Vanessa Lujan

Executive Coach
Lujan, Vanessa (EXC) (2)

Executive Summary Vanessa is the Executive Lead Coach for CCL’s Greater Colorado region. Based in Denver, she’s been adjunct faculty with CCL since 2006 and partners with executives from a broad range of public and private industries to help develop new capabilities that support their organizations and growth as effective leaders. Additionally, she is also owner and C.O.O. of Organizational Assessment and Development (OA&D) LLC along with her own coaching and consulting practice. 


Vanessa draws from over 15 years of management experience in mid and senior leadership roles within hospital healthcare settings. She has led large teams and organizations through significant change including start-up operations and mergers. Former roles include Marketing VP for a national healthcare foundation; State Director of Operations and Intake Director for a network of behavioral healthcare facilities; Consultant; Business Owner; Facilitator; Trainer 

Industry Experience 

Vanessa’s clients include Fortune 500 companies from the following industries: healthcare, retail, software, consumer products, manufacturing, engineering and construction firms, insurance, financial services, aerospace, energy, defense, intelligence agencies, non-profit organizations as well as multiple state and federal government agencies. Global experience includes clients from 24 different countries. 

Coaching Approach 

With a breadth of management experience and behavioral sciences background, Vanessa can respond effectively to the challenges faced by many managers and executives. Her organizational systems background helps clients navigate the complex systemic factors often contributing to their ability to drive business results. Her approach is based on a shared partnership with clients to candidly assess their strengths and areas of needed development while motivating and challenging clients to create and sustain the changes needed to improve their effectiveness as leaders. Clients routinely comment on Vanessa’s direct yet warm communication style along with the skill, intuition, and business savvy she brings to the coaching relationship. 

Recent Coaching Assignments 

  • Senior VP of Merchandising for a global retailerChief Medical Executive for State of Michigan Dept. Of Health
  • VP of Marketing for a multinational technology company
  • Senior Executive Service (SES) Assessment Program candidates from several Federal agencies.

Education and Professional Affiliations 

Vanessa obtained her undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and her master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of Denver. She is certified through the International Coach Federation (ICF) and certified in the interpretation of a broad range of personality assessments as well as 360 feedback instruments. She serves on the board of directors for a non-profit learning organization, coaches program candidates from the National Hispana Leadership Institute (NHLI) and is proficient in Spanish. 

A proud parent of 2 college aged children, Vanessa enjoys watching them pursue their passions. During her free time, Vanessa enjoys traveling with her husband and family as well as hiking, skiing, sports, and photography. 

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