Bob Anderson

bob-andersenBob Anderson is a Senior Instructor, Certified Assessor and Keynote Speaker for Leading Challenges, a leadership development training company concentrated on Emotional Intelligence, a life-discipline that leads to improved personal and professional successes. Bob is a dynamic facilitator, performance coach and public speaker who is driven by the desire to create individuals and organizations that are emotionally intelligent.

Bob has designed and conducted leadership and team development programs for corporations, educational institutions, sports academies and entrepreneurial firms all over the world with his unique insights into the power of effectively assessing, developing and using an individual’s and an organization’s emotional intelligence. Along with his Leading Challenges team, he has assessed the emotional and social functioning of over 10,000 individuals in 15 countries.

Bob’s formal education includes a Bachelor’s Degree in Modern Languages from Norwich University and a Master’s in Education, Administration, Planning and Social Policy from The Graduate School of Education at Harvard.

Joe Candido


Joe Candido has over 30 years of experience in sales, marketing, consulting, technology, and advanced training methods. Joe is a consultant who works with his clients to develop competitive differentiation in their market place, and then build both strategic and tactical sales and marketing plans which leverage that differentiation.

Throughout Joe’s career he has worked with wide range of clients and industries, often creating in-depth, multi-year programs. Joe has worked with several multi-national corporations, regional companies, and nonprofits. He has in-depth expertise in:

  • creating intellectual property
  • manufacturing
  • eCommerce
  • health care
  • telecommunication and
  • Information Technology

Joe owned and operated an IT consulting firm, held positions of Director of Sales, and VP of Sales and Marketing, VP of Innovation, worked with leading research and advertising firms, and delivered a wide range of technical and executive training programs, some which have been accredit by ACE and Champlain College. He teaches executive education at University of Southern California’s Marshal School of Business, a guest presenter at Wharton School of Business and keynotes at various industry events in NA, SA, and Europe.

Joe recently built and implemented a sales and marketing plan for a manufacturing firm that drove sales from $20MM to $30MM in 3 years during which time profits increased by 850%. He then positioned the company for a very successful acquisition. He served as a director of Hill Associates, Inc.’s Board of Directors for 3 years. He also consults/coaches with several executives on an individual basis.

Joe has been trained in adult learning and several sales methodologies and often includes their Principles when creating custom sales performance improvement programs for his clients. Joe graduated from the State University of New York College at Plattsburgh with a BS in Business Management.

Rocki-Lee DeWitt, Ph.D.


Rocki-Lee DeWitt is the former Dean and Professor of Management in the School of Business at the University of Vermont. She earned her Ph.D. at Columbia University in strategic management, her M.S. at The Ohio State University in Agricultural Economics and her B.S. in Marketing and Management at New York University. Prior to her arrival in 2002, Dr. DeWitt was the Associate Dean for Professional Masters Programs at the Pennsylvania State University. While at UVM, Dr. DeWitt has been responsible for hiring 15 of the school’s 27 tenure track faculty, played a leadership role in increasing the number of endowed faculty fellowships and professorships, and helped build a management development and executive education presence. Dr. DeWitt has received numerous teaching awards and has discussed teaching innovations at multiple national conferences. Her research on downsizing and restructuring has been published in top tier journals. Dr. DeWitt is a member of the Board of Governors of Beta Gamma Sigma, a member of the Board of Directors of Yankee Farm Credit (an ACA), and sits on various community boards including the Lake Champlain Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Burlington Industrial Council.

Karen Fleming


Karen has over 25 years of marketing, new product development, strategy and business management experience. Her career includes such notable companies as Procter & Gamble, Dunkin’ Donuts, Ocean Spray Cranberries, Stonyfield Farm and Seventh Generation.

As the Vice President of Marketing for Stonyfield Farm and Seventh Generation she developed the strategies in support of the brands’ national expansions and launched the most successful new products in the companies histories. As a consultant she has successfully worked with a broad range of for-profit and non-profit organizations to define and implement corporate growth and marketing strategies and plans.

In addition to managing her own consulting firm, Karen is a Peer Advisor for the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund and the Director of the Sustainable MBA Program and Professor for Green Mountain College, one of the world’s top ranked environmental mission colleges. She is also President of the Harvard Business School Green Business Alumni Association.

Karen earned her M.B.A. from Harvard University and her B.A. from Dartmouth College.

