Northwest Exchange Speakers


My clients are executive leaders who are leaning into endeavors that requires more from their leadership capabilities than what was needed previously. They want a thought partner and catalyst that will co-create with them the compass to their endeavors, as well as a coach that will be a guide for their transformative journey. Ultimately, they are embracing the impact they want to achieve, and recognize they need different mindsets and tools in order to be effective and create leaders around them.

I am a certified executive coach from the Hudson Institute of Coaching, and former HR VP and Corporate Officer in biotechnology. My background has given me unique experiences and tools for coaching. The Enneagram is the main tool I use to decipher my client’s core driving motivator, and their dominant autopilot behaviors that no longer serve them. We then uncover latent capabilities they can shift to and flex. I have had the privilege of coaching executive leaders from a variety of companies like Astellas, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Leavelogic, and Microsoft.

In addition to being an executive coach, I am a wife, mother, grandmother (my favorite), sister, foodie, explorer, reader, gardener, walker, and consumer of British murder mysteries. I am active in coaching communities, HBA Seattle, and wine making communities. Favorite inspirational quote – If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. John Quincy Adams


· Leadership Coach, Expedia Group (April, 2019 – Present)

· Principal, DeYoung Executive Coaching & Consultancy, LLC (October, 2015 – Present)

· Vice President HR & Corporate Officer, Acucela Inc. (June, 2007 – May, 2015)

· Human Resources Manager Pro Tem, Calibra Medical, Inc. (August, 2006 – December, 2008)

· Director HR & Corporate Administration, CEPTYR, Inc. (Nov, 1998 – April, 2006)


· Certified Hudson Institute Coach, 2013

· Certified Integrative Enneagram IEQ9 Practitioner, 2015

· Certified Practitioner MBTI Step I and Step II Instruments, 2015

· Leadership Circle Profile 360, 2015

· Predictive Index Analyst, 2010

· SHRM-SCP, 2004

Dr. Johnny Lake

Dr. Johnny Lake is a scholar and presenter focused on teaching and learning around issues of leadership, diversity, race and culture, personal and organizational growth, cultural competency, and communication. Dr. Lake assists individuals and institutions to gain critical knowledge and skills, and develop effective methods and strategies to build and support positive and productive interactions and relationships in organizations and community to participate effectively in change, growth and process. He works with schools, governmental agencies and business to enhance client services and develop key knowledge and skills to promote and manage productive change. He facilitates the development of resources and competency to help individuals and organizations meet the demands of a changing society.

Dr. Lake recently spent time in Turkey as a presenter in an international conference about dialogue across culture, language, religion and nationality. He now has two Turkish grandmothers. Dr. Lake assisted in facilitating communication conversations in Charleston, SC respecting challenging issues of race. Mayor Tecklenburg and his wife, Sandy, are using Dr. Lake’s book, Turtle’s True Friend, in Charleston schools to help young children to address and eliminate bullying behaviors.

Dr. Lake holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Willamette University. He has a Master’s and Ph.D. in educational leadership, policy, management and organization from the University of Oregon. Dr. Lake is an Associate Professor of Education and leads teacher and counselor preparation classes. He is an administrator on special assignment with the superintendent in the Eugene, OR 4J School District. Dr. Lake is also a former chairman of the State of Oregon Commission on Black Affairs. And finally, he is the grandson of Leonia Patrick of Tennessee.


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