Diana is an internationally recognized consultant who uses graphic facilitation to enable strategic thinking, reflection, and change at individual, organizational, and cross-organizational settings. A former art director and senior consultant with The Grove Consultants International, Diana uses images and words to capture information and ideas that emerge from conversations. This, in turn, helps individuals and participants in meetings and gatherings to truly see and understand their shared ideas, and to effectively collaborate in building off of them. A graphic facilitator of choice for leading corporate 500 clients, NGOs, Foundations and multiple governmental agencies. Fluency in English and Spanish allows her to work seamlessly across continents and cultures.
She has worked closely with David Cooperrider and Appreciative Inquiry for the past 20 years and applies this methodology to her graphic coaching practice. On her free time she nurtures her passion for art and brings the life energy she finds in painting into her work. She is also a licensed SoulCollage facilitator, trained by it's creator Seena Frost, and leads creativity workshops & retreats.
Scott H. Baker
Scott H. Baker is currently Dean of the Stiller School of Business at Champlain College, and considers his role as one of empowering students and the full- and part-time faculty and staff to identify and align their individual and collective passions and strengths with individual and organizational goals. In his capacity as Dean, Baker also supports the David Cooperrider Center for Appreciative Inquiry (CCAI), from which he holds an Appreciative Inquiry Practitioner Certification, and as well as Champlain's "Bring Your Own Business" (BYOBiz) student-centered entrepreneurship program.
Baker holds the rank of Professor, International Business, and has developed and taught a variety of courses including some in Champlain's innovative Integrated Business Experience sequence, International Relations, and the International Business Capstone in which students conduct "live-client" value-add research for organizations. He also draws energy from supporting faculty-led initiatives on continually innovating curricular and co-curricular programs and initiatives. Baker helped design and co-manages the prestigious Freeman Foundation Asia Internship grant program for the SSB, which to date has sent over 130 students to China for summer internships and cultural immersion.
Baker holds an Ed.D. in Higher Education Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Vermont, an M.Sc. in International Affairs from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and a bachelor's degree in International Relations from Carleton College. He also has completed several graduate courses in, and attained a certificate of practice for, conflict mediation. He joined Champlain in 2005 and prior to his career in higher education, Baker worked in the financial sector, managing corporate retirement plans for Goodyear, Pacific Bell, and Delta Airlines and taught at a college-preparatory school. He has lived abroad and studied international business and political economy in China, Mexico, Nigeria and several European nations, and is always excited to travel to new places and experience new cultures.
Baker has published several articles and presented on the role of business in socio-economic development and conflict transformation, as well as global internships, and he has coauthored a book comparing political development and democratization practices between large regional organizations. He has served as an analyst for Freedom House assessing and advising policy on political development and human rights issues. His current research interests relate to higher education leadership, student success and well-being, and curricular innovation, and utilizing strengths-based frameworks for stakeholders in these areas of interest. Baker serves as advisory member of several boards including the Centre for Human Rights and Development in Nigeria (CEHRD), the Cooperrider Centre for Appreciative Inquiry, and the Sarah Ramsey Strong Foundation. Baker lives in South Burlington, Vermont, with his wife, Becca, and their three children. He and his family are close-knit and avid outdoor enthusiasts; when not at work, Scott may be found taking advantage of Vermont's geographical beauty on a paddleboard, jogging path, mountain bike trail, or a ski slope searching for the perfect fall line and fresh tracks.
Jodi Berg is fourth-generation President and Chief Executive Officer of Vita-Mix Corporation (Vitamix), a family-owned, mid-market manufacturer of high performance blenders for the consumer and food service commercial markets.
She joined Vitamix in 1997 with a directive to lead the company’s overseas expansion. At the time, Vitamix had a presence in a few countries. Under her leadership, Vitamix products now are sold in more than 140 countries around the world.
Ms. Berg transformed the organizational structure of the company and its corporate vision, mission and culture. Additionally, she expanded distribution, defined and elevated the status of the brand and continues to provide oversight and strategic focus for the company’s future. She created a sustainable business model that enables Vitamix to improve the vitality of people’s lives and liberate the world from conventional food and beverage preparation boundaries by igniting the personal passion of each employee and customer. She continues to maintain the organization’s leadership position and holds strong to the passion, integrity and family values on which the company was founded.
