Understanding What Really Matters about Organizational Culture: A Conversation with Gerry McDonough, CEO of LeadFirst

November 14, 2016
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According to Deloitte’s 2015 Global Human Capital Trends survey, organizational culture issues are now the number one challenge companies face around the world. The survey found that more than half of respondents say their organizations have either a poor program or no program at all to measure and improve culture. As coaches, we very often find leading culture to be a core challenge faced by the leaders we are coaching. We further find that leaders often operate with assumptions about culture that turn out to be inaccurate. In this week’s episode, guest host Randy Chittum will talk with Gerry McDonough, CEO of LeadFirst, a human capital consulting firm in DC. In this conversation, we will learn from LeadFirst’s culture studies now spanning more than thirty years, with almost 650 cultures studied and developed. Another key topic for discussion will be the impact of culture on performance and if there are cultural factors that indicate a greater likelihood of success.

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  • 11/28/2016: What It Really Means to Lead Culture with Gary Corless Listen Now
  • 11/21/2016: How Unconscious Bias Shapes and is Shaped by Culture with Jackie Cranford Listen Now
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Deborah Ancona



Deborah Ancona is the Seley Distinguished Professor of Management, a Professor of Organization Studies, and the Director of the MIT Leadership Center at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Her pioneering research into how successful teams operate has highlighted the critical importance of managing outside, as well as inside, the team’s boundary. This research directly led to the concept of X-Teams as a vehicle for driving innovation within large organizations. Ancona’s work also focuses on the concept of distributed leadership and on the development of research-based tools, practices, and teaching/coaching models that enable organizations to foster creative leadership at every level. She is the author of the book, X-Teams: How to Build Teams That Lead, Innovate, and Succeed (Harvard Business School Press, June 2007) and the related article, “In Praise of the Incomplete Leader” (Harvard Business Review, Feb. 2007). In addition to X-Teams, her studies of team performance also have been published in the Administrative Science Quarterly, the Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, and the Sloan Management Review. Her previous book, Managing for the Future: Organizational Behavior and Processes (South-Western College Publishing, 1999, 2005), centers on the skills and processes needed in today’s diverse and changing organization. Ancona has served as a consultant on leadership and innovation to companies such as AT&T, BP, Credit Suisse First Boston, Hewlett-Packard, Merrill Lynch, News Corporation, and Vale. Ancona holds a BA and an MS in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and a PhD in management from Columbia University. View Guest page

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Bob Anderson



Bob is the founder and CEO of The Leadership Circle, LLC. Bob is the creator and author of The Leadership Circle Profile, an integrated and innovative leadership development tool being used by companies worldwide. The Leadership Circle Profile is being heralded as a genuine breakthrough in the field of leadership development and Bob’s leading-edge research has put him at the forefront of the leadership development conversation worldwide. In 2009 Bob Anderson became one of the founders of The Full Circle Group; a premier leadership and organizational development consulting company. The Full Circle Group offers organizational consulting services rooted in TLC frameworks, philosophy, and a holistic approach to furthering leadership development. Bob’s dedication to visionary and innovative leadership was cultivated early in his life. He ran intensive personal development retreats in high school and college before receiving his BS in Economics and Business Administration from John Carroll University. He completed a Master’s degree in Organizational Development while working as a manager in a manufacturing business. He then took a position as the Director of Organizational Development for St Charles Hospital in his home town of Toledo, Ohio. Bob founded The Leadership Circle (formerly SoulWorks) in 1986. His personal success derives from his gift as an extraordinary teacher, taking complex ideas and integrating them into models and methods for leadership development that offer powerful, tangible and accessible results for his clients. Bob’s practical wisdom, humility, creativity, humor and expertise combine to offer a rare and transformative experience for his clients. Operating at the forefront of leadership research, The Leadership Circle explores the intersection between leadership mastery and personal mastery, between competence and consciousness. Bob has been happily married for 31 years and is the father of three. View Guest page

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Jim Anderson

Jim Anderson is the founder and President of Key-Connections, a leadership development coaching and consulting company located in Evergreen, Colorado. After 15 years of frontline experience leading and engaging teams in navigating tremendous change, he decided to venture out and start his own business. In 1992, Jim started Key-Connections to provide strategic consulting and executive coaching services. For the past twenty plus years Key-Connections has allowed Jim to focus his attention on creating and applying tools to support individuals and organizations in developing self-awareness, strengthening leadership skills, and consistently achieving desired results. View Guest page

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Randy Bass

Randy Bass is Vice Provost for Education and Professor of English at Georgetown University, where he leads the Designing the Future(s) initiative and the Red House incubator for curricular transformation. For 13 years he was the Founding Executive Director of Georgetown’s Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship (CNDLS). He has been working at the intersections of new media technologies and the scholarship of teaching and learning for nearly thirty years, including serving as Director and Principal Investigator of the Visible Knowledge Project, a five-year scholarship of teaching and learning project involving 70 faculty on 21 university and college campuses. In January 2009, he published a collection of essays and synthesis of findings from the Visible Knowledge Project under the title, “The Difference that Inquiry Makes,” (co-edited with Bret Eynon) in the digital journal Academic Commons (January 2009: http://academiccommons.org). View Guest page

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Jennifer Garvey Berger



Dr. Jennifer Garvey Berger is internationally recognized for supporting leaders to thrive under conditions of growing complexity, uncertainty and change. Jennifer coaches senior leaders, and she designs and teaches leadership programs that expand not only the way leaders work but also the way they think about the world. Her last book, Changing on the job: Developing leaders for a complex world, has been called “quite simply the best book on leadership and adult development out there.” Her latest book, Simple habits for complex times: Powerful practices for leaders (co-authored by Keith Johnston), was published this month by Stanford Business Books. Jennifer has a Masters degree and a Doctorate from Harvard University. Formerly an associate professor at George Mason University, Jennifer learned about deep change in 2006 when she turned down the tenure offer and moved to a small seaside village in New Zealand with her husband, two kids, and the family dog. View Guest page

