From Theory into Practice
Rodney Napier, Phd
Rod Napier wrote the book on management best practices. His one dozen books and forty years of experience are all about the application of skills and strategies for leaders and managers. A co-founder of the University of Pennsylvania's graduate program in Organizational Consulting and Executive Coaching, Rod’s dynamic style of “telling it like it is” has positioned him as a much sought after leadership consigliere to top-tier executives who desire the hard truths necessary to improve their organizations — and themselves.
This former college football and hockey player - and U. S. Marine - earned his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, after several years working in Ghana. His atypical life journey fostered fresh insights into organizational development and system change. Rod was asked to help construct the first cabinet in post-Sandinista Nicaragua for its budding democracy. Later, he was asked to bring black and white South African ministers together to help build their leadership skills. A few years later, many of them would become the backbone of the Mandela Revolution.
Now with over 40 years as a professor, facilitator, and business advisor, Rod has the courage to look at the dark side of leadership. His soon-to-be-published thirteenth book, The Seduction of the Leader, provides striking insights about (and remedies for) the dangers that face organizations whose leaders are seduced by sycophantic praise, half-truths, and filtered reporting.
Rod has helped executives in such widely divergent universities, industries and organizations as the University of Virginia, Exxon, Merck, CBS, the Army Corp of Engineers, and Outward Bound identify blind spots that keep them from surging.
Chris has been with TNG since 1998 overseeing client services and operations, managing internal and external stakeholders in experiential learning programs.
Ever the analytics fan, “if you can’t measure it, does it really exist?” - Chris cut her teeth on evidence based, data driven strategic planning and has participated in such efforts in multi-level client systems. With a strong interest in the disconnect between brand and culture as well as collaborative health care, Chris coordinates community-based research for several initiatives and pilot programs focusing on group dynamics, conflict resolution and communication.
For creative outlet, she enjoys the challenge of identifying, creating and executing strategies, including the use of social media to access and utilize expertise trapped in organizational silos. She handles promotion of TNG training curricula through communication and engagement (personal and organizational).
Sarah’s areas of expertise include: meeting design and facilitation, diversity and inclusion, cultural competence, team building, leadership development, strategic planning, conflict and change management. She is known for her (seemingly) effortless ability to teach complex ideas. Sarah is a trained engineer who translates many analytical skills and ways of thinking into her work with complex teams and organizations.
As senior associate of The Napier Group, Sarah has consulted with (among others) The British Columbia’s Ministry of Employment and Income Assistance; Sinai Hospital of Baltimore; The Crefeld School; ARAMARK; Bard Pharmaceuticals Ltd.; Princeton Medical Center; Becton, Dickinson and Company; and LifeBridge Health Services. Two of her current clients are the University of Virginia and the University of Wisconsin where she is involved in strategic planning and leadership development. Before joining TNG, Sarah worked with The Kaleel Jamison Consulting Group, The Multicultural Research and Training Institute, and Training for Change.
Other clients who have benefited from her approach include the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Continental Airlines, Jefferson Hospital, and the Institute for Inclusion. Internationally, Sarah has conducted trainings in Serbia, Bosnia, Germany and Italy, and, most recently, in Hong Kong in May 2012.
Sarah uses multiple disciplines to create organizational change in a variety of powerful ways: to surface organizational dynamics, to celebrate successes, to strengthen and clarify vision, to problem solve, and to practice new skills. She has recently published a chapter in The Change Handbook: The Definitive Resource on Today’s Best Methods for Engaging Whole Systems (Second Edition, Revised and Expanded, by Peggy Holman, Tom Devane, and Steven Cady, Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2007).
Dedicated to building teams, Amma has forged a career in leadership development, change management, and coaching through her extensive knowledge of group process and TNG’s 360-degree feedback process. Her experience in the fields of public education and mechanical engineering offers unique group skills and an understanding of the demands of both the public and private sectors. Amma’s combination of sharp, logical thinking and creative abilities enable her to respond rapidly, insightfully, and imaginatively to the changing needs the organization, team or individual.
