Special Coaching & Consultants

Coaching is a powerful and effective way to facilitate growth and change. Through the coaching relationship, executive leaders work to assess current behaviors and their effectiveness, hone strengths, and reach goals.

It’s a relationship that is like no other; Leading Edge coaches have the experience and know-how to challenge, support, question, listen, suggest, and provide resources–all within a partnership that provides anonymity and a safe place for organizational leaders to talk through their developmental and organizational challenges.

Our coaching partnerships offer structure, support, practical tools, and guidance to identify a target and move consistently in that direction with purpose and renewed focus.


Potential Areas of Focus:

  • Leadership Development
  • Team Development
  • Management Skills Development
  • Performance Management
  • Building Relationships and Networks
  • Developing and Sharing an Inspiring Vision
  • Sales and Productivity
  • Organization, Time Management,
    Priorities, and Individual Effectiveness
  • Communication Skills Development
  • Stress Management
  • Leadership Presence

JERIANN KOLTON

Jeriann Kolton, the founder of JAK Insights, has had a long, successful career in corporate Human Resources.  She decided to found JAK Insights and become an OD consultant in order to fulfill her dream of helping companies and leaders manage through change more effectively.


After graduating college from Emory University, Jeriann started her career in Atlanta by helping a start-up grow… from one city – to four – to fifteen. She knows the fast-paced and entrepreneurial mind set.

From there she held various roles of increasing scope and complexity in Human Resources in both private and publicly-held companies. She has worked at business unit, division and corporate levels in the media/ digital/ advertising space.

Jeriann’s expertise is in helping Executives and HR Leaders solve for the right problem. Through a strategic, consultative approach, JAK Insights targets the issue and co-defines what success looks like. Jeriann is known for her expertise in employee engagement, performance management, and career-pathing, among other initiatives.

Jeriann received her MBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. She lives in New York City with her husband and twin sons.

Jeriann and Leading Edge have worked together for ten years – first Jeriann was a client! She is now proud to be a collaborator and colleague on various assignments.

DEAN HOPPE

Dean’s approach towards coaching is largely the product of 40 years of experience in coaching, leadership development, team development and employment/staffing. Since joining forces with Leading Edge Coaching & Development in 2005, Dean has provided tailored coaching services to over 35 executives who are in senior leadership positions in a broad range of industries and organizations. Services include assessment, strategic planning facilitation, coaching for the development of leadership skills and conferring with executives on a diverse set of business issues and challenges.

In addition to having a B.S. degree in Business Administration from the University of Iowa, Dean has also attended over 30 hours of training in executive coaching and is certified in a variety of assessment and leadership development programs and processes.

Dean believes that as a coach, it is his responsibility to create a heightened sense of self awareness in the client. He urges them to take a “time out”, look in the mirror, and carefully evaluate their leadership style and practices. He works to modify those habits that are undermining their effectiveness, and focuses on reinforcing the “right stuff” via practical insights and ideas.

Incidentally, Dean was Carol’s boss back in the day.  And Carol shares that many of her leadership best practices come from working for Dean!

PAM SOLBERG-TAPPER

Pam Solberg-Tapper, MHSA, PCC, is a Professional Certified Coach, Certified Leadership Trainer and Business Development Consultant. She is the President of Coach for Success, Inc. and holds a Master’s Degree in Health Services Administration.

Pam provides coaching and consulting in the following areas: Leadership Development, StrengthsFinder, Talent Management, Employee Engagement, On-boarding Process, 360 Administration/Action Planning, Transition and Change, and Organizational Effectiveness and design of Internal Coaching Programs. She conducts Leadership Teaching/Training and Peer Group Coaching in person, online and teleconference.

Pam is certified by the International Coach Federation and serves as an Executive Coach with the Ken Blanchard Companies. She’s a Certified Authenticity Consulting Peer Coaching Group Facilitator and a Certified Dale Carnegie Leadership trainer. Pam is an Adjunct Faculty with Capella University MBA program. She also serves as faculty with the Coaches Training Institute.

Pam works with organizations in the financial, nonprofit, governmental, educational, technology, manufacturing, and retail industries. Some clients include Microsoft, Waste Management, Deloitte and Touché, AT&T, MasterCard, ING, USG Global, Nestle, Blue Cross Blue Shield, University of Wisconsin and Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College.

As an internationally experienced Coach and Consultant, Pam provides the tools and spark to help her clients improve their performance as well as their quality of life.