Welcome to the Connective Leadership Institute!
The Connective Leadership Institute is a leadership development and research firm designed to address complex 21st century issues. Its mission is to provide leaders and organizations, globally and locally, with visionary, but pragmatic, research–based Connective Leadership™ programs and strategies for succeeding in a world where interdependent, but diverse, groups must co-exist productively. The Institute offers tested strategies for improving leadership practice, stimulating and implementing innovation and change, as well as coping with crises. The Institute offers a rigorously-developed portfolio of individual and organizational assessments to diagnose and resolve these issues. The Institute’s certification seminars train leadership development experts, organizational consultants, human resource specialists, executive coaches, academics, and professional leaders to utilize the Connective Leadership™ Model to improve leadership in organizations, communities, and countries worldwide. The Institute also provides individualized organizational consultations, executive seminars and coaching, as well as embedded certification seminars in select university graduate programs.
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The Connective Leadership Institute functions with a lean internal management team and a group of external associates, many of whom have engaged in Connective Leadership™ / Achieving Styles™ work since 1972.
These are the key players.
Prof. Jean Lipman-Blumen
Co-Founder, Connective Leadership Institute
Prof. Harold J. Leavitt
Co-Founder, Connective Leadership Institute
The CLI Co-Founders
Prof. Jean Lipman-Blumen
Education Ph.D., Harvard University
A.M., Wellesley College
A.B., Wellesley College
Jean Lipman-Blumen is the Thornton F. Bradshaw Professor of Public Policy and Professor of Organizational Behavior at CGU’s Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management. She has served as an assistant director of the National Institute of Education and as special advisor to the Domestic Policy Staff in the White House under President Jimmy Carter.
Professor Lipman-Blumen has consulted to various governments and private sector organizations and is president of the Connective Leadership Institute, a leadership development, management consulting, and public policy research firm in Pasadena, CA.
Her teaching Interests and areas of expertise are leadership, Achieving Styles, crisis management, “hot groups,” organizational behavior, and gender roles. Her current research interests are: connective leadership in a diverse and interdependent world; Why followers tolerate toxic leaders; A practical theory of crisis management; and a Leadership Strategy for Global, Enduring, and Sustainable Peace.
Prof. Lipman-Blumen has published seven books, three monographs, and more than 200 articles on leadership, crisis management, public policy, organizational behavior, and gender issues. Her book, The Connective Edge: Leading in an Interdependent World, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. Lipman-Blumen has served on several editorial and other not-for-profit boards, including the De Pree Leadership Center, the National Women’s Museum, and the Ernest Becker Foundation. She is a Board Member Emerita, International Leadership Association.
Professor Lipman-Blumen has been awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of La Verne. She spent a year as a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Palo Alto. In 2010, she received the International Leadership Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award, an award that “honors an individual’s accomplishments in the development and enhancement of the field of leadership over his or her lifetime.”
Prof. Harold J. Leavitt (1922 - 2007)
Prof. Harold J. Leavitt, Co-founder, served as the Walter Kilpatrick Professor of Organizational Behavior, at the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University, from 1966 through 1996 and remained as Emeritus Professor until his death in 2007.
Leavitt was widely regarded as the father of the field of organizational behavior. His classic textbook, Managerial Psychology: An Introduction to Individuals, Groups, and Organizations in Terms of Modern Psychology (Chicago, 1958), pioneered the field of organizational behavior in business school curricula. It has been translated into 18 languages and is in its fifth edition.
Throughout his life, Leavitt continued to be a leader in his field, publishing numerous scholarly articles, as well as many ground-breaking books, including Corporate Pathfinders: Building Vision and Values into Organizations (Dow, Jones-Irwin, 1986), and Managerial Psychology: Managing Behavior in Organizations, with Homa Bahrami (Chicago, 1988). As noted above, Leavitt and Lipman-Blumen co-authored Hot Groups: Seeding Them, Feeding Them, and Using Them to Ignite Your Organization (Oxford, 1999). His last book, Top Down: Why Hierarchies Are Here to Stay and How to Manage Them More Effectively (Harvard Business School Press, 2005), won numerous awards.
