MEET OUR ADVISORY BOARD
Our dynamic team of expert advisors represents a diverse array of specialized knowledge, skills and experience and is uniquely positioned to align synergies and help the firm expand its reach, deliver greater value, and enhance the life cycle of every client experience.
COL. JOHN BOGGS
Colonel John Boggs U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.) is an author, speaker, leadership and strategy development expert. An infantry Officer with over 30 years of service to the nation, Col. Boggs is one of the rare few to command at every rank held. When not in command, he served the Corps as a trainer, educator or on high-level staffs. As a trainer and educator, Col. Boggs served at both of the Marine Corps’ Recruit Training Depots, Officer Candidates School and the Head of the Marine Corps’ Distance Learning Programs. He was also a Professor and Dean of Faculty and Academic Programs at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.
As a staff member, Col Boggs served as Chief of Staff of the National Defense University in Washington D.C. the worlds’ leading institute for producing strategic leaders, and as a Fellow at the Council of Foreign Relations. He was also the senior Marine Readiness Advisor on the staff of the Department of Defense’s Personnel and Readiness. As a businessman, he was a senior VP for a major non-profit in Washington D.C., and partner in an International Business Development Firm. As the CEO of Fortitude Consulting, Col. Boggs provides leadership development for individuals and organizations that are diverse in size and complexity.
Suzi Pomerantz, CEO of Innovative Leadership International, LLC is an award-winning executive coach and international bestselling author with 24 years experience coaching leaders and teams in 200+ organizations internationally. Suzi specializes in leadership influence, helping executives, teams and organizations find clarity in chaos.
She was one of the first executive coaches to receive the Master credential from the ICF 19 years ago and is a thought leader in the industry. She served on the IJCO Editorial Board, ICCO Advisory Board, International Executive Coaching Summit board, Harvard Business Review Advisory Council, and Forbes Coaches Council. She has authored over 30 publications about coaching, ethics, and business development, and 11 books including her bestseller, Seal the Deal and #1 international bestseller Ready, Aim, Captivate, co-authored with Deepak Chopra and others. She founded the Leading Coaches' Center and co-founded the Library of Professional Coaching.
Early in his career, Braulio spent time working in the civil rights community, with stints in both the executive and legislative branches. This included working with the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics in support of its effort to increase the number of Latino educators. In 2015, he worked for the Senate H.E.L.P. committee under Senator Patty Murray and was a member of the K-12 team that helped reauthorize ESEA. In 2014, he worked with National Urban League Washington Bureau (NULWB), developing regulatory and legislative recommendations to advance its education platform. Braulio is a former Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) Secondary Education Graduate fellow and an AmeriCorps Alumnus, having served as a Teach for America corps member. His passion for education policy and reform can be seen in his recent Harvard Journal of Hispanic Policy publication, which addresses college knowledge as cultural capital. Currently, Braulio continues to make contributions to education as an ESL teacher for the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS).
A graduate from Rutgers University, he earned a B.A. in political science. As an undergraduate, Braulio served as the Rutgers University Latino Student Council’s male co-chair and as a member of the Vice President’s Leadership Council. In addition, Braulio was a McNair Scholar and centered his undergraduate research on the attrition of Latino students at the secondary and post-secondary levels.
As a member of the Greater Philadelphia teaching corps, Braulio taught 10th grade Spanish at ASPIRA Olney Charter High School in North Philadelphia. While teaching full-time, he obtained his M.S.Ed. in Urban Education from the University of Pennsylvania. Braulio centered his master’s thesis research on frame theory and the impact framing effects have on education policy.
A lifelong learner, Braulio continues to learn about policy formation and how the legislative process that impacts students across the country. As an activist and education policy reform strategist, he is dedicated to closing the achievement gap and fostering a system in which more Latino students will pursue a college education.
