New Role, New Relationships: How to Build Credibility with Strangers

April 1, 2016
Hosted by Wanda Wallace

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Being a newcomer is daunting – whether it’s a new group, a new team, a new boss or a new company. There are relationships to build from scratch, people to remember, questions to ask and work to be done. What should you do when you are new? How can you build relationships with strangers? How do you manage all these new people if you are more of an introvert than an extrovert?

Out of the Comfort Zone

Friday at 11 AM Pacific Time on VoiceAmerica Business Channel

There is no growth in comfort and no comfort in growth. Business today typically values and promotes leaders for their subject expertise. Leaders who have command of the details and execute based on knowledge and experience are highly respected. However, to grow as a leader you have to get out of your comfort zone – that means learning to lead without just being the expert. Learn to gain the trust and respect of a team that might know more than you do. Get comfortable with ambiguity and with not having all the information. Develop the skills and confidence to lead in a different way.

For female leaders, subject expertise is usually the source of their confidence. Learning to lead outside your comfort zone is one step for breaking through the glass ceiling.

The show’s purpose is to give you tips on how can you develop the capability to lead – to get out of your comfort zone?

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Wanda Wallace

Dr. Wanda Wallace is President and CEO of Leadership Forum, Inc. LFI helps organizations get it and keep it, from leadership and talent to strategic thinking, enabling leaders to deliver better results through better thinking, execution, leadership, teams and diversity.

In her coaching, teaching, facilitating and writing, she emphasizes the challenges of building and sustaining effective relationships at all levels in the global corporate context.

Wanda also focuses on helping women get the roles they want, stick with the organization and thrive, including engaging their managers. This work began with a research project that explored the careers of women in senior-level corporate positions and focused on why these women were leaving corporate life so quickly.

Dr. Wallace has forged close relationships with a number of blue-chip clients. As a consultant and educator who is equally at ease in the distinct worlds of business and education, she has designed a number of highly rated programs that have been enthusiastically received around the world.

She is the author of “Reaching the Top, Factors that Impact the Careers and Retention of Senior Women Leaders” along with two co-authored with Corporate Research Forum entitled “Diversity and Business Performance” (2011) and “Developing and Broadening Specialists” (2012). She is currently working on a forthcoming book: “Out of the Comfort Zone: Navigating the Transition from Expert to Leader.”

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Sheila Heen

Sheila is a New York Times business best-selling author, founder of Triad Consulting Group & faculty at Harvard Law School. She is co-author of the New York Times bestsellers Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most (2000) as well as Thanks for the Feedback: The Science and Art of Receiving Feedback Well (2014). She has been featured on “Oprah,” CNBC “Power Lunch,” & NPR. Sheila has spent the last 20 years with the Harvard Negotiation Project. She specializes in particularly difficult negotiations – where emotions run high & relationships become strained. Her corporate clients include MetLife, BAE Systems, HSBC, the Federal Reserve Bank, Standard Bank of South Africa, Novartis & numerous family businesses. She works with executive teams, helping them to work through conflict to make sound decisions together. View Guest page

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Fredric Helgesson

Fredric Helgesson is the CEO of S4K Research, which he founded in 2000. Prior to starting S4K he spent 14 years in various management positions within Banking.
S4K has 50 of the world’s largest companies as its clients spread out on five continents. In total they provide 140,000 users in more than 100 countries with its service called the Leadership Insights. S4K helps inspire leaders in improving how they deal with the most critical challenges for executing on the strategy. They do this by curating and delivering the best and most relevant management thinking pieces through a customized service.
Fredric has, over the years, conducted more than 400 in depth interviews with senior leaders in some of the world’s largest companies about the key challenges their leaders face in executing their strategy. View Guest page

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John Hoffman

John S. Hoffman is the President of Designed Performance, a management consulting and training organization specializing in sales and negotiation. He is an author and keynote speaker as well as an Adjunct Professor at the Stillman School of Business at Seton Hall University, where he designed the first undergraduate and graduate level courses in Professional Selling. He has conducted custom designed negotiation, sales and leadership training seminars for Fortune 500 companies globally for more than 20 years. He recently launched the program, WomeNegotiate, which has been designed to assist women in having greater success in their negotiations. John trains professionals to take a more structured approach to their business activities, resulting in greater confidence and motivation, stronger relationships and significantly improved performance. View Guest page

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Marc Howze


Marc A. Howze is a seasoned executive who has held a variety of corporate roles from Head of HR, Senior Counsel, Manager of Business Development, Corporate Secretary and Associate General Counsel, Marketing Integration Manager to Factory Manager. He is currently the Chief Administrative Officer.
Before joining corporate life, Marc served in the U.S. Army as an artillery officer and in various capacities as a judge advocate.
A native of Detroit, Michigan, Howze earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan-Dearborn, a juris doctor from the University of Michigan Law School, and an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. He is a member of the Illinois and Michigan Bar associations, Executive Leadership Council and on the Board of Directors for Thurgood Marshall College Fund. View Guest page

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Karin Hurt


Karin Hurt, CEO of Let’s Grow Leaders, is a keynote speaker, leadership consultant, and MBA professor. A former Verizon Wireless executive, she has over two decades of experience in sales, customer service, and HR. She was recently named on Inc's list of 100 Great Leadership Speakers, AMA's 50 Leaders to Watch in 2015, & Top Thought Leader in Trust by Trust Across America. Her latest book, Winning Well: A Manager's Guide to Getting Results-Without Losing Your Soul is available for preorder on Amazon. Her online leadership development programs are a convenient way to take your leadership, and your team’s results to the next level. View Guest page

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Neen James

Neen James is a high energy, Aussie productivity and performance expert keynote speakers who delivers engaging programs that have educated, and entertained audiences with real-world strategies that apply in all roles at work and home. The author of Folding Time™ she also provides one-on-one mentoring to leaders. Find out more at www.neenjames.com View Guest page

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Patti Johnson


Patti Johnson is a career and workplace expert and the CEO of PeopleResults, a people and change consultancy she founded in 2004. Patti is the author of Make Waves: Be the One to Start Change at Work and in Life (2014). She and her team advise clients such as PepsiCo, Microsoft, 7-Eleven, Accenture, Frito-Lay and many others on creating positive change in their leaders and organizations.
Previously, Johnson was a Senior Executive at Accenture where she played an essential role in creating new change service offerings, global talent programs, and providing expertise on complex changes with numerous clients. She has been a contributor or featured as an expert in media such as, Harvard Business Review, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, MONEY Magazine, U.S. News and World Report, Fast Company, Entrepreneur and SUCCESS Magazine. She is an Adjunct Instructor on Leading Change for SMU Executive Education and for the Bush Institute Women’s Initiative Fellowship. View Guest page

