Upcoming Organizational Culture Gurus

If you know of Highly Skilled speakers, trainers, consultants and thought leaders in the Organizational Culture field, please nominate them. These are people who have guru qualities but have not quite made it yet.

SUSAN ELSEY

Susan is the President of Elsey Consulting Group whose mission is to build healthy high performing organizations through leadership development and culture transformation. Areas of expertise include leadership development, executive coaching, culture transformation/change, team building, organizational development & design, employee engagement, performance management, learning, career development, organizational effectiveness consulting, talent management and inclusion. Susan is a change leader with a proven track record of practical business applications to transform individuals, teams and organizations. She brings over twenty years of consulting experience with a strong bias for speed, innovation, action and results. She has deep expertise in health care and SaaS technology as well as the ability to work effectively with diverse clients in multiple industries and in complex global organizations. Susan has a passion for working with high growth rapidly scaling organizations and helping successful leaders become even more successful. As the Sr. Director of Global Talent Management and Organizational Development at ExactTarget, a Salesforce.com company, she lead a team focused on unleashing the company’s human potential and building a thriving corporate culture. Susan worked in the healthcare industry at WellPoint as the Director of Workplace Culture, leading WellPoint’s Executive Development function and providing organizational development consulting to enable its growth through M&A into the largest health insurer in the United States.

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CHRIS DAWSON

Chris Dawson is President of Dawson Consulting Group, a management consulting firm based in Silicon Valley, California. The firm builds client capabilities in three practice areas: Strategy, Culture and Leadership. Dr. Dawson has 25 years as trusted advisor to C-suite executives and Boards of Directors, aimed at improving business performance to create shareholder value. Dr. Dawson has subject matter expertise, numerous tools and methods in strategy implementation, talent management, organization design, culture change, and executive effectiveness. His book Leading Culture Change: What Every CEO Needs to Know was published by Stanford University Press in May 2010, and he is a frequent speaker and author in the organizational effectiveness area. The new book is a practical handbook for senior executives, HR and organizational effectiveness consultants and graduate students who aspire to be CEO’s. It contains numerous case examples, practical tools and a framework for leaders to successfully change their culture in the service of value creation. His educational background – first as clinical psychologist working with families and then MBA in strategy and culture – provide a unique blend of capabilities in people and business. Much of his work has been with technology firms in Silicon Valley, helping executive leadership teams shape and change their organizational culture through focus on strategy alignment and modeling of authentic behaviors. He also has extensive experience in optimizing the interface between family dynamics and the Family-run Business, creating culture change and optimizing IT capability in Healthcare, in Financial Services and Professional Services firms.

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RICHARD PAYETTE

Experience as a strategist, oriented towards growth and profitability and as a manager who can quickly rally teams around creative solutions to deliver tangible results. Recognized for accomplishments in business transformation, team leadership, M&A and management of clientele, associated to a strong network in the business community. He was CEO for the Americas Region for BDO International. In his role, Richard was responsible to lead, support, implement and drive strategic initiatives in the region consisting of Canada, USA, Latin America and Caribbean. In addition, he was part of the Global Leadership team of BDO International and worked in developing and implementing the international strategy. Richard was a member of BDO Canada’s Management team and Firm Development Group Partner. As such he provided strategic and executive leadership for mergers and acquisitions for BDO across Canada. He also played a key role in the development and communication of the strategic plan. He has significant experience as a strategist and leader with accomplishments in business transformation and team leadership. He is also recognized for his skills as a leader, communicator and visionary. Previously, he was the former chairman and CEO of another large accounting and advisory firm, Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton, as well as a board member of its international network.

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CRYSTAL MASON

A highly talented award winning Organizational Development Director. Over 10 years experience designing and deploying, talent management and organizational strategies for the reform, enhancement and advancement of performance and revenue objectives for industry leaders and Fortune 500 companies. Strong and decisive leader with strengths in driving customer experience results, organizational development, behavior coaching, talent management, succession planning, performance management, process improvement & design, metrics strategy, diversity and employee engagement strategy. Detail-oriented self-starter with superior skill in assessing structural challenges and creating solutions that lead to an overall increase in employee satisfaction, customer experience, business effectiveness, and profitability growth results.

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TOM SMITH

Tom Smith is Co-Founder of Partners In Leadership and is a three-time New York Times Bestselling Author. He and his business partner, Roger Connors, have authored the most extensive body of knowledge on workplace accountability ever written. His books are featured on numerous bestselling lists, including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Publishers Weekly and Amazon.com. His company, Partners In Leadership, has thousands of clients, and has trained hundreds of thousands of people, in more than 50 countries. His books and materials have been translated into numerous languages. Tom has conducted workshops and consulting engagements throughout the globe with some of the most admired companies in the world. He and Roger are recognized as the worldwide experts on the topic of workplace accountability. Tom is a highly respected facilitator of senior executive groups and management teams. He has partnered with his clients to help them produce billions of dollars in improved profitability and shareholder value using the Partners In Leadership Training. His clients include 25% of the “Most admired companies in the world,” almost half of the Dow Jones Industrial Average Companies, all 13 of the top 13 most admired Pharmaceutical Companies and nearly half of the Fortune 50 largest companies in the United States, along with many other well-known and highly regarded organizations.

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