Our facilitators are a blend of on-campus Xavier faculty, seasoned executives, experienced practitioners, and training professionals. These talented people help us deliver the right balance of theory and practice to meet your specific program goals. We are continually expanding our network to bring the best people we can find in every topic area that we know our clients are looking for.
For our custom engagements, the essence of the XLC learning experience is personal. It works when there is a strong intellectual and emotional connection between our facilitators and the participants in your chosen learning environment. We work hard to select our staff based not only their content knowledge, but based on their “fit” with your organizational culture. We strive to have more than one person who can address a topic from an intellectual standpoint so that we can make the best choices for each and every client.
ANNIE FITZPATRICK is a facilitator at Xavier Leadership Center and a member at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music Drama Program. She has also taught interpersonal communication skills at UC’s College of Law and UC’s College of Medicine. As a professional actress she has been a spokesperson and corporate trainer for companies that include Procter & Gamble, Lenscrafters, Krogers, Cintas, Ipsos, Barefoot Proximity, Hewlett Packard, Parker Brothers, RCA, JB Speakers, and Motorola. She has coached professional actors for over 25 years and created a Conservatory program for The Tri-State American Federation of Radio and Television Artists. She has appeared Off-Broadway, toured nationally and internationally, and works in regional theatres across the country. She has appeared in numerous national and local commercials. TV and film credits include Those Who Kill, Army Wives, Little Accidents, Fun Size, Milk Money, Loving, and Broken Hearts. As a company member of The Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati, she has received two Best Actress Cincinnati Entertainment Awards and multiple Acclaim Awards, including one for Best Supporting Actress.Show More
Benjamim Mulling, CMA, CPA, CITP is a facilitator for the Xavier Leadership Center and the CFO of TENTE Casters, Inc. During his career as CFO, he has championed projects, particularly in business intelligence, to drive lean reporting, performance measurement, and leading indicators that were used to drive the company into success. Mr. Mulling received his B.A. in accounting from Northern Kentucky University, his MBA from Liberty University, and CMA, CPA, and CITP certifications. Mr. Mulling has taught several courses in managerial accounting and intermediate accounting as an adjunct faculty member and currently serves on the Global Board of Directors for the Institute of Management Accountants. Mr. Mulling has published accounting and finance articles in various public media outlets regarding the IMA® and CMA®, including the IMA's award-winning magazine, Strategic Finance.Show More
Bob Sutton is a highly effective advisor, change agent and facilitator. His work with organizations improves individual, team and departmental execution of strategies and goals. Over his 16 years of experience he has worked with business teams, management and leadership teams to improve their business outcomes by improving their execution. He has designed and conducted projects on teamwork, leadership, safety, quality processes, conflict resolution, diversity, accountability and experiential learning. His coaching is grounded in Gestalt philosophy and practice that enables leaders to work fully aware, authentically and effectively. Coaching clients become less stressed, more balanced in their work, more productive, better leaders and team members and create more effective working relationships. Over the last 16 years Sutton has worked with a wide range of client’s including professional service firms, light and heavy manufacturing, healthcare, government and education.
Chris McGill is a Six Sigma Master Black Belt for Cintas Corporation. For the last 13 years, he has help lead the continuous improvement deployment through creative and engaging Lean Six Sigma training and project facilitation within Cintas. Chris has also had the opportunity to teach classes and co-lead kaizen events for state government leaders through a partnership with the Lean Ohio office.
As a Champion of helping Cintas partners get better, he has facilitated projects and Six Sigma programs that have become part of the culture at Cintas. Most recently he has added innovation and change management content to the curriculum. Chris has trained and mentored over 150 Black Belts and hundreds of Green Belts who together have generated significant savings and customer improvements. In addition to the process improvement training, Chris is certified to debrief the HBDI brain assessment tool, is an Innovation Engineering Blue Belt from the Eureka Ranch and a member of the corporate culture and engaging leadership faculty at Cintas.
His passion is to enable people to thrive at work and make a difference every day. He has worked with non-profits and volunteer organizations to rethink their processes and maximize their effort. He has a B.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Chris lives in Lebanon Ohio with his wife Kelley of 18 years and has three beautiful daughters.
Dr. Clint Schertzer has been on the graduate business faculty at Xavier University since 1974, teaching courses in the areas of marketing research and strategic business planning. He oversees the Kao Brands Marketing Challenge.
Clint has a unique background encompassing both finance and marketing. His BSBA and MBA are both in Finance. His Ph.D. is in Marketing with minors in Finance and Social Psychology. This unique combination brings a very "bottom line" orientation to marketing and strategic planning often not presented. He understands the need to select market positions, segments and strategies, yet also understands and stresses the financial realities of achieving target strategies. Anyone can set business and marketing strategies, not everyone can implement them.
Debbie Curl-Nagy joined Xavier University in 2012 where she facilitates courses in Effective Decision Making and Critical Thinking. Debbie Curl-Nagy is an independent consultant and trainer, with a focus on Lean and Six Sigma training, coaching and project facilitation. She has over 15 years of experience developing and providing training, consultation, and technical assistance in continuous improvement, evaluation and action planning to a variety of audiences.She brings a wealth of experience from her work in state government, education, and non-profit organizations. Debbie was employed as Director of Collaboration and Continuous Improvement for a national nonprofit organization providing consultation and technical assistance to community partnerships focused on improving urban education. She has worked in government as a state performance auditor and project manager to promote efficiency and effectiveness of public programs; has run programs and taught bachelor’s and master’s level courses in Social Work; and has worked in the non-profit sector providing crisis intervention and counseling services to children and families.
