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OUR TEAM : BIOS

Click on individual names below to learn more about our exceptional team.

Coaches/Consultants
Naomi Beard, Esq., President & CEO

Nina Pan, Esq., Managing Director & Senior Consultant
Leslie Hom, Senior Consultant & Director of Client Relations (San Francisco Bay Area)
Joey Silberfein, Esq., Senior Consultant & Director of Client Relations (Northeast Region)
Jessica Hedrick, Senior Consultant—East Coast, Chicago & Bay Area
Gina Hogue, Senior Consultant (Pacific Northwest Region)
Monica R. Parker, Esq., Senior Consultant and Director of Client Relations, Southeast Region and Washington D.C.

Support Staff
Marcie Braddock, Operations Director
Vanessa Yocom, Executive Assistant
Michael Fairfax, Word Processing Specialist


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Naomi Beard, Esq., President & CEO

22 W. Washington Street • Suite 1500 • Chicago, IL 60602
DIRECT: 312.241.1922 • EMAIL: naomi at naomibeardandassociates.com

Naomi is the President and CEO of Naomi Beard & Associates. For more than 10 years as a professional coach to attorneys and law firm executives, Naomi has drawn on her decade of experience as a practicing attorney to incorporate a deep understanding of law firm life in her work with clients.

Combining her first-hand perspective on the unique challenges of a career in law with an instinct for tapping into a client’s strengths and needs, Naomi is able to help professionals at all levels map a satisfying path to career success.

Executive Coaching & Career Transition Consulting
Naomi coaches lawyers and law firm executives in all aspects of personal growth:

  • leadership skills development
  • communication skills enhancement
  • stress and anxiety management

She is also a specialist in guiding individuals through career transitions (voluntary or involuntary) by employing methodologies designed to reveal a promising array of new career options, market challenges notwithstanding.

Law Firm Consultation
In collaboration with law firm leadership, Naomi provides consultation in many areas, including:

  • talent development initiatives
  • mentoring programs
  • performance reviews
  • training programs

She has particular expertise in the design, implementation and analysis of large-scale, multi-office law firm upward reviews, and in the development of talent development programs designed to address feedback derived from these reviews.

Education and Background
Naomi graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law, Order of the Coif, in 1997.  She earned her undergraduate degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, magna cum laude, in 1993.  She practiced law for nearly 10 years with the firms Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP (Los Angeles; Washington DC) and Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP (Washington, DC).

Naomi is a fully certified and credentialed coach, having earned the Certified Mentor Coach designation through MentorCoach, an International Coach Federation-accredited coach training program. She is qualified to administer and interpret a variety of standardized qualitative assessments, and is a frequent presenter at law firm and professional association events. She has been published in the New York Law Journal, and her contributions via electronic newsletter have been reprinted in a variety of online and print venues.

She is a member of the California, Virginia, and Washington, DC bars, as well as the American Bar Association, the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, and the International Coach Federation.

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Nina L. Pan, Esq., Managing Director

515 South Flower Street • 36th Floor • Los Angeles, CA 90071
DIRECT: 213.223.6203 • EMAIL: nina@naomibeardandassociates.com

Nina is the managing director of Naomi Beard & Associates.  Focusing on the professional development of attorneys and law firm professionals, Nina coaches her clients to proactively manage their careers.

Executive Coaching and Career Transition Consulting
Drawing upon nine years of law practice experience in both law firm and in-house settings, Nina collaborates with clients to improve their performance, develop their business and relationship-building skills, cultivate leadership abilities and manage work-life integration.

She also works with individuals to accomplish career transitions.  Through her coaching, she encourages clients to discover and pursue professional and personal opportunities that complement their strengths and align with their values.

Law Firm Consultation
In partnership with law firm leadership, Nina provides consultation on multi-office law firm upward reviews, as well as initiatives to improve business and relationship-building strategies at all seniority levels.

Education and Background
Before entering the coaching profession, Nina served as in-house employment counsel for Nestlé, USA, Inc. She previously practiced employment and labor law with Littler Mendelson, P.C. of Los Angeles, and Rosenfeld, Meyer & Susman, LLP of Beverly Hills.

