Meet Our Members

While each member leads their own authentic brand, they are all seasoned professionals, committed to serving their clients well and growing their impact as leadership development practitioners.

Testimonials from some of our current members

Partner Network members are thriving owners, partners
and key influencers of firms who value collaboration

Rebecca Zucker
Next Step Partners

There is no question that being a Member of the CCL Partner Network has increased our impact to our clients and accelerated the growth of Next Step Partners. All of our firm’s partners have found value in the business coaching sessions and in understanding CCL’s diverse leadership development solutions. I highly recommend joining this esteemed Network of experienced leadership development professionals.

Rebecca Zucker Partner, Next Step Partners

As an NYU grad and Stanford MBA, Rebecca’s clients rely on her intelligence, pragmatism, and unwavering professionalism to demystify the process of growth and achieve their goals. As an expert in both leadership development and career transition, Rebecca has coached individuals throughout the United States and Europe, from high-potential managers to CEOs. She has conducted numerous workshops on leadership and career development, and is frequently quoted in the press on career issues.

Chris Bittinger
Open Pivot

I joined the CCL Partner Network to support my efforts to grow Open Pivot. I have aggressive growth goals and my Partner Network membership is helping to make them happen. Not only is the one-on-one coaching helpful to my sales and business development strategy, the curated access to CCL research and white papers has been a tremendous time saver and credibility booster for my practice.

Chris Bittinger Owner, Open Pivot

Chris launched his company Open Pivot with a vision, which is to see every leader in Indianapolis, Indiana flourish. Since the launch of Open Pivot, Chris has consulted nationally with clients in financial services, non-profit, accounting, legal, mechanical contracting, education and recruiting sectors. In addition to valuing his partnership with CCL, Chris is certified in the Hogan Leadership Assessment, F.A.S.T Meeting Facilitation Training, and Strong Interest Inventory.

Anita Bhasin
Sage Ways Consulting

I’ve appreciated and respected CCL for many years. It’s been fantastic to become part of the Partner Network and to formalize my affiliation with the Center. I value the opportunity the Partner Network provides to connect with CCL faculty and practitioner peers. Being a Partner Network Member has allowed me access to innovative tools and solutions before they hit the market. It’s exciting to be connected to such great resources and people.

Anita Bhasin Founder, Sage Ways Consulting

Anita’s cross-cultural bona fides are informed by work in the capitals of five continents, where she’s served as consultant, facilitator, and executive coach, contributed to the development of global talent management programs, and the design and facilitation of personal development workshops for early-career employees, managers, and high potential leaders. Her plan is to earn a Master’s Degree every 25 years — she’s earned two so far (including a Master’s in Organizational Development from Pepperdine University), and has plenty of time for the third. At Sage Ways she helps people and businesses create a dynamic capability to change, so they can adapt to today’s ever-increasing demands and complexities with ease and creativity.

Shannon Cassidy
bridge between

Being a part of the Partner Network has been an outstanding experience. I’ve been a fan of CCL for years and now it’s great to be a Partner. Joining the Partner Network was my way of investing in my company’s growth. The business coaching that is available to Members is helping me implement my growth strategy and recognize my strengths in the market. The quality of professionals in the Network is exceptional.

Shannon Cassidy CEO, bridge between

Shannon specializes in behavioral change, helping clients achieve dramatic results in executive presence, authentic communication, collaborative teamwork, empowering leadership, and conflict resolution. Before founding bridge between, she spent years building profitable businesses and driving innovation and leadership initiatives. Shannon is the author of Discover Your Inner Strength and The 5 Degree Principle: How Small Changes Lead to Big Results.

Kris Taylor
Evergreen Leadership

There’s a great credibility that being a partner with CCL brings. It brings a certain “gravitas” beyond that that comes with my individual brand. I also value the access to the CCL staff, IP, and resources. The ability to use CCL materials is so valuable- they are evidence based and high quality. These materials allow me to eliminate the time I spend in creating, offer me additional opportunities to sell value add services to my clients that I never could have created and again, provide clients with tested content.

Kris Taylor Founder, Evergreen Leadership

Kris is the author of The Leader’s Guide to Turbulent Times. She writes, speaks, teaches and coaches leaders at all levels, from the C-suite to high potential emerging leaders. Kris weaves together her depth of experience in organizations, change, and leadership to create high impact learning programs where leaders emerge with deep insights about their own personal leadership and new skills in creating and implementing positive change in their organizations. Her work is based on working with companies across the globe to successfully implement large scale, mission critical change initiatives. Kris holds a Master’s Degree from Krannert Business School at Purdue University. She is on the faculty of the Purdue Entrepreneurship program and currently teaches two capstone courses there.

Ross Preston
Mission Performance

Being a member of the CCL Partner Network is extremely valuable for Mission Performance. Our North American practice has grown significantly as a direct result of our affiliation with CCL and the best practices we have learned as Partner Network members. The membership has paid for itself many times over. Utilizing CCL tools and resources contributes to pragmatic deliveries for our clients that are grounded with the rock solid foundations of CCL research and product development.

Ross Preston Partner, Mission Performance

Ross has 20+ years of leadership experience and now works internationally to build, empower and develop exceptional teams that perform under extreme pressure. A British Royal Marine, Ross served with distinction in Afghanistan. Today, Ross has a reputation for enabling organizations and leaders to develop teams characterized by cohesion, a united vision and high performance born of confidence, pride and self-belief. A natural facilitator and certified NLP coach, Ross is able to open dialogue and coach groups and individuals.

Dan Freschi

As a leadership development consultant, I’m constantly seeking research-backed assessments and curricula that can add value to my practice and, ultimately, to my clients. My relationship with CCL allows me to do just that. Through the Partner Network, I’m better able to deliver outcomes-oriented solutions that help distinguish my firm in the leadership development space.

Dan Freschi President, LEAD NOW!

Dan Freschi’s passion for leadership development developed during his tenure in the United States Army, where he saw firsthand how leadership skills were the difference between success and failure. After transitioning from the military, he held managerial positions in manufacturing before creating EDGE BMC, a human capital consulting firm that focuses on three primary areas to help clients achieve growth: Talent Management, Organizational Development, and Leadership Development.

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