We are a boutique learning & development consulting company working with progressive companies in innovative ways. We pride ourselves on creativity, integrity and results.

Our Story


Founded in 2002, The Turk Group is a learning and development consultancy creating innovative solutions for clients worldwide. Our passion is helping both organizations and individuals achieve new levels of performance through services including individual and team coaching, training programs, customized learning solutions, and workshops and events.

We are proud to work with a variety of industries, including digital publishing, media, advertising, technology, investment banking, oil and gas, energy services, pharma/biotech, retail, hospitality, healthcare, professional and financials services, insurance and real estate, professional sports, and nonprofits.

The Turk Group is the winner of the Leadership Excellence Award 2015 (Management Essentials) and is recognized as one of the most impactful learning and development companies.

Our Team


  • James Turk

    CEO & Founder

    James Turk

    CEO & Founder

    James Turk sets the direction for all of the Turk Group’s consulting, training and coaching services and cultivates relationships with global clients.

    Since 2002, James has delivered training and coaching for clients include Condé Nast, FanDuel, BuzzFeed, Droga5, SpaceNK, John Hardy, Strivectin, BP, Shell, Morgan Stanley, Aol, Kantar Media, AXA Equitable, Southern California Edison, CEMEX, Enterprise Products, Irving Oil, Amgen, Crown Relocations Services, Visa International, Manulife Financial, AFLAC, KPMG, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Nike, Disney, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

    Drawing on his creative, corporate, and life experiences, James is known for his fresh, energized approach. As a trained actor, he intuitively understands the importance of connection to establish trusting, productive relationships. His ability to quickly grasp client needs has made him a thought leader and sought‐after advisor. James is also the creator of TurkTalk℠, a multimedia platform in which James engages his many followers directly through podcasts, webinars, and videos.

    James holds a BS degree from The New School. He previously worked in human resources at Random House and at Goldman Sachs.

  • Kristine Kern

    Executive Coach & Master Facilitator

    Kristine Kern

    Executive Coach & Master Facilitator

    Kristine Kern has a track record of helping entrepreneurial and creative companies build stronger teams and accelerate growth. She has a passion for coaching founders and senior business leaders and works regularly with CEOs and executive teams. Her consulting approach is informed by her years of orchestrating results in fast-paced environments. As a facilitator, she stands out because of her energizing style and her actionable take-aways. Kristine’s clients have included Pinterest, Microsoft, Genentech and Airbnb. Previously, she was director of business development at Inc. magazine and oversaw creative teams at Wired magazine. She holds MBAs from Columbia University and and the University of California’s Haas School of Business.

  • Gina Lucente-Cole

    Executive Coach & Master Facilitator

    Gina Lucente-Cole

    Executive Coach & Master Facilitator

    Gina Lucente-Cole is a consultant and executive coach with more than 20 years of project and team leadership experience, directing multiple departments in complex organizations.

    Gina specializes in helping organizations improve performance and results through her expertise in organizational development, team facilitation, management and leadership development, performance consulting, and executive coaching.

    Her clients include multi-tiered public companies and private firms, as well as non-profit organizations in business, science, service, financial, and educational industries.

    Gina’s certifications include the Association for Talent Development (ATD) Coaching Certificate, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI®), Goleman Boyatzis Emotional and Social Competency Inventory (ESCI), Facet5 personality profile, and she is an Accredited Financial Counselor (AFC®).  She holds a Master of Science in Training and Development from Lesley University, and a Bachelor of Science in Management from Bentley University.

James Turk

CEO & Founder

James Turk sets the direction for all of the Turk Group’s consulting, training and coaching services and cultivates relationships with global clients.

Since 2002, James has delivered training and coaching for clients include Condé Nast, FanDuel, BuzzFeed, Droga5, SpaceNK, John Hardy, Strivectin, BP, Shell, Morgan Stanley, Aol, Kantar Media, AXA Equitable, Southern California Edison, CEMEX, Enterprise Products, Irving Oil, Amgen, Crown Relocations Services, Visa International, Manulife Financial, AFLAC, KPMG, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Nike, Disney, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Drawing on his creative, corporate, and life experiences, James is known for his fresh, energized approach. As a trained actor, he intuitively understands the importance of connection to establish trusting, productive relationships. His ability to quickly grasp client needs has made him a thought leader and sought‐after advisor. James is also the creator of TurkTalk℠, a multimedia platform in which James engages his many followers directly through podcasts, webinars, and videos.

