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.
Eric VanDerSluis is a consultant, executive coach and serves as the leadership development practice lead for Teleos Leadership Institute. Eric has spent 15 years of his professional life in a number of different industries, spanning the worlds of education, higher education, finance, media and technology and consulting. Throughout his career, Eric has regularly consulted with business leaders on talent strategy, organizational development, change management, executive coaching and leadership development initiatives.
As an executive coach, Eric has worked across a variety of industries with senior leaders and emerging, next-generation talent. Eric’s work in this space includes helping leaders raise their level of self-awareness while understanding their impact on others across their system. As a coach, Eric helps leaders to learn, grow and challenge themselves in thoughtful and provocative ways. As an avid fitness enthusiast, Eric brings a holistic model to coaching that includes both mental and physical elements of well-being.
Over the past 15 years, Eric has led the design and development of enterprise high potential programs, leadership competency models and large scale broad-based development initiatives. Eric has spoken extensively on learning innovation and design in forums such as Bersin Impact, Philly SHRM, Degreed and CLO Magazine. Eric regularly consults with business partners on social learning strategy and it’s implications for talent development and talent management. He has introduced new learning models and new delivery methods to create personalized learning at scale across organizations.
As a consultant, Eric works regularly in talent strategy and organizational development. His work focuses on the connection between business strategy, people strategy and change. He helps organization’s and groups design and implement strategies in order to meet the needs of today while preparing for the demands of the future.
Eric earned his master’s degree in Education, Culture and Society from The University of Pennsylvania and his Bachelor of Arts in History and Education from The College of New Jersey. Eric and his wife have three young daughters and reside in Doylestown, PA.
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.
Sarah Renio is a program manager and has been a member of the Teleos Leadership team since May 2011. In addition to program and project management, she works on marketing, branding and social media for the organization. Sarah manages various projects by supporting and maintaining positive client relationships, material design and delivery, and faculty management with clients ranging from Fortune 500s to government to local not-for-profit.
As a creative and passionate person, Sarah is always striving to strengthen her skills in management, marketing, social media and graphic design as well as deepening her knowledge of emotional intelligence, resonant leadership and organizational change.
Prior to working at Teleos Leadership Institute, Sarah worked as a producer of live events and television in New York City. She produced pre-game and halftime concerts for the NFL, celebrity events in NYC, Miami, Las Vegas, primetime specials on ABC Network and much more. Though she’ll always love the work she has done as a producer, her passion to create and entertain has taken on a new form of life in leadership and organization development at Teleos. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys spending time with her family, playing in local sports leagues and travelling.
Lindsey is a leadership consultant at Teleos and has been with the team since 2011. She supports the work for clients large and small through project management and leadership program design. She is also 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.
Additionally, she coordinates the Teleos Coach Development Program alumni network and manages Teleos’ social media presence. 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.
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