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Steve Denning -- Former Chief Knowledge Officer of the World Bank
Stephen Denning is the author of several books on leadership, innovation and business narrative, including "The Secret Language of Leadership" (Jossey-Bass 2007) and "The Leader's Guide to Storytelling" (Jossey-Bass 2005). Steve's article, "Telling Tales" was published by Harvard Business Review in May 2004.
He was born and educated in Sydney, Australia. He studied law and psychology at Sydney University and worked as a lawyer in Sydney for several years. He did a postgraduate degree in law at Oxford University in the U.K. Steve then joined the World Bank where he worked for several decades in many capacities and held various management positions, including Director of the Southern Africa Department from 1990 to 1994 and Director of the Africa Region from 1994 to 1996. From 1996 to 2000, Steve was the Program Director, Knowledge Management at the World Bank.
He is currently a Senior Fellow at the James McGregor Burns Academy of Leadership at the University of Maryland.
David R. Gomez -- Senior Manager of Training and Administration USAirways
Experienced in Hub Operations and Customer Service, Dr. Gomez has held many positions within the airline industry over his 30 year career. These positions include: Senior Management of Hub Operations, Senior Manager of Customer Service, Station Manager, Manager of Customer Service, Shift Manager of Ground Operations, and Ramp Service Supervisor. Dr. Gomez believes that his formal education was the key to his successful airline career. He holds the DBA from Baker College.
David A. Kolb -- Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Weatherhead School of Management of Case Western Reserve University
David Kolb is Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University. He received his BA in psychology, philosophy and religion at Knox College and his Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Harvard University. He is best known for his research on experiential learning and learning styles described in Experiential Learning: Experience as the Source of Learning and Development. Other books include, Conversational Learning: An Experiential Approach to Knowledge Creation, Innovation in Professional Education: Steps on a Journey from Teaching to Learning, and Organizational Behavior: An Experiential Approach. In addition he has authored many journal articles and book chapters on experiential learning. He currently serves on the editorial review boards of Academy of Management Learning and Education, Human Relations, Simulation and Gaming, and the Journal of Management Development. David’s current research activities include studies of team learning, research on the cultural determinants of learning style and research on experiential learning in conversation. He is involved in a number of learning focused institutional development projects in education. David has received four honorary degrees recognizing his contributions to experiential learning in higher education.
Bill Pearlman – Former President Parascript Corporation
Bill Pearlman practiced law in Boulder with an emphasis on Real Estate, Construction, and Business law. This led to involvement in real estate development activities where he worked with several national real estate development companies before becoming general counsel, and ultimately President, of American Residential Properties, a national real estate development company that developed, owned, and managed over one hundred and fifty upscale apartment projects throughout the United States.
Thereafter, he and his partner founded Astarte, Inc., a hands-on venture capital company, that started new businesses, or grew existing businesses, in partnership with the original owners or inventors of that business or idea. Astarte, Inc was very successful in starting up and growing a variety of businesses in the fields of agriculture, chemistry, telecommunications, fiber optic networks, and software technology. He acted as President and CEO of Astarte, Inc., as well as each of the new start-up companies, in their infancy, before turning them over to industry professionals who could take them to the next level of growth and success.
In the mid-1990’s, he was President and CEO of Parascript, LLC a software company comprised of Russian software scientists who devised natural handwriting recognition software that is currently being used by the USPS and all the major banking software integrators.
He received his JD degree from The Ohio State University College of Law.