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World-Class Instruction

The program instructors rank among the most distinguished business scholars, coaches and consultants in the world.

Marilee Adams, PhD

Marilee Adams, PhD

Marilee Adams, Ph.D. is an author, organizational consultant and facilitator, executive coach, and professional speaker. She is CEO/President of the Inquiry Institute, a solutions company providing consulting, coaching, training, keynotes and eLearning. She is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Public Affairs at American University in the Key Executive Leadership Program and faculty for the Institute for Life Coach Training, the Adler Institute, and Expedition Coaching. She is an ACC with the International Coach Federation and an instructor for Weatherhead Executive Education.

Dr. Adams' published works include books, book chapters, and articles. These include Change Your Questions, Change Your Life: 12 Powerful Tools for Leadership, Coaching, and Life, 3nd edition (Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2016) and The Art of the Question: A Guide to Short-Term Question-Centered Therapy (John Wiley & Sons, 1998). Change Your Questions, Change Your Life is an Amazon #1 Bestseller in Learning in Organizations and Business and has sold over 300,000 copies in about 20 languages. Another book, Teaching that Changes Lives: 12 Mindset Tools for Igniting the Love of Learning, was published in 2013 by Berrett-Koehler and won a Gold Medal IPPY Publishers Award. Marilee's book chapters include: "The Practical Primacy of Questions in Action Learning" in Action Learning and Its Applications, Present and Future and she co-authored, with Dr. David Cooperrider and Dr. Marge Schiller, "With Our Questions We Make the World" in Advances in Appreciative Inquiry—Constructive Discourse and Human Organization. She also co-authored with Dr. Cynda Rushton an article in Advanced Critical Care Nursing entitled: "Asking Ourselves and Others the Right Questions: A Vehicle for Understanding, Resolving, and Preventing Conflicts between Clinicians, Patients, and Families."

Dr. Adams works and speaks in the private and public sector, healthcare, education, and professional associations. These include: the United Nations, Georgetown McDonough School of Business; Ameriprise, AREVA, Inc., Booz Allen, Brother Int'l, DHL, DuPont Global, Johnson & Johnson, Lockheed Martin, Merck & Co.; the Federal Reserve Board, the Department of Commerce, the Social Security Administration, the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Navy, FBI, Department of Health & Human Services, HSBC Private Banking, NASA Goddard, the National Defense University (NDU), U.S. Departments of Treasury, Commerce, and Education, National Geospatial Agency, Brookings Institution, SUBMEPP Activity, and the Council for Excellence in Government; Princeton University, Harvard University, Kansas State University, Kent State University, Humber University, New York University, George Mason University, Columbia University Teachers College Workplace Learning Institute; Johns Hopkins Hospital, Toronto General Hospital, Medical College of Wisconsin, Hamilton Health Sciences, and Christiana Care Hospital, Bayada Home Health Care, National Training Laboratory, International Coach Federation (national and local), Tony Robbins coaches, Systems Thinking in Action Conference, Learning Forward, Organizational Development Network, Society for Human Resource Management, American Society of Training & Development, the Global Forum for Action Learning. Marilee earned her MSW from Virginia Commonwealth University and her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Fielding Graduate University.

Prior to 1998, Dr. Adams was a psychotherapist in private practice working with individuals, groups, couples, and families. During that time, she also founded and led several public seminar companies.

Ellen Burts-Cooper

Ellen Burts-Cooper, PhD

Dr. Ellen Burts-Cooper is the senior managing partner of Improve Consulting and Training Group, a firm that provides personal and professional development training, coaching and consultation. Improve has been featured in Time Magazine, Black Voices, Smart Business Magazine and Bloomberg Businessweek.

Dr. Burts-Cooper is an instructor at Case Western Reserve University in the Weatherhead Executive Education Program and The Institute for Management Studies (IMS). She is also the author of the book Canine Instinct: A Guide to Survival and Advancement in Corporate America.

She earned a BS in chemistry from Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, AL, her PhD in organic/polymer chemistry from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA, her MBA from the University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Business and her Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt certification from 3M Company.

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Patrick Donadio

Patrick Donadio, MBA, CSP™, MCC

From the boardroom to the classroom, Patrick Donadio has guided two generations of leaders and their organizations with powerful keynotes, engaging presentations and one-on-one business communication coaching.

