Corporate leadership

Tracey L. Cantarutti, PhD, MIM

President and Founder of TLC Leadership Options
“Leadership requires so much more than being great at ‘doing the work’. Becoming the best lawyer or one of the most knowledgeable engineers may be what initially captures management’s attention to consider someone for a leadership role. Becoming a great leader, however, requires long-term vision, strategic thinking, and the ability to understand the subtle interplay between emotions and actions.”

Tracey began her career at Motorola in product marketing before moving to Ernst & Young in strategy and marketing consulting. Returning to the corporate world several years later in business development strategy and global marketing roles, Tracey found helping team members grow, reach career goals, and realize their full potential as leaders was the work she found most rewarding.

“In much of my corporate work, I helped senior executives to see things differently, whether through strategic thinking or the cultural/ social awareness I used to present alternative views of a situation or business decision.”

After completing her PhD in Organizational Development, Tracey began her second career with the founding of TLC Leadership Options in 2005. As an executive coach and leadership development consultant, she has coached senior executives all over the world in a variety of industries including health care, packaging, high technology, chemicals and financial services.

“Using an emotional intelligence framework, I work with individuals and teams to help them become more self-aware as well as to build effective relationships. This, in turn, creates more options for success. I am results-oriented and passionate about my work, and have a track record of motivating individuals and project teams to succeed.”

Tracey Cantarutti, the founder of TLC Leadership Options, Inc. is an executive coach, leadership development consultant and board director with over 25 years of global business and team leadership experience. Tracey works with executives from Fortune 100 companies, mid-sized companies and organizations, and entrepreneurs. She provides consultation and services that enhance organizational performance by optimizing the effectiveness of human capital, whether the senior leadership team or directors and managers. Through team effectiveness work, coaching and leadership development initiatives or change strategy programs, Tracey and her consultants have the tools and experience to help your organization thrive.

As a former corporate executive at Motorola, Tracey understands the issues leaders face and makes recommendations based on practical knowledge and experience. She is skilled at group facilitation and consensus building in global organizations and she is a frequent presenter on topics related to leadership and development, emotional intelligence, and the challenges women face in organizations. She is a certified Hogan LEAD assessor, qualified to use the MBTI and MBTI Type II and certified to deliver the EQi2.0 assessment. She is experienced with numerous other assessments including the LSI, DiSC, the Birkman, Thomas-Kilman and Denison instruments.

Tracey holds a Ph.D. in Organization Development from Benedictine University, a Master of International Management from The Thunderbird School of Global Management, and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Economics from the University of Illinois. She is currently a Business Management professor at the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management. Tracey sits on the Advisory Board of the Center for Values Driven Leadership at Benedictine University, the Board of Directors of a private company and the Foundation Board of a not-for-profit organization.

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Stephen Kohler, Audira’s intuitive founder and CEO isn’t your ordinary executive coach or strategic thinker. He is a University of Chicago MBA-trained executive with P&L experience who led global marketing and strategy departments for several blue chip and industry-leading brands such as Weber, Kraft, and Shure. Seeking to focus his career more on the people side of business, where the true power of every organization resides, Stephen founded Audira to help people find clarity, direction and purpose in their work.
On top of an accomplished business background and an immense network of functional and industry professionals, Kohler holds a BA in philosophy from Northwestern and is a passionate musician. The common thread here, which is woven into the fabric of Audira, is a desire to see people work authentically and in concert to achieve a meaningful goal. Stephen knows what magic can happen when people are all listening to each other and contributing.

25 Years of Experience

  • Executive-Level, Global P&L Team
  • Management: Americas, EMEA, APAC
  • Industries: Consumer Durables, Consumer
  • Packaged Goods, Technology (B2B & B2C)
  • Companies/Brands: Weber-Stephen Products (Weber grills), Kraft Foods, Shure Inc. (microphones & consumer electronics), Digital Innovations (startup consumer electronics)
  • Functional Expertise
    –  General Management
    –  Brand & Product Management
    –  Strategic Planning
    –  Leadership Development
  • Private Company Leadership

On the Wall

  • MBA, University of Chicago, Booth School of Business
  •  BA (Philosophy), Northwestern University
  • Coaches Training Institute CPCC® Certification (Anticipated, Dec 2018)
  • Certified, Balanced Scorecard Professional (Strategic Planning) – Balanced Scorecard Institute
  • Certified, Leadership Effectiveness Analysis – Management Research Group
  • 3 Patents

From the Heart

  • Eagle Scout
  • 1st Degree Black Belt
  • Youth Mentor
  • PADI Certified Scuba Diver
  • Musician, Songwriter & Performer
  •  BBQ Pit Master
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