Steve is a practicing well travelled Nashville musician. He's been working, living and playing as The Altered Statesmen here in Music City for a solid minute now. His type is gentle but strongly delivered alt country- and jazz-inflected soul of an experimental and somewhat avant garde ilk. If that sounds like a nearly preposterous description, that's probably because the Statesman's material doesn't really sound like much else. The Altered Statesman has released a number of albums over the last several years. In an earlier life he tied in with Paul And The Weathermen, travelling throughout the country and Europe. Steve also produces and engineers recordings for others. There’s not much time for hobbies, though he enjoys others’ music, appreciates art, and is a great chef.
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Shannon is a Vice President and Client Services Manager for the Water Services Business Unit at Barge Waggoner Sumner & Cannon. He is responsible for working with BWSC’s water and wastewater clients to develop cost-effective, sustainable solutions to their operational challenges and changing regulatory pressures. Shannon has over 20 years of experience in the water industry in the planning, design and construction administration of a wide variety of water related projects including upgrades and expansions to water distribution systems, sewer collection systems, and water and wastewater treatment facilities ranging in size from $0.5 to $250 million.
Shannon holds a Bachelors and Masters of Science in Civil Engineering from the Missouri University of Science and Technology. He holds a Professional Engineering license in TN, KY, AL and MO.
Shannon moved to Middle Tennessee from St. Louis, Missouri in 2000. He is married and has two children. In his spare time he enjoys coaching and cheering on his children in their various activities and is active in his church, serving on the board and as the building program chair.
Robert Crawford began playing drums at the age fifteen in Akron, Ohio. At which time began studying with famed Akron drummer Bill Roth. He also joined his high school band where, along with playing with various rock bands, he spent his high school career. Following high school Robert spent a number of years playing and recording with a variety of local alternative and funk bands. These bands played throughout Akron and Cleveland, Columbus, Detroit, Dallas and Miami.
In 1996 Robert developed an interest in Jazz. He studied Jazz drummers and history and the following year moved to Cleveland. At which time he enrolled in the Jazz Studies Program at Cuyahoga County Community College led by Cleveland Saxophonist Ernie Krivda. The experience proved to be most helpful and inspiring, because during his time at Tri-C Robert was fortunate enough to perform with Jazz heavy weights such as Bill Dobbins, Rufus Reid, James Newton, Marcus Belgrave and Donald Waldon.
After his stay at Tri-C Robert studied with Jazz drummer Greg Bandy (Pharaoh Sanders, Gary Bartz). And began to do a lot of freelance work around Cleveland, getting the chance to play with nationally renown Jazz players like Dave Morgan, Dan Wall (John Abercrombie), Eddie Baccus Jr. (Pieces of a Dream) and Eddie Baccus Sr. (Roland Kirk). Robert also spent much of that time playing with many other local Jazz players as well as occasionally putting together his own groups. The following year Robert got the opportunity to play with blues legend Robert Lockwood Jr. at the King Biscuit Blues Festival in Helena, Arkansas. He also spent that year and the next playing mostly with his own groups consisting of Josh Yellon on saxophone and Gary Hoopengardner on bass and Mike Murray on piano.
The year beginning of the year 2000 had Robert busy writing and arranging songs for his first C.D. release ‘HOW MUCH’ that he recorded in April. The C.D. features saxophonist extraordinaire Gary Bartz (Miles Davis, McCoy Tyner). The summer had Robert equally as busy with his own quartet that headlined the Crooked River Jazz and Blues Festival, and opening slots for Tony Bennett, Diana Krall, Spyro Gyra and Maceo Parker.
Crawford currently resides in Nashville, TN and works often with locals Medicine King, Victor Krauss and with Steve Poulton as Altered Statesman.
I have been working with the Taylor Methodology for 20+ years. In addition to the traditional Knowledge Worker event roles such as music facilitation, documentation, environment and video I have also worked extensively in operations and logistics for facilities delivering the process, both permanent facilities and mobile deployments. Other roles have included corporate KWIB (Knowledge Worker Information Broker), Center Manager, sales, and client relationship lead.
Related to this work I was the plant manager for Athenaeum International for eight years. “AI” was founded by Matt Taylor, and has for many years been the globally recognized leader in designing and building collaborative work environments.
In supporting this type of collaborative event, I am often asked, “What is your favorite role?” That is actually a tough question because to me all of the various roles are important and interesting. To look at it from a different vantage point, my favorite role is removing obstacles for the participants so they can do the work they need to accomplish during their time with us.
