Adult developmental and performance consultant / Group facilitator / Author / Professor
Educator / Academic / Organizational development consultant / Diversity and culture in the workplace
Stuart Lord, the President, and CEO of Delta Developmental, organizational solutions for leadership development, is well versed in higher education administration and leadership, organization development, institutional diversity and inclusion, and business operations. He brings over 25 years of senior executive leadership in strategic planning, leadership development, and executive coaching.
Dr. Lord’s most recent efforts have been focused on guiding universities and companies, including Interstate Restoration, FirstonSite, Wheelock College, Emergency Family Assistance Association, Dartmouth College, The Kingston Bay Group, and the Fox Institute. His work in these roles has yielded transformative results, including leveraging assets, enhancing institutional diversity and inclusion, exceeding financial revenue targets, and helping executive leaders address their most important leadership needs.
In higher education he has served as University President, Interim President, Deputy to the President, Associate Provost, Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, University Dean, and Executive Director for the White House President’s Summit on America’s Future in the Clinton Administration.
Adult developmental and performance consultant / Group facilitator / Author / Professor
Rob McNamara is an author, advisor, and leadership coach with expertise in adult development and human performance. He is a co-founder of the advisory firm Delta Developmental. Rob serves on faculty at the Ivey School of Business' LIFT Advanced Coaching Program and is a former Harvard University Teaching Fellow. McNamara currently advises and coaches initiatives advancing National Security efforts and provides learning, development, and educational direction for individuals, organizations, and governments navigating civilizational transitions.
Rob is an Integral Zen Dharma Holder training under Diane Musho Hamilton Roshi. Rob’s current areas of focus join meta-psychology, ethics, leadership development, and human performance. He’s known for his big heart, radical embodied presence, and purpose-driven commitment to enacting new visions of the future of humanity.
Dave is an international leadership consultant who specializes in helping leaders and teams build on their capabilities and move to their next level of performance and effectiveness. He specializes in personal and professional development for senior leaders, executive and client-facing team development and helping leaders navigate complexity.
Dave brings over 24 years of experience with corporate, non-profit and government sectors, working with clients across a wide spectrum of industries, including finance and insurance, FMCG, consulting, pharmaceuticals, technology and IT, defense, aerospace, science and telecommunications. Dave works with clients across Europe, the Americas and Asia. He has an international reputation for working in highly sensitive circumstances with impeccable discretion.
Dave has developed organization-wide internal coaching programs for the US government and multiple global consultancies. In that capacity, he helped each entity articulate its business case for coaching, create the necessary structures and processes for success and imbed a coaching culture within the organization.
During a 19-year career at the US government, Dave was a specialist in national security issues. He covered most parts of the world from Washington, as well as living overseas. As he moved into the executive levels, he became increasingly interested in leadership issues – and that ultimately led him to a new career in coaching and working with leadership teams.
Previously, Dave was on the faculty for the US Presidential Management Fellows Program, a highly acclaimed federal program designed to bring select graduate students into management positions in the federal government.
Dave is a Master Certified Coach (MCC) from the International Coach Federation and a certified an Integral Master Coach™ from Integral Coaching Canada, where he has served on the board for certifying coaching students.
A long-time meditator, Dave has led retreats and meditation classes. He enjoys finding practical ways to operationalize the wisdom from various traditions into his work with leaders. Dave is married and lives in a small village near Lausanne, Switzerland where he enjoys hiking and photography. He is re-living the challenges of learning by being a beginner in horseback riding and the French language.
Pouria Montazeri is an author, coach, facilitator, speaker, instructor, and business strategist serving as a coach and the Coaching Coordinator overseeing Delta’s Executive Coaching programs. Pouria brings a wealth of expertise as an internationally award-winning film director, pioneering Rumi scholar, and contemplative practitioner with decades of experience.
Pouria has led peer and psychoeducational groups for many years. In his coaching practice, he supports individuals with communications skills, emotional intelligence, trust-building, conflict resolutions (having those difficult conversations and navigating challenges at work), and resilience building. He provides evidence-based skillsets in achieving these goals, including reducing stress, which continues to be the number one killer of Americans, the source of unhappiness at work, and a hindrance to one's purpose and meaning.
The freed-up energy then can be used to support coherence, within and in their surroundings. The energy cultivated through coherence is then used for productivity, creativity, and generating flow states. Empowered individuals can produce entrainment and harmony in their surroundings.