Nina received her J.D. from The George Washington University Law School and her B.A. in political science, magna cum laude, from The University of California, Los Angeles.  She is a Certified Mentor Coach through MentorCoach, LLC, an International Coach Federation-accredited coach training program.

She is a member of the California Bar, the International Coach Federation and the American Counseling Association.

Nina resides in Southern California with her husband and two children.

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Leslie Hom, Senior Consultant & Director of Client Relations

Four Embarcadero Center • 14th Floor • San Francisco, CA 94111
DIRECT: 415.548.2100 • EMAIL: leslie@naomibeardandassociates.com

Leslie is a senior consultant with Naomi Beard & Associates.  For more than seven years, Leslie has counseled senior law firm leaders and associates on career strategies designed to achieve meaningful and sustainable career success.

Executive Coaching and Career Transition Consulting
Leslie provides executive coaching to clients, specializing in crucial career strategy issues such as:

  • business development
  • relationship building
  • leadership development
  • team effectiveness

She’s also a career transition specialist,  employing a proven system for a highly tailored and effective job search.  Central to her approach in developing a career path strategy is the belief that a client’s personality, strengths and values are overarching considerations in securing a perfect job match.

Education and Background
Leslie began her legal career as a litigator in the Attorney General’s Office for the State of Washington before moving into career management coaching in the legal sector.

She received her coaching training from The Coaches Training Institute, the leading graduate program in the professional coaching industry.  In addition, she is certified in the Leadership Circle Profile Assessment, a program that measures an array of executive competencies regarded as essential to leadership development.

Leslie earned her J. D. from the University of San Diego School of Law.  She also holds an LL.M. in environmental law and natural resources from Lewis & Clark Law School, and a B.A. degree in international relations from the University of California, Davis.

Her professional affiliations include the International Coach Federation, and the California and Washington State Bar Associations.  Leslie lives in San Francisco with her husband and daughter, and enjoys kayaking and paddling around the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Joey Silberfein, Esq., Senior Consultant & Director of Client Relations

Helmsley Building • 230 Park Avenue, Suite 1000 • New York, NY 10169
DIRECT: 917.551.5305 • EMAIL: joey@naomibeardandassociates.com

Joey Silberfein, Senior Consultant & Director of Client Relations, has been in the legal profession for more than 15 years, including 13 years at large New York City law firms.

She launched her career at Proskauer Rose LLP, where she was a practicing attorney for five years, ultimately serving as the Legal Director of the Litigation Department. Her responsibilities also included leading initiatives for Proskauer associates in professional development, recruitment, diversity and associate affairs.

Joey’s entire legal career has been steeped in counseling and coaching attorneys in all aspects of career success. A salute to her career-guidance expertise was her appointment as chair of the New York State Bar Association’s (NYSBA) Work/Life Balance Subcommittee as part of the organization’s Task Force on the Future of the Legal Profession.

She has served on numerous other NYSBA committees, as well.

Executive Coaching and Career Transition Consulting
Working with NB&A clients, Joey specializes in career strategy issues including:

  • career development and advancement counseling
  • career options beyond the legal field
  • résumé and interview preparation
  • personal and professional goal assessments
  • people management skills

Also a job-search specialist, Joey served as a moderator and panelist for the New York City Bar Association program, “The Effective Job Search.” In addition, she is an expert in counseling professional women devoted to both career and family.

Education and Background
A pivotal juncture in Joey’s emphasis on career counseling to attorneys was her appointment as Career Guidance Manager with Ropes & Gray LLP, where she provided coaching and guidance to the firm’s associates, including personalized career development and advancement counseling.

She also created and implemented attorney development and CLE training programs for the litigation and bankruptcy departments of Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton and Garrison LLP in her role as Professional Development Manager.

Joey earned her J. D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and an undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Michigan.

