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bio-curtisbrantCurtis R. Brant, PHD

A former Associate Professor of Psychology at Baldwin-Wallace University,  Dr. Brant’s leads Capella’s doctoral initiatives.  His professional background is in organizational consulting with an emphasis on decision-making, strategic planning, research, and assessment.  He earned his B.A. in Psychology from Kent State University and Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Bowling Green State University where his concentrations were in coping, decision-making, and quantitative analyses.

bio-brucefischer-wideBruce Fischer, PHD, LP, LMFT  

Bruce Fischer holds a Masters Degree in Speech-Communication and a Ph.D. in Family Social Science. He holds certificates in Chemical Dependency Counseling, Family Therapy and Addiction Counseling and Chemical Dependency and Family Intimacy (Sex Counseling). Bruce is also a Licensed Psychologist, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and has been in private practice as a psychotherapist and consultant for 40 years.

In addition to being Executive Director of the think2perform research institute, he is a Senior Core research faculty of Psychology Program at Capella University. In 2016 he was awarded Capella University President’s Award of Excellence for numerous contributions to the university. Previously he was Chair of the Addiction Psychology and prior to that he was the co-founder and Associate Dean, Director of Training and the Director of Continuing Education of the School of Psychology at Capella University. He is a founding faculty member of Capella University where he was also the Dean of the School of Human Services.

Before joining Capella, he served in a variety of academic and administrative roles at the University of Minnesota including Program Director for Continuing Education for Alcohol and Drug Abuse and a training consultant and clinical supervisor at the Program in Human Sexuality at the University of Minnesota Medical School.   Bruce is listed in Who’s Who of the Midwest and Who’s Who of Emerging Leaders in America. He has provided over 500 workshops training workshops for lay people and professionals, as well as consulting to business organizations on management problems.  Bruce has also authored a number of professional articles.

Bruce currently provides process consultation, organizational development, professional coaching and training workshops for family businesses, small and midsize businesses and Fortune 500 corporations.  He provides training and consultation in the areas of leadership skills, group dynamics, stress management, team building, management of troubled employees, impaired professionals, communication skills training and coping with personal and organizational change.  Fortune 500 clients include First Bank System (US Bancorp), Target Corporation, Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing (3M), American Express and others. He has also consulted with numerous religious organizations and mental health agencies on leadership and organizational issues.

bio-ryangoulartRyan Goulart

Ryan Goulart brings to think2perform first-hand knowledge and experience from the Millennial Generation under 30 years of age, an emerging, key stakeholder to leaders and their organizations.  As Business Development and Research Associate, Ryan begins by gathering and assessing available data from clients, then blends into that data think2perform’s proprietary analysis of research into similar clients, as well as research from social media and other public sources.  All to assist think2perform in developing tools or programs that effectively engage audiences to meet client needs.

“Men and women in their 20s are evolving their values system and have differing views of work-life balance,” Ryan says.  “For organizations to grow and prosper in the years ahead, leaders have a special challenge and obligation to connect well with younger colleagues today.”

Ryan joined think2perform in 2010 as an expert on how the brain influences behavior, following completion of his B.S. degree in Neuroscience from Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts. In addition to his work on behalf of clients, Ryan also tracks evolving workplace and leadership trends in support of think2perform’s marketing to new clients.   He lives in Minneapolis.

bio-jacquelinejohnsonJacqueline R. Johnson

Jacqueline R. Johnson is the fifth, and the first female, chancellor of the University of Minnesota Morris.  Under her leadership, the campus has increased enrollment; grown its endowment; improved facilities, including the addition of two Leadership in Energy, Efficiency and Design (LEED) Gold buildings;  and established itself as a national leader in renewable energy and sustainability.  Johnson came to UMM in 2006 from Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa, where she served as vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty. Previously, she served as vice president for academic affairs at St. Martin’s College in Washington and as chair of the department of anthropology and sociology at Grand Valley State University in Michigan. Johnson holds a doctorate in sociology from Purdue University and a bachelor’s degree from Macalester College, St. Paul.  Her research interests center on issues related to gender and identity, and her methodology includes the use of children’s art work in cross cultural settings to explore their construction of national and political identity.  She has served and held leadership positions on a number of local, state and national boards, including Minnesota Campus Compact, Pioneer Public Television, the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment steering committee, and the board of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, a national organization which she chaired in 2014.  With her colleagues and University of Minnesota, Morris, students, she has led her institution for ten years in its efforts to create an inclusive residential living and learning community for undergraduates–dedicated to civic engagement, global citizenship, intellectual development, and environmental stewardship.