Debbie is a facilitator with Xavier Leadership Center and an Assistant Professor of Information Systems in the Williams College of Business at Xavier University. She obtained her DBA in Quantitative Analysis and Management Information Systems at Louisiana Tech University in 1992. Her expertise includes statistics, project management, system development and curriculum outcomes assessment. She has published numerous articles in journals and conference proceedings and a Visual Basic projects text. She is a member of the Association of Information Technology Professionals.
DENISE DAL VERA is a facilitator for Xavier Leadership Center and a faculty member at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music Drama Program. She has enjoyed a highly varied career as a corporate spokesperson and actress. As a corporate trainer, some of her clients include: Children’s Hospital, UC Law School, Fifth/Third Bank, General Motors, GTE, Iams, Kroger, Lexmark, Boeing Aircraft, Contel, Eli Lilly & Co., Macy’s Stores, American Financial Group, Cincinnati Bell, Procter & Gamble, Reynolds & Reynolds, UMPC Health Plan. Currently producing the Public Television documentary Steel Heartbeats, which focuses on peace and inclusion through music, Denise holds Executive Board positions both locally, with The Cincinnati Labor Council AFL-CIO, and nationally, with The Screen Actors Guild - American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. You can see her in featured roles on Army Wives, 21 Jumpstreet, Northern Exposure, Days of Our Lives, Body Language, and most recently the films, The Next Three Days with Russell Crowe, My Bloody Valentine 3-D, Homecoming, Madison, Uninvited Guest, Artworks, and Dead Horse.Show More
Dennis (Denny) leads Xavier’s Project Management Certification and Six Sigma Programs. Denny brings more than 30 years of business experience, including senior operations and engineering management positions with Procter & Gamble and Belcan. Denny has been teaching project management and process excellence for 12 years and has 18 years of adult training experience. His breadth of experience allows him to share both his knowledge and expertise in managing projects and processes within organizations from a number of industries. Denny has his Professional Certification in Project Management (CPM) and Master Level Certification in Project Management (MCPM) from Xavier University. Both certification credentials are in alignment with the Project Management Institute’s (PMI’s) Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK).Show More
Donna is the Program Director of Radiologic Technology Program at Xavier University, a position she has held since 1987. Thirty-two years of experience in collegiate radiologic technology in roles of faculty, clinical instructor and director. She is certified by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologist (ARRT) as a Radiologic Technologist. She obtained her Master of Education in Human Resource Development (HRD) which is the integrated use of training, organizational development, and career development efforts to improve individual, group, and organizational effectiveness. Since 1987 the Radiologic Technology has been awarded the highest degree of accreditation from the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology. She has been presenter at the Ohio Society for Radiologic Technologist (OSRT) with topics in radiographic image quality, patient care issues, radiographic positioning, communication skills, radiologic protection and biology. Current teaching responsibilities include medical terminology, patient care in radiology, radiographic pathology, medical ethics and law, special procedures, radiographic positioning, digital imaging and principles of radiographic exposure. Donna serves on the College of Social Science, Health and Education’s Curriculum Committee, Ad Hoc Committee for Student Advising and the Radiologic Technology Program Advisory Board. She is certified as a master TeamSTEPPS master faculty trainer.Show More
Ed is an experienced and dynamic trainer, a leader in the field, and President of Management Training Consultants, Inc. a firm that specializes in Train-The-Trainer programs. He has conducted training programs for top fortune 100 corporations in all industries including: Apple, Dun & Bradstreet, Ford Motor and Walt Disney World to name a few.
His previous work experience includes a faculty position in a graduate program in adult learning at the University of Rhode Island. He was elected department chairman and served in this capacity for two years. Later, as a director of a training and development function at Carney Hospital, he created, staffed and managed a department of eleven people.
Ed was a former member of the National Speakers Association and the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD). He was a charter member and past President of Rhode Island Chapter of ASTD. He also served as the chairman of the Massachusetts ASTD Advanced Trainer’s Forum, and was Assistant Regional Vice President of Region I, ASTD.
During his career as a training professional, Ed has published articles in HRD Review, Hospital Progress, Employer Services Digest, ASTD Training and Development Journal, and Training News. He has also authored and published the following manuals: Powerful Presentations That Get Results; Planning, Designing and Evaluating Training; Proven Classroom Training Techniques; and How Adults Learn: 15 Practical Tips. He has presented at ASTD National and Regional Conferences, Training’s Cost Effective Training, the American College of Health Care Administrators, and at The Poynter Institute for Reporting, Writing; Editing Faculty.
On repeated occasions over the past six years, Ed Jones has scored a perfect “10″ evaluation rating from every trainer in attendance.
Guy is a facilitator and senior management consultant with the Xavier Leadership Center specializing in helping organizations achieve alignment and growth by applying practical frameworks for strategy implementation. He has worked with executives, high potential leaders, and strategy practitioners within a variety of organizations, including DuPont, JetBlue Airways, AT&T, Scudder Investments, Ernst and Young, and Monsanto. Within the public sector, he has worked with the highest leadership at the FAA and Department of Defense and numerous other agencies on strategy alignment efforts. He is a frequent and highly regarded lecturer at Dartmouth’s Amos Tuck School of Business and at NASA.
