CC14 Practicum

Elevating humanity through business

Brett Thomas


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BIO:

Brett Thomas is a veteran business and transformational coach for “conscious change agents” having logged well over 10,000 hours coaching CEOs. He is perhaps best known as co-founder of the Stagen Leadership Academy where he serves as the architect and author of the world-renowned Integral Leadership Program (now in its 14th year). Thomas’ enthusiastic advocacy for conscious business is expressed in several other related projects including the recently launched Conscious Business Coalition. Thomas served as a senior faculty member of Integral Institute working closely with Ken Wilber to design and deliver conferences on business, leadership, and transformational practice. An an expert in human development, Thomas designs cutting-edge self-actualization systems that leaders use to expand their cognitive, moral, emotional, and social intelligences while simultaneously increasing their organizational capacity for positive impact.

Shereef Bishay


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BIO:
Shereef Bishay is the co-founder of Dev Bootcamp, a new, innovative social enterprise that teaches web development to tech enthusiasts, using Ruby on Rails. The program values learning by building and doing and is designed to make graduates job-ready by the end of the 9 week, hands-on intensive training program. The company is headquartered in San Francisco with additional locations in Chicago and New York City.
Bishay made a leap into the non-profit world working as a challenge leader for the youth organization, Challenge Day. By 2009, Bishay co-founded BetterMeans.com, a web-based project management software for peer-to-peer focused companies that aimed to be more agile, resilient, innovative, and egalitarian through the Open Enterprise model. Bishay’s exciting Open Enterprise initiatives caught the attention of the global think tank program TEDx in 2011.
Today, Bishay continues to advocate for this emerging community engagement and participatory model, which is his solution to rigid hierarchies. His vision is for everyone to have access to life-affirming work that engages people’s passion, purpose and potential— which altogether inspires productivity and excitement within the workplace and within society. Bishay lives with his wife and two sons in Lagunitas, CA.

Anna McGrath


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BIO:

Founder of WonderWorks Consulting, est. in 2003, Anna McGrath has over two decades of experience partnering with purpose-driven progressive leaders and organizations. As a dedicated agent of change, she lives and breathes the practices she shares with organizations to create positive impacts. McGrath is passionate about awakening individual consciousness to co-create thriving energized leaders and organizations. She makes this happen by implementing the revolutionary Holacracy® Operating System and Governance Structure into organizations and through the WonderWorks Conscious Leadership coaching and training programs.

Julie Arsenault


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BIO:
Julie Arsenault is part of LRN’s Global Advisory Services practice group that helps leaders actively shape and manage the governance, culture, and leadership systems that animate behavior within their organizations. She leads an innovation/creativity workshop that sometimes call upon the arts to enhance organizational performance.

Arsenault’s diverse experience across law, business and coaching uniquely positions her you to help organization orchestrate fundamental change. She started over fifteen years ago as a corporate lawyer specializing in securities law and merger and acquisitions with an international law firm based in Montreal. In 2000, she decided to reorient her career after completing an MBA in international business development and strategic management working with international retail chains. After working alongside executives for over fifteen years, she has, for the past decade, been actively focused on leadership development, executive coaching, cultural transformation, culture assessments and team dynamics. And has been part of conceiving and facilitating transformation projects in several multi national organizations.

She has a Degree in both Civil and Common Law from the University of Ottawa, Canada, and graduated with an MBA from the University of British Columbia and London Business School (International Exchange Program).

Haley Rushing


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PURPOSE. The most powerful engine for creating a high-performing, highly-aligned organization.
PURPOSE. The most powerful engine for creating a high-performing, highly-aligned organization.
The Power of Purpose

 

BIO:

HALEY RUSHING co-founded The Purpose Institute along with Roy Spence. The Purpose Institute is an organization dedicated exclusively to helping clients discover and bring to life their Core Purpose.  With a Purpose in place, decision making becomes easier, alignment happens naturally and performance soars.