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Tara Brach

Tara Brach, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist, an internationally known teacher of mindfulness meditation, and the founder of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington. She is author of bestselling Radical Acceptance and True Refuge, and has contributed numerous articles to popular magazines and websites.Tara is a frequent keynote speaker at conferences where she discusses the role of mindfulness in the realization of human potential. She leads accredited workshops for mental health professionals interested in integrating meditation into the practice of psychotherapy. Tara also offers meditation retreats at centers in the United States and in Europe. Over a million people each month tune in to Tara’s podcast. In addition to her public teaching, she is active in bringing meditation into DC area schools, prisons and to underserved populations. View Guest page

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Barbara Braham, Ph.D., MCC


Barbara Braham, Ph.D., MCC, takes a developmental approach to working with leaders and their teams. She also trains coaches in how to bring a developmental approach to their work with leaders. Since 2005 she has studied adult development theory with Dr. Susanne Cook-Greuter and is certified to both score and debrief the Maturity Assessment Profile (MAP), the most well-researched tool available to assess one’s stage of development. She serves on the faculty of the Georgetown Institute for Transformational Leadership, where she teaches a class on stages of development to both leaders and aspiring coaches. She also coaches in Notre Dame’s Executive Integral MBA program using The Leadership Circle 360. An accomplished author, she has written eleven books, including Finding Your Purpose which has been translated into seven languages. Contact information: Barbara Braham, Ph. D. www.bbraham.com www.beyourowncoach.com barbara@bbraham.com View Guest page

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Chalmers Brothers



Chalmers Brothers is the author of the bestselling book on the transforming power of language, Language and the Pursuit of Happiness: A New Foundation for Designing Your Life, Your Relationships and Your Results. He is a certified coach whose career spans over 29 years in consulting, coaching, training and speaking, with clients nationwide and abroad. His work and focus are on leadership development, personal growth, culture change, workplace productivity and teamwork, and relationship- and trust-building. He has presented his work on the TED talk: How Language Generates Your World, and Mine and is working on a new book tentatively titled Leadership Conversations and Breakthrough Results. He resides in Naples, Florida, has been married for 28 years and has three children. View Guest page

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Chalmers Brothers


Chalmers Brothers is a best-selling author, certified executive coach and longtime leadership development consultant. He has built his speaking, coaching and training career by focusing on leadership effectiveness, corporate culture, productivity, teamwork, relationship- and trust-building, emotional intelligence and personal growth.
Chalmers' 8-module, multi-month program known as SOAR has now been successfully delivered in the US, UK, Israel and India.
Chalmers’ training and speaking clients include: TripAdvisor, National Science Foundation, The Coca-Cola Company, REI Systems, TEOCO, US Social Security Administration, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, the State of Tennessee, Family Association of IMF / World Bank, George Mason University and many others.
Chalmers has an undergraduate engineering degree from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (Worcester, MA) and an MBA from Louisiana State University. Chalmers and his wife live in Naples, FL. They have 3 children. View Guest page

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Alexander Caillet

Alexander Caillet is the founder of One21Five, Inc., an organization consulting and coaching firm dedicated to helping leaders and leadership teams deepen their capacity and capabilities to take on and successfully realize significant organizational transformations. Specific engagements include organization redesigns and restructurings, post-merger organizational integrations, reengineering and continuous improvement programs, business turnarounds, the creation of team-based structures, change leadership programs and organization culture change initiatives.
Alexander is also an executive coach and performs high-performance team coaching, process facilitation, leadership coaching and management training with his clients. His work is founded on the integration of numerous disciplines and methods acquired from the fields of leadership, management development, organizational psychology, neuroscience, executive and team coaching, high performance training and stress management. View Guest page

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Timothy O Casey

Mr. Casey believes our education systems require bold (re)thinking. He has over 10 years experience working in the education sector initiating media literacy, service-learning, and meditation programs. He has worked with schools nationally and internationally in the primary, secondary, and tertiary levels to integrate new teaching methods for better results. He was a student leader (C’07) at the founding of the John Main Center. Since that time, he has consulted with companies in the finance, entertainment, and advertising industries regarding the integration of meditation into the business model. Programs he has worked on have been featured in the Huffington Post, Financial Times, and Business Insider. He has been invited to speak on the subject of meditation and young adults at universities and events in Baltimore, London, Boston, Cork, Los Angeles, Edinburgh, Ottawa, and Rome. View Guest page

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Randy Chittum


Randy is focused on developing leaders through coaching, team coaching, and organizational development. He is the Co-Director of the Transformational Leadership program at Georgetown University and the principal of Still Leading. In addition to coaching, consulting, and teaching, Randy has experience as an internal leader in a complex, publically traded company where he worked with leaders at all levels and co-created a succession planning program. He has worked in profit, non-profit, and educational settings. His interests are in navigating complexity and mindfulness, two things he finds prevalent in the challenges leaders face. View Guest page

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Shirley Clark

Shirley Clark is the CEO and Executive Director the Women’s Center, where she is responsible for the strategic direction, oversight of programs and development, and day-to-day operations. Shirley has been associated with The Women’s Center since 2006; first as a member of the Leadership Conference Committee and then serving as a Board Member. After serving in strategic leadership roles at First Union National Bank (now Wells Fargo) and Freddie Mac, Shirley stepped out of the corporate environment to establish a self-directed career that would allow more time with her young sons. In 2003 she established an international consulting organization and in 2004 also co-founded Choose 2 Lead Women’s Foundation, a nonprofit organization whose mission to help women find their voices to create better communities and sustainable workplace environments proved to be a perfect forerunner to her work at The Center. View Guest page

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David Cooperrider

David Cooperrider, Fairmount Minerals Professor of Social Entrepreneurship at the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University, is the co-creator and creative thought leader of Appreciative Inquiry (AI), a process for creating transformational change. David will share the transformative qualities of AI, how AI has impacted his life and work about where the conversation and work around AI is taking him, the impact it’s had on leaders and their organizations, and new ways it’s impacting the future. David is currently working nationally and globally with companies, communities, and nonprofits on leadership, change, and sustainability. View Guest page

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Gary Corless


As chief development officer of Wounded Warrior Project (WWP), Gary Corless is responsible for leading the fundraising, public awareness, and marketing teams. This includes the development and execution of strategic and diversified plans to grow and manage significant fundraising efforts. Gary also oversees the promotion and protection of the organization’s mission, vision, and purpose.
Before joining WWP, Gary was president and chief executive officer of PSS World Medical, concurrently serving on the company’s board of directors. From 2002 to 2010, his extensive career with PSS World Medical included serving as chief operating officer, executive vice president, and president of the Physician Business.
Gary holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from Florida State University. He lives in Jacksonville, Florida, with his wife, Ruby, and their four children. View Guest page