Guy holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from the United States Air Force Academy as a distinguished graduate and an MS in Operations Research from MIT (Sloan School of Management) as a Draper Laboratory Fellow. Earlier in his career Guy served as an officer in the United States Air Force and UN peacekeeper in sub-Saharan Africa.
Jeff Nally is a facilitator with the Xavier Leadership Center. He brings 23 years of professional experience in human resources, executive coaching, and leadership development. He is a speaker, author and leader developer who brings expert neuroscience applications to improve leaders, teams and organizations. Jeff synthesizes neuroscience research, coaching methodologies, and well-being strategies to help people achieve what they really want at work and in life. Jeff brings results to leaders and organizations with the brain in mind.
Jeff earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Georgetown College in Georgetown, Kentucky, and a Master’s in Business Administration from Georgia State University in Atlanta. He is a Professional Certified Coach through the International Coach Federation, a Results Professional Certified Coach through The NeuroLeadership Group, and a certified StrengthsFinder Performance Coach through The Gallup Organization. He graduated with distinction with a Certificate in the Foundations of NeuroLeadership from The NeuroLeadership Institute.
Jenn brings more than 18 years of marketing, communications and branding experience to her Personal Branding work with individuals and organizations. Her consulting and corporate experience includes developing, writing and managing the production of extensive direct mail campaigns; directing comprehensive rebranding initiatives for organizations undergoing dramatic change; crafting corporate communications for diverse and multi-level workforces; and successfully working with individuals and teams to help them achieve their communications and presentation goals through the systematic and authentic expression of their Personal Brands.
Prior to her work with Xavier Leadership Center, Jenn held executive and leadership positions with both corporate and start-up organizations, leading communications initiatives to drive growth and brand recognition. A trainer and speaker on topics of personal branding, marketing and promotion, Jenn offers skills in Personal Brand strategy development and execution, communication planning, content development, presentations, and project management and facilitation, and helps individuals and teams take Branding initiatives from concept to production within deadlines, on budget, and in alignment with organizational strategy.
Jennifer Pope Moore is a facilitator for Xavier Leadership Center. She is also a Human Resources talent management expert with more than fifteen years of broad and deep experience in organizational development, leadership expansion, performance management, succession planning, high-potential identification and assessment. She attained a graduate certificate in the neuroscience of leadership, and incorporates brain-based principles into HR processes, such as creating rapid decision-making, problem-solving, cultivation of a collaborative work style, and accelerated change integration. She is a confident and competent facilitator and coach with proven relationship-building skills reinforced by exceptional rapport development and a quick-witted approach to influencing.
Jennifer is also a member of the adjunct faculty at Xavier University’s Executive MBA program. She received her MS in Human Resource Development from Indiana State University, her Graduate Certificate in Neuroscience of Leadership in 2009 from Middlesex University in London and the NeuroLeadership Institute.
Jill is a Xavier Leadership Center facilitator in the Innovation Certifcate Series and has worked for The Procter & Gamble Company for over 15 years in a varied career spanning assignments in consumer research, market understanding, customer teams, managing a research venue and as a trainer in research methodologies. After being trained by IDEO as a facilitator she had finally found her career match in leading teams all over the world in creative problem solving, innovation and strategic visioning. Jill brings her passion for the consumer, coupled with her knowledge of marketing from concept to implementation, to every team she works with. Her experience spans every P&G category and most brands as well as the Industrial products division, Digital Center of Excellence, External Relations, Purchasing and other internal teams. Throughout her career Jill has continued to follow a path that has demonstrated a passion and ability for facilitating, teaching, coaching and leading. Outside of P&G she has worked to bring creative problem solving to teams with companies such as Brown-Forman and Hershey’s.Show More
John began coaching in 1988 when, as a facilitator of CEO learning groups, conducting monthly intensive “one-on-ones with each CEO member. With hundreds of hours in this setting he helped pioneer the conversation-based development processes that we now know as coaching.
John Schuster does most of his coaching in business environments with established senior leaders, with a secondary focus on emerging leadership coaching. A pioneer in the coaching process with more than 20 years’ experience, he has helped enterprises with strategic planning to leadership development to engaging the workforce. A multi-published freelance writer, he is also the author of “The Power of Open Book Management” and “The Open Book Management Feedback,” “Answering Your Call: A Guide to Living Your Deepest Purposes,” and “Hum-Drum to Hot Diggity.”
Judi is an Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Health Technology Initiatives for the College of Social Sciences, Health and Education and coordinates the Health Informatics track for the School of Nursing’s graduate program. Her national audiences include a nursing informatics three-part webinar series for the American Nurses’ Association’s National Center for Nursing Quality; the Council on Post-Secondary Education at the Library of Congress (where she was also recognized for her contributions to the Public Good); the ANCC Magnet Conference; and the NLN Educator’s Conference. She was a featured speaker at the American Nursing Informatics Association (ANIA) Conference and received a Bronze Award from the Online Journal of Nursing Informatics (OJNI) for her work in the design and implementation of an interactive, web based informatics training course which has consistently demonstrated significant improvements in the information literacy and computer competencies of nurses and nursing students.Show More
Karen, M.A., is an experienced program developer, trainer and business writer who serves national and international clients from offices in Cincinnati, Ohio. She has been teaching professionals for 15+ years, delivering a wide range of communications solutions for clients such as Verizon, Chiquita Brands, GE Capital, Precision LensCrafters and Russell Investment Group. Her projects include the design and development of management learning programs, consumer research, marketing and promotional campaigns, executive speechwriting, and interactive voice response systems.
