Leadership Institute

Meet the Instructors

The Leadership Institute’s distinguished faculty come from a broad range of fields and disciplines. Their exceptional combination of academic expertise and professional experience guarantees a leading-edge education and professional development.
Jacqueline Byrd, Ph.D.
Jacqueline is president of the Richard Byrd Company, a Minneapolis-based organization that works both national and international companies.
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Kathy Curran, Ph.D.
Kathy is the principal owner of Resources for Creative Change, Inc.
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Stephany Good, M.A.
Stephany has worked as a law enforcement supervisor, manager and administrator for state, local and county law enforcement.
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Lecia Grossman, CPCC
Lecia is a certified professional life coach, consultant, facilitator, training designer and speaker.
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Alexsandra Lantigua, MA, CPCC
She is a trainer for the Organizational Systems Coaching and The Better Way to work program and committed to bringing tools that help create the work that you love and work that sustains and fulfills you.
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Mary Beth Lamb
Mary Beth has helped business people all over the world develop cultural competency.
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Deb Magnuson, M.A.
Debby is Director of Career Services with Career Partners International.
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Karla Montgomery, M.A.
Ms. Montgomery has worked over 25 years in talent management and organizational development roles in various industries.
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Mia Mulrennan
A sought-after speaker and trainer, Mia has presented to leaders in industry, business and psychology at events such as the HR Professionals National Conference, Women in Leadership Global Forum, and Minnesota Psychological Association Annual Meeting.
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Diane Nettifee, M.A.T.
Diane is the founder and president of Magis Ventures.
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Deborah Strebel Pierce
Deborah is a 27-year veteran of the FBI with experience in multiple aspects of criminal and terrorism investigation and management.
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Verna Cornelia Price, Ph.D.
Verna is the founder, president and principal consultant of J. Cameron & Associates.
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Roshini Rajkumar
Roshini serves on the Minnesota Advisory Council for the American Cancer Society and is a member of the Jesuit Partnership Council of the Twin Cities.
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Jearlyn Steele
Jearlyn currently host a radio show on 830 WCCO Radio where her talk show, Steele Talkin, can be heard in approximately thirty states nationwide and is streamed via WCCORadio.com.
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Mirja Hanson, MBA, Ed.D.
Mirja is a facilitator, consultant, instructor and author.
Janice Downing
Janice, CEO of Common Sense Consulting@Work, has 20 years of experience as a human resources professional.
Donna DiMenna
Donna DiMenna, Psy.D, LP is currently the Chief HR Officer at Taylor Corporation. She is responsible for the strategies related to talent management, engagement, leadership development, compliance, compensation/benefits, and talent acquisition across Taylor’s 90+ companies. Prior to her two years at Taylor, she was the General Manager for the Minneapolis flagship office for PDI, a global organizational management consulting firm. The 15 years prior to working in corporate environments, she worked a psychologist in private practice in the twin cities.
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