Leadership Accelerator

Our Team

Working closely with CEOs, leadership teams, and boards of major global corporations has given us the insight and knowledge to create customized, world-class talent strategies. From directing successful leadership transitions at Fortune 50 companies to conducting in-depth board assessments and development plans, we create value for organizations that reaches far beyond our engagement.

Just as we strive for the exceptional in our talent strategies, we seek to offer exceptional people, ideas, communication, and level of commitment to our clients each day.

Stephen Miles
Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Stephen Miles has 25 years of experience working with CEOs, emerging C-suite talent, and boards of directors – from the largest global corporations to high-growth start-ups. He has helped these leaders handle some of the most critical leadership challenges and decisions companies are facing today.
A specialist in CEO succession, Stephen has partnered with numerous boards of global Fortune 500 companies to ensure that a successful leadership selection and transition occurs. Stephen is a recognized expert on the role of the chief operating officer, and has worked with numerous companies on the establishment and the effectiveness of the position and supporting the transition from COO to effective CEO.
Stephen is a coach to many CEOs and COOs around the world. He and his CEO advisory services were profiled in the Bloomberg Businessweek article “The Rising Star of CEO Consulting.”
Speaking frequently to organizations on strategies for coaching C-level executives and developing high-potential talent to high performance, Stephen has been featured in the Harvard Business Review, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Fortune, Entrepreneur, and Chief Executive. He collaborates frequently with the Stanford Graduate School of Business on research around CEOs and boards.
Stephen is a director at CDK Global (NASDAQ: CDK), where he serves as a member of the Nominating & Governance Committee. He holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s of business administration, both from Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada. He also holds a master’s degree in psychology from the University of Victoria. Stephen currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia. He has lived in Kenya, South Africa, Iraq, Argentina, and Canada.

Podcasts
Leading During the Coronavirus Crisis
10 Critical Keys to Business Survival
Dealing with Sudden Change
The Agent Problem: Becoming a Better Advocate for Your Best People
SocQ: The New Leadership Skill Required for the Social Economy
Managing Your Most Difficult But Most Valuable Employees
When the Right Person Is in the Wrong Role
Fostering Idea Conflict
How to Avoid Having Another Worthless Meeting
Stasis vs. Growth Mindset
How the Smartest CEOs Are Preparing for the Next Recession

Publications
“The Double-Edged Sword of CEO Activism” – Stanford Closer Look paper from the Corporate Governance Research Initiative (CGRI) at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, co-authored with Stanford Professor David Larcker, researcher Brian Tayan, and Kim Wright-Violich
“How Boards Should Evaluate Their Own Performance” – Harvard Business Review, co-authored with Stanford Graduate School of Business professor David Larcker, researcher Brian Tayan, and Taylor Griffin
“How Board Evaluations Fall short”– Veritas Executive Compensation Consultants, co-authored with Professor David Larcker, Brian Tayan, and Taylor Griffin
“Board Evaluations and Boardroom Dynamics” – Stanford Closer Look paper from the Corporate Governance Research Initiative (CGRI) at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, co-authored with Professor David Larcker, Brian Tayan, and Taylor Griffin
“10 Talent Management Mistakes Your Company Can’t Afford to Make” – Chief Executive

Books:
Leaders Talk Leadership: Top Executives Speak Their Minds – Co-edited with Meredith Ashby
Riding Shotgun: The Role of the Chief Operating Officer – Co-authored with Nate Bennett
Your Career Game: How Game Theory Can Help You Achieve Your Professional Goals – Co-authored with Nate Bennett

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Taylor Griffin
Chief Operating Officer

Taylor Griffin works with CEOs, senior executives, and boards of directors across a broad range of company size and stage – from the largest Fortune 50 global corporations to private-equity portfolio companies and emergent VC-backed firms. She works with leaders to continuously attain higher levels of performance, grow successfully into new roles or new organizations, and build their viability as succession candidates for the C-suite or the CEO role itself. With boards and management, she draws from her deep experience working on top talent development and succession projects to help fortify organizations in their talent needs for the future. As COO, she is responsible for the overall operations and management of the firm.
Prior to helping establish TMG, she was with Heidrick & Struggles’ Leadership Consulting Practice. Before joining Heidrick & Struggles, Taylor was an attorney specializing in commercial litigation and bankruptcy matters in state and federal court. Taylor holds a bachelor’s degree in political science, cum laude and with honors, from the University of Arizona, and a juris doctorate from Emory University School of Law. She lives in Phoenix, Arizona.