Besides membership in bar associations for both the state of New York and New York City, her professional affiliations have included:

  • Second Shift, an association for professional women who are also rearing children
  • Flex-Time Lawyers, a national consulting firm providing advisory, training and speaking services on a wide range of career issues for law firms and other legal entities
  • Professional Development Consortium, a professional association for individuals responsible for developing and administering training and continuing professional development for lawyers

Joey lives in Westchester County, New York, with her husband, Scott, three daughters, and the family dog. Her personal interests are spending time with her family and volunteering in her community.

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Jessica Hedrick, Senior Consultant

Jessica Hedrick

22 West Washington Street, Suite 1500 • Chicago, IL 60602
DIRECT: 646.681.3535 • EMAIL: jessica@naomibeardandassociates.com

Jessica Hedrick has been counseling attorneys and law students since 2008. Prior to joining NB&A, she served as Associate Director of Career Planning at New York Law School. She specializes in identifying each clients’ unique strengths, and developing expert marketing and interviewing skills that build strategically upon them. Jessica is actively involved in current issues in attorney career development, coordinating networking events with the New York County Lawyers’ Association and serving as a panelist at the New York City Bar. She began her coaching career at a small legal outplacement firm, counseling associates in transition to determine their goals, identify resources, and create strategic plans for individual success.

Jessica’s background includes a parallel career writing for stage and screen. Her contributions to independent film and theater have been recognized at Sundance, Cannes, and the New York International Fringe Festival. She holds a BA from Earlham College and completed a two-year acting training program at Meisner Studios in New York City.

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Gina Hogue, Senior Consultant

2844 SW Periander Street, Portland, OR 97201
MOBILE:  503.713.3298 • EMAIL: gina@naomibeardandassociates.com

Gina is a senior consultant with Naomi Beard & Associates. After working for over two years in London, UK, she recently relocated to Portland, Oregon.  She draws on more than a decade of experience as a practicing attorney with national law firms in Washington, D.C., San Francisco and New York.

Executive Coaching and Career Transition Consulting
Gina coaches individual lawyers in all aspects of their personal and professional growth, with a particular focus on helping them achieve clarity in their goals, inspiring them to take positive steps forward, improve performance and accelerate their careers. She also coaches managers, empowering them to get the best from their teams.

Gina works with individuals to accomplish career transitions. Through her coaching, she encourages clients to discover and pursue professional opportunities that compliment their strengths and align with their interests and values.

Law Firm Consultation
Gina provides consultation on multi-office law firm upward reviews, and assists in designing and implementing talent development programs for law firms based on feedback derived from these reviews.

Gina is passionate about helping women lawyers develop and optimize leadership and management skills, and helping law firms increase the female talent pipeline. To help increase retention of female talent, she provides coaching to women lawyers before, during, and after maternity leave, as well as bespoke workshops and coaching programs to women in transition and their managers.

Education and Background
Gina graduated from the George Washington University Law School in 1999. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia in 1996. She practiced for nearly twelve years with the law firms Porter, Wright, Morris & Arthur LLP (Washington, D.C.), Gordon & Rees LLP (San Francisco), and Kaufman Borgeest & Ryan LLP (New York), where her focus was on insurance coverage and employment law.

Gina received her coaching training from The Coaches Training Institute (CTI), the oldest and largest in-school coach training program in the world. She is also a member of the California Bar.

She lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and two children.

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Monica R. Parker, Esq., Senior Consultant and Director of Client Relations

The Pinnacle Building
3455 Peachtree Road North East, 5th Floor, Atlanta, GA 30326
International Square, 1875 I Street, NW, 5th Floor, Washington, DC 20006
DIRECT: 404.382.8299 • EMAIL: monica@naomibeardandassociates.com

Monica is a Senior Consultant and Director of Client Relations with Naomi Beard & Associates. Drawing on 15 years of experience working with law firms, corporations, non-profits, educational institutions and government agencies in the U.S. and overseas, she helps law firms transform by focusing on their people in all aspects of career success.

