Meet Your Team

Image of Founder Lisa Cummings, StrengthsFinder Training Company

Meet Lisa

Owner. Founder. Lead Through Strengths podcast host. Maker of the company vision. Gallup-certified strengths coach. Featured in places like Harvard Business Publishing, Training Magazine, and Forbes. She has delivered in-person events to over 20,500 participants in 14 countries. She also loved virtual training before it was cool. With an MBA and experience as a corporate executive, she brings you a practical approach, focused on business results. With her creative and fun-loving style, she makes your big performance goals feel personable and attainable.

Top 5 CliftonStrengths Talent Themes

Strategic | Maximizer | Positivity | Individualization | Woo

Fun Facts

She's a drummer, hiking enthusiast, and a wildlife-trail-cam-muser out of Woodland Park, Colorado, USA.

Meet Deena

As the director of customer experience at Lead Through Strengths, she’s the point person for operations, customer relations, and events. Deena helps teams and leaders pull off powerful strengths-based events that change the culture of their company. You’ll also meet her in many of our virtual CliftonStrengths training programs, in the producer role, making sure the technology feels seamless to your participants. Among her greatest joys are studying human behavior and helping others achieve their goals.

Top 5 CliftonStrengths Talent Themes

Individualization | Achiever | Learner | Input | Activator

Fun Facts

She loves running around with her two special boys, her unique dog Ranger, and watching TV with her lop-eared bunny Penelope in her lap. Deena is based out of Austin, Texas, USA.

Training Team for CliftonStrengths (StrengthsFinder)

TyAnn Osborn - Gallup Certified CliftonStrengths Coach

Meet TyAnn

As a StrengthsFinder facilitator, she creates strategic people-practices that actually work. She’s a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach. She’s an MBA. When she leads our events, we usually hear about her unique combination of charm, wit, and professionalism. She specializes in large-group speeches and training events. Out of her passion for bringing strengths to the world, she has served clients from small non-profits to Fortune 50 companies including Dow Chemical, Dell Technologies, and Berkshire Hathaway. Check out her style as a StrengthsFinder facilitator on this video playlist. You can also hear more in these audio clips about energy vampires and  tough conversations for leaders.

Top 5 CliftonStrengths Talent Themes

Maximizer | Significance | Learner | Communication | Futuristic

Fun Facts

Rancher, former resident of China and India, and horse whisperer out of Austin, Texas, USA.
Micah Lorenc - CliftonStrengths Facilitator - Lead Through Strengths

Meet Micah

As an ICF-Certified Coach, a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach, and a trained facilitator, Micah has a warm and engaging presence. He has been invited to present at various conferences, including SXSW EDU 2020 and Building Business Capability (BBC). With over a decade of experience in strategic planning, business architecture, and information technology at a Fortune 100 company, Micah’s experience working with teams and leaders at all levels helps him relate to the objectives and challenges of professional life.

Top 5 CliftonStrengths Talent Themes

Communication | Maximizer | Woo | Positivity | Activator

Fun Facts

Micah is a father of three children, music lover, international travel newbie, and aspiring polyglot (English, Spanish, German). He is based out of Austin, Texas.

Meet Sara

As a StrengthsFinder trainer, she helps people leverage their unique talents so they can have greater impact and find meaning in their work. She’s a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach. With a Master’s degree in psychology, it’s no surprise that she’s obsessed with human potential. She often serves as a “strengths translator” who can jump start communication and understanding in critical relationships at the office. Her authentic and trusting style puts others at ease so they can have the conversations that matter most at work. Check out her style as a StrengthsFinder facilitator by watching her interview playlist.

Top 5 CliftonStrengths Talent Themes

Strategic | Relator | Individualization | Connectedness | Learner

Fun Facts

Sara is kept busy with 3 teenagers and 2 small dogs (who have big personalities!). She plays the piano and sings with a semi-professional choir. Sara is based out of Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

Meet Joseph

He’s experienced in many industries, including banking, higher education, government, and technology. He specializes in sales teams. Joseph was trained by the Gallup Organization to be a trainer and consultant for CliftonStrengths. He has served clients from state agencies to Fortune 500 companies like USDA, Best Buy, US Bank, and Penn State. He holds an MA degree in Theology and a BA in History. Check out his style in these facilitator interviews.

Top 5 CliftonStrengths Talent Themes

Focus | Woo | Achiever | Competition | Significance

Fun Facts

Volleyball coach, skier, and former practicer-of-Woo as a car wash attendant. Joseph is based out of Denver, Colorado, USA.
Photo of Wendy Willard, StrengthsFinder Team Building Trainer and Facilitator

Meet Wendy

As a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach and an interactive StrengthsFinder facilitator, Wendy focuses on encouraging teams to live their natural strengths in such a way that improves individual and team well-being. Given her design, writing, and technology background, she especially loves working with creative, communications, and IT teams, as well as mission-driven organizations. Wendy holds an MA in Organizational Leadership and a BA in Illustration. Wendy’s other passion is encouraging families. She has spent the past two decades deep in the trenches of child welfare, initially as a mom of two daughters, then as a foster parent and adoption advocate across three U.S. states and Nicaragua. These experiences have given her an expansive view of what we need to live our strengths well, and what happens when those needs aren’t met.

