M.A. Pennsylvania State University
Ph.D. University of Wyoming
Barbara Lawton is an educator, executive business coach and international speaker
on the subject of leadership. Her 25 years of professional practice has centered
on increasing organizational performance and, most recently, enhancing the leadership
capabilities of technical professionals.
She is the last student of W. Edwards Deming and the first person to hold the prestigious Deming Professorship at the University of Colorado at Boulder (UCB). Most recently, Dr. Lawton was the Lockheed Martin Professor of Management and Program Director for the Engineering Management Program, a graduate program at UCB providing management education for engineers and scientists.
Her corporate experience includes Vice President for Business & Quality Processes at Storage Technology Corporation, a $2.4B provider of electronic storage solutions; and Global Director of Quality for Albany International, where she designed and facilitated the adoption of Quality Management in 37 plants in 13 countries.
B.A. Harvard University
Mark Gerzon is one of the key architects of the field of global leadership and an experienced facilitator in high-conflict zones. He has advised a wide variety of organizations including the US Congress, multinational corporations, and UNDP. The author of numerous books, including Leading Through Conflict and Global Citizens, he is currently serving as UN advisor on leadership in conflict-torn countries in Africa and Asia.
As President of Mediators Foundation, which he founded over twenty years ago, Mark is working closely with several projects that also advance the field of global citizenship. He founded the Conflict Transformation Collaborative, a network of peace-builders from around the world. He is currently designing an interactive, awareness-raising workshop 'The Global Citizen Journey' based on his most recent book.
J.D., University of Chile
Julio Olalla is the founder and president of The Newfield Network, an international education, coaching, and consulting company that focuses on building trust and growing leaders inside organizations. Newfield has headquarters in the United States and South America. Julio is a master at generating learning environments that establish the trust, safety, respect, and well-being that accelerate the potential for learning.
M.S., American University
Ph.D. candidate, Fielding Graduate University
Susan Skjei is president of SaneSystems, a management consulting firm specializing in organizational change, coaching and leadership development. Formerly a vice-president and chief learning officer in the high-tech industry, she designs and facilitates participative approaches to strategic planning and organizational transformation. A long-time practitioner of meditation inspired by Naropa's founder, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Susan also teaches meditation workshops for leaders in the United States, Canada, and Europe.
Bob is director of Wise Actions™, an organization dedicated to cultivating compassionate and transformative actions in the world. He is founder of Warrior of the Heart® seminars and retreats, designed to teach individuals and groups to live and work wisely and courageously via skillful leadership, and is currently associated with Authentic Leadership Trainings both in Boulder and Halifax. He presents seminars in the Art of Hosting™ and the Art of Social Innovation™, and is actively helping to organize these co-operative work communities. Bob was founder of the Aikido program at Naropa University, as well as having been an Adjunct Faculty member in the Contemplative Psychology Department. He is a respected sculptor/painter, and is trained extensively in Trager Psycho-Physical Integration. He currently leads workshops and trainings worldwide, dedicated to learning through experiential education.