Marshall Goldsmith 100 Coaches Bios



Frances Hesselbein

One of the most highly respected experts in the field of contemporary leadership development, Frances Hesselbein is the namesake for The Frances Hesselbein Leadership Forum in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA) at the University of Pittsburgh, and the Editor-in-Chief of the award-winning quarterly journal, Leader to Leader. The Frances Hesselbein Leadership Forum is a continuation of the organization founded as The Peter F. Drucker Foundation for Nonprofit Management.

Mrs. Hesselbein was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States of America’s highest civilian honor, by President Clinton in 1998 for her leadership as CEO of Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. from 1976–1990, as well as her service as “a pioneer for women, volunteerism, diversity and opportunity.” Her contributions were also recognized by the first President Bush, who appointed her to two Presidential Commissions on National and Community Service.

From 2009–2011, Mrs. Hesselbein served as the Class of 1951 Chair for the Study of Leadership at the United States Military Academy at West Point, in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership. She was the first woman, and the first non-graduate to serve in this chair.

Also in 2009, the University of Pittsburgh introduced The Hesselbein Global Academy for Student Leadership and Civic Engagement. The Academy’s aim is to produce experienced and ethical leaders who will address critical national and international issues and advance positive social and economic initiatives throughout the world.

Mrs. Hesselbein serves on many nonprofit and private sector corporate boards, including Mutual of America Life Insurance Company, the Bright China Social Fund, California Institute of Advanced Management, and Teachers College, Columbia University Presidents Advisory Council. She served as the Chairman of the National Board of Directors for Volunteers of America from 2002–2006. In December 2013 Volunteers of America honored Mrs. Hesselbein with the Maud Ballington Booth Legacy Award for a lifetime of pioneering social change.

For her exceptional work and her continued commitment to developing leaders of all ages, as demonstrated in her work with the Hesselbein Institute, Mrs. Hesselbein has been awarded Lifetime Achievement Awards from ATHENA International, Best Practice Institute, the Girl Scout Council of Greater New York, and the International Leadership Association. Mrs. Hesselbein has been inducted into the Enterprising Women Hall of Fame and is a Distinguished Daughter of Pennsylvania. Fortune Magazine named Hesselbein one of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders in 2015.

Mrs. Hesselbein was named a Senior Leader at the United States Military Academy’s 2008 National Conference on Ethics in America. In 2007, Mrs. Hesselbein was awarded the John F.

Kennedy Memorial Fellowship by Fulbright New Zealand and was the first recipient of the Dwight D. Eisenhower National Security Award in 2003.

Mrs. Hesselbein is the recipient of twenty-one honorary doctoral degrees. She is the coeditor of twenty-seven books in twenty-nine languages. Mrs. Hesselbein has traveled to sixty-eight countries representing the United States. She is the author of Hesselbein on Leadership, My Life in Leadership and More Hesselbein on Leadership; and most recently, the enhanced edition of Peter Drucker’s The Five Most Important Questions: Enduring Wisdom for Today’s Leaders.

You can follow Mrs. Hesselbein on Twitter at @ToServeIsToLive.

Alan Mulally

Alan Mulally served as president and chief executive officer of The Ford Motor Company and as a member of Ford’s board of directors from September 2006 – June 2014.

In 2016, Mulally was an inductee as a Pathfinder in the Museum of Flight and the Automotive Hall of Fame.

Mulally was named to Google’s board of directors in July 2014, the board of directors of Carbon3D in May 2015, and serves on the board of The Mayo Clinic.

Mulally led Ford’s transformation into one of the world’s leading automobile companies and the #1 automobile brand in the United States. He guided Ford in working together on a compelling vision, comprehensive strategy and implementation of the One Ford plan to deliver profitable growth for all of the company’s stakeholders.

Prior to joining Ford, Mulally served as executive vice president of the Boeing Company, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airlines, andpresident of Boeing information, Space and Defense Systems.

Throughout his career, Mulally has been recognized for his contributions, industry leadership, and service, including being named #3 on Fortune’s “World’s Greatest Leaders,” one of the 30 “World’s Best CEO’s” by Barrons’ magazine, one of “The World’s Most Influential People” by Time magazine, and “Chief Executive of the Year” by Chief Executive magazine. He was also honored with the American Society for Quality’s medal for excellence in executive leadership, the Automotive Executive of the Year, and the Thomas Edison Achievement Award.

Mulally serves on President Obama’s United States Export Council. He served as co-chairman of the Washington Competitiveness Council, and has served on the advisory boards of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the University of Washington, the University of Kansas, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the United States Air Force Scientific Advisory Board. He is a member of the United States National Academy of Engineering and a fellow of England’s Royal Academy of Engineering.

Mulally has also served as President of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and as Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Aerospace Industries Association.

Mulally holds Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in aeronautical and astronautical engineering from the University of Kansas, and a Masters in Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow.

Jim Yong Kim

Jim Yong Kim, M.D., Ph.D., is the 12th President of the World Bank Group. Soon after he assumed his position in July 2012, the organization established two goals to guide its work: to end extreme poverty by 2030; and to boost shared prosperity, focusing on the bottom 40% of the population in developing countries. In September 2016, the World Bank Group Board unanimously reappointed Kim to a second five-year term as President.

Kim’s career has revolved around health, education, and improving the lives of the poor. Before joining the World Bank Group, Kim, a physician and anthropologist, served as the President of Dartmouth College and held professorships at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health. From 2003 to 2005, as director of the World Health Organization’s HIV/AIDS department, he led the “3 by 5” initiative, the first-ever global goal for AIDS treatment, which greatly to expand access to antiretroviral medication in developing countries. In 1987, Kim co- founded Partners In Health, a non-profit medical organization that now works in poor communities on four continents.

Kim has received a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, was recognized as one of America’s “25 Best Leaders” by U.S. News & World Report, and was named one of TIME magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World.”


Alexander Osterwalder

Alexander Osterwalder is an entrepreneur, speaker and business model innovator. He is co-founder of Strategyzer, a leading SaaS company that helps organizations develop new growth engines, better value propositions und powerful business models via online applications and facilitated online courses.

In 2015 Alex won the strategy award by Thinkers50, called the “Oscars of Management Thinking” by the FT, and ranks #15 among the leading business thinkers of the world. In 2013 he won the inaugural Innovation Luminary Award by the European Union.

Alex is lead author of Business Model Generation and Value Proposition Design, which sold over a million copies in 37 languages. USA Today named Business Model Generation among the 12 best business books of all times. The German edition was named Management Book of the Year 2011. Fast Company Magazine named it one of the Best Books for Business Owners in 2010.

He crafted the first book with his long-time co-author and former PhD supervisor Professor Yves Pigneur and 470 collaborators from 45 countries. It was initially self-published in 2009 with an innovative crowd-funded business model.

Alex invented the Business Model Canvas, a strategic management tool to visualize, challenge and (re-) invent business models. Leading organizations and start-ups around the world use it. He is a frequent keynote speaker at Fortune 500 companies and has held guest lectures in top universities around the world, including Wharton, Stanford, Berkeley, IESE, MIT, KAUST and IMD.

Previous start-ups include and Arvetica. Alexander holds a PhD from HEC Lausanne, Switzerland, and he is a founding member of The Constellation, a global not-for-profit organization aiming to make HIV/AIDS and Malaria history.

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Rita McGrath

Rita Gunther McGrath is a globally recognized expert on strategy, innovation, and growth with an emphasis on corporate entrepreneurship. Her work and ideas help CEOs and senior executives chart a pathway to success in today’s rapidly changing and volatile environments. McGrath is highly valued for her rare ability to connect research to business problems and in 2016 received the “Theory to Practice” award at the Vienna Strategy Forum.

Recognized as one of the top 10 management thinkers by global management award Thinkers50 in 2017, 2015 and 2013, McGrath also received the award for outstanding achievement in the Strategy category. She is a highly sought after speaker at corporate events, such as the Yale CEO Summit, the Innosight CEO Summit and at the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos. McGrath has also been inducted into the Strategic Management Society “Fellows” in recognition of her impact on the field.

McGrath is often cited in the press, including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, Financial Times, and NPR’s Marketplace. She maintains an active social media presence, and has been rated one of the 25 smartest women to follow on Twitter by Fast Company Magazine. She consistently appears in rankings of the top business school professors to follow on Twitter. McGrath was voted HR Magazine’s Most Influential International Thinker, writes regularly for Fortune magazine’s online edition, is a regular contributor to the Wall Street Journal’s The Experts column and blogs regularly at

McGrath is one of the most widely published authors in the Harvard Business Review, including the best-selling “Discovery Driven Planning” (1995), which was recognized as an early articulation of today’s “lean” startup philosophy and has been praised by Clayton Christensen as ‘one of the most important ideas in management – ever.’ Her related book, Discovery Driven Growth: A Breakthrough Process to Reduce Risk and Seize Opportunity (2009) is a deep dive into how to put the technique to work. Her next project, tentatively entitled Discovery Driven Advantage examines how companies can build true proficiency in innovation.

McGrath’s best-selling book, The End of Competitive Advantage: How to Keep Your Strategy Moving as Fast as Your Business, was recognized by Strategy+Business as the #1 business book of the year. She has co-authored two more books: MarketBusters: 40 Strategic Moves that Drive Exceptional Business Growth (2005); and The Entrepreneurial Mindset (2000), all published by Harvard Business Review Press.MarketBusters has been translated into ten languages and was named one of the best business books of 2005 by Strategy+Business.

Rita joined the faculty of Columbia Business School in 1993. Prior to life in academia, she was an IT director, worked in the political arena, and founded two startups. She received her Ph.D. from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and has degrees with honors from Barnard College and the Columbia School of International and Public Affairs. She is married and is proud to be the mother of two delightful grownups.

Herminia Ibarra

Thinkers 50 #9 Management Thinker – 2015, #1 Leadership Thinker 2013, author and Professor at INSEAD.

Herminia Ibarra is the Cora Chaired Professor of Leadership and Learning, and Professor of Organisational Behaviour at INSEAD. Prior to joining INSEAD she served on the Harvard Business School

faculty for thirteen years. She is a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Councils, a judge for the Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award, and Chairs the Visiting Committee of the Harvard Business School. Thinkers 50 ranked Ibarra #8 among the most influential business gurus in the world.

Professor Ibarra is an expert on professional and leadership development. Her most recent book, Act Like a Leader, Think Like a Leader (Harvard Business School Press, 2015), explains how to step up to a bigger leadership role. Her best-selling book, Working Identity: Unconventional Strategies for Reinventing Your Career (HBSP, 2003) describes how people reinvent their careers.

Ibarra is the author of numerous articles in the Harvard Business Review, Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal, and Organization Science and writes frequently for business media including The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, and New York Times. She directs Leadership Transition, an executive program designed for managers moving into broader leadership roles and speaks internationally on leadership, talent management, and women’s careers.

Whitney Johnson

Recognized as one of the 50 leading business thinkers in the world by Thinkers50. Whitney Johnson is an expert on disruptive innovation and personal disruption; specifically, a framework which she codified in the critically-acclaimed book Disrupt Yourself: Putting the Power of Disruptive Innovation to Work. She developed her proprietary framework and diagnostics after having co-founded the Disruptive Innovation Fund with Harvard Business School’s Clayton Christensen. This framework is complemented by a deep understanding of how executives create and destroy value, having spent nearly a decade as an Institutional Investor-ranked equity analyst on Wall Street.

Professional / Coaching Experience

  • Thinkers 50, Leading Business Thinker Globally
  • Finalist for Top Thinker on Talent, Thinkers 50, 2015
  • Host, Disrupt Yourself Podcast; guests include Susan Cain, author of bestseller Quiet, Patrick Pichette, former CFO of Google
  • Coach C-Suite executives across a variety of industries and companies, from start-ups to P&Ls of $10bn+
  • Coach for Harvard Business School Executive Education
  • Original Cohort of 15, Marshall Goldsmith’s #100 Coaches
  • Top 100 Best Coaches Award – World HRD Congress (India)
  • Harvard Medical School Institute of Coaching – Member
  • Master Certified Coach – Marshall Goldsmith’s Stakeholder-Centered Coaching
  • Co-founded with Clayton Christensen: Rose Park Advisors – Disruptive Innovation Fund
  • Former Institutional Investor-ranked sell-side analyst on Wall Street
  • Author, Disrupt Yourself: Putting the Power of Disruptive Innovation to Work
  • Keynote speaker on innovation, having delivered speeches to audiences of over 50,000
  • Regular contributor to Harvard Business Review; article, “Disrupt Yourself,” was included in publication from HBR on Leading Change, featuring Clayton Christensen, John Kotter, among others.
  • Board Member, Business Innovation Factory
  • Advisory Board Member, Chatbooks

Playing it safe is not safe in today’s fast-paced marketplace. Disrupt Yourself is a must-read for anyone looking to stand out from the crowd and pursue innovation in our highly uncertain business climate.
–Eric Ries, bestselling author of The Lean Start-up

I’ve worked with several coaches over the years. I’ve accomplished more with Whitney than any of the others.
–Angela Blanchard, CEO, Neighborhood Centers, Houston, TX

Wow! Disrupt Yourself wins the ‘plain English’ award–which is to say, I’ve seldom, if ever, read a better written business/career development book. The advice is compelling, clear-as-a-bell, research-based and actionable.
–Tom Peters, best-selling author of In Search of Excellence


Liz Wiseman

Liz Wiseman teaches leadership to executives and emerging leaders around the world. She is the President of the Wiseman Group, a leadership research and development firm headquartered in Silicon Valley. Some of her recent clients include: Apple, Disney, eBay/PayPal, Facebook, GAP, Google, Microsoft, Nike, Roche,, and Twitter. Liz has been listed on the biennial Thinkers50 ranking for 2013 and 2015, and named as one of the top 10 leadership thinkers in the world.

She is the author of three best-selling books: Rookie Smarts: Why Learning Beats Knowing in the New Game of Work, Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter and The Multiplier Effect: Tapping the Genius Inside Our Schools. She has conducted significant research in the field of leadership and collective intelligence and writes for Harvard Business Review and Fortune and her work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, Entrepreneur, Inc. and Time Magazines. She is a frequent guest lecturer at BYU, and Stanford University.

A former executive at Oracle Corporation, she worked over the course of 17 years as the Vice President of Oracle University and as the global leader for Human Resource Development. During her tenure at Oracle, she led several major global initiatives and has worked and traveled in over 40 countries.

Liz holds a Bachelors degree in Business Management and a Masters of Organizational Behavior from Brigham Young University. Liz lives in Menlo Park, California with her husband and four children who share her over-active curiosity and sense of adventure.


Martin Lindstrom

MARTIN LINDSTROM is the founder and chairman of Lindstrom Company – the world’s leading brand & culture transformation group. TIME Magazine has selected Martin as one of the “World’s 100 Most Influential People”, and ranks #36 among the world’s top business thinkers according to Thinkers50. Since 2013 and over four consecutive years 30,000 marketers have selected him as the world’s #1 branding expert.

Martin is the author of seven bestselling books including his latest New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestsellers: Small Data – The Tiny Clues That Uncover Huge Trends (St. Martins) and Buyology – Truth and Lies About Why We Buy (Crown)

Lindstrom Company is today responsible for brand and culture transformations of numerous Fortune 500 companies, including the LEGO Company, Standard Chartered Bank, SWISS International Air Lines, PepsiCo, Red Bull, Estee Lauder Companies, Cargill, Nestlé International, The Walt Disney Company, Swiss Post, the Dorchester Collection, 3G group (Burger King International), Carrefour, Lowes, Majid Al Futtaim and GlaxoSmithKline.

Over the years Martin and his team has developed an unorthodox way of doing what every company says it wants to do: understand its customers deepest desires and turn them into breakthrough products, brands, services or retail experiences. He is by Forbes recognized as one of the world’s leading brand and culture experts, having pioneered the introduction of brands on the Internet (1994), the innovation of Clicks & Mortar (1997), drawing parallels between religion and how brands are to be built in the future (2000), using our five senses in branding (2004), coining the term: NeuroMarketing (2007), exploring the next generation of word-of-mouth communication (2011) and just recently introduced the term “Small Data” (2016) representing the counter balance to Big Data.

Due to his work, Lindstrom often features in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, the Washington Post, USA Today, The Economist, Harvard Business Review, The Independent, The Guardian, and Der Spiegel. He regularly appears on ABC, CNN, CBS, FOX, and the BBC.

Small Data was voted one of the top business books of 2016 and 2017 by Fortune, INC magazine and Forbes a must read and awarded the #1 Business book of 2017 by Business + Strategy. Buyology was voted “pick of the year” by USA Today, and it appeared on ten of the Top 10 bestseller lists in the U.S. and worldwide. His book BRANDsense was acclaimed by the Wall Street Journal as “…one of the five best marketing books ever published.” His six books on branding have been translated into more than 50 languages and published in more than 70 countries worldwide.

Lindstrom is a regular contributor to Fast Company, TIME Magazine, and NBC’s TODAY Show with his popular “Main Street Makeover” TV series.

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Tammy Erickson 

Tamara J. Erickson is a McKinsey Award-winning author and a widely-respected authority on leadership, the changing workforce, collaboration and innovation, and the nature of work in intelligent organizations. She has five times been named one of the 50 most influential living management thinkers in the world by Thinkers50, the respected ranking of global business thinkers. 

Erickson is an Adjunct Professor, Organisational Behaviour, at London Business School, where she has designed and directs the school’s premier leadership programme for senior-most executives, Leading Businesses into the Future.  An experienced executive and global advisor, Erickson has also served on the Board of Directors of two Fortune 500 corporations. She holds a BA degree from the University of Chicago and an MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration.

Stew Friedman

Stew is Wharton’s Practice Professor of Management, having founded both the Wharton Leadership Program and the Wharton Work/Life Integration Project. He has been recognized repeatedly as both one of HR’s Most Influential International Thinkers and one of the “world’s top business thinkers” by Thinkers50.  He won Thinkers50’s Distinguished Achievement Award in the talent management field.  Working Mother chose him as one of America’s 25 most influential men to have made things better for working parents and the Families and Work Institute honored him with its Work Life Legacy Award

His bestselling books, both in numerous languages, are Leading the Life You Want: Skills for Integrating Work and Life (2014) and Total Leadership: Better Leader, Richer Life (2008), which describes his world-renowned Total Leadership program. An award-winning teacher, The New York Times cited the “rock star adoration” he inspires in students. While on leave from Wharton in mid-career, Stew served at Ford Motor Company for 2.5 years as the senior executive responsible for global leadership development.  He serves on boards, consults with organizations, and gives inspiring, interactive keynotes worldwide.  Stew is host of the popular national radio show, Work and Life, on SiriusXM Wharton Business Radio (weekly at 7 PM Eastern)  episodes of which are available as free podcasts at

Gianpiero Petriglieri

Gianpiero Petriglieri is Associate Professor of Organisational Behaviour at INSEAD. A medical doctor and psychiatrist by training, his award-winning research, teaching, and coaching focus on what it means, and what it takes, to become a leader.

His work is particularly concerned with helping people live, lead, and learn in the age of “nomadic professionalism,” in which many of us have deep bonds to our work but loose affiliations to our organizations, and authenticity and mobility have replaced loyalty and advancement as hallmarks of virtue and success.

Building on his research, Gianpiero has refined a unique approach to experiential leadership development that aims to deepen and accelerate the development of individual leaders as well as to broaden and strengthen leadership communities within and across organisations. At INSEAD, he directs the Management Acceleration Programme, the school’s flagship executive programme for emerging leaders, and chairs the initiative for Learning Innovation and Teaching Excellence.

Gianpiero has chaired the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on new models of leadership, and was recently named one of the 50 most influential management thinkers in the world by Thinkers50. His research appears in top academic journals and he writes regularly for the Harvard Business Review,  where his essays have been included among the “ideas that shaped management” for four of the past five years. 

Alongside the Management Acceleration Programme, Gianpiero directs customized leadership development programmes for multinationals in a variety of industries. He also speaks widely on how to develop and exercise leadership in fast-changing, uncertain and diverse workplaces.

You can find out more on his website, and follow him on Twitter and LinkedIn.

David Burkus

David Burkus is a best-selling author, a sought after speaker, and business school professor. In 2017, he was named as one of the world’s top business thought leaders by Thinkes50

His forthcoming book, Friend of a Friend, offers readers a new perspective on how to grow their networks and build key connections—one based on the science of human behavior, not rote networking advice. He is also the author of Under New Management and The Myths of Creativity. David is a regular contributor to Harvard Business Review and his work has been featured in Fast Company, the Financial Times, Inc magazine, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, and CBS This Morning.

David’s innovative views on leadership have earned him invitations to speak to leaders from a variety of organizations. He’s delivered keynote speeches and workshops for Fortune 500 companies such as Microsoft, Google, and Stryker and governmental and military leaders at the U.S. Naval Academy and Naval Postgraduate School. His TED talk has been viewed over 1.5 million times.

When he’s not speaking or writing, David is in the classroom. He is associate professor of leadership and innovation at Oral Roberts University where he was recently named one of the nation’s “Top 40 Under 40 Professors Who Inspire.”

David lives outside of Tulsa with his wife and their two boys.

Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez

Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez ( is the world’s leading champion of Project Management and Strategy Implementation. He is the creator of concepts such as the “Hierarchy of Purpose” featured by Harvard Business Review, or the Project Manifesto; which argues that Projects are the lingua franca of the business and personal worlds from the C-suite to managing your career or relationships.

Antonio’s research and global impact in modern management have been recognized by Thinkers50 with the prestigious award “Ideas into Practice“.

A pioneer and leading authority in teaching strategy execution and project management to senior executives at top Business Schools; currently visiting professor at Duke CE, Instituto de Empresa, Solvay, Vlerick, Ecole des Ponts and Skolkovo.

Author of the best-selling book “The Focused Organization” and a regular writer in several business magazines such as Harvard Business Review, Dialogue, Rotman Magazine, Singapore Institute of Management,

He is a much in-demand speaker at events worldwide, Antonio has presented at more than 160 conferences over the past 15 years, regularly evaluated as the best speaker. European Business Summit, Gartner Summit, TEDx, and EU Cohesion Policy Conference with EU President Donald Tusk; are some of the events he has delivered inspirational speeches.

Antonio is Director of the Program Management Office at GlaxoSmithKline Vaccines and past Board Chairman of the Project Management Institute, the largest non-profit in the area of project management, with more than 800.000 worldwide.

Previously he worked as Head of Project Portfolio Management at BNP Paribas Fortis. Prior he was Head of Post-Merger Integration at Fortis Bank, leading the largest takeover in financial service history: the acquisition of ABN AMRO. He also worked for ten years at PricewaterhouseCoopers, becoming the global lead practitioner for project and change management.

Born in Madrid, Spain, and educated in Germany, Mexico, Italy and the United States, Antonio is an Economists; has an MBA from London Business School; and Insead’s International Director Program. He is fluent in five languages.

Deepa Prahalad

Deepa Prahalad is an author and consultant focused on design and emerging markets, and is co-author of Predictable Magic (Wharton School Press), which was chosen by Fast Company as one of the Best Design Books of the Year. She also blogs for the Harvard Business Review, Huffington Post, BusinessWeek and others.

Deepa has worked with companies from start-ups to large multinationals and mentors social entrepreneurs. A regular speaker on design strategy and innovation policy and governance, Deepa also serves on the Boards of the Global Peter Drucker Forum, ArogyaWorld, Re:Materials and TiE South Coast. She is and is an elected Fellow of the International Academy of Management and the Center for Digital Transformation at UC Irvine and was named #34 on

the inaugural Thinkers50 India list. Deepa holds a BA in Political Science and Economics from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. She actively supports several programs created in honor of her late father, CK Prahalad, such as the Prahalad Initiative at the University of Michigan and the Prahalad Center for Emerging India.

HBR blogs: Five Beliefs that Inhibit Good Design * Design Lessons from the Consumer at the Bottom of the Pyramid * Using Games to Get a Handle on Bank Risk, (with Ashwin Abhyankar) *Why Trust Matters More than Ever for Brands *Leading Change in the New Normal (with Kumaar Bagrodia)

Selected Keynotes: Global Peter Drucker Forum, OECD, Confederation of Indian Industry, Thailand Creative Economy Forum, Chief Learning Officers Summit, Harvard Business School, TiE.

Hal Gregersen

Hal Gregersen is Executive Director of the MIT Leadership Center and a Senior Lecturer in Leadership and Innovation at the MIT Sloan School of Management where he pursues his vocation of executive teaching, coaching, and research by exploring how leaders in business, government, and society discover provocative new ideas, develop the human and organizational capacity to realize those ideas, and ultimately deliver positive, powerful results.

He is a Senior Fellow at Innosight and a former advisory board member at Pharmascience, a privately held pharmaceutical company based in Montreal, Canada. Before joining MIT, he taught at INSEAD, London Business School, Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, Brigham Young University, and in Finland as a Fulbright Fellow.

Gregersen’s most recent book, The Innovator’s DNA: Mastering the Five Skills of Disruptive Innovators, flows from a path-breaking international research project (with Jeff Dyer & Clayton Christensen). They explored where disruptive innovations come from by interviewing founder entrepreneurs and CEOs at 100+ of the most innovative companies in the world and by assessing how 8,000+ leaders leverage five key innovation skills to create valuable new products, services, processes, and businesses.

To grasp how leaders find and ask the right questions – ones that disrupt the world – Gregersen is now studying 100+ renowned business and government leaders. This question-centric project, conducted in collaboration with Clayton Christensen, is surfacing insights into how leaders build better questions to unlock game-changing solutions. Gregersen is also founder of The 4-24 Project, an initiative dedicated to rekindling the provocative power of asking the right questions in adults so they can pass this crucial creativity skill onto the next generation.

Gregersen has co-authored ten books and published over 50 articles, book chapters, and cases on leading innovation and change. His research has been highlighted in global media such
as BBC, CNN, The Economist, Fast Company, Financial Times, Forbes, Fortune, Inc., The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal. He has received several awards for his cutting edge work, including: 2013 Thinkers50 Innovation Award Nominee, 2012 Chartered Management – British Library Book of the Year Award for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and the 2009 McKinsey Award runner-up for the best article in Harvard Business Review.

Putting his research to practice, Gregersen regularly delivers high impact keynote speeches and executive workshops with companies like Accenture, Adidas, AT&T, Christie’s, Coca-Cola, Daimler, Danone, Genentech, IBM, Intel, Johnson & Johnson, LG, Lilly, McAfee, Marriott, MasterCard, Sanofi Aventis, SAP, Vivendi, WalMart, World Economic Forum, & Yahoo! He also works with governments, not-for-profit and NGO organizations to generate greater innovation capabilities in the next generation of leaders.

