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We are here to make your thought leadership journey a success!

It’s going to take a team to leverage your new products and services, and to reach the markets waiting to receive your message. There’s market research to be done, followed by public relations and marketing. Instructional designers will help create training products like your new video series. As you build and deploy assessments to gauge the readiness and acceptance of your content, industrial/organizational psychologists will come into play. You can now sell client engagements requiring mid to senior level consultants versed in your intellectual property. We provide all of this expertise!  Not only that, we are also your product sales team, making sales for you.

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Peter Winick

Peter is an entrepreneurial-minded leader who leverages the power of internal and external relationships to accelerate growth within emerging and high-potential companies that have powerful intellectual property. His accomplishments include start-ups, turnarounds, and M&A (in the b2b services sector)—with results driven by practical strategy, focused execution, and a disciplined method of cost control.

He has over twenty years of experience and has worked with a variety of thought leaders. He expertly leverages that along with his experience with such clients as IBM, Kraft, Microsoft, Avon, Hyatt and more.  In addition, he has built and managed several consulting and professional development organizations.

Peter is an information junkie and an avid reader of business books.  He believes that taking great content and creating a platform to best support it takes a combination of art, science, logic, focus, passion and creativity.

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Bill Sherman

As the COO of Thought Leadership Leverage, Bill Sherman rescues smart business ideas—which are often trapped on the written page or the keynote stage—and evolves them into tools that transform enterprise organizations.

Over the past fifteen years, Bill has bridged the critical gap between the business thinkers who create insights and the senior business leaders who need to produce results.

On the content ideation side, he has collaborated with some of the world’s top business thinkers (including top-tier MBA faculty, successful c-level executives and world-class specialists). And on the business side, he has led organizational transformation engagements for some of the world’s most recognized brands.

When Bill describes his leadership role in “the business of scalable business ideas,” he explains it as a blend of roles from thee different worlds:

  • A graduate school dean where ideas are debated, tested, and refined;
  • A research and development director who oversees productization; and
  • A consultancy’s practice leader who oversees rollouts at enterprise scale.

Therefore, Bill has built a proven process which will productize thought leadership content into enterprise-ready solutions.

  • Content evaluation—which pieces of a thought leader’s content have market potential?
  • Model development and validation—how will concepts be defined and linked with specific business outcomes that can be measured by a client’s senior leaders?
  • Product design and development—how will ideas be packaged into scalable solutions that will serve the needs of individual employees and also senior leaders?
  • Rollout and impact measurement—how will the solution be rolled out into an enterprise organization?

 In order to achieve results for thought leaders and their clients, Bill leads a highly-skilled team of designers, developers, organizational consultants, and operations specialists. Together, they shepherd ideas from the abstract world of ideas into scalable business solutions that produce measurable results.

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Taavo Godtfredsen

Taavo Godtfredsen is the Global Practice Director for Leadership Development at Thought Leadership Leverage. Taavo is a recognized consultant, executive coach, advisor to CEO’s and keynote speaker to audiences around the world on how leaders achieve high performance.

Taavo has spent more than 20 years in the leadership development field as a successful business leader and practitioner. He has traveled the world interviewing and collaborating with hundreds of the most recognized CEOs, best-selling business authors and top business school faculty. With both a breadth of experience and depth of knowledge in the leadership development field, Taavo has remained on the cutting edge continuously working with executives as they adapt to changing business environment and the global economy. As a pragmatist, Taavo’s methodology zeroes in on the most innovative and time efficient leadership actions to yield the greatest impact.

Taavo was the originator of [email protected]:00™ and co-created the Leadership Development Channel™. He was the Executive Producer & Vice President for Leadership Solutions at Skillsoft. Previously, Taavo was a senior leader at Targeted Learning Corporation, a private company acquired by Skillsoft. Taavo began his career at Linkage Inc. and held various senior roles leading both functions and business units. Taavo is a trained and experienced Executive Coach and holds an MBA from Babson College.

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Lonnie Harmon

Lonnie Harmon, as TLL’s Operations Director, has a depth and breadth of experience in training and organizational change at organizations of all sizes and cultures. Following a notable career at a Fortune 100 company, he went on to oversee the growth of a niche ERP training company. He then founded his own company providing innovative training to companies as diverse as DHL, Merck, Wells Fargo, and Harley-Davidson.

At Thought Leadership Leverage, Lonnie uses his project management skills to keep our client projects running on or ahead of schedule. Regardless of your industry, your culture, or your challenges, Lonnie has seen it and provided both tactical and strategic improvements. Whether you are looking to improve your brand, create some digital products, expand your thought leadership marketing, or build a book campaign Lonnie will be behind the scenes writing, editing, conducting outreach, planning schedules and just generally keeping your project on track.