Prior to her tenure as President and CEO, Ms. Berg served as Director, Vitamix International and Household Divisions (2002 - 2006). Shortly thereafter, she also assumed responsibility for the Commercial Division. She was named Executive Vice President (in 2007), then President (2009) and Chief Executive Officer (2011).
Under her leadership, Vitamix revenue has grown by more than 310 percent and the number of employees and sales representatives has increased from 400 (domestic) to more than 1,300 (domestic and international).
Before joining Vitamix in 1997, Ms. Berg held several senior sales and quality leadership positions with various Marriott International Inc. properties, including director of quality, for The Ritz Carlton Hotel Company. She became a CQA (Certified Quality Auditor) in July 1995.
Ms. Berg received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (concentration in Hospitality Management) from Bowling Green State University (Bowling Green, OH) and a Master of Business Administration (concentration in Service Management and Service Marketing) from Washington State University (Pullman, WA).
Currently, she is pursuing a PhD at Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management (Cleveland, OH).
Hani N. Boulos
Hani N. Boulos... Entrepreneur, husband, father, and a doctoral student...
An entrepreneur by passion, a mechanical engineer by training and a lifelong learner by choice… Hani is currently engaged in a doctoral research and enjoys surfing the learning curve of ‘purposing organization’. His inspiration comes from his lived experience as an entrepreneur where he firmly believes that there must be different and better ways to organize in today’s world.
In the early years of Hani’s professional responsibilities as CEO at LINK and TUBE - manufacturing businesses serving the writing instruments and pharmaceutical packaging sectors – it was made clear to him that while his expertise is in engineering to improve processes and optimize manufacturing plants, his real passion is to inspire people for self-development and to design life-giving systems to sustain and empower this development and growth.
Hani believes that management is an invention that needs to continuously be re-invented and innovated to adapt to human evolution. He sees that its foundation lies jointly on science, art and craft. In practice, Hani’s current engagement in his business is in enabling an ongoing collective crafting of adaptive strategies & practices for superior business performance, wellbeing as well as remarkable customer intimacy.
Through his various business initiatives, and while being currently CEO of Innovamarks, Hani follows his aspirations for human development, wellbeing and continuous organizational growth. He has also served for many years in boards of non-profit organizations. The common denominator in all these activities is Hani's passion and unyielding belief in the power of human spirit and that every person is capable of ‘Greatness’.
Hani has graduated from the American University in Cairo (AUC) with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and from the University of McGill, in Canada, with a Master of Management, where he has also accomplished an International Management diploma in the Practice of Management (IMPM) jointly with McGill, Insead (France), Lancaster (UK), Indian Institute of Management at Bangalore (India) and Renmin University (China). Prior to his enrollment at Case Western Reserve University, in USA, for the Doctor of Management program to do research, Hani has kept his practitioner passion alive and grounded in cutting-edge research by accomplishing the Executive Program of Growing Companies at Stanford, USA.
Hani currently lives in Montreal and enjoys being present to and with his wife Liliane, his daughter, Claire and his son, Karim. He likes reading, traveling, learning, experimenting with new ideas and management practices, discovering new cultures, helping people, and playing soccer with his teammates as well as with Karim and Claire.
Robert (Bob) Easton has been with Accenture for 19 years, he is a Senior Managing Director. For the past several years Bob has led Accenture’s relationship with two global healthcare companies and prior to that he has been involved in several large complex transformational programs. Bob also holds the role of people advocate for Accenture’s Diamond Client forum (which covers ~50% of Accenture’s 370,000 people) and is the Quality Assurance partner for a key element of Accenture’s human performance transformation.
Bob is well known for the contributions he has made to building trust based relationships. He is the creator and designer of the Ways of Working program implemented at two large Global companies and he has personally trained over 1000 Client and Accenture people and several executive teams. This program recognizes that strategic partner relationships require positive interventions to enable them to flourish. His essay “Creating a Positive Deviance of Trust” was published as the conclusion in the book “Trust Inc: Strategies for building a company’s most valuable asset”. For the past three years (2014, 2015, 2016) Bob has been named on the annual list of top thought leaders in trustworthy business, published by Trust Across America – Trust Around the World.