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Rupert Jones


Rupert Jones is Head of European Equity Research at Barclays. Previously, he was Head of European and Emerging European Equity Research at Morgan Stanley, where he oversaw the Extel number 1 ranked department, with the most top-ranked sector teams in Europe, for 11 years. He also spent two years as Deputy Head of Research, three years in Product Development & Marketing, and two years in the top ranked Retail and Luxury/Sports brands team. A Chartered Accountant, Rupert started his career at Ernst & Young. At Morgan Stanley, Rupert sat on the European Management Committee. He was also a member of the Institutional Securities Global Diversity Council and chaired the European Diversity Advisory Council. Rupert is an ICAEW Prize Winner and CASSL Prize Winner. He has an MA in Mediaeval History from University of St Andrews. View Guest page

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Rob Kaiser


Rob Kaiser is an author, advisor, and authority on leadership. He began his career at the Center for Creative Leadership and has been involved in executive development ever since. In 2013 Rob started Kaiser Leadership Solutions to set a new standard in assessment and development by offering a suite of innovative tools for improving results through leadership. He has published many articles in both the scientific literature and the international business press, as well as five books — including The Versatile Leader (2006), The Perils of Accentuating the Positive (2009), and Fear Your Strengths (2013). He is also the current editor of Consulting Psychology Journal. Rob’s thought leadership is scientific yet grounded in his extensive experience as an executive coach, as an evaluator of candidates for executive jobs, and as a strategic talent management advisor to CEOs and HR leaders. View Guest page

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James Kinsella


James Kinsella is a high-tech entrepreneur who has developed successful network and network services (OTT) companies, and is most recently the founder of Zettabox, a European startup to offer secure, cloud- based document storage and sharing across the European Union. Previously, he was the Chairman and CEO of Interoute Communications, LTD -- one of the few pan-European technology success stories. During the last 25 years, he has been involved in some of the world's first online enterprises, in particular as an executive at Microsoft. He was president of the Microsoft/NBC joint venture, MSNBC.com. He has also led teams who successfully turned around enterprises in very difficult markets. Before launching his first company, Jim worked as a journalist, and he is the author of the award-winning book, “Covering the Plague,” informed in part by reporting in Central East Africa on the outbreak of AIDS there in the early 1980s. View Guest page

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Angela Knight


Angela is currently the senior independent director on the on the Boards of Brewin Dolphin plc and Tullett Prebon Plc and is a member of the Board of Transport for London. Until the end if 2014, she was chief executive of the energy industry trade body Energy UK, prior to that she was the Chief Executive of the British Bankers’ Association, after several years as the Chief Executive of the Association of Private Client Investment Managers and Stockbrokers (now the Wealth Management Association). During this time she also served as a non executive director on a number of plc boards. Before running trade associations, Angela was MP for Erewash from 1992 - 1997 and a Treasury Minister, after being Parliamentary Private Secretary to both the Rt Hon Kenneth Clarke MP, Chancellor of the Exchequer, and to the Industry Minister the Rt Hon Sir Tim Sainsbury MP. She was honoured with a CBE for services to the financial services industry in 2007. View Guest page

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Elizabeth Kuhnke



Elizabeth Kuhnke sees herself as a “diamond polisher”. She works with talented individuals who, with a bit of smoothing, sharpening, and shaping reveal their true brilliance. Her three-pronged approach to client development is based on demonstrating respect, establishing rapport, and producing results. An international conference speaker, best-selling author, and qualified coach, Elizabeth believes that dogged determination, combined with a healthy dose of fun, is vital for success. For over twenty years, Elizabeth has nourished a steady stream of FTSE 100 companies, professional services, and charities, providing one-to-one and group coaching in key areas relating to interpersonal communication, personal impact, and executive presence. Whether international sports stars, CEOs of global corporations, or graduates on the career path, her clients’ concerns are around connecting with their audience and presenting themselves clearly, confidently, and credibly. Elizabeth’s combination of advanced degrees, a career in the performing arts, expertise in administering psychometric instruments and a passion for personal best are some of the reasons clients turn to her for support. She’s been compared to an Olympic athlete who never gives up, equated to a pit bull because she never lets go, and likened to a radiator because she generates warmth. She is often quoted in the media addressing issues concerning confidence, image, voice, body language, and public speaking skills. Her international best-selling book, Body Language for Dummies, is available at bookstores and Amazon. It is currently published in the USA, UK, Australia, Germany, Poland, Bulgaria and The Netherlands View Guest page

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Laurence Lewis

Laurence Lewis is a highly qualified senior executive and consulting partner with experience in both the public and private sectors. Laurence has a broad range of experience from IT to acquisitions to outsourcing. Recently, he has been working with the UK Ministry of Justice as part of the Executive Team for digital and IT. Laurence has carried out policy and business case development for the Department of Transport and Cabinet Office. He has worked with venture capital and corporate finance organizations in conducting potential acquisitions and investments. Laurence has negotiated, commercialized and contracted for large managed service programs, implemented and operated customer service centers, offshore managed service solutions, transformed operations, established processes, built core functions, managed large scale programs and implemented customer management solutions. View Guest page

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Ilia Mallioras


Ilia Mallioras has been a London-based fixed income specialist in investment banking for the last 15 years. In her last role as a Managing Director, Ilia ran a team that advised a broad spectrum of international clients including corporates, funds and insurance companies on financial markets and hedging solutions. Ilia has built successful sales teams and developed long standing client relationships within the organization. She and the team led numerous significant transactions. Mentoring women and promoting diversity has always been a major focus throughout Ilia's career. Currently, Ilia is a passionate start-up investor and advises start-ups on strategic and financing matters. View Guest page

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Bonnie Marcus


Bonnie Marcus M.Ed. is a certified executive coach, speaker and author. A former corporate executive, Bonnie founded her firm, Women’s Success Coaching, in 2007 with the mission to help professional women promote and position themselves for success. Her latest book, The Politics of Promotion: How High Achieving Women Get Ahead and Stay Ahead, provides a road map for women to navigate the complexities of their workplace to get the promotion they deserve. A regular contributing writer for Forbes and Business Insider, Bonnie has also been published in Entrepreneur, Women in HR, HR.com, Intercontinental Finance, Careers in Government, Reader’s Digest, Diversity MBA, and CIO Magazine. She has been featured in Fast Company, Fortune, Wall Street Journal, Inc., Psychology Today, Levo League, Upstart Business Journal, Washington Business Journal, Huffington Post, Working Mums, Jobs and Career Magazine, and more. Recently honored as one of World’s Top 30 Coaches by Global Gurus, Bonnie received a BA from Connecticut College and a M.Ed. from New York University. View Guest page

