Facilitators at The Leadership Center

The Leadership Center Meeting & Program Facilitators

Enhance Meeting Outcomes with Expert Leaders

The Leadership Center's expert facilitators are Minnesota's experts in leadership, executive education, team building and organization development.

Peter Bailey, President, The Prouty Project

Peter H. Bailey, President, The Prouty Project

Peter is an expert in engaging business leaders and teams in transformational experiences that enhance skills, systems, processes and improves how groups work together. He has more than 25 years of experience designing and facilitating programs for management and executive teams. He specializes in strategic planning, creativity and innovation and cross-cultural communications. Peter’s executive retreats are described by clients as transformational because of the experiential natural of his programs that identify opportunities within teams to deliver solutions.

Sam Smith - The Prouty Project

Sam Smith, Vice President, The Prouty Project

Sam is an expert at designing programs and facilitating groups to shift organizational mindsets that drive change, create advantage and accelerate innovation. He has 20 years of experience working with executives on strategic planning initiatives, leadership and team development programs and executive retreats. His mission is to engage, encourage and equip leaders, teams and organizations to stretch beyond what is known. He lives by his favorite questions and statements, “What if?” “Why not?” “We can!” and “Let’s go!”


Erik Gabrielson, Activ8

Erik Gabrielson, Activ8

Erik heads up the relationship building efforts at Activ8. In this capacity Erik bridges disciplines, connecting with prospective partners and clients, gaining insight into their issues, co-creating solutions, delivering training, and coaching. Erik has a passion for collaborating with others to build outcomes that are bigger than anyone initially could have conceived. After a 15-year career as a real estate entrepreneur, Erik committed himself to helping others achieve high performance. With Moira Petit, he founded Activ8 to focus on the relationship between health and performance. Over the course of his career, Erik has worked extensively in multi-national, multi-cultural settings.

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Ed Zabinski, Zabinski Consulting, LLC

Ed is the principal at Zabinski Consulting, LLC, where he provides private sector, non-profit and public-sector organizations with strategic planning, communications and organizational development services. He also works as a trainer with the Blandin Community Leadership Program. During his career, he has worked in senior management roles at Grand Rapids State Bank and Blandin Paper Company. Ed has also co-founded three organizations: MotherLode North America, Northrock Development and Untapped, Inc. Ed also worked for Congressman Jim Oberstar and the Boundary Waters Conservation Alliance early in his career.

Mary Jo Wimmer

Mary Jo Wimmer, Principal, Mary Jo Wimmer Consulting

Mary Jo is a board development, strategic planning, program design and team building trainer and consultant. She’s a senior trainer and design team member for the Blandin Foundation’s Community Leadership programs and a facilitator with the Anderson Center. Mary Jo is also a qualified administrator for the Intercultural Development Inventory and is certified to administer the Myers Briggs Type Indicator. She has more than 25 years of experience providing direction, problem-solving and leadership development to businesses, churches, non-profits and communities in rural Minnesota.

Chef Marshall O'Brien

Chef Marshall O'Brien

Chef Marshall O’Brien is the founder and CEO of the Chef Marshall O’Brien Group in Minneapolis. He and his staff of chefs, registered dietitians, researchers, writers and videographers work with businesses, schools, childcare facilities, city agencies, hospitals and families as resources and leaders of programs that help increase people’s well-being through the use of delicious, nutritious food. The group’s Smart Eating for Well-Being presentations are tremendously popular with corporate and government clients. You may have seen him on television--he regularly appears on Fox9 in the Twin Cities, where he is a trusted voice for Smart Nutrition. His company’s motto is “Nutrition on a Mission!”

Chris Nielson, Leadership Coach

Chris Nielson, Leadership Coach

Chris Nielson is an Awakening coach, speaker, trainer and consultant. He has had the honor to train and share laughs with organizations like Intuit, Microsoft, Sony, SDSU, UCSD, and the San Diego Bar Association to name a few. He specializes in creating safe and successful environments through games that ultimately develop communication, innovation, teamwork, and leadership. He combines his 30 years of business and sales experience and his love of improvisational comedy to entertain and educate audiences across the United States. He resides in San Diego, and is a loving father.

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