Ben is an executive coach and organizational development consultant. He has helped a wide variety of corporate and non-profit leaders, teams, departments and organizations become more successful by developing and utilizing a better understanding of the impact of individual psychology and group dynamics on all aspects of their performance. His executive coaching and consulting services enable organizations to achieve higher returns on their human capital investments by making better hiring and staffing decisions, enhancing the professional capabilities of executives, managers and employees, configuring teams more effectively, and improving communication and collaboration.
Ben received a BA in Psychology from Harvard College, and his MA and Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from New York University, where he was a MacCracken Fellow. His doctoral dissertation analyzed the relationship between narcissism and fairness in the workplace, and his masters thesis examined the impact of trust on negotiation. Before graduate school, Ben worked at Republic National Bank of New York for three years, first as a Management Trainee and then as Assistant to the CEO. After graduate school, Ben was Director of Human Resources at Blink.com before founding Dattner Consulting.
Ben is an Adjunct Professor at New York University where he teaches Organizational Development in the Industrial and Organizational Psychology MA Program in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and has taught Strategic Career Management in the Executive MBA Program at Stern Business School. Ben is also an Adjunct Coach at the Center for Creative Leadership and part of the Hogan Coaching Network with advanced accreditation by Hogan Assessment Systems. Ben is a member of the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology, The Society of Consulting Psychology, and the Metro New York Applied Psychology Association.
A frequent contributor to Harvard Business Review, Ben is frequently quoted in the press, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Business Week, Inc Magazine, Crain’s New York Business, The Chicago Tribune, The Baltimore Sun, The Washington Post, USA Today, The Christian Science Monitor, HR Magazine, and The Globe and Mail. Ben has also been interviewed on CNBC and CNN and has served as the Workplace Consultant on Morning Edition on National Public Radio. Ben is the author of Credit and Blame at Work: How better assessment can improve individual, team and organizational performance, published by Simon & Schuster.
Julia is a highly-experienced business coach and facilitator with a broad perspective drawn from experience in a variety of countries and sectors. She has an authoritative yet highly flexible style and her skills have been fine-tuned over the last 15 years by helping people to work effectively together, to uncover ideas and information, and to convert insights into actions. As a consultant and coach, Julia helps teams and individuals to engage with new ideas and identify steps for change in the short and the long term.
Her background includes roles with Shell, Price Waterhouse Coopers, a City of London dot.com, and a number of research, strategy and consulting businesses. She has worked with people at senior levels in a variety of organisations from fast-moving consumer goods to media to finance to government. As a project manager and process facilitator, Julia explicitly encourages a goal-focused, non-defensive working culture and challenges all team members to bring their own experience to planning and problem-solving.
Julia has extensive international experience and is skilled in adapting her approach to different cultures and time zones. She has a BA Hons in Thai and Politics and an MSc in Economics from the University of London and is a qualified executive coach.
Chuck Bush has over fifteen years of management and strategic consulting experience and is a principal in Dattner Consulting’s Los Angeles office. Prior to joining our firm, Chuck founded Great Road Capital, an advisory firm that focuses on strategy, re-engineering, and finance for clients in a variety of industries, including media and entertainment, financial services, biotechnology, and pharmaceuticals.
Chuck was the Chief Financial Officer of Our Stories Films, LLC, and as a key member of the executive team, not only implemented and managed the company’s financial and accounting systems, but also was instrumental in guiding the strategic direction of the company. These activities included leading negotiations and fundraising efforts, taking responsibility for various HR functions, formulating the company’s distribution strategy, creating marketing and branding strategies for the company.
Previously Chuck was an Assistant Vice President in JPMorgan’s Entertainment Industries Group in Los Angeles. While at JPMorgan, Chuck helped finance some of the most influential companies in the entertainment business including major film studios and emerging production companies.
Chuck began his career as a strategy consultant at Monitor Company, where he helped Fortune 100 clients identify strategic partners, launch new products, value potential M&A targets, and execute LBO transactions. As a consulting generalist, he worked for clients in the financial services, insurance, telecommunications, lottery and gaming, and oil and natural gas industries.
For several years, Chuck taught accounting, finance, valuation and M&A seminars to attorneys throughout the United States for continuing legal education credit. He received an AB in Economics from Harvard University and an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Laura is a published author, executive coach and meeting facilitator. She has helped over 10,000 people enhance their communications impact and therefore success in the workplace.
Laura has 22 years of experience in the design and facilitation of skill development change efforts and seven years of practical management experience in the financial services industry. Her expertise includes employee engagement, presentation skills, leadership, sales, coaching, personal branding, problem-solving, sales management, negotiation, and networking.
Prior to consulting, Laura spent seven years with Citibank in sales, sales management and operations management positions. There she was responsible for selling, managing, motivating, hiring, coaching, and tracking performance. Additionally, Laura spent two years with Communispond Inc., working with executives on their stand up presentation skills.
Laura’s undergraduate degree is a Bachelor of Arts from Curry College where she was a double major in psychology and education. She spent six years studying education, marketing and business administration at the graduate level.
She is the co-author of the book, “Talk Your Way to the Top,” published by McGraw-Hill in 2003. It has since been translated into five languages. Laura is the Co-Chair of 85 Broads LLC, Fairfield/Westchester chapter, whose mission is to generate exceptional professional and social value for its 21,000 members by offering opportunities to learn from one another in an environment of energy, wisdom, creativity and fun.
Before becoming a consultant, Allison spent seven years in the financial services industry, working at Capital One in brokerage, credit services, and online banking, and focusing on marketing, analysis, and operations management. Allison now specializes in coaching individual leaders, helping them to clarify their goals and achieve their strategic objectives. She also works with teams, facilitating the improvement of their capabilities in both the task and interpersonal realms, and with organizations, enabling them to become more effective and efficient by overcoming the technical and organizational barriers to change.
