World's Top 30 Organizational Culture Professionals for 2021

Guru #1

Arthur Carmazzi

Arthur’s 2020 strides in organizational culture development were exponentially magnified by his Pandemic initiatives in helping hundereds of organizations understand and redefine their culture in the new normal for free. His accredited “Certified Organizational Culture Consultant” program supported individuals to gain the expertise of his Culture Revolution model and each of these new consultants interned through helping these companies in need providing value upon value and improving the hope and mental health of thousands of emplyees in the process.

Arthur’s research in work gamification and the publishing of his new book, Game On – Reinventing Organizational Culture with Gamification have shown new practical ideas and even included Pandemic Ready strategies to use psychology to redefine pandemic opportunities in employees empowering them to manifest extraordinary cultures and hope and innovation in the process

 

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Guru #2

Roger Connors

Roger Connors is co-founder and CEO of Partners In Leadership. He is a four-time New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. He and his business partner, Tom Smith, have authored the most extensive body of knowledge on workplace accountability ever written, and are recognized as the worldwide experts on organizational culture. Roger brings over 30 years of extensive expertise in assisting senior management teams all over the world in successfully facilitating large-scale corporate cultural transformation. Recently, his company was named to the Inc. 5000 fastest growing privately held companies in America. As a pioneer on the subjects of organizational culture and accountability and an industry thought leader, Roger has developed #1 award winning content and has published and interviewed extensively, including Forbes, Chief Learning Officer, Workforce Magazine, Energy Digital, Training and Development Magazine, Leadership Excellence Magazine, Talent Management Magazine, Journal of Business Strategy, Executive Excellence, and Inside Supply Management Magazine. His radio, television, and webcast appearances include CNBC’s Power Lunch, KWHY-TV “Market Talk,” OCN-TV’s “Prime Story,” Fortune 100 Executive Teleconference, Business Radio Network, UPI, Voice of America, Business Matters, and numerous other broadcasts. In addition, he was a featured speaker at the Executive Office of the President of the United States in Washington, D.C. Roger co-authored the classic New York Times bestselling book, The Oz Principle, which has been ranked year after year as one of the top five bestselling business books in the leadership and performance categories. He also co-authored the New York Times bestsellers The Wisdom of Oz; How Did That Happen? Holding People Accountable for Results the Positive, Principled Way; and Change the Organizational Culture, Change the Game: The Breakthrough Strategy for Energizing Your Organization and Creating Accountability for Results.

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Guru #3

Sam Silverstein

Sam Silverstein, CSP is founder and CEO of Sam Silverstein, Inc., an accountability think tank dedicated to helping companies create an organizational culture that prioritizes and inspires accountability. He is an international business consultant, speaker and author. His manufacturing and distribution companies have sold over $100 million in products and services and he has successfully sold one of his businesses to a Fortune 500 company. Sam served as the President of the National Speakers Association (2008-2009) and is a Certified Speaking Professional. Sam’s work with companies has transformed organizational culture and created success in all areas. Originally from Atlanta, he has a Business degree from the University of Georgia and an MBA from Washington University. He is married with four children and currently resides in St. Louis, MO.

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Guru #4

Chester Elton

#1 Bestselling Business Author, Organizational Culture, Employee Engagement and Leadership Expert

One of today’s most influential voices in workplace trends, Chester Elton has spent two decades helping clients engage their employees to execute on strategy, vision, and values. In his provocative, inspiring and always entertaining talks, #1 bestselling leadership author Chester Elton provides real solutions to leaders looking to manage change, drive innovation, and lead a multi-generational workforce. Elton’s work is supported by research with more than 850,000 working adults, revealing the proven secrets behind high-performance cultures and teams. He has been called the “apostle of appreciation” by Canada’sGlobe and Mail, “creative and refreshing‚” by the New York Times, and a “must read for modern managers” by CNN   Elton is co-author of the New York Timesand #1 USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling leadership books, All In, The Carrot Principle and The Best Team Wins.His books have been translated in more than 30 languages and have sold more than 1.5 million copies worldwide. Eltonis often quoted in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Fast Company and theNew York Times.He has appeared on NBC’s Today, CNN, ABC, MSNBC, National Public Radio and CBS’s 60 Minutes. In 2017 Global Gurus research organization ranked him as #15 in the world’s top leadership experts and #10 in the world’s top organizational culture experts. Eltonis the co-founder of The Culture Works, a global training company and is a board member of Camp Corral, a non-profit for the children of wounded and fallen military heroes.He serves as aleadership consultant to firms such as American Express, AT&T, Avis Budget Group andProcter & Gamble. He is most proud, however, to be the father of four exceptional children-more exceptional now they’ve grown up and left home.

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Guru #5

Paul Gibbons

Paul Gibbons keynotes on five continents and in four languages on the future of business, particularly on humanizing business, culture change, ethics, and the future of work. His beat is to inform business thinking with hard science, philosophy, evolutionary biology, and the humanities, rather than pop psychology. His business podcast, Think Bigger Think Better is ranked top-20 in philosophy revealing something of his approach.

