Shirley Impellizzeri, Ph.D.
Shirley is an Executive Coach with The Leets Consortium, headquartered in Irvine, California. She attained her doctorate degree from UCLA in Psychology. Her diverse career in the clinical realm has included counseling at-risk youth, crisis intervention, parent training, child custody evaluations, overseeing court-ordered support groups for convicted sex offenders, the evaluation and treatment of injured workers, and serving as an expert witness in civil, family, juvenile and criminal court proceedings. Shirley has also appeared as a guest-lecturer at California State University Northridge and is a professor at Ryokan College teaching courses in Social Psychology and Group Behavior.
In 2005, Shirley entered the corporate arena, serving as an Executive Coach to corporate executives in order to assist them in reaching their full potential. She has completed 50 hours of training at the College of Executive Coaching. In this capacity, Shirley has also designed and presented seminars and workshops with a focus on issues of import to the corporate world, such as how to deal with difficult people in the workplace and stress management. Much media attention has been devoted in recent years to the considerable waste of time, energy and resources required to resolve conflicts in the workplace, which typically have nothing to do with the job itself. While the cost to employers in terms of lowered productivity and reduced worker morale as a result of such disputes can be enormous, the emotional toll that interaction with a difficult worker can take on an individual is incalculable. By developing and utilizing strategies to effectively cope with difficult personalities in the employment setting – whether it be with a boss, a co-worker or a subordinate – both employers and employees can dramatically reduce the financial and emotional detriments arising out of workplace conflicts. Most recently Shirley joined with a colleague and developed Behavior Focus Inc., a company dedicated to bring a unique and innovative series of workshops that come from a behavioral and clinical approach to meet the current needs of business management.
Shirley currently resides in Beverly Hills with her daughter. In addition to enjoying the rewards of motherhood and a flourishing career as a psychologist, executive coach and motivational speaker, Shirley enjoys international travel. She is bilingual and bicultural in Spanish and English, which has proven to be an advantage in her professional life, as well as in her world travels.