Ross Gibson

ross-gibsonRoss Gibson is the Lead Consultant for The Richards Group’s Human Resources and Leadership Development group. Ross most recently was Senior Vice President, Global Human Resources at World Learning, a global academic institution and Non-Governmental Organization with approximately 1,000 employees. In almost 30 years working in the Human Resources field, Ross has held several senior level positions including Vice President, Learning and Organizational Development at Charles River Labs and Vice President, Human Resources at both American Superconductor and Cambridge Neuroscience, Inc. Ross is a certified facilitator in several of the award-winning and internationally recognized Franklin Covey courses including the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. He is active in several local and regional Human Resources and training organizations and is a past president of the Northeast Human Resources Association (NEHRA). Locally in Brattleboro, Vermont, he is a member of the Workforce Development Task Force of SeVEDS, a Board member of Youth Services and is also a member of the Sunshine Rotary Club of Brattleboro. Ross brings a wealth of experience to bear on the business unit within The Richards Group and will be growing a team to deliver on these services.

Ross’ practice at The Richards Group is focusing on assisting clients with maximizing the potential of each organization’s most important assets, their employees. Ross is helping clients through both Human Resources services and Leadership Development programs. Additionally, Ross is establishing public training courses that will allow smaller employers to take advantage of TRG’s expanding training offerings.

Ezra Hall

Exra HallEzra Hall is a senior engineer at IBM with over 25 years of electrical engineering experience and 14 years of project management leadership. Ezra applies a high degree of innovation in managing projects and solving both technical and business challenges with a results oriented approach.

Ezra manages complex semiconductor related projects and programs for commercial and government customers, spanning small to large engagements. Current responsibilities also include business process development and applying extensive contracting knowledge and skills to new bids.

Ezra has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from UVM, is PMP certified, and holds 10 US Patents with an additional 6 pending.

Mark Heyman

Mark HeymanMark earned his BA in Political Science from the University of Vermont, including six months studying access to legal aid within the European Union in London, England through Boston University. Mark earned his Juris Doctor from Suffolk University Law School and is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management. He has significant labor and employment law and human resources management experience as former Deputy Legal Counsel for the Vermont State Employees Association and as the Owner of Cope Human Resources, Inc., an HR Consulting firm. Mark is currently the HR Director of Logic Supply, Inc., a global technology company based in South Burlington with locations in Europe and Taiwan, providing custom small form factor computer solutions for industrial embedded applications.

Susan Hughes, Ph.D., CPA


Susan Hughes is an associate professor of accounting. She joined the UVM faculty in 2006. At UVM she teaches undergraduate accounting courses and the MBA Business Analysis and Consulting. Prior to joining the UVM faculty, Susan spent 17 years at Butler University where she taught financial and managerial accounting, and the MBA Integrative Capstone course. She also coordinated and taught in three, 14-week executive education programs designed to improve physicians’ business acumen, offered in conjunction with the Indianapolis Medical Society The results of her research have appeared in the Journal of Accounting and Public Policy,theJournal of Accounting Education, Strategic Finance, Management Accounting Quarterly,Credit and Financial Management Review,and the Journal of Leadership & Organizational Studies.Her co-authored paper on Intel’s finance function received the Institute of Management Accountants 2006 Lybrand Gold Medal and was selected by the International Federation of Accountants for inclusion in Articles of Merit Award Program for Distinguished Contribution to Management Accounting. She is the recipient of numerous teaching awards, and has designed and conducted executive education programs for the Vermont Business Center, Temple-Inland, Roche, Norwood Promotional Products, and various public accounting firms.

David Jones, Ph.D.

djones1David A. Jones, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Management in the School of Business Administration at UVM. He is a passionate teacher who was honored to receive a University-wide teaching award in 2009 (the Kroepsch-Maurice Excellence in Teaching Award). At UVM David teaches undergraduate and MBA courses in leadership, organizational behavior, and sustainable business. He has also conducted numerous full-day workshops through the Center for Leadership and Innovation and elsewhere, providing training to over 650 executives, managers, and health care leaders in Vermont since moving here in 2004.

In his research David focuses on employees’ perceptions of fairness in the workplace and how they respond to these perceptions through cooperative and performance-oriented behaviors and various types of counterproductive workplace behaviors (e.g., wasting time, theft). David also studies how job seekers and employees respond to an employer’s socially and environmentally responsible business practices, focusing on explaining why they tend to respond positively to such practices. David is active in presenting his research, having authored and presented over 70 papers at scholarly conferences, as well as numerous invited presentations. David has published over 30 book chapters, peer reviewed articles and conference proceeding papers, including scholarly articles in top-tier academic journals such as the Academy of Management Journal and Journal of Applied Psychology, as well as the Journal of Organizational Behavior and Journal of Management where Dr. Jones also serves on their editorial boards.

