Gavan Ambrosini


Gavan Ambrosini PCC, GCDF, CDFI

Gavan is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) with the International Coaching Federation (ICF).  With over a decade of experience coaching 1000+ professionals in career development & leadership, she is an experienced advocate, skilled at evoking the best out of her clients. Her gift is her swift ability to recognize excellence in others and help translate that into opportunities for personal mastery.  She thrives on recognizing individual unique talents and finding engaging and creative ways to showcase them. As your coach, Gavan will help you assess your current situation and assist you in reframing difficult or challenging situations to find optimal solutions. Common themes experienced in the executive space are change management, effective communication, conflict resolution, increasing emotional intelligence, influencing others, time management, managing priorities, setting boundaries, succession planning and work/life balance.  She will help you define what is most important to you, and hold you accountable to get the absolute best out of you, your direct reports, your day and your career.  As your champion, she will help you achieve optimal performance individual to you. Her best clients are ones that operate out of a growth mindset, ready increase what is, to what is possible.

As a partner with the U.C. Davis Graduate School of Management Career Development team, Gavan works with executive MBA’s to rebrand themselves and discover their unique value.  She regularly coaches on how to be powerful communicators, advocates, consultants, and negotiators. She is a skilled facilitator, presenter, and writer with a passion for empowering others to find and be the best version of themselves. Key areas include finding & developing your vision and action plan for success; Communicating with purpose & power; Building teams on trust & transparency and Effective strategies for moving from a Command & Control Organization into a Learning Organization. She has her B.A. in Psychology from San Francisco State University and is currently pursuing her Masters in Organizational Learning & Effectiveness from the University of the Pacific in Sacramento, CA.
Education & Certifications

Professional Certified Coach (PCC), International Coaching Federation
M.A. Ed  Organizational Learning & Effectiveness University of the Pacific (2018)

B.A.  Psychology, San Francisco State University

Additional Certification & Training

Certified Career Development Facilitator Instructor (CDFI)

Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF)

Association of Talent Development Train the Trainer (ATD)

Certified Mediator- King County Dispute Resolution Center

Specialties: Group Coaching, StrengthsFinder 2.0, Sytems & Design Thinking, Succession Planning, Conflict Resolution & Managing EQ


Coaching Specializations
  • Career Management Coaching
  • Succession Planning
  • Strength’s Based Leadership
  • Organizational Learning & Effectiveness
  • Behavioral Coaching

  • Change Management
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Design Thinking & Process Improvement
  • Developing High-Performance Teams
  • Effective Communication
  • Engaging & mobilizing employees
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Executive Coaching
  • Leadership Development
  • Learning Organizations
  • Organizational Development
  • Perceptual Coaching
  • Performance Improvement
  • Personal Branding & Development
  • Powerful Communication
  • Negotiations
  • Setting Boundaries & Priorities
  • Servant Leadership
  • Strategic Planning
  • Succession Planning
  • Talent acquisition, on-boarding, & retention
  • Time Management
  • Vision Planning

“I have been working with Gavan for over a year and am currently a client.  Prior to working with Gavan, I was in a state of entrepreneurial distress.  Within a matter of five years I had outgrown my humble beginnings in a single office with a small staff and was now responsible for 5 offices and over a hundred employees.  Gavan helped me look inward and presented many resources to gain clarity in defining my priorities, vision and to set goals.  I was able to view the challenges my company was facing from a different perspective and gain insight into better problem-solving.  I was able to find space to reimagine what was possible for my company and focus on strategic planning.  Gavan has excellent recruiting skills and was able to help me sift through hundreds of applicants and identify an executive leadership position which has transformed our operations.

Gavan is very skilled at helping to set realistic goals and making sure you are held accountable for them.  She is a great listener and was able to skillfully navigate conversations and meetings to gain as much data as possible to formulate game plans.  Gavan’s superpower is making you realize that no matter what type of situation or business you are in there are solutions to your issues.  If you want a coach who genuinely cares about your success and will work with tenacity until it is achieved look no further.”

