SCOTT

FERARO

Scott’s engagements include direct collaboration with

individuals and teams, in their efforts to become their aspirational versions of themselves.  This work includes facilitating strengths and engagement workshops, the

design and implementation of reward plans, succession planning, organizational development, change management, and leadership coaching.

Prior to founding The Talent Enthusiasts, Scott was

Director of Human Capital with Carlson Capital Management, Managing Director of Pepin Consulting, and Managing Principal with the Seabury Group, providing talent

development and reward solutions to the global wealth

advisory and professional services industries.

Scott is a certified Gallup© Strengths Coach, Senior

Professional of Human Resources (SPHR), and is master

certified in multiple talent management disciplines. He is a frequent speaker at industry conferences on talent,

performance, and engagement related issues facing the marketplace.

ABOUT US

Our team of 30-year industry veterans provide the plans, processes, guidance, and periodic heavy-lifting you need to stay focused on your clients and day-to-day needs of the organization.  We ensure you're able to stay at your best.

 

Each of us draws from a deep reservoir of technical skills, in-the-chair wisdom, and a diverse spectrum of engagements

when caring for your team.  We're enthusiastic about working with you and helping you successfully get to what’s next.

Expertise When You Need It

Steven has over 20 years of experience working with functional teams and senior leaders, building and implementing innovative organizational designs. A successful educator, principal and University administrator, Steven has worked with passionate founders to create nationally recognized organizational programs and teams who transform themselves into high performing, dynamic learning organizations.

Steven is a certified Gallup© Strengths Coach, a doctorate, EdD of Organizational Development, and is master certified in multiple talent management disciplines. He is a frequent

speaker at industry conferences, and founder of the

Talent Talks© platform of executive storytelling.

DR. STEVEN RIPPE

CAMERON GROSS

Cameron’s entrepreneurial and technology work began after a dozen years providing media and marketing consulting to hundreds of Midwest businesses of every size. He has provided managerial, operations, and technology consulting services since 2006 with a strong focus on human process improvement, innovation culture development, enterprise-grade software product development, enterprise systems integrations, digital transformations, and new business model development.

Transcending categories, Cameron’s expertise spans a broad array of industries and he has worked deeply in retail, financial services, medical device, healthcare, construction, and manufacturing.

Understanding where the business processes and points of engagement for both employees and customers are causing friction typically leads to the buying or building of systems that enable scalability while moving to meet the ever-changing expectations brought on by the smartphone era.  Cameron’s experience in setting platform and digital product strategy, driving innovation, exploring disruptive technology, and creating competitive advantage in enterprise environments is ideal for growth-minded companies.

Cameron is a born-and-raised Minnesotan - graduate of the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Campus. He’s an active and engaged father of three Ultimate players, only two are hockey players. He’s also a fair-weather mountain biker.

As a leadership coach, Caryn uses a strength-based and solution-focused framework, so that leaders are equipped with the tools they need to solve problems, set goals and stick to them, collaborate creatively and effectively with their teams, and unlock their untapped potential.

 

Caryn is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with over 20 years of management and leadership under her belt. Her first-hand experience studying and working with a diverse range of management, communication and conflict-resolution styles have given her the experience necessary to handle even the most difficult parts of an executive/management role, such as relational repair, productivity plateaus, crisis management, and career transition.

 

In addition to her leadership coaching with Talent Enthusiasts, Caryn is also a Director of a local non-profit organization. She has graduate-level training in speech communications and psychology with practice in both the public and non-profit sectors. Caryn has also served as an adjunct faculty, lecturer, and trainer teaching strength-based strategies which support and promote behavior change.
 

CARYN BRAKENRIDGE

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James is recognized as a national expert in place-based and project-based learning. A former YMCA Camp Director and National Outdoor Leadership School Instructor, James then taught for 17 years in the classroom and was recognized as a Wisconsin Teacher of the Year finalist and Crawford County Conservation Teacher of the Year.  After teaching, James coached and supported innovative educators across America for 10 years, creating over 100 new and innovative public schools.

As a Colorado school leader and national consultant, James has abundant experience for board capacity building, strategic planning, and creating effective relational teaming in school, business, and non-profit sectors. James collaborates with stakeholders to build sustainable, high quality practice and performance for the long run.  James has been a speaker at numerous state and national education conferences. He is the author of To Know the Joy of Work Well Done: Place-Based Learning and Sustaining School Communities.

JAMES LEWICKI

Niki has been a catalyst for revolutionary change in public and private schools around the globe. Her origins are rooted in the starting of new schools. She first co-founded a place-based school centering on service project learning in Boulder, CO and co-designed and founded Valley New School, an internationally renowned teacher-powered, project-based, student-centered charter school in Appleton, WI, that remains a lab and model school for creativity and innovation. In teaching practice, Niki takes special interest in individualizing the educational experience for students. Her work in personal learning practices is deeply grounded in the idea that all people can harness their power to develop themselves and their lives. 

 

Niki has also served extensively as a consultant, presenter, and coach for professionals working to evolve education and personalized learning within their own systems. This includes consulting and experiential capabilities which extend to both the public and private sectors.  Major regional support organizations such as the Innovative Schools Network, Edvisions, Wisconsin Regional Resource Center for Charter Schools, and the University of Wisconsin Madison, utilize her skills and experience. Her individual school clients include startups and reform in domestic districts and internationally, spanning from Hawaii to the Netherlands.

 

Niki continues to influence students, professionals, and regional learning systems in personalized learning at all levels to generate sustained, positive change. She and her students, along with Dr. Steven Rippe, authored the newly released book, “Transformational Personal Learning Practices, A Universal Approach.”  Nicole is passionate about family, nature, wellness, music, and simple, passionate living.

NICOLE LUEDTKE

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Selected for the first cohort of 25 leaders in Harvard University’s innovative Doctor of Education Leadership program, Tracy used that opportunity to hone skills in adult  development and enhancing organizational infrastructure for sustainability and scale.  Tracy works with organizations to discover and mitigate their immunities to change, enhance their employee learning and development efforts, and empower teams.  Engagements also include academic and professional program review, deep research and analysis, designing and facilitating professional development, and one-on-one coaching. 

 

In addition to the EdLD degree, Tracy also holds a Bachelor’s in K-12 Education, a master’s degree in Curriculum Development, and principal certification.  A curious and avid learner, Tracy began skipping class in kindergarten in order to pursue her own ideas.  While school did not become more interesting until college, she always had ideas! Determined to improve the education system, Tracy’s career has centered around building programs that connect others to their own passion for learning.  She created and led one of the first project-based high schools in Washington State, and has taught and led programs at all levels K-16.  Tracy has been a thought leader and essential partner for creative education and organizational initiatives across America. Tracy’s mantra is “Joy is an essential part of learning and laughter mixes naturally with serious discussion and hard work.”

DR. TRACY MONEY