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Executive Team

Magna Leadership Solutions was founded by three recognized practitioners and scholars in the field of management and leadership development. Each partner brings expertise and a skill set in areas to assess, educate, and coach individuals and teams to deliver business results. With over 75 years of combined management and leadership development experience, Dr. Kevin Gazzara and the Magna team offers a single source solution to build strong, team and results focused leaders.

Dr. Kevin D. Gazzara

President & Senior Partner

Based in Phoenix, Arizona

Experience

25 years of management and leadership in industries

Intel Corporation from 1989 to 2007

  • Managed, Intel’s first-line Managing Through People (MTP) and the Mid-level manager Leading Through People (LTP) programs.
  • Previous positions included managing – Intel University for the US, the HR graduate rotation program, the worldwide HR mentoring program, and marketing/ product development organizations for the i960 and i750 Intel chips.
  • Transamerica Corporation – positions for 10 years in Engineering, Technical Marketing, Advertising, Business Development and General Management for a division of Transamerica Corporation.

University of Phoenix

  • University Research Chair for Organizational Behavior
  • Master faculty member at the University of Phoenix teaching in the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs.
  • Teaching – Marketing, Management, Leadership, and Organization Development at the University of Phoenix on-ground and on-line classes since 1996.

Awards and Expertise

  • Task Quotient (TQ™) Assessment Tool for determining employee motivation, satisfaction, and retention was announced by Target Training International (TTI) in August of 2004. TQ™ is based on his doctoral dissertation
  • Recipient of the Future HR Leader award from Human Capital magazine.
  • Member of the National Speakers Association (Arizona Chapter)
  • CoAuthor – The Leader of OZ : Revealing the 101 Secrets of Marvelous Leadership for the 21st Century
  • Writer – Contributing writer to Warren Bennis’ “Leadership Excellence” Magazine

Recognition

  • 5/07 – Human Capital Magazine has awarded Dr. Gazzara “Future HR Leader award” for his work with the Task Quotient (TQ™) Assessment Tool
  • 10/05 – Workforce Magazine’s cover “Crossing Cultures” article featured the Leading Though People Program that Kevin developed to build strong middle mangers for Intel.
  • 08/04 – IEEE Managing the Future Conf. at the University of Texas “Using Task-Quotient (TQ™) to maximize individual motivation & job satisfaction”
  • 05/02 – Fast Company Magazine REAL-Time International Conference where he presented my work on Mentoring, Coaching and Peer-to-Peer Management. The “Inside Intel’s Mentoring Movement” 4-page article, which appeared in April ‘02 edition of Fast Company Magazine, describes his work with the HR portion of the Intel mentoring program.

Education

  • Doctorate of Management in Organizational Leadership from the University of Phoenix
  • MBA in Marketing & Management from Philadelphia University
  • BS in Commerce and Engineering from Drexel University

Speaker Profiles

To contact Kevin, click here or (623) 252-2389

Tim Galusha: Enabling the Achievement of Full Business Potential through Comprehensive HR Leadership

Senior Associate with Magna Leadership Solutions

Owner / Principal TMG Associates

Based in Phoenix, Arizona

Experience

  • 5 years as Principal at specialized Human Capital consulting firm. Key engagements included acting as a cultural transformation guide, being an organizational effectiveness facilitator, serving as an interim HR leader, providing acquisition integration assessments and investigating for union vulnerability.
  • 20+ years of Executive Level Human Resource Experience much of at companies where strategic HR is recognized as a true competitive advantage including AlliedSignal, Honeywell and Kraft Foods.
  • Faculty for Conference Board’s Diversity & Inclusion Academy

Expertise

  • Talent Management
  • Organizational Effectiveness
  • Transformational Change Leadership
  • Employee Engagement
  • Executive Coaching
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Leadership Development
  • Labor Relations / Union Avoidance
  • Performance Management

Awards and Recognition

  • President’s Award: Kraft Foods
  • Special Achievement Award: Allied Signal- four time recipient
  • Bravo Award: Honeywell -three time recipient
  • Top Ten Achiever: Johns Manville -two consecutive years
  • Featured Speaker at Conference Board’s Diversity & Inclusion 2014 Corporate conference

