Sara LaForest, Owner/Principal of LaForest Coaching and Consulting, brings over 25 years of experience in: Applied, developmental and positive psychology; management; entrepreneurialism; organizational development; and professional education to her coaching and consulting practice. She is certified in the gold-standard business personality assessment – Hogan Assessment Systems – and is a Certified Coach through the WellCoaches® School, Institute of Coaching Professionals Association (ICPA)/Institute of Coaches (IOC) – an Affiliate of McLean/Harvard Medical School.
She is also a graduate of the Million Dollar Consulting® College, an influential group of professionals trained and mentored by world-renowned consultant and author of over 25 books, Dr. Alan Weiss.
Sara’s purpose and passion is to create and foster settings in which individuals, teams, and organizations can explore and embrace the challenges of growth, raise the bar on their performance, and create conditions for success. The fundamental underpinning of her work is a commitment to promoting the wellbeing of the individuals, teams, and organizations she serves to fuel growth potential and sustain performance.
Her clients include international business owners, executives, and organizational leaders in the technology, e-commerce, healthcare and consulting sectors, as well as in other areas of specialization. Over the course of her career, she has also worked with large non-profits, government, and academic entities. In 2012 and 2014, her prior consultancy was recognized as a Top Leadership Partner and Provider at the Leadership 500 Excellence Awards. Some of her clients have earned industry accolades, including INC 500 status, and have been rated among the Top 100 Best Places to Work by Modern Healthcare Magazine.
She has contributed writings to dozens of publications and has coauthored two books, Organizational Gravity: A Guide to Strategically Growing Your Brand, Culture, and Talent and The Female Leader: Empowerment, Confidence, and Passion.
Tony Kubica, her former and now retired partner at Kubica LaForest Consulting, serves as an adviser in her consulting work.
Tony Kubica – Advisor
Over his career journey, Tony has served in a vast array of healthcare, executive, consulting, and advising roles. Currently, Tony is a mentor and coach, a karate instructor (5th degree black belt), and creator and author of The Grandpa Tales. He is co-author of Organizational Gravity – A Guide to Strategically Growing Your Company’s Brand, Culture and Talent (2013), and author and co-author of many healthcare, entrepreneurial and leadership oriented articles published internationally.
Tony’s consulting specialties include: strategic business growth, performance improvement, transition management, and leadership development. With his MBA in Healthcare Administration, and as an entrepreneur over the last twenty years, he’s focused much of his work with start-ups and small businesses owned or managed by specialists trained in technology or the clinical sciences. Initially trained as a pharmacist, he quickly became a departmental director, advanced to a hospital executive, and then served as a executive in charge of a management consulting practice for one of the early emerging and quickly growing virtual healthcare IT consulting companies.
While at the University of Connecticut Health Center he held a number of key positions; Director of Pharmacy, hospital executive, hospital planner and co-chair of the Health Center’s Strategic Planning Committee. In addition, he served as Assistant Professor of Community Medicine and Assistant Clinical Professor of Pharmacy at the Schools of Medicine and Pharmacy, respectively.
He was a hospital executive at Rhode Island Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island where he was responsible for all clinical and non-clinical hospital services and, working with key physicians, was instrumental in introducing new technology and care concepts such as minimally invasive surgery, Gamma Knife® and lithotripsy.
Tony joined Superior Consultant Company (specializing in healthcare information technology and management consulting services) as a senior management consultant and grew to Senior Vice President of the Chi Group – Superior’s management consulting company – prior to leaving in 2005 to start his own company. Along the way he was Director of the Integrated Delivery Network Practice, Vice President of Implementation for select health care IT software systems, and Vice President for company wide resource management and sales.
He is a past member of Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, the Smaller Business Association of New England (SBANE) and the Exit Planning Exchange (Boston). He holds certification with Hogan Assessments, an internationally utilized, premier personality and job performance profiling system used to help organizations hire high-potential talent and develop current and emerging leaders.
He and his wife reside in Rhode Island, and delight in their growing family.