bio-richardleiderRichard J. Leider

Richard Leider, founder of Inventure – The Purpose Company, is one of America’s preeminent executive-life coaches. He is ranked by Forbes as one of the “Top 5” most respected executive coaches, and by the Conference Board as a “legend in coaching.”

Richard’s ten books, including three best sellers, have sold over one million copies and have been translated into 20 languages. Repacking Your Bags and The Power of Purpose are considered classics in the personal development field. Richard’s “inventures” in writing books have taken him to events with readers in all 50 states, every Canadian province, and 15 countries.

As co-author of Life Reimagined, he is the Chief Curator of content for AARP’s Life Reimagined Institute. Widely viewed as a visionary and thought leader on the “power of purpose”, his work is featured regularly in many media sources including PBS public television and NPR public radio. He is featured in the PBS Special – The Power of Purpose.

As a keynote speaker, he has worked with over 100,000 leaders from over 100 organizations such as AARP, Ameriprise, Ericsson, General Mills, Habitat for Humanity, Linkage/Global Institute for Leadership Development, Mayo Clinic, MetLife, National Football League, Pfizer, and United Health Group/Optum to discover the power of their leadership purpose.

Richard holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling and is a National Certified Counselor (NCC), a National Certified Career Counselor (NCCC), and a National Certified Master Career Counselor (MCC). As a Senior Fellow at the University of Minnesota’s Center for Spirituality and Healing, he founded The Purpose Project. He is co-chairman and dean of the World Purpose Forum, cochairman of the Linkage/Global Institute for Leadership Development, and a member of the Council of Senior Advisors of the FRED Leadership Forum. He is also a board member of Youth Frontiers, and Life Coach in Residence at The Marsh: A Center for Balance and Fitness.

He is a contributing author to many coaching books, including: Coaching for Leadership, The Art and Practice of Leadership Coaching, Executive Coaching for Results, The Leader of the Future, and The Organization of the Future.

Richard’s work has been recognized with awards from the Bush Foundation, from which he was awarded a Bush Fellowship and the Fielding Institute’s Outstanding Scholar for Creative Longevity and Wisdom award.

For 30 years, Richard has led Inventure Expedition walking safaris in Tanzania, East Africa, where he co-founded and is a board member of the Dorobo Fund for Tanzania. He and his wife, Sally, live on the St. Croix River outside of Minneapolis, Minnesota.

In Return on Character (2015, Harvard Business Review Press), Fred Kiel, Ph.D., and the KRW Research Institute share the first hard evidence linking the character of senior leadership to profitability. Their groundbreaking work is raising the bar on expectations around both individual and organizational performance.

In a seven-year study of executive teams at Fortune 500 companies, privately held firms, and nonprofits, Fred and team show how a CEO and senior leadership team’s character impacts the bottom line (nearly 5x greater returns), reduces risk, and engages the workforce (26% greater level of workforce engagement).

Executive teams and corporate boards worldwide are now leveraging the predictive analytic tools that have evolved from this research.

bio-douglennickDoug Lennick

Doug Lennick is CEO and co-founder of Think2Perform. He is legendary for his innovative approaches to developing high performance in individuals and organizations and is an expert at developing practical applications of the art and science of human behavior, financial and otherwise.

Before founding Think2Perform, Doug, a certified financial planner (CFP), was Executive Vice President – Advice and Retail Distribution for American Express Financial Advisors (now Ameriprise Financial). In that capacity he led an organization of 17,000 field and corporate associates to unprecedented success.

