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Samuel van den Bergh
Regina Schindler Rowland
Dr. Sivasailam "Thiagi" Thiagarajan is the Resident Mad Scientist at The Thiagi Group, an organization with the mission of helping people improve their performance effectively and enjoyably.
Thiagi's long-term clients include AT&T, Arthur Andersen, Bank of Montreal, Cadence Design Systems, Chevron, IBM, Intel, Intelsat, United Airlines, and Liberty Mutual. On a short-term basis, Thiagi has worked with more than 50 different organizations in high-tech, financial services, and management consulting areas. For these clients, Thiagi has consulted and conducted training in such areas as rightsizing, diversity, creativity, teamwork, customer satisfaction, human performance technology, and organizational learning.
Thiagi has published 40 books, 120 games and simulations, and more than 200 articles. He wrote the definitive chapters on simulations and games for ISPI's Handbook of Human Performance Technology, ASTD's Training & Development Handbook, and the American Management Association's Human Resources Management and Development Handbook.
Thiagi currently writes a monthly online newsletter, Thiagi GameLetter. This newsletter, now in its fifth year, features Thiagi's training games and other creative interventions that deliver results quickly and effectively. He served as the editor of NSPI Journal and Performance & Improvement for more than 10 years. He currently edits the simulation/game section in Sage Publication's journal, Simulation & Gaming. He is also a contributing editor of the monthly journal, Educational Technology.
Thiagi has made hundreds of presentations and keynote speeches at professional conferences. At ISPI, Thiagi holds the "records" for making the most presentations, conducting the most preconference workshops, and being invited to make the most Encore presentations. Thiagi is also a regular presenter at Lakewood's TRAINING Conferences and the annual conferences of American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) and North American Simulation and Gaming Association (NASAGA).
Thiagi has been the president of the North American Simulation and Gaming Associating (NASAGA), International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI), and Association for Special Education Technology (ASET). He has received 17 different awards and Presidential Citations from ISPI, including the society's highest award, Honorary Life Member. He also received an Honorary Life Member award from NASAGA as well as its highest award, Ifill-Raynolds Award.
Internationally recognized as an expert in multinational collaboration and active learning in organizations, Thiagi has lived in three different countries and has consulted in 21 others.
Matthew Richter is the Resident Rogue Scholar and President for The Thiagi Group. He is a facilitator, game designer, instructional designer, and management consultant. Matthew has consulted with organizations that include Redwood Trust, CenturyTel, EA, Microsoft, Carolina Power and Light, IGT, Cadence Design Systems, and Sony. He is an expert in the areas of management, leadership, and performance technology. He specializes in employee motivation. Matthew mixes corporate, not-for-profit, academic, and independent experience, enabling him to adapt and best serve his clients.
Matthew is the co-creator (with Scott Rigby of Immersyve, Inc. and Richard M. Ryan of the University of Rochester) of MAPS (Motivation, Assessment, and Performance System), an innovative performance management system that breaks all of the traditional paradoxes of management.
He is a sought-after public speaker and has delivered keynotes and conference presentations for such organizations as the International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI), American Society of Training and Development (ASTD), Training Magazine, the International Alliance for Learning (IAL), North American Simulation and Gaming Association (NASAGA), Influent, and the National Society for Black Engineers. He was the 2006 ISPI National Conference Chair, and has been an encore presenter for the last five years for his presentation Creating a Motivating Environment.
Matthew is a featured author in the 2001, 2002, and 2003 Training and Performance and/or Team and Organization Development Sourcebook, published by McGraw Hill. His most recent articles on learner motivation are published in the upcoming Pfeiffer book, the Trainers' Portable Mentor, due out in May 2008. He has also written several articles on leadership, motivation, instructional design, storytelling, and organizational development.
Raja Thiagarajan is the Resident Computer Whiz at The Thiagi Group. He has developed and designed many of our computer game shells and software such as Zingo, PuzzleMaker, and the Thiagi Timers. His technical expertise and innovative mind have added immense value to such clients as Agilent, Cadence Design Systems, and Pfizer. He is an expert game designer and facilitator who has co-delivered programs all over the world for such organizations as ASTD, ISPI, and NASAGA. Raja has also served on the Board of Directors for NASAGA.
