Who We Are

A unique combination of organizational leaders, experienced trainers, and academic researchers.

Samuel B. Bacharach

Co-Founder and Director of Program Development

Sam Bacharach is the McKelvey-Grant Professor of Labor Management at Cornell University’s ILR School. He is the Director of ILR’s New York City based Institute for Workplace Studies as well as the Director of the Smithers Institute and the director of the New York City-based Master of Professional Studies. He received his BS in economics from NYU and his MS and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin.

For the last 10 years, Professor Bacharach has focused on bridging theory and practice. Integrating his earlier work on politics, negotiation, and complex organizations into his studies of the workplace, Sam has established his own unique perspective on proactive leadership. Sam is the author and editor of over 100 articles and over 20 books, including his two most influential works, Get Them on Your Side: Win Support, Convert Skeptics, and Get Results (2005) and Keep Them on Your Side: Leading and Managing for Momentum (2006). His work has been reviewed by The New York Times, Fast Company, HR Magazine, CIO Magazine, Investor’s Business Daily, Leadership Excellence, and Harvard Management Update. Working with eCornell, Samuel has developed a dynamic 10-course leadership training certificate for high potentials, subscribed to by many Fortune 500 companies. Among the organizations trained in his pragmatic leadership approach are: Computer Sciences Corporation, PepsiAmericas, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, March of Dimes, Wal-Mart Stores, Citigroup, International Monetary Fund, Mellon Financial, Starbucks, BASF, BMC Software, Boeing, Inter-Continental Hotels Group, Chubb, Nintendo, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Devon Energy, TeleTech, and Gap, Inc.

Yael S. Bacharach

Co-Founder, Executive Director and Training Director

Yael Bacharach is a practicing psychotherapist and coach. Having spent much of her career trying to combine the techniques of psychotherapy with the practical tools of coaching and having worked as a consultant and presenter in different organizational contexts, Yael believes that many of the obstacles faced in the workplace stem from the dynamics of relationships among leaders, followers, supervisors, subordinates, colleagues, and coworkers.

To overcome these obstacles and move ahead proactively, supervisors, leaders, and coworkers must create a dynamic atmosphere where reflection and dialogue assist in overcoming both inner and external blocks. After 20 years of practice she has developed a series of techniques and modalities which help individuals overcome blocks and move ahead proactively. Yael Bacharach has worked as a counselor in the military. She regularly consults with hospitals and clinics, and has developed a workplace intervention program in conjunction with the Smithers Institute at Cornell University and The Israel Institute of Technology (Technion).

Oliver Muhr

Strategic Consultant & Advisory Board Member

Oliver Muhr’s experience ranges from raising early stage Venture Capital rounds (seed up to double digit $million) as CEO for start-ups and scaling them internationally to growing and turning around later stage-, private equity-, triple-digit million revenue businesses to a Fortune 500 Software company with over $5 billion in revenue and 20,000 employees.
He has been primarily involved with SaaS-, software-, services-, internet-, B2B-, consulting-, managed services- and fintech companies — with a focus on strategy, raising capital, building the best teams on the planet, sales and product management and M&A. Oliver has worked on multiple acquisitions ranging from $750K to $700 million enterprise value and SunGard’s $11 billion Private Equity LBO (back then the biggest tech LBO ever and the second-largest leveraged buyout at the time.

Chris Proulx

Strategy Consultant

Chris Proulx is the CEO of LINGOs, leading the team toward a vision of where “everyone working to improve lives and communities in the developing world has the skills to make a positive impact.” LINGOs has created dozens of private sector partnerships, engaged hundreds of volunteers and built a community of over 80 of the leading international development, humanitarian and conservation organizations in order to deliver content, tools, credentials and best practices to scale the reach, impact, and effectiveness of learning programs.
Chris has been working at the intersection of technology and learning for over twenty years. Prior to LINGOs, Chris was the CEO of eCornell from 2004-2014 during which time eCornell developed over 30 online certificate programs that reached over 100,00 working professionals in 180+ countries. Under Chris’ leadership, eCornell grew its revenue nearly 10x and expanded its work the University’s colleges and faculty. Chris has developed online and blended learning solutions for the non-profit, higher education, and corporate sectors and speaks regularly at conferences in each sector. Chris lives with his family in Ithaca NY where he has recently served on the City Council and was formerly the board president of the Finger Lakes Land Trust, a regional land conservation organization.

Peter A. Bamberger

Senior Academic Affiliate Director of Surveys and Research

Peter A. Bamberger is Professor of Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management at the Recanati Graduate School of Business Administration, Tel Aviv University, and senior research scholar at the School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Cornell University. He has been serving as Associate Editor of the Academy of Management Journal since 2007.
Current research interests include peer relations and helping processes in the workplace, and employee emotional wellbeing, and HR Strategy. Co-author of Human Resource Strategy (with Ilan Meshulam Sage, 2000) and Mutual Aid and Union Renewal (with Samuel Bacharach and William Sonnenstuhl , Cornell Univ. Press, 2001), Bamberger has published over 70 referred journal articles in such journals as Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Journal of Applied Psychology, and Personnel Psychology. He received his Ph.D. in organizational behavior from Cornell University in 1990.