He has authored three category best-sellers (organizational change, change management, decision making) – The Science of Successful Organizational Change and Impact. His most recent book The Spirituality of Work and Leadership is #1 in workplace spirituality and #1 in spirituality and business – and is the most comprehensive treatment of workplace spirituality available..

After eight years as a consultant at PwC, Gibbons founded Future Considerations, an award-winning consulting firm that advises major corporations, including Shell, BP, Barclays, and HSBC, on leadership, strategy, and culture change. From 2015 to 2018, he was an adjunct professor of business ethics at the University of Denver.

Paul is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a hyperpolyglot, has been named a “top-20 culture guru,” “today’s most scholarly business writer,” and “a 21st century Peter Drucker.” CEO magazine (UK) named him one of “top-two” CEO “super coaches.”

He is a member of the American Philosophical Association, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science and lives in the Denver area with his two sons and has won national awards in chess and poker, and has represented England at bridge, and is an avid gamer.

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Guru #6

Tasha Eurich

Dr. Tasha Eurich is an organizational psychologist, researcher, and New York Times best-selling author. She uses science to help leaders—from early stage entrepreneurs to public company CEOs—achieve dramatic and measurable change. Her primary areas of expertise are executive coaching, executive team development, and leadership and high potential development.

Having worked directly with over 20,000 leaders and spoken live to hundreds of thousands more—on every continent but Antarctica—Dr. Eurich’s clients include Salesforce, the NBA, Walmart, KPMG, and the White House Leadership Development Program. Her TEDxMileHigh talks have been viewed more than six million times.

In 2019, she was named one of the top 30 emerging management thinkers in the world by Thinkers50, as well as the #1 self-awareness coach in the world by Marshall Goldsmith.

Tasha contributes to Harvard Business Review, and her thought leadership has been featured in outlets like NPRForbesThe New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal.

Dr. Eurich’s first book, Bankable Leadership, debuted at #8 on The New York Times best-seller list. Her latest book, Insight, delves into the connection between self-awareness and success. It has been hailed as a “bold, exhilarating take on self-improvement” by Success Magazine,  a “fascinating read” by The Guardian, and famed Wharton Business school professor Adam Grant calls one of the three books he recommends most often.

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Guru #7

Adrian Gostick

Bestselling Leadership Author | Organizational Culture Expert 

How do today’s best leaders accelerate business results? By engaging their employees to execute on strategy, vision, and values. In his challenging, information-packed talks, #1 bestselling leadership author Adrian Gostick provides real solutions on managing change, driving innovation, and leading a multi-generational workforce. Gostick is a global workplace expert and thought leader in the fields of corporate culture, leadership, and engagement. He is founder of the training and consulting company The Culture Works and author of the #1 New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestsellers All In and The Carrot Principle. His books have been translated into 30 languages and have sold 1.5 million copies around the world. As a leadership expert, he has been called “fascinating,” by Fortune magazine and “creative and refreshing” by the New York Times. Gostick has appeared on NBC’s Today Show and CNN, and is often quoted in The Economist, Newsweek, and Wall Street Journal. If you Google the 30 Top Leadership Gurus, he is on the list along side Jack Welch and Jim Collins. His consulting clients include Danaher, Bank of America, Rolls Royce, JELD-WEN and California Pizza Kitchen.

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Guru #8

John Kotter

Regarded by many as the authority on organizational culture change and leadership, John P. Kotter is a New York Times best-selling author, award winning business and change management thought leader, business entrepreneur, inspirational speaker and Harvard Professor. His ideas, books, speeches, and company, Kotter International, have helped mobilize people around the world to better lead organizational cultures, and their own lives, in an era of increasingly rapid change. Professor Kotter’s MIT and Harvard education laid the foundation for his life long passion for educating, motivating and helping people. He became a member of the Harvard Business School faculty in 1972. By 1980, at the age of 33, Kotter was given tenure and a full Professorship – the youngest person ever to have received that award at the Business School. Over the past thirty years, his articles in The Harvard Business Review have sold more reprints than any of the hundreds of distinguished authors who have written for that publication during that time period. Most recently, his HBR article “Accelerate!”, won the 2012 McKinsey Award for the world’s most practical and groundbreaking thinking in the business/management arena. Today, he continues to deliver seminars on organizational culture in Harvard Business School’s Executive Education Programs, which are sometimes regarded as life changing by his students. Kotter’s research and pursuits in education, business and writing over the past 35 years have earned the respect of his peers, helped transform organizations around the world, touched countless lives, and still inspires others to adopt his methods and spread the word. He continues to work tirelessly to achieve the goal of “millions leading, billions benefiting”.

