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Personalized Leadership Development Program

Our leadership training program is personalized and tailored to your unique needs and goals, and thus class size is typically restricted to an enrollment of less than 10 participants who are seeking to enhance their credibility, visibility, and presence in addition to enhancing their abilities to value, grow, motivate, and inspire their employees/associates/family members. This entails optimizing your personality or delivery system because if certain others who are important in your life are not responding in a positive manner to your style of communicating, you are already experiencing a leadership and/or personal crisis. People whom you wish to retain in both your professional and personal life have a need to feel valued and supported as unique and special contributors.
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Self Awareness Workshop

The Self-Awareness Workshop is an intensive two and a half-day leadership training program available in weekend and weekday formats. This program is based on the concept that self-awareness is the key to a happy life and to a quiet kind of powerful leadership. Again, you must first learn how to master and lead yourself before you can lead others.
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The Leadership Trust Facilitators & Consultants
Dr. Holly Latty-Mann Ph.D.

Holly Latty-Mann, Ph.D.

Dr. Holly Latty-Mann is the president and co-founder (with the late Dr. Jim Farr) of The Leadership Trust®. Holly specializes in helping leaders unleash their full human potential to inspire trust-inspired collaboration. She uses an extended holistic, integrative model designed to heighten both self-awareness and emotional intelligence at root-cause level. She also performs comprehensive, customized leadership impact studies, corporate assessments, organizational development initiatives, onsite/offsite team-building retreats, and strategic culture studies for diverse businesses and industries. Every year Holly donates time to non-profit organizations in the form of pro bono workshops and presentations.

Latty-Mann, a licensed clinical psychologist for over 20 years, completed her post doctorate in clinical psychology at Kent State and Duke University Medical Center after having earned a doctorate of philosophy from the University of South Carolina in experimental psychology (social psychology/personality). She served as Executive Professor of Leadership at the Wake Forest University Schools of Business and later formed alliances with other major North Carolina universities including Duke's Fuqua School of Business, their Coach K Center on Leadership and Ethics.

In 2016 Doc Holly was named a Top Thought Leader in Trust (one of 94 selected) by Trust Across America - Trust Around the World. In 2015, the same organization named her a Top 100 Thought Leader in Trust; in 2014, a Top 100 Thought Leader in Trustworthy Business.

Holly's serious passion is animal welfare. Her semi-serious passion is piano, and her lighthearted passion is foreign travel, having traveled extensively and mostly for fun to more than fifty foreign countries. When in North Carolina, you'll find her hiking and biking her favorite trails, creating what she describes as "Total freedom, total joy, one big smile!"

Theodore G. Ryan, Ph.D.

Dr. Ted Ryan serves The Leadership Trust® as senior adjunct faculty, executive coach and organizational consultant. With leadership as his core passion and underlying theme, he focuses on both personal and organizational transformation through in-depth coaching, organizational analyses and change initiatives, leadership workshops, and university teaching.

Dr. Ryan has worked with such organizations as Accenture (Andersen Consulting), American Museum of Natural History, Bank of America, Banc of America Securities, Central Park Conservancy, Deutsche Bank, Dun & Bradstreet, Federal Reserve Bank NY, General Electric, Getty Oil, JP Morgan Chase, Lehman Brothers, McGraw Hill, Merrill Lynch, Mastercard International, Morgan Stanley, The New York Times, PepsiCo, Standard & Poor's, Swiss Bank, The U.S. State Department, and Young & Rubicam.

Dr. Ryan led the creation and implementation of 360 performance evaluation programs at Banc of America Securities, Deutsche Bank and Morgan Stanley. He created and helped deliver hiring processes at Accenture, Deutsche Bank, JP Morgan Chase, Merrill Lynch, and Morgan Stanley. At Merrill Lynch Ted was their primary trainer for over 20 years helping their managers recruit and select financial consultants. Dr. Ryan helped lead the integration of the corporate and investment banking platforms at Deutsche Bank and Banc of America Securities. At JP Morgan Chase, he helped develop a "best in class" employee communication capability and helped to "operationalize" Chase's vision into its management practices. Ted offers these same services to management teams across a diversity of industries.