Professor Leavitt consulted to organizations throughout the world. In addition, he designed, directed, and taught in executive education programs at Stanford, Insead, the London Business School, the National University of Singapore, and elsewhere. Leavitt received his B.A. from Harvard College, his M.Sc. from Brown University, and his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Prof. Warren G. Bennis (1925-2014)
With the recent passing of Warren G. Bennis, the field of Leadership Studies has been deprived of a veritable intellectual, genial colossus. Here, at the Connective Leadership Institute, we have lost a key and beloved member of our Sounding Board, as well as a long-time personal friend and colleague. Bennis, University Professor and Distinguished Professor of Business Administration and Founding Chairman of the Leadership Institute at the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business, was a “force of nature” in the fields of Leadership Studies and management. Both in person and in writing, Warren emanated erudition, eloquence, and elegance, easily quoting the perfect passage from Plato, Shakespeare, or Beckett to make his point more apt.
Warren was a major figure, indeed, one of the true founders of the field of Leadership Studies. It was primarily Warren’s engaging writing and profound insights that brought attention to the importance of leadership in business, particularly in his iconic book “On Becoming a Leader,” one of more than thirty volumes he wrote or edited, alone and with others, during his lifetime. His insistence that leaders “were made, not born” encouraged institutions of higher learning to introduce Leadership Studies. It also prompted individuals in corporate, political, and academic life to study and practice becoming better leaders. His refreshing view of leaders as visionary, ethical, compassionate, savvy, courageous, passionate, and endlessly curious flatly contradicted the portrait of Machiavelli’s Prince.”
Warren’s wisdom on leadership made American presidents from John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson, to Ronald Reagan, as well as numerous corporate heads, call upon him for counsel. Warren wore his eminence lightly and graciously. We saw this in the way he made himself genuinely available not only to us, at the Connective Leadership Institute, but to his multitudinous students, numerous colleagues, and long-distance admirers from many different fields seeking his advice and wisdom. He was generous and genuine in every respect and in every encounter.
In addition to theorizing and writing about leadership, Warren put his shoulder to the leadership role, particularly when he served for seven years as president of the University of Cincinnati and, before that, for four years, as provost and executive vice president of the State University of New York at Buffalo (SUNY Buffalo). Yet, his passion was teaching, and, when asked what he considered his primary identity, Warren quickly responded, “teacher.”
Not surprising, then, that Warren returned to a professorial role for the remainder of his life. In addition to his regular teaching duties at USC, Bennis also offered occasional courses at Harvard and the M.I.T. Sloan School of Management. In his earlier years, he had taught at Boston University. Warren served on numerous boards, including those of Claremont Graduate University, The American Leadership Forum, The American Chamber of Commerce, the Salk Institute, as well as the Connective Leadership Institute.
By dint of his writing and personal gifts, Warren cast a very large net. Into that net, he drew together students, colleagues, friends, family, and admirers, whose own work was enriched by their intellectual and personal relationship with this approachable and humorous mentor and friend. He infused others with his own immense energy, enthusiasm, and effervescence. At his recent memorial service at the University of California, speaker after speaker commented upon Warren’s capacity to renew their sagging spirits, to refresh their worn visions. Here at CLI, he was always available to discuss whatever contribution issues we were confronting.
Throughout his life, Warren received many awards and tributes, from military to academic. As a 19-year-old Infantry Commander in Germany, he received the Purple Heart and Bronze Star. Eighteen universities conferred honorary degrees upon him, as well. In 2010, the University of Southern California conferred on him its highest accolade, the USC Presidential Medallion, for bringing “honor and distinction” to USC. In 2008, The International Leadership Association bestowed its Lifetime Achievement Award on Warren for his legacy “contribution to the development of the field of leadership.”
Warren Bennis lives on through the students whom he taught and mentored, the corporate, political, and academic leaders whom he advised, the family and friends he loved and nourished, as well as his profound and voluminous writings. His spirit continues to infuse the work we do at the Connective Leadership Institute. We refuse to say, “Goodbye.”
