Incredible local speakers coming together. Will be an honor and an adventure to see them together on one panel and at our tables. To discover there great work and to recognize how much we have and are shifting management cultures here in Seattle and around the world. changing the stories together. 

Brenna Davis is a sustainability expert, thought leader, and writer. Brenna began her career in the energy industry, and has nearly two decades of sustainability experience. She is the chair and a co-founder of Washington Business for Climate Action, and has spoken on climate change across the state, at the White House, and at COP21 in Paris. Brenna is the author of an upcoming book: Regeneration: How the Resilient Heart, Creative Mind, and Compassionate Soul Light the Path to Global Sustainability.

Tom Everill retired in 2016 as President and CEO of Northwest Center and is working on a book about the inner journey of emergent leadership. For 27 years Tom trudged through a succession of corporate finance positions in the global logistics industry. But it was at Northwest Center where Tom’s passion for social justice intersected with his experience as a business executive.
A $50 million diversified social enterprise conglomerate, Northwest Center’s sole purpose is to promote full inclusion of people with developmental conditions such as autism, Down syndrome, and cerebral palsy into mainstream society. It applies lean manufacturing processes to harness the unique skills of people who experience the world differently to create extraordinary value for demanding brands such as Boeing, Starbucks, Comcast, and Amazon. And it reinvests 100% of its profits in early intervention therapy and inclusive early learning programs for children with  developmental disabilities.
Having experienced the power of business to produce social justice at scale, Tom is impatient with companies whose primary intention is profit and shareholder value with discretionary bits of “corporate social responsibility” around the edges. He knows we can do better; he has seen it work.
Tom is also an experienced practitioner of emergent leadership, having nurtured the transformation of Northwest Center from a company burdened with staggering operating losses, mounting debt, and moral drift into a flourishing thought leader with a highly collaborative culture, businesses that are both both profitable and inclusive, and a strong balance sheet. On the strength of this turnaround, Tom was introduced to the 2015 International Dialogic Organization Development Conference in Vancouver BC as the “poster child” of emergent leadership.

Nick Licata is a retired member of the Seattle City Council, having left office at the end of 2015 after being elected to five terms and serving 18 years. Books: Becoming a Citizen Activist: Stories, Strategies, and Advice for Changing Our World. 

Nick became a Seattle city councilmember despite being significantly

outspent and the majority of the council, the mayor, and both daily newspapers supporting his opponent. Elected to five terms, served as Council President and in 2012 he was named by the Nation as Progressive Municipal Official of the Year and twice named Best Local Politician by the Seattle Weekly. His election in 2013 broke all previous records for the highest votes received citywide for a city council member in a contested race. He initiated the founding of Local Progress (www.localprogress.org); the national municipal policy network and served as its first chairman until the end of 2015.

While in office he sponsored and had adopted as legislation paid sick leave and a minimum $15 an hour wage for all employees in the city, a city wide registration and inspection program for all rental units, required registration for all those lobbying city council, and created funding for cultural facilities throughout the city and initiated the city’s Civic Poet program. BecomingaCitizenActivist.org

Mark R. Jones, Ph.D. CEO and Research Director for Sunyata Group. Regional-level Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award (MBNQA) examiner, senior member and past Chapter Vice-President of Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), and a Vice Chair in the Human Development and Leadership division of the American Society for Quality (ASQ). Primary analytic strategy is adaptive design approach (inferior treatment groups) employing mixed methods designs using qualitative context and content analysis techniques, and quantitative clustering and classification techniques such as Binary Logistic Regression Analyses, ANOVA, Repeated Measures ANOVA, Multiple Regression Analyses, Discriminant Analyses, Decision Tree Classification Analyses, Bayesian Analyses, and Scale Equivalency Testing.


Danne Stayskal Cultural resilience is built upon social resilience, which comes from developing institutions that support the universal exercise of human rights. Institutions including Universal Basic Income and Single-payer healthcare are among the best models for supporting a society and culture of resilience.

