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Stephanie K. Nestlerode, MSW

Stephanie Nestlerode, founding partner of OPI, has been a strategic planner for over thirty years in a wide variety of settings – multi-hospital systems, utilities, academics, government, associations, and community collaborations. She specializes in taking organizational performance and community health to the next level. In her words, the future we create is the legacy we leave our children. Her education includes a Bachelors Degree in Social Work from the University of Oklahoma, a Masters Degree in Social Work Administration from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and a Certificate in Gerontology and Marketing from the University of South Carolina.

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William Nestlerode, Ph.D.

William Nestlerode, a founding partner of OPI, provides technical consulting and serves as OPI’s chief technology officer. He began his career as a Professor of Mathematics at the University of South Carolina. He then served as Director of Research Computing to bridge the faculty into the world of computing. During the past twenty years he has provided systems engineering expertise to MCI, BSDI, Tivoli, Hewlett-Packard, Agilent Technologies, Innerwall and ConfigureSoft. His education includes a B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Oklahoma, a M.A. and Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

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LaDonna Coy, MHR, CPS, CDLA

LaDonna Coy works with communities and provider networks to use social media technologies that bring people together online in new ways – ways that help them connect, network, communicate, collaborate and learn to improve local conditions – designing for a better future. Her current work specializes in the design, weaving, development and production of web-based learning sessions, conferences, Interactionars™ and online communities of practice.

Formerly with the Southwest Prevention Center and CSAP’s Southwest CAPT, LaDonna holds a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies, a master’s degree in Human Relations from the University of Oklahoma as well as certification as a Prevention Specialist and Distance Learning Administrator/Instructor.

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Maya Townsend

Maya Townsend, founder of Partnering Resources, helps leaders find and leverage hidden organizational strengths in order to navigate complex change and collaboration challenges. The practice is based on understanding how to leverage networks: the complex, interrelated, and often messy webs of relationships that drive all organizational activity. Maya serves as an adviser to Gartner, the leading technology research and advisory company, on change management best practices. Co-editor of Handbook for Strategic HR (AMACOM), her writing has also appeared in CIO, Talent Management, Mass High Tech, and other publications. Maya’s presentations have been acclaimed “best in conference” by participants.

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www.partneringresources.com

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Jeremy Solomons

Jeremy Solomons helps current and future leaders to connect and communicate effectively across all cultures – geographical, organizational, professional and individual. Originally from the UK and now based in Austin, Texas, he coaches, consults, designs curriculum, facilitates and trains in the areas of: Career/Life Planning; Creative Problem Solving; Cultural Competence; Leading Intact and Virtual Teams; Post-Merger Integration and Synergy; Strategic Planning; Well-Dressed Presenting and Naked Facilitating; and Whole-Brain Thinking. In the past, Jeremy has worked as a banker, educator and journalist in six multinational institutions in eight countries: France, Germany, Hong Kong (and China), Israel, Italy, Switzerland, the UK and the USA.

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Diane Miller

Diane Miller’s background blends project management, civic engagement, group process design, and corporate and civic culture change expertise. As assistant director at Envision Central Texas (ECT), she was instrumental in the design and execution of numerous multi-stakeholder projects that have helped raise awareness and mobilize action on sustainability issues. Prior to her work at ECT, Diane worked in the field of organizational development, with a focus on leadership, teamwork, change processes and strategic planning. As a project manager for Pecos River Change Management, and with her own consulting firm RCR-Discovery, Diane worked with corporate clients to design and implement leadership and team development initiatives. She has a B.A. in liberal arts and has studied extensively in the areas of systems thinking, organizational and human development, and group dynamics.

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Leilani Henry, M.A.

Leilani Henry is a proven pathfinder in workplace creativity, whole-brain integration and change. She is Founder of Being and Living® Enterprises, creator of the Leadership Vitality Checkup TM and Brain Jewels®, a multisensory process for transformation. She is licensed in Educational Kinesiology, founded a national Playback Theatre company and is a Connections radio show host on KGNU in Boulder/Denver. Her lifetime experience in the performing arts is integrated into her approach to wellness, leadership and learning. Leilani’s Fellowship from Regis University recognizes her work in mind-body connection for collective metamorphosis. Her clients include Harvard, Denver Water, Regis University, Seagate, Symantec, Time-Warner, and University of Colorado. As the daughter of George W. Gibbs, Jr., the first black explorer to set foot on Antarctica, Leilani is writing about her father’s experiences with Admiral Byrd’s III expedition to the South Pole.

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www.beingandliving.com and Ice Trip

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Marian J. Thier

President, Expanding Thought®, Inc. and Listening Impact Boulder, CO. Executive coach, consultant, author and thought leader, Marian Thier, coaches leaders and teams to maximize their potential. As a coach Marian offers concrete tools to try on and adapt, helps people to become observers of their own leadership, and holds a safe space for growth.

Ms Thier’s award-winning book, COACHING C.L.U.E.S.:  Real Stories, Powerful Solutions, Practical Tools has sold over 10K copies and has been translated into Chinese. Most recently she developed Hear! Hear? Your Listening Portfolio®, an instrument that assesses listening habits and their impact on communication, decision-making, collaboration and relationships.

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Lee Mun Wah, M.A., M.S.

Lee Mun Wah, M.A. (Counseling), M.S. (Special Education), is an internationally-acclaimed diversity lecturer/trainer, filmmaker, community therapist and educator. His films have won national awards for their social and emotional impact. The Color of Fear has become a classic diversity film and, in 1995, Oprah Winfrey televised a one-hour special on his life. In 1996, Lee Mun Wah opened his first Training Center to help others learn how to “mindfully” facilitate cultural and communication issues. Thousands of participants from corporations, educational institutions, and government and social agencies, have received training by Lee Mun Wah to facilitate diversity dialogues in their agencies, schools and communities.

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www.stirfryseminars.com

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Lisa Heft

Lisa Heft is President of the Open Space Institute-US, a Fellow with Columbia University’s Center for International Conflict Resolution and Adjunct Faculty with Sonoma State University’s Psychology Department Organizational Development Program. She has facilitated groups of 2000+ in dialogue, consulted on conflict resolution processes for teams working in Northern Iraq and East Timor and facilitated dialogue between prison inmates. Clients on six continents include the International AIDS Conferences, U.S. Departments of Labor and Transportation, National Forum for Geosciences Information Technology, U.S. Scholar-Athlete Games, Novartis Vaccines & Diagnostics, Inc., National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Canadian Council for Tobacco Control, the United States Agency for International Development, the Peace Corps and the Centers for Disease Control in Mozambique, the International Federation of Red Cross Red Crescent Societies and Heifer International.

Ms. Heft’s articles and interviews have been featured in Beyond Bullets and Bombs: Grassroots Peace Building Between Israelis and Palestinians and in Convene, Systems Thinker, Corporate Meetings & Incentives and IEEE Software magazines. Her papers on facilitation, interactive learning and community health have been translated into Spanish, Kiswahili, Swedish, Korean and Braille.

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www.openingspace.net