We Are Moving Down The Trail
Join Us

Austin, Texas

Austin Chapter

If there is a request(s) for an e-intro to an Ambassador(s), that will be passed along to the person(s) but no contact information will be given without their permission.


Timothy Giardino

Timothy Giardino currently serves as the first Director of Workforce Development for the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. As Workforce Development Director, he oversees the agency's efforts in recruitment, hiring, employee onboarding, continuous learning, professional development, and retention.

Timothy has over 20 years of workforce management and operations expertise earned through his service in the United States Army. During that time, he and his team managed the recruitment, retention, succession planning, personnel management, and professional development of over 23,000 Soldiers worldwide.

Timothy holds a Bachelor of Science in Professional Aeronautics, an MBA with a minor in organizational leadership, and is graduating in the Spring with a Doctorate in Business Administration.


Louis W. (Jody) Fry

Louis W. (Jody) Fry, PhD is a professor at Texas A & M University-Central Texas where he is the coordinator of their MS Management and Leadership Program. Jody has consulted with public and private organizations and published in numerous scholarly journals. Presently, he is a member of the editorial review boards of The Leadership Quarterly and Public Inquiry, a former editor of the Journal of Management Spirituality and Religion, and the editor for Information Age Publishing of a book series, Advances in Workplace Spirituality: Theory, Research, and Application.

Jody has authored two books, Maximizing the Triple Bottom Line Through Spiritual Leadership, published by Stanford University Press and Spiritual Leadership on Action: The CEL Story published by Information Age Publishing.

He is also the founder of the International Institute for Spiritual Leadership. His present research, consulting and executive development activities are focused on maximizing the triple bottom line through spiritual leadership to co-create a conscious, sustainable world that works for everyone.


Alisa Spirit of the Wind

Alisa Spirit of the Wind is passionate about research, design and implementation of programs that build engagement. She is focused on engaging organizations in empowering all stakeholders so that executed projects are viable, profitable and sustainable.

Her diverse background includes marketing, communications, project management and market research across a variety of industries including health and wellness, hospitality, legal, technology and higher education sectors.

In the hospitality arena, she worked with existing employees of an award winning spa client to build new offerings including acupuncture and life coaching. The ability to tap into hidden talents within existing employee skill sets saved client over $100,000 in averted additional hiring costs. She also developed a facility design concept for an entertainment industry giant which was designed to engage two diverse target markets within one comprehensive environment. The concept supported feasibility and profitability projections of revenues of $10+ million within 5 years.

Within the technology sector, she created a one person driven marketing department with a result of total increased sales 42% higher than previous years. She managed the entire marketing process including all blog, social media, email campaigns, press releases, website lead generation and scheduled calendar of activities for a year in advance to account for multiple stakeholder needs. Her campaigns engaged new audiences through reigniting the passion clients had for building their own businesses.

In the wellness domain, Alisa designed curricula and presented workshop series to promote self-awareness, empowerment and personal leadership, achieving an over 90% rate of proficiency. Adult learners were empowered to take the skills they gained from her programs to increase health, satisfaction and happiness within their everyday lives.

Alisa is currently involved in a large scale multi-year enterprise change project at the University of Texas at Austin where she plans and develops internal communications campaigns that reach over 25,000 employees. The goal of these communication is to ensure employees understand the impact of major technological changes to daily work flows and are empowered with timely and relevant messaging so they can maneuver the changes in their roles effectively.

Alisa has two BA's, one in Psychology and a second in Sustainable Interior Design, graduating Summa cum laude, with an emphasis in sustainable design. She is also a graduate of the Authentic Leadership Certification program from Naropa University, which increased her ability to broaden communication and increase teamwork, to energize and engage stakeholders, and to deepen organizational flow and encourage innovation.


