The Leadership Transformation Team

Al Bolea is the founder and architect of the Applied Leadership Seminar and an executive leadership coach and trainer.  He is the former CEO/GM of a large independent oil company in the UAE and a retired executive from a major international oil and gas company. His industry career spans almost forty years, including assignments in the US, UK and Middle East.

One-third of his career was in the coal mining industry with a balance in the upstream oil & gas sectors. He has worked at nearly every level within the industry: chairman, president, CEO, business unit leader, strategist, operator, financial analyst, planner, and hourly worker. He holds degrees from the University of Pittsburgh and Robert Morris University, as well as program certificates from INSEAD, Paris, and Cambridge University, UK.

He has been a leadership expert for the U.S. Department of Energy and an in-resident CEO and lecturer at the University of Houston, Bauer School of Business. Currently, Al is the Distinguished Visiting Professor of Leadership at the University of Alaska, College of Business and Public Policy, and a member of the college’s Advisory Board. Al’s executive coaching program was recognized as one of the top corporate programs in the world by Leadership Excellence and awarded a prestigious LEAD2016 honor for Best Executive Coaching Program. His first book, Applied Leadership Development, was published in 2015 by Routledge Press and is highlighted in the International Leadership Association’s publication Becoming a Better Leader.

Diane Blakey, MS
Certified Professional Coach

Diane Blakey formed her own company in 2010 in order to focus on where she felt she made the biggest difference in her previous HR positions: coaching leaders and employees toward higher levels of performance and greater satisfaction in their jobs – – and in life. Prior to working as an independent coach, she was a human resources manager for twenty years for ConocoPhillips and BP. She is a certified coach via the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching and has an M.S. in Industrial Relations from the University of Oregon.

In addition to coaching, her work has included team buildings and facilitation; conflict resolution; customized trainings and workshops; independent, third party investigations of employee concerns; and other HR consulting projects. She works with individuals, corporations, small businesses, and non-profits both within and outside of Alaska and the U.S.