Talent and trusted relationships within organizations can be developed at a much higher speed. The development of leadership skills can accelerate company-wide, giving rise to a more purposeful, high-performing workplace. We created the GRI to bring this vision to life.
We strive to provide executives, HR leaders, and teams with a unique transformational experience based on objective data about people and sound analytics so that their organizations can perform at unprecedented levels.
Predicting how people perform and grow has historically been a daunting task. The inescapable fact is that, as human beings, we are all limited in our understanding of what makes us tick. Frederic Lucas-Conwell and Jeremy de France founded the Growth Resources Institute (GRI) in 2012 to confront these issues. Combining their expertise in organizational behavior and digital transformation, they created a unique set of surveys, analytics, and methods to optimize workplace behavior.
The initiative quickly grew into a powerful system, augmented by clients' and consultants' experiences in the Bay Area where it started, and around the world.
The behavior-factor-based approach proved to be fundamental to all applications. The development of leaders' and managers' social skills progressively became the critical component for the transformation to happen. GRI’s coaching/teaching by certified consultants evolved to deliver the experience needed to raise individual and team performance to new heights.
Jorge has over 30 years of experience as a consultant, speaker and executive coach. He has worked with more than 70 companies of all sizes and industries across Latin America and the U.S, including: Colgate Palmolive, Grupo México/Ferromex, Roshfrans, MIT Panamá, Grupo Zapata, Bimbo Bakeries USA, Conservas La Costeña, and Pastas La Moderna. Jorge helped companies innovate on their corporate culture, organizational development, human resources, training, and customer service. Jorge holds a BS in Industrial Engineering from the Anáhuac University in Mexico City.
Gérard has more than 30 years of experience as an executive in French and International companies of various industries such as automobile, bank, retail and other fast-growing, changing environments. Gérard has always been an actor of change, associating team members and colleagues to his success, continually proving that high performance comes along with talents and organizational development. Gérard holds a bachelor degree in Engineering from INSA in Lyon, and an MBA from the University in Reims - France. He has been a certified coach from the CIC (Centre International du Coach) since 2008.
With over 26 years of individual, team and systems relationship-coaching, consulting, and facilitating, Alison Bluestone knows what it takes to create healthy conversations leading with emotional courage that promote higher productivity. As a team specialist, she is committed to creating rich environments where leaders can cultivate their emotional intelligence through authentic communication, expanding themselves and their people to reach their optimal potential. Alison is a certified YPO facilitator and is a certified coach from ICF. Along with several affiliations, she is a certified trainer and Workplace Mediator (CMT)®, certified in William Bridges® Change and Transition Consulting, and in Positive Psychology.
With over 25 years of marketing and leadership experience, Christine Crandell is a distinguished thought leader, speaker, and author in B2B customer experience. As a seasoned speaker and prolific writer, Christine covers topics such as marketing ROI, sales alignment, and business strategy in publications like Forbes and BusinessWeek. With an MBA from Florida Atlantic University, her impactful career includes transformative roles at Price Waterhouse, Itron, Egenera, and Ariba, contributing to their successful transitions and growth.
With over 30 years marketing, advertising and branding experience, Susan brings practical, hands-on brand new perspectives to GRI's marketing that includes a thorough use of great content, video, audio, and client advocacy. Susan masters implementing strong systems for automation and experiential storytelling to convey a company message.
Jeremy is a global digital transformation expert and senior software architect. He co-founded GRI with Frederic and supervises the development of the platform as well as the online presence. BS, MS Computer Science from EPITECH (European Institute of Technology - France), President of the APM (Association for Progress in Management) in Bucharest, Romania. Jeremy's culinary talents never cease to delight friends and family.
André Litmanowicz has worked in management consulting for more than 35 years. He has been involved in large organizational transformations at strategic levels, developing expertise in governance, valuation, sustainability and people management. André has experience in industries such as Energy/Utilities, Agribusiness, Assembly and in Process industries. He also acts as Board Member of private companies and NGOs. André graduated in Electrical Engineer from FAAP-Brazil and completed his MBA in Agribusiness at UCD/Smurfit School in Ireland.
Jean-Michel has a 30+ track record in organizational transformation, business intelligence, and IT, helping US companies expand their client base in Europe, and European companies spearheading aggressive growth in North America. Jean-Michel is the founder of businesses focused on corporate assessment and development, incl. 2Be-fficient, a company he built into the premier European ASP of Executive dashboards for critical e-services, and FrontSwimmer, a SaaS geared at providing SMEs with unparalleled cross-cutting insight into their hidden growth potential. He has also been active in strategic consulting and executive search for more than 10 years throughout Europe. Jean-Michel has an Engineer’s degree in Civil Engineering and Architecture from ESTP, Paris.
Serial entrepreneur, author, and researcher in organizational behavior, Frederic has worked with Global 1000 and startups for over 25 years. After a successful career in France, Frederic moved to Silicon Valley and founded GRI in 2012. BS, MS in Mechanical Engineering from ENISE. Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior with Honors from University Paris-Dauphine (France). Frederic can be found in non-stop family activities and biking in wine country on weekends.
