André Martin, PhD, has held key senior leadership, advisory, and board roles dedicated to employee engagement and culture in some of the biggest consumer brands in the world including Target, Nike, Google, Mars Incorporated, and Disney. Whether his teams were unleashing the potential of Target’s 350,000 employees by helping to build a more purpose-driven culture, activating a consumer-focused digital transformation at Nike by delivering a more value-driven, leader-led culture, or building a principle-led culture at Mars that resulted in five consecutive Gallup Great Place to Work awards, André’s mission has always been to help make make growth companies as engaging as the consumer brands they create. When he isn’t helping companies thrive, Andre is a guest lecturer at top universities on design thinking and innovation, a committed husband and father of two wonderful children, an owner of a sustainable mushroom farm in the Ozark Mountains, and can otherwise be found hiking the rain-soaked trails around Portland with his two english labs (Bode and the Fonz).
Leader Capability Specialist
Vic Smith has a deep passion for developing world-class leaders, she believes every employee deserves a great manager, and that every organization should make it a strategic imperative to invest in building leadership capability. Vic has worked internationally leading global learning and development teams in retail, wholesale, sporting goods and tech for over twenty years. She specializes in leader capability and has led manager and leader development at Nike, Google and Amazon. She is a professional certified coach, skilled facilitator and combines her expertise with best in class relationship building and communication skills. During her down time you can find Vic, along with her spouse, exploring their home city of New York, trying new restaurants, visiting galleries and museums and soaking up as much of the culture as possible.
Drew Fifield is an innovative and dynamic leader with 15+ years of experience setting learning and talent development vision and leading initiatives and global teams for Fortune 500 and hyper-growth organizations in technology, finance, and retail sectors. Drew is at his best when building, transforming, and architecting new strategies and experiences for companies that have a story to tell. Dedicated partner, uncle, god-father, and cat dad.
Susie Ellsworth has spent more than two decades in the field of design. Balancing analytical and creative processes, she visually communicates complex information across varying media including books, presentations, articles and tear sheets. With each new subject, Susie becomes a content expert, but with an eye toward engaging the audience to help them easily understand new information. She adapts to her clients’ range of needs: be it a small art gallery, university library or magazine, or a large outfit like Mars, Inc., Unicef or NIKE. She also served as Adjunct Faculty in the School of Design at Washington University in St. Louis. When away from her work, Susie can be found cooking and baking, admiring old houses with her husband, cheering on their two boys in swim lessons and math competitions, or plotting her next DIY remodel adventure.