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Guru #9

Marcella Bremer

Marcella Bremer MScBA is an author and culture change consultant. She helps leaders, middle managers, supervisors, HR professionals, OD consultants, and employees to develop a positive culture at work.

Positive organizations are better at change, more innovative, competitive, profitable, but also contributing more to the world.

Her online Positive Culture Academy focuses on how you can personally contribute to a positive, productive culture in your organization.

Sheis the co-founder of OCAI OnlinethatprovidesCameron&-Quinn’svalidatedOrganizationalCultureAssessmentInstrument (OCAI) online. Sheworksonorganizationalculturewithglobalclients.

Marcella’s latest book is “Developing a Positive Culture where People and Performance Thrive”. She also published “Organizational Culture Change: Unleash your Organization’s Potential in Circles of 10”.

Her Leadership & Change Magazine blog offers weekly inspiration about positiveleadership, culture, andchange.

Graduated from Rotterdam School of Management, Marcella is a member of the Institute for Culturally Adaptive Leadership (ICAL), the Academy of Culture Ambassadors, contributor at Culture University, the Berlin Change Days, the International Society for Organization Development & Change (ISODC) and guest blogger at Lead Change Group.

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Guru #10

Louis Carter

Louis Carter is an organization psychologist and one of the top consultants and executive coaches to C-level executives of major companies such as Kimberly Clark, Federal Reserve Bank of NY, Saudi Aramco, Duke Energy, Humana, Shire, Jazz Pharmaceuticals, Key Bank, QBE, Cigna, Nokia, AbbVie, Johnson & Johnson, WestRock, Gilead Sciences, Battelle, Madison Square Garden, CIT, Goodyear, Springfield Healthcare Clinic, Xenex Disinfection Systems and many more helping them transform themselves and their organizations into an environment where employees love and want to produce the best results for their company.

He is the author of over 10 books on best practices in leadership development and talent management including Change Champion’s Field Guide, Best Practices in Leadership Development and Organization Change and Best Practices in Talent Management. He is a proud member of the MG 100 Coaches project chosen from over 12,000 coaches by his longtime mentor Marshall Goldsmith. Louis is the recipient of ELearning! Magazine’s Trailblazer Award, HR Tech Conference’s Top Products Award, and Leadership Excellence Magazine’s Best in Leadership Development for his work as founder and CEO of Best Practice Institute and the creator of the first anytime 360-degree feedback tool based on feedforward and appreciative dialogue, Skillrater.

Louis Carter founded Best Practice Institute in 2001 while obtaining his graduate degree from Columbia University. He facilitated drum circles in New York City after 9-11 to help rebuild the community. He further developed this concept into the BPI Senior Executive Board, a benchmark research consortium comprised of C-levels from F500s who want to transform themselves and their organizations through best practices in leadership and organization development.

His newest book, In Great Company: How to spark emotional connectedness and peak performance will be released at the end of 2018.

He has spoken to the Prime Minister of the UAE’s HR Lighthouse Initiative, Pentagon and UN officials, and various international conferences on his work and research. He has been a drummer for over 5 bands throughout the past 30 years and volunteers to drum for community drum circles and children’s centers.

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Guru #11

Edgar H. Schein

Edgar H. Schein is Professor of Management at M.I.T. and is considered one of the a ‘founders’ of organisational psychology. Edgar H. Schein is currently a Sloan Fellows Professor of Management Emeritus and continues at the Sloan School part time as a Senior Lecturer. He is also the Founding Editor of “Reflections” the Journal of the Society for Organizational Learning devoted to connecting academics, consultants, and practitioners around the issues of knowledge creation, dissemination and utilization. He has had a notable mark on the field of organizational culture development in many areas, including career development, group process consultation, and organizational culture. Schein has been a prolific researcher, writer, teacher and consultant. Besides his numerous articles in professional journals he has authored fourteen books including Organizational Psychology. He is generally credited with inventing the term ‘Corporate Culture’. Edgar H. Schein, Ph.D., received his undergraduate education at the University of Chicago and Stanford. His Ph.D. (1952) is from Harvard’s Department of Social Relations where he majored in social psychology but was heavily influenced by clinical psychology, sociology and anthropology. After four years of work at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in David Rioch’s Department of Neuropsychiatry, he moved to MIT’s Sloan School where he is now Sloan Fellows Professor of Management Emeritus. His early research on the “brainwashing” of Korean prisoners of war was published in Coercive Persuasion (1961). Subsequently, he worked on organizational socialization and career development (Career Dynamics, 1978) and organizational culture (Organizational Culture and Leadership (third edition, 2004). He wrote one of the first textbooks on Organizational Psychology (1965), now in its third edition, developed the concept of Process Consultation (revised edition in 1999), and recently published a third edition of Career Anchors and Job/Role Planning, (2006). His latest book is Helping (2009).