Among the diverse clientele of The Napier Group, Amma has worked with the University of Virginia, Solaris Health Systems, and University of Pennsylvania’s Principals Institute. Recently, she facilitated leadership programs for LifeBridge Health System; Bartram’s Gardens and The Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia; and internationally with (BD) Becton Dickinson.
Amma has been a contributor and editor for several publications in the field of group dynamics. She also has worked with The University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Organizational Dynamics, leading seminars and providing one-on-one instruction on feedback and coaching processes. She has participated in accredited Training Group (“T” Group) and has completed certificate courses through the National Training Laboratories (NTL) in Coaching as well as the use of Appreciative Inquiry in Team Building.
Mercedes is a facilitator in many TNG teambuilding initiatives and is central in delivery and analysis of 360 feedback data for teams and individuals. Additionally, she administers, interprets, and provides diagnostic information from our GMQ (Group Management Questionnaire) team and cultural survey.
Her work supports individuals in becoming more effective and compassionate leaders, while helping organizations transform into vibrant communities of common purpose through strategic planning, leadership development, team building and change management. A co-facilitator of the GLI (Group Leadership Intensive), with a master’s degree in education, Mercedes has a second masters in Executive Coaching and Organizational Consulting from The University of Pennsylvania.
Eli is a recognized expert in Japanese lean and six sigma methodologies and travels extensively analyzing and improving business, manufacturing and transactional processes, helping groups to work more effectively together, teaching and facilitating teams, and providing coaching to senior leadership.
Integrating process and systems optimization, group and leadership development, and individual executive coaching, Eli provides a holistic strategy and various techniques to help individuals, teams and organizations. Her approach is tailored to meet clients’ hard and soft needs.
Having worked in diverse manufacturing organizations including hydraulics, food packaging machinery, and medical devices, Eli has consulted internationally in organizations as diverse as financial services and healthcare provision. She is adept at tailoring her approach to suit different national, organizational and industry cultures. Her philosophy is to enter the clients’ system with respect and humility, gather data to fully understand the situation and issues from multiple angles, strategize and plan for specific improvements, then help execute the plan, monitor results and support sustainability.
Fluent in Slovak and Czech, Eli is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer, has an MBA in Operations Management and most recently received her Masters in Organization Dynamics (Organizational Consulting and Executive Coaching) from University of Pennsylvania.
Frederick Bryant, PhD
Frederick Bryant is an internal/external consultant/trainer and researcher with for profit, non-profit, public sector, and Fortune 500 enterprises.
Dr. Bryant currently leads a diversity and inclusion culture change process at Abington Memorial Hospital, recently recognized by the NAACP for their change efforts. He was involved with the design and implementation of the diversity management component of DCH Regional Health System of Alabama's Leadership Development Program, a nationally recognized program for hospitals. He recently completed his tenure as the diversity management consultant to the Diversity Leadership and Change Management Team at Booz, Allen & Hamilton.
Conducting whole system cultural audits for two institutions of higher education, he has engaged in designing multiple phased diversity and inclusion culture change effort forDelaware County Community College and Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.Frederick teaches Strategic Change as Adjunct Faculty at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in the department of Organizational Leadership Development Graduate Program. Additionally, Frederick provides executive coaching for Bryn Mawr College in their Leadership Development Institute.
Frederick provides executive coaching for a variety of leaders with a distinctive competence working with junior and senior level African Americans in a wide range of organizations.He is experienced in change management, professional development supervisory training, diversity interventions, diversity/cultural organizational audits, climate assessments, team/group assessments, team development, large and small group facilitation, culture change, and management/leadership development.
