MEET THE TEAM
Adisa is comprised of professionals with complementary skill sets and shared values along with other specialists who are engaged when the assignment would be well-served by the addition of a particular expertise.
Passionate about great leadership and building thriving enterprises, Laura specializes in helping entrepreneurs, seasoned leaders, and mission-driven organizations power up what’s working and blunt what isn’t. She is driven by a passion to help others realize their aspirations, engaging leaders, investors, donors, stakeholders, and the broader community to drive positive and profitable outcomes.
Laura enjoys a rare perspective, a result of serving in diverse leadership roles ranging from entrepreneur to roles in the executive office of a Fortune 500 company to the CEO of a multi-million-dollar organization to the COO of a $180MM national and a global non-profits operating in 50 countries.
She brings deep experience managing complex operations including emotionally charged, large-scale initiatives, which required the ability to work across government, non-profit, and for-profit sectors to achieve results. As a coach, Laura’s perspective is formed by a belief that each person has the ability to transform and awaken possibilities, moving them in the direction of massive yet focused action.
She has served as a frequent spokesperson including keynotes for organizations as wide-ranging as Deloitte to the Australian Institute of Animal Management. Awards include CityBusiness Woman of the Year; Social Entrepreneur of the Year by Tulane University, ASPCA Presidential Service Award; top Best Community/Environmental Activists; Top 10 Female Achievers, New Orleans Magazine, among others.
Laura holds an MBA degree from Tulane University and a B.S. from West Virginia University; she’s a graduate of Georgetown University with certifications in Executive Coaching and Change Leadership with advanced training in vertical development and entrepreneurship while also holding a certification as a Compassion Fatigue educator by Green Cross Academy.
Betsy McFarland is a strategist and problem-solver who has forged a unique professional niche focused on empowering staff and volunteers committed to tackling challenging societal issues. Most recently, she led the growth and transformation of one of the largest program departments at The Humane Society of the United States as vice president of companion animals, winning accolades for developing a series of pioneering programs.
A collaborator and bridge-builder with a proven track record of navigating diverse viewpoints, often in emotionally charged situations, Betsy is skilled at gathering input and synthesizing it to identify common ground and implement innovative solutions. She possesses a broad communications background, including media outreach, book publishing, and website development.
Passionate about engaging the community, Betsy has extensive experience in growing volunteers within organizations large and small. She is the author of “Volunteer Management for Animal Care Organizations” and has published research on staff-volunteer relationships. She worked with the University of North Carolina at Charlotte to develop a research-supported Volunteer Program Assessment model that serves nonprofit volunteer programs across the U.S. and Canada.
Betsy is a Certified Animal Welfare Administrator (CAWA) through the Society of Animal Welfare Administrators (SAWA) and holds a degree in psychology from George Mason University. She has participated in the formation of several new nonprofit associations and serves on multiple nonprofit boards of directors.
Dr. Steven Rogelberg
Dr. Steven G. Rogelberg holds the title of Chancellor’s Professor at UNC Charlotte for distinguished national, international and interdisciplinary contributions. He has over 100 publications addressing issues such as meetings at work, team effectiveness, leadership, employee engagement, and organizational research methods. His research was profiled on Public Television, Radio (e.g., NPR, CBC, CBS), Newspapers (e.g., Chicago Tribune; LA Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, London Guardian) and Magazines (e.g., National Geographic, Scientific American Mind). Other awards and honors include being the inaugural winner of the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) Humanitarian Award, receiving the SIOP Distinguished Service Award, the Psi Chi Professor of the Year Award and the Master Teacher Award. He is the Editor of the Journal of Business and Psychology and the Talent Management Essentials book series. Companies for whom he has provided consulting services include: IBM, Family Dollar, Grace Cocoa, Vulcan Materials, VF Corporation, Lonza, TIAA CREF, Procter & Gamble, Brush Wellman, Marathon Ashland Petroleum, Siemens, Gilbarco, and North Highland. He founded and currently directs two large outreach initiatives focusing on nonprofit organization health and effectiveness. Over 200 nonprofits have been served. He has been a visiting scholar and guest speaker at universities and professional associations around the world including: Reykjavik University (Iceland), Hong Kong Baptist University, Peking University (China), The University of Sheffield (England), The University of Zurich (Switzerland), The University of Tel Aviv (Israel), Technion University (Israel), Concordia University (Canada), the University of Vienna (Austria), the University of Mannheim (Germany), BI Norwegian Business School (Norway), and Catholic University of Louvain (Belgium).
M. Dane Waters
Dane Waters is the CEO of Tipping Point Strategies, a communications and advocacy firm based in Washington, DC which provides strategic advice to campaigns, governments, activists and NGO’s all over the world.
Dane has worked on six continents with government officials, activists, academics and NGO’s. He has also consulted on projects with the United Nations, the U.S. Department of State and the International Republican Institute. He was a political appointee in President George H. W. Bush’s administration, served as the Political Director of the Humane Society Legislative Fund and was the National Field Director for U.S. Term Limits. Dane has worked on five presidential campaigns and numerous other candidate elections in the U.S. as well as presidential and prime ministerial campaigns around the world.
Dane has worked on over 60 ballot campaigns and is one of the few people who has worked on all aspects of direct democracy campaigns – from helping governments draft the laws that will govern the election, to helping win or defeat an issue on the ballot, to providing international observers to ensure that a referendum election meets internationally accepted norms.