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Judith E. Glaser was an Organizational Anthropologist. She was one of the most pioneering and innovative change agents, consultants, and executive coaches, in the consulting industry and was the world’s leading authority on Conversational Intelligence®, Neuro-innovation, and WE-centric Leadership. She was a best-selling author of seven business books including her newest best seller – Conversational Intelligence: How Great Leaders Build Trust and Get Extraordinary Results. Through the application of the neuroscience of We to business challenges, Judith showed CEOs and their teams how to elevate levels of engagement, collaboration and innovation to positively impact the bottom line.
Judith was the founder and CEO of Benchmark Communications, Inc., and the Chairman of The CreatingWE Institute. Her transformational approaches using neuroscience and anthropology enabled leaders to raise their Conversational Intelligence® and establish WE- centric cultures to build agile and higher performing individuals and teams poised to impact the bottom line and top line results in their organizations.
We are sad to say that Judith passed in 2018. She is missed but her work lives on, impacting many, through her certified coaches.
Paul’s two decades of research have taken him from the Pentagon to Fortune 50 boardrooms to the rain forest of Papua New Guinea. All this in a quest to understand the neuroscience of human connection, human happiness, and effective teamwork. His academic lab and companies he has started develop and deploy neuroscience technologies to solve real problems faced by real people.
His latest book, Trust Factor: The Science of Creating High Performance Companies, uses neuroscience to measure and manage organizational cultures to inspire teamwork and accelerate business outcomes. His 2012 book, The Moral Molecule: The Source of Love and Prosperity, recounted his unlikely discovery of the neurochemical oxytocin as the key driver of trust, love, and morality that distinguish our humanity. In another obsession, Paul’s group uses neuroscience to quantify the impact of movies, advertising, stories, and consumer experiences. Along the way, he has helped start several transdisciplinary fields, including neuroeconomics, neuromanagement, and neuromarketing.
Here are his specs: Paul is the founding Director of the Center for Neuroeconomics Studies and Professor of Economics, Psychology and Management at Claremont Graduate University. He has degrees in mathematics and economics from San Diego State University, a Ph.D. in economics from University of Pennsylvania, and post-doctoral training in neuroimaging from Harvard. You can check out his academic lab, consumer neuroscience company, and neuromanagement company. He also serves as a senior advisor to Finsbury, a global leader in strategic communications that advises many of the world’s most successful companies.
Susanne Sweet is an Associate Professor at Stockholm School of Economics and a research manager at Mistra Center for Sustainable Markets. Her research covers a broad range of topics on corporate sustainability and responsibility. In 2004 she, together with three doctoral students, founded Sustainability Research Group, SuRe, that in 2007 received the Globe Award for “For an outstanding and tangible research in the field of CSR”.
Her PhD thesis from year 2000 looked at various industries transformation towards improved environmental practices as a result of the Montreal Protocol, a UN treaty regulating the use of chemicals that were harmful to the ozone layer. She has also studied the potential for market developments for recycled materials and participated in a working group that evaluated different scenarios and policies for recycling and producer responsibility.
Susanne is currently on the management team and conducts research in a large cross-disciplinary research program on sustainable fashion, Mistra Future Fashion, aiming to a systemic change of the Swedish fashion industry leading to sustainable development of the industry and wider society. She is also doing research on the CSR related concept of community engagement and is performing studies on the mining industry in South Africa, Sweden and Australia in cooperation with Dr. Rebecca Lawrence, Department of Sociology, Stockholm University and Dr. Håkan Tarras-Wahlberg, SuRe-affiliated researcher. She is also a member and co-founding partner of NCCR, Nordic Centre for Corporate Responsibility, who jointly conducts research with a Nordic focus.
She is on the editorial board of the journal Business Strategy and the Environment and appears as a reviewer in leading sustainability journals. She was a member of the Reference Group for CSR, Globalt Ansvar, Foreign Ministry Sweden (2008-2012), she is a board member the SSE Research Board, a former board member of the Greening of Industry Network and on the Academic Advisory Board of Sparbanksakademin.As part of her interest connecting research and practice she has been co-organizing several conferences and workshops on CSR and sustainability, for example, Misum stakeholder workshop, March 2015; Sustainable Business in a Sustainable World in 2012 (with SEI, SRC & af Jochnick foundation), Climate Change – Business Opportunities 2008 (with IFL & Mistra).
Peter Hopkinson is professor of Innovation and environmental Strategy at the Bradford School of Management, Director of the University’s new re:centre and academic director of the partnership programme with the Ellen Macarthur Foundation. The University has recently been announced at the first Global Pioneer University for the Circular Economy by the Foundation.
