D. Christopher Kayes

Dr. Chris Kayes (PhD, Case Western Reserve University) is professor and chair of the Management Department at The George Washington University School of Business. He has also served as interim dean of the School of Business, where he led the school’s financial turnaround. He is a senior fellow at the Center for Excellence in Public Leadership at The George Washington University. He is author or coauthor of four books: Contemporary Organizational Behavior (Pearson), Organizational Resilience: How Learning Sustains Organizations Through Crisis, Disaster, and Breakdown (Oxford University Press), The Learning Advantage: Six Practices of Learning-Directed Leadership (Macmillan), and Destructive Goal Pursuit: The Mt. Everest Disaster (Macmillan).

Dr. Kayes’ research on learning, leadership, and organizations has appeared in 25 peer-reviewed publications. One paper received the first most significant contribution to the practice of management award by the Organizational Behavior Division of the Academy of Management. In addition, his analysis of the 1996 Mt. Everest climbing disaster won a best paper award from the journal Human Relations, and his extension of experiential learning theory was nominated for the first best paper award in the Academy of Management Learning and Education journal. His research has been featured in The EconomistWashingtonian, Wall Street JournalNPRBBC, BloombergTVBusiness Insider, The Sunday Times of London, and Psychologies. Focusing on how leaders learn in the face of complex and novel situations, he has studied learning, leadership, and teamwork in a variety of settings in an effort to uncover hidden sources of vulnerability in organizations and identify ways that leaders build continuity in times of change and turmoil. His unique approach to goals and goal setting was featured in Oliver Burkeman’s book The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking.

Professor Kayes was selected by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Information Programs to film a video series as part of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative. He received the Outstanding Teaching Award from George Washington University School of Business executive education students. He has taught at universities around the world, including the Singapore Institute of Management; the Zagreb School of Economics and Management in Croatia; the Helsinki School of Economics in Finland; the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga, Latvia; the University of Hull in the United Kingdom; and Holy Spirit University in Beirut, Lebanon. He frequently conducts intensive multiday seminars to develop leaders and delivers keynote addresses on various leadership and learning topics.

Dr. Kayes has consulted with a variety of organizations, including Northrop Grumman, American Research Institute, WMS Gaming, Human Capital Singapore, National Institutes of Health, Fannie Mae, Oracle, Ericsson, Bank of New York Mellon, Pension Benefits Guarantee Corporation, Singapore Workforce Development Agency, Federal Aviation Administration, U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Judiciary, U.S. Army, and U.S. Navy.

Alice Y. Kolb

Alice Kolb is the President of Experience Based Learning Systems (EBLS), a research and development organization devoted to research and application of experiential learning in organizations worldwide. EBLS has developed many experiential exercises and self-assessment instruments including the latest Kolb Learning Style Inventory 4.0. The EBLS program of research on Experiential Learning Theory continues in collaboration with an international network of researchers, practitioners and learning partners.

As President of EBLS Alice facilitates research and practice initiatives of the international network. She was a co-developer of the Kolb Learning Style Inventory 4.0 and was the leader of the team that developed the Kolb Educator Role Profile, an inventory designed to help educators apply experiential learning principles in their work.

She was born and raised in Brazil and went to Japan where she received her BA in Japanese Studies from Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, and MA and Doctorate in Human Resources Management from Hitotsubashi University. She received a MS in Human Resource Management from Cleveland State University and her Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University in Organizational Behavior where she was an Adjunct Professor in the Weatherhead School of Management. She is fluent in Portuguese, Spanish, Japanese and English.

Her research focus on creating learning spaces conducive to deep learning led to her paper “Learning styles and learning spaces: Enhancing experiential learning in higher education” published in Academy of Management Learning and Education and “Learning to play, playing to learn: A case study of a ludic learning space,” published in the Journal of Organizational Change Management. She is currently preparing a book entitled Becoming an Experiential Educator: Principles and Practices of Experiential Learning with David Kolb. She and David received the 2008 “Educational Pioneers of the Year Award” from the National Society for Experiential Education.

David A. Kolb

David Kolb is the Chairman of Experience Based Learning Systems (EBLS), an organization that he founded in 1980 to advance research and practice on experiential learning.

He received his BA in psychology, philosophy and religion at Knox College and his Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Harvard University. He was a professor of organizational behavior and management at the MIT Sloan School of

Management and at the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University where he is currently Emeritus Professor of Organizational Behavior.