Dr. Frances Hesselbein
One of the most highly respected experts in the field of contemporary leadership development, Frances Hesselbein is the President and CEO of The Frances Hesselbein Leadership Institute, founded as The Peter F. Drucker Foundation for Nonprofit Management and renamed in 2012 to honor Hesselbein’s legacy and ongoing contributions. Mrs. Hesselbein was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States of America’s highest civilian honor, in 1998 for her leadership as CEO of Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. from 1976–1990, as well as her service as “a pioneer for women, volunteerism, diversity and opportunity.” Her contributions were also recognized by the first President
Bush, who appointed her to two Presidential Commissions on National and Community Service.
In May, 2011, Mrs. Hesselbein was duly honored with two Lifetime Achievement Awards from ATHENA International and Best Practice Institute in New York. From 2009–2011, Mrs. Hesselbein served as the Class of 1951 Chair for the Study of Leadership at the United States Military Academy at West Point, in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership. She is the first woman, and the first non-graduate to serve in this chair.
Also in 2009, the University of Pittsburgh introduced The Hesselbein Global Academy for Student Leadership and Civic Engagement. The Academy’s aim is to produce experienced and ethical leaders who will address critical national and international issues and advance positive social and economic initiatives throughout the world.
She serves on many nonprofit and private sector corporate boards, including Mutual of America Life Insurance Company, the Bright China Social Fund, and U.C.S.D. Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies and the Center for Creative Leadership’s Alliance Advisory Council. She served as the Chairman of the National Board of Directors for Volunteers of America from 2002–2006.
For her exceptional work and her continued commitment to developing leaders of all ages, as demonstrated in her work with the Institute, in 2009 Mrs. Hesselbein was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 34th Annual Tribute Dinner of the Girl Scout Council of Greater New York. Mrs. Hesselbein was also inducted into the Enterprising Women Hall of Fame and is a Distinguished Daughter of Pennsylvania.
In 2008, Mrs. Hesselbein was presented with the International Leadership Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award in Los Angeles, and the Tempo International Leadership Award in New York City. She was named a Senior Leader at the United States Military Academy, 2008 National Conference on Ethics in America. In 2007, Mrs. Hesselbein was awarded the John F. Kennedy Memorial Fellowship by Fulbright New Zealand and was the first recipient of the Dwight D. Eisenhower National Security Award in 2003.
Mrs. Hesselbein is the recipient of twenty-one honorary doctoral degrees. She is editor-in-chief of the award-winning quarterly journal Leader to Leader and is the coeditor of twenty-seven books in twenty-nine languages and has traveled to sixty-eight countries representing the United States. She is the author of Hesselbein on Leadership and My Life in Leadership, and in August 2012, her third book, More Hesselbein on Leadership was published.
Prof. Jeffrey Pfeffer
Prof. Jeffrey Pfeffer is the Thomas D. Dee II Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University where he has taught since 1979. He is the author or co-author of thirteen books including The Human Equation: Building Profits by Putting People First, Managing with Power: Politics and Influence in Organizations, The Knowing-Doing Gap: How Smart Companies Turn Knowledge Into Action, Hidden Value: How Great Companies Achieve Extraordinary Results with Ordinary People, Hard Facts, Dangerous Half-Truths, and Total Nonsense: Profiting from Evidence-Based Management, and What Were They Thinking? Unconventional Wisdom About Management, a collection of 27 essays about management topics, as well as more than 120 articles and book chapters. Pfeffer’s latest book, entitled Power: Why Some People Have It—And Others Don’t will be published in September, 2010 by HarperCollins.
Dr. Pfeffer received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Carnegie-Mellon University and his Ph.D. from Stanford. He began his career at the business school at the University of Illinois and then taught at the University of California, Berkeley. Pfeffer has been a visiting professor at the Harvard Business School, Singapore Management University, London Business School, and a frequent visitor at IESE in Barcelona.
From 2003-2007, Pfeffer wrote a monthly column, “The Human Factor,” for the 600,000-person circulation business magazine, Business 2.0. Since 2007, he has written a monthly column providing career advice for Capital, a leading business and economics magazine in Turkey and, more recently, a blog for the Corner Office section of BNET (CBS Interactive). Pfeffer has appeared in segments on CBS Sunday Morning, 60 Minutes, and CNBC as well as television programs in Korea, and has been quoted and featured in news articles from countries around the globe.