Dr. Ryan earned a Ph.D. in Counseling/Organizational Psychology from Columbia University, did graduate work in the humanities at Princeton University and has a master's degree from Princeton Theological Seminary. Currently, Ted is an Adjunct Professor at Fuqua, Duke University's business school. He is teaching business ethics and leadership to daytime MBA's. Ted also created and taught a course on "The Ethics of Leadership" at Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, Georgia.

Ted enjoys hiking in the mountains, and kayaking and boating in the coastal waters of SE Georgia. Tennis, basketball and biking are three of his favorite activities. He has never been defeated by Roger Federer. Ted loves music and his two sons try valiantly to keep him aware of today's music.

Barbara Ford-Latty, MA, RN, CHTP

Barbara Ford-Latty serves The Leadership Trust® as Executive Director of the Center for Life and Living, a 2014 division of The Leadership Trust® that focuses on corporate wellness and personal balance. Ford-Latty draws upon her graduate training in both traditional and non-traditional medicine to offer services creating holistic alignment specifically through her energy work. However, her vision for CLL includes multiple specializations not only as preventative healthcare measures but also for the simple joy of feeling good both physically and mentally/emotionally.

As an RN, Ford-Latty attended the University of North Carolina, then worked as Nurse Manager of the Duke Medical Center Cardiac Care Unit, later graduating from Wellesley College Phi Beta Kappa, with a degree in architecture and lectured on American Art/Architecture on the Smithsonian’s Odyssey Tours. Incorporating the principles of architectural balance into the inner world of personal wellness and wholeness, Ford-Latty has created a unique approach to holistic wellbeing from these seemingly discrepant disciplines.

As a corporate trainer and leadership facilitator with the Colonial Williamsburg Hospitality Group and Sonesta Hotels, Ford-Latty began constructing her own brand of corporate wellness with focus on personal health issues within the context of corporate stress and relationships. Barbara’s most recent applications of her energy work have produced results her clients describe as "youthening". After her graduation with High Honors from Clayton College of Natural Health with a graduate degree in Holistic Wellness, Barbara founded Haelen Health, an Integrative Healthcare collaborative with offices in Roanoke and Christiansburg, Virginia. An educator, registered nurse, author, integrative health practitioner, and member of The Leadership Trust® self-awareness team, Barbara Ford-Latty has over 25 years of experience in healthcare and education, along with an insatiable curiosity about all things pertaining to balance and wholeness in our hectic human world.

Co-author of the book Health: Mind Body Soul, Ford-Latty is in the middle of a new project focusing on the resilience of healthy aging. She is an adjunct faculty member at ECPI University and Skyline College, Roanoke, VA, teaching classes in nursing education. In October 2014, she was named "Teacher of the Year-ECPI University" by the Association of Virginia Career Colleges for her innovative and compassionate teaching methods.

Barbara has always felt there is more to being human than maintaining parts of a machine and has begun finding ways to pull things together into a meaningful gestalt. "We must pay attention to how we connect - and disconnect - from the basic to the divine - our bodies, our psyche, our homes, our gardens, our cities, our spirit," she says. Having explored multiple spiritual and alternative philosophies as well as materially based concepts, Barbara recognizes a paradigm shift is beginning to emerge in western society that is changing the meaning of health in our civilization today. Moving from a cultural perspective focused entirely on the physical lack of disease symptoms, our society is moving toward the concept of health as a balanced, open living system existing in a state of homeostasis with all other life forms. This integration of mind, body and spirit offers hope for a centered, compassionate future where each person finds meaningful value not only within but also a meaningful human connectedness with others.

