Martha Lask believes that thoughtful, compassionate communication can change how people feel about their daily work. She also has an abiding love of the arts. She has worked for over 30 years to bring both to the private, non-profit and public sectors. She has provided executive coaching and taught coaching skills in 26 organizations in both sectors.
Prior to starting her own consulting practice, Martha was a Senior Staff Development Specialist at Towers Perrin (now Willis Towers Watson), a worldwide management consulting firm. She selected and implemented a new coaching and mentoring program that changed the company’s approach to management.
Before Towers Perrin, Martha served as Executive Director of South Portland Neighborhood Housing Services, Inc. (SPNHS) in South Portland, Maine, where she created a private/public partnership, implemented a successful commercial revitalization program, and administered a revolving loan program which reversed housing decline in two neighborhoods.
Martha holds an MS in Organization Development (MSOD) from American University/NTL Institute, (formerly AU/NTL). Martha also has more than 25 years of experience and training in dance, movement, and body work, and a certificate in Authentic Movement / Contemplative Dance from Amherst, MA.
She earned certification in the LeaderCOACH methodology of Perrone-Ambrose Associates, leaders in coaching and mentoring since 1985. Martha’s coaching credentials are available upon request.
Martha developed an innovative approach to enhance consulting and coaching skills, using a methodology called Authentic Movement. She has facilitated a seven-part series called “Consultant and Leader as Witness” for seven different groups.
She also facilitated “Consultant and Leader as Witness” workshops using Authentic Movement:
- at La Salle University, December, 2005
- at three professional conferences:
- Organization Development Network conference in Montreal, October, 2002
- The Appreciative Inquiry Conference in Miami in September, 2004
- Improvisation in Social Work, in Bangor Maine, August, 2007
- an article published in Organization Development Journal, Winter 2003, “Becoming a Trustworthy Witness: Lessons for Leaders and Consultants from Authentic Movement” (co-author)
- an article published in the OD Practitioner, Fall, 2007, “Integrating Organization Development and Authentic Movement–A Creative Journey.”
In 2015, after working for many years as a coach and taking a number of workshops, Martha decided to go for additional education and an ICF credential. She completed a rich and wonderful program in Ontological Coaching through the “Advanced Coaching Practicum” (ACP), facilitated by Integral Leadership & Coaching. In August 2017, Martha received her Professional Coach Credential (PCC) through the International Coach Federation.
In January, 2011, Martha began publishing occasional blog posts which she describes as “musings about books, articles or tools that might be of interest.” She welcomes comments from readers. You can see a sample from each post here, or visit the blog itself. You can comment on posts, read comments from other visitors, and subscribe to be notified by email when there is a new post.
Artwork on this website
Martha created the artwork included in this website and on her blog. You can see more of Martha’s art Here!