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 Martinsen 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.

Ezra Hall

Exra Hall

Ezra Hall is an executive at GLOBALFOUNDRIES with 26 years of electrical engineering experience and 15 years of project management leadership. Ezra’s previous employment includes over 20 years at IBM spanning technical, business, and project management roles with specialization in bridging across these disciplines. In the process of joining GLOBALFOUNDRIES, Ezra successfully led a major divestiture work-stream for the transition from IBM Microelectronics to GLOBALFOUNDRIES. This result was achieved through leading team members across multiple companies/divisions and closing complex negotiations between industry and the government. Ezra applies a high degree of innovation in managing projects and solving 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 leading negotiations, business process development, and applying extensive contracting knowledge and skills to opportunities.

Ezra has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from UVM, is PMP certified, holds 14 US Patents (additional pending), and was selected by IBM as Master Inventor in 2015.

David Jones, Ph.D.

djones1David A. Jones, PhD, is Professor of Management, John L. Beckley Professorship in American Business Co-Director, Sustainable Entrepreneurship MBA Program (SEMBA), Grossman School of Business, University of Vermont

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. 

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 Schmidt

Michael Schmidt is an engineering manager at GLOBALFOUNDRIES with over 20 years experience in the microelectronic industry.  Michael has worked in various roles at GLOBALFOUNDRIES, 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 through the University of Vermont Continuing and Distance Education, 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 has served in leadership positions for the local PMI Chapter, PMICV.

Glenn Walberg, LL.M.

Glenn WalbergGlenn Walberg obtained his Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Taxation from the Georgetown University Law Center after obtaining his JD from the College of William and Mary School of Law. Before joining the University of Vermont Grossman School of Business, he taught courses about federal tax accounting for individuals and business entities at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. He previously worked as a senior manager in the national tax department of a Big Four accounting firm. He has published in the Florida Tax Review, Tax Notes, Tax Adviser, The Tax Lawyer, and others. His research interests include accounting method and capitalization issues.