With the tools of energy balance, mindfulness, and a renewed collaboration of ancient wisdom with modern science, Barbara guides her clients on their individual path to dynamic balance and wholeness, knowing that by guiding one person to a compassionate life, she is contributing to a kinder, gentler, healthier world.

Charles J. Hicks II, Ph.D., BCC.

Charles J. Hicks, II, Ph.D., BCC.

Dr. Charles J. Hicks, II serves The Leadership Trust as a Senior Executive Leadership Coach. He is committed to working with leaders who seek to deepen their self-awareness in order to access their higher potentials for leveraging their performance at achieving organizational results through others. He demonstrates evidenced-based leadership impact coaching that captures the "developmental shift" that manifests within the coaching engagement. His coaching practice has included such applications as Executive On-Boarding, High Potential Leadership Development, Performance Management, and Leadership Style Re-Calibration.

Charles completed his graduate work at The Ohio State University in Counselor Education and Social Psychology and spent additional post-graduate study in Group-Psychotherapy. He is a Board Certified Coach and continues his coaching education through ICF sponsored programs. Previously licensed as Psychologist in the State of Ohio and Professional Counselor in the State of Maryland, he makes use of various individual and 360 assessments instruments to capture the impact of the coaching engagement.

His professional career expands over 35-years of organizational and leadership development experience in the public and private sectors, including 6 years in the corporate human resources function of two major corporations – Gulf Oil, Blue Cross & Blue Shield; one year affiliation with PDI; a 3-10 year affiliation with international consulting services firms such as Drake Beam Morin, Lee Hecht Harrison, and Right Management Corporation; and, a 30 year affiliation with the Center for Creative Leadership, and 23 years with the Federal Executive Institute.

In addition he has extensive academic teaching experience in the Business, Psychology, and Education departments of Howard University, Duquesne, California-Polytechnic State University, The Johns Hopkins, Morgan State University, Towson State, and the University of Baltimore. His combination of academic and real world experience are powerful ingredients for coaching senior executives and leaders allowing them to leverage their strengths, shrink their performance gaps, and bridge their developmental targets for executing their full potential.

Charles lives in Mount Washington, Maryland; has geographically relocated 5 times in his career with his family of 46 years; has traveled internationally and as well throughout the United States; with reverence and gratitude, spends his leisure time reading, doing Qigong, communing with nature, and cultivating his spiritual consciousness.

Donald E. Williams, PhD, LP, ABPP, FACHP

Donald E. Williams, PhD, LP, ABPP, FACHP

Dr. Donald E. Williams serves The Leadership Trust® and its Center for Life and Living as senior adjunct faculty, executive coach and organizational consultant with a focus on health, wellness and the impact of stress on individual and organizational performance. Dr. Williams is passionate about addressing the impact of stress in the workplace and assesses it using methodology from The Oxygen Plan, a Health & Wellness IT company delivering innovative capabilities to help organizations, employees and individuals identify and measure stress utilizing the world’s new quantitative stress metric, Stress Number®. This Stress Metric™ informs The Oxygen Plan’s integrative program to precisely target home, work and social stress with meaningful action plans. Dr. Williams also conducts individual coaching, training, education and workshops.

Dr. Williams is currently a partner in The Oxygen Plan and is also in private practice in clinical and health psychology in Rochester, MN. Dr. Williams served on the staff of Mayo Clinic for nearly 18 years as a consultant in clinical health psychology where he worked with a broad variety of patients with complex problems. He is a board-certified clinical health psychologist (American Board of Professional Psychology/ABPP), a fellow in the American Academy of Clinical Health Psychology/FACHP and is a licensed psychologist in Minnesota. He attained the appointment of Associate Professor of Psychology, Mayo Medical School in 1999, having published articles and book chapters in subjects related to his interests in clinical health psychology. While on staff at Mayo Clinic Rochester, Dr. Williams served as Vice Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Psychology with responsibilities in quality management. He also served on the Department’s Executive and Clinical Practice Committees and was a medical specialty editor for, a board member for Mayo HealthQuest, a member of the Institution’s Leadership Education Subcommittee (of the Personnel Committee) and a member of the Reproductive Medicine Advisory Board. Notably, Dr. Williams established his consulting and clinical practice after time off with family and pursuing other interests and business. He has been with The Oxygen Plan for six years.

