Boss Coach

Certified Integral Coach® | ACC | MBA | BA |AA

Executive Leadership

I began coaching others as a senior marketing executive in multinational agency, corporate, and entrepreneurial environments. My first coaching role evolved at Fleishman-Hillard, a global marketing and communications company, where I advised C-suite executives on media relations strategy and managed technology marketing and branding programs for Commodore Business Machines, Electronic Data Systems, and Sharp Electronics. As a twenty-year-old newly minted executive, I learned early that having an energetically big, fully embodied presence was essential when guiding corporate leadership.
I then joined Mitsubishi Electronics where I served as communications advisor and speechwriter to the chairman, media advisor to the executives of nine Mitsubishi sister companies, and led the corporate communications public relations team. This was a time when the Japanese-American business community was experiencing tension and strain that showed up in the literal bashing of Mitsubishi TVs and cars and an all-out trade war. My role as internal cultural translator and communications advisor provided the opportunity to hone my coaching around the skills of diplomacy, intercultural communication, and expressing personal authenticity and vulnerability at the highest levels of this global electronics giant.

Bear Brandegee, Takashi Kiuchi and Mitsubishi Electric executive

Entrepreneurial Journey

With my newly found passion for running a business, I left Mitsubishi to earn my MBA and to co-found and raise $40 million to launch The Patent & License Exchange (PL-X), an online market for intellectual property rights. There I served as Chief Operating Officer, overseeing global software engineering, sales, and marketing. My colleagues and I were featured in a Harvard Business School business case study on the company. And the Chairman of Mitsubishi Electronics honored me by serving on our board of directors. It was running this company that allowed me to concentrate on mentoring and coaching our rapidly growing team.
After selling my shares in PL-X, I opened my style strategy company to advise community, business, and faith leaders on ways to bring forward their most authentic and powerful presence to their impactful work. This was a moment in time where I integrated my MBA and business experience with my communications background and my formal fashion merchandising degree from FIDM to marry the ideas of the inner and outer authentic self. Over these years I represented three American design houses, Bill Blass New York, Doncaster, and Worth New York, to bring world-class fashion to women who were changing the world and needed to dress their message. I deployed the sum of my mentoring and communications experience to support these leaders in defining and leveraging the power of how they showed up.

Harvard Business School case study of The Patent & License Exchange

Life-long Learning

Along the way, I earned an MBA from The University of Southern California Marshall School of Business, a BA in English Language & Literature from The University of Chicago, and an AA in Fashion Merchandising from the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in Los Angeles, where I studied fashion merchandising, marketing and manufacturing. More recently, I’ve added the framework of Integral Coaching™ from New Ventures West, an International Coaching Federation (ICF)-certified program where I earned my integral coaching certification, and secured my ICF ACC coaching designation.
I am also a dedicated student and coach of Eugene Gendlin’s Focusing, a body-wisdom-based mode of connecting with one’s inner knowledge and releasing trauma from the body. I continue to develop my own capacities as a human being and coach through my work with a masterful integral coach of my own, a regular Focusing practice, and through my steadfast dedication to meditation with the guidance of Light Watkins.

Bear’s Alma Maters and institutions of certification

Personal Passions

Offering clients a safe space, a common language and practices to regain a sense of emotional wellbeing is my path and passion in the professional realm. I am deeply dedicated to the foundations of integral coaching and to continued learning in the areas of human development, spirituality, somatic connection and trauma release. I am an avid reader and student and take time daily to support my continued learning about new and more refined ways to reduce human suffering. I am a dancer at heart and enjoy Lindy Hop and Balboa with my high school sweetheart, husband and best friend; learning and boring my friends with videos of my K-pop dancing; crafting new cocktail recipes and hosting friends for home-cooked meals (now ZOOM-only). My greatest joy of joys is being Mom to my University of Pennsylvania School of Engineering Junior.

One daughter, one Bear and many ducks.