Erika Andersen


Erika is the founding partner of Proteus, a coaching, consulting, and training firm that focuses on leader readiness.

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Jeff Mitchell


Jeff, a partner and president of Proteus since 2000, helps executives and leadership teams envision the organization they hope to create, clarify the essentials of their most pressing challenges and create practical plans to make their vision a reality.

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Laird McLean

Laird partners with organizations to catalyze positive change through his expertise in organizational development, process improvement, and learning.

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Cari Windt

Senior Consultant

Cari is a versatile facilitator, executive coach and consultant who builds relationships, breaks down complex issues to help find elegant solutions, and designs approaches that deliver results.

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Jennifer Sherman

Senior Consultant

Jennifer Sherman is a seasoned executive coach, master trainer, and facilitator. She serves as a trusted partner and advisor to executives, managers, and business owners from Fortune 500 companies to start-ups.

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Practice Director, Building Skills & Knowledge

Cathy has spent her career helping individuals and organizations develop the mindset, capabilities and insights they need to accelerate readiness, transform and grow.

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Therese Miclot

Director, Facilitation Excellence

Therese Miclot is the Director of Proteus’ Facilitation Excellence area. She works with organizations to improve the impact and quality of facilitated experiences.

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Christine Lane-Polk

Director of Finance

Christine is Proteus’ Director of Finance, working to assure that our own financial house is in order and that we’re responsive to our clients’ financial needs. Christine is highly skilled, thoroughly organized, passionate about streamlining process, and focused on serving both internal and external clients.

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Kathy Dore

Senior Advisor, Vision & Strategy

Kathy brings her own experience as a leader and deep understanding of what makes businesses work to her coaching practice—including how to create teams that can navigate through tough times to achieve success.

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Cindy Franklin

Practice Director, Executive Coaching

Cindy helps her clients understand their current impact and clarify their vision, then supports them to identify and make the strategic shifts in mindset, style and behavior that will most powerfully foster their success in achieving their hoped for futures—now, in their next role, and for years to come. 

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Believing in something; acting on that belief...

At Proteus, we’re confident we’re serving our clients well when we demonstrate these beliefs through our actions.

  • Our work is judged by how well we help our clients build their business.
  • If people can see the true shape of a problem, they can solve it.
  • Teams thrive only with high trust, common vision, and consonant values.
  • When people feel capable and powerful, they can learn and change.
  • Listening is the foundation of success.
Tesa Tubbs

Tessa Tubbs

Senior Consultant


Tessa Tubbs brings decades of experience in a variety of organizations to supporting people to move from inertia to clear and confident leadership and organizational change. In working with her, clients have come to rely on her unique ability to help them see both problems and solutions in new ways; her combination of sharp assessment, straight-shooting communication style, and solution-generating skills allows them and their organizations to achieve more than they had previously thought possible.

Tessa brings to her consulting, facilitation and coaching an aspirational, precise, and encouraging style that pushes individuals and cultures past ruts, fears, pitfalls, and intimidating circumstances. Through her ability to listen carefully, to assess soberly and without judgement, and to facilitate gracefully, Tessa guides individuals and groups through roadblocks and challenges toward heart-level motivation and brain-level progress—and ultimately to clarity and innovative solutions.

Tessa’s consulting expertise spans not only Fortune 100 companies, but also family-owned and privately held businesses, start-ups, and non-profits. She has served as a coach and consultant to executives and teams at Citigroup, PepsiCo, Marsh and McLennan, ADP, United Rentals, and Chevron Phillips Chemical Company, among others.

Prior to joining Proteus, Tessa was a Senior Vice President & Managing Director for Fidelity Investments, responsible for client relationship management for the firm’s largest customer segment. She also has over 15 years of experience in executive level human resource roles, leading talent management, talent development, talent acquisition and diversity and inclusion functions. She has extensive global experience working with clients in North and South America, Europe, Australia, the Middle East, Japan, and India.

Tessa earned a BA in sociology from Oberlin College in Ohio, and an MS in leadership and organizational development from the University of Texas at Dallas.

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Erika Andersen is the founding partner of Proteus, a coaching, consulting, and training firm that focuses on leader readiness. Over the past 30 years, Erika has developed a reputation for creating approaches to learning and business-building that are tailored to her clients’ challenges, goals, and culture. She and her colleagues at Proteus focus uniquely on helping leaders at all levels get ready and stay ready to meet whatever the future might bring.

Much of her recent work has focused on organizational visioning and strategy, executive coaching, and management and leadership development. In these capacities, she serves as consultant and advisor to the CEOs and/or top executives of a number of corporations, including NBCUniversal, Facebook, Hyatt Hotels Corporation, GE, Hulu, and Madison Square Garden.

She also shares her insights about managing people and creating successful businesses by speaking to corporations, non-profit groups and national associations. Her books and learning guides have been translated into Spanish, Turkish, German, French, Russian and Chinese, and she has contributed to and been quoted in a variety of national publications, including the Harvard Business Review, Wall Street Journal, Fortune, and The New York Times. Erika is also one of the most popular leadership bloggers at

She is the author of Be Bad First—Get Good at Things FAST to Stay Ready for the Future (Bibliomotion, 2016), Leading So People Will Follow (Jossey-Bass, 2012), Being Strategic: Plan for Success; Outthink Your Competitors; Stay Ahead of Change (St. Martin’s Press, May 2009), and Growing Great Employees: Turning Ordinary People into Extraordinary Performers (Portfolio, 2006), and the author and host of the Proteus Leader Show a regular podcast that offers quick, practical support for leaders and managers.

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  • 212.830.9870