David Dubin

David Dubin, PhD, is the Managing Partner at Psychological ARTS. David is an experienced consultant having worked with several Fortune 500 companies in a variety of business sectors including oil and gas, consumer goods, financial services, healthcare, railroads, and government. His areas of consulting expertise include: employee assessment at all levels, HR analytics, test development, interview development and coaching, job analysis, and survey design.

David is an active member in the field of HR and Industrial-Organizational psychology. He is the co-founder of the Austin Association for Industrial/Organizational Psychology. David is a full member of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) and a contributing member to SIOP’s professional practices committee. David is the lead on the SHRM-SIOP Science of HR White Paper collaboration and volunteers for SIOP’s Contemporary Selection Practice group, which focuses on providing information to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on specific employee selection procedure issues. He has been published in Personality and Individual Differences and Personnel Testing Council of Metropolitan Washington. David has presented at universities, conferences, and organizations across the United States and Europe. David’s research interests include leadership, personality, legal issues in HR, pre-hire assessments, and computer adaptive testing.

David is a licensed Industrial-Organizational Psychologist in the state of Texas. He has a PhD and M.A. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from the University of Houston and received his B.A. in psychology from the University of Texas at Austin.


Eugene Sepulveda

Eugene Sepulveda is CEO of the Entrepreneurs Foundation, a director of Capital Factory, and a senior advisor to Austin Mayor Steve Adler. He has played at the intersection of Austin’s high-tech startup community, banking, university, government and nonprofits for over 33 years – as Austin’s first tech banker, the CFO for a semiconductor packing startup, and a lecturer at the University of Texas’ McCombs School of Business. He recently founded Culturati Summit, an annual gathering of leaders from around the country who prioritize culture building for organizational success.

Eugene & his husband, Steven Robert Tomlinson (scholar, theologian, playwright & international business consultant) are uncles to six nieces and nephews, godfather to 11 young men & women, and mentors to dozens of men & women around the country.

Eugene has recently also served as the President & CEO of NPR-affiliate, Marfa Public Radio, co-chair of President Obama's & the Democratic National Committee’s LGBT Leadership Council, vice chair of the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, and currently serves as a board member for the KDK-Harman Foundation, the Bazaarvoice Foundation, the Entrepreneurs Foundation, and the Texas Tribune.


Raymond Sinatra

Raymond Sinatra, has nearly 15 years of quality-driven performance, I profoundly impact employee and customer growth through the design and implementation of leadership, customer-focused sales, product, and systems training and organizational development programs.

I am strategically situated to successfully partner with and lead teams to achieve aggressive business and customer success goals. In addition to my innate ability to collaborate with individuals at all levels, I am an excellent communicator with the ability to connect with clients, partners and stakeholders.

My ultimate and constant goal is to create a culture of continuous learning and growth through talent management that leads to improved employee and customer satisfaction while maximizing organizational revenue opportunities.


Lisa Copeland

Lisa Copeland is one of the most important faces in the automotive industry as a dedicated pioneer in the field of automotive sales and brand strategy with over 25 years of proven success. Named Top 100 Women in Automotive Industry in 2015 by Automotive News, she has dedicated her career to revolutionizing the automotive industry. Lisa served four years on the FCA National Dealer Council, and was named one of the Five Most Powerful Women in Austin by the Austin Business Journal in 2012. She and her team were the first FIAT retailer to break the NAFTA sales record by selling more than 100 new FIAT 500’s in one month.

In 2016, she sold her award-winning dealership to pursue her passion for leading a team that is committed to transforming businesses and promote corporate civility and winning cultures. She joined the leadership team at The Culture Works, as the Head of Automotive Retail Strategies.

Lisa has keynoted at many events including Texas Women’s Conference, Automotive Leadership Round Table, Digital Dealer, NADA and her personal favorite the inaugural Women in Automotive Conference in 2015. With extensive knowledge of hiring, training and retaining diverse candidates, Copeland/FIAT of Austin earned recognition as #6 Best workplace in North America by Automotive News in 2013 and 2015. In 2014, Northwood University named her “Outstanding Business Leader 2014”.

