Senior Associates

Workplace Psychology - based in New York City & White Plains NY - is a leadership consulting & executive coaching group specializing in leader advisement & career advancement. When our organization consulting projects require the work of more than a single consultant, we can call upon a group of associates to staff larger initiatives. Our senior associates are deeply and broadly experienced, bringing together a diverse set of skills to offer a wide range of services on various aspects of work life and organization. The speciality that we share in common is leadership development consulting (including assessment, training, coaching, talent advice, & program development). But - as indicated by the bios below - we have expertise in other domains of management consulting and organization development as well. 


Jim Oher 

For nearly 40 years, Jim Oher has been coaching, consulting and empowering business professionals with clear-headed advice and customized tools to maximize their career performance and connect them to their passions, talent, purpose and values. Jim is a former corporate executive, accredited psychotherapist, and group trainer. He specializes in tackling complex workplace issues that can compromise productivity, profitability and morale – addressing demanding matters of leadership, motivation, senior team alignment, resiliency, collaboration and conflict.

Jim has co-authored and edited two books, The Employee Assistance Handbook and Employee Assistance Treatment Planner, which are considered essential resources for clinicians, administrators, and human resource professionals. These reference works feature leading experts, illustrating their innovative and groundbreaking program and service initiatives, as well as best practices for intervention, treatment and prevention programs, regarding all issues affecting employee productivity. In addition to his management consulting, Jim specializes in developing, reviewing and analyzing employee assistance and counseling services, helping them to deal better with a variety of personnel problems affecting workers and their functioning in the workplace.

Jim has coached and consulted with many national and global organizations in a variety of industries, including pharmaceuticals, health care, professional services, academics, manufacturing, retail, technology, and finance. Prior to beginning his own business, Jim directed internal corporate functions at two major international firms. He served on the leadership team of the Alexcel Group, a consulting firm of prominent international coaches, and he is currently an active member of ORGDYNE, an international coaching and consulting consortium. He has been on the faculty of the NYU School of Social Work and the William Alanson White Institute. At the outset of his career, Jim received a master’s degree in Social Work, as well as psychoanalytic training.


Esther Matte

Esther Matte is an organizational coach and trainer with extensive experience and practice in change mobilization and development processes for teams, projects and organizations. Esther subscribes to a core belief that any group of people working together has the necessary wisdom, passion and knowledge to accomplish their intention, whatever it may be. She coaches clients in co-creation processes that are rooted in dialogue, planning and action, to achieve optimal and sustained results.

Using large group techniques, such as Open Space, Appreciative Inquiry, World Café and other methodologies, Esther helps clients to accomplish more than they would have thought possible. Such techniques foster system-wide engagement, encouraging each member to contribute the very best of themselves. Specific consulting engagements have focused on matters such as team building, productivity improvement, conflict resolution, communications strategy, future planning, and project implementation.

Esther’s consulting philosophy is grounded in “Leadership 3.0”. This is a way of being more than a way of doing. It is leadership anchored in an organic worldview, where all are interconnected and interdependent, and where synergy is the source of creativity. Leadership 3.0 manifests itself in openness and authenticity, and in a work culture dedicated to growing both individual and collective responsibility. It is the sort of leadership that optimizes employee engagement, which thereby optimizes enterprise agility.

Esther earned a Certificate in Organizational Communications, as well as a Diploma in Group Facilitation Techniques, from Tele-Universite du Quebec (Montreal), and she is also specifically certified in various large group facilitation methods. She is an active member of the Open Space Institutes of Canada and the USA, as well as the Open Space World Organization. Esther previously specialized in organization communications consulting, and has since worked as a management consultant for about 10 years. Her clients have included numerous non-profit and public sector organizations, mainly in Quebec and other parts of Canada, but also in NYC. 


Mark Sirkin

Mark Sirkin is a psychologist, executive coach, and management consultant. Over the past 20 years, Mark has worked with a great variety of businesses, from large Fortune 50-to-500 companies to smaller publicly-held firms, as well as many family enterprises, law firms, and not-for-profits. He specializes in human capital development, employing a systems theory model focused at the interface of people, talent and organizations.