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Guru #12

Lizz Pellet

Experienced and highly qualified Organizational Development leader with over 20+ years of collaborative, compelling delivery that is inspirational and profitable. Versatile executive strategist recognized for having a systems thinker approach, excellent project management ability, exceptional people skills and superlative business acumen. Progressive, decisive, and innovative, highly valued for expertise in interpreting corporate vision and strategy and translating objectives into actionable plans. Expert in engaging diverse groups. Keen ability to quickly connect with teams strategically, intellectually and emotionally.

Recognized Thought Leader in Talent Management.  Presented over 60 conference workshops to senior leaders across multiple industries and specific to the HR audience. Popular keynote speaker. Created and delivered over 50 distance learning programs. Leverage and train on social media platforms and communication systems.

Corporate Training Instructor: Brandman University, Chapman University System

 

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Guru #13

Garry Ridge

As CEO of WD-40 Company since 1997, Garry Ridge has helped re-ignite excitement and create cultures that foster break-through innovation in companies and workplaces in over 62 countries. In addition to his full-time role at WD-40 Company, Garry shares his experience and insights externally through executive coachingconsulting; and speaking.

His first-hand experiences in transforming a global brand with a market cap of $2.3 billion, as well as his deep, profound commitment to creating workplace cultures that support the individual passions of all who work there, have attracted the recognition of today’s most influential thought leaders.

In 2016, he was named Igniter of the Year by Simon Sinek, author of Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Others to Take Action and Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t. Additionally, Inc.com placed him in the fourth position in its list of Top 10 Global CEOs in 2017. He also collaborated with Ken Blanchard (One Minute Manager serieson the landmark book, Helping People Win at Work.

Garry has also received the Lifetime Achievement Award in Freedom at Work from WorldBlu.

Most recently, he is a contributor in the Marshall Goldsmith/Frances Hesselbein book, Work is Love Made Visible: A Collection of Essays About the Power of Finding Your Purpose From the World’s Greatest Thought Leaders.

While Garry continues to develop his own book projects, other authors write about his work at WD-40 Company. The WD-40 Company is featured in the 2018 book by Whitney Johnson, Build an A-Team: Play to Their Strengths and Lead Them Up the Learning Curve. Additionally, Fast Company magazine co-founder, William Taylor, also featured Garry’s work in revitalizing innovation at WD-40 Company in his newest bookSimply Brilliant: How Great Organizations Do Ordinary Things in Extraordinary Ways! Additionally, Anthony Tjan wrote about the WD-40 Company story in Good People: The Only Leadership Decision That Really Matters.

As part of his lifelong commitment to helping others learn and develop, Garry is an Adjunct Professor at The University of San Diego (Talent Management & Succession Planning).

He is also certified as a coach using the Marshall Goldsmith Stakeholder-Centered Coaching model.

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Guru #14

David Cohen

David S Cohen, PhD, Ed. D. has a vision: organizations that thrive by living their values in good times and especially VUCA times.

David’s first career was in elementary and high school education, where he built a reputation for building school communities based on purpose and social responsibility. Thirty-three years ago, David transitioned to corporate consulting.

As a consultant, David earned a reputation as a contrarian consultant because he does not always follow what is popular in his chosen field. David works with leaders helping them understand what is and what is not necessary to build an active and positive organization. He helps leaders’ step into life’s challenges, inspiring them to create a sustained approach through a values-based focus, resulting in better business results. David has had the privilege of partnering with firms across five continents and all business sectors. Additionally, he has worked with governments, from the local to the federal levels, and not-for-profits.

He has taught at Queens University School of Labour Relations and the executive education program at the Schulich School of Business, York University. Currently, he teaches organizational development at Durham College. David earned his doctorate from Boston University in Humanistic and Behavioural Studies. During that time, he also completed independent studies at the Harvard School of Education, where he was a teaching assistant.

David is a keynote speaker, educator, disruptor, facilitator, team builder, and executive coach. He is a member of the MG100 Coaches.

He has authored two books and numerous articles in professional journals. The Talent Edge: A Behavioral Approach to Hiring, Developing, and Keeping Top Performers (John Wiley and Sons, August 2001) 

Inside the Box: Leading With Corporate Values to Drive Sustained Business Success (Jossey-Bass September 2006)