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Carolyn Coughlin

Carolyn is a founding partner of Cultivating Leadership, a leadership consultancy that works with organizations and individuals to help them increase their capacity to lead across complexity, ambiguity, and change. She also teaches coaches and leaders how to apply the theory and practice of adult development as they support others to grow; including a particular focus on the whole self (body and mind.) Carolyn’s coaching and leadership development work is informed by the 10 years she spent as a consultant at Price Waterhouse and McKinsey & Company. Over the last 15 years, she has worked with a wide range of organizational clients in the US, New Zealand and Australia, including The New Zealand Department of Conservation, KPMG Australia, Google, The Wikimedia Foundation, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. View Guest page

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Jackie Cranford


Jacqueline Cranford is the founder and principal of Cranford Advisory Services LLC and an affiliate of the Verna Myers Consulting Group LLC. With over 27 years of legal industry experience and a record of successfully designing and implementing talent management strategies, Ms. Cranford is a trusted adviser to leaders in the legal industry. She specializes in talent management strategies, often with a focus on the intersections of all aspects of talent management, diversity, and inclusion. Her services include conducting cultural assessments, delivering training, and guiding her clients through strategic planning and implementation processes. View Guest page

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Linda Curtis



Linda combines twenty years of real world corporate experience with fourteen years coaching and consulting entrepreneurs, business owners, corporate and community leaders. She has held senior positions at U.S. Bancorp and The Harris Bank of Chicago and led an award winning business development team at VISA (now Visa, Inc.). For more than a decade she has been both a mindfulness practitioner and teacher. Her approach is pragmatic and action-oriented. View Guest page

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Scott Eblin



Scott Eblin is the co-founder and president of The Eblin Group, a professional development firm committed to helping executives and managers improve their leadership presence by being fully present. As an executive coach, speaker and author, Scott works with senior and rising leaders in some of the world’s best known and regarded organizations. Scott is the author of two books. Business Book Review described his first book, The Next Level: What Insiders Know About Executive Success as a “fascinating read” that “is full of potentially career-saving advice.” New York Times best selling author Marshall Goldsmith says Scott’s newest book Overworked and Overwhelmed: The Mindfulness Alternative “will fundamentally change how you live each day.” As a former Fortune 500 executive himself, Scott knows the demanding expectations and challenges his clients face. He coaches busy, successful leaders in what he calls the “school of real life” to help them identify the strengths they can build on along with the vital few opportunities that will help them be even better. Scott is an innovator in the field of coaching who has worked with hundreds of clients in individual and group engagements that yield measurable and significant improvements in leadership effectiveness. Scott is an honors graduate of Davidson College, holds a masters degree from Harvard and has earned a Certificate in Leadership Coaching from Georgetown University where he is also on the program faculty. He is also a Registered Yoga Teacher View Guest page

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Kate Ebner


Kate Ebner
Director, Institute for Transformational Leadership
Georgetown University
Founder & CEO, The Nebo Company

Kate Ebner helps people see the future they want – and turn it into reality. Through her work as Executive DIrector of the Institute for Transformational Leadership, Kate works with faculty, students and graduates to provide truly game-changing learning experiences. Since 2012, she has been leading the initiative to build the Institute for Transformational Leadership, a ground-breaking center for learning about leading change envisioned by the faculty of Georgetown's coaching program. A leadership coach and entrepreneur, Kate specializes in creating, living and leading with vision and, as importantly, how to “make it real” through effective implementation. She is passionate about helping people realize their potential in service to the needs of the world. View Guest page

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Manny Elkind

Manny Elkind has been President and founder of Mindtech for 25 years specializing in teaching and consulting in the field of executive education and development. He teaches leaders new ways to get insights and courage to make decisions that simultaneously support the organization's goals and personal values. His objectives are to find ways to balance productivity, creativity and work satisfaction to get great results that are sustainable. His services include in-person training programs, on-going consulting and webinars. Two of his most important tools are Personal Values Hierarchies and the HBDI Thinking Preference Profile. As a senior manager, he directed manufacturing and product development teams during his 30-year career at Polaroid. He led experiments that discovered ways of accelerating the development of leadership, relationships and productive work environments. He founded Mindtech in 1988 to continue this work. View Guest page

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John Frisch


John B. Frisch is chairman of the firm. His practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, securities and other corporate transactional matters. John also regularly counsels a variety of companies on general business matters.
John has represented clients in a wide variety of acquisitions and dispositions of businesses by public and private enterprises. In this capacity, he has been responsible for handling the acquisition of businesses throughout the United States and the disposition of a variety of international businesses on behalf of major public corporations in the region. View Guest page

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Kari Galloway


Kari Galloway is the Executive Director of Friends of Guest House, an organization that supports formerly incarcerated women and their families during their transition. Under her guidance, the organization has increased the Residential Program capacity from 9 beds to 17 beds, transformed the Aftercare Program, added the ever-growing Outreach Program and created a Speakers Bureau. Locally, she is a founding member of the steering committee for the Alexandria Re-entry Council, participates on the Governing Board of the Alexandria Partnership to Prevent and End Homelessness and serves on the Executive Committee of the Alexandria Coalition of Human Service Organizations. From June 2010 to June 2012, she chaired a committee of the statewide Virginia Prisoner and Juvenile Re-Entry Council. Galloway has been honored by the Alexandria Volunteer Bureau (2011) and Alexandria Commission for Women (2011) View Guest page

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Terry Garrett


Terry Garrett was born and raised in Northern Virginia. Both of her parents were alcoholics, and she was introduced to drug and alcohol use at an early age. It was after she experienced sexual abuse at age 8 that she began to turn to drugs and alcohol to escape from her life. During the next 25 years she was in and out of jail for crimes such as shoplifting and drug distribution. After spending most of her life running away, she stopped running at when she came to the Friends of Guest House in 2007. At the Guest House, Terry sought out therapy and medication for mental health problems, received medical care, and reunited with her children and family. Today she has her own apartment, pays her own bills, is in the process of getting her G.E.D, actively advocates for the restoration of ex-offenders’ voting rights and against domestic violence, and tells her story as part of the Guest House Speakers Bureau. Each day, she takes on new challenges and continues to move forward. View Guest page

