Martin O’Neill has the perspective and depth of experience needed to guide leaders. As a business operator, he has run startups, middle market companies and a large division of a Fortune 50 company. As a consultant, he has facilitated hundreds of meetings and planning sessions with businesses and associations of every size and type. As a speaker, his keynote speeches and seminars are described as “passionate, motivating, dynamic and engaging.” As a trainer, Martin and his team created a twelve-course online leadership development program directed toward emerging leaders. As an executive coach, Martin challenges CEOs through his role as a certified coach and facilitator with The Alternative Board (TAB-BWI). He is also the author of The Power of an Internal Franchise,Building Business Value, and co-author of Act Like an Owner. His latest book, Next Generation Leaders is now available on Amazon.com.
Martin began his career as an intelligence analyst for the U.S. Air Force. After completing his degree in computer science at the University of Maryland and learning the nuances of project management at Booz, Allen and Hamilton, Martin co-founded a technology-based company, led two companies through high growth phases and subsequent successful acquisitions, and led a business unit for a Fortune 50 company.
As a regional director for Boeing, Martin learned the lessons of change leadership while responsible for merging the heritage Conquest business with existing Boeing entities. While positioning Boeing for large system integration efforts, Martin also completed Boeing’s extensive executive development program at the Boeing Leadership Center.
At present, Martin spends his time speaking, consulting and coaching. To reach a wider audience with his leadership message, Martin and his team created an online version of the “Next Generation Leaders” book. This program takes middle managers through a twelve-course journey of leadership development.
Martin and his team of coaches at The Alternative Board (TAB-BWI) have become trusted advisors to clients by challenging them to take an honest look at their company, providing them with the tools necessary to build long-term enterprise value and then holding them accountable to their personal vision.
Martin has an MBA from Loyola College and serves on the boards of several organizations. He loves his involvement with his church’s adult faith formation program, remains addicted to watching rugby and playing music in a neighborhood cover band and continues to reside in Maryland with his wonderful wife and business partner, Denise O’Neill and their three children.
Dr. Anne Litwin has been a consultant, coach and trainer for more than thirty years in a wide variety of organizations throughout the world. Anne's lifelong interest in the unique dynamics among women in a wide range of work environments is at the forefront of the research in her latest book, New Rules for Women: Revolutionizing the Way Women Work Together.
In her 30 years of diversity and organizational change work, Anne has developed a passion for unleashing the leadership potential of women in organizations and helping organizations groom their talented women as future leaders. She feels that one key to increasing the retention of talented women is to strengthen the ability of both female and male managers to create supportive environments where both female and male staff can flourish.
Dr. Litwin earned a doctorate in Human and Organizational Systems from Fielding Graduate University. She is co-editor of the book, Managing in the Age of Change, along with numerous articles on gender differences and women's leadership.
Helen Baxter-Southworth works with leaders at all levels in Fortune 500 and international companies as well as a variety of business start-ups and nonprofit organizations. She owns and mangages HBS & Associates, LLC, which she established in 1989 to provide executive coaching, change leadership consultation, and executive development programs. She is a member of the original international Women's Leadership Collaboration and continues to serve women as they develop their strength, purpose, and confidence. Helen lives in Ellicott City, Maryland, with her family.
Ray Schwemmer is the president, CEO, and co-founder of CollabraSpace, a software company that has focused on secure collaboration solutions for industry and government customers since 1998. During this time he has helped customers develop solutions to integrate people, data, and processes within a single, seamless collaborative environment to enhance organizational performance. He has also worked with numerous organizations to devise strategies to increase employee participation in collaborative technologies.
Prior to starting CollabraSpace, Ray spent ten years working for various IT companies designing and building large-scale distributed systems for both commercial and government clients. Ray resides with his wife, Denise, and his daughters, Kelly and Kaitlin, in Annapolis, Maryland.
Rick Havrilla is the chief technology officer and cofounder of CollabraSpace. He has over twenty years of experience designing and implementing enterprise software solutions with over ten years of experience working with collaboration technologies. Rick is a visionary who applies leading-edge technologies as well as proven technology solutions to develop innovative products and services. He has worked with numerous organizations on their system architectures to integrate collaborative solutions that fit seamlessly into their architectures and products.
In previous positions, he was responsible for designing and implementing a wide range of software solutions for both commercial and government clients. Rick lives near Baltimore, Maryland, with his wife, Stephanie, and their two children, Hannah and Clara.
Greg Long is a recognized thought leader in the area of performance improvement, focusing on how improvements in individual performance help organizations realize improved business results.
After graduating from the US Naval Academy with a degree in aerospace engineering in 1978, Greg served in the Civil engineer Corps, working in the fields of construction and facilities management. During his time in the navy, he began to develop his understanding of human performance, organizational readiness, and the value of execution excellence.
After completing his graduate work at Texas A&M University, Greg spent three years teaching engineering on the faculty of the US Naval Academy, learning the craft of translating complex information into practical language. That craft helped launch his consulting career.
Greg now has over twenty-five years' experience providing consulting services to numerous firms around the glove. His work has focused on improving organizational and individual performance through conceptualizing, designing, and developing strategic solutions for various communities. His programs have resulted in dramatic, measurable increases in both business results and individual performance measures.
Working with performers in various roles, including executives, salespeople, account managers, and manufacturing operations and maintenance technicians, Greg has developed a penchant for helping organizations close the gap in performance between top performers and average performers. He and Butler Newman have worked to refine their methods into a practical approach for discovering and documenting both the differences that define performance excellence and developing programs to drive improvements.
That approach has been used to great advantage in numerous industries, including aerospace, pharmaceutical, financial, retail, insurance, and other complex, knowledge-based environments where excellent frontline performance is crucial.
Greg has authored numerous articles and presentations for national and international conferences and journals. He is a sought-after speaker for groups large and small.
He and his wife live in Annapolis, Maryland, where they enjoy bicycling, sailing, and other outdoor activities.
Butler Newman is a recognized leader in the field of organizational performance, consulting with business and learning leaders to ensure top performance in roles critical to their organization's' success. He has published multiple articles on the topic, and as vice president of performance excellence, Butler leads the Organizational Excellence practice for the global consulting organization GP Strategies Corporation.
He began his career as an officer in the US Navy. A 1979 graduate of the US Naval Academy, butler served in the engineering department of the top ship in the Navy's Sixth Fleet, where he received his Naval Nuclear Engineer Certification and later led the training of new recruits through their initial nuclear qualification process at the Navy's shore-based training facility.
Since leaving the Navy, Butler has consulted with numerous organizations on both individual and organization performance improvement initiatives, including Fortune 100 companies across diverse industries such as automotive, consumer products, retail, financial, telecommunications, healthcare, and pharmaceutical. He has led regional and global initiative in the United States, United Kingdom, Netherlands, South Africa, and Indonesia.
Butler and Greg Long have worked together across multiple aspects of organizational improvement for over twenty-five years. They have collaborated many times to meet the specific needs of their clients and have extended that collaboration to produce this, their first book.
In addition to writing and working with his clients, Butler loves speaking to business and learning leaders on what it takes to produce top performance in their organizations. His first area of emphasis is always the same: the frontline performers. His topics include role clarity, coaching, equipping frontline supervisors and their teams, and building high-performance teams.
Butler enjoys spending time at home and traveling with his wife of thirty-four years and their two sons. He keeps a full schedule visiting clients, honing his amateur photography skills, watching and analyzing college football, and deepening his understanding on the secrets of top performers across various disciplines.