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Our current client list includes, but is not limited to, Nike, Microsoft, Adobe, Oracle/Datalogix, Workday, Optiv, Big Switch, Cadence, KnuEdge, and Vail Resorts.
Principal and Founder
With over 20 years of experience in human resources, business strategy, organizational development, leadership training, talent management, transformational change, innovation, and culture development, Courtney Harrison most recently served as VP of Learning and Organizational Effectiveness at Juniper Networks in Silicon Valley. Prior to Juniper Networks, she was a Senior Faculty Member and Executive Coach for the Center for Creative Leadership, facilitating their flagship Leadership Development Programs as well as designing and facilitating custom work for C-Suite Teams aimed at developing high growth organizations. Courtney was also the CHRO for the United States Olympic Committee leading up to the successful run of the US Team in Beijing and was the creator, designer, and facilitator of Olympic University, which hosted Fortune 500 Leaders for multi-day leadership immersions.
Courtney’s other positions include SVP of Asurion, a Silicon Valley start-up, where she was a key contributor to the company’s growth from $200M to $1B in revenue in under three years, and multiple HR VP roles at American Express including Succession Planning and Executive Assimilation and Development. She also spent seven years in the healthcare industry at both GlaxoSmithKline and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
In addition to the above, her work was recently profiled in Harvard Business Review in an article entitled “Bright Shiny Objects and the Future of HR” which focused on her joint efforts with two of her colleagues over the last five years at Juniper Networks to re-imagine the role that HR can and should play in business strategy. Her work was also profiled in Talent Management Magazine in Sept 2014 in the article “Deploying Network Talent to Drive Innovation” which focused on her passion for helping shift companies from using traditional organizational charts to building an organizational structure that is more agile, collaborative, peer-based, and built-upon network theory.
Courtney sits on the Board of Vectra Bank and the Board of Xceleration. She has been an MBA Adjunct Professor for over 15 years and regularly guest lectures at universities including Vanderbilt, USC, and Cornell and at HR or OD related conferences.
Courtney and her husband reside in Denver, Colorado.
Principal and Founder
Alicia Mandel has 30+ years of experience in high profile companies as a thought leader in learning and leadership development, change management, organizational development, executive coaching, and workplace culture. As the co-founder and principal consultant at Medius Advisory Group, she puts her expertise to use working with leaders of organizations that want/need to make a change. Whether that is to scale or grow their organization, lead a transformation, improve the dynamics of a team, or be more intentional about workplace culture – she coaches high potential and high performing leaders to remove barriers to success.
Before launching Medius, Alicia spent six years leading Apollo Education Group’s learning and organizational development practices as the Chief Learning Officer. In that role she was responsible for the organization’s succession planning, learning strategy and curriculum, core values development, internal communications, and executive development.
Prior to Apollo, Alicia worked at the United States Olympic Committee. She drove the design of Olympic University: a corporate university focused on building experiential learning programs that leverage sport to teach leadership principles to leaders of Fortune 500 organizations, coaches, athletes, and employees. Additionally, in her roles running Leadership Development and as acting CHRO, she was responsible for helping transform the culture to one that was high performing, innovative, and profitable.
Alicia served as the Director of Leadership Development for Asurion, a Stanford startup, where she helped grow the company from $200M in revenue to $1B and from 50 employees to 5000 in under three years. She spent 10 years at American Express in New York City, where she held various learning and development leadership positions. Alicia launched her career at CitiGroup as a sales and leadership trainer.
Today Alicia lives in Phoenix and enjoys traveling to see her clients all over the country. She has two adult (sort of) children – a 21-year-old son and an 18-year-old daughter. She has two dogs and enjoys a great glass of wine (or bourbon) as much as a great workout.
Medius Advisory Group’s current client list includes, but is not limited to, Nike, Microsoft, Adobe, Oracle/Datalogix, Workday, Optiv, Big Switch, Cadence, KnuEdge, and Vail Resorts.
Suzanne Stoller has over 20 years of experience working with leaders and leadership teams on organizational strategy and design, team effectiveness, culture, talent identification and development, succession planning, management, and executive development. At her core, she is a talented advisor to senior leaders, providing strategic thought-partnership. She's described as someone who combines candor with empathy, agility with systems thinking, and credibility with humility and humor.
Suzanne spent over 12 years partnering directly with Google’s senior-most executives (e.g., CEO of YouTube, VP of Ads Product Area, President of EMEA), helping them build and scale their organizations and evolve their leadership approach. She established people strategies that were aligned to and in service of each leader’s business strategy, determining what the most critical talent, organizational, and cultural interventions would best serve the business. She also led Google’s Talent Management Center of Excellence, defining and delivering on the company’s approach to up-and-coming talent, critical roles, succession planning, and sponsorship.
As the Chief People Officer at Guild Education, a then newly minted unicorn, Suzanne helped the company scale from ~400 - 700 employees. She partnered directly with the C-suite on team and leadership capability and organizational strategy. She also helped the company navigate early days of the pandemic, including crisis management and the transition to being fully remote.
Suzanne is currently a faculty member at the University of Colorado. She teaches Organizational Leadership to undergraduates and a second year executive MBA class entitled “Aligning People to Business Strategy II.” She is also an adjunct faculty member at the ATLAS Institute.
Suzanne holds a BA in International Relations and German from Tufts University and an MBA and MSM in Organizational Strategy from University of Denver. When not working, she’s hanging out with her kids (Zephy and Soleil) and her husband (Breeze), hiking and running in the hills of Boulder.
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