Paul Labbe DDS

“Simply said, Gavan is an amazing coach and person. She is patient, warm, compassionate and light-hearted. She gives me a sense of immediate ease that she is right there with me and that she is on my side supporting me in a non-judgmental way. While she has challenged me to reach my higher good professionally, she is smooth and tactful in her approach. It is primarily challenging negative self-beliefs, limitations or when it is difficult to see through the clouds. She is a wonderful listener and is excellent at reflecting back what has been said so I feel a sense of being heard and validated. This has also had the power to shift my perspective. She has been a mentor, a coach and a true authentic partner since I met her four years ago. I have watched her grow and flourish, which has encouraged me to do the same. As a leader who steps forward with such courage and poise, I have been inspired to follow in her footsteps but in my own way with my own plan, which she has helped me to clarify and come to terms with. As a coach, she has helped me to discover and “own” my career choices and direction as opposed to what I think I “should” be doing often based on fear. As a result, I have found the courage to open my own business, which is a dream come true. I will always be and continue to be grateful for Gavan’s guidance as a coach. She is a gem!”

Charmaign Lomastro, M.A., GCDF

Career Coach | Professional Resume Writer

“Gavan has a warmth in her listening style and asks questions that unlock what is already known but may not be fully understood. Her genuine interest and intent for others’ well-being is undeniable. She listened to me on days when I felt burdened and disempowered by stress and helped me flip my perspective, gain a deeper understanding of how I was limiting myself and showed so much caring for my potential. I received a generous gift from her, to be heard fully, without expectation. I will always be grateful.”  Sara Mentze, Director

Workshops & Assessment Rates
Workshops:  (between 5-25 people)   on-site only    two hours:  $1,400.00       half day: $1,800.00         full day: $2,500.00
  1. Creating a High-Performance Culture for Managers and Leaders
  2. Performance & Behavioral Coaching
  3. Leadership Dashboard
  4. Branding and pitching your organization.
  5. Talent Attraction & Retention–How to develop an effective applicant tracking system
  6. Coaching 101–How to develop a coach approach culture
  7. StrengthsFinder 101
  8. Playing Big-Powerful Communication Skills for Women Who Mean Business

Assessments :  Please contact us for rate information

EQP     Emotional Quotient reflects a person’s ability to empathize with others: identify, evaluate, control and express emotions one’s own emotions; perceive and assess others’ emotions; use emotions to facilitate thinking, and understand emotional meanings. This emotional intelligence assessment will evaluate several aspects of your emotional intelligence and will suggest ways to improve it.

Strengthfinders      StrengthsFinder is based on the idea that everyone has natural talents that can be developed into Strengths. The findings show that everyone has some combination of a list of only 34 basic strengths. The assessment provides a Strengths-Based Leadership Report that reveals the test-taker’s top five areas of strength. Results include information about how test-takers can capitalize on those strengths and improve areas of weakness

360 Degree Feedback       The 360 Degree Feedback solicits feedback regarding an employee’s behavior from a variety of points of view (subordinate, lateral, and supervisory). Organizations have most commonly utilized 360-degree feedback for developmental purposes, providing it to employees to assist them in developing work skills and behaviors. However, organizations are increasingly using 360-degree feedback in performance evaluations and employment decisions.

Values Assessment    The Values Assessment helps you identify your “Why”.  When you are clear about what your values are, it is easy to understand your drivers and motivations for doing things.  You can actively build your decisions, actions, and vision for a better you, a better career or life around them.  Through a facilitated process, you will discover knowing your values can act as your compass to help give direction to what, how and why you do what you do every day.

Career & Life Wheel     Commonly used by professional life & career coaches, it helps you consider each area of your life or work and assess where you are at.  It helps you identify where you would like to give priority and areas that need more attention. The Wheel is a powerful tool to give you a vivid visual representation of the way your life or work is currently, compared to what you’d ideally like it to be.  Our professionally certified coaches can help you identify gaps in the wheel, and map out action plans to get you where you want or need to be.


Individual & Group Rates

Individual Sessions.  One-hour sessions.  On average, 6-8 sessions total.  Coaching is weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly depending on the goals & objectives of the agreement between the coach and client.    

First Session                 on-site $390.00           Via phone or video $292.50

All other Sessions       on-site $375.00           Via phone or video $281.25

Small Group Coaching:  On average: Between 2-10 people meet for four or five 1.5-hour sessions over a period of weeks or months. Great for a team learning a new policy, procedure or specific employment issue best explored as a group. 

First Session                on-site $1,300.00             Via phone or video  $975.00

All other Sessions       on-site $1100.00             Via phone or video  $825.00


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