Dr. Williams obtained his bachelor’s degree in biology and psychology in 1979 from Hope College; his master’s degree in physiological psychology in 1981 from the University of Georgia; and his PhD in medical psychology in 1985 from the University of Alabama at Birmingham after completing a residency in neuropsychology at the University of Florida. Dr. Williams also holds an MBA from the Executive MBA program at the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota.

Don has lived, practiced and raised his family of five children in Rochester, MN for 28 years. He enjoys time with family, cooking, traveling and deep sea fishing.

Art Pittman, MA, NCC

Art Pittman, MA, NCC

Art Pittman serves The Leadership Trust as a senior consultant specializing in Leadership coaching and development, Emotional Intelligence training as well as Agile organizational transformations. He uses his natural skills for leading, communicating, and connecting with people to support and improve both individual and team performance. He capitalizes on creativity and innovation to help identify, define and develop simple solutions to complex problems.

Art has nearly 30 years of professional work experience with more than half of it spent in the Information Technology sector. In addition to IT, Art has worked in a variety of industries such as health care, higher education, legal, non-profit, and banking.

He delivers leadership coaching and assessment feedback for executives and managers that focuses on increasing awareness, supporting the learning of new skills and then integrating those new behaviors into clients’ daily lives. Measurable results are produced because Art challenges preconceived notions such as the "self-awareness" that keeps professionals stuck, often preventing them from moving up to the next level. He does "truth telling" and not "feel good" coaching.

As founder and Principal Coach at InnerJoining, LLC, a Raleigh, NC based firm, Art and his team capitalize on their skills and experience to train and to coach people on how to "be more human at work." They take a "top down/bottom up" approach to culture change and organizational development by working with executives, managers and individual contributors. By helping the workforce to become more trusting and engaged, this leads lower turnover and higher quality which inevitably leads to faster time to market and higher margins. Everybody grows and wins.

Art earned his BA in Biology at University of North Carolina at Greensboro and his Masters in Counseling at Wake Forest University. He is a member of the International Coaching Federation, Triad Coaching Connection, Triangle Organizational Development Network and the Agile Leadership Network. He has been a guest lecturer at Southern Methodist University, presenter at Higher Education technical users’ conferences and multiple local Meetup groups.

Art is a Nationally Certified Counselor and a certified facilitator for the Organizational Workshop and Constructive Responses to Conflict Practice programs. He is certified to use a variety of psychometric assessment instruments including the full suite of 360's, the Workplace Big Five, the Firo-B/Business, as well as the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Step II.

Art enjoys exercising, walking and exploring his new city of Raleigh, NC. He likes to try out, in a healthy way, many of the locally made craft brews in and around the Triangle area. He is also passionate about being a lifelong learner and can be found on any given weekend morning in a local coffee shop sipping a latte, writing, reading and/or watching a TED talk.

Edward Marshall

Edward M. Marshall, Ph.D.

Dr. Edward Marshall serves The Leadership Trust as a senior consultant in collaborative leadership, senior team development, change management, culture change, and organization design. Over 30 years has worked with hundreds of senior executives at companies like DuPont, Marriott, Microsoft, and Philips helping to solve critical business challenges in a way that produced results and high trust. He has also worked with a number of medium-sized companies on collaborative leadership and change initiatives. Edward's industry experience has focused on information systems, healthcare, and manufacturing in the US, South America, Africa, Europe, and South Asia. Edward led projects ranging from a $2.5B strategic alliance, a business process redesign at a major oil company, to a culture change at a 750 person manufacturing company, and the facilitation of a merger at a manufacturing company. Prior to his most recent position as a Senior Partner for Organizational Leadership at the Center for Creative Leadership, Edward founded and led his own consulting practice for 25 years.