                              Books: http://danne.stayskal.com/books/

Mr. Samad Aidane, MSc. PMP, is a cross-cultural leadership development researcher, trainer, and coach. His industry experience spans telecom, finance, health care, and government projects in the U.S., Germany, Austria, and Belgium, with organizations such as HP, Cap Gemini, Time Warner Telecom, and Telefonica. Samad holds a Master of Science Degree in the Neuroscience of Leadership from Middlesex University, U.K. His current Ph.D. research interest in Applied Neuroscience investigates how findings from social and cultural neuroscience informs our understanding of the effect of culture on emotions, cognition, and behavior and their practical application to leadership and Cultural Intelligence development. Samad is certified by the Project Management Institute (PMP). He has been a featured speaker for organizations such as Nike, Emirate Airlines, and T-Mobile.

Ginger Andersen is committed to helping organizations prosper and their people thrive.  An HR professional for 10 years and currently Director of Talent and Development at Intellectual Ventures, Ginger has expertise in leadership development, facilitation, coaching, and HR.  She has an MA in Organizational Leadership through Pinchot University and an MA and BA in Humanities through Brigham Young University. Drawing on mindfulness practice and her love of the arts, Ginger facilitates leadership development experiences that are experiential, engaging and that foster insights in the participants.  An avid learner, she is currently studying improvisational theatre, west coast swing dancing, and the Hakomi method.

Bill Hefferman For over fifteen years, Bill has passionately pursued studies in change resilience and adaptability, along with positive psychology, human performance, and mindfulness. With extensive experience in organization development and change leadership, he has led initiatives across a range of companies, countries, and cultures. Bill sees resilience and adaptability as largely untapped and misunderstood disciplines that offer tremendous promise for change leaders. With his depth of knowledge and engaging, humorous style, Bill leads workshops on resilience and adaptability that leave participants with practical skills and strategies for thriving through change and adversity, while helping others to do the same.

Margo leads a Continuous Improvement Center of Excellence, where she builds operations infrastructure to support the enterprise continuous improvement framework. With over 20 years of operations experience, primarily as the program leader of technology installations and data integration initiatives for financial institutions, the experience of facilitating a series of regional bank mergers prompted her to deepen her understanding of the conditions for success to effectively lead change. Of particular interest is the connection between emotional intelligence, consciousness, and our intentions to discover purpose and meaning. Her current writing focuses on implementation of lean management and its effects on employee well being and engagement.

Kimberly Woodland is a practicing occupational therapist in acute care and director of the US based non-profit organization RISE, providing resilience training for individuals dedicated to helping others in their professions. She has a master’s degree in occupational therapy, where she discovered her passion for providing client-driven care. RISE emerged in response to the understanding that the pressures of the current health care environment are negatively impacting both workplace satisfaction and positive client outcome. Kimberly’s unique perspective stems from diverse experiences including 30 years in the non-violent martial art of Aikido, meditation, and the practice of Leadership Embodiment*, resulting in an approach based on the belief that physiological reactions are at the frontline for creating positive change in personal & professional development. Kimberly’s experience includes workshop facilitation, group facilitation, teaching, and public speaking. Kimberly was the owner of a successful graphic design firm specializing in developing communication strategies that met the core needs of both the client and the audience.


Linh Thai. a consummate professional with extensive background and experience in public relations, international affairs, and organizational leadership development. I am passionate about exploring and bringing out the best in individuals and organizations. Every day, my intent is to be purposeful and attract learning opportunities by being fully engaged and present. Whether in personal or professional capacity, I embrace all challenges life has to offer with enthusiasm and curiosity through the lenses of compassion. I believe in the principles and practice of appreciative inquiry. I lead with purpose, integrity, and service. Strategize and partner with API's and Vietnamese American community organizations in the greater Puget Sound area to cultivate and develop leadership capacity, especially in civic engagement. 


Cylvia is an award winning New Economy strategist known for speaking truth to power. Her mission is to do her best to accelerate the transition to an economy that is environmentally restorative and provides opportunities for people to prosper regardless of income, ethnicity or gender. 