Karen’s areas of expertise include management and leadership, presentational speaking, business writing, time management, personnel development, team building, and a wide variety of interpersonal communication topics. In addition to her work with business clients, for 10 years Karen taught business communication in the Communication Arts department at Xavier University.
Keith Schneider the founder of SQUARE1, a not-for profit aimed at turning ideas into startups. Keith provides the day-to-day leadership of SQUARE1. Keith has been working in the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky startup ecosystem for more than a decade. Since founding one of Kentucky’s first Innovation Centers while at NKU as part of the Kentucky Innovation Network, he has continued to support the startup community most recently leading the expansion of the bioLOGIC Life Science Incubator in Covington.Show More
Baretta is a trained chef with experience catering and teaching cooking classes both in the United States and London, England. Kim spent 13 years working at Procter & Gamble in the U.S., Paris and London. The years spent abroad provided Kim the opportunity to travel and experience the food of many European and Asian countries.
In 2001, Kim decided to turn her passion for food into a new career. She enrolled at Leith’s School of Food and Wine in London, England, graduating with distinction. Kim then began working as a caterer and cooking instructor in England. Her first catering client was actress Emma Thompson. Through the years, Kim has catered everything from exclusive home dinner parties, to four-course weddings for 200, to cocktail parties for 300 in art museums.
Krissi Barr is a Xavier Leadership Center partner and strategic leader. Krissi's dynamic presence, decision-making ability and creative thinking quickly establish her as an inspiring leader. The unique combination of her enthusiasm and high-energy with instinctive strategic vision and in-the-trenches experience produce amazing, sustainable bottom-line results. Krissi's "Can Do" attitude generates confidence and a team spirit.
Working within a variety of companies from global Fortune 500's, mid-sized established firms, start-ups and family businesses gives Krissi the perspective to operate within any corporate culture and grow any size business. Krissi focuses on separating daily distractions from the real issues to business on the right path to grow and prosper. Results are immediate, growth sustainable and profitability long-term. The key to the program's success is its implementation emphasis.
Krissi earned a BA and MBA from Miami University and has completed The Wharton School Executive Coaching Program. She is certified an Attribute Index Analyst (for behavior assessments), Professional Values Analyst, Professional Behavioral Analyst, the Devine Inventory, Coach4SuccessTM, and in Paul Hersey's Situational LeadershipTM. Krissi is a member of the Worldwide Association of Business Coaches. She is on the Executive Advisory Board of Xavier’s Williams College of business and has served on the boards of the Karen Wellington Foundation for People Living with Breast Cancer, the FreeStore/FoodBank, Association of Retarded Citizens of Hamilton County, Winning Over Cancer, Cincinnati Park Foundation, Cincinnati Chapter of Association for Corporate Growth and was selected by the Mayor of Cincinnati to serve on the city's Airport Oversight Advisory Board, and Citizens Technology Advisory Group.
Larry Falkin has served as Director of the City of Cincinnati's Office of Environment & Sustainability since July 2007. His prior work experience includes time with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Kansas City Department of Environmental Management, the Jackson County (Missouri) Department of Parks and Recreation and the Environmental Compliance Oversight Corporation.
Mr. Falkin holds a B.A. from the State University of New York at Binghamton, and a J.D. from Pace University School of Law.
Len Brzozowski is a facilitator for Xavier Leadership Center, helping companies across a wide variety of industries develop the leadership skills necessary to succeed in today’s dynamic market environment. By engaging leaders from every level of the enterprise, Len helps companies effectively identify and implement solutions to overcome business, interpersonal and organizational challenges. Before joining Xavier, Len was a successful entrepreneur, running his company – Robotron. Under his leadership, Robotron was recognized by Crain’s Detroit Business as one of the leading technology companies of Michigan, and was named as one of the 50 most innovative small business in the United States by the US Chamber of Commerce.Show More
Dr. Len Sauers is the Vice President, Global Product Stewardship & Sustainability at the Procter & Gamble Company. He leads a 700-person, multi-national department which is responsible for developing and executing the company’s overall strategy for environmental sustainability, conducting human and environmental safety risk assessments for new products and technologies, and ensuring all products are in regulatory compliance. Dr. Sauers has earned advanced degrees in biology and toxicology, is a frequent lecturer at industry symposia and universities, and has published extensively on the subjects of product safety and sustainability.Show More
Linda, PhD., SPHR (Senior Professional in Human Resources), CEQC (Certified EQ Coach and Consultant), has been affiliated with the Xavier Leadership Center for over 15 years and is on the faculty of Xavier’s Executive MBA program. She has worked with clients like Voith, The Discovery Channel, and Perfetti Van Melle, helping them leverage a diverse workforce to ensure success through periods of growth and change. Linda is a frequent speaker at professional conferences on the topics of building collaboration in a multicultural workplace, leveraging emotional intelligence, business ethics and generational differences.
Linda is the author of "HRM Ethics: Perspectives for a New Millennium and co-author of Bridging the Generation Gap" and "Using Your Emotional Intelligence to Develop Others." Her latest book, "The Real Story of Being a Woman Entrepreneur," was released in October 2012.
