Rebecca Tillemans

Rebecca Tillemans

Rebecca Tillemans - Executive Coach
MS, LCPC, ACC
Executive Coach

Rebecca Tillemans has long been captivated by the human potential exhibited by great leaders. Her down-to-earth, “refreshingly clear without judgment” approach facilitates shifts in the performance of teams and leaders as she connects them with the strategic visions that they create. Her depth of experience and her decisive confidence allow her to unveil connections and draw insights into the nuances of leadership, carving a path for transformation. Through her pLink Leadership® coaching, training, and facilitating, Rebecca supports leaders in finding the power of their individual leadership styles through tapping into their core values and unique strengths.

Known for her keen ability to synthesize complex data quickly and compassionately, Rebecca excels at bringing academic concepts to life using contemporary and relevant story-based examples. Her clients, who range from rising leaders to seasoned professionals, remark on her ability to create psychologically safe spaces to explore the complex systems within which they work. In addition to her coaching certifications, Rebecca maintains her license as a masters-level clinical psychotherapist, helping her to leverage professional and academic expertise in building emotional intelligence and creating strong relationships. She thoroughly supports her clients as they set out to create collaborative, inclusive, mission-driven cultures.

An Associate Certified Coach through the International Coach Federation, Rebecca earned her Executive Certificate in Leadership Coaching from Georgetown University’s Institute of Transformational Leadership. She is Certified Dare to Lead™ Trained and holds a DEI in the Workplace Certificate from USF Corporate Training and Professional Education. She also earned a master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from State University of New York and a bachelor’s degree in Communication and Social Psychology from Cornell University.

A former wilderness instructor, Rebecca always enjoys getting outside in search of the awe and connection that nature reliably delivers. A firm believer in the Hippocratic philosophy of “Let food be thy medicine,” she can often be found deep in a creative flow, combining spices, roots, and superfoods into a functional work of art. Irresistibly drawn to a good beat, she loves to close out her language-focused work week with a rag-tag group of dancers who understand that there is so much that cannot be said—sometimes, you just have to shut up and dance. Rebecca makes her home in Columbia, Maryland, with her daughter, son, and husband.

Rebecca Tillemans - Executive Coach
MS, LCPC, ACC
Executive Coach

Rebecca Tillemans has long been captivated by the human potential exhibited by great leaders. Her down-to-earth, “refreshingly clear without judgment” approach facilitates shifts in the performance of teams and leaders as she connects them with the strategic visions that they create. Her depth of experience and her decisive confidence allow her to unveil connections and draw insights into the nuances of leadership, carving a path for transformation. Through her pLink Leadership® coaching, training, and facilitating, Rebecca supports leaders in finding the power of their individual leadership styles through tapping into their core values and unique strengths.

Known for her keen ability to synthesize complex data quickly and compassionately, Rebecca excels at bringing academic concepts to life using contemporary and relevant story-based examples. Her clients, who range from rising leaders to seasoned professionals, remark on her ability to create psychologically safe spaces to explore the complex systems within which they work. In addition to her coaching certifications, Rebecca maintains her license as a masters-level clinical psychotherapist, helping her to leverage professional and academic expertise in building emotional intelligence and creating strong relationships. She thoroughly supports her clients as they set out to create collaborative, inclusive, mission-driven cultures.

An Associate Certified Coach through the International Coach Federation, Rebecca earned her Executive Certificate in Leadership Coaching from Georgetown University’s Institute of Transformational Leadership. She is Certified Dare to Lead™ Trained and holds a DEI in the Workplace Certificate from USF Corporate Training and Professional Education. She also earned a master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from State University of New York and a bachelor’s degree in Communication and Social Psychology from Cornell University.

A former wilderness instructor, Rebecca always enjoys getting outside in search of the awe and connection that nature reliably delivers. A firm believer in the Hippocratic philosophy of “Let food be thy medicine,” she can often be found deep in a creative flow, combining spices, roots, and superfoods into a functional work of art. Irresistibly drawn to a good beat, she loves to close out her language-focused work week with a rag-tag group of dancers who understand that there is so much that cannot be said—sometimes, you just have to shut up and dance. Rebecca makes her home in Columbia, Maryland, with her daughter, son, and husband.

Q&A with Rebecca

Where I grew up: I was born in Wyoming, lived there until I was 3, made a short stop in Minnesota, where my rather sizable extended family lived … moved to Ithaca, New York, when I was 4, to Maryland when I was 12, and launched at 18 to live in Arizona, Upstate New York, the Florida Keys, and the Adirondacks before landing back in Maryland.

My family: I live with my husband, James, and our two little ones, Lillian and Joseph. Doting grandparents are often nearby. My India-residing brother, sister-in-law, and nieces make boisterous cameos periodically.

My favorite music:

  • To sing: Joni Mitchell, Anaïs Mitchell, Bonnie Raitt, Bob Dylan
  • To dance to: Rhianna, Drake, Beyoncé, Nikki Minaj, Cardi B, Soca, Calypso, reggaetón
  • To have in the background: Amos Lee, Chris Smither, Greg Brown, acoustic anything.

My favorite foods: Yes, please. In any of the world cuisines I’ve tried, I have found favorites. The fresher the better, and spice gets extra points.

My favorite cocktail: Is a mocktail, actually: a huge amount of seltzer on ice with lots of sliced ginger, lemon juice, and a splash of maple syrup.

What I like to do in my spare time: I’m not long on “spare time” these days, but if some happens to show up, I beeline to an organizational task. When I can really geek out on tidying a little slice of the world right up to the edge of perfection, I absolutely love it!

My first job: I’m not sure if I got paid, but when I was 6, I was in a music video with three other kids (and I took my responsibilities very seriously). It was off the hook!

Something no one would believe about me: I once caught a Musky (Northern Pike – it’s a big fish with teeth) with my bare hands, in the middle of the night, under the northern lights, in some remote lake in Minnesota. Why? My brother told me to! He later said he was entirely kidding and never expected I would go for it because he assumed that I knew of their super-sharp teeth (I didn’t).

Between stimulus and response, there is a space.
In that space lies our freedom and our power to choose our response.
In our response lies our growth and our happiness.

Stephen R. Covey