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Belle Linda Halpern



Belle Linda Halpern co-founded The Ariel Group and co-authored the book Leadership Presence: Dramatic Techniques to Reach Out, Motivate, and Inspire published by Penguin/Putnam. Belle has been featured in the New York Times, Fast Company, The Boston Globe and on CNBC. She founded Inspiring Educators in 2013, where she has developed and delivered leadership programs for clients such as Boston Public Schools, Teach For America, Achievement First, and Uncommon Schools. With The Ariel Group, Belle designed, delivered, and led programs for executives and students from Harvard Business School, Columbia Business School and Duke over 20 years. The Ariel Group also has a 20 year record of success delivering leadership development in large organizations like American Express, Boston Consulting Group and GE. She has delivered keynote speeches at conferences for The Center for Creative Leadership, Excellence in Government, Linkage Women in Leadership Summit and Microsoft. A Harvard University graduate, Belle is also a professional singer who performs around the world and lives outside Boston with her husband, Mitch, and their two children. Today, Belle Halpern is dedicated to helping leaders in education bring the presence and skills needed to run great schools. Her passion for closing the achievement gap started as a child when her parents founded a mixed income Montessori school in Newark, New Jersey. View Guest page

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Kristi Hedges


Kristi Hedges is a senior leadership coach with a specialty in executive communications, and the author of the Amazon bestseller The Power of Presence: Unlock Your Potential to Influence and Engage Others. Her workshops and coaching programs have been utilized by CEOs and teams in organizations from the Fortune 500, to the U.S. government to nonprofits. She runs her own coaching practice, The Hedges Company, and is a founding partner in the leadership development firm, Element North. Kristi writes about leadership for Forbes and is regularly featured in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, Entrepreneur, BBC, Chief Learning Officer and CNBC. Kristi holds a B.A. from Virginia Tech and an M.S. from Purdue University in communications. She is an ICF-certified leadership coach and is credentialed through Georgetown University. She’s a teaching faculty member of the Georgetown University Institute for Transformational Leadership and Duke Continuing Education. View Guest page

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Steve Heller


Steve Heller is a dynamic and committed Leadership Coach, who specializes in helping leaders achieve new levels of personal effectiveness. His clients have ranged from executives to scientists, however, have in recent years, his coaching practice has increasingly focused on work with leaders of social enterprises. A member of the International Coach Federation (ICF), Steve served for many years on the Board of Directors of its Washington, DC chapter (including a term as its President), and holds an ICF Professional Certified Coach (PCC) credential from Georgetown University. He also holds a BSE degree from the Johns Hopkins University and an MSE degree from the University of Pennsylvania. After six years as an Adjunct Faculty member for Georgetown University’s Leadership Coaching Certificate Program, Steve became its Program Director in January of 2015. He is also a member of the team of coaches that provides professional coaching to TED Fellows, via the SupporTED program. View Guest page

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Larry Hirschhorn


Larry Hirschhorn is a recognized expert on the psychodynamics of organizations. He is one of the founding members of CFAR, a private management consulting firm that aims to help leaders improve their businesses by solving organizational problems and refine their decision making skills. Larry attended Brandeis University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, and later earned his Ph.D. in Economics from MIT. His background includes being an adjunct professor at the Wharton School, as well as being a founding member of the International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organizations. He is the author of The Workplace Within: The Psychodynamics of Organizational Life (1988), Reworking Authority (1997), Managing in the New Team Environment (2002) and Beyond Mechanization: Work and Technology in a Post-Industrial Age (1984) View Guest page

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Daniel Holden

Dan Holden has worked in executive and team development for over 30 years. He serves on the Executive MBA staff at the University of Notre Dame, where he was awarded the school’s Inspiring Educator of the Year Award. Dan has worked with the Center for Creative Leadership, and continues his work with Elsie Y. Cross Associates, Inc. on issues of diversity and culture change. He is the author of Lost Between Lives–Finding Your Light When the World Goes Dark (2004). Dan has authored several articles, including Diversity Unraveled and The Forgotten Self—Executive Development in the 21st Century. Some of Dan’s clients include: Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Wachovia, DANA Corporation, Lockheed Martin, Shell Oil, and Ford Motor Company. He works at the intersection where personal mastery, executive development and organizational transformation meet. Dan earned a BA in Psychology from the State University of New York at Geneseo, and a MS Ed. from Niagara University. View Guest page

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Dr. James Hollis


James Hollis, Ph. D., is a Jungian analyst in private practice in Washington, D. C. where he is also Executive Director of the Jung Society of Washington. He is the author of fourteen books, among which are: Finding Meaning in the Second Half of Life, What Matters Most: Living a More Considered Life, and Hauntings: Dispelling the Ghosts Who Run Our Lives. His early professional life was spent at various universities as a Professor of Humanities. At mid-life he retrained in analytic psychology in Zurich, Switzerland and has retained both a private practice and academic posts since. He lives with his wife Jill, a retired therapist and artist, in the District of Columbia. View Guest page

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Bonnie Holloway

As a former Director of Professional Development for the Office of Thrift Supervision, a bureau of the U.S. Treasury Department, Ms. Holloway brings a unique combination of hands-on executive experience and expertise to her coaching and instruction. She excels in assisting other leaders in increasing the effectiveness of their efforts to manage the political landscape, create strategic plans that are achievable, and develop a leadership presence that inspires. She very much understands the complexities and challenges facing managers working within large public service organizations As a coach, Ms. Holloway is future focused and identifies actions or practices that will move the manager towards goal achievement and leadership development. She explores the client’s preferred mode of learning and develops approaches to skill and knowledge enhancement that match these preferences. She enjoys working with all levels of managers and leaders, especially those facing new challenges. View Guest page