Podcasts
Dealing with Sudden Change
Managing Underperformance
Dealing with Difference: Adapting to a Diverse Global Workforce
The Importance of Asking Questions
Working For a Tough Boss – One of Bizwomen’s Favorite Podcasts in 2019

Publications
“When High Performers Behave Badly” – C-Suite magazine, co-authored with Courtney Hamilton
“How Boards Should Evaluate Their Own Performance” – Harvard Business Review, co-authored with Stanford Graduate School of Business professor David Larcker, researcher Brian Tayan, and Stephen Miles
“How Board Evaluations Fall Short” – Veritas Executive Compensation Consultants, co-authored with Professor David Larcker, Brian Tayan, and Stephen Miles
“Board Evaluations and Boardroom Dynamics” – Stanford Closer Look paper from the Corporate Governance Research Initiative (CGRI) at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, co-authored with Professor David Larcker, researcher Brian Tayan, and Stephen Miles
“Board Evaluations: Good Defense and Good Offense” – Ethical Boardroom, co-authored with William Stern

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William Stern
Chief Administrative Officer

William (“Billy”) Stern is the Chief Administrative Officer at The Miles Group. His client work focuses on CEO and senior team succession planning, CEO and senior executive coaching, executive assessments (including pre-hire or pre-invest assessments), board evaluations and optimization, and top team effectiveness services.

Prior to joining Ancestry, Billy was General Counsel at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. (“MSLO”), where he represented MSLO in a wide array of licensing transactions, SEC matters, acquisitions and general corporate matters. Prior to joining MSLO, Billy was a Principal at Fish & Richardson P.C., and a Partner at Morrison & Foerster LLP. At Morrison & Foerster, he was also the hiring partner for the New York office. Billy received his bachelor’s degree from Brown University in 1986, and his juris doctorate and master’s in business administration from The University of Chicago in 1992.

Podcasts:
The Talent Private Equity Firms Are Looking For
What Does a General Counsel Do?

Publications:
“Top 10 talent management mistakes CEOs can’t afford to make” – BizJournals
“Board Evaluations: Good Defense and Good Offense” – Ethical Boardroom, co-authored with Taylor Griffin

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Matthew Bedwell
Managing Director

Matthew Bedwell is a managing director with The Miles Group, where he focuses on executive assessment and coaching (including CEO assessment and development, and CEO viability), succession planning, board effectiveness, and top team effectiveness services. Matt has worked on CEO succession assessment and planning for numerous Fortune 500 clients and serves as an executive coach for leaders in senior business and functional roles across industries, including consumer products, technology, financial services, manufacturing, transportation, and energy. Matt also leads TMG’s product division, overseeing the development and deployment of online leadership tools and software applications like TMG’s Leadership Accelerator video library and the mobile coaching and feedback application, lloop.

Prior to joining TMG, Matt was senior counsel with First American Title Insurance Company where he developed litigation case strategy and managed talented teams of outside counsel, serving as a trusted advisor to the executive team. Utilizing the customer-facing nature of the role, Matt also worked closely with peers across the organization to identify challenges and opportunities in the marketplace and to influence and improve product offerings and operations. Before joining First American, Matt rose from associate to shareholder at Gust Rosenfeld, PLC. While at Gust Rosenfeld, Matt successfully defended clients at trial and appellate stages of litigation in state and federal courts.

Matt holds a bachelor’s degree in economics, magna cum laude with honors, from Claremont McKenna College and a juris doctorate from the UCLA School of Law.
Matt lives in Phoenix, Arizona.

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Courtney Hamilton
Managing Director

Courtney Hamilton has worked on numerous CEO successions, partnering closely with boards and key stakeholders to ensure seamless transitions. Her experience crosses a number of industries, including financial services, technology, transportation, media, industrial products, consumer products, manufacturing, and healthcare. Courtney has been with TMG coaching top executives for years; she has deep experience assessing and developing senior executives across multiple Fortune 500 companies.

Prior to joining TMG, Courtney served as Regional Manager for livingsocial in Asia, where she was responsible for market entry strategy, acquisition integrations, and retail e-commerce expansion. She also held roles in marketing and investment banking with American Express in Beijing and FBR & Co. in New York. Courtney holds a master’s in business administration from Harvard Business School and a master’s degree in Chinese Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University, with honors in Chinese. She lives in New York.

Podcasts
The Talent Private Equity Firms Are Looking For
Protecting Your Job in a Merger or Acquisition

Publications
“Where Does Human Resources Sit at the Strategy Table?” – Stanford Closer Look paper from the Corporate Governance Research Initiative (CGRI) at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, co-authored with Professor David Larcker, researcher Brian Tayan, and Stephen Miles
“When High Performers Behave Badly” – C-Suite magazine, co-authored with Taylor Griffin

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Endre Holen
Managing Director

A seasoned coach of C-level executives, Endre has served as a top advisor for some of the world’s most influential CEOs. Prior to joining TMG, Endre was a Senior Partner at McKinsey and Company, the world’s leading management consulting firm. In his 25+ years as a consultant, he successfully led McKinsey’s global Tech Media and Telecom practice.