Pfeffer currently serves on the board of directors of the for-profit company Audible Magic as well as nonprofits Quantum Leap Healthcare and The San Francisco Playhouse. In the past he has served on the boards of Resumix, Unicru, and Workstream, all human capital software companies, and SonoSite, a company designing and manufacturing portable ultrasound machines. Pfeffer has presented seminars in 34 countries throughout the world as well as doing consulting and providing executive education for numerous companies, associations, and universities in the United States.
Prof. Robert Sternberg
Robert J. Sternberg is Professor of Human Development in the College of Human Ecology at Cornell University. He was most recently President and Professor of Psychology and Education at the University of Wyoming. Before that, he was Provost, Senior Vice President, Regents Professor of Psychology and Education, and George Kaiser Family Foundation Chair of Ethical Leadership at Oklahoma State University. He also is Honorary Professor of Psychology at Heidelberg University.
He was previously Dean of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Psychology and Education at Tufts University, and before that, IBM Professor of Psychology and Education, Professor of Management, and Director of the Center for the Psychology of Abilities, Competencies, and Expertise at Yale University.
He is a Past President of the American Psychological Association, the Eastern Psychological Association, Federation of Associations in Behavioral and Brain Sciences, and the International Association for Cognitive Education and Psychology, as well as Treasurer of the Association of American Colleges and Universities.
He currently is Associate Editor of Perspectives on Psychological Science and begins his term as Editor on January 1, 2015.
Sternberg is the author of more than 1500 refereed publications. His H value is 142 and his i10 value is 706. His main research interests are in intelligence, creativity, wisdom, thinking styles, teaching and learning, love, and hate.
Current Professional Activities:
Professor Sternberg a member of the board of directors, and is immediate Past-President of the Federation of Associations in Behavioral and Brain Sciences. He is incoming Editor of Perspectives on Psychological Science.
Current Research Activities:
Sternberg’s main research interests are in intelligence, creativity, wisdom, thinking styles, leadership, ethics, love, and hate. He has taught courses in most of these areas, as well as in cognitive psychology, educational psychology, introductory psychology, and professional socialization.
His current collaborative research projects with his colleagues are on graduate admissions, medical-school admissions, ethics, and implicit theories of abilities across different groups.
He is the author of more than 1,500 publications and, as a principal investigator, has received more than $20 million in grant funding. Sternberg has won more than two dozen awards for his work.
He was cited in an APA Monitor report as one of the top 100 psychologists of the 20th century (#60) and in a report by Diener and colleagues as one of the top 200 psychologists of the modern era (#61).
B.A., Psychology, Yale University
Ph.D., Psychology, Stanford University
13 honorary doctorates from 12 different countries
Peter S. Blumen, Sc.M., MBA
Peter Blumen currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Connective Leadership Institute. At various times, he has developed technologies and business opportunities for CLI. Periodically, he has been involved in the management of CLI. His projects for CLI include the original web programming of the CLI behavioral models and many subsequent version updates. He managed the migration of the CLI Resource Center to a cloud-computing platform (AWS) so that it could be used for both the Certified Associates, as well as for training apps and other scalable projects. Peter produced CLI’s first Udemy online course. He is currently developing training films for CLI seminars and online learning, as well as job-hunting apps to enable job-seekers to find ideal work environments.
Separately, Peter is the founding and managing partner of Cardinal Fund Management (www.CardinalFund.com). Since 2004, as an investment banker, he has advised clients in many industries, including technology, media, realty, and new energy. From 1989-2004, he headed proprietary trading groups at Maple Partners, PTS Management, Whitebox Partners, & Scoggin Fund Management, where he managed securities in event-related, private placements, quantitative blackbox, and distressed strategies. In 2007, as a Founding Director of a $250m public company, Energy Infrastructure Acquisition Corporation, he served as Chairman of the Audit Committee.
Peter is quoted and referenced in newspapers and newsletters as an expert in energy-related, shipping, science, and automotive issues. He is a cited contributor to the 2012 US Electric Vehicle Standards Roadmap.
