Awardees

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2019

Cultural Transformation: Sally Helgesen

Sally Helgesen, cited in Forbes as the world’s premier expert on women’s leadership, is a best-selling author, speaker and leadership coach. She has been recognized by Global Gurus as one of the top 30 experts on leadership and will be recognized this fall in London as Thinker’s 50’s top leadership coach for women.

Sally’s most recent book, "How Women Rise", co-authored with legendary executive coach Marshall Goldsmith, examines the behaviors most likely to get in the way of successful women as they seek to move to a higher level. It became the top-seller in its field within a week of publication and rights have been sold in 12 languages.

Previous books include "The Female Advantage: Women’s Ways of Leadership", hailed as the classic in its field and continuously in print since 1990, and "The Female Vision: Women’s Real Power at Work", which explores how women’s strategic insights can strengthen their careers. "The Web of Inclusion: A New Architecture for Building Great Organizations", was cited in The Wall Street Journal as one of the best books on leadership of all time and is credited with bringing the language of inclusion into business practice.

Employment Sciences: Drea Zigarmi

Experienced management consultant, best-selling author, powerful trainer, and motivational speaker. Co-author of "Leadership and the One Minute Manager", the third book in Ken Blanchard’s best-selling One Minute Manager Library (1985, 2013), and various chapters in "Leading at a Higher Level" (2009). Co-authored "The Leader Within" (2006), "Achieve Leadership Genius" (2007), and "The Team Leader’s Idea-A-Day Guide" (1997). Co-authored for numerous Ken Blanchard Companies products, including the widely used Situational Leadership II, DISC, and Optimal Motivation programs.

Dr. Drea Zigarmi, a Senior Consulting Partner for The Ken Blanchard Companies®, is a highly respected and experienced management consultant, dedicated researcher, best-selling author, powerful trainer, and motivational speaker. He communicates with authority, skillfully blending humor with a no-nonsense approach and prompting people to reflect on their learnings long after a session is over.

Drea’s client list reads like a “who’s who” in international business, and his accomplishments within each organization are a result of his talent, knowledge, and the unique manner in which he inspires leaders to take risks and creative action. Companies such as Dow Chemical, Lockheed, and Canadian Pacific have benefited from his work in the areas of management and organizational development, performance appraisal, and productivity improvement, and their leaders have developed admiration and respect for Drea’s commitment to their mission.

Drea is coauthor of Leadership and the One Minute Manager®, the third book in Ken Blanchard’s best-selling One Minute Manager Library, and various chapters in Leading at a Higher Level. In addition, he has coauthored The Leader Within, Achieve Leadership Genius, and The Team Leader’s Idea-A-Day Guide. Drea has coauthored numerous Blanchard® products, including the widely used Situational Leadership® II, DISC, and Optimal Motivation™ programs.

Drea received a bachelor’s degree in biology from Norwich University; a master’s degree in humanistic education; and a doctorate in education, administration, and organizational studies from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Executive Coaching: Nancy Parsons

Nancy is President & Co-Founder of CDR Assessment Group, Inc. celebrating 20 Years in Business on October 5, 2018. Nancy is a foremost expert in cutting-edge psychological and performance assessments including the unmatched CDR 3-D Suite used for leadership and talent development.

In late 2017, she released her researched based book, "Fresh Insights to END the Glass Ceiling" that gets to the real reasons the glass ceiling exists and it is not what most people think. This book sheds new light on why so few women make it to the top, the staggering costs of not promoting enough women and is packed with practical solutions to bring it down.

Nancy has presented at international, national and other conferences for talent management, HR and women in leadership events. She has appeared on: NewsMax TV, the Lars Larson Show, USA Radio, and about 50 other programs to discuss her glass ceiling book and research.

Nancy has written over 70 articles and her new book, "How Women Are Creating the Glass Ceiling & Have the Power to End It" will be available in late 2019.
In 2016, Nancy launched the philanthropic endeavor "Vets Coaching Vets" and she and her team have worked to help veterans accelerate their career success.

Organizational Leadership: Vince Molinaro

The author of "The Leadership Contract" (Wiley) – a New York Times and USA Today bestseller – Vince has spent more than 20 years as an adviser to boards and senior executives looking to improve leadership accountability in their organizations.

Vince Molinaro has dedicated his life to promoting both personal and organizational accountability in leadership cultures around the world. He experienced a defining moment early in his career when he saw a respected colleague and mentor succumb to a cancer she believed was the byproduct of a stressful, toxic work environment. As a result, Vince vowed to teach business leaders how to build successful organizations by increasing the accountability of their leaders.

Vince knows that leadership accountability is the key ingredient in building a strong, vibrant organizational culture. As a successful senior executive in one of the world’s top leadership development firms, Vince has made it his calling to confront weak and lame leadership. He shows leaders at all levels how to step up and fulfill their obligations and responsibilities as real leaders.

What sets Vince apart is that he’s no ivory-tower academic. As a forceful keynote speaker at conferences and corporate retreats, he translates first-hand experiences from the leadership trenches into practical advice on how leaders can confront and overcome their challenges and build strong leadership cultures.