Gregersen has lived and worked outside the United States for over a decade – in England, Finland, France, and the UAE. He and his wife now reside in Boston where he pursues his lifelong avocation, photography, and she her lifelong love, painting.

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Subir Chowdhury

Subir Chowdhury is one of the “50 Most Influential Management Thinkers in the World” by Thinkers 50 of London, UK. He has been a pioneer in championing the Quality movement across the globe through his thought provoking ideas, unique methods, pedagogy and passion. Leading Institutions, companies, societies and individuals across the globe have benefited from his expertise, knowledge and experience. Hailed by the New York Times as a “leading quality expert” and by Business Week as “The Quality Prophet,” Subir is the author of fifteen books, including several international bestsellers, The Ice Cream Maker (Doubleday Random House, 2005), The Power of Six Sigma (Dearborn Trade, 2001), and Management 21C (Financial Times, 1999). His latest book The Difference (Penguin Random House 2017) made to the USA Today National Bestseller as well as a National Bestseller in India. His books have sold more than a million copies and have been translated into more than twenty languages.

Subir is chairman and CEO of ASI Consulting Group, LLC, a global leader on strategic initiatives, quality consulting, and training. Under Subir’s leadership, ASI Consulting Group has helped hundreds of clients around the world save billions of dollars and increase revenues. Subir has worked with many organizations, large and small, across diverse industries, including manufacturing, healthcare, food, government, and nonprofit organizations. His client list includes global Fortune 100 corporations and industrial leaders such as American Axle, Berger Health Systems, Bosch, Caterpillar, Daewoo, Delphi, Fiat-Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Hyundai Motor Company, ITT Industries, Johns Manville, Kaplan Professional, Kia Motors, Leader Dogs for the Blind, Loral Space Systems, Make It Right Foundation, Mark IV Automotive, Procter & Gamble, the State of Michigan, Thomson Multimedia, TRW, Xerox, and more.

Subir is an honorary member of the World Innovation Foundation (WIF) and has been inducted into the Engineering, Science and Technology Hall of Fame and honored by the Automotive Hall of Fame. He is a recipient of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers’ Gold Medal, the Society of Automotive Engineers’ (SAE) Henry Ford II Distinguished Award for Excellence in Automotive Engineering, and the American Society of Quality’s first Philip Crosby Medal for authoring the most influential book on quality. The Society of Automotive Engineers established the Subir Chowdhury Medal of Quality Leadership, an annual award that recognizes

those individuals who promote innovation and expand the impact of quality in mobility engineering, design, and manufacturing. The United States Department of Homeland Security presented the “Outstanding American by Choice Award” to Subir for his contributions to the field of quality and management.

In 2017, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur established the Subir Chowdhury School of Quality and Reliability— the first of its kind in the world to promote the education and research on quality that will transform society. This newly established school shall address the trinity of Process, Planet and People (PPP or 3P’s), targeting Engineered Systems, Natural Systems and Human Systems to cover the gamut of Quality across all domains and shall work to establish standards for quality and reliability of these systems.

In 2014, University of California at Berkeley established the Subir & Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies— the first of its kind in any academic institution in the United States. The center awards graduate fellowships, scholarships, and research grants that focus on ways to improve the quality of life for the people of Bangladesh. Each year, the Subir Chowdhury Fellowship on Quality and Economics is awarded by both Harvard University and the London School of Economics and Political Science to a doctoral and postdoctoral student, respectively, to research and study the impact of quality in the economic advancement of a nation.

The Subir & Malini Chowdhury Foundation focuses on the education of those less fortunate in the world. Since its inception in 2006, his non-profit foundation donated millions of dollars to educational institutions. Subir received his undergraduate degree in aeronautical engineering from the IIT, Kharagpur and his graduate degree in industrial management from Central Michigan University, in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. He has received distinguished alumnus awards from both institutions, as well as an honorary doctorate of engineering from the Michigan Technological University. He is a heritage collector of rare Indian art works by eminent Indian artists like Rabindranath Tagore, Nandalal Bose, Jamini Roy, Ramkinkor Baij, Abanindranath Tagore as well as western artists like Monet, Rodin, Renoir. He lives with his family in Los Angeles, California.

Dave Ulrich

Dave Ulrich is the Rensis Likert Professor of Business at the Ross School, University of Michigan and a partner at the RBL Group ( a consulting firm focused on helping organizations and leaders deliver value.  He has published over 200 articles and book chapters and over 30 books. He edited Human Resource Management 1990-1999, served on editorial board of 4 Journals, on the Board of Directors for Herman Miller (16 years) and Board of Trustees at Southern Virginia University, has spoken to large audiences in 88 countries; performed workshops for over half of the Fortune 200; coached successful business leaders, and is a Fellow in the National Academy of Human Resources. He is known for continually learning, turning complex ideas into simple solutions, and creating real value to those he works with in three fields.

Organization.  With co-authors, he has influenced thinking about organizations by empirically showing how organization delivers 4 times business results over talent (Victory Through Organization), defined organizations as bundles of capabilities (Organization Capability) and worked to delineate capabilities of talent management (Why of Work; Talent Accelerator), culture change (GE Workout), learning (Learning Organization Capability), and collaboration (Boundaryless Organization). 

Leadership.  With colleagues, he has also articulated the basics of effective leadership (Leadership Code and Results Based Leadership), connected leadership with customers (Leadership Brand), shown how leadership delivers market value (Why the Bottom Line Isn’t), shaped investor expectations and ability to measure leadership (Leadership Capital Index), and synthesized ways to ensure that leadership aspirations turn into actions (Leadership Sustainability). 

Human Resources.  He and his colleagues have shaped the HR profession and he has been called the “father of modern HR” and “HR thought leader of the decade” by focusing on HR outcomes, governance, competencies, and practices (HR Champions; HR Value Added; HR Transformation; HR Competencies; HR Outside In).  He spearheaded a “gift” book on the future of HR (The Rise of HR) distributed to over 1,500,000 HR professionals), in which 70 thought leaders freely share their insights.


Mark Tercek 

Mark Tercek is president and CEO of The Nature Conservancy (TNC), the global conservation organization known for its intense focus on collaboration and getting things done for the benefit of people and nature. He is the author of the Washington Post and Publisher’s Weekly bestselling book Nature’s Fortune: How Business and Society Thrive by Investing in Nature.

Growing up as a city kid in Cleveland, Mark was a late-bloomer to conservation. It was becoming a parent that sparked his passion for nature. “I want to be able to look my kids in the eye,” he says, “and tell them I did all I could to leave the world a better place.”

A former managing director and Partner for Goldman Sachs, where he spent 24 years, Mark brings deep business experience to his role leading The Nature Conservancy. He is a champion of the idea of natural capital — valuing nature for its own sake as well as for the services it provides for people, such as clean air and water, productive soils and a stable climate.

Mark’s leadership of TNC has been profiled in The New Yorker, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, the Wall Street Journal and The Atlantic.

During his time at Goldman Sachs, Mark managed several of the firm’s key units, including Corporate Finance, Equity Capital Markets and Pine Street, the firm’s leadership development program. In 2005, after two decades as an investment banker, Mark was tapped to develop the firm’s environmental strategy and to lead its Environmental Markets Group.

Inspired by the opportunity to help businesses, governments and environmental organizations work together in new, innovative ways, Mark left Goldman Sachs in 2008 to head up The Nature Conservancy.

In 2012, Mark was appointed by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to serve on the New York State 2100 Commission, which was created in the wake of Superstorm Sandy to advise the governor and the state on how to make the state’s infrastructure more resilient to future storms. In 2016, Mark was appointed by President Barack Obama to the president’s Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations.

Mark is a member of several boards and councils, including Resources for the Future, the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, Harvard Business School’s Social Enterprise Initiative, and the Science for Nature and People Partnership (SNAPP), TNC’s science joint venture with the Wildlife Conservation Society and the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Mark serves on the Williams College Board of Trustees and was on the finance faculty of New York University’s Stern School of Business until 2008.

Drawing on his professional background in the financial sector, Mark also leads TNC’s impact capital initiative and serves as board chair of NatureVest.

Mark earned an M.B.A. from Harvard in 1984 and a B.A. from Williams College in 1979.

Tony Marx

Since 2011, Anthony W. Marx has led The New York Public Library, the nation’s largest public library system with 18 million visits per year. At NYPL, he has expanded the Library’s role as an education provider, creating new after-school programs for children and teens, expanding English language, citizenship, computer and coding classes, and improving programming for all ages at NYPL’s 88 neighborhood branches. Under his leadership, the Library has increased access to e-books, partnered with the City’s public schools to enable millions of books to circulate directly to teachers and students, and launched a pilot to provide internet access in low income homes to redress the digital divide. Research materials are being digitized and new collections acquired, on-site storage, research facilities and more great staff being added.

From 2003 to 2011, Marx served as president of Amherst College in Massachusetts, where low-income student enrollment tripled during his tenure. Before Amherst, Marx was a political science professor and director of undergraduate studies at Columbia University, a Guggenheim Fellow, and had worked on education in South Africa in the 1980s. Marx has a BA from Yale, an MPA from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, and a PhD, also from Princeton.


Raj Shah 

Dr. Shah brings over twenty years of experience in business, government, and philanthropy to The Rockefeller Foundation.  Appointed as USAID Administrator by President Obama in 2009, Dr. Shah was charged with reshaping the $20 billion agency’s operations to provide greater assistance to pressing development challenges around the globe. By elevating the importance of innovation, promoting public-private partnerships, rethinking internal practices, and shifting how dollars were spent to deliver stronger results, Shah secured bipartisan support that enabled USAID to dramatically accelerate its work to end extreme poverty. Two significant Presidential priorities – Feed the Future and Power Africa – passed the House and Senate with bipartisan support and were signed into law by President Obama, and the Global Food Security Act is the second largest global development legislation after PEPFAR.  Shah’s work delivered results for countries facing democratic transitions, post-conflict situations, and humanitarian crises, and is widely credited with providing life-saving access to food, health, and water for millions of children across the planet. 

Dr. Shah is a graduate of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and the Wharton School of Business.  Prior to his appointment at USAID, Shah served as Chief Scientist and Undersecretary for Research, Education and Economics at the United States Department of Agriculture.  He also served in a number of leadership roes at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where he helped launch the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (a joint venture by the Gates and Rockefeller foundations) and the International Financing Facility for Immunization (credited with raising more than $5 billion for childhood immunizations worldwide) and where he supported the creation of the Global Development Program.   

Asheesh Advani

Asheesh is the President and CEO of Junior Achievement (JA) Worldwide, one of the largest NGOs in the world dedicated to educating young people about financial literacy, entrepreneurship and workforce readiness. With offices in over 100 countries, JA serves more than 10 million young people annually with programs designed to activate youth for the future of jobs.
Asheesh is an accomplished technology entrepreneur, having served as CEO of Covestor (acquired by Interactive Brokers) and CircleLending (acquired by Virgin Group).  He began his career as a consultant at the Monitor Group followed by the World Bank.

Asheesh is actively involved in the World Economic Forum as a member of the Civil Service Advisory Council and the Global Agenda Council for the Future of Education, Gender, and Work. Now living in Boston, he is a JA ​alumnus first exposed to entrepreneurship as a teenager participating in the JA Company Program. ​ His experiences as an entrepreneur and leader were chronicled in case studies at Babson College and at Harvard Business School. Asheesh is a graduate of the Wharton School and Oxford University, where he was a Commonwealth Scholar.

Asheesh aspires to bring human capital development and management coaching to JA’s leadership around the world. His approach to enabling leaders to realize their full potential is to focus on being empathetic to their unique challenges in each local and regional market. JA is now the largest distribution network to reach young people in the world, so the opportunity to improve the effectiveness of the organization is substantial and impactful.

Asheesh is a sought-after speaker for leadership conferences, technology conferences, and in the media. He has served as a co-chair of the World Economic Forum in Latin America, a speaker at numerous conferences including the WEF Annual Meeting in Davos and several technology gatherings in the US, India, Europe, and Africa, and a commentator in the media including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, NPR, and PBS. Speaker fees are donated to Junior Achievement Worldwide and related organizations.

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John Noseworthy

Dr. John H. Noseworthy is president and chief executive officer of Mayo Clinic, a not-for-profit organization operating in five states that is dedicated to medical care, research and education. Every year, more than a million people from all 50 states and nearly 150 countries come to Mayo Clinic for care.

Prior to his current appointment, Dr. Noseworthy served as chair of Mayo Clinic’s Department of Neurology, medical director of the Department of Development, and vice chair of the Mayo Clinic Rochester Executive Board.

During his tenure as CEO, Dr. Noseworthy and his leadership team have implemented a plan to ensure that Mayo Clinic remains a trusted resource for patients amid a rapidly changing health care environment – extending Mayo’s mission to new populations, providing care through more efficient delivery models, and increasing the personalization and immediacy of health care for all people. Examples of new initiatives include a proton beam cancer therapy program with two treatment centers – one in Phoenix and one in Rochester, Minn. – and development of a Mayo Clinic-affiliate network of high-quality medical practices throughout the country.

Dr. Noseworthy is a professor in the Department of Neurology. He specialized in multiple sclerosis and spent more than two decades designing and conducting controlled clinical trials with generous support from the Medical Research Council of Canada, the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (USA) and the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Noseworthy also is the author of more than 150 research papers, chapters, editorials and several books, including the three-volume textbook Neurological Therapeutics: Principles and Practice now in its second edition. He also served as editor-in-chief for Neurology, the official journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

Born in Melrose, Mass., Dr. Noseworthy received the M.D. degree from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. He completed his neurology training at Dalhousie University and the University of Western Ontario, and a research fellowship at Harvard Medical School. He joined Mayo Clinic in 1990. He has received the Alumnus of the Year award from Dalhousie University (2005), an honorary doctorate of science degree from the University of Western Ontario (2012), an honorary doctorate of laws from Dalhousie University (2015). Dr. Noseworthy was named an Officer of the Order of the Orange-Nassau (2015) and received the Research!America, Geoffrey Beene Builders of Science Award (2016). He is a Health Governor of the World Economic Forum.

Dr. Noseworthy and his wife, Patricia, have two sons, Peter and Mark.

George Daley

George Q. Daley, MD, PhD is Dean of Harvard Medical School and the Caroline Shields Walker Professor of Medicine. He is also Professor of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology. Prior to becoming Dean he was the Robert A. Stranahan Professor of Pediatrics and director of the Pediatric Stem Cell Transplantation Program at Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator.

Daley received his AB, magna cum laude, from Harvard (1982), a PhD in biology from MIT (1989), working with Nobel laureate David Baltimore, and his MD, summa cum laude, from Harvard Medical School (1991). Daley pursued clinical training in internal medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, where he served as chief resident (1994-1995), and a clinical fellowship in heme/onc at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Children’s.

He was a founding executive committee member of the Harvard Stem Cell Institute, served as president of the International Society for Stem Cell Research (2007-2008), and anchored the special task forces that produced the society’s guidelines for stem cell research and clinical translation (2006, 2008, 2016). Daley’s research uses mouse and human disease models to study cancer and blood disorders.

Daley has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine, the American Society for Clinical Investigation, the American Association of Physicians, the American Pediatric Societies, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He was an inaugural winner of the NIH Director’s Pioneer Award, and has won the E. Donnall Thomas Prize of the American Society of Hematology.

James Downing

James R. Downing, M.D., became the President and Chief Executive Officer of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in 2014. A renowned leader in pediatric cancer research, Dr. Downing focuses his work on understanding the genetic basis of cancer and using that information to improve the treatment of children with cancer. He was instrumental in launching the Pediatric Cancer Genome Project (PCGP), which has sequenced the normal and cancer genomes of more than 800 young cancer patients with some of the least understood and most aggressive tumors. The project made TIME magazine’s 2012 list of top 10 medical breakthroughs. In 2013, he was a finalist for TIME magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world.

Dr. Downing is a Detroit native who earned his undergraduate and medical degrees at the University of Michigan. He joined St. Jude in 1986 after training in anatomic pathology at Washington University in St. Louis and completing a fellowship in hematopathology at the University of Florida in Gainesville.

Prior to taking the helm of St. Jude, Dr. Downing served as the institution’s Scientific and Deputy Director and as an Executive Vice President in the organization. For his work, Dr. Downing has received numerous honors, including the Association for Molecular Pathology Award for Excellence in Molecular Diagnostics, which recognizes lifetime, pioneering achievement, particularly in regard to molecular diagnostics and molecular medicine.

In 2013, he was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences (now known as National Academy of Medicine), and in 2016, he was named a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Downing served on a Blue Ribbon Panel to advise former Vice President Joe Biden’s National Cancer Moonshot Initiative through the National Cancer Institute. Dr. Downing received the 2017 Society of Memorial Sloan Kettering Prize in recognition of the major influence his work has had in defining the genetics and genomics of pediatric cancers. He was also awarded The American Society of Hematology (ASH) 2017 E. Donnall Thomas Lecture and Prize for his discoveries related to the hematopathology and molecular biology of childhood leukemia, particularly acute lymphocytic leukemia, the most common pediatric cancer.


Hubert Joly

Hubert Joly is chairman and CEO of Best Buy Co. Inc., the leading provider of consumer technology products and services, with approximately 125,000 employees in North America and approximately $40 billion in annual revenue.

Mr. Joly joined Best Buy in 2012 and led the company through its much publicized Renew Blue transformation. The customer-focused strategy entailed: taking price off the table by ensuring Best Buy’s price competitiveness and matching online prices; investing in the online shopping experience; reinvigorating the customer experience in the stores by investing in the engagement and proficiency of the sales associates; partnering with the world’s foremost tech companies to help them showcase their technology; and taking $1.5 billion of costs out to fund the required investments. The transformation has resulted in improvements in customer satisfaction, market share gains, revenue growth and improved margins.

Now, Mr. Joly is leading Best Buy into its next phase, Best Buy 2020: Building the New Blue. In this next phase, Best Buy is driven by a clear purpose: to help customers pursue their passions and enrich their lives with the help of technology. It aims to address their needs around entertainment, communication, productivity, security, health, etc. in a more holistic fashion. It seeks to evolve from selling products through transactions to providing solutions and building relationships.

Under Mr. Joly’s leadership, Best Buy has committed to help provide, each year, technology training and career pathing to one million under-served teens in the US. Additionally, Best Buy is on a path to reduce its carbon footprint by 60 percent.

Prior to joining Best Buy, Mr. Joly was CEO of Carlson, a global hospitality and travel company. Before that, he led Carlson Wagonlit Travel, Vivendi Universal Games, and Electronic Data Systems’ business in France.

He serves on the board of directors of Ralph Lauren Corp., the Retail Industry Leaders Association, Minnesota Business Partnership, Minneapolis Institute of Art and the Minnesota Orchestra. In August 2017, Mr. Joly was awarded the Legion of Honor, France’s highest civilian distinction.

Liz Smith

Elizabeth (Liz) Smith is the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Bloomin’ Brands.

As CEO, she is responsible for developing and executing the company’s long-term objectives, growth strategies and initiatives for its portfolio of casual and fine-dining brands, which include Outback Steakhouse, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Bonefish Grill and Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar.

Since joining Bloomin’ Brands in 2009, Ms. Smith’s leadership has been instrumental in the revitalization of the company’s core brands, both domestically and internationally.

Ms. Smith has almost 30 years’ experience growing brands in consumer-facing industries. Prior to Bloomin’ Brands, she was President of Avon Products, Inc., where she successfully led the company’s global marketing, supply chain, information technology and sales business units.

Ms. Smith also worked in several roles at Kraft Foods, Inc., including Group Vice President and President of the U.S. beverages and grocery sectors, overseeing a total of $6 billion in sales.

Ms. Smith currently serves on the Board of Directors for Hilton Worldwide Holdings, Inc., U.S. Fund for UNICEF and H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute (Tampa, Florida).

She holds a bachelor’s degree, Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Virginia and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Garry Ridge

Marshall Goldsmith Certified Coach, Leader, author, mentor, coach.

Garry Ridge joined WD-40 Company in 1987 and held various leadership positions their before being appointed CEO in 1997. He is also an adjunct professor at the University of San Diego where he teaches leadership development, talent management & succession planning. He believes that in the long term, values are arguably the most important aspect of working at WD-40 Company. In 2009, he co-authored a book with Ken Blanchard titled “Helping People Win at Work: A Business Philosophy called “Don’t Mark My Paper, Help Me Get an A.”

A native of Sydney, Mr. Ridge holds a certificate in Modern Retailing and wholesale distribution and a Master of Science in Executive Leadership from the University of San Diego.

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Kevin Koch

Kevin R. Koch, President & CEO, Koch Enterprises, Inc. Kevin Koch is president and CEO of Koch Enterprises, Inc. (KEI) located in Evansville, Indiana. KEI is a holding company that operates seven distinct businesses and employs approximately 2,800 team members. Prior to being named president, he served in various capacities within the KEI family of companies beginning in 1999. These roles included president and CEO of Brake Supply Company and several management positions at Gibbs Die Casting Corporation based in Henderson, Kentucky.

Before joining KEI, he gained experience at Electronic Data Systems, Ford Motor Company and Westinghouse (now Siemens) in engineering, purchasing and marketing.

Kevin currently serves on for-profit company boards including Koch Enterprises and its subsidiaries and Jasper Engines and Transmissions.

Kevin has served on many community boards including the Catholic Foundation, Tri-State World Trade Network and Economic Development Coalition of SW Indiana. He currently serves on boards of the Koch Foundation, Koch Family Children’s Museum of Evansville and University of Evansville Board of Trustees. He is currently a member of YPO Bluegrass. Kevin is the chair of the 2017 United Way campaign of SW Indiana.

Kevin earned a Bachelor of Science degree in metallurgical engineering from the University of Notre Dame and a MBA from Indiana University.


S. Steven Pan

S. Steven Pan is the Executive Chairman of Silks Hotel Group and the listed FIH Corporation in Taipei, which is the leading hospitality group in Taiwan. FIH is the owner and developer of Group’s flagship Regent Hotel and Regent Galleria, the first luxury hotel and retail mixed use complex in Asia. The Group also operates Silks and Justsleep hotel brands in addition to Domino’s Pizza. 

Steven joined FIH in 1991 and was appointed President in 1992.  In 2000, he led a management buyout of the controlling stake in FIH and subsequently became its Chairman. In 2010, FIH acquired the Regent luxury hotel business: the iconic luxury brand in Asia created by legendary hotelier Mr. Robert Burns. In 2018, FIH formed joint venture with Intercontinental Hotel Group to further expand Regent brand internationally.    

Steven also founded Pacific Resources Group in 1994 which has become one of the leading international real estate investor in San Francisco Bay Area and throughout the world.  The Group has completed major real estate transactions such as corporate headquarters of Chevron and Apple computers.

Steven is the founding Chairman of SR Pan Cultural & Educational Foundation.  He was the country winner of the E&Y Entrepreneurs Award. He was former chair of the Young President Organization (YPO) chapter in Taiwan and continues to serve on the YPO regional board in North Asia.  He also serves on the Board of Overseers for the Columbia Business School and was the former chair of both the Columbia and UC Berkeley Alumni Clubs in Taiwan.

Steven obtained a BA in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley in 1986 and an MBA from Columbia Business School in 1988. Prior to joining FIH in 1991 he was an Associate at First Boston.

Jennifer McCollum

Jennifer McCollum is CEO of Linkage, Inc., where she oversees the strategic direction and global operations of the Boston, MA-based leadership development company. With a mission to “Change the Face of Leadership,” Linkage has dedicated 30 years to improving leadership effectiveness and equity in hundreds of organizations globally. Linkage provides assessments, training, coaching, consulting and conferences, with Solutions designed to Accelerate Purposeful Leaders; Advance Women Leaders; and Create Cultures of Inclusion.

Jennifer has 20 years of experience building and leading businesses in the leadership space. Her expertise includes bringing analytic rigor to critical talent decisions, by linking leadership behavior to corporate performance outcomes. The products she and her teams build help global organizations across industries make the right bets on their current and future leaders at critical decision points: when identifying high potentials, developing leaders and planning for succession.

Prior to Linkage, Jennifer spent a decade growing businesses within Korn Ferry and Corporate Executive Board (CEB), now Gartner. At CEB, she led product management within the leadership division, driving innovative solutions that helped organizations select, develop and place leaders at all levels. She also ran CEB’s Leadership Academies business, which developed more than 30,000 professionals in 2,100 companies throughout 50 countries and grew revenue at a 97% combined annual growth rate across five years.

Previously, Jennifer served as CEO of IntraVision, a leadership consultancy she founded and grew over the course of eight years. She worked with public companies, start-ups, associations and non-profits. Her passion is creating vision, executing strategy and managing cohesive teams toward aspirational goals, with a special focus on supporting women in leadership roles.

Jennifer has a master’s degree in communications from the University of Stirling in Stirling, Scotland and an undergraduate degree from Wake Forest University in psychology and communications. She is an avid tennis player and skier, and lives in Bethesda, MD with her husband and three children.


Harry Kraemer

HARRY M. JANSEN KRAEMER, JR. is an executive partner with Madison Dearborn Partners, a private equity firm based in Chicago, Illinois and a Clinical Professor of Management and Strategy at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. He was named the 2008 Kellogg School Professor of the Year. Harry is the author of two bestselling leadership books: “From Values to Action: The Four Principles of Values-Based Leadership” and “Becoming The Best: Build a World-Class Organization Through Values-Based Leadership”.

He is the former chairman and chief executive officer of Baxter International Inc., a $12 billion global healthcare company. He became Baxter’s chief executive officer in January 1999, and assumed the additional responsibility of chairman of Baxter’s board of directors in January 2000. 

Mr. Kraemer joined Baxter in 1982 as director of corporate development.  His twenty three year career at Baxter included senior positions in both domestic and international operations.  In 1993, he was named senior vice president and chief financial officer, responsible for financial operations, business development, global communications, and European operations.  Over the next several years, he assumed additional responsibility for Baxter’s Renal and Medication Delivery businesses. He was elected to Baxter’s board of directors in 1995, and was named president of Baxter International Inc. in 1997.

Before joining Baxter, Mr. Kraemer worked for Bank of America in corporate banking and for Northwest Industries in planning and business development.

Mr. Kraemer is active in business, education and civic affairs.  He serves on the board of directors of Leidos Corporation, Sirona Dental Systems , VWR International, Sage Products Inc., and Catamaran Corporation and on the board of trustees of Northwestern University, The Conference Board, NorthShore University Healthsystem and the Archdiocese of Chicago Finance Committee and School Board.

