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Introduction of the Core Faculty of Closely Held de Bono Group Design Thinking Trainers and Consultants

As President of The de Bono Group and Dean of the Faculty, I am honored and proud to introduce our core faculty of closely held Edward de Bono trainers and consultants. As design thinking leaders they form the cornerstone of our four criteria for excellence: Quality, Integrity, Expert Knowledge and Professionalism.

As you read through their bios, you will also notice their diversity of skills, talents and client base. That diversity keeps our thinking and professional relationships ever more stimulated and creative. And it produces a better product of what we can deliver to our clients.

What you may not see, but need to know is that they are a joy to work with. It has been my absolute pleasure to know all of them as friends and professional colleagues. Coupled with our select international network of trainers representing 56 countries, we make a powerful team.

I commend them to you. Let us help you achieve the innovative business results you strive for.

President - The de Bono Group, LLC

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Karen Franta LoveKaren Franta Love, Vice President of The de Bono Group, has over twenty years of experience in corporate and educational management and organizational development. She is instrumental in integrating de Bono tools and methods into a variety of organizational cultures, large, medium and small businesses. Using de Bono tools, she has delivered results with operations improvement, Six Sigma, project management, research and design, strategic planning, and corporate education to improve performance, communication, and solve problems. This range of work includes VP and C-Level executives, physicians and scientists, as well as mid-level and frontline employees. Her business areas of expertise are healthcare, insurance, public relations, and higher education.

Karen is a Master Trainer in Six Thinking Hats, and Lateral Thinking, a trainer for Direct Attention Thinking, and Leading High Performance Thinking for de Bono Thinking Systems. With a strong background in training and curriculum design, she is highly skilled in educating trainers in de Bono Tools and applications. She has a wealth of experience leading innovation and ideation processes using de Bono Tools and coaching others in thinking. Indicating Karen’s breadth of experience as a Master Trainer and Facilitator, her clients include Trinity Health Systems, Shelter Insurance, Nestle Purina, Merck, Proctor and Gamble, Central Bancompany, Genentech, National Propane and Research Council, Missouri Department of Revenue and the American Creativity Association.

Karen was recently a senior organizational development specialist for the internationally recognized Methodist Hospital System in Houston, Texas--a top Fortune 100 Best Place to Work, and U.S. News and World Report Honor Roll Hospital. Karen holds certification in Human Performance Improvement from ASTD, and Total Quality Management from the University of Texas Quality Center. She received her B.S. from Southwestern University in Georgetown, TX and her M.Ed. from the University of Vermont.


Mark SatoMark Sato is a senior consultant and Master Trainer for The de Bono Group. He combines over 20 years of hands-on management experience in the financial services, healthcare, and software industries with equivalent years of leadership development and training success.

Since 2005, Mark has delivered the Six Thinking Hats and Lateral Thinking solutions to de Bono clients in the software, healthcare, transportation, and finance industries. Specific results include: improved leadership communication with software programming management team; increased idea generation and efficiency in healthcare research and development team meetings; started global process design for international transportation organization; created process improvement ideas for finance sales leadership team.

Mark has held management and training management positions at Franklin Templeton, Kaiser Permanente, and Oracle Corporation, and holds certifications with top coaching, communication and performance management providers.   He has global leadership training experience working with managers in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Latin America, as well as extensive virtual facilitation design and delivery experience.  He earned an MBA from California State University, Hayward (East Bay) in Management.


Thomas Godfrey Thomas F. Godfrey M.D. - Senior Vice President of The de Bono Group Tom Godfrey's extensive experience as a healthcare administrator and physician at Kaiser Permanente evidence his capacity to lead, direct and consult at a variety of organizational levels. As an Area Medical Director and Medical Director of a Center for Medical Education in a large, urban teaching hospital he had responsibility for over 500 doctors, 200 nurses, house staff and 5,000 unionized employees. Within that context he had additional responsibility for outlying medical offices and clinics serving the needs of almost 300,000 members' primary care and up to 3 million members' specialized medical needs. His work in Medical Education, which trained 175 physicians yearly continues to flourish.

His vast experience in the healthcare field provide an valuable intersection between the clients need and his understanding of what it means to have effective, innovative healthcare. As a key leader/administrator at Kaiser he oversaw every aspect of business and professional operations of the medical center, including operational turnarounds, working with city and county government, supervising 300,000 members and directing the development of new medical centers.

Tom is also Assistant Professor at Hershey Medical Center, Division of Health Services and Behavioral Research. The division does research on the organization, financing, delivery, and quality of health care services. He will teach a course this summer on the implications and impact of The Affordable Care Act, known often as Obamacare.

