About Us

Lead for Impact is a social enterprise that provides transformational leadership services and training to individuals, communities, and organizations.

Our mission is to support emerging and established leaders from all sectors in developing their internal resources and professional skill sets so they can have a positive impact on the communities and organizations with which they work.

Our vision is that transformative and impactful leadership—skillfully and interchangeably connecting the inside to the outside—will represent a new way of achieving collaborative and sustainable change.

Based in New York City, we deliver our training and programs across the United States and internationally. We have hosted transformational leadership seminars and training at MIT Media Lab, Columbia University and a variety of other universities, the UN Headquarters, and community centers all over the globe.

The Team and Partners

The team at Lead for Impact has trained thousands of people from governmental and nonprofit organizations (including United Nations agencies) to corporations, small businesses, and educational organizations and districts (K–12 and higher education). Our team has designed, developed, and conducted hundreds of customized negotiation, conflict management, leadership, specific skill-based and facilitation seminars.

Kobi Skolnick

Kobi Skolnick, M.S.
Founder, Lead for Impact

Kobi is a facilitator, trainer, educator, and executive coach.

He has trained thousands of people, worldwide, in transformative leadership development, facilitation, and advocacy for social change. Kobi has created and implemented organizational capacity programs that create and sustain meaningful change for individuals, teams, organizations and movements.

Kobi is passionate about supporting leaders and change agents to realize their vision for themselves, their organization, and our world. He is committed to making transformational change a reality through education and skill-based practice that empowers people to turn their beliefs into behaviors, and their goals into reality.

-M.S, Negotiation and Conflict Resolution, Columbia University, 2013
-BA, Professional Studies (concentrations in Cross-Cultural Psychology, Cultural Studies, and World Religions), St. Francis College, 2010

Beth Fisher-Yoshida

Beth Fisher-Yoshida, PhD, CCS
Director in the Master of Science in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution Program, Columbia University

Beth is a facilitator, trainer, educator, mediator, and executive coach.

She has trained diverse groups of people on the individual, group, organizational, and community levels to achieve change and transformation through reflective self-awareness, communication, coaching, conflict resolution, leadership development, performance management, and team building.

Beth is passionate about change and transformation and supporting people as they create, implement, manage, and cope with change at every level. She creates strategies to facilitate change, both present and future.

-PhD, Human and Organizational Systems, January 200

-MA, Organizational Development, February 1998
-Fielding Graduate University, Santa Barbara, CA

-CCS, Certified Clinical Sociologist
-Fielding Graduate University and Sociological Practice Association, June 1998

-MA, Special Education, August 1983
-Teachers College, Columbia University, Kappa Delta Phi

-BS, Special Education; BA, Art, May 1976, Buffalo State College

Moshe Cohen

Moshe Cohen, MBA, MEng
Senior Lecturer, Boston University

Moshe is a facilitator, trainer, educator, mediator, and executive coach.

He has been teaching, mediating, coaching, writing, and speaking on the topics of negotiation, leadership, change management, influence, conflict resolution, mediation, facilitation, and communication for 15 years. He has trained thousands of people to develop skills that make them become more effective in meeting their goals and interacting with others.

Moshe is passionate about making a difference and ensuring that the knowledge shared in training is always a relevant and practical application of these skills, so that they will make a difference in your life, in your work, and in the world.

-MBA, Boston University, Graduate School of Management, with a focus on Organizational Behavior and Conflict Resolution, May 1995
-MEng, Master of Electrical Engineering (Robotics), McGill University,
November 1987
-BA, Bachelor of Arts in Physics, Cornell University, June 1983

Jen Gowers

Jennifer Gowers, EdD
Executive Director, ACT Programs at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine

Jen is a facilitator, trainer, educator, and executive coach.

She has trained hundreds of people in leadership, education, and social change. She has been a leader in New York City public and public charter education curriculum design, instruction, professional development, and assessment practices for more than 13 years.

Jen is passionate about transforming systems, developing individual capacity and potential, and making a brighter and better society.

-EdD, English Education, Teachers College, Columbia University, 2012

-EdM, Secondary Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education, 2005
-BA, English; BS, Elementary Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2001

Jacob Dixon

Jacob Dixon, M.S.Ed.
President & CEO, Choice for All

Jacob is a facilitator, trainer, educator and team coach.

He has trained a diverse group of people on the individual, team, organization and community level in leadership, education, effective messaging, team building, community organizing, advocacy and social change. He has been a leader in the world of non-profit, leadership studies, public and public charter education and community development for over 10 years. 

Jacob is passionate about supporting leaders in transforming systems and believes in their potential as change agents to actualize social change. He is committed to providing tools and resources for people, across all levels, to assess, design, drive and sustain positive impact.

- M.S.Ed., Childhood Special & General Education, Bank Street College of Education, 2010
- BA, Communication Arts & Sciences, Pennsylvania State University, 2008


A Letter from the Founder

I grew up in an ultra-orthodox Jewish family outside of Jerusalem. From an early age, I was exposed to predetermined beliefs and lifestyles.

But I always had the curiosity for questioning the limitations we impose on our potential as individuals and as a society. Due to my upbringing in a conflict-ridden society, I have been eager to explore our common humanity that lies beyond simplifications, rigidity, and defensiveness.

Driven by my fascination for human dynamics, I earned degrees from a community college and an Ivy League school with the intention of exploring the academic frameworks and tools that best explain and teach awareness, motivation, relationships, and systems dynamics.

For the past decade I have been engaged with community and social activists, business leaders, and academia. In every setting and culture, repeatedly I noticed a lack in practical tools and skillsets that prevented people from creating change strategically. But then every time I worked with people on leadership development, I saw them make huge progress.

These experiences and insights inspired me to establish Lead for Impact in 2013.

Our work is based on action research, prevalent theories of change and lessons learned through implementation. We are certain that if we examine through the lens of multiple, interconnected perspectives, we will be more flexible and prepared to address systemic change sustainably.

Throughout my life, it has been my goal to channel destructive energies into positive ones; to contribute to constructive and strategic patterns of action; and to enable us to create the system shifts we all need.

I invite you to join us!

Kobi Skolnick