In 2015, she and FIAT of Austin earned FCA’s highest honor “The Walter P. Chrysler” award for sales and service excellence. With passion and expertise in sales and marketing, her success story has been featured in prominent publications including the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Marie Claire and Automotive News.

Lisa is also the co-founder of Women Impacting the Nation, a non-profit organization that is dedicated to advancing leadership roles for women. In 2012, the Girl Scouts named her “Women of Distinction”, and as the creator of BuyingCarsHerWay.com, she is dedicated to empowering women consumers. Lisa and Rene Banglesdorf and Co-founder of Crushing It Academy have a book due out late summer entitle “Crushing Mediocrity”.


Patricia Speier

Patricia Speier, DMin, is Executive Director of the Seton Cove and Director of Formation for the Seton Healthcare Family. She is a spiritual director, teacher, and retreat facilitator who specializes in the use of literature and writing for spiritual growth and ethical development. She is passionate about the connection between Spirituality and Leadership and has developed the Leadership Pilgrimage, a year long intensive for leaders in all fields (business, medicine, law, religion, non-profit) which is now in its 13th year. Speier is a 2008 DMin graduate of Perkins School of Theology and a graduate of Seminary of the Southwest. She has studied spirituality at the Pecos Benedictine Monastery in New Mexico and Integral Spirituality with Ken Wilbur.


Daniel Hope

Daniel Hope, MA, LMFT-A, is an educator and spiritual director at the Seton Cove. Daniel worked previously at Seminary of the Southwest in administration. At Southwest he also earned his counseling degree and is now a License Marriage and Family Therapist Associate. Daniel is passionate about helping people cultivate deeper relationships. He founded the marriage retreat and workshop series, The Commitment Project. Daniel also has a background in social media strategy and has spoken at three SXSW Interactive conferences on the effects of social media on business and our interpersonal relationships. Daniel and his wife, Leslie, just celebrated their 16th wedding anniversary and live in North Austin with their two young daughters, Camilla and Violet.


Sheila Armitage

After years of witnessing burnout in business and healthcare, Sheila Armitage, PhD. in Wisdom Studies now focuses on helping others live in alignment with what matters most to them through resilience, energy management, authentic leadership, and self-care. She combines nature and horses with traditional learning modalities for powerful results.

She has worked internationally as a leadership and organizational learning expert and coach with Fortune 10 to 500 companies, government, non-profits, educational institutions, small businesses, and individuals. Sheila has worked with C-level leaders through to front-line staff from diverse industries. With over 20 years of leadership, communications, change, team and sales training experience, she is known for her candor, practical problem solving, and her ability to ask penetrating questions and navigate through tough conversations.

Originally a finance lawyer who became a training professional, Sheila has recently completed her Ph.D. dissertation on work-life integration, stress, and life productivity. Her studies over the past four years have intersected at health, business and science.

Published in "Business Marketing, ("The London Financial Times’" paper for financial professionals), "Creative Orientation Programs...," by D. Sims published by McGraw-Hill, has co-developed a tool to measure respect, and has co-developed an on-line library of tools for trainers. She has been a speaker for The Society for Intercultural Education, Training and Research (SIETAR), The International Society of Performance Improvement, The International Quality Council, PPD, and has worked in Europe, North, Central and South America.

Committed to health, animal welfare, and learning, she invests her time in these areas. She has served multiple terms on the Board of the International Society of Performance Improvement and The Seton Cove, a spirituality center in Austin. She currently serves on the Seton Southwest Community Advisory Committee, The Seton Patient Experience Steering Committee and on the Chamber Committee for Leadership Dripping Springs. She supports RED Arena, a hippotherapy and equine therapy center, with operations, as a team coach, an advisor to The Board and Executive Director, and as a side walker with clients with disabilities.