Mark received his PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Connecticut. He began his professional career as an academic clinical psychologist, teaching systems theory, family dynamics, and group psychotherapy to students in medicine and psychology. He initially served on the faculty of the University of Rochester Medical Center in Psychiatry, and later at the Ferkauf Graduate School & Albert Einstein College of Medicine. During that time, he re-trained in organization consultation, obtaining a post-doctoral certificate from the William Alanson White Institute in NYC – and he began consulting to family businesses soon afterwards. 

Mark then became a full-time consultant with RHR International, where he served as director of their Family Business Practice. After that, Mark joined up with the Hay Group (the world’s largest human resources consultancy) as a senior consultant with their Executive Services Practice, where he focused on executive development and organization change.  Following that, Mark consulted for Hildebrandt (now a division of Thomson-Reuters), specializing in professional service firms, especially law firms. Based upon his many years of experience, Mark has synthesized his insights about systems theory and organizational life into a book: The Secret Life of Corporations


Lori Roth Gale

Lori Roth Gale is a specialist in organizational learning, with deep experience in the design and implementation of executive education and leadership learning programs. Lori is also an executive coach, specializing in coaching leaders through major transitions.

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Previously, Lori was the Executive Director of Columbia Business School’s Institute for Not-for-Profit Management and a member of Columbia’s Executive Education faculty. For 15 years, she managed, designed and/or directed over 100 programs with over 2000 participants from community-based organizations, established regional organizations and large public-sector institutions. She also served as a coach and facilitator in Columbia Business School’s Emerging Leaders, High Impact Leadership, and Executive MBA Programs. Her clients while at Columbia included: Robin Hood Foundation, After School Corporation, UJA Federation, United Neighborhood Houses, Girl Scouts, NYC Police Department, Fire Department of NY, and the US Dept of Homeland Security.  

Lori is valued for her broad knowledge of management, leadership, and adult learning theory and its practical applications at work. She is known for her collaborative approach, engaging clients and program participants in both design and evaluation of the programs she develops. Participants in her programs form strong learning communities, which support their ongoing growth long after the program ends.

Lori earned her doctorate (EdD) in Adult Learning and Leadership at Teachers College, Columbia University. She wrote her dissertation on CEO succession and strategy development in the nonprofit sector. She earned her masters (MPPM) in Public and Private Management from the Yale School of Management, her BA from Brandeis University, and a certificate in Organization Development and Human Resource Management from Teachers College. Lori currently teaches master's level seminars on leadership development at the New School for Public Engagement (Milano School).


Israel Romano

Israel (Issy) Romano is a psychologist with wide experience in management consulting and executive coaching, having worked with a diverse array of individuals and businesses. He also has 15 years of experience as a healthcare executive, with expertise in all aspects of managed healthcare. He has especially deep expertise in quality improvement (as well as a Black Belt in Six Sigma)

Issy's experience as a consultant includes organizational assessment, executive coaching, partnership mediation, team building, leadership training, project management, and conducting executive retreats. He has developed and offers engaging workshops and talks on topics such as emotional intelligence, adapting to change, executive coaching, self-awareness in leadership, and inspirational leadership. Issy's work empowers individuals, groups and organizations to articulate their vision, and helps them map their way to it. 

Issy received his PhD in Clinical Psychology from the Derner Institute at Adelphi University (in NY), and a BA in Sociology & Politics from Hebrew University in Jerusalem (Israel). He later earned a Certificate in Organizational Development & Consultation from the William Alanson White Institute in NYC. Some of Issy's distinctive perspective on organizational dynamics was developed during his years of service in the Israeli military.


Workplace Psychology - based in New York City & White Plains NY - is a leadership consulting & executive coaching group specializing in leader advisement & career advancement. When our organization consulting projects require the work of more than a single consultant, we can call upon a group of associates to staff larger initiatives. Our senior associates are deeply and broadly experienced, bringing together a diverse set of skills to offer a wide range of services on various aspects of work life and organization. The speciality that we share in common is leadership development consulting (including assessment, training, coaching, talent advice, & program development). But - as indicated by the bios above - we have expertise in other domains of management consulting and organization development as well.