Allison received a BA in English from the College of William and Mary and an MA in Industrial and Organizational Psychology at New York University, where she was a Masters Scholar. She is a member of the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology, the Metro New York Applied Psychology Association, and the Organizational Development Network.
Geri Grossman is a consultant and coach with more than twenty years of human resources and consulting experience.
As a consultant, Geri works with corporate clients to define and achieve business objectives through the better deployment and development of their human capital. As an executive coach, Geri helps individual executives and managers achieve outstanding results by defining and achieving their performance and professional development goals. She is an accredited user of the Emotional Competence Inventory (ECI), which she uses to give clients precise and focused feedback about their strengths and development needs in the areas of self-awareness, self-management, social awareness and leadership skills.
Prior to joining Dattner Consulting as an Associate, Geri was Senior Director of Human Resources for Ingram Micro, Inc., the world’s largest provider of products and services for the technology industry. During her 13-year tenure, She helped build the organization from 200 to 2000 employees, managed and developed a team of 12 direct reports, and was responsible for all Human Resource policies, procedures, regulatory filings and compliance. In this role, she earned many local and state awards for its creative recruiting and employment practices and for her role in promoting employee diversity. Prior to working at Ingram Micro, she held positions of increasing responsibility in Human Resources in the retail, public broadcasting, and manufacturing industries.
Geri has received many honors and awards for her professional achievements and volunteer work. For example, in 2000, the Society for Human Resource Management recognized her for excellence in the field of Human Resources and in 2001, Geri received and award from the Muscular Dystrophy Association for outstanding community service.
Geri graduated with distinction from Syracuse University, and serves on many non-profit boards of directors. She is also a member of the American Society for Training and Development and the Society for Human Resource Management.
Mark Horney is an experienced executive and career coach who has worked with successful professionals at all stages of their careers. He is particularly effective at helping individuals and organizations to maximize performance in the workplace and to define and then achieve their strategic objectives.
Mark holds a BA from Yale University, an MBA from Columbia Business School, and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from The City University of New York. Prior to graduate school, Mark worked in a variety of positions within the investment banking, health care, and media and entertainment industries. Mark currently serves as Director of Career Management for Columbia University’s Executive MBA Programs.
After receiving his MBA, he served as Associate Director for Career Services at Columbia Business School, where he managed the first and second year MBA recruiting programs as well as the management communication training program. In this capacity, he counseled hundreds of students on how to succeed at self-assessment, interviewing, negotiation, business communication, and career planning. He also worked closely with top Fortune 500 corporations to help develop successful hiring and talent management strategies.
Hilary Pearl has more than 20 years of experience enhancing the performance of high potential executives, teams and entire organizations. Her experience encompasses a wide range of programs and initiatives for leadership development, change management, organization design, team building, executive coaching, human resource planning, 360 feedback, and facilitation.
She has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Masters in Communication from Boston University. Her practical approach to leadership and organization issues was developed during her 10 years at PepsiCo, Inc., where Hilary served as Director of Human Resource Development, directing the human resources development organization, including training, human resources planning, and executive development and succession. She and her staff were integrally involved in organization-wide change in Pepsi-Cola Company, including increasing the focus on customer service and the front-line salesperson, diversity, and enhancements to the culture. Prior to this role, she served as Manager of Training as well as Director of Staffing, attracting top talent at senior levels of the organization.
Prior to her time with Pepsi, Hilary worked in both publishing and advertising and was the head of Editorial, Design and Production as well as a Group Product Manager at The Forum Corporation, a sales training and human resources consulting firm. As Group Product Manager, she led the sales, management and delivery of executive training programs and culture management/climate survey tools for a wide client base.
At Dattner Consulting, she assists private-sector clients in improving individual, team, and organizational performance through human resources planning systems, organization development, executive development, and individual coaching of senior executives. At a $10 billion global retail company, Hilary provided 360 degree feedback to the top management team, a cross-cultural group of Americans, British, Chinese and Hong Kong Chinese, as part of an organization- wide leadership development effort.
Hilary has worked extensively as an executive coach, helping senior leaders align and upgrade their structure, staff, and systems to achieve desired business results and to improve the management and personal behaviors that drive individual effectiveness and performance. Hilary uses a variety of tools, including the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Lominger International’s competencies and Leadership Architect tools, customized proprietary individual and team 360s and organizational surveys. In the nonprofit sector, she has spearheaded strategic change in compensation and benefits systems to maintain client competitiveness in recruitment and retention, designed and implemented Board evaluation systems to improve Board effectiveness, helped to improve recruitment practices to enhance Board leadership quality and bench, and coached chief executive officers of non-profit firms.
Before becoming a consultant, Emily spent five years working in Human Resources at Ernst & Young LLP. She started in the compensation group and worked on the design and implementation of the variable compensation program. She then worked in the organizational effectiveness group focusing on career development, competencies, mentoring programs and succession planning. Emily managed a large-scale project to transform the Human Resources function at Ernst & Young and served as a key player in the data gathering, data analysis and implementation phases, as well as the subsequent change management and communication efforts. She now specializes in the structure of HR departments, the role HR people play, and the competencies necessary for HR departments to be successful now and in the future. Prior to working at Ernst & Young LLP, Emily worked as a recruiter for a not-for-profit agency serving people with developmental disabilities.
Emily holds a B.S. degree in Psychology from Union College where she graduated cum laude and was a member of Psi Chi, the National Honors Society in Psychology. She also holds an M.A. in Organizational Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University. She is a member of the Programming Committee for the Organizational Development Network of Greater New York.