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Scott Friedman, CSP
President & Chief Executive Officer

Scott Friedman, Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) and former President of the National Speakers Association (NSA), is an internationally sought after speaker and author.  As a motivational humorist, Scott inspires and entertains with fun-filled, interactive and content-rich programs.  He speaks on a variety of topics over 80 times a year.  Although his main area of expertise is employee innovation, celebration and customer experience, Scott also specializes in using humor as a tool in sales, speaking and adapting to change. Read more…

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Rebecca Morgan, CSP, CMC
Vice President

Rebecca is an international speaker, trainer and consultant specializing in creating innovative solutions for workplace effectiveness challenges. She’s appeared on 60 Minutes, Oprah, the Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio and USA Today as well as international media like Singapore’s Straits Times, the Malaysian Star, and the Brunei Times.

Rebecca is the bestselling author of 27 books, including Leadership Lessons from Silicon Valley: How to Survive and Thrive in Disruptive Times. Read More…

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Susan Friedmann, CSP
Treasurer

Known as The Nichepreneur™ Coach, Susan Friedmann is an internationally recognized niche marketing expert and “how-to” coach. She is a prolific author, having written 14 books including her bestsellers, Meeting & Event Planning for Dummies, and Riches in Niches: How to Make it BIG in a small Market, She’s appeared on a variety of radio talk shows and as a guest expert on CNN’s Financial Network and Bloomberg’s Small Business. She’s worked with hundreds of companies representing more than 30 different industries in the North and South America, Europe, and South East Asia.

The owner and founder of Aviva Publishing, she’s dedicated to working with non-fiction authors to bring their book to market and find the right target audience to deliver their message. Susan also hosts the successful weekly podcast Book Marketing Mentors. From being chased by an elephant to hugging a tiger, from teaching yoga to being rescued by the National Guard, enjoying 4 grandchildren, and traveling with her life partner of 49 years, she leads a full and exciting life.

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Rhonda FaughtRhonda Faught, P.E. 
Board Secretary

Rhonda Faught is a registered professional engineer who has over 35 years of experience in the highway and transportation arena. She retired in December 2008 as the Cabinet Secretary for the New Mexico Department of Transportation where she managed a billion dollar annual budget and led 3000 employees. Rhonda is the onlywoman to lead the Department in its 120+ year history.

While Cabinet Secretary, Rhonda changed the Department from a “highway” department to a “multi-modal” Department of Transportation.  Rhonda developed, passed legislation and oversaw the implementation of Governor Richardson’s Investment Partnership (GRIP) – a $1.6 billion transportation program where 90% of the highway projects went to New Mexico contractors. This employed over 8000 New Mexican’s and created economic opportunities statewide.

It was through Rhonda’s innovative approach to problem-solving and unique leadership style that she was able to deliver New Mexico’s first commuter rail service – the fastest start-up in the United States. During her tenure, she was able to lead the Department to national recognition for innovation in the reduction of highway fatalities as well as alcohol-involved fatalities.

In 2009, Rhonda started a consulting business, R. Faught and Associates, LLC.  Her clientele consists of those who have innovative products and services in transportation industry.

Rhonda is also an international speaker.  Her topics generally focus on technology, transportation innovation, leadership and customer service.  She has spoken in China, Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar and the Philippines as well as throughout the United States.

Rhonda loves to draw, play pickle ball and travel.  Beginning in June 2019, she is planning to spend 14 months living in Thailand – a long time dream.


Christie Ward, CSP (Certified Speaking Professional)
Principal of The Impact Institute

In the ‘90’s, she coached and managed more than 200 of the best professional trainers around the world for CareerTrack , Inc. She coached the world champion of public speaking in 2000. Since 1999, as the principal in The Impact Institute, she has facilitated Communication topics that make the difference for performance on public and private sector teams in the US and internationally at conferences in Singapore, Yangon, Warsaw, Taipei, Mumbai, Bangalore, Beijing, Dubai and Sao Paulo. Some of Christie’s public sector clients in the US are the US Air Force, Department of Interior, El Monte and Albuquerque school districts, the National Business Center, and several city and county governments. Her corporate clients include DISH Network, IHS, GE, Johnson & Johnson, SUN, TW Telecom, and AT&T. Among her non-profit clients are Goodwill, the National Scholarship Provider’s Association, the National Education Procurement Association, the Boettcher Foundation, ASU and the US Olympic Committee.

