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M.E. HART, JD
CEO

M.E. Hart, JD brings a unique blend of training experiences – and expertise as an attorney, professional actor, and certified executive coach – to the design and delivery of highly effective learning solutions in the corporate, government and not-for-profit sectors. Hart balances “life experience” with cutting edge research to teach critical communications, management and leadership skills that are unmatched in the adult-learning field.

His career has taken him into Fortune 500 companies across the US, and to interesting parts of the world. Hart has helped bridge cultural differences in Moscow and Ukraine; worked with global industry leaders in Belgium; conducted “emergency interventions” for organizations in crisis; produced interactive satellite and videoconference training for members of the federal judiciary; produced award-winning educational broadcast television programming; provided one-on-one executive coaching in the technology, finance, energy, and telecommunications sectors; and led interactive learning events on diversity, feedback & coaching, conflict management and many other topics.

Hart received his BA in Russian Language and Literature and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Kentucky. He also completed the Senior Executive Leadership Certificate Program at Georgetown University. Hart is certified in the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, the Emotional Competency Inventory and has consulted using many other organizational assessment tools. He is committed to working with organizations to create inclusive, creative and innovate cultures that empower people to accomplish their desired business goals while living their values.

MJ VILARDI
Chief Creative Officer

MJ Vilardi is an Emmy-award winning video and film producer with a diverse background in broadcasting, multimedia, and professional development training. He is certified in the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and enjoys sharing his passion for collaboration and creative team management.

MJ helps businesses communicate complex ideas in a clear and engaging way. He writes and directs “QuickVids” for global organizations that need concise, interesting content for online learning. A frequent contributor to medical and mental health media, he wrote and co-produced “Revolutionizing Life Long Learning,” for the American College of Cardiology; the piece won two first-place Telly Awards. He recently completed work on a documentary about the opioid addiction crisis on Cape Cod.

After studying Communications at Antioch College, Vilardi served as Design Director for WUSA-TV, the CBS affiliate in Washington DC. While Creative Director for a large post-production facility, he designed the animated open for the iconic McLaughlin Group, and worked with Discovery, Marriott, the CIA, and many Fortune 500 companies. As an independent writer/director, Vilardi produced dramatic short films, commercials, training programs, and issue-driven viral videos. Vilardi was Creative Director at Roku Technologies, and design consultant to Washington DC’s technology office and Metro Transit Authority. Awards for Vilardi’s work include an Emmy, a Cine Golden Eagle, an ITVA Peer Award, numerous Addy Awards, and several Telly Awards for medical education programs.

SHANNON POLLY
MAPP

Shannon Polly, MAPP is a consultant, facilitator, speaker, and coach and works in two domain areas: executive presence and positive psychology. She is the founder of Shannon Polly & Associates, a leadership development company in Washington, D.C. that focuses on helping employees increase well-being and performance in the workplace.

Shannon is one of less than 300 people in the world who have received her Master in Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) degree from the University of Pennsylvania under Dr. Martin Seligman. She also holds a graduate degree from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art in classical acting and a B.A. with honors from Yale University.

Shannon has been an assistant instructor in the MAPP program at the University of Pennsylvania; and has lectured at Columbia Business School, Wharton Business School and West Point. She is a contributor to the book, Positive Psychology at Work; has conducted appreciative inquiry summits across the country and has been a facilitator for the Master Resiliency Training (MRT) program for the US Army. Shannon also co-founded the group Positive Business DC to inform and inspire leaders across the Metro DC region to increase well-being, productivity and profitability in the workplace. She blogs at PositiveBusinessDC.com

GISELLE GANT
Guided Improv™ Facilitator

Giselle Gant is an accomplished actor with an MA from the Central School of Speech and Drama in London. She has attracted attention and critical acclaim for her acting and improvisation in performances on both sides of the Atlantic, and is a featured actor in the Emmy-winning drama “Anacostia.” She has also worked in corporate settings and international NGO’s, and brings a deep understanding of today’s diverse workforce to her facilitation.

Giselle creates vivid characters and situations that reflect real-world challenges; she uses Guided Improv™ to help our clients explore interpersonal choices and develop critical communication skills. Her quick wit and inventiveness make every seminar fun and productive.

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