Chris Halladay

Trainer, Coach, and Higher Education Consultant

Chris is the Associate Vice President for Human Resources at Lehigh University where he engages his knowledge of education and transformation to help Lehigh’s leaders perform at the top of their discipline. He has served as a coach, consultant and trainer for developing leaders in higher education and other industries for more than 25 years and helped tailor BLG’s approach to Pragmatic Leadership in Higher Ed. Prior to Lehigh, Chris was the AVP for Organizational Effectiveness at Cornell University and Director of Organizational Development at Western Washington University. He is an architect of the innovative leadership development and succession programming at these schools.
Chris holds a Masters of Organizational Behavior from Brigham Young University and worked with Sam and Yael Bacharach to introduce their principles of Pragmatic Leadership into the higher education landscape. In two and a half decades of public and private sector service, working with virtually every academic, administrative and student function, he has been on the frontline of institutional change in academia. And he has seen the impact of effective and ineffective leadership in an environment accustomed to moving at a glacial pace, but now facing tectonic change.

Kathryn L. Burkgren

Trainer, Coach and Higher Education Consultant

In her role as Senior Director for Organizational & Workforce Development at Cornell, Kathy leads workforce development, organizational effectiveness, organizational development, and Cornell’s Interactive Theatre Ensemble as well as provides strategic direction as a member of the Human Resource and Safety Services Leadership Team. Her team is responsible for process improvement, career development, educational and professional services, and the design, delivery, and reporting of leadership programs, management and productivity trainings, and consultations to Cornell teams and employees in Ithaca, New York City, and Qatar. She is an experienced consultant and facilitator on a range of topics and has led many university-wide initiatives. In addition, she consults to companies, corporations, and non-profits.
Her passion is working with individuals, leaders, teams and organizations to facilitate their continuous development, improvement, and ability to execute on their mission and vision. Her current work is built on 14 years of work in the areas of marketing, communications and administration, which includes six years working with the Cornell University Building & Properties Board of Trustee Committee. In addition to holding a Bacharach Leadership Group, Inc. certification, Kathy holds certifications in Low Ropes, Predictive Index, Power and Systems: The Organization Workshop, the Haygroup’s Emotional competency Indicator, Arbinger Institute: Leadership and Self Deception, and Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. She is past president and board member of National Consortium for Continuous Innovation (NCCI) in higher education. She assists the Executive MBA and MBA Cornell University Johnson Graduate School of Management Education Programs, National Grocers Association, and National Association of Convenience Stores through the Food Industry Management System, and individuals from other universities and companies as an executive coach. Kathy earned her undergraduate degree at Iowa State University in agricultural education and journalism, and her master’s and Ph.D. at Cornell in educational psychology and organizational behavior, respectively.

Edward J. Lawler

Senior Academic Affiliate and Advisory Board

Edward J. Lawler is the Martin P. Catherwood Professor of Industrial and Labor Relations, Professor of Organizational Behavior and Sociology at Cornell University. Before joining the faculty of Cornell in 1994, he was a member of the sociology faculty at the University of Iowa for 22 years, where he became the Duane C. Spristersbach Professor of Liberal Arts in 1990
Lawler has authored or co-authored three books and over 60 articles, and edited or co-edited over 20 volumes of the annual series, Advances in Group Processes. Most recently, his book, Social Commitments in a Depersonalized World (2009) won the 2010 James Coleman Best Book Award from the Rationality and Society Section of the American Sociological Association. He served as Dean of Cornell University’s ILR School from 1997-2005, chaired the University of Iowa’s Department of Sociology (1983-89) and was President of Research Committee (42) on Social Psychology of the International Sociological Association (1998-2002). Dr. Lawler earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in sociology from California State University, Long Beach and Los Angeles, respectively, and a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Andrew Doyle

Senior Academic Affiliate Director of Surveys and Research

Andrew (Andy) Doyle leads Oppenheimer Funds’ Human Resources team in its efforts to attract, retain and develop talent.

Andy has been with the company for five years, originally as head of Compensation, Benefits and Technology. Before he joined OppenheimerFunds, Andy led Rewards and Information Services for Global Wealth Management at Merrill Lynch. During his ten years at Merrill Lynch, Andy served in a variety of roles, most notably as head of Human Resources for the Pacific Rim Region, based in Tokyo. Before Merrill Lynch, he worked as an international HR planning specialist with Toshiba Corporation in Tokyo.
Andy also serves on the Advisory Board for Bacharach Leadership Group, a consulting firm that delivers bespoke development programs to enhance the leadership and managerial skills of professionals with high potential. He was an adjunct instructor for the New York University School of Continuing and Professional Studies and served on the Board of Alumni for Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations. Andy earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees in industrial and labor relations from Cornell University.