He received a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Victoria University (NZ), a graduate diploma in psychology from Massey University (NZ), a Master of Defence Studies degree from Deakin University (Australia), a Master of Business Administration from Macquarie University (Australia), and a Masters of Applied Positive Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. Bob is also currently enrolled in a Doctorate in Management and Design of Sustainable Systems at Case Western where his research focus is on measuring flourishing of collectives in workplace organizations (teams, units, and organizations). Bob also has been awarded two fellowships: Doctor of Management Design Fellow and Fellow, Fowler Center for Sustainable Value, Case Western Reserve.
Bob lives in Princeton New Jersey and is active in assisting charities in the local Princeton area. You can find him on LinkedIn.
Information Technology Executive | Business Strategist | People Developer | Community Benefit | Positive Energy Architect
Rod is a talented Business Executive and Appreciative Inquiry Champion who leads organizations to quickly and clearly identify the positive core of the business in a way that produces magical results. Utilizing the tools and process of appreciative inquiry Rod is able to ignite the positive passion of the organization delivering seemingly unimaginable benefit and success especially during challenging times or apparent chaos.
As an organizational leader Rod achieves superior results by growing organizations that deliver innovative programs that positively impact the company and its shareholders. He has extensive experience delivering significant business value leveraging People, Process and Applications for leading $4B Consumer Products company during explosive growth years.
Rod is adept in leading multiple, strategic and tactical initiatives to increase profit and market share through:
- Developing Contagious Magic
- New Product Development
- Cultivating the positive core and culture of the organization
- Simplified Budgets and Strategic Planning
- Cross-functional Team Coaching
- Corporate Social Responsibility Strategy
- Inspiring Leadership at all Levels
As a Technology and Business Executive with Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Rod mastered the role of Steering team coach on major programs which led to profitable and explosive growth. His leadership role on the Steering team for corporate social responsibility was particularly rewarding as he mentored and challenged the organization to find the positive energy alignment of the company with world benefit.
Currently Rod serves as a Board Member for the Institute for Entrepreneurship at Florida Gulf Coast University and is actively engaged in strategic planning, mentoring and coaching. He is also working with the David Cooperrider Center for Appreciative Inquiry at Champlain College focusing on formalization of Appreciative Inquiry as the foundation for brilliant Strategic Planning and Project Management.
Rod seeks to partner with organizations looking to make a significant positive difference for their business and in the world around them
Michele is a Transformation Catalyst and Strategic Advisor on leadership, organizational and community development, and strategic communications. She helps leaders transform their organizations into high-performance, high-energy cultures, strategically aligned with their mission, vision and values. Michele is also a keynote speaker at conferences on the Power of Shared Vision & Values, DreamMakers, and Flourishing Enterprises.
Her customers have included: IBM, Popular Community Bank, Banco Popular Puerto Rico, BHP Australia, FDA, NASA, Association of Human Resources - Brazil (ABRH), World Vision International, Chicago Public Schools and the Harvard Divinity School.
She has been a trusted advisor to CEO’s including: Max De Pree, Former CEO, Herman Miller; Frances Hesselbein, Hesseibein Institute (formally the Peter Drucker Foundation) and Arne Duncan, former CEO Chicago Public Schools.
Michele was appointed by President Clinton as Director of the Federal Quality Institute, a bi-partisan initiative - Reinventing Government: Creating a Government that Works Better & Cost Less, led by Vice President Gore.
She previously served on the executive leadership team of Herman Miller as Corporate Vice President For People responsible for “Human Resources”, Quality Management, Learning and Development, Corporate Communications, and Change Management. In this capacity she facilitated the company’s organizational transformation process.
Michele began her career with the Michigan Department of Corrections as one of the first two female probation officers to supervise adult male felons on probation in Detroit, Michigan. She served as Executive Director of Michigan’s only halfway House for female felons, and later became Michigan’s first female Deputy Warden, leading programs for rehabilitation in a male prison.
