Jo Ilfeld, PhD

Executive Leadership Coach

Founder & CEO

Jo Ilfeld, PhD - Executive Leadership Coach - Incite to Leadership
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Executive Leadership Coach

Founder & CEO

An executive leadership coach, Jo helps C-suite leaders, executives, and high-potential managers to develop the flexibility, skill, and frame of mind to meet the challenges of the next five, ten, twenty years…and beyond. She works with individuals, teams and organizations on four core areas of leadership development:

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  • Lead with Clarity of Vision

    Jo works with executives and senior leaders to articulate their vision and better engage the team that will make it happen. Specializing in the biotech and technology industries, Jo guides her clients through a customized process to identify key strengths, create a clear vision and strategic plan, and enroll others in their vision. Clients sharpen these skills and implement strategic action receiving Jo’s ongoing feedback, troubleshooting, and accountability.

  • Master the Art of Results

    In an increasingly complex market and workplace, Jo works with leaders to shift how they manage time, tasks, and people. This may include increasing personal productivity, training staff to be decisive, learning how to delegate effectively, and building a culture of purpose and autonomy.

  • Develop Your Influence

    Whether it’s motivating others who don’t report to you directly or building key relationships, Jo works with leaders to fast-track the habits, communication skills, and interpersonal fluency required to move others to action and get great work done.

  • Deepen Your Executive Presence

    Your presence and body language communicate a strong message – often one that’s more powerful than your words. Jo works with leaders to make sure they are sending the signals they want to send, so they communicate effectively.

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Jo has worked as a management consultant in a boutique marketing wing of PriceWaterhouseCoopers. She left corporate to pursue her PhD in Business and afterwards grew her first company to a million-dollar venture. For the last 10 years, Jo has served as founder and CEO of Incite To Leadership. She is also a professor of Leadership Intelligence at Sonoma State University.

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  • PhD in Business, U.C. Berkeley Haas School of Business
  • Bachelor’s in Applied Mathematics, Yale
  • Certified practitioner in The Grove’s Team Performance Model, Leadership Circle 360, DISC, NBI, and the Enneagram leadership assessments
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Partial List of Prior Clients

  • eBay
  • BioMarin
  • Intel
  • Theravance
  • Genentech
  • PayPal
  • Santen
  • Zymergen
  • Blue Shield of California
  • Gilead
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Fun Facts

Jo lives in Berkeley, California with her husband, 3 kids, and Havanese dog. She loves to hike in the Berkeley hills with her dog and read a mixture of cutting-edge leadership research and fun fiction.