Our Professional Training Philosophy
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The Official Story: Bettina Slusar is the Founder of Think NewCo, a radical framework for training the leadership brain to stay out of the weeds. Before creating this company, Bettina was a corporate SVP at SunGard Data Systems, overseeing the program responsible for SunGard’s top clients. In this role she was one of three operating officers reporting to the CEO, with revenue responsibilities approaching 1 billion dollars.
In the prior 10+ years at SunGard she held a variety of management positions in both sales and operations, including 3 years as President of a key Operating Company. Earlier career highlights include serving as director of sales for Tech Hackers, a start-up in financial software, and as the managing director of Steps on Broadway, a large professional dance studio in NYC.
Bettina holds a BA from Brown University in International Relations. She lives in Aspen, Colorado with her husband, children and dogs.
The Backstory: It took a radical situation to move me from Corporate Queen Bee to benevolent ruler of NewCo. In my “life-as-a-graph”, the career/professional accomplishment line kept skyrocketing up while my personal life line plummeted just as fast in the other direction. It all ended in a flaming, life altering crash. It was in crawling away from the wreckage and starting over that I discovered the various pieces and parts that have come together to form the vision of Think NewCo. There is a lot more detail that I can share on this, but you have to come with us to hear it…
The Official Story: Dan Goldman has 25 years of experience in finance, both as a macro portfolio hedge fund manager and as a bank propriety trader. He has worked at both large money center banks and a large hedge fund. He also ran his own fund for over a decade. In addition, he spent some time managing business development at a financial software company. His special sauce is the ability to see risks where others don’t, mitigate those risks in cost effective ways and create investment opportunities with an asymmetric payoff structure.
The Backstory: Dan used to think he was pretty smart because he saw good investment opportunities where others didn’t. However, his similarly afflicted children made him aware that this worldview is the result of dyslexia. It turns out that his brain processes information differently than the majority of other investment professionals, thus giving him a chance to see investment opportunities which others might not notice. Early on Dan realized that being able to listen to what his brain was telling him was vital for success. He was an early adopter of data deluge, starting with 6 screens in the office in 1990 and markets that he tracked 24/6. He found listening to his brain in the midst of so much noisy data neigh impossible and resorted to meditation in the mid 90s to turn the volume down. Dan has been observed meditating everywhere from the middle of huge trading floors to empty canyons in Escalante.
The Official Story: Eli Shostak’s ability to untangle life’s sticky strands and make simple plans for busy people comes from over 20 years of turning complex situations into accessible insights. He’s taught leadership strategies, mindfulness practices, technical skills and cultural/natural history programs for the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), The National Park Service and Blackfeather Wilderness Adventures amongst others. Whether leading teams on sea kayaking expeditions, individuals on multi—pitch climbing routes or staff members through professional training programs, Eli uses metaphor and story telling to create excellent educational experiences. He has a B. A. in Anthropology and a Master’s Degree in Experiential Education along with numerous professional certifications and guide licenses. Before becoming Think NewCo’s “Wearer of Many Hats,” Eli was the Staff and Program Manager at Deer Hill Expeditions. No matter the group, Eli’s goal is to create learning experiences that continue to inspire participant’s awareness long after the session ends.
The Backstory: Eli has been the proud owner of a mobile device for about three years, but spending most of the past 20 years in places with “zero bars” doesn’t mean that Eli’s been out of touch. He is a published author, accomplished ultra runner and frequent contributor and consultant to adventure programs in his home of Southwest Colorado where he lives with his soul mate Erin, daughter Delia, and dingo-hyena-what-is-that-thing pup Itza.
The Official Story: Betsy’s passion for helping people learn and grow while having fun in the process has inspired her corporate career as well as her role as a leadership coach. Betsy graduated from Wellesley College and has a Ph.D. from the Fielding Graduate University along with more academic and professional coaching certifications than she has fingers and toes (and by the way, she has them all).
Betsy spent more than 22 years as the head of organizational development and learning for a global medical device company. She facilitated outdoor learning and team development sessions demonstrating her deep dedication to helping people find their own path and to live their life fully on purpose with vitality and passion. She has an active coaching business and for fun enjoys yoga, tennis and bridge.
The Backstory: 2000 was a year of big opportunity for reinventing my life. My husband had passed away suddenly; I left the corporate world, and headed for Boston to start a new chapter of my life by opening my own coaching business. I have always believed that life is an adventure and in my past spent some of my happiest times facilitating adventure based learning. When the opportunity to join NewCo came up, I jumped at it. Finally I have the chance to do the best work of my life, helping people learn and grow, have fun in the process and partner with nature to bring about transformation. I live in Waltham, MA. with my miniature poodle, Charlie.
The Official Story: When Amanda Blake was a child, her father had a business card that said “World Saver,” which is exactly what she wanted to be when she grew up. On the way to saving the world, she got a degree from Stanford University followed by a respectable career running the business education program at software giant Intuit. This was fun, but it didn’t further her world saving ambitions as much as she would have liked.
Luckily, she discovered somatic coaching; an approach that was far more useful in helping her realize her goals than anything else she had tried. Now Mandy is a Master Somatic Leadership Coach who devotes her life to the spread of one simple message: when you learn to access the smarts hidden in sensation, you open the door to more courage, connection, and contribution than you ever imagined possible.
She has been praised for her ability to facilitate pragmatic, profound changes for clients from Sydney to San Francisco to Istanbul, and has taught leadership programs for the likes of Nike, NASA, and beyond.
The Backstory: A one-time internationally competitive swimmer, Mandy is also a longtime yoga enthusiast and a former mountaineering guide. An avid traveler, she has left footprints from Alaska to Rwanda and is far from finished. She is currently working on her forthcoming book “Your Body is Your Brain.” Perhaps when that is finished, she’ll build her stream-side dream cabin in the woods.
The Official Story: Juliet has been teaching, coaching, and leading wilderness river trips for the last 35 years. Her eclectic skills include a Harvard MBA, wilderness medicine training (WFR), somatic and corporate coaching credentials, and somatic and polarity bodywork certificates.
As a leadership coach, she empowers her clients to build greater embodied awareness and the capacities needed to more skillfully lead themselves and others. “Being present, aware, compassionate and able to choose in the moment are crucial to build and maintain relationships based on mutual trust. These relationships are a primary requirement to influence and inspire those we lead.”
The Backstory: If there is one theme that could unite Juliet’s diverse life experiences it would be: to explore what is possible. She was on the first woman’s 8-person crew to row in the celebrated Head of the Charles race in 1970. When her HMO wouldn’t address her birthing concerns, she decided to have her (3) children at home. When the local elementary school couldn’t address her children’s learning needs, she home schooled them (they went on to MIT, Harvard and Stanford). “The river taught me one of my most valuable lessons. Focus on the current, not the rocks..”
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