The Delta Developmental difference begins with who we are.

The research is clear, diverse perspectives inform more sustainable decision making.

Our team includes ethical and inclusive leaders from across industry sectors, with diverse cultural and professional perspectives who have led through an extraordinary range of crises.

Our experiences leading through the crisis will broaden your view of what’s possible, inform more sustainable decisions, and deepen your insight on execution.

Dr. Stuart C. Lord

PRESIDENT / CEO

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.

Rob McNamara

Co-Founder / Principal

Adult developmental and performance consultant / Group facilitator / Author / Professor

Rob McNamara is an author, leadership coach, and consultant with expertise in adult development and human performance. He is a co-founder of the leading consulting firm Delta Developmental, a faculty member for the Ivey School of Business' LIFT Advanced Coaching Program, and is an Integral Zen Dharma Holder. McNamara is a former Harvard University Teaching Fellow and spent a decade as a professor of developmental psychology in Boulder, Colorado. 

McNamara provides mastery level training in developmental coaching, bringing academic rigor into pragmatic leadership coaching applications. He also specializes in bringing developmental tools to elite level athletes and coaches for supporting greater performance advantages. 

Rob is known for his big heart, embodied presence, and purpose-driven commitment to social justice, adult development, and education. 

Pouria Montazeri

Executive Director / Associate / Coaching Coordinator

Author / Professor / Coach / Consultant

Pouria Montazeri is an author, coach, instructor, and business strategist serving as the Executive Manager for Delta Developmental’s leadership team and serves as 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 helping organizations build strategies for branding and marketing for long-term customer enrollments. 

Pouria has led peer and psychoeducational groups for many years. In his coaching practice, Pouria supports individuals with intrapersonal and interpersonal areas of their lives, including emotional intelligence, communication skills, resilience building, time management, life transitions, career, and holistic health (physical, emotional, mental, spiritual). 

Pouria loves nature and can often be found on one of his sunrise contemplative hikes in the Colorado Rocky Mountains accompanied with rare lines of poetry in his pocket. To learn more about Montazeri’s courses, visit: www.footprintsofrumi.com. 

Gabe Menegale Wilson, M.ED

Associate

Author / Professor / Coach / Consultant

Gabriel studied adult developmental psychology and leadership through Stanford’s Masters program in Policy, Organization, and Leadership Studies (POLS).  He was a lecturer at Stanford University for the innovative class, “Designing Your Life,” in which he taught undergraduate and graduate students the principles of design thinking as applied to personal and professional development.  He is a certified integral facilitator and an associate for Delta Developmental, a leadership and organizational development consultancy. And, last but not least, he is a practitioner of meditation in the Zen lineage through the Two Arrows Zen Center.

Samra J. Coote

Associate

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. 

Dara Blumenthal

Associate

Dara Blumenthal, Ph.D. works with teams, leaders, and individuals to become more powerful, expansive, and unique. She is trained as a Sociologist (Ph.D.), Developmental Coach, Integral Facilitator, Critical Theorist (M.A.), and Usui Reiki Master. Dara also teaches meditation and practices in a Tibetan Buddhist Lineage. She has been training her mind-body awareness formally since 2005 and often invites her clients into their embodiment and embodied awareness, among other more traditional modalities for development. Throughout her career as an organizational and executive consultant, Dara has worked across the Fortune 500 on culture, leadership development, and organization design. In 2019 Dara is on staff for the Integral Facilitator program with Ten Directions and in 2018 she served as a panel member for the National Science Foundation Small Business Innovation Research Program. Dara’s scholarly work focuses on identity development, embodiment, social dynamics, ethics, and emotions. Her doctoral research is published as a book entitled Little Vast Rooms of Undoing and she regularly writes articles for online publications. You can learn more about Dara’s practice at www.darablumenthal.com.

Kageni Pierce

Associate

Kageni Pierce, leadership coach, facilitator and relationship management expert. 

 

Organizations must grow their brightest talent to generate greater value every day if they are to survive in today’s competitive business climates. I work with leaders to build thriving ecosystems in their organization, the teams they lead and the broader communities they serve and depend on.

 

I believe change always starts with vision. Seeing new possibilities and engaging people to readily adopt and contribute is at the heart of leading organizations and moving our world forward. I help leaders stand with dignity in expressing bold visions and inspiring the people to create more value around them. 

 

Studying business at the University of Nairobi lead me to the United States to pursue an MBA program. I’ve worked in marketing, sales and operations in a number of organizations but my passion resides in helping leaders leverage their personal and professional relationships to advance careers and create greater organizational value. 

 

What’s the change you want to see in the world? Let’s put our best thinking to the test to see how we can get you from here to there. 

Joe-Joe McManus

Associate

 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 Zimmerman

Advisor

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.

Carole Griggs, Ph.D.

Associate

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.

Spencer Honeyman

Associate

Spencer Honeyman is a coach, organizational facilitator, and consultant committed to helping clients leverage their larger personal and institutional authenticity for better strategy development and execution. 

Honeyman brings a decade of rigorous training in the art of facilitation. His skills navigating group dynamics help teams build sustainable cultures and partnerships.  Spencer’s experience running a boutique design firm specializing in building custom environments to foster human potential, well-being, and productivity makes his contributions unique and scalable. 

With Honeyman’s direction organizations are better able to recognize how the outer environment catalyzes a culture’s strengths.  Whether you’re a leader seeking to impact your individual skills, you’re wanting to up-level your leadership team’s capacities or looking to scale an organization into new directions, Spencer is a curious guiding force to accelerate your progress. 

Spencer lives with his wife and son in Wildcat Canyon of the Bay Area, CA. He can often be found on his yoga mat, writing or playing music, and seeking greater truth and joy in work and play.

Dave Schoof

Associate

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.

Zachary Stein

Advisor

Zachary studied philosophy and religion at Hampshire College, and then educational neuroscience, human development, and the philosophy of education at Harvard University. While a student at Harvard, he co-founded what would become Lectica, Inc., a non-profit dedicated to the research-based, justice-oriented reform of large-scale standardized testing in K-12, higher-education, and business.

He has published two books.  Social Justice and Educational Measurement was based on his dissertation and traces the history of standardized testing and its ethical implications. His second book,  Education in a Time Between Worlds, expands the philosophical work to include grappling with the relations between schooling and technology more broadly. He also writes for peer-reviewed academic journals across a range of topics including the philosophy of learning, educational technology, and integral theory. His work has appeared in a variety of journals including, American Psychologist, New Ideas in Psychology, Mind, Brain, and Education, Integral Review, and the Journal of Philosophy of Education. 

Teaching is one of his greatest pleasures, which he has enjoyed doing at Harvard University,  Meridian University, and JFK University. His invited speaking engagements span a wide range of venues, from metamodern podcasts to the National Security Agency and off-the-grid spiritual retreat centers. Partial curriculum vitae: CV_Stein_Winter2015

Brett Thomas

Associate

Brett Thomas is a veteran advisor to leaders and managers, having helped hundreds of businesses scale into the tens of millions and hundreds of millions. He is the co-founder of the Stagen Leadership Academy and the Conscious Capitalism movement. He uses his advanced knowledge of marketing, management, leadership and learning to help our clients significantly accelerate their leaning, expand capacity, and optimize performance.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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