Executive Coaching & Career Transition Consulting
As an executive coach to attorneys and law firm leadership, Monica specializes in:

  • work-life integration
  • communication and team building
  • leadership
  • career development and career transition (including alternative careers)

Law Firm Consultation
In collaboration with firm leadership, Monica provides consulting, training and facilitation services in many areas, including:

  • organizational transformation and organizational culture
  • employee engagement
  • upward reviews
  • diversity and inclusion (including generational differences)
  • talent development and professional development
  • team dynamics

Education and Background
Monica earned her J.D. from Harvard Law School and her B.A., cum laude, from Harvard College. She served as a Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School teaching communication and negotiation to law students, and was also a member of the teaching team for the Harvard Negotiation Institute.

After practicing law for four years with Alston & Bird LLP and Mazursky & Dunaway LLP (now known as Mazursky Constantine LLC), she received coach training from CTI and ran a career coaching boutique for six years working with lawyers and law firms. She wrote two books, including What It Takes: How Women of Color Can Thrive Within the Practice of Law (American Bar Association, sponsored by the Center for Racial and Ethnic Diversity). She presented at the Atlanta and Georgia Bar Associations and participated in panels at numerous events, including Harvard Law Celebration 55: The Women’s Leadership Summit; Harvard Law Celebration of Black Alumni; the National Association of Women Lawyers Annual Meeting; and Corporate Counsel Women of Color Career Strategies Conference.  She has also been featured in the Wall Street Journal Legal Blog and quoted as an expert in Pink Magazine and Essence Magazine.

Prior to joining NB&A, Monica was the Manager of Professional Development and Recruitment at FordHarrison LLP focusing on the development, advancement and recruitment of associates. She sat on the firm’s Diversity Executive Council and served as a member of the 2014 NALP PDI Planning Committee.

Monica lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband, Faron A. Hill. After college she worked for Spike Lee reading screenplays. She loves chocolate and mystery novels.

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Marcie Braddock, Operations Director

Marcie is operations director of Naomi Beard & Associates.  In addition to ensuring an efficient day-to-day operation of all aspects of the business for our clients and our team, she contributes to the development and implementation of organizational strategies, policies and practices.

Background and Education
Marcie holds a B.S. degree in business management from Pepperdine’s Graziadio School of Business and Management.  She has more than 15 years’ experience in business management, including 11 years of oversight for the daily operations of a multimillion dollar company.  Her work history also includes project management in human resources, finance, accounting and customer service.

Marcie is also a certified coach. She earned her certification in the MentorCoach Foundations program, which meets professional standards established by the International Coach Federation (ICF) for coach training.

She lives in suburban Los Angeles with her husband/high school sweetheart and their two sons, who keep her on her toes.

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Vanessa YocomVanessa Yocom, Executive Assistant 

As executive assistant to both the president & CEO and director of operations, Vanessa manages administrative matters ranging from budget management, travel and calendar coordination to accounts payable/receivable and meeting arrangements.  She also serves as liaison with vendors and consultants, and is our crackerjack editor and proofreader for an ongoing plethora of key documents.

Background
Before joining Naomi Beard & Associates, Vanessa was the office manager of a fast-paced, growing family business with oversight of daily operations including finance, database management, marketing and operational projects, inventory systems and customer service/customer retention programs.

With more than 10 years’ administrative experience, Vanessa is a highly organized, detail-oriented manager able to multi-task in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment to help achieve our organizational goals.

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Michael Fairfax, Document Specialist

As document specialist for Naomi Beard & Associates, Michael is responsible
for preparing and maintaining files, correspondence, program materials and reports.
He is also an invaluable asset in providing planning and support for client
engagements, conferences, symposia, and workshops.

Background and Experience
Michael has more than 20 years’ experience in the legal field, beginning as a legal clerk and court reporter during military service.  He transitioned to civilian life as a legal secretary, word processor and case assistant in the Los Angeles office of Greenberg Traurig, an international law firm of some 1,800 attorneys.

Michael is vastly experienced in all areas of administrative support for lawyers and law firms, and is proficient in a wide array of legal-related software and all Microsoft Office programs.

An avid football fan, Michael lives in suburban Los Angeles with his wife and son.

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