He is best known for his research on experiential learning and learning styles described in the new Second Edition of Experiential Learning: Experience as the Source of Learning and Development. Other books include, How You Learn Is How You Live: Nine Ways of Learning That Can Transform Your Life, Conversational Learning: An Experiential Approach to Knowledge Creation, Innovation in Professional Education: Steps on a Journey from Teaching to Learning, and Organizational Behavior: An Experiential Approach. In addition he has authored many journal articles and book chapters on experiential learning. David has received several research awards and four honorary degrees recognizing his contributions to experiential learning in higher education.

Angela Passarelli

Angela Passarelli is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Management & Marketing at the College of Charleston, SC, and an affiliate instructor of Executive Education at Case Western Reserve University. Her research focuses on how developmental relationships support learning, particularly in the context of leader development. She draws on neuroscience and psychophysiology to explore the implicit dynamics of these relationships. Her research has been supported by grants from the Harnisch Foundation at the Harvard Institute of Coaching, as well as the Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology. Her work has been published in various journals including the Leadership Quarterly, Consulting Psychology Journal: Practice and Research, Frontiers in Psychology, and the Journal of Experiential Education.

Angela has significant experience designing and delivering leadership development programs in both corporate and educational contexts. As a consultant and executive coach, she has worked with organizations in the healthcare, financial services, manufacturing, and education industries to increase the vitality of their leadership systems. Prior to pursuing her doctorate, Angela was responsible for undergraduate and graduate leadership development programs at Elon University and Texas A&M University. Angela began her career as a sales manager in the food and beverage industry.

Currently, Angela teaches courses and non-degree programs on leadership, organizational behavior, organizational change, and experiential learning for graduate, undergraduate, and executive learners. She serves on the Scientific Advisory Council at the Harvard Institute of Coaching and as a Research Fellow at the Coaching Research Lab at Case Western Reserve University. Her professional affiliations include the Academy of Management and the Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology.

Ph.D., Organizational Behavior, Case Western Reserve University

M.S., Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education, Texas A&M University

B.S., Psychology & General Business, James Madison University

Mai Trinh

Mai Trinh studies how to effectively lead complex social systems—composed of highly interdependent, heterogeneous agents such as leaders, group members, and their operating environments—in uncertain and changing contexts. She draws on research from organization science, complex system science, education, philosophy, and sociology and uses multiple research methods such as surveys, interviews, and computational simulation in order to identify novel pathways for leaders to optimize their influence within both traditional and emerging organizations.

Practically and pedagogically, Mai uses Kolb’s Experiential Learning Theory as well as executive and peer coaching to help leaders develop absorptive, adaptive, and generative capacities to be more effective in a changing world. She focuses on key competencies such as learning identity, teamwork, appreciation of diversity, humility, and flexibility.  Overall, Mai’s work highlights the multiple possibilities of effective leadership and emphasizes that one’s leadership portfolio is dependent on individual strengths, weaknesses, as well as their fit with external environments. Her scholarship helps people realize and enact their leadership portfolio and equips them with the skills to be able to navigate complexity, anticipate uncertainty, and adapt to changes in their local organizations and communities.

Mai earned her Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. She is  currently an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Leadership and Interdisciplinary Studies at Arizona State University.

Marshall Baker

Marshall Baker is an assistant professor at North Carolina State University where his research focuses on experiential learning as a mechanism for building and growing rural youth and communities. Marshall was raised in rural America on a family farm where he developed his passion for agriculture, experiential approaches to learning, and the role of public education in building rural vitality. Marshall received both a M.S. and B.S. from the University of Florida focusing on educational psychology and agricultural education. He received his Ph. D. from Oklahoma State University where his award-winning dissertation explored the causal effects of an experiential approach to learning. His professional experiences include serving as the director of youth leadership for the National FFA Organization, teaching at an inner-city school for at-risk youth under the Big Picture teaching framework, teaching at a large high school in Rio Rancho, NM, and ultimately serving as the lead principal of a large public school in Stillwater, OK. He also was elected to the Stillwater Board of Education where he served the district for two years. Dr. Baker served as an assistant professor at Oklahoma State University before moving to North Carolina State University. In his current role, Dr. Baker teaches an undergraduate course in experiential learning, has published over 20 articles related to experiential learning, and has secured over 3 million dollars in external funding focused on developing more experiential curriculum and methods of teacher preparation.