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Lynn H. Gray
Lynn H. Gray focuses on human, organizational and societal development issues and strategies. At UNDP Lynn has been a lead consultant for the development of the Learning Managers Network (LMN), its global network of 155+ change leaders located in all UN Country Offices. The project, a UN Best Practice, is now in Phase 2, focused on establishing the LMN as a Global Development Change and Consulting Platform, able to support critical new UNDP initiatives, e.g., Sustainable-Global-Development and Knowledge Management. Lynn has a leadership development consultant to the Learning Resources Center; and been involved in innovative projects in various UNDP Regional Bureaus and HQ units, including RBAP, RBAS and BDP;
At WFP, Lynn has been a lead consultant for the roll-out of the new Results Based Management (RBM) strategy; lead consultant for the roll-out of new, global HR Performance Management Initiative (PACE) (both in 88 countries, 7 regions and all HQ units); team consultant on project focused on creating Change Leaders within ICT operations; HR/OD consultant on systemic leadership support systems; and has run Work Plan Workshops and Retreats for various WFP COs, including Kenya and Ethiopia. With other clients Lynn has worked on a three-year Leadership Development Program for a major European private sector agribusiness, which improves the leadership, management and strategic/analytic skills of 75 key corporate leaders, preparing them to extend their business into the Middle East and Eastern Europe. This venture has triggered exploration of a potentially significant new partnership initiative, built around a new product vision and line: sustainable agricultural management systems, to be jointly partnered and developed with local governments in developing countries – and parts of the UN system.
From this mix of clients, relationships and contracts, Lynn has designed and led projects in the USA, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, former Soviet Block countries, Central America and Africa (South, East, West and the Arab States).
Lynn did graduate work at Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton University, where his thesis explored theoretical underpinnings for supporting innovation in complex organizations. His early professional work was based in NYC, where he created and managed major urban development projects for 20 years. Lynn was also Senior Vice President of the New York Urban Coalition, a partnership of public, private, labor, community and governmental agencies, focusing attention and resources on public education issues, on the development of public/private partnerships designed to promote economic development, and on large-scale strategies to address racial tensions and prejudice.
Brent Snow is an expert in the development and facilitation of high-end organizational simulations that focus on the challenges of managing and leading today’s fast-paced, knowledge intensive organizations. His work over the last seven years has been featured in Fortune and Fast Company and has been televised internationally in a series of broadcasts sponsored by the International Institute for Learning. Prior to this, he led the management development efforts at ITT/Goulds, a $4 billion leader in the fluid technologies industry, and he also spent several years at Outward Bound running multi-element leadership courses for high-potential managers and executives. Educationally, he has received fellowships and done undergraduate and graduate work at Syracuse University, the University of Maine and Harvard.
Snow is the North American Master Facilitator of the TANGO Simulation, which he has run over 100 times. His work with TANGO has taken him to over a dozen different countries on four continents and has addressed key issues for a wide array of clients*, most of whom are attempting to develop new perspectives and practices appropriate for today’s increasingly knowledge-based economy. Snow has also co-led a number of customized 3-4 day workshops with various experts, including Michael Beer (organizational alignment), Daniel Goleman (emotional intelligence) Gary Hamel (strategy and future thinking), John Kotter (leadership), Geoffrey Moore (innovation), C.K. Prahalad (strategy), and Dave Urlich (organizational competence). In each case, TANGO was used as a dynamic and interactive means to challenge assumptions, set context and open up specific inquiries important to future organizational capability.
Snow’s TANGO clients include Arthur Anderson, Boeing, Cerner Medical Systems, the CIA, Dun & Bradstreet, EDS, Fidelity Investments, Galileo International, The Gap, Hewlett Packard, Intel, Lucent Technologies, Microsoft, Mitel, Motorola, Newbridge Networks, Nortel, Norrell, Oracle, Perot Systems, Price Waterhouse, Principal Financial Group, Qualcomm, Sun Microsystems, United Technologies, and Young & Rubicam
Jan 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 Childrens 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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