In working with his clients, Edward developed the award-winning Collaborative Method that enables an organization to create high trust for high performance at the individual, team, or organizational level. For his work at DuPont, he won the prestigious Excellence in Organization Development Award from the American Society for Training and Development. In 2011 and 2012, he was selected by Trust Across America as one of America's Top 100 Trust Leaders.

Edward is also a thought leader and writer in the field of trust and collaboration. He wrote a seminal work on collaboration called Transforming the Way We Work: The Power of the Collaborative Workplace, which won the Book of the Year award from AMACOM Books. His second book was also a business best-seller, and was entitled Building Trust at the Speed of Change. He is also a nationally syndicated workplace columnist for the American Cities Business Journals.

Edward received his doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, his Master's from Syracuse University, and his undergraduate degree from Claremont McKenna College. He was a Ford Foundation Fellow in India and a Faculty Fellow of the National Association of Schools of Public Administration and Affairs in Washington, DC. He is a certified Executive Coach and holds a number of other certificates related to his work in organizational change and development.

Edward lives with his wife Julie in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and is the father of three sons. He loves to sail, spend time at the beach, cook for his family, and play jazz piano.

Kathleen Sturgis

Kathleen D. Sturgis, Ph.D.

Dr. Kathleen Sturgis serves The Leadership Trust® as an expert in organizational and interpersonal communication. With a commitment to fostering personal and organizational awareness, Dr. Sturgis is highly regarded for her ability to enhance communication processes, facilitate change management, and reinvigorate strategic planning processes.

Dr. Sturgis is Executive Director of the American Leadership School and author of Dance of the Chameleon, a story written for adult children of all ages. Her doctorate is from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. She is a native Floridian and received her BA and MA from the University of South Florida in Tampa. She has served on the adjunct faculty for a number of universities and has led research, consulting and training projects for international corporations and nonprofit organizations.

With an energetic and optimistic presentation style, she is frequently sought after for retreats, keynotes and motivational talks dealing with a wide range of topics including conflict management, productive workplace behavior, team communication, leadership development, facilitation, effective presentations, and career/life renewal. With 25 years of industry experience, her group facilitation skills and instincts are well-honed; she is committed to results-driven sessions that result in clear goal establishment, clear accountabilities, timeframes and next steps. In addition, she is highly regarded for her one-on-one communication strategy sessions that support "clean slate communication" and create more effective relationships with coworkers and clients.

On a personal note, her favorite words are "hope" and "optimism." She loves gardening and has been known to raise butterflies on her back porch. She sings in the North Carolina Master Chorale and serves on the advisory board for the Small Business at Wake Technical Community College. She is an active volunteer in local and national organizations and has recently been appointed to the national leadership team of Kappa Delta Sorority where she will serve as a communications and organizational development specialist. She is based out of Cary, North Carolina where she lives with her husband and two college-age children.

David Snyder

David Snyder, ALM-Psychology, Harvard

Consulting Partner and Faculty Member
The Leadership Trust®

David Snyder works collaboratively with The Leadership Trust® co-founder Dr. Holly Latty-Mann in developing customized solutions and programs for organizations that are seeking to scientifically assess and improve the performance of teams and workgroups.

A Consulting Partner and Faculty Member of The Leadership Trust®, he is considered a national thought leader in the practice area of building high performing teams and coaching high performing individuals.

The author of How to Hire a Champion and How to Mind Read Your Customers, David specializes in the development and implementation of executive and organizational competency models as the structural platform for performance analysis. Unlike some generic assessment tools, the competency assessment models and tools built by The Leadership Trust® help "translate" the competencies that are already built into the existing HR systems of organizations. We then create web-based assessment and development tools specific to our client's performance management systems—as opposed to promoting or assessing "artificial" competencies that may not apply to our clients existing HR systems.