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Guru #15

Randy Pennington

Randy Pennington helps leaders and organizations build cultures focused on results, relationships, and accountability. He is a twenty-plus year business performance veteran, author, and consultant who has worked with many of this country’s best-known organizations including: Alabama Power Company, Motorola, LaSalle Bank, SmithBucklin, Hyatt Hotels and Resorts, Texas A&M University, Marathon Oil, Sprint PCS, and Progressive Insurance, in addition to government agencies at the local, state, and national level. Mr. Pennington is a frequent radio talk show guest/commentator. His ideas and comments on integrity, trust, and commitment have appeared in The New York Times, Entrepreneur, Executive Excellence, on CNN, Fox News, the BBC, the ABC radio network, and in numerous professional and trade association journals. His book, On My Honor, I Will: The Journey to INTEGRITY-DRIVEN® Leadership has a timeless message about achieving enduring success as a leader and has been released in a third edition. In his endorsement of On My Honor, Ross Perot says “Randy Pennington has cracked the code of great leadership.” His second book, Results Rule! Build a Culture that Blows the Competition Away, received the 2007 Best Books Award from USA Book News. Randy Pennington has earned the Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation and has been inducted into the Speaker Hall of Fame. He is Past Chairman of the NSA Foundation Board of Trustees and NSA Board of Directors. He was the 1998-99 Chairman of the Board for the American Heart Association, Texas Affiliate, and a founding member of the Texas Council on Disease and Stroke. Additionally, he serves as an adjunct instructor in the Cox Business Leadership Center at Southern Methodist University.

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Guru #16

Pawel Motyl

Pawel combines the experience of a consultant on organizational culture and leadership development (HayGroup). With HayGroup, he delivered 100+ organizational culture diagnosis & modelling projects, mainly in the Central&Eastern Europe Region

He is also the CEO of a rapidly growing company, the ICAN Institute. With ICAN Institute, Pawel grew the company from 30 to 230 people, building teams and designing structures & processes that enabled further growth

As an entrepreneur, he has written two books on the topics related to both categories: “Labyrinth. The Art of Decision-Making” that was published in Polish (2015), English (2019), Chinese (2020) and Russian (2020); and “Schrodinger’s World. The Chronicle of an Unpredictable Future” that was published in Polish in November 2020;

He has helped in numerous succession plans in quickly growing startups, introducing professional executive teams and supporting the founder(s) in the succession;

Pawel has also developed and successfully implemented the Four Pillar Model of Team Effectiveness in companies operating in Europe, North America and Asia.

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Guru #17

S. Chris Edmonds

S. Chris Edmonds is the founder and CEO of the Purposeful Culture Group. After a 15-year career leading and managing teams, Chris began his consulting company in 1990. Since 1995, he has also served as a senior consultant with the Ken Blanchard Companies.

Over the years Chris has worked for clients in industries including automotive, banking and financial services, government, hospitality, insurance, manufacturing, non-profit, retail, sales, pharmaceutical, software, and technology.

Chris has helped clients consistently boost customer satisfaction and employee engagement by 40 percent each and results and profits by 35 percent.

Chris is the author or co-author of seven books, including two Amazon best sellers – his latest book, The Culture Engine, and Leading At A Higher Level with Ken Blanchard.

Chris has delivered over 5,000 presentations to rave reviews from audiences as large as 5,000. Chris is one of Inc. magazine’s “100 Great Leadership Speakers,” Recruiter.com’s “10 Corporate Culture Experts You Need to Pay Attention To,” and Richtopia’s “Top 200 Influential Authors.”

He received his master’s degree from the University of San Francisco in Human Resource and Organizational Development. He is a professional member of the National Speakers Association.

Chris is an accomplished musician, performer, and ASCAP songwriter. He provides guitars, banjo, mandolin, and vocals for Graystone Records recording artist, the Brian Raine band. Two singles from the band’s 2009 debut album made the Billboard country charts.

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Guru #18

Lorne Rubis

Lorne Rubis is an expert on building corporate cultures, an abundance mindset, personal leadership, and business goal setting. Build Great culture with 40+ years of Experience.

Lorne’s career has always focused on culture, leadership and transformation. He received an education degree from the University of Alberta (where he played Golden Bears football) and started his career as a teacher. He then completed a Master of Science in Industrial and Labor Relations at the University of Oregon, co-founded an Alberta-based business that flourished for 10 years, and was eventually recruited to work in the US. During his 25 years based in America, he held a variety of executive positions including working directly for the Chairman and CEO of a fortune 50 company (US WEST), COO of a NASDAQ technology company (ZONES) and as VP Operations with the Los Angeles Kings. Prior to joining ATB, Lorne spent eight years as the president and chief executive officer of Ryzex, a U.S. based, privately-held, international technology company (Ryzex).

In 2020, Lorne was included on the HRD Global 100 List. He was awarded the 2018 Canadian LifeTime Achievement Award for contributions to the Human Resource community and advancing the workplace. It is awarded annually by the Ivey Academy, The Ivey School of Business, and HRD Magazine. Lorne teaches EMBA courses at the U of Alberta on Culture and Strategic HR. He will begin teaching his Culture course at Harvard in December 2019. He is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors, a Director on the Board of FortisAlberta Inc., a member of Covenant Health’s Innovation Committee and a mentor at The Unreasonable Group.

Lorne joined ATB Financial, as Chief People Officer in 2012, with the mandate to make ATB “The Place to Work.” During his 4 plus years in that role, working closely with the enterprise leadership team, ATB became widely recognized as one of the top companies to work for in North America. Lorne then became ATB’s first Chief Evangelist in 2017. In this role Lorne led the company-wide transition to Google’s G Suite, moving the entire company onto a transformative collaboration and communication platform that resulted in a renaissance of how people work. Lorne retired from ATB in August 2018.

