We are expert in teaching the art, science, and practice of conversation to support extraordinary success stories and empower change. Through strategic advisement, 1-1 and team coaching, interactive workshops, large group engagement and practitioner certification, we support you to become expert too.

For over 20 years we have been designing large scale enterprise-wide change initiatives and think tank forums in Global 100, mid-size fast growth companies and start-up companies. We have successfully delivered our conversational frames and change methodologies with tens of thousands of professionals through small world eventing, dialogue cafes, open space-type events and customized learning designs. We also train consultants, coaches, and business professionals to expertly incorporate the model and mindset in their work with others. Find out why our clients have entrusted us with their most significant and strategic change objectives and how we delivered and gained that trust.

Debra Hirsch (PCC)

Senior Associate, Master Coach

Debbie Hirsch is an executive coach and communication expert who specializes in collaboration, communication, leadership, and change. With more than 20 years of coaching experience, Debbie has worked with a range of companies, from small business to global 100 companies, across industries, including pharmaceutical, financial services, and biomedical/healthcare.  Debbie partners with clients to develop business leaders, while building high-performance teams and ensuring collaborative and global mindsets and behaviors. She delivers high-impact coaching solutions to support clients throughout every stage of their careers, from on-boarding to promotions to career transitions. She has extensive experience in utilizing online coaching solutions and delivering high-energy, interactive webinars.


As a coach, Debbie is known for her ability to deliver fresh perspectives in a straightforward style with ease and humor. This translates into an interesting, fun, and trusting experience for clients, resulting in reduced stress, greater work satisfaction, optimal performance and more optimistic career outlook.


With a particular passion for managing difficult relationships and having game-changing conversations, Debbie provides a big picture perspective, while emphasizing emotional intelligence and collaboration. Her knowledge of what works in multi-player, high conflict situations translates to more meaningful coaching outcomes and sustainable skill development for her clients.


Previously, as an officer and senior account manager in large New York advertising agencies, Debbie managed teams that served as key liaisons between all departments in the agency as well as between the agency and client. In addition to developing the advertising strategy, she managed all projects for her businesses, including large-scale television productions for packaged goods companies such as Procter and Gamble and General Mills. Her rich understanding of the corporate world allows her to map easy-to-implement success strategies that align her clients’ lived experiences with their aspirations.


Debbie is an ICF-certified Professional Coach (PCC) and a CorpTalk-certified Master Coach. She received her BSE from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, is certified in MBTI and EQ-i, and has completed programs on Negotiation and Leadership as well as Difficult Conversations at the Harvard Project on Negotiation. 

Maria Seddio

Principal, Founder

Maria Seddio is an executive coach, educator, organizational development consultant, and strategic advisor. A recognized thought leader and expert in systems thinking, she specializes in communication, corporate community building, collaborative design, and culture change. Through her work, she supports forward thinking business leaders and high-performance teams to achieve competitive success, transformational change, and a more inclusive, and egalitarian workplace.


Building on her clinical training as a family therapist, Maria founded CorpTalk to introduce the art, science, and practice of conversation and narrative change methodologies into organizational settings. Her holistic approach combines behavioral health, interpersonal neuroscience, and the power of story to support individuals and teams to re-imagine what is possible and realize their full potential. She is the author and curator of CorpTalk’s comprehensive content library, comprising thirty-five coaching modules and developed CorpTalk’s signature programs, The Art, Science and Practice of Conversation and Change is a Conversation.


With over twenty-five years of experience working in Global 100 and fast track companies, Maria has co-led and collaboratively designed and delivered highly successful enterprise-wide M&A and culture change initiatives involving tens of thousands of employees. She has contributed original and customized content and train-the-trainer support to build organizational learning systems and working knowledge assets featuring conversation as a core business process.


Known as a coach’s coach and expert facilitator, Maria offers master classes in her subject expertise, working closely with C-level executives and skilled practitioners to integrate the paradigm into business settings and established professional practices. She is regularly consulted on high conflict, high complexity projects requiring advanced skills and sensitivity. She is a motivating speaker and is often invited to host large-scale events, engage in think tanks, and present on leadership in forums such as The American Psychological Association, Applied Brilliance, and TedX Youth.


Trained in interpersonal psychology and systems theory, Maria received her master’s degree with distinction in counseling with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy from Hofstra University and is a past president of the New Jersey Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. Maria was awarded Coaching Diplomate status by the International Academy of Behavioral Medicine, Counseling and Psychotherapy (IABMCP).

Pia Tempestini

Communications & Culture Specialist

Pia is our culture and communications specialist who works closely with client companies to articulate their values and live into them, aligning ethos to action. Pia’s deep understanding of cultural dynamics is rooted in anthropological study, and her experience in community building is imbued in her work, ensuring a deep regard for diversity, inclusivity, and self-representation. Pia has BA in Cultural Anthropology, Social Entrepreneurship, and International Affairs from Northeastern University; a Masters in Gastronomy & Food Systems from the University of Gastronomic Sciences, Pollenzo, Italy.