Our Leadership TeamThe People That Make It Work
Ralph Weickel – President
Ralph Weickel is the President of the Corporation for Positive Change (CPC) and Principal of Performance Management and the European Center for Positive Change. CPC is a global appreciative consultancy that amplifies performance by bringing 30+ years experience across a broad range of industries including financial institutions, utilities, defense contractors, medical centers, government and small businesses. Ralph and his Team guide organizations to identify and leverage core strengths to permanently improve performance and co-create flourishing environments. Engaging the spirit and unleashing the passion of all stakeholders, the Team utilizes the principles of Positive Change and Appreciative Inquiry as the basis for strength development, performance improvement, and achievement of energizing goals. CPC and its’ sister organizations specialize in co-creating success with organizations in the areas of organizational and team development, change initiatives, strategic planning, operational efficiency, employee engagement, and fostering an entrepreneurial spirit along with lean system implementation. Ralph serves as an appreciative executive coach known for his holistic and co-creative approach. Being a native of Germany, Ralph is also fluent in German, in addition to English.
Diana Whitney, Ph.D. – Founder, President Emeritus and Wisdom Keeper
Diana Whitney is a global social entrepreneur. She is founder and president emeritus of Corporation for Positive Change, a global consulting cooperative; a founder of the Taos Institute, an international think tank dedicated to relational processes in business, education, families and communities; and a founding advisor to the United Religions Initiative, a global network of 530 interfaith cooperation circles working for peace and social justice.
Dr. Whitney is a positively powerful keynote speaker, whose messages of hope, positive change, and the call for appreciative leadership offer practical guidance for new ways of working, living and being. Diana’s unique style of ‘interactive storytelling’ inspires audiences from 50 to 1500 at national and international conferences and leadership symposiums in Asia, Africa, Europe and North America. Diana’s presentations are rich tapestries of experience, research and innovative practices that transform leadership and enliven relationships.
Diana is a prolific, provocative and practical author. Her award winning books on Appreciative Leadership and Appreciative Inquiry, the revolutionary process she helped to develop, have been translated into over a dozen languages and are used as text books in business schools, universities and corporate learning centers around the world. The International Organization Development Network (ODN) honored Diana’s written contributions to the field with the Larry Porter Award.
As a master consultant, Dr. Whitney’s work spans the globe. Diana consults with executives and their teams in support of strategic planning and organization development, organization culture creation and transformation, and leadership capacity building. With over thirty years of experience, her clients include British Airways, Verizon, Johnson & Johnson, Merck SA, City of Regina, Calgary Health Region, UVA Health System, Idaho Department of Education, and the Sisters of Good Shepherd. The American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) recognized her Appreciative Inquiry work at GTE (Verizon) with their award for Best Organization Culture Change.
Diana serves as Distinguished Consulting Faculty with Saybrook University, and a Ph.D. advisor with the Taos Institute. She is Expert Faculty for the NCR Picker Patient Centered Care Institute and a Fellow of the World Business Academy.
Dr. Whitney received her Ph.D. from Temple University in Organizational Communication. Her research on the dissemination of educational innovations was funded by the National Institute of Education and used to create an agenda for the development of educational R&D laboratories in the United States.
Diana Whitney’s legacy is apparent in the hundreds of thousands of people worldwide who work, live and lead using Appreciative Inquiry. She is described as one of the top five thought leaders in the field, forging a positive revolution that is radically transforming knowledge, understanding and practices in human organizing, leadership, and management – for the good of the people.
Tenny Poole – Principal
Tenny Poole is founder of Positive Talent Strategies, a company dedicated to strategic human resources consulting and coaching, and Appreciative Inquiry consulting. Tenny is also founder and principal of West Coast Center for Positive Change, the premier positive change consultancy in California. Tenny’s 30 years delivering top-quality human resources services includes 10 years as Vice President of Human Resources for Experian Americas Credit business. In that time, she used Appreciative Inquiry to further the performance of technical, software development, purchasing, HR, and other functions. In particular, she was instrumental in the Experian’s ”Transformation of Human Resources” project that redesigned the function to deliver strategically focused HR services. Also while at Experian, Tenny was responsible for the design and implementation of a Human Resources function for the start-up of its’ off-shoring center in Santiago, Chile that employs over 500 employees. In addition, she supported a successful business expansion into Latin America and Canada. In 2000, Tenny was selected Human Resources Executive of the Year by the Orange County Affiliate of the National Human Resources Association for her work in developing her team, accelerating culture change and implementing new human resources strategies at Experian using Appreciative Inquiry.