He received his MBA from Wharton Business School, an Sc.M. in Computer Sciences and an A.B. in economics, both from Brown University. He holds FINRA series 7, 66, & 79 licenses and is a Managing Director of Avalon Securities, in New York, NY.
Chris Cartwright, MPA, EdD
Chris Cartwright, MPA, EdD is the Director of Intercultural Assessment at the Intercultural Communication Institute (ICI)where he provides consultation and training for educational, non-profit, governmental, and corporate organization looking to assess and grow their global leadership and intercultural competence. Prior to working at ICI, he served as the Dean of Academic Programs for the International Partnership for Service-Learning and Leadership, where he managed the alignment and assessment of curricular work on 12 campuses around the world. As a Continuing Education manager for Portland State University’s Graduate School of Education he coordinated programs in Training & Development and School Leadership. Dr. Cartwright teaches, trains, consults, and researches on issues surrounding intercultural competency, global leadership, educational assessment, international education, service-learning, social justice, intercultural and inclusive instructional design.
Dr. Cartwright wrote his dissertation on assessing intercultural leadership in international Fulbright students using the L-BL Achieving Styles Inventory (ASI) as the leadership instrument.
Carolyn Cason, EMBA
Lyn Cason, a Director of Stanton Chase International www.stantonchase.com, is an experienced executive search consultant who brings more than 12 years of background in the profession, specializing in digital media, consumer services, non-profit and university sectors. Her earlier career in management for entertainment and broadcast media provides a unique platform that allows her to offer organizational growth and leadership development to her clients.
Lyn was on the senior management team at Westinghouse Broadcasting and Cable, Inc. (CBS). As Vice President Total Quality she was on the Chairman’s corporate staff, responsible for coordinating customer service initiatives in broadcasting stations and cable networks nationwide. Her past positions include Vice President Controller at Group W Productions in Los Angeles, and Controller at WJZ TV in Baltimore, KPIX TV in San Francisco, and NBC Radio in San Francisco.
Lyn received a B.A. in Broadcast Communications from California State University San Francisco, and an Executive M.B.A. in Management from the Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management at Claremont Graduate University. She also completed a Fellowship in Applied Behavioral Sciences at Johns Hopkins University.
She currently serves on the Board of Directors for The Drucker/Ito Graduate School Alumni Association, Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California. She is also on Board of Directors for The Madeira School, a VAIS independent boarding school for girls in Virginia lending her skills to assist her alma mater.
Thomas Deegan, Ph.D.
For the past 25 years, Thomas G. Deegan, Ph.D. has held executive positions in the financial and manufacturing sectors. His responsibilities have included business acquisitions and development, along with staff and sales development.
Dr. Deegan serves on the Board of the Connective Leadership Institute and is a certified CLI practioner, www.connectiveleadership.com or www.achievingstyles.com. The Connective Leadership Institute is a management consulting, training, and research firm whose mission is to assist individuals and organizations in achieving their leadership goals more effectively.
Dr. Deegan received his Masters in Education Administration and B.A. in Education from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. He received his Ph.D. in Education from Claremont Graduate University; his primary areas of research were in the fields of leadership development, the use of Achieving Styles to improve decision-making processes for operational planning, and crisis management.
Dr. Deegan is an adjunct professor at Claremont Graduate University. His clients have included ditech.com, Google, Leadership Mountain View, ABG, Mail-Well, Inc., Sourcelink, and TPR.
David Drew, Ph.D.
David E. Drew holds the Joseph B. Platt Chair. His principal appointment is in the School of Educational Studies, where his teaching focuses on quantitative research methods, statistical analysis, and model building. For ten years Mr. Drew served as dean of the School of Educational Studies.
Prior to joining the CGU faculty, he held senior research positions at the Rand Corporation, the National Research Council, and the American Council on Education. Earlier he held a research faculty position at Harvard University, from which he received his PhD, and served as head applications programmer at the Harvard Computing Center.
He is the author of more than 150 publications, including 9 books, about a) the improvement of mathematics and science instruction at all levels of education, b) the development and evaluation of effective undergraduate programs, c) building strong university research programs, and d) health education.
