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USA: Barbara Singer Cheng, MCEC ♦ Executive Coach

Barbara Singer Cheng is the founder, president, and CEO of Executive Core and leads a group of 100 global professionals whose mission is to more quickly innovate professional development globally. In the last 15 years, Barbara has worked with thousands of high-potential leaders around the globe at critical turning points in their careers. Barbara has dedicated her career to developing leaders who remain focused on the business priorities, anticipate the future, and remove obstacles.

Prior to Executive Core, she held two SVP roles at Lore International Institute, made partner in her early 30s, and helped lead the organization through start-up to among the top 25% globally ranked before it was acquired by Korn Ferry International.

Her clients range from successful CEOs to emerging leaders whose careers are fast-tracking. She enjoys working in large global organizations or helping executive teams of mid-sized organizations avoid common pitfalls as they evolve in the markets. In addition to serving leaders on top management teams, she has more than a decade of experiences serving as executive sponsor and engagement manager.

Barbara is an accomplished speaker, facilitator, executive coach and consultant. She often conducts strategic planning sessions with executive teams and partners with clients to build a talent management strategy closely tied to their key objectives. Barbara also helped pioneer the field of executive coaching and was responsible for recruiting and certifying a network of 250 executive coaches and senior consultants. She has worked with dozens of publicly traded and mid-sized organizations to improve their sales and marketing function. She earned instructor of the year early in her career in her prior firm and consistently achieved some of the firm’s highest evaluations for presentations to large audiences, executive education facilitation, and executive coaching engagements.

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CANADA: Jean Laporte, MCEC ♦ Executive & Business Coach

Jean Laporte, formally a member of YPO and currently a member of WPO, is the author of Success 101: Tips and Strategies, published in January 2009 in French and English. He is also the founder and CEO of VisionsActions consulting.

From 2002 to September 2009 he was president of Rogers Communications for Eastern Canada. Currently, Laporte is a speaker and an executive coach specializing in growing businesses. He is also a member of the board of directors for the Breakfast Club and several other boards.

He is an experienced manager, an entrepreneur, and a communicator who has worked for five years in SME before joining Apple Computer for 10 years. He has worked with small and large businesses, governments and universities. Laporte joined Microcell Solutions (Fido) as vice president where he led sales and stores across Canada.

With a distinguished career in the field of computer and telecommunications, Laporte became a large account sales representative at Apple Canada in 1987. During his years at Apple Canada, he held several executive positions, including vice president and general manager of Eastern Canada’s Quebec Division. In 1997, Fido’s (Microcell Solutions) retail network, with 57 outlets and more than 600 employees, had its greatest success under Laporte’s leadership as national vice president of sales.

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US: Jim Kouzes, MCEC ♦ Executive Coach, Author

Jim Kouzes is the coauthor with Barry Posner of the award-winning and best-selling book, The Leadership Challenge, with over 2 million copies sold and available in 22 languages. He’s also the Dean’s Executive Fellow of Leadership, Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University.

The fifth edition of The Leadership Challenge was released in July 2012, marking the 25th anniversary of the book. It debuted as #1 on Amazon’s leadership bestseller list and was selected by FastCompany as one of the 2012 Best Business Books of the Year and was on the 2013 Wall Street Journal bestseller list. In 2009 The Leadership Challenge was selected as one of the 100 best business books of all time by 800-CEO-READ. It was an Amazon Editor’s Pick for one of the Best Business Books of 2007, as well as the winner of the 1995-96 Critics’ Choice Award, and the 1989 James A. Hamilton Hospital Administrators’ Book Award. Their book A Leader’s Legacy was selected by Soundview Executive Book Summaries as one of the top thirty books of the year and by the Globe and Mail (Canada) as one of the top ten books of 2006. Jim and Barry have coauthored over thirty other publications including Making Extraordinary Things Happen in Asia, Encouraging the Heart, The Leadership Challenge Workbook, Extraordinary Leadership in Australia and New Zealand, and The Truth About Leadership. Their book Credibility: How Leaders Gain and Lose It, Why People Demand It was chosen by Industry Week as one of the ten best management books of the year.  All of their books are extensively research-based, and over 600 academic studies have been based on their original research.

