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In Conversation with Lisa Woods:
Leading Today

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Lisa Woods
In Conversation with Realizing Leadership
Lisa Woods is the President and CEO of Lisa is a successful entrepreneur, world-class marketing strategist, dynamic business leader and author with more than twenty years experience leading, managing and driving growth in the corporate world. Today, she provides Management Tools, Do-It-Yourself Training, and Business Assessments for small to mid-size companies. Closing the gap between strategy and hierarchy through the use of effective communication skills, Lisa’s techniques successfully develop employees into exceptional leaders, results driven managers and passionate team contributors who collectively exceed objectives.

Before creating, Lisa was President of Saint-Gobain Technical Fabrics, a $250 million division of Saint-Gobain Corporation, one of the top 100 industrial groups in the world and a world leader in the habitat and construction markets. Her practical approach to driving change, and ability to influence across cultures and hierarchies, led her to opportunity and success.


Other authors and articles in this issue:

Nancy Daniels
Four Reasons Why You Should Pause in Public Speaking
The Voice Lady Nancy Daniels offers private, corporate and group workshops in voice and presentation skills as well as Voicing It!, the only video training program on voice improvement. Get started improving your presentation skills using Nancy’s free eBook, The #1 Secret for Improving Your Speaking Voice. To discover the best means of adding some life to your voice and your delivery, watch a brief video as The Voice Lady describes Dynamic Public Speaking and visit her website,, for more information and resources to enhance your speaking skills.


Ben Decker
The Five Biggest Mistakes CEOs Make in Speaking
Leading business communications expert, Ben Decker bridges the gap between executive leaders and their teams. As CEO of Decker Communications, Ben has worked with hundreds of leaders in Fortune 500 companies to strategize and implement communications solutions that are practical, direct and attainable.

Ben coaches C-level executives from major organizations, including Charles Schwab, McKesson, Cisco, Bacardi, US Coast Guard, JP Morgan Chase, AT&T and Kaiser Permanente, as well as start-ups and portfolio companies seeking to raise capital. He has also been featured at large conferences and kickoffs for companies such as Marriott, Robert Half International, Hewlett-Packard, Million Dollar Roundtable, Christus Health and Exponent.

At Decker Communications, Ben consults and trains businesses in communications – both in what they say and how they say it. Here, the programs are transformational, creating focus and confidence to help leaders close the deal, launch an initiative or motivate action. Prior to joining Decker Communications, Ben spent several years in strategic sales roles in the high tech and medical industries.

He has been quoted in many top publications, including The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Forbes and Business Insider. Ben holds a BS in Psychology, California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo, CA. Follow Ben on Twitter @deckerben and Decker Communications @deckercomm.


David M. Dye
Fifteen Tips Every Leader Needs to Know
David works with leaders who want to get more done with engaged teams. He shares twenty years’ wisdom earned as an elected official, nonprofit executive, and volunteer leader. He is the author of The Seven Things Your Team Needs to Hear You Say, regularly speaks and writes about effective leadership, and believes everyone can master the essentials of influence.

Connect with David today via Twitter, the Trailblaze Blog, LinkedIn, Facebook, or Google+.


Randy Hall
If You Stop Learning, You Stop Leading
Randy Hall has worked with organizations of all sizes, from Fortune 25 businesses to small and midsize organizations, to help them effectively execute change, develop leaders, engage employees, and reach their full potential as a business. He serves as a consultant, coach, and facilitator to help companies lead change and build organizations that engage employees, dramatically improve results, and sustain growth.

Randy leverages his sales, sales management and executive level experience to ensure that real-world change happens for 4th Gear Consulting’s clients. He has created learning opportunities and developmental initiatives that enable leaders and managers to build and sustain high-performing teams and help capable individuals reach their full potential. Randy has directly coached CEOs and senior leaders in ways that cause them to shift their perspective, consider new approaches, and ultimately become significantly more effective at leading people, teams, and businesses.

In roles such as Senior Vice President, Learning and Leadership Development at Bank of America and Global Director of Learning and Development at Pfizer, Randy has orchestrated and facilitated changes within companies. He now helps this happen for each and every client that engages 4th Gear Consulting.


Jayne Jenkins
5 Keys to Effective Delegation: How Leaders Assign Responsibility and Authority.
Jayne Jenkins is a Fortune 500 Leadership business veteran working for some of the largest companies in the world including Exxon, AstraZeneca and Sanofi. For over twenty-three years, Jayne refined her team development and leadership capabilities, and built finely-tuned sales teams, responsible for delivering annual sales over $600M. Through her effective leadership and collaboration, Jayne and her team took market share of a $4Bn business unit from 32 to 41% in just four years. Jayne has also been successful in Marketing, Strategic Operations and Organization Development, so she understands many key business areas.

Jayne founded Churchill Leadership Group, an Executive Consulting and Coaching Company and is a Member of the Expert Panel. Churchill’s mission is to increase organizational effectiveness by growing leadership skills and employee engagement through a focus on STRENGTHS for sustainable results. This enables corporate teams, across industries, to enjoy outstanding results.

Jayne worked with Marcus Buckingham, renowned author/STRENGTHS expert (Now Discover Your Strengths/First Break All the Rules/STAND OUT), and his team to become a “Master Strengths Coach and Workshop Facilitator.”


Frank Sonnenberg
Counterfeit Leadership
Frank Sonnenberg has written four books and published over 300 articles. Managing with a Conscience (second edition) was named one of the Top Ten Small Business Books of 2012 and Trust Across America named him one of America’s Top 100 Thought Leaders of 2011, 2012 and 2013.

In 2011, Social Media Marketing Magazine (SMM) selected Frank as one of the top marketing authors in the world on Twitter. He was also nominated as one of America’s Most Influential Small Business Experts of 2012. Go to to learn more and connect with Frank on Twitter @FSonnenberg.