Linda has a Ph.D. in HRD and Industrial Psychology; an MA in Labor and Employment Relations; and a Bachelor’s in Accounting and is certified in consulting and training using both the MBTI and EQ-i® instruments. She has lived in Japan, Mexico, and Canada and brings an international perspective to her consulting and teaching.
Lindsey is a millennial leader. She spent three years in local TV news as a reporter. She developed the first social media story series at her station to encourage people to share “Why I ride,” for an annual 100-mile cycling race. While reporting in Texas she was highly engaged in the community.
She graduated from Gonzaga University with a BA in Communications and a certificate from the Comprehensive Leadership Program, a selective program designed to develop leaders within the framework of mission centered values: service, justice, faith and ethics.
Lindsey currently hosts her own shown “Off Air and Online” on the web. Its mission is to uplift, enlighten and encourage.
Mariela is a proven change agent. As an engineer she has combined her industrial engineering expertise with the principles of Lean to create dramatic results for many companies. Her prior roles with companies like CTS, Kraft and Nestle have enabled those organizations to dramatically improve operations and profitability. Mariela's tactile approach toward workplace organization (Using the 5S appoach), cellular manufacturing, plant layouts, pull systems and visual management result in sustainable results.Show More
Mark Matthews is a facilitator and consultant with Xavier Leadership Center, working closely with sales professionals and sales managers to elevate their skills so that they can deliver the results that key customers need. Mark is an accomplished leader having led numerous businesses ranging in size from $ 75 million to $ 1.5 billion. Many of these also carried profit & loss responsibility for the business. He has also successfully built four start-ups, achieving higher than budgeted sales numbers ahead of schedule for each start-up. To date, Mark has trained over 1,500 sales professionals and managers using his STAR Process© program. This training has been at the heart of millions of dollars in new revenue since it was first created in 1992. In 2007, xpedx, an $8 billion business of International Paper, selected the STAR Process© as the national training platform for all four business units across the country.
Mark holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Louisville in Political Science with minors in German and Economics. He has continued his education over the years at Xavier University, the Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University and many other professional development programs.
Mark T. McFerron is the Creative Director for the Xavier Center for Innovation. He loves co-creating with conceptual thinkers and designing visual stories. Mark has been part of journey mapping processes as the Consumer Experience Designer for Humana Inc. He’s been a graphic designer for nearly 27 years including a professional artist, primarily a watercolorist. His work has become recognizable beyond his home state of Kentucky resulting in 6 original paintings being placed on display for 2 years at the U.S. Department of Labor, in Washington, D.C., at the special request of Secretary Elaine Chao. Additionally, he was published in The Kentucky Encyclopedia for his research on the Battle of Wildcat Mountain.Show More
Marla joined Xavier University in 2008 where she leads initiatives that bring global regulators and industry together in an effort to collaboratively address issues faced by the Medical Device and Pharmaceutical industries. Since 2005, Phillips has worked with former FDA Investigators to conduct mock FDA inspections of pharmaceutical firms globally, as well as to provide technical assistance related to manufacturing, packaging and laboratory operations. Phillips started in the industry in 1996 when she was employed by Merck & Co., where she quickly took on positions of increasing responsibility, culminating in the position of Head of Quality Operations at the Merck North Carolina facility in 2000. Dr. Phillips holds a B.S. in Chemistry from Xavier University, and a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.Show More
Marvin is a brand storyteller, entrepreneur and investor. He is the founder of Thrivera Advisory Group, a studio fund specializing in brand storytelling to help entrepreneurs and startups get their ideas funded. Previously, Marvin spent 18 years with Procter & Gamble where he took on roles in Brand Management, Sourcing, and as an HR Leader.
Marvin’s greatest passion is developing people. He was a corporate trainer within P&G’s Leadership Academy teaching leaders the art of strategy, brand storytelling, and effective communication. "I'm the son of two Asian immigrants who struggled with English. So, I grew up helping them get their voices heard. That's where I found my mission to serve others to help them find their voice."
Since founding the Thrīvera Project in 2011, an education based NGO that teaches leaders the art of storytelling, Marvin has spoken at conferences, accelerators, incubators, businesses and universities. In 2014, he gave his first TEDx talk. Marvin holds a BA in English and has an MBA in Marketing from the University of Cincinnati.
Michael has been a facilitator with the Xavier Leadership Center for many years. He specializes in helping people and businesses learn and develop together to set and meet organizational goals. Mike provides invigorating programs in leadership development, team effectiveness, and personal performance. His inspiring and dynamic facilitation style energizes clients to maintain enthusiasm and effectively apply their learning to meet the practical challenges they face every day.
In both the corporate and not-for-profit sectors, Mike has directed Human and Systems Development efforts for small, large, and multinational companies. He has served as Director of Experiential Programs, and currently chairs the Experiential Training and Development Alliance, WEB Education Tools. For seven years Mike was the Director of Organizational Learning for Joy Outdoor Education Center, near Cincinnati, where he provided the leadership to initiate a full-service consulting operation, doubling base revenues and tripling the client base.
Mike earned his Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Psychology/Quality of Work Life from Bowling Green State University. His publications include articles in the "Book of Metaphors, II" for the Association of Experiential Education, and "Getting Teams on the Same Page." Mike has also produced the manuals Managing Conflict, Team Alignment Process®, Creating Shared Vision, Developing Strategic Plans, and Quality Team Processes and Leadership.