Samra believes that true leadership is achieved by leveraging your power through service. This mantra serves as the guiding philosophy for her work in nonprofit administration, external affairs, and public relations. She is a subject matter expert at building coalitions, leveraging organically-built relationships and friend-raising. As a woman of influence, she leverages her large network to advocate on behalf of the organizations that she represents.
After graduating from Iona College in New Rochelle, New York with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications-Public Relations, Samra made a concerted effort to live a life of purpose. In, 2011, Samra added published author to her list of accomplishments. She released her first novel; “He Kept Us :: Through It All” through Highly Favored Publishers. Samra has a heart and passion of philanthropy. This is demonstrated through memberships in her social and civic engagements. She also fosters her sisterly ties by being a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. However, her most honored accomplishment was to raise three accomplished adult children.
Samra believes that “the best was to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others”. Her senior leadership roles in various community, civic and philanthropic organization demonstrate her unyielding commitment to community service. She is the immediate Past President and 2nd Vice President-Program Chair of the Magnolia (GA) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, Past Membership and Fundraising Chairwoman for Jack & Jill of America-North Suburban Atlanta Chapter, and a Past Board Member of EduPAC Atlanta. Additionally, she has served as a mentor for the Coretta Scott King Young Woman’s Leadership Academy and the Tuskegee Airman Global Elementary School. She also holds/or has held memberships with the Atlanta Business League, Central Atlanta Progress’ PR/Marketing Committee, OnBoard, and the Public Relations Society of America.
Gabe is a leadership coach and group facilitator with specialties in (1) conflict resolution and (2) diversity and inclusion. He works at the intersection of social justice and purpose driven enterprises, design thinking, human psychology and group dynamics. He is the co-author of Compassionate Conversations: How to Speak and Listen from the Heart. Gabe also offers a facilitation training course called, "Freedom and Fairness: Advanced Facilitation for Intergroup Dynamics." Freedom and Fairness applies Integral Theory, Zen training, and adult developmental psychology to the theory and practice of group facilitation in the context of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) and intergroup conflict.Gabe studied adult developmental psychology and leadership through Stanford’s Masters program in Policy, Organization and Leadership Studies. He is a certified Integral Facilitator and an associate at Delta Developmental, a leadership and organizational development consultancy. Through Delta he is presently offering training for coaches called, Coaching in a Time Between Worlds. He is a practitioner of meditation in the Zen lineage at the Two Arrows Zen Center.
Carole Griggs, Ph.D. is an executive coach, leadership development consultant, international speaker, university professor, author/writer, and developer of transformative technology tools focused on human potential and consciousness evolution. She is currently coaching and consulting with leaders and companies nationally and internationally at Apple, Google, Google X, Wing, Waymo, Tradeshift and other companies from start-up, to mid-level, and larger publicly traded.
Carole is a pioneer and leader in the areas of professional coaching, human potential, and consciousness evolution, and the intersection and integration of technology. Carole is the founder and CEO of Carole Griggs Enterprises, LLC (drcarolegriggs.com). She is also co-founder of iConscious: accelerating human potential (iConscious.global) and the iConscious Human Development model, a comprehensive and integrative meta-framework researched and developed to accelerate the process of maximizing full human potential both individually and collectively. Carole has been an integral part of Loving AI (LovingAI.org), an important Artificial Intelligence research project that is a part of the IBM Watson X-Prize Competition. Dr. Griggs is a professor and course developer for John F. Kennedy’s Master’s program in Consciousness and Transformative Studies department, and is the author of Space to See Reality: A New Model for ProfessionalCoaches, and iConscious: Accelerating Human Potential.
