Meet The Authors
President, EXec EXcel Group LLC, has 40 years of experience as a business leader, board advisor and member, coach, consultant, entrepreneur, teacher, speaker, and author. He is the Co-Founder and Partner of Business inSITE Group (BiG), Co-Founder of the Consortium for Change (C4C), and Co-Founder of the CHREATE Project. His global leadership experience includes Chief Human Resources Officer and/or other senior leadership roles with three Fortune 100 companies – Northrop Grumman, Qwest Communications, and TRW. He has a Master of Industrial and Labor Relations degree from Cornell University and is a magna cum laude graduate of Binghamton University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Management. Ian has written dozens of articles, blogs, and book chapters on the future of work, HR, leadership, coaching, and HR’s role with the board of directors.
Principal of Heron Strategy Partners (Heron), is a prominent leadership and executive development expert. She has been a professor, dean, and CEO of UCLA Anderson, Emory Goizueta, WashU Olin, WashU at Brookings, and UVA Darden. Heron is a collaborative of learning leaders that provide learning, leadership, and advisory services to organizations and individuals.
Principal Consultant of Princeton HR Insight LLC, is a seasoned HR executive who has been consistently recognized for innovative solutions that drive alignment and deliver results. She has coached hundreds of executives and teams to understand how motivation and different management styles can positively impact performance to accelerate effectiveness. Her approach focuses on identifying areas of impact, then designing and delivering programs that link HR actions to business strategy to ensure that goals are achieved, initiatives are sustained, and the company is ready to meet future demands.
is Dolby Laboratories’ first ever Foresight Strategist. Her primary focus is on designing shared processes for understanding emerging futures and connecting the dots to strategy, innovation, and company culture. In her decade-plus in the foresight field, Tessa has traveled the world teaching, presenting, and researching possible futures for a wide range of audiences.
is the CEO of the Firestorm Group Ltd, where he consults on the topic of human capital strategy and serves on various Boards. His executive career spanned 30+ years, in which he held the Chief HR/Talent Officer position at Bridgewater Associates, Visteon, Vail Resorts, and Fairlane Credit.
Managing Director, Hitch UP Inc., focuses on strategic alignment among leadership teams and how they engage colleagues at all levels in developing strategy and business change initiatives. She has a proven record of achievements and a long career in strategic and global organization change, addressing a broad range of needs to enable successful execution of business strategy, including leader alignment, business transformation, and employee engagement in organizations across multiple industries and geographies.
Founder of Transformational Solutions, is an accomplished coach, teacher, and consultant, who empowers leaders with a life-threatening cancer to recognize and apply the universal principles of success to their health challenge. Her application of leadership principles to her own life-threatening diagnosis of stage 4 pancreatic cancer in 1998, has been featured in publications, on media, and most recently in the book FULFILLED! Critical Choices: Work, Home, Life, by William A. Schiemann.
is the Founding Partner of The Heffelfinger Company Inc., a consultancy instrumental in helping leaders, teams, and organizations get to the heart of issues to positively impact relationships, productivity, and the bottom line. Lori led Organization Development and HR functions at Honeywell and Raytheon, helping them transform leaders, their functions, and businesses.
works with leaders to maximize organizational potential. She is the principal of Lexicon Lens, a boutique consulting firm in DEI, change management, and people development. She is also a member of the faculty at the University of Denver in organizational leadership, strategic human resource practices, and diversity, equity, and inclusion best practices.
is Vice President and Chief People Officer for The Aerospace Corporation. She has over 20 years of experience in Human Resources in both for profit and nonprofit companies across multiple industries including aerospace and defense, academia, retail, entertainment, and healthcare. Heather was a founding member of the American Red Cross Auxiliary Board in Chicago, IL. She currently serves as a board member for the National Kidney Foundation, Southern California Chapter, and is a Salzburg Global Seminar Fellow.