Over the past two decades, David has successfully served hundreds of companies from Fortune 500 clients to entrepreneurial start-ups. Much of his work has involved helping companies achieve greater revenue through the development of high performing teams and the tools necessary to assess these teams and hold them accountable to highly specific goals.

As a graduate student at Harvard, David served as co-investigator on a groundbreaking study that found a relationship between differences in frontal brain activity and personality types. As an undergraduate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he double majored in English and Comparative Literature and served as editor of the student literary magazine. His new book in progress How to Be a Workplace Champion is drawing upon social-networking communities and research to define the traits of high performing individuals across cultural groups worldwide.

When he is not contemplating leadership issues, David serves as a member of several bands, plays in the orchestra for his church, composes, records and publishes music, swims, bikes, travels, and endeavors to understand why his precocious daughter always seems to know more than him, while fully understanding that some things in life will just have to remain a mystery.

Dr. Marina Amat, Ph.D.

Marina Amat, Ph.D.

Dr. Marina Amat serves The Leadership Trust® in the performance of strategic culture studies and leadership impact studies. Specializing in qualitative research methods and in-depth interviews, Dr. Amat's core competencies center around narrative research, analysis, and interpretation. Dr. Amat earned a PhD in Social and Cultural Anthropology from American University, Washington, D.C. and a MA in English from Trinity College, Hartford, CT.

Dr. Amat is the former principal of a 10-year-old information technology company. She combines interdisciplinary academic training as a linguist, writer, and social scientist with nearly 20 years of professional experience in the areas of corporate communications and information technology for large, not-for-profit, and start-up companies.

Dr. Amat is founder and president of AMATEA, LLC, The Change Brokers, an interdisciplinary consulting firm guided by its mission to apply technology for social change. The firm integrates the latest social science theories and methods with state-of-the-art technologies to reach optimal solutions for all stakeholders.

For fun, Marina enjoys running in 5K road races with her husband Greg and daughter Catarina. Great training for the family's penchant for climbing to mountain tops. Their sights are set on Machu Picchu, next.

William Murray

William R. Murray
Harvard MBA, Yale M.Div., Master Certified Coach

Bill Murray serves The Leadership Trust® by specializing in coaching leaders to improve their performance through webinars that include self-awareness topics such as emotional intelligence. Bill coaches executives, leaders, managers, and business owners individually and in small groups to significantly improve leadership through emotional intelligence and communication skills. His passion is to see you perform at your best, grow professionally, and enjoy it.

Bill has an MBA from Harvard, M.Div. from Yale, and is a graduate of Corporate Coach U and a Master Certified Coach since 1999. He has over 30 years of experience both as a leader and Executive Coach for corporate leaders.

Bill started as a line manager with bottom-line profit responsibility. Then in 1976, he began training and coaching managers in leadership and communication skills in JC Penney's corporate headquarters in NYC. Bill helped JC Penney's open the largest management training center in New York. Since then he has trained and coached leaders in companies of all sizes. In 1993, he founded Eagle Alliance Executive Coaching with the motto, "Powerful leadership through emotional intelligence".

Bill has a special talent for understanding organizational culture and helping clients see what is going on around them in their company. He perfected his talent by alternating graduate education in organizational psychology at Yale, Harvard, and City University of NY with hands-on business experience. Each graduate school taught him new ways to understand corporate organizational cultures. He then put those insights into practice on the job; each time he learned to see more clearly what is really going on and thus how to ensure results-focused change.

Bill is also unusually talented in assisting clients to devise new strategies to solve people problems and improve their work relationships. He got this talent by attending over 100 workshops on communication skills, leadership, coaching, and emotional intelligence offered by blue chip corporate training organizations such as National Training Labs. He was able to fine tune his coaching skills through 12 years of corporate in-house experience and since 1993 as an independent Executive Coach.