Priya is a human resource professional with more than 15 years of experience working with a variety of organization on employee development, change management, global diversity and cultural awareness. Priya has extensive experience in conducting skills assessments, analyzing results, and facilitating debrief sessions.
Priya’s corporate experience includes being instrumental in the cross-cultural training of employees in both the U.S. and abroad.
Priya holds a Bachelors degree in business from the College of Mount St. Joseph and a Master’s degree in Human Resource Development from Xavier University. She is a certified coach practitioner and teaches a graduate course on managing diversity at Northern Kentucky University. Priya is also qualified in the Prosci Change Management methodology and the Intercultural Development Inventory.
Professor Paul Fiorelli is the Co-Director of the Cintas Institute for Business Ethics at Xavier University. Professor Paul Fiorelli has been the lead faculty on over 20 international trips to Europe, focusing on London and Paris. He has an extensive professional network in the Ethics and Compliance field. Professor Fiorelli received both his law and M.B.A. degrees in 1981, has taught at Xavier University since 1983 and has been a tenured, Full Professor since 1994. He has received the following teaching awards: (1) the Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence in 2003, 2005 and 2006, (2) Teacher of the Year for the Williams College of Business in 1995 and 1997, (3) the Teacher of the Year for Executive MBA's in 1992, 1997 and 1999, and (4) the Lamp of Knowledge Teaching Award for the General Electric MBA program in 2002.
Professor Fiorelli actively advises in the area of business ethics and has provided workshops and presentations to groups and companies, including: AK Steel, AIG, ALICO, Association of College and University Auditors, Bell-Textron Helicopter, BP, Cinergy, the Conference Board, the Defense Industry Initiative, Eli Lilly & Co., Ethics and Compliance Officer Association, Ethics Resource Center, Fifth Third Bank, Fort Washington Investment Advisors, General Dynamics, Honda of America, Mead-Westvaco, Microsoft, Northrop Grumman, the Ohio Society of CPAs, Sears, Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics, Toyota, the Practicing Law Institute, US Oncology, Wal-Mart, Walsh Construction, and Western-Southern Life Insurance.
Richard Kunst is a consultant with Xavier Leadership Center and President & CEO of Kunst Solutions Corp, a holistic professional services firm helping client partners achieve performance excellence through application of Lean enterprise concepts and techniques.
Mr. Kunst has an extensive background in manufacturing, production planning, and Lean Enterprise methodologies. He has held positions in executive and ownership roles at Warner Entertainment, Rockwell Automation, Allen Bradley, CAMI (Toyota/GM), Stackpole Ltd, Kromet International, and La-Z-Boy, among others. Mr. Kunst received rigorous training in the Toyota Production System while living in Japan for several years, as part of his responsibilities as Director of Production Control at CAMI. Richard’s passion is to apply the concepts of the Toyota Production System holistically across all aspects of an organization in pursuit of Enterprise Excellence.
Mr. Kunst’s deep understanding of the Toyota Production System, Lean Manufacturing and the Theory of Constraints has enabled him to build a solid track record of optimizing ROI within an organization. These demonstrated successes in companies of varied sizes and commodities makes him a highly requested speaker on the topic of Lean and Organization Transformation around the globe. He speaks frequently to organizations and associations across the USA, Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom.
Roberta Fiore-Kittell is an executive coach with expertise in leadership development, assimilation of newly hired executives, organizational cultural assessments and talent management within both Fortune 500 and smaller companies. Recently, her point-of-view on executive presence has been incorporated into a number of programs and has produced a series of invited talks. Roberta served as the Chief Human Resources Officer at Synchrony Communications, TriHealth, and Good Samaritan Hospital and holds a M.A. in Industrial Relations from the University of Cincinnati. Roberta is a past President of the Greater Cincinnati Human Resources Association and is an Adjunct Professor in the Xavier MBA program. Women’s Business Cincinnati has identified Roberta as one of top woman executive coaches in the TriState area is a certified by the International Coaching Federation as a Master Coach (MCC).Show More
Rocco Del Vera, Professor of Theatre at the College Conservatory of Music, has 30+ years of experience teaching adults. He has worked extensively as a coach and trainer in corporate environments, training professionals in such areas as persuasive speaking, presentation skills, and leadership presence. He is an internationally-recognized teacher and researcher in the area of voice and emotion, and is one of only a handful of certified trainers in the Alba Emoting technique. He has published 6 books and over 35 articles including The Voice in Violence and Voice: Onstage and Off, a textbook in use by over 300 colleges and universities. His credits include work as both a voice coach on numerous stage productions and as a voice-over talent on more than 500 commercials, television shows, and movies, including L.A. Law, Hill Street Blues, THIRTYsomething, Raiders of the Lost Ark and The Gods Must Be Crazy.Show More
Roxanne Qualls is Assistant to the Provost for Civic Affairs at Xavier University and a nationally recognized sustainability expert.
Qualls formerly served as mayor of the City of Cincinnati and as a long-time member of City Council. Her public service focus has included building great neighborhoods, improving transportation and finding solutions to homelessness.
