Nan CRAWFORD is an Expert in How to Increase Your Influence.

Nan Crawford, Executive Speaking Coach, San Francisco Bay Area

Nan Crawford & her highly skilled team of coaches specialize in coaching visionary leaders to deliver high-stakes presentations, high-impact conversations and high-octane results. They helps clients leverage their strength and creativity so they inspire their audience to take meaningful action.

Nan has coached clients to write and deliver powerful presentations for boards of directors, major industry conferences, funding pitches that have raised millions of dollars, TED, The Clinton Global Initiative, The State Department, The White House and The Colbert Report.

She has helped clients gain C-Level and SVP level promotions, as well as set the vision and communication strategy for launching new ventures. 

In addition to a long client list of businesses and individuals, Nan has worked on issues of economic, environmental and social justice with The Bridgespan Group, Institute of Noetic Sciences, Rudolf Steiner Foundation, World Pulse, and V-DAY. She is a member of the Global Advisory Board for WorldPulse: a digital platform for women leaders and social justice.

As a keynote presenter, Nan has shared the stage with Peter Block, Lisa Ling, Dan Pink, Robert Reich, Anna Deveare Smith, Bill Strickland, Marci Shimoff, and Ben Zander.

In her role as the Main-Stage Director for The Bioneers conference on sustainability, Nan coached luminaries such as: Janine Benyus, Majora Carter, Eve Ensler, Gloria Feldt, Van Jones, Michael Pollan, Kavita Ramdas, Lynne Twist, and Dr. Andrew Weil. 

Nan is a pioneer in using theatre as a lens for leadership. She was the founder and Artistic Director of Pacific Playback Theatre in San Francisco, and one of the founding members of the Applied Improvisation Network. 

Nan has served as a Guest Lecturer in Executive Education programs at Columbia University, Duke University, Harvard, and UC-Berkeley. She is a cum laude graduate with a BFA in Theatre from the University of Texas and holds an MA in Organization Development from California Institute of Integral Studies.

Her dynamic, theatre-based approach has appeared in Fast Company, Inc. Magazine, and The New York Times called her work "inspirational."


meet the team

Adam Venker


Adam Venker has nearly three decades of experience coaching and educating executives, artists and athletes.

Adam has helped countless individuals in formulating goals, facing limitations and overcoming obstacles to achieve success. As a coach and certified movement analyst, Adam is uniquely skilled at helping clients stand in their strength, expand their natural expressiveness, and communicate with conviction.

Adam leverages his unique background in communication, philosophy and theatre to help leaders take themselves and their teams to the next level.

Adam holds a BA in English from the University of Colorado and a MA in Philosophy and Religion from the California Institute of Integral Studies. In addition to his decades of coaching, Adam has worked professionally as an actor, dancer, improviser and clown, taught at Berkeley Repertory’s School of Theatre, and served as the Director of Performance Training for Pacific Playback Theatre.

Adam clients include: Cisco, Del Monte, NPR, Netflix, The Thacher School, Rocketship Education, & Rosetta Net.

Bruce Cryer


Bruce Cryer has spent the past thirty years researching and teaching innovative approaches to maximizing health and human performance.

From 2000-2011, Bruce was President and CEO of HeartMath LLC. He was the key architect of programs that incorporate HeartMath’s innovative biomedical research into practical tools and strategies to enhance health, performance, creativity, innovation, and productivity for both the individual and the organization.

Prior to that, Bruce spent seven years as Vice President of Marketing for Biogenics. There he directed corporate communications, all sales and marketing plans, distribution networks, and public relations. He has consulted for several start up companies with a focus on developing successful sales and marketing launch campaigns. 

He brings his extraordinary experience to his current role as Executive Coach and Strategic Consultant. Bruce has trained and coached executives and leaders of Fortune 500 companies, military, government, and educational organizations. 

Bruce's clients include: Agilent, Cisco, Dropbox, Duke University Health Systems, Mayo Clinic, & NASA.

Byron Darden


Byron Darden is a keynote speaker, actor, and a senior consultant with a focus on leadership development and change management.

He has designed and led training programs globally for over a decade. Byron has a unique approach to executive coaching that is based on his experience as a championship level athlete and Olympic coach in the world of figure skating. In addition to his corporate clients, he has coached principals, teachers, and administrators in nationally recognized public school districts.

Byron's education and credentials include: Double Master Rated Coach, Professional Skaters Association (PSA); Certified Change Management Practitioner, Prosci; Mass Communications, Emerson College; & Essential Facilitation Certification, Interaction Associates.

Byron's clients include: American Express, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Booz Allen Hamilton, Capital One, & General Electric.

Edwardyne Cowan


Edwardyne Cowan brings a unique combination of positive energy, sensitivity, and rigor to her coaching work to help clients build strong emotional connections with their audiences and respond in the moment to the unexpected.

Edwardyne coaches clients to find their authentic leadership presence by enhancing their communication behaviors through increased self-awareness, strategic and conscious decision making, practice, and positive reinforcement. An accomplished performer, she is also a member of Actors’ Equity Association, SAG-AFTRA, ASTD, and IMATA.

Edwardnye has led successful trainings for clients in many industries, particularly in financial services, packaging, and consumer goods.

Edwardnye's clients include: American Express, Citigroup, Exxon Mobile, Johnson & Johnson, Thomson Reuters, & Time Warner.

Greta Cowan


Since 1999 Greta has been coaching clients on The Four P's: connect with passion, lead with principles, find clarity of purpose, and leverage your full, authentic leadership presence. She helps leaders and teams make their vision of the future tangible and possible. 

A certified leadership coach, Greta has worked nationwide and abroad with executives from both corporate and non-profit sectors. She brings a dynamic blend of humor, compassion, honesty, and rigor to her approach to coaching; helping leaders become more inspired and inspirational.  

Greta has taught and lectured at Harvard Business School, Harvard University Executive Education, Darden Business School, and Columbia Business School under the auspices of the Executive Education and Executive MBA departments, and the Institute for Not-for-Profit Management. 

Greta's clients include: American Express, Capital One, National Cancer Institute, Novartis, & The American Red Cross.

Rachel Rodriguez


Rachel Rodriguez has deep expertise in helping clients convey Leadership Presence and skillfully navigate Interpersonal Communication — whether in High-Stakes Presentations, Managing Difficult Conversations, EQ, Influencing, Managing Performance, Workplace Inclusion and Diversity.

Rachel has enjoyed in-depth experiences working with sales leaders, engineers, rising millennial leaders and seasoned executives. Her passion for collaboration and the latest findings in neuroscience informs her work in individual and team effectiveness.

Rachel has a Bachelor’s degree in Communication from UC Berkeley and a Masters in Organization Development from American University.

Rachel's clients include: Adobe, eBay, Google, LinkedIn, Salesforce, & Standford's Graduate School of Business.