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Guru #19

April Callis-Birchmeier

April is a nationally known organizational change management expert and has implemented change for dozens of clients and including many health care organizations. April is the leader of Springboard Consulting, one of the “First 100” Certified Change Management Professionals (CCMP™) an author of The Standard for Change Management and a recognized thought leader “Igniter” for the Association of Change Management Professionals (ACMP). She’s also a Project Management Professional, winner of the Top Trainer Throwdown Past President of the Michigan National Speakers Association and President of the Michigan Chapter of ACMP.

She’s the author of “Springboard to Success” and “Leading Successful Change”. April believes that no one should have to suffer through an unorganized, poorly managed change and the resulting negativity. She’s frequently quoted by the Associated Press, The New York Times and other international media outlets.

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Guru #20

Erica Keswin

Erica is a workplace strategist who has worked for the past twenty years with some of the most iconic brands in the world as a consultant, speaker, writer and professional dot-connector. She helps top-of-the-class businesses, organizations and individuals improve their performance by honoring relationships in every context, always with an eye toward high-tech for human touch.

Erica’s work and insights can be seen in varied media outlets, including Harvard Business Review, Forbes, Huffington Post, NY Post, Entrepreneur, Business Insider, Mogul, Conscious Company, Quartz, and Fast Company.

Recent keynotes, workshops, and webinars include the American Red Cross, SXSW, TIAA, IBM, New York Times, HighTower Associates, AllianceBernstein, Standard Industries, Banfield Pet Hospital, and Radio Flyer.

Erica received her MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, a pioneer in teamwork and collaboration, and her BA from the University of Vermont.

Her bestselling book, Bring Your Human to Work: Ten Sure-Fire Ways to Design a Workplace That’s Good for People, Great for Business, and Just Might Change the World, was published by McGraw-Hill in the fall of 2018. Her next book, Rituals Roadmap: The Human Way to Transform Everyday Routines Into Workplace Magic (McGraw-Hill), was published in January 2021.

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Guru #21

Ben Whitter

Ben Whitter, best-selling author of Employee Experience, is the CEO at HEX Organization- a global & independent human & employee experience company. Ben is also the Founder of the World Employee Experience Institute (WEEI).

Recognised by Thinkers50 as one of the World’s top management thinkers in 2021, Ben has pioneered and popularized the concept of employee experience worldwide. Ben shares his work & compelling EX research through popular keynotes, advisory services, coaching and the Holistic Employee Experience (HEX) Practitioner Programme.

Ben’s HEX model was first introduced to the World through his acclaimed book and by The Times in 2019. His work has featured in The Economist, The Telegraph, Forbes, People Management, Deloitte University Press, Hays Journal, Thomson Reuters, MIT Sloan, CGTN and HR publications worldwide. Ben’s thought leadership on EX has inspired & influenced a business audience of +18 million people globally and his 2015 article Bye, Bye HR? introduced EX to a global audience of 1m. His work inspired the very first EX conferences in Europe, Asia, Middle East, and Australia and brought together the World’s top companies to progress the field of EX.

Ben has won numerous awards including the prestigious ‘best in the UK’ Training Journal Award, which celebrated his work as one of the best HR-led programmes in the UK and Europe; his approach has been backed publicly by the World’s leading organisations, in UK Parliament, and one of his projects received an official visit from a member of the British Royal Family.

A sought-after international keynote speaker, Ben has delivered talks and masterclasses on employee experience (EX) in +20 countries. Ben’s latest keynote on EX was watched by several million people!

As a catalyst or long-term partner, Ben and his team help colleagues, companies, and audiences to develop their holistic, human-centred, and experience-driven approach to deliver exceptional business and human outcomes.

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Guru #22

Jonathan H. Westover

Jonathan H. Westover, Ph.D. is a US-based Amazon.com # 1 Best Selling Author, ranked # 1 HR, Innovation, and Future of Work Global Thought Leader & Influencer (Thinkers360), entrepreneur, management consultant, teacher, and research academic based in Orem, Utah. He serves on a host of nonprofit, community, and association boards and committees and has received numerous awards for his teaching, research, and service to the community.

Dr. Westover is a professor and chair of Organizational Leadership in the Woodbury School of Business at Utah Valley University, Academic Director of the UVU Center for Social Impact and the UVU SIMLab, and Faculty Fellow for Ethics in Public Life (previously the Associate Director) in the Center for the Study of Ethics. Dr. Westover has been published widely in academic journals, books, and practitioner publications. He is a regular visiting faculty member in other international graduate business programs.

