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

Executive Leadership

I began coaching as a senior marketing executive in multinational agency, corporate, and entrepreneurial environments. My first executive coaching role was 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 young executive, I learned 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. During a time of an all-out trade war, my role as internal cultural translator and advisor offered the opportunity to hone my executive coaching skills. Specifically in the arenas of diplomacy, intercultural communication, and expressing personal authenticity 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 business, I left Mitsubishi to earn an MBA and to co-found and raise $40 million to launch The Patent & License Exchange (PL-X), an online market for intellectual property rights. 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. I integrated my MBA and business experience with my communications background and fashion merchandising degree to help these leaders define and leverage 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 FIDM in Los Angeles. More recently, I’ve added the framework of Integral Coaching™ from New Ventures West, where I earned my integral coaching certification, and also secured my International Coaching Federation ACC 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.