Tom is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University/M.S. Hershey Medical College. He also holds a BS in Arts History and a MA in Arts in Education Administration from Colgate University. In addition to medicine and consulting, Tom also has a passion for writing and editing. His design thinking was instrumental in the development of the new program: Sharpening Your Competitive and Innovative Edge™ . Tom will be acting as a primary leader, consultant and coach in that process. Tom is a certified trainer in Six Thinking Hats and Lateral Thinking.


Nancy MoonNancy Moon - As the de Bono Group's new Director of Business Development for the Federal Sector, Nancy Moon brings a special mind set to her role; producing innovative and strategic approaches to corporate challenges. That expertise is represented in her long term professional pattern of focused leadership, effectiveness and accomplishment via the creative strategies she has taken in her assignments. As she develops relationships with our clients, we know that pattern will continue. Now retired from CIA, and thirty one years of commitment to creative excellence and productivity, we see an engaging future in her ability to relate to clients and their needs. A few of Nancy's key accomplishments during her term of service at CIA:

  • A founding member of the leadership team which created the Center for Mission Innovation at the CIA, Nancy was selected as an Innovation Officer for the Innovation Studio, and subsequently its Director.
  • Nancy was Team Lead drafting the Strategic Plan for the Director of the CIA.
  • As Chair of the Executive Leadership Department of CIA University, led the design and development of a leadership curriculum for Senior Leadership Intelligence Officers.
  • CIA Career Intelligence Commendation Award coupled with 13 Exceptional Performance Awards and several Meritorious Unit Citations.
  • Within the Office of Security served as Analyst and Executive Officer. The Office of Security is responsible, on a worldwide basis, for ensuring proper security for CIA facilities, operations and personnel.
  • Represented the CIA as a Research Analyst on two major studies conducted by the Director, National Intelligence.

  • As a certified trainer in Six Thinking Hats and Lateral Thinking she has the insight and wherewithal to model to her clients the effective, productive and creative use of the powerful de Bono methods. As a user she led a team that redesigned a CIA Operations Center. Her breadth and depth of experience as an effective administrator, program manager and organizational leader provide the foundation for her primary focus; developing creative, yet structured, approaches to finding solutions to difficult problems. She is driven to exceed the status quo. Leadership is her passion which is manifest in her many accomplishments. Nancy will assist you in the development of the creative solutions you want and need.


Patricia HarmonPatricia Harmon is senior consultant and Master Trainer for The de Bono Group. She is an organizational development consultant and works as a business analyst, innovative thinking consultant and executive coach. She has designed and conducted advanced thinking workshops for North American organizations such as American Re-insurance Corporation, Estee Lauder, J P Morgan Chase, Johnson & Johnson, Merck & Co., Morgan Stanley, Motorola and New York Times.
Patricia helps organizations in their efforts to bring about change by examining business trends and extrapolating from them to help companies create value monopolies. Her approach includes the use of lateral thinking techniques to provide a deliberate method to think innovatively.

She also facilitates an Executive Leadership & Development process that is used widely by leading corporations in the U.S., Canada and Europe. This advanced assessment-based technology helps clients assess development needs through 360 degree feedback, link development to business strategy, implement customized training solutions, and measure results. Included in her assessment practice is her use of the Emotional Quotient Inventory (“EQ-I”), an assessment tool that measures emotional intelligence as a success factor in business with follow-up for customized development.

Previously, Pat was the founder and principal of a communications advisory service serving many of the Fortune 500 companies in North America, after having working in the Biotech/Pharmaceutical industry in Canada for ten years.

Patricia holds an MBA from the University of Toronto, Canada, an MA in Human Development, and has a Ph.D. in organizational development from The Fielding Graduate Institute. She also serves as an adjunct instructor at Cornell University.


Riel Miller Dr. Matthew Allison is the Director of Business Development for the Midwest and is certified by James P. Carlisle, president of the de Bono Group, in both Six Thinking Hats and Lateral Thinking. Besides being a training, Dr. Allison is a vibrant musician, active as a flute instructor and a freelance flutist. As a teacher of music for several years, that experience is a complementary fit to the disciplined thinking methods developed by Dr. Edward de Bono. And his central values of empowerment, finding flow and harnessing the creativity of those he works with is a fitting blend of his work in a variety of fields. A natural entrepreneur and leader, Matthew is one who sees and envisions the possible as well as clearing the path toward that end. His ability to productively engage the participant in the process of learning is at the core of who he is as a teacher and as a person.


