Thinkers50 is the world’s most reliable resource for identifying, ranking, and sharing the leading management ideas of our age. Since 2001, we’ve been providing access to ideas with the power to make the world a better place. That mission has never seemed more pressing.
Adina Rizga, a Latvian based in Denmark, provides design expertise and has worked on events, books, presentations and much more with Thinkers50. She makes the world look good!
Des Dearlove is the co-founder of Thinkers50. He is the co-author of Generation Entrepreneur, Gravy Training, Firestarters! and The Career Adventurer’s Handbook. He has taught at business schools worldwide and is a Fellow of Said Business School at Oxford University. He is also the author of a bestselling series of children’s books.
Kaihan Krippendorff is the founder of Outthinker, a former McKinsey & Co. consultant and author of five business strategy books, most recently Driving Innovation from Within. Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus says, ‘Kaihan shows that with a compelling idea anyone can change the world,’ and that message lies at the heart of Kaihan’s strategic approach.
Karina Reyes has spent her career building expertise in online education and product development. She has worked as an operations manager, a newspaper editor, a literature teacher and a product manager, honing her passion and expertise in delivering quality products and creating streamlined processes in diverse environments. She is multi-lingual and loves new learning opportunities and adventures.
Mercy Tapscott is the web developer for Thinkers50. She is an ardent supporter of digital learning, as she is a self-taught web designer/developer continuing to grow her expertise in coding, design, and marketing. She is also co-owner of a 3D printing business specializing in eco-friendly planters.
Monika Kosman is the project director of Insight to Impact. An event manager extraordinaire, she works on real and virtual events with Thinkers50.
Stuart Crainer is the co-founder of Thinkers50. He is the author of The Management Century and edited The Financial Times Handbook of Management. He was editor of the award winning magazine Business Strategy Review and also wrote a biography of Tom Peters. He has written a book about sailing the Atlantic, Atlantic Crossing.
Zachary Ness is the Chief of Staff of the Outthinker Network, a network of EVP, SVP, and C-level heads of strategy from Fortune 500 companies. Before joining Outthinker, Zach worked for a medical technology company that designs tools to increase clinic efficiency in developing countries. Zach also co-founded a start-up that has created a healthier and safer alternative to traditional tobacco products.
Kami Bond is an advisor for the learning design of Insight to Impact. She is the founder and CEO of the Bond Talent Group and has held numerous senior learning and development roles at companies like GE Healthcare (Director, Executive & Talent Development), Aon Hewitt (Global Head of Talent), and Cielo Talent (SVP, People & Culture). A recognized expert in adult learning design, she holds an MS in Learning & Organization Change from Northwestern University and a BS in Human Resources from the University of Delaware.
Shannon Wallis is an advisor for learning design of Insight to Impact, with a particular focus on the peer group and coaching model. She is the founder of Cascade Leadership and the former Global Director of High Potential Leadership at Microsoft. Prior to Microsoft, she focused on organizational effectiveness at Coca-Cola. She is a deep expert in peer learning circles and group coaching, with certificates in Hogan Assessments, Core Values Index, and numerous other tools and approaches. She holds an MBA from Duke University and a BS in Human Development & Social Policy from Northwestern University.
Ellie Gates is an advisor for the learning design of Insight to Impact. She is the former Senior Director of Global Talent Development at Box and Head of Enterprise Learning, Leadership and Performance Management Programs at Adobe. She is the founder and CEO of LeadershipTechne and Professor in the School of Business at SAGU (Southwestern Assemblies of God University). She holds an MBA and MA in Global Organizational Leadership from Azusa Pacific University, Masters in Divinity from SAGU, and a BA in Psychology from California Lutheran University.
Executive Coach, Senior Team Facilitator and Leadership Consultant
Dave Hagerty is Founder and President of Berkshire Leadership Partners, which specializes in Leadership Development and Executive Coaching.
Dave has over 40 years of business experience working with Fortune 500 clients at all levels in the areas of leadership development, senior team facilitation, executive coaching and organization consulting. In addition to his executive coaching clients, he coaches and facilitates in Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program and Owner/President Management Program for C level and senior executives.
Dave has a BA in Psychology from Wesleyan University in Connecticut and a Master’s Degree in Education and Organization Behavior from Harvard University. He is the co-author of The ROI of Executive Coaching with executive coach Margaret Gomez. He is certified in a number of well-known leadership assessment including Management Research Group’s Leadership Effectiveness Analysis, Leadership Multi Rater Assessment of Personality (LMAP), Leadership Versatility Index (LVI), Hogan Integrated Personality Assessment, Thomas/Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument, Myers/ Briggs Personality Type Indicator, Cultural Intelligence’s Cultural Values Assessment.