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Rasmus Hougaard


Rasmus Hougaard is the Founder and Managing Director of The Potential Project, the global leader in customized leadership and organizational training programs based on mindfulness. The firm has a proven track record of enhancing individual and collective performance, resilience and creativity. Rasmus has practiced and taught mindfulness since the early 90s and has many years of experience working with leaders in bringing mindfulness and mental effectiveness into their organizations and lives. He has lead more than 1500 workshops and programs for more than 50.000 people and is recognised as a leading international authority on training the mind to be more focused, effective and clear in an organisational context. His book “One Second Ahead – Enhance Your Performance with Mindfulness” is published in October 2015. Rasmus´ background includes a career in the Sony Corporation as well as a researcher in organizational development. View Guest page

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Barry Johnson


For over 37 years, Barry Johnson has shared his enthusiasm and passion for Polarity Thinking with tens of thousands of people and hundreds of organizations around the world. As Chairman and Chief Thought Leader of Polarity Partnerships, he continues to extend the boundaries of what we know about and can do with the powerful energy systems contained in all polarities. His personal mission is to help people to deliberately leverage the polarity wisdom that has been found in human culture for thousands of years into conscious, active use for the advantage of all people today. His seminal book, Polarity Management: Identifying and Managing Unsolvable Problems, captures the foundation of this power approach. Barry is currently writing his second book. View Guest page

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Vinay Kumar


Vinay Kumar provides leadership coaching and designs and delivers leadership development programs in Europe, Asia, Middle-East and North America. His primary focus is the IT and Engineering sectors. He is with the TEOCO Corporation, which has offices in over 15 countries and serves clients in over 100 countries.
He holds the designation of Professional Certified Coach (PCC) from the International Coaches Federation, and is a graduate of Georgetown University's Leadership Coaching program. He also holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Maryland. His experience includes Fortune 50, US Federal Service, and co-owning and growing a privately held family-owned business.
His roles have included business development, marketing, client services, training, and operations. He also volunteers his time with The Mankind Project. Vinay lives in Great Falls, Virginia with his wife and 2 daughters. View Guest page

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Marc Lesser



Marc Lesser is the CEO, co- founder, and serves on the board of Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute (SIYLI). He is a long term Zen teacher. Marc is the author of Know Yourself, Forget Yourself, Less: Accomplishing More By Doing Less, and Z.B.A. Zen of Business Administration; How Zen Practice Can Transform Your Work and Your Life.

He was the founder and former CEO of Brush Dance, a publisher of greeting cards, calendars and gift items, with spiritual themes and artwork. He spent 15 years taking Brush Dance from an idea in his garage to a multi-million dollar publishing company, with distribution throughout the U.S. and the world.

He facilitates retreats for CEO’s, business leaders, and management teams. Has been co-leading Company Time retreats for business leaders at Green Gulch Farm for many years.

He was a resident of the San Francisco Zen Center for 10 years and was former director of Tassajara Zen Mountain Center. He received his M.B.A. degree from New York University and his undergraduate degree in psychology from Rutgers University. He is currently a member of the Social Venture Network. View Guest page

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Kelly Lewis


Kelly Lewis started the Lewis Leadership Group in 2007, out of a desire to live her values and welcome leaders home to themselves. Kelly is an Executive Coach and Leadership Consultant committed to cultivating brilliant leaders and helping individuals and organizations achieve their own greatness. Her background includes a 15 year career as a Fortune 500 executive and change leader. Kelly is a member of the Georgetown University Leadership Coaching faculty, and is Professional Certified Coach with the International Coaching Federation. She is a 2011 recipient of Workforce Management’s Game Change award for her innovative leadership capacity.
Kelly has been a student and teacher of Polarity Thinking since 2009 and currently in the Polarity Mastery Program, a two-year program that positions graduates to offer the highest level of consultation in Polarity Thinking for sustainable change and healthy organizations. View Guest page

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Gerry McDonough


Gerry McDonough is Chief Executive Officer of LeadFirst Learning Systems, LLC and Co-Managing Partner of G2 Equity Partners. His career spans 30+ years and includes a diversity of experience in senior corporate positions and successful business start-up and scale-up ventures in the electronic information, leadership development, and business strategy consulting space. He has experience in both competitive business-to-business and business-to-consumer markets with senior executives for corporations including Bank of America, Merck, ExxonMobil, JPMorganChase, and New England Sports Network. He has demonstrated expertise forming and leading organizations, allocating enterprise resources, developing customer centric governance teams and cultures, maximizing the value of large, complex customer portfolios, all to create shareholder value. He also facilitates leadership development programs for experienced executives as well as cultural interventions for client companies. View Guest page

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Mike McGinley


Having been on the receiving end of some incredibly powerful coaching as a corporate executive, Mike brings to his work as a coach a keen appreciation of the forces that catalyze growth. He supports both teams and executives in a coaching context and conducts seminars and speaking engagements worldwide. This year Mike celebrates 10 years on the teaching faculty and as co-director of Georgetown’s Leadership Coaching program, where he gets to work with the most talented colleagues and students in the world! View Guest page

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Simon Moyes



Simon Moyes specializes in offering the wisdom and practices of mindfulness to people living a modern urban life. He works with corporations, teaching emotional intelligence through mindfulness, and leads Young Urban Zen, a program in San Francisco which makes the ancient teachings accessible and relevant to a generation of people in their 20’s and 30’s. Simon was born in Britain and studied and worked as an Architect before focussing on the exploration of the mind through meditation. He has undertaken more than 15 years of intensive mindfulness training in India, Europe and North America, including 4 years as a Zen monk. "I am continuously inspired by the impact that the simple yet profound mindfulness techniques that are the foundation of Emotional Intelligence. The practices enable us to explore what it is to be more fully human, be present in our lives, engage skillfully in difficult situations, and work with a sense of meaning and purpose. It is a joy to see the transformative impact of these teachings that are a combination of neuroscience, psychological understanding, and the ancient mindfulness practices." View Guest page