Jack Goncalo

Academic Affiliate

Jack Goncalo joined the School of Industrial and Labor Relations as an Assistant Professor in August 2004. He received his Ph.D. in Business Administration in 2004, an M.S. in Organizational Behavior in 2001 and a B.A. in Psychology in 1999, all from the University of California at Berkeley.
He conducts research on group processes and performance, particularly group creativity and the quality of group decision making. Although most research in Organizational Behavior emphasizes the value of being a “team player” his research suggests that in order to spark creativity, organizations should emphasize individualistic norms and individual achievement. He co-edited the book Research on Managing Groups and Teams: Creativity in Groups (vol. 12). His research has been published in Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Management Science, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin and the European Journal of Social Psychology. It has also been featured on CNN, Businessweek, The Wall Street Journal, US News & World Report, Fast Company and Fortune.

Dana R. Vashdi, Ph.D.

Academic Affiliate, Trainer and Survey Coordinator

Dana Vashdi is a lecturer at the Department of Public Administration and Policy at The University of Haifa, Israel. Dana’s research and teaching focuses on teamwork and team management as well as employee well-being, organizational climate and healthcare policy. Her expertise includes enhancing learning in different types of teams.
Dr. Vashdi has published articles in a wide variety of academic journals including the Academy of Management Journal, Human Resource Management Journal and the British Medical Journal. Dana has worked in numerous organizational settings (armed forces, hospital/medical, high-tech) helping teams improve their effectiveness. Dana earned a B.A. in Psychology and Statistics, from Tel Aviv University, a M.A. (Cum Laude) and a Ph.D. in Industrial Psychology form the Technion – the Israel Institute of Technology. Dana has also done postdoctoral work at Cornell’s ILR School.

Jamie Levinson

Trainer & Coach

Jamie Levinson, is a BLG trainer and coach. She has 20 years experience in learning and development in the financial services industry. She also has experience in the advertising industry, and in non-profit organizations. Jamie has coached and trained leaders at TIAA-CREF, Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation, Moody’s Corporation, ACS (Xerox) Intellinex (Formerly Ernst & Young Intellinex), DDB WorldWide, and National Development Research Institute.
Jamie has designed and delivered a broad range of workshops for managers and individual contributors. Topics include coaching others, leadership presence, management skills, conflict management, , virtual teaming, influence, team building and more. Jamie holds a B.S. in Education from The University of Maryland, and a M.S. in Education from The Johns Hopkins University with a focus in Cognitive Behavioral Counseling. Jamie holds certifications from Coach University, The Ken Blanchard Companies, NTL, DDI, Covey, Achieve Global, Langevin, AMA, Cahners Tracom, and Decker Communications, Inc. She is qualified in the Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator and is a member of ASTD NY and SHRM.

Phyllis Rosen PCC, CPCC

Trainer & Coach

Phyllis Rosen is a BLG trainer and Coach. She has been providing training and executive and career coaching services for over 15 years to the corporate, non-profit and entrepreneurial sectors, as well as to individuals. She delivers training to all levels of an organization in skills from communications to retention strategies to relationship building. In addition to standup and design ability, she has launched 2 separate training functions – at Met Council and at PaineWebber (now UBS). At PaineWebber, Phyllis was a Corporate Vice-President and Senior Training Manager, delivering training programs and coaching to the top-tier brokers and managers to enrich their business. At Met Council, she co-created a training program and served as its Director of Career Counseling Services.
As a coach, Phyllis is professionally certified, having earned the PCC (Professional Certified Coach) designation from the International Coach Federation, ICF (the largest coaching organization in the world) and received her training from The Coaches Training Institute (CTI.) Phyllis’ passion and unique gift is to help others find their own unique gift and authentic voice. As a career coach, Phyllis specializes in helping clients develop healthy relationships with their work and to aspire to roles that provide fulfillment and success. As an executive coach, Phyllis helps executives enhance their leadership presence based on their authentic self.

Carmela Bennett

Trainer & Coach

Carmela Bennett is a BLG trainer and Executive Coach. She is an experienced educator, therapist, and certified coach with 25 years experience in the growth and development field. Carmela earned her doctorate in Adult Learning and Leadership from Teachers College, Columbia University where she is currently adjunct assistant professor teaching leadership development for the Department of Organization and Leadership. Carmela is a certified somatic coach from the Strozzi Institute and an ICF certified presence based coach who specializes in working with individuals and organizations to create transformational learning and change.
In addition to teaching and consulting for the Bachrach Leadership Group, Carmela works with Teachers College faculty and graduate students on ways to integrate adult learning and leadership best practices into higher education and organizational workplace contexts. She has created and managed educational and training curriculum projects for higher education and organizations including the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Alvernia University, the Caron Foundation, and Concern Family Services. She has coached leaders and developed programs for the DL Piper Law Firm, Natural Resources Defense Council, Interstate Hotels, Health Care Consultancy Group, and St. Lawrence University.

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