The Ashland Institute 2019 Board of Directors 


Laurie Shiparski
, Facilitator, Colorado, US

Laurie Shiparski has dedicated her life to bringing hope and healing into the world to help people move through change. Laurie's’ leadership experiences span over 38 years in health care including; critical care RN, hospital management, and entrepreneur in public and private companies. She is currently a principal at Edgework Institute, a leadership and healthcare consulting company where she is a catalyst for personal and organizational change. She implements innovations in leadership & business development, finances, hospital operations and clinical quality.

Laurie is an international speaker, author of 5 books, and many articles. She has a blog: "Edgework: Navigating Challenging, Edgy Experiences in Life.”  She is also an artist who creates hope and healing pieces and teaches intuitive art experiences.  As a faculty member of "Coming Into Your Own", she leads women's leadership retreats in Denver, CO where she lives. Many have benefited from her leadership and healing presence.


Cécile Masson, Author and Poet, Coach & Facilitator, Europe


Cécile is the author of the epistolary novel Rose, letters of love to life, that invites the reader to ponder on spiritual practices, the presence of human kind in nature and to slow down to reclaim the sense of our sensing.

An independent consultant since two decades, she dedicated her energy to bringing harmony and mutual understanding to strengthen cooperation and co-creation. She supports leaders and their team to unfold their potential through dialogue and to being more connected to themselves. She invites them to dare including the intelligence of the heart in all conversations.

Cécile is a polyglot, an mBIT trainer, a new emerging field that weaves neuroscience with old wisdom traditions, and holds a BAH in English Literature and Communication.
In the last years, she held a learn- and sharing circle for female government executives across political parties in The Netherlands and has the great pleasure to be working with Pluribus Europe as a Senior Associate. As a faculty member and mentor of "Coming Into Your Own", she holds women's leadership retreats in the local language in several European Countries.
Cécile Masson was born in Zürich, Switzerland and settled in The Netherlands after having lived and worked in various European countries.

She is a mother of two grown-up children and gets inspiration from nature and the Arts.


Nicola Shearer, Coach & Facilitator, Singapore


Nicola is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) who supports individuals and groups to transform themselves, their teams and their businesses through coaching and leadership development. Past and current clients include FTSE100 companies, Public Sector Leaders and Social Entrepreneurs. Nicola’s global coaching and facilitation work is based on over 20 years commercial and organizational development experience living and working in UK, China, Taiwan, South Africa and Sierra Leone. This includes 10 years as a commercial executive in the Energy Sector.

Nicola has been trained by the Coaches Training Institute in Co-Active Coaching and is a member of the International Coach Federation and The Association for Coaching UK and abides by the ICF Code of Ethics. She also holds a Masters degree in Engineering from Oxford University, an MBA from Durham Business School, is accredited in Myers Briggs and FIRO-B.

Life purpose – “I am a fiercely passionate woman, who gently holds your truth and calls forth brilliance”


Elizabeth Davis, Facilitator, Vermont, US

Elizabeth Davis is a 16-year veteran and now retiree of the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector arm of the World Bank Group (WBG). She led broad organizational change initiatives with courage and motivational leadership, and in her last three years managed the WBG/IFC’s two premier leadership development programs to create diverse and committed leaders in mid-level, senior and nonmanagerial ranks of the organization. Liz is inspired by and seeks to support women in their search for a meaningful life. CIYO has been the anchor in her own transformational journey since 2009. For balance and joy, Liz finds refuge in central VT where she and her husband steward a piece of land and connect with the seasons, enjoying sauna, gardening, and baking bread.


Stéphanie Leonard, Coach & Facilitator, France

After having had a rich and busy career of 18 years in the sector of recruitment, Stéphanie founded Aimotion. As a certified coach, trainer & facilitator, she offers a full range of services for men and women in diversity, inclusion & leadership.   Her effective and alternative approaches based on systemic coaching using collective intelligence processes and dialogues, allow her clients to revitalize their professional life in tune with their personal values. Stéphanie also works together with Pluribus Europe as a diversity and inclusion facilitator assisting clients to create a culture of inclusion. Her passion is to help women and men to model their professional activities as a source of well-being. Stéphanie is 48, married to Gilles and is based in Paris. Together they have a 16-year-old daughter, Margaux.


Founding Board Members


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Barbara Cecil Peri Chickering Glennifer Gillespie
Coach & Facilitator Coach & Facilitator Organizational Development
Oregon Hancock, New Hampshire Oregon/South Africa

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Dorian Baroni Beth Jandernoa Isabelle Pujol
Coach & Facilitator Organizational Consultant Coach & Facilitator  
Arizona/Europe Oregon/South Africa Brussels, Belgium
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Michael Cecil Andrew Shier Anne Dosher
Energy Practitioner Energy Practitioner Elder
Canada Hancock, New Hampshire California