He is a member of the Dean’s Global Advisory Board of Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. He is a member of the Commercial Club of Chicago, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, and the Economics Club of Chicago. He is a past member of the Business Roundtable, the Business Council, and the Healthcare Leadership Council.

Mr. Kraemer graduated summa cum laude from Lawrence University of Wisconsin in 1977 with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and economics.  He received an MBA degree in finance and accounting from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management in 1979 and is a certified public accountant.  For his outstanding leadership and service, he received the 1996 Schaffner Award from the Kellogg School of Management.  Harry enjoys jogging, tennis, skiing and reading, especially world civilization.  Harry, his wife Julie, and their five children live in Wilmette, Illinois. More info on Harry at .


Jeff Slovin

Mr. Slovin held the role of Chief Executive Officer of Dentsply Sirona and was a member of the Board of Directors until September 2017. Prior to that, Mr. Slovin served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Sirona. From September 2010 until February 2013 he was President and Director of Sirona. From June 2006 until September 2010, Mr. Slovin served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of U.S. Operations.

Between June 2004 and June 2006, he served as Chief Executive Officer of Schick Technologies, Inc., from December 1999 until June 2006 as its President and from November 2001 to June 2004 as COO. From 1999 to November 2001, Mr. Slovin was a Managing Director at Greystone & Co., Inc.

Served in other various executive capacities: Managing Director and President of Sommerset Realty Investment Corp. from 1996 to 1999; President of Sports and Entertainment Inc. from 1993 to 1994; and Chief Financial Officer of SportsLab USA Corp. from 1991 to 1994. Prior to this, he worked as an Associate at Bear Stearns & Co., specializing in mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance, from 1987 to 1991.

Mr. Slovin is currently a member of the World President’s Organization and the Board of Fellows of the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. He holds an MBA degree from Harvard Business School.

Bill Simpson

Bill Simpson is the Chief Executive Officer of Hershey Entertainment & Resorts Company, located in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Bill began his career with HE&R in 1996 as General Manager of the Hershey Lodge & Convention Center. During his time in Hershey, Bill served as Vice President of the Entertainment Group, overseeing all Park & Entertainment operations, including the Hershey Bears Hockey Club, and was President & Chief Operating Officer of the company for three years.

A veteran of the lodging industry, Bill began his career with Hyatt Hotels Corporation with assignments in Phoenix, Louisville, San Antonio, and Birmingham. Bill continued his career with such notable operations as Kingsmill Resort, The Opryland Hotel in Nashville, and The Williamsburg Inn. Prior to arriving in Hershey, Bill spent five years with Quorum Hotels & Resorts.
Bill & his wife Holly reside in Hershey, PA, with daughter Ashleigh and son John.

Mark Parsells

Mark Parsells is Chairman and CEO of Montpelier Ventures, a management consulting and executive coaching firm. He has senior level management experience in Fortune 20 companies and has run several mid to early stage private equity backed companies. He is a Marshall Goldsmith Stakeholder Certified Coach and is a member of the MG100 Executive Coach group.

He has been Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of three private equity backed FinTech companies: Global Debt Registry (MHR); Regulatory Datacorp (Bain Capital/Goldman Sachs) and Fusura (AIG/Prudential).

Mark was President of Citibank Online, the #1 ranked online bank in the US at the time, and ran Citi’s Global Online Banking Technology in 53 countries.

He also ran a multi-billion-dollar division at Bank One where he increased profit in his group from $60M to $220M in 24 months. In addition, he was Bank One’s first Chief Privacy Officer.

At American Express, he founded the Government Services card acceptance division which grew to more than $1 Billion in charge volume. He concurrently served as the Chief Compliance Officer of the $105B American Express division that managed relationships with merchants that accepted the Card for payments.

He has broad experience in running online and highly technical businesses. He has been a successful CEO, President, COO, Chairman, and Corporate Director on more than 20 public, private and non-profit boards. He is a veteran corporate operating manager as well as a start-up and turn-around expert.

Fred Hassan

Fred Hassan is based in Boca Raton, Florida and works as Special Limited Partner at Warburg Pincus, New York. Mr. Hassan was Chairman of Bausch & Lomb, until its sale in 2013, and serves on the board of Time Warner, Amgen and Intrexon. 

Mr. Hassan is the former Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Schering-Plough Corporation. Prior to joining Schering-Plough in April 2003, he was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Pharmacia Corporation, a company that was formed in March 2000 as a result of the merger of Monsanto and Pharmacia and Upjohn.  Mr. Hassan joined Pharmacia & Upjohn as Chief Executive Officer in 1997.  Previously, he was Executive Vice President of Wyeth with responsibility for its pharmaceutical and medical products businesses, and was elected to Wyeth’s board in 1995.  Earlier in his career, Mr. Hassan spent 17 years with Sandoz Pharmaceuticals (now Novartis) and headed its U.S. pharmaceuticals business. 

He received a B.S. degree in chemical engineering from the Imperial College at the University of London and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.  Mr. Hassan has chaired significant pharmaceutical industry organizations including The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) and The International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Associations (IFPMA). 

Mr. Hassan’s book, “Reinvent, A Leader’s Playbook for Serial Success,” was published by Wiley in February 2013.

Rafael Pastor

Rafael Pastor has an extensive and diversified track record in both running successful businesses and advising business leaders. His career has spanned the media/entertainment, education, and business/financial services sectors.

Currently serving on a variety of Boards and as an Advisor, Rafael is dedicated to helping organizations harmonize strategy (growth), execution (people), and culture (values). He serves on the Boards of KinderCare Education, Rosetta Books, and Assurance, as well as on the Advisory Boards of Julius, Thuzio,  and MD Revolution.

Rafael also serves as an Advisor to a major international private equity firm, to Vistage International, and to Sonenshine Partners. He is also Chairman of the International Advisory Board of UCSD’s School of Global Policy and Strategy. He is also a member of the Board of the La Jolla Music Society; the Advisory Board of the Rady School of Management at UCSD; the Board of the National Association of Corporate Directors (Southern California Chapter); and the Strategic Roundtable of the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation.

Most recently, he was Chairman of the Board and CEO of Vistage International, the world’s largest for-profit CEO membership company. Previously, based in New York, Rafael held senior executive positions at global media companies as: CEO of Hoyts Cinemas Corporation; President of USA Networks International; Executive Vice President, International, of News Corporation and Fox Television International; and President of CBS/Fox Video International.

Subsequently, he was co-Founder and co-Chairman of the Sonenshine Pastor (now Sonenshine Partners) investment-banking and venture-capital firm in New York City. Rafael started his career as an attorney, first at the Wall Street law firm of Hawkins, Delafield and Wood and then as Associate General Counsel at CBS Inc. He earned a BA from Columbia University and a JD from NYU School of Law. He was born in Israel to Hungarian parents and speaks several languages. 


Aicha Evans

Aicha S. Evans is corporate vice president and general manager of the Communications and Devices Group at Intel Corporation. She is responsible for driving wireless engineering for multi-comm products and Intel platforms, including modems, RF, Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, NFC, FM, LTE, WLAN/WWAN as well as emerging wireless technologies to lead this industry going forward.

Previously Evans was the general manager of the Wireless Platform Research and Development Group where managed the engineering, software, hardware, strategic planning, and product test teams responsible for providing wireless connectivity ingredients and solutions for all Intel platforms.

Evans joined Intel in 2006 as a software integration and test manager. She held a number of management positions responsible for Intel’s wireless efforts including software engineering and support for customers deploying WiMAX networks in multiple geographies. Additionally, she worked in Israel managing WiFi engineering and product lines. Prior to Intel, Evans spent 10 years in various engineering management positions at Rockwell Semiconductors, Conexant and Skyworks.

Evans received a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from The George Washington University in 1996.

Rod MacKenzie

Rod MacKenzie, PhD, is Executive Vice President, Chief Development Officer for Pfizer. In this role, Rod is responsible for the development and advancement of Pfizer’s pipeline of medicines in several therapeutic areas, including inflammation and immunology, internal medicine, oncology and rare disease. He serves on the Portfolio Strategy and Investment Committee, which focuses on maximizing the return on R&D investment across the Pfizer portfolio, and is a member of Pfizer’s Executive Leadership Team.

Rod joined Pfizer in Sandwich, UK as a Research Scientist and conducted medicinal chemistry research in the cardiovascular, GI, Sexual Health, Urology and Allergy & Respiratory diseases. Rod is the co-inventor of darifenacin (EnablexTM).

Rod has held numerous leadership positions at Pfizer, including Head of PharmaTherapeutics Research and Development where he oversaw the Cardiovascular & Metabolic Diseases, Pain & Sensory Disorders and Neuroscience Research Units and was responsible for all medicinal chemistry at Pfizer, as well as Small Molecule Pharmaceutical Sciences, Pharmacokinetics, Dynamics & Metabolism and Comparative Medicine. He also served as Site Director of the Groton, Connecticut laboratories, Pfizer’s largest global R&D facility. Prior to this role, Rod held a series of research leadership positions, including Senior Vice President and Head of Worldwide Research, Head of Discovery Chemistry in Sandwich, U.K., Head of the Discovery Technology Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Head of Discovery Research in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Head of Drug Safety R&D.

Rod represents Pfizer on the Board of Directors for ViiV Healthcare, a global specialist HIV company established by GlaxoSmithKline and Pfizer to deliver advances in treatment and care for people living with HIV. He also represents Pfizer on the Board of Directors for TransCelerate, a non-profit organization with a mission to collaborate across the biopharmaceutical research and development community to improve the health of people around the world by accelerating and enhancing the research and development of innovative new therapies.

Rod graduated from the University of Glasgow with a 1st Class Honors degree in chemistry and completed his PhD at Imperial College, London. He was awarded a NATO Postdoctoral Research Fellowship and spent two years at Columbia University, New York working in the area of molecular recognition with Professor W.C. Still.

Kathleen Wilson-Thompson

Kathleen Wilson-Thompson is executive vice president and global chief human resources officer for Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc., based in Deerfield, Illinois.

Ms. Wilson-Thompson joined Walgreen Co. in January 2010 as senior vice president and chief human resources officer. Following the strategic partnership between Walgreens and Alliance Boots announced in June 2012 and resulting in the merger of the two companies and formation of Walgreens Boots Alliance on December 31, 2014, Ms. Wilson-Thompson is currently the company’s executive vice president and global chief human resources officer.

Prior to her role at Walgreens, she held several positions of increasing responsibility in the operations and legal departments at Kelloggs from 1992 to 2010 and left Kelloggs as senior vice president of global human resources to join Walgreens. She also worked as vice president and staff counsel of litigation and banking law for Michigan National Corporation in Farmington Hills, Mich., from 1986 to 1991.

Ms. Wilson-Thompson earned a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor in 1979, a Juris Doctorate in 1982 and an LLM, master of laws in corporate and finance law in 1996, both from Wayne State University in Detroit.

Ms. Wilson-Thompson is a board member on the Vulcan Materials Company Board of Directors and serves on the board of The Alumni Association of The University of Michigan, The NAACP Foundation, The Chicago Children’s Choir, and Skills for Chicagoland’s Future and is a member of the National Advisory Board of the National Civil Rights Museum. Additionally, Ms. Wilson-Thompson was named by Black Enterprise magazine in 2012 as one of its “Top 100 Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America and in 2015 as its “50 Most Powerful Women in Corporate America”. Finally, she was named a Distinguished Alumni of Wayne State University Law School in 2016.

Agapol Na Songkhla

Dr. Agapol Na Songkhla is Chief People Officer and Executive Vice President of Human Capital Group at Thai Beverage (ThaiBev), ASEAN’s leading conglomerate in beverages and food businesses. He is in charge of the Group’s people transformation, with a signature transformation program called “Limitless Opportunities”

From 2006 until 2014 Dr. Agapol served as Executive Vice President and Head of Strategy & Transformation at TMB Bank and doubling as Head of Corporate Governance and Company Secretary from 2012-2014, as Head of Human Resources from 2011 to 2012 and as Head of Retail Operations in 2010

Dr. Agapol began his career with The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) where he worked with leading companies in Southeast Asia on their strategies and transformations from 1997 to 2006

He is on the board of multiple companies and is a distinguished member with the Thai Institute of Directors

Dr. Agapol holds a Ph.D. degree in Systems Science from the Tokyo Institute of Technology and undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from Chulalongkorn University

Mike Sursock

Mike Sursock, Managing Director‐ Operations Group, currently leads a team that supports investments across the Baring Private Equity portfolio of companies, pre and post investment. Prior to joining Baring, Mr. Sursock was CEO of KKR Capstone for Asia Pacific, where he drove value creation in businesses spanning mining, financial services, industrials, logistics, dairy, FMCG and a wide range of other sectors across the region.

He has had deep operational experience in his roles as COO Asia Pacific and VP‐ Global Sales Operations for Motorola.
Mike came to Asia with Mars, where he had previously spent 20 years with roles in Marketing, Sales, Human Resources, Manufacturing and General Management across Europe. His most recent role at Mars was as President and General Manager of Greater China, leading a team devising and implementing broad‐based strategies which resulted in growing market share to 60 percent of the China market.

Mike is a member of ATTA (Asia Turnaround and Transformation Association) and holds a B.Sc. Honors in Mechanical and Production Engineering from the University of Leeds and an MBA in Marketing from the University of Bradford. Additionally Mike is an Advisor and Speaker at the Tuck School of Leadership Dartmouth, and a member of its Asia Advisory Board.

Telisa Yancy

Telisa Yancy is the Chief Marketing Officer at American Family Insurance, a Fortune 300 company. Ms. Yancy was elevated to the new role after successfully transforming the consumer marketing efforts of the company while serving as the Vice President of Marketing. Ms. Yancy joined American Family Insurance in January of 2009 after a successful career in the automotive, retail, restaurant, media innovation and consulting industries.

In her role, Ms. Yancy leads all consumer marketing efforts for the company including digital, social media and nontraditional advertising avenues to build the brand. In 2011, Ms. Yancy and her team spearheaded a re-positioning of the 85 year old company with a Silver Effie Award winning campaign that changed the conversation in the hyper-competitive consumer insurance industry.

Telisa holds an MBA from Kellogg Graduate School of Business, Northwestern University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign College of Business and Commerce.

Deborah Borg

Ms. Borg assumed the role of Chief Human Resources Officer in January 2016 where she leads Bunge’s global Human Resources strategy and operations. She is a seasoned business and human resources leader with a proven track record in developing people and culture based programs in support of business performance and growth, Ms. Borg joined Bunge from Dow Chemical, where she served as President Dow USA, a role in which she was responsible for regional business strategy and external relationships with customers, government organizations and joint venture partners. She started her career at Dow in 2000 as Human Resources Manager for Australia / New Zealand, and went on to hold regional and business HR roles in Asia, Europe and North America. She also served as Global HR Director, Marketing and Sales, and led the Human Capital Planning and Development function for Dow focusing on talent acquisition, retention, diversity and development. Previously, Ms. Borg served in HR and talent development roles with General Motors Australia. She holds a Bachelor of Business Management in Human Resources and a Master in Training and Change Management from Victoria University, Australia.


Darek Lenart

Darek Lenart Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Finance is based in Purchase, New York and provides HR leadership to the Finance organization globally. He plays a critical role in driving the business and human resources strategies for Worldwide Finance and has direct responsibility for guiding and managing all HR policies and programs. He is a member of both Human Resources and Worldwide Finance Leadership teams at Mastercard.

Prior to this role, Mr. Lenart held HR leadership roles in the PepsiCo headquarters office for its Europe enterprise based in Geneva, Switzerland. He was charged with developing and executing HR agendas for multi-category technical operations as well as partnering with sector heads of Finance, IT, HR and Corporate Communication. His objectives centered on long-term leadership development, front line engagement and change management capabilities development in a matrix organization.

Prior to this experience, Mr. Lenart served as HR director within Pepsi’s Central Eastern Europe. Among other assignments he led HR for Poland and the Baltics, supporting the full range of business units: Commercial, Supply Chain, and Support Functions. During his tenure, the new Route to Market strategy was developed and implemented bringing significant business benefits.

In the early stages of his professional career, Mr. Lenart developed his HR expertise in the pharmaceutical business, moving through the ranks of PLIVA Pharmaceutical Company (now part of Teva Group) including an international assignment in Zagreb, Croatia.

Mr. Lenart holds a master’s degree in International Business & Politics from the University of Economics in Krakow, Poland. He continued with his post-graduate studies in the IEDC-Bled School of Management. Mr. Lenart is also one of the founders of the HR Generation Next organization for HR professionals.

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Sean McGrath

Sean McGrath, an Irish national, joined the World Bank Group in March 2012 as vice president of human resources. McGrath has senior HR experience within global, European and Irish organizations — both private and public sector — where he gained a reputation as a change agent and implementer, adept at aligning the HR function with the business side.

McGrath started his career in the Irish Defence Forces and served on three different occasions in the Middle East with United Nations peacekeeping missions. He then led European operations for a U.S. manufacturing corporation with sites in Ireland and Poland before joining EBS Building Society as their Head of Retail and Head of HR.

In his next position with the National Irish Bank, a subsidiary of Danske Banking Group, McGrath held the position of HR Director and was a member of their executive management team. He then worked as Group HR Director for the Irish Health Service, where he led the largest workforce in Ireland with approximately 100,000 staff represented by over 10 different public sector trade unions.

McGrath is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, a member of the British Academy of Management, and a former board member of the Public Appointments Service (PAS) in Ireland. He holds a BA from University College Galway, a master’s from Dublin City University, and a doctorate in Business Administration from Durham University in the UK.


Gregory Enjalbert

Railway industry executive with a varied experience in strategy, business development, M&A, project management and general management.

My current focus is on enabling our organisation to deliver railway projects that will help improve people’s life with a more convenient and efficient time spent moving from A to B. This we do through improving efficiency of our work, developing enabling technologies, coaching/mentoring our people, and increasing the diversity of our team.

Vice-President Rail Control Solutions Asia-Pacific at Bombardier Transportation
April 2013 – Present
General management of Bombardier signalling business in Asia-Pacific

Head of Rail Control Solutions China at Bombardier Transportation
September 2011 – April 2013 (1 year 8 months)
General management of mainline and mass transit signalling business in China. Involves sales, project management and P&L responsibility.

Director Mainline Projects China at Bombardier Transportation
January 2010 – September 2011 (1 year 9 months)
Responsible for project execution of all CTCS-3 (ETCS Level 2) signalling projects in China Responsible for sales and business development of CTCS-3 (ETCS Level 2) signalling system in China

Project Director, WuGuang DPL at Bombardier Transportation
November 2008 – February 2010 (1 year 4 months)
Implementation of an ERTMS Level 2 signalling system for a 1000 km line between Wuhan and Guanghzou in China.

Project Manager, Wu-Guang DPL at Bombardier Transportation
November 2007 – October 2008 (1 year)
Project manager for transfer of technology and training of a high speed signalling project from Wuhan to Guanghzou in China.

Mergers & Acquisitions, Strategic Partnerships at Bombardier Transportation
October 2006 – October 2007 (1 year 1 month)
– Summary: development, implementation and monitoring of M&A and divestiture activities to fulfill the company’s external growth objectives
– Lead a three months project to identify the top signaling targets for acquisition worldwide
– Created the company M&A roadmap outlining the strategic objectives supported by the M&A activities
– Completed successfully various transaction approval stages within the corporation for a number of targets – Lead the creation of two joint ventures and one acquisition

Manager, Services & Products Business Development at Bombardier Transportation
January 2006 – October 2006 (10 months)
– Summary: in charge of business development for one of three business streams within the signaling division. The role encompassed order intake, revenues and profitability targets through regional sales coordination
– Oversaw best ever year for the business stream in terms of order intake, revenues and margin
– Successfully implemented a new business plan to establish the business stream as a core revenue and profitability generator
– Coordinated a team of regional sales worldwide to deliver a challenging order intake target
– Coordinated the creation of a new product and branding structure for the business to simplify and improve communication to customers

Manager Strategy & Marketing Services and Products at Bombardier Transportation
November 2004 – December 2005 (1 year 2 months)
– Summary: in charge of providing management with clear strategies and development opportunities for the Services & Products business stream
– Lead the development and implemented a new streamlined and customer focused product planning process through Six Sigma projects
– Developed an entirely new business plan for the Services & Products business stream outlining future areas of growth and organizational needs
– Participated in the strategic planning process as lead for the Services & Products business stream, outlining the strategic objectives and order intake targets for a three year plan

Senior Analyst Product Planning at Bombardier Transportation
July 2003 – November 2004 (1 year 5 months)
– Summary: assigned to special projects for the Vice-President Strategy, Markets and Product Planning and other company divisions
– Prepared a Confidential Information Memorandum and business presentation to preferred bidders for divestiture project
– Prepared extensive benchmarks on two railway industry competitors
– Project lead for Propulsion division business case regarding identification of alternative low-cost production sites in Poland or India
– Delivered headcount reduction analysis for company-wide reorganization and right-sizing initiative – Prepared the filing to European Commission for a competitor’s government subsidies case

Analyst, Competitive Analysis at Bombardier Transportation
January 2002 – July 2003 (1 year 7 months)
– Summary: responsible for providing best practice in competitive analysis to divisions and provide senior management with global understanding of competitive environment.
– Created the Bombardier Transportation Integrated directive on Competitive Benchmarking
– Developed Cactus 2002 competitors’ database through cooperation with divisions
– Assessed of consultant operator’s model in cooperation with division Intercity
– Delivered various presentations and special projects for VP Marketing and Product Planning including Risk

Management presentation, filing to European Commission for LUL case and Quarterly Senior Management Meeting presentations

Trainee at Bombardier Aerospace
February 2000 – March 2001 (1 year 2 months)
Trainee at Bombardier Aerospace Regional Aircraft division.

Worked in three different departments:

Customer Service Account Management: assistant manager.
Maintenance Engineering: special projects for Director Maintenance Engineering Market and Industry Analysis: market analyst

Rouen Business School
MSc., Business Administration, 1998 – 2001
University of Paris I: Panthéon-Sorbonne
Master, Economics, 1993 – 1997


Praveen Kopalle

Praveen Kopalle is Associate Dean for the MBA Program, Signal Companies’ Professor of Management, and Professor of Marketing at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, Dartmouth College. Praveen received his Ph.D. from Columbia University, New York, MBA from Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, and B.E. from Osmania University, Hyderabad. Praveen’s teaching interests are Marketing Management, Statistics, Pricing Strategies, Product Management and his research interests include new products/innovation, pricing and promotions, customer expectations, and e-commerce. Professor Kopalle serves as an Area Editor at the Journal of Marketing, Associate Editor at the Journal of Consumer Research, and Associate Editor at the Journal of Retailing; in addition, he is on the Editorial Boards of Marketing Science, Journal of Marketing Research, Marketing Letters, and Journal of Interactive Marketing. Professor Kopalle has won many awards including: 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award, Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, India, 2015 Core Teaching Excellence Award at the Tuck School, Winner, 2005 John D. C. Little Best Paper Award in Marketing Science, Best Paper Award of the special issue on Marketing and Innovation (2015), International Journal of Research in Marketing, Finalist, 2006 John D. C. Little Best Paper Award in Marketing Science, Finalist, 2011 Marketing Science Institute’s Robert Buzzell award, Winner, 2014 William R. Davidson Award, American Marketing Association Consortium Faculty, 2013, 2009, 2005, 2001, Finalist, 2012 William R. Davidson Award, Visiting Scholar, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (USA), Bocconi University (Italy), Indian School of Business, Hyderabad, India, University of Texas, Austin, TX, 1998 Harvey H. Bundy III Fellowship.

Praveen’s research has been published in many top-tier journals including Journal of Consumer Research, Journal of Marketing Research, Marketing Science, Management Science, International Journal of Research in Marketing, Strategic Management Journal, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Journal of Retailing, Production and Operations Management, Journal of Product Innovation Management, Managerial and Decision Economics, Marketing Letters, Applied Economics, and International Journal of Electronic Commerce. He has also been invited to speak at over forty six universities and institutes worldwide. Praveen Kopalle is a faculty fellow (Internet marketing and pricing) of the Glassmeyer/McNamee Center for Digital Strategies and a faculty associate of the William F. Achtmeyer Center for Global Leadership, both at the Tuck School.

Tom Kolditz 

Tom Kolditz is the founding Director of the Doerr Institute for New Leaders at Rice University—the most comprehensive, evidence-based, university-wide leader development program in the world. 

He also designed the core Leader Development Program at the Yale School of Management, served as the chairman of the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership at West Point, and was the founding director of the West Point Leadership Center. 

A highly experienced leader, Brigadier General Kolditz has more than 28 years in leadership positions, serving on four continents in his 34 years of military service.  He received the Distinguished Service Medal, the Army’s highest award for service, is a Fellow in the American Psychological Association, and is a member of the Academy of Management.

His book, titled In Extremis Leadership: Leading as if Your Life Depended on It, was based on more than 175 interviews taken on the ground in Iraq during combat operations. Dr. Kolditz has published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and the proceedings of the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting of the New Champions.

He has been named as a leadership Thought Leader by the Leader to Leader Institute and as a Top Leader Development Professional by Leadership Excellence. In 2017, he received the Warren Bennis Award for Excellence in Leadership. He holds a BA from Vanderbilt University, three master’s degrees, and a PhD in social psychology from the University of Missouri.


Sanyin Siang

Sanyin Siang is the founding executive director of the Coach K Leadership and Ethics Center at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. The center is a leadership laboratory with programming for all of Duke’s Daytime MBA students and convenes think tank gatherings across sectors to explore today’s complex leadership challenges.

She is a leadership coach, working with CEOs and generals. She an advisor for Google Ventures and Duke Corporate Education. Her thought-leadership has appeared in in Forbes, Fortune, The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, and World Economic Forum Platform. She is also a LinkedIn Influencer with more than 700,000 followers. She has spoken at different gatherings from The White House to The Global Sports Owners & Management Summits, to Generation W. She is a Sr. Advisor with Dan Ariely’s Center for Advanced Hindsight and a faculty for Duke StoryLab. She is also an alumnus of the 86th Joint Civilian Orientation Conference, the US Department of Defense’s oldest and most prestigious public liaison program.

Sanyin received a BSE in biomedical engineering and an MBA from Duke where she was an AB Duke Scholar.

Her new book, The Launch Book: Motivational Stories for Launching Your Idea, Business, or Next Career, is out August 3, 2017. Drawn from first-hand stories with industry leaders and entrepreneurs, it helps readers understand what to know, to feel, and to believe for a successful launch.


Annie McKee

Dr. Annie McKee is an executive coach and advisor to leaders of Fortune/FTSE 500 companies, governments and NGOs around the globe. Annie is committed to a person-centered approach that enables leaders to develop their emotional intelligence, enhance their strategic thinking and abilities, and build their the capacity to create cultures where everyone—and the enterprise—can  thrive. 

