NineQ LLC Dr Laura Ciel William Poett
NineQ LLC Dr Laura Ciel William Poett


Chief Executive Officer  and Co-Founder


Laura L. Ciel MA, PsyD is an expert in leadership, human performance, emotional and energetic intelligence, resilience, organizational and individual health and morale, transformation and turning life’s challenges into opportunities.

In addition to her BA in Economics from UCLA, her masters and doctorate degrees in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University, and Leadership Training with CTI, she has more than 25 years experience teaching, training, interviewing, writing and guiding individuals and teams in a variety of industries from nonprofits supporting films to global relief, banking, finance, start-ups, hospital teams including palliative care, legal firms, film industry, and various lifestyle leaders and companies.

She knows that every challenge offers an opportunity and her desire to serve the world has not dimmed since she first felt inspired to help others around the globe when she was a little girl. To bring light and play into her life, you might find her swimming in the ocean, hiking in the mountains, laughing with her family, practicing her French or Spanish, adventuring around the world or dancing to hip hop.


President and Co-Founder


William Poett brings 30 years of experience as a human performance expert specializing in energetic, and emotional intelligence as well as peak performance training. William is a nationally acclaimed corporate facilitator, author, radio personality and educator.

An MBA candidate at Pepperdine University, William began his career as a close quarter combat instructor with a specialty in knife fighting. Having worked with and trained members of the world’s most elite military, law enforcement, corporate and athletic teams, William’s core competency is preparing leaders, teams, and organizations to win in any environment.

As a knife fighting specialist, I live by the “truth of the blade”, meaning theory is valueless in life and death situations and I value the pursuit of that which is truly important. I have 11 black belt degrees, became a pilot, a licensed skydiver, a survival specialist and an ultralight backpacker (for those interested... my “any weather kit” weighs a total of 8 pounds). I thrive in extreme environments, testing my skills and I know that what I teach works. After spending the first half of my life as a warrior, I am now challenging myself with learning to dance, cook, play guitar and speak French.

Life Advance International
Life Advance International

“There are very few, if any, team-building and leadership coaches that can bring two $200 million banks together so quickly (within 3 months) and in a way that is genuine and truly sustainable.  You guys DID IT!!!

 I love and care deeply about the people I work with and Bill and Dr. Laura were so instrumental in fast-forwarding our progress.  We are totally kicking butt as THE BEST SANTA BARBARA COMMUNITY BANK and Bill and Dr. Laura are part of the family. THANK YOU.

Joanne Funari Joanne Funari
Executive Vice President American Riviera Bank

"Over the course of 35 years in business, I've worked with many leadership and performance experts. During that time I've never encountered a team better than Bill and Laura."

Russ Strobel Russ Strobel
Retired Chairman, President and CEO of Nicor Inc.