"Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through an argument, debate and doubt to offer a solution everybody can understand."
President & Co-Founder
With over 30 years experience in executive coaching, change and transition management, strategic planning, leadership development and organizational effectiveness, Emmy understands the issues senior executives face daily and is skilled in the solutions that create outcomes companies desire. Her work focuses on achieving tangible business results and creating lasting impact in her clients’ organizations. Known for her direct, constructive feedback and insight, she holds her clients accountable for making change. How? She has the peripheral vision to connect the dots which enables her clients to transform their insight in to new behaviors. Emmy will tell you that, "Clients usually don’t need an entirely different tool box but a bigger one." As such, she is always learning something new to share with her clients. She has served on the national board of Human Resources People and Strategy (HRPS) and the Forum of Executive Women.
Emmy and her parents moved to the United States when she was 18-months old. When she was eight-years-old, she became a naturalized American citizen having learned English as a second language. The first people she helped to actualize their potential were her three sons. These days, Emmy and her husband are enjoying their 10 grandchildren and their dog Poochie. Emmy has traveled extensively for business and pleasure to countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Europe, and the Caribbean but loves coming home to Philadelphia. Her perfect Sunday afternoon consists of a leisurely read of the New York Times and the Financial Times with a cappuccino in the library of her historic townhouse. Candidly, most days Emmy finds her way to a cappuccino; it is something she says she can’t live without.
Emmy is a Certified Coach by the International Coaching Federation.
Gail Howard, Ed.D
Managing Director & Senior Consultant
Gail has served as a consultant, senior human resources executive, and coach. She incorporates the best practices of both "insider" experience with "outsider" objectivity to support her clients. She really enjoys change management projects because they are tough and critically important to a company’s success. Her clients call her personable, professional and patient. They expect her to get to the heart of an issue and clarify complex concepts without "dumbing it down."
She has served on more than a dozen nonprofit boards during her 25+ year career. When she’s not working, she likes to stay active outdoors. If you are lucky enough to get an invitation to her home – accept immediately. She is an excellent cook, famous for her dinner parties. Two things Gail hates are to be bored and driving an automatic – every car she has ever owned has been manual transmission. When she reads for fun, it is usually science fiction, her favorite.
Dr. Mila Baker
Dr. Baker is an accomplished business executive and academic with 30-years experience in the areas of executive coaching and development, business execution, strategic organization development, design and change. She has held senior positions at Fortune 50 multinational companies, international organizations and higher education.
She is noted for her specialized expertise in leadership, executive assessment, coaching and consulting on complex change and strategy initiatives. She coaches C-levels executives specializing in work with executives transitioning to higher levels of responsibility or cross discipline management. She is also a licensed psychologist and is certified to administer and interpret a wide variety of assessment instruments.
Dr. Baker is the former Associate Professor and Academic Chair for the M.S. in HRMD at New York University’s School for Continuing and Professional Studies. She is the past board chair of the Organization Development Network and the Organization Design Forum. She is the 2014 recipient of the University of Cincinnati McMicken Distinguished Alumni Award.
Melanie Cloyd, MS
As a consultant for Liberty Business Strategies, Melanie Cloyd leverages her 20+ years in business and academia to bring insight, perspective and experience to many aspects of consulting. Her work with leaders as a strategic advisor and coach enables her to present solutions and direction on human resources strategies. She has significant experience in the corporate, consulting and academic environments, and worked with leaders to drive organizational development. In addition, she maintains a private consulting and coaching practice specializing in leadership development, coaching and HR consulting..
Melanie has experience designing and facilitating training and workshops for individuals, groups and organizations. Melanie’s most recent work has focused on team building, leadership development, communication and conflict resolution.
Lynn DiBonaventura is a Senior Consultant at Liberty Business Strategies Ltd. She is an Award Winning Global Executive with over 17 years of results driven success in business solutions focused on organizational dynamics, executive coaching, talent management strategy, engagement and leadership development. As a senior consultant, executive coach, and Human Resources leader, Lynn is known for implementing business transformation and maximizing return on complex change initiatives.
Her approach is collaborative and results-driven. She specializes in work with executives transitioning to higher levels of responsibility by helping to orchestrate integration between commercial goals/strategies and human and technical resource investments.
Christiane Frischmuth is a coach, a facilitator, process consultant, trainer, and leadership development specialist with more than 25 years of experience. She co-creates and facilitates learning experiences and change processes for individuals, groups and organizations. Christiane has deep experience in developing global, results-based leadership programs as well as supporting organizational decentralization processes, mergers, and various functional integrations. Some of Christiane’s recent areas of focus have included on-boarding of new consultants and staff, development of virtual teaming practices, integrating learning and capacity building into business practices and government- and organization-wide rapid results processes. She has worked and lived in Asia, Europe, Africa, Latin America and North America.