In addition, she is a Senior Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania where she teaches and leads the PennCLO Executive Doctoral program.

Annie is the bestselling coauthor of three books published by Harvard Business Review Press: Primal Leadership, with Daniel Goleman and Richard Boyatzis (2002/2014); Resonant Leadership, with Richard Boyatzis (2005), and Becoming a Resonant Leader, with Richard Boyatzis and Frances Johnston (2008). She is also the author of Management: A Focus on Leaders (Pearson/Prentice Hall 2014) and her newest book, How to be Happy at Work: The Power of Purpose, Hope and Friendship, will be released by Harvard Business Review Press on September 5, 2017. 

Clark Callahan

Clark Callahan is Managing Director, Custom Programs at Harvard Business School Executive Education. In that capacity, he manages a portfolio of executive education client relationships, business development, program design and delivery, and coordinates the activities of the Custom Programs team.

Clark also serves on the board of directors of UNICON, the university-based executive education consortium where he was co-chair in 2014-15 and chair in 2015-16. Clark is certified in Marshall Goldsmith’s Stakeholder Centered Coaching method, and brings those practices and principles to all of his client work.

Before joining Harvard in 2016, Clark led the growth and transformation of Executive Education at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College since 2003. Prior to Tuck, Clark was Managing Director of Strategic Management Group (SMG) UK-Europe (now BTS), a leading provider of simulation-based executive education. He was responsible for SMG’s UK and Europe sales and delivery operations and served on the parent company’s executive committee. Before joining SMG, Clark spent eight years at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He held a number of posts including director of the Wharton Small Business Development Center, which advises early-stage companies, and lecturer in entrepreneurial management.

Clark holds a master’s degree in government administration from the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor of arts from Franklin & Marshall College. He and his wife are happily transitioning back to city life in Boston, where one of their two adult daughters also lives.

Diane Ryan

Diane M. Ryan is the Associate Dean for Programs and Administration in the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts University. As the only university-wide initiative of its kind, the mission of Tisch College is to prepare students for a

lifetime of engagement in civic life, to study civic life and its intersections with public and private institutions, and to promote practices that strengthen civic life in the United States and around the world. Dr. Ryan oversees a portfolio of programs and curricula that service the entire undergraduate and graduate student body as well as provide resources for faculty research and professional development.

Prior to joining Tufts, Diane was an Academy Professor, Director of the Eisenhower Leader Development Program with Columbia University and Acting Deputy Department Head in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership at the United States Military Academy, West Point, NY where she served for nine years. During her 29-year career as an active-duty U.S. Army officer she served in a variety of command and staff assignments both stateside and abroad.

Diane is a noted expert in leader development and mentoring. During her last combat assignment with the 1st Cavalry Division in Baghdad, Iraq she founded a US-Iraqi partnership for military women and worked with a number of NGOs on peace and security initiatives. More recently she served as a strategy consultant to the Commander of U.S. Army Pacific designing leader development exchange programs for several key U.S. partners. Diane retired from the Army in 2017 at the rank of Colonel.

Bernard Banks

Bernard (Bernie) Banks is a noted expert on the subjects of leadership and organizational change. Currently, he is the Associate Dean for Leadership Development and a Clinical Professor of Management at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. As an Associate Dean, Bernie possesses responsibility for leader development integration across the school’s global portfolio of programs.

Bernie retired from the Army as a Brigadier General in 2016 after having successfully led West Point’s Department of Behavioral Sciences & Leadership from 2012-2016. In addition to having studied leadership extensively, he has led multiple military units ranging in size from 10 to 500 people. In 1995, Bernie was selected from over 40,000 officers to receive the Army’s top award for entry-level managers (General Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award). In 2006, the Apache Helicopter unit he was leading in South Korea was designated as the top Apache Helicopter unit globally in the U.S. Army’s annual best aviation unit competition.

A West Point graduate, Bernie is broadly educated. He holds graduates degrees from Northwestern, Columbia, and Harvard Universities. Additionally, he earned his Ph.D. in social-organizational psychology from Columbia University. Bernie’s work has been published in a variety of outlets (e.g., Harvard Business Review, Military Psychology, New York Times). Furthermore, he has worked extensively with organizations across all sectors concerning their leader development efforts (e.g., Procter and Gamble, Mercedes Benz, General Electric, IBM, 7-Eleven, The US Forest Service, International Chiefs of Police).

An active member of several civic and professional organizations (e.g., The Chicago Club, Harvard Club of NYC, Community Solutions of NYC, USO of Illinois, West Point Society of Chicago), Bernie is deeply invested in his community.

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Paul Corona

Founder of the Lee’s 3 Habits system

Dr. Paul L. Corona is a clinical professor of leadership in the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, where his teaching and coaching ratings average 95/100. Paul is also the founder of the Lee’s 3 Habits system, which helps motivated people build stronger relationships and achieve greater happiness, and the author of The Wisdom of Walk-Ons: 7 Winning Strategies for College, Business and Life. Paul is a certified leadership coach and a Marshall Goldsmith “100 Coaches” honoree, selected from more than 16,000 candidates to advance the practice of coaching with Dr. Goldsmith, who is recognized as the world’s top leadership coach. During the past 33 years, Paul has transformed himself from a business person into a performance improvement specialist. He previously held a variety of leadership roles in Fortune 500 corporations, a Big 4 accounting and consulting firm, and major research universities. Most importantly, Paul is a husband, parent and friend.


David B. Peterson, PhD

As Director of Google’s Center of Expertise, David is responsible for innovative, high-impact approaches to develop Google leaders to meet current and emerging challenges. In addition, he coaches senior leaders, leads strategy for Google’s executive coaching programs, and supports other leadership and organization development initiatives, including leading a team on agile organization design for Google’s future needs.

David is honored to be one of the MG100 coaches and serves as senior advisor on two other ventures:
• Institute for Contemporary Leadership, focused on accelerating the development of high-potential leaders and equipping them to deal with disruption, complexity, and transformational change. The Institute provides top leaders with a high-trust peer network, disruptive development experiences, and a personal development advisor/coach to guide their journey.
• 7 Paths Forward challenges highly-experienced executive coaches to raise their game and prepare for the changing competitive landscape by developing new mindsets and advanced coaching capabilities, as well as participating in catalytic experiences with a dynamic learning community of great coaches and professional colleagues.

Before joining Google in 2011, David served as leader of world-wide coaching services for PDI Ninth House (now Korn Ferry). In addition to coaching top leaders at Salesforce, Sandisk, Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, Target, Wal-Mart, Shell, Genentech, American Express, Mayo Clinic, Harvard, and Stanford University, he provided consultation and thought leadership on how to design and manage organizational coaching programs, how to develop high potential leaders and critical talent, and how to accelerate learning and leadership development at all levels.

David has published dozens of articles and chapters on coaching, is co-author of Development FIRST:  Strategies for Self-Development and Leader as Coach, with over a million copies in print, and co-editor of the Handbook of the Psychology of Coaching and Mentoring.

He earned his PhD in Counseling and Industrial/Organizational Psychology at the University of Minnesota. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Society of Consulting Psychology, the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP), and the Harvard Institute of Coaching. His awards include the RHR International Award for Excellence in Consultation (Society of Consulting Psychology), the Outstanding Achievement Award (California Psychological Association), and the Vision of Excellence Award (Harvard Institute of Coaching).

Vikki Brock’s history of coaching (2008, 2012) names David as one of the primary influencers in the field, both for his early influence on the emergence of executive coaching and for continuing to shape the field “on the cutting edge of the profession, doing and saying surprising and thought-provoking things.”

David lives in San Francisco with his wife, Alexis Shoemate, and two adorable Tibetan Terriers named Pinot and Cab.

Laine Joelson Cohen

North America Regional Lead – Citi Learning – Leadership, Executive and Professional Development/Global Business Relationship Management 

Coaching and developing teams has been a thread throughout Laine’s career. As she worked in business roles and later within the Compensation areas of Human Resources, it was her work leading teams that has been the cornerstone of her career. After spending 20 years working in these diverse roles, Laine decided to parlay her passion for coaching and developing people into her formal role. In her current role since 2012, Laine is the Director of Leadership, Executive and Professional Development for North America at Citi where she also has responsibility for Global Business Relationship Management.

With Citi since 1991, Laine has seen the organization change dramatically. Laine has enjoyed supporting Citi’s senior leaders by serving as a Coach and Faculty for Citi’s Senior Leadership Program.

Laine has also taught on an adjunct basis at NYU’s School of Professional Studies.

Laine holds an M.B.A. in Human Resources Management from the Zicklin School of Business – Baruch College and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Connecticut.

Prakash Raman

Prakash is currently in Executive Development at LinkedIn, where he brings practical tools that leaders can use daily to help recognize and achieve their potential. He coaches, facilitates, and conducts workshops focused on leading through values, connection and the shared human experience.

Prakash’s experience and background prior to LinkedIn enables him to take a unique, and actionable approach to developing leaders. From beginning his career on Wall Street, to globally scaling a non-profit, to managing the P&L for the Oreo Cookie brand, Prakash has successfully worked through key business problems, providing a business-rooted perspective when working with leaders.  Prakash graduated with honors from Rice University while playing Division 1 tennis, and holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management.

Ronnie Miles

Ronald Miles, Jr. (Ronnie) is an HR/OD strategic business partner who collaborates with senior-level business leaders, key stakeholders, and colleagues. He assesses organizational capabilities, develops and execute strategies and, builds competencies aimed at helping leaders maximize contributions of their people. His areas of expertise include talent management, performance management, Hi-Po talent identification, leadership development, diversity/inclusion, workforce planning and succession planning. Over the years, he has worked in higher education, federal government, non-profit and private sectors.

Currently, Ronnie works as Manager, Organizational Development at the Federal Reserve Board. In this role, he is responsible for employee engagement, talent management, performance management, talking talent and team development efforts which support human capital strategies that focus on attracting, retaining and developing human capital.

Prior to the Federal Reserve Board, Ronnie was a Global HR Business Partner at EMD Millipore serving as a trusted advisor for delivering HR solutions to business leaders in R&D, marketing, and product management functions in the US, Europe, and Asia with total annual revenue of €400+M. His efforts led to the reduction in actual negative growth, improvement in cross-functional operations, and an increase in employee engagement.

Before EMD Millipore, Ronnie served as a senior-level OD partner at Fannie Mae, Waste Management, and other organizations. His strategic accomplishments are highlighted by leading efforts that include: developing a talent management framework to recruit, retain and develop talent; identifying and retaining Hi-Po talent and; identifying redundancies, reducing inefficiencies in business operations and improving ROI through employee engagement, team development, and executive coaching.

Ronnie earned a BA in Economics and Sociology/Anthropology from St. Mary’s College of Maryland, an MS in Applied Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Baltimore, a graduate certificate in the Fellows of Change Management from Johns Hopkins University and, an executive coaching certificate from Georgetown University. In addition, he has several professional certifications and accreditations.

Jasmin Thomson

Dr. Jasmin Thomson is a facilitator and certified coach through the College of Executive Coaching and Stakeholder Centered Coaching.  Her practice is based in organizational psychology research, with over 10 years of management experience.  She provides a balance of high accountability with compassion, support, and a curious mindset to achieve sustainable change and greater insight. Her expertise encompasses the comprehension of advanced methodology in performance assessments/psychometrics, organizational change, succession planning, emotional intelligence, and transformational leadership.

You will find that Dr. Thomson is approachable, knowledgeable and passionate about coaching for development.   She holds a MS and PhD in Industrial Organizational Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University, and for the past 6 years has been a licensed Project Management Professional (PMP), as well as a Senior Professional of Human Resources as of 2016.

She has been recognized as one of Marshall Goldsmith’s 100 Coaches out of 14,000 applicants. She has coached leadership professionals at Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and Children’s Hospital Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.  Prior to joining Kaiser Permanente, she provided management consulting in professional education to leading pharmaceutical companies such as Bristol-Myers Squibb and Eli Lilly.

Patricia Gorton

Patricia Gorton is the Director of Global Leadership and Talent Development at Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation (DTCC) where she has spent the last ten years leading talent, learning, organizational development and change projects for the organization. She focuses on performance enhancing solutions for employees whether for targeted groups in a leadership program or for individuals engaging in activities that drive development such as mentoring, learning and coaching. Leaders value her support around talent analysis and succession planning to build a strong leadership pipeline to reach future business needs.

She joined the company in 2008 from Citi where she spent seven years there as an SVP in both marketing and business development roles for their global payments, online banking and credit card divisions. Prior to Citi, she was the founder of an online retailer that raised $90 million from an IPO with backing from GE Capital, Intel and Accenture. This business expertise is the commercial lens from which she drives behavioral and organizational change at DTCC. She can structure global, scalable solutions that are cost effective, results oriented and well- designed that delivers business impact.

Tricia graduated with an honors degree in Economics from the University of Rochester and received her MBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. While at Michigan, she won an innovation award voted by the student body and spoke at commencement. Tricia loves skiing, ice hockey, cooking, dancing, music, writing poetry and traveling. She recently trekked to Kilimanjaro!

Bonita Thompson

Bonita Thompson is the creator of the “What’s Next?” Game, a coaching process that helps players walk through what is important to them and then apply those key motivators toward what’s coming up next. The “What’s Next?” Game helps players make their values, their priorities in a fun playful way.

Bonita has been a leading innovator in HR for over 25 years for several major international corporations including: Bank of America, Genentech, Levi Strauss, Pacific Telesis, Varian and Catellus.

She is a New York Times bestselling author of ADMIRED: 21 Ways to Double Your Value. She lectures globally and has taught leadership and management courses at John F. Kennedy University and The Institute of Coaching.

Bonita earned an MBA at the University of California Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, and a BA in Industrial Psychology from San Jose State University. She also holds an Honorary PhD from Mount Mary College.

Bonita is passionate about education and making learning useful and engaging. She is co-creator of Storybook Math, an innovative way of teaching foundational math making it playful and fun. She has also created curriculum aimed at making learning engaging called Create, Build, Solve.

Deanne Kissinger

Deanne Kissinger is the Global Director of Learning and Leadership Development at Sealed Air. She is responsible for Sealed Air’s learning and development strategy across the $7.7bn organization with approximately 23,000 employees.

Deanne has over 18 years of experience in various aspects of Talent and Leadership Development in industries including pharmaceuticals, consumer goods (FMCG), property, manufacturing and finance.  She previously worked for leading organizations such as GlaxoSmithKline (US & UK), Diageo (UK & Australia) and Westpac (Australia).

She began her career in sales and sales management in the pharmaceutical industry, where she moved into training for sales representatives and sales leadership. She held various roles within the commercial learning and development side of the business before transferring to organizational development within Human Resources.

Deanne has a Bachelor’s of Science (BS) in Marketing Management from Grove City College in Pennsylvania and a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from the Melbourne Business School in Melbourne, Australia.

Wendy Greeson

Wendy Greeson is an innovative and results driven talent management professional with a successful record of leading large-scale initiatives and creating development programs that focus on building leadership bench strength. With over 20 years of experience, she has consistently managed high profile projects with tight deadlines, defined budgets, and competing agendas.

Wendy has a MS in Training and Development and a BA in Communications from Eastern Illinois University. She was also selected to participate in a 2-year study on Emotional Intelligence through the University of Illinois in Chicago and has traveled as far as Hong Kong to facilitate leadership development programs.

While at Arthur J. Gallagher, Wendy was recognized for her extensive work with Harvard Business Publishing. As a result, Gallagher’s leadership program was highlighted in a Harvard client success story. Additionally, the program received several Leadership Excellence awards starting in 2015 with Best in Class – Large Company. In 2016 the program was recognized as the #1 Best Sales/Leadership Program, #3 Best Senior/Experienced Leader Program, #5 Best Global Leadership Program.

Wendy joined Cielo in 2017 and is the Vice President, Global Learning & Development. Throughout the course of her career, she has consistently demonstrated the ability to think strategically and execute with impact, while pursuing her life-long passion to help others learn, lead, and grow.

Charles J. O’Connor III

Charles J. O’Connor III is a Managing Director and Executive Advisor at TIAA, a Fortune 100 financial services organization and leading provider of asset management and retirement services for the academic, research, medical and cultural fields.

From 2014 to 2018, Charlie led a new multi-functional organization established to serve the needs of TIAA’s top institutional clients. The model proved the value of a mission-focused organization, team cohesion, innovation, and “putting the customer first.”  His business model was replicated throughout the country.  From 2010 to 2014, he led TIAA’s Northeast Region institutional business with responsibility for the relationship management of all higher education, governmental, and other non-profit institutional accounts, serving 219 institutions ($90 billion assets under management) and 530,000 participants. 

Charlie held a variety of executive positions at Fidelity Investments from 2000 to 2010, including Senior Vice President, Corporate Compliance; Senior Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer (CPO), managing a $3+ billion annual spend; and Senior Vice President for the National Relationship Management Organization for the Tax-exempt Business. 

Before joining Fidelity, Charlie was a member of the United States Air Force, retiring in 2000, as a Colonel. During his military career, he had a variety of assignments from serving with troops in field units to managing special programs of immediate interest to the President of the United States.  He also served as the acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense and Inspector General of the buying arm of the Air Force.

Charlie lectures on leadership throughout the country using lessons from Drucker, Hesselbein, and Goldsmith, along with personal experiences leading large, complex, high-performing organizations.  He has served as a coach and mentor for executives within the Fortune 100 world and higher-education community.  He thrives on helping to “bring out the best in others.”

Charlie was graduated from Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. He received his Master in Business Administration (MBA) degree from Golden Gate University in San Francisco, California. He was awarded a Master of Arts Degree in National Security Strategy and Policy from the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. 

He presently serves on the Board of Governors for the Frances Hesselbein Leadership Forum (formerly the Peter F. Drucker Foundation) at the Johnson Institute for Responsible Leadership at the University of Pittsburgh. He is a member of the Massachusetts Regional Board of Directors for Bottom Line, an organization that assists disadvantaged youth navigate to and through college.


Michael Bungay Stanier

Michael Bungay Stanier is the Senior Partner of Box of Crayons, a company that helps organizations do less Good Work and more Great Work. Box of Crayons is best known for its coaching programs, which give busy managers practical tools so they can coach in 10 minutes or less.

On the way to founding Box of Crayons in 2002, Michael lived in Australia, England, the United States and Canada, his current home.

He’s written two books that have each sold close to 100,000 copies, the Wall Street Journal bestseller The Coaching Habit and Do More Great Work. He’s proudest of End Malaria, a collection of essays about Great Work by thought leaders that raised $400,000 for Malaria No More.

To balance all this out, Michael was banned from his high school graduation for “the balloon incident,” was sued by one of his law school lecturers for defamation and managed to give himself a concussion while digging a hole as a labourer.

He was the first Canadian Coach of the Year, is a Rhodes Scholar, and in 2016 was recognized as the #2 Coaching Guru in the world.

If I had to pick a person to have dinner with, when I need to be prodded and challenged and inspired to think about the things I really am committed to think about for myself and what I’m doing, I’d pick Michael Bungay Stanier. He has an ability to shake our tree and make us more conscious and responsible about what we know but aren’t willing to admit we know yet.
—David Allen, author of Getting Things Done

Gabriela Teasdale

Gabriela Teasdale is the President at Fundación Transformación PY. Transformation Paraguay is a non profit organization that works with The John Maxwell leadership foundation in a national project in Paraguay. The objective of this social initiative is to train 10% of the population in values and leadership principles. We do the training in the seven strengths of a country, government, business, education, culture, media, religion and family. The slogan of the project is “transformation is in me” because we believe that if you can transform yourself you can transform your country.

Gabriela also serves as the CEO of Paraguay Leadership Team. As owner and director of Paraguay Leadership Team, a professional Training, Coaching & Communication business in Paraguay, Gabriela works with The John Maxwell Team and Equip Leadership Inc. She represents JMT and Equip Leadership in Paraguay, and provides professional development and leadership training.

Molly Tschang

Molly Tschang is Founder and CEO of Abella Consulting, a New York-based leadership development and business advisory consultancy that helps senior leaders cultivate the collaborative capacity to elevate individual, team, and organizational performance and accelerate sustained, profitable growth.

Molly helps senior executives collaborate more skillfully through heightened individual and team awareness and empathetic understanding that aligns leadership teams around a shared business purpose and interdependently achieving outcomes.

Prior to launching Abella, Molly held executive leadership positions at Cisco Systems and U.S. Filter, where she led the integration of over 80 acquisitions, and consulting and business development roles at Deloitte, and IBM. She gained deep expertise in helping senior leaders navigate rapid change and uncertainty in high growth environments.

Molly holds a BS in chemical engineering from Cornell University and an MBA from UCLA with a focus on entrepreneurship. She has served as the Executive Director for NetHope and serves on the Cornell Engineering College Council as well as the Board of Advisors of Relief International. An advocate of social enterprise, Molly provides pro bono strategic advisory services to Community Solutions (homelessness), Three Dot Dash® (mentoring for global teen leaders), and the NYU Reynolds Program for Social Entrepreneurship.

In 2017, Molly was selected from among 12,000 applicants to be a protégé of Marshall Goldsmith through his 100 Coaches initiative.

In her downtime, she enjoys tennis, yoga, and cooking with family and friends. Learn more at

Louis Carter 

Louis Carter is an organization psychologist and one of the top advisors to C-level executives of major companies such as Kimberly Clark, Federal Reserve Bank of NY, Saudi Aramco, Duke Energy, Humana, Shire, Jazz Pharmaceuticals, Key Bank, QBE, Cigna, Nokia, AbbVie, J&J, WestRock, Gilead Sciences, Battelle, Madison Square Gar- den, CIT, Goodyear, and many more helping them transform themselves and their organizations into an environment where employees love and want to produce the best results for their company.

He is the author of over 10 books on best practices in leadership development and talent management including Change Champion’s Field Guide, Best Practices in Leadership Development and Organization Change and Best Practices in Talent Management. He is a proud member of the MG 100 Coaches project chosen from over 12,000 coaches by his longtime men- tor Marshall Goldsmith. Louis is the recipient of ELearning! Magazine’s Trailblazer Award, HR Tech Conference’s Top Products Award, and Leader- ship Excellence Magazine’s Best in Leadership Development for his work as found- er and CEO of Best Practice Institute and the creator of the rst anytime 360-degree feedback tool based on feed- forward and appreciative dialogue, skillrater.

Louis Carter founded Best Practice Institute in 2001 while obtaining his graduate degree from Columbia University. He facilitated drum circles in New York City after 9-11 to help rebuild the community. He further developed this concept into the BPI Senior Executive Board, a bench- mark research consortium comprised of C-levels from F500s who want to transform themselves and their organizations through best practices in leadership and organization development.

His newest book, In Great Company: How to spark emotional connectedness and peak performance will be released at the end of 2018.

He has spoken to the Prime Minister of the UAE’s HR Lighthouse Initiative, Pentagon and UN officials, and various international conferences on his work and research. He has been a drummer for over 5 bands throughout the past 30 years and volunteers to drum for community drum circles and children’s centers.

Pawel Motyl

One of leading European experts in decision-making, leadership, team effectiveness and talent management; author of a best-selling book on decision-making, keynote speaker at numerous conferences, C-level consultant, trainer and certified executive coach.

20+ years’ business experience, including 10 years in management consulting and executive search roles with 7+ years in the CEO position (Harvard Business Review Poland / ICAN Institute). Speaker at Harvard Business Review conferences in Poland, has delivered presentations with dr. Marshall Goldsmith, prof. Dave Ulrich, prof. Andrew McAfee, prof. Joseph Badaracco, Neil Rackham, Coleen Stanley, prof. Heike Bruch and many others. Designer and facilitator of C-level leadership development programs (2500+ hours of training sessions delivered). Top-ranked trainer in ICAN Institute executive education projects. Architect of consulting solutions and advisor to the management boards of leading companies in Poland, has managed and participated in numerous international assignments. Certified executive coach with Marshall Goldsmith Stakeholder-Centered Coaching. In 2005, he was the first Pole to complete Train-the-Trainer program at McClelland Centre for Research and Innovation in Boston. In 2016 Pawel was selected to participate in dr. Marshall Goldsmith’s 100 Coaches initiative.

Pawel’s book on decision-making was published in Polish in 2015 and became Harvard Business Review Poland all-time bestseller in just 4 weeks. The book won many prestigious awards in Poland, including 2015 Golden Owl.

Pawel spends his spare time in mountains, has climbed numerous 6000m and 7000m peaks in Himalaya and Pamir. He is also an admirer of Italian red wines, from Tuscany in particular.

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“It is my honor to endorse the work of Pawel Motyl. Pawel is a fantastic expert in leadership, who is consistently at the leading edge of thinking. He is a wonderful speaker, who receives consistently positive feedback from his participants. He is also an excellent coach and consultant who can help both individuals and organizations achieve positive change. Along with all of this, he is a great guy. Working with him is a joy!” — Dr. Marshall Goldsmith

Tasha Eurich

Tasha Eurich is an organizational psychologist, researcher, and New York Times best-selling author. As Principal of the Eurich Group, she has built a reputation as a fresh, modern voice in the business world by pairing her scientific grounding in human behavior with a practical approach to improvement. Over her 15-plus-year career, she’s helped thousands of professionals—from Fortune 500 executives to early stage entrepreneurs—improve their self-awareness and success.

With a PhD in Industrial-Organizational Psychology and BAs in Theater and Psychology, Dr. Eurich has contributed to The Guardian, Entrepreneur, The Huffington Post, and, and has been featured in outlets like Business Insider, Fortune, Forbes, The New York Times, Fast Company, and New York Magazine. She has been named a “Top 100 Thought Leader” by Trust Across America, a “Leader to Watch” by the American Management Association, and one of Denver Business Journal’s “40 Under 40.” Her TEDxMileHigh talk has been viewed more than one million times.

Dr. Eurich’s first book, Bankable Leadership, debuted on the New York Times best-seller list. Her latest book, INSIGHT, delves into the connection between our self-awareness—what she calls the meta-skill of the twenty-first century—and performance and success, both in and out of the workplace. Hailed as a “bold, exhilarating take on self-improvement” by Success Magazine and a “fascinating read” by The Guardian, INSIGHT was recently named an Editor’s Choice by 800-CEO-READ.

Edy Greenblatt

Dr. Edy Greenblatt, PCC  is a transformational coach-educator, resilience pioneer, integration visionary, and entrepreneur.  As Founder and President of Execu-Care Coaching & Consulting, Inc. she creates radically innovative interdisciplinary, multi-method interventions that help leaders, teams, and organizations learn, grow, laugh, and energize while they rise to meet demanding performance goals.  Her Blended Solutions can include interactive classroom sessions, aerial arts and flying trapeze, embodied and peer coaching, world dance, WATSU, coach supervision, interactive online support, and offsite resilience retreats. 