She is founder and CEO of 3EStrategies, a new economy and social enterprise consulting firm. While serving as First Lady of Oregon Cylvia led the Oregon Prosperity Initiative taking a systemic approach to poverty-prevention. Cylvia is also a Resiliency and Empowerment coach and is certified through the Tony Robbins – Chloe Madanes Strategic Coaching Institute.  She is a gifted speaker and writer including publication in Huffington Post, Grist, Green + Solar Building and others. 


Ron Harris-White is Director of Urban Environmental Leadership and Diversity. His responsibilities include the promotion of environmental educational and cultural enrichment programming and activities for students, while at the same time, increasing cross-cultural understanding for the total University and surrounding communities. Ron researches best practices in diversity initiatives and uses those findings to inform decisions. He develops unique programs and communications strategies to promote diversity, and assesses the outcomes of those initiatives with a particular focus on their impact as related to recruitment and retention.

Suzane crafts embodied learning programs that give people a sensory experience of conceptual ideas. Founder of Space To Move consultancy and Chief Instructor of Aikido Multnomah Aikikai, Van Amburgh has actively practiced the connection between martial arts, somatics and organizational effectiveness for the past ten years. A 35 year practitioner of the non-competitive martial art of aikido, Suzane has learned to make good use of the ground and practice embodied resilience. As a certified aikido teacher (shidoin, 5th degree black belt) and somatic practitioner, Suzane has a gift for coaching people to recognize what they do and introduce small changes to improve effectiveness. Combined with her 20 years experience organizing groups of people to collaborate on projects, Van Amburgh brings a unique expertise to the challenges of change, leadership and organizational effectiveness.

Hany Maurice leads the team driving the strategy and delivery of tech startups to bring inspiration and innovation to every sector. Prior to establishing the firm, Maurice held various senior strategy and business development roles within Fortune100 information technology industry. Mr. Maurice holds an MBA with focus on mergers and acquisitions. He is a seasoned speaker and panelist who has participated in a broad range of regional technology-focused conferences with Fortune100 as well as with IDC. Mr. Hany Maurice is Eaton’s regional channel and alliance leader for the Middle East. He has worked in the IT industry for over 15 years and has held senior positions across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. He began his career as a systems analyst at Xerox, moving on to hold various positions at international firms such as Tech Access, Intelligent Decisions, and Dell. He is a seasoned speaker and panelist who has participated in a broad range of regional channel-focused conferences.

DANNY CORDS, MED - Danny is a leader in the field of training and development. Most recently employed with Starbucks as a Sr Specialist, Danny maintains the guiding principle that equity and inclusion are the foundations for growth and development. Danny currently serves on the Board of Directors with the Greater Seattle Business Association, the Alumni Stewardship Taskforce at Antioch University Seattle, and the Board Development Committee for the Seattle Men’s and Women’s Choruses. Danny speaks often about diverse cultural competency, intentional inclusion, and equity as a driver of performance in the workplace.



Diane Moore. How do we experience meaning and purpose? That question compels Diane’s work to help others flourish in their work. She supports individuals and groups in transition through one-on- one coaching, leadership development, and organizational consulting. With a background in data analysis and management, Diane weaves together assessment data with intuition and creativity to help her clients gain perspective and make productive changes. Diane holds an MA in organizational systems from LIOS/Saybrook University and an MS in computer science from the University of Washington. She is currently training in the Hakomi method, a practice for facilitating others in mindful self-study. Her inspirations include neuroscience, applied behavioral science, and improvisational theatre.

Deb Needham works as a director in local government and is also a certified executive coach and organizational consultant. She holds an MA in Organizational Systems from the LIOS program at Saybrook University, with a specialization in Leadership and Organization Development. She is passionately committed to equipping others with the information and practical tools that increase interpersonal harmony, maximize work satisfaction, and optimize organizational effectiveness. With three decades of experience working in public safety and emergency services, she is drawn to high-stakes, high-pressure situations. She particularly gravitates to leaders and teams that are navigating crisis, chaos, or change, and those that are proactively building resilient and healthy organizations.