Mac Pirkle is a 40-year veteran of theatre, film, and video. He co-founded Tennessee's largest and most successful regional theatre company, the Tennessee Repertory Theatre (The Rep), producing and directing over 65 major theatre productions, including new musicals Some Sweet Day, The Perfect 36 for the Tennessee Bicentennial, A House Divided with Mike Reid, and The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Dennis DeYoung (STYX). His most recent theatre venture, under the banner of Southern Stage Productions, was the 2012 world premiere of The Nutty Professor musical – directed by Jerry Lewis with music by the late Marvin Hamlisch, book and lyrics by Rupert Holmes.
Mac moved into film & video 15 years ago, bringing the same creative drive and energy into a whole new field. He joined forces with David Earnhardt from 2001-2011, bringing ongoing, long-term productions into the Earnhardt Pirkle mix of projects. His work has recognized with an Ace Cable Award, numerous Telly Awards, a Parthenon Award, and a Gold Pen Award. In addition to Southern Stage Productions, Pirkle is CEO of Creative Communications, a media production and communications company - “helping people see things differently” - that combines client services in visual communications with the creative energy of independent artists from the film and video world. In all of these endeavors the story is the thing - it’s all a matter of how you tell it…or sing it…or show it.
I joined The Difference (Sydney) 2 years ago after working with Deloitte building a Design Thinking capability in Adelaide. I'm currently a facilitator and venture lead of our Pursuit Hub, which is a space within PwC dedicated to helping the firm engage more effectively with their clients and account teams to explore opportunities. In my 2 years at The Difference, I've managed to experience a range of different types of sessions but largely from a Solution Designer / Facilitator perspective. My introduction to Knowledge Working was unfortunately quite brief, but in my current role, I have managed to work on my scribing (also particularly interested in this). I'm not great by any means, but continue to learn and explore!
Kate’s unique abilities to ask “beautiful” questions in the service of positive change have made her an invaluable asset to a diverse array of public and private organizations. Drawing on more than 30 years of executive management and leadership experience, Kate is able to help her clients bring forth vision, order, and direction from difficult challenges. Prior to founding Richland Horizon, Kate served as a Cabinet member and head of one of the largest agencies in Tennessee state government, as the President/CEO of a large regional organization in east Tennessee, and as corporate Vice President and Executive Director for Children’s Home Society of Florida, one of the nation’s largest not-‐for-‐profits.
Kate currently serves as the CEO for a large child & family services agency in Alabama. In these roles, Kate accesses a broad knowledge base in the areas of organizational performance, systems change, board relations, information technology, data, measurement, human resources, risk management, quality assurance/improvement, ethics, and compliance. She is also a skilled facilitator and presenter.
Kate’s inspiration lies in understanding that life is change, and that change brings unique and irreplaceable opportunities to create increased value for people and the organizations, systems and communities that serve and support them. She enjoys mysteries, Jungian dream analysis, travel, art and cooking. Kate counts herself fortunate to be married to her best friend and to have three amazing children.
Catherine Self joined the Baptist Healing Trust as Senior Vice-President in 2007, and was named President and CEO in 2010. With thirty-five years’ experience in the health care field, Cathy has provided direct care as a physical therapist and as an organizational leader through a number of roles including her previous service as Vice President for Organizational Learning with Saint Thomas Health Services in Nashville, TN. Cathy has a particular interest in leadership development and organizational culture change, adopting a walk-alongside coaching relationship to help leaders and organizations live into their highest calling in meeting the needs of those being served. She was awarded a Masters in Leadership from Trinity Western University with an emphasis on servant leadership in 2003 and a PhD in Organizational Learning from Regent University in 2009.
As a bassist in Music City USA, your job can demand many different styles and timbres. Brook Sutton has found his pocket as an in demand live and session bassist for many of Nashville's finest. Brook maintains a steady tour schedule in addition to receiving weekly freelance calls for live and studio performance. He performs with international recording artist and powerhouse jazz vocalist, Jaimee Paul and is part of the power trio Medicine King alongside Dave Isaacs and Robert Crawford. Recently, Sutton's Medicine King trio has released their debut album and is receiving excellent review with the single Homegrown Medicinals.