Raja is a frequent contributing author. Not only has he co-authored a myriad of books with his father, Thiagi, but he has also co-written dozens of articles for books, periodicals, and magazines. His work has been seen in the likes of Performance Intervention Maps, a collection of articles co-published by ISPI and ASTD, and the Training Sourcebook, edited by Mel Silberman and published by ASTD.
Raja is an amateur astrophysicist and a minor expert in science fiction.
Brian Remer is a designer of interactive strategies for training, facilitation, and performance improvement. With a B.A. in psychology and an M.A. in Intercultural Management, he has worked with businesses and organizations in Egypt, Ecuador, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and throughout the United States.
He blends information, discussion, games, and participant input to insure involvement and commitment from everyone. His special interests include leadership development, organizational mission and vision, teambuilding, and training of other trainers in the use of games and simulations. Through the practical application of experiential education techniques, he creates a learning environment that blends action, reflection, and theory. As a result, participants gain a commitment to continuous learning and leave each session with their own action plan for future growth.
Brian is a member and regular presenter at conferences of the International Society for Performance Improvement, Training Magazine, and the North American Simulation and Gaming Association (NASAGA). He has served on the Board of Directors and as chair and president of NASAGA, and was the 2011 recipient of NASAGA's Ifill-Raynolds Award for lifetime achievement. Brian is the author of Say It Quick! 99-Word Stories About Leadership, Learning, and Life. He is noted for his ability to create a low pressure, high impact learning environment.
Tracy Tagliati, CPLP knows how to engage the learner. As an associate at the Thiagi Group and the training manager at Move, she specializes in designing and delivering training that is both interactive and participant-centered. Thiagi and Tracy enjoy co-presenting at conferences, co-designing public webinars, and co-authoring books. Tracy has her master's degree in training and performance improvement.
Thomas F. Pray, Ph.D. recently joined The Thiagi Group as a business consultant and facilitator of his Web-DECIDE Simulation. Tom was a professor of Decision Sciences at the Saunder's College of Business at Rochester Institute of Technology and the past chairman of the Department of Decision Sciences and MIS. He also ran the Executive MBA program for many years before retiring.
Tom is the co-developer and primary facilitator for the award-winning business simulation, Web-DECIDE. Web-DECIDE teaches participants cross-functional decision making as they virtually manage their own company for a simulated period of two years. The program covers such areas as strategic planning, finance, quality, managing operations, and leadership. It puts over 25 different managerial variables into practical, transferable context so learners can really draw connections back to their day jobs. He has delivered Web-DECIDE a myriad of times, worldwide, to such clients as: Xerox Corporation, Eastman Kodak, CIGNA, Harris Corporation, Cadence Design Systems, PAXAR, Taconic Farms, Redwood Trust, CenturyTel, and Constellation Brands.
Tom has a master's degree in industrial management, and he earned his doctorate in managerial economics.
Robert Boehner, JD is a Distinguished Lecturer and Executive in Residence at the E. Philip Saunders College of Business, Rochester Institute of Technology. Bob is an experienced corporate executive, knowledgeable business consultant, and highly effective teacher and trainer.
Bob spent 30 years at Xerox Corporation where he took on a variety of senior management assignments in field operations, marketing, and strategy. Positions at Xerox included Vice President of Integrated World Wide Marketing Strategy, Vice President for Global Channels Development, Vice President of Technology Strategy, and General Manager of the Electronic Publishing Business Unit.
Bob has consulted for a variety of small and medium-sized firms. Consulting topics have included growth strategies for high technology businesses, marketing, internet marketing, and dealing with disruptive technologies.
Bob has a BA and MA in History and earned his JD degree in 1999.
Sam (Samuel van den Bergh) has been the Swiss associate of the Thiagi Group since 1998.
Sam is the founder of the Centre for Cross-cultural Competence at the School of Communication at Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Winterthur, Switzerland. He is also the founder of his own training and consulting company, van den Bergh Thiagi Associates GmbH, which specializes in cross-cultural communication, leadership, management, and teambuilding.
