Lynn Giuliani Burke, President

Lynn Giuliani Burke specializes in executive education and coaching. She is an expert in generating championship teams who consistently produce breakthrough results. For over 20 years, she has facilitated leadership coaching, management training, and strategic planning sessions for clients in the petroleum, retail, telecommunications, graphic design, manufacturing, hospitality and publishing industries, as well as government agencies. 

Ms. Burke's background is in the retailing industry with executive positions in such national chains as Bloomingdales, Barneys New York and Gimbels. She has also created and operated The Leg Room, a successful chain of specialty stores located in the New York metropolitan area.


Ms. Burke has been a speaker and lecturer for numerous businesses and professional associations including a  lecturer on global organizational culture at Columbia University and featured on NPR’s American Women’s Economic Development Corporation Show speaking on coaching as a management style. She has served on the Board of Directors of The Entrepreneurial Women’s Network of Connecticut. Ms. Burke is a cum laude graduate of Hunter College and holds a Master’s Degree of Education from Bank Street Graduate School of Education in New York City. 

Crystal Smethurst, Senior Consultant

Crystal Smethurst has an extraordinary track record in empowering teams to create and execute business strategy and is particularly savvy in connecting with and leading various constituencies toward a collaborative outcome. 

She has over 15 years of working experience in operations, management and finance in several arenas including the pharmaceutical, education, fitness and non-profit industries and has owned her own business for 5 years in Connecticut. Ms. Smethurst has experience in start-up as well as larger organizations and has specialized in creating and re-inventing corporate culture and communication. 

She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Communication from Northeastern University and is a graduate of the National Investor Relations Institute professional advancement program. She has held several leadership positions in her local community, and has been a ghostwriter and feature blogger on several platforms.