M. Mansoor Ahmed, MA is a holistic leadership coach and an organizational systems consultant and facilitator. He received his MA in Organizational Systems, specializing in Leadership and Organizational Development, through the Seattle campus of Saybrook University--formerly LIOS. He has served leaders in the for-profit, non-profit, government, and academic sectors. Mansoor’s practice is finding and reframing maladaptive narratives in order to reveal the joy in organizational and personal systems through curiosity, creativity, and compassion. He enjoys playing, recording, and listening to music.

Ewa Bogacz-Wojtanowska 

- organizational and management researcher, PhD, Associate Professor at the Institute of Public Affairs Jagiellonian University in Cracow, Poland. Her professional interests are nonprofit and social enterprise management, cooperation among public and non-governmental organization and civil society.

Anna Góral 

- organizational and management researcher, PhD, Assistant Professor at the Institute of Culture, Jagiellonian University in Cracow, Poland. Her professional interests are heritage management, community building and governance, communities’ self-organization and networking.

 playwright,                                                                                                           poet,

                                                      film maker, change maker, tree talker                                                                   artist, friend,


                          shrine builder and  holder of sacred space.                                                            author 

Reut Livne-Tarandach is an Assistant Professor of Management at the at the University of Oregon. Before launching her academic career, Professor Livne-Tarandach worked as an organizational consultant, HR manager and an officer in the Israeli Air Force. She received her MS in Organization Research from the Technion Israel Institute of Technology and a PhD in Organizational Studies from Boston College. Her research explores the phenomenon of renewal.  Renewal represents a central paradox of learning that requires individuals, teams and/or organizations to simultaneously build on and transcend their past. In her research, Reut weaves together theorie of compassion, novelty and change to explore how and why renewal can be achieved. Her research has been published in outlets such as the Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Research in Organizational Change and Development, the Handbook of Research in the Sociology of Work and the Handbook of Qualitative Organizational Research: Innovative Pathways and Methods.

 Dr. Hormann has been an organizational consultant for over 25 years. She is passionate about strengthening health and resilience in organizations, especially those organizations that have been impacted by organizational trauma. Shana is an accomplished leader, facilitator, researcher and author in the areas of family violence, sexual assault, and organizational traumatization including leading during organizational trauma. She co-authored a book with Pat Vivian, Organizational Trauma and Healing (2013) that focused on organizational trauma in non-profit organizations. Shana has worked with and trained advocates, therapists, law enforcement officials, social service professionals, clergy and lay people, lawyers, judges, school personnel, and parents about addressing organizational trauma and family violence. Most recently she has provided services to: the National Park Service, Child Welfare Leadership Conference/Indiana University School of Social Work, King County 8 th Annual Domestic Violence Symposium, Muckleshoot Tribal College, Oklahoma Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, and the U.S. Coast Guard Chaplains. Shana received her B.A. in Sociology and Master’s in Social Work from the University of Washington, and her PhD in Leadership and Change from Antioch University. She joined Antioch’s campus in Seattle in 2000 as a faculty in the M.A. in Organizational Psychology program, and currently serves as Vice President for Student Affairs. Shana was on faculty for the University of Washington-School of Social Work from 1994-2007 and taught for the University of Alaska-Southeast in Juneau from 1981-1991.
Prior to her role at Antioch Shana was an administrator for Echo Glen Children’s Center, a Juvenile Rehabilitation facility for adjudicated youth, where she was recognized for her work developing juvenile female offender programs and promoting cultural diversity. Select Publications: Hormann, S. and Vivian, P. (2016). “Intervening in Organizational Trauma: A Tale of Three Organizations,” in Tirmizi, S.T. and Vogelsang, J. (Eds.). Leading and Managing in the Social Sector, Springer Publishing. Vivian, P. and Hormann, S. (2015). “Persistent Traumatization in Nonprofit Organizations” in The OD Practitioner, Winter. Vivian, Pat and Hormann, Shana. (2013). Organizational Trauma and Healing, CreateSpace, North Charleston.

