Teresa Norton brings a lifetime of professional theater experience and over 30 years living in Greater China to her coaching, training and consulting in how to inspire confidence, lead with authenticity, communicate with impact and engage across cultures.
In the 1990’s Teresa first began applying theater approaches to business issues while working to help high potential executives communicate with confidence and understand the impact of the unspoken messages they were transmitting. The success of these highly interactive workshops had clients asking if she could work one-to-one with clients on leadership behaviors such as demonstrating gravitas, active listening, learning to respond rather than react and engaging an audience. In other words, could Teresa work as a theater director to help corporate executives perform the role of ‘leader’ with authenticity and impact? The success of her unique approach to coaching has led to work with people in all walks of life including economists, authors, civil servants, university professors and marine biologists.
Teresa’s RockStar presentation training has become legendary in advertising and media circles. She has delivered her signature strategic storytelling workshops in countries around the world, in some cases training hundreds of ‘client–facing’ team members within a single agency. She has revolutionized the way they interact with their clients, helping them to win business and become trusted partners.
Teresa also contributes to business periodicals including the Harvard Business Review and works with international business schools including INSEAD, IMD, and Duke Corporate Education. She is regularly asked to speak at business forums and conferences throughout Asia, North America and Europe about her unique theater-based approach to leadership, teamwork and the challenges facing Chinese companies in the drive for innovation.
“No person has had a greater impact on me professionally than Teresa Norton. Her brilliant coaching changed my work, and my life.” Best Selling Author and Expert on Modern Chinese Economics.”
Sam Bobertz is a born leader whose passion is helping teams and individuals realize their full potential while ‘acting from the heart’. Sam’s focus at STARMAKER is on Millennials who are transitioning from student to professional or from team member to manager. He offers tools and strategies for communicating with confidence and building motivated, high performance teams.
As a Gen-Y himself, Sam understands the aspirations of younger members of staff and the necessity for them to adopt a mindset that enables them to succeed in the more typical, traditional work environment. His confidence, managerial experience, fluent Mandarin and generosity of spirit make Sam an ideal trainer for young high potentials and front line staff.
Born and raised in Hong Kong, Sam moved to the United States to attend the University of Arizona, graduating with degrees in both Psychology and East Asian Studies. He was hired straight out of university by Swire Hotels as part of the management team opening a new property in Beijing. His responsibilities included brand development and the hiring and training of a team of 30 local staff. He designed and delivered training programs on a broad range of skills including brand values, confident communication and operation standards.
Sam is Teresa Norton’s son and though he chose not to follow a career in the performing arts, he is certainly no stranger to theater. Sam studied drama, was a featured actor in a television series and worked as professional voice talent for commercials and films. His workshops get participants on their feet and in the spotlight through theater activities and improv games. He is fluent Mandarin, based in Beijing and often co-facilitates workshops with Teresa, providing both on the spot translation between English and Mandarin and his own unique style of engaging and inspiring participants.
“Sam’s leadership and way of doing things creates something very special and unique, a team that is driven by passion and a common goal!”