Consulting: Jonathan is an experienced organizational leadership, people management, and organizational development consultant and managing partner and principal at Human Capital Innovations, LLC). For two decades, he has worked to help transform organizations across the globe. He is also the producer and host of the Human Capital Innovations (HCI) Podcast and Managing Editor of Human Capital Leadership Magazine. Previously, Jonathan was an external consultant with the firm Targeted Learning, and an internal consultant in the Human Resource Development office at Brigham Young University, in the corporate Organizational Development office at InterContinental Hotels, and in the corporate Organizational Development office at LG Electronics in Gumi, South Korea.

Jonathan is a member of the Forbes Coaches Council, Non-Resident Fellow in Social and Development Policy with the Nkafu Policy Institute (part of the Denis & Lenora Foretia Foundation), member of the HR Certification Institute CEO Advisory Council and past member of the board of directors, member of the Humantelligence Scientific Advisory, Board Chair and Director of the Corporate Division of the Global Listening Centre, a CIPD Academic Fellow, and an Advance HE Senior Fellow. Jonathan has been published widely and quoted as a management expert in popular and professional media locally, nationally, and abroad (such as in Forbes, The Economist, U.S. News and World Report, The Wall Street Journal, TED-Ed, HR.com, SHRM.org, HRCI.org, The Washington Post, and USA Today).

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Guru #23

Liz Wiseman

Liz Wiseman is a researcher and executive advisor who teaches leadership to executives around the world. She is the author of New York Times bestseller Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter, The Multiplier Effect: Tapping the Genius Inside Our Schools, and Wall Street Journal bestseller Rookie Smarts: Why Learning Beats Knowing in the New Game of Work.

She is the CEO of the Wiseman Group, a leadership research and development firm headquartered in Silicon Valley, California. Some of her recent clients include: Apple, AT&T, Disney, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Nike, Salesforce, Tesla, and Twitter. Liz has been listed on the Thinkers50 ranking and named one of the top 10 leadership thinkers in the world.

She has conducted significant research in the field of leadership and collective intelligence and writes for Harvard Business Review, Fortune, and a variety of other business and leadership journals. A former executive at Oracle Corporation, she worked over the course of 17 years as the Vice President of Oracle University and as the global leader for Human Resource Development.

She is a frequent guest lecturer at BYU and Stanford University. Liz holds a Bachelors degree in Business Management and a Masters of Organizational Behavior from Brigham Young University.

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Guru #24

Donna Cutting

Donna Cutting, CSP is the Founder and CEO (Chief Experience Officer) of Red-Carpet Learning Systems, Inc. She leads a team of customer service experts that train organizational leaders to turn prospects into delighted customers; and delighted customers into raving fans.

Rolling out the red carpet for others is as natural to Donna Cutting as breathing. Her fondest memories from childhood include the occasions when her mother and Memére, her French grandmother who was the mother of fourteen children, would roll out the red carpet for family members “returning home” to Fall River, Massachusetts. This tradition made a lasting impression on Donna and resonates with her to this day.

A stage actress and dynamic keynote speakerDonna’s mission is to inspire you to experience the “thrill of the red carpet,” where your customers matter, your work matters and you matter. Her passion for rolling out the red carpet and creating exceptional customer experiences moved her to found Red Carpet Learning Systems, Inc., through which she and her team help organizational leaders turn prospects into customers and customers into raving fans!

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Guru #25

Magdalena Mook

Magda acts as strategic partner of the ICF’s leadership, including the Board and variety of committees and task forces. Specializing in strategic planning, cultural competence, ethics, international affairs and board governance, she also oversees organizational budgets and manages professional staff of the ICF. Magda is also a trained coach – she received her training from the College for Executive Coaching, and also holds a certificate in the Fundamentals of Systemic Coaching.

Magdalena brings over a decade of experience in fundraising, consulting and association management. Prior to joining International Coach Federation in October 2005, Magda held a position of Assistant Director of National Policy and Director of Development and the Council of State Governments, a national association of state officials in all three branches of government. During her tenure at CSG, Magda also worked closely with the USAID’s US-Asia Environmental Program, overseeing the grants program in 11 nations of South-East Asia.

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Guru #26

Ben Nemtin

Acclaimed speaker Ben Nemtin, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of What Do You Want to Do Before You Die? and star of MTV’s The Buried Life, uses keynote speeches to help empower and motivate groups to make a difference and live courageously. Nemtin’s message of radical possibility has been featured by major media outlets; even Oprah called his work “truly inspiring.”

It all stems from how Nemtin and three childhood friends decided to create the world’s greatest bucket list to recharge their lives. Every time they accomplished one of their dreams, they also helped a complete stranger cross something off their own bucket list. From playing basketball with President Barack Obama to helping reunite a father and son after 17 years, Nemtin’s quest has inspired millions to realize their true potential.