Christie is past president of ATD-RMC (Association for Talent Development – Rocky Mountain Chapter), became part of the National Advisors for Chapters (NAC) for ATD in 2008, served 3 years and was elected NAC Chair for 2011-2012 by her peers. She served on the National Board of Directors for ATD from 2011 to 2012. She has served as a judge for the Best Practices Awards for ATD for years and speaks at the international conference for ATD in the US every year, which draws a global audience of over 10,000. She was part of the ICE PAC (International Conference and Exposition program advisory committee) from 2013-2016, and was chair for ICE 2016 in her hometown of Denver, Colorado.

Christie facilitates the Training Certificate, the Instructional Design Certificate, the Facilitation Certificate and the Master Trainer program for ATD. Christie keynotes for ATD globally and has spoken in Singapore, Taipei, Mumbai and Bangalore. In 2019, she spoke for ATD in China and Brazil and keynoted a Core4 Conference. She is past president for NSA (National Speaker’s Association) Colorado, and in 2016 was co-chair for their Winter Conference in Austin, TX. Christie regularly volunteers for the Tennyson Center for abused children, where she judges a speech contest with her NSA colleagues every year. She also conducts mock-scholarship interviews for inner-city youth in partnership with Goodwill and the Denver Chamber of Commerce, and at Strive Charter school as part of her commitment to the community. In 2017 she went to Myanmar with Together, We Can Change the World to work with impoverished women and girls. In 2019 she joined their board and will help them create a strategy to meet the needs of more women in SE Asia. She is a leader on and off the platform.


Lynn Leahy

For more than 30 years, Lynn has empowered individuals and teams in more than 20 countries, within Europe, the US, within Asia and in Australia and New Zealand. She has won two awards with Vistage International for her work with CEOs.

An accredited mediator with experience using a range of psychotherapeutic approaches, she has helped teams at every level in hundreds of organisations. This has included enabling them to resolve disputes that were impacting on the success of key teams.

Her success as a speaker lies in the sincerity with which her message is delivered, combined with her ability to explain complex theories about behaviour and relationships in a clear practical way that everyone understands and can relate to.

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Board Advisors

Bill Taylor

Bill Taylor, CMC 
Board Member Emeritus

Having been a management consultant for over 45 years, Bill (although now “semi-retired”) still accepts an occasional assignment in the greater Seattle area. Focusing his practice on Strategic Pay and Personnel Issues, he works exclusively with the Boards of Directors and CEOs of privately-held, for-profit, Pacific Northwest companies. His efforts are devoted to helping those organizations align their reward systems with their values, cultures, and strategic goals. Often this involves strategic planning, goal setting, success measurements, team building, group problem solving skills, and related efforts. Read More…


 

Paul-LarsenPaul N. Larsen, MA, CPPC
Strategic Advisor

The author of Find Your VOICE as a Leader, Paul N Larsen, MA, CPPC, is a certified executive coach and an experienced global leadership speaker and consultant. As a former C-level executive for a 3-billion- dollar organization, Paul has over 30 years’ of business experience with senior-level responsibilities within several international corporations.
 
Currently, Paul partners with industry-wide leaders and teams to find their unique leadership “VOICE” and create compelling and purposeful outcomes for their organizations.. He has a proven and successful track record in building leadership bench strength within the Fortune 100, start-up, and high-tech environments, consulting with such organizations as Twitter, Electronic Arts, Autodesk, Walmart Global eCommerce, BNP/Paribas, Charles Schwab, Kaiser Permanente and SAP.
 
Paul is a frequent speaker on leadership at corporate and professional association events and is a current member of the International Coach Federation (ICF), the National Speakers Association (NSA) and the Association for Talent Development (ATD). Having traveled to over 50 countries and experienced the difference one person can make in the lives of others, Paul is incredibly passionate about the mission of Together We Can Change the World.