Doug and co-author Fred Kiel, Ph.D., recently released their newest book, Moral Intelligence 2.0: Enhancing Business Performance and Leadership Success in Turbulent Times. Just one year earlier, Doug released the popular title, Financial Intelligence: How to Make Smart, Values-Based Decisions with Your Money and Your Life. Doug is also the co-author of the internationally successful and original title, Moral Intelligence (Wharton School Publishing). Doug is the sole author of The Simple Genius (You) and co-author with Roy Geer, Ph.D., of How to Get What You Want and Remain True to Yourself.

Doug is in high demand as a keynote speaker as well as an executive and organizational advisor. He has been quoted and referenced in many publications and books, including Daniel Goleman’s seminal book, Working with Emotional Intelligence and Richard Leider’s bestselling Power of Purpose.

In November 2000, Doug was honored by Columbia University’s Center for Social and Emotional Education and is a Fellow at the Carlson Executive Development Center, Carlson School of Management, and University of Minnesota. He is also a member of the prestigious Consortium for Research on Emotional Intelligence in Organizations.

Doug and his Wife, Beth Ann, reside in Edina, Minnesota. Their youngest daughter, Joan, has a psychology major from Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts, and a master’s degree in Counseling and Psychological Services from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota. Their oldest daughter, Mary, has a sociology degree from the University of Minnesota and a master’s degree in Social Work from Augsburg College in Minneapolis. Doug’s son, Alan, is a Complex Director with Ameriprise, and lives in Los Angeles with his actress wife Sari, and their son, Dylan.

bio-fredkielFred Kiel, PHD

For more than thirty years, Fred has guided Fortune 500 companies in their journey to accelerate business success through principled leadership. The foundation of KRW International’s model is a rigorous data-gathering and customized development process designed to provide transformative insight and growth.

Fred is co-founder of KRW International, co-author of the influential book, Moral Intelligence 2.0 (2011, Financial Times Press), and a speaker of the popular TEDxTalk, “Psychopaths in the C-Suite.”

Fred believes in a world where leadership character is fundamental to business education programs and performance evaluation processes . . . a world where “who” a leader is receives as much attention as “what” the leader is trained to do, because it results in greater value for all.

Recent Publications and Presentations

  • Harvard Business Review. “Measuring the Return on Character.” April 2015.
  • Forbes. “Why Investors Rank New Businesses By Leader Quality.” April 2015.
  • CNBC Squawk Box. “CEO Character: Key to the Bottom Line.” May 2015.
  • NPR Marketplace. “Why So Many Bosses are Jerks.” December 2015.

Kris Petersen

Kris Petersen is a consultant and coach with Think2Perform.

Kris has a track record and a passion for developing the leadership potential in others, and brings this to her consulting work with clients of Think2Perform. She works with business and non-profit leaders who want to increase their leadership effectiveness and productivity and she has a great deal of experience and success working with financial advisors who want deeper and more productive relationships with their clients.

Her approach to working with her clients involves listening and understanding what their goals and objectives are and helping them get at what is stopping them from achieving them, whether it is a business, staff or leadership issue or some combination of these. Kris has the unique ability to offer business and leadership consulting and coaching for her clients at the same time.

Kris has an impressive track record as a financial services executive with over 27 years experience with Ameriprise Financial and American Express, US Bank, Marquette Financial Services, Green Tree Acceptance, First Trust Company and First American National Bank.

While at Ameriprise Financial, she led and transformed many business lines including Brokerage, Cash Management, Wrap Programs, Non- proprietary Products and the company’s value proposition, Financial Planning and Advice.

Kris’s broad experience includes strategy development and execution, product development and management, marketing, sales training and support, software development and support, operations, and legal and compliance.

Kris has a BA in Finance from St. Cloud State University, and an MBA from the University of St. Thomas. She has been active in non-profit leadership, including the Board of Directors of the YWCA of Minneapolis, the Foundation for Financial Planning, and the Professional Association of Treatment Homes.

Kris resides in Minneapolis, and spends her free time volunteering at her favorite charities, spending time with friends and family, throwing pottery, reading and running.