Insightful, practical & effective

We’re focused on you and your operating environment and how you can be most effective to have the greatest impact.


Coaching Law Department Leaders

Law department leaders must be trusted counselors, legal seers, independent and able to perform in extremely complex environments to have the greatest impact.


Coaching Executives

Executives must contend with a highly dynamic corporate world whose expected responsibilities are constantly evolving from benefiting employees and the community to taking stands on social, political and even global issues.


Welcome Leadership

In every organization, the most effective leaders learn to maximize potential, inspire, build community and get the job done.


Building trust & candor

We work with you to continuously improve your professional career and overall fulfillment. We will evaluate progress, discuss thorny issues and experiences, applaud successes, consider new approaches and adapt accordingly. And, we will do all of this based on trust and candor enabling us to get the best out of each other and the process.

Hear what our clients have to say

“Dave and I got to know each other through the company’s female tandem program, where a senior executive is paired with a high potential mid-management female leader. As treasury leader, my primary work involved establishing an independent financing structure, credit rating and banking relationship for the company, Dave’s advice/guidance has been instrumental to helping me navigate through such a complex and uncertain environment.”

- Julia Yun Zhang | Group Treasurer and a member of the Equitable Operating Committee | 2022

“Dave is a natural coach. From the time I met Dave, he quickly became a go-to confidant whenever I needed to be a trusted advisor. His ability to balance care and compassion with challenging me to see things from a different perspective has been invaluable to my growth. He’s authentic, direct, and kind – and I’m thankful to have him as a member of my ‘personal board of directors.’”

- Brittanie Plasters | Learning and Talent Leader at Equitable | 2022

“I had the great pleasure of working with, and for, Dave Hattem for many years when I was Corporate Secretary for AXA Equitable. I am privileged to call him my mentor and friend. My success during and after my tenure at AXA Equitable has been due in no small part to Dave’s unwavering support and keen guidance over the years. He is a terrific listener and able to connect with and motivate individuals by providing pointed and pragmatic advice as a means to achieve strategic objectives. What sets Dave apart is his deep interest in and understanding for team members, straightforward manner, and brilliant sense of humor.”

- Karen Hazin | In-house Corporate Attorney | 2022

“I worked with Dave Hattem for many years in his capacity as Senior Executive Director and Chief Legal Officer at Equitable and feel fortunate to count him as both a trusted advisor and a friend. In his new role as principal at Hattem Advisors, he is uniquely well-positioned to draw on his expertise, as well as his trademark candor and humility, to help other professionals navigate that same challenging terrain. Dave’s unique Context Style coaching approach has helped me prepare for many high-stakes meetings and events over the years.”

- Robin Raju | Chief Financial Officer | 2022

“Based on my experience with Dave while he was Chief Legal Officer at Equitable, I recommend Dave’s coaching without reservation. Dave offers truth with love. And both are in short supply. The greater your success, the harder it is to get truly honest coaching. Dave will give it to you with courage and caring, in context. You can thank me later!”

- Kurt Meyers | Equitable’s Deputy General Counsel | 2022

“I am now Chief Legal Officer at a Fortune 250 company, and I can honestly say that I use the tools I developed working with Dave every day in my current role. Any senior legal professional who is looking for a coach should definitely work with Dave.”

- Kermitt Brooks | General Counsel at Guardian Life Insurance Company | 2022

“Dave has been an extraordinary role model. The Hunter Pre-Law community is grateful for his investment in the many first-generation lawyers who follow in his footsteps. Dave lives the Hunter motto ‘Mihi Cura Futuri,’ the Care of the Future is Mine.”

- Elise B. Jaffe | Director, Pre-Law Program at Hunter College - CUNY | 2022

“During my time at Equitable, Dave has been a tremendous source of support and a thoughtful sounding board as I transitioned into new leadership roles. Dave provides practical feedback and perspective that unlocks insights into the best next action around my development. As a beneficiary of his coaching, I am grateful for his personal investment in my growth, which has strengthened my ability to lead with confidence and to realize my full potential.”

- Jessica L. Baehr | Head of Group Retirement at Equitable | 2022

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