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25th Annual

April 16-17, 2008

Concurrent Speaker


Leslie Yerkes, President/CEO, Catalyst Consulting
Fun Works and the Soft Science for Creating Places Where People Love to Work

Leslie’s measure of success as a business leader and consultant is that she applies first to first all the consulting principles in which she engages her clients. In her work as an organizational development change management consultant, her goal is not to be positioned as an expert, but rather as a trusted advisor. She is a voracious learner and places a high value on her own journey of discovery.

Leslie earned her Master of Science in organizational development at Case Western Reserve University after graduating cum laude from Wittenberg University with a Bachelor of Arts. She founded Catalyst Consulting Group, Inc. in 1987. Her philosophy is simple: people are basically good, well-intentioned, courageous, and able to learn. Her job is to provide a framework in which people can draw on their own inner resources to find creative solutions.

Leslie has taught at John Carrol University, Baldwin Wallace College, and is on the faculty at the Weatherhead Dively Center for Executive Education at Case Western Reserve University.

Leslie is co-author of the best-selling 301 Ways to Have Fun at Work and is author of Fun Works: Creating Places Where People Love to Work,
Beans: Four Principles for Running a Business in Good Times or Bad, They Just Don't Get It! Changing Resistance into Understanding and Beyond Kicks and Carrots, Motivation in the 21st Century. Fun Works: Creating Places Where People Love to Work has been substantially updated and its case companies revisited. Important new insights about healthy corporate culture and fun at work are incorporated in a second, revised edition published in May 2007 by Berrett-Koehler, San Francisco. Beyond Kicks and Carrots, Motivation in the 21st Century, will be self-published in April 2008. It will be available through Amazon.

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