Mohammed  is currently a PhD candidate in Leadership and Change, His dissertation is focused on developing and validating a survey to measure adaptive leadership with authority. Mo is a proven facilitator, having facilitated team buildings, community meetings, strategic planning, key issues identification meetings, and workshops on trust and Immunity to Change. In addition to his facilitation experience, he has experience in creating new markets, running a business, and leading change efforts related to implementation of a quality management system. He served on several national standards committees in his home country, Jordan and as program director and board member for PNODN. His passions are innovation and creativity, application of leadership theory to practice, and systems thinking.

Monica C. Worline, Ph.D., is founder and CEO of EnlivenWork, an innovation organization that teaches people to tap into courageous thinking, compassionate leadership, and the curiosity to bring their best work to life. Co-author of the recent book Awakening Compassion at Work, Monica is a research scientist at Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education and Executive Director of CompassionLab, the world’s leading research collaboratory focused on compassion at work. Monica holds a lectureship at the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, and is affiliate faculty at the Center for Positive Organizations.

Gabriel is the founder of Human Partners where he helps senior level executives craft cultures of purpose, trust, and engagement. He is also a cofounder of Byron Fellowship Educational Foundation and a doctoral candidate in Leadership and Sustainability at the Yale Center for Industrial Ecology and Yale Center for Business and the Environment. His consulting, research, and coaching focuses on how people and organizations flourish within the pursuit of societal and planetary flourishing. Gabriel holds an MPhil in Leadership and Sustainability from Yale University, an MS in Ecological Systems Engineering and a BS in Physics from Purdue University. His professional clients represent a diversity of sectors including: social entrepreneurship, transportation, energy, information and communication technology, healthcare, commercial and residential development, municipalities, and cultural institutions. In his volunteer time, he has mentored over one hundred social entrepreneurs from around the globe. Gabriel's pedagogy for activating and supporting purpose driven leaders is also used in universities like MIT, Cornell, and Cambridge. His academic, professional and non-profit ventures are all committed to the dream of all life flourishing together through people experiencing their life as a calling.
Gabriel recently released his first book, Breaking Through Gridlock - The Power of Conversation in a Polarized World to support people in sharing about what matters most. You can read what people are saying about it here: www.btgbook.com/amz

Laura is a designer of personal and professional transformational tools. Her most recent creation is the Clarity Insight Process - a tool to help people quickly become unstuck. Applied to hard decisions and challenges, the Clarity Insight Process™ expands perspective, allowing room for insight. Laura has 20 years experience in building operations departments and tools for efficiency. She has a Masters in Management & Leadership, is certified in Integral Transformational Leadership, is a Holacracy Practitioner and trained in human development through the STAGES  model. The assets most appreciated by clients are deep listening, clarifying questions and presence as she guides them through challenges and indecision.

Born in Latvia, Vija has lived, studied and worked in Riga, Amsterdam, Leeds, Bangkok, and New Delhi, Denver, CO and currently lives in Seattle, WA. She speaks four languages fluently and one day hopes to master one more.Vija came to her first Neurosculpting® class with Lisa Wimberger in 2011 and has been using her mind to sculpt her brain ever since. Neurosculpting® has helped Vija to combat PTSD, to rewire various unproductive habits and to discover a more integrated path in both her professional and personal life.

David C. Korten is an American author, former professor of the Harvard Business School, political activist, prominent critic of corporate globalization, and "by training and inclination a student of psychology and behavioral systems". Wikipedia




Proud to bring inspirational speakers from across the globe into our local conversation. 

Bertine  van hoof founded Work Wise, a medium size consultancy firm on personal and organizational development, in 1995. As a learning and development consultant and executive coach she has a long-term experience in guiding individuals, teams and organizations with transitions and harvesting their talents. She has witnessed many executives and companies flourishing while using and addressing their potential in the right way. Both the small, every day decisions as the big life and organizational decisions can have a big impact on the flow of professional and organisational life.

