DAVID WHYTE has written extensively on the nature and importance of courageous conversations as a way of more fully engaging with our work, our relationship partners and our deepest desires. A poet, author, lecturer and Associate Fellow at Said Business School, University of Oxford, he has developed a significant body of work on creativity and organizational development. His pioneering work in the area of courageous conversations has brought him into some of the top organizations and executive education programs in the world.


CRAIG FLECK's twenty year career consulting to business, education, healthcare and non-profits has held common threads of developing leaders, cultivating organizational learning and implementing generative changes across diverse sets of stakeholders. His experience with this broad base of clients has heightened his respect for leaders confronted by today’s pressures and deepened his commitment to the power of courageous conversations to steward more vital organizations.

MITCH SAUNDERS has worked closely with pioneering individuals and organizations in the corporate, public and nonprofit sectors for over 25 years. His specialty is helping founders, management and entire organizations accelerate development, adoption and implementation of promising social and technological innovations. Mitch’s work is grounded in two generations of field-based research sponsored by MIT, W.K. Kellogg Foundation and The Fetzer Institute, demonstrating the efficacy of employing leadership artistry and collective intelligence to address difficult problems.

LIBBY WAGNER is one of the only former poetry professors warmly invited into the boardroom. A trusted advisor for presidents, CEOs and executive directors, her work has shaped the cultures of numerous Fortune 500 clients, including The Boeing Company, Nike, Philips, ST Microelectronics, Diageo and Costco. Using her unique approach, programs and seminars, Libby empowers those with whom she works to clearly articulate what they want, why they want it, and how to ask for it, creating the poetic difference.

MARYLIZ SMITH has been bringing her unique style of music and insight into the world for many years. When she brings her signature of music into the domain of organizations, she asks age-old questions of identity in work, relationships, and self. She is an independent coach, international performance artist, composer and community leader. Her presentations take many different forms, from keynote talks at conferences to residential retreats. She forms longstanding relationships with individuals and communities.

WALTER BERGHOEF initially employed his business studies degree to the domain of marketing communication. From there, he moved to consulting, working in various capacities, including a focus on identity and corporate strategy. For the past decade, he has been developing his own approach to culture, leadership and ‘working together' issues, and currently offers a broad variety of programs as an independent, with the HartWerken Groep and in association with the Dutch management development center De Baak.