From our collective experience as lawyers and managers in the private, public and non-profit sectors, we view organizations, as well as individuals working outside of formal organizations, as organic systems. We can guide you and your organization through creating a unique compass anchored in Nexus (linking relevant factors with core objectives), Synergy, Efficacy and Wisdom to define and inform intention and activity in service of personal and organizational goals.
With more than 50 collective years as lawyers with practices in transactions and litigation; managerial experience in a variety of public, private and non-profit organizations; teaching and training lawyers, corporate groups and others across multiple domains, each of us reached a point in our respective careers where we realized that something was missing in terms of our professional lives.
In 2015, we found ourselves as students at the University of Pennsylvania, enrolled in the Masters in Applied Positive Psychology program. We immediately connected and began to explore the sources and nature of wellbeing in the workplace as well as the individual and organizational structures and approaches to scaffold building careers and enterprises that promote engagement, meaning, connectivity and purpose.
We created Compass Consultants with the intention of integrating years of practical experience with best practices and cutting-edge research to introduce and operationalize a strengths approach to amplify interpersonal skills, support leadership cultivation, promote workplace engagement and develop creative yet practical solutions to move organizations and their employees forward.
Meet the Team
Laurie Lyte is a lawyer, coach and training professional with experience in the public and private sectors.
In addition to her role as a principal of Compass Consultants, she has served as a director of professional development and planning for a large state agency. Laurie's public sector law practice was focused on complex litigation and government contracts; in private practice she specialized in professional liability defense litigation. Laurie has experience in government procurement having served as a procurement analyst for the U.S. Army and as an attorney representing several state agencies in the procurement process.
Laurie has worked with organizations and individual clients to develop their strengths and find their professional niche; improve their organizational performance through a strengths-based approach; plan and manage growth and change; and create effective teams. She has experience in individual and team coaching, developing curricula and facilitating group sessions on topics such as leadership, management, negotiation and conflict resolution, stress management, change management, resiliency and legal practice skills.
Laurie holds a Graduate Certificate in Executive and Professional Coaching from the University of Texas at Dallas. She is a Myers Briggs Type Indicator Step I and Step II Certified Practitioner. She is also member of the International Coaching Federation, holding a PCC certification.
Trinity College, BA
University of Baltimore School of Law, JD
University of Texas Jindal School of Managment, MSc
University of Pennsylvania, MAPP
Diane is an author, practicing lawyer, mediator and conflict coach with experience in the private, non-profit and public sectors.
In addition to her role as a principal of Compass Consultants, she has been of counsel to Ortoli Rosenstadt LLP (formerly Sanders Ortoli Vaughn-Flam Rosenstadt LLP) since 2013. Formerly of Weil Gotshal & Manges; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom and Alter & Rosen LLP, Diane specialized in real estate and corporate transactions, non-profit governance and US copyright law.
Diane is the author of The Grownup's Guide: Living with Kids in Manhattan (1998, 2003) and The Grownup’s Guide: Visiting New York City with Kids (2003). She was the Founding Vice President of Girls Learn International, a non-profit organization that works to combat the global crisis in girls’ education. Diane serves on the board of Planned Parenthood NYC; the Cornell University Council, the ILR School Dean’s Advisory Council, the President’s Council of Cornell Women and the Cornell Council on Sexual Violence; the New York French American Charter School (term ended December 2016); and the advisory boards of the Scheinman Institute on Conflict Resolution and the Mt. Sinai Adolescent Health Center. She previously served on the Borough of Manhattan Community Board 8.
Diane holds certificates from the Columbia University External Coaching Intensive, Cynergy Conflict Coaching and the Wholebeing Institute Positive Psychology Coaching.
Cornell University ILR School, BS
London School of Economics, General Course
Georgetown University Law Center, JD
NYU Stern School of Business, MBA
University of Pennsylvania, MAPP
Compass Consultants will design a customized plan to help you attain, achieve and accomplish your personal and organizational needs and intentions.