the federal and law enforcement communities. He has over 17 years of experience in the areas of Program Management, Business Process Re-Engineering and Leadership Development, and has served as the Director of Compliance for Athletic Programs at Alabama A&M University, and executive manager within the FBI. His managerial and leadership experience covers business process re-engineering, strategic change management and leadership development. Dana has coached mid-level executive aspiring to be high level executives from banking, government agencies and other private companies.
Dana holds a Master of Studies Degree in Criminology and Police Management from the University of Cambridge, a Graduate Certificate in Public Administration from the Washington Public Affairs Center, University of Southern California, and has completed graduate level studies at the Kellogg School of Business, Northwestern University, Managing Strategic Change, and at the Fuqua School of Business, Duke University at the DEA Academy, titled Innovative Leadership. Mr. Gillis holds a Level 5 Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring in Management from the Institute of Leadership and Management, United Kingdom. He is a graduate of Leadership Alabama and serves on the boards of directors of several non-profit organizations in North Alabama.