Throughout time, culture is shaped through our daily interactions and the ways in which we communicate. It is the quality of our conversations that determines the quality of our lives – at work, at home and in our communities. We apply the art, science, and practice of conversation to tap into the full potential of any organization and the hearts and minds of people. The stories we tell ourselves and the stories we are told shape our sense of identity and frame our experience. By invigorating our conversations, we pump life into our stories and our stories become more vibrant and alive through our conversations. This powerful interplay functions as a framework for meaning and our greatest working asset to empower change. We help organizations to productively channel this energy and to master the art, science and practice of conversation as a core cultural competency.


Communication 101 &102
Art, Science, and Practice of Conversation (Foundations/Advanced/Mastery)
BrainFrame (Organizational Storytelling)
BrainFrame (Neuroscience of Narrative Change)


Our coaching brings out the best in people, positioning them to thrive and organizations to succeed. We offer customized coaching solutions drawing from over 35 proprietary coaching modules to engage in meaningful conversations. CorpTalk Master Coaches provide learning experiences to sustain leadership development and breakthrough performance.


Leadership Coaching
Team Coaching
Online Coaching


We support teams to actively engage in high performance activities, creative problem-solving, and knowledge sharing. We partner with leaders and team members to foster trust and
transparency through honest dialogue and self-reflective practices. We are able to honor important differences and channel unspoken tensions into safe solution space and greater relational health. Through hands-on, creative engagement, we lay the foundation for deeper commitments and more open, honest conversation.


Team Acceleration
Facilitation Skill-Building
Small-World Event Hosting

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.