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2007 Leadership Experience Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Todd Lavieri

Archstone Consulting

Jud Linville
American Express

Charles Strauch
GA Services

Workshop Providers

Miguel E. Chavez

Eaton Corporation


John Kanengieter

National Outdoor Leadership School

Steve Keenan
Eaton Corporation

Colonel Tom Kolditz
United States Military Academy

Eric Mead

Center for Management & Organization Effectiveness


Pamela Soden
Soden Training & Consulting

Keynote Speaker Biographies

Todd Lavieri
Founder, President and CEO
Archstone Consulting


Todd Lavieri, a 1990 Fuqua School of Business alumnus, is Archstone Consulting’s Founder, President and CEO. In three and a half years Todd has propelled Archstone to be one of the fastest growing consulting firms in the industry with more than $60 million in annual revenues.  Archstone helps clients realize their potential in three core areas: Strategy, Operations and CFO Advisory.

Todd’s career in consulting over the past 20 years has taken him from leading Deloitte’s global Manufacturing and Consumer Business practices, where he served major companies in the Americas, Western Europe, South Africa and Australia, to today, leading a team of more than 225 consultants with offices in Europe and throughout the U.S.

Todd has extensive experience helping clients design and implement major enterprise transformations with particular focus on Supply Chain Strategy and Operations Improvement, Post Merger Integration, Financial Transformation and globalization of Enterprises, dealing with organizational effectiveness.

Todd's insights and expertise is often called upon by leading national business outlets including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Fortune magazine. He has also provided expert commentary as a guest on broadcast outlets including CNBC and Bloomberg News.  Most recently, Consulting magazine featured Archstone as their April cover story titled, “The Age of Archstone.”

Todd holds a B.A. from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, and is married with three children.


Read Todd Lavieri's recent Consulting Magazine Q&A by clicking on the image at left!


Jud Linville
President, US Consumer Card Services Group
American Express


Jud Linville is President of the U.S. Consumer Card Services Group.  He leads all Consumer Charge, Lending, and Co-brand cards issued by American Express, as well as the world-class Membership Rewards program.  He assumed this role in June 2005.  In addition, Jud is responsible for AXP Interactive, the unit that manages all American Express marketing, service, cross-sell, and acquisition through Internet and email channels.  He is also a member of the American Express Global Management Team, a senior management team that, together with the CEO, helps to set the strategic direction for the company.

Before leading Consumer Card, Jud was Executive Vice President of the Service Delivery Network where he was responsible for all U.S. cardmember and merchant customer service – across Phone Centers, Credit, New Accounts, Print and Payments.  In this role, he helped build one of the industry’s most efficient service networks, expanding its reach both worldwide and online.

Prior to joining the Service Delivery Network in 2001, Jud was President of Corporate Services, where he led Commercial Card and Business Travel for both the U.S. and Canada.  He was instrumental in driving innovation through new products and services designed for corporate users.

During his 17-year tenure with American Express Jud has held a diverse set of roles and led a variety of business assignments.  These include a number of marketing and general management positions such as Senior Vice President of Corporate Services Marketing and General Manager of Multinational Accounts.  He also managed the company’s business-to-business sales force, led the expansion of the company’s global distributed service network in Asia, and oversaw Business Development for American Express International, which included leading International market planning and a series of card joint-ventures.    

Jud earned a bachelor’s degree from Lafayette College and a doctorate in psychology from Hahnemann Medical College.

He and his wife, Cindy, live with their three children in Princeton, New Jersey.

Charles Strauch
Owner, GA Services

Mr. Strauch is currently the owner of GA Services – a national provider of depot based and on site technology services to the self service kiosk, digital signage, gaming, fast food and other retail chain markets. The Company’s headquarters and depot are located in Irvine, California. He spent the majority of his business career managing publicly traded technology companies – most recently as Chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO of PairGain Technologies (NASDAQ) founded in 1990. PairGain developed the Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) technology used by the major worldwide telecommunications service providers of commercial T-1 services. PairGain’s DSL technology - now widely deployed worldwide, provides fiber quality wide area network (WAN) digital transmission over ordinary twisted copper pairs. The Company, sold to ADC Telecommunications (NASDAQ) in March 2000, was the dominant marketer and licensor of commercial DSL technology in the 1990s. From 1984 to 1989, Mr. Strauch served as CEO of MSI Data Corporation (AMEX) – a leading international developer and marketer of bar code based portable data collection systems. In 1989, MSI Data was merged into Symbol Technologies (NYSE) which was recently sold to Motorola. He also served as President of Memorex (NYSE) and Executive VP, Electronics and Electrical Group at Gould (NYSE). He has been active in the technology sector for almost 40 years with a specialty in building and re-building international businesses – having lived abroad as well as in multiple locations throughout the United States. He is a founding trustee, a major benefactor and Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Landmark College – the leading, internationally recognized college dedicated 100% to the education of young adults with learning disabilities. Mr. Strauch has a BS degree in industrial engineering from Lehigh University and an honorary Doctorate degree in education from Landmark. He has been married to his wife Nan for 50 years. They have five married children and 13 grandchildren and live in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina and New York City, New York.

