Our Team


Greatheart Consulting features top leadership development talent. Our consultants, staff, and alliances position Greatheart to serve and scale to client needs across geographies, industries, issues, and levels of leadership. The team includes:


Chuck Shelton

Founder & CEO

For more than 25 years Chuck has honed a unique expertise in engaging and equipping white male leaders and their diverse colleagues to grow their global business through inclusive leadership. This specialty led to the publication of his groundbreaking book, Leadership 101 For White Men. Read more...


Julien Geiser

Director, Corporate Support

As Director of Corporate Support, Julien helps Greatheart stay focused on its goals as well as growing its capabilities. He does this by building structures and processes to make Greathearters more efficient as a Team. Julien is motivated by intention and integrity, believing in developing more diverse and inclusive leaders everywhere in society. Read more...


Philip Jacobs

Consultant/Project Manager

As project manager, Philip is responsible for clarifying goals, objectives, and deadlines with clients. Philip works with stakeholders to design, assign, and schedule deliverables. He ensures that tasks are supported and completed. In addition, Philip leads the feedback system with selected clients, by managing the input from and responses to the participants, client satisfaction with Greatheart service, and evaluation of the work. Read more...


Justin Lehmann

Director, Inclusive Leadership Strategy

As the Director of Inclusive Leadership Strategy (ILS), Justin helps Greatheart stay engaged with our clients, develop and implement the ILS methodology, and ensure programs create lasting positive changes in organizations. He does this by working with clients to understand their needs and help apply the expansive ILS methodology. Justin is motivated by the growing need for inclusive leaders in the public and private sectors. Read more...

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Patrick Shelton

Coordinator, Digital Communications

Patrick works behind the scenes to bring clients the most up to date information on the solutions Greatheart Consulting has to offer. He coordinates the White Guys Leadership Summit group on LinkedIn, and he works with Greathearters on social media. With a background in the theater, Patrick brings a unique perspective and an open mind to the D&I challenges companies are facing today. Read more...


Janai Wallace

Director of Learning, Research, Analytics & Development

As the Director of L-RAD, Janai helps Greatheart approach inclusive leadership from a scientist-practitioner perspective: developing practices grounded in research and translated for application in the workplace. She brings with her nine years of experience working cross-culturally in China in various contexts including: education, publishing, communications and graphic design. Read more...


Danielle Wesson

Coordinator, Reciprocal Mentoring Lab

As the Coordinator of the Reciprocal Mentoring Lab, Danielle helps coordinate and manage the logistics of this new solution that focuses on cross-gender mentoring pairs to advance and retain women in leadership roles. With her Master’s in Industrial-Organizational Psychology, she applies a scientist-practitioner lens of creating research based practices in the workplace. With this lens, she has been a part of the research and development of the Reciprocal Mentoring Lab. Read more...


Melinda WeIder, J.D.

Director, Reciprocal Mentoring Lab

As Director of the Reciprocal Mentoring Lab, Melinda spearheads the coordination of this groundbreaking solution for the advancement and retention of women in leadership. With experience as a practicing attorney, Melinda brings her passion for helping others to the role. Read more...


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Analytics Lead

As the Analytics Lead, it’s my job to use our data to tell a compelling story. My work straddles the line between qual and quant, from deciding what analysis is best for the questions we want answered, to interpreting the results as they apply to our work in real world, to how to present them in a way that is informative and exciting for our audience. Read more...


Senior consultants


Chris Fontana

Senior Consultant, Seattle

Chris is a Senior Consultant at Greatheart, an educator, a facilitator, and serves as Co-Founder/Executive Director of Full Circle Leadership Center. He has facilitated professional development workshops for adults and youth on diversity, equity and inclusion, and democratic leadership since 2006. Chris has 31 years of experience in classroom teaching and experiential education. Chris created and piloted the Global Leadership class now taught in Seattle Public Schools.

