Coaching & Transformation at Work

 

Regan Caruthers leads OceansThree coaching services, helping clients elevate their performance, more deeply align their lives and work with their values, or find their path, while reducing internal stress and noise. Regan believes that the insights one needs to make constructive, transformative changes reside within, yet those insights are often inaccessible due to internal and external roadblocks. Regan’s coaching provides easy to access tools and strategies that if applied to daily life lead to personal transformation and more effective, fulfilling performance at work.

To elevate team performance and cohesion, many clients have also engaged our services to help teams resolve conflict, and improve communication and performance. We help teams navigate difficult conversations with authenticity leading to performance breakthroughs built on renewed trust.

For candidates going through a career change, we also coach individuals through career transitions or career transformations. We can help you with: developing and strengthening your value proposition; positioning your LinkedIn profile and resume around your strengths, accomplishments and desired role; interview preparation and practice; or developing a job search game plan.

Typical Coaching Scenarios for Individuals

  • Regaining Passion for Work
  • Reducing Stress and Improving Work/Life Balance
  • Resolving Conflict with a Colleague
  • Making a Vital Career Decision
  • Creating a Meaningful and Supportive Inner Life
  • Managing through a Career Transition

For Teams

  • Resolving Conflict with a Critical Team Member
  • Aligning Individual Strengths and Passions to Deliverables
  • Creating a Healthier, Fulfilling Team Culture
  • Redesigning Work Processes to Accelerate Performance

 


 

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Regan Caruthers, Partner

Regan Caruthers has been an executive recruiter and coach at OceansThree since its inception. She brought over 20 years of top performing sales and business development experience in the education industry to her role, including leadership positions with both the California State University and California Community Colleges’ Office of the Chancellor.

Regan understands the talent needs of both mature and early stage companies having excelled in both environments for companies such as McGraw-Hill, Kno, CourseSmart, and as Vice-President Sales and Strategic Alliances for Pathbrite.

In addition, her innovative work experience with both the Institute of HeartMath and the Society for Organizational Learning provides her with a unique and holistic perspective on how best to coach talent to thrive in complex and demanding organizational environments. Her transformative coaching has been widely praised by a variety of education industry leaders and she is passionate about bringing her clients tools to navigate change and complexity with more ease.

A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Regan has called Santa Cruz, CA home for the last 20 years. Her husband Jim Kelly and her two sons, Connor and Ian, bring her great joy!

 


 

“As a coach, her work is professional and career oriented, but the questions she asks, if answered fully and honestly, touch all aspects of your life. Regan helped me to see that my potential, though rooted in software products and learning, was more fully realized in working with people and leading teams. This has led me towards roles of increasing responsibility and executive leadership. Regan sees the whole person and her insight is empathetic yet bold and challenging. More recently, she worked with members of my leadership team and I have seen similar growth and transformation in them. I recommend her coaching services to any company or individual seeking to grow in both quality of life and performance.”

Jon Stowe, COO, Teachstone


 

“The impact of Regan’s coaching on my life — professionally and otherwise — have been immense and measurable. Regan will help you see — and thus measure — yourself , and offer the coaching to actualize the changes and growth you seek. Like a masterful musician in a duet, Regan offers the right ratios of support to stimulate your growth and space to find your own path in her coaching.

“Regan is deliberate and kind in holding me accountable to action plans and encourages my follow through in measuring my growth through our sessions. Regan is a highly effective communicator who helps me detangle complicated circumstances quickly…Regan infuses the power of positivity into all of her coaching which has made me a more effective leader and colleague.

“Regan offers keen perspective on how I'm situated within my work ecosystem and otherwise which has helped me realize my voice and role as a leader in and out of the office. Regan models kindness and self regulation as a coach which in turn have lent to my growth in those areas.”

Chad Sanders, CEO, Archer Genius Management; Former Director of New Products, Dev BootCamp

 


 

“Regan has helped me overcome obstacles, improve my relationships with colleagues, and approach my job with greater confidence and clarity. Whether in preparing for an important meeting or navigating a complex project, Regan has an incredible ability to listen, synthesize complex situations, and provide powerful advice (that works!). Meeting with Regan regularly has given me a third eye – I am armed with greater foresight and awareness of my environment that betters me and the organization I work for. I would recommend Regan without hesitation to anyone who wants to improve their success and enjoyment at work.”

A. Noda, Founder, Pull Reminders and Co-Founder Butter CMS; Former CTO, Kaplan NEST

Talent Development & Retention

 

More and more of our clients are talking to us about the need to build more strategic talent development and retention programs and activities, as ed tech leaders realize that their people – and their ability to build engaged and high performing teams — is of the utmost importance to exceeding outcomes and driving revenue growth.