A nationally recognized communication expert and author of Communicating with IMPACT”, Thousands of leaders and their teams from Fortune 100 companies to associations, universities, hospitals, and governmental organizations have benefited from his results-based process for "Communicating with IMPACT.” He focuses on helping others communicate with clarity, lead more effectively, present with power, increase sales/profits, build deeper relationships, and boost overall performance/results.

Patrick serves on the board of the National Speakers Association (NSA). He is one of only four people in the world to have earned both the Certified Speaking Professional (CSPTM) designation from NSA, and the Master Certified Coach (MCC) designation from the International Coach Federation (ICF), the highest earned designations in both associations based on proven experience and customer satisfaction.

Patrick received his Master's in Business Administration from The Ohio University, graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor's in Communications and was elected to Phi Kappa Phi honorary society. As an educator, he has taught communications at The University of Notre Dame, The Weatherhead School of Management, The Ohio State University, and The John Glenn College of Public Affairs.

Patrick's expertise has been featured in the media including: NBC TV, TIME, Psychology Today, Smart Business, Money, The Huffington Post, Columbus CEO, WCMHTV, WOSU, WSNY, and numerous industry-specific journals.

Don Henderson

Don Henderson

Don Henderson joined VanAllen in 2013 as Managing Director of Consulting Services. He is responsible for all consulting activities ranging from the C-Suite to the hangar floor. Don's primary focus begins with the perspective of the customer. Organizational design and development are his sweet spot, understanding the critical component of cultural alignment within all organizations and teams. The relationships cultivated over the years have given Don unique insight into hundreds of aviation teams and their leaders.

As a practitioner, he spent 25 years with KeyCorp, a major Financial Services Company, in a variety of roles from Captain, Training Captain, Chief Pilot, and the Director of Aviation. He has a finely tuned ability to work with both top executives as well as aviation professionals. He is credited with broadening KeyCorp's Aviation Department's role by serving as subject matter experts working with a large business aviation leasing portfolio as well as external clients.

Soon after joining VanAllen, Don worked intimately with faculty at Georgia State University, to develop a Business Aviation Leadership Program. This unique program was designed to engage, educate, and empower Aviation Leaders. The course has provided strategic leadership perspective to over 200 program graduates.

Don's wide range of experiences and industry involvement serves VanAllen's clients well. He is formerly the Chairman of the NBAA Corporate Aviation Management Committee, as well as the past Chairman of the NBAA's Professional Development Program Approval Committee. He is currently a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). Additionally, he holds an EMBA from Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management, is a former Certified IS-BAO auditor and teaches interpersonal communication classes. He is also a certified administrator for the Hogan Personality Inventory (HPI), Hogan Development Survey (HDS), and the Motives, Values, Preferences Inventory (MVPI) assessments with advanced interpretation. All of these unique insights are invaluable as Don oversees and directly supports VanAllen clients.

Roman Sheremeta

Roman Sheremeta, PhD

Roman Sheremeta, Ph.D., is an associate professor of economics at the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from Purdue University and is a recipient of many research and teaching awards, including the 2018 Smith Ascending Scholar Prize, as well as multiple grants, including the National Science Foundation and the Max Planck Institute grants. Sheremeta was listed as a Top Economic Thinker of Ukrainian descent by Forbes in 2015, a top-rated young economist in the world according to the IDEAS ranking in 2018, and recognized as the Best 40 Under 40 Professors by Poets and Quants in 2019. His research has been published in more than 60 leading scholarly journals in economics, business, psychology, and political science, and featured in a variety of popular media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, NBC News, NPR, and Science Daily. The focus of his research is in experimental economics and game theory, with applications to behavioral economics, conflict resolution, industrial organization, labor economics, and public economics. Sheremeta has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Economic Psychology, Games, and the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization. Sheremeta has been a consultant to many private and public organizations, including the Cleveland Clinic and Morgan Stanley. He served on the Ohio Attorney General task force aimed at fighting the opioid epidemic in the State of Ohio. Since the beginning of the Ukrainian-Russian conflict, Sheremeta has been continuously advising various entities of the Ukrainian government. Since his appointment at the Weatherhead School of Management in 2013, Sheremeta has taught courses in the areas of negotiation, behavioral economics, managerial economics, and game theory.

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