Amanda Trosten-Bloom – Principal
Amanda Trosten-Bloom is a widely acclaimed consultant, master trainer, energizing speaker, and pioneer in the use of Appreciative Inquiry for high engagement, whole system change. She builds results oriented partnerships with organizational and community leaders and teams in support of strategic planning, culture change and organizational excellence. Working across sectors in business, nonprofit and government organizations, her clients have included: Hewlett-Packard; the Unitarian Universalist Association; IHS; ACT; Hunter Douglas Window Fashions Division; the National Security Administration; Goddard Space Flight Center; The Denver Foundation; and the Cities of Boulder, Denver and Longmont, CO; Boulder County, CO.
Amanda is also co-author of Appreciative Leadership: Focus on What Works to Drive Winning Performance and Build a Thriving Organization (McGraw-Hill, 2010); the best-selling Power of Appreciative Inquiry: A Practical Guide to Positive Change (Berrett-Koehler: 2003 and 2010); Appreciative Team Development: Positive Questions to Bring Out the Best in Your Team (iUniverse, 2005); the Encyclopedia of Positive Questions – Volume One: Questions to Bring Out the Best at Work; and more than a dozen articles and book chapters.
TSUI Pui Yin Dorothy – Principal
Dorothy is a dedicated talent and organization development practitioner. Her broad portfolio includes clients from government agencies, nonprofits, and multinational corporations across industries in Greater China, Southeast Asia, and the United States. As the Principal of Greater China Center and Hong Kong Center for Positive Change, Dorothy designs and facilitates co-creative processes that are firmly grounded in the strength-based principles of Appreciative Inquiry for positive and lasting change. She trains and develops Appreciative Inquiry practitioners and consultants through intensive programs and one-on-one mentoring. She is a CPC leadership team member and serves as a Principal to support its development in Asia. Dorothy is the first Certified Learning and Performance Professional® (CPLP®) of the Association for Talent Development (ATD) in Hong Kong and has supported CPLP® candidates in Asia to go through the certification process. She is a Senior Action Learning Coach of the World Institute for Action Learning (WIAL) and the managing director of WIAL’s affiliate in Hong Kong. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.positivechange.hk LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/dorothytsui
Kevin Real, Ph.D. – Principal
Kevin Real, (Ph.D., 2002, Texas A&M University) is Associate Professor of Organizational Communication in the Department of Communication at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Real is engaged in research in healthcare, organizational design, and occupational safety and health. His research involves both quantitative and qualitative methodology. Dr. Real is interested in how appreciate inquiry and communication research can provide opportunities for improving everyday life for organizational members and stakeholders. His work has been published in Human Communication Research, Journal of Business and Psychology, Health Communication, Management Communication Quarterly, Journal of Applied Communication Research and the Handbook of Health Communication. Adding this research dimension provides the opportunity for Dr. Real and CPC to develop research-based metrics, facilitate the collection of data, and systematically analyze and document the outcomes of AI interventions. In collaboration with scholars at the Innovation Network for Entrepreneurial Thinking (http://ci.uky.edu/inet/), we are studying the outcomes of AI work in order to understand what works in authenticating the success of AI engagements.
Frank van Erkel – Principal
Frank van Erkel has had extensive experience as (senior) administrative manager and leader of innovation projects in the public sector.
He has been leading governmental change and innovation for the past 20 years, both on national and local levels.
He is always looking for new ways to improve government, and connecting it to emerging developments in society. Frank is currently working for the municipality of Amsterdam and is owner of the ChangeLab, specializing in change management, appreciative inquiry and social and governmental innovation. He is a certified Executive Coach, and is presently working for a variety of organizations as such.
In recent years he has been working together with universities on societal change projects (Helsinki, Espoo, Malmo, Johannesburg) and co-founded the platform International Initiatives for Societal Innovation (I2SI).
Frank has worked at the Department of Environment (1989-1994) in the field of national policy for the living environment, and at the Department of Transportation (1994-2002), where he worked on and managed diverse projects in the area of interactive planning, innovation programs, strategy development, and scenario planning. Among other things, he set up the first ministry-wide innovation program (Roads to the Future), leading the change program to liquidate the task-oriented, reactive Civil Aviation Authority and set up a process-oriented and pro-active Directorate General of Civic Aviation.
In 2002 he became City-manager in Amsterdam for the district Geuzenveld and was responsible for reversing the downward spiral into social and economic decline and urban renewal in Amsterdam’s most deprived area. In 2008 he was one of the initiators of restructuring the Amsterdam administrative system and leading CEO for the merger of two city districts in 2010.
From 2010 till 2013, he was the City-manager of the Amsterdam East-district.
The last two years he was the program Director of Organizational Development for the city of Amsterdam to compel the city administration to be more flexible and responsive to the needs of its citizens and entrepreneurs.
In his free time he enjoys traveling and encountering different cultures. He loves to run the half marathon and scuba dive in tropical water. He also practices improvisational theater.