Dave has been a frequent presenter at local and national conferences including The Conference Board, American Society for Training and Development, Northeast Human Resources Association, and Society for Human Resource Management to mention a few.
Leadership Excellence Coach
With a degree in Mechanical Engineering, Stace began her career as a developer of software that controlled the power generation network for Colorado’s largest electric utility. Her first leadership role took her so far outside her comfort and skill levels that she set out on what became an ongoing quest to study and apply leadership. On her own journey, she discovered a deeply‐rooted passion for helping others grow. Stace founded or co‐founded two successful consulting firms, one focused on leadership excellence, the other on business analysis and software requirements development. Outside of work, one of her most fulfilling roles was serving as a volunteer ski instructor for 15 consecutive seasons to young people with autism/autism‐spectrum disorders at the National Sports Center for the Disabled.
Since 1990, Stace has worked with respected organizations across 5 continents, 17 countries, and industries including aerospace, biopharma, defense, energy, finance, healthcare, insurance, technology, and telecom. During the past decade, she has focused on coaching with executives and senior leaders (leaders of leaders) to accelerate progress on significant business initiatives and organizational transformations. Stace has helped her clients discover and define themselves authentically to achieve audacious goals that yielded dramatic enhancements in organizational climate, employee engagement, and business results.
Continuing to learn from her own experiences, Stace offers her coaching clients a unique combination of empathetic candor and pragmatic optimism. She helps them see and actualize their own unique potential.
Business acceleration consultant and coach
Shannon works with leaders to create strategies and build capabilities that achieve results. Prior to founding Cascade Leadership, Shannon was the global director of high-potential leadership development at Microsoft and the chief architect of an award-winning global leadership program.
She has worked with over twenty thousand leaders on six continents to launch big ideas and create new realities for their leadership, teams, and organizations. From Fortune 500 companies such as Microsoft, Amazon, Google, and Coca-Cola to non-profits such as Grameen Foundation, Lakes Region General Hospital, Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos, and Trinity Foundation, Shannon blends knowledge and know how to skillfully work through the barriers that can hinder results. Passionate about accelerating growth and taking the performance of executives and managers to new heights, Shannon also brings deep expertise in leadership program design, executive coaching, and strategic planning.
In addition, Shannon is a contributor to five books on leadership and talent management which can be found at her website www.cascadeleadership.solutions. She serves on the board of United Planet whose mission is to create a world in which all people understand, respect, and support one another.
Shannon holds an MBA from Duke University and a BS in Human Development and Social Policy from Northwestern University. She holds the Professional Coach Certification (PCC) designation from the International Coach Federation in addition to certifications in Applied Neuroscience, Hogan Assessments, The Leadership Circle 360, Core Values Index, Keirsey Temperament Sorter, and Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument, as well as the World Institute of Action Learning, Authenticity Consulting and Outthinker Strategic and Innovative Thinking coaching and consulting methodologies.
Consultant, coach, facilitator
Tom is a nationally recognized leader in the design and facilitation of leadership development programs, products, and services. For over twenty years he led the learning & organizational development efforts for companies including Apple, Brooks-PRI Automation, Dynamics Research Corporation, and TASC.
Tom has facilitated leadership development & training programs for C-level executives, mid-level managers and first line supervisors in the bio-medical, high tech, manufacturing, financial services, government contracting, real estate/property management, and non-profit sectors.
As a leadership coach, consultant and facilitator, he works with company CEO’s and senior management teams on strategic and business planning, defining the leadership best practices unique to that company’s success, coaching executives for leadership effectiveness, and designing/facilitating development & training strategies & programs to build the critical behaviors necessary at all levels in the organization.
Based on his years of practical leadership experience, his consulting and facilitation approach provides strategic and tactical guidance to leaders in ways that deal with their toughest issues. As founder and director of two corporate universities, he established programs and services designed to provide strategic competitive advantages to the company’s abilities to win business and attract, develop, reward and retain the best people.
Tom holds bachelors and masters degrees from Salem State University and has published several articles in leading professional journals including Analytical Assessment of Leadership, HR Executive Journal, Corporate University Review. He is certified and utilizes many leading assessment instruments such as Management Research Group’s Leadership Effectiveness Analysis 360, Strategic Directions, and Sales Performance Assessment.
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