Monty Moran

Former Co-CEO at Chipotle Mexican Grill (2009-2016); Lawyer, Author, Pilot & Filmmaker

Described as one of America’s most inspiring and effective leaders, Monty Moran’s unique and powerful style led Chipotle to meteoric growth and success, as the company’s value grew by over $23 billion and more than 2,000 restaurants during his time as co-CEO. Chipotle’s unparalleled rise in revenue, profitability, and shareholder return were fueled by an extraordinary team of over 75,000, united around Monty’s powerful vision of rewarding people based on their effectiveness in making the people around themselves better. Monty, a former trial lawyer, is an avid pilot, author, and filmmaker, who continues to teach how to build empowered cultures by unlocking people’s maximum potential through love, vulnerability, authenticity, and excellent communication.

Monty’s view of effective leadership is unique and refreshing. It’s grounded in his belief that ordinary people, in the right environment, are capable of making extraordinary contributions. He’s found that people, whether in a law firm of 30 lawyers or a Restaurant chain of 75,000 employees, are capable of leading and making significant creative contributions when they work in a culture that ignites their individual and collective growth.

For Monty, empowerment is not a buzzword. It’s not a tactic. It’s a way of life. It’s part of the nondelegable responsibility of every leader to build relationships with those they hope to influence. After all, Monty reminds us that the only source of a leader’s power is that others choose to follow. Earning people’s respect requires leaders to love, listen and connect. It requires the kind of vulnerability that is essential to building strong relationships. And, it requires that every person take responsibility for building a culture that causes people to work and play at a high level — consistently.

It was this kind of people-centric leadership that drove Monty’s team at Chipotle to grow from 400
restaurants to more than 2,200, each contributing on average over 2.5 million dollars in revenue, and to earn multiples on Wall St. that rival many technology companies.

In his new book, Love Is Free. Guac Is Extra: How Vulnerability, Empowerment, and Curiosity Built an Unstoppable Team (2020) and upcoming docuseries, Connected: A Search for Unity, Moran explores leading with love, vulnerability, curiosity, and authenticity. He educates leaders to humbly lift up the people around them, noting that the more they do, the more they will be rewarded – professionally, financially, emotionally, and personally. His talks are fun, energetic, interesting, and full of ideas that leaders can actually use to quickly build more engaged teams, and vastly improve results.

Prior to joining Chipotle, Monty was head of litigation and then managing partner and CEO at the
Denver-based law firm of Messner and Reeves, LLC, which he led for ten years. Most recently, Monty realized his lifelong dream of becoming a pilot, and flies his airplane throughout the United States to pursue his interest in better understanding and serving Americans, a quest he documents through his startup, Old Tale Productions. In addition, he is a director and chairman of corporate boards, advisor to many entrepreneurs and businesses, a filmmaker, and author.

COL (Ret.) Diane Ryan, Ph.D.

U.S. Army, Retired; Faculty, Thayer Leadership

Diane served as a U.S. Army officer for over 29 years. During her last combat assignment with the 1st Cavalry Division in Baghdad, Iraq, she founded a U.S.- Iraqi partnership for military women and worked with several NGOs on peace and security initiatives. More recently, she served as a strategy consultant to the Commander of U.S. Army Pacific designing leader development exchange programs for several key U.S. partners.

For nearly a decade, Diane was a professor at the United States Military Academy. Among her roles, she was the Director of the Eisenhower Leader Development Program with Columbia University and Deputy Department Head in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership. She is presently Associate Dean for Programs & Administration at the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts University and a Faculty Member at Thayer Leadership at West Point.

Diane is certified in Stakeholder Centered Coaching and in 2017, was selected as one of Marshall Goldsmith’s 100 Coaches from over 16,000 applicants. She has worked with numerous organizations across all sectors to include the Office of the First Lady of the United States (Michelle Obama), NYC Public Schools, Goldman-Sachs, Dell-EMC and Tuck School of Business.

Diane’s teaching and research is focused on leadership and leadership development. She is a co-investigator on Project Arete – a 5-year longitudinal study of character and leadership development at the United States Military Academy. Her work has been published in numerous peer-reviewed outlets including Journal of Moral Education, Journal of Character Education, and Military Medicine. Diane has also written book chapters on topics such as work motivation, mentorship, and work-life balance, and been featured in trade publications including Inc. and
Forbes magazines.

PhD, Social and Community Psychology, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC
MS, Strategic Studies, U.S. Army War College, Carlisle, PA
MS, International Relations, Troy University, Troy, AL
BA, Psychology, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA

International Leadership Association; American Psychological Association; Society for Teaching of Psychology

Johnny C. Taylor Jr.