LISA R. RANSOM
Lisa R. Ransom is the chair and CEO of the Augustus F. Hawkins Foundation, a nonprofit organization committed to the principals of early, secondary and post-secondary education programs, workforce training, and full employment for every individual, particularly in the areas of E-STEAM (Entrepreneurship, Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Math) and CTAE (Career, Technical and Adult Education). Ms. Ransom is also a member of the Advisory Committee on Apprenticeships with the U.S. Department of Labor.
A political strategist, former congressional staff member and Arthur S. Flemming Leadership Fellow for State Legislators, Ms. Ransom has represented municipalities, state legislators; consumer financial protection advocates and education policy interests before the United States Congress and state governments throughout America. Her affiliations include the Ms. Ransom’s affiliations include: Continental Societies, Inc. , Charter member, Mount Rose (MD) Chapter of the Links, and the Order of the Eastern Star-PHA .
Having worked in senior & executive HR & L&D roles at Legal & General, Abbey National & Barclays he co-founded INL Consultancy Ltd in 2005. He established HR in Flow in 2013. HR in Flow provide OD technology, consulting, deep insight, content, and predictive analytics to focus investment in development, talent, and management impact. Clients range from large multi-national organizations, to local SMEs, to charities, to Housing Trusts, and to the public sector. Sectors have included telecoms, professional services and consulting, oil and gas, retail, financial services, manufacturing, logistics, social care and housing, central and local government, and education.
Neville is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, a Fellow of the Learning and Performance Institute, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers, and Member of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council.
He was Chairman of the Association for Talent Development International Conference Programme Committee in 2015 and a Reviewer for the ATD BEST Awards 2007-2016. He is a judge for the Training Journal awards for 2017. He was previously Chairman of the FSSC Major Employer Advisory Forum and a Board member of the Institute of Financial Services Schools faculty – 2002 & 2005.
Beyond work he is a keen sportsman. He began his career in teaching before moving to financial services. He played and coached rugby and cricket, managed the Bucks Academy Cricket side and now represents Buckinghamshire in Seniors cricket. He is a trustee for the Bucks Youth Cricket Trust.
Kathey Porter, MBA, CPSD (Certified Professional in Supplier Diversity) is a small business expert with an impressive cadre of experience spanning nearly two decades in leadership/training, marketing, small business development, supplier diversity and entrepreneurship. She is the founder of Porter Brown Associates, a WOSB, EDWOSB and Veteran-Owned consultancy focusing on Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services for various governmental agencies, corporations and small businesses.
An adjunct business instructor with over a decade of diversified teaching experience, Kathey has taught various undergraduate, graduate and online business courses including Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Marketing, Management, Business, Business Ethics, Public Relations, etc. at numerous colleges and universities. Kathey is a published author, frequent speaker, panelist and workshop facilitator at conferences and events focusing on supplier diversity, small business development/entrepreneurship, women's entrepreneurship and leadership and diversity and inclusion. Her other involvements have included leadership roles on several state and national advisory panels including VASCUPP (Virginia Association of State College and University Purchasing Professionals), National Association of Educational Procurement (NAEP) Supplier Diversity Institute and Institute for Supply Management (ISM) Certified Professional in Supplier Diversity. Kathey is also a contributor to OPENForum by American Express.
QUINCY G. GANT
Quincy G. Gant began his professional trajectory keenly focused on career and technical education (CTE). After two years of study at TESST Electronics, he received an accreditation in computers and electronics, which he leveraged to strategically position himself within the corporate arena. In the six years that followed, he worked as a field engineer at Eastman Kodak Co., and studied at the Rochester Institute of Technology. After a very successful tenure with Eastman Kodak Co., he was recruited by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, where he currently serves as the Superintendent of Railcar Service and Inspection.
