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Speaking with Nathan Mellor on the Strata Leadership Show is Peter Arnstein. Peter brings a wealth of valuable experience in corporate finance and capital markets to executive coaching for individuals, teams, and enterprises. His approach is action and outcome-oriented. Clients embrace practices that unleash their potential to get past obstacles, aim higher and surpass what they once considered not possible. The path includes identifying and clarifying goals, taking action, being accountable, and following through. Peter is known for his focused enthusiasm, insight, results orientation, and sense of humor to connect deeply and productively with clients.Drawing upon over 30 years of investment banking experience, Peter partnered with C-suite leaders, owners, and entrepreneurs to advise on and execute strategic transactions requiring integration of a variety of subject matter and skills in a time-sensitive, high-stakes, and risk-laden environment.Peter cultivated client relationships at Lehman Brothers and PaineWebber (now UBS) in New York, at First Union (now Wells Fargo) in Charlotte, North Carolina, and at Mesirow Financial in Chicago. He was co-head of the mezzanine investment group at GATX Capital.Peter’s executive coaching is fueled by his interest and curiosity in developing and sustaining leadership throughout an organization and beyond. He finds executive coaching to be a tremendously challenging and fulfilling craft to continue to serve clients on a personal level with the mission of creating greater well-being for many.Peter earned a BA in Economics from Stanford and an MBA from Wharton (University of Pennsylvania). He is certified as an Executive Coach from UC Berkeley Executive Education and the Berkeley Executive Coaching Institute. Peter’s volunteer leadership activities include pro bono coaching for students at the College of Charleston School of Business and The Citadel – the Military College of South Carolina.Peter enjoys outdoor adventures, swimming, and biking to stay in shape, humor and comedy in a variety of forms, and reading history, biography, and fiction. Peter is married, with three grown children: two sons and a daughter.
Steve McConaghie is the Vice President of Leadership and Training at MorningStar Senior Living in Denver, CO. Steve worked in non-profit for 25 years before transitioning to senior living six years ago. Steve was drawn to MorningStar by its commitment to provide outstanding care to seniors, to Honor God, and to serve the poor. MorningStar operates 30 communities and currently has 12 in development. Steve’s avocation is serving the poor through short-term mission projects. Until recently, he served on the board of directors for Missions Ministries (MM). MM serves the oppressed and marginalized in Northern Mexico through housing, medical, and education support. Steve holds a B.A. in Sociology and M.A. in Business Management. Steve and his wife have been married for 21 years and have two teenagers. Outside of work, he is an elder at his church and a struggling golfer. 
Speaking with Nathan Mellor, Ed.D. on the Strata Leadership Show is Erika Lucas, co-founder of StitchCrew, an organization focused on building a more equitable economy through entrepreneurship. In collaboration with NBA Team the Oklahoma City Thunder, she established an accelerator program to support entrepreneurs in the middle of the country. Erika also founded VEST, a curated community of C-suite women working together to expedite the pipeline of more women in power. As she states in her TED Talk: America's Trillion-Dollar Blindspot, Erika's mission is to help close the funding and wealth gap for women and entrepreneurs of color.
New on the Strata Leadership Show!Speaking with Nathan Mellor, Ed.D. is Cinthya L. Allen, Chief Diversity & Equity Officer.In her role as Chief Diversity & Equity Officer, Cinthy a is member of the leadership cabinet within the City of Norman municipal government system.  She is responsible for initiating a new business segment to include the development of mission and vision principles to support Diversity & Equity through pipelines for employee development, volunteerism, community engagement, and expanding educational opportunities to increase cultural awareness and opportunity access–as well as driving EEO and affirmative action policies.Cinthya’s career has led her to roles of wide-ranging scope.  Her background was formed through a 17-year career at a Fortune 9 Global Company where she led local teams of 25 up to a national organization of 11,000 members.Her leadership extended internationally and grew deep Diversity & Equity roots with national organizations through Employee Resource Group leadership.  Cinthya then pivoted to a career in academia as a director influencing strategic approaches across a multi-campus, Tier 1 University.  She leads with a servant leadership approach, maximizing collaboration, engagement, and effectively influencing outcomes.Cinthya has been recognized by receiving the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility’s Young Hispanic Corporate Achievers™ award (2014) and graduating from the HITEC Emerging Executive Program (2015). She has been recognized as a 50 Making a Difference Honoree by The Journal Record (2016) and is a graduate and Lifetime Member of Leadership Oklahoma Class 31. Most recently, she was awarded the Achievers Under 40 award by The Journal Record. Cinthya extends her leadership by serving on meaningful local boards, including Junior Achievement of OKC, the Latino Community Development Agency, and is a member of Oklahoma City Rotary Club 29.  She is a native of Chihuahua, Mexico, and a proud University of Oklahoma alumna.