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Stephen Marshall


Stephen Marshall is the principal of Marshall Leadership Consulting, a leadership development consulting firm. Steve’s firm specializes in growing current and future leaders, identifying high potential leadership talent, and sustaining organizations for the long term through customized leadership development systems. Steve has over 20 years of international business experience in the manufacturing, financial services, energy, and pharmaceutical industries. For 10 years, Steve consulted for RHR International, a firm of Corporate Psychologists. Prior to starting his own consulting practice, he was a director of leadership and team development in the pharmaceutical industry. As the director of executive development and education for Siemens USA, Steve was on faculty in Feldafing, Germany for the Siemens global leadership assessment program. Steve has presented his research at international conferences on leadership assessment, creating high performing teams, and connecting compete View Guest page

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Eric McNulty


Eric J. McNulty is a Harvard-affiliated writer, speaker and educator with a passion for purpose-driven leadership. Eric is Director of Research and Program Faculty at Harvard’s National Preparedness Leadership Initiative. His work centers on leadership in high-stakes, high-stress situations. He has delivered keynotes and workshops around the world and teaches in multiple executive education and graduate level leadership programs at Harvard and MIT.
He is the author of Three Critical Shifts in Thinking for the Evolving Leader, Your Critical First 10 Days as a Leader and co-author of the second edition of Renegotiating Health Care: Resolving Conflict to Build Collaboration. Eric writes a regular online column for Strategy + Business. Eric holds degree in Economics from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a Master in Leadership from Lesley University. View Guest page

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Anne Louise Metz


Anne Louise is Director of Investor Relations, Marketing & Communications at Intertrust NV, which had an IPO on the Amsterdam stock exchange in October 2015. Anne Louise left her native US in 1991 to be an editor in the English section of a Moscow weekly. She spent the following year an interpreter at Russian-Western oil joint venture in the Russian Arctic.
Anne Louise obtained an MBA from INSEAD, in France, after which she joined the Dutch bank ABN AMRO, focusing on mergers & acquisitions. In 1998 she left ABN AMRO to become a partner at a financial communications advisory firm First Financial Communications where she specialized on M&A transactions and distress. After the firm’s sale to Citigate, she launched an advisory business called InvestorVoice, focusing on activist investors. Upon exiting InvestorVoice, she became Head of Listings at Euronext exchange in Amsterdam, where she was a member of the executive committee. View Guest page

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Dena Michelli

Dena began her professional life as a mechanical engineer in the automotive industry eventually developing a passion for adult learning and development. She has been at the Institute of Management and at the London Business School as Business Development Director for Executive Education. The latter role gave her direct exposure to many of the business issues facing large, multinational organizations. After leaving London Business School, Dena became a full time consultant with Potentia International, a consultancy specializing in the identification, development and deployment of senior executive talent. She became independent in 2002, completing her PhD on 'Transformative learning' at the University of Surrey in 2004. Since this time, she has worked with many international organizations and business schools. She has authored and contributed to many books on building personal effectiveness. View Guest page

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Mark Milders


In his current role, Mark is responsible for the build up of the Wholesale Bank for ING Bank in Frankfurt, Germany. The two major pillars of ING Germany & Austria are (international) project finance and supporting larger German corporates in their financing needs both locally and in the 41 countries ING is active.
Mark came to ING in Frankfurt following assignments as Head of Corporate Clients for the Eastern European & CIS states from 2010 – 2013 and Head of Leveraged Finance and Sponsor Coverage for ING Amsterdam from 2006 to 2010. Before joining ING Bank, Mark held various roles in Acquisition and Corporate Finance at General Bank / Mees Pierson / Fortis.
Mark graduated in International Taxation Law at the Erasmus University Rotterdam in 1998. View Guest page

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Henry Mintzberg


Henry Mintzberg has been an academic most of his working life. He is now the Cleghorn Porfessor of Management Studies as well as founding partner of CoachingOurselves.com. Professor Mintzberg devotes himself to writing and research – especially about managerial work, strategy formation, and forms of organizing. He has spent the past two decades, in collaboration with colleagues from Canada, England, France, India, Japan, and now China and Brazil, on developing new approaches to management education and development. He has published about 160 articles and 16 books. After spending his public life dealing with organizations, Professor Mintzberg spends his private life escaping from them. He escapes on a bicycle, up mountains, and in the Laurentian wilderness of Canada atop cross-country skis or in a canoe. He also likes to write short stories and hopes to publish a collection of them. View Guest page

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Paul Minx



Paul Minx has over twenty years of experience as a talent professional in Fortune 500 companies and has a demonstrated track record of working with challenging clients to deliver business results. For the past fifteen years he has served as Head of Learning and Leadership for Morgan Stanley in EMEA (London), managing teams in both New York and Asia. Before that he worked as a consultant in over ten financial services and law firms. Paul has coached at all levels, taught and designed hi-potential leadership and management programs, facilitated team development activities and acted as an advocate for diversity. He is also experienced in partnering with executives on major organizational effectiveness initiatives, including the identification of talent, board effectiveness, corporate culture and regulatory initiatives. Paul holds a Masters Degree from Yale University and has an executive coaching certificate from Oxford Brooke University in the UK. He holds an Organizational Development certificate from Roffey Park. He is certified in several psychometric tools (MBTI, Hogan, Firo-B, DiSC and EQI). He is a member of CIPD. View Guest page

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Amy Morin


Amy Morin is a licensed clinical social worker, psychotherapist, and a lecturer at Northeastern University. She's also the author of 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do, a bestselling book that is being translated into more than 20 languages.
She's a sought after speaker and mental strength trainer who assists people in overcoming the mental obstacles that could prevent them from reaching their greatest potential.
She maintains a regular column in Forbes and Inc. Her advice has been featured by numerous media outlets including Time, Fast Company, Entrepreneur, Success, Oprah.com, Cosmopolitan, Fox News, and CNN. View Guest page

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Jennifer Mueller


Jennifer Mueller earned her PhD in Social and Developmental Psychology at Brandeis University, and has been on the faculty of many top business schools including the Wharton School, Yale School of Management and NYU's Stern School of Business. One of her papers, “The Bias Against Creativity,” went viral and was downloaded over 65,000 times—receiving more than 100 media mentions and being described as a “famous study” in TheAtlantic. Her book, Creative Change: Why We Resist It and How We Can Embrace It, is based on this study. Jennifer’s work has been featured in many major media outlets including WSJ, NPR, CNN, HBR, The Atlantic, Fortune, Forbes, and Fast Company. Jennifer, a native Californian, is currently an Associate Professor at the University of San Diego. View Guest page

