Our Team

Fullbridge Coaches

Part mentor and part manager, Fullbridge Coaches ensure that participants leave the program with the real-world experience they need to land, and excel in, their dream job. We’ve assembled a top-flight team of successful business practitioners with degrees from top business schools and deep experience in professions such as management consulting, investment banking, general equity, and entrepreneurship.

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Valerie Griffin, Coach

Valerie is an experienced career consultant, coach, and program development professional. She specializes in career strategies, leadership development, and “fit” management. Valerie has significant experienced working with millennials and outplaced, experienced professionals.

She was formerly a Private Wealth Manager with Goldman Sachs, where she managed funds for investment managers, insurance companies, nonprofit institutions, and private wealth investors. She also worked in new business development and relationship management with GE. Valerie is MBTI certified and she also volunteers as college preparatory writing coach and grief buddy. She holds a BS from Roosevelt University and an MBA from Northwestern University.

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Caroline Kim Oh, Coach

Caroline is a former management consultant with extensive experience working with top Fortune 100 companies across professional services, healthcare, consumer products, and retail sectors. Her expertise is in business development and turnaround initiatives supported by strategic branding, marketing, and innovation investment.

Caroline’s recent experience includes serving in an advisory role to early-stage startup companies across multiple sectors. She is also a career coach, mentor, and MBA counselor for professionals in transition. Caroline holds a BA from Yale University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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Nabil Laoudji, Coach

Nabil is the founder of The Mantle Project, a social venture aimed at sparking deeper dialogue in communities. Prior to founding The Mantle Project, he was a consultant with TechnoServe, a nonprofit focused on business solutions to poverty, and Booz Allen Hamilton, where he advised a range of government clients. Nabil is particularly interested in systems thinking, ethnography, and storytelling. He holds a BBA from The College of William & Mary and an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Kirstin Doyle Cooney, Coach

As a former analyst at International Finance Corporation, the private equity arm of the World Bank, Kirstin Doyle focused on infrastructure project finance in Africa and Latin America. She also worked in IFC’s Global Equity division, where she developed and structured equity investments in education and agribusiness. Prior to her work at IFC, Kirstin served as the Executive Director of PAIR, a non-profit serving young refugees resettled in the Houston area. Kirstin began her career as an analyst in the Oil & Gas investment banking group of Goldman Sachs.

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Scott Hilton-Clarke, Coach

Scott is the Founder and Managing Partner of Inspiration Labs, a firm focused on helping early and late-stage companies expand internationally into emerging markets. Scott has spent much of his 25-year career working with and mentoring senior executives and entrepreneurs to achieve superior organizational performance and personal leadership effectiveness. His professional interests include entrepreneurship, human capital development, leadership mentoring, post-secondary education and international business development.

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Monica Schulze-Hodges, Coach

Monica’s 25-year career includes roles as CEO for an Internet startup, General Manager for a large division of a public company, Senior Marketing Executive for several high-growth businesses and Consultant / CEO-right-hand for a wide variety of small companies. Her career focus as an executive and as a consultant is in developing products and marketing strategies that employ data and the Internet to drive profitable growth for B2B businesses and their clients.

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Spencer Irvine, Coach

Spencer is a technology entrepreneur with a background in aerospace engineering. He has experience in product management, technology strategy, and entrepreneurship. His company, AirVentions, uses proprietary technology to improve airport safety and ground operations. Early in his career, Spencer worked on F-35 and C-130 aircraft at Lockheed Martin.

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Paul Kirkitelos, Coach

Paul was previously a consultant at McKinsey & Company specializing in optimizing performance for technology and Internet companies, with a focus on corporate finance. He has also been founder or an early team member of companies in a wide variety of fields, including medical devices, hedge fund and asset management, nutritional supplements, oil and gas, and Internet video. Paul has also served in an advisory capacity for a number of early-stage companies around the globe, and his extensive travel experience has helped feed his interest in understanding the differences and similarities between cultures throughout the world. Paul is also a former Research Fellow with NASA’s Laboratory for Extraterrestrial Physics.

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Jo-Ann Robotti, Coach

Jo-Ann has a wide range of marketing, new business, and general management experience that spans consumer products brand management, non-profit organizations, high-level consulting for the Fortune 500, and entrepreneurial endeavors. She is a founding partner of DFDesigns, a web-based apparel company. Previously, Jo-Ann was senior Vice President of Marketing and Sales for Reminders-On-Line/MediMOM, an Internet-based health and wellness reminder service, and a co-founder of its overseas successor, Mobile Health Diary. She was the founding principal of The Next Group, and director of projects at BrainReserve, the futurist marketing consultancy started by Faith Popcorn, where she was a popular speaker on the company’s trend-identification process and widely-quoted in the press. Jo-Ann currently serves on the board of trustees of her alma matter, Simmons College.

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Nedra Fears, Coach

Nedra is an economic development expert who specializes in strategic planning, financial modeling, community development financing, and program management. She provides project management services to entrepreneurs, nonprofits, and government. Nedra recently developed a $17 million nine-block redevelopment plan for an Atlanta community development corporation. As a former Investment Officer with Fannie Mae, Nedra marketed and underwrote $108 million in multifamily and equity products and $88 million in single-family lending products. As an Assistant Commissioner with the City of Chicago Department of Housing, she managed a retail lending division that provided $850 million of community lending products. She is a Loeb Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

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Ingrid Toppelberg, Coach

Ingrid began her career in private equity and then moved into management consulting with McKinsey & Company. Her consulting experience spans eight countries in Latin America, the US, and Europe across a broad range of industries and functions, from retail to oil and gas, strategy to operations, and multinational corporations to Silicon Valley start-ups. Ingrid is especially interested in leadership development and innovative methods of complex problem solving, which were her areas of focus in her MBA program.