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Jessica MacLeod

Jessica MacLeod Duffield supports Thought Leadership Leverage as Learning Product Manager, where she guides both traditional and digital learning products through the design, pre-production, and post-production phases—working with a team of instructional designers, content developers, writers, and graphic designers.

Her team focuses on designing and developing scalable products and solutions. As a team they create products ranging between traditional modalities such as pen and paper learning to next gen digital foundations, such as interactive digital learning, and virtual experiences. Across these modalities they create unique and sustainable solutions.

Her knowledge in learner experience, people and process management, and sales marketing enable her to ensure that the learning products achieve relevance on multiple levels: for the individual learner, the team, and the whole organization.

Jessica thrives on building relationships with her clients and her co-workers while developing new and innovative skills to create sustainable leveraging solutions.

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Renee Hawthorne

Renee is a seasoned creative director who is intimately experienced with corporate and personal branding, print collateral, motion graphics, multimedia, presentation decks, web, and marketing development. She has a great attention to detail which has helped her be able to communicate directly with consulting clients from all levels of business from mid-level managers to executives. Having operated for more than a decade in a consulting environment, she is comfortable with the unpredictable nature of business and responds with tenacity and a level-head to approach any challenge with a can-do attitude resulting in stunning outcomes and pleased clients. She’s sometimes referred to as ‘Webtechyartist’ as she wears many hats in the creative fields.

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A. J. Marsden

A.J. Marsden is an Industrial/Organizational Psychologist on the Thought Leadership Leverage Team. She also serves as a full-time professor at a private university. She has experience in test development, assessment validation, research, and data analysis which enables her to provide support to a variety of clients.  A.J. has also previously served as a Surgical Assistant – Operating Room Nurse for the United States Army and has specialized knowledge in the medical field.

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Katie Hanna

Katie Hanna has been in the speaking and training industry for many years, working jobs from office management to marketing and PR. Believing it’s the most fascinating industry out there, Katie loves soaking up knowledge from the brilliant thought leaders she’s exposed to on a daily basis. Her duties with Thought Leadership Leverage follow suit in terms of a wide spectrum of responsibilities – assistant to the CEO, social media management, article marketing, video editing and anything else thrown her way. She greatly enjoys being the “catcher” on the high-energy, fast-moving Thought Leadership Leverage team.

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Ree Soesbee

Ree Soesbee is a writing design expert and consultant for Thought Leadership Leverage, focusing on language, communication, and strategy. In addition to her consultant responsibilities, she has been a professional writer since 1998. She contributes to Thought Leadership Leverage on a wide variety of writing projects, utilizing her skills and experience to illuminate text and bring clarity. She is adept at helping our clients put their thoughts into well-written or aptly scripted products.

Her knowledge of language, content evaluation, and product design and development enable her to define concepts, package scalable solutions, and create linguistic taxonomy to bring about tangible results for your content.

In addition to her Masters’ degree in Creative Writing, and more than 15 years as a Lead Writer & Designer for video games, Ree has also published sixteen novels in a variety of different IPs. Her body of work includes over a hundred RPG texts, as well as inclusion in numerous short story anthologies and professional literary journals.

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Josh Norris

Josh Norris is an Instructional Design expert with a passion for teaching and learning. As a consultant for TLL, he studies education-to-employment solutions, creates strategies to support content through digital learning experiences, and re-imagines learning through technology.

His areas of expertise include e-learning, curriculum development, team/leader development, teacher training and assessment. He designs approaches to increase participation and retention, implements models that have been specifically developed and validated for instruction, and finds scalable learning solutions to serve the needs of front-line employees and experienced senior leaders, as well as everyone in between.

A gifted communicator and innovative educator, Josh brings over 15 years of traditional academic experience to the Thought Leadership Leverage team. He considers himself privileged to get to work with some of the world’s most brilliant Thought Leaders in improving organizational performance and efficient leadership.

Josh holds bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in Music and Education. In addition to proficiency in French and Italian, Josh is fluent in Spanish and his native English.

Our Partners

We have much experience in-house to serve you, but occasionally a different kind of expertise is required.

You are a busy person but the next item in your leveraging strategy is to write a book. That takes a lot of time. We can make a connection to well-respected ghost writers, easing the schedule burden on you.

Our connections with publishers can smooth the launch of that new book.

Having trouble putting your thoughts and ideas for a new keynote into the structure you want. We partner with top-level speech writers and communication experts.

We partner with videographers and graphic artists to produce training videos and workshops. If a client wants more classroom-based training than you can provide, we can bring in professional trainers to meet that requirement.

There’s not much we can’t help with. If we don’t have the expertise in-house or available from one our many partners, we can find the right resource to meet the need.

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