Recommendations / Testimonials

  • Tim worked with us as interim VPHR. His depth of HR process across the board enabled us to maneuver through some very important projects that had lasting impact with the company. Executive coaching, salary administration, organizational development and performance management. Tim is a great communicator, a great individual and was a pleasure to work with. Highly recommend him.
    -Jeff Kellar, CEO, Alpha Plastics
  • When Tim joined the faculty at The Conference Board’s Academy, he brought passion and dedication to making systems thinking accessible to Diversity & Inclusion executives. Participants have reported the ease with which they created comprehensive action plans that are helping them succeed in driving D&I transformations.
    -Rebekah Steele, President, Diversity Breakthroughs
  • Of all the HR Directors I have worked with Tim was “head and shoulders” above the rest. He helped drive a culture change within our leadership team that has helped us become more transparent, more “real”, and more effective.
    -Chris Pedersen, VP Strategy, Hexcel Corporation
  • Tim is an inspiring HR leader with strong strategic, team building and communication skills. He has the experience and passion to enable the development of teams and entire organizations. Tim is able to analyze and resolve complex problems and has a unique ability to be humble while being assertive and honest in sharing his opinions.
    -Carmelo Lo Faro, President, Composite Materials Solvay
  • Tim Galusha is a highly skilled, significantly experienced labor relations professional who served as chief spokesperson for some of Honeywell’s most challenging labor negotiations. He negotiated contract settlements that achieved all major bargaining objectives. Tim always remains composed during the most stressful negotiation events and has an outstanding sense of humor.
    -Ed Bocik, Vice President Labor Relations, Honeywell
  • We retained Tim to assess the elements of culture we wanted to replicate as our company expanded. He provided thought leadership, critical insights and actionable recommendations. Tim helped us determine the characteristics needed in future hires. In addition, his talent assessment insights helped us avoid a major miss hire in a key position. I would highly recommend Tim.
    -Michael Babyak, President, Precision Financial
  • Our son struggled to find a job after graduating college. Tim quickly improved his self-awareness, his ability to articulate compelling examples of his strengths, and his ability to connect with others. Phone interviews turned into on-site visits followed by two job offers in his field. I would highly recommend Tim for all your talent acquisition or career transition requirements.
    -Steve Mitchell, CEO, Welcoming Homes
  • Tim is a leader. Tim introduced me to the art of negotiation. His understanding of leadership and teamwork kept both sides of the table engaged and always left plants in a better financial and engagement position than prior to the negotiation. He found productivity in all the negotiations we completed with many resulting in productivity numbers that net over the million dollar mark.
    -Mike White, HR Manager, Caterpillar Inc.
  • Tim is a business minded HR leader. The value he brings to a business includes his strategic thinking capabilities, his ability to understand the business at both the P&L and operations levels and finally his leadership coaching skills. He is a valued executive resource.
    -Steve Hardardt, Owner, Noble Coaching & Consulting

Melissa Conforti: Bringing out the best in Organizations, Leaders, Teams and Individuals

Senior Associate with Magna Leadership Solutions

Based in San Jose, California

Experience

  • 15+ years of Organizational Effectiveness leadership at several of Silicon Valley’s top tech companies, including Intel, Intuit, and Cisco Systems and Align Technologies (makers of Invisalign).
  • She has established several Centers of Excellence for Change Management at the department and enterprise-level.
  • CTI Co-Active trained Coach
  • CTI Facilitator of top-rated Management/Leadership development workshops
  • CTI Speaker and panelist for industry associations, including: ACMP Norcal and #HRU
  • Prior to finding her passion around bringing out the best in people, she gained valuable experience working in roles in Supply Chain, Hospitality, Marketing, and Regional Account Management for Latin America.

Expertise

  • Team Effectiveness & Development
  • Career Planning
  • Employee Engagement
  • Employee Orientation
  • Behavioral Change
  • Cultural Shifts
  • Coaching
  • Workshop Facilitation & Training
  • Assessments: Emotional Intelligence, DISC, StrengthsFinder
  • Change Management & Change Leadership
  • Organizational Design
  • Reward & Recognition Strategy
  • Mentorship Programs
  • Survey Development & Analysis
  • Centers of Excellence/PMO/Governance

Certifications & Training

  • Coaching Training Institute (CTI) Co-Active trained coach
  • EQ-I 2.0/EQ 360 Emotional Intelligence Quotient
  • PROSCI Enterprise Change Management
  • PROSCI Change Management Certification
  • Certified Scrum Master (CSM)

Recommendations / Testimonials

  • Few people have the opportunity to report to a manager who is also a coach and mentor—but I did when I worked on Melissa’s team at Align. Melissa led the Change Management team through the biggest changes in Align Technology’s history: an ERP implementation and a global process transformation that impacted nearly a quarter of our employees and changed the way we do business on a massive scale. She was skilled at understanding and forecasting change impacts and she was incredibly adept at utilizing each team member’s strengths and encouraging us to step out of our “comfort zones”. Furthermore, she is one of the most dedicated and fearless people I know. Melissa will, undoubtedly, be a valuable resource to any organization.
    -Erika Wilhelm, Sr. Leader Global Learning & Talent Development, Align Technologies
  • For over 8 months Melissa and I have worked in partnership on a $11.3M construction and organizational relocation project. She has proven to be the Swiss Army Knife on the project team. Melissa’s broad range of skills coupled with her take-charge personality is a recipe for success. She has demonstrated particular strengths in her sensitivity and concern for others, innovation and creativity, and meticulous attention to detail. Seldom do I recommend someone without reservations. It is my pleasure to do so in the case of Melissa Conforti.
    -Jennifer Knickerbocker, Global Business Operations, Cisco Systems
  • Melissa and I worked together as colleagues to manage key external vendors to support corporate revenue targets. She is extremely process oriented with an eye for continual improvements of those processes. Her interpersonal skills are outstanding. Melissa is able to interpret and extrapolate useful information from myriad sources. She is able to create excellent strategies to solve complex problems. Melissa is absolutely someone I would work with again.
    -Sam Phillips, Program Manager Intel Corporation
  • Melissa is very detailed oriented and strives to identify the root cause and implement fixes to drive improvement. She excels in influencing up in management to ensure the org development programs are prioritized. She is easy to work with and is energized to do the right thing first.
    -Terri Wetteland, Supply Chain Group Leader, Intel Corporation

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