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Vernā Myers



Vernā Myers, Esq., is Founder and President of The Vernā Myers Company. She is an engaging expert facilitator, a spirited motivational speaker and a courageous strategic advisor whose understanding of complex workplace dynamics is unparalleled. With her team of exceptional consultants, The Vernā Myers Consulting Group (VMCG), she has helped hundreds of organizations in the for-profit, non-profit, academic and government arenas create and sustain inclusive environments where traditionally underrepresented groups can thrive. From conducting cultural assessments and developing comprehensive strategic diversity action plans, to designing and facilitating compelling, interactive workshops, Vernā and her team are changing the face of workplace dynamics. An internationally sought after leader and speaker, Vernā moves fluidly from keynote stages to executive retreats, from global conferences to intimate workshop settings. Her uplifting, joyful style breathes fresh energy into challenging conversions around bias, cultural competence, inclusion, gender, sexual orientation and race. Her visionary speeches, appearances and transformative message of power and possibility have touched three-quarter of a million lives including her inspiring TED talk, “How to Overcome Our Biases? Walk Boldly Toward Them”. Author of the best-selling books, “Moving Diversity Forward: How to Move From Well-Being to Well-Doing” and ‘What If I Say the Wrong Thing? 25 Habits for Culturally Effective People”, Vernā has received numerous prestigious awards for her work in championing diversity. A graduate of Harvard Law School and Barnard College, Columbia University, prior to establishing TVMC, Vernā was the first Executive Director of The Boston Law Firm Group and practiced corporate and real estate law. Booking inquiries: (443) 438-7060 or info@vernamyersconsulting.com For more information on Vernā Myers Consulting Group visit: www.vernamyersconsulting.com View Guest page

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Rev. Kevin O’Brien, SJ (C’88)


Rev. Kevin O’Brien, SJ (C’88), Georgetown’s vice president for mission and ministry, is responsible for promotion of Georgetown’s Catholic and Jesuit character among faculty, students, staff, alumni and University governing boards. These activities include religious services and programming for the University’s Catholic, Protestant, Orthodox Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu and Buddhist communities. In addition to his administrative responsibilities, Father O’Brien teaches a Theology course, The Church in the 21st Century, and serves as a Jesuit-in-Residence in Copley Hall. Father O’Brien holds a JD from the University of Florida, an MA in Philosophy from Fordham, and MDiv and STL degrees from Weston Jesuit School of Theology. His book, The Ignatian Adventure: Experiencing the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius in Daily Life, was published in 2011 by Loyola Press. View Guest page

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Kirsten Olson


Kirsten Olson is Chief Listening Officer at Old Sow Coaching and Consulting, where she and thinks, writes and coaches about mindful leadership and social activism. A co-founder of the Institute for Democratic Education in America, her coaching clients include individuals and teams in the learning sector, higher education, and social justice. She leads retreats and writes about the alignment of the soul in work, and hashtags under #StillPaleMale and #MindfulLeadership. With #CoachingSugars she feels complete. View Guest page

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Kirsten Olson


After a couple of decades of driving without a license, Kirsten Olson got certified at Georgetown in the Georgetown Leadership Coaching Program in 2011. Her coaching clients include individuals and teams in the learning sector, higher education, and social justice. She leads retreats and writes about the alignment of the soul in work, and hashtags under #StillPaleMale and #MindfulLeadership. With #CoachingSugars she feels complete. She can't wait to hang out with Mike McGinley on the radio and talk about wonderful stuff. View Guest page

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Carol S. Pearson, Ph.D.

Carol S. Pearson, Ph.D. & DMin, is the author or co-author of numerous books, including The Hero Within: Six Archetypes We Live By; Awakening the Heroes Within: Twelve Archetypes To Help Us Find Ourselves and Transform Our World; The Hero and the Outlaw: Building Extraordinary Brands Through the Power of Archetypes: Mapping the Organization Psyche: A Jungian Theory of Organizational Dynamics and Change; and The Transforming Leader: New Approaches to Leadership for the Twenty-First Century (ed.) Her writing is inspired by her consulting and direct leadership experience. Most recently she served as the President of Pacifica Graduate School. Prior to that, she was a professor and leadership institute director at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy. Website: www.herowithin.com View Guest page

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Sheryl D. Phillips


Sheryl D. Phillips, a leadership consultant and executive coach, has partnered with leaders for over 25 years to create more effective and forward-thinking organizations. She works at the individual, team and system level providing executive coaching, leadership development, organizational development and strategic and business planning. Sheryl has been on the faculty of the internationally acclaimed Georgetown University’s Leadership Coaching Program since 2001. Prior to beginning her own practice in 2001, Sheryl spent more than a decade as a Senior Executive, giving her a unique insider perspective on the challenges of leaders, particularly within large, complex settings. Sheryl’s current area of focus is Mindfulness and Leadership. She approaches this topic in an applied way, helping leaders understand what it means to be fully present, why this matters for performance and success, and how to adopt practical routines and real-time techniques to take reflective action as a leader. View Guest page

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Neil Richardson


Neil Richardson DC, founder of Emergent Action, is a strategist and a public servant who specializes in smart government advocacy and integral thinking. He is the co-author of the recently released, Preparing For A World That Doesn’t Exist-Yet. Neil has worked on civil society building in West Africa and across the United States for over two decades including: organizing large-scale voter observation initiatives, civic engagement and strategic planning processes. He has directed policy development for multiple elected officials in the District of Columbia, including serving as a policy adviser for three mayors. Neil is currently the Director of Advancement, Partnerships and Continuing Education at the University of the District of Columbia where he is a founding member of the team that launched the District’s first community college. View Guest page

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Rae Ringel

Rae Ringel is a certified executive coach and founding President of The Ringel Group. She is a faculty member at the Georgetown University Institute for Transformational Leadership and was recognized in 2013 by the International Coaching Federation for excellence in the field. Rae is also the founding director of a new program at Georgetown – a certificate in the Art of Facilitation and Design – which will launch in winter 2016.