Workshop Provider Biographies

Miguel E. Chavez
Manager of UPS New Product Development
Eaton Corporation


Miguel E. Chavez is currently Manager of UPS New Product Development for Eaton Corporation’s Power Quality Products Division in Raleigh, N.C., with global responsibilities for uninterruptible power systems product development activities at design centers in Raleigh, N.C. and Espoo, Finland.

After graduating with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering in his native Lima, Peru, Mr. Chavez received a M.S. in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State University in Raleigh in 1989.  He joined Exide Electronics in Raleigh in 1989, where he became involved in the design and development of uninterruptible power systems, gaining experience as power electronics design engineer and assuming roles of increased responsibility, in areas like electrical and system design, safety agency and compliance testing, reliability, prototype development, manufacturing test and manufacturing start-up.

In 1996, he joined Powerware Corporation’s Three-phase Design and Development group and was responsible for the design of high power UPS equipment, eventually assuming management responsibilities for electrical engineering design.  Late in 2002, Mr. Chavez served as overall coordinator for an international team that defined and developed the system architecture for what later became a “global platform” for power systems design, adaptable to worldwide electrical infrastructure.  He has led several multi-disciplinary engineering teams developing new power protection products for the worldwide market, role he had in 2004, when Powerware became part of Eaton Corporation’s Electrical Group.  He holds four U.S. patents.

John Kanengieter
Professional Leadership Trainer, National Outdoor Leadership School


Family, the outdoors, working with people and laughing as much as possible are John's great passions in life. He holds a Master’s degree in Applied Behavioral Science with an emphasis in Executive Coaching and Consulting in Organizations from the Leadership Institute of Seattle, Bastyr University.

John holds the title of the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) Director for Leadership based in Lander, WY.  Through NOLS Professional Training, he develops custom programs for organizations using the wilderness as a classroom to teach leadership, teamwork, sound judgment and outdoor skills. John's background on extended mountaineering expeditions gave him valuable experience that he now uses in his work. A teacher at heart, John is a principle trainer contracted by NASA to work with Space Shuttle Crews in the dynamics of teamwork and leadership on extended space expeditions and worked closely with the Columbia Shuttle Crew. He also works on leadership development with the U.S Naval Academy and Wildland Forest Fire Crews. He has been active working with the Wharton School of Business in the area of Executive Education, and with the Wharton Leadership Ventures Program.

John also is the founder of the Kanengieter Consulting Group, a private organizational consulting firm which specializes in executive coaching and working with teams in challenging work systems. His work with leaders in a consulting and executive coaching relationship is augmented by his expertise gained from 20 years in the field of experiential education and leadership development. His practice includes clients as individuals, teams, and large organizations.

John serves as a senior faculty member of the National Outdoor Leadership School and adjunct to both the Ascent Institute and Leadership Institute of Seattle. He currently is recognized by the state of Wyoming as a Critical Incident Stress Debriefer. He holds a seat on the national Wilderness Risk Managers Committee, and a seat on the international Educational Review Committee of the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics located in Boulder, CO.

Steve Keenan
Director of Human Resources
Eaton Corporation


Steve Keenan is the Director of Human Resources for the Power Quality Solutions Operations group of Eaton Corporation with responsibilities for Talent Management, Building Organizational Development and Capability, and Employee Engagement.

He joined Eaton in 1996 after serving 13 years with Kraft Foods in a variety of Human Resources positions.  Keenan also spent 4 years with a human resource consulting firm in Chicago.  He holds a degree in psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Colonel Tom Kolditz
Head, Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership
United States Military Academy


Colonel Tom Kolditz is Professor and Head of the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership at the United States Military Academy.  Colonel Kolditz has served in an array of military tactical command and technical staff assignments worldwide, and as a leadership and human resources policy analyst in the Pentagon. His department is responsible for teaching, research, and outreach activities in Leadership, Psychology, Sociology, and Management at West Point.