Between 1992 – 1995, he served as the co-adult organizer of YES, the youth-organized global Youth Environmental Summits, sponsored by the United Nations Environmental Program. He was Co-Founder & Executive Director of Global Visionaries from 1998 – 2017 during which time GV served 5,000 youth, 2,000 of whom participated in a transformational leadership program integrating anti-oppression work with a solidarity-based cultural immersion in Guatemala.

He has extensive cross-cultural experience having resided in Spain for one year, one cumulative year in Guatemala, and has traveled extensively in Central & South America, Europe, Asia and Egypt. He is fluent in Spanish. Chris grew up in a family which was rooted in Adlerian democratic parenting principals; this informed his belief that children can become global leaders at any age given the opportunity and guidance. He is the father of two with his partner, Lisa.

Ancella Livers, Ph.D.

Senior Consultant, North Carolina

Ancella Livers, PH.D., Talent-Dimensions' Chief Innovation Officer, is a skilled diversity and leadership development professional. She is the co-author of the book, Leading in Black and White and the HBR classic “Dear White Boss.” She has also written numerous publications on equity, diversity, and inclusion. Additionally, for several years she has written a blog focused on women of color in corporate America. In her TEDx talk, she discusses mutuality which offers a new view of diversity and begins to chart an original way forward.

For 12 years, Dr. Livers worked at the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL®) where she was a Senior Faculty member of the Design and Delivery team. In this role, she worked with global and national clients to help them gain clarity around their leadership needs and to co-create dynamic solutions to meet those needs. She has deep expertise on diversity issues, particularly those focusing on African Americans and women.

Dr. Livers holds a B.S. in Mass Communications from Hampton Institute, a M.S. in Journalism from Northwestern University and a M.A. and Ph.D. in History from Carnegie Mellon University. She has also written and spoken extensively on issues of difference.

W. Brad Johnson, Ph.D.

Senior Consultant, Maryland

W. Brad Johnson is a Professor of psychology in the Department of Leadership, Ethics, and Law at the United States Naval Academy, and a Faculty Associate in the Graduate School of Education at Johns Hopkins University.

A clinical psychologist, Dr. Johnson is a mentoring expert specializing in developing gender-inclusive mentoring cultures for organizations around the globe.

Dr. Johnson is the author of numerous publications including 13 books, in the areas of mentoring, professional ethics, and leadership. His most recent book is Athena Rising: How and Why Men Should Mentor Women (2016) with fellow faculty
member David Smith.

Carol Tisson

Senior Consultant, California

Carol Tisson is a management consultant and executive coach with over 30 years of experience in leadership development, organization effectiveness and culture change.  She works with leaders from a wide variety of organizations to strengthen their ability to envision new futures, mobilize aligned action, successfully lead change and build organizations in which people thrive.  Her clients have included senior leaders and teams from Cisco Systems, Microsoft, Yahoo, The Gates Foundation, The Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology, Blue Shield, PeaceHealth Medical System and Servus Credit Union, among others.

Prior to consulting, Carol enjoyed a 20-year career with Intel Corporation. She is a two-time recipient of the Intel Achievement Award for her teams’ innovative, high impact executive development programs.

Carol’s personal passion is empowering women’s leadership.  She coaches executive women, is program director for Antioch University Santa Barbara’s women’s leadership program and consults with organizations working to build more inclusive work cultures.

Women’s leadership and economic sufficiency have been the focus of her community and philanthropic work as well. Carol served on the Board of Directors of The Women’s Foundation of CA for 9 years, and led a multi-year strategic realignment process as a member of the Executive Committee. She was the founding chair of the Women of Silicon Valley Donor Circle, now in its twelfth successful cycle of educating philanthropists and improving economic opportunities for low-income women and their families.  She was an investor in The Global Hunger Project for over 20 years, and consulted to their South Asia Women’s Leadership Initiative, which has trained and mentored grassroots elected women in India since 2000.

Carol holds an MA in Whole Systems Design and Organizational Renewal, a BS in Psychology with a minor in Women’s Studies, and is a Certified Integral Coach through New Ventures West.  She and her husband Mike live in Carmel CA, sharing their home with two cats and a continuous stream of friends and family who love the beach as much as they do.