Concurrently, she is faculty at two of the world’s top executive education institutions – Center for Creative Leadership and the DeSautels Centre for Integrative Thinking at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.  Previously, Dr. Edy served on faculties at UCLA and USC’s Marshall School of Business and as a management consultant and organizational practice specialist at McKinsey & Co..

Dr. Edy holds a joint Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from Harvard Business School and Harvard University (Psychology & Sociology), master’s degrees in Dance Ethnology (UCLA) and Psychology (Harvard), and a bachelor’s degree in World Arts & Cultures/Dance (UCLA). 

Her pioneering research at Harvard and subsequent award-winning book Restore Yourself:  The Antidote for Professional Exhaustion (on resilience and energy in 24/7 work environments) have shaped team effectiveness, organizational results, women’s leadership, and strategic HR initiatives at companies such as McKinsey & Co., DaVita Healthcare, and Mattel.

Dr. Edy is an entertaining and sought-after speaker, change agent, coach, and coach supervisor, dividing her time between Santa Monica (USA), Ra’anana (Israel), and Toronto (Canada).  In her free time, she mentors children, dances, swims, studies WATSU and aerial silks, and, more often than one might expect, sleeps.  She is currently launching the Strategic Vacation project, which aligns the needs of leaders, work teams, families, corporate finances, and the global travel and tourism industry to improve everyone’s well-being and bottom line. She is committed to helping heal the world through integrating and energizing mind and body.   

Anu Oza

Anu Oza has over 25 years of international experience in Leadership Development, Diversity and Inclusion and CSR.

A graduate of Harvard, the London School of Economics and the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, she has blended her dual interests in Human Potential and Public Policy by working across the private, government and non-profit sectors.

She has held Senior Executive positions in both consulting and industry. She led the leadership development practice and functions at both Mercer and Accenture, and was Head of Human Resources for Foster Wheeler, a leading Engineering company. Additionally, she worked with Unilever in India and in the UK.

Her non-profit and government work has included consulting with the UNFPA for their first ever conference of Public-Private Partnerships and consulting for the UN Global Compact. She has been selected by the Government of India to be amongst the first batch of trainers and facilitators on CSR, after the Government made CSR spend mandatory for organizations in specific categories

Her passion for coaching stems from her deep interest in the art, science and practice of leadership. She believes that both leadership development and coaching involve leading with questions as much as, if not more than directing with answers. Additionally, she believes that leadership development and coaching need to be able to help clients face realities, discard old identities, renegotiate both inner and outer loyalties that may or may not be serving her and much more.

Anu’s current work involves working extensively with women and men in the fields of diversity and inclusion. She has trained or coached over three thousand people in this field. Her work with women focusses on helping them become aware of and grounded in their value, thereby breaking their “inner glass ceiling”. She also works with them on increasing their impact and influence through better negotiation and navigation of organizational power and politics

Anu is one of the few people in India who have written about what corporates can do to facilitate broader social inclusion through CSR initiatives and other HR practices that can address some of the most deeply rooted, rigid social hierarchies.

She enjoys teaching and especially treasures her experiences of leading sessions at the MS Swaminathan Research Foundation, Harvard University and Columbia University.

Terry Jackson

Terry Jackson is a highly accomplished, experienced and dynamic Executive Advisor, Thought Leader, and Organizational Consultant. Terry is a Coach and Consultant for US State Department International Information Program. Terry’s passion and purpose is helping others improve their quality of life and achieve performance excellence.

Terry is the COO (co-founder) of Jackson Consulting Group. Jackson Consulting Group partners with Executives and Organizations to align Strategy, People, and Processes to optimize and sustain Peak Business Performance. Our proprietary methodologies increase Profit and Productivity, help manage change and reduce organizational cost. 

Terry is a visionary with 25+ years of progressive leadership development experience in sales, marketing, operations management, and business consulting within startups and Fortune 10 companies. Terry holds a Ph.D. in Leadership and Organizational Change. Terry is an authority in Leadership Development, Diversity and Inclusion, Emotional Intelligence and its use to create high levels of employee engagement and sustained performance.

Terry has demonstrated success in catapulting sales, expanding existing markets, building strategic business relationships, and developing professionals.  Terry has extensive experience in P&L management, new product launches, corporate turnarounds, brand management, contract negotiations, auditing, people development, and several process improvement methodologies.

Terry has worked with and consulted for companies such giants as Norfolk Southern Corp, ExxonMobil, Bristol Meyers Squibb, New York Life, Anthem, Valassis, Dell-EMC, PioneerSol, Bahria University, Lahore University of Management Science, NED University, National Incubation Center, HIVE, KITE Incubator, and FedEx. Terry is currently engaged with the Pakistan government on several major consulting projects.

Terry has led large scale consulting and coaching engagements in the following industries: Education, Financial, Petroleum, Telecommunications, State and Federal Government, Retail and Consumer Package Goods.

David Allen

One of the world’s most influential thinkers on productivity, David’s 35 years experience as a management consultant and executive coach have earned him the titles of “personal productivity guru” by Fast Company Magazine and one of America’s top 5 executive coaches by Forbes Magazine. The American Management Association has ranked him in the top ten business leaders. His bestselling book, the groundbreaking “Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity”, has been published in thirty languages; and the “GTD” methodology it describes has become a global phenomenon, being taught by training companies in sixty countries.

David, his company, and his partners are dedicated to teaching people how to stay relaxed and productive in our fast paced world.


Carol Kauffman

Carol Kauffman Founder of the Institute of Coaching and on the faculty of Harvard Medical School.

Carol is a leadership coach with over 20 years experience helping leaders raise the bar on their performance and managing their success. She is most interested in high stakes coaching where managing leadership impact is crucial and it is necessary to intervene quickly. She has focused on these issues with young high potential leaders to the CEO/Chairs of the Board at Fortune 50 companies.

She is a leader herself: An Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School she founded the Institute of Coaching, a community of 18,000, launched the Coaching in Leadership and Healthcare Conference at Harvard, The Institute of Coaching Leadership Forum and has chaired numerous conference. In addition she was Founding Editor in Chief of the first journal in Coaching with a major publishing house. In 2009 her work and entrepreneurial spirit were commemorated with a $2,000,000 gift to begin the Institute of Coaching.

Dr. Kauffman has extensive coaching experience with over 40,000 hours of client contact. She works with multi-national organizations either in the C-Suite or in tandem with large-scale leadership development programs. A sampling of recent clients includes: Ahold, Astra Zeneca, BCG, BUPA, Bombardier, BCG, Harvard Medical School, Hospital Corporation of America, Lloyds, Linklaters, McKinsey, Norton Rose, Owens-Illinois, Tubelines, State Street Bank, Unilever, Vanderbilt University and Wellington.

Sergey Sirotenko

Sergey specializes in developing executives and management teams to achieve their goals and successfully reach for new horizons. An executive coach at Ward Howell, a talent equity consultancy based in Moscow, he uses the methods of Dr. Marshall Goldsmith, recognized by Harvard Business Review as the premier expert in leadership development and creating positive, long-term, and measurable changes in behavior. In 2017, Sergey was acknowledged as one of Marshall Goldsmith’s 100 Coaches, having been selected from a pool of more than 12,000 candidates. Currently, Sergey also serves as an Independent Director on the Board of Russian Aquaculture and as a  Member of the Board for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Russia.

Between 2014 and 2016, Sergey was a member of the Global Council on Russia with the World Economic Forum in Davos, where he helped in the preparation of several expert reports on Russia’s socio-economic development.

Since 2015 Sergey has worked as a Director of Leadership Development at Yale University and has taught a course on Interpersonal and Group Dynamics at the Yale School of Management. Starting in 2010, Sergey also worked on various programs for executives as a trainer and coach at business schools such as INSEAD, CEIBS and SKOLKOVO.

From 2003 until 2014, Sergey worked at PwC, focusing on consulting projects on strategy, operations, and restructuring. Sergey’s clients included major Russian and international companies and government organizations, including the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Organizing Committee.

Sergey graduated from the Financial University under the Government of the Russian Federation in 2003 and defended his PhD dissertation in Law in 2011. In 2007, Sergey completed a leadership and coaching program with INSEAD Professor Stanislav Shekshnia, and in 2015 completed a two-year Master’s program in Global Affairs at Yale University Jackson Institute focusing on China.

Atchara Juicharern

Atchara (Cara) is recognized for her distinctive capabilities developing executives and teams from a wide variety of cultural background. Cara had fifteen years of international experience with Northwest Airlines. She managed people across the regions and was awarded “the best manager of the year” in 1997.

In 2005, she founded AcComm & Image International. Her inspiring leadership and success frequently appears in business interviews. She was recognized as one of the ten wonder women in business by WOMAN PLUS Magazine by GM Group.

Cara has Ph. D. in Management Development, an international program at National Institute of Development Administration where she also receives Distinguished Alumni Award. She also studied in Germany and USA. Cara is a Thai best-selling author of Leader as Coach and has also been a regular columnist of ASEAN column in Post Today newspaper.

Peter Chee

Dr. Peter Chee is the President and CEO of ITD World, a global leadership development expert with over 30 years of experience in developing leaders from over 80 countries. He is a chief mentor coach and developer of the Certified Coaching and Mentoring Professional (CCMP) program which is accredited and recognized by ICF (International Coach Federation) He is the inventor Coaching for Breakthrough Success (CBS) Metta Model, The Coaching Principles (TCP), Situational Coaching Model (SCM) and Achievers Coaching Techniques (ACT).

He works in close partnership with best-selling and award-winning author Dr. William J. Rothwell, who has written more than 100 books and with Dr. Jack Canfield, the world’s leading success coach and authority on peak performance who holds the Guinness Book of World Records for the most books on New York Times bestseller list with 210 books and 500 million copies in print. Dr. Peter Chee and Dr. Jack Canfield are co-authors of Coaching for Breakthrough Success whereas Dr. Peter Chee and Dr. William Rothwell are co-authors of the book entitled Becoming an Effective Mentoring Leader and The Leader’s Daily Role in Talent Management: Maximizing Results, Engagement and Retention. He is also the author of The 12 Disciplines of Leadership Excellence with Brian Tracy.

Dr. Peter Chee is a Baden Powell Fellow of the World Scout Foundation, an honour bestowed by the king of Sweden. He was the president of ARTDO International, a non-profit professional umbrella body that brings together renowned national HRD bodies, governments, and multinational companies globally. He received the ARTDO Internal Management and HRD Excellence Award from the President of ARTDO International and President of Australian Institute of Training and Development. His life purpose is to transform leaders and change the world with love for God and people.

Hortense le Gentil

Hortense le Gentil is the President and Founder of JAY Consulting. She works with decision makers in the business world, supporting them in their development and leadership by using their Personal Identity as an instrument of behavioral progress.

Born in 1965, Hortense studied in Boston (United States), where she graduated from Northeastern University with a degrees in Marketing and Human Behavior.

She returned to France in 1986 and occupied the position of Media Manager at Havas Worldwide until 1996. After spending two years at High Co, bellwether of new technologies, she worked in the advertising department at Lagardère Media from 1999 to 2003, before joining the Express-Roularta group, where she did similar work until 2006.

In 2007, she took up the challenge of industrial entrepreneurship. She founded HLG Management and its subsidiary Optimum Cement, a firm specializing in the recycling of metals for niche professions. She developed an innovative process of transforming residues into compact and neutral ores that can be recovered and reused for the production of superalloys. She was chosen as a member of the European Commission Reslag for her expertise.

Strengthened by these professional experiences and by her stamina as a former high-level horse rider, representing France in the 1980s in international show jumping, Hortense le Gentil simultaneously pursued her passion in the Humanities, which inspired her studies in the United States. She continued to closely monitor developments in neuroscience, personal development, and cognitive and behavioral sciences.

As a result, she started her own consulting firm in 2013, JAY Consulting, and now exclusively dedicates her efforts to the coaching of decision makers and entrepreneurs, as well as senior executives. Her work seeks to develop their leadership abilities and reinforce their intuitive faculties through different mental techniques. As a result, she promotes better perception of both professional and personal environments, which enables improved efficiency in action and decision-making.

In conjunction with her consulting business, she regularly participates in public discussion via conferences and published articles.

Reeta Nathwani

Reeta works internationally with CEOs and board directors to achieve greater Success, Fulfillment and Legacy. She has a strong track record across all sectors and a known reputation for her work with individual executives, boards and top teams. She is a Leadership Coach with a direct and inspirational style and is known for growing leaders”. Reeta’s life purpose is to have leaders achieve inspiring performance in their organizations through intelligent emotions and bringing values alive in the work place.

She is a Certified Emotional Intelligence & Solution Focused Coach, with a wealth of practical coaching and assessment qualifications. She brings a strong background in behavioural and organizational change from her time in Mars Confectionery and over 21 years of consulting experience. She also draws out lessons learnt from challenging experiences of working globally. She encourages her clients that she coaches to also lead by example, have courageous conversations and give inspirational feedback.

Reeta is an active committee member of the BoardAgender in Singapore “BoardAgender is a conscious and concerted initiative to raise awareness on the economic benefits of an inclusive and gender-balanced business. BoardAgender encourages and enables more women to contribute their expertise in the boardroom and committees. Reeta is a mentor with the Cherie Blair Foundation and more recently was invited to be a coach on the Queen Elizabeth’s Young Leaders Program at Cambridge University. She was selected to be the Chair for International Coaching Week 2016 Singapore.

Her approach has been described as “insightful yet open, challenging but not aggressive.” She has a pragmatic and outcome-focused style, which she combines with strong commercial acumen. Reeta achieves her satisfaction and pride from delighting her clients and working towards generating “Real Results”. She recognizes that successful leaders within organizations need to have the ability to operate and inspire across all facets of the business. This enables her to have the ability to work with individuals and teams in helping them focus towards common goals of the organization.

Alisa Cohn

Alisa is an executive coach who works with senior executives and high potential leaders to help them create positive permanent shifts in their leadership impact and the results they achieve.  In addition to executives in large established companies, she works with Founder/CEOs and executive teams of start-ups to help them improve their leadership, scale the company, and support them in learning key leadership and communication skills. She also leads workshops and speaks on a variety of topics. Her areas of expertise include: Executive Presence; Power, Influence & Charisma; Decision-making; and Corporate Politics.

Prior to starting her coaching practice, Alisa was CFO of Clarivergent Technology Partners and head of strategic partnerships at Corporate Alumni. She was a strategy consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers and The Monitor Group. A CPA, Alisa earned her MBA from Cornell University where she was awarded the Fried Fellowship for Leadership and Academic Excellence. Alisa is known for her high energy and enthusiasm along with her practical, results-oriented approach. She was selected as one of the Top 10 Coaches in Boston by Women’s Business, which called her “absolutely brilliant” and “a super hero.”

Alisa is a member of the Cornell Entrepreneurship Advisory Board. She is on the faculty of the “Runway” program at Cornell Tech – an accelerator which focuses on helping post-docs commercialize their research and build companies. She is an angel investor in and advisor to a number of start-ups both in the US and developing countries.

Alisa is a regular invited lecturer at Harvard University and Cornell University as well as in the Naval War College’s accelerated leadership program. She is a coach for the Linkage Global Institute for Leadership Development and for political leaders from areas of conflict at the Center for Inclusive Security at Harvard University. Alisa a columnist and “Expert” for Worth Magazine and was featured in the book “Reinventing You,” by Dorie Clark. Alisa has been quoted in publications such as the New York Times, the Wall St. Journal, and various other regional and national business publications.

Alisa has a passionate interest in health, wellness and fitness and has a particular love for running and cycling, especially when combined with scenic travel. She is a fearless cook of ethnic food. She loves all sorts of culture, especially music and theater, and will occasionally burst into song without warning.

Located in New York City, Alisa’s current and former clients include: Venmo, Foursquare, Timehop, Bloomberg LLP, Dell, Hitachi Data Systems, Tory Burch, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, Novartis, Taro Pharmaceuticals, Association of British Pharmaceuticals Industry (ABPI) , Fidelity, Standard Chartered Bank, Citibank, UBS, SilverLake, KPMG, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Sony Music, Harvard University, and The New York Times Company.

Philippe Grall

Founder of equilibre k.k. in 2006

French – Born in France in 1968
Living and working in Japan since 2000
Language: French, English and Japanese

His Mission
To Help People to Shine in Business and Life.

1. Activities
– Coaching
1 to 1 Executive Coaching for Leadership Group Coaching for Boards Members

– Facilitation
Strategic In-house Workshops: Vision, Mission & Values integration.

– Keynotes
Public Presentations about Leadership at Chambers of Commerce, CEOs associations (CEO Insights), Universities (Globis, iCLA), Grandes Ecoles Alumni (Polytechnique, Science-Po, HEC, Insead, Essec).

2. Background:
– Coaching Experience
+ 6000 hours of individual and group coaching of more than 500 Top Executives in Tokyo since 2006.
– Career
+ 30 years studies and experience in personal development.
20 year business experience (sales, marketing and training) including 17 years in Japan. 6 year experience at Autobacs Seven Co. Ltd. (Worldwide leader in Automotive aftermarket – 600 stores) Responsible for international corporate communication, international internet strategy and overseas training program.

– Credential
2008: Neuro-Linguistic Programming Trainer at NLPU ( UCSC – USA)
2015: Hypnotherapist (CA- USA)
2016: Lojon Tibetan Meditation

3. Clients
– Profile
Presidents & C-Level Executives – Entrepreneurs – Artists
– Industries
Consulting – Pharmacy – Biotech- Communications – Chemicals
Brands – Fashion – Luxury Goods – Lifestyle – Retail – F&B – Hospitality

Caroline Santiago

Caroline Santiago is an Executive Coach, Change Agent, Technologist and Culture Strategist. She is the Founder and CEO of Utopia Life Consulting Inc., a San Diego based consultancy specializing in designing and executing leadership development, human capital, and large-scale technology change management programs.   

Individually, Caroline helps senior leaders accelerate their personal growth, shift to a strategic mindset, practice agility, and adaptability while leading and managing their organization’s rapid technological advancements, workforce enablement plans, and expeditious organizational growth. 

Organizationally, Caroline helps senior leaders and their teams elevate their organizational performance and effectiveness by focusing on several key areas of their business: Leadership Development, Strategic Alignment, Organizational Design, Organizational Change Management, and Strategic Workforce Enablement. She partners with senior leaders and their teams to help them obtain clarity, stakeholder buy in and strategic alignment when executing and operationalizing their mission, vision, and corporate strategy.

Prior to launching Utopia Life Consulting Inc., Caroline held leadership positions at Arthur Andersen, KPMG, BearingPoint, and Deloitte Consulting. During her 20-year tenure at the Big 4 Consulting firms she was able to gain invaluable insights and deep expertise in helping senior leaders drive, shape, and powerfully influence their organization’s culture, business, and technology transformations. She has worked with numerous Fortune 500 companies and public-sector clients across multiple segments and industries.

Caroline holds a BA in International Studies with a minor in Gender and Race Relations from George Mason University. She has a passion for speaking and teaching leadership development to high school and college students. She has travelled the world globally and has spoken to thousands of youth and young adults on “Living Your Life with Passion and Purpose”. She volunteers and serves as a Leadership Consultant for the Hugh O’Brian Youth (HOBY) Leadership Foundation.

Linda Sharkey, PhD

Dr. Linda Sharkey is a trusted transformational expert, author, speaker, and global leadership development coach.

Through her proven programs and no-nonsense approach, she helps create high-potential leaders and shapes company culture for future growth. Linda has deep experience working with Fortune 50 companies, and held senior human resource executive positions at Hewlett-Packard and at GE Capital.

She is the co-author of, The Future-Proof Workplace – Six Strategies to Accelerate Talent Development, Reshape Your Culture, and Succeed with Purpose. (Wiley, 2017) This book is a survival guide for the new realities of business and highlights Linda’s approach to helping businesses prepare for the future.

Her co-authored book, Winning With Transglobal Leadership was named one of the top 30 best business books for 2013.

She also co-authored Optimizing Talent with Dr. Paul Eccher, a groundbreaking work spelling out proven steps to build a talent rich organization.

Dr. Sharkey is an inspiring keynote speaker at many global events, including the Global HR Academy with the Conference Board and the World Human Resources Development Conference, where she was  honored with the “Super Women Achievement Award.”

She is a founding member of the Marshall Goldsmith Group focused on helping successful executives become even more successful. She has a reputation as a no nonsense executive coach that enables those she coaches to show measurable behavior change in the eyes of others.

Linda was Chief Talent Officer and V.P., People Development at Hewlett Packard, responsible for establishing and driving the company’s talent management initiative, performance management processes, career development, executive staffing, coaching, employee engagement, and diversity and inclusion efforts.

Prior to Hewlett Packard, Linda was with General Electric and held numerous Senior Human Resources and Talent Management roles. She established a leadership development effort for GE Capital that became part of the Crotonville offerings and was named a best practice by CEO Jack Welch. She led several key cultural integrations and established a coaching process for executives, developed HR professionals as coaches and personally coached many senior leaders.

She holds a PhD in Organization Development from Benedictine University, MPA from Russell Sage College and a BA in History from Nazareth College. She is a past two term member of the Academy of Management Board for OD as the scholar practitioner.

Bill Carrier

Bill Carrier, President of Carrier Leadership Coaching Inc., specializes in coaching senior executives and high-potential executives in leadership, executive presence, and organizational impact. He is a member of the Marshall Goldsmith 100 Coaches program for the top leadership professionals in the world.  A graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, former Army officer, and Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholar, Bill anchors his coaching work in extensive practical leadership experience and the firm belief that we are all part of something bigger than ourselves. 

An executive coach and thought partner to senior leaders, Bill leverages best-practive from neuroscience, ontology, movement psychology/somatics, and West Point leadership development.  Executive coaching clients have included CEO’s, CTO’s and SVP’s of corporations from $100M to $10B in annual revenue, a winner of the Navy’s Zumwalt Award (annually given to the best captain of a ship in the US Navy), TED Fellows, and senior executives at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve. 

Bill has extensive experience in working with senior-most HR executives of billion-dollar companies across the US, Australia, and South Africa to leverage leadership assessment and human capital measurement to improve company culture and performance.  As a senior director at the Executive Intelligence Group (EIG), Bill led business development, working with the world’s leading corporations regarding assessment practices for succession management, high potentials, and senior executive deployment and development.

Prior to EIG, Bill led business development teams for the Corporate Leadership Council (CLC) Solutions at the Corporate Executive Board, the world’s top corporate best-practice research and executive education firm.  Bill worked with the top HR executives at Fortune 1000 companies to help them to build stronger leadership benches, strengthen relationships with high potential employees, and effectively measure and manage human capital. 

Bill began his career as an officer in the U.S. Army, where he was the direct supervisor of a combat arms team in high-stress training environments. After retiring from the Army, Bill was selected to represent the United States as a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholar to Brazil.

In addition to an extraordinary background as a leader himself, Bill has extensive studies in leadership and coaching.  He continues his ongoing education in leading-edge coaching best-practices with world-class nonverbal and somatics coaching expert, Dr. Stuart Heller. Bill is a Marshall Goldsmith Stakeholder Centered Certified Coach, a Certified Newfield Ontological Coach, and has been a certified Dale Carnegie instructor. 

Bill contributes to the coaching profession in many ways.  He is the co-founder and co-editor of The Future of Coaching magazine, a Founding Fellow of the Institute of Coaching at Harvard Medical School, and a founding member of the Coaching Excellence in Organizations (CEO) community of practice. In recognition of his excellence as a senior executive coach and thought leader, he has served as a Mentor Coach for the CEO advanced education program. Bill has been a member of the Board of Directors of the International Consortium for Coaching in Organizations (ICCO) and is on the accreditation committee of the Association of Corporate Executive Coaches (ACEC).

Jeffrey Hull

Dr. Jeffrey Hull is a highly accomplished executive coach, organization effectiveness, leadership development, and human resource management professional. An expert in the field of organizational and leadership development since 1995, he has worked with leading multinational companies in the US, Asia, and Europe, both as a senior management team member and as a coach and consultant. He has worked on projects with Fortune 100 and global organizations in a wide range of industries, including health care, financial services, technology, pharmaceuticals, media/advertising, and education.

He is also a best-selling author of two books: 1. FLEX: The Art and Science of Leadership in a Changing World (Penguin Random House 2019) and 2. Life-Shifting: Let Go of Fear and Get Your Life in Gear (Globe Pequot 2010).

Dr. Hull is an active member of the leadership team at the Institute of Coaching, a Harvard Medical School affiliate, and enjoys teaching as a faculty member at both Harvard Medical School and the NYU School of Professional Studies.

Prior to becoming a writer, teacher and executive coach/consultant, Dr. Hull worked as a senior leader for over fifteen years. He held a wide range of human resource generalist roles at Booz Allen Hamilton, Sheraton Hotels Corp, and EDS (Electronic Data Systems). In his role as the global head of human resources for the technology division of Booz Allen Hamilton (1990-1995), Dr. Hull was responsible for senior talent management, organization design and effectiveness for a group that grew from 30 consultants to over 900 in a five year period.

As an entrepreneur, Dr. Hull has been a partner in two leadership development consultancies based in New York City and has worked with senior executives in areas of organizational development, talent management, creativity and innovation, conflict management, team building, and performance coaching.


Keith Ferrazzi

As founder and chairman of Ferrazzi Greenlight, Keith Ferrazzi has spent over a decade addressing the behaviors that block global organizations from reaching strategic goals and transforming them into new habits that increase shareholder value.

More recently, in partnership with Zappos’ Tony Hsieh and Groupon’s Brad Keywell, Keith

launched Yoi, a digital onboarding tool that drives transparency, improved coaching, and real-time feedback between

busy managers and their new hires. The platform utilizes practice-based learning and quantitative assessments to deliver increased productivity in the workplace.

Keith is the author of the bestsellers Who’s Got Your Back and Never Eat Alone. His writing has also been published in The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, Inc., and Fast Company .

Chester Elton

For the past four years, Chester Elton has been ranked in the top 30 Global Gurus for Leadership and #10 for Organizational Culture. He is co-author of 5 New York Times bestselling business books, including The Carrot Principle, The Orange Revolution and All In. His books have sold over 1.5 million copies and have been translated in over 30 languages.

