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In November 2016, we had the special opportunity to invite Noni Thomas Lopez and her associate David Byrnes to work with our Emerging Leaders Institute cohort for an afternoon on the subject of racial identity, emotional intelligence and leadership development within the independent school context. Noni’s ability to outline both the broad theoretical and specific concrete dimensions of this work with our participants was nothing short of exceptional.


Her deep experience in the field as well as her command of the contemporary literature made her workshop a highlight for members of this two-year leadership program. Noni organized the facilitation of the session collaboratively with David, and this approach met the needs of our group very well. ​Her lessons and insights have resonated long after her session ended.

George Swain

Associate Director for Evaluation and Accreditation

Director, Emerging Leaders Institute

New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS)


Dr. Lopez patiently and thoughtfully guided me through my recent job search. She asked me probing questions and provided helpful feedback as she reviewed my application materials and coached me on my interview and demonstration lesson.


Her attention to my needs and thorough knowledge of the market and culture of independent schools helped me to successfully land my current head teaching position and gave me a better understanding of how to effectively navigate the New York City independent school world. Most importantly, I felt cared about as both a person and a professional.

Brandon Guidry

Middle School Teacher

Berkeley Carroll School


What Clients Say

I was first introduced to Noni Thomas López during a period in my career where I was growing professionally, and exploring new opportunities. I was at a crossroads and Noni helped me navigate the logical next steps while also providing me with a greater sense of clarity.


With her vast skillset and many years of educational experience, Noni worked with me to form a plan that would soon after open the doors to a number of rewarding opportunities. Every conversation that I have with Noni leaves me feeling inspired and empowered. It is evident that she is incredibly dedicated to her craft. One of Noni’s many strengths is her vast knowledge and experience in the field of education and coaching. Her ability to remain patient, resilient and give sound advice is an asset to those who work with her. Noni always has my best interest at heart and is one of my biggest supporters.


As an Executive Coach, Noni Thomas López will assist you in building a roadmap for success. I credit a large part of my professional advancement to Noni. Having her mentorship has been an invaluable opportunity to me and her guidance leaves me feeling forever grateful.

Alexis Williams

Middle School Dean of Students

The Hewitt School


The success of any workshop depends on expert facilitation and organization. Noni designed and delivered research-based professional development workshops on facilitating difficult conversations to our faculty, staff, and administrators.


Her professionalism and engaging demeanor set the right tone for our campus community to learn how to transform difficult conversations into learning ones.


Her ability to connect with people, put them at ease, and encourage constructive and productive interactions is a powerful asset for bringing people together around challenging topics.


I appreciate the opportunity for our college to have learned from Noni and highly recommend her.


Paula M. Smith, M.S.I.S., Ed. M.

Special Assistant to the Chancellor for Strategic Initiatives

Coordinator of Faculty Engagement, Special Programs & Outreach

Pennsylvania State University, Abington

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