Susan has a proven track record of driving innovation and accelerating revenue growth as a C-suite executive and Board Director in diverse organizations that include Great Place to Work Institute, Siemens TTB, and most recently, CSIRO US. MBA The Wharton School, MA Johns Hopkins University and BA with Honors, U of Wisconsin-Madison. She is a competitive masters rower and is on the water before the sun rises several times a week.
Monica has built experience as a marketing and event manager working with companies of all sizes across the globe. Her passion for bringing people together is evident in the work she produces and the connections she has created between companies. Monica received a bachelor’s degree in communications from Cal Poly Pomona. She is a foodie and loves to cook for family and friends.
Mihai has been providing human resources services to corporate clients for more than 20 years as a headhunter, trainer and management consultant, working internationally with clients like: Philips, IBM, Microsoft, UiPath, Pfizer, etc. He founded Brainspotting, the leading IT&C recruitment firm in Romania. He then joined Ascendis as a partner for their HR Consulting & Training division. He has been part of GRI international team since 2014. Mihai is a Certified SPHR - Senior Professional in Human Resources (by SHRM / HRCI USA) and holds a CPP - Certificate in Personnel Practice (by CIPD UK) and a B.Sc. degree in Business Administration from The Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies (ASE).
Has over 20 years’ experience in journalism, marketing, management and copywriting. When she isn't editing, writing, or obsessively correcting our grammar, Nicole can be found in the wilds of far Northern California blazing new trails and climbing any rock under 5.10.
Audrey has over 15 years of experience in helping CEOs, senior managers, and boards of directors from global 500, private organizations and startups, in a variety of industries. She served as the Director of HR for several organizations in turnaround situations, occupying a strategic role in all aspects in connection with people and organizational culture. Audrey has a Bachelor degree in Industrial Relations from Laval University in Quebec, Canada. She holds a coaching certification (ICF) and is certified as Industrial Relation Counsellor by "Ordre des conseillers en ressources humaines agréés du Québec".
With 15 years of experience working with teams across the globe in sales, marketing and coaching, Kristina embodies the meaning of empathic listening, valuing the importance of individuality and has a natural knack for identifying everyone’s unique superpower. Kristina is passionate about bringing out the best in people, teams and companies and does so by focusing on their flow of values, communication, productivity and celebration of emerging Fiero moments. She completed a bachelor’s degree in advertising in England and an MBA degree in Barcelona. She is currently undergoing her coaching certification with ICF, is a member at AA-ISP, as well as a member and the National Member Success Chair at Corporate Connections.
Steven works with executives at global companies in the Bay Area. He is a pioneer in neurostrategy. Steven has taught organizational and leadership development at the School of Management & Professional Studies at the University of San Francisco for 30 years. He is the author of “Do What Others Say Can't Be Done” and “Seeing What Others Miss”. Steven graduated with a Ph.D. in psychology from the Professional School Psychology in San Francisco.
Jo-Ellen is an Associate professor and the Faculty Director of the Executive MBA Program at the Levey School of Business at Santa Clara University. She is an expert in corporate reputation, commenting frequently in print and broadcast media. Jo-Ellen graduated with a Ph.D. in Management and Organizations from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.
Jennifer is a Professor of Psychology and Director of Clinical Training at Northwestern University. She directs the Personality Across Development Lab and is co-director of the Illinois Twin Project. She received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Minnesota with minors in statistics, personality, and behavior genetics.
Miller is the Co-founder and Managing Partner at Pier 70 Ventures. A lawyer by training, he served as VP of Global R&D Strategy at The Boeing Company and President of Boeing Phantom Works Investments, Inc. Miller is on the board of various organizations, including Accenture Federal Services and the Seattle University Board of Regents.
Mark seats on the boards of various companies. He was previously CEO of Lightbend. Mark has more than 25 years of experience in the software industry, building successful businesses in open-source and infrastructure technologies. Mark held executive roles at VMWare, SpringSource, Covalent Technologies, and Sybase. Mark holds a BS from Western Washington University.
Adrian brings his expertise as a C-level global operating executive with a strong 20-year track record of driving consistent, profitable growth within enterprise and mobile markets; traditional and SaaS business model experience. Adrian is an advisor of Sway Ventures. He was COO of Bytemobile and held senior positions at Hewlett-Packard.
George is an experienced Board Member of companies in Silicon Valley. He was the CEO of Author-it, has built four companies with more than $2 billion of cumulative revenues, and raised more than $500 million of capital through IPO's and the venture community. George started at Deloitte & Touche and has a BS of Science with honors from Duke University.
Gilles is the Independent Lead Director of Accenture. Previous roles include CEO & President of TF1 Media Group, Euro Disney, Bouygues Telecom and the Accor Group. He served on the boards of BIC Group, Groupe L. Barrière Hotels and Casinos, NH Hotels, and Sun International, and Jefferies Group, Inc. Gilles holds a BA from ESSEC (France) and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Chris is a leading technology analyst, writer, entrepreneur, and innovation strategist. She has worked at Ziff-Davis then at IDG where she led the DEMO Conference, helping more than 1,500 companies make their market debut. Chris has won numerous citations including the prestigious SVForum Visionary Award. She holds a BA from Allegheny College.
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