Special Consultants and Trainers:

ScottScott R. Reidenbach, Esq. joins The de Bono Group, LLC as a principal and collaborator/consultant in the development of the legal community as a market for Edward de Bono Thinking methods. As an attorney of excellence listed in Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, Awesome Lawyers in Philadelphia Life, and Main Line Today as a Top Lawyer, Scott formed his very successful firm of eight attorneys in the midst of the great recession. From a few clients in 2007 to several hundred in 2014, he has excelled in his ability to relate to the variety of his clients and their organizational and legal needs. Building his firm's competencies on the foundation of real estate and planned community (condominium and homeowner association) law, the firm now has four office locations in the Philadelphia region and has steadily grown their practice areas of business law, civil litigation and contract law. His foremost intent with clients is to keep them from harm's way, though Scott is a formidable and tenacious litigator.

As an attorney, I'm always looking at new and creative ways to represent our clients and resolve their often complicated and fluid issues. The work developed by Dr. Edward de Bono fits that need. In addition to my own professional use, I'm planning to have my staff go through the training and classroom work as well' says Scott.

Since its inception, Reidenbach & Associates, LLC has steadily grown to eight attorneys, four office locations and several hundred clients. From professional athletes, to planned community associations, to the nation's largest homebuilder to local business owners and families, the firm has proudly become one of the most trusted and sought after legal resources on the Philadelphia Main Line and beyond. Prior to forming Reidenbach and Associates, Scott worked at Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman & Goggin; Steven L. Sugarman Associates and Navigant Consulting.

Active in the Philadelphia community, Scott is on the Board of Trustees of Rosemont College, an Adjunct Professor at Villanova University, a member of the Board of Directors of the Wayne Business Association and coaches his son's Little League baseball team and his daughter's youth soccer team. Scott was a pitcher for the Villanova University Baseball team that won Big East Championships in 1991 and 1993. He remains active in the Villanova University Alumni Association.


Dymer Chuck Dymer, is a key leader in the de Bono methodologies. A Master Trainer in Six Thinking Hats, Lateral Thinking, Management Thinking (POP), Focus on Facilitation & Simplicity as well as a trainer in Six Value Medals. When we think of trainer excellence, one of the first we think of is Chuck. In addition to his training and consulting expertise, he lives life holistically with integrity and ethical concern for those around him.

The de Bono Group, LLC as a company offers only the best in it's cadre of trainers and consultants and Chuck represents the essence of the best. In 1987, Chuck became the first person permitted by Dr. de Bono to teach the Six Thinking Hats concept. Since that time Chuck has successfully trained thousands of executives, managers and their direct reports in Dr. de Bono's techniques. In 1993 he joined the de Bono Trainings Systems network and became a certified Master Trainer in the Lateral Thinking as well as a certified Master Trainer in the Six Thinking Hats and Direct Attention Thinking Tools. Before starting PeopleWorks, Chuck spent 15 years in manufacturing and information technology. He has been a foreman, materials supervisor, sales manager and national marketing manager. This broad base of expertise enables Chuck to talk about what works instead of presenting untested theory.

Chuck is the president of PeopleWorks, Inc., a Kansas City-based firm that provides the place and tools for teams to develop profitable ideas. He has a Masters of Arts degree in Philosophy from the University of Waterloo, in Waterloo, Ontario and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Companies Chuck has recently worked with using the de Bono methods include: AstraZeneca; Bayer Animal Health; GMAC Insurance; Hallmark Cards; Interstate Brands Corporation; Kraft Foods; Nestle Purina PetCare; Norse Dairy Systems to name a few.


david bushDavid Bush, a Special Consultant and Faculty member of The de Bono Group, LLC and is the founding Director of the MS program in Human Resource Development (HRD) at Villanova University. He is also Professor of Industrial/Organizational Psychology and Human Resource Development. His research, teaching, consulting and speaking activities revolve around developing HR metrics for measuring talent and performance and how they change over time and through transformation processes. He has worked with change management for three decades in a variety of industries from pharmaceuticals to chemicals to transportation to manufacturing. Dr. Bush has taught graduate courses for HR professionals that focus on the two issues of measurement and change management. With more than twenty years' experience in leading and facilitating process improvement, business transformation and organizational change management projects, he has consulted on major projects in such diverse organizations as Conrail, SmithklineBeecham, Rhone Poulenc Roher, AstraZeneca, Hercules, the Internal Revenue Service, and Mauritius Telecom.

David worked with W. Edwards Deming, providing an OCM lecture as part of Deming's four-day seminar. Early in his career, David worked with researchers in the UK and the US on improving Doctor Patient Communication. He has conducted health care based projects related to OCM with Mercy Hospital (Wilkes Barre), Park Nicollet Medical Center (St. Paul), and Presbyterian Medical Center (Philadelphia). He is currently working with a Magee Re habilitation Hospital project concerning culture change.

As part of the team of experts who established quality improvement and benchmarking teams at Conrail, David helped select and train team leaders and facilitators and guided executives in an approach based on the concepts of Deming and Juran.