Endre has helped numerous Fortune 1000 CEOs and executive leadership teams change their companies – working in large cost, revenue, portfolio, and performance transformations globally. His experience crosses all parts of a company’s value chain – from sourcing and supply chain to product strategy, development, and engineering to sales and marketing to the broader strategy around growth.

Endre received his undergraduate degree in computer science from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, and his MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.

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John Nasr
Managing Director

John Nasr is a Managing Director with The Miles Group, where he focuses on executive assessments and coaching, and senior team succession planning (including C-suite assessment, development, and viability). John serves as an executive coach for business and functional leaders across industries, including airlines, defense, technology, financial services, homebuilding, consumer packaged goods, oil and gas, healthcare, manufacturing, technology, and retail. John is also a trusted partner to Boards and senior management, having consulted on talent development initiatives and succession planning at the highest levels for several large, multi-national corporations.

Prior to joining TMG, John worked in operations accounting for one of the country’s largest oil and gas companies in Dallas, TX. Following his work as an accountant, John practiced law at a large firm in Phoenix, Arizona, where he represented primarily institutional clients, including publicly traded banks, in commercial bankruptcy and related matters and was recognized by SuperLawyers as a Rising Star.

John holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration (finance and accounting double major) from the University of Oklahoma. He also holds a juris doctorate from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University and a master’s degree in business administration from the W.P. Carey College of Business at Arizona State University. John lives in Phoenix.

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Anthony Thomas
Managing Director

Anthony (“Tony”) Thomas is a Managing Director with The Miles Group. Tony coaches executives and teams across industries, helping them maximize their personal impact and that of their teams and organizations. Prior to joining The Miles Group, Tony served as the Founder and CEO of Insights Professional Services, LLC, a premier provider of leadership coaching and professional training for C-suite executives, their senior staff members and federal senior executive service members. The scope of his work encompassed various industries and a multitude of federal agencies and departments; helping senior executives lead organizational change and optimize results.

Tony is a retired military officer, former senior executive service member and private-sector executive with 30+ years of leadership experience and professional development. He worked in the defense, intelligence, and national security arenas at multiple levels of responsibility. Throughout his career, Tony has worked with diverse groups with multicultural backgrounds and identities, enabling him to form seamless partnerships with his clients while fostering an atmosphere of trust, accountability and respect that facilitates effective coaching and success.

Tony is a certified leadership coach and member of the International Coaching Federation. He is a graduate of Georgetown University’s Coaching Program and has participated in numerous leadership courses, to include the Federal Executive Institute, Harvard Kennedy School, George Washington University, and The Brookings Institute. He holds a bachelor’s in computer information systems with a minor in aerospace studies from Alabama State University, and a master’s in business administration (aviation) from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

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Christina Woodard
Managing Director

Christina Woodard works on talent assessment and planning for numerous Fortune 500 and private equity clients, and serves as an executive coach for leaders in a range of business and functional roles. Before joining TMG, Christina was director of growth operations for NorthStar Anesthesia, a TPG Growth company. Prior to that, Christina spent five years with the New York office of McKinsey & Company. There, she led professional development for McKinsey’s Northeast office block, advising on career and leadership development issues, designing and implementing strategic human capital initiatives, leading review and talent development processes, and coaching consultant through partner-level colleagues and teams around effectiveness.

Christina was also a senior engagement manager with McKinsey, where she advised clients across industries on a variety of strategic, growth, and organizational design issues, bringing particular expertise on the issues surrounding mergers and acquisitions, including top team success and onboarding, cultural integration, organization design, operational and financial integration, and value creation / value capture. Earlier in her career, Christina worked for the consulting firms GreenOrder and Booz & Company (now Strategy&).

Christina holds a master’s in business administration from Harvard Business School and a bachelor’s degree in finance from Southern Methodist University. She splits her time between New York City and Boulder, CO.

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Elizabeth Kelly
Director

Elizabeth Kelly is a director at The Miles Group where she partners closely with clients of high-performing organizations in several leadership development and coaching capacities. Elizabeth has advised on numerous CEO succession projects across a variety of industries including media, energy, technology, manufacturing, food services, and consumer goods. She also brings a depth of experience assessing C-suite and other senior executives among distinguished Fortune 500 clients.

Prior to joining TMG, Elizabeth practiced law as a civil litigator in New York and Michigan. She also worked at KPMG within its People & Change practice, specializing in change management strategies and communications. Before her current role, she created bespoke learning and development programs rooted in psychological research at The Mind Gym.