In addition to playing bass, Sutton also remains active in music education. With degrees in music production and a Masters in Music Education, Brook teaches recording classes and bass at area universities as well as Master Class engagements locally and nationally. Hailing from New Orleans, LA, Brook has worked a wide range of artists not only as a bassist but as a recording engineer. Sutton has worked with George Porter Jr., Henry Butler, Johnny Vidocovich, Josh Garrett, James Singleton, Denver and the Mile High Orchestra, The Gypsy Hombres, Tom House, Michael Pallera, Joe Krown, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown and many others.
Brent Poulton is currently an education consultant, working with various organizations on educational and leadership issues. He formerly served as Executive Director of Tennessee’s State Board of Education, coordinated Metro School’s staff development programs, and was the first Executive Director of the PENCIL Foundation. He directed the Center for Community Education at the University of Tennessee-Nashville and at Tennessee State University.
Poulton was the Founding Program Chairman of the inaugural Leadership Nashville program in 1976-77. He has been part of the program planning process for all succeeding programs. He remains active in the Leadership Nashville Alumni Association.
Poulton and his wife Anita live in Goodlettsville, where they have been since he completed his PhD at Michigan State University in 1975. Both are from Utah and have also lived in Montana and Michigan. They have two grown children and two grandchildren. He amuses himself with his attempts at golf, plays a pretty good accordion, harmonica and tuba, and enjoys chasing two grandkids.
I joined The Difference in March 2014 after over 11 years in PwC’s Audit & Assurance practice for entertainment & media clients. In that time I worked overseas on secondments in Silicon Valley and Papua New Guinea as well as several internal projects, leadership roles and facilitation of Learning & Development programs. After a couple of experiences with The Difference I developed an affinity with the way of working, especially the creativity involved in visualizing information and bringing people together to look at their problems differently. I was given the first few months at The Difference to work on the crews of our large jobs in the main space before easing into the Solution Designer role. I’ve begun to take on some small elements of facilitation which is the area I’m working at most on improving at the moment at one of our client hubs. In my time as a member of crew a lot of the work was environment related and reimagining inputs visually including some light scribing. I was quickly assigned into a lot of input related roles because my experience in my past work allows me to speak and understand the client’s language very comfortably. I’m keen to develop my visual engagement skills further (including improving photoshop, scribing and graphic design skills) however I’m also keen to better understand all the domains our crews contribute to an event.
Angela Wiggins is a career and leadership coach that helps individuals and organizations better define and achieve goals through innovative methods. This includes a strategy of focusing on strengths, building resiliency, embracing creativity, confronting root issues, gathering objective feedback and experimenting with new ideas and habits for change. Angela believes that creative thinking is an essential leadership competency and incredible potential lies untapped in each individual. Nurturing that potential creativity, happiness and achievement will bring a collective positive social change in every community.
Angela spent thirteen years leading national award-winning marketing campaigns for Fortune 500 brands and nonprofits across diverse industries. She was the co-founder of Betsywhite Stationery Boutique and taught The Business of Graphic Design at the highly renowned Portfolio Center in Atlanta. Angela serves as communication and development consultant for The Creatives Project which provides local artists with living, studio and exhibition space in exchange for arts education and mentorship to underserved youth in the Atlanta community. As a panelist on The Creative Community Housing Project’s selection committee, Angela understands that these teaching artists are community leaders that serve as the catalyst for student learning and creativity. In Nashville, you can find Angela volunteering at Creative Mornings, a monthly breakfast lecture series with chapters around the world that inspire creative professionals.
Angela received her B.F.A. from Auburn University in Graphic Design in 2000. Immediately following, she was internationally chosen to be an Artist in Residence at the Atlantic Center for the Arts under Master Artist, David Carson. In 2014, Angela earned her M.Ed in Community Development and Action from Vanderbilt University with honors. She completed her organizational development practicum at the Environmental and Energy Study Institute in Washington, D.C., a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting environmentally sustainable societies through policymaker education, coalition building and policy development. Angela is currently working towards her coaching certification from the International Coach Federation.
Angela’s husband’s position as an experimental test pilot for the U.S. Army has taken them on many adventures and they are now settled in East Nashville. In her spare time, Angela enjoys making pottery, swimming and hiking with her husband and their retired racing greyhound. You can find her online at earnestjourney.com.
Gail brings four decades experience of group facilitation, instructional design and experiential learning to Tomorrow Makers. Gail uses a synergistic approach to link diverse parties, dissolve blocks of unhealthy competition, and enable organizations and communities to tap into tacit and entrepreneurial knowledge.
