President of the World Institute for Action Learning, is a notable author, speaker, and expert in the field of Action Learning. Possessing a Doctorate in Human and Organizational Learning from George Washington University, she has mastered teaching Action Learning to the full spectrum of organizational levels. She is an external OD consultant specializing in leadership development, problem solving and strategic planning.
Bringing a well-stocked arsenal of Action Learning Methodologies, Dr. Carson has a proven track-record in assisting Fortune 500 companies, national non-profits, government contractors, federal agencies, local government agencies, colleges/universities, and international corporations. Through direct hands-on facilitation and coaching, she:
- Assists organizations in clearly identifying problems and developing/ launching strategic initiatives such as corporate rightsizing, diversity planning, organizational development, performance enhancement, and process reengineering.
- Bolsters managerial productivity and communication through consensus-building; aligns individual ideas into a unified vision that includes projected goals and implementation strategies.
- Enhances effectiveness of management certification processes (Six Sigma, PMP) by applying action learning practices to established leadership methods.
Dr. Carson was a driving force in Action Learning training and certification programs as the Director of Certification & Education with the World Institute for Action Learning (WIAL). Serving as a founding board member since 2006, she worked with a committee of experts and researchers to build and design learning and training modules to advance the expertise and skill level in Action Learning. Through combined efforts in WIAL’s Board of Directors, the organization has gained international attention with affiliates on 6 continents and 29 countries. As the Director of Affiliate Development, Bea works with new affiliates to insure a commonality of delivery and expectations around the world.
Craig Senecal (Vice Chair & Secretary – WIAL-USA) has always been a believer in the power of questions to engage people and change behavior. Craig is currently the Director of Talent Development and Engagement for The New York Public Library. There he is responsible for learning, coaching, organizational development, and recognition for 3000 public service staff members in branch libraries, research centers & central administration. In his 25 years of coaching, he has worked for other iconic brands including Macy’s and Burberry. He holds a M.Ed. in Instructional Design & Technology.
David Troupe has spent most of his career in the aerospace industry. While working in the fields of manufacturing, HR, and Training & Development, Dave earned his doctorate in Leadership and Organizational Change. Today, as a certified action learning coach (CALC) he works with organizations as a consultant. Dr. Troupe lives in the Seattle area with his wife, children, and grandchildren. He enjoys photography and has a love-hate relationship with golf.
Mary Volz PeacockCommunity of Practice
Alfonso Gonzalez MontesinosMarketing
Popsy KanagaratnamResearch & Publications
Sophie McGrathCertification & Education
Micaela ElizondoConference Co-chair
Dr. Eric Zabiegalski is a graduate of George Washington University in Human and Organizational Learning and has been researching and studying leadership, learning, and change for over 20 years. Eric has been on all sides of the leadership fence from leader and manager to employee and servant and has practiced and served leaders in some of the most coveted and challenging places in the world.
With an early professional history as a technical expert, Eric has gone from being a technical SME (subject matter expert) to a people SME and considers the human mind and behavior to be the next great frontier for discovery. It is in this realm where he combines his technical subject matter expertise with his human sociological and organizational expertise for the betterment of individuals, organizations, and their processes.
With additional interests in emotional intelligence or “EQ”, servant leadership and followership, neuroscience, complexity science, creativity, ambidextrous organizations and Action Learning. Eric has been driven to finding the right balance of qualities, efforts and behaviors to not only build better high performing and learning teams and individuals but also create a better world in which to live.
Eric has been proud to teach for Webster University for two years teaching HR training, development and management and enjoys Webster’s innovative models, their progressive stance and level of academic professionalism and their commitment to diversity and the military. Eric is also a certified Action Learning coach and Director of Learning Solutions for the World Institute of Action Learning, works as a Defense contractor in the greater Washington area, and has a consulting business providing organizational learning services to businesses and organizations.
Eric lives on the Western shore of the Chesapeake Bay close to Washington DC with his wife, daughter, and Border collie.
Mary Volz Peacock
For over 20 years Mary served as an organizational change catalyst, trainer, coach and strategic leader in the Federal government. She has a proven track record of leading by example, developing and building high performing teams and enabling change among internal and external stakeholders to actualize large agency-wide strategic initiatives and visions. She possesses a unique mix of skills and education required to lead and develop others in innovative human resource development practices, succession planning organizational change and learning through teamwork and high performance. She is a transformational leader with a strong desire to make a difference and holds the utmost respect for teams, learning, diversity of thought, collaboration, creativity and accountability.