Organizational Leadership: Ramona Hood

Ramona Hood is the Vice President of Operations, Strategy and Planning at FedEx Custom Critical. Throughout her career, she has been recognized for developing talent, achieving remarkable success in her own career path and driving business results with growth. As a result of Ramona’s thought leader abilities and visionary talents, Ramona progressed from being an entry-level employee in 1991 to her current officer position. In her current role, she is responsible for setting and achieving strategic goals through inspiration and innovation. She is an experienced leader, mentor, and coach who leverages her intellectual curiosity to bring the highest level of knowledge and capabilities to the people around her. Ramona’s impact on the people around her and the business includes transformational efforts and results. This includes being a champion for advancement of technology in the transportation industry. She is currently the technology chair for the Transportation Intermediary Association (TIA) and embraces the adoption of technology in her industry. At FedEx Custom Critical, she leads the business transformation on business agility and Scaled Agile Framework to ensure customer value is delivered faster. She has made cultural changes in how the organization thinks about innovation while leveraging techniques to drive continuous improvements and new business opportunities.

Ramona’s growth of a wholly owned FedEx Custom Critical subsidiary is another noteworthy example of her leadership in bringing about transformational change. The division has grown in eight years from 20 employees to 130, generating returns of 6 to 8% a year. She has hired and coached a diversified group for this subsidiary with emphasis on resilience and grit.

The multi-generational team is comprised of both college students and professionals who are in transition, such as moving to a different stage of their careers. The culture Ramona has established is one of “work hard, play hard.” She cultivates diversity of thought and leads her teams’ efforts to give back to the community. For instance, her simultaneously competitive and collaborative team has done work for Blessings in a Backpack, which is an organization that packages food and snacks for kids in need. The team has also volunteered at the local Food Bank.

Ramona often talks to team members across the FedEx corporation about being intentional about their careers. She advises team members to take the initiative to actively seek support to grow in their careers and has modeled this while achieving her own goals. Her talent management coaching is both formal and informal, responding to those who reach out to her for guidance. Ramona’s coaching and mentoring has been a factor in FedEx Custom Critical being repeatedly recognized as a great place to work by NorthCoast 99.

Hood has made many transformational and thought leader contributions outside of FedEx. She is a business advisor for Welty Building. She serves on both the Transportation Intermediary Association and Walsh University Boards of Directors. Additionally, Ramona is on the Summit County Education Initiative Board placing emphasis on cradle to grave education. She is part of the Cleveland State University Foundation where she focuses on programs for youth who have aged out of foster care support.

As a highly respected member of the Kent Area (OH) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, Ramona has co-chaired services to youth, focusing on areas which will have high impact. Similarly, her volunteer work with Jack and Jill of America Inc., Akron Chapter is evidence of Ramona’s commitment to improving the lives of children.

In 2016, she received the Crain’s Cleveland, Women of Note award; Smart Women, Honoree of the Progress Woman award; and Woman of Influence from the Women in Trucking Association. She was also honored by the Greater Akron Chamber with the “30 for the Future” award.

In 2010 and 2016, Hood received the FedEx Five Star award, which is the highest recognition employees can receive at FedEx.

Additionally, in 2013, she was recognized by Sales & Marketing Executives International with a Distinguished Sales & Marketing Award. She also was awarded the Woman of Inspiration Award from Walsh University.

Ramona received her Bachelor of Arts in Business Management from Walsh University and an Executive MBA from Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead School of Management. She currently resides in Copley, Ohio, with her two daughters, Mariah and Kayla.

2018

Robert (Bob) J. Anderson

Bob has been a pacesetter and thought leader in the field of Leadership Development for over 30 years. He is the Founder, Chairman & Chief Development Officer of The Leadership Circle and Full Circle Group.

John J. Perry

John is committed to helping organizations and individuals create better tomorrows by helping them recall and honor their yesterdays, reveal and understand their today, and believe in and get excited about the promise of their tomorrows.

Doug Silsbee

Doug Silsbee was a pioneer in the field of presence-based leadership development and coaching. He was an executive coach, trainer of coaches, speaker and author in Asheville, NC. Doug passed away in July of 2018. Godspeed.

2017

Joe Musselman

Joe is known for his deep love for people, exuberant personality, and a wide range of interests and achievements. He's a passionate spirit who enjoys creating the space for people to become their greatest selves, and inspire others to do the same.

2016

Jim Kouzes

Jim Kouzes is the coauthor with Barry Posner of the award-winning and best-selling book, The Leadership Challenge, with over 2.5 million copies in print. He's also the Dean’s Executive Fellow of Leadership, Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University.

2014

Karlin Sloan

Karlin Sloan has committed herself to supporting leaders to be the change they wish to see in the world. As a corporate citizen, she is an advocate for triple-bottom-line reporting and for creating positive organizational communities that work together.

2013

Barbara Singer

Barbara's goals are to help more organizations align their strategic priorities with their talent development activities

Dr. Marshall Goldsmith

Dr. Marshall Goldsmith is the only two-time winner of the Thinkers 50 Award for #1 Leadership Thinker in the World. He has been ranked as the #1 Executive Coach in the World and a Top Ten Business Thinker for the past eight years.