For the past 15 years he has worked primarily with pharmaceutical and high technology companies to improve processes to enhance quality and shorten development cycle times. His teaching experience included HR Metrics and Research, Organizational Change and Performance Management, HR Planning, and Coaching for Improved Performance. David is a member of The American Psychological Association, the Human Resource Planning Group and the Society of Industrial/Organizational Psychology. He was awarded the Ph.D. from Purdue University.


hakeem From his professional to academic to community life, Hakeem Rahim places an emphasis on change and transformation with a particular focus on the education sector. He holds a BA (cum laude) in psychology from Harvard University and an Ed.M. and M.A. in psychological counseling from Teacher's College, Columbia University. Hakeem is certified in de Bono's Six Thinking Hats and Lateral Thinking methodologies. His core focus in teaching de Bono methods is in the education sector focusing on teachers and students. A graduate of iPEC, an accredited life coach training institute, he is facilitator and coach affiliated with Jasmin Balance, a counseling and wellness company. Hakeem is an experienced public speaker most notably in the education and mental health arenas. He is also the principal of Live Breathe Coaching and Consultation, LLC, a professional coaching and consultative services company that empowers individuals and organizations by helping them achieve alignment between their desired and current situations.

Hakeem has a special way about him, a way of connecting with others that engages but with a tender touch. Hakeem's initial contact with The de Bono Group came via a phone call and his clear desire to understand de Bono, particularly Six Thinking Hats, and how the Hats could be used with the college students. At the time he was working with at Hofstra, then later Mercy College. From that initial contact he has launched himself into the world of consulting and training, an effort endorsed and celebrated by The de Bono Group.



Rick McKnight, PhD supports individuals and organizations as they make accelerated strategic change. For 30 years, Rick has worked with clients providing a variety of services in support of strategy execution. Those services include executive coaching, leadership development, strategic visioning, top team alignment, and organization design. Dr. McKnight's work focuses on realigning internal functioning with the demands of the external marketplace. He is skilled in quickly enabling large numbers of employees to understand and embrace a company's new strategy, in aligning work unit effort with the strategy, and in fostering cross-divisional collaboration.

Rick speaks and publishes on the topics of strategy implementation, leadership, and organizational change. He is the author of Victim, Survivor, or Navigator? Choosing a Response to Workplace Change and is completing a new book, Leading Strategy Execution, with Tom Kaney and Shannon Breuer. His writing has also appeared in journals including Training & Development, Supply Chain Management, Training Magazine, Human Resource Management, and The OD Practitioner.

Post-doctorate, Rick was employed as a Senior Organizational Consultant for Sunoco, was then self-employed for 20 years as a consultant to senior leaders in various Fortune 500 businesses. He was VP, Organizational Consulting at Right Management for five years prior to founding McKnight • Kaney • Breuer. Rick is an accomplished digital imagery artist, a writer, and publisher. He holds a Doctorate in Organizational Psychology from Temple University and a Master's Degree in Social Work from the University of Washington. He also holds a BS in Industrial Design from Montana State University.


Riel MillerRiel Miller is a special consultant to The de Bono Group. He and James P. Carlisle co-lead a new Futures Creation program which integrates de Bono Thinking methods (Si x Thinking Hats and Lateral Thinking) and futures methodologies.  Riel is one of the world’s leading strategic foresight designers and practitioners. He co-creates innovation, leadership and transformation with his clients. For over twenty-five years he has tracked and explored the emergence of post-industrial Learning Intensive Societies. Pioneer of a range of techniques for building Futures Literacy, Riel helps organizations to grasp the potential of the present for innovation and creativity. His learning-by-doing Futures Literacy approach enables organizations to “rigorously imagine” the future and make analytically robust and easily understood links between anticipation and action. His published work covers topics such as the future of: innovation, research, money, public services, education, the Internet, identity, information technology, the knowledge society, regional development, etc. Riel has an extensive international network and a solid track-record of creativity. He is an accomplished and experienced speaker, master of ceremonies, lecturer, workshop leader, and facilitator.

Riel is also currently a board member of the Association of Professional Futurists; a Fellow of the World Futures Studies Federation; a Faculty Member in The Master of Public Affairs at Sciences-Po, Paris, France; a member of the board of Strax, The Research Unit for Strategic Intelligence and Exploration of the Future, Helsinki University of Technology; Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, UK; a member of the American Economics Association; and an Associate at Demos, London, UK.

Riel earned his Ph.D. in Economics from The New School of Social Research, a Masters degree from York College in Toronto, and a BA from Carleton University in Ottawa. He lives in Paris with his wife and children. He is widely published.

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