Inspired by the vision of a world in which all leaders treat people as THE priority, we create and deliver learning experiences that equip leaders to be better relationship builders.



Nicole De Falco
Co-Founder, CEO

Nicole transforms leaders’ lives through learning. She has a knack for combining brain science, purposeful practice, and gameful engagement to ignite behavior change. By aligning development strategies with company objectives, the solutions she designs (and often facilitates) improve performance to propel business forward.

Nicole has been involved in all aspects of performance improvement consulting including training development, sales, marketing, and delivery. Having led an instructional design department and served as a Vice President on the executive team of an international sales training firm, she understands and can speak to executive level priorities and expectations.

Nicole graduated from Northwestern University with a Bachelor of Science in Speech, and received her MBA from the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business.

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Jodi Mitchell Champion
Jodi is a collaborator who builds strategic relationships to achieve common goals and community mobilization. She is a consummate cultivator of business relationships - a model and champion for driving our vision forward!

With over 20 years of health care policy and advocacy experience on the federal, state and local level, Jodi provides planning, strategy, and project management in the area of health policy, community health, and quality improvement. She is engaged with connecting the business/private sector to obesity prevention and community health improvement initiatives given the shared value relating to workforce development, population health, and a vital economy.

She currently serves as a consultant to the Early Ages Healthy Stages coalition, Novo Nordisk, and Perfectly Imperfect Produce. She is also a Champion with Upsurge Advisors helping leaders cultivate valued relationships for personal and organization success.


Dennis McGurer - Partner Emeritus
After decades in corporate leadership, executive coaching, sales management training and team development, Dennis (Denny) has retired. We are grateful beyond measure for his contribution to business, leadership, this company, and every community he has ever been a part of.

Denny spent his career collaborating with executives to establish learning as a strategic lever for the achievement of corporate goals. Professionally and personally, his counsel is sought by those who want to grow, lead, and make a difference.

Denny is always willing to tap into his corporate alliances, strategic partnerships, and personal relationships with renowned marketplace experts to make connections and help leaders and their teams address challenges, meet objectives, and grow professionally.

Currently, he is focused on his family, friends, and serving those around him. If the need arises and we ask nicely, he will take on executive coaching engagements.

All leaders treat people as the priority; consistently cultivating connection and community.
Transform how people lead through soundly strategic, delightfully distinct, and profoundly personal learning experiences.
Transparency. Be brave enough to tell the truth and always be honest.
Relationships. Walk our talk and make cultivating relationships a priority knowing relationships get results.
Uncomplicated. Simple serves. Be pleasant and easy to work with. People are more important than process. 
Seek first to understand before trying to be understood.
Take care. Of each other. Of ourselves. Of our clients.

Supporting Major Brands

  • John Crane

  • Lake Forest Graduate School of Management

  • De-STA-Co

  • HAVI

  • Honours Golf

  • Marathon Oil

  • Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America

  • CDK Global

  • Jim Beam

  • Holcim Cement

  • The Mosaic Company


Strategic Partners

We trust our strategic partners to help us meet your individual and team development needs. We have outstanding relationships with these and other top industry players. You focus your energy on what you need to do. Leave it to us and our top-notch partners to deliver talent development solutions that help your business grow.

  • AchieveCorp

  • Advantage Performance Group

  • Ascendis Learning Connection

  • Aull About You

  • Drake Resources

  • Impact Training Solutions

  • Kaiser Leadership Solutions

  • Maple & Associates

  • Photos by Alexandria

  • The Ken Blanchard Companies

  • Vautier Communications