David Gillespie leads OceansThree talent development services, and can bring his years of experience to help you design, develop, and implement overall strategies and specific initiatives in three key areas:

Talent Development

  • Onboarding – New employees want to know the right people, products, and processes, and they want to have an onboarding plan. Let’s build an onboarding plan for your team that starts your new employees on the right track, and keeps them there.
  • Competency-Based Recruiting Development and Training – From memorable job descriptions to focused interviewing skills, we can help your hiring managers access best practices for hiring the best talent.
  • Manager and Leadership Development – We ask our best individual contributors to manage people and/or lead a team, but often provide them with no management or leadership skills training. Having a plan for the training and development of your people managers will increase the success AND retention of both managers and their teams.
  • Career and Professional Development – Many of your team members know that they want to advance their careers, but few know how to do so. Whether for your entire organization, or for one employee, let’s build a career development or professional development plan that keeps your team engaged and thriving, and creates a talent pipeline for your more senior roles.

Sales Optimization

  • Sales Leadership – Optimizing revenue growth begins with developing your sales leaders. We believe that front line sales managers are the most important role in any sales organization, and we can help you develop that talent. And, sales leadership takes a “secret sauce” that combines vision, alignment and execution, mixed with creating an atmosphere where sales people feel like they can win. Let us create that for you and your team.
  • Connecting Sales and Marketing – The most successful sales managers understand that the lines between sales and marketing are blurred, with shared accountability, a common sales and marketing pipeline, and customer-centric marketing campaigns and sales tools. We can help you build a strong sales & marketing connection that will close deals and drive revenue.
  • Selling Skills Training – Whether for inside or field sales, hunters, farmers, or customer experience reps, we can build a practical selling skills training plan that is customized to your product, market, and customers.

Building Self-Awareness and Winning Cultures

We can help you maximize your team’s potential, and build a winning culture, as an Authorized Partner for Everything DiSC® and The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team™. Getting the results you want is about building more effective and productive working relationships, and these additions to David’s arsenal of tools can help you do that.

 


 

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David Gillespie, Founding Partner

David is a co-founder of OceansThree and now leads the talent development side of the business. Prior to that, he had a rich, 25-year career of marketing, sales management, and talent development from Pearson and Cengage.

At Pearson, he successfully managed the US higher education sales organization through the start of its digital transformation. At Cengage, he launched initiatives in K-20 sales talent acquisition and development, sales learning, and sales optimization. As VP Sales Strategy, Learning and Development, he introduced a competency-based talent acquisition culture and process, launched a sales onboarding program, created industry unique leadership development and career planning initiatives, and served as a strategic advisor for senior leaders in all aspects of recruiting, retention, talent development, and sales effectiveness.

In 2014, he co-founded OceansThree, and helped run the day-to-day business through 2016. In 2015, David co-founded and still leads The River, an organization in Atlanta with a mission to transform the way people view homelessness. He has continued to advise leaders from ed tech companies of all sizes in areas of sales optimization and effective sales leadership, with an emphasis on creating winning sales cultures. Most recently, David brings his expertise as an Authorized Partner for Everything DiSC® and The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team™ to his work with OceansThree.

He is a native Texan, now living in Atlanta Georgia, and has a BBA from Texas A&M University and a M.Ed. from the University of Georgia.

 

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“Having worked with David in the past, I knew he would be the best person to help us develop a learning and development program for a new sales team, which included a plan for our national sales meeting. David exhibited superb leadership and vision, not only for the training plan, but for other core issues, such as pipeline management, role definition and clarity, and sales team development and structure.”

Jerome Grant, COO, Universal Technical Institute, Inc.

 


 

“David’s work with us began as a need to create a day of selling skills training to a disparate sales team. He quickly jumped into our business, and discovered other organizational needs where he offered advice, including connecting sales and marketing, sales leadership development, and alignment of our mission with our value proposition. Our sales team indicated the training was the most impactful and useful they had ever received. In addition, our leadership team benefited greatly from his counsel in strategic areas.”

Joan Pedley, VP Marketing, Teachstone

 


 

“When David came to Real Time Cases to help us improve our sales organization, it was immediately apparent that we were working with someone who not only knew how to align sales and marketing, but how to be a true partner in transforming and leading a sales organization. From leadership to strategy to execution, it was a privilege to have learned from such a knowledgeable and mission-driven professional like him.”

John Collins, VP Operations, Real Time Cases

Recruiting & Executive Search

 

OceansThree is the best fit for clients looking for an experienced recruiter who they can work with from start to finish (no hand-off to junior staff), from a boutique company, who is highly knowledgeable and connected in the ed tech space, to help them find outstanding sales, marketing, product, technology, or general management talent, in any part of the education sector, from Director to C-Suite levels.