Talking with Nathan Mellor is Valerie Hope, Strata Certified Trainer, Leadership Coach, Professional Speaker, and CEO of Connect to Joy, LLC. Valerie is a curious and creative learner, which has set her apart in becoming an accomplished leadership coach and professional speaker. Valerie is also an Assistant Professor at the University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business.For the past 20 years, Valerie’s career has taken her throughout North America, Latin America, and Europe. She’s worked for Up with People, the international leadership program, the Dallas Regional Chamber of Commerce, and Hyatt Corporation in roles focused on public relations, training, recruitment, and leadership development.As a world-traveler, Valerie has developed and transformed leaders throughout Latin America, North America and Europe to become more conscious, connected, and creative. Valerie is a native Spanish-speaker from the Republic of Panama. She loves Latin dancing, playing tennis and she claims Dallas as her home. She has the cowboy boots to prove it.
Talking with Nathan Mellor is Andrew Robinson, Chief Human Resources Officer for CKE Restaurants.Robinson joined CKE in August 2019 as Chief Human Resources Officer, overseeing the human resources, internal/corporate communications, assets protection, and corporate facilities functions at the corporate office in Franklin, TN. Robinson joined CKE from Starr Restaurants, a James Beard award-winning collection of boutique restaurants. As Chief People Officer at Starr, Robinson was responsible for activating the company’s growth strategy by building organizational capabilities and infrastructure.Prior to Starr, Andrew spent nearly eight years with TGI Fridays where he managed all HR-related functions to support the 90,000-employee population worldwide. Andrew is an alumna of Howard University where he received a bachelor’s degree in accounting. He also received an MBA in Business Administration from the University of the District of Columbia. He serves as Chair of the Audit Committee for Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). 
Mike Beckham graduated Summa Cum Laude from the OU Business College in 2003. Mike began his career working with the worldwide non-profit Christian ministry CRU.  Since transitioning to the business world, he has been a part of founding and operating several e-commerce businesses that have cumulatively generated more than 1 billion in revenue. Most recently, Mike has served as CEO and co-founder of Simple Modern.  Simple Modern has grown in 5 years to be one of the leading suppliers of stainless-steel insulated drinkware in the world.  Simple Modern is an omni-channel consumer packaged goods company that was built from a digital first distribution strategy.  Its three largest distribution channels are its website, Amazon, and Target.  In addition, Simple Modern is a licensing partner for the NFL, NBA, NCAA, and Disney.Mike lives in Norman with his wife of 17 years, Heather.  He has two children, Carter (9) and Kenzie (6).  In addition to his work in the business world, Mike is the senior entrepreneur-in-residence for the University of Oklahoma Price College of Business Entrepreneurship Program.
Lee Roland currently acts as the Executive Director of a non-profit, Hope United, a pastor at The Parish in Oklahoma City, as well as a Public Speaker, Education Consultant and Adjunct Professor of Sociology at Southern Nazarene University. Lee has lovingly worked as a public school educator and administrator for over 30 years. He is formerly the proud principal of Tulakes Elementary School in the Putnam City School District. His book, The Fantastic Voyage: A Story of School Turnaround and Achievement by Overcoming Poverty and Addressing Race, wonderfully chronicles the success of his school in a high-challenged community in Northwest Oklahoma City that had previously experienced years of low test scores and poor image before his arrival.  Mr. Roland has always labored exhaustively yet ardently in the field to serve students and teachers with excellence. His dedication and determination are evident as he endeavors to inspire and propel others who serve, to touch lives, and to make a difference, particularly for children.
Angie currently serves as Vice President for Global HR and Talent for the Home Services Group for ConvaTec.  Her career with the organization started nearly four years ago and in that short span, the company has more than doubled its number of employees across two continents.  Angie is a die-heart sooner fan with two degrees from OU including a Doctorate of Law.She practiced for several years as in-house counsel for Oklahoma Farm Bureau then started her HR journey there in 2002 as VP of HR.  HR has been the perfect fit for Angie’s passion for mentoring and strategic thinking.Along with HR, Angie is active in several non-profit organizations including serving on the boards for the Urban League of Greater Oklahoma City and Guiding Right and volunteering whenever the opportunity arises.In 2000, she founded Diamond Daughters, LLC.  An organization designed and focusing on mentoring young women.  This group has seen nearly 300 girls pass through its doors with two currently serving on its Board with their doctorate degrees.In her spare time, Angie is rediscovering traveling to historical sites, spending time with her 18-month-old godson, and crafting.
