Perspectives Coaching

Orla Castanien

Orla is an executive coach and leadership consultant passionate about empowering leaders to maximize performance, achieve strategic objectives and bring more of who they truly are to their careers.  Twenty years of leadership in finance, operations and strategy provide a keen awareness of leadership challenges and allow for a thoughtful and pragmatic approach to navigating organizational change and successful leadership development.


Since founding Perspectives, Orla has partnered with individuals and client organizations to provide executive and career coaching, team facilitation and leadership development.  Orla has become a trusted partner to executives in creating sustainable solutions for career, leadership and organizational challenges.  In addition to individualized coaching Orla is a skilled facilitator working with executive teams to achieve team alignment, resolve conflict and successfully lead their organizations through change. She is affiliated with the Exetor Group and Sloan Group International as a senior leadership consultant.  Clients range from small business owners and non-profits to Fortune 500 companies and the high growth tech industry.


Orla received her accounting and consulting training at Deloitte and went on to hold leadership positions in finance, strategic planning and non-profit administration both in Ireland and the U.S., including serving as Chief Financial Officer for Unicare Pharmacy Group, a start-up which became Ireland’s first national pharmacy chain. After moving to the U.S., Orla worked with The Rotary Foundation, and provided strategic consulting services to US business leaders and Irish government bodies promoting Irish companies in the U.S.

Orla is an adoptive mom active in educating herself around the unique challenges of being a transracial family, a keen advocate for diversity and training around unconscious bias, and a passionate supporter of sustainable development initiatives for women and children.

  • B.S. in Commerce, University College Galway, Ireland
  • Master of Accounting, University College Dublin, Ireland
  • MBTI certified
  • CPI 260 certified
  • LMAP 360 Profiler
  • RAW-Q (Resilience at Work) Assessment & Facilitator certification
  • Realise2 Strengths Assessment certification
  • Genos Emotional Intelligence (EQ) certification

Orla is a graduate of the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (PCC as certified by ICF) and a Fellow of The Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland. 


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