David has worked with numerous for-profit and non-profit organizations, usually providing consulting services or reports based on data he collected for research purposes. For example, David recently worked in collaboration with Citizen Schools, a non-profit based in Boston. With assistance and support from three corporate partners (Google, Cognizant Technology Solutions, and Fidelity Investments), David studied employee volunteers who completed a Citizen Teacher Apprenticeship to mentor middle school youth over the course of three months, finding that the experience tended to enhance their work-related skills, attitudes and job behaviors. David also served for two years as Chair of the Board for a non-profit organization called the New Sudan Education Initiative ( whose mission is to build secondary schools in South Sudan.

Joe Kelly


Joe Kelly is an experienced leader of Start-Up and Growth-Driven organizations with extensive experience in Sales Strategy and Organizational Development. Joe’s combined 30+ years of Sales Leadership and CEO responsibilities for International companies allowed Joe the opportunity to gain expertise introducing productive change to organizations and their business processes. His ability to devise and introduce unique sales strategies and compensation plans, along with a strong focus on organizational development has allowed Joe to assist many organizations navigate their vision for growth . Joe is a motivator, listener, and coach, with ability to communicate a clear vision of the business to all, and to persuade both employees and customers that their organization is committed to excellence.

Specialties :

  • Sales Strategy and Sales Process
  • Market Segmentation
  • Corporate Alignment
  • Organizational Development
  • Performance Review Process
  • Talent Management
  • Leadership Development
  • Team Building Workshops
  • Incentive Strategies

For 25 years Joe lead the North American operation for ifm electronics, a German Manufacturer of sensors used in factory automation, headquartered in the Philadelphia area. Under his leadership the North American organization grew from 2 employees to 285 employees and annual revenues of approximately $100 Million. He led the organization through its many and varied steps of growth from inception to today’s earned status of “Industry Leader”. Joe holds a degree in Engineering from Villanova University, and is an active member of The Vermont Association of Talent Development, The Vermont Consultants Network and supports local organizations through The Vermont Small Business Development Center.

Barbara McIntosh

Barbara-McIntoshProfessor Barbara McIntosh has been actively involved in examining aging labor force issues for over 25 years. She is a professor in the School of Business Administration at the University of Vermont where she teaches human resources management, organization behavior, and a course on aging and employment. She is also Associate Director for Policy of the University of Vermont’s Center on Aging. She has been honored by being named a Fellow of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE) in 2001 and a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA)in 2010.

Dr. McIntosh received her Ph.D. in Administrative Sciences from Purdue University; her M.L.I.R. in Collective Bargaining from Michigan State University; and her B.S. in Communications from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.

Jennifer Mincar


Jen Mincar is an independent consultant specializing in IT project management. She divides her time equally in the field and in the classroom. Jen currently manages large-scale, enterprise wide software implementations and upgrades. She also teaches technical and project management classes across New England for manufacturing and marketing companies with sales from $500M-$2B+.

She has in-depth expertise in IT Strategic Planning, Project & Program Management, Procurement Management, Technical & Project Management Training and Team Leadership.

In 2010, Jen spoke at the PMI Champlain Valley Chapter meeting, the VT Women’s Business Owners Chapter meeting, and the Vermont Consultant Network meeting. Prior to becoming a consultant, Jen worked for IBM as a programmer and manager for ten years and then for Burton Snowboards as the Global IT Director for two years. She also owns and operates an entrepreneurial business called Office Squared, a co-working space in Burlington, VT.

She has a BA in Computer Science & Math from SUNY-Potsdam, an MBA from Binghamton University, and is PMP certified.

Rich Nadworny

rich nadwornyRich Nadworny is principal of Empatico, an insight and innovation studio in Burlington, VT. Empatico helps organizations get un-stuck by solving business problems through a human-centric design process.

He previously ran the digital marketing firm Digalicious. He is the founder of the #BTVSMB social media breakfast series and the new innovation breakfast series Creative Collisions.

He is a commentator on Vermont Public Radio and a frequent speaker on digital marketing and innovation.

