Bob 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.
Joe Candido is the Founder and President of Fifth Element Associates and Co-Founder of the Executive Crash Course Company. Joe’s entire career has been focused on sustainable growth through customer experience with emphasis on sales, marketing, customer service, leadership and culture. Joe works with executives, providing industry trends and insights, and helping set vision, values, and strategy. This work often results in implement through training, consulting, and coaching for leadership, sales, marketing, engineering, and customer service. He has held positions of Director of Sales, VP of Sales and Marketing, VP of Innovation, and Member of Technical Staff. Joe has designed and delivered a wide array of classroom and e-learning training programs over the past 20 years. He regularly presents trends, market implications, and insights at industry events. Joe works with several multi-national firms in NA, SA, and Europe and a wide range of smaller organizations located in Vermont and New England.
Joe and his business partner Steve Shepard are writing a book on Leadership, change, and sustainable growth. It’s based on 20 years of consulting, extensive research, and interviews with over 200 executives. Although there are many ways to run and lead there are some clear best-practices and approaches and even more pitfalls to avoid. Joe’s primary belief is that every business needs a unique and compelling value proposition in order to differentiate itself in the minds and hearts of its customers. Otherwise the business becomes another “me too” player who can’t differentiate. The great companies and organizations change often – they outpace the market and invest deeply in their people. This is the source of innovation and differentiation, and it’s comes from leadership, vision, and strategy.
A good day is when he can’t tell the difference between his work and his play, or his friends and his associates. If Joe’s not with his clients, he can usually be found on his sailboat in Lake Champlain or, when winter has arrived, either skiing or sailing in the Caribbean. Joe lives in Vermont with his wife, daughter, “adopted” exchange student daughter and dog.
Rocki-Lee DeWitt, Ph.D.
Rocki-Lee DeWitt is a Professor of Management in the Grossman 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. Dr. DeWitt is an experienced academic administrator having been an Associate Dean for Professional Graduate Programs at Penn State and the Dean of UVM’s business school from 2002 until 2009.
Dr. DeWitt has received numerous teaching awards including the Kroepsch-Maurice Award at UVM and has discussed teaching innovations at multiple national conferences. Her current research and consulting focuses on family businesses in transition. Dr. DeWitt serves on the editorial boards of Family Business Review and the Academy of Management Learning and Education journals. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Yankee Farm Credit (an ACA), and sits on the board of the Greater Burlington Industrial Council.
Karen Martinsen Fleming, MBA
Karen Martinsen Fleming brings a unique combination of practitioner experience and academic expertise to her teaching and work in sustainable business value creation. As the senior marketing executive for Stonyfield Farm, Seventh Generation and Green Mountain College, recognized leaders in sustainability, she was instrumental in the brands’ growth strategies, new product development, national brand expansions, and record revenues and profits. As Professor of Sustainable Business at Green Mountain College she teaches and leads research in practical strategy and branding for sustainable business success. A graduate of Dartmouth College and the Harvard Business School, Karen is the author of one of Harvard Business School’s most popular marketing case studies.
David A. Jones, Ph.D.
David A. Jones is a Professor of Management, holder of the John L. Beckley Professorship, and Academic Director of UVM’s, The Sustainable Innovation MBA—the #1 ranked “Green MBA” in the U.S. (Princeton Review, 2018). He joined UVM in 2004 after completing his Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology at The University of Calgary.
Professor Jones is a passionate educator who was honored to receive a University-wide teaching award (the 2009 Kroepsch-Maurice Excellence in Teaching Award). David teaches MBA courses (e.g., Strategic CSR and Sustainable Value), and regularly conducts full-day leadership development seminars, having trained over 1000 executives and managers in Vermont alone.
In his work with organizations, David applies principles of sustainable business strategy, triple bottom line thinking, and shared value creation. For instance, he has worked with several companies to design or enhance their corporate volunteerism programs, and assess how their employees respond through participation in community service, job attitudes and behaviors, retention, and skill development. David also served as Chair of the Board for a non-profit organization called the New Sudan Education Initiative whose mission was to build secondary schools in South Sudan.