Mary formulated her leadership practices based on prior research including action learning, organizational learning, leadership, teams and values.
Dissertation: Values and Cohesiveness: A Case Study of a Federal Team. Most recently, she co-authored a professional journal article with Drs. Michael Marquardt and Bea Carson, Action Learning and Leadership Development published by Sage in Advances in Developing Human Resources (2016).
Mary has a Doctor of Education in Human and Organizational Learning, The George Washington University, and is a World Institute for Action Learning (WIAL) certified Senior Action Learning Coach (SALC). Mary also serves on the WIAL Board of Directors and is the President of MVP Consultants.
|Alexandra “Alex”, a Sr. Organizational Effectiveness Development Consultant for Enterprise Talent Planning & Development with Wells Fargo, is charged with watching trends and creating strategies for how we can develop leaders beyond the classroom. Under the main strategy, Alex’s work has included
· A Video Strategy for Leadership Development bringing in TED Talks and creating and locating new videos with our own leaders
· Establishing an enterprise wide Action Learning framework, a specific process to help leaders address business issues while developing critical leadership competencies
· Exploring how we may use a MOOC-like structure (open online course) to meet the many needs across the company
· Manager Learning and Manager Learning Paths is work under Manager Excellence in which we are applying all of the above and more to help managers in tangible ways
Alex enjoys researching the best practices, seeking innovative development solutions, connecting ideas and looking at ways to increase the ‘out of classroom experience’ to advance development while on the job.
|Alex began working at Wells Fargo in 2001. Prior to that she enjoyed over 10 years of rich consulting experiences in manufacturing, University Housing, and Petroleum Marketing & Production. Common across all industries was the passion to help develop leaders at every level through building relationships, understanding the unique needs and interests of each person while drawing on vast knowledge of models and approaches born out of genuine curiosity. All of this helps her achieve a personal mission of leaving the world (people and process included) a little bit better than she found them.
Alfonso Gonzalez Montesinos
Alfonso Gonzalez Montesinos is a corporate executive, consultant, coach, and entrepreneur with global leadership and organizational development experience; bilingual with both work and living experience in US, Europe and Latin America.
Alfonso’s extensive experience combine the strategic width of a Global organizational development, leadership development executive with the clinical depth of a psychoanalyst, and the flexibility and drive of a business entrepreneur; founder and architect of organizations and projects, both nationally and internationally.
Popsy Kanagaratnam. a doctoral candidate at the George Washington University, is passionate about learning and education. She is currently writing curriculum to educate teachers. She has taught for a public school system, and has worked as a journalist for newspapers, both locally and overseas. As an aide to a legislator, she crafted policy, wrote speeches, and worked with the public. She is a Certified Action Learning Coach.
I’m Craig Filipkowski, and I am a doctoral candidate in the Leadership Studies program at Xavier University with 14 years of experience in public education as both a teacher and an administrator. After filtering through a lot of the research, I’ve decided to pursue action learning as the focus of my dissertation. I was recently trained by Dr. Michael Marquardt for WIAL Action Learning in Washington D.C., who is one of the world’s thought leaders in this particular intervention. I am extremely excited to get started as a coach and advocate for action learning.
Presently, I’m practicing this coaching skill in preparation for my research dissertation. The dissertation will highlight the impact of WIAL action learning teams on K-12 administrative leadership development and whether that impact is felt within the school walls (i.e. beyond the practicing action learning set).
Micaela has worked in the leadership development space for over a decade. She has led the design and delivery of several development programs focused on high-potential employees and emerging leaders within multi-national banking and manufacturing industries.
She also has extensive experience program managing cohort-based, multi-month top talent programs comprised of synchronous and asynchronous learning experiences, tools and processes intended to maximize leader development.
Micaela holds a BA in Psychology from The University of Texas at Arlington, and an MA in Leadership and Organizational Development Saint Louis University and is a certified Professional in Human Resources (PHR). She has also received several development certifications/certificates and is working towards her coaching certification through ICF. She currently resides in Irving, Texas with her husband, Noe, and daughter, Calista, who keeps them both busy with her school and extra-curricular activities.