Angela Silverthorne

Angela Silverthorne focuses on building guanxi - a Chinese concept describing a network of meaningful connections. She works primarily with lawyers to help them understand clients’ goals, challenges and solutions. She also works with lawyers in developing their leadership skills, and business, financial and strategic acumen so they become well-rounded contributors to the law firm.

Angela considers herself lucky because her job reflects her personal belief about the world and the positive effects we can have when we are thoughtful, intentional and authentic in our relationships. She enjoys getting to meet, learn from and collaborate with interesting and inspiring people every day.


Joel Trammell

Joel Trammell is a successful CEO and entrepreneur with more than 20 years of experience in the software industry. He is currently CEO of Khorus, which provides an enterprise leadership platform for CEOs and other executives to drive execution, manage talent, and build culture. He is also Chair Emeritus of the Austin Technology Council and Co-founder and Managing Partner of private equity firm Lone Rock Technology Group. In addition, Joel serves on the boards of several public, private and nonprofit companies.

Joel’s leadership as a CEO has resulted in successful nine-figure acquisitions by two Fortune 500 companies. As CEO of network management software firm NetQoS, he delivered 31 consecutive quarters of double-digit revenue growth and nearly $60 million in revenue. CA Technologies acquired the company in 2009, generating more than 10x return on capital to its private equity investors. In 2010, he co-founded Cache IQ, a storage software company that NetApp acquired two years later.

Joel is committed to using his experience to help current and aspiring CEOs. He provides advice for them on his blog – The American CEO – and on Entrepreneur.com and Inc.com. In addition, he runs a CEO seminar in Austin every year in conjunction with the Rice Alliance and the Austin Technology Council.

Joel is also the author of “The CEO Tightrope: How to Master the Balancing Act of a Successful CEO.” The premise of the book is that no CEO can find a point of balance and then stand still—that’s not even possible on a tightrope. The expectation is that the business must always move forward. Drawn from Joel’s years of study and experience, the book explores the various points of balance that challenge every CEO. He identifies what it looks like when a CEO is off balance and offers modern techniques and approaches to regain it.

Joel holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Louisiana Tech University and is a former instructor at the Naval Nuclear Power School.

He lives in Austin, Texas with his wife Cathy and three children.


Steve Whiteford

My (Steve Whiteford) workshops and coaching inspire an integration of people’s natural talents and capabilities which allows them to better excel in their work and relationships.

I feel very fortunate that my experience and wisdom from my life passions and formal studies, which are the basis of my personal approach to training and coaching have, suddenly become very popular and have been clearly supported by evidence cited in the discoveries of neuroscience.

All of my work includes the powerful combined foundation of methodologies for self-awareness and flexibility, both of which are essential for change and growth.

My expertise and facility with the power of physical skills, mindfulness meditation, MBTI and EQ-I 2.0 (Emotional Intelligence), combined with years of successfully creating and presenting workshops in a wide variety of communication, management and leadership topics enables me to design and lead successful learning events, coaching interactions and interventions.

As a speaker, trainer, consultant and coach, I bring these topics to life in your environment.

My work results in greater Executive Presence, more authentic and productive Communication, more engaging Relationships, and more cohesive teams. Generally, work and life become more workable.

This expertise informs my work:

Leadership Development,Emotional Intelligence EQi 2.0 EQi360 & EQi Leadership,Influence Skills,Constructive Conflict,Intervention,Coaching,Change Management, DiSC, MBTI Master Certified,Team Development,Group Facilitation, Accent Improvement, Career Development, Performance, Staging, and Broadcast Direction.* Results Coaching (RACC Certification - Neuroleadership Group) * Integral (Brain Based Presentation and Communication Practices), Leadership Presence, Mindfulness Practices.

Terms clients have used to describe my work...."Insightful"​ "Dynamic"​ "Inspiring"​ "Highly Professional"​ "Innovative"​ "Practical"​ "Natural Motivator and Team Builder"​ - and not to be dramatic - "Life Altering".