In the academic arena Qualls was a fellow in the Institute of Politics, a Loeb Fellow in the Graduate School of Design, and a Malcolm Weiner Fellow in Social Policy at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She has taught in the Masters of Public Administration program at Northern Kentucky University, where she also served as Director of Public Leadership Initiatives.
Early in her career Qualls was the director of the Cincinnati office of Ohio Citizen Action, executive director of Women Helping Women and the director of the Northern Kentucky Rape Crisis Center.
Sandra is a professional speaker, trainer, and facilitator with over 20 years of experience in management, training and education. She focuses on the art of persuasive communication. In 2005, Sandra became a certified contract trainer at the new General Electric Learning Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is also a certified trainer for Development Dimensions International (DDI), Achieve Global, Kepner Tregoe, and GE’s Professional Leadership courses. Dr. Vogel has received numerous awards and honors, including: SBA’s “Women in Business Champion” (2008); The eWomen Network’s “Innovator of the Year” (2006), and a Miami University award for “Women Breaking Barriers” (2005).
Dr. Vogel has conducted workshops across the nation and overseas and specializes in training and facilitating workshops including: Assertive Communication Skills, Personality Profiling, Team Building, Presentation Skills, Influencing Skills, Hiring the Right People, Conflict Management, Diversity, Dealing with Difficult People & Customer Service.
Sandy Ping is a facilitator for the Xavier Leadership Center's Innovation program series and is an internationally known innovation coach, consultant and trainer, with 30 years hands-on experience in corporate innovation, creative problem solving and project implementation. Sandy ranks among the top inventors within the Procter & Gamble Company, developing such breakthrough products and market changing innovations as Swiffer WetJet® and Cascade ActionPacs®. Sandy's diverse background includes new product design and engineering, process and packaging development, knowledge engineering, knowledge management, and new business development. He is a trainer and practitioner of Systematic Innovation Systems, Statistical Quality Control (SQC), Quality Functional Deployment (QFD), innovation, as well as creativity and problem-solving systems such as TRIZ and CPS. He currently holds 11 US patents and 46 international patent publications. Sandy retired form Procter and Gamble in 2001 as a Senior Engineer in Corporate Engineering and formed his own consulting company.Show More
Sanyog Rathod, President and CEO of Sol Design and Consulting, is a noted green architect. Mr. Rathod earned his Masters in Architecture from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, is credentialed by the American Institute of Architects and is LEED AP+Homes certified. He is associated with the US Green Building Council as well as the International Living Future Institute, sponsor of the Living Building Challenge certification. Mr. Rathod has served as sustainability consultant for Habitat for Humanity and has provided extensive research on sustainable renovation of historic buildings in Over-the-Rhine.Show More
Shawn Nason is the Chief Innovation Officer of the Xavier University Center for Innovation. Prior to Xavier, Shawn worked three years at Humana leading Strategic and Consumer Innovation with a focus on design. Additionally, Shawn spent six years at The Walt Disney Company in various capacities within Disney Cruise Line and Walt Disney Imagineering. Shawn has experience in design innovation, ideation to market, systems implementation, financial planning, forecasting and budgeting, process implementation, risk management, and leadership development. Shawn has 20+ years in developing teams and leaders within corporate America and the non-profit sector; with a strong passion to see teams and individuals reach their purpose and potential.Show More
Stephanie Sisak is a facilitator for the Xavier Leadership Center. In addition, Stephanie is a Visiting Instructor at Xavier University and teaches corporate finance courses at the undergraduate, graduate and Executive MBA level. With over 25 years of professional management experience to draw upon, her courses have consistently been some of the highest rated by students each year. Stephanie’s unique way of making complex financial concepts easy to understand has kept her classrooms full since 1999! While teaching at Xavier, she has been honored with the Delta Sigma Pi “Teacher of the Year” award for 2013 and 2008, selected by the Executive MBA class as “Teacher of the Year” in 2011, and received the Dean’s award for “Excellence in Adjunct Teaching” in May 2005 and May 2008. Stephanie has an MBA with a concentration in finance from Xavier University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Monmouth University. Stephanie worked at Great American Insurance Company for 9 years serving as Assistant Vice President in the technology division primarily responsible for business process improvement, managing technology deployments and leading business continuity planning for the organization. Stephanie began her career in retail management working for Sears for 7 years, The Disney Stores for 2 years and running her family’s business for 2 years.