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John Murphey



John served more than 40 years at Bell Helicopter-Textron including the following positions (among others): • Chairman and CEO of Bell Helicopter a $2.5 billion division of Textron, Inc. • President and COO responsible for all engineering, manufacturing and procurement operations of Bell Helicopter. • Executive Vice President of the Military Business for Bell. • Executive Vice President of Operations at Textron Aerostructures a company that designs and builds wings and aircraft structure for military and commercial airplanes and the NASA space shuttle. • Manager of Bell’s operations in Iran, living and working in Isfahan, Iran. After retirement from Bell in 2004, John became CEO of AgustaWestland’s US operations with responsibility for the US101 Presidential Helicopter Program. After winning this program, John retired from AgustaWestland in July of 2005. He currently serves as a Trustee of Texas Wesleyan University and as Business-Executive-in-Residence for the TWU School of Business. In addition, John teaches graduate and undergraduate classes in International Business and Organizational Behavior. View Guest page

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John Ott


John Ott is co-founder of the Center for Collective Wisdom (c4cw.org) where he leads large-scale transformation efforts for a wide array of organizations. His work has included community-wide initiatives to reduce and prevent homelessness, systems transformation efforts to ensure children begin school ready to succeed, and stakeholder processes to resolve large public system budget shortfalls. At the heart of these efforts is the Leadership for Collective WisdomTM framework created by John and his colleague and co-founder Rose Pinard. Early in his career John was a lecturer of Public Policy Studies at Duke University and Associate Director of the Hart Leadership Program. He has organized and led several non-profit organizations, including a micro-enterprise project and an affordable housing initiative, and worked as a community organizer. John's is co-author of The Power of Collective Wisdom and the Trap of Collective Folly (2009) and Centered on the Edge (2001). View Guest page

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Cindy Pace


Cindy Pace is a thought leader on women in global leadership, diverse talent development and intercultural communication. She serves on the Taskforce for Talent Innovation, The Conference Board’s Leadership Council on Advancing Women II, and the Womensphere Global Advisory Board. She is an Adjunct Professor in Manhattan College Master’s program in Organizational Leadership and a doctoral candidate in organizational learning and leadership at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her research focuses on the leadership aspirations of multicultural women in mid-levels.
Cindy is an Assistant Vice President at MetLife in global diversity and inclusion. Previously, Cindy worked in a number of global roles including clinical research, organizational change, executive leadership development, talent strategy integration and innovation at Pfizer and at Solvay Pharmaceuticals (now AbbVie). View Guest page

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Kerrie Peraino


Kerrie Peraino is Senior Vice President, Market Human Resources and Global Employee & Labor Relations for American Express. She leads an organization of nearly 300 Human Resources professionals who support over 50,000 employees and business leaders in more than 30 countries. A seasoned professional, Kerrie has worked with American Express since 1996. She has served as corporate communicator for American Express Business Travel, Vice President of talent management for global commercial card and business travel, Vice President of Human Resources for international consumer card and small business services and Vice President of Human Resources for global business travel. Kerrie went to serve as the company’s Chief Diversity Officer, where she spearheaded the company’s work on sponsorship and gender intelligence. She was a thought leader and contributing author to The Sponsor Effect: Breaking Through the Last Glass Ceiling. View Guest page

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Judith Perle


Judith co-founded Management Advantage (www.ManAdvan.com), when she realized that although many pride ourselves on having the hard skills to get the job done, these technical skills often only ‘get you through the door’. Success depends on the ‘softer’ interpersonal skills, especially professional networking – the ability to build relationships of trust. She runs workshops & masterclasses for companies, professional organizations & business schools in the UK & elsewhere in Europe.
She was Brand Development Director for Dorling Kindersley, & Brand Liaison Director for the Superbrands organization. She has created & edited books & magazines on subjects from gardening to interior design for household names such as Reader’s Digest, HarperCollins & Time-Life books.
Judith connected the two strands of her career by writing, with Tony Newton, The Network Effect, A practical guide to making – and keeping – the connections that can make your world go round (www.TheNetworkEffect.co.uk). View Guest page

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Jennifer Powell


Jennifer Powell uses her 20 years’ experience as a change communications strategist and consultant as an accredited Executive coach encouraging leaders to be the best they can be in a complex and challenging world, as a communications/change consultant helping organisations give clarity and direction to their people and as a facilitator delivering strategic leadership and communications workshops. She was previously a Principal at a global HR management consultancy and has held Executive positions in Cable & Wireless, Transport for London, Islington Council and Xerox Europe. Her experience spans many FTSE 100 companies in Financial services, media and professional service groups. Jennifer has a number of professional accreditations for coaching, psychometrics and mediation and her degree is in Law and English. She is mother to two fabulous adult children and lives in London. View Guest page

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Roy Reid


Roy Reid is a leading authority on public relations, business, and marketing. He works with business leaders and organizations as a counselor, strategist, and coach. The group Trust Across America/Trust Around the World named him as one of the Top 100 Thought Leaders Influencing Trusted Business Behavior. He has worked with Fortune 500® companies, healthcare organizations, entrepreneurs, professional service firms, and public agencies. Roy is a sought after speaker on numerous business topics and is the author of Outrageous Trust®, a program that provides a framework and understanding of how to improve results by improving relationships through a more intentional and mindful effort to earn, cultivate, and restore trust. Currently he is the Executive Director of Communications for the University of Central Florida College of Business. View Guest page

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Dr. Marcia Reynolds


Dr. Marcia Reynolds is fascinated by the brain, especially what triggers feelings of connection, commitment, & possibility. She is able to draw on her research to help leaders have more effective & meaningful conversations. She has delivered workshops in 35 countries & has presented at the Harvard Kennedy School, Cornell University, & Moscow School of Management. Marcia is a true pioneer in the coaching profession. She was the 5th global president of the International Coach Federation & is currently the president of the Association for Coach Training Organizations. She is the training director for the Pyramid Coaching Institute & teaches for coaching schools in Russia & China. Interviews & excerpts from her books Outsmart Your Brain, Wander Woman, & her latest, The Discomfort Zone: How Leaders Turn Difficult Conversations into Breakthroughs have appeared in many places including Fast Company, CNN.com, Psychology Today, & The Wall Street Journal & she has appeared on ABC World News. View Guest page

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Annie Richardson

Annie Richardson has extensive experience in both the public & private sectors & a strong practical business orientation. Her coaching profile is best described as executive coaching, developing a client’s self-awareness alongside business expertise to improve boardroom & management relationships. Annie has held the positions of regional Director of Housing for a major UK Housing Association, Senior Principle Consultant for the UK’s largest IT Services Company & two board positions. She has coached & designed development workshops around Europe & the US. Annie’s has worked with people in leadership & management roles in a variety of industries, including financial services, law firms, scientific, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, telecoms, IT services, government & retail. Notably, she was the coaching conference speaker at the Henley Management College & she is currently writing a book on coaching. View Guest page