In his leisure, Bill stays fit with hiking, weights, and swimming. He leads and participates in church groups and personal or spiritual growth groups.

Leslie Bessellieu

Leslie D. Bessellieu, Ph.D.

Dr. Leslie Bessellieu serves The Leadership Trust® with executive coaching services with a specialization in the areas of stress and time management, resolving conflict in the workplace and developing more effective styles of communication and problem-solving. Leslie's level of caring and compassion is evident in her interactions with others, whether it's one-on-one, in small group sessions, or large audiences. Her practical, results-oriented approach is often met with relief and satisfaction as clients/ workshop participants are able to gain valuable insights and leave with life skills that can immediately be put into practice.

Bessellieu obtained her doctorate and masters degrees in Psychology from Auburn University in Auburn, AL. A licensed, clinical psychologist, Dr. Bessellieu currently teaches in the psychology department at the University of South Carolina and brings over 15 years of clinical experience, public speaking and facilitating workshops and seminars to individuals and businesses seeking more effective and meaningful avenues to reach their highest potential.

Dr. Bessellieu is President and Founder of Transformations, a consulting company which assists corporate executives, project managers and potential leaders in the areas of organizational growth, leadership development, and cooperative conflict resolution strategies.

When Leslie wants to unwind, she heads down to her home town, Pawleys Island, to visit those family members who still reside there. She will tell you that there is no better place to enjoy the unbeatable combination of sunny beach and delicious seafood, unique only to the low country.

Natalie Winters

Natalie L. Winters, Ed.D.

Dr. Natalie Winters serves The Leadership Trust® as a specialist in professional and organizational development through personal growth. Her approach (which she calls "working from the inside out") focuses on identifying and addressing intra-personal issues that pose barriers to inter-personal relationships.

A licensed psychologist in North Carolina and New Jersey, Natalie has extensive experience as a teacher, trainer, clinician and consultant. For more than 30 years, she has conducted workshops throughout the United States and abroad and lectured at universities such as Oxford, Princeton and Rutgers.

In her workshops and seminars, Natalie focuses on a variety of stress management methods to enable individuals to fully realize and apply their inner resources on and off the job. She has counseled and coached hundreds of professionals across diverse industries and offers custom-made onsite and offsite programs of practical design to alleviate fear, raise morale and company loyalty, especially during stressful economic times.

Natalie is co-founder and director of The Institute for Creative Action, which uses interactive techniques such as role reversal and role rehearsal to build strong and cohesive organizations. She was also the founder of Group Psychotherapy Associates.

She is a former adjunct professor of Nova Southeastern University, and the creator of the "Doc Get Happy" program of CDs featuring her "10 Tools of Happiness".

Natalie received her doctorate in psychology from Rutgers University. She is a diplomate of the American Psychotherapy Association, a member of the American Psychological Association, and the North Carolina Psychological Association. She is a certified hypnotherapist and a fellow of the American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama (ASGPP) and past member of that organization's executive council. She also is past president of the American Board of Examiners in Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy.

Natalie has been a frequent guest expert on radio and television programs and was the creator and host of "Psychology in Action," a cable televison show in New Jersey.

Natalie is the recipient of two of the ASGPP's most prestigious awards: the innovator's award for her work in integrating psychology and spirituality and the professional service award for "outstanding dedication and contribution". She was a finalist for the Tampa Bay Research Institute's Humanitarian Award, and recipient of the Women-N-Tune Pathways of Hope award.

An accomplished artist, Natalie's works have been featured in several galleries and art shows. Click here to see some of her work. Her other passions include travel, theater, gardening, and especially her family.

Note. The 2010 J.L. Moreno Award will be presented to Dr. Natalie L. Winters by the American Society for Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama at the its 68th National Conference in Philadelphia in April, 2010. The J.L. Moreno Award is presented to an individual for outstanding life-long achievement over a period of at least 30 years.