Elton is the co-author of 10 books on leadership and culture with his friend Adrian Gostick. Their next book “The Best Team Wins” will be a major release with Simon & Schuster on February 13, 2018. Some of Elton’s other books include: Managing with Carrots, The 24 Carrot Manager, A Carrot a Day and The Invisible Employee. As a LinkedIn Influencer, he has over 480,000 followers and his posts have reached millions. Elton has a weekly segment on WCBS Radio, in New York City, that highlights good news in business and what many organizations are doing to honor their employees and impact their communities in a positive way.

Elton is a regular guest lecturer at Cornell University’s masters program in HR as well as Fordham University’s MBA program at the Gabelli School of Business. He also guest lectures at BYU where he is a proud alumnus of the Tanner School of Business.

A volunteer worker over the last 4 years for his church, Elton is dedicated to working with inner city youth where he is a teacher and mentor to several young men between the ages of 12-18 in East Orange, New Jersey.

Elton is the co-founder of The Culture Works; an international training company that helps organizations of all sizes create the culture they need to succeed. Elton is proud to be on the advisory board for Camp Corral, a non-profit organization that provides summer camp each year for children of wounded and fallen military hero’s.

What he is most proud of is to be the father of 4 exceptional children and proud grandfather to Lucas Elton who is 2 1⁄2 years old! Happily married for 34 years to the lovely Heidi Olsen Elton, there isn’t a luckier man on the planet!


Dorie Clark

Dorie Clark is a marketing strategy consultant, professional speaker, and frequent contributor to the Harvard Business Review and Entrepreneur magazine. She is the author of Entrepreneurial You, newly released from Harvard Business Review Press. Her previous books include Reinventing You and Stand Out, which was named the #1 Leadership Book of 2015 by Inc. magazine, one of the Top 10 Business Books of the Year by Forbes, and was a Washington Post bestseller.

The New York Times has described her as an “expert at self-reinvention and helping others make changes in their lives,” and she has been recognized as a “branding expert” by the Associated Press, Inc., and Fortune magazine.

She consults and speaks for a diverse range of clients, including Google, the World Bank, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Ford Foundation, Yale University, the Mount Sinai Medical Center, and the U.S. National Park Service.

Clark, a former presidential campaign spokeswoman, is an adjunct professor of business administration at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. She has taught marketing and communications at Tufts University, Suffolk University, Emerson College, HEC-Paris, IE Business School in Madrid, Babson College, the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler School of Business, Smith College Executive Education, and Nazarbayev University in Kazakhstan. She was named one of Inc. magazine’s “100 Great Leadership Speakers for Your Next Conference,” and recognized in Forbes as one of “25 Professional Networking Experts to Watch in 2015.” 

She has guest lectured at universities including Harvard Business School, the Harvard Kennedy School, Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, the MIT Sloan School of Management, the University of California-Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, Georgetown, NYU, and the University of Michigan. Her work has been published in The Harvard Business Review Guide to Getting the Right Job, The Harvard Business Review Guide to Networking, The Harvard Business Review Guide to Office Politics, and The Harvard Business Review Guide to Dealing with Conflict. She is quoted frequently in the worldwide media, including NPR, the BBC, and MSNBC.

A former New England Press Association award-winning journalist, Clark is the director of the environmental documentary film The Work of 1000. At age 14, Clark entered Mary Baldwin College’s Program for the Exceptionally Gifted. At 18, she graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Smith College, and two years later received a Master of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School. She is also a producer of a multiple Grammy-winning jazz album. You can learn more at and download her free 42-page Stand Out Self-Assessment Workbook.

Erica Dhawan

Erica Dhawan is the Founder & CEO of Cotential, a global consultancy that helps organizations transform by delivering collaboration across teams, business units, customers and other stakeholders. As one of today’s most provocative business thinkers on the future of work, Erica advises business leaders and companies to lead markets through innovations that matter, create increasing value for customers and clients, deliver sustainable results and ensure future global competitiveness.

Erica Dhawan is the co-author of the bestselling book: Get Big Things Done: The Power of Connectional Intelligence rated #1 on What Corporate America is Reading. An in-demand speaker, Erica has spoken, worldwide, to organizations and enterprises that range from

the World Economic Forum at Davos to U.S. and global Fortune 500 companies. Her clients range from Deloitte, Fidelity Investments, Credit Suisse, and Pepsico. Her writings have appeared in dozens of publications, including Fast Company, Forbes, and Harvard Business Review. In 2015, Erica was listed on the Thinkers50 RADAR list for the emerging management thinkers around the world most likely to shape the future of business, management and strategy and was named one of Levo 100’s Transformers. She serves as a board member to Deloitte’s Inclusion External Advisory Council and Lufthansa Innovation Hub.

Erica also serves as a member of the Aspen Institute Socrates Society, World Economic Forum Global Shapers, Milken Young Leaders and the Young Entrepreneur Council. She previously worked at Lehman Brothers and Barclays Capital and served as a research fellow at Harvard’s Center for Public Leadership. She has an MPA from Harvard Kennedy School, MBA from MIT Sloan, and BS at the Wharton School.

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Claire Diaz-Ortiz

Claire Diaz-Ortiz is an author, speaker, and technology innovator who has been named one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company. Claire was an early employee at Twitter, where she spent five and a years leading social innovation.

In Claire’s time at Twitter, she was called everything from “The Woman Who Got the Pope on Twitter” (Wired) and “Twitter’s Pontiff Recruitment Chief” (The Washington Post) to a “Force for Good“ (Forbes) and “One of the Most Generous People in Social Media” (Fast Company).

Claire is the award-winning author of eight books that have been translated into more than ten languages, including One Minute Mentoring: How to Find and Work with a Mentor – and How You’ll Benefit from Being One, Twitter for Good: Change the World One Tweet at a Time, Design Your Day: Be More Productive, Set Better Goals, and Live Life on Purpose, and Hope Runs: An American Tourist, a Kenyan Boy, a Journey of Redemption.

She is a frequent international speaker on social media, business and innovation and has been invited to deliver keynotes and trainings at organizations like the Vatican, the US State Department, Verizon, South by Southwest, TEDX, and many others.

She writes a popular business blog at and serves as a LinkedIn Influencer, one of a select group of several hundred global leaders chosen to provide original content on the LinkedIn platform.

Claire holds an MBA from Oxford University, where she was a Skoll Foundation Scholar for Social Entrepreneurship, and has a B.A. and an M.A. in Anthropology from Stanford University.

She is the co-founder of Hope Runs, a non-profit organization operating in AIDS orphanages in Kenya.

She has appeared widely in major television and print news sources such as CNN, BBC, Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, Good Morning America, The Today Show, The Washington Post, Fortune, Forbes, Fast Company, and many others.

Read more about her at or via @claire on Twitter.

Jeff Kuhn

Dr. Jeffrey Kuhn is a distinguished thinker, author, advisor, educator, and speaker with expertise uniquely positioned at the intersection of strategy, innovation and growth, and organizational renewal—the work of strategic leadership. He is a globally recognized thought leader and master teacher with deep intellectual substance and craft derived from decades of scholarly research and practical experience working with the world’s leading firms.

Dr. Kuhn’s research, teaching, and advisory work center on helping senior business leaders develop the capacity to think and lead strategically in dynamic market environments undergoing profound change. His unique immersive learning methodologies and insightful frameworks help senior leaders overcome the forces of short-termism and incrementalism to think broadly and imaginatively beyond the boundaries of the core business and unlock new market growth.

Dr. Kuhn has advised market-leading firms in a wide range of industries around the world and taught in corporate leadership development programs for Booz Allen Hamilton, Boeing, SAP, Chubb, Deloitte, Johnson & Johnson, SunPower, Novartis, Sanofi, KaiserPermanente, and The Ritz Carlton.

Dr. Kuhn’s research and writings on strategic mindsets and dynamic capabilities have garnered worldwide acclaim. He has published numerous articles on strategy, executive leadership, and organizational renewal and is the author of Beyond the Mirage: Strategic Leadership in the New Market Landscape. 

He holds a doctorate in adult and organizational learning from Columbia University, and has served on the faculty of Columbia Business School, and Teachers College, Columbia University, and as a guest lecturer at The Wharton School and The U.S. Naval Postgraduate School. He is a founding member of the London-based Strategic Management Forum and a Fellow at the Royal Society of Arts. In 2017, Dr. Kuhn was inducted into Marshall Goldsmith 100 Coaches. 

Dr. Kuhn is a former corporate executive and professional bassist. In his spare time, he is an internationally-ranked competitive road cyclist.

Denise Pirrotti Hummel

Denise is the Chief Innovation Officer of Lead Inclusively, Inc., a consultancy dedicated to the connection between inclusion and business performance.  An attorney, with a history of landmark cases, she is a serial entrepreneur and business consultant who built and sold her cross-cultural business to Ernst & Young (EY), joining them as a Principal.  Her global expansion strategy model is intellectual property that she retains and that is being used throughout the world by EY, Deloitte and Aon Hewitt, as well as companies from pre-IPO to global enterprise.  She is the author of two books, a Ted Talk finalist, an HBA Board member, the Chair of Athena’s Life Sciences Committee and a member of Marshall Goldsmith’s 100 Coaches ™ Legacy team.

Highlights of her career include establishing Ernst & Young’s (EY) Talent, Diversity, Innovation and Culture Transformation offerings, leading Aon-Hewitt’s international M&A people integration and building Deloitte’s candidate assessment, training program and success analytics for Global Mobility.  Additionally, Denise has consulted with the U.S. Departments of Defense and State, helping them to develop the cross-cultural readiness of intelligence advisors and diplomats.  She has designed global expansion and strategy programs for organizations and government delegations in over 25 countries, from developed nations to developing nations, with issues spanning from driving inbound Foreign Direct Investment to cross-border conflict resolution.

At EY, she won their Innovation Award in 2015, led a major global M&A integration for a high-tech client merger and developed EY’s client-facing methodology for Diversity & Inclusion client engagements.  As the Chief Executive Office & Founder at Universal Consensus, LLC, she implemented her cross-border business optimization model to generate double digit profit increases for clients, designed and executed the people integration for AIG’s operating companies in Japan and increased cross-cultural process performance for clients including FedEx, Roche, State of California Tourism, and EY’s shared services.  She is now executing engagements for clients under the banner of Lead Inclusively, Inc. where she helps clients to use inclusive leadership as a means to accelerate innovation and reduce risk.  She is also an EIR (CEO Entrepreneur In Residence) with CONNECT, a San Diego based organization that prepares high tech and life sciences inventors for first round financing competitions with Venture Capital.

Earlier in her career Denise was a practicing attorney, a Law Clerk in the U.S. House of Representatives, General Counsel for the Overseas Education Association with a jurisdiction of Western Europe, Bermuda, Cuba and Iceland.  She also tried and won the first class action under the Americans With Disabilities Act. She received her Juris Doctor from American University, Washington College of Law in Washington, D.C. and her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Columbia University, Barnard College in New York, N.Y.. She also participated in international studies in advanced literature at the University of Florence in Italy.  She has lived in the United States, the United Kingdom and Italy and executed for clients in every continent.  She is fluent in English and Italian with conversational skills in French and Spanish.

Himanshu Saxena 

Himanshu is the Founder & CEO of Center of Strategic Mindset (COSM ™), a Thought Leadership and Consulting organization, focused on advising boards on Strategy, People and Risk. He is a C-Suite Executive Coach who works with Promoters, Boards, CXOs and top leaders in the disciplines of managing strategy, driving execution; implementing Balanced Scorecard and developing top leadership. In the past, he has been the Advisor and Coach in Residence with two leading Pharma businesses. He is currently consulting a Big 4, a large Indian Global conglomerate, a leading financial company, a chemical company, a logistics company and many more. Prior to COSM, he headed Strategy Alignment, Balanced Scorecard and Leadership Development at Tata Consultancy Services (TCS). He instituted an integral coaching model based on Eastern & Western Philosophy.  At TCS, he was responsible for making Strategy Everyone’s Job, strengthening organic Leadership and driving culture of coaching. He successfully implemented Balanced Scorecard and won TCS the Balanced Scorecard Hall of Fame Award, for strategy execution. He was also recognized as BSC Professional of the year 2012 by Dr. Robert Kaplan & David Norton. Himanshu was also appointed as the Business Coach for ‘Industry Vertical Heads’ for a Global Innovation Program under Prof Vijay Govindarajan, Tuck School of Business. Himanshu’s three most significant organizational pursuits included expanding the ‘Imagination of the Organization’ developing ‘Strategic Thinking’ among Top Leaders’ and enabling ‘Big Picture Envisioning’. Himanshu excels in Scenario Planning, War Gaming and Art of Questioning for future creation. He operates at the intersection of strategy, leadership & coaching, a rare differentiator. He has excellent mindshare with leading management thinkers such as Gary Hamel, Vijay Govindarajan, Marshall Goldsmith, Roger Martin and Joel barker and has co-authored blogs and articles with some of them. With more than 3000 coaching hours with senior leaders, he is a sought-after coach and key-note speaker. He has coached a large number of top leaders, CEOs & MDs of different organizations, globally. 

Himanshu has driven multiple and significantly-complex transformation initiatives leading to customer experience. As a change architect, he has the knack of ascertaining the hidden intricacies pertaining to people, processes and systems that impacts the productivity as well as operational excellence. Prior to TCS, Himanshu founded Mavrik Consulting focused on Strategy, Leadership Development & Leading Change. The journey of entrepreneurship was preceded by significant tenures in United Nations International Staff (Chief People Officer in UN, Africa), Armed Forces and a short stint as a Geologist, at the beginning of his career. In his 29 years of journey, he has held significant leadership assignments in Strategy, Operations and Leadership Development. He holds Masters in Strategy, Geology and is an MBA in International Business from IIFT, Delhi. His accreditations include: –

  • Design Thinking from HPI (Hasso Plattner Institute), Potsdam Germany
  • Certified Independent Director from Directors Club
  • Certified C-Suite Executive Coach
  • Global Innovation Leadership & Leadership and Strategic Impact, Tuck Business School
  • Developing Global Business Strategy, Wharton Leadership Program
  • Blue Ocean Strategy, Blue Ocean Institute, Insead
  • Balanced Scorecard, Palladium (Kaplan – Norton)
  • Leadership Architect & Hi-Pot Master Class from Lominger, Korn/Ferry International
  • Crucial Conversation, Vital Smarts

He is a constant learner, practice-leader & a prolific speaker on Strategy, Leadership, Innovation; Paradigms; Organizational Immunity and Leading Change. He is a regular speaker at GE-Tuck Leadership Roundtable at Crotonville, Bloomberg; GE Digital Learning Summit and many other global summits. He also advises Ivey League institutions on curriculums for Executive Education, based on his industry insights. He regularly writes in leading journals & portals, delivers key note address in global forums and teaches as a visiting faculty in leading B-Schools.  Himanshu is now committed to replicate above success in organizations seeking aspirational growth; scale-expansion and reinvention and/or the ones that are struggling with issues that are hampering it.

Adrian Gostick

Bestselling Leadership Author | Organizational Culture Expert

How do today’s best leaders accelerate business results? By engaging their employees to execute on strategy, vision, and values. In his challenging, information-packed talks, #1 bestselling leadership author Adrian Gostick provides real solutions on managing change, driving innovation, and leading high-performance teams.

Gostick is a global workplace expert and thought leader in the fields of corporate culture, leadership, and engagement. He is founder of the training and consulting company The Culture Works and author of the #1 New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestsellers All In, The Carrot Principle and The Best Team Wins. His books have been translated into 30 languages and have sold 1.5 million copies around the world.

As a leadership expert, he has been called “fascinating,” by Fortune magazine and “creative and refreshing” by the New York Times. Gostick has appeared on NBC’s Today Show and CNN, and is often quoted in The Economist, Newsweek, and Wall Street Journal. If you Google the 30 Top Leadership Gurus, he is on the list along side Jack Welch and Jim Collins. His consulting clients include Danaher, Bank of America, Rolls Royce, JELD-WEN and California Pizza Kitchen.


Mark C. Thompson

• First Chief of Staff reporting to Founder & Chairman Charles ‘Chuck’ Schwab.
• Founding Director & Coach for Sir Richard Branson’s Entrepreneurship Centres.
• Founding Advisor & Board Member, Stanford Univ Realtime Venture Design Lab

Mark C. Thompson is a senior operating executive and New York Times bestselling author with 30 years coaching senior executives, including leadership teams working directly for founders Steve Jobs, Richard Branson, Charles Schwab, FitBit founder Eric Friedman, and Pinterest founders Ben Silbermann and Evan Sharpe. He is a founding member of World Bank President Jim Kim’s Leadership Advisory Board, and served as a Governor for the Investment Securities Council at the World Economic Forum in Davos.  He is a founding director of Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Unite Entrepreneurship Centres. The Virgin group has over 350 companies.

Mark was Chairman of Rioport, which popularized the MP-3 player before iTunes. He was a founding Board member of Esurance, which was sold to Allstate Insurance. He was a founding Board member of Interwoven during the Nasdaq IPO and then sold to HP.  He was Chairman of the Integration, which was sold to Silicon Labs. At his alma mater, Stanford University, Mark was a founding advisor of Stanford’s Real-Time Venture Design Lab and served as a Visiting Scholar for seven years. He was a board member of the John F. Kennedy University Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership, where he received the institute’s first ever Lifetime Achievement Award.

Mark was an operating executive at Charles Schwab reporting to the Chairman, Charles ‘Chuck’ Schwab. Mark was on the team that launched Schwab as an NYSE IPO, and he was the first Retail & Institutional Investor Relations Officer, first Chief Customer Experience Officer and Executive Producer of, and Chief Communications Officer.

Sandy Ogg

Sandy Ogg is the Founder of From 2011 to 2016, Mr. Ogg was Operating Partner in the Private Equity Group at Blackstone, serving their nearly 100 portfolio companies. For eight years prior to that, he was the Chief Human Resources Officer for Unilever based in London, where he spearheaded the change in the organization’s operating framework and leadership system that was at the heart of the business transformation. Prior to joining Unilever, he served as Senior Vice President, Leadership, Learning and Performance at Motorola. Before his corporate roles, Mr. Ogg worked as a consultant with Dove Associates, The VIA Consulting Group (which he founded), and The Center for Leadership Studies. He began his career doing rescue work at sea as a line officer in the U.S. Coast Guard.

Mr. Ogg holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics (U.S. Coast Guard Academy), a Master’s in Human Development (George Washington University) and an MBA (Kellogg School of Management). He has served on the boards of INSEAD, The Rotterdam School of Management (Erasmus University, Netherlands), The European Academy for Business in Society (Vice Chairman), and BBH Advertising in London. In November 2015, the National Academy of Human Resources inducted him into its class of Fellows in recognition of his contributions to organizations, the profession and society at large.

Marcia Blenko

Marcia Blenko is an advisory partner at Bain & Company. She joined Bain in 1988 and was elected to the partnership in 1995. Marcia is currently based in the Boston office, but also worked in Bain’s London office for 13 years.

Marcia co-founded and led Bain’s Global Organization practice for a number of years. She has extensive experience collaborating with clients to optimize organizational design, improve decision and execution capabilities and lead successful implementation of organizational change. She has authored a number of articles on organization, decision effectiveness and leadership, which have appeared in The Harvard Business Review, The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal and Harvard Management Update. She also co-authored the book Decide & Deliver: Five Steps to Breakthrough Performance in your Organization (Harvard Business Press, September 2010).

While at Bain, Marcia has also pursued her interest in the non-profit sector, working on Bain-supported efforts such as Business Action on Homelessness in London. She currently serves on a number of non-profit boards, including Education Resource Strategies, The World Wide Web Foundation, and WGBH where she serves as a Trustee and Chair of the Board of Overseers. Marcia also provides support to Bridgespan on organization-related issues relevant to non-profit clients.

Prior to joining Bain & Company, Marcia worked for Goldman Sachs in both New York and London. She earned her MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business where she was an Arjay Miller Scholar. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Brown University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Mathematics/Economics.

Marcia lives in Wellesley, MA with her husband and has three grown children.

Bob Nelson

Dr. Bob Nelson is considered the leading authority on employee recognition, motivation and engagement in the world.  He is president of Nelson Motivation Inc. (, a management training and consulting company that specializes in helping organizations improve their management practices, programs and systems and has worked with 80 percent of the Fortune 500 and serves as an Executive Strategist for HR Issues.

Dr. Bob has been named a Top Thought Leader by the Best Practice Institute and a leading Global Employee Engagement Influencer. He previously worked closely with Dr. Ken Blanchard, “The One Minute Manager” for ten years and currently serves as a personal coach for Dr. Marshall Goldsmith, the world’s #1-ranked executive coach.

Dr. Bob has sold 5 million books on management, employee motivation and engagement, including 1501 Ways to Reward Employees, The 1001 Rewards & Recognition Fieldbook, 1001 Ways to Energize Employees, The Management Bible, Ubuntu! Inspiring Teamwork & Collaboration at Work, and his latest, Recognizing & Engaging Employees For Dummies, among others.  His books have been translated into over 30 languages.

He has presented on six continents and appears extensively in the national & international media including CBS’ 60 Minutes, CNN, MSNBC, PBS, NPR, as well as in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, Fortune, BusinessWeek and Inc. magazines to discuss how to best motivate today’s employees.

He received an MBA in organizational behavior from UC Berkeley and earned his PhD in management education with Dr. Peter Drucker, “The Father of Modern Management,” at the Drucker Graduate Management School of Claremont Graduate University in Los Angeles. He teaches for the MBA program of the Rady School of Management at the University of California at San Diego.

Price Pritchett

Price Pritchett grew up on a dusty, windblown farm in the flatlands of Texas some 80 miles south of Amarillo. He says, “Mother Nature ran the place. We merely farmed it.” Having mastered the art of plowing with John Deere tractors by the age of nine, he went on to earn B.A. and M.A. degrees in English from West Texas A&M University, then a Ph.D. in psychology from Texas Tech University.

Today Dr. Pritchett is one of the foremost experts on personal and organizational change. His firm-PRITCHETT, LP-is recognized worldwide for its thought leadership in merger integration strategy, corporate culture, and change management.

His book, After the Merger: Managing the Shockwaves-named “One of the 10 Best Business Books of the Year” by Library Journal, was the first ever written on M&A integration and (in its Third Edition) stands as the classic text on the topic. He also is author of the all-time bestseller on mergers, The Employee Guide to Mergers an d Acquisitions. Since founding PRITCHET T in 1974, he has authored half a dozen million-sellers on mergers, culture, plus personal and organizational change. With over 20 million of his 30+ books and handbooks in print, many translated into foreign languages, he stands as one of the best-selling business authors in the world.

Dr. Pritchett’s firm has consulted on some of the world’s largest mergers and corporate change projects, with his work taking him throughout Europe, Asia, and the Americas. His client list stands as a “Who’s Who” of business. Most of the Fortune 1000 companies have used some combination of PRITCHETT ‘s consulting, training, and publications. His work has been referenced in many of the major business journals and newspapers plus featured on CNN, CNBC, and other major television channels.

His current focus is on advising boards of directors and executive teams, as well as speaking and writing. Keynote audiences include executive groups at many prestigious organizations such as Honeywell, American Medical Association, Abbott, Xerox, Association for Corporate Growth, John Deere, ABC Radio, Duracell, Texas Health Resources, Chicago Mercantile Exchange, The Conference Board, Mattel, 3M, General Motors, GE, and Bridgestone.

Dr. Pritchett’s newest innovation is clips. These captivating 60-second coaching videos are designed to:

  • Fit people’s shrinking attention span
  • Penetrate the noise in today’s information-overloaded world
  • Position people for self-directed change

He says, “clips is like a marriage of YouTube and texting, which means it’s perfectly engineered for the ‘millennial mind:”

Dr. Pritchett is a past-president of the Dallas Psychological Association. Currently he serves on the board of directors for the Park Cities Historical and Preservation Society.

Peter Bregman

PETER BREGMAN is the CEO of Bregman Partners, which helps people and organizations get massive traction on what they care about most. Peter has advised CEOs and senior leaders in many of the world’s premier organizations, including Allianz, American Express, Pearson, Brunswick Group, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Deutsche Bank, JPMorgan Chase, FEI, GE Capital, Merck, Clear Channel, Nike, UNICEF, and many others.

He is the host of the Bregman Leadership Podcast, short conversations with thought leaders focused on ideas that people can use to become more powerful and courageous leaders, and the author of three books:

  • Four Seconds: All the Time You Need to Replace Counter-Productive Habits with Ones That Really Work, a New York Post top pick for your career in 2015.
  • The Wall Street Journal bestseller 18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Getthe Right Things Done, winner of the Gold medal from the Axiom Business Book awards, named the best business book of the year on NPR, and selected by Publisher’s Weekly and the New York Post as a top 10 business book. 
  • Point B: A Short Guide to Leading a Big Change.

Peter has also contributed to five other books. Featured on PBS, ABC and CNN, Peter is a regular contributor to Harvard Business Review, Psychology Today, and Forbes, and his articles and commentary have appeared frequently in Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Fast Company, The Financial Times, CNN, NPR, and FOX Business News.

Peter earned his B.A. from Princeton University and his M.B.A. from Columbia University. He can be reached at

Mo Kasti

Mo Kasti is a distinguished author, thinker, speaker, coach, strategy advisor and family man.

His mission and passion center around saving lives by helping clinicians and executives elevate their thinking in times of disruption. When terrains are shifting, and outcomes are uncertain, Mo is uniquely equipped to help leaders think in uncommon ways. With more than 27 years in healthcare, Mo is sought after for his expertise in strategy, leadership, innovation, growth, and organizational resilience.

As an author, Mo wrote his first best- selling book, Physician Leadership, on the transformational effects of leadership in medicine. His highly anticipated second book, Beyond Physician Engagement: A Roadmap, is due out this spring. His third book, in the works, is titled: Drama-Free Healthcare. In addition to his books, Mo freely shares transformative insights on his blog ( and and popular video series – Mo’isms.

As a strategist, Mo helps organizations, boards, executives and leaders apply Terrain-Based Strategy thinking to envision new possibilities and differentiate themselves, their offerings and their organizations.

Mo is the CEO and founder of the nationally recognized Center for Transformation and Innovation (CTI) that focuses on Leadership, Strategy and Innovation. Mo also founded the Physician Leadership Institute (PLI) that works to develop physicians into leaders. PLI has transformed thousands of clinicians into clinician leaders and improved outcomes for hundreds of healthcare organizations and their patients.

Mo is a successful entrepreneur that has been recognized by Inc. Magazine’s 5000 Fastest-Growing Private Companies five years in a row; only seven percent
of companies receive such an honor. His company has been a finalist in the Tampa, Florida Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year; LEAD Top 10 Leadership Partner; LEAD Top 10 Best Executive Coaching Program; LEAD Top
10 Use of Team Building; State of Florida Healthcare Innovation Award; GrowFL 2015 Top 50 Florida Companies to Watch; and AHA Exclusive Endorsement 2015/2016.

