The Leadership Transformation Team

AL Bolea
Leadership Coach and Trainer

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.

Member: Ready to Read, Ready to Learn Task Force.
The 27-member Ready to Read, Ready to Learn Task Force was formed in November 2005 and consisted of Alaska business, civic, philanthropic, education, and government leaders. In September 2006, the task force released their report with 11 recommendations. Learn More

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 training 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 United States.




Patty Beach Executive Coach with Applied Leadership

Patty Beach
Executive Coach

Patty Beach uniquely combines executive coaching, organizational development, and leadership expertise to help clients become more conscious, connected and capable leaders. Her approach evolved over 20 years offering innovative programs and services in the field of leadership and organizational development. Patty holds a Master of Science in Organization Development from Pepperdine University and has earned the acclaimed ICF Master Coach Certification.

Patty has designed leadership development and training programs for corporations, non-profits, hospitals, government agencies, and major universities. Her work supports leaders from individual contributors to C-Levels to step boldly into their vision and create high-performance teams and cultures. Her clients enjoy using the “practical tools for powerful leadership” she developed to deliver lasting results.

Patty is bilingual (Spanish/English) and has traveled and worked extensively abroad. She began her career in the energy sector where she worked for 15 years for Amoco/BP as a geoscientist, strategist and business development manager. Patty’s signature was helping Amoco/BP expand strategically into new international markets and emergent technology. Patty played a role in several breakthroughs, including proving oil could be produced from faults using horizontal drilling and drilling the deepest water well in the Gulf of Mexico (at the time). Her background makes her especially effective with science, technology, engineering, and math professional environments. Patty currently serves on three non-profit boards and is deeply involved in supporting technical entrepreneurs and government leaders.

Oliva Schnell Assessments Manager

Olivia Schnell
Assessments Manager

Olivia Schnell earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California. She began her professional career in the marketing department of the Anchorage Daily News. Following a move to Houston, Texas she spent several years working in the publishing industry where she managed multi-media projects for several national publications.

Olivia’s passion evolved over the years to helping organizations select, develop, and retain talent through rigorous assessments. She’s an expert in Multi-Health System’s Emotional Quotient Inventory (EQ-I 2.0), MBTI Personality Type Assessment, and the Applied Leadership 360 Assessment.