Michele is the author of DreamMakers: Putting Vision and Values to Work, Foreword, Max De Pree, former CEO Herman Miller and DreamMakers: Agents of Transformation, Brazil. She is also a collaborator on the documentary, DreamMakers.
Michele’s a monthly contributor to the Huffington Post.
Her board affiliations include: Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit at the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University, the Center for Digital Inclusion, Rio de Janeiro and the Detroit Windsor Dance Academy.
Roberta Lang is Global Vice President and General Counsel of Whole Foods Market, a Fortune 200 company and the most respected natural and organic food retailer in America. Roberta and her Legal Team oversee all legal affairs for the company. She provides strategic business advice for the leadership of the company, the board of directors and the company’s nearly 90,000 Team Members. Roberta began her career at Whole Foods Market in 1998 in Operations in the Midwest Region and moved to Austin in 2000, where she became Global Vice President and General Counsel. She has been recognized five times as a Whole Foods Market “All*Star,” the company’s highest honor, for her overall outstanding performance as a dedicated, tireless team member and leader who brings incredible intellect, seasoned perspective, understanding and passion to her professional life. Roberta has been recognized numerous times for her conscious leadership in business. Some of the honors include the Magna Stella Award from the General Counsel Forum and Outstanding General Counsel by the National Law Journal. She has been profiled in the National Law Journal, Texas Monthly and has received Profiles of Power Award recognition by the Austin Business Journal.
As a Board Member of Conscious Capitalism, Inc., Roberta is an active ambassador dedicated to promoting consciousness and the profitable stakeholder model in business. She is the co-founder and developer of “Face 2 Face,” a monthly CEO speaker series in Austin, which brings CEOs from companies nationwide to speak about their respective experiences and careers. She is an innovator in women’s leadership issues and co-leads a Texas women general counsel forum in cooperation with the University of Texas Center for Women in the Law. Roberta is a founding Board Member of the Whole Planet Foundation, whose mission is to create economic partnerships with the poor in developing world communities. She was also a Board Member of the Animal Compassion Foundation, an organization that was formed and dedicated to the compassionate treatment of animals for food production. She is a Board Member of the Retail Institute Leaders Association/Retail Litigation Center as well as the Board of Directors of Rodale Institute, a nonprofit organization dedicated to pioneering organic farming through research and outreach. Roberta is dedicated to her family, loves to cook and garden, is a longtime potter and fiber artist.
Larissa Loures is a Brazilian AI Practitioner who met David Cooperrider at his work with Nutrimental, in 1996, in Curitiba (Brazil). At that time she had just received her International Business B.A. degree, in Cambridge (UK), at Anglia Polytechnic University, and her dissertation conclusion inspired her father, Rodrigo Loures, CEO and founder of Nutrimental, to built a breakthrough organization. He started looking for a way to do so, when his journey led him to meet David Cooperrider. The rest of the story has been told several times throughout diverse articles that uses Nutrimental´s example to show how the power of AI can impact through an organization. Following Cooperrider´s advice, Larissa went to The TAOS Institute and made the Certificate Program in AI, under his and Diana Whitney´s orientation. Larissa had the chance to work as junior consultant, directly with David Cooperrider and Ilma Barros, in several other projects in Brazil and abroad, including URI (United Religions Initiative) and FIEP (Federation of Industries of Paraná). In 2004, she started the PHD Program of Organization Development at Benedictine University, Chicago, oriented by Jim Ludema, but she had to interrupt her studies because of motherhood.
After some years dedicated exclusively to her family and her three children, she returned studying and concluded in 2011 a specialization in Family Counseling, at the FTSA (Faculdade Teológica Sul-americana), Londrina-PR, in a partnership with the Chicago Center for Family Health, where PHD Froma Walsh is co-director and co-founder and offers a program based on the work with resilience. That led her to the desire of becoming a Psychologist. She is about to conclude her undergraduate degree in Psychology, at Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná (PUCPR), Brazil, and intends to work with individuals, families and organizations. She is part of the core committee responsible for the organization of the 5th World Appreciative Inquiry Conference 2018, hosted in Brazil, and is committed to spreading AI practices throughout the globe.
