Multiplier of the Year Winners
Each year, The Wiseman Group recognizes leaders around the world who amplify the intelligence of those around them.
Organization: Tesla MotorsJob Title: Former President, Global Sales & Service
"Jon is an innately curious human being and a lifelong learner. He creates a learning environment, where he and his people are continually learning and growing. Jon is a Talent Magnet, bringing in incredibly smart people and letting them loose to do their best work. He doesn’t care about their age, background, what they've done before, or what area they're smart in. Jon is also a daily Challenger: very intense without making people tense. He stays at the highest level of the business but can also dive to the lowest level of the details in a collaborative, supportive way."
Organization: BBVA Bancomer, MexicoJob Title: Directora de Formación y Universidad Bancomer
"Ruth is a genuinely inspiring leader and Multiplier. She is a great coach, providing specific and constructive feedback while balancing the positive and the opportunity areas. She empowers reports and peers for their growth, balancing between freedom and advice. Ruth trusts her team and always challenges us to learn as much as possible. She focuses on driving sustainable business results, helping the team to prioritize work and critical decisions. She builds trust through constant communication, encouraging an open dialogue with peers and reports. Lastly, Ruth is a great strategist: she has a clear vision of the results she wants to achieve and accurately involves the team in accomplishing them."
Organization: Western Middle School for the ArtsJob Title: Assistant Principal
"Shalonda demonstrates Multiplier leadership through multiple events happening within our school. She is our leader for PBIS (Positive Behavioral Intervention Support) and challenges teachers every day to promote a safe culture and climate within the classrooms and school building. She brings a wealth of informative ideas to the team, challenging us to continue to develop safe schools. Her demeanor among her peers is supportive and open to learning and listening as we think outside the box towards a growth mindset and continue to work to provide a safe and caring school for all learners."
Dr. Eric Sholes
Organization: US Army
Job Title: Project Manager/Systems Engineer
"Dr. Sholes spends every day working with team leads to develop them into the best leaders they can be. Because of this, he is continually losing his people to promotions and increased responsibility. I have colleagues across multiple organizations supporting our country's missile defense systems who were trained by Dr. Sholes. I know he is acutely aware of how much harder his life gets when those he trains are then chosen to lead a new team, but he keeps pushing forward. He could choose to focus on his day job (rocket science might be easier than employee development), but he comes in every day and spends hour after hour making others better."
Organization: AT&T University, Dallas, TexasJob Title: Vice President
“Ken was a Multiplier before Multipliers were cool. Early on, Ken learned that amplifying others’ brainpower was more effective than having all the answers. As he progressed through the corporate ranks, Ken honed all the disciplines that are hallmarks of a Multiplier. Today, whether he’s freeing executives to have a vigorous debate or cultivating hidden talent, Ken inspires thousands of employees. The result is a world-class corporate university that fosters a culture of continuous learning.”
Dr. Erum Shahzad
Organization: Marcus High School Ninth Grade Campus, Flower Mound, TexasJob Title: Assistant Principal
“Dr. Erum Shahzad is an unparalleled Liberator! She has a calming leadership style which yields trust from myself and other educators when working with her. With this, we take risks in our work with students, bringing innovation to education in order to keep public school relevant to students and parents. Dr. Shahzad is adept at bringing out the best in others; I have flourished since working with her – starting a parent education program and even returning to college to pursue my principal certification. Her humble, trusting leadership style motivates others to be more than they ever knew they could be!”
Mark “Kaiser” Schmidt
Organization: United States Air ForceJob Title: Lieutenant Colonel, USAF
“Lt Col Mark ‘Kaiser’ Schmidt, USAF, is the epitome of a military Multiplier. As a commander, Kaiser created a positive work environment that questioned the status quo, welcomed bottom-up feedback, and purposely developed young leaders. His influence and leadership stretches the minds and capabilities of his people. As a Challenger, he seeks opportunities to grow others up and down his chain of command. The service’s top leaders now propagate his leader development program throughout the force.”
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Organization: Wilton Brands, LLC.Job Title: CFO, Wilton Brands
“Get to know Michael and what will surface about him very quickly is that he fosters a very productive work environment! Michael does not operate with an Org chart. His people don’t need permission to speak or think differently. His team generates an intensity that demands high-level work from all, but he also has a high tolerance for mistakes and understands the importance of “learning” along the way, creating mental spaces for everyone he interacts with to flourish. I have worked with a number of C level senior executives across my 30+ year career and Michael is the best I have seen at that level establishing an environment of safety while at the same time challenging people to bring their best. Michael uses humor to neutralize high stress situations to allow people to be transparent about both things that are going well and things that are presenting challenges.’”