Dr. Carole Griggs holds a Doctorate degree (Ph.D.) in Professional Coaching and Human Development, a Master’s degree in Education, and a Bachelor's degree in Science. Carole is currently based in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Diane is an award-winning mediator, and a uniquely gifted, playful, and awake group facilitator, consultant and teacher of Integral Spirituality and Zen. She is a lineage holder in the Soto Zen tradition, and has collaborated with the Integral Institute and Ken Wilber since 2004, developing the Integral Life Practice seminars and the Integral Spiritual Experience global events.Diane is well known as an innovator in facilitating group dialogues, especially conversations about culture, religion, race and gender relations. She was the first Director of the Office of Alternative Dispute Resolution for the Utah Judiciary, where she established mediation programs throughout the court system. She is the recipient of several prestigious awards for her work in this area, including the Peter W. Billings Award and the UCCR Peacekeeper Award.She has studied and practiced Buddhadharma for over 25 years, beginning at Naropa Institute in 1984 with the teachings of Choygam Trungpa Rinpoche. She was ordained as a Zen priest in 2003 and received dharma transmission from her teacher, Genpo Roshi, in 2006. She is a facilitator of Big Mind Big Heart, a process developed by Roshi to bring the insights of Zen to Western audiences.With her husband, Zen teacher and lawyer Michael Mugaku Zimmerman, she established Two Arrows Zen, a center for the study and practice of Zen. They maintain two facilities – an urban center in downtown Salt Lake City, and a rural retreat center in the red rocks of Southern Utah where traditional Zen meditation is joined with nature-based practices and shamanic disciplines.With extraordinary depth and insight, Diane encourages us to consciously evolve beyond old and limited ideas of who we are so that we might discover our own unique expression of wisdom and of compassion in this time. She is the author of Everything is Workable, a zen approach to conflict resolution, and The Zen of You and Me, both published by Shambhala Publications. She is also a contributor to Harvard Business Review.
Dr. Joe-Joe McManus began his career in higher education as a faculty member at Florida A&M University (FAMU). An educational innovator, Dr. McManus has lectured, served on panels, presented, and consulted in the U.S. and internationally for nearly three decades. His experience includes faculty, staff and administration roles, having served at an HBCU, an Ivy League institution, a state university, a major urban university system, a religious college, and an international university. As a consultant, he has worked with university presidents and Chief Diversity Officers (CDO), corporate CDO’s, and done extensive consulting and leadership development work across sectors. Most recently, McManus served as Chief Diversity Officer at California State University-San Marcos.
Currently, McManus serves on the Board of Advisors for E3: Education, Excellence & Equity, as an Expert Panelist for the Global Diversity & Inclusion Benchmarks (GDIB), and as a member of the Diversity Community Exchange (DiCE) Group for which he edited the book, The Diversity Calling. Previously, McManus served on the Boards for the Center for Culturally Proficient Educational Practice, the Diversity Collegium, and the National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME).
A first-generation college student, McManus earned his B.S. in Psychology from Florida Institute of Technology, an M.A. in Multicultural Education at Alliant International University, and his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Florida A&M University. Dr. McManus also completed the National Association for Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE) Standards of Professional Practice Institute as a member of the inaugural cohort, served on the NADOHE President’s Task Group on Charlottesville, and co-chaired the Southern California Chapter of NADOHE.
Scott’s curiosity, wisdom, and passion for reaching deep down into the heart of a person’s intentions allow him to help leaders move beyond the boundaries of what they thought was possible. His deep curiosity encourages people to get outside their comfort zones and develop the discipline to deliver on promises. Scott’s innate ability to sense what lies beneath words, see through masks, and navigate extremely sensitive or explosive situations, helps leaders make choices that accelerate performances and inspire transformation.
Scott’s leadership capabilities and business acumen were honed at General Electric — one of Fortune’s “Most Admired Companies.” Beginning as a salesperson, Scott was promoted six times in nine years to join the top 1% of executives. In 2006, he won the GE Chairman’s Imagination Breakthrough award — an honor bestowed on an individual who developed an idea capable of generating more than $100M of incremental revenue.
Following GE, Scott’s subsequent business leadership roles saw him accelerate organizational scaling by tapping the latent potential in culture, leadership, and team operations to the tune of nearly $1B in value creation. In each setting, he reshaped the organization and reimagined their solutions, creating companies capable of creating exceptional experiences for customers.
Scott earned his BSBA from the John M. Olin School of Business at Washington University in St. Louis and has held board and strategic advisory roles for many national, regional and local organizations, including the Young Presidents’ Organization. He received YPO’s signature Terry Plochman award in 2016 for his work transforming CEO forum practices. In 2019, he was selected to join YPO’s International Forum Committee where he is focused on co-creating a framework and practices to quickly scale trust.
Scott lives in Tampa, Florida with his wife, their three children, and their golden retriever. When not engaged in accelerating client successes, he can most often be found out on the water boating with his family or kiteboarding.