Michelle Burke
Co-Founder / Partner
Michelle Burke is a known Communication and Workplace Strategist, published Author, Consultant, and Speaker.

She is Co-Founder of The Energy Catalyst Group dedicated to creating more positive and engaged workplaces. Her twenty years’ experience working with Fortune 100, 500 companies and non-profits, established her as a leading expert in bridging communication, gender and cultural gaps. Michelle consults with HR and management to focus on increasing individual, team and organizational energy. She leverages employee strengths to build collaboration, foster innovation and peak performance. She collaborates with clients using her 3-A Model: Awareness, Accountability and (purposeful) Action.

Michelle’s quick ability to get to the root cause through her keen observation of individual and organizational behavior allows her to uncover key issues. She provides solutions that align with company vision, values and culture and uses an integrated competency and strengths-based approach to connect selection, development, and performance management, focused on creating a positive and energized culture which results in maintaining a competitive edge. Michelle has trained and helped develop thousands of managers and teams improve self-awareness, communication, morale, performance and shift negative mind-sets. Her work consistently results in improved productivity, a stronger employee engagement, and a more energized workforce.

Michelle authored the acclaimed book, The Valuable Office Professional, endorsed by Ken Blanchard. Stanford University endorsed, The Productivity Cycle™, a communication tool proven to enhance teamwork and increase productivity that she co-developed. Her latest book, The 15 Minute Pause, is due out in 2015.

She has been featured in Business Week’s Frontier Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Wall Street Journal, and Star Ledger. Her articles have been seen in Training, HR, and Chief Learning Officer Magazines. Michelle is an articulate motivational speaker whose humor, wit and enthusiasm motivates and inspires her audiences. She enjoys reading, travel, and is a sports enthusiast.

ORGANIZATIONS WORKED WITH: Stanford University, Visa International, Ernst & Young, Intel, Hewlett Packard, McDonalds, Northern Telecom, Microsoft, Synopsis, Sears & Roebuck, E*Trade, Cobra Golf, The Ojai Foundation, Cisco Systems, Novartis, Ernst & Young, Disney, Ericson Wireless, Sony Electronics, Sony Network Entertainment Inc, HTC, Receptos, and Genentech.
Josh Allan Dykstra
Co-Founder / Partner
Josh Allan Dykstra is a recognized thought leader on the future of work and company culture design.

He is a Co-Founder of the Energy Catalyst Group, a consulting firm which helps leaders design energizing places to work, and a Co-Founder of The Work Revolution, a movement/advocacy group that promotes human and meaningful work for everyone.

He has an eclectic work background in a variety of industries, varying from Fortune 500 companies like Apple, Sony, HTC, Genentech, Starbucks, and Viacom/CBS to startups, nonprofits, and higher education. He has an MBA in Executive Leadership from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in addition to a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts and Leadership. His articles and ideas have been featured by media outlets like Fast Company, Forbes, Business Insider, MSN.com, and Under30CEO.

Josh is a recognized expert in the fields of positive psychology and strengths-based management. He has advised C-suites and leaders at all levels in implementing a positive, “strengths” approach to recruiting, career development, and leadership development. He has been leading teams and working with talented individuals for over ten years, with a proven track record of increasing employee engagement. He has individually helped develop hundreds of high-potential leaders to discover and leverage their strengths. He is also a classically-trained pianist, multi-instrumentalist, producer, and performer. His particular passions include social trends, cultural movements, technology, and helping to create a more positive future.

His new book about the changing world of work and thriving in the emerging economy is entitled Igniting the Invisible Tribe: Designing An Organization That Doesn’t Suck and is available on Amazon.com.

Josh lives with his wife and daughter in Los Angeles, California.

ORGANIZATIONS WORKED WITH:
Apple, Sony, Genentech, Novartis, HTC, Starbucks, and Viacom/CBS as well as startups, government agencies, nonprofits, and universities.
Christine DiDonato
Partner
Christine DiDonato is an innovator in the space of employee and leadership development.

As the former Head of Talent for Sony Electronics, Inc., Christine focused her passion and research on acquiring, coaching and developing organization’s youngest generation of employees to become the next generation of leaders.

As a leading expert in Millennial Career Development, Christine created CareerRev.com, a unique on-line resource and feedback tool dedicated to bridging the mindset and skill gaps currently plaguing companies.

Her experience in leading Training and Organizational Development groups ranges from Household Finance, HSBC and Executive Counterparts serving clients such as Blue Cross Blue Shield, Microsoft, and Ernst and Young. Christine has a M.A. in Speech and Communication from San Francisco State University, where she also served as an instructor for 2 years.
Julie Zwissler
Partner
Julie Zwissler is an expert in multichannel marketing, creating synergistic multi-platform campaigns and teambuilding.