“What is of particular interest to me is people’s motivations. What I do is apply a straight to the point approach on the basis of what is available. I investigate people’s true potential and the possible extension of their unique abilities. Making the right choices and taking the right decisions is of the essence in this process.”

Consuelo García-de-la-Torre. Field of expertise: Sustainability; Ethics and Corporate Governance; Entrepreneurship; Social Responsibility; Consumer Behaviour; Marketing Strategy and International Marketing; Social Marketing; Global Management; Industrial Psychology; Management and Humanism; Intercultural Negotiations. Course offer: Analysis of Consumer and Client Behavior; Business Policy, Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility; Applied Marketing Project; Field Project; General Project; Integrative Project; International Seminar of Consumer Marketing.

Prof. Dr. Claus Dierksmeier was appointed Director of the Weltethos-Institut (Global Ethic Institute) in January 2012 after holding a position as Distinguished Professor of Globalization Ethics and Co-Director of the Sustainable Management and Measurement Institute (SUMMIT) at Stonehill College in North-Easton (Boston), Mass., USA.  Prof. Dierksmeier’s academic work focuses questions of political, religious and economic philosophy with a special emphasis on theories of liberty and responsibility in the age of globality. Currently, his main academic interest lies in developing the secular foundation of the Global Ethic Project via the idea of “qualitative freedom”, on which he has recently published a book (Qualitative Freiheit, 2016). He also conducts research on theories and practices of “humanistic management” and “humanistic economics”, and explores concrete questions in applied financial and business ethics (including, most recently, cryptocurrencies). Prof. Dierksmeier is also a board member of the Humanistic Management Network (http://www.humanetwork.org) and Academic Director of The Humanistic Management Center in Berlin (http://www.humanisticmanagement.org). Reframing Economic Ethics 



Sandra Waddock is the Galligan Chair of Strategy, Carroll School Scholar of Corporate Responsibility, and Professor of Management in the Carroll School of Management at Boston College.   Widely published, Dr. Waddock's research interests are in the area of macro-system change, intellectual shamanism, stewardship of the future, wisdom, corporate responsibility, management education, and multi-sector collaboration. two of her latest books, Healing the World: Today's Shamans as Difference Makers. Greenleaf, 2017. Intellectual Shamans:  Management Academics Making a Difference (Cambridge University Press, 2015) on Amazon or from Cambridge. 

Dr. Pirson is the social entrepreneurship track chair for the Oikos-Ashoka Global Case Writing Competition in Social Entrepreneurship. He is also a founding partner of the Humanistic Management Network, an organization that brings together scholars, practitioners and policymakers around the common goal of creating a 'life-conducive' economic system. In that capacity, he is the co-editor of the Humanism in Business book series, published by Palgrave-McMillan. Michael Pirson, Professor for Social Entrepreneurship and Global Sustainability, Fordham University, Fellow, Harvard University. Humanistic Ethics in the Age of Globality

Dr. Jyoti Bachani is an Associate Professor of Strategy and Innovation at Saint Mary's College of California. She has been a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar to India, Editor-in-Chief of Emerald Emerging Markets Case Study Collection, Past-President of Western Casewriters association and board member of North American case Research Association. Her research interests are in the area of strategy making in purpose driven organizations in technology, nonprofit, and Indian contexts. She will showcase two of her case-studies on mindful use of technology for creating sustainable futures as part of her Humanistic Management research. She has authored one book, edited two, and several case-studies and academic articles.

Erica Steckler is an Assistant Professor of Management in the Robert J. Manning School of Business at the University of Massachusetts Lowell and a Research Fellow at the W. Michael Hoffman Center for Business Ethics at Bentley University. Her work focuses on stakeholder perceptions of organizational authenticity, corporate sustainability and responsibility, positive organizational transformation, authentic governance, and issue interpretation. She adopts a humanistic management approach to understanding and optimizing strategic engagement at the intersection of organizational, leadership, stakeholder, and global sustainability contexts. She received her Ph.D. from the Department of Management and Organization at Boston College.