As a scholar, Professor Jones spent the first portion of his career publishing research on perceived fairness and revenge in the workplace, and on employee recruitment. More recently, he has become a recognized thought leader in the emerging area of employee responses to their employer’s community engagement and environmentally sustainable business practices. His work in this area includes eleven published studies, theory development pieces, and literature reviews; two co-edited journal issues and a co-edited volume; academic conference roles as theme-track chair, symposium discussant, and expert panelist; and key note addresses and visiting scholar positions. Professor Jones has authored over 90 papers presented at scholarly conferences, and published over 40 journal articles, book chapters, and conference proceeding papers, including articles in top academic journals, such as the Academy of Management Journal and Journal of Applied Psychology. He also serves on the editorial boards of four peer-reviewed journals, including two leading outlets in which his work has been published: the Journal of Management and Journal of Organizational Behavior.
Merryn Rutledge, Ed. D.
Merryn Rutledge, Ed. D., is Principal of ReVisions LLC, an Executive coaching and leadership development firm with clients in all sectors.
Merryn works with coaching clients throughout the US and Canada, and she has been a mentor coach in the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland coaching certification program and for the International Coaching Federation. Skilled in doing transformation work, Merryn is certified as a Professional Certified Coach (International Coaching Federation), Gestalt Practitioner Certified Coach (Gestalt Institute of Cleveland), Board Certified Coach (Center for Credentialing and Education), and has advanced training in using the body’s cues for growth and transformation.
Merryn also teaches in executive education programs.
Merryn’s research has appeared as book chapters and in peer reviewed journals. Most recently, she contributed to a casebook and published a book on strategic planning. Leading and Managing in the Social Sector (2016) features her study on multi-stakeholder collaboration. Her book Strategic Planning Guide for Leaders of Small Organizations (2016) shows leaders and boards of directors how to approach strategic planning as an opportunity for ongoing organizational learning.
Merryn holds a doctorate in Leadership and Policy from the University of Vermont and two degrees in English literature from Smith College. Before founding ReVisions LLC in 1995, Merryn led professional development for educators in the US and Canada and taught English and Film Studies at private schools in the US and in France.
Merryn regularly serves on nonprofit boards and is an avid poet.
Dr. Steven Shepard
Dr. Steven Shepard is the founder of the Shepard Communications Group in Williston, Vermont, co-founder of the Executive Crash Course Company, and founder of Shepard Images. A professional author, photographer and educator with more than 30 years of experience in the technology industry, he has written books and articles on a wide variety of topics
Dr. Shepard received his undergraduate degree in Spanish and Romance Philology from the University of California at Berkeley (1976), his Masters Degree in International Business from St. Mary’s College (1985), and his PhD at the Da Vinci Institute in Rivonia, South Africa (2009). He spent eleven years with Pacific Bell in San Francisco in a variety of capacities followed by ten years with Hill Associates in Colchester, Vermont before forming the Shepard Communications Group in early 2000.
In addition to his work with a wide range of businesses, Steve works extensively in the education sector. He is a Senior Fellow of the Da Vinci Institute of South Africa; Adjunct Professor in the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business; a Founding Director of the African Telecoms Institute; and an Emeritus member of the Board of Trustees of Champlain College. He is also the Resident Director of the University of Southern California’s Executive Leadership and Advanced Management Programs, and adjunct professor at Emory University, Thunderbird University, the University of Vermont, and the Ivey School, among others.
Dr. Shepard specializes in international issues in technology strategy, with an emphasis on the social, geopolitical, economic, and competitive implications of technological change. He has written and directed more than 40 videos and films, and written and produced technical presentations, white papers, Podcasts, speeches and articles on a broad range of topics for companies and organizations worldwide. He has written and photographed in more than 90 countries, serving clients across many different industries including telecommunications, IT, media, advertising, healthcare, transportation, government, software development, education, professional services, NGOs, venture capital, and regulatory.
Thanks to a childhood spent in Spain, Steve is native fluent in Spanish and routinely publishes and delivers presentations in that language.
He lives in Vermont with his wife Sabine, who has put up with him for more than 35 years.
Glenn Walberg, LL.M.
Glenn 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.