Janel Joseph

Janel Joseph is a Business Consultant and Executive Coach with over 20 years of global experience working with leaders to get results. Janel has collaborated and coached leaders on aligning talent to strategy, culture change, organization development, facilitating solutions through strategic sessions and targeted leadership development. She has experience at Fortune 500 firms in consumer electronics, computer software/hardware, personal computers, services, manufacturing and aerospace. In addition she has experience in semiconductor, health care, non-profits and the public sector. Her straight forward approach to collaborating and finding solutions is thoughtful, innovative and helpful.

Janel’s passion is helping leaders define individual success and build high-trust environments. Her work has evolved to include neuroscience based behavioral techniques and the use of breathing and yoga to create sustainable changes.

Janel earned an M.S. degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Kansas State University and a B.S. degree in Psychology from Colorado State University. She is Adjunct Faculty at the Center for Creative Leadership and has certifications in a number of assessments (Hogan, DISC, 5 Behaviors of a Team, MBTI, Workplace Big 5). She has participated as a volunteer Board member for non-profit organizations and has served as a mentor for the public school systems. Janel recently completed a 200-hour Kundalini Yoga certification.


Carrie Vanston

Carrie Vanston, Lead, Corporate Cultures That Rock, helps individuals and organizations maximize purpose and connection to create better performance and profit. She is a consummate connector and peacemaker who enjoys bringing people together to share, collaborate, connect, and grow through workshops, presentations, facilitation, and coaching. She is developer of "Five Keys to an Engaged & Innovative Culture" and co-author of the award-winning book "MINITRENDS: How Innovators & Entrepreneurs Discover & Profit From Business & Technology Trends." Her Texas CEO Magazine Five Keys culture feature placed #4 in the "Top Ten Most Read Articles of 2015.”

Carrie directed TFI’s popular MiniTrends Conference Series for three years with themes including “The Integration of Profit & Social Responsibility,” “Insight, Innovation & Strategy,” and “Translating Emerging Trends into Business Opportunities.”

Carrie enjoys speaking on the importance of foresight, engagement, and innovation. Presentations include Morgan Stanley’s Investing with Impact Conference; WorldFutures 2013 and 2014 Master Courses; RISE Conference; BiG AUSTIN’S Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development – Latin America Regional Project and Women in Technology Multi-Regional Project; Product Camp; The University of Texas’ SAGE Program; Central Texas World Future Society, West Point Society, World Affairs Council, International Multicultural Festival, TFI Technology Forecasting for Valuation Conference, and IEEE CTCN.

In addition to her expertise in leadership and organizational development, Carrie also has a strong marketing and media background developed as Vice President of Communications at parent company, Technology Futures, Inc.

Carrie is a member of the National and Local Chapter of World Future Society, the Conscious Capitalism Chapter of Austin, and NI Speechmeisters Toastmaster. She has a bachelor’s degree in geography from the University of Texas at Austin and course work at UCLA.


Brian Vogel

Brian Vogel believes firmly that organizational success stems from its culture. With 20+ years of experience as a HR executive and NCAA Division I Athlete and Coach, he has dedicated himself to his true passion ~ maximizing performance. He fulfills this passion in HR leadership roles and through his side efforts in Sundog Coaching Group.

Brian instinctively relies on his vast experience in people development in business and athletics to bring forth leadership and business enablers. Drawing from his leadership roles in start-up, medium-sized, and Fortune 150 organizations, he has a strong ability to analyze challenges and opportunities within organizations.

His multiple market segment and industry experience in Digital Marketing & Advertising, Software Development, Telecommunications, Financial Services, Property/Facilities Management, Healthcare Insurance, Building Materials, Nonprofits, and NCAA Athletics arms him with a multifaceted approach and mindset to problem solving. He epitomizes servant leadership as a trusted advisor for passionate business owners and executives. His deliverable to the business is a stronger, more accountable team resulting in business success.