Lacey Leone McLaughlin
Principal and Executive Coach at LLM Consulting Group, brings 20 years of experience to her executive coaching and talent management consulting practice. Lacey has worked with clients across all industries and sizes including aerospace, automotive, entertainment, media, professional services, retail, and technology, ranging from entrepreneurial-led start-ups to Global/Fortune 100 companies.
is principal of Co.-Design of Work Experience, author of Culture Your Culture: Innovating Experiences @ Work (Emerald Group Publishing, 2018), founder of Future of Work platform A New HR, an executive coach, and instructor at Stanford University’s Continuing Studies Program. She empowers organizations through coaching and developing leadership, enabling them to leverage culture, diversity, and employee experience, optimizing their talent, and driving change management and transformation.
is the Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer for Hewlett Packard Enterprise. Alan's strategic leadership has been instrumental in aligning culture and organizational structure to achieve the company’s bold goals for transformation and growth. Prior to HPE, he held several senior HR leadership roles at The Boeing Company, Cerberus Capital Management, and PepsiCo.
Jennifer E. McEwen, Ph.D
Co-Founder of LAITHOS | The Leadership Impact Company, has a track record of over 20 years leading large-scale organizational transformation. As an experienced coach and proven executive in Fortune 100 companies, she works with C-level executives and teams to align leadership, culture, and strategy to improve organizational health and relationships.
Corporate Alchemist and Founder of Creativity at Work, helps executives and their teams develop creativity, innovation, and leadership capabilities through coaching, training, and consulting. She brings a multi-disciplinary perspective to learning and development through arts-based learning and design thinking. Clients include Cisco Systems, Dell, Intel, BASF, and the UN.
is the recently retired Chief Transformation Officer at ADP, and the prior CHRO at ADP and TIAA. With close to 20 years reporting to CEOs and over 30 years leading global HR teams, Dermot has deep operating business experience and possesses a special ability to embrace and engage the Human Balance Sheet through growth and change. A native of Dublin, Ireland, he attended University in New York, and has lived and worked in Hong Kong, Japan, and the US.
Sally Breyley Parker
is Co-Founder of Time Zero Enterprises which focuses on unleashing the life force of leaders, teams, and organizations through living systems strategy, design, and development. Sally speaks and teaches globally on living systems strategy and design, and has led transformation efforts in all sectors to enhance sustainability, performance, culture, and well-being.
Patrick R. Powaser, Ph.D
is Founder and President of Hoʻohana Coaching & Consulting. He provides executive coaching and leadership consulting services to inspire his clients to transform their organizations and achieve greater results. Prior to founding his consulting practice, Pat spent 25 years inside Fortune 500 corporations (Bank of America, Frito-Lay, The Limited, Occidental Petroleum). He is based in Kauaʻi, Hawaiʻi, with clients across the islands, the US mainland, and international locations.
is the Chief People and Places Officer at Dolby Laboratories. She is a forward-thinking strategist who brings together expert creators to innovate and discover in agile work environments as global citizens. Throughout her 20+ year career, she has acted as the steward of companies’ global talent ecosystems and curated the conditions for people to do their best work and drive business growth.
is a distinguished C-Suite thought leader and former CHRO, with more than three decades of experience in Fortune 500 global consumer and technology corporations. She is a Board Director and most recently served as senior managing director for Accenture’s global talent & organization consulting practice.
is Founder and President of Green Silk Associates, LLC, a consulting firm specializing in organization effectiveness. Throughout a 30+ year career, as a corporate HR practitioner and as an external consultant, she has gained extensive experience with change management, organization design, and HR talent practices.
is a Holistic Innovationist and Founder of 5 to 1 Consulting, LLC. She is a thought leader, leadership coach, trainer, and former Director of Thales University North America, guiding clients to navigate how the brain, body, and communication influence behavior, performance, and connection.
has a proven track record of improving organizational performance by building multi-dimensional capabilities for companies across several industries. She leads through change, transformation, influence, and impact to establish and exceed breakthrough corporate and people objectives. Padma has been the CHRO for Takeda Pharmaceuticals, CPO for Lego, and CHRO for Integra Lifesciences.
David Yudis, Psy.D., MBA
is President and Founder of Potential Selves Inc., a leadership development corporation that delivers business growth through the transformation of talent. Providing executive coaching and team effectiveness services, he is a member of and has been published as part of Forbes Coaches Council and has appeared on ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC networks as a speaker on how organizations achieve success.