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Bruce Rigal


Bruce Rigal is an independent consultant in the fields of Performance Management, Motivation and Compensation. His work concentrates of the financial services industry. Until June 2014, Bruce was global Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Deutsche Bank’s (DB) Human Resources Division (HR). He was responsible for HR’s planning and budgeting and, in partnership with the Technology Division, for DB’s global HR systems. DB has more than 100,000 employees worldwide (including part-time, non-salaried and outsourced staff). Bruce was the Distinguished Executive in Residence at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. He has also been Deputy COO of the Corporate and Investment Bank at Deutsche Bank as well as COO of Global Banking at DB. The businesses comprising Global Banking had more than 8,000 employees in 37 countries. Bruce received an MBA from the University of Chicago in 1989 and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Alberta in 1984. View Guest page

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Keith Rollag


Keith Rollag is Associate Professor and Chair of the Management Division at Babson College. His new book “What to Do When You’re New: How to Be Comfortable, Confident and Successful in New Situations” was named by Success Magazine as one of the “10 Best Books of 2015.” His research and insights have been featured in the New York Times, National Public Radio, Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, Forbes, Inc., Success Magazine, Cosmopolitan, New England Journal of Medicine and many other outlets. More information at www.whenyourenew.com View Guest page

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Craig E. Runde



Craig E. Runde is Director of the Center for Conflict Dynamics. He oversees product development and training programs, and alliances. Craig is the coauthor of Building Conflict Competent Teams (Jossey-Bass, 2008), Developing Your Conflict Competence (Jossey-Bass, 2010), and Becoming a Conflict Competent Leader - Second Edition (Jossey-Bass,2012). He is a frequent speaker and commentator on workplace conflict issues and a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Conflict Management. Before joining Eckerd College, he was the director of the International Center for Computer Enhanced Learning at Wake Forest University. Craig received his B.A. from Harvard University, M.L.L. from the University of Denver, and J.D. from Duke University. He has practiced law in Colorado and has taught at the University of Minnesota Law School and Wake Forest University. View Guest page

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Nan Russell


A decade ago, Nan Russell decided to leave a successful corporate career on the east coast to pursue her dream to work and write from the Rocky Mountains. Today she lives in Colorado and is the author of four books including: Trust, Inc. and The Titleless Leader. Her fifth book, It’s Not About Time, comes out in Fall 2016. Nan’s column, Winning at Working, appears in numerous publications and she’s a blogger for Psychology Today on the topic of Trust: The New Workplace Currency. In 2016, she was named a 100 Top Thought Leader by Trust Across America. Previously, Nan spent over 20 years in management holding executive positions in human resources, communication, marketing and line management. Her career took her from a minimum wage employee to Vice President of multibillion dollar QVC. Nan has a B.A. from Stanford University and a masters from the University of Michigan (www.nanrussell.com). View Guest page

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Collin Rustin


Collin Rustin is an exceptional group facilitator & executive coach with over 30 years of experience. He helps leaders improve their awareness and effectiveness in handling controversial issues, conflict management & building cultures of inclusion, & understanding the value of dialogue.
A certified mediator, Collin is skilled at helping people to hear each other more effectively & work toward a higher level of collaboration, not just compromise. He sincerely believes the answers to today’s challenges will surface as we present our authentic selves to one another.
Collin is President for Rustin & Associates Management Consultants & an adjunct faculty member of the Center for Creative Leadership. Previously, served as Director of Counseling for Staff at UNC-Chapel Hill & the Regional Director of the National Coalition Building Institute, Inc. - an international not-for-profit dedicated to the development of leaders who value diversity & inclusion & initiate intergroup cooperation. View Guest page

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Hubert Saint-Onge

Hubert Saint-Onge is the founder of SaintOnge Alliance, a consulting firm that dedicates itself to helping clients improve performance by strengthening the culture and engaging employees. His practice is based on extensive experience in strategic planning, organizational change, culture renewal, collaboration, knowledge sharing and leadership development.
Hubert has been a senior executive at Shell, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) and Clarica. He is on the board at Armstrong Fluid Technology and was on the Board of Directors of Ganong Chocolates. He has been an Executive-in-Residence at the University of Waterloo and a Visiting Scholar at Harvard. He has co-authored three leading-edge books including The Conductive Organization outlining a blueprint for creating knowledge-based cultures and Beyond the Deal focusing on how organizations integrate new acquisitions. View Guest page

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Cathy Salit


Cathy Salit is an author, performer, executive coach, social entrepreneur and CEO of the consulting firm, Performance of a Lifetime. Cathy and her team of coaches use the art and science of theatrical performance to engage leaders and teams in creating and acting on uncharted possibilities to grow their business. Her client list includes Twitter, American Express, Nike, Coca-Cola, Rolls Royce, The Johns Hopkins Hospital and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Her work and thought leadership have been featured in Fast Company, the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Inc., Wired, CEO World Magazine, and on podcasts, radio and viral videos all over the world. Cathy is the author of Performance Breakthrough: A Radical Approach to Success at Work, which has been praised by top influencers including Dan Pink, who writes, “This remarkable book will electrify your work and enliven your soul.” View Guest page

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Jana Sanchez


Jana specializes in helping companies and executives develop their story and tell it in a compelling way. In 2005, she co-founded financial and corporate PR agency CitySavvy in London and Amsterdam. As of January 1, she will be completely focused on helping leaders develop their communication skills – including showing executive presence, presentation coaching and media training. Jana is a former journalist. Her assignments were as diverse as covering equities for Reuters in Amsterdam and writing about food and travel for the Baltimore Sun. She first began her professional life as a political fundraiser and campaign manager in California. She serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board for the School of Social Sciences at Rice University, her alma mater. She’s an aspiring songwriter, singer and guitarist with her own country music band, Possum and a Six Pack, based out of Waxahachie, Texas. Follow her on twitter @janasanchez. View Guest page

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Ethan Schutz


Ethan Schutz is President of The Schutz Company, a consulting, training, and publishing company that helps people navigate the human side of business in order to achieve bottom line success. His work with organizations has led to a variety of successes including developing effective leaders, innovative money-saving ideas, faster implementation of projects, improvement in customer satisfaction, and avoidance of expensive lawsuits. Originally trained as an architect, Ethan managed projects where he encountered people who did not work well with each other and found that he was most passionate about helping these groups work more effectively. Changing direction, he joined his father, creator of a widely used theory of interpersonal relations called FIRO and pioneer in the human relations field, in his business. He now uses his combined business experience from the building industry and his knowledge of human interactions in his work. View Guest page

