Dr. Frances Johnston is a world-renowned scholar-practitioner, researcher, and co-author of the Harvard Business Press book, Becoming a Resonant Leader. Fran is the founder and CEO of Teleos Leadership Institute, a boutique consulting firm that focuses on organizational development, executive coaching and leadership.
Over the course of her 25+ year career, she has become a trusted mentor and advisor to C-level executives and top teams across a broad range of organizations and sectors—including many of the world’s biggest and most well-known companies: Merrill Lynch, Viacom, Unilever, CISCO and Unisys; and small ones including architecture firms, food co-ops, and school districts. She has also worked with the United Nations Development Programme and consulted with government leaders around the globe on issues of inclusion, post-conflict organizational development, and community leadership.
Fran’s fascination with group development and deep commitment to organizational growth enables her to create real connections with those she serves and catalyze transformational change in large systems. She’s done it worldwide in a variety of complex contexts and approaches, including 6,000 business line leaders in a global energy company; 1,000 community and government leaders in post-Khmer Rouge Cambodia; 700 distributed leaders in a major financial services firm, 50 clinical care leaders in a regional health system; 25 managers of her local food co-op; and with one incredibly competitive Division I college basketball coach. Fran sees the potential of any group or individual to make a difference with their leadership to change the world, and her fundamental belief in the human possibility and profound capability to understand an organization’s complexity set her apart as an effective leader of leaders.
The daughter of documentary filmmakers, Fran grew up in a world of exploration, creativity, and curiosity. By the time she reached college at the University of Pennsylvania, Fran had channeled that curiosity into the study of group dynamics and group development. She was a leader on her field hockey, track and rugby teams, and she used her experience as an athlete to figure out how and why teams behaved the way they did. That curiosity continued to grow throughout her career. She earned an M.Ed. in Sports Psychology and a Ph.D. in Adult and Organizational Development, both from Temple University. She designed custom executive education programs at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School before joining the Hay Group, a global management consulting firm focused on organizational change. In early 2002, she co-founded Teleos with her friend and thought partner, Annie McKee.
Her development as a scholar-practitioner includes a thorough study of Gestalt theory—a theory of psychology applied to organizational development that gets to the root of personal and organizational potential and mobilizes energy to change. She is a long-standing faculty at the Wharton School’s Aresty Institute of Executive Education and a senior associate/faculty of the Gestalt International Study Center in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, where she taught their flagship course for senior executives. Previously, Fran taught at Temple University, Philadelphia College of the Sciences, the Community College of Philadelphia, and the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland. Fran and her partner Laura have two children, Lucas and Miguel. They live in the eclectic enclave of Mount Airy, Philadelphia, a complex and interesting beehive of community activity—just the kind of place you’d expect to find Fran.
Laura Peck is Chief Financial Officer and General Counsel for Teleos Leadership Institute. With Teleos from its founding, Laura has been a key member of the' senior leadership team overseeing all aspects of the Teleos business.
Over the years she has provided critical support in setting up infrastructure and core systems including finance, accounting, legal, operations and HR, and continues to have primary oversight responsibility for those areas.
Laura graduated from Connecticut College with a degree in history as well as graduating cum laude from Vermont Law School with a J.D. and a Masters in Environmental Law. Following law school, she spent a year clerking for a Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas Judge and several years in private practice in Philadelphia.
Laura also spent ten years as a competitive rower, winning a number of national titles as well as competing as a member of the U.S. National Rowing Team at the World Championships. In addition, she also coached a high school crew to a National Championship as well as two others to third place finishes. These days, Laura maintains her passion for the outdoors and renews herself by skiing, sailing, and hiking in addition to spending as much time as possible with her partner and two young sons.
As Advisory Practice Leader for Teleos, Matt considers any day fun when he gets to spend it problem-solving with clients and colleagues, rolling up his sleeves to tackle the complex organizational and people issues on the path to change, learning and growth. He is a creative and analytical consultant, organizational strategist, and executive coach with a passion for helping leaders grow and develop themselves, their teams and their organizations.
After more than 25 years as an advisor, marketing executive and thought leader at Hay Group (now Korn Ferry), Matt has emerged as a deeply experienced consultant and trusted advisor to leadership, with distinct capabilities in empathetically helping leaders guide their teams and organizations through complex changes stemming from business model disruptions, operating model shifts, cultural transformations, and growth strategies.
Matt cares deeply about children, education and the environment. He has served on the Board of The Montessori School in suburban Philadelphia, currently sits on the Board of Philadelphia Sinfonia, a leading youth orchestra, and is a member of Virginia Tech’s Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability’s 2050 Council.
As a thought leader on organization effectiveness, Matt has been quoted by Bloomberg, Newsweek and The Wall Street Journal, and has authored pieces in Pharmaceutical Executive and Pharmaceutical Online.
Matt earned his Bachelor’s degree from Hamilton College and studied Organizational Dynamics at the University of Pennsylvania. Matt and his wife live in Fort Washington, PA, have two grown children, and enjoy spending time with family and friends at their vacation home in coastal Maine.
Lindsey is a coach, consultant and Coaching Practice Lead at Teleos and has been with the team since 2011. She oversees the company's flagship Teleos Coach Development Program and the coaching program alumni network. She also supports the work for clients large and small through project management, leadership program design and facilitation. Lindsey is a member of the Dynamic Inquiry team where she enjoys talking with people about their experience in the workplace and analyzing organizational cultural norms that drive organization’s forward and those that inhibit their success.
A professional development coach with certifications in DISC behavioral assessment and ESCI 360 Inventory, Lindsey holds Masters from St. Joseph’s University in Organizational Psychology and Leadership and a B.A. in Communications from Messiah College.
Megan is the newest consultant at Teleos. She supports the Teleos team and engages with clients through project management and program design. She also enjoys being a member of the Dynamic Inquiry team where she can gain greater insight into an organization’s culture and the leadership behaviors to evaluate current strengths or areas for growth.
Megan holds a master’s degree in Industrial Organizational Psychology from West Chester University and a B.A. in Psychology from Grove City College.
Bobbie wears many hats at Teleos. She is the project coordinator for the Teleos Coach Development Program (TCDP), executive assistant to Frances Johnston and Eddy Mwelwa, and the office manager, responsible for staff management, promotional events and day to day operations of Teleos.
She uses skills from her many years of managerial experience as a former cosmetology instructor and manager in her native state of Hawaii. Bobbie still has many close ties to Hawaii with family still residing there including her grandchildren.
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