We specialize in retained executive search where we can work exclusively with you, so we can provide the highest quality service and preserve the full potential of our search process, thus yielding the strongest candidates and best fit for you and your company.

If you’d like to learn more about our approach, below is a graphic outlining our talent acquisition process. We would love to discuss this with you further, and are happy to answer any questions or share additional details.

 

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“Fit is everything. OceansThree invested the time to learn about our culture, needs, and goals. It ensured that the candidates they recruited and recommended for a number of C-Suite and other senior searches would be a good match. And they were.”

Jonathan Gyurko, CEO, ACUE

 


 

“I highly recommend OceansThree if you are looking for great people in the ed tech sector. OceansThree was professional, communicative, proactive and discerning. There were some twists and turns throughout the process, and I appreciated the counsel and perspective throughout. They saved me so much time by staying close to multiple candidates throughout a lengthier than originally hoped for process on our end, and helped to close the deal. The best evidence of the high regard in which I hold OceansThree is that our company awarded them our next search without hesitation.”

Yolanda De Rooy, Chief Learning Officer, eDynamic Learning

 

  • acrobatiq
  • acue
  • adam matthew
  • american psychological assn
  • ascend
  • author solutions
  • barnes & noble loudcloud
  • cambridge press
  • cengage
  • chronicle books
  • devbootcamp
  • edynamic learning
  • freshgrade
  • giantchair
  • herff-jones
  • inkling
  • iskme
  • ixl
  • macmillan
  • mcgraw-hill
  • odonnell
  • pearson
  • querium
  • rowman littlefield
  • teachstone
  • turning-technologies
  • turnitin
  • vitalsource

 


 

“OceansThree was an excellent partner in recruiting a Marketing Director. They spent time speaking with me to understand the requirements of the role, my management style and the company culture. This led to a shortlist of truly qualified candidates, and we even ended up creating a second role and hiring 2 of the candidates because they were both such a great fit. I highly recommend OceansThree for talent acquisition and plan to use them again in the future.”

Cindy Clarke, VP, Digital Communications, Elsevier; Former VP Marketing, VitalSource Technologies

 

For Candidates

 

Featured Job Openings 

Vice President, Marketing | Boston, MA

This company is a leader in the creation and delivery of superior industry-aligned programs in partnership with post-secondary institutions to address critical workforce skill gaps and extend career opportunities for working professionals. They are looking for an inspiring marketing leader to direct the marketing efforts for the company, with an emphasis on developing and implementing effective B2C marketing strategies, focused on driving high quality enrollments to their programs.

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VP Product Management l Hoboken, NJ—NEW

This company—a provider of content-enabled solutions that improve outcomes in research, education, and professional practice—is seeking a highly qualified and experienced individual for their scholarly and scientific publishing unit. In this role, you will be responsible for building innovative products that will delight their customers. As the ultimate owner of the prioritization and scope of the product roadmaps, you will lead conceptualization, creation and ongoing enhancement of winning solutions that align tightly with market requirements.

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Director of Business Development & Sales, Higher Education Solutions l Remote

This company is the leading scientific and professional association representing psychology in the United States. Their mission is to advance the creation, communication and application of psychological knowledge to benefit society and improve people’s lives. As the Director of Business Development & Sales, you will have an opportunity to develop and drive the new sales strategy for higher education, exceed assigned pipeline and profit objectives, lead new business initiatives and processes for courseware solution and work closely with the company’s leadership.

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Director of Industry Management l New York City—NEW

This rapidly growing company, now the world’s largest independent video distribution platform, is seeking a motivated Director of Industry Management to develop and implement growth strategies for the achievement of revenue goals. The Director of Industry Management will have the right blend of both analytical talent and business know-how, with vast experience in video sales and a large book of business.

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Director of Marketing l Asheville, NC—NEW

The company, which has been has been collaborating with faculty to develop high-quality, customizable, interactive digital course materials for higher education, is seeking a confident, creative professional to lead the strategic vision and tactical execution of a marketing plan for their learning products and services. The Director of Marketing will be responsible for developing an understanding of the higher education market and opportunities, and the creation and execution of a clearly defined marketing and communications strategy to excel in that market.

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Partnership Manager, K–12 l Boston, MA

This company has recently partnered with Boston College to launch an innovative, unique, and highly competitive Masters of Education (M.Ed.) program and seeks an experienced and motivated Partnership Manager, K–12 to help support this program. The Partnership Manager will expand and manage the company’s partnerships with Massachusetts school districts, individual schools, educator professional development networks, and other K–12 institutions, which are critical to growing and maintaining our enrollment pipeline.