Rae is in high demand as an innovator in the areas of coaching, facilitation and training across sectors. She enables a growing list of executives in some of the most successful Fortune 500 companies, nonprofits and government agencies to become more effective managers and stronger communicators with a formidable leadership presence. In cooperation with ChangeCraft, Rae runs an ongoing facilitation-training program for executives and business owners from around the world. View Guest page

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Alicia Rodriguez


Alicia M. Rodriguez is a Conscious Living expert, inspirational speaker and personal advisor to professional women who seek to thrive in work and life. She teaches busy professional women (and men) simple ways to make more purposeful choices and enjoy everything an extraordinary life has to offer. Throughout her life she has been driven by an insatiable curiosity to understand life, spirit and humanity. She is the author of Manage Your Life Before Life Manages You and EveryDay Epiphanies. She is also the President of Sophia Associates Inc. an international leadership development practice where she works with visionary leaders, executive women, creative and social entrepreneurs and change agents on Conscious Leadership practices. She writes, blogs and speaks on issues of conscious living, purposeful leadership, women’s issues and spiritual evolution. She is the founder of Oasis in Ecuador, her home and retreat center on the Pacific Coast of Ecuador. View Guest page

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Faith Ruderfer


Faith is a graduate of University of Virginia, with a Master’s Degree in American Cultural History, and a law degree from William & Mary. She led an impressive legal career that culminated to serving as a managing editor for BNA publications. Her legal career came to an abrupt stop in 2008 when she spent 16 months in the Arlington Detention Center as a result of a shoplifting addiction coupled with untreated mental health issues. She began rebuilding her life with the help of the transitional program, Friends of Guest House. Following her graduation from the program, she provided volunteer legal services for Arlington Legal Aid; assisted women with the filing of disability applications with the Social Security Administration; and participated in the development of Guest House’s mentoring program. She is currently working as a consultant to Guest House in the development of their Legislative Advocacy/Speaker’s Bureau programs, as well as operating her own business. View Guest page

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Dr. Ed Schein

Ed Schein is the Sloan Fellows Professor of Management Emeritus at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He received his PhD in Social Psychology from Harvard in 1952, worked at the Walter Reed Institute of Research for four years and then joined MIT where he taught until 2005. He has published extensively in Organizational Psychology, 3d Ed. (1980), Process Consultation Revisited (1999), career dynamics (Career Anchors, 3d ed., 2006), organizational culture texts (Organizational Culture and Leadership, 4th Ed., 2010; The Corporate Culture Survival Guide, 2d Ed., 2009), and analyses of Singapore's economic miracle (Strategic Pragmatism, 1996), and Digital Equipment Corp.'s rise and fall (DEC is Dead; Long Live DEC, 2003). He continues to consult and recently has published two books on the general theory and practice of giving and receiving help ( Helping, 2009; Humble Inquiry, 2013). He has achieved many awards. View Guest page

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Dr. Steven Schein

Brigid Schulte



Brigid Schulte is the author of the New York Times bestselling book on time pressure,Overwhelmed: Work, Love & Play when No One has the Time.
She has spoken all over the world about the causes and consequences of our unsustainable, always-on culture, and how to make time for The Good Life by rethinking how we work and by recapturing the value of leisure. She was an award-winning journalist for The Washington Post. She now serves as the founding director of The Good Life Initiative at the nonpartisan think tank, New America, and director of The Better Life Lab.
Sign up for her occasional newsletter, Toward Time Serenity, on the art and science of The Good Life: brigidschulte.com. Join the ongoing discussion about making time for work, love and play on her Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/brigid.schulte and on Twitter @BrigidSchulte.
Follow the Better Life Lab @BetterLifeLab. View Guest page

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Jeff Selingo



Jeff Selingo is a best-selling author and award-winning columnist who helps parents and higher-education leaders imagine the college and university of the future. His book, College (Un)Bound: The Future of Higher Education and What It Means for Students, was a New York Times best selling education book in 2013. His latest book, MOOC U: Who Is Getting the Most Out of Online Education and Why, was published in September, and he is working on his next book about the post-college job market due in 2016. A regular contributor to The Chronicle of Higher Education and The Washington Post, Jeff is also a professor of practice at Arizona State University. His writing has also appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Slate, and he is a contributor to LinkedIn, where you can follow his blog posts on higher education. Jeff’s work has been honored with awards from the Education Writers Association, Society of Professional Journalists, and the Associated Press. He has been the keynote speaker before dozens of associations and universities and appears regularly on regional and national radio and television programs. Jeff received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Ithaca College and a master’s degree in government from the Johns Hopkins University. View Guest page

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Doug Silsbee


Doug Silsbee is a pre-eminent author and thought leader in the fields of Presence-Based Coaching, leadership development and resilience. Doug’s ground-breaking work integrates deep pragmatic experience in organization and leader development on five continents with mindfulness, interpersonal neurobiology, somatics, and developmental psychology. Two books, The Mindful Coach and Presence-Based Coaching, are the basis for a leading edge coach certification program, accredited by the International Coach Federation (ICF.)
Doug is a Master Somatic Coach with the prestigious Strozzi Institute. He is a sought-after speaker for ICF and other international conferences, and has taught at the Brookings Institution, UCLA Executive Education, Georgetown University’s Institute for Transformational Leadership, George Mason University, and the Federal Executive Institute. View Guest page

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Kathleen Dowling Singh


Kathleen Dowling Singh is a longtime Dharma practitioner, psychotherapist, and a spiritual growth mentor. She is the author of The Grace in Dying: How We Are Transformed Spiritually As We Die and The Grace in Aging: Awaken As You Grow Older as well as numerous articles and anthology chapters. She is in demand as a speaker in broad language about spiritual transformation and meditative/contemplative practices, developing compassionate presence, and a variety of end-of-life issues. She is currently working on a new book, Pilgrimage: Your Life through the Lens of Awakening. A mother and grandmother, she is old enough to be eligible for Medicare. Kathleen lives in Sarasota, Florida. View Guest page

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Dr. Neil Stroul



Neil is first and foremost a leadership coach. Trained originally as a psychologist, Neil blends more than 25 years of experience in organizational consulting and the perspective of applied psychology to helping executives build their leadership capabilities. When he is not working one-on-one with senior executives, he can be found working with senior leadership teams, helping them to work initially in a more coordinated, and ultimately collaborative, fashion.

The only professional activity that Neil enjoys more than coaching leaders is training professional coaches. He is a founding faculty member of Georgetown University’s Certificate in Leadership Coaching program, and has been teaching coaching to a diverse body of aspiring coaches for more than ten years. He recently joined the faculty of the Georgetown McDonough School of Business to teach in the Executive Master’s in Leadership program, and also coaches students in the Global Masters in Business Administration (GEMBA) program.

Neil believes that wittingly or not, all of us – you, him, everyone - are on a developmental journey. The first challenge is to notice to what degree you like the arc, or trajectory, on which your journey is moving. Coaching is all about intentional development. Development is best understood by comparing it to a story. In the story of your life you are author, narrator, critic and editor. Intentional development, or “life by design,” is all about reclaiming authorship and choice, and creating the future you desire. One of Neil’s favorite tag lines is: “Either you have the story or the story has you.” For leaders, this means being clear about values and capabilities, and building an agenda for others to follow.

