Elaine Brodsky Ken Lehman
Dan Denison Bill Marshall
Craig Hickman Julie Silverstein
Bart Houlahan Kevin A. Trapani


Elaine Brodsky


Elaine Brodsky is the former co-owner of CitiStorage, LLC – an archival storage and records management company with over 250 employees, located in Brooklyn, NY. The company, founded in 1990, grew into the largest independent, privately-owned, single-location records-storage company in the United States.


At CitiStorage Elaine implemented innovative development programs for her employees, most of whom came from the inner city. The programs, the subject of several Inc.articles, were designed to encourage personal growth and promote teamwork throughout the organization. In 2005, the company received the Strive Employer of the Year Award for “demonstrating a commitment to providing second chances to individuals and assisting them in becoming productive members of society.” Elaine was the recipient of the 2006 Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year regional award for New York City. She also received the 2007 National Association of Women Business Owners Lifetime Achievement Award. A nationally recognized speaker, Elaine has co-authored numerous articles on women in business and is currently mentoring several women business owners. Her company has been featured in Small Giants: Companies That Choose to Be Great Instead of Big and The Knack.




Dan Denison


Dr. Denison is a Professor of Management and Organization at IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland and the co-founder of Denison Consulting.  His organization provides research based organizational culture and leadership development surveys that link to bottom-line metrics.  Previously, Dr. Denison was an Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management at the University of Michigan Business School.  Professor Denison has taught and lived in Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East.


He received his Bachelors degree from Albion College in Psychology, Sociology, and Anthropology and his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in Organizational Psychology.


He has written several books, including Corporate Culture and Organizational Effectiveness, published by John Wiley in 1990.  He has recently published the Denison Organizational Culture Survey and the Denison Leadership Development Survey based on this research.  These surveys and the underlying models have been used by over 5000 organizations.  His writings have appeared in a number of leading journals including The Academy of Management Journal, The Academy of Management Review, Organization Science, Organizational Dynamics, The Journal of Organizational Behavior, Human Resource Management, and Policy Studies Review.




Craig Hickman


Craig has over 30 years of management and consulting experience. Prior to joining Partners in Leadership, he was a CEO at Headwaters Incorporated (NYSE:HW), where he turned around the struggling specialty chemicals division and formed a joint-venture with Evonik Degussa GmbH. Before that, he was a management consultant specializing in strategic change, organizational culture transformation, and leadership development. His clients have included Procter & Gamble, American Express, PepsiCo, Unilever, Nokia, AT&T, American Stores, Foundation Health, Capgemini, Honeywell, as well as numerous midsize and start-up companies.


He is coauthor of The New York Times bestseller, The Oz Principle: Getting Results through Individual and Organizational Accountability. Craig has authored more than a dozen business books, among them such international bestsellers as The Strategy Game, Mind of Manager Soul of a Leader,and Creating Excellence. His latest published work, The Insiders: A Thriller, is an award-winning novel about the dire consequences of failed accountability in the corporate world.


He earned his MBA with honors from the Harvard Business School. Craig and his wife, Laura, have five children and live in Chicago.




Bart Houlahan


Bart Houlahan is the co-founder of B Lab, helping to create a better world through business by setting a new corporate standard for social and environmental performance. B Corporations are purpose-driven and create benefits for all stakeholders, not just shareholders. Previously, Bart was CFO, COO and President of AND 1, a basketball footwear, apparel and entertainment company. As the principal operator of the business, Houlahan joined AND 1 in its second year, when revenues totaled just $4M. Over the course of the next 11 years, he helped to finance, operate and scale the business to $250M in brand revenues with distribution in 85 countries worldwide. Before AND 1, Houlahan was an investment banker with Stonebridge Associates, BNY Associates and Prudential-Bache Securities, specifically focused on providing corporate finance and merger and acquisition services to small-cap businesses ranging in size from $20M to $500M.




Ken Lehman


Ken Lehman is a Managing Partner of KKP Group, LLC, a family office for the Lehman Family Group, and Chairman of Winning Workplaces, a non-profit helping organizations become great places to work.


Before organizing the Lehman Family office, Ken was Co-Chairman of Fel-Pro Incorporated, a family-owned and managed Skokie, IL based automotive gasket manufacturer. Fel-Pro was nationally known for family friendly benefits and harmonious labor-management programs and policies, and was consistently ranked as one of the top 10 companies to work for in America by FORTUNE and Working Mother magazines. It was also featured in the book “The 100 Best Companies to Work For in America.” Fel-Pro was sold in 1998.


Ken served in the U.S. Peace Corps from 1966-1972. He currently serves on several corporate and civic boards, including CARE, Public Radio Int’l, and WBEZ-FM. He received his BA in English Literature at Johns Hopkins University and his MA in Sociology at Northwestern University.




Bill Marshall


Bill Marshall has been President and CEO of Phelps County Bank in Rolla, MO since 2002.  Founded in 1963, Phelps County Bank is only one of two, 100% employee-owned banks in the country. Their long-tenured workforce takes seriously their responsibility as owners and they are rewarded handsomely. Their annual bonuses range from 5-20% of salary and lucrative ESOP options bring can add an additional 20-30% of salary.  Before his role of CEO and President, Bill was Senior Vice President of Lending for 16 years at PCB.  Under his tenure, PCB’s loan portfolio grew from 60 million to 140 million.   Before becoming an employee-owner at Phelps County Bank, Bill was a Senior Vice President at Irondale Bank and Vice President of First National Bank of Callaway County.  In 2007 Phelps County Bank was honored as a Top Small Workplace.




Julie Silverstein


Julie Silverstein has more than 20 years of association management, client service and association operations experience. She began her career at SmithBucklin in 1987 as an association manager serving several technology user group clients. She was instrumental in establishing the Independent Oracle Users Group in 1993—which is still a major organization in the user group community, and served as its first executive director. Julie went on to serve as executive director for two other technology user groups and in 1999 was promoted to vice president of the Technology Business Unit. In 2000, she was named chief operating officer—client management and in 2006, Julie was appointed to president & chief operating officer for SmithBucklin.


As President and COO, Julie oversees the service units that provide expert strategy and execution to client organizations related to marketing and communications, market research, public relations, event management, core technology, social media and Web services, client sales programs, international services, education programs and certification and accreditation. Julie also oversees human resources and leads key strategic initiatives related to driving operational efficiencies and quality implementations across the company. SmithBucklin was honored by Winning Workplaces in 2006.




Kevin A. Trapani


Kevin has been President and CEO of The Redwoods Group, an insurance company dedicated to protecting YMCAs and Jewish Community Organizations, since its inception in 1997.  The business and social mission of The Redwoods Group, whose motto is to Serve Others, is to protect and improve the quality of life in the communities it serves. Redwoods was founded on the principle that business should be a powerful force for positive social change. To carry out the company mission, Redwoods employees spend 40 hours of their work time each year in service to the community.  In 2006-2007, The Redwoods Group contributed over 50 percent of pre-tax profits to nonprofit organizations throughout the world. In 2008, The Redwoods Group was honored as a Top Small Workplace.