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Courseware Portfolio Manager | Remote—FILLED

This company is one of North America’s largest providers of Career Ready and Elective courses with over 100 specialized, high-interest courses rarely found in other catalogs, from Forensic Science to Culinary Arts, American Sign Language to Game Design and everywhere in between. Reporting to the Director Course Strategy & Design, the Courseware Portfolio Manager will be responsible for planning, overseeing, and launching the growth of key vertical course areas.

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Partnership Director | Southeast—FILLED

This exciting high-growth faculty training and development ed tech company is seeking a passionate and results-driven business and partnership development star to manage and grow higher education institutional engagement in the Southeast region of the United States.

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Regional Director of Sales | West—FILLED

This trusted leader in early childhood measurement and mentoring is looking for a Regional Director who is results-driven and obsessive about closing deals to drive sales. The Regional Director is a member of the Sales team who will strive to build new relationships and help deliver on clients’ objectives. You will be working intimately with customer success, professional services and inside sales teams to ensure outstanding alignments of this company’s products with client’s needs.

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Regional Vice President of Sales | East—FILLED

This company is the trusted leader in early childhood measurement and mentoring and has the proven expertise schools need to nurture better student outcomes, one classroom at a time. With decades of early childhood education research as a foundation, this company offers products and programs that help schools unlock the potential of great teachers, boost student outcomes, and create a culture of sustained excellence. We are looking for a Regional Vice President of Sales to oversee the direction and management of the sales organization for the Eastern United States. This individual will drive sales efforts of a team of education sales reps and must excel at coaching and developing account executives and client success managers, managing change, creating a culture of accountability and high performance, and developing and executing sales strategies.

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Vice President Operations | New York City—FILLED

This world-renowned global academic publisher’s mission is to unlock people’s potential with the best learning and research solutions around the globe. Based out of the UK, this organization is a leader in the world of learning and research, providing the very best solutions, content, experiences, and customer care. The Vice President of Operations will oversee all business in North America. The ideal candidate is flexible, diplomatic, and adept at working within a matrixed environment. You must be results-driven and experienced in leading operational departments and improvement initiatives, together with change management, and hold a track record of transformation in an operational environment. Stakeholder savvy, strong communication skills, and commercial acumen are all key to success in this role.

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Career and Professional Coaching

For candidates going through a career change, we also coach individuals through career transitions or career transformations. We can help you with: developing and strengthening your value proposition; positioning your LinkedIn profile and resume around your strengths, accomplishments and desired role; interview preparation and practice; or developing a job search game plan. For more coaching services click on the Learn More link below.

 

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“From the perspective of a recruitment candidate, Tracy Augustine was professional, helpful, supportive, thorough, and organized. Equipped with extensive knowledge of the education industry, Tracy discussed the role and the company deeply, assessed fit on behalf of both parties, and attracted candidates in an authentic manner. Tracy’s proactive approach was key – she scheduled pre-interview sessions to manage expectations, reached out when she received new information, and followed up consistently (even post-hire). Know that Tracy’s professionalism sets OceansThree apart from other recruiting companies. I recommend Tracy and OceansThree to both firms that need to recruit as well as to individuals who want to work in the education and in the edtech industries.”

Lisa Rahn, Director Product & Course Strategy, eDynamic Learning

 

Recruiting & Executive Search

Our part-art, part-science proprietary process is comprehensive and efficient so that we can help you attract and land the best talent for your company.

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Talent Development & Retention

Building engaged, high-performing teams is vital to drive revenue growth and retention. Let us help you develop and implement strategic initiatives to exceed your goals.

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Coaching & Transformation at Work

Let us help you and your teams thrive in complex and demanding organizational environments, and navigate change with more ease and purpose.

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By the Numbers

 

Retention rate of our talent placements


Retention Rate of our Talent Placements

 

77 combined years recruiting experience


Combined Years Recruiting Experience

 

33 years in the education sector


Years in the Education Sector ~ Since 1985

 

10,670 talented people in our network


Talented People in our Network and Database

 

Our Clients

  • acrobatiq
  • acue
  • adam-matthew
  • american-psychological-assn
  • ascend
  • author-solutions
  • cambridge-press
  • cengage
  • chronicle-books
  • devbootcamp
  • edynamic-learning
  • freshgrade
  • giantchair
  • herff-jones
  • inkling
  • iskme
  • ixl
  • loudcloud
  • macmillan
  • mcgraw-hill
  • odonnell
  • pearson
  • querium
  • rowman-littlefield
  • teachstone
  • turning-technologies
  • turnitin
  • vitalsource

 

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