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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.

Ann Harlan

Ann is the Founder and Co -CEO of Harlan Peterson Partners, LLC, an executive leadership development firm with a unique focus in the area of client development and professional development consulting for lawyers.

Prior to founding Harlan Peterson Partners, Ann Harlan was the Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for The J.M. Smucker Company. The JM Smucker Company is publically traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol SJM.

In her role as General Counsel at The J.M. Smucker Company, Ms. Harlan’s responsibilities included selection of the Company’s outside legal advisors, providing her unique insight, from a client’s perspective, regarding effective client development tools and strategies. Throughout her professional career Ann has taken a leadership role in designing and implementing mentoring programs for lawyers and.  In addition to her mentoring and coaching activities, Ms. Harlan is a founding member of the Case Western Reserve University School of Law Women in Law and Leadership Institute.

Ann Harlan also serves on the Board of Directors of The Gorman Rupp Company, a New York Stock Exchange company where she currently serves as Lead Director. Ann also Chairs the Nominating and Governance Committee and sits on the Audit Committee.

Additionally, Ms. Harlan sat on the Board of Eatem Foods Corporation, a privately held manufacturer of food ingredients and flavorings, until its sale to Archer Daniels Midland in 2015. Ann also sits on the Advisory Board of The Gates Group Capital Partners.

Ms. Harlan is a member of the Board of Trustees of University Hospitals Health System, Inc. where she is the Vice Chair of the Compensation Committee and serves on the Audit Committee and the Nominating and Governance Committee. Ann also chairs the Board of The First Tee of Cleveland and serves on a number of additional non profit Boards focused on health care, education and youth development.

Ann is a graduate of Skidmore College and Case Western Reserve University School of Law where she was inducted into the Order of the Barristers. Ann is also a frequent speaker on women’s leadership and executive presence, and, in her free time, she is an avid cyclist.