Stephen Kotev

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Facilitator & Coach

Stephen Kotev helps leaders find their voice, align with their values, and act on their aspirations. Through his shoulder-to-shoulder coaching style, Stephen partners with leaders to explore what really matters so that they can achieve their most deeply-held leadership goals.

Stephen has an extensive background in conflict resolution. He is an expert in mediation, coaching, negotiation, and facilitation services, training, and somatic education to private and government clients. The majority of his work focuses on workplace disputes involving leaders/supervisors and those who report to them.  His ongoing work with the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Veterans Affairs brings Stephen regularly into the health care field and has given him deep experience in addressing disputes and challenges involving nurses, physicians, and medical administrators.

Stephen has parlayed his years of experience in the Japanese martial art of Aikido and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to enhance his work as a Somatic Educator. He helps leaders understand how the Fight-or-Flight response shuts down your thinking, fills you with fear, and prevents you from functioning at your best.  Through simple and effective practices focused on breath, posture, and vision, he can help you better manage these negative responses so that you can truly embody your values and beliefs.

Stephen holds a M.A. from George Mason University’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, a certificate in leadership coaching from Georgetown University, a certificate in conflict coaching from Dr. Tricia Jones of Conflict Coaching Matters LLC, and is an Associate Certified Coach with the International Coaching Federation. He currently has a black belt in Aikido and a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.