Having joined Impact UK in 1997 as a facilitator before establishing US operations in 2001, my passion lies in leading Impact’s business and partnering with clients to architect custom leadership development programs. I’m a British national, husband, father of four, outdoor enthusiast and mountaineer. I’m always seeking my next adventure, my greatest accomplishment (other than having four boys!) was summiting Everest in 2005.
With 20 years of L&D and OD consulting experience my role includes everything from proposal development to managing global projects involving leadership development and change initiatives. As a strategic business partner, I help clients improve business results via custom solutions that align talent development with business drivers. On weekends I'll be cheering at my two sons' football games or riding my John Deere tractor in pursuit of the elusive perfect lawn.
My role as program manager in the Americas means taking each day as it comes and always learning something new. Whether it is interacting with clients or working on program logistics, each piece of this work is both exciting and rewarding! When I am not at work, you can find me relaxing at the beach (in the summertime!), traveling, baking something up in the kitchen, or just taking a leisurely walk outside.
I’m passionate about learning and helping people get the best out of themselves. I spent over 10 years in Learning & Development with a Fortune 15 company helping develop and deliver programs to Executives, Middle Management, and Aspiring Leaders from all different parts of the business. I believe that understanding and leveraging diversity is one of the biggest strengths of any organization and I really enjoy helping groups work towards that reality.
My passion for creativity, excellence and relationships are the foundations of my role. I support Impact’s brand awareness, industry recognition and journey to create powerful, experiential learning interventions. I enjoy working in a collaborative, fast paced environment with first-class global colleagues. I am dedicated, efficient and always helpful. Based in Boulder Colorado, you can find me skiing, climbing, hiking, biking, and finding new culinary experiences.
Using ten years L&D industry experience, I build trusted partnerships with clients to create detailed project plans for complex initiatives. I manage program execution and implementation, working with teams of consultants and coaches to ensure excellence. I co-lead our global knowledge management strategy, which transformed global collaboration and knowledge sharing. Being a mom of two young girls keeps everyday an adventure and in my spare time I love to golf.
I'm passionate about helping those around me grow and develop. I utilize my knowledge of recruiting, onboarding and managing multiple complex projects and deadlines. I create project plans, manage client requests and relationships and create program materials. As a traveller at heart, I’ve visited 26 of the 50 US states, 11 foreign countries and 8 of the Caribbean islands. I love experiencing new cultures, enjoying the great outdoors and trying local cuisine.
As the Marketing Manager I am responsible for growing Impact’s brand awareness in the marketplace and creating all marketing campaigns. Before joining Impact, I worked at several technology companies improving my skills in digital, strategic business development and marketing. I enjoy working with talented people who are passionate about what they do. Love running, playing the piano and landscape painting.
A lifelong passion for learning and leadership brought me to Impact, and I couldn't be happier with my decision. As a designer, facilitator, and thought partner, I embrace a scholar-practitioner mindset, running to the issues and engaging others with clarity, empathy, and authenticity. My favorite activity of each day is laughing, playing, and making up bedtime stories with my kids. They're hilarious!
I have been researching, teaching, studying, practicing, directing and performing improvised theater, applied improvisation, emotional intelligence and play since 1995. This fuels the passion I have for designing and facilitating experiential learning programs. My career includes both internal and external consulting on coaching, communications skills, and leadership for global companies.
As the resident ‘islander', I bring my passion for life and the excitement of the Caribbean culture to the L&D industry and my role as a change agent. With 25 years experience and a doctorate in organizational leadership, I love incorporating new neuroscientific research when designing and facilitating powerful development solutions. You'll find me playing with my 3 incredible children in the Florida sunshine, walking the intercostal, or on the beach with a book.
Dr. Susan Gray
I am a highly experienced Accounting and Financial Management professional with expertise in problem solving, business communications, project management and customer relationships. I’m an enthusiastic leader, successful in liaising across all levels, handling confidential information and managing multiple priorities. I enjoy attending live events; cheering on my favourite sporting teams, watching my friend’s rock band, and supporting my daughter’s dance team.
I rely on both my unbridled curiosity and appetite for knowledge and exploration in my pursuit for continuous improvement. As an ambassador of the Impact brand, I harness this mindset to work effectively with my colleagues to increase our brand awareness and build mindshare in the marketplace. In my spare time, you can find me in the mountains skiing, hiking, and fly fishing with my wife and hound dog.
I am like the Caulobacter crescentus (the strongest adhesive in nature), making sure our processes from program design to delivery all connect and exceed client expectation. I program manage through creating and driving our project plan, developing presentation materials, and coordinating on-site. Like the Caulobacter crescentus, I love to call anywhere near the water my home, enjoy adapting to new environments and making the best of any situation.
Having worked in L&D internationally since the early 90's, my focus is blending practical business acumen, people development and organisational change to create client solutions. I design and deliver solutions that leverage the positive aspects of a clients’ culture while challenging the structures that impede leadership capacity. In my spare time you’ll find me outside, I love exploring the world with my family.
With over 20 years in L&D and consulting, I love my role at Impact! I build relationships with potential clients, educate them on our offerings, and connect them to our talented team to build outstanding development experiences for their leaders. Relationships feed my joy, so spending time with family and friends traveling, hiking, sharing a meal and a laugh, that’s my bag.
As an Account Director with Impact I’m able to leverage my ten years of Business Development and Account Management experience. I thrive in environments where I am able to develop and uncover new opportunities with partners and businesses. Most of all I am a people person and love building trusting relationships. In my spare time, you will find me spending time with my husband, two boys and our dog.
Leading the US finance department includes guiding my team, considering new ways for increased financial success, keeping the team financially informed and ensuring accurate reporting. I have a business/accounting degree and 15+ years experience as a CPA. I see myself as a finance skilled business partner rather than an accountant. I love spectator sports, food, wine, whisky, binge watching TV, travel, wood burning open fires and being outside in the fresh air.
My main role in the Americas is to prospect and generate new business. In addition to prospecting I set up appointments in order to help better qualify potential clients in the scoping phase. I have a background in advanced management and leadership. Outside of work I love to work out, catch a good concert, and spend time outside.
I am devoted to applying theory, practical application and innovation to people development. As a lead designer and facilitator with 10+ years experience I deliver custom client solutions globally, from graduates to senior leaders, virtually or f2f. My insatiable curiosity stays satisfied by reading, research and exploring the world. I love the culinary arts and although I enjoy cooking, my passion is simply being the consumer of freshly made delectable dishes.
Manuel (Manny) Larenas
As an Account Director, I bring more than 10 years of L&D experience, where I started two different professional learning departments. My passion is for driving excellent client engagement and providing superior customer success. When I’m not at work, you’ll find me solving the innumerable life crises of my four daughters via cell phone, reading on my nook at the beach, and hoping that the NY Jets will win the Super Bowl in my lifetime.
I am a program manager and I love that every day is different, from working on different tasks involved to make a program run smoothly to talking and meeting clients. I come from a hospitality background so I love the client facing aspect of my role here at Impact, as well as making sure every piece of the program is on schedule. Outside of work I am always doing something like teaching dance, travelling, and going to the beach!
As Marketing Specialist, I use my past experiences in start-ups and agencies to implement different marketing activities throughout the business. I am passionate about all things creative. I believe in using the power of marketing to make a difference and Impact offers a unique proposition that does exactly this. I enjoy traveling and experiencing different cultures and foods. I will never say no to a new adventure!