She co-authored a Wall Street Journal bestselling book entitled: It’s Not What You Sell, It’s What You Stand For: Why every extraordinary business is driven by purpose. This book guides leaders through their own journey of understanding the genuine Purpose at the heart of the organization and teaches them how to harness that purpose in order to make a real difference in the world.

Over the past 16 years as a marketing research and advertising professional, Haley has helped a number of the country’s most visionary organizations develop business strategies founded on a strong core purpose and authentic core values, including Fortune 500 companies like Southwest Airlines, Wal-Mart, Charles Schwab, Whole Foods Market, Interstate Batteries; non-profits like The American Council on Education, the Legacy Foundation, and the American Red Cross; institutions of higher learning, like Texas A&M, The University of Arkansas, and The University of Texas; and she has even applied the principles of Purpose to galvanize the leadership of Louisiana through a purpose-driven approach to economic development for the state.

Haley is a skilled researcher, a dynamic facilitator, an inspired speaker dedicated to catalyzing purpose driven organizations that are designed to make a difference and destined to make history.

A native of San Antonio, Texas, Haley has a background in cultural anthropology from Vassar College and the University of Pennsylvania and studied alternative dispute resolution at The Wharton School of Business.

Rhonda Spencer


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Everybody Matters – The Only Business Case With Truly Unlimited Potential
Transforming your Organization

 

BIO:

Spencer oversees two critical teams that inspire personal growth of team members, cultivate leaders within its ten divisional companies, and foster Barry-Wehmiller’s dynamic people-first culture: Organizational Empowerment and Culture & People Development. The Organizational Empowerment Team is focused on furthering the company’s highly successful leadership development institute, Barry-Wehmiller University, its continuous improvement initiatives, Living Legacy of Leadership (L3), and numerous sales motivation programs. Culture & People Development directs wellbeing initiatives, safety initiatives, team member benefits and recruiting efforts.

Spencer joined Barry-Wehmiller in 1991 as an engineer with its Design Group consulting practice, soon moving into a role as the youngest VP of North American Sales. In 1999, CEO Bob Chapman tapped Spencer to create the Organizational Empowerment Team to help transform the traditional manufacturing firm’s culture in to the vibrant people-first environment that exists today. The Culture & People Development Team was placed under Spencer’s leadership in 2014 to help align and expand the organization’s unique cultural initiatives.

Spencer has shared insight into cultural transformation with a number of groups: Hill Country Memorial Hospital, McCain Foods, US Air Force Air Mobility Command, St. Louis University School of Nursing Leadership Program, Tri State Manufacturing Association, Group Health, Maritz, Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME) and Simon Sinek’s MASSIVE Summit. She serves on the AME board where she is chair of the CEO Forum for Manufacturing Renaissance.

She received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Missouri University of Science and Technology.

Raj Sisodia shares his perspective on Barry-Wehmiller

Raphael Bemporad


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BIO:

Raphael is a champion for a new approach to branding that puts values behind every marketing initiative.  An expert in brand strategy, innovation strategy, cause marketing and public affairs, Raphael has led programs that are international in scope and diverse in terms of issues and industries.  He has directed recent initiatives for clients such as adidas, Eileen Fisher, Johnson & Johnson, L’Oréal USA, MillerCoors, Samsung and Target.  Prior to BBMG, he served as marketing director for Do Something.  Raphael also has an extensive background in political communications and public affairs, having served a state governor, senator and U.S. congressman.

Brian Robertson


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BIO:

Brian Robertson is an experienced entrepreneur, CEO, and organizational pioneer. He is most well-known for his work developing Holacracy, a comprehensive “operating system” for governing and running purpose-driven, responsive companies. Its dynamic approach integrates the collective wisdom of people throughout the company, without the tyranny of consensus – it allows anything, sensed by anyone, anywhere in the organization, to get rapidly and reliably processed into organizational evolution. The result is dramatically increased agility, transparency, innovation, and accountability – a conscious organization operating with presence, in flow. Mr. Robertson also serves as the drafter and steward of the Holacracy Constitution, which captures the system’s unique “rules of the game” in concrete form.
Mr. Robertson’s initial work that led to Holacracy took place within a software development company he founded and led for seven years. The firm won numerous awards for both fast business growth and innovative people practices, and its novel organizational approach gleaned media attention. The Holacracy system developed there has continued to evolve and spread in the years since under the stewardship of HolacracyOne, an organization Mr. Robertson co-founded to further catalyze its development and use it in the world. Mr. Robertson currently supports HolacracyOne by joyfully filling a broad variety roles within the company – you can see which ones here.