Frederick has presented at numerous professional conferences. Including the American Conference on Diversity “Moving from the Status Quo to Diversity and Inclusion Culture Change” (2010). Frederick earned his Ph.D. in Group and Organizational Psychology at Temple University and completed Post-Graduate Certification from the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland in Organizational Systems Design/Development and Group Counseling-Facilitation and Interventions.
Leonard integrates his 30+years of executive and organizational consulting experience with 30+years of personal and long term recovery expertise. He supports executives with addiction recovery and behavioral health treatment with leadership, strategy and culture development. Leonard is a noted culture change specialist and has created high impact world class leadership and culture change programs.
Formerly VP at The Betty Ford Center, he created one of the most dynamic post treatment recovery programs that resulted in more than 50 national and international recovery communities of support groups, sober social and recovery enrichment programs. He recruited and led over 140 volunteers in North America that resulted in over 80% continuous recovery over 10 years.
A co-facilitator of the GLI (Group Leadership Intensive), Leonard currently serves as leader of Pepperdine Graziadio Business school alumni program (MSOD ’10) as well as Treatment Professionals in Alumni Services (TPAS).
Julie Roberts, PhD
Julie Roberts, PhD specializes in personal, and professional change helping individuals move into their full potential and organizations overcome obstacles to productivity. Clients include children, leaders, and individuals interested in living more fully and being more effective in their lives. Educated in organizational development, group process, leadership and team development, Julie has worked for twenty years as an organizational consultant. She teaches graduate courses in leadership and conducts workshops that improve leadership skills - most notably the signature Group Leadership Intensive (GLI).
Julie developed and teaches CLEAR (an energy psychology using acupressure, EMDR and muscle testing), and uses BodyTalk, Family Constellation work, and coaching. She has written a how-to book describing CLEAR and is certified as an Energy Psychology practitioner by the Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology (ACEP). Women for Women International uses CLEAR with its participants to help them deal with the trauma of war.
Internationally, Julie has worked in Canada, Russia and Nigeria and nationally, with diverse clients from most of the fifty states.
Ashley McEntire Leballeur
Ashley’s areas of expertise include: experiential training design and delivery, executive coaching, team development, conflict resolution, and strategic planning. Ashley’s background in leadership development and team dynamics began as a senior wilderness instructor at the reknowned Northwaters Langskib (NWL) wilderness center in Canada.
A keen listener and compassionate facilitator, Ashley possesses the tenacious “staying power” of a great athlete, inspiring others to push themselves to their own personal limits. Her engagements have included large-scale assessment and training of executive, management, and sales populations, as well as employees of all rank within multinational corporations, midsize companies and small start-ups.
Ashley has consulted to a variety of organizations throughout North America and Europe, including BD Becton Dickinson and Company, InBev (now Anheuser-Busch InBev), ARAMARK, University of Virginia, Life Health Services, Eastern Tennessee State University (Quillen College of Medicine), Bard Pharmaceuticals Ltd, and Hope Charities.
Previously, Ashley was been an associate with Co-Vista, an organizational development firm specializing in change management, located in Portland, ME. She co-designed and implemented a leadership development initiative for young scholars for Envision EMI, a distinguished youth development organization based in Washington, DC.
A graduate of the U. S. Naval Academy, Kevin Zachery was a naval officer for eleven years, with service that included combat tours on an ammunition ship, a guided-missile cruiser, and an amphibious assault squadron. During his shore tour, he returned to Annapolis, Maryland to teach leadership and ethics courses at the Academy, where he discovered his calling: developing leadership and improving performance. Since leaving the navy, Kevin has helped develop and manage leadership programs at a technology start-ups and a division of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). Currently, Kevin helps organizations improve results through strategic communications, leadership, and organizational development services.
Kevin earned his master's degree in Organizational Dynamics at the University of Pennsylvania, and is currently authoring his first book incorporating military — and business — leader case studies, titled, The Leadership Catalyst: How to Unleash the Power of Others and Become a Force Multiplier in Your Organization.