These publications include, for example, a book reporting an evaluation he directed of a billion dollar National Science Foundation program, a Rand report for the White House about Federal funding of biomedical research, and a book about how to increase research productivity in the nation’s universities.
Recently the National University of Singapore celebrated its 100 year anniversary and hosted an international conference about education and globalization. Mr. Drew was invited to give the keynote speech.
Maura Harrington, Ph.D.
Maura J. Harrington is the COO and Vice President, Consulting Services of the Center for Nonprofit Management of Southern California, leading the growth of the consulting and coaching practices provided to nonprofits and public agencies. In her current role she is responsible for the synergy among capacity building programs and products and oversees the Consulting practice. She has served as a coach and consultant to nonprofits and public agencies for over 24 years and has worked with organizations of all sizes in communities throughout Southern California. In her previous role as vice president of consulting services and senior researcher Lodestar Management/Research, Inc., she was responsible for Lodestar’s evaluation and strategic planning consultations to private foundations, nonprofit organizations and government social service agencies.
As an adjunct professor she teaches courses on Organizational Psychology, Strategic Business Relations/Partnerships in the Department of Psychology and Research and Evaluation Methods at the School of Social Work at USC. As an Associate of the Connective Leadership Institute for more than 23 years, Maura has designed and delivered leadership training workshops as well as training for trainers who use the leadership model and has conducted several research studies related to the model. She currently serves as a member of the Advisory Board for CLI. She is also a Certified Governance Trainer for BoardSource and is an experienced executive coach with training from ICF.
Maura earned her Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior (Department of Psychology) from the Claremont Graduate School, where her primary areas of research were effective leadership, Achieving Styles, managerial empowerment, managerial styles and organizational effectiveness. She also holds an MBA from the Peter Drucker Graduate Management Center and a B.S. in Psychology from Georgetown University. She is an active member of the American Evaluation Association, the past Chair of the Independent Consulting Topical Interest Group and the past Chair of the City of Pasadena Human Services Commission.
Kathie Pelletier, Ph.D.
Dr. Kathie Pelletier earned her Ph.D. in Psychology, with an emphasis in Organizational Behavior and Leadership, at Claremont Graduate University. Her dissertation advisor was Dr. Jean Lipman-Blumen. In 2009, she was the recipient of the Frederic M. Jablin dissertation award, an international acknowledgment of exemplary scholarship in the area of leadership. Kathie is a Professor in the Department of Management at California State University, San Bernardino, where she teaches leadership and organizational behavior courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels.
Kathie’s research interests include toxic and ethical leadership, organizational corruption, ethics program effectiveness, and women and leadership. She has written numerous book chapters and articles on topics such as organizational corruption, leader toxicity, ethical leadership, and women and leadership that have been published in peer-reviewed journals and presented at professional conferences.
Dr. Pelletier has held leadership positions for 26 years, in both private and public sector organizations. She worked with a major freight carrier for 16 years in various leadership positions, and has 10 years of management and leadership experience in both county and city government agencies. She also consults in organizations such as Roadway Express, Wells Fargo, BBVA Compass Bank, and the County of San Bernardino.
Kathie is a member of the Society for Industrial Organizational Psychology, Academy of Management, International Leadership Association, and the American and Western Psychological Associations. She is also a certified practitioner and Advisory Board Member at the Connective Leadership Institute.
Kelly Peterson, Psy.D.
Kelly Peterson, Psy.D., is an industrial psychologist and consultant whose practice specialty includes a wide range of organizational development strategy and design solutions. Her expertise includes leadership development, executive coaching, culture change management, strategic planning, performance management and organizational effectiveness facilitation, design and consultation.
Dr. Peterson’s executive coaching engagements are custom tailored, skill and goal-focused, designed to meet specific high performance results. She has coached executive level leaders in a variety of organizations, including; The Walt Disney Company, 20th Century Fox, Pitney Bowes, LG Electronics, Los Angeles County, The City of Hope, Huntington Hospital, Texaco, Pitney Bowes, Technicolor and Warner Bros. She has also coached and provided strategic support for a number of entrepreneur CEO’s in a variety of industries including technology, food services, finance, marketing and public affairs.
