Benjamin Dattner

Benjamin Dattner, Ph.D. has helped a wide variety of corporate and non-profit organizations become more successful by developing a better understanding of the impact of individual psychology and group dynamics on their performance. His consulting services enable organizations to make better hiring and staffing decisions, to enhance the professional capabilities of managers and employees, to configure teams more effectively, and to reduce the amount of interpersonal and intergroup conflict.

Ben received a BA in Psychology from Harvard College, and his MA and Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from New York University, where he was a MacCracken Fellow. His doctoral dissertation analyzed the relationship between narcissism and fairness in the workplace, and his masters thesis examined the impact of trust on negotiation.

Before graduate school, Ben worked at Republic National Bank of New York for three years, first as a Management Trainee and then as Assistant to the CEO. After graduate school, Ben was Director of Human Resources at Blink.com and was a Consultant at Personnel Decisions International.

Ben is a member of the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology and the Metro New York Applied Psychology Association



Magda DuPreez

Team-oriented international change management/organizational performance specialist provides consultation to major companies in the U.S. and abroad. Superior analytical/conceptual thinking and plan implementation. Excellent business acumen, project management experience, and leadership capabilities.

Experienced with Fortune 500, E-Commerce Companies, and Not-for-Profit Organizations.

Work closely with top management and staff.

Strong individual and team consulting experience.

Background in unionized and non-unionized environments.


MA: Psychology, 1992, University of Orange Free State. Thesis: The Relationship between being Goal Directed, Motivation and Academic Achievement with University Students." Honours, 1990, University of Orange Free State. Curriculum included Industrial and Therapeutic Psychology, Research Methodology, Psychometry, Psychological Measuring, Clinical Psychology, and Counseling. BA, 1986, University of Stellenbosch. Curriculum included: Psychology, Sociology, English, and Anthropology.


Change Management

Succession Planning

Organizational Development

Executive Coaching

Competency Model Design

Assessment Centers

Performance Feedback

Workflow Processes



Antony G. Hacking M.A.

•  16 years as an Organizational Consultant, Trainer, Mediator, Coach, and Project Manager

•  Coordinated and delivered consulting interventions and training programs in 20 countries on themes of collaboration, team-building, client orientation, leadership, team effectiveness, negotiation skills, conflict management, leveraging global diversity, executive decision making, supervisory skills, ethics, and transformative mediation for more than fifteen thousand managers and staff.

•  Clients:  United Nations Secretariat, UNICEF, UNFPA, WFP, UN Women, UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (Cote D’Voire, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Kuwait, Lebanon, Syria, and Uganda), Columbia University, City of New York, Synergos, Shire Pharmaceuticals, AstraZeneca, Pfizer, The Medicines Company, JP Morgan,

•  M.A. Social-Organizational Psychology, Columbia (2002)

•  Ph.D. Graduate Student, Columbia University (Expected, 2016)

•  Publications include Conflict Resolution Quarterly, New York Mediator, Human Brain Mapping, Journal of Neurophysiology, and Experimental Brain Research.

Antony G. Hacking is based in New York City.  He has over sixteen years of experience working with global organizations throughout North America, Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia, and Europe.  He has designed and facilitated strategy and team building retreats for nonprofit and for-profit organizations.  He has also designed and led training programmes on decision-making, negotiation skills, conflict management, supervisory skills, client orientation, and team effectiveness.  His clients include UNICEF, UNFPA, UN Women, the United Nations Secretariat, New York City Nexus Leadership, Columbia University (Business School, Teachers College, Executive Coaching Program, Center for International Conflict Resolution), the City of New York, the Federal Reserve Bank, J.P. Morgan, New York City Police Department, Con Edison, Synergos, Shire Pharmaceuticals, Pfizer Inc., AstraZeneca, Bio-Rad Laboratories, Shire, The Medicines Company, and Bellevue Hospital.


• Mediation Certification, State of New York (2000)

• NBI™ Social Intelligence Assessments Certification, WholeBrain Creativity (2005)



Barry Howard

Barry Howard has consulted to Corporations in the area of Learning Technology, helping them in their migration to Electronic Education. His clients include: AVON, Baydon Systems, Cablevision, CBT Systems, Chubb, Knowledge Universe (PPI), MetLife, Prudential, Shared Medical Systems, Software Synergy Inc., The Lighthouse, TIAA-CREF, Vuepoint, and Warburg Pincus.

Barry was previously the Director of Computer & Distance Learning Centers for the NYNEX Corporation. His responsibilities at NYNEX included all computer related training for the NYNEX Corporation as well as all Distance Learning efforts for all training disciplines. Video, Multimedia, Computer Based Training, Electronic Performance Support Systems and Intelligent Tutors were covered. In previous positions he was responsible for automation, marketing, the NYNEX Corporate College, and telecommunication operations. He developed NYNEX’s Strategic Training Vendor plan.

Barry was also the Director of General Electric's Computer Training School in New York for many years. He has taught college-level Management and Marketing courses for the State University of New York's Center for Distance Learning using two-way video. He is currently an Adjunct Professor in Computer Science at Baruch College in New York City.

