VIP Team

FounderBetsy A. Haas, MA

Esteemed Human Development International, Inc. CPO (Chief Possibility Officer)/Lead Trainer

For more than forty years, Betsy A. Haas, MA  has been coaching and teaching people and organizations to grow through rethinking their ideas about work, relationships, and self.  She is a captivating national and international motivational speaker, business consultant, educator, life coach, minister, co-author, and cable TV talk show host.

Noted for her versatility, humor, compassion, and down-to-earth wisdom, Betsy is best known for the powerful emphasis she places on how each of us makes THE difference in the world.  A wide variety of business groups, nonprofit organizations, professional associations, civic groups, and individuals benefit from Betsy’s real-life solutions and her extensive background in human development.  With her results-oriented style she assists many corporations in building solid and successful teams.  She creates an affirming culture in which people can work together to navigate diverse challenges.

Named Business Woman of the Year by the Business Alliance of Los Angeles in 1999, Betsy has certifications in: Emotional Intelligence and the EQI360, Leadership Practices Inventory (LPI), Probe (Promoting Business Excellence), Tipping Point: Creating Contagious Change, Master Trainer- Peace Partners, Inc., Licensed Minister, Life Community College Teaching Credential, Coaching for Commitment, etc.

Betsy is a member of:

  • National Association for Self-Esteem
  • National Association for the Education of Young Children
  • California Head Start Association
  • International Centers for Spiritual Living

Betsy has a master of arts in human development from Pacific Oaks College and a Bachelor of Science in Child Development and Family Relationships from Colorado State University.  She has worked throughout the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, and South America.


Le’Angela IngramLeangela Ingram

Ms. Ingram develops and provides training and consultation and facilitation services for organizations across the federal sector as well as for private sector clients. Her areas of specialty include Leadership Development; Cultural and Workforce Diversity, Instructor Development; Team Building; Effective Meetings; Emotional Intelligence; Resilience, Change Management; Conflict Resolution,; Cross-Gender Communication and Sexual Harassment, Systems Thinking, Customer Service and Customer Relations; Stress Management; Mentoring, and Coaching. Ms Ingram is principal author of more than 35 curriculum packages in the above areas now in use across the United States, Africa, Afghanistan, and Japan. She is a field educator for EHDI.

Ms. Ingram holds a Bachelor Business Administration from Howard University and a Master Degree in Applied Behavioral Science -Organization/Human Resource Development from Johns Hopkins University, where she also completed two Hopkins Fellowships in Change Management and Women, Leadership and Change. She is certified by Williams Bridges, Leading Change, Toronto,CA , MBTI, and Emotional Intelligence- 360 Feedback, Otto Kroger Associates. Certificate as Sherpa coach.

Loran ThompsonLoran Thompson
Corporate Trainer and Health Coach

Corporate trainer and health coach, Loran Thompson is on a mission to empower people around the country to “WAKE UP” and make healthier lifestyle choices.

Loran is a Field Educator for Esteemed Human Development International, INC, serving many corporate and non-profit clients with work/life issues. As an energetic and powerful speaker and author, she inspires people to take an active part in their own health and wellbeing. Her willingness to share about overcoming her own obstacles, brings a refreshingly, “real” perspective to her presentations.

For over 25 years, Loran’s popular programs have been celebrated by thousands of people across the country. She presents an engaging and entertaining event that will provide individuals with the tools they need to live a longer, healthier life.

Dean Strong, A.C.C., M.Div, M.B.A.Dean Strong
Leadership Coach and Organizational Consultant

Dean Strong is a leadership coach and organizational consultant with education and training in business, human behavior, organizational theory and ethics. He brings 30 years of experience helping individuals, teams and organizations successfully discern, negotiate and implement desired changes in behaviors and ethos.

His business experience includes management positions with a major grocery company, The Boeing Company, and leading southeastern commercial real estate developer. He is a co-founder of Property One, a regional commercial real estate management company. Dean has served as a chaplain at a regional medical trauma center, head of staff in an urban faith community and continues to serve the nonprofit community in governance, conflict resolution, parliamentary procedure and intergroup relations. Dean is a field educator with EHDI.

Dean is an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) of the International Coaching Federation. He has pursued extensive post graduate work in marriage and family counseling, conflict mediation, organizational systems, leadership training, ethics and executive coaching. He is a Certified & Licensed CPP Administrator of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, FIRO-B Org Behavior Instrument, TKI (conflict instrument).


Debra WardellDebra Wardell, CPCC, PCC, CRC
Field Educator

Debra is a successful entrepreneur since l987. Throughout the years of owning her own business, it became clear that Debra was delivering a foundation of support and encouragement that reached well beyond the scope of her business.

Debra’s ability to create a successful business is in part due to her fierce commitment and her business/finance background. To expand her impact, Debra trained and received certification through one of the oldest and most rigorous schools in the industry; Coaches Training Institute. Debra also holds accreditation through International Coaching Federation, the global governing organization for coaches. Debra is a trained Organization and Relationship System Coach as well.

In 2008, Debra transition to a full time coaching practice. Debra partners with success driven individuals in search of an extraordinary life. Debra’s intuitive ability, in addition to speaking directly and powerful to clients, creates extraordinary results.

Debra facilitates multi-dimensional workshops that are both innovative and easily integrated into personal and professional arenas. All workshops function from a ‘wisdom lives within’ model and participants gain skill sets that can be utilized immediately. Debra is an engaging facilitator providing participants well designed active learning opportunities that they report leaves them inspired and motivated.