In addition to her current consulting role, she was a senior partner and founder of Syzygy Global Consultants, Inc., a human resource manager for Sony Pictures Entertainment and chair of the doctoral program in psychology and organizational management and consulting at Phillips Graduate Institute. She has also been on the faculty for UCLA’s Technical Management Program and The Economic Development, Leadership Institute at College of the Canyons.
Dr. Peterson has her doctorate of psychology in organizational consulting from Phillips Graduate Institute and is a graduate of the University of Southern California, Human Resources Development Master Trainer’s Institute. She is a DDI Master Trainer and Certified Connective Leadership Practitioner and holds certifications in various organizational development assessments and tools.
Jill Robinson is an Associate Professor at the University of Redlands in the Business Administration and Accounting Department. She is on the Board of Directors for the Cody Unser First Step Foundation. She teaches courses in Human Resource Management, Leadership, Organizational Change, Strategy, and Green Business. She holds a Ph.D. and MA in Organizational Behavior from Claremont Graduate University, an MBA with an emphasis in Personnel Administration/Labor Relations from California State University along with a BS in Psychology from Texas A&M University. Her research interests are in the areas of leadership, work-family conflict, and gender issues.
Her industry background is in Human Resource Management within the Healthcare Industry where she has worked in the areas of Human Resources, Employee Relations, Benefits, Training, and Employee Safety. She has conducted numerous seminars as a management consultant on topics such as substance abuse, wrongful termination, performance management, and employee relations.
Sarah Smith Orr, EMBA
Sarah Smith Orr is the owner/principal in a management and planning consulting firm, Smith Orr & Associates specializing in the nonprofit sector. She is also an adjunct professor at the Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management at Claremont Graduate University (CGU) teaching leadership and governance in the social/nonprofit sector, as a lecturer for the Women’s Studies Program at CGU, and also a guest lecturer at the Claremont McKenna College in leadership studies.
She is currently serving as the Interim Executive Director of the Kravis Leadership Institute. She and colleague, Ron Riggio, Director of the Kravis Leadership Institute co-edited and published Improving Leadership in Nonprofit Organizations (Jossey-Bass, 2003), a text that includes chapters she authored or co-authored; one entitled “Soul-Based Leadership,” the other “Transformational Leadership.” She also wrote a book chapter entitled, “Women Directors in the Board Room: Adding Value, Making a Difference,” included in Boardroom Realities, with Jay Conger, Editor (Jossey-Bass). The Drucker Difference, a compilation of essays on the ‘Drucker Difference’ includes Sarah’s chapter “The Twenty-First Century: The Century of the Social Sector,” (McgrawHill, 2009).
Sarah is a certified trainer and a member of the Advisory Board for the Connective Leadership Institute. Due to her deep interest in the role of leaders and a commitment to support the advancement of women, she has been involved in the founding/start-up of Leadership California, a statewide educational program for women leaders in California (founding Executive Director), Leadership Berks County and Leadership Pasadena. She currently serves on the board of the National Women’s Hall of Fame and as a founding member of the National Advisory Forum for The Women’s Museum, An Institute for the Future. Sarah holds an Executive MBA from Claremont Graduate University and is currently completing her PhD in Education at CGU. Sarah lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Steve Rapier, Ph.D.
Steve Rapier is a member of the Connective Leadership Institute Advisory Board. He recently joined Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management as a member of the Practitioner Faculty of Marketing where he is a member of the FEMBA Program Committee. He has lectured at a variety of academic institutions, including The Drucker School, Cal State Long Beach, Cal State Los Angeles, Cal State San Bernardino, and the University of Southern California. He is presently a doctoral student in management at The Drucker School.
Steve also serves as Executive Vice President of the Artime Group, an advertising and branding firm in Pasadena, CA. Over the past 26 years he has provided strategic consultation for a variety of clients, including 3M Unitek, Rose Hills, IndyMac Bank, Utility Trailer, and Affinity Internet. Steve is an occasional contributor to the Smart Answers column in the Small Business section of BusinessWeek online as well as in the Small Business column in Los Angeles Times print and online editions.
- Alan Ragains