Dana Taylor Old
Head of Corporate Practice
Coach & Trainer
Dana Taylor Old, professional coach, facilitator
and speaker, provides communication and management guidance to teams, organizations and individuals. With 10 years of corporate CPG Brand Management experience and a passion for developing high-performing individuals and teams, Dana leverages her expertise to help clients take their communication and leadership skills to the next level. Dana spent a decade at Red Bull North America and Nestle USA. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the University of Pennsylvania and earned her MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.
Direct: (310) 874-3102
Head of Higher Education Practice
Diversity & Inclusion Trainer
Zachary S. Ritter received his B.A. in History in 2008 from UCLA, his M.Ed. in Student Affairs in 2009 from UCLA, and his Ph.D. in Higher Education in 2013 from UCLA. He has conducted research on Singapore’s Education System and completed his dissertation on East Asian International Students’ Experiences with Cross-Racial Interaction. He is now Associate Director of Campus Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Redlands, where he helps manage the Women’s, LGBT, and Multicultural Centers along with teaching a social justice history course and qualitative research methods course. He has also participated in New Ground, a Muslim-Jewish cross-cultural fellowship, has taught Intergroup Dialogue courses on race and socio-economic class, and helped create the American Culture and Communication diversity curriculum at UCLA’s Dashew International Center. He is also interested in current affairs, politics, and the role of the student-citizen, as illustrated in his help creating the new Current Events Fiat Lux in the Civic Engagement Department at UCLA. He has published scholarly works on media portrayals of black men, as well as Asian international students and college campus race relations.
Direct: (310) 413-3332
Head of Government Practice
Starting July 1st, 2019
JC Lacey is an award-winning community engagement specialist and professional development trainer dedicated to enhancing careers and communities through his work.
With over 10 years of public sector experience in LA, he most recently served as a key spokesperson and community liaison for LA Metro’s high profile subway construction projects (totaling $12B). JC is a former advisor to LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa where he facilitated the acceleration of major infrastructure construction projects. His public service includes serving as Commissioner at the LA Housing & Community Investment Department (LAHCID), where he mediated tenant-landlord disputes. In the private sector, he finished 10 years as a national sales director and trainer for a Taiwan-based video surveillance (cctv) manufacturer, managing relationships with top executives and purchasers in Government and Retail, reaching $40M/annual sales.
JC graduated from Stanford University in 2000 with a degree in Psychology.
Direct: (213) 841-4829
Keith Anderson holds a B.A. in Organizational Leadership from Woodbury University, and a M.A. in Forensic Psychology from the The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. He is a Deputy for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, where he has been since 1988. He has worked in Patrol Division, Custody Division, and Court Services Division. He currently is assigned to the department’s Civil Management Bureau. He is also an instructor at Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Academy where he teaches Ethics, Interpersonal Communications, and Cultural Diversity. Additionally, he is a facilitator for the department’s Deputy Leadership Institute and a Peer Support Counselor for the departments Psychological Support Services Bureau He is also an adjunct instructor at Azusa Pacific University where he teaches the American Court System, and at Argosy University where he instructs courses in Psychology and the Legal System, Psychology of Criminal Behavior, and Interrogations and Investigations.
As an expert in marketing, branding, advertising, social media, graphic design and website development, Jeremy trains corporate, entertainment industry, real estate, start-up and nonprofit C-suite and V-suite executives. Jeremy leads summits and seminars that show professionals how to launch successful marketing campaigns and manage effective promotions. He coaches and consults teams and individuals in the areas of business development, brand strategy and social media. Jeremy is a Spartan racer, charismatic connector and master networker. His presentations are highly motivational and energizing, showing teams how to overcome obstacles and develop a shared vision. Jeremy draws on his experience at Universal Television and Xerox Corporation to train senior managers of Fortune 500 companies.
Kara Carrier, Visual Practitioner, has over ten years of marketing and human capital experience in corporate and consulting arenas, leading learning programs and supporting leadership initiatives. She has a passion for learning and development and a professional goal of helping individuals, teams, and organizations achieve their potential. Firebird Consulting grew from her desire to help others reinvent their futures.
Facilitator & Coach
A lawyer, lecturer at UCLA School of Law, certified mediator and coach in social and emotional intelligence, Judith trains law firm and professional service firm leaders. She provides communication, business development and leadership training that helps firms and professionals grow their business, increase visibility, enhance their reputations and lead more productive, satisfying lives. Judith writes and speaks regularly on issues of well being and the high-achieving professional. She creates programs for executives who are driven to thrive both professionally and personally. Judith practiced law before her segue into business communications. She was Associate Director of Communications at the Milken Institute, a nonpartisan economic think tank, and she headed the marketing and professional development department for Buchalter Nemer, a full-service business law firm.
Writing & Editing Coach
Mayrav Saar is a seasoned public relations professional with an expertise in thought leadership and a background in the disparate worlds of medicine, technology, fashion and pop culture/entertainment. After a 20-year career as an award winning journalist, Mayrav parlayed her expertise into an effective thought leadership portfolio. She is dedicated to framing clients’ narratives into messages of resonant meaning and enjoys helping other writers hone their craft. Mayrav is based in Los Angeles and has three children, two dogs and one husband.
Kathleen Schafer is principal of Leadership Connection and an innovator of leadership development programs and curriculums. She specializes in guiding leaders and their organizations to reach goals through engaged employees that lead through the alignment of their true talents with their roles and responsibilities In addition to her more than 25 years experience as a leadership coach, published author and in-demand public speaker, Kathleen has worked with C-Suite executives in the private and public sectors guiding them to greater professional success and societal impact through her innovative approach. Her professional achievements include the development of leadership programs at Michigan State University and The George Washington University, working with clients at the United Nations, US Department of State, the US Green Building Council and the American Medical Association among numerous other domestic and international organizations.