Barry has spoken at the Training Director’s Forum (1996,1997,1998), the Society for Applied Learning Technology (1993-1996), the Computer and Training Support Conference, Training ‘95 through Training '99, Data Training (multiple years), Synergy ‘92, Metropolitan System Educators and Trainers (METROSET-multiple years), ITTC (93-99), the Management Development Forum and the National Conference on Workforce Development on a variety of subjects from Distance Learning to trainer's career development. He has written articles for a number of training publications, and has been quoted by the media on Electronic Education, Strategic Outsourcing and Computer Training subjects. Barry was a contributing author in the recent Jossey-Bass publication, Distance Training.

Barry has a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree from the City College of New York and a Masters of Business Administration in Computer Science from Baruch College.



Patricia Kantor

Patricia Kantor has a passion for helping people. As the founder of Patricia Kantor Associates she brings this enthusiasm to all of her presentation training, executive communication coaching, business writing and business etiquette workshops. Her spirit of guidance and dedication to help others is clearly infused in the refreshing approach she brings to her work.

Patricia originally trained in both South Africa and the United States as a therapist. Working with executives who needed a fresh start, she felt committed to helping people improve themselves and achieve their highest potential and this inspired a change in her career.

In the Presentation Training field, Patricia aligned herself with several of the premiere firms in NY. In 1995 Patricia founded her own company, Patricia Kantor Associates, to bring together all of her experiences, her background, her knowledge and her passion towards helping others. Her goal has always been simply this: to help speakers communicate effectively, to craft elegant and relevant presentations, and to deliver them confidently and powerfully.

In recent years Patricia’s work has extended globally. Across all boundaries, Patricia arms speakers with real tangible techniques, suggestions and critique but always with an individual touch. Clients consistently remark on her personal and gentle style, while providing relevant and effective training.

Over the past years her work has ranged from coaching displaced scholars in Jordan under the auspices of Scholar Rescue Fund of the Institute of International Education, to a return to her native South Africa to work with one of the largest retail chains.  Assignments for another of her long time international clients, UNDP, included multinational conferences in Thailand, Indonesia and Denmark and rewarding work with the UNDP Regional office in Johannesburg. Patricia also partnered with CenterNorth to develop Client Engagement and Presentation Training programs for IT and outsourcing companies in India.

Patricia Kantor is passionate about helping people find the proper voice for effective communication. She helps people develop their presentations to deliver powerful messages, all the while instilling a sense of confidence and grace in all her clients.

Some recent clients include Heineken USA, Gerson Lehrman Group, Novo Nordisk Pharmaceuticals, United Nations-Development Programs (UNDP), UNOPS, UNV   Optimum Lightpath, Institute for International Education, Frenkel & Co., Chubb Insurance, PIMCO, Aon/Allied NA, Time Warner, Morgan Stanley,American Express, Sotheby’s and UBS.



Guila Clara Kessous

For over 10 years, Guila Clara has accompanied board members, senior executives and managers in their leadership responsibilities and has assisted them in the development of effective and innovative management strategies. She is called upon regularly by international agencies such as UNESCO or the UN to intervene in the context of various intercultural projects.

Guila Clara holds an Executive MBA from ESSEC Business School, a PhD from Boston University, and a Post-Doc from Harvard University.  She has built on this academic background by acquiring extensive professional experience in the fields of leadership and coaching. She has created a tailor-made approach targeting established and emerging leaders to ensure their optimal performance in a rapidly evolving global environment.

A recognized actor and producer in the performing arts, Guila Clara has a particular interest in developing public speaking and performance skills in others. Guila Clara regularly intervenes in the context of various team projects in order to increase group performance and optimize individual and collective potential.

She holds a certification in coaching development and facilitation tools by Harvard University.  She has combined her experience in fields such as positive psychology (Tal Ben Shahar), Leadership and Negotiation (William L. Ury) and Executive Communication Skills (Marjorie North). She is currently experimenting with the concept of « management creativity » from Augusto Boal’s theories and has a specialization in CSR and Ethics in the business world (including her studies in ethics pursued under the direction of  Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel).

Guila Clara is an active member of the Harvard University affiliated Institute of coaching. She was recently awarded the title of Officer from the Order of Arts and Literature by the French Minister of Culture.



Jan Walton

Jan M. Walton applies her talents and skills as a consultant to the effort for continuous learning and growth in the workplace. With eighteen years' experience in human resources management, organizational development and training, Jan specializes in development strategy and learning design.

As an internal and external HRD consultant, Jan has served private and public sector organizations with customized approaches for improving performance. She has designed learning and work processes for business enterprises representing a range of industries, employee size, project scope, and geographic reach. Most of her recent work has been for organization-wide initiatives where she provides expertise and thought leadership on change management, organization design, team development and group process.

Jan's learning designs are known for creative approaches, simulations, business games and participatory learning. She has designed tools and training for supervisor and manager development, particularly in performance management and employee relations; created competency-based new hire processes from pre-employment through first year to improve retention and productivity; and written many leader guides and learner materials (manuals, help guides, tool kits, job aids).

The foundation of Jan's consulting expertise is a strong background in human resources management and generalist experience in all HR functional areas. Jan was Vice President for Human Resources and Administration at the U.S. Committee for UNICEF, the United Nations Children's Fund. Previous experience included human resources director, supervisory skills development specialist, and job design specialist for managerial and support positions.

Jan received her Bachelor's degree in Sociology from The University of Michigan, a Certificate in Training and Development from New York University, and a Master's degree in Industrial and Labor Relations - Human Resources Management from Cornell University - Baruch College, all in the United States. She is an adjunct instructor for the National Institute of Education in Singapore, teaching on-line courses in Organization Development. Jan is based in New York City.

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