Steve Melink is the founder, owner, and president of Melink Corporation, a provider of building commissioning services, energy-saving kitchen ventilation controls and solar PV systems for the commercial and institutional building industry since 1987. Steve is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Ohio and holds a BSME degree from Vanderbilt University and MBA from Duke University. He is a board member of the USGBC Cincinnati Chapter; a board member of Green Energy Ohio; and a member of the Greater Cincinnati Green Council, Ohio Green Pathways Council, Ohio Advanced Energy Consortium, and the U.S. Clean Economy Network. Melink Corporation's headquarters in Cincinnati is the first LEED-Gold NC and LEED-Platinum EB certified office building in the State of Ohio. It is also Energy Star certified with a rating of 99 out of 100. In 2010 the Association of Energy Engineers awarded their building the Renewable Energy Project of the Year. Steve's goal is to help mainstream the sustainability movement through positive leadership. He believes that energy is the core of some of our most pressing challenges in the U.S, including economic growth, national security, and environmental health.Show More
Dr. Schmidt, Director of Xavier University School of Nursing, is a Certified Occupational Health Nurse Specialist and holds a certificate of authority to practice in Ohio as a Clinical Nurse Specialist. She has conducted several national and international presentations related to her occupational health research and won an international research award while at Research Triangle Park. As an epidemiologist, she also continues to do research in the epidemiology and rehabilitation of stroke patients along with managed care. Her national presentations and publications include topics on computer-based instruction, occupational health, stroke and managed care. Since 2004, she has been awarded over four million dollars in federal and state grant funding in support of program growth within the nursing school. Through Dr. Schmidt’s leadership, Xavier is a recognized program in the area of Population Health and Inter-Professional Collaborative Practice (IPCP).Show More
Terry is a Senior Consultant with the Xavier Leadership Center. Terry is an expert on organization effectiveness and talent management, and has expertise in a number of areas including change management, process improvement, innovation, succession planning, coaching and mentoring, organization design, retention, performance management, career development, team building, and Lean and Six Sigma. Terry most recently was the Director of Talent Management, Training and Development for Cincinnati Bell. Terry has over 25 years of corporate and talent management experience and has worked with a number of leading organizations, including GE Aviation, and has taught at the Xavier University, University of Cincinnati, and University of Dayton. Terry earned his Ph.D. in Applied Psychology from the University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario, his MA in psychology from the University of Dayton, and his BS in psychology from the University of Pittsburgh.Show More
Dr. Thomas Clark is a facilitator for the Xavier Leadership Center and a Professor of Management in the Williams College of Business at Xavier University where he teaches Managerial Communications and Interpersonal Skills classes. Professor Clark has authored five books and over fifty scholarly articles. He is certified as a Crucial Conversations workshop leader and has won numerous awards for this teaching excellence.
He specializes in technical writing and presentational speaking, as well as career counseling. A highly regarded consultant, his workshops are currently offered at Microsoft, P&G, and Safeway.
Tim is a facilitator with Xavier Leadership Center and a Professor Emeritus of Management at the Williams College of Business, Xavier University. Dr. Kloppenborg’s twin specialties are strengths-based leadership and project management. He has trained and consulted in both with many organizations. Dr. Kloppenborg is a frequent speaker at national and global conferences, has worked on six continents, and has over 100 publications including nine books. Tim is a retired USAF Reserve officer, has held several positions in construction and manufacturing, and has served many nonprofit organizations.
At Xavier University, Tim led the implementation of strengths-based leadership, training 16 coaches to reach well over 1000 participants, many of whom he worked with individually and in groups. Tim has been certified by Gallup as both a level one (dealing with individuals) and level two (dealing with teams) strengths coach.
In terms of project management, his popular textbook, Contemporary Project Management, is in its third edition and his companion book, Strategic Leadership of Portfolio and Project Management, has proven to be useful to senior leaders. Dr. Kloppenborg is the founding editor of the portfolio and project management book collection with Business Expert Press, having signed a dozen authors in one and a half years. Tim has been a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) as recognized by the Project Management Institute (PMI) since 1991.
Tom is Chair and a Professor in the Department of Marketing at Xavier University where he has taught for over thirty eight years. He previously served as Chair of the Department for thirteen years and as the Director of Institutional Advancement. He is presently Vice-president and Partner of SimpsonScarborough, a full service marketing consulting agency for institutions of higher education based in Washington D.C..
Dr. Hayes received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology as well as M.B.A. in Marketing at Xavier University. He also received an M.B.A. in Organizational Behavior and a Ph.D. in Marketing from the University of Cincinnati.
An author of five books, he most recently wrote two books that were published by CASE. The first was "University Marketing Mistakes: 50 Pitfalls to Avoid" (co-authored with Roy Adler) and the second, "Marketing Colleges and Universities, A Services Perspective" won the Alice Beeman Award for contributions to the field.Tom has also won the Crystal Apple award from CASE signifying his speaking skills.
Tom is a founding member of the Forum for Higher Education Marketing, a group of thought leaders and practitioners dedicated to advancing the theory and practice of marketing for colleges and universities.
Tom Merrill is the Director of the School of Arts and Innovation at Xavier University. He is an Innovation Engineering Black Belt, a graduate of the Stanford d.School Design Thinking Boot Camp, and is soon to become a Master Facilitator for IDEO and ExperiencePoint’s Design Thinker simulation. Tom teaches a course in design thinking to Xavier students who are engaged in the innovation minor at Xavier, as well as helping departments, programs and people at Xavier and throughout the greater Cincinnati community solve human-centered problems and challenges through design thinking.Show More
Tom brings more than 30 years experience in strategic planning, quality process improvement and organizational effectiveness to his work with Xavier Leadership Center. A Six Sigma Master Black Belt, he is a recognized leader in quality, process excellence and project management, his work has been featured in internationally recognized training materials.Show More
Dr. Fisher is a full-time creativity consultant and innovation facilitator for Xavier Leadership Center. Wayne has created a series of popular innovation workshops focused on new product development, training thousands of managers across P&G’s diverse business units and regions. These workshops and related tools provide a common language and framework for innovation, fostering collaboration
across the globe. Wayne is also active in the Product Development and Management Association, where he serves on the Outstanding Corporate Innovator selection committee. Wayne received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, and has been granted 18 U.S. patents. His
expertise includes New Product Development, Creative Problem Solving, Technical Problem Solving
(TRIZ), Design Thinking, and Team Facilitation.