About us

Torch was founded by an experienced team of entrepreneurs, executive coaches and psychologists who are passionate about helping professionals recognize and realize their leadership potential.
Our innovative model blends the high-impact nature of coaching with state of the art software and analytics to create a results-based leadership development platform.
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Our leaders

Cameron Yarbrough

Co-founder | Chief Executive Officer

Cameron is the Co-founder and CEO of Torch Leadership Labs. He brings 20 years of operational experience to his role as CEO, along with an extensive background in mindfulness and psychotherapy.  After a 2005 exit with a “click and mortar” retail company, Cameron spent time learning the principles of mindfulness meditation. Insight from those retreats were foundational to his development, and lead him to study the roots of Freudian and Humanistic psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies.  Later, he founded the Well Clinic, a premier mental health company in San Francisco with more than 40 psychologists and therapists. The company is still thriving today with Cameron as chairman of the board. In parallel, Cameron built a successful executive coaching practice that leveraged his business and psychological background.  Cameron worked with CEO’s from some of Silicon Valley’s most successful companies during this period. While an executive coach, Cameron was a part time employee at the Stanford Graduate School of Business serving as an interpersonal dynamics facilitator, running communication labs for business students.

Torch Leadership Labs was the natural next step in Cameron’s leadership journey, as it builds a software, analytics and coaching stack that helps senior leaders be most effective.

Keegan Walden, Ph.D.

Co-founder | Chief Operating Officer

Dr. Keegan Walden is the Co-founder and COO of Torch. In this capacity, he leads a product team focused on building software that uses ongoing feedback and analytics to help leaders recognize and overcome their challenges. He also coaches a select group of C-suite leaders at high-growth startups.

Prior to co-founding Torch, Keegan led the outcomes research team at a national provider of behavioral health services (5,000 clients per year), where he studied the role that personality, mindfulness, and psychotherapy play in improving wellbeing over time. Before becoming a psychologist, Keegan spent 11-years in UX design, creating interfaces for complex financial applications.

Keegan has served on the faculty of the Department of Psychology at the State University of New York at Buffalo. His research has been published in Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Neuroscience the International Journal of Psychophysiology, among other peer-reviewed journals. He has a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Northwestern University.

Scott Mercer

Chief Technology Officer

As CTO, Scott leads the engineering organization within Torch. Scott has worked in engineering and technical leadership roles at several start-ups and large enterprises across multiple verticals. He is an organizer and regular presenter for the Python-Buffalo user group.

When he’s not leading our engineering team, Scott can usually be found playing bass or snowboarding around Western New York.

Benjamin Stingle

Vice President of Product

Benjamin is the Vice President of Product at Torch Leadership Labs. He brings to his position a diverse range of experience in entrepreneurship, engineering, and investment. In addition to former roles as a software engineer and lead product manager, Benjamin has started two companies focused on behavioral wellness, and a third focused on cats.

Investment is a passion of Benjamin’s. During the many years he spent in venture capital at Draper Fisher Jurvetson and Battery Ventures, Benjamin invested in a range of sectors from consumer & enterprise software to cleantech & the life sciences, and from seed to growth stage. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in Biology from Harvard College.

Erik Bengtsson

Vice President of Customer Success & Operations

Erik is Vice President of Customer Success and Operations for Torch Labs. Previously, he was a Coach, Facilitator, and a VP of Coaching for The Trium Group.  He’s also been an operating leader at DaVita, building new preventative care business lines, and a management consultant in the private and social sectors (at Bain and Bridgespan.)  He holds an MBA and a Master’s in Education from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Erik is a long-time meditator who made coaching a core theme in his career as a way of integrating his professional life (oriented towards purpose and results) with his practice life (oriented towards consciousness and health.)  In his spare time, he’s headed outside with friends to climb and to surf.

Cher Braden

Chief of Staff

Cher is the Chief of Staff for Torch Labs. She brings experience in building and scaling global teams across the public and private sectors. Cher has deep international operational experience, such as opening and managing a branch of a financial services company in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Prior to joining Torch, Cher was the VP of Global Partnerships at Kiva, where she managed the impact investing portfolio. She has an MBA from the Yale School of Management and is fluent in French.

Cher is a passionate global traveler, having lived and worked in more than 50 countries across 6 continents. If she’s not planning her next trip, she’s out exploring the Bay Area with her family, hiking, or chasing her toddler (or all three at once).

Kelli Lawless

Vice President of Content and Communications

Kelli is the Head of Content and Communications for Torch Labs. She is known for her engaging storytelling, strategic vision, and her ability to build, grow, and nurture creative teams. Before joining Torch, Kelli was NetApp’s Head of Editorial Content and Editor-in-Chief. An entrepreneur herself, she also launched her own marketing consultancy working with brands like Red Bull, IBM, and Clorox. Her mission is to launch stories that inspire human connection, life transformation, and motivate us to keep making the world a better place. She holds a BA in English Literature from Vanderbilt University.

When Kelli‘s not leading our marketing team, you’ll find her hiking the coast, scuba diving, or sailing with her husband and cattle dog. She’s a voracious reader, consummate dinner party host, and lover of exploring new places.

Our coaches

A few of the coaches that form the core of our service

Christina

Christina is a certified professional coach, mediator, and facilitator. She has successfully coached a diverse spectrum of clients including start-up CEOs, managers, non-profit leaders, and executives of Fortune 100 companies

Michael

Michael draws upon his experiences as the FBI’s global chief of internal communications, director of a White House national initiative, and improv comedy performer to make coaching engagements powerful, transformative, and fun.

Sherri

Sherri brings 3+ decades of leadership and organizational development experience to her work as an executive coach, facilitator & strategic advisor.

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