Gabriele Belle

Gabriele B. Belle, Ph.D.

Dr. Gabriele Belle serves The Leadership Trust® through her expertise in Systems Thinking. As a systems analyst, she is passionate about helping organizations and individuals in achieving maximum efficiency and effectiveness through the development of long-range strategies for solving problems of superior complexity.

Dr. Belle is founder of Belle Consulting Services, Inc., an interdisciplinary consulting firm, specialized in helping all stakeholders find "out of the box" solutions for problems that seem to have no solution at all. The firm is dedicated to providing a wide range of high quality project support services in systems analysis, project management, scientific research, technology assessment, and training.

Dr. Belle worked as Systems Engineer and Visiting Scholar for the Department of Astronautics at the United States Air Force Academy. She played a vital role in the Academy's Small Satellite Program. Solving a critical problem for the Academy's first satellite project, Falcon Gold, she was able to ensure the mission's extraordinary success.

Dr. Belle obtained her Ph.D in Physics from the University of Nijmegen in the Netherlands. She has a Master's of Space Studies Degree from the International Space University in Strasbourg, France, and a Master's of Science in Quantum Optics and Laser Physics from the Karl Franzens University of Graz, Austria.

For fun, Gabriele enjoys hiking and jogging. She likes exploring new trails in the wilderness of our planet's most beautiful mountain ranges. While living in Colorado with her two cats, she fell in love with the beauty of the Rocky Mountains and especially Pikes Peak. Gabriele likes reading and never stops learning, hoping, that one day, she will be able to understand "what is holding the universe together".

Phil Okrend

Phil Okrend, CPCC, JD

Phil Okrend, CPCC, JD is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach and serves The Leadership Trust® in the capacity of empowering professionals and executives in transition to achieve extraordinary results and to keep them on track in their personal and professional lives. Phil began his professional career as an attorney in New York, specializing in business and family law.

Enjoying the freedom and fulfillment of living a dream, Phil became certified as a Life and Business Coach so he could help other professionals create empowering ways to live and work. As President and Founder of Stepping Stones Coaching, Inc, Phil has worked with lawyers, doctors, real estate agents, financial planners, corporate executives and business owners. As a coach he will support you on a journey of discovery, planning and action taking, leading to the success you desire.

Phil received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the State University of New York at Binghamton in 1982 and his Juris Doctor Degree from Brooklyn Law School in 1985. He is an AOC Certified Mediator in the State of North Carolina. Phil received his advanced coach training through the Coaches Training Institute. He is a member of the International Coach Federation and leads the North Carolina Chapter of the ICF.

In addition to one-on-one coaching, Phil is an author who writes frequently on the process of self awareness including managing fears and creating authentic change. Phil is also an engaging presenter and speaker whose interactive workshops are as fun as they are inspiring and include meditative music he himself produced to help his participants become self-aware and focused on the changes they want and need to make. His workshop participants have included Ameriprise, John Hancock and the UNC Wellness Center.

On a personal note and as a result of his own self reflective journey, Phil was able to transition into the life of a creative entrepreneur by founding and developing a prominent greeting card company, MixedBlessing, Inc., that has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Businessweek Online, The Washington Post, The News and Observer and seen on Good Morning America. Another passion and special talent Phil has is for music. He composes and performs on the piano and frequently performs in the Triangle area of North Carolina with his son Jordan, a gifted guitarist. Phil produced, composed and arranged the CD, Dinner Notes, A Smooth Blend of Jazz and Rock. His latest CD, Emergence, A Meditative Journey Through the Seasons, includes guided visualizations and meditative music to help people become self aware and focused on the changes they really want to make. Emergence recently received a glowing review in CHOICE, The Magazine of Professional Coaching.

Phil lives in Raleigh, NC with Elise his wife of 22 years, their two teenage sons Jordan and Joshua and their blue eyed dog, Maya.