David Smith, Ph.D.

Senior Consultant, Rhode Island

David Smith, PhD, is the co-author of Athena Rising: How and Why Men Should Mentor Women and Associate Professor of Sociology at the United States Naval Academy.

A former Navy pilot, Dr. Smith led diverse organizations of women and men culminating in command of a squadron in combat and flew more than 3,000 hours over 19 years including combat missions in Iraq and Afghanistan.

As a sociologist trained in military sociology and social psychology, he focuses his research in gender, work, and family issues including dual career families, military families, women in the military, and retention of women.

nancy mace

Senior Consultant, California

Nancy Mace brings more than twenty-five years of experience helping corporate and non-profit leaders to transform their performance. She has held executive roles in human resources at Dreyer's Grand Ice Cream, Marine Terminals Corporation, and Barclays Global Investors. She has extensive experience in training design and facilitation, program design and management, cultural engagement, talent management, leadership development and diversity & inclusion. Ms. Mace has worked in-house and as an independent consultant for a variety of organizations, including BlackRock, Coca-Cola, HP, Clorox, Oracle, Swedish Institute of Management, the San Francisco Aids Foundation, and Out & Equal Workplace Advocates.

Nancy has created and led multiple leadership universities, and designed and facilitated programs in conflict resolution, strategic planning, and performance consulting. In a recent role as the Director of Community Empowerment with Out & Equal, Nancy drew on her deep experience and personal passion to support, engage, resource and coach the networks of ERG leaders and sponsors in myriad corporations. Nancy has combined her love of travel with her career on several global assignments.


Senior Consultant, California

Rich had a long and distinguished career as a senior business executive with Cisco Systems and AT&T, as a leader in customer experience and quality improvement, and as champion for inclusion and diversity. Rich currently consults in these critical management and leadership domains. 

Most recently, Rich was an Inaugural Fellow in the Distinguished Careers Institute (DCI) at Stanford University. In addition, Rich has been an active and valued advisor in academic settings. 

Rich completed the Executive Program in Business at the University of Michigan. He has a Ph.D. in Physics from Caltech, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from MIT. 





Colette Phillips, President and CEO
Events Alliance, Boston

Colette Phillips Communications is a pioneering public relations and marketing communications boutique firm. CPC serves as trusted advisors and strategic partners to clients, including members of the C-Suites, providing strategic public relations and branding counsel, community and consumer engagement, diversity internal/external communications, corporate citizenship, C-suite personal branding and on-boarding.  



Delta concepts consulting

Scott Horton, Owner and Principal
Training Alliance, Atlanta 

Delta Concepts Consulting, Inc., founded and led by Scott Horton, specializes in training and consulting focused on understanding and mitigating unconscious bias.



Jennifer Brown CONSULTING

Jennifer Brown, Founder and CEO 
Consulting and Training Alliance, New York

Jennifer Brown Consulting is in the business of Building Inclusive Workplaces for All [SM]. A strategic leadership, diversity & inclusion and workplace consulting firm, JBC is committed to helping talent at all levels redefine leadership. Their vision is that businesses across the world would actively utilize the talents of their diverse workforce, so that they get the absolute best out of each of their employees—in turn, helping everyone realize their true potential at work.



Myers leadership

Betsy Myers, President
Consulting Alliance, Boston

Myers Leadership implements leadership development programs and strategic initiatives within small and large organizations to align with the company goals; empowers organizations and teams by laying the groundwork to enable leaders to thrive in their individual roles, nurturing employees and giving them the tools to succeed, to affect the company’s performance and enhance the bottom line; and equips clients to advance and retain women at all levels within the workplace.



WiRL Summit

Mitch Shepherd, Founder and Creative Force
Digital Content and Training Alliance, Seattle

WiRL works with enterprise organizations to identify and solve gender parity and diversity challenges, so their culture—and bottom line—experiences transformational results. From assessments and executive coaching, to workshops and the innovative online programs we are best known for, WiRL curates a wide array of content to help transform businesses.