Russ is an executive coach and facilitator of organizational development who works with predominantly international leaders to find their own trail to reach their potential by using mindfulness, the ability to assess situations and behaviors objectively, compassion, humor and authentic support.
Russ works to develop leadership awareness for the betterment of themselves, their communities, and institutions. He has strengthened and encouraged hundreds of clients in understanding their patterns, potential, strengths and weaknesses, thus providing a richer understanding of themselves and the culture and relations they are surrounded by.
His clients are seeking a change in patterns, a way to tap into their deeper purpose and create transformation, find meaning, become the better leader that they know is possible. They often feel trapped, stuck, buried in lists, emails and meetings. They are seeking a new way to operate that is filled with personal and social growth, ready to leave stress behind and open doors to their and other’s higher potential.
He is also currently an Adjunct Professor at Bocconi University in the MaGER program (Master in Green Management, Energy and Corporate Social Responsibility) teaching a course on Social Entrepreneurship and has been teaching courses on Teams/Group Dynamics and Change/Conflict Management at Georgetown University. He is also the CEO of The Watts Group focusing on leadership coaching and organizational consulting as well as the lead facilitator/trainer for Dynamo Academy (Tuscany, Italy) experiential education initiatives.
His clients have come from a wide variety of workplaces including small NGOs to NASA, the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, Inter-American Development Bank, McCormick Spice, Marriott, Environmental Protection Agency, Oracle, European Parliament, Center for Strategic and International Studies, University of California at Davis, and Georgetown University and the Global Good Fund to name a few.
He has a background in Education and Organizational Development, and an Executive Master’s Degree in Leadership (M.L.) from the Georgetown University McDonough School of Business. He is a graduate from the Executive Leadership Coach training from Georgetown University and holds an ACC level of certification from the International Coach Federation (ICF).