Mo has been a national speaker and panelist for national and regional organizations and conferences such as AMGA, MGMA, AHA, ACHE, Kentucky Hospital Association, Iowa Hospital Association, and others. His favorite topics include healthcare transformation, Terrain- Based Strategy thinking, leadership and management transformation, and effective process improvement.

Mo’s career span included roles as Chief Transformation Officer and Chief Operating Officer (COO) for USF Health where he facilitated the “transformation
of the DNA of Healthcare” by integrating the Colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Public Health, and 500 Physician Groups into USF Health, an entrepreneurial academic model with $1.2 Billion in revenue.

Prior to joining USF, Mo held successful leadership roles with General Electric Healthcare (NYSE: GE), a top Fortune magazine most admired company and #1 market leader in diagnostic equipment and services. Mo has held positions at various hospitals and Healthcare system including Summa Health System in Akron Ohio.

He has a Masters of Science in Clinical Engineering and Healthcare Administration from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, USA and has earned numerous awards as a coach, trainer, and speaker on leadership development. He is certified as a Master Black Belt (MBB) in Lean Six Sigma and Master Change Agent (MCA) in Change Management. Mo is a life- long learner and student of ancient Asian teachings (i.e. Sun Tzu, The Art of War, The Seven Chinese Military Classics, and The Five Rings) as they apply to strategy and leadership.

Mo has faculty appointments in the USF College of Medicine, College of Nursing, Business School, Honor College, and College of Pharmacy. He has received numerous management awards for outstanding performance and holds several patents.

Mo is a father of two emerging leaders Adam and Jude. He is exceedingly proud of his boys and often shares stories of Adam’s presidential aspirations ( and Jude’s creativity (

Omran Matar

Omran Matar is a creator. A creator of value. Value intended to help entrepreneurs, executives and speakers realize their dreams.

Born in Australia, his childhood was spent being involved in family business. Following completion of law school, he worked both within the sphere of law and beyond. Experience in the art world, and in the finance world helped create new perspectives. Prospective clients and Omran have benefited from the synthesis of ideas & approaches.

For the past decade, Omran has resided in the Russian-speaking world. Having decided to add value he-re, in early 2018 he proposed & then co-founded the Commonwealth of Independent States Speakers Association (CISSA). On 20-01-2020, CISSA became a member of the Global Speakers Federation (GSF).

Omran is a consultant to participants in the speaker industry, and to entrepreneurs. He helps package individuals and businesses, so that they put their best foot forward. Ghost writing is a little seen bonus that he also engages in.


Feyzi Fatehi

Feyzi Fatehi is a technology visionary, inventor, innovator and entrepreneur. As a Silicon Valley veteran of a Fortune 100 and multiple disruptive technology start-ups, he currently serves as the CEO of Corent Technology – a company that was named among the 10 Most Valuable Cloud Solution Providers in 2017.

Feyzi has studied at Cambridge, Princeton, UT Austin and UCLA and has given talks at Harvard Business School, Wharton, Stanford and around the globe. He was recognized as 2017 Entrepreneur of the Year by the Orange County Business Journal.

As an avid supporter of education, Feyzi serves as an advisor to UCLA Anderson School of Management, UC Irvine Samueli School of Engineering, and the Beall Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. He also serves as a CEO mentor and coach at two California technology incubators: EvoNexus and the UCI Applied Innovation Institute.

Feyzi has been interviewed and quoted by Harvard Business Review, Forbes, CEO Magazine, and Start-up Grind – Google for Entrepreneurs, on the topics of 10X innovation, and his entrepreneurship philosophy – an integrated leadership framework for life and business.

Feyzi lives in Laguna Niguel, California, and is currently working on three books: The Soft Skills Are the Hard Skills; “What” Got You Here, “How” will Get You There! and Inspiring the Culture of 10X Innovation and Entrepreneurship Within Any Organization. He is a sought-after speaker on these topics and as a coach and mentor to entrepreneurial CEOs.

Pooneh Mohajer

Pooneh is a serial entrepreneur at heart. Tokidoki is her third company to date. Since debuting in 2005, tokidoki has amassed a cult-like following, and is known not only for its eye-popping aesthetic and criminally cute characters but also its megawatt partnerships with evergreen brands such as Hello Kitty, Karl Lagerfeld, LeSportsac, Barbie, Sephora, Marvel and others.

Pooneh also co-founded Hard Candy Inc., a color cosmetics Company that revolutionized the nail enamel and cosmetic industries worldwide with innovative products. In 1999, Pooneh successfully sold Hard Candy Inc. to LVMH, Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton SA, an international luxury goods conglomerate. Pooneh received her BA from Vanderbilt University and went on to receive a Juris Doctor from California Western School of Law. Pooneh currently serves on the Inc. Media Board of Advisors.

Michel Kripalani 

Michel Kripalani is President & CEO of Oceanhouse Media, a leading developer and publisher of apps that uplift, educate and inspire. Oceanhouse Media has released over 500 mobile apps, the vast majority focused on bringing the works of prominent authors to mobile devices. In 2013, the company was ranked #114 on the Inc 500 Fastest Growing Private Companies list.

Michel is a “digital tinkerer” at heart and is known for developing apps that help drive personal performance. Some of his more notable creations are “CommitTo3” and the daily coaching app “Mindset for Success”.

Oceanhouse Media is Michel’s third start-up. He found prior success with Presto Studios, a videogame development company that he co-founded and ran for 11 years. Presto Studios had numerous hits including “The Journeyman Project” series, “Myst 3: Exile” and many more. His first company, MOOV design, was founded in 1989 just after receiving his B.A. from UC San Diego. MOOV developed innovative interactive multimedia projects many years before these new technologies were mainstream. It was here that he was a design and programming lead on Verbum Interactive (the world’s first interactive, multimedia magazine).

Michel is extremely active in Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) where he served as the San Diego Chapter President from 2015-16 and later on the US West Regional Council. He has been an Accelerator mentor, where the goal is to help early-stage entrepreneurs grow their businesses into larger, more sustainable ventures. He also completed the 3-year EO Entrepreneurial Masters Program at MIT and EO’s Global Leadership Academy in Washington D.C.

As someone who has strived for and found success in work, personal and family life, Michel has decided that it is time to give back. Even though he remains an active learner, his efforts are now transitioning to writing, coaching, teaching and lecturing.

Smiljan Mori

Smiljan (Smillion Mori) is a business and transformational coach, author,  speaker, and entrepreneur.

He is the owner of one of the most successful insurance brokerage companies in Central Eastern Europe with more than 150 insurance agents and employees. He was a member of the Million Dollar Round Table 6 times. He trained more than 10 thousand insurance agents from all over the world.

He owns a coaching, educational and speaking company! He’s been coaching some of the most influential leaders, CEO’s, professional athletes, football team and people from different walks of life. He addressed more than 300.000 people at his live seminars and helped them transform their lives. He is also a TEDx speaker.

In 2017 he made a decision to help entrepreneurial couples and fathers to build a life that they always dreamt of. His main motto is “My business is not my family, my family is my business,” and he coaches people to realize that they can have it all without jeopardizing relationships with their family. 

He is the author of 10 best-selling books, available in 4 different languages. Smiljan’s knowledge of neuroscience and positive psychology and his amazing skills that he developed in the course of 20 years are the basis for his books. He motivates and inspires people, helps them to get rid of their limiting beliefs and gives them concrete advice on how to achieve personal and professional success.

He obtained his law degree from the faculty of Law in Ljubljana, one of the best-ranked law schools in Europe.

CB Bowman

Founder and CEO Association of Corporate Executive Coaches, MEECO Leadership Institute and Workplace Racial Equality
#1 Leading Global Coach: Upgrading the Quality of Coaching

CB Bowman is best known for bringing clarity and accountability to the world of executive coaching. She founded two change-making organizations in the coaching field, the ACEC, Association of Corporate Executive Coaches™, dedicated to mastery level coaches who are working with the top tier of organizations and, the MEECO Leadership Institute™ that is a think tank/research group of international organizations focused on the future and measurement of employment sciences, executive coaching and culture in organizations, institutions, and agencies. The institute is also a certifying body. Her latest organization Workplace Racial Equality (WRE) is focused on coaching and sharing with coaches how to support their clients in moving intention and commitment to action in the workplace. WRE also works with leaders in communicating and making a difference within their organization.

CB’s work with ACEC has introduced rigorous credentialing to the corporate executive coaching ranks and has introduced metrics to underscore accountability. She is certified to serve on corporate boards, and her emphasis on pro bono work and continuing education shows her heart and her brain are aligned on this critical mission.

CB strongly believes that master level corporate executive coaches have to be “enterprise-wide business partners™” with their clients. She is also the force behind the powerful dialogue-based MEECO Leadership Conferences that each year recognizes organizations that exemplify the use of Executive Coaching, Employment Sciences, and Organizational Culture as best-in-class. Ford Motor Company; The Mayo Clinic; MD Anderson Cancer Research Center; L3 Technologies; Rodan & Fields; The Ann and John Doerr Institute for New Leaders at Rice University; The Anderson School of Business, UCLA; and, Hermes Airports, Ltd are some of the past designees.

She is formally head of branding for ready to eat cereals for General Foods where she was responsible for the visual impact of Post Cereals such as the wildly successful Honey Bunches of Oats, Golden Crisps, and Pebbles. CB was also responsible for their classic brands including Post Shredded Wheat, Grape Nuts and Raisin Bran. In addition, she was part of the successful branding for the Birds Eye frozen food product line.

CB is a graduate of New School for Social Research. She received her MBA from Pace University where she served on the Advisory board for Lubin School of Business and as an adjunct professor in the marketing department. She served as an instructor at Rutgers University Center for Management Development and as an adjunct professor at Mercy College teaching organizational behavior, and Human Resource Management. CB is a contributing author in the soon to be released book “Complex Situations in Coaching: A Critical Case-Based Approach” 1st Edition and has published several articles on Coaching.

CB served as Chairperson for the North Plainfield, New Jersey’s Historic Commission for six years.


Divya Silbermann

For the last 10 years, Divya has worked in Human Resources at technology start ups, including Facebook and Eventbrite. The first HR hire at Facebook (growing the company from 200-4,000) Divya held the role of Global people programs manager and HR Business Partner to the CFO, Head of Online Sales and General Counsel. While there, she coached dozens of leaders, from young professionals at the beginning of their careers to C-level executives with decades of experience.

In 20015, Divya started Brave Coaching, a leadership coaching practice focused on helping entrepreneurs and executives who are taking on increased leadership roles for the first time. Clients include CEO’s, Directors and VP’s of Product, Growth, Engineering, Design and Marketing.

Divya brings a blend of her expertise in people strategy along with several coaching models she’s learned over the years to support her clients. She is currently pursuing a certification in Integral Coaching and has been trained by the Coaches Training Institute and the Conscious Leadership Group.

Divya currently lives in San Francisco.

Everett Alexander

Everett Alexander is the Chief Investment Officer (CIO) of a single-family office, where his responsibilities include directing the family’s investments in public and private equity.
Everett holds an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School, an MA in International Studies from The Lauder Institute and a BA in Asian Studies from Williams College.

Drawing by Ayse Birsel


Bryan Miller

Bryan Miller is a leadership coach who offers a simple yet profound roadmap for “Good Living” with his Power, Productivity and Peace workshops, keynotes and his forthcoming book by the same title. Audiences and clients leave empowered to harness their true genius, fuse their passion and purpose, and transcend society’s traditional (and often hollow) definitions of success. Bryan’s teachings draw from his leadership roles inside his family’s massive enterprise, the Larry H. Miller Group, as well as lessons learned as the youngest son of self-made billionaire entrepreneurs, and his own deep inquiry into living a life of happiness, meaning and contribution.

In 2016, Bryan established Bryan Miller & Associates, a professional training and personal development company dedicated to helping leaders, legacy families and conscious organizations find and express their brilliance and purpose. A certified iPEC coach, he has trained with Jack Canfield and Tony Robbins and is a certified HeartMath trainer and Awakening the Dreamer Symposium facilitator.

Bryan is the award-winning author of Behind the Drive, a collection of powerful stories from his father’s life and work, gleaned from political leaders, NBA legends, business competitors, and close friends. Bryan and his wife, life coach Heather Dawn, founded 100% of Humanity, a charitable foundation dedicated to creating a sustainable, just, and spiritually fulfilling world for all.

When not speaking and coaching nationally and internationally, Bryan is an avid reader, writer, and traveler. He lives in Sandy, Utah, with his wife and six children.

Douglas J. Winnie

Beginning at Age 14, Doug embarked on his first entrepreneurial experience selling holiday greeting cards door‐to-door. Over 30 years later he has built several of his own multi-million dollar companies, sold a couple of them, and now teaches business owners how to do the same, as he owns and operates the most successful business coaching franchise firm in the world!

Because of both experience and a never-ending thirst for education, Doug understand the challenges, pressures, and pleasures associated with being an executive and business owner.

Doug is also an avid private pilot and enjoys travelling, having explored over 30 countries.

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Donnie Dhillon

Donnie is the founder and CEO of London Business Growth, a business coaching and mentoring firm based in London UK and is also partnered with the worlds number one business coaching firm ActionCOACH who coach small to medium enterprises in over 60 countries.

Donnie’s core purpose is to help business owners and entrepreneurs create better results in their lives through: better use of their time, developing growth strategies, leveraged systemisation of the business operation and developing winning teams.

As an award winning business coach, he has added substantial value to his clients’ businesses both in increased revenue and decreased costs using the latest management, technological and motivational techniques obtained through his past experiences spanning several large corporates, running his own and selling businesses, and his overall passion for continuous education and growth.

His clients often achieve double and triple digit growth accomplished through improvements in strategic planning, sales & marketing, collaborative team work, systems and process development and driving the right culture across the business which not only supports but also sustains such growth whilst enhancing the customer experience, the brand and value of the business.

Donnie is a natural people person and someone who easily builds strong relationships in understanding and valuing cultural differences that make each one of us unique. He understands both the bird’s eye view through to the actual plans that deliver real solutions to business problems. He has a natural ability to align others to be part of the overall journey and has a strong desire to help others to reach their true potential.

He has a passion for emerging technologies and education, having received a BSc (Hons) in Business Computing from City University, London in 1999 and MSc in Information Management from Brunel University, London in 2002. He is also a Member & Chartered IT Professional with the British Computer Society, a certified Master Practitioner in Business Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) endorsed by the Society of NLP, a practitioner in Emotional Freedom Technique, Prince 2, ITIL v2/v3, Six Sigma, Lean Sigma and DISC psychometric profiling. In his spare time, he is known to be helping people in his local community and his overall passion is traveling where he aims to visit at least one new country each year.

David Gallimore

Strategic Business and Technology Executive with success in dramatically transforming global industrial, technology, and professional services companies to protect and grow revenue. Deep knowledge of digital innovation and disruptive technologies to solve complex problems, cut costs, and create new business models. Expert in high performance teams and nurturing the culture required to fully embrace digital transformation. Bridge builder between two cultures, business and technology, to deliver competitive advantage and sustainable results with speed.

Created 7 successful startups inside companies generating $1B+ across industries: Boeing, Capgemini, IBM, Wall Data. Delivered 4 years of complex work in 2 years, and generated $100M+ in operational benefits over 3 years for BC Hydro. Attracted and retained 100+ women, Gen X, and Millennials to increase diversity and transform cultures in Tech.


As a volunteer Chief Technology Officer and Leadership Coach with the Corinthian Yacht Club of Seattle since September 2017, David is helping accelerate the transformation of the 1,422 member (and growing quickly), internationally recognized, racing club. Introduced Alan Mulally’s Working Together Management System to drive the execution of a strategic, comprehensive, and integrated initiative to protect and grow revenue and cut operational costs. Introduced the Marshall Goldsmith Stakeholder Centered Coaching leadership development program to empower club leadership, improve governance, and increase volunteer engagement.

He co-founded in 2005 and co-led for six years a business/law school clinic at Seattle University based on the Grameen Bank micro-lending model. Now in its 12th year, the clinic has inspired and trained over 200 business and law students and served over 300 micro-enterprise clients creating meaningful, profitable, and sustainable businesses.


Tal Ben Shahar

Tal Ben-Shahar is the co-founder and Chief Content Officer of the Happiness Studies Academy. He taught two of the largest course in Harvard University’s history on “Positive Psychology” and the “The Psychology of Leadership.”

Tal consults and lectures around the world to executives in multi-national corporations, the general public, and at-risk populations. Topics include leadership, education, ethics, happiness, self-esteem, resilience, goal setting, and mindfulness. He is the author of the international best sellers Happier, Being Happy, Choose the Life You Want, and The Joy of Leadership, which have been translated into more than 25 languages. He is also the co-founder of Potentialife and Happier.TV.

An avid sportsman, Tal won the U.S. Intercollegiate and Israeli National squash championships. Today, for exercise, he swims, dances, and practices yoga. He obtained his PhD in Organizational Behavior and BA in Philosophy and Psychology from Harvard.

Srikumar Rao

Has helped thousands of executives and entrepreneurs all over the world discover deep meaning. His methods have enabled them to achieve quantum leaps in effectiveness. Graduates of his workshops have become more creative and more inspiring leaders. Above all they have developed an inner serenity, born of the knowledge that they will be able to appropriately handle whatever comes their way be it a small wave or a tsunami. They become resilient and bounce back nonchalantly from reverses that would floor most peers.

He received his Ph.D. in Marketing from the Graduate School of Business, Columbia University. He has a degree in Physics from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University and an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. 

He conceived the innovative course Creativity and Personal Mastery. Students found it so overwhelmingly powerful that it remains the only business school course in the world to have its own alumni association. Dr. Rao’s work has been extensively covered in the media including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the London Times, the Independent, Time, the Financial Times, Fortune, the Guardian, Forbes, Business Week and dozens of other publications. These articles, interviews and other details about his work are at Here is a sample of the coverage – Business Week and Training Magazine.

He has done pioneering work in motivation and helps senior executives and entrepreneurs become more engaged in work and discover their inner purpose as they go about their tasks. He also works with teams and groups and has been extraordinarily successful in using group dynamics to foster lasting personal change. Many who have been through his program experience exponential jumps in personal and professional productivity.
Dr. Rao is the author of “Are You Ready to Succeed: Unconventional Strategies for Achieving Personal Mastery in Business and Life”, Hyperion, 2006. The book is an international bestseller and has been translated into many languages and distributed in all continents. His latest book “Happiness at Work: Be Resilient, Motivated and Successful V No Matter What”, McGraw Hill, 2010, is also a business bestseller and has been translated into more than a dozen languages. He is also the creator and narrator of The Personal Mastery Program audio course.

He is a powerful speaker and his talks are hosted on many sites including and Thinkers 50 Interview. He has conducted workshops for and spoken before executives of Microsoft, Google, Merrill Lynch, McDonald’s, Chubb, IBM, United Airlines, Allstate, Johnson & Johnson and dozens of other companies.

He has been a contributing editor for Forbes and writes regularly on management practices, leadership and personal mastery for and He is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors. Dr. Rao was an executive with Warner Communications, Continental Group, Data Resources and McGrawVHill and has consulted with such companies as RCA, Reuters, Citicorp, GTE, Pan Am and Diner’s Club. He has been a seminar leader with the Institute for Management Studies and the American Management Association. He is an expert on marketing strategy and has taught in the corporate programs of companies such as Verizon, NorthropVGrumman, Symbol Technologies and General Instruments as well as in the executive programs of London Business School, Columbia Business School and the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley.

Dr. Rao has taught at Columbia Business School, London Business School, the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and the Haas School of Management at the University of California at Berkeley. He has served as a marketing advisor to the national board of MENSA. His other interests include tennis, squash, karate, table tennis and chess; Eastern philosophy and meditation; and Wodehouse, science fiction and creative writing.

Dr. Rao can be reached at

Julie Carrier

A Trusted Authority on Leadership Development and Confidence for Teens and Girls; #1 National Bestselling Author of Girls Lead; Emmy-Nominee and Teen Success Coach as Seen on MTV’s “MADE”

Seen on NBC’s Today Show and in The New York Times and Boston Globe, Julie Carrier is a trusted authority on leadership development and confidence for teens, girls and young women. Julie is also the #1 National Bestselling author of Girls Lead and the award-winning book on mind/body/self- esteem, BeYOUtiful, which launched at the National Girl Scout Leadership Institute. She is also featured in The Success Principles for Teens and Chicken Soup for the Extraordinary Teen Soul. This Emmy-Nominee has also reached millions on national TV as a teen success coach featured on MTV’s positive goal-setting show, MADE. She also feels incredibly honored to be a member of Marshall Goldsmith’s 100 Coaches Program and his pay-it-forward legacy to change the world.

As the CEO of Girls Lead, Julie is leading a movement to “empower those who empower girls and empower girls to empower each other.” She supports the world’s leading girl-serving and youth serving organizations including the United Nations Foundation, Girl Scouts, the Future Business Leaders of America and hundreds of other organizations, through innovative, fun, and neuroscience- based leadership keynotes, seminars, curricula, and best-practice program consulting and coaching for youth leaders. She is also a former Senior Management Consultant in Leadership Development for the Pentagon, where she specialized in neuroscience-based leadership education; a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholar; and an award-winning speaker who has reached over a million teens, girls, young women, and those who care about them, world-wide.

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Julie Rosenberg

Julie Rosenberg, MD, is an experienced pediatric oncologist and global healthcare leader who has worked in a variety of leadership roles in both academic medicine and the pharmaceutical industry. She is a certified Marshall Goldsmith Stakeholder Centered Coach and honored member of the Marshall Goldsmith 100 coaches.

Julie believes that each of us is our own best healthcare provider. In an effort to find ways to support people in adopting a conscious lifestyle, Julie has devoted that last 16 years to the in-depth study and practice of yoga, meditation and mindfulness. While trained in Western medicine, these Eastern principles and practices now inform her thinking, her leadership style and her work. Recognizing that chronic stress and burnout are on the rise with the relentless pace of business today, Julie works with senior leaders and teams to help them achieve their highest state of well-being and become more effective in their organizations.

Julie’s first book, Beyond the Mat: Achieve Focus, Presence and Enlightened Leadership Through the Principles and Practice of Yoga (Da Capo Press) is an Amazon best seller and has been heavily endorsed by leading health and wellness, leadership and yoga experts. Her articles have appeared in Thrive Global, The Daily Positive, Fulfillment Daily, Dr. Laura, Reader’s Digest, Writer’s Digest, Elephant Journal, and Investor’s Business Daily. She has had featured commentary on ABC, America Trends, and RT America.

Julie earned her B.A. and M.D. from the University of Missouri-Kansas City on a full academic scholarship and completed her medical residency and fellowship at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX. She can be reached at

Beverly Kaye

Dr. Beverly Kaye, Founder of Career Systems International, is recognized internationally as one of the most knowledgeable and practical professionals in the areas of career development, employee engagement and retention. She received the Distinguished Contribution Award from ATD and the Thought Leader Award from The Association of Learning Providers (ISA).

Beverly has spent years researching corporate strategies for developing, retaining and engaging knowledge workers. Her bestselling book, Love ‘Em or Lose ‘Em: Getting Good People to Stay, co-authored with Sharon Jordan-Evans, has sold over 750,000 copies in 25 languages. Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go: Career Conversations Employees Want, co-authored with Julie Winkle Giulioni, was published in 2012. In 2015 she co-authored Hello Stay Interviews, Goodbye Talent Loss: A Manager’s Playbook and her newest book, Up Is Not the Only Way:  Rethinking Career Mobility, was published in September 2017.

Raj Raghunathan

Dr. Raj Raghunathan is Professor of Marketing at the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin. He is interested in exploring the impact that people’s judgments and decisions have on their happiness and fulfillment. Raj’s work has appeared in top journals, including The Journal of Marketing, The Journal of Consumer Research, The Journal of Marketing Research, Journal of Consumer Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Information Systems Research, and The Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. His work has also been cited in several mass media outlets, including The Atlantic, The New York Times, Fortune, Forbes, Harvard Business Review, Inc, Fast Company, and The Los Angeles Times.

Raj writes about his views on happiness, creativity, and leadership on his popular Psychology Today blog (with over 1 million page views), Sapient Nature. His six-week long Coursera course on happiness (titled, A Life of Happiness and Fulfillment) currently has over 200,000 registered students from 196 countries, and was recently voted the Top MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) of 2015 and one of the Top 50 MOOCs of all time. Raj’s book (titled, If you’re so smart, why aren’t you happy?) was released in the Spring of 2016 in the US, UK, and India subsequently released in 12 other languages around the world.

Sally Helgesen

Sally Helgesen is a best-selling author, speaker and leadership coach, cited in Forbes as the world’s premier expert on women’s leadership. For the last thirty years, her mission has been to help women leaders around the world recognize, articulate and act on their greatest strengths. She also works with senior teams seeking to build more inclusive cultures.

Sally’s most recent book, How Women Rise, co-authored with coaching legend Marshall Goldsmith, became the top-selling title in its field within a week of publication. It explores the specific habits most likely to get in women’s way as they seek advancement. And it offers powerful practices to help women realize their full potential.

Sally’s previous books include The Female Advantage: Women’s Ways of Leadership, hailed as a classic and continuously in print since 1990, and The Female Vision: Women’s Real Power at Work, which explores how women’s strategic insights can strengthen their careers and their organizations. The Web of Inclusion: A New Architecture for Building Great Organizations, published in 1995, was cited in The Wall Street Journal as one of the best books on leadership of all time and credited with bringing the language of inclusion into business.

In addition to delivering workshops and keynotes in corporations, partnership firms, universities and associations around the world, Sally has consulted with the UN on building more inclusive country offices in Africa and Asia and led seminars at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Smith College. She is a contributing editor for Strategy + Business magazine and a member of the MG 100 Best Coaches Network and the New York and International Women’s Forums. She lives in Chatham, NY.


Ayse Birsel

Ayse Birsel has been designing award-winning products for over 20 years. She is the co-founder of Birsel + Seck, an innovative design studio in New York that partners with leading brands and Fortune 500 companies, including Colgate Palmolive, Converse, GE, Herman Miller, Nissan, Staples, Target, Tiffany & Co, Toyota, on design, design thinking, strategy and innovation projects.

Called affectionately by the press the “Queen of Toilets” and “Queen Bee” for her bathroom designs and office systems respectively, she brings new solutions to old problems by thinking differently, using her user-centered, humanistic design approach and her process, Deconstruction:ReconstructionTM.

Ayse is also known for her acclaimed workshops, Design the Life You Love, the foundation of her book, published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House, in October 2015.