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G. Richard Shell

G. Richard Shell is the Thomas Gerrity Professor of Legal Studies, Business Ethics, and Management at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is the Academic Director for two Wharton executive education programs: The Executive Negotiation Workshop and the Strategic Persuasion Workshop. He is also the author of four books including The Art of Woo: Using Strategic Persuasion to Sell Your Ideas. Professor Shell is an internationally recognized expert in negotiations, persuasion, and strategy, as well as an award-winning teacher. BusinessWeek’s bi-annual "Guide to the Best Business Schools" has listed Professor Shell as one of the Wharton School’s top professors. As a consultant, Professor Shell has worked a number of organizations including the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s hostage negotiation training program, Google, Microsoft, General Electric, Johnson & Johnson, Citibank, Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, MetLife and Hewlett-Packard to name a few. View Guest page

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Charlie Simpson


Charlie practised at the Bar for four years (Criminal, Licensing, and Family law), before becoming a professional actor in 1990. Having won the prestigious Carleton Hobbes BBC Radio Drama award, he performed with the Royal Shakespeare Co, in the West End, and then on TV from classic drama to soap.
In 2003 he switched to communications coaching for leaders in high pressure situations like keynote speeches, large pitches, fund raising or Private equity management presentations as well as in generic relationship building situations. Garnett & Simpson has a portfolio of clients across many sectors ranging from finance to the law to fashion to industry to pharmaceuticals.
Charlie is a CEDR accredited mediator and has recently collaborated in the launching of a leadership program for senior leaders in Sierra Leone, LEADA.education. View Guest page

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Emily Esfahani Smith


Emily Esfahani Smith is the author of The Power of Meaning: Crafting a Life That Matters. She draws on psychology, philosophy & literature to write about the human experience—why we are the way we are & how we can find grace & meaning in a world that is full of suffering. Her articles "There's More to Life than Being Happy" & "Masters of Love," originally published in The Atlantic, have been read over 30 million times. Emily is an instructor in positive psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a columnist for The New Criterion, as well as an editor at the Stanford University's Hoover Institution, where she manages the Ben Franklin Circles project, a collaboration with the 92nd Street Y & Citizen University to build meaning in local communities. Born in Zurich, Switzerland, Emily grew up in Montreal, Canada. She graduated from Dartmouth College & earned a master of applied positive psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. View Guest page

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Scott Sonenshein


Scott is the Henry Gardiner Symonds Professor of Management at Rice University. His award winning research, teaching & consulting has helped Fortune 500 executives, entrepreneurs, & professionals in industries such as technology, energy, healthcare, retail, education, banking, manufacturing, & non-profits. He has worked as a strategy consultant for AT&T & Microsoft & lived the rise & fall of the dotcom boom while working at a Silicon Valley startup. Scott’s research appears in top journals. He uses inductive field methods, including interviews, observations, & participant-observation as well as experiments & surveys. Scott currently sits on five distinguished editorial boards, & is a former associate editor of the Academy of Management Journal. Scott’s expertise & perspectives have been sought by a variety of media outlets, including The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Time Magazine, Fast Company, Harvard Business Review as well as local television & radio. View Guest page

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Jesse Sostrin


Dr. Jesse Sostrin is a leadership coach and workplace expert who writes, speaks, and consults about the elusive challenges of getting great work done. He is the author of The Manager's Dilemma, Beyond the Job Description, and Re-Making Communication at Work, which have established his place in the next generation of influential thinkers who challenge conventional ideas about management, leadership, and success on the job.
He has been featured on a number of television and radio programs, including MSNBC, Fox Business, and NPR. His ideas have been published in a variety of publications such as Inc., The Huffington Post, FastCompany, The Chicago Tribune and The Washington Post. As a columnist he is a regular contributor to Strategy + Business, Entrepreneur, and Recruiter.com.
Jesse is a Director in the US Leadership Coaching Center of Excellence at PricewaterhouseCoopers. View Guest page

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Alan South


Alan’s areas of expertise are innovation, entrepreneurship, and technology gained from 30 years’ experience around the world. He provides executive development and advisory services through his company, Ripplewood, and also as an associate fellow at Saïd Business School. His mission is to develop executives with a solid understanding of innovation and its practical execution in the context of their businesses.
An important part of his career was leading the European business of IDEO, the renowned Silicon Valley innovation firm, where he was involved with the development of new innovation methods. He gained critical entrepreneurial experience as a senior executive at Solarcentury, a high-growth cleantech firm. He contributed to the raising of $25M in 2007 and the subsequent delivery of 35% compound growth.
Alan holds a double masters’ in Innovation Design Engineering from Imperial College, London and the Royal College of Art. View Guest page

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Michael Bungay Stanier


Michael Bungay Stanier is the founder and senior partner of Box of Crayons, a company that helps organizations all over the world do less Good Work and more Great Work. They are best known for their coaching programs, helping time-crunched managers coach in 10 minutes or less.
Michael left Australia 22 years ago to be a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, where his only significant achievement was falling in love with a Canadian... which is why he now lives in Toronto, having spent time in London and Boston.
He has written a number of books. The best known with almost 100,000 copies sold is Do More Great Work. More recently he has written The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More and Change the Way You Lead Forever. But the one he’s proudest of is End Malaria, a collection of essays on Great Work from leading thinkers which raised $400,000 for Malaria No More. View Guest page

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Julie Starr


Julie Starr is an expert and thought-leader in the field of coaching and mentoring. Since 2002, her best-selling book The Coaching Manual has supported the evolution of the coaching field through simple, powerful principles and practical approaches. Her books are translated into many languages and are required reading on coach training programmes around the world.
In addition, Julie’s books, Brilliant Coaching and The Mentoring Manual, support managers and leaders to improve business performance by developing people. She lectures in universities and at industry conferences to inspire understanding and engagement. Julie is MD of Starr Consulting, a leading provider of coach training in organisations, check out www.starrconsulting.co.uk.
Julie also writes novels for young adults and donates proceeds to charities which house, heal and educate street children and orphans; check out www.ruffdogbooks.com View Guest page

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Susan Steinbrecher


Susan Steinbrecher is a business consultant and coauthor of Heart-Centered Leadership: Lead Well, Live Well. She is the CEO of Steinbrecher And Associates in Hurst, Texas, and serves as an executive coach, licensed mediator, professional speaker and leadership advisor. She is also the author of the Amazon bestseller, KENSHO: A Modern Awakening. Susan is an Inc.com columnist, Entrepreneur.com contributor and Huffington Post blogger. Her work has been featured on MSNBC’s Your Business, The New York Times, Woman’s Day, Fortune Small Business, CNBC.com and CNNMoney.com. Visit www.steinbrecher.com and www.heartcenteredleadership.com for more info. Connect with Susan on Twitter: @SteinbrecherInc View Guest page