Recently joining the Energy Catalyst Group, Julie is known for her skills to clearly communicate, manage, problem solve, think under pressure while managing large teams to work cohesively together. Julie is also a Strengthscope Accredited Partner.
Prior to joining The Energy Catalyst Group, Julie was SVP of Marketing at Partnerships at CJ E&M and Mnet America, where she oversaw two cable networks and a large music convention. At Time Warner Cable Media, Julie managed the Client Solutions division at the Los Angeles Interconnect. Additionally, she oversaw all the advertising integration for Time Warner Cable Media, TWC SportsNet and TWC Deportes. Working with a variety of sponsorship, advertising, promotions and events on notable networks or programs such as BCS Bowls, NFL, NHL, Lifetime, NatGeo and TWC Sports. She has worked on large scale events such as K-CON USA, Digital Entertainment World and BlogHer. Her expertise is providing clarity, strategy and defining goals, while motivating to drive action. Julie’s experience working with large scale initiatives has taught her how to be a strong leader and build successful teams.
She has successfully managed the branding, marketing and sales for both start-ups and Fortune 100 companies, giving her the ability to create strategic, one-of-a-kind solutions and advertising strategies for any brand. Julie has over sixteen years managing in a variety of roles in media, entertainment and advertising industries, working with known brands such as Hilton, Morongo Casino, Toyota, Herman Miller, MTV, NBC, CBS and Nestlè.
She is admired for her entrepreneurial spirit, strong leadership and her enthusiastic positive attitude.
Gary Muszynski
Partner
Musician and educator, facilitator and instructional designer — Gary Muszynski is true hybrid-thinker, and a recognized leader in applying music and the performing arts to leadership, collaboration, change, and workplace innovation. Gary is much sought-after as a keynote speaker, consultant, executive coach, and instructional designer.

In addition to serving many top Fortune 500 companies — including Genentech, Wells Fargo, Pixar, Cisco, Starbucks and Disney, Gary has designed and delivered programs for the Center for Creative Leadership, the Institute for the Future, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he has served as a guest lecturer.

As Chief Engagement Officer for One World Music, a global training and development firm, he is committed to helping leaders and their teams leverage the power of collaboration and out-of-the-box thinking. Over the past 25 years, One World Music’s curricula and programs have impacted more than 100,000 leaders and managers worldwide. Group sizes for immersive workshops, interactive keynotes, and leadership development programs span from ten to several thousand people.

As an expert in the space of creativity and innovation, Gary has helped Xerox PARC to design and launch an innovation training that looks at technology hardware and software best practices through a human-centered design perspective.

As a percussionist, Gary composes and performs on a wide variety of percussion instruments from Europe, Brazil, Africa, Cuba, Indonesia, and India, places he’s traveled to study and absorb the range of human music making and the diverse concepts of melody, harmony, and rhythmic cycles.

A native of the Midwest (Cleveland and St. Louis), Gary now makes his home in Marin, California.
Lise Ransdell
Partner
Lise Ransdell is a group facilitator, trainer, presenter and coach, helping to build stronger working communities in businesses, non-profits and schools for more than 20 years.

Her work is built on a professional foundation of intercultural dialogue and human relations, and guided by the abiding belief that organizations can be more effective and resilient when people are given the opportunity to deepen their connections to one another and to the work environment. She brings considerable experience in process design and facilitation, team building, coaching, leadership development, strategic planning and conflict management.

As certified council trainer, she works with K-12 students and teachers in the Los Angeles Unified School District, where council circles teach young people to listen to each other respectfully and without judgment, creating classroom communities that better support learning. Lise has been an invited conference presenter, exploring the complexities of race and culture in a changing world. She holds an M.A. in Intercultural Relations from Antioch University and the Intercultural Communication Institute.

ORGANIZATIONS WORKED WITH: L.A. County Human Relations Commission, the Getty Museum, Goodwill Industries, Kaiser Permanente, the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center and many more.
Christine Kwok
Partner
Christine Kwok is the founder and CEO of Balanced, Inc., a coaching and consulting company focused on teaching people how to train intelligently and make small, smart changes to yield big results.

In her nearly 20 years as a coach, trainer, presenter, writer, and consultant in the fitness and wellness industry, she has built a reputation for solving “un-solvable” problems. Whether they involve a family unable to consistently make time for exercise, a company with employees who experience chronic pain, or an individual client who finds physical activity difficult due to various injuries or physical conditions, Christine has a demonstrated talent for tailored solutions for every need. She prides herself in giving people tools to achieving optimal health.

In her work, she draws upon her education and her broad professional experience. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of California at Davis and an MBA in Health Care Management from University of Phoenix. She is also a Certified Personal Trainer by the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), and educator of other fitness professionals as a Master Trainer for the International Sports Conditioning Association (ISCA).

ORGANIZATIONS WORKED WITH: Part of Christine’s corporate client list includes Johnson & Johnson Health Care Systems, GSN, OWN, Sony Pictures Entertainment, and Sensa.