Top 5 CliftonStrengths Talent Themes

Strategic | Communication | Input | Belief | Ideation

Fun Facts

Wendy and her husband have parented more than 24 kids, the vast majority of whom were teenage girls, since 2008. She's based in San Diego, California, USA.
Steven English Facilitator - Circle Headshot

Meet Steven

As a former engineering manager, he knows both the hard and soft side of leadership. Throughout his 22 years in engineering, Steven also served as a trainer to Fortune 500 organizations as well as influencing and managing company-wide change management activities. Steven is an ICF Professional Certified Coach, a trained Facilitator along with Founder of multiple Toastmasters public speaking clubs. Steven specializes in helping introvert leaders find their voice so they can communicate and leave a positive impression without having to pretend.  Steven has served over 100 one on one coaching clients in addition to corporate clients such as BlackLocus (Home Depot Innovation Lab), James Edwards and Companies, and Austin Pallet Company. He holds a MS in Materials Science and a BS in Physics.

Top 5 CliftonStrengths Talent Themes

Harmony | Woo | Futuristic | Individualization | Empathy

Fun Facts

Father to 2 teenagers, mountain biker, and alcohol recovery volunteer based out of Austin, Texas, USA.
Elena Pastore

Meet Elena

Elena is a passionate people development strategist. You’ll see her producing and facilitating virtual training events at Lead Through Strengths. Her special sauce is helping people with career pivots, and finding their career progression inside of their company. She fulfills her “why” through coaching and facilitating sessions on leadership, with a focus on student leaders of Greek organizations. She attributes much of her personal development to her experience at the University of Florida, where she earned both her Bachelor and Masters degrees in business.

Top 5 CliftonStrengths Talent Themes

Includer | Woo | Connectedness | Belief | Responsibility

Fun Facts

Elena has been skydiving, takes pride in her Italian culture, and loves adventuring, cooking, and drinking coffee! She is originally from Rhode Island and based in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Silke Klees - CliftonStrengths Training in German and English

Meet Silke

Silke brings many years of international experience in IT consulting, including working at and with SAP. This extensive experience clearly impacts her work – with a strong view and enthusiasm for change and development opportunities. She’s a Certified Co-Active© Coach and a Certified Strengths Coach (Gallup© CliftonStrengths). She has a special talent for building engaged employees who are wholeheartedly focused at work and committed to the company’s interests.

Top 5 CliftonStrengths Talent Themes

Individualization | Strategic | Input | Connectedness | Relator

Fun Facts

Silke is a former night owl, mother, and a people-loving technologist from Germany.

Content Team

Meet Carmie

As a professional writer and editor at Lead Through Strengths, she makes sure the pieces of content that reach you are clear, relevant, and fun! After spending eight happy years with an international nonprofit child organization as a storyteller, trainer, and sponsorship relations team manager, she continues collaborating with others across the globe for the joy of human development and connection. She holds a BA degree in Journalism from the University of the Philippines.

Top 5 CliftonStrengths Talent Themes

Connectedness | Learner | Positivity | Intellection | Strategic

Fun Facts

Part-time fur-parent, part-time pro bono fur-employee. Still uses film cameras. Where books are home, she's home -- though her address is in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines.
Meet Your Team: Tracy

Meet Tracy

You may meet Tracy during the planning phases of a StrengthsFinder team event. Even when you don’t see her, she’s behind the scenes, sweating the small stuff to make your training program an excellent experience. Her major in psychology made the attraction to strengths-based development a no-brainer. She obsesses over customer experience, as you might suspect when you see that she leads through Responsibility and Achiever. Although she’s a top-notch gold star collector, she’s also wise enough to not take herself too seriously.

Top 5 CliftonStrengths Talent Themes

Input | Relator | Learner | Responsibility | Achiever

Fun Facts

She loves to crochet, has 5 kids, and her spirit animal is the manatee. Tracy is based out of Austin, TX, USA, and is one of only 10 native Austinites around town =)
Andrew Kroeger Photo

Meet Andrew

As the sound engineer for the Lead Through Strengths podcast, he helps you “get strengths-smart” by making your videos and podcasts easy to listen to. He’s a multi-passionate guy who also does book marketing and lives a life of full adventure. He has a BA degree in Organizational Leadership.

Top 5 CliftonStrengths Talent Themes

Strategic | Futuristic | Learner | Relator | Ideation

Fun Facts

#vanlife adventurer, book marketer, and former resident of Romania. When he's not on an adventure in the van, Andrew is based out of Costa Mesa, CA, USA

Meet Laura

Laura is a marketing strategist at Lead Through Strengths. She holds a Master of Science degree in Marketing from Texas A&M University. Next time you see Lisa in a video or email series, chances are that Laura had a hand in their inception. She’s the perfect example of a StrengthsFinder combination of relationship and execution talents. You won’t meet a kinder get-r-done professional in the workplace.

Top 5 CliftonStrengths Talent Themes

Connectedness | Empathy | Individualization | Responsibility | Discipline

Fun Facts

Newlywed, marathon runner, and dog lover who has just reached her goal of visiting 30 countries by age 30. Laura is based out of Austin, TX, USA.