Neil has written and delivered presentations extensively on coaching and professional development, and is currently working on a book, UUN: Up Until Now, a handbook for people who aspire to reclaim power, choice and authorship. View Guest page

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Richard Strozzi-Heckler


Richard Strozzi-Heckler, Ph.D. is founder of the Strozzi work and of Strozzi Institute. A nationally known speaker, coach and consultant on leadership and mastery, he has spent four decades researching, developing, and teaching the practical application of Somatics (the unity of language, action, emotions, and meaning) to business leaders, executive managers and teams from Fortune 500 companies, NGOs, technology start-ups, non-profits, the U.S. government and military. Richard is the author of eight books, including The Art of Somatic Coaching, The Leadership Dojo, and In Search of the Warrior Spirit. In October 2000, a Wall Street Journal cover story featured the groundbreaking leadership program developed by Richard for the United States Marine Corps. He was named one of the Top 50 Executive Coaches in The Art and Practice of Leadership Coaching, Jossey-Bass, 2004 and Profiles in Coaching, Linkage Publications, 2003. View Guest page

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Richard Strozzi-Heckler

Richard Strozzi-Heckler, Ph.D. is founder of the Strozzi work and of Strozzi Institute. A nationally known speaker, coach and consultant on leadership and mastery, he has spent four decades researching, developing, and teaching the practical application of Somatics (the unity of language, action, emotions, and meaning) to business leaders, executive managers and teams from Fortune 500 companies, NGOs, technology start-ups, non-profits, the U.S. government and military. Richard is the author of eight books, including The Art of Somatic Coaching, The Leadership Dojo, and In Search of the Warrior Spirit. In October 2000, a Wall Street Journal cover story featured the groundbreaking leadership program developed by Richard for the United States Marine Corps. He was named one of the Top 50 Executive Coaches in The Art and Practice of Leadership Coaching, Jossey-Bass, 2004 and Profiles in Coaching, Linkage Publications, 2003. View Guest page

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Robert M. Tobias


Robert M. Tobias is currently teaching at American University where he has been a Distinguished Adjunct Professor in Residence since August 1999 and the founder of the Key Executive Leadership Certificate Program. He is also the Director of the Institute for the Study of Public Policy Implementation at American University that brings together members of Congress, political appointees, career executives, union leaders, academics, and the consulting community to discuss and attempt to resolve public policy implementation issues. Mr. Tobias has served as a Senate confirmed member of the Internal Revenue Service Oversight Board since September 2000. Prior to his work at American University, Mr. Tobias served for 31 years with the National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU) and from 1983-1999 as its President. Mr. Tobias is also a frequent contributor to Federal Times, Government Employees Relations Report, and Government Executive magazine View Guest page

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Dr. Helen Turnbull

Dr. Turnbull is a world recognized Thought Leader in global inclusion and diversity. Her PhD dissertation research was on stereotype threat, covering and internalized oppression across cultures and she has a deep knowledge and understanding of what it takes to create an inclusive environment. She is the author of two psycho-metric assessment tools on UB and Inclusion – Cognizant and the ISM profile. In May 2013 she spoke at TEDx on “The Illusion of Inclusion” and has recently developed a new model on the complexity of embedding an inclusive workplace culture. She keynotes on these topics globally and has spoken to senior executives in Australia, Asia, Europe, UK and the USA. View Guest page

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Chris Wahl, MA, MCC


As an executive coach with a background in organization development, Chris offers executive and leadership coaching to leaders in many industries. Her practice focuses on helping executives generate enlivening change and develop leaders who can help execute their vision. She has studied how adults develop, and is certified as a developmental coach. She is a certified scorer for the Maturity Assessment Profile, which determines a leader’s stage of development, and which is one of the most interesting assessments available for leaders. As creator/founder of the Leadership Coaching Program at Georgetown University, Chris was the first to envision coach training that focused on developing leaders. She continues to teach at Georgetown, and at George Mason University. She co-authored Be Your Own Coach, and co-edited, On Becoming a Leadership Coach. She has published several articles and been interviewed by NPR, Forbes, and The Washington Post. View Guest page

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Paul J. Wiedefeld


With more than 35 years of public and private sector transportation management experience, and a Master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from Rutgers University, Paul, was appointed the head of Washington Metro in the winter of 2015.
In his first year as General Manager/CEO, Metro began moving to improve safety, reliability and get its financial house in order. Paul recruited a high-caliber executive team and a new set of accountability measures for employees were introduced. Under his leadership, Metro is also making tough choices to curtail expenses. Importantly, Metro riders are also beginning to see more customer-friendly features.
Paul has launched an aggressive plan to accomplish three years of track rehabilitation work in about a year. SafeTrack has received broad regional support for improving safety and reliability. In just a little over 4 months, the program has replaced thousands more rail ties than Metro previously achieved in an entire year. View Guest page

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Holly Williams


Holly Williams is passionate about coaching leaders to make work a better place for everyone. Holly's background includes leadership in a Fortune 50 technology firm, as well as setting up business training programs for a Virginia community college, and business development for a technology firm. For 20 years, her company, MAGUS Group Coaching, has coached executives and groups in business and government. She earned her MBA at George Washington University, completed the Georgetown Institute for Transformational Leadership Coaching Program in 2006, and joined the faculty in 2011. Holly published Being Coached: Group and Team Coaching on the Inside, in 2016, and is just finishing her second book Build a Coaching Culture from the Inside. View Guest page

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Todd Yellin

A ten-year veteran at Netflix, Todd Yellin is responsible for leveraging vast amounts of data, sophisticated algorithms and best-in-class user interfaces across numerous viewing devices (PCs, smart TVs, tablets, smart phones, game consoles, set top boxes, etc.) to create a brain-dead easy way for Netflix members to find something great to watch. As the head of product, he is in charge of a team of product, design and consumer insight leaders who guide dozens of large scale, double-blind A/B tests to drive forward ideas that have helped Netflix become the global leader in internet entertainment. In January 2014 The Atlantic profiled Yellin and some of his innovative work as the leader of Netflix’s personalization effort. View Guest page

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