President and CEO, Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP, is President and Chief Executive Officer of SHRM, the Society for Human Resource Management. With over 300,000 members in 165 countries, SHRM is the largest HR professional association in the world, impacting the lives of 115 million workers every day.

As a global leader on the future of employment, culture and leadership, Mr. Taylor is a sought-after voice on all matters affecting work, workers and the workplace. He is frequently asked to testify before Congress on critical workforce issues and authors a weekly column, “Ask HR,” in USA Today.

Mr. Taylor’s career spans over 20 years as a lawyer, human resources executive and CEO in both the not-for-profit and for-profit space. He has held senior and chief executive roles at IAC/Interactive Corp, Viacom’s Paramount Pictures and Blockbuster Entertainment Group, McGuireWoods LLC, and Compass Group USA. Most recently, Mr. Taylor was President and Chief Executive Officer of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund.

He is a member of the White House American Workforce Policy Advisory Board and was appointed by President Donald Trump as Chairman of the President’s Advisory Board on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. He serves on the boards of the University of Miami, Jobs for America’s Graduates and the American Red CrossHe is licensed to practice law in Florida, Illinois and Washington, D.C. 

Deanne Kissinger

Director of Talent Management and Engagement, Duke Energy

Deanne leads Talent Management and Engagement at Duke Energy in Charlotte, NC. Duke Energy is a Fortune 150 Company and one of the largest electric power holding companies in the United States, providing electricity to 7.7 million retail customers in six states. It has an operating revenue of $25.1bn and approximately 30,000 employees.

Deanne started her career in the commercial side of the business in sales and sales management for pharmaceutical organizations in both the United Kingdom and the United States. She now has over 20 years of international experience in various aspects of Talent and Leadership Development in industries including pharmaceuticals, consumer goods (FMCG), property, manufacturing, finance and utilities.  Aside from GlaxoSmithKline and Honeywell, she worked for other leading organizations such as Diageo where she focused on the development of the sales organization in the United Kingdom and was responsible for leading the learning function in Australia. She also worked at Westpac Bank in Australia and The GPT Group where she set up the search, selection and evaluation of third party training vendors including an executive coaching program. This, coupled with the execution of their learning & development strategy, saved the organization 50% on their learning & development spend.

Deanne has led impactful projects such as creating global core competency frameworks, launching global employee engagement surveys and creating 3-year learning and leadership development strategies. Deanne is a member of the 2nd cohort of Marshall Goldsmith’s 100 Coaches project and a certified Stakeholder Centered Coach for both individual executives and teams. She is also certified in the Marshall Goldsmith Global Leadership Assessment (GLA 360). 

Deanne earned a Bachelor’s of Science (BS) in Marketing Management from Grove City College in Pennsylvania and a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from the Melbourne Business School in Melbourne, Australia. She currently lives in Charlotte, NC with her husband and two cats.

Fred Hencke

Senior Vice President, The Segal Group

Mr. Hencke is a Senior Vice President in the Segal Group’s New York office, responsible for large, strategic opportunities in the Corporate market. He has more than 30 years of total experience in many industries.

Mr. Hencke was previously a principal and strategic accounts manager across the North American Markets at Buck. He was directly responsible for large single-employer clients, account management and business development. Before joining Buck, he worked for Accenture, Hewitt and BearingPoint. He has led more than 20 HR transformations, built more than 200 shared services solutions and led the design, development and implementation of the first process manufacturing and workforce scheduling system.

Mr. Hencke holds a BA in Computer Science and Mathematics from Hiram College in Ohio.

Manuel Larenas

Senior Consultant, Impact International

Manuel (Manny) is a progressive consultant, devoted to  applying theory, practical application and innovation to  the development of others. He approaches his work with  contagious enthusiasm and commitment.

Manuel has been working in the learning and development industry since 2002 and joined Impact in 2011. As a Lead designer and facilitator, delivering client solutions globally, from graduate level to organizational leaders for private, public and non- profit firms.

As an adventure educator Manny brings an experiential learning focus to leadership development and high performance in teams and organizations. Combining his tenure as an Associate Professor at Palm Beach State College, his facilitation experience and his expertise as a senior design consultant to deliver powerful learning programs with a focus on personal development.

Manny’s clients benefit from his experience in working with a wide range of teams facing rapidly changing work environments allowing them to develop specific skills such as interpersonal aptitudes, and change ready leadership. Clients find Manny’s authentic, inclusive and engaging style intellectually stimulating and valuable.