About 5Ten

Are We a Fit for You?

As you navigate the sea of coaches and organizational consultants, you are probably finding that many of them look alike. What makes 5Ten a fit for you? Background, experience and credentials are important and you can scroll down to see these. However, as the 5Ten founder, I’d like to share a bit about who I am.

About 5Ten Founder, Lee Ann Wurster-Naefe, PCC

Prior to establishing 5Ten as a coaching and consulting business, I was a leader in the corporate world for more than eighteen years. I developed and managed many high-performance teams who delivered remarkable results while having a lot of fun in the process. And I mentored, trained and coached direct reports who became entrepreneurs, managers and executives themselves.

In addition to the more enjoyable side of leading, I have also met the challenge of leading units tasked with taking on more work with less staff and dwindling resources, and managed through a merger and reorganization when nothing was stable and emotions ran high.  I’ve delivered bad news, had tough conversations and navigated challenging personalities and resistant cultural forces.

Since forming 5Ten in 2003, I have had the privilege of sharing what I learned as a leader (and still learn) directly to organizations and the people who lead them. I am also the immediate Past Director for the Leadership Coaching Certificate Program at Georgetown University, where I have been teaching others for 15+ years how to coach and develop leaders in organizations. I have been designated a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) by the International Coach Federation (since 2005) and a Certified Somatic Coach by the Strozzi Institute.

I come in as a collaborative partner with deep respect for you, your organization, and your people.

I’ve been coached. I’ve been consulted to. I’ve attended leadership development classes and cohort programs. I’ve faced consultants who presented beautifully produced binders and a power point deck with solutions that did not reflect a true understanding of our particular dynamics or needs. I’ve been on the receiving end of the experts who didn’t listen deeply to what we were saying and not saying. I’ve participated in “off the shelf” training classes that were interesting but missed the mark in applicability or failed to include ways to “stick” the learning.

These experiences have helped me keep it real as your coach, consultant or trainer. I make sure the work we do is relevant to your organization’s needs. I listen. I ask questions. I brainstorm with you. I propose solutions that align with your culture and needs. I keep it simple and real. I won’t come in thinking I know it all and I know better than you. Nor will I blur the lines between the various hats I might wear: consultant, mentor, leader, educator, coach.

I love to laugh and find the humor in life.

Because of my hearty laugh, people often tell me they are aware of my presence long before I appear. If we work together, we will have fun. We will enjoy the experience. Yes, leadership is serious business. You have a lot of responsibility and need to deliver results and meet your organization’s goals. I am also results oriented, yet I believe we can still find time to lighten up and enjoy the moment as we tackle the tasks. Shared laughter creates energy and connection. It spurs creativity, problem solving and resilience. It’s also good for your health!

Professional Highlights

  • 30+ years experience in first-line, middle and senior level leadership roles in health care, insurance and financial services, education and the federal government
  • MBA, Frostburg State University
  • BA, St. Mary’s College of Maryland
  • Certificates in Leadership Coaching and Organization Development, Georgetown University
  • Professional Certified Coach (ICF) and Certified Somatic Coach ™ through The Strozzi Institute
  • 15+ years experience coaching all levels of leaders in federal and county government agencies as well as non-profits and corporations
  • Past Program Director for the Leadership Coaching Certificate Program at the Institute for Transformational Leadership, Georgetown University; teaching faculty and cohort Co-Director for 16 years
  • OD Consulting expertise in leadership and team development, employee engagement and managing change and transition
  • Extensive Human Resources management experience which includes recruiting, hiring, training, employee relations, performance management, salary and benefits administration, talent and leadership development
  • Qualified in assessment tools including The Leadership Circle 360™, MBTI© and The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team

Who We Serve

  • Arlington County VA, government
  • American Dental Education Association
  • Bon Secours Health System, Inc.
  • Commonwealth Trading Partners
  • Department of Health and Human Services
  • Fannie Mae
  • Federal Housing Finance Administration
  • Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
  • Food and Drug Administration
  • Freddie Mac
  • Human Rights First
  • National Institutes of Health
  • NASA
  • Overseas Private Investment Corporation
  • Securities and Exchange Commission
  • US Army
  • USDA