Peter has set up and runs the Post Graduate Certificate and Global Distance Learning MBA in Innovation, Enterprise and Circular Economy and before this ran an MSc in Business Strategy and Environment for 10 years. Peter is a National teaching Fellow, the highest award in the UK University sector for teaching excellence. His research interests are in the relationship between natural environmental and resource issues, innovation and organisational strategy and adaptation. For a decade he has been co-director of the Higher education Environmental Performance Improvement project and was Director of the Universitys award winning Ecoversity programme between 2006 -2010. He has specific interest in the impact of digital technology and innovation on environmental and resource issues and together with the Ellen Macarthur Foundation is developing innovative on-line and open access courses on the circular economy. The on line executive education course for the Global 100 circular economy club has attracted over 100 delegates in the first two cohorts. Peter undertook his PhD at Leeds university at the Institute for Transport Studies. His research work has been published in Environment and Planning, Technology, Work and Society, Journal of Cleaner Production. International Journal of Sustainable Development and International Journal of education for sustainable development. Peter is currently the Director of the University’s new £6M re:centre, a cross University initiative focussed on executive education, business start up and incubation, student enterprise and academic research and development on the circular economy.
Emma Stenström is Associate Professor and Center Director for the Research Center for Arts, Business & Culture (ABC) at Stockholm School of Economics. This semester she is teaching two CEMS-courses: “Responsible Global Leadership” and “Global Management Practices” as well as “Leadership” in the MSc-program in Business & Management. She is also deeply involved in developing the new BSc-track “Global Challenges”.
Emma received her PhD from Stockholm School of Economics in 2000, but did part of her doctoral studies at École des HEC in Montréal. She has been Associate Dean at Stockholm School of Economics and Guest Professor at University College of Arts, Crafts, and Design in Stockholm, and is, since many years, also a regular columnist in Dagens Industri, Swedens largest business newspaper.
Ongoing research projects include a study on compassion training in organizations, together with researchers from Karolinska Institute, and an interdisciplinary study on activity-based working. There are also ongoing projects on arts-based initiatives as well as on aesthetic and cultural values in businesses.
Richard Barrett is an author, speaker and internationally recognised thought leader on the evolution of human values in business and society. He is the founder and chairman of the Barrett Values Centre, a Fellow of the World Business Academy and Former Values Coordinator at the World Bank.
He is the creator of the internationally recognized Cultural Transformation Tools (CTT) which have been used to support more than 6,000 organizations on their transformational journeys. To date, more than 5,000 change agents, consultants and coaches have been trained by the Barrett Values Centre to use the Cultural Transformation Tools in over 50 countries.
Richard has been a visiting lecturer at the Consulting and Coaching for Change, Leadership Course run by the Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford and HEC in Paris. He has also been an Adjunct Professor at Royal Roads University, Institute for Values-based Leadership, and a visiting lecturer at the One Planet MBA at Exeter University.
Richard Barrett is the author of A New Psychology of Human Well-Being: An Exploration of the influence of Ego-Soul Dynamics on Mental and Physical Health(2016), The Metrics of Human Consciousness(2015), Evolutionary Coaching: A Values-based Approach to Unleashing Human Potential(2014), The Values-Driven Organisation: Unleashing Human Potential for Performance and Profit(2013), What My Soul Told Me: A Practical Guide to Soul Activation(2012), Love, Fear and the Destiny of Nations: The Impact of the Evolution of Human Consciousness on World Affairs(2011), The New Leadership Paradigm(2010), Building a Values-Driven Organization: A Whole System Approach to Cultural Transformation(2006), Liberating the Corporate Soul: Building a Visionary Organization(1998), and he is a contributing author to Psychometrics in Coaching (2012).
You can find out more about Richard at www.richardbarrett.net
Michelle Gielan, national CBS News anchor turned positive psychology researcher, is the best-selling author of Broadcasting Happiness.
Michelle is the Founder of the Institute for Applied Positive Research and is partnered with Arianna Huffington to study how transformative stories fuel success. She is an Executive Producer of “The Happiness Advantage” Special on PBS and a featured professor in Oprah’s Happiness course.
Michelle holds a Master of Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, and her research and advice have received attention from The New York Times, Washington Post, FORBES, CNN, FOX, and Harvard Business Review.
After spending twelve years at Harvard University, Shawn Achor has become one of the worlds leading experts on the connection between happiness and success. His research on mindset made the cover of Harvard Business Review, his TED talk is one of the most popular of all time with over 13 million views, and his lecture airing on PBS has been seen by millions. Shawn has lectured or worked with over a third of the Fortune 100 companies, as well as the NFL, the NBA, the Pentagon and the White House. Shawn is the author of New York Times best-selling books The Happiness Advantage(2010) and Before Happiness(2013). He has now lectured in more than 50 countries speaking to CEOs in China, doctors in Dubai, schoolchildren in South Africa, and farmers in Zimbabwe. His Happiness Advantage training is one of the largest and most successful positive psychology corporate training programs in the world. Shawns research has been published in the top psychology journal for work he did at UBS in partnership with Yale University to transform how stress impacts the body, and he recently did a two-hour interview with Oprah at her house to discuss his mission to bring positive psychology to the world.