Nemtin helps companies create an organizational culture that prioritizes work-life harmony and values giving back. He has found himself at the forefront of the mental health awareness movement, offering tools and language to help people and corporations understand how to better equip themselves and their environments for healthy personal development. Nemtin believes that an organization can only become the-best-version-of-itself to the extent that its associates are becoming better-versions-of-themselves. Nemtin’s clients include Amazon, Microsoft, Nationwide, Viacom, Verizon, Levi’s, Harvard and more.

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Guru #27

Larry Senn

Dr. Larry Senn is a pioneer in the field of corporate culture. He founded Senn Delaney (originally called Senn-Delaney Leadership Consulting Group) as a culture-shaping firm in 1978. It was a spinoff of Senn Delaney Management Consultants, a business process consulting firm. The challenge of implementing change in organizations led to Larry’s interest in the power of the personality or habits of organizations to support or defeat initiatives. His vision from the beginning was to create a transformational process to assist CEOs and their own change leaders in creating healthy, high-performing cultures. Today, Senn Delaney is the oldest, most experienced organizational culture-shaping firm in the world.

Larry’s 1970 doctoral dissertation, Organizational Character as a Tool in the Analysis of Business Organizations, played a key role in Larry’s journey. It was the first field study of corporate culture in America. Based on his principal finding that “organizations become shadows of their leaders,” Larry created Senn Delaney – the culture-shaping firm – to work with CEO teams and organizations from top to bottom to create the behaviors needed to support strategies and enhance business results.

Larry’s vision and leadership for more than 30 years has helped Senn Delaney become an international firm that is widely recognized as the leading authority and practitioner in the field of culture shaping. Based on his early work, Larry was recently named “The father of corporate culture” by CEO Forum magazine.

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Guru #28

Lindsey Pollak

Lindsey Pollak is a New York Times bestselling author and one of the world’s leading career and workplace experts. She is passionate about helping individuals and organizations navigate and thrive in the ever-changing world of work.

Lindsey was named to the 2020 Thinkers50 Radar List, which honors the top global management thinkers whose work is shaping the future of how organizations are managed and led.

Her next book is a response to the Covid crisis: Recalculating: Navigate Your Career Through the Changing World of Work, will be published by HarperCollins on March 23, 2021.

Her previous book, The Remix: How to Lead and Succeed in the Multigenerational Workplace (HarperCollins, 2019) was named a Book of the Month by both the Wall Street Journal and Financial Times. She is also the author of two career advice books for young professionals: Becoming the Boss: New Rules for the Next Generation of Leaders and Getting from College to Career: Your Essential Guide to Succeeding in the Real World.

Lindsey’s speaking audiences and consulting clients have included more than 250 corporations, law firms, conferences and universities, including Aetna, Citi, Estée Lauder Companies, GE, Goldman Sachs, Google, Pfizer, Verizon, Yale, Harvard, Wharton and Stanford.

Her advice and opinions have appeared in such media outlets as The TODAY Show, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, CNN and NPR.

Lindsey is a Cappfinity VEE Brand Ambassador and has served as an official ambassador for LinkedIn, a Millennial workplace expert for The Hartford and chair of Cosmopolitan Magazine’s Millennial Advisory Board. In her philanthropic work, she serves as a board director of FourBlock, a national nonprofit that supports veteran career transition.

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Guru #29

Whitney Johnson

Recognized as one of the 50 leading business thinkers in the world. Whitney Johnson is an expert on disruptive innovation and personal disruption; specifically, a framework which she codifies in the critically acclaimed book Disrupt Yourself: Putting the Power of Disruptive Innovation to Work and in her latest book Build an “A” Team: Play To Their Strengths and Lead Them Up the Learning Curve. (Harvard Business Press, 2018). She is also the author of Dare, Dream, Do: Remarkable Things Happen When You Dare to Dream

She developed her proprietary framework and diagnostics after having cofounded the Disruptive Innovation Fund with Harvard Business School’s Clayton Christensen. This framework is complemented by a deep understanding of how executives create and destroy value, having spent nearly a decade as an Institutional Investor ranked equity analyst on Wall Street.

In addition to her work as a speaker and advisor, Whitney is one of Marshall Goldsmith’s original cohort of 25 for the #100 Coaches Project, is a coach for Harvard Business School’s Executive Education program, frequent contributor to the Harvard Business Review, is a Linkedin influencer, and hosts the weekly Disrupt Yourself Podcast.

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Guru #30

Tim Kuppler

Tim Kuppler is the co-founder of CultureUniversity.com and Director of Culture and Organization Development for Human Synergistics, a 40+ year pioneer in the workplace culture field with the mission of Changing the World – One Organization at a Time.

He led many organizations through major culture alignment efforts with a high level of involvement, teamwork, and rapid performance improvement. Best practices from organizations he led are featured as part of the 2012 book – Leading Culture Change in Global Organizations. He built on this foundation as a business leader when he was President of Denison Consulting.

He formed CultureUniversity.com to positively impact society on a global scale through workplace culture awareness, education, and action. The site features a faculty which includes some of the top workplace culture experts in the world.

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