Erin Passons is the president and founder of Passons Consulting. Prior to founding Passons Consulting, Erin was a Management Consultant at Gallup, the research and consulting firm known for creating the StrengthsFinder assessment and for their work with global public opinion and workplace polling. During her tenure at Gallup, Erin worked with Fortune 500 companies such as Microsoft, Best Buy, Hewlett Packard, Toyota, and Disney to provide training and coaching in the areas of management effectiveness and leadership development.
Erin is also the founder of StrengthsNetwork San Diego, an association for StrengthsFinder professionals and followers in the Southern California region. Erin earned her bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of California-Santa Barbara and received her MBA from Georgetown University in Washington, DC.
J.D. Schramm elevates both individuals and teams to communicate effectively, relate authentically and embrace life fully. He has advised executives and teams at many Fortune 500 companies and conducts research in the areas of executive communications, personal brand management and thought leadership. His work on LGBTQ leadership presence is widely regarded as “best in class.”
J.D. is Lecturer in Organizational Behavior at the Stanford Graduate School of Business where he was recognized with an endowed chair, the Class of 1978 Chair in Organizational Behavior. J.D. founded a core part of Stanford’s MBA program known as the Mastery and Communications Initiative. J.D.’s highly sought-after MBA courses include: Strategic Communication, Reputation Management, Crucial Conversations and Leading Out Loud. He also teaches in Stanford’s Executive Education program for LGBTQ Leaders.
J.D. is completing his first book on communication excellence for Wiley Publications in 2019.
Amy Waninger is CEO of Lead at Any Level LLC, a certified LGBT Business Enterprise. Amy’s passion is working with professionals who want to take their leadership skills to the next level and organizations that seek to build diverse leadership bench strength for a sustainable competitive advantage. She is the author of several books, including Network Beyond Bias: Making Diversity a Competitive Advantage for Your Career. Prior to founding Lead at Any Level, Amy was a senior manager in a Fortune 100 Insurance Company where she served on the national leadership team for their LGBTQ+ Employee Resource Group and on an enterprise-wide council to engage men as allies.
Amy is a Professional Member of National Speakers Association and a Prosci Certified Change Practitioner. Her other credentials include two degrees from Indiana University and a World’s Best Mom coffee mug.
Gordon McGregor is the founder and president of McGregor Media, a boutique company that specializes in developing and delivering wellness programming and spiritual events. He has worked extensively with high profile industry leaders such as Deepak Chopra, Wayne Dyer, Eckhart Tolle, Marianne Williamson, Andrew Weil, Elizabeth Gilbert, Esther Hicks, Don Miguel Ruiz, Mike Dooley, Shawn Achor, Byron Katie, Caroline Myss, Martha Beck, Gabrielle Bernstein, Kris Carr, Lynne Twist, Ismael Cala, Michael Beckwith and Jean Houston.
Gordon has launched an innovative wellness program at sea and leads a team of Mindful Living Coaches on Seabourn Cruise Line.
He is a Chopra Center certified meditation instructor and an ordained interfaith minister. Gordon joyfully calls Palm Springs his home where he is active in the yoga community and volunteers his time at an animal shelter.
Dr. Rebecca Johannsen specializes in creating active learning environments, based on techniques used in the theatre, to create opportunities to not only learn the latest in organisational theory, but to put it into practice. She has been working in the fields of emotional intelligence, collaboration, and creativity, as well as working as a public speaking coach, for nearly 10 years. She holds a Ph.D. in Drama from the University of California Irvine.She has worked with organizations ranging from the fields of Biotech and Communications, to Government, Retail, Military, Education, and Advertising, among others. She is one of the highest rated instructors at the UC San Diego Rady School of Management’s Centre for Executive Education, where she works with business leaders on emotional intelligence, resilience, communication, and collaboration. She has taught at New York University, Fordham University, the University of California Irvine, California State University Northridge, and Mercy College. She is also a successful playwright, director, actor, and producer. For more information about the programs Dr. Johannsen offers, visit www.rebeccajohannsen.com