Jim and Barry also developed the widely used and highly acclaimed Leadership Practices Inventory (LPI), a 360-degree questionnaire assessing leadership behavior. Over 500,000 leaders and 3 million observers have completed the LPI. It is the top-selling off-the-shelf leadership assessment instrument in the world, and has been called “the most reliable, up-to-date

The Wall Street Journal has cited Jim as one of the twelve best executive educators in the U.S. He is the 2010 recipient of the Thought Leadership Award from the Instructional Systems Association, listed in 2010-2013 as one of HR Magazine’s Most Influential International Thinkers, named one of the Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior by Trust Across America in 2010-2015 and honored as one of its Lifetime Achievement recipients in 2015, selected by Global Gurus as one of the Top 30 Leadership Gurus in 2015 and ranked by Leadership Excellence magazine as one of the Top 100 Thought Leaders over the last 10 years. In 2006 Jim was presented with the Golden Gavel, the highest honor awarded by Toastmasters International. Jim and Barry are the recipients of the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) 2009 Distinguished Contribution to Workplace Learning and Performance Award. The International Management Council (IMC) honored Jim and Barry as the 2001 recipients of the prestigious Wilbur M. McFeely Award for their outstanding contributions to management and leadership education.

Jim is also an experienced executive. He served as president, then CEO and chairman of the Tom Peters Company from 1988-until 2000. Prior to his tenure at TPC he directed the Executive Development Center at Santa Clara University from 1981 through 1987. He also founded the Joint Center for Human Services Development at San Jose State University, which he directed from 1972 until 1980. Jim’s lifelong career in education began in 1967-1969 when he served for two years in the Peace Corps. Jim believes it was on January 20, 1961 when he was first inspired to dedicate himself to leadership. That was the day he was one of only a dozen Eagle Scouts who served in John F. Kennedy’s Honor Guard at the Presidential Inauguration.

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US: John Mattone, MCEC ♦ Executive Coach, Author

John Mattone is widely acknowledged as one the world’s leading authorities on leadership, talent and culture. He advises Fortune 1000 CEO’s and senior leadership teams on how to create and sustain a leadership and talent culture that drives superior operating results.He is a powerfully engaging, internationally-acclaimed keynote speaker and top-ranked CEO executive coach. If you Google the 30 top leadership gurus of 2015, you’ll find John Mattone at number 9, after Marshall Goldsmith and ahead of Jim Collins. He was nominated for the prestigious 2013 Thinkers50 Leadership Award, which recognizes the global thinker who has contributed most significantly to our understanding of leadership over the last two years. He was named to the Thinkers50 “Guru Radar” in 2011 and 2013, which recognizes the world’s fastest rising stars in the fields of leadership and management thinking. He is also currently recognized by HR.com and Warren Bennis’ Leadership Excellence Magazine as one of the world’s top independent leadership consultants, executive coaches, and speakers. John is one of nine executive coaches in the world who have been awarded the coveted Master Corporate Executive Coach (MCEC) certification from the Association of Corporate Executive Coaches.

John is the author of seven books, including two recent best-sellers and he is now writing his next release, Cultural Transformations: Lessons of Leadership & Corporate Reinvention from the C-Suite Elite (Wiley, 2016). John is the co-author of one of the most respected studies of leadership and talent development in the world, The Trends in Leadership Development and Talent Management, which is published bi-annually by Pearson. John was recently appointed Distinguished Senior Fellow of one of leading business schools in the world, the Hult International Business School and he is the host of his own show, The CEO Magazine’s C-Suite Coaching Show.

His work has been featured by The Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, Businessweek, Inc. Magazine, MarketWatch, The Huffington Post, The CEO Magazine, ChiefExecutive.net, CLO Magazine, CIO Magazine, The Globe and Mail, Harvard Business Review, and many other respected global news outlets. John Mattone and his work have also been the subject of a 30-minute documentary produced by PBS.

John has over 30 years’ experience in the fields of executive development, leadership and talent development, human capital management, as an entrepreneur who has built two successful human capital consulting firms, as the President of a multi-million dollar leadership consulting firm, and as a leading researcher and author known throughout the Fortune 500 as a cutting edge thinker in the area of trends in executive development and developing high-potential and emerging leaders.

He is the founder and CEO of John Mattone-Global. Prior to this, John was the President of one of the top leadership consulting firms in the world, Executive Development Associates, Inc., (EDA) and prior to EDA he was the Vice President of Assessments forLinkage, Inc. Prior to Linkage, John was the Vice President of Sales for Drake Beam Morin, the global career and outplacement firm. Before joining DBM, John spent 10 years building his first successful consulting firm, Human Resources International.

John holds a B.S. Degree in Management and Organizational Behavior from Babson College and an M.S. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Central Florida. John serves as an executive MBA faculty member at Florida Atlantic University where he teaches his popular course Global Leadership Assessment and Development. John also serves as a Sr. Talent Management Consultant and Master Executive Coach for Executive Development Associates (where he formerly served as President) and he was recently named President of the International Center for Business Communication (and ICBC’s first Hall of Fame inductee).

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