Julie Davis-Colan co-founded The L Group, Inc., a management consulting firm serving leaders since 1999. She is an innovative business advisor and peak performance coach with experience in sales and marketing to Fortune 500 companies.
Julie has co-authored six popular books including Stick with It, Getting the BEST of Yourself and Others and The Power of Positive Coaching. She has been coaching and encouraging positive behavior change for 30 years while focusing on organizational health and peak performance. Prior to consulting, Julie conceptualized and led several successful business units at the American Heart Association’s National Center.
Prior to consulting, Julie conceptualized and led several successful business units at the American Heart Association’s National Center. Her clients were many of the Fortune 500 including Home Depot, Westinghouse, Dean Foods and Coca-Cola Foods. The American Heart Association was recognized by the Harvard Business School as one of the best managed non-profit organizations in the United States.
Julie’s areas of expertise include coaching for peak personal and business performance, revenue enhancement strategies, and new product development. Additionally, Julie is a compelling speaker and engaging trainer. Her passion for leadership and life creates an infectious energy for audiences.
She earned her Master’s degree in Preventive Medicine from The Ohio State University, College of Medicine, after earning her Bachelor’s degree from Florida State University. Julie is one of only 1,200 people worldwide is certified in Positive Psychology by The Flourishing Institute.
Julie also serves on the board of Engage, a positive parenting organization. She regularly gifts her time to numerous individuals and agencies including the North Texas Food Bank.
Lee J. Colan, Ph.D. is co-founder of The L Group, Inc., a Dallas, Texas-based consulting firm that has been equipping and encouraging leaders since 1999. The L Group has been recognized by HR.com’s Leadership Excellence Awards. Lee is a rare combination of a well-educated and trained business consultant, prolific author and engaging presenter of ideas. He is a John C. Maxwell Leadership Award finalist and Thinkers50 nominee for Top Management Thinker globally. Lee possesses an in-depth understanding of business, people and organizations. He blends this understanding with his corporate management experience to help leaders and organizations grow.
His clear thinking and simple solutions equip leaders to build better relationship and better results. Virtually every Fortune 500 company has experienced the positive impact of Lee’s practical insights and approach as have many smaller companies. Here are a few: Amcor PET Packaging American Heart Association AmeriSource Bergen Specialty Group Aviall AT&T Wireless AutoTrader.com BlueCross BlueShield Cinemark Cumberland Farms CVS Health Dave & Busters Dollar Tree Stores DW Distribution Ericsson Ernst & Young Fossil Foxworth-Galbraith Lumber Co. GuideStone Financial Hunt Petroleum International Paper Gibraltar Industries Jani-King Jo-Ann Stores Johnson Controls Kimball International KPMG LongHorn Steakhouse Methodist Health System March of Dimes MOBIL North Sea Nationwide Nestle Pacific Seafood Park Place Dealerships Pier 1 Imports Sterling Jewelers (Kay, Jarred, Zales) State Farm Texas Health Resources Texas Instruments The CEO Institute The Hartford The Venetian Resort TRANE ULTA Beauty U.S. Renal Care Walmart Yum! Brands
Lee held various corporate leadership roles with American Airlines, Sandoz (Novartis) and FoxMeyer (McKesson). He was a consultant with two premier firms: Booz, Allen & Hamilton and Mercer. His last corporate post was as Vice President for Physician Reliance Network, one of the fastest growing NASDAQ companies at the time. Lee currently serves on the Board of Directors for Pacific Seafood Group, the largest fully integrated seafood company in North America. He is a former director for Aztec Systems who was ultimately sold to a private equity firm. He also served on the Advisory Board for ASSET InterTech.
Lee has authored 15 leadership books, including two best sellers, that have been translated into 10 languages. His practical advice appears in 50+ on-line and print publications monthly. In addition to writing The L Group’s posts twice a week, he also writes a weekly, national column for Inc.com called Leadership Matters. In addition to his hands-on industry and consulting experience, Lee earned Masters and Doctoral degrees in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from George Washington University after graduating from Florida State University.
Lee regularly gifts his time to numerous individuals and agencies. Some of those agencies include The United Way, North Texas Food Bank and Grace Bridge.
Jane Ryan is an International Coach and the Founder and President of Jane Ryan & Associates, LLC, a Dallas, Texas-based woman-owned Emotional Intelligence, Futurist Executive Coaching & Leadership Transformation & Career Coaching firm. She is an expert in accelerating transformational learning, leadership development, and has been successfully helping executives achieve maximum potential in their lives and careers. Coach Jane challenges thinking and comfort zones encouraging executives to think bigger and deeper into the future and embrace new technologies impact on business, people, vendors, customers, and the competition to build innovative and sustainable growth.
