John Cooper

John Cooper is a managing partner at Milestone Partners. In a 30-years business career he has been active in line management, internal and external consulting, effectiveness training, strategic planning, organization design, change management, and executive coaching. Cooper has served dozens of Chicago-area clients, including Fortune 100 companies and nonprofit organizations. Former president of the Organizational Development Network of Chicago, he has served on the Human Resource Association of Chicago’s board of directors and has been certified in various development tools, including Center for Creative Leadership Benchmarks 360 and the Hogan Leadership Assessment Series. Cooper earned an MS in organizational development at Aurora University and trained in advanced coaching through the International Gestalt Coaching Program.

Currently teaching:Leading, Acting, and Thinking Strategically

Alyssa Dickman

Alyssa Dickman is a consultant in the organizational effectiveness practice at Slalom Consulting, where she focuses on organizational change and talent management. Dickman works with her clients to create strategies that align people and behavior to achieve business results. Her over 15 years of experience in the organizational effectiveness field include positions as recruiter and training consultant for the Tribune Company, implementation consultant for BrassRing (now Kenexa), and business process consultant at CareerBuilder. Prior to joining Slalom, Dickman worked independently as an organizational development consultant, focusing on leadership development and team facilitation. Passionate about theater, she is a member of the Joseph Jefferson Awards Committee, which recognizes excellence in Chicago theater. Dickman received her BA from Brandeis University and MS from Northwestern University.

Currently teaching:Developing People and Teams

Carlann Fergusson

Carlann Fergusson is owner of Propel Forward, helping companies prepare high potentials and succession candidates with the personal awareness and strategic skills to execute at the next level. Previously she was active for five years at the corporate level as a senior director overseeing organizational development, training, leadership development, succession planning, and executive coaching. In a 30-year career of creating and implementing successful change for Fortune 500 companies, government offices, and nonprofits, she has been active in organizational redesigns, start-ups and expansions, downsizings and closures, mergers and acquisitions, system changes, function and team performance turnarounds, and individual performance turnarounds. In recognition of her success, she has received two Intel Quality Awards, Press Ganey’s Innovation Award, the Department of the Treasury’s Treasurer’s Award, and a nomination for Visteon Automotive’s Summit Award. Fergusson holds a master’s degree in industrial-organizational psychology from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

Currently teaching:Leaders as Change Agents