Sam studied English and German linguistics at the Universities of Zurich and at Berkeley (California). Since 2000, he has been training managers from multinational corporations and the Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs and participants from Executive MBA programs on leadership, management, and cross-cultural competencies. He also offers consulting and executive coaching services related to leadership and intercultural issues.
Russ Powell (www.russpowell.com) is a 20-year learning-industry veteran who helps mid-sized and large businesses create effective and affordable professional training programs that help bring their employees to the next level. His programs help business leaders reduce high rates of turnover, decrease warranty costs, maintain quality and profitability during rapid growth, increase employee productivity and expand markets.
Russ' specialties include performance-based instructional design, eLearning project management, facilitation of face-to-face and online training programs, design and development of instructional videos and podcasts, sales training, and the evaluation of eLearning programs.
Over the course of his career, Russ has worked with Sun Microsystems, the United States Coast Guard, Pixar, AT&T, and NASA Space Flight Center, and served on the faculty of Georgia State University and the American Management Association. He's received numerous outstanding achievement awards for his workforce learning programs. Russ holds degrees in the behavioral sciences from Georgia State University and Loyola University. He is also an avid juggler and continues to perform regularly.
Ellen Kaye Gehrke, in addition to being an Associate of The Thiagi Group, is a professor of Community Health in the School of Health and Human Services at National University in San Diego. She also is the lead faculty for the Master's Program in Integrative Health. Dr. Kaye Gehrke has a PhD in Organizational Behavior and Strategy from George Washington University, an MBA in Marketing from National University and a BSc. in Natural Resource Management from the University of California Berkeley. She is currently pursuing a post-doc in Transformational Psychology and Integrative Health at Holos University Graduate Seminary. Ellen has been in the field of management education and leadership for over 25 years. She lived and worked in Europe for more than eight years teaching and consulting to eastern European countries helping to resolve the social and economic challenges that resulted from massive privatization and the transition from centrally planned to market driven economies. She spent several years on the staff at the European Foundation for Management Development (efmd) in Belgium as Director of European Business Schools and Research. More recently, Dr. Kaye has been studying energy and energy medicine. She is in the midst of a research endeavor on the energetics of the human-animal bond- measuring the relationship between heart rate variability between horses and humans. She is trained at level 3 Healing Touch, Level 1 Healing Touch for Animals, a merit graduate of Adventures in Awareness linking equine facilitated learning. She lives in Ramona, California with her horses, dog, cats and husband, Carsten. She and her horses have conducted a skills for relationship centered care programs with UCSD medical school students, also leads a grief adaptation for San Diego Hospice grief camp for kids and conducts leadership, personal development and coaching programs in partnership with her horses.
Regina Schindler Rowland, a native of Austria, Resident Interculturalist and Meister Doodler, supports the Thiagi Group with her expertise in transcultural dynamics and visual facilitation. She consults internationally, and teaches at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco and the Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, California. Her expertise includes creative engagement for evolutionary leadership development, organizational effectiveness, and personal excellence.
Regina also lends her expertise to the creation of systemic sustainability, for instance in form of large-scale interventions in the Middle East, Africa, and Europe with hundreds of political and religious leaders who participated in dialogues on important global issues. In these projects, Regina uses interactive strategies for communities to work creatively toward social change. She is frequently invited to speak at conferences and seminars on the effectiveness of interactive visual facilitation for difficult cross-cultural conversations and for visual story telling.
Regina has earned certifications as an Intercultural Communication Practitioner (from the Intercultural Communication Institute in Portland, OR) and as NLP Master (from NLP Marin, CA). She holds a doctorate in consciousness and transformation (from the California Institute of Integral Studies) with an expertise in the co-creation of meaning in culturally diverse populations.
These partners sponsor workshops by Thiagi in their countries. They also act as exclusive distributor of the Thiagi Group products and services.
Gateways Business Consultants has been offering strategic business and human resources assistance to businesses in Africa and the Middle East since 1990. Gateways are keen proponents of the use of interactive training games and exercises in learning initiatives as they know first-hand how these techniques really engage programme participants in the learning process.
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This organization does training, consulting, coaching, and research in the fields of cross-cultural competence development, cross-cultural management and leadership, diversity and inclusion, change and transition processes, human performance technology, multicultural team and trust building. They do it differently.
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