Measurable Results—Coach Jane's executive coaching methodology ensures executives entering into new careers set their leadership presence and value from day one—as a valued, trusted advisor, she helps her clients avoid blind spots, quickly build rapport and trust, and establish decision networks as they acclimate and navigate politics and personalities, agendas and interpersonal challenges to ensure the most significant opportunity for a successful and meaningful career. While also focusing on the bottom line, growth, and sustainability in today’s rapidly changing and highly competitive business world.
Emotional Intelligence—Coach Jane is an expert in helping those in career transitions with a specialization in helping her clients strengthen their emotional intelligence skills. Prior to founding Jane Ryan & Associates LLC, Jane worked at Hewitt Associates as a senior managing consultant and senior business developer. She led globally diverse subject matter, expert teams, serving Fortune 500 clients in all areas of human capital, mergers and acquisitions, and organizational performance.
Jane is also a published Author/Blogger, Speaker, and Presenter and earned her Masters of Science in Psychology from Walden University and is also completing her Ph.D. in Psychology ABD. Most important, Jane is a servant leader who is passionate about helping others become successful in achieving their goals in life and careers to make a positive difference in the lives of others!
Brandy Schade is a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach with 20+ years of industry experience and brings 5+ years of dedicated coaching experience. She has coached and consulted 1200+ professionals across the globe and has facilitated workshops for a diverse set of departments, organizations and industries across 15+ countries and has extensive experience in operations, consulting, technology and pricing.
Brandy is passionate about increasing self-awareness to leverage strengths, enhance engagement, increase performance and ultimately get results. She loves to create awareness around others' strengths to form strong partnerships and strengthen team performance. She aims to develop strong, effective leaders that create strengths-based cultures so organizations and the people within them thrive.
Brandy is an inspirational speaker who earned her actuarial science BSBA from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and her Information Systems Management master's degree from Walden University.
She proudly supports O.U.R. to reduce current day enslavement. She also helps participants reach their health goals by teaching fun, energetic fitness classes in her spare time.
Bruce Carnohan is an International Early Career Focused Advisor and principle at Carnohan Process Solutions (CPS).
He has multi decade & multi country hands on implementation successes using a novel simpler-faster-better methodology developed from execution in twenty seven different industries, across four different countries.
Fostering, High potential up and coming early career cross functional leadership & teaming is Bruce’s unique & novel contribution. Implementer Bruce is recognized as a key resource in helping those in the earlier stages of their careers and passionate past times.
Over his career, Bruce has worked at multi-site corporations accomplishing a wide range of successes; such as three different business turnarounds and implementing high level/high output quality & operational systems in diverse cultures & settings. Bruce is a published Author, Speaker, and Presenter and earned both Technology & Industrial Management degrees from leading universities in the UK.
Most important, Bruce is a servant leader & implementer who is passionate about helping career leaders & followers maximizing the application of high potential process improvement solutions to help them get ahead and stay longer in any given organization that recognizes this unique talent pool.
Conni Medina is an executive coach and management consultant for small- and medium-sized businesses, specializing in helping leaders, teams, and businesses overcome overwhelm, frustration, and stagnation. Conni helps her clients clear the clouds in their work to get laser focused, take meaningful action, communicate with confidence, and simplify their day to make room for the strategic activities that will help their team or business thrive.
Conni has nearly 30 years of executive leadership, product development, project management, communication, and learning and development experience. She has the ability to work with clients in a unique approach as coach and consultant. Clients appreciate Conni’s strengths in learning, focus, and achievement. They can expect a true partner who will help them cut through the fog of overwhelm and uncertainty in their work or business. Clients quickly see she’s committed to helping them get out of their own way and get into action toward their most important goals. They know they can trust her with their biggest obstacles and blindspots. She wants her clients to find the peace of mind and confidence to increase their performance and effectiveness.
Conni’s executive track record includes transforming the core business department of a lower-middle-market company into a high-performing, mature, operationalized state. She led a management team with an 80% average quarterly goal achievement. She also reduced project spending by 10%, reduced editorial rounds by 25%-100%, and reduced error correction action by 80% by documenting and training on department processes. She developed new
partnerships that added value to products and the development process. She also implemented a cascading communication strategy and reduced department turnover by double digits.
Known for her high-energy and practical, outcome-driven approach, Conni has coached, mentored, and trained over 1000 professionals and executives and is a corporate speaker. She has been a featured keynote speaker, led major product launch presentations, facilitated key client focus groups, led company-wide management training sessions, and mentored management teams.
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