Brian & his wife, Marissa Vogel, are the originators of Austin’s wildly popular grass-roots non-profit, Little Helping Hands, whose mission is to engage children in volunteerism and empower them to make a difference in their communities. He is the proud father of two middle-school age daughters, a Texan for 17 years, and an Austinite since 2007.

Brian has been a certified HR professional (PHR & SHRM-CP) since 1999. He has a BBA with a concentration in Marketing from University of Notre Dame and an MBA with a concentration in Human Resources from the University of Illinois–Urbana/Champaign.


Dustin Wells

Dustin Wells, CEO of Headspring and Co-Founder of Workify, is a proven entrepreneur. His first company, Headspring, has grown to across 4 offices, domestic and internationally. Headspring has been recognized for rapid growth by INC 500 and has been a 4-year top 10 Best Places to Work in Texas.

Dustin is passionate about using his experiences as an entrepreneur to help other aspiring entrepreneurs. He is an angel investor and an active mentor for start-up CEOs which includes mentoring at Capital Factory, a cooperative that helps early stage companies launch, fund and grow their businesses. In addition, Dustin previously served as President of both the Austin chapter of Entrepreneurs' Organization and the Technology Entrepreneur Exchange (TeXchange), focusing on providing learning and networking opportunities to help business owners more effectively scale their companies.

Dustin is also a member of multiple non-profit boards and remains actively involved in the community with social impact programs including hosting Central Texas GiveCamps at Headspring over the past few years which is a weekend-long event that provides pro bono technical services to area nonprofits.

Dustin’s leadership awards and recognitions include Austin’s Rockstar Entrepreneur of the Year Award and KPMG Executive Leadership Award


Lillie Foley Rowden

Lillie Foley Rowden served as therapist and spiritual director for clergy in Houston, Texas. She was privileged to serve on the Bishop’s committee to form the Spiritual Direction School for the Episcopal Diocese of Texas, where she also taught nature-based spirituality. Lillie integrates her traditional Christian background with nature-based spirituality and has written a book on the topic, Christianity and Nature-based Spirituality: A Shamanic Journey Through the Medicine Wheel. Prior to this, Lillie was a counselor/teacher for Hope Center, a facility for troubled teenage girls. She also taught English and Special Education in the Houston Independent School District for approximately eight years. Lillie is a member and elder in the eco-spiritual, integral practice community called the Earthtribe founded by Dr. Will Taegel and Dr. Judith Yost.


Dustin Wells

Dr. Jeremy D. Stick is the senior advisor for the Workforce Development and Retention Unit at The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. He is a highly experienced human resources management professional who has worked with DFPS since May 2014, and has served several other key employers in the HR field.

While at DPFS, Jeremy has been credited for developing the agency's first staffing forecasting model, confidential complaint system, and succession planning model. He also developed an agency-wide employee retention program using HR analytics and industry best practices.

Prior to joining DFPS, Jeremy served as human resources and compliance manager for the Henry M. Jackson Foundation's 1,000 medical research programs distributed across 156 sites around the world, including several in East African countries, Germany, Japan, South Africa, and Thailand. As consultant in Washington, D.C. he directed human capital efforts charged with directing teams, large projects, business process improvements, and developing organizational leaders for agencies like The U.S. Department of Bureau of Engraving and Printing, U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Coastguard, and the Central Intelligence Agency.

Jeremy holds a Doctorate in human resources and leadership development, a Masters in human cognition, both earned from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln; and a Bachelor from Nebraska Wesleyan University.


John Fassnacht

John Fassnacht, Senior Organization Development Consultant, joined the Seton Healthcare Family Organization Development (OD) Department in April 2013. John has over 30 years of HR/OD experience in healthcare (in consultant and leadership roles ), including work in community hospitals and systems, both profit and not-for-profit; HR/OD healthcare consulting companies; and a member owned health care services organization. (Vizient).

His experience is in all phases of organization, team, executive , and leader development and effectiveness.

[ Back to Menu ]