Colonel Kolditz has published more than 30 articles across a diverse array of academic, military, and leadership trade journals, and serves on the editorial and advisory boards of several academic journals. He is a Fellow in the American Psychological Association and in the Inter-University Seminar on Armed Forces and Society, and is a member of the Academy of Management and the Society of Psychologists in Management.

An accomplished parachute instructor, he weaves his personal experiences and abilities as a soldier, skydiver, and scholar into the first-hand study, analysis, and practice of leadership in dangerous circumstances—in extremis leadership—and how such leadership can inform the practice of leading in more ordinary settings, across the private, public, and social sectors.  His teaching and research efforts center on applied social psychology and leadership.  In 2003, Colonel Kolditz and a small team of researchers traveled throughout Iraq to study cohesion for the Army’s chief of personnel. Since 2001, he has served as a coach and mentor to the US Military Academy Sport Parachute Team. 

Colonel Kolditz has presented to the World Business Forum and executive audiences from Goldman Sachs, Anheuser Busch, Citigroup, Center for Creative Leadership, and EDS.  As a professor, he provided seminars or lectures to students from Babson, Wellesley, and Olin Colleges, Columbia University, Yale University, and the Beijing International MBA program. Colonel Kolditz’ military and law enforcement engagements have included the DEA Group Supervisors Institute, the New York Governor’s Law Enforcement Leadership Series, the Army Medical Command, the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police, and numerous Army agencies.

He holds several degrees, including a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology from Vanderbilt University, as well as Masters and Ph.D. degrees in Social Psychology, a Master of Military Arts and Science, and a Masters in Strategic Studies.

Eric Mead
Center for Management & Organization Effectiveness


Eric Mead has experience in organization communication and relationship building, management, marketing, and advertising.  He has developed and delivered personnel performance reviews, been involved with hiring, interviewing, and training processes for a variety of employment positions.  Eric is certified in and has facilitated groups in training sessions involved with the skill development of Coaching Team Building and Applied Strategic Thinking.  He has been involved with the design and development of organizational case studies, personnel surveys, and customized training materials.  He specializes in one on one management and executive coaching for leadership development.

Education: BS, Organizational Communication; University of Utah





Contributions and Areas of Interest:
Personal Coaching
Teamwork
Training & Implementation
Leadership
Survey Interpretation
Development Experiential Learning
Training Course Design
Organizational Culture Research
Organization Behavior and Change
Global Experience:
Costa Rica
Japan
Mexico
South Korea
England
Canada

Pamela A. Soden
CEO, Soden Training & Consulting

Pamela Soden, President of Soden Training & Consulting, has an infectious belief that learning is lifelong and fun. She believes by changing our attitudes and behaviors we can change the situations around us and break through to our success. She applies those beliefs as she assists individuals, groups and organizations in increasing their effectiveness. In her more than 30 years as a Training and Development professional, Ms. Soden has trained thousands of individuals in the skills they need to be more productive and successful in their lives and in their careers.

Ms. Soden skillfully uses a blend of accelerated learning techniques as she teaches her clients how to lead, supervise and manage, build teams, manage diversity, conflict and change, communicate effectively, train others, manage time and stress, make presentations, assert themselves and create winning customer service. Her wealth of experience, her passion, a naturally engaging style and a willingness to share have earned her the title of “The Trainer’s Coach.”

Her clients have included A&E Television Networks, the California Air National Guard, Supermarkets General, Hoffman LaRoche, Bristol Myers, AT&T, Pace University, the United States Department of Justice, York Insurance Services Group, the United States Army, and the Equitable Life Assurance Society where she also served as an internal consultant. She is on faculty at NYU’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies.

As a Field Manager and Independent Distributor of Inscape Publishing and an Affiliate of Vital Learning, she practices what she teaches by mentoring an award winning team of fellow consultants and trainers.

A frequent lecturer and popular speaker, the recipient of numerous awards, Ms. Soden is listed in Who’s Who of American Women.  She has been a top rated presenter and conference speaker for the American Management Association, where she has taught management and leadership courses since 1975.  Ms. Soden was selected to be the seminar leader for AMA’s first videoconference, a joint venture with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

She holds a degree in Business Administration from Marymount Manhattan College and is a past President of its Alumni Association. She is also a former Chairperson and a Director of the Council of Concerned Black Executives.  She is an advisor to the Women’s Center for Education and Career Advancement and a volunteer workshop presenter for the Support Center for Non-Profit Organizations.

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