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Jim Laughlin (Orchestrator, Change, Talent and Results)

Jim’s passion is helping organizations develop the talent and leadership needed to create sustainable results. He helps clients do so at the organizational, team and individual levels, including but not limited to defining future leadership requirements, assessing leadership potential and readiness, building the leadership pipeline at all levels, coaching and developing teams and individuals, succession planning and change leadership. Clients and colleagues will tell you Jim is a creative and strategic thinker who is results- and deadline-driven and who also loves forging strong relationships through purposeful work together.

As head of MDA’s northeast region, he connects area organizations with MDA’s solutions in leadership development, talent assessment, organizational performance, and CEO/board consultancy.

Jim was formerly a Senior Consultant and Director of Product Development for Linkage, Inc., specializing in organizational and leadership development. He led the design, development and delivery of more than 60 distinct multi-day training programs and multiple assessments used in Fortune 500 businesses and leading global organizations. He has also held leadership positions in both for-profit and nonprofit organizations.


Joe Perfetti (Strategy)

Joe Perfetti is a subject matter expert in corporate finance and strategy who has delivered more than 1,400 executive education teaching days over the past 24 years for leading corporations and consulting firms including Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch, Royal Bank of Scotland, Citibank, Bank of Beijing, UnitedHealth Group, GlaxoSmithKline, Johnson & Johnson, Sanofi-Aventis, Medtronic, Eli Lilly, Royal Caribbean, Lands’ End, Hughes, AT&T, Black & Decker, Sprint, General Electric, Ingersoll Rand, AECOM, Lockheed Martin, Nestle, Motorola, Chevron, Sun Microsystems and Delta Air Lines – to name a few.

Joe currently serves as a lecturer at the RH Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, College Park and teaches equity analysis at the masters, MBA and undergraduate level, as well as corporate finance in the MBA program. He is also a learning director and teaches in executive education programs for the Wharton School of Business. He has taught in numerous open enrollment and custom programs including the Wharton Executive Development Program, Duke Corporate Education, Emory University and Georgetown Law School.

Joe has authored three financial digital learning programs including the award-winning “Why Finance Matters.” As a serial entrepreneur, he started Intelliworks Inc., a venture- backed CRM company focused on higher education and an online knowledge sharing company. His current ventures include Redhead Learning, focused on distributing blended executive education, and a marketing and video firm called Redhead Companies. Joe is a graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

 

Nancy Weidenfeller (Change and Influence)

For more than 25 years, Nancy has found a common element in the work that excites her: helping organizations achieve performance results by focusing on people issues. She has an extensive background in organization development, talent management, human resource systems design, and women enterprise leaders.

Nancy is a specialist in team dynamics and performance, organizational effectiveness, leading change, and the strategic role of HR. She has worked with leaders from diverse organizations and a variety of industries including energy, food, financial services, chemicals, health care, manufacturing, medical devices, and retail. Specifically, she has consulted with Best Buy, Thrivent Financial, and U.S. Bank on strategic input for diversity and inclusion plans and skill-building on leadership presence and influencing for impact.

Nancy has a Doctorate of Education in organization development from the University of St. Thomas. She holds a M.A. in organizational leadership, College of St. Catherine, a B.A. in business/HR management, certificate in psychology, Adler Institute and is a Certified Senior Professional Human Resources Practitioner for Life. She also serves as an adjunct instructor to Hamline University and the University of St. Thomas, and previously taught at the Kyiv Mohyla Business School (HRD) in Ukraine.

Nancy is a member of the United Way Women’s Leadership Council and Women’s Health Leadership Trust.