Bob Chapman


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BIO:

Bob Chapman is committed to making a lasting difference in the world. He imagines a world where people think of others first, a world where leaders embrace the profound sense of responsibility for the lives under their care. His personal journey has awakened him to the power of business to create a world where people know that who they are and what they do matter. And, in so doing, will create better marriages, better families, better communities and, ultimately, a better world.

Chapman is CEO of St. Louis, Missouri‐based Barry‐Wehmiller, a $2.4 billion global manufacturing business. He became the senior executive of this private company in 1975 at age 30 when the 80‐year‐old business had $20 million in revenue, outdated technology and a very weak financial position. Despite the obstacles, Chapman applied a unique blend of strategy and culture over the next 40 years in leading Barry‐Wehmiller through more than 80 successful acquisitions.

Over the past two decades, a series of realizations led him away from traditional management practices to what he now calls Truly Human Leadership‐‐a people‐centric approach where his employees feel valued, cared for, and an integral part of the company’s purpose. At Barry‐ Wehmiller they have a unique measure of success: by the way they touch the lives of people.

Chapman’s experiences and the transformation he championed were the inspiration behind his new Wall Street Journal bestseller Everybody Matters: The Extraordinary Power of Caring for Your People Like Family, released by Random House/Portfolio in October 2015. The book is co‐authored by Raj Sisodia, founder and co‐author of Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business.

Chapman shares his leadership journey and the story of Barry‐Wehmiller whenever he can as it is an example of the way businesses and organizations should be: focused on creating value for ALL stakeholders —employees, customers, communities and shareholders. Not only is it the right thing to do, it’s good for business, and most important of all, leads to meaningful work and fulfillment for team members.

Laura Roberts

Laura Roberts


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Laura Roberts is the co-founder and chief executive officer of Pantheon Enterprises. For almost two decades Laura has brought her dedication to environmental advocacy, education and disruptive innovation to the company’s purpose to sustain better life through conscious chemistry. In her role at Pantheon Enterprises, a leading industrial chemical manufacturer of environmentally safe chemistry and products, Laura is also a driven advocate of conscious business for change, conservation and chemical policy.

Recognized as “The Toxic Avenger” by Forbes Magazine, Laura is fiercely committed to shattering the myth that safer chemical technologies are less effective and more expensive. Her efforts to drive the corporate mission and purpose have resulted in many of Pantheon’s products receiving awards in multiple markets and recognition from the EPA. In 2012, Pantheon Enterprises was recognized as one of Ethisphere’s World’s Most Ethical Companies.

In addition to being a member of Pantheon’s Board of Directors, Laura serves on the Conscious Capitalism National Board of Directors, promoting higher purpose in business; Church World Services (CWS), an organization dedicated to eradicating hunger and poverty and to promoting peace and justice around the world, the World President’s Organization (WPO) and the American Sustainable Business Council. She also contributes to advisory committee work for Beyond Benign, an organization created by Dr. John Warner, founder of the field of Green Chemistry, doing work dedicated to revolutionizing the way chemistry is taught to better prepare students.

A summa cum laude graduate of Northern Arizona University, Laura is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, and for two successive years enjoyed the distinction of being the University’s highest ranking scholar. She is a graduate of the highly regarded business executive program at MIT Sloan School of Management, a three-year program called “Birthing of Giants” was ranked by Inc. Magazine as the number one educational program of its kind. She is also a graduate of the Integral Leadership Program at the Stagen Institute. Laura is the mother of a daughter and two sons who are also deep believers in sustaining better life through conscious chemistry.