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Workshop Faculty

Philip McArthurPhilip McArthur is a partner and cofounder of Action Design. For over twenty years, Phil has helped senior executives get results by building effective teams, collaborating productively across organizational boundaries, transforming difficult relationships, and implementing change. In addition to executive coaching, facilitating executive retreats, and consulting on organizational change, he conducts professional development workshops on creating productive conversations and building effective relationships in organizations.…Read More

Robert PutnamRobert W. Putnam is a partner and cofounder of Action Design. He works with senior executives to develop effective leadership groups, facilitates conversations across organizational boundaries, and consults on organizational change. He also conducts executive education and professional development workshops for leaders and agents of organizational learning and change. He has worked with leading companies in a broad range of industries, including pharmaceuticals, financial services, information technology, medical devices, and consulting.…Read More

Diana M. Smith Diana McLain Smith is senior partner for Leadership Transformation at New Profit Inc., a venture philanthropy firm committed to removing barriers to economic mobility in the United States. Diana served as the firm's Chief Executive Partner from 2010 through 2012, working with its leadership and its staff to transform the culture and build a strong platform for growth. Prior to joining New Profit, Diana was a partner at the Monitor Group focused on leadership, teams, and organizational excellence.…Read More

Iris BagwellIris Lee Bagwell, M.Ed., is an executive coach and organizational consultant in Winthrop, Massachusetts. She is the Founder and Principal at Optio Associates LLC, a consulting firm offering coaching and leadership development to a wide variety of clients in corporate, nonprofit and political settings. Iris has over forty years of experience working with individuals, pairs, teams and organizations with a focus on building relationships that work. She has had the opportunity to work with outstanding thought leaders like Chris Argyris, David Kantor and the partners at Action Design.…Read More

Todd CookTodd Cook helps organization build internal capability in the areas of leadership, change management, and talent development.  A major part of his work is focused on coaching executives and facilitating teams working on critical business issues.  He is experienced working with both Fortune 100 companies and emerging entrepreneurial organizations in a variety of industries.  His clients have including AlliedSignal, BP, INSEAD, Penn State, Johns Manville, Grainger, and Shell. He has been working with Action Design since 1993.