- Gail S. Bower
- Margie DuBrow, Ph.D.
- Kavita Goyal, M.S.
- Linshuang Lu, M.S.
- Kathleen Morris, M.S.
- Ann O'Brien, M.S.
- Karen L. Proudford, Ph.D.
- Ray Wells, Ph.D.
- Nancie C. Zane, Ph.D.
Trained as a futurist, Gail studies where society is headed, what trends are on the horizon, and how these trends impact her clients’ businesses. Gail has been interviewed about her work by the New York Times, the Wall St. Journal, Time magazine, U.S. News & World Report, Fox Small Business Center, the Philadelphia Inquirer, plus other specialized media. Prior to launching her consulting practice, Gail spent 20 years in marketing. She served as a producer for some of the country's most important music festivals like the Essence Music Festival, Newport Folk Festival, Newport Jazz Festival, and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.
Prior to her position at Bryn Mawr College, for 11 years, Margie was the principal consultant in Creative Management Strategies, Inc., a firm which specializes in community planning and building the capacity of nonprofit organizations. She has a strong track record of effectively working with executives in public systems and nonprofit agencies and with community leaders to build coalitions focused on community change. Margie earned her doctoral degree in organizational development from Temple University in Philadelphia.
Prior to joining NELI, she served as Program Director at the Center for Humanistic Change and the Bread and Roses Community Fund. Kavita has a passion for building strong community collaborations that lead to transformation. she is committed to relationship-building as the foundation for successful community-based change, and she helps groups resolve internal challenges to enhance their effectiveness. Kavita is a NELI graduate (2012) and holds a M.A. in education from the University of Pennsylvania.
Prior to joining Praxis, Linshuang worked at Nonprofit Finance Fund where she taught workshops and provided consulting services to nonprofits in financial planning, management, and education. She facilitated discussions with senior management on financial strategy, provided board presentations and trainings, developed Excel models, and established other processes to assist clients with financial planning and reporting. Linshuang was also one of the lead developers and writers of the NFF/Guidestar Financial Scan Report. Linshuang holds a Masters of Science in Organization Development from American University.
For the past 25 years, she has worked as a management consultant. She specializes in organization and culture change, strategic organization design, senior team development, executive succession, leadership development, and executive talent training. Her clients have included CEOs, senior teams, and HR executives at a variety of for-profit organizations, including Amerada Hess, Johnson & Johnson, International Paper, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Novartis, Progress Energy, Merrill Lynch, American Express, Xerox, Corning, and Rohm and Haas. In addition, Kathy has consulted with not-for-profit organizations, including the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, The New York Public Theater, Harlem Children’s Zone, Acumen Fund, New York City Ballet and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts on issues of leadership, talent assessment and succession planning. Kathy holds an M.S. in organizational behavior from Goddard College and a B.S. in behavioral sciences from Drexel University.
Ann also serves on the Philadelphia Mayor’s Early Learning Advisory Council, which brings together city, state, and School District representatives along with key nonprofit and philanthropic partners to serve as the mayor’s voice for quality pre-K and school preparedness. Ann has a Master’s of Business Administration from LaSalle University and attended Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research where she received her Masters of Social Service and Masters in Law and Social Policy.
Karen's research and consulting interests focus on group and intergroup dynamics, diversity, and conflict. She has published articles, presented papers and delivered lectures on these topics -- and on the related issues of leadership, organizational growth and change, and motivation -- at academic and professional conferences. Her work has appeared in Group and Organization Management, the Journal of Labor and Employment Law, the Journal of Career Development, The Diversity Factor, International Review of Women and Leadership, Addressing Cultural Issues in Organizations: Beyond the Corporate Context, Women & Leadership: The State of Play and Strategies for Change, Diversity Resistance in Organizations, and the Handbook of Workplace Diversity. Karen is a Fulbright Senior Specialist and was named as one of The Daily Record’s Top 100 Women in Maryland in 2009, 2013 and 2015.
Ray also serves as the Associate Director for the Philadelphia Institute of the Foundation for the Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER). FAIMER Institutes serve health professions education faculty from developing countries in Latin America, Africa and Asia who have the potential to play a key role in improving health professions education in their schools. Ray consults for two companies specializing in Appreciative Inquiry - the Corporation for Positive Change and the Company of Experts – and is an adjunct professor in the Organizational Development and Leadership graduate program at St. Joseph’s University. Ray earned his Master of Arts from Bowling Green State University (OH) in student/adult development and his Ph.D. in applied social-psychology from Temple University.
Nancie has taught courses at the University of Pennsylvania for over 15 years focused on organizational diagnosis, group and team dynamics, and strategic thinking and planning. Nancie received a B.S. from Cornell University in criminal justice and community psychology and a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania with a concentration in social psychology. She was awarded the Tompkins County Human Rights Award in 1984 for her work in the criminal justice system and the development of the Tompkins County Sexual Abuse Task Force, a multi-disciplinary approach to providing treatment to offenders and survivors while focusing on prevention.