Kevin Claypool, Director of Learning and Development at Anheuser-Busch, visits with Dr. Nathan Mellor on his path to leadership and the learning and development industry.A leadership development and training professional with more than 14 years of practical facilitating, training, curriculum development, and team management experience, Claypool is proficient in training design, curriculum research, measurement, and mission alignment. Having leveraged these job skills, he has created culture-changing and skill enhancing training opportunities, thus allowing organizational contributors and leaders the opportunity to become the best version of themselves. 
Paul Crawford serves OrderMatic Electronics as its President and Chief Executive Officer. Paul joined OrderMatic in 2016, rebuilding and restoring a company after its founder, Bill Cunningham, passed in 2011. Under his leadership, OrderMatic has outperformed its last eight years, strengthened itself in the quick-service restaurant industry during a brutal pandemic, and realigned current values with past core company beliefs to launch into a more innovative and strategic future. Paul is married to his best friend and brilliant professor, Alissa Crawford, Ph.D. for the past twenty-seven years and is a proud father of twin boys currently attending college as freshmen. Outside of work, he serves as an elder at the Springs Church of Christ, has written and recorded two songs, sang at the American Idol Experience twice, acted in local commercials, and organized several 5K fun runs. His favorite quote is from former President of the United States Teddy Roosevelt “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”
Speaking with Dr. Nathan Mellor on the Strata Leadership Show is Ryan Brown, Managing Director for Management at Rice University's Doerr Institute for New Leaders. The Institute is committed to ensuring that the services it provides to students are of the highest quality and achieve the greatest impact on the development of Rice students as leaders, and Ryan oversees all measurement initiatives to this end. He regularly consults with organizations on ways to measure their impact on people, including non-profits, churches, and schools.Prior to coming to the Doerr Institute, Ryan was the L. J. Semrod Presidential Professor of Psychology at The University of Oklahoma, where he taught and conducted research as a social psychologist for over 16 years and helped establish the Institute for the Study of Human Flourishing. He has published dozens of empirical studies on human thought and behavior, from the impact of stereotypes on human cognition, to the psychology of forgiveness, to the socio-cultural dynamics of honor. His most recent publication is Honor Bound: How a Cultural Ideal Has Shaped the American Psyche (Oxford University Press, 2016).Ryan graduated cum laude from Rice University (Will Rice College, 1993) with a B.A. in psychology and received his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. He taught briefly at Amherst College before joining the faculty of The University of Oklahoma in 2000. He is married to Catherine Lee Brown (Jones College, 1994) and is a father to two boys, Nathan and Luke. 
Join Dr. Nathan Mellor on The Strata Leadership Show as he interviews Leadership Expert, Executive Coach, and Award-Winning Author Libby Gill.Gill grew up on two continents and went to eight different schools before putting herself through college waiting tables. Starting her career as an assistant at Embassy Communications, a television company founded by the legendary Norman Lear, Libby survived three mergers to become head of publicity, advertising, and promotion for Sony’s worldwide television group in just five years.After her first career heading communications at media giants Sony, Universal, and Turner Broadcasting, Libby founded LA-based Libby Gill & Company, a leadership consulting and executive coaching firm. She guides individuals and organizations to lead through change, challenge, and chaos by deeply engaging employees in a shared future-focused vision of success.
Summer Wyers, MBA, LPC, SHRM-CP, serves as Human Resources Manager at RAE Corporation in Pryor, OK. Nestled in the heart of the Mid America Industrial Park, RAE Corporation is known for its specialized design and production of engineered heating, cooling, and refrigeration systems. She is also a Licensed Professional Counselor and works with individuals to overcome difficulties in the workplace and beyond. Summer has a BS in Business Administration/ Marketing, MS in Counseling Psychology, and an MBA in HR Management. She is involved with the Oklahoma Human Resources State Council (OKHR) and Tulsa Area Human Resources Association (TAHRA). As a psychotherapist, she has worked in community mental health, private practice, career counseling, and workplace consulting. Summer has three very busy children with her husband of 17 years. Her faith, family, and friends are her motivation for success. In her limited free time, she enjoys photography, traveling, and classes at the gym.
