2012 TCG/American Express Leadership Boot Camp
Program FacultyDavid Horth
Innovator, Designer, Facilitator, Artist in Training
David’s background experience includes 21 years in the computer industry; where he began as a research and development engineer and emerged as a strategist specializing in creativity and innovation. He managed hardware and software development teams and major technology programs then served as marketing manager and trainer of quality improvement and innovation. He led the innovation which won the Queens Award for Technological Innovation in 1985. David joined CCL from the Human Resources Division of the Centre for Consultancy in England.
David is co-author with Charles J. Palus of the award winning book: The Leader’s Edge: Six Creative Competencies for Navigating Complex Challenges. He is a Senior Designer and Subject Matter Expert in Innovation at The Center for Creative Leadership in Research and Product Development. David joined the Center in 1990. He is an innovative designer, facilitator and coach, specializing in the confluence of design, innovation and leadership development. He led the design of Leading Creatively; this immerses leaders in an art-making forum to develop their creative leadership. More recently he led the design of the Innovation Leadership Workshop in collaboration with the design company, Continuum. He also led the designs of Coaching for Greater Effectiveness, Maximizing Leadership Potential and a program targeted at teaching leadership to individual contributors. David’s innovative designs include leadership programs which feature Horse Whispering and Indy Car Racing. Other programs in David’s training repertoire include The Leadership Development Program (LDP®) , The Looking Glass Experience (LGE)®, Coaching for Greater Effectiveness and Navigating Complex Challenges. His fluency with the technical and administrative aspects of business, deep knowledge and practice of creativity processes, and his own creative and artistic flair combine to make David sought after as a unique keynote speaker, presenter and workshop facilitator.
David describes himself as an artist-in-training. He enjoys drawing and writing poetry. His special passion is music. He plays a variety of instruments ranging from African Djembe and Mbira, to Piano and Folk Guitar, to Native American Flute to Didgeridoo, a native Australian instrument. He holds a B.Sc. (Hons) from the University of Surrey in England.
Manager, Nonprofit Sector Center for Creative Leadership
Shera joined the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL®) in 1989. Her experience includes business development, account management and the design and delivery of customized interventions for the corporate, education and nonprofit sectors. She has managed a five-year, multi-session, Leadership Development Initiative involving more than 500 participants. She brings that experience to bear in support of the Center’s client relationship management process. As part of the Center's strategy for strengthening client relationships, Shera is an integral part of representing the full scope of the Center’s capabilities. In addition, she has 15 years of group facilitation experience in leadership development initiatives, including Foundations of Leadership, the Leadership Development Program (LDP) ® and a variety of CCL custom programs. She is also a certified CCL Executive Coach. Shera’s interests include research on both the changing face of diversity in the workplace and the philosophy of adult education.
Shera currently serves as the Manager, Nonprofit Sector, based in Greensboro, North Carolina. She works extensively in developing the CCL’s nonprofit sector. She is the co-deputy director for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Ladder to Leadership National Program Office and manages The African-American Leadership Program.
Shera holds both undergraduate and graduate degrees from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. Her bachelor’s degree is in business administration with a concentration in management and her master’s is in adult education with a concentration in counseling.
Shera is a member of the American Society for Training & Development (ASTD). Her commitment to volunteerism includes Junior Achievement, an organization with a mission to teach children the principles of business and economics; and Meals on Wheels Association of America, providing home-delivered meals to people in need.
Senior Faculty and Executive Coach
Richard Walsh is a senior faculty member at the Center for Creative Leadership® (CCL®). He is responsible for the design and delivery of custom leadership development initiatives for key clients and brings over 20 years of industry experience specializing in leadership development, executive coaching and mentoring.
Prior to joining CCL, Rich served as executive director of the Center for Leadership & Executive Development. The Center was formed as a unique partnership of leading firms such as Emerson, Fifth Third Bank, Premier Health Partners, Procter & Gamble, Reynolds & Reynolds, Wright Patterson Air Force Base and others. Their mission was to design and deliver custom executive education tailored to the needs of partner executives and delivered by internationally recognized thought leaders.
Prior to the Center, Rich was the Director of Leadership and Professional Development at NCR where he was responsible for the identification, development and learning for business leaders throughout the organization. Rich also held a variety of leadership positions at AT&T, GE and Bull of France.
He earned a B.S. in business administration concentrating in human resource management from Northeastern University and an M.B.A. from the University of Dayton. He attended graduate and executive education programs at Harvard University’s Business and Divinity Schools specializing in leadership and social ethics. He also holds a number of professional certifications and is a member of several professional associations.