Ayse is the recipient of numerous design awards including the IDEA Gold Award, ID Magazine Award, the Young Designer Award from the Brooklyn Museum of Art, and the Athena Award for Excellence in Furniture Design from Rhode Island School of Design. She is a speaker at international conferences—notably the Aspen Design Conference, IDSA and AIGA Conferences, the Indaba Conference, Design Management Institute, 99U, The Feast and Fast Company Innovation Conferences.

She is a Fulbright Scholar with a master’s degree in Industrial Design from Pratt Institute and is a graduate of Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey. Her work can be found in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum and Philadelphia Museum of Art. Ayse teaches at Products of Design Department at SVA (School of Visual Arts) and is on the board of IDSA (Industrial Designers Society of America). She lives in New York, with her husband and partner Bibi Seck and their 3 kids.

Mitch Carmichael 

Senator President-Lieutenant Governor Mitch B. Carmichael (R- Jackson, 4th District) is an accomplished businessman in the field of information technology. He was born on April 15, 1960 in Charleston, W.Va., the son of Carolyn V. Carmichael and the late William F. Carmichael. Senator Carmichael was raised in Jackson County and attended public schools in Ripley, W.Va. He is an Honors graduate from Marshall University with degrees in Finance and Economics. Upon graduation, he was recruited to one of the world’s leading technology companies. His exceptional career has taken him to an executive position with CityNet, a growing, innovative, entrepreneurial technology company in West Virginia. He resides in Ripley, W.Va., where he is active in many community and charitable organizations, including Epworth United Methodist Church.

Senator Carmichael was first elected to the Senate in 2012 and re-elected in 2016. His talent, vision, leadership, and enthusiasm were quickly realized by his colleagues in the Senate to the extent that he was appointed to the important position of Senate Majority Leader. He served as the first Republican Senate Majority Leader in more than 83 years. His fellow Senators unanimously elected Senator Carmichael to the position of Senate President-Lieutenant Governor in January 2017.

Senator Carmichael previously served the State of West Virginia as an elected member of the House of Delegates. He was elected to five consecutive terms. His vast experience from serving on the Committees of Finance, Judiciary, Education, and Rules, along with his stellar voting record, has garnered awards from many fiscally conservative organizations including the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce, West Virginia Business and Industry Council, and the West Virginia State Medical Association. Senator Carmichael is recognized statewide for his free-market, pro-growth economic policies, and is a strong voice for smaller government, judicial reform, lower taxes, and more individual freedom.

Jim Citrin

Jim Citrin is one of the world’s most prolific executive search consultants and experts on leadership, governance, and career success.  In his 23 years at Spencer Stuart, where he leads the firm’s CEO Practice, he has completed more than 650 searches for CEOs, Board Directors and other top executives for some of the world’s leading corporations and not-for-profit institutions. 

A LinkedIn Influencer with more than 750,000 followers, Jim is a best-selling author of 7 books, including You’re in Charge, Now What? and The Career Playbook.


Brown Johnson

Brown Johnson is the Executive Vice President and Creative Director at Sesame Workshop. Johnson is responsible for the development and production of the Workshop’s domestic television content, as well as creative services.

Johnson is an award-winning producer of some of the most successful children’s programs. Before joining the Workshop, she served as President of Animation and Preschool Entertainment at Nickelodeon where she managed development and production of more than 200 episodes of programming each year. Johnson pioneered the interactive format of the groundbreaking preschool programs Dora the Explorer and Blue’s Clues. She also conceived and oversaw the development of the Nickelodeon preschool block featuring hit shows including Go Diego Go!, Yo Gabba Gabba!, Team UmiZoomi, The Backyardigans, and Ni Hao Kai Lan. Johnson led the creative development to extend the preschool block online and through retail. Many of the programs she created and managed showcase characters of diverse ethnicities. Her focus on the development of multi-ethnic children’s media spurred Johnson to create fellowships in writing and art to grow the next generation of diverse creators.

In Johnson’s more than 20 years with Nickelodeon, she received multiple Emmy awards, Television Critics Awards, Peabody Awards, Imagen and NAACP Image Awards. Johnson serves on the advisory board of Peter Gabriel’s WITNESS foundation, the board of governors of We Are Family Foundation, the Ambassador Council of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media and is a graduate student mentor for the USC John C. Hensch Division of Animation and Digital Arts.

Johnson resides in New York and has one daughter.

Paul Hill

Paul Sean Hill spent 25 years in NASA’s iconic Mission Control, learning and living the values he now evangelizes.  After a career leading human spaceflight operations – from the Mission Control Room to the executive level – he offers a candid and passionate insider’s look at the leadership values and culture that have been critical for their “impossible” wins for decades. 

As the executive who is credited with revolutionizing the leadership environment in Mission Control’s management ranks, he can show leaders how to apply the same core ideas and values to their own challenges and boost team performance in any industry and business. 

Beyond the rocket science and leadership theory, he shows how these deliberate values are the enablers in solving “impossible” problems at all levels.  Through his book Leadership from the Mission Control Room to the Boardroom, leadership workshops, and keynote addresses, anyone can learn how Mission Control does it, and more importantly, how to enable a leadership environment that inherently strengthens team performance in in your own organization.  Paul has inspired leaders across many industries, including:  Shell, Texas A&M University, Google, Citi Group, J.P. Morgan Chase, The Conference Board of Canada, and Texas Education Service Center Regions 15 and 18. 

As NASA’s Director of Mission Operations from 2007 through 2014, Paul was responsible for all aspects of human spaceflight mission planning, training, and Mission Control.  In this role, Paul led a critical leadership transformation, dramatically reduced costs, and increased capability, all while still conducting highly successful missions in space.

Before this, he held a number of senior leadership positions including Deputy Manager of the Extravehicular Activity Office, Manager of Shuttle Operations, and Deputy Director of Mission Operations.  Paul served as a Space Shuttle and International Space Station Flight Director leading flight preparation and execution from Mission Control for 24 missions from 1996 through 2005, with his final assignment as the Lead Flight Director for the return-to-flight after the Space Shuttle Columbia accident. Prior to NASA, he was a U.S. Air Force Captain and satellite operations officer.

His professional awards include the Presidential Rank Award of Meritorious Executive, two NASA Outstanding Leadership Medals, NASA Distinguished Service Medal, NASA Exceptional Service Medal, Rotary National Award for Space Achievement – Stellar Award, and recognition as an Outstanding Aerospace Engineer by the Aerospace Alumni Academy of Texas A&M University.

Paul is a member of the Texas A&M University Aerospace Engineering Advisory Board and the Texas A&M University – Galveston Board of Visitors.  He is also a member of Marshall Goldsmith’s 100 Coaches.

Paul holds Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Aerospace Engineering from Texas A&M University where he was a member of the Corps of Cadets. He lives in League City, Texas where he and his wife raised two extraordinary, Texas Aggie daughters.

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Eric Schurenberg

Eric Schurenberg is the president and editor-in-chief of Inc. Before joining Inc, Eric was the editor of CBS and and managing editor of Money Magazine. As a writer, he is a winner of a Loeb and a National Magazine Award.


Rob Nail 

Rob is the CEO and Associate Founder of Singularity University. He brings a unique entrepreneurial and globally-focused approach to growing a non-traditional university as a platform to create a future of abundance where exponential technologies empower us to solve the global grand challenges.

Prior to Singularity, he co-founded Velocity11 in 1999, building automation equipment and robotics for cancer research and drug discovery. After being acquired by Agilent Technologies in 2007, he traded the CEO role for a General Manager role attempting to be a catalyst for change at a big company. He gave up in 2009 to go surfing, then found his true calling and biggest challenge yet with Singularity University. He was recently a director at Harman (HAR), on technology and audit committees. He helped Harman explore options for long-term growth in a rapidly changing automobile industry, ultimately resulting in ~$8 Billion acquisition by Samsung. As their largest acquisition in history, it brings Samsung directly into the automobile and autonomous car market

He is currently on the board of Light&Motion, is a co-founder and director of Alite Designs, is an active angel investor and advisor, and holds degrees in Mechanical, Materials Science and Manufacturing Engineering from UC Davis and Stanford University.

Dave Meltzer 

David Meltzer is the CEO of Sports 1 Marketing, a firm in which he co- founded with Hall of Fame Quarterback Warren Moon. Sports 1 Marketing is a global marketing agency whose projects include The Super Bowl, The Master’s, and Pro Football Hall of Fame, the Crescent Moon Foundation, and the Unstoppable Foundation.

David has been recognized by Forbes and Entrepreneur as a Top 5 Keynote Speaker, and named 2017 “Game Changer of the year” by ACQ Global Awards. He has also been honored for his philanthropic work as Variety Magazine’s “Sports Humanitarian of the Year” and a recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor

As an author, he is the international #1 best-selling author and national best-selling author of Compassionate Capitalism and Connected to Goodness.

David is an executive Producer, and host judge of Entrepreneur Media’s newest original show, Elevator Pitch and the host of newly released podcast, The Playbook, with Entrepreneur—which landed as a Top Five business podcast on iTunes.

Howard Prager 

Howard Prager is Senior Leadership and Change Strategist for the Association of College and Research Libraries ( and President of Advance Learning Group, a learning and leadership consulting firm (

Howard has broad experience in all phases of training assessment, design, development, implementation and evaluation as well as OD, mentoring and coaching. A thought leader in leadership development, his article on “How can we fix the leadership crisis?” was lead article in the March 2016 Talent Development Journal. He is a contributing author to the first ASTD Workplace Learning and Development Handbook and recently Finding the Fortune by Jean MacDonald and Christine Schaefer. He also created the Team Banquet, a highly-regarded experiential team building exercise used globally. (

Howard has won several awards for measurable results of leadership, customer service, and organizational change as a leader of executive education at the University of Notre Dame and the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management including the ATD Excellence in Practice award, Optimas Award, Corporate University Xchange Awards, and the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) Excellence in Practice Award. His management of complex projects and strengths in learning helped clients including Allstate, City of New York, Chicago Police Academy, Exelon Generation, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, HSBC, Hollister, IACET, Infosys, Rosalind Franklin University, Simonton Windows, Spencer Stuart, Temple Chai.

A lead training certificate assessor for the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), Howard serves as a judge for the Association for Talent Development (ATD) Excellence in Practice awards and is a frequent speaker at conferences. Howard earned his MBA from the University of Michigan in Organizational Behavior and BA in Psychology from Northwestern University, with 360 certifications from the Hartman Institute, Human Synergistics Lifestyle Inventories, and completed the Return on Investment (ROI) workshop. He is an Eagle Scout and active in the Boy Scouts of America, Northwestern Alumni Association and plays tuba with the Northwest Concert Band and The Royal Blue Tinkertoy Dixieland Band. His motto is “anything is possible.”


Chris Cuomo

CNN anchor Chris Cuomo covers international events and breaking news for CNN. He anchors CNN’s morning show “New Day” with co-anchor Alisyn Camerota. NEW DAY airs every weekday, from 6am to 9am EST— on CNN.

Before joining CNN, Cuomo was the co-anchor of “20/20,” the Emmy Award-winning ABC Newsmagazine, and Chief Law and Justice Correspondent for ABC News. He formerly co-anchored “Good Morning America,” where he covered international breaking news as the primary reporter.

Chris is the recipient of multiple journalism awards. His profile on 12-year-old poet Mattie Stepanek on “Good Morning America” was awarded a News Emmy. He has received Polk and Peabody awards for his team coverage throughout the years, and the Edward R. Murrow award for his work covering breaking news.

Cuomo is a graduate of Fordham University School of Law, and received his undergraduate degree from Yale University. 

Soon Loo

Soon Loo is CEO of the Brunei Economic Development Board which is Brunei government’s central statutory body to grow and diversify Brunei’s economy by attracting investment into the nation. Most recently, he was CEO of Darussalam Enterprise, Brunei’s central government agency for developing entrepreneurship for the nation. He was also a founding chairman of Seri Venture Capital, an investment firm that invests in Brunei companies that have ambitions in regional expansion. He represented Brunei in the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) for 2016-2017.

Soon has been serving on board of directors of public and private companies in Brunei, China, and Singapore — including formerly being the chairman and board member of a publicly listed Asian company that went IPO for US$1.5 billion of market capitalization. Soon was a Regional Vice President for the AXA Group in the Asia-Pacific where he worked on business development and strategy for the regional office that oversaw the AXA Group companies in 11 countries, with a total annual business of US$9.5 billion.

Soon started his career in technology and co-founded a technology company in Silicon Valley that raised over US$37 million of venture capital. The firm went on to be recognized as a top 20 leading emerging technology company for the Red Herring Magazine’s NDA conference.

In his personal capacity, Soon has been an adjunct faculty in universities in the region, including Singapore Management University, Nanyang Technological University, University of Brunei Darussalam, and Universiti Technologi Brunei of which he served on the international advisory panel. He co-founded the Passion Unleashed Talk Series in Singapore that features leaders including minister of state, chairmen of listed companies, celebrities, world’s extreme endurance race athletes, and climbers of Mt Everest.

Soon was awarded the “Ten Outstanding Young Persons of The World” (TOYP) award 2013-14 organized by Junior Chamber International (JCI). Soon holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Pau Gasol

Pau Gasol is a professional Spanish basketball player who currently plays for the San Antonio Spurs. He started his career at FC. Barcelona but before he pursued fully his basketball career he completed one year of medical school at the University of Barcelona. In 2001, he was selected by the Atlanta Hawks with the third overall pick in the first round of the NBA Draft and his rights were traded to the Memphis Grizzlies, becoming the second Spanish player ever to play in the NBA.. At the end of that season, he became the first non-American player to ever win the NBA Rookie of the Year award. In 2006, he was the first Spaniard chosen to play in an All-Star Game in Houston, the first one of his 6 selections for this unique event. Traded from the Grizzlies to the Lakers on February of 2008, he was able to reach one his dreams as a basketball player, winning the NBA championship (twice, with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2008–09 and 2009–10). In 2017, Pau Gasol was elected into the Executive Committee of the NBPA serving as a Vice President. He is the first player to be involved in the Executive Committee that did not go through the NCAA system.

Having represented Spain internationally as a member of their national team, Pau has won multiple medals including 3 Olympic medals at Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio de Janeiro 2016. He also helped Spain win the Gold at the World Championship in 2006 where he was named the MVP of the tournament and has also won 3 European Championships in 2009, 2011 and 2015, being named MVP on two out of the three golds. During the Eurobasket of 2017, Pau became Eurobasket’s highest scorer of all-time.

Throughout his career, Pau Gasol has been recognized for his contributions beyond the court. In 2012, Gasol won the NBA’s J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award, given annually to a player, coach or trainer who shows outstanding service and dedication to the community. He was also honored with the NBPA’s 2015 Global Impact award in recognition of his athletic leadership, global presence, and philanthropic work with children and families around the world.

Off the court, Gasol has served as a UNICEF Spanish Committee Ambassador since 2003. He has also collaborated with children’s hospitals in every city in which he has played. In 2013, Pau and his brother Marc Gasol decided to create their own project: The Gasol Foundation. Its mission is to reduce Childhood Obesity rates and it focuses all their efforts in promoting and teaching healthy habits amongst today’s youth through their programs, activities, and initiatives both in Spain and the United States.

In 2016 Pau attended a course in the Business of Entertainment, Media, and Sports at Harvard Business School. An avid reader and a novice writer, in 2018 he released his second book called “Bajo el Aro” (Under the Rim), a recollection of experiences and lessons from victories and defeats across his long career at the highest and most competitive levels of basketball.

Eddie Rosas

Eddie Rosas, a two-time Emmy nominated filmmaker, has worked in the animation industry for over 25 years. He’s a director for Glen Keane Productions at Netflix Animation in Hollywood.

Earlier in his career, Eddie had the pleasure of working on the highly acclaimed animated productions The Simpsons (for 16 seasons), Futurama and The Iron Giant. Originally from Alaska, Eddie is a graduate of the Walt Disney founded school, California Institute of the Arts. When he’s not bringing characters to life at work, Eddie can be found teaching Animation and Storyboarding courses at Woodbury University in Burbank, where he’s been an adjunct professor since 2002.


Scott Osman

Scott Osman is a thought leader in the area of purpose strategy. Scott is rare in his combination of multi-disciplinary talents that span a broad spectrum from creative to management to and vision. His passion is for developing talent and then applying talent and best practices for managing and participating in high performing teams. Scott specializes in multi-disciplinary strategic services including innovation, purpose, brand and business strategy. He understands how to reposition, grow, transform and evolve companies and their products while managing high performing clients. Previously Scott served as the key innovator and global director of the Purpose Strategy practice at Landor Associates.

About Good Omen
Good Omen provides a unique purpose led approach through leadership, strategy, design, and program management to expand the capabilities of agencies and internal corporate teams. We work independently, collaboratively, and as knowledge leaders. Work includes: the rebranding of a major sports league, a major religious movement, and entry into the Affordable Care Act, and a new technology that brings the enlivens communities through the power of pictures.

Sarah McArthur

Creative Partner, Advisor

Former COO, Marshall Goldsmith Inc.

Sarah McArthur is creative thought partner and advisor to world class clients in the areas of content, book, brand, and audience development. Her mission is to help leaders work together towards a bright future. Her fields of expertise are management, leadership, personal development, and executive and business coaching.

Sarah’s clients include former CEO of Boeing Commercial Airlines and Ford Motor Company Alan Mulally, considered one of the greatest leaders of the 21st Century, and Connie Dieken, the country’s foremost Fortune 500 leadership communication coach, an Emmy® Award-winning former television news anchor, and an inductee of the Radio/Television Broadcasters Hall of Fame.

With more than two decades of experience in publishing most prominently as a writer, editor, and creative thought partner, Sarah has authored and edited numerous books including Work Is Love Made Visible with Marshall Goldsmith and Frances Hesselbein, foreword by Alan Mulally and Coaching for Leadership: Writings on Leadership from the World’s Greatest Coaches with Marshall Goldsmith and Laurence Lyons.

In addition to her own works, Sarah has played significant roles in many other book projects including Marshall Goldsmith’s #1 New York Times and Wall Street Journal best-selling book Triggers, and his, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal #1 best-seller What Got You Here Won’t Get You There.

Former COO of Marshall Goldsmith Inc., Sarah McArthur spent more than a decade managing the company’s daily operations and leading many exciting initiatives for the company. These included the development, coordination, and promotion of the exciting pay-it-forward project, 100 Coaches; Marshall’s highly successful Thinkers50 and LinkedIn video and written blogs; and the client sessions, dinners, and events that are “a mark that you have made it” according to the prestigious folks at Thinkers50.

A certified Marshall Goldsmith Stakeholder Centered Coach and member of the 100 Coaches, Sarah has a BA in English and Environmental Studies from the University of Oregon and a Masters in Publishing from The George Washington University.

Other books include:

  • Optimizing Talent Workbook, Linda Sharkey & Sarah McArthur, 2014 (IAP)
  • Global Business Leadership, Dr. E.S. Wibbeke & Sarah McArthur, 2013 (Routledge)
  • The AMA Handbook of Leadership, Marshall Goldsmith, John Baldoni, & Sarah McArthur, Choice Top 10 Business, Management, and Labor Title of 2010, 2010 (AMACOM)


Frank Wagner 

Frank’s consulting career started at The Center For Leadership Studies with Paul Hersey in the late 1970’s. He then became a partner and director at Keilty, Goldsmith & Boone. With Marshall Goldsmith, Frank co-developed the highly successful Excellent Manager Program originally for IBM, and then many other Fortune 100 Companies. Marshall asked Frank to oversee the design and training of coaches in using his principles and methods of helping successful leaders improve.

He has written: The Power of Total Commitment; and is lead author for: The Stakeholder Centered Coach’s Playbook; and, The Team Stakeholder Centered Coaching Playbook.

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Taavo Godtfredsen

Taavo has been selected as an advisor to the 15 Coaches program to tap into his depth and breadth of leadership know-how. Taavo has spent the last 15 years working with over 300 of the top executives and business thinkers in the world,

has developed and sold a successful Leadership Development company and is currently an advisor to CEOs, an executive coach and leadership speaker. Taavo is certified in both Individual and Team Stakeholder Centered Coaching and now joins the 15 Coaches team as a coaching and leadership advisor.

Taavo Godtfredsen is a recognized consultant, executive coach, advisor to CEO’s and keynote speaker to audiences around the world on how today’s leaders achieve high performance. Taavo has spent more than 20 years in the leadership development field as a successful business leader and practitioner. He has traveled the world interviewing and collaborating with hundreds of the most recognized CEOs, best-selling business authors and top business school faculty. With both a breadth of experience and depth of knowledge in the leadership development field, Taavo has remained on the cutting edge, continuously working with executives as they adapt to changing business environment and the global economy. As a pragmatist, Taavo’s methodology zeroes in on the most innovative and time efficient leadership actions to yield the greatest impact.

Taavo was the originator of Five@5:00TM and co-created the Leadership Development ChannelTM. He was the Executive Producer & Vice President for Leadership Solutions at Skillsoft. Previously, Taavo was a partner at Targeted Learning Corporation, a private company acquired by Skillsoft. Taavo began his career at Linkage Inc. and held various senior roles leading both functions and business units. Taavo is a trained and experienced Executive Coach and holds an MBA from Babson College.

Howard Morgan

As an executive coach, Howard Morgan has worked with international executives to successfully drive organizational change initiatives. He was named as one of the 50 top coaches globally, has been recognized as one of five coaches with “a proven track record of success” and has published several books. 

Howard has worked with over 1000 CEO and Executive Team members from more than 50 countries and from a diverse industry base including Chemical, Information Technology, Financial Services, Media, Retail and Real Estate.  His work with these teams and individuals has become focused in recent years on two main practice areas.  First, he helps leaders improve corporate and executive performance through maximizing their leadership potential within diverse international teams/groups.

Second, he helps executives transition to new organizations/roles with the maximum impact and the minimum of disruption.  Howard’s profound understanding of executive leadership comes from 17 years as a line executive and executive vice president in the consumer goods, telecommunication, government and healthcare industries. He has operated major businesses with full profit and loss responsibility; managed the people side of mergers and acquisitions; led international expansions and start-ups; and gained the respect of unions and corporations when negotiating agreements in volatile labor environments. He knows what it means to structure an organization, lead people and manage a business to exceed quarterly objectives. This practical background, along with an understanding of the politics of leadership and the competitive pressures of today’s global marketplace, is reflected in the roll-up-your-sleeves coaching style he utilizes with executives.

Howard is one of the founders of HRM Possibilities (with Marshall and Ron Campbell) and Founding Partner of the 50 Top Coaches organization. He specializes in executive coaching as a strategic change management tool leading to improved customer / employee satisfaction and overall corporate performance. He has worked with the executive committees of many the worlds’ largest organizations. Howard holds an MBA from Simon Fraser University and has completed advanced studies at the University of Michigan. He currently serves on three Boards of Directors and can be reached at

Chris Coffey

For 25+ years, Chris has been in the leadership development world. He has worked with and coached hundreds of key leaders and successful people develop leadership to become even more effective.

Chris’s coaching style is direct and well-defined around the Goldsmith Stakeholder Centered Coaching® Process he co-developed with Frank Wagner and Marshall Goldsmith. Chris has coached leaders in Fortune 100, 500, 1000 companies, as well as in start ups and not for profits. The common denominator for all the individuals Chris works with is, they are all successful, high-potential leaders whose organizations want to accelerate their development by having them work closely with a seasoned, leadership coach. 

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Chris has taught management and leadership courses In the UCLA Technical Manager Program and at  Gonzaga University in Florence, Italy.

Chris is a much sought after Keynote speaker:  Topics and videos
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Marshall Goldsmith: Stakeholder Centered Coaching

Marshall Goldsmith’s endorsement of Chris Coffey:
“My partner, Chris Coffey, helps individuals and teams achieve and sustain outstanding results. In addition, he is clearly one of the world’s best keynote speakers and trainers in the area of coaching, leadership development, and teamwork. He provides a rare combination of being entertaining and dynamic while providing advice and stories from his extensive coaching experience that is both practical and applicable. He is a person that I trust to lead the Stakeholder Centered Coaching®  certification process for our behavioral coaches!” 


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Phone: (310) 452-3340 | Cell: (310) 650-2438

Luke Joerger

As the owner of Hastings Digital, a full service digital marketing agency in New York, Luke leads the social media, video content creation and audience development for Marshall Goldsmith and the 100 Coaches Project. 

Responsible for the production and curation of thousands of minutes of video generating millions of followers and billions of video views across platforms for major media brands, Luke has years of experience around large scale sales campaigns and digital advertising. He is well versed in areas of leadership education, music, sports, publishing, video games, fashion and news. Luke has worked as digital media advisor to top leaders, agencies, marketers and media companies including Viacom, Huffington Post, CEB and Bloomberg.

Hastings Digital was instrumental in helping to launch Deepak Chopra’s wellness app JIYO as well as development of the YouTube channel strategies for Martha Stewart, Complex Media and World Wrestling Entertainment.

Luke has produced over 200 music videos and apprenticed with the late Academy Award winning directors Jonathan Demme (Silence of the Lambs) and director Joel Schumaker (Batman, Falling Down).

His agency currently leads the marketing efforts for Bard College’s Symphony TŌN which regularly performs at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. He has also worked with the University of California at Irvine to help promote their Center for Digital Transformation. 

His videos for Marshall Goldsmith’s have received over one and a half million views on YouTube helping  drive million followers on Linkedin. Luke is excited to support Marshall and his team to “pay it forward” with the 100 Coaches project and spread the word to millions more across the globe.

Bill Durney

Bill Durney has been working in IT since 1982. His introduction to computers was in high school in 1975 with PDP-8 systems. After college, he joined Chart House Enterprises and held many positions – from programming, through operations, and into management. When the company relocated to Chicago, Bill took a position managing 25 technicians for a large national VAR and providing service and support to companies such as Qualcomm, Sony, and Hewlett-Packard. During this period, he launched the non-profit company – Dad’s Eyes, a teenage driver monitoring service.

In 2000, he started Rancho Computer Networks to fill the need for a computer service and support firm dedicated to the needs of small businesses.  Since its inception, Rancho Computers has grown to 1.5 million in annual revenue with a team of 14 technicians and office support staff. For over 40 years, he has been in technology and business management.

Most recently, He is a founding member of a telecommunications startup that is currently in stealth mode and attracting Venture Capital. The core product is a new telecommunications chip that could simplify and change the construction of embedded communications devices (cellphones, wireless devices, IOT, etc.).

Additionally, he is civic minded, having been appointed multiple times to city commissions and has been an elected official in Escondido since 2014.Through his company, they have provided computers for students who cannot afford them and run successful recycling programs for veterans.