Leadership Coach, Retreat Leader, Instructor

A bit about YOUR consultant, coach or retreat leader, Jessi LaCosta:

THINK BlueRio FounderI am a CCE Board Certified Coach, professional speaker and seasoned facilitator. I focus on fostering leadership potential and maximizing resiliency in individuals and organizations. My background includes 20  years working across public, private and non-profit sectors in strategic communications, program development, reputation management and organizational effectiveness.

I consistently work to create sustainable practices that yield long-term growth, vision-inspired careers and socially relevant solutions. In doing so I  have consulted with organizations to help build effectiveness through Brand-Centered Sustainability™ – a process I designed as a strategic, results-oriented approach for accountable, attuned leadership development. This way of infusing the brand into all facets by connecting people and systems to a core vision creates effective, efficient, healthy and sustainable platforms for success. Others have told me that I have a very deep talent for synthesizing insight, data and ideas into tools and processes that help people get at the root of an issue and either with my help or on their own solve their challenges and improve their opportunities.

Also  few years ago, I founded the USA’s First Center for Credentialing and Education BCC-Approved veteran-focused coach certification training program that produces quality, certified coaches who can assist military veterans with career transition and reintegration into the civilian sector. In addition to my coaching and consulting work, I have been an adjunct instructor at Portland State, The Centre for Organization Effectiveness, and Nonprofit Management Solutions and have taught 600+ professionals. Recently I launched a CCE, BCC-Approved Leadership and Resilience Coach Certification Program as well that can be offered 100% virtually or on-site.

As a Board Certified Coach with special designations in Corporate/Leadership and Career Coaching, I have provided in excess of 3000 hours of coaching to individuals and teams and am approved to administer many feedback and 360 assessment tools including: Golden Personality Type Profiler, Page Workplace Behavior Inventory, VAL, InsightMirror 360 Leadership, Skill Scan Career Driver, Style Matters, TKI and the CareerLeader.

Prior to the launch of  BlueRio Strategies, I was recruited to work at one of the nation’s top advertising agencies, Deutsch. They had noticed my ability to bridge the gaps between clients and in-house creative talent, from my former work in helping to launch a unique organizational model for an Ophthalmic Surgery Center in New York City.

I sat on the Board of Directors for GAINS (Global Association for Interpersonal Neurobiology Studies) for seven years and am the recipient of both the H. Mebane Turner Service and the Thomas J. Pullen Outstanding Young Alumna Awards from the University of Baltimore and was honored with a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition from Duncan Hunter – Member of Congress, “in recognition of your dedication to support our veterans and their families.” I also received the 2013 Women Who Impact San Diego award from San Diego Metro Magazine.

Honored to be featured in regional and national publications and radio shows not limited to but including: Military Times, Affluent Magazine, Military Families Magazine, SanDiego 10, HR Guru, Readers Digest, Monster.com, ABC affiliates, Delaware Today, InspireMeToday.com  and more.

On a personal and professional note, I am often tapped to lead presentations and keynotes regarding adversity – conflict management and strategic communications.  I am an assault/car-jacking survivor and have experienced several more traumatic incidents in my life, as well as have a sister with special needs. My life calling while mostly focuses on supporting professionals, leaders, and their organizations – also is to support anyone facing traumatic experiences, transitioning from one place in their life to another, and to support people in finding their highest potential and living it to the fullest. In addition to my training as a coach and my study in IPNB, my certificate in conflict resolution, and being a certified mediator – I am also pursuing a certificate as a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. Below you will find a sample of the many appearances and an overview of the people I have had the honor to teach.


  • Women’s Leadership Conference -Abbott Vascular
  • Project Management Institute – San Diego, CA
  • Western Municipal Water District (CA)
  • (Leadership Institute) San Diego Health & Human Services
  • Keynote: 10th Annual Butterfly Event – September 11th memorial: Pala Casino and Resort (CA)
  • Stop Soldier Suicide
  • Goodwill of Arizona
  • Delaware Division of the Arts
  • Eliciting Excellence Conference (Leadership Expert)
  • SWANA (Solid Waste Association of North America)
  • VisionWeekend 2010 Conference
  • Boys and Girls Club of Carlsbad, CA

Developed programs and have taught 600+ students, professionals and board-certified coaches in various courses including: Hawk Eye© Coach Certification, Coaching Through Acceptance© CE Course for Board Certified Coaches, Survive and Thrive©, Hawk Eye Veteran Development© for workforce development and HR professionals, Authentic Leadership and Strategic Communication – University of Baltimore & Portland State, Business Planning and Business Communications – Small Business Development Centers – Southern CA, Strategic Marketing and Branding – Nonprofit Management Solutions, Personal Branding Boot Camps, Brand-Leadership, Brand-Centered Sustainability© and Organization Development Boot Camps.


*The Board Certified Coach (BCC) credential is a mark of distinction for credential holders and a source of credibility for their clients. As a BCC, I have met professional coaching competency standards established by CCE and subject matter experts.