Brazilian Institute of Quality and Productivity
Rodrigo Loures was born on July 1943, in Curitiba (Paraná-Brasil). With a degree in Business Administration from the Getúlio Vargas Foundation (SP) he taught in the Business Administration School of the Federal University of Paraná (UFPR). Mr.Loures is married to artist Vera Lília, and has three children and eight grandchildren.
In 1968, he co-founded Nutrimental Foods, an enterprise born from research in food technology at UFPR, one of the pioneering cooperation experiences between university and business in the country. In 1997, he implemented an innovative strategy at Nutrimental to change it into a learning organization. He is currently Chair of the Bazilian Institute of Quality and Productivity and President of the Innovation and Competitiveness Council of the Federation of Industries of São Paulo (FIESP). He is also a member of the Economic and Social Development Council (CDES) of the President’s Office.
He has supported initiatives like BAWB – Business as an Agent of World Benefit (www.bawb.org) and ORBIS – Regional Sustainability Indicators Observatory (www.orbis.org.br). He is Co-founder of the Brazilian Foundation for Sustainable Development (FBDS) and Executive Secretary of the National Movement for Citizenship and Solidarity, national coordinator of actions to meet UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
Scot Lowry, CEO, Fathom. Fathom is a top national independent full service digital marketing and analytics firm specializing in healthcare and higher education. Prior to Fathom, Scot held leadership positions with complex service organizations in real-estate development, construction management, finance, sports and recreation facilities and health care information technology.
Scot’s studied Finance and Entrepreneurship with degrees from the University of Florida (BS) and the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University (MBA). Scot is on the boards of Promise Partners Entrepreneurship Incubator, BVU’s Center for Non-Profit Excellence, Engage!Cleveland Young Professional Catalyst and The Congregation of St. Joseph’s River’s Edge Center for Reflection and Action.
Scot is passionate about creating scalable, purpose–rich cultures that encourage people and organizations to reach for their full potential, capture their dreams and make positive contributions in the world.
Kirby McThompson is a Champlain Graduate ‘16. While attending Champlain she spent time working with the AI center on her senior capstone - bringing the AI approach to the undergrad model. Currently she is an Event Director in the non-profit sector in Austin Texas. She uses her passion of positivity to help clients, friends and family rethink their approach to live, work, troubles and fun.
Who am I?
For purposes of this David L. Cooperrider Center Advisory Board and pertinent to the work we will initially be doing, I am someone who has been interested for a very long time in the question, “What does a person need to have a great – or – indeed – a spectacular life?” - and “How can this be addressed in our schools?”
Via my husband’s and my journey of raising our two daughters, with the help of great resources along the way, I became acutely aware of parents who did not have even the most essential resources - such as enough nutritious/delicious food for their children. Over the years, I have served on the boards of many non-profits organizations, all seeking best ways to improve families’ lives, and I do see the validity of such programs as “Zero to Three”, but now believe that in order for a child to have a chance at a really great life, the needs of children have to be addressed before “Zero” – they have to be addressed in the early years of their parents. I see a curriculum that includes a “How We Develop Over the Years” type of offering, presented in such a way that it can be started with very young children – as young as possible - and in an experiential way – at least in the beginning, and continuing through the years, finishing with graduation from high school.
I believe if these children learn how they become adults, how this happens over the years, that they will acquire insight into who they might become and in turn be respectful of themselves and others, as they grow. Valuing what they see coming ahead will perhaps entice them to have more confidence in themselves and their goals for life. As many of these children will take this knowledge home to their families, the families would benefit. The final outcome of this curriculum would be that these children will in turn, know better how to raise their own children. In this way "Zero to Three" becomes more like "From Successful Parent to Three and Further." I see the heart of this curriculum coming from the philosophies and tenets of Appreciative Inquiry.