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Bernie Swain


With no experience or plan, Bernie Swain quit his job in 1980 to join his wife Paula and friend Harry Rhoads to start a lecture agency. Today, he is the Chairman of Washington Speakers Bureau (WSB), the largest and most respected speakers bureau in the world, and a foremost authority on the lecture industry. Over the past 35 years, Swain has represented former US Presidents, cabinet members, business executives, public figures, media leaders, and sports legends. In his new book, What Made Me Who I Am, Swain captures the transformations of an eclectic and productive group—34 leaders he became friends with, thanks to representing them as speakers over the years. View Guest page

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Charlotte Sweeney


Charlotte has specialized in large-scale change programmes focusing on diversity, inclusion, engagement & wellbeing for 20 years. She is seen as a thought leader in her field & works with companies & executives from the private & public sectors.
Charlotte is the founder of the ‘Creating Inclusive Cultures’ Programme; a business forum of companies to drive sustainable change on Inclusion in cities across the UK. She conducted an independent review on the Voluntary Code for Executive Search firms in relation to getting more women onto boards for the UK Secretary of State Dr Vince Cable, which is now referred to as "The Sweeney Report".
She was recognized by The Economist as a Top 50 Diversity Professional in the world and also awarded the Commended Award as a Transformational Leader in the Northern Power Women Awards & listed in the Top 50 Power Women.
Charlotte is co-author of the book ‘Inclusive Leadership’ on D&I strategies, published by The Financial Times. View Guest page

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James Szuch

James Szuch has provided innovative technology leadership for over 30 years. He has established business analysis centers of excellence and project management offices for many organizations. His experience ranges from startups to large established organizations and he has developed compelling products in a variety of industries including financial services, law, retail, manufacturing, transportation and healthcare.
James is a passionate educator who teaches at the O’More College of Design and has been on the faculty of the Keller School of Management, Northern Kentucky University, the University of Cincinnati, and the Graduate School of Computer Science at DePaul University. He also served as a Senior Instructor at B2T Training.
He holds a degree in Computer Science from Allegheny College, a JD from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, and an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University. View Guest page

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Jim Tamm


For most of his career Jim Tamm was a senior Administrative Law Judge dealing with collective bargaining disputes in California. He has mediated more school district labor strikes than any other person in the United States. He now teaches collaboration skills in the Talent Development Program at Harvard University, the International Management Program at the Stockholm School of Economics and the Leadership Academy of the University of California, as well as at NASA (the US Space Administration) and the Wallenberg Institute in Sweden. He also trains consultants how to teach collaboration skills and teaches in high end leadership programs within large global clients. His book Radical Collaboration has been on Amazon’s top seller lists for collaboration, negotiations, and organizational psychology books for most of the past 11 years. He can be reached at www.RadicalCollaboration.com. View Guest page

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Davia Temin

Davia Temin is CEO of Temin & Company, a management consultancy helping organizations create, enhance & save reputations. Temin focuses on reputation, risk & crisis management; marketing, media & social media strategy; thought leadership; & leadership & communications coaching. A highly experienced marketing, media, reputation & leadership strategist, she serves as the spokesperson for organizations during crisis, coaches global CEOs, is a frequent public speaker, & runs & moderates CEO & corporate programs. The former First Vice Chair of Girl Scouts of the USA, she is currently Board Chair of Video Volunteers & on the board of Swarthmore College & Harvard Women’s Leadership Board, among others. In 2015 she was awarded Girl Scouts's highest honor, The Pinnacle Award for Leadership. She led Corporate Marketing for GE Capital; Schroders; Scudder; Citicorp Investment Bank; & Columbia Business School. She writes the Forbes.com column “Reputation Matters,” and is featured in several books. View Guest page

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Ray Thompson

Ray Thompson provides communications training to political candidates, senior executives, government officials and national journalists. He works with some of the most recognizable business leaders and companies in the Americas, Asia, Africa, Europe and the Middle East. As a spokesman for more than a decade, Ray has been seen on most U.S. networks and in the international media. As a speech coach, he has helped scores of senior leaders advance their personal and organizational interests through successful media encounters, investor presentations, town hall meetings and webcasts. Ray has helped develop and execute communication strategies in support of mergers and acquisitions, investor road shows, stakeholder engagement, and crisis response. Graduates of Ray’s programs routinely appear on national news and entertainment programs, testify before government bodies, and serve as keynote speakers. View Guest page

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Bob Tiede


Bob Tiede has been on the staff of Cru for 45 years serving with Cru Campus, Josh McDowell Ministry and Leadership Development. Developing the next generation of leaders for Cru is Bob’s focus. Bob says, “In 15-20 years almost all of our current Cru leaders will no longer be leading. In their places will be the leaders we are now developing. If we fail now - Cru does not fail today or tomorrow - but may fail 15-20 years from now!” Bob’s role is to recruit outstanding leaders from business, education, government & medicine, military and non-profits to coach Cru leaders every other week via SKYPE video. Bob started a blog as a way to better connect with Cru’s young, emerging leaders. Today, his blog is followed by leaders in more than 170 countries. His book: Great Leaders ASK Questions is available for free on his blog www.LeadingWithQuestions.com and is on Fortune’s 100 list. View Guest page

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Susan Treadgold


Susan Treadgold is a holistic executive coach, founder of Treadgold Executive Development, best-selling co-author of Success University for Women, award-winning speaker and transformational trainer. She is passionate about creating sustainable peak performance and success for clients by helping them increase their energy, executive presence and productivity. In addition to one-to-one coaching, she runs a Best Year Ever program for women in business, an annual De-Stress and Assess retreat and a series of career masterclasses. These she runs independently as well as within corporates such as Barclays Bank, Jefferies, JP Morgan, Deutsche Bank and InvescoPerpetual. Before that she spent nearly two decades in senior Institutional Equity roles at investment banks DLJ, Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch and Citigroup. She also writes a blog called ‘Take Action Tuesday Tips’ for those seeking to create greater positivity, productivity and purpose in their personal and professional lives. View Guest page

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Bill Treasurer


Bill Treasurer is the author of Leaders Open Doors, which focuses on how leaders create growth through opportunity. Bill is also the author of Courage Goes to Work, an international bestselling book that introduces the concept of courage-building. He is also the author of Courageous Leadership: A Program for Using Courage to Transform the Workplace, an off-the-shelf training toolkit that organizations can use to build workplace courage. Bill’s first book, Right Risk, draws on his experiences as a professional high diver. Bill has led courage-building workshops for, among others, NASA, Accenture, CNN, PNC Bank, SPANX, Hugo Boss, Saks Fifth Avenue, the Pittsburgh Pirates, and the US Department of Veterans Affairs. To learn more at www.couragebuilding.com. View Guest page