James holds a BS degree from The New School. He previously worked in human resources at Random House and at Goldman Sachs.

Kristine Kern

Executive Coach & Master Facilitator

Kristine Kern has a track record of helping entrepreneurial and creative companies build stronger teams and accelerate growth. She has a passion for coaching founders and senior business leaders and works regularly with CEOs and executive teams. Her consulting approach is informed by her years of orchestrating results in fast-paced environments. As a facilitator, she stands out because of her energizing style and her actionable take-aways. Kristine’s clients have included Pinterest, Microsoft, Genentech and Airbnb. Previously, she was director of business development at Inc. magazine and oversaw creative teams at Wired magazine. She holds MBAs from Columbia University and and the University of California’s Haas School of Business.

Gina Lucente-Cole

Executive Coach & Master Facilitator

Gina Lucente-Cole is a consultant and executive coach with more than 20 years of project and team leadership experience, directing multiple departments in complex organizations.

Gina specializes in helping organizations improve performance and results through her expertise in organizational development, team facilitation, management and leadership development, performance consulting, and executive coaching.

Her clients include multi-tiered public companies and private firms, as well as non-profit organizations in business, science, service, financial, and educational industries.

Gina’s certifications include the Association for Talent Development (ATD) Coaching Certificate, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI®), Goleman Boyatzis Emotional and Social Competency Inventory (ESCI), Facet5 personality profile, and she is an Accredited Financial Counselor (AFC®).  She holds a Master of Science in Training and Development from Lesley University, and a Bachelor of Science in Management from Bentley University.

  • Melissa Christenson

    Master Facilitator & Designer

    Melissa Christenson

    Master Facilitator & Designer

    Melissa Christenson has over 30 years of experience in learning and development, encompassing needs assessment, curriculum design, implementation, evaluation, and post assessment. She motivates learners and ensures her messages stick by employing coaching, case studies, simulations, assessments, group exercises, and hands-on practice. Her previous experience includes serving as the worldwide training manager at Reebok International. Melissa holds certifications in change management, management/leadership development, Myers-Briggs, and time management. She received both her master of education in organizational development and applied group dynamics and bachelor of arts in human resources administration from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

  • Clancy O'Connor

    Coach & Facilitator

    Clancy O'Connor

    Coach & Facilitator

    As a trained actor and customer experience consultant, Clancy brings 10+ years of experience to his work at The Turk Group.  He is a seasoned facilitator and coach having worked in a variety of industries including hospitality, utilities, digital advertising and entertainment.  As a facilitator, he knows how to connect with audiences and bring content to life by finding out where the audience is and meeting them there.  He does this by using improv., advanced communication and emotional intelligence skills.  As a coach, he is our go-to resource for anything related to media and on-camera coaching, as he has extensive experience on both sides of the camera.  Clancy holds a BFA from Juilliard.

Melissa Christenson

Master Facilitator & Designer

Melissa Christenson has over 30 years of experience in learning and development, encompassing needs assessment, curriculum design, implementation, evaluation, and post assessment. She motivates learners and ensures her messages stick by employing coaching, case studies, simulations, assessments, group exercises, and hands-on practice. Her previous experience includes serving as the worldwide training manager at Reebok International. Melissa holds certifications in change management, management/leadership development, Myers-Briggs, and time management. She received both her master of education in organizational development and applied group dynamics and bachelor of arts in human resources administration from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Clancy O'Connor

Coach & Facilitator

As a trained actor and customer experience consultant, Clancy brings 10+ years of experience to his work at The Turk Group.  He is a seasoned facilitator and coach having worked in a variety of industries including hospitality, utilities, digital advertising and entertainment.  As a facilitator, he knows how to connect with audiences and bring content to life by finding out where the audience is and meeting them there.  He does this by using improv., advanced communication and emotional intelligence skills.  As a coach, he is our go-to resource for anything related to media and on-camera coaching, as he has extensive experience on both sides of the camera.  Clancy holds a BFA from Juilliard.

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