Elizabeth graduated from the University of Michigan, majoring in Psychology and Sociology, and received her juris doctorate from the University of Iowa. During law school, she taught and led undergraduate courses for the University of Iowa’s psychology department. Elizabeth is based out of TMG’s New York office.

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Stephanie McCoy Loquvam
Director

Stephanie McCoy Loquvam provides services and support across TMG’s platforms, and partners closely with clients in building their leadership development capabilities. Before joining TMG, Stephanie was an attorney in private practice representing businesses of all sizes in commercial disputes, regulatory issues, corporate governance and constitutional matters. She has developed curricula and taught undergraduate courses across disciplines including organizational behavior, public policy, psychology and professional ethics. She has served in numerous leadership roles in the American Bar Association and has spearheaded initiatives to provide resources related to professional growth for lawyers, gender equity, and preserving the jury system.

Stephanie holds a bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree in forensic psychology, and a master’s degree in business administration from Tiffin University, as well as a juris doctorate from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, where she served as an editor of Jurimetrics: The Journal of Law, Science and Technology. Stephanie lives in Phoenix, Arizona.

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Samantha Smith
Director

Samantha Smith is a Director with The Miles Group focused on CEO and executive succession planning, leadership coaching, executive assessment, board effectiveness, and team effectiveness. She partners with public companies, PE-backed companies and VC-backed companies across all sectors, advising them on their most important leadership and talent decisions. Prior to joining TMG, she was a principal at Heidrick & Struggles, where she was a member of the CEO & Board and Global Technology practices. Samantha successfully completed C-level searches for board members, Chief Executive Officers, Chief Operating Officers, General Managers, Chief Financial Officers, Chief Product Officers, and other functional leaders. She was actively involved in the firm’s leadership consulting efforts and advised companies on succession planning, executive assessment, and onboarding.

Samantha holds a master’s in business administration from Columbia Business School and a bachelor’s degree from Colby College. She lives in New York City.

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Jacob Martin
Senior Consultant

Jacob is a senior consultant at The Miles Group where he partners closely with clients of high-performing organizations in executive assessment, leadership development, and coaching capacities. Jacob has advised on numerous executive talent advisory projects across a variety of industries including utilities, leisure & hospitality, healthcare, manufacturing, telecommunications, and professional services. He also brings a depth of experience assessing C-suite and other senior executives among distinguished Fortune 500 clients.

Prior to joining TMG, Jacob was a consultant in the Leadership & Succession practice at Russell Reynolds Associates. In this role, he specialized in executive leadership assessment, senior team effectiveness, culture diagnostics, and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) strategic advisory. Jacob also made significant contributions toward innovation and thought leadership across these leadership advisory offerings.

Jacob graduated from Wake Forest University, majoring in Psychology and Sociology with Honors. He received his Masters and PhD in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from the University of Georgia and periodically serves as a visiting professor in the Terry College of Business. Based in Atlanta, GA, Jacob is a member of the LEAD Atlanta Class of 2021.

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Jake Miner
Consultant

Jake Miner is a consultant with The Miles Group, where he provides support across the firm’s practice areas, including executive assessment and coaching, CEO and senior team succession, team effectiveness, and board optimization services.

Prior to joining TMG, Jake worked at Bridgewater Associates on their in-house executive search team. There, he was responsible for talent intelligence research and sourcing for Board, C-Suite, and other top positions in the firm. Before that, he was an associate at Vantage Leadership Consulting in Chicago, where he focused on leadership assessments and talent insights research for numerous Fortune 500 and private organizations.

Previously, Jake held various roles at academic medical centers conducting psychological research, performing clinical diagnostic assessments, and delivering behavioral interventions.

Jake received a master’s degree in psychology from Illinois Institute of Technology, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Wagner College.

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Robert Williams
Consultant

Robert Williams provides support for client engagements across TMG’s practice areas. Prior to joining TMG, he worked as a Research Analyst at Gartner Inc., where he supported a variety of human capital research projects for Fortune 500 clients in various industries.

Robert graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University, where he studied Government and Theology. He currently resides in New York City.

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Julia Henry
Analyst

Julia Henry is an analyst with The Miles Group, providing support across the firm’s various practice areas. Prior to joining TMG, Julia worked as a paralegal within the litigation, real estate and bankruptcy departments at Kleinberg, Kaplan, Wolff & Cohen, P.C.

Julia graduated from Yale University with a bachelor’s degree in political science. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Distinctive Network

Part of what sets us apart is the company we keep. The Miles Group is part of Council Advisors, a partnership of boutique service businesses purpose-built to solve the unique challenges of the C-suite.

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