Organization: Redwood City School DistrictJob Title: Principal, RCSD
“Trish hires good people, deploys them where they can make their best contributions, and helps them find what they need for success. She shines a spotlight on the talent that she magnetically attracts to the school, giving ownership for end goals, challenging us to use our creativity and ingenuity in finding our way there. She creates an intense environment that requires our best thinking and work. API scores have increased, 119 points in 5 years. Her leadership has unlocked the genius in us all! Since she became Principal, Roosevelt has won the Russell J. Kent Award, 2009, 2012, and 2014, Boyajian Honored Teacher Award, 2011, PIA Hero Award 2010, SMCRA Celebrate Literacy Award, 2012, and in 2013, SMC Teacher of the Year, SMCRA Literacy Award, CSBA Golden Bell, and Biz World Champions.’”
Organization: Banana RepublicJob Title: VP of Stores, U.S., Banana Republic
“The retail industry is fast paced, high pressure and notorious for a Diminisher style of leadership; think “Devil Wears Prada.” Managers can be so passionate about the look of their stores, that they often fall into micro-manager mode; sometimes down to how to fold a sweater! For this reason, Susan stands out as a bright spot in how she leads. She is a true Liberator, allowing others the space to innovate and empowering people to ‘take the brakes off and allow them to go as fast as they can.’”
Organization: Orange County Department of EducationJob Title: Manager of the Institute for Leadership Development
“Judy exemplifies the Multiplier mindset in all of the five disciplines, however, she most exemplifies the challenger. Judy assumes that everyone who works with her is smart and welcomes a challenge. She goes through her day seeding opportunities for us to nurture and grow. We are driven to excellence by the confidence she shows in our abilities. Judy ensures that we know where we are headed and then she stands back and cheers us to victory. Judy challenges us to exceed expectations.”
Organization: Verizon WirelessJob Title: Executive Director, Strategic Partnerships Channel
Karin exemplifies the liberator and investor characteristics in both her professional and personal environment. Two years ago, Karin was recruited to lead the outsource strategy for her company. This role was stacked with challenges from poor results, low morale, and split perceptions of outsourcing to a lack of internal talent to impact change. Karin was the defining change that the organization required. What makes Karin a multiplier is her natural, authentic leadership. Karin believes that people should “skip to work.” She encourages this belief with her high, positive energy. Her energy invites creativity, and innovation and communicates that everyone’s contribution is important. Every idea that was presented to Karin was acknowledged and considered, and many of them were piloted or implemented.
Organization: Los Altos School DistrictJob Title: Director
Alyssa Gallagher is a Multiplier in every sense of the concept. Alyssa works with her colleagues to help them understand they can accomplish far beyond initial expectations. She instinctively employs many of the approaches of a true leader and enables others to succeed. She deftly asks the right questions to assist leaders in our school district. There has never been a colleague with whom I have appreciated and enjoyed working more than Alyssa. It’s truly magical.
Organization: NikeTitle: Global Design Ops Director
Casey Lehner is the Global Design Operations Director for Nike, the world’s leading innovator in athletic footwear, apparel, equipment and accessories. She leads a team of Design Studio Managers as they shepherd and coach design teams to achieve a high level of productivity, creativity and innovation. Casey believes that healthy, high functioning teams bring forth break-through ideas. Good ideas can change the world. Casey is a shining example of a Multiplier at work. Amanda Shebiel, the Design Studio Director who nominated Casey, says, “Casey is smart, clear and concise, caring and empathetic, and the first to tell her direct reports that we’re smart and capable. She is solution-oriented, and sees an opportunity in every challenge. Casey empowers us to lean into the tension, take risks and iterate. Because she believes we are capable, we believe we are capable.”
Organization: Hillview Middle School, Menlo Park CaliforniaJob Title: Principal
Erik Burmeister, principal of the Hillview Middle School in Menlo Park, was honored as the 2012 Education Multiplier of the Year in recognition of his ability to amplify the intelligence and capabilities of people around him. Erik’s leadership style reflects the key Multiplier principal of being a “genius maker” by tapping into the collective intelligence of the teachers and staff to create a nimble organization and environment of innovation.