Our clients are dedicated to advancing human health and improving the lives of patients; we serve to support their success through our deep industry expertise and a relentless commitment to helping attract, engage, develop, and retain, exceptional people.
Kingfisher Talent reaches beyond traditional executive search to deliver a rich portfolio of highly customized services and programs including:
Attract; engage; develop; retain
[king-fish-er] /ˈkɪŋˌfɪʃ ər/
Kingfisher is a bird symbolizing the promise of abundance and prosperity. Dating back to Greek mythology, the kingfisher is also known as the Halcyon. The phrase “halcyon days” is used to refer to times of sustained, smooth-flowing, success.
Kingfisher Talent believes that successful companies have great people. Building leadership teams who work well together is of primary importance.
Recognizing the value of attracting, hiring, engaging, and developing, the right people will help position your organization to create abundance and prosperity.
The Kingfisher team helps you to develop sustained, smooth-flowing, success. These are your “Halcyon days”.
“Lucy is proactive, energetic on our behalf, and creative in her approach to get great results. Throughout the search process she consistently impressed me with her knowledge of the Life Sciences industry and her ability to serve as an effective communicator to our leadership team and the candidates she sourced for us”
Lucy Watson-Baker has worked at the forefront of executive search, recruiting, and talent acquisition, for over fifteen years. She is passionate about the art and science of attracting, engaging, developing, and retaining great talent.
Before founding Kingfisher Talent, Lucy was Partner with one of New England’s largest retained search firms where she co-founded the Life Sciences practice. She is dedicated to working with organizations whose mission is to improve patient care and drive positive health outcomes.
Lucy has conducted hundreds of successful executive searches from the C-suite through to one-of-a-kind, niche, individual contributor, roles. Her expertise includes recruiting top-tier passive candidates from high-demand, specialized pools of talent, and executing confidential leadership searches. She is regularly relied upon by client companies as subject matter expert to provide input on human capital challenges, and also as a sounding board for career advice.
Lucy is a Certified Human Capital Strategist. She is a member of the Human Capital Institute (HCI), the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association (HBA) and volunteers as a Mentor for the Boston Chapter group mentoring program.
She plays tennis for fun and aspires to be on the winning side of the net. With her native British accent, she has trained as a voice talent and enjoys doing voiceovers. She is based in Boston and balances city living with time on Cape Cod in historical Barnstable village.
“Susan is skilled at helping new leaders quickly come up to speed by enabling them to cut through the maze of new reporting relationships and priorities. Their engagement and productivity are a testament to her coaching abilities.”
Susan is an accomplished leader in career management and personal branding. She is passionate about partnering with individuals and working with teams to reach greater levels of satisfaction and success at work, helping executives to go from surviving to thriving in their careers.
Whether advancing in the current organization or embarking on a career transition, she helps leaders to establish their unique personal brand that is critical to achieving success.
Susan uses proven solution-focused strategies to help clients envision new possibilities and gain the perspective needed to create and commit to purposeful action. Her coaching and workshops are founded on the principles of Positive Psychology, a research-driven branch of social science that studies how the resilient, creative and fulfilling aspects of behavior can be learned and applied.
Before becoming a coach, she spent 20 years in business development and marketing in high technology and higher education where the seeds of her fascination with thriving work environments were sown.
Susan is a certified as a Positive Psychology Coach by Positive Acorn and is accredited by the International Coaching Federation (ICF) as an Associate Certified Coach (ACC). She is an executive mentor for the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association (HBA) and a frequent speaker on topics related to career success and satisfaction. She is a frequent blogger for the Huffington Post and has been quoted in the NY Times, Fast Company, and U.S. News and World Report among others.
Susan and her husband live in Dover, Massachusetts. She enjoys the outdoors and can often be found road cycling or hiking with friends and family.
Susan is the Principal at Positive Workplace Partners
“We engaged Carol to facilitate off-site executive sessions to help us develop new ways of thinking strategically about the 10-year vision for our company. Her enthusiasm was apparent at our first planning meeting and continued as she customized and facilitated the sessions. She led us through several exercises designed to expand our creative thinking toolbox. We finished by applying these concepts specifically to envision the company’s future. The outcomes were as promised. We have new ideas to propel our company forward plus a solid foundation of creative strategic thinking processes. We would recommend Carol without hesitation and look forward to working with her again.”
Carol Bergeron is a results oriented organization, leadership and professional development advisor, consultant, facilitator, and coach. She is passionate about helping people and organizations become extraordinarily successful in a world where change is fast and furious and increasingly more complex.
Clients value Carol’s fresh perspective. She is counted on for her ability to understand their unique needs and propensity for leveraging existing strengths. Her solutions are grounded in their strategic objectives and customized for maximizing organizational fit and commitment.