Jill Castilla leads Citizens Bank of Edmond as its President and Chief Executive Officer. Jill joined Citizens Bank of Edmond in 2009, transforming the struggling institution into one of the most innovative community banks in the nation. Under her leadership, Citizens Edmond was one of the first in her state to deploy Interactive Teller Machines, and Citizens Edmond recently applied for a provisional patent for the nation’s first unmanned electronic banking facility. Her entrepreneurial and visionary spirit spills over into her community engagement as the founder of “Heard on Hurd,” a Citizens Edmond-sponsored event that draws upwards of 100,000 people into downtown Edmond for a musical festival, local shopping, and food trucks, delivering a $6.2 million economic impact.On the national stage, Jill serves as an appointed Civilian Aid to the Secretary of the Army (CASA) for Oklahoma and on the board of the American Bankers Association, as well as the content advisory committee for Money 20/20. Jill also serves on numerous local boards to include Allied Arts, Community Bankers Association of Oklahoma, and the Edmond Chamber of Commerce. She recently served on the Governor of Oklahoma’s Transition Team, the Edmond Public Schools Foundation Board of Trustees, the UCO Foundation and Oklahoma Bankers Association Board of Directors. She currently serves as Dean of the Southwest Graduate School of Banking at Southern Methodist University as well as a Presidential Advisor to the University of Central Oklahoma.Jill is a six-time recipient of American Banker’s “Most Powerful Women in Banking – Women to Watch” and her Citizens team is a two-time recipient of the “Top Team in Banking.” She holds other titles such as “Community Banker of the Year" by American Banker, "Most Innovative CEOs in Banking" by Bank Innovation, "Most Admired CEOs in Oklahoma" by Journal Record and "Business Leader of the Year" by Oklahoma Christian University.Prior to her career in community banking, Jill served in management roles at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City and was an enlisted member of Oklahoma Army National Guard. Jill holds a master’s degree in economics from the University of Oklahoma and a bachelor’s degree in finance from Hawaii Pacific University. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin's Graduate School of Banking and The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania Executive Leadership Program. Jill and her husband have been married for 25 years, and they are the proud parents to three children. She is an Army vet, an Army wife, and an Army mom.
Jennifer Kraszewski, Paycom’s Vice President of Human Resources, has more than 20 years of HR leadership experience, driving transformative, business-focused human capital strategies in high-growth industries to achieve efficiencies, compliance, and employee engagement. Under her leadership, she has helped secure Paycom's spot on Glassdoor's Best Places to Work among Large Employers and's Leadership Excellence for outstanding leadership development programs.  Kraszewski was a presenter at the Awesome New Tech session at the 2019 HR Technology Conference and has been featured across industry publications like SHRM, HR Bartender, and Talent Culture as well as popular podcasts in HR Happy Hour and HR Break Room. She is a featured blogger and hosts webinars on HR topics through SHRM, HR Dive, and Prior to joining Paycom, Kraszewski led the HR function for a Fortune 100 company that was named one of Fortune's Best Places to Work after leading a restaurant conglomerate. Kraszewski holds a bachelor’s degree from Baylor University and an MBA from Oklahoma City University, and is SPHR- and SHRM-SCP-certified.
Tom Kolditz is co-author of the new book "Leadership Reckoning" and the director of the Doerr Institute for New Leaders at Rice University, named top university program in 2019 by the Association of Leadership Educators. In 2017, he received the Warren Bennis Award for Excellence in Leadership and has ranked among the top 25 global coaches for three years. A retired Army Brigadier General, he led the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership at West Point for 12 years, and for 4 years he was the founding director of the Leader Development Program at the Yale School of Management.  He founded the Doerr Institute for New Leaders at Rice University in 2015—his fifth successful leader development start-up. 
In this episode of the Strata Leadership Show, Nathan Mellor, Ed.D., visits with James Bennett about his leadership journey throughout his career. James Bennett is currently a Senior Advisor for the private equity firm GSO Capital Partners where he assists the firm with its energy investments. From 2013 to 2018, James served as President and CEO of SandRidge Energy Corporation, Inc (NYSE: SD) and as its Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from 2011 to 2013. Before joining SandRidge, Mr. Bennett was Managing Director for White Deer Energy; an energy private equity fund focused on the exploration and production, oilfield service and equipment, and midstream sectors. From 2006 to 2009, Mr. Bennett was employed by GSO Capital Partners, where he served in various capacities, including as its Managing Director. Mr. Bennett’s other positions include energy investment banker at Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette and analyst at NationsBank. Mr. Bennett graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a major in Finance from Texas Tech University. Mr. Bennett has served on the board of directors of SandRidge Energy Corporation, Cheniere Energy Partners L.P. and PostRock Energy Corporation and is a current board member of Tapstone Energy, Energy Alloys, CASA of Oklahoma County, the Foundation for Sunbeam Family Services and ReMerge.
Mark Helm, President and CEO of Dolese Bros, Co., discusses with Nathan Mellor on the Strata Leadership Show his work and leadership experiences. Spanning 36 years in construction materials for both public and private companies, Helm held positions in engineering, technical services, operations management, business development, and sales until increasing responsibility to President/CEO's current position. 
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