Virginia Williams, MBA, PCC
Business & Team Coach and Leadership Catalyst
Virginia is an executive leadership coach and former corporate executive with extensive international experience in sales and marketing management, human resources, and transformation management in highly competitive and service industries, multinational, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations. Optimistic and empowering yet realistic to the core, Virginia has earned her reputation by anticipating her clients’ needs and enabling them to realize results as promised or better with greater ease and motivation and mindful awareness.
Virginia has demonstrated ability and passion to
coach and mentor leaders
define purpose, vision & values
inspire individuals & teams to excel
energize successful business strategies
Personal and Coaching Philosophy: Creator of Executive Coaching and Leadership programs incorporating her personal philosophy:
Peaceful PRODUCTIVITY® - a success strategy to Unleash Motivation for Inspired Performance, Extraordinary Results and Peace of Mind.
Professional Experience: With a focus on leadership, mindfulness, and responsible action, Virginia helps clients build values-based changes where leadership and talent development, balancing professional objectives and personal goals, empowering employees, inspiring teamwork, delighting internal and external stakeholders, and achieving sustainable results are key business drivers.
Virginia brings fresh and innovative perspectives to inspire individuals and teams to grow profitably and productively and with greater mindfulness, efficacy and peace of mind. She has over sixteen years experience in senior professional management as well as 20-plus years of successful commercial sales operations and sales management experience. Prior to founding Ventures Worldwide Sàrl in 2002, Virginia held a variety of increasingly more responsible positions most recently with SITA (Société Internationale de Télécommunications Aéronautiques) as Director of Sales, North America and Vice President Global Sales Development (based in Geneva, Switzerland). In addition she brings her experience and highly successful sales and sales management record with the former MCI Telecommunications and with Dun & Bradstreet.
Education, Training & Certifications: Virginia received a Masters Degree in Business (MBA) from the Walter A. Haas School of Business, University California Berkeley and earned le certificat de langue française from the Université Paris Sorbonne. She is bilingual English-French, credentialed ICF PCC (Professional Certified Coach), Newfield Certified Coach (NCC) - graduate of Newfield Network’s “Foundations of Ontological Learning - Advanced Coach Training Program,” completed Fielding Graduate University module on “Evidence Based Coaching,” and holds a certified license to administer the MRG LEA 360° and team assessments (Management Research Group (MRG) Leadership Effectiveness Analysis and the IDI Individual Directions Inventory, which identifies key motivators; certified to administer, interpret, and implement the Hogan HPI, HDS and MVPI assessments; and is a FIRO B Element practitioner certified to administer, interpret and provide feedback on the Element B.
Leadership, Volunteering & Speaking: Virginia served as the Board President/coPresident of the International Coach Federation Switzerland 2006-2011 and Chapter Leader ICF Suisse Romande/Geneva chapter from April 2005 to December 2011; Conference Chair of the ICF European Coaching conference 2008 - ECC2008 and co-leader of the ICF in Europe 2007-2011. You can learn more about the activities of this globally recognized professional association at www.coachfederation.org. If you are interested to learn more about professional coaching, please consider joining one of the monthly ICF Suisse Romande chapter meetings. Contact Virginia. See our Calendar of Events for future ICF events.
As an active and current ICF member who earned the ICF Professional Certified Coach (PCC) credential, Virginia adheres to the ICF Code of Ethics (English) / Code de Déontologie ICF (en français). Her coaching methodologies include the ICF Core Competencies (en) / Compétences de Base de l’ICF (fr).
Virginia belongs to a number of local and international organizations, including International Coach Federation since 2004. Member and/or participant of American International Club of Geneva (AIC), Swiss American Chamber of Commerce, Career Women’s Forum (CWF), European Professional Women’s Network and Rezonance (supporting start up enterprises in Suisse Romande). She is affiliated with a number of worldwide executive coaching networks. Since 2007, she works with the World Economic Forum Global Leadership Fellows program as Executive Coach.
As a Venture Coach and jury member for Venture 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012 & 2016 Business Plan Contests, Virginia is one of a team of professional business coaches and jury members helping young entrepreneurs develop professional business plans. Since 1998, Venture competitions have led to the founding of hundreds of new companies, reating more than 1000 new jobs. Venture Business Plan competitions are jointly organized by McKinsey Switzerland and the Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich.
Virginia is a Founding Member of W.I.N. - Women’s International Network and Executive Coach and workshop leader of W.I.N. 2004 & 2005 Global Women’s Leadership Forum. She is a former faculty trainer of Management Centre Europe - MCE, and an invited speaker at the local GWIT (Geneva Women in Trade) on the benefits of professional coaching. Virginia is available for keynote talks.
The European Coaching Federation ECC2005 Norway, selected Virginia to create and lead a workshop entitled “Catalytic Business Plan for Coaches: How to GROW your Business NOW!” Once again Virginia presented at the ECC2007 in Helsinki, Finland in June 2007, on “Connecting European Coaches through ICF Chapters.” Virginia was the Chair of the ICF ECC2008 Geneva - European Coaching Conference with the theme: “Connecting Worlds” in Geneva, Switzerland 26 - 28 June 2008; and co-chair of International Coaching Week 2011 (ICW2011) Geneva in February 2011 - two days of learning in English and French - “Coaching and Success Drivers.” If you are a coach or business executive interested to know more about professional coaching
“Leadership is the capacity to get things done through others by changing people’s mindsets and energizing them into action.”