Amy Gross’ diverse professional background serves as the foundation of her results-driven work with clients. Amy has held management positions in business development, marketing, and research in both consulting and corporate environments. She has had a significant coaching and consulting career in academic, athletic, and mental health settings. She has spent 15+ years coaching and competing as an elite athlete and brings a collaborative and strengths-based approach to every client interaction. In addition, she maintains a private coaching and consulting practice specializing in helping individuals and athletic teams perform optimally, as a private practitioner for a psychology practice, and serves as a key resource on the Liberty Business Strategies team.Amy has experience designing and facilitating training and workshops for individuals, groups, and organizations. Amy’s most recent work has focused on coaching engagements, change management initiatives, and integrating the results from formal assessment tools with workplace observations to enhance leadership performance.
Bonnie Kramer is an internationally experienced consultant and successful manager with a 25 year progressive career in private and public sector organizations. Accomplished in designing and delivering organization change initiatives, Ms. Kramer has particular expertise in moving from strategy to implementation. She is highly adept at driving consensus and decision making in complex, global institutions. Her experience includes in leadership coaching, business process innovation, accountability frameworks, organizational restructuring and culture change.
Dr. Livingston has more than 25+ years of experience as a business and human resource executive and as an educational leader. He has worked extensively in:
- Coaching senior-level executives and teams.
- Coaching key leaders in profit and non-profit environments.
- Providing training and organization development consultation in the United States, Europe, Asia, and the Caribbean.
- Directing the human resources and labor relations activities in the businesses in which he has worked.
- Facilitating work process redesign and establishing production methods and standards as an industrial engineer in manufacturing environments.
Chris Satullo is nationally known for his work in media, communications and civic engagement. Over decades of leadership positions in commercial and public media, he gained deep experience at spotting disruptive change on the horizon and helping teams adapt. The winner of more than 60 journalism awards, Chris grasps the power of story and narrative to frame how people perceive and respond to events. As co-founder of the Project for Civic Engagement at the University of Pennsylvania, he has led dozens of projects that helped companies, nonprofits and government agencies engage civilly with the public in ways that produced useful guidance for leaders. He has also helped nonprofits and companies use those same techniques of dialogue and visioning to craft strategies to build buy-in from staff.Chris’ leadership roles include the creation of a number of innovations to provide deeper and broader public insight. From 2008 to 2015, he was Vice President of News and Civic Dialogue at WHYY/NewsWorks, Philadelphia’s leading public media outlet. While at WHYY, he launched the NewsWorks.org website, the radio programs NewsWorks Tonight and The Pulse, and two award-winning statewide reporting initiatives, StateImpact PA and Keystone Crossroads. Previously, he was a news executive at the Philadelphia Inquirer, where he served as Editorial Page Editor and wrote the Centre Square column. He launched the paper’s Currents and Community Voices sections and led the award-winning Great Expectations civic dialogue project on the 2007 Philadelphia City Elections. An expert in civic engagement, in 2006, he co-founded the Penn Project for Civic Engagement at the University of Pennsylvania. Before the Inquirer, he worked at the Express newspaper in Easton, Pa., where he was assistant managing editor and wrote a syndicated column.
Engagement Manager & Analyst
Alissa Thornton is an operations and consulting professional with skills in qualitative and quantitative data analysis. She is experienced in the design, distribution and analysis of surveys. She has conducted research field work both the English and the Spanish languages and has presented her research at the Temple University Annual Sociological Research Conference. Her most recent work as a team member at Liberty has focused on change management, strategic planning, and stakeholder feedback analysis.
Alissa has more than 5 years of experience in the areas of small business and non-profit management. In her previous positions, she has assisted in the development of successful new revenue opportunities in professional services. She has been an innovator using new communication tools to significantly increase member engagement during her work with the Consular Corps Association of Philadelphia and the Honorary Consulate of Lithuania. She organized the planning and production of high-profile events with local leaders including elected and appointed government officials, corporate executives and civic entrepreneurs.
Alissa holds two Bachelor of Arts degrees from Temple University in Sociology and Spanish. In addition to her degrees, Alissa holds a certificate in Organizational Development and Effectiveness from the Society of Human Resource Management.
Nina Scherrei is an operations and communications professional with over 5 years of experience in a variety of small businesses. Nina has skills in project management and budgetary systems within the professional services, real estate and legal sectors.
With a strong understanding of organizational needs, Nina maximizes use of resources and determines the best solutions, while consistently maintaining client satisfaction as a first priority. During her tenure at Liberty Business Strategies, she has introduced new tools and implemented procedures that have streamlined the sales and marketing processes, while maximizing Liberty’s ability to deliver high-quality services to our clients.
Assistant to the President
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