Merryn Rutledge, Ed. D

Merryn RutledgeMerryn Rutledge, Ed. D., GPCC, PCC, BCC, is Principal of ReVisions LLC & Coach Plus, a national executive coaching and change management firm. In addition to her individual and group coaching clients, Merryn coaches for the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland coach certification program and for the Snelling Center for Government. Merryn is certified as a Gestalt Practitioner Certified Coach (Gestalt Institute of Cleveland), Professional Certified Coach (International Coaching Federation), Board Certified Coach (Center for Credentialing and Education), and she has advanced somatic coaching training from the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland.

Merryn’s consulting focuses on leadership development and guiding change. In addition to serving corporate clients and teaching here at the Center for Leadership and Innovation, Merryn teaches in the Sustainable Enterprise MBA at the University of Vermont, in the nationally certified Vermont Public Manager (VCPM), and in the Snelling Center’s Leadership Institute.

Merryn’s research has been widely published. Most recently, Merryn co-created, with Kay Peterson, the ©Learning Compass, which builds on the Kolb Learning Styles Inventory 4.0 for transformative personal, team, and organizational learning. Merryn holds a doctorate in Leadership and Policy from the University of Vermont. Before coming to Vermont in 1995, Merryn led professional development for educators in the US and Canada and taught in the US and abroad.

Michael Schmidt

michael-schmidtMichael Schmidt is a senior engineering manager at IBM with over 20 years experience in the microelectronic industry. Michael has worked in various roles at both IBM and Intel including engineering, project management, and functional management.

Michael has over 10 years of experience teaching more than 20 different engineering, business, and project management courses at the College of Management and Technology at Walden University and at the School of Business and Management at Kaplan University.

Michael has a B.S. in electrical engineering from San Jose State University, an M.S. in engineering management from Walden University, and an MBA from RPI. Michael earned his project management professional certification (PMP) in 2008 and was certified as an IBM senior project manager in 2009. He also serves in a leadership position for the local PMI Chapter, PMICV.

Leslie Schreiber, M. Ed

leslie SchreiberLeslie has been a small business owner in Vermont for over 12 years. Her Vermont clients include Keurig Green Mountain, VT Smoke and Cure, Husky Injection Molding, Merchants Bank, Seventh Generation, Gardener’s Supply, University of Vermont Medical School, Vermont Department of Education, Vermont Health Department, Middlebury College, Champlain College, and others. Her workshops focus on Improving Workplace Communication, Train the Trainer, and Six Thinking Hats meeting management tool.

Leslie has facilitated for numerous financial institutions including Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, Blackstone, Goldman Sachs, and JP Morgan. One of her more memorable clients was working with Harvard Business School students.

Leslie frequently presents at conferences, delivering workshops entitled, “Staying Cool During Hot Conversations,” “11.5 Tools to Really Engage Learners” and “Five Dysfunctions of a Team.”

Leslie’s background is in outdoor education, having worked for Outward Bound and managed the University of Vermont’s Ropes Course for many years. Her master’s degree is in Experiential Education with a focus on adult learning.

When not consulting or training, Leslie is a mentor for women coming out of prison through Mercy Connections. She is on the leadership team for the Greater Burlington Women’s Forum and has offered advice to participants in the Women’s Small Business Program.

Alexandra Tursi

alexandrea tursiAlexandra Tursi is social media strategist for the UVM Medical Center in Burlington, VT. She is the former Director of Social Media at Kelliher Samets Volk, a marketing communications agency, where she worked for 5 years with clients in the energy, public health, higher education and sustainability spaces including Concept2, Crane & Co., Efficiency Vermont, Jeffrey Hollender Partners, Mercy College, National Grid, Vermont Department of Health, Vermont Student Assistance Corporation, Vtrim, and University of Vermont Continuing and Distance Education.

She has lead social media workshops and lectures for organizations including Cornell University, University of Vermont and Champlain College as well as Burlington Social Media Day, Burlington School District, WCAX-TV, Vermont Department of Health, Vermont Specialty Food Association, Intervale Center and Vermont Fresh Network. She is a social media columnist for The Burlington Free Press and WCAX-TV.

Her awards include the 2012 Silver Bell Award for Excellence in Crisis Communications from the Publicity Club of New England, the 2010 Summit Award for Excellence in Social Media, and the 2010 Rising Star Award from Vermont Business Magazine.

Alexandra graduated from Cornell University in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in Government. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Public Administration at University of Vermont where she is focusing on the intersection of public health and technology. Learn more at