I was lucky enough to happen into Dr. Lindsey Godwin’s first introductory workshop on “AI” at Champlain College in January of 2015 and then felt I had to enroll in the first cohort of the Appreciative Inquiry Certification course at the college in April of that year. I am very grateful to Dr. Godwin, Dr. Cooperrider, Pru Sullivan, and their assistant Alyssa Doyle for this life changing exposure to the essence of AI and very much look forward to working with this Advisory Board on what will in part answer the question of “What does a child need for a spectacular life?”
Cindy Stull is the Partner - Chief Sales Officer at Dealer Tire in Cleveland Ohio. Dealer Tire is a value added distributor that manages tire programs for over 20 automotive manufacturers including Toyota, Lexus, Chrysler, BMW, and Mercedes Benz. She joined the company in March of 2006. Cindy is responsible for all sales functions within the organization, leading a team of over 400 people who help automobile dealerships to be more profitable and to drive customer retention. Cindy has also held the position of Chief People and Strategy Officer within Dealer. As a Partner of the organization, Cindy plays an instrumental role in shaping the strategy and culture, while ensuring top-notch execution.
Prior to joining Dealer Tire, Cindy was an Officer at Roadway Express, Inc. In her last position at Roadway, she served as the Vice President – Organizational Development, Human Resources, and Industrial Engineering. Roadway was one of the largest transportation providers in the world with $3.5 billion in revenue and over 24,000 employees. It is a subsidiary of YRC Worldwide.
Cindy’s areas of expertise include sales, corporate strategy, mobilizing large-scale change initiatives, leadership development and organizational effectiveness. Cindy assisted the U.S. Navy in conducting Appreciative Inquiry (AI) summits and supported Dr. David Cooperrider of Case Western Reserve University in facilitating an AI summit for the Global Compact at the United Nations. She is part of the Design Team for The Long Term Growth Summit, an Appreciative Inquiry summit led by Dr. Cooperrider, to convene approximately 100 companies and 30 civil society groups to ask a question such as, “How might business create the conditions for long-term sustainable growth without waiting on Washington?”
Cindy is a member of Go Red for Women (American Heart Association) and was the 2014 Campaign Chairperson for Cleveland. She is a member of Circle of Red and is a member of the Executive Leadership Team for Go Red. Cindy is also a member of the Dean’s Visiting Committee at Case Western Reserve University.
Cheri Warren has over 28+ years of experience and is known for her ability to create real and lasting change. She thrives on challenges that have real societal impact and uses an appreciative inquiry approach to help co-create solutions. Cheri sees innovation everywhere and fosters an environment where everyone has a chance to improve the way they work. Her core strengths reach far beyond her top technical talent into staff motivation and clarification of complex issues that result in a high performance environment. In June 2014 she was promoted to Senior Vice President, Network Strategy at National Grid. The 1200 men and women on the diverse team safely ensure not only that the gas flows and the electric is reliable, but that they are innovating for the future to make customer's lives better. The team plays a vital role in creating the utility of the future to make smarter gas and electric networks. In September 2015, Cheri joined the board of National Grid USA and became the Innovation Strategist reporting to the US CEO. As a strong advocate of Woman in Industry Cheri has sat on the Leadership Advisory Committee of the IEEE, PES Women in Power and is a strong mentor for several members of the National Grid team.
She has proficiency in multiple electric and gas utility business functions including leadership, people growth, appreciative inquiry, management, electric reliability assessment with a focus on fact-based decision making, asset management, PAS-55 certification, regulatory standards and testimony, performance-based regulation, key customer management, utility operations, distribution design, utility transmission and distribution audits, benchmarking, power quality, software product development and implementation (i.e., analysis, GIS, and SCADA), and software systems integration. She holds a BSEE (’87) and MSE (’90) from Union College. She has worked at GE, Central Hudson Gas and Electric, Power Technologies, Inc., Navigant Consulting and National Grid.
IEEE Accomplishments - Cheri have been a dedicated volunteer since she was president of her student chapter in 1987 at Union College and more recently as a member of the Board of Directors. She won the IEEE PES Excellence in Distribution Award in 2007 for her contributions to electric reliability. She is the author of over 40 papers and has spoken at seminars and conferences worldwide. She even spoke at the Ronald Regan Building for the White House on the New Energy Normal in 2014.