Throughout his career, Quincy has continued to successfully expand his reach and maximize his impact within his industry, as well as outside of it. His persistent desire for lifelong learning has inspired a path toward unfettered professional development, including participation in the National Leadership Institute’s “Maximizing Your Leadership Potential,” the Department of Homeland Security’s (FEMA) “National Incident Management System,” and the Department of Transportation’s “Transit Safety and Security” cutting-edge programming. Quincy also belongs to various philanthropic and fraternal organizations, such as the Washington D.C. branch of the NAACP, the Sigma Sigma Sigma chapter of Phi Beta Sigma, and Redemption Lodge #24 of the Free and Accepted Masons P.H.A., where he currently holds the Grand Lodge’s second highest position. His professional affiliations have provided him with a means to better the lives of youth, senior citizens and have given him invaluable experience in board leadership at the local and national levels.
MICHELE GILLIAM MORRISSEY
Michele is the CEO and founder of Lucidity Communications Consultants, LLC, a personal, business, and corporate communication consultancy. With a Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Pittsburg and a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association, Michele brings a depth of academic study and preparation to her practice that sets her apart from her peers.
Michele's progressive work blends science, a real-world approach, and a passion for people to communicate with intent, impact, and influence. An educator and communication coach with over two decades of experience, she transforms client thinking and influences performance with her laser-sharp analysis and consultative expertise. Having developed her own time-tested methods for success, Michele has collaborated with educators, executives, physicians, and industry leaders to embrace communication as an art and to create trans-formative cultures wherever interpersonal interaction exists.
DR. KAMAU BOBB
Kamau Bobb is an authority in the national effort to achieve equity in the STEM education landscape. He is currently the Director of the Constellations Center for Equity in Computing at Georgia Tech, and remains one of its chief STEM education strategists. Widely respected for his analytical and consultative expertise, Dr. Bobb recently completed a 3-year commission as a Program Officer at the National Science Foundation (NSF) in the Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering. At NSF he was responsible for $30 million annually of investments targeted at improving computing and STEM education. In that capacity he served on President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper STEM + Entrepreneurship Taskforce. Through these multifaceted efforts, he is helping to shape the national research agenda for effectively delivering quality computational education to all students. Previously, Dr. Bobb served as the director of the STEM Initiative for the University System of Georgia, a collaborative effort with the governor’s office to improve STEM education across the 30 public institutions serving approximately 325,000 students in the state. His national and state leadership have contributed to a STEM education agenda that is more reflective of social and cultural realities. Prior to his work in Georgia, Dr. Bobb was a technology policy analyst at SRI International where he conducted research on university strategic planning and STEM workforce analysis for clients in the United States and the Middle East.
Dr. Bobb brings to his work a passion to ensure that all students, particularly students of color, have access to seats of power in the technology sector that is shaping contemporary American life. His writing on STEM education and culture has been featured in The Atlantic, Black Enterprise, The Root, Edutopia and on the Obama White House Blog. Dr. Bobb holds a Ph.D. in Science and Technology Policy from Georgia Tech and M.S. and B.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.
KIM CHANDLER MCDONALD
Co-Founder and CEO of KimMic International Pty Ltd. and FlatWorld Integration Pty Ltd., Kim Chandler McDonald is a globally respected thought leader on disruptive approaches, transformational trends and international business strategies - particularly those involving innovation and the global DACE (Digital, Attention and Collaboration Economies). From their inception, Kim has been the forefront of the companies’ focus on FIA (Future Internet Architecture), secure Smart Data, digital disruption and End-User engagement/empowerment.
Kim is the award-winning author of Flat World Navigation: Collaboration and Networking in the Global Digital Economy (2015) and Innovation: How Innovators Think, Act and Change Our World (2013).
Currently sitting on Griffith University’s Enterprise Advisory Board and the Management Committee of Reinvent Australia, Kim is also an Academy Fellow of the International Entrepreneurship Academy.
Formerly, Kim was a writer/editor for national and international newspapers and magazines and host/producer of an award winning radio program. During this time she sought and secured interviews with 100’s of fascinating people such as: former US Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright; film director, Terry Gilliam; theoretical physicist, Brian Greene; and authors John Irving, Amy Tan and Tom Wolfe.