Carol partners with leadership teams on solutions that crystalize and re-energize strategic vision by boosting new ideas from the people who know the business best. Next, she’ll help you build a bridge from strategic vision to action. Then she’ll work with you to re-imagine the future workforce, build key capabilities in people, and benefit from key talent solutions such as succession planning & management.
Carol is a seasoned instructor and facilitator, having taught at Boston University’s Corporate Management Education Center and Bentley University.
She is an author and keynote speaker on the 7 phases of people succession based on her book People Succession: Lessons from Forward Thinking Executives in Middle-Market Companies (Talent Magnet Series™). The CEO Refresher, a publication for CEOs, recognized Carol with a “best of the year” award for “Are CEOs Looking at Their Organizations through Rose Colored Glasses?”; an article based on her Enterprise Performance Management Study. Click here to purchase her book on Amazon, or to purchase directly, email Carol@BergeronAssociates.com.
Carol is an energetic volunteer leader in the Boston community. She is currently president-elect of the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association (HBA) Boston Chapter 1000+ members strong; she served as HBA’s mentoring program director – a group mentoring program which serves 120+ people annually. She served as president of the Institute of Management Consultants New England, on membership & corporate development program committees with the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) Boston, and as Trustee for her condominium association.
In her downtime Carol enjoys bicycling, hiking and nurturing her creative side through watercolor painting and jewelry making.
Carol Bergeron is President of Bergeron Associates™.
Carol Nicholson brings a rich blend of business coaching and consulting expertise, enabling her to address leadership challenges and career planning to impact productivity. Her focus on strategic alignment with organizational culture, business dynamics, individual role performance and career aspiration is a valuable asset in the development of positive and achievable action plans. Carol is known for her ability to swiftly assess key issues and provide realistic options for change.
As a coach and talent development consultant Carol’s focus is in on leading through change, implementing strategic initiatives and ensuring business results. She coaches individuals in accelerating their transition to new levels of accountability and enhancing credibility for career advancement.
Carol draws on highly diversified experience in sales, training management, executive coaching and consulting, having worked for leading corporations in pharmaceutical, biotech, medical device and financial services. She has been recognized as an award winning performer in both specialty pharmaceutical sales and commercial biotech, where she advanced managing three product launches as Director of Training and Development for a global biotech company. Throughout her career, Carol has worked closely with senior leadership and collaborated cross functionally at all levels to support planning and execution of the business strategy.
Carol provides career management and talent development services to high-profile organizations. Carol’s certifications include: the MBTI®, Birkman Method®, FIRO-B®, IDI®, Hogan HPI, HDS and MVPI assessments.
Carol’s passion for Mentoring led her to create and implement a group mentoring program that has been adopted globally. She worked with the Healthcare Business Women’s Association to introduce the concept, and launched a pilot program for the Boston chapter in 2005 with just 4 groups and 24 participants. Today mentoring is a signature program for the Healthcare Business Women’s Association, and in 2016 there are over five hundred mentoring program participants across fourteen chapters in the US and Europe. She is a frequent guest speaker at regional professional organizations on the topics of networking, mentoring and career planning.
Carol enjoys the hectic pace of life with her ever-growing extended family and likes to get out cycling along the seacoast of New England.
Carol Nicholson is Principal at Nicholson Consulting
“The skills and communication style that Jackie Sonnabend has helped me develop are now propagating through my management team and to their direct reports. What a difference to the organization this experience has made. Change takes time and work; if you invest both and work with someone that is as gifted as Jackie, I have no doubt that you will reap the success of your labors.”
Jacqueline Sonnabend is an expert facilitator, trainer and executive coach. She is dedicated to the growth and development of individuals. She has deep experience with boards and conducting both profit and non-profit leadership team strategy sessions and retreats.
Jackie is an Engaging Facilitator. She is truly gifted in guiding people in powerful discussions that lead to synergistic results. She flawlessly blends the practical aspects of running a business with the human element of organizational behavior. She is committed to helping people and organizations be the best that they can be.
Jackie’s visionary approach was developed during her extensive career as an Executive at Sonesta International Hotels Corporation, where she was directly responsible for a division with revenues in excess of $60mm. She strongly believes that every top leader, needs to be concerned not only with the bottom line, but also with how to lead the organization into the future. She applies this future-driven approach to help leaders discover their core ideology, clarify their mission and create a unified vision of the future, to successfully lead their organization into that future.
As an Insightful Coach, Jackie believes that each leader has the capability to achieve great results. The answer is within them and often needs guidance to emerge. She helps executives communicate in a way that engages the hearts and minds of their teams to achieve stronger business results.
