Tom Henschel is an expert in workplace communications and executive development. For nearly 30 years, he has helped hundreds of senior leaders achieve The Look & Sound of Leadership.™ His expertise as a communications coach has taken him into executive offices at companies such as Amgen, CitiGroup, CoreLogic, Dole, Ernst & Young, HP, Intuit, KONE, Mattel, Netflix, Raytheon, Sony Pictures, Symantec, Toyota, UCLA and Warner Bros.
Tom’s popular podcast, The Look & Sound of Leadership, airing since 2008, is consistently rated “What’s Hot” in the business podcasts on iTunes. Also a sought-after, entertaining keynote speaker, Tom talks on “Acting On The Corporate Stage: 7 Ways to Manage How You’re Perceived In The Workplace.” And, with best-selling author Dr. Lois Frankel, “Why Men Are Heard & Women Are Liked: Capitalizing On Gender Differences In The Workplace.”
Tom is president of the executive development firm Essential Communications and a founding coach at the consulting firm Corporate Coaching International. In addition to coaching executives, Tom facilitates team events and delivers highly interactive trainings in the areas of presentation skills, effective communications, and influence skills at companies such as Disney, Nissan, Taco Bell, Transamerica and NBC/Universal. Classically trained at The Juilliard School, Drama Division, Tom was a professional actor for more than twenty years and appeared in over 100 plays, films and episodes of television.
Tom also was an award-winning director in theatre. Productions under his direction garnered thirteen theater critics’ awards, including five for him personally as Best Director. As a volunteer, Tom coaches emerging female global leaders for The Coaching Fellowship and serves on the Advisory Board of The Actors Fund. He is chairman of the board of Children’s Community School, the only progressive elementary school in Los Angeles.
Tom is a Past President of the Los Angeles chapter of the Association for Talent Development (formerly ASTD). In 2010, he received their Lifetime Award for ongoing contributions to the field of Learning & Development. He is also an active member of International Coaches Federation, Los Angeles, for whom he leads the Executive Coaching Special Interest Group. He lives in Southern California where he raises zebra finches, corn snakes, California native plants, and is the proud pop of two amazing young women