Gail has taught in public and private schools. It is here, with young children that she first thought about Group Genius. Student scores soared when Gail observed that there were only a few simple rules that she needed to practice rigorously. Within this discipline, freedom to excel became standard practice.
Gail took what she learned from her interaction with young children and began applying it to the adult community through forming The Learning Exchange. The genius of this organization was that it brought all facets of the community together --- young students, CEOs, scientists, teachers, artists, educators, economists, and parents – into collaboration to design curriculum missing in school systems.
Her work and philosophy in education expanded to the business and government communities when she and her husband, Matt Taylor, co-founded MG Taylor Corporation and knOwhere Inc. This patented system is able to engage hundreds of people together to create, design and implement higher order solutions in remarkably short periods of time and reach well beyond conflict resolution and compromise. In 2001, Gail began working with the World Economic Forum to design collaborative workshops to participants. She became a fellow in 2005 and part of her work was to transfer the MGT process to the Forum, now known as the WEF WorkSpace.
Now Gail comes full cycle with Tomorrow Makers, a non-profit corporation developed to work with communities to help them bring about the transformations they envision.
A Student of Frank Lloyd Wright and Bruce Goff in the 1950s.
1956-1975: Design/build practice of buildings, subdivisions, hi-rise structures in California, New York, Phoenix, Kansas City with focus on integrating the work processes of the multiple organizations involved in projects to reduce time and cost.
1975-Present: global practice in futures research, developing large scale collaborative practices for solving complex, cross organizational problems ranging in scale from local enterprises to issues involving multiple players––NGOs, Nations, International corporations. Developed, with Gail Taylor, the patented DesignShop which is now practiced globally with over 1,000 practitioners in many organizations from team organizations to multi-billion dollar consulting firms all serving Fortune 500 companies, governments, NGOs, militaries, foundations, community organizations and start-up ventures. Over 12,000 DesignShops have been delivered over the last 20 years.
Present: Artist-in-residence at the Nelson Andrews Leadership Lodge, Nashville TN and the Columbia School of Education Library, NYC. The focus of this work is to create centers for innovation around the globe which are networked together––over 30 exist today––that can research future options and facilitate collaborative design events which can transform existing social economic problems into long range viable solutions. This work is curated, documented and published.
Working out of a 100-year-old automobile factory at Marathon Village in Nashville, Peter creates illustrations and animations to help people understand complex systems and decide what to do next.
After studying printmaking and industrial design in Krakow (Poland), he started his professional life as a young knowledge worker and graphic recorder in at the Ernst & Young Accelerated Solutions Environment in Chicago.
Since then, Peter has supported large-scale collaborative design events across the globe. From 2007-2010, he was lead facilitator at the Vanderbilt Center for Better Health, focused on innovation in the field of biomedical informatics and patient-centered care.
As Founder & CEO of Alphachimp, Peter Durand explores the intersection of visual facilitation, brain-based learning and digital tools.
His online course, How to Become a Rockstar Scribe at School
or Work (www.learntoscribe.com) teaches these skills to students worldwide.
Mr. Choi is an investor and an entrepreneur. He owned and operated multiple companies including Hanboug Records, A&C Productions, Inc., Loadvideo, Inc., J&J’s Market & Café, J&J’s Bistro, Watkins Café, J&J’s Gourmet Catering and Happy Campers Food Service Group.
Previously, he served as the Executive Director of Tying Nashville Together, which organizes religious institutions and non-profit organizations. His past civic and volunteer involvements include Special Advisor to the Chairman of the Tennessee Democratic Party, President of Midtown Business Association and Co-Chair of the Education Committee for the NAACP of Nashville. He also served as a member of board of directors for Nashville Civic Design Center, International English Institute, The District, Cumberland River Compact, Midtown Business Association, Foundations Associates, and Belcourt Theatre.
Carter Andrews is a native Nashvillian whose family has always been involved in community activities. Carter is currently CEO of the Nelson Andrews Leadership Lodge and is past chair of the boards of the Nashville Salvation Army and the Nashville Career Advancement Center.
He has served on the national board of the International Jugglers Association, and he currently is on the board of the Nashville YMCA. Carter started his business career as a lawyer. He has developed real estate in the family business, helped start a medical company and taken it public, and worked with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and NASA to create online communities structured around leadership and learning.
Carter founded Not Alone, a national nonprofit to help warriors and families suffering with the invisible wounds of war.