Jackie’s experience in the Life Sciences industry includes coaching top executives at Novartis, Partners HealthCare, and The Broad Institute. She earned her M.A. from Columbia University, and M.B.A. from New York University.
In addition to enjoying time with her family, Jackie has a love of horses and all things equestrian. She supports and volunteers with a charity devoted to providing equine-assisted therapy (EAT). It is one of the only New England organizations with EAT programs for children and adults on the autism spectrum. Their programs are also designed for those with physical, neurological, cognitive, emotional, and economic challenges.
Jacqueline Sonnabend is Synergist at Ignite
“I’d been on cross-functional task forces before that never got anywhere. The one that Merle facilitated was different. Everyone had a voice. We opened straightforward conversations with executives about issues that had festered for years. Together, we generated new approaches that helped the company manage R&D risks that no one had been able to get their arms around before.”
Merle’s work enables people in biopharma R&D to create together what they care about most – and to believe that they can.
She builds innovation capability for life science teams, boosting the ability of R&D groups to deliver new treatments to the patients that need them. She enables teams to uncover models of action that unintentionally get in their way, and opens their thinking to create better ways to tackle the toughest problems in the industry. A pioneer in the practical application of new discoveries in the cognitive and interpersonal mechanisms of innovation, Merle brings cross-disciplinary creativity into the everyday work of life science R&D.
As creator and facilitator of the Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development’s acclaimed course Leadership for Drug Development Teams, Merle has built the careers of a generation of high-performing biopharma leaders. As Principal of Kummer Consulting, she has delivered breakthrough R&D performance improvement for leading innovators including Biogen, Genentech, Astellas, Shire, and Alexion. Her risk-focused approach to decision-making enables companies to synthesize knowledge across scientific, regulatory, financial, and commercial domains to make sound strategic choices in the fast-changing world of life science.
A leading consultant on biopharmaceutical R&D productivity, Merle designs and manages learning programs for life science organizations who are facing complex, unprecedented challenges: new scientific discoveries, new markets, re-organizations, and mergers. She coaches executives for leadership development and consults to R&D groups on organizational effectiveness and decision-making.
Before starting Kummer Consulting in 1998, Merle spent 20 years in industry as a senior manager, internal consultant, and project leader in health care and technology. She created an internal consulting practice in new product development at Analog Devices, Inc., enabling semiconductor development teams to push beyond the limits of processing speed while creating a new way of partnering with customers. As Vice President of Planned Parenthood of Massachusetts, she managed the acquisition of a new business unit from strategic planning and financing to establishing a successful management team. As a Project Manager for Financial Planning and Reporting for Hewlett-Packard Medical Products, she helped senior executives use information effectively for decision-making when the division re-organized from a functional hierarchy to customer-focused business units.
Merle earned her MBA at Yale University and a BA magna cum laude from Wesleyan University. After recently becoming an empty-nester, she discovered a hidden talent for community organizing and has become an active volunteer team leader for the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization.
Merle Kummer is Principal at Kummer Consulting
“Karen is able to effectively balance an approachable style with an accountability protocol that has ensured successful executive coaching engagements. The results are evident in the performance of those with whom she has worked.”
Karen Carmody is an experienced coach, consultant, facilitator, and trainer. She specializes in helping clients navigate change and transition. Her passion is to empower individuals, teams, and organizations to unlock their full potential and achieve sustainable results. She helps clients identify inner blocks, remove obstacles, unleash untapped potential, and accelerate greater achievement. She believes trust, empathy, and humor are essential ingredients for every coaching engagement.
Karen’s primary focus is working with senior executives and high potential leaders who seek accelerated development for career advancement. She helps clients develop improved self-awareness, enhance their strengths, identify blind spots, and uncover derailing behaviors preventing career progression to the next level.
Karen has over 20 years of corporate experience including corporate coaching, organizational effectiveness, leadership development, and management consulting. Her diverse industry experience includes bio/pharma, healthcare, financial services, insurance, and professional services. She has experience coaching clients across various functions including Sales, Operations, Finance, IT, Human Resources, and Legal.
Karen earned an MBA from Northeastern University. She received her Certified Professional Coach (CPC), certification from the Institute of Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC). She is an ICF-Accredited Associate Certified Coach (ACC), EQ Certified Coach, and a Certified Somatic Coach (SISC). In addition, she earned several certifications in emotional intelligence and is certified in numerous individual, team, and organizational assessment tools.
She served on the Board of Directors of the International Coach Federation of New England as the Vice President, Education and Professional Development and on the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Workforce Development Committee. Karen is a coach for Babson College and an executive mentor for the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association Mentoring Program.
Karen lives in Boston. Her interests include yoga, sailing, and traveling.
Karen is President at Chrysalis Coaching & Consulting, LLC