Alexa Sherr Hartley '96
President and Executive Coach, Adjunct Professor, Attorney, Author, Mother, Wife, Marathoner

Alexa Sherr Hartley is a former Big Law litigator gone rogue. Reincarnated as a Columbia University trained organizational and executive coach, Alexa works with high-achieving and high-potential mavericks, outside the box thinkers, and progressives interested in disrupting the status quo to achieve outstanding greatness in their careers. Having made the leap in her own life, she inherently understands the courage, risks, and rewards involved in pursuing one’s passion.

As President of Premier Leadership Coaching, an executive, and organizational coaching firm, Alexa has consulted with industry leaders in the fields of business, law, financial services, and non-profits about the planning and implementation of significant organizational change, leadership development and decision-making. Facilitating sustained development is Alexa’s mission and where she is at her best, helping clients achieve personal and organizational effectiveness, while drawing upon the tenets of positive psychology. She serves clients in the private and public sector, guiding them in enhancing focus, improving individual and team performance, and aligning leaders with corporate missions and strategies

Alexa holds her Juris Doctor with honors from the University of Florida, Levin School of Law and her Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies from Connecticut College. Prior to her metamorphosis as an executive coach, Alexa was a Litigator in both the Manhattan and West Palm Beach offices of Greenberg Traurig with a focus on business and commercial litigation.

Alan Cohen '83
Connection Coach and Speaker

Alan Samuel Cohen is a leadership, connection, and communication coach, sought-after speaker, and corporate trainer. His expertise in the areas of connection as it relates to business, relationships, community, and leadership make him an ideal speaker for conferences, meetings, and workshops. His wide-ranging professional experiences give him unique insight into making the connections in all areas of life in order to become more productive, more effective, and more successful in the ways of the mind, body, voice, spirit, and heart.

Prior to becoming a professional coach, nearly a decade ago, Alan worked in public relations and human resources for more than twenty years. In addition to writing his first book, “Those Difficult Talks for PR Pros: How Best to Say What Needs to be Said to Clients, Colleagues, and Employees,” Alan co-founded “The Positivity Project,” an initiative intended to create global optimism in the workplace. Among the numerous and notable positions he has held over the years, Alan served as the Director of Communications for The Broadway League, the national trade association for the commercial theater industry and presenter of the Tony Awards; Vice President of Talent Acquisition for MWW Public Relations; and Scholastic Inc.’s Director of Corporate Training and Development and Director of Publicity, leading the promotion team for the multi-million-copy bestselling Harry Potter book series.

Alan holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and Theatre from Connecticut College, and an MBA from Fordham University’s Graduate School of Business, with a focus on leadership development. He is an accredited member of the International Coach Federation (ICF) and is one of only 2,000 Professional Certified Coaches in the world. He was a trainer for The Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC), one of the only International Coach Federation (ICF)-accredited coaching institutes in the world. Alan is a member of the National Speakers Association. His new book “The Connection Challenge: 52 Weeks of Creating New Possibilities” will be released in 2017.

Erin Duran
Director of the LGBTQIA Center 

Erin joined the Connecticut College community on August 8, 2016, prior to which he served as interim associate director of the LGBT Resource Center at Syracuse University. Erin also served in two roles at Gettysburg College as a residential life coordinator and the founding LGBTQA adviser. Erin earned his bachelor’s degree in sociology from Grinnell College and a graduate degree in education from Pennsylvania State University.

Connecticut College’s LGBTQIA Center, founded in 2007, serves the unique needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning students by providing a supportive space, resource library, social events, and educational programming.