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Jason Treu


Jason is a top business and executive coach and sales leadership trainer. He’s a leading expert on human behavior, influence, and relationship building.
At the heart of his strategy is the understanding that people and your relationships are your true “wealth.” Everything we accomplish in life is with or through other people.
He's worked with well-known CEOs such as Steve Jobs, Mark Hurd at HP, and many others. He's helped his clients meet influencers such as Tim Cook, Bill Gates, Richard Branson and many others. He's also helped his clients make more than $1 billion dollars over the past 3 years and get on influential boards such as TED and xPrize.
Jason’s bestselling book, Social Wealth, the how-to-guide on building personal and professional relationships, has sold more than 40,000 copies and has been #1 in four business and self-help categories.
He's been a featured guest in the past year on 400+ podcasts, radio and TV shows, and regular FOX News radio contributor. View Guest page

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Joel Wald


Joel is a Vice President of McAlinden Associates. Since joining the firm in 1978, Joel has helped leading global organizations improve communication skills and rehearse for high-stakes events in the US, Europe, Latin America, Asia and Australia. He has been privileged to serve organizations in a broad range of industries including telecommunications, packaging, law, consulting, energy, travel, consumer products, restaurants, financial services, healthcare, logistics and high technology. After 37 years, Joel continues to enjoy the challenge of helping highly accomplished people address their important business communication issues. He finds great satisfaction in working intensely with teams and individuals to create visible and lasting changes in their ability to engage their stakeholders intellectually, emotionally and physically through their spoken and written communications. View Guest page

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Wanda Wallace


Dr. Wanda Wallace, CEO of Leadership Forum Inc., coaches, facilitates and speaks on improving leadership capability. She coaches leaders, conducts seminars and works with teams to improve leadership capability. In all of her work, she emphasizes the challenges of both building and sustaining productive relationships at all levels in the global corporate context.
She is the author of Reaching the Top, Factors that Impact the Careers and Retention of Senior Women Leaders. Her forthcoming book is titled Getting Out of Your Comfort Zone: Navigating the Straddle of Expertise.
Her latest emphasis is on helping managers build truly inclusive cultures. She hosts a weekly radio show: Out of the Comfort Zone. Follow her on LinkedIn and Twitter @AskWanda. View Guest page

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Douglas E. Williams, Ph.D.


Douglas E. Williams, Ph.D., is Biogen Idec’s Executive Vice President, Research and Development and has served in this position since January 2011. He joined Biogen Idec from ZymoGenetics Inc., where he was most recently CEO and member of the Board of Directors. Previously, he held leadership positions within the biotechnology industry, including Chief Scientific Officer and Executive Vice President of Research and Development at Seattle Genetics Inc., and Senior Vice President and Washington Site Leader at Amgen Inc. Dr. Williams also served in a series of scientific and senior leadership positions over a decade at Immunex Corp., including Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Senior Vice President of Discovery Research and Vice President of Research and Development. Prior to joining Immunex, Dr. Williams served on the faculty of the Indiana University School of Medicine and the Department of Laboratory Medicine at the Roswell Park Memorial Institute in Buffalo View Guest page

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Tom Wilson



Tom is the Chief Risk Officer for Allianz Group, responsible for global risk controlling and risk management policies and guidelines. Prior to joining Allianz in 2008, Tom has held positions as Chief Risk Officer for ING’s global insurance operations; Global Head, Finance & Risk Practice at Oliver Wyman & Company; and CFO & CRO for Swiss Re New Markets (SRNM), responsible for the risk management, financial / management reporting, treasury and back-office operations for the alternative risk transfer and capital markets activities of Swiss Re. Prior to those roles, Tom was the Global Head, Risk Management Practice, at McKinsey & Company. Tom has spent most of his professional career in Europe, having lived and worked in Munich, Amsterdam, New York, London and Zurich. Tom earned his BSc in Business Administration with honors from the University of California at Berkeley and his PhD in Economics from Stanford University. Tom is a dual American and Swiss citizen View Guest page

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Arthur Woods

Arthur is a person who thrives in creating & connecting. He works at the intersection of social enterprise, design & technology, setting out to rethink & reshape the way we approach 'work.' Arthur co-founded Imperative, leading a new movement around work with the first professional platform to help people manage more fulfilling & meaningful careers while solving the challenge of employee retention & engagement for companies. He previously led operations at YouTube EDU where he focused on initiatives to improve the quality & quantity of educational content on YouTube while increasing access in the classroom. Before Google Arthur co-founded & currently serves on the boards of the Compass Fellowship, a global social enterprise training program; & Out in Tech, an organization uniting the LGBTQ technology community in SF & NYC. He also sits on the Board of Directors of the Sierra Institute & Georgetown Technology Alliance. Arthur is a member of the World Economic Forum Global Shapers. View Guest page

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Peter Wright



Peter Wright is a truly global executive experienced in leading HR functions for some of the world’s best-known companies. He has held senior positions in companies as diverse as Zurich Insurance, AIG, Estee Lauder, Merrill Lynch, BP, Allied Domecq and Unilever. He has travelled extensively and worked on every continent. He is highly skilled in leading organizations and executive teams through significant growth, crisis and business transformation, including mergers and acquisitions divestitures, restructuring, organizational transformation and public offerings. Born in London into a military family he grew up travelling around the world before attending the British Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, and St John’s College Cambridge where he earned a Masters Degree in History. He served the first twelve years of his adult life as an army officer in the British Army. At the beginning of 2014 Peter took his many years of experience and applied it to the founding of his own consultancy Acorn Strategy Consulting. Peter has a unique lens on the realities of global leadership and change management. In particular, he has a great deal of insight into how leaders need to perform when a crisis happens, particularly ones that are in the public eye – what makes others follow willingly, what instills confidence and how leaders should prepare. Those views have significant implications for leadership even under normal circumstances. Peter has a highly entertaining, provocative and motivational style and is respected for delivering sound and workable end results. View Guest page

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Lois Zachary


Lois Zachary is an internationally recognized expert on mentoring and has been cited as “one of the top 100 minds in leadership” today. Her book, The Mentor’s Guide, has become the primary resource for organizations and mentors seeking to deepen their mentoring practice. Her most recent book, Starting Strong: A Mentoring Fable, describes what a great mentoring relationship from the inside. With Creating a Mentoring Culture, The Mentee’s Guide, five Mentoring Excellence Pocket Toolkits and over 100 published articles, Dr. Zachary has created a comprehensive set of resources for promoting mentoring excellence. She has been featured and quoted in New York Times, Forbes, Fast Company, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Inc. Magazine and T&D among others.
Dr. Zachary is president of Leadership Development Services, LLC, a consulting firm that specializes in leadership and mentoring. She works with Fortune 500 companies, government organizations and educational institutions. View Guest page

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