We are a team of business executives who are
passionate about real leadership and the impact it can make on the
success of an organization. We are recognized for our depth of knowledge,
skilled facilitation ability, and engaging and highly dynamic presentation
style. We are frequently sought as speakers or program leaders for
one of the leading authorities on the Five Practices of Exemplary
Leadership®, Steve has taught, coached and consulted with
executives and managers in several countries around the world. Steve
focuses his work on leadership and team development, personal growth,
change, and business strategy. He also has extensive development
experience with renowned programs such as Steven Coveys Principle
Centered Leadership and a number of client-specific customized
programs. Steve has published several articles, as well as co-authoring
the book, There is No Box (Executive Excellence Publishing, 2007).
Steve understands leadership from the inside out,
with experience in both Fortune 100 companies and small upstarts.
Steve led a National Account Team at telecommunications giant, AT&T,
and also co-founded The Leadership Dimension, Inc.
Steve received an MBA from North Texas University
and completed an executive program in technology and innovation
at the Wharton School.
Driven by a deep commitment to his clients and
their success, Steve helps individuals and teams identify and resolve
key issues that impede effectiveness in order to achieve remarkable
passion is helping individuals and teams discover the power of leadership.
A dynamic, engaging facilitator, he works to develop in senior executives,
mid-level managers, and front line supervisors the leadership skills
necessary to foster collaborative environments, encouraging associates
to commit their best effort and creativity to the organizations
mission. He has delivered experiential-based leadership and team-building
programs to all size firms throughout the United States and in several
Steves own management experience gives credibility
and practicality to his training and consulting. At the Kroger Company
for 18 years, he held various management positions including the
role of divisional human resources director, in which he was a key
member of the executive team responsible for the P&L success
of 90 retail stores, warehouse, and transportation fleet. Steve
also served as Krogers corporate director of management education
Steve earned a Bachelor of Science degree from
Ohio State University and completed graduate studies at Central
His love for teaching
and modeling leadership behaviors, inspires participants to grow
personally and professionally and truly impact the success of their
joined International Leadership Associates in March of 2003.
She has deepexperience in sales, training anddevelopment, and
is an accomplished program facilitator. Along with facilitating
ILA workshops, she runs the day-to-day operations of the company.
to coming to ILA, Connie was with Coors Brewing Company. While
with Coors, she held positions in field sales, training and develoment
for sales and marketing, and also served as plant training manager
in Memphis. She is credited with the development and delivery
of numerous curriculums, including one that defined, assessed and
developed skills required for the sales force. She also led
the development of an apprenticeship program for the manufacturing
group, and a company diversity awareness program. After Coors,
she was with PC On Call, an information technology company in Cincinnati,
where she developed and delivered sales training. She also
assisted in the develoment of a customer service curriculum.
She holds a number of facilitator certifications with a variety
of companies. Throughout her career, Connie has successfully
worked directly with all levels of management, including executive
thoroughly enjoys the opportunity to share the experience of learning
and developing leadership skills and abilities with ILA's clients.
Workshop participants frequently comment about her subject matter
knowledge, her genuine belief in the programs she facilitates, and
her contagious enthusiasm.
Tom Barley’s career has spanned from service in the United States Air Force through management assignments at Eastman Kodak Company and Xerox Corporation, to doctoral studies at Cornell University, followed by faculty positions at West Virginia University and University of Pittsburgh. He also was managing partner in his own consulting firm for over 20 years.
Sherry L. Gevedon, PhD, MBA, MS, RN
Sherry L. Gevedon is a strategist, innovation consultant, leadership facilitator and entrepreneur. She has over a decade of aligning leadership with business strategy and creating high performance organizations. Blending traditional models of leadership with transformative principles and modern business strategy, Sherry helps motivated companies “out lead” their competition.
Dr. Gevedon has the ability to develop compelling concepts that drive substantial growth for health care through leadership development. Hospitals are energized by her “big ideas” to help clients fix “big problems” destabilize old paradigms and invent new ones.
Sherry works with clients to “re-boot” and “unleash” leadership in their organizations. She helps organizations to "re-think" a new set of beliefs, behaviors and business skills…a fundamental shift in the relationship between leaders and their organizations.
Sherry’s extensive experience and background consists of 3 worlds—entrepreneur, leadership consultant and trainer; she has over 15 years experience in public and private sectors including health care and government agencies
Sherry's research in leadership behaviors and her entrepreneurial success is supported with a doctorate in leadership from Miami University, Oxford and an MBA from Xavier University.
for her passion and energy, Valarie has worked with companies in
industries including health care, manufacturing, wholesale, retail, technology and finance. Her mission is to guide and provoke
orgnaizations to optimize business results through leadership development.
Her belief is that each individual can achieve their fullest potential
given the tools and opportunity. Throughout her 20+ year work
history, Valarie has assumed critical management, leadership and
consulting roles of significant scope. She led a major transition
for one of her previous companies, and led a fledgling division
Valarie is an accomplished
speaker, facilitator, consultant and executive coach, focused in
the area of leadership, teambuilding and change. She is a
Master Facilitator of the Leadership Challenge® Workshop, which
is based on the Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership®.
Valarie has worked with Fortune 100 companies, small companies,
as well as non-profit organizations. Her versatility allows
her to work from the factory floor to the boardroom.
holds an MBA from Xavier University and a B.A. from Wilmington College.
Life is short.
is part of the human condition.
is a choice.
a facilitator, Dave Carr seeks to help leaders with the human side
of work and deal effectively with these truths. It's no longer
about earning a living, but rather learning a living. As a
life-long learner, Dave is committed to helping others break phantom
rules and move from his/her comfort zone into the learning zone.
is a uniquely qualified facilitator based on his life experiences.
His personal leadership development began in Boy Scouts,
earning his Eagle Scout award. He partnered with his father
after receiving a B.A. in psychology, DePauw University, owning
and running a profitable distribution business.
took over leadership of this business in 1988. Dave has been
an artist, jeweler, newspaper columnist, teacher and marketer.
Facilitation is his passion and where he has chosen to focus his
skill enhancement and education since 1995.
is a qualified administrator of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
and is a member of the Association of Psychological Type (APT).
He is a member of the Experiential Training and Development
Alliance (ETD) and American Society for Training and Development
has worked with all kinds of leaders and teams from Fortune 500
companies, government, educational institutions as well as small
family owned companies. He is currently Executive Director of Montreat College Professional Development Institute.
Kouzes and Barry Posner
Jim and Barry are not just a friends, they
are the reason we exist as a business. Together they wrote the worldwide
best seller, The Leadership Challenge. It was their
research and findings that inspired us to start our business several
years ago. Much of our work today is still based on the Five
Practices of Exemplary Leadership® described in their book.
Kouzes is the chairman emeritus of The Tom Peters Company
and an Executive Fellow at the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
at the Leavey School of Business, Santa
Clara University (SCU).
Posner is dean of the Leavey School of Business and
Professor of Leadership at Santa Clara University, where he has
received numerous teaching and innovation awards.
Jim and Barry continue
to be great mentors and coaches for us, and are always there with
answers to tough questions and endless encouragement. To
learn more about Jim, Barry and their work, please visit
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