Our Team of Consultants
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Seth Hufford | Partner
Seth combines his diverse experiences to build individual and organizational capacity. Working across the business, government, and nonprofit sectors, he has engaged diverse groups of people from community activists to business executives. Seth has facilitated teams both large and small to tackle complex challenges, address inter-personal dynamics, and produce results.
Prior to founding The People Group, Seth managed global executive education programs at Carnegie Mellon University’s Business School, directed Coro’s Leadership New York program, and facilitated Leadership Pittsburgh’s Leadership Development Initiative. He gained valuable experience as chief of staff to an elected official, directing economic development at a Chamber of Commerce, and serving as a consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton. Seth holds a Master of Public Policy and Management from the University of Pittsburgh and a Bachelor of Arts from Dickinson College.
Dorie Taylor | Associate
Dorie has 20 years of experience as an arts management and special events professional. She creatively marries the art and the science of event management through a thoughtful process of: 1) conceptualization 2) orchestration and 3) evaluation. She is also the principal of Taylor Made Consulting.
Dorie combines her arts management education from Carnegie Mellon University and years of eclectic work experience with nationally recognized institutions to assist clients in making smart event choices. She has conducted events for premiere arts, media, and educational organizations such as ABC Television, ESSENCE Magazine, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, A+ Schools, The Kelly Strayhorn Theater, Carnegie Museum of Art, and Quantum Theatre, among others. Working with adventurous clients allows Dorie to plan unique special events that include friend and fundraisers, film and fan festivals, interactive marketing and audience development campaigns, and black-tie dinners with event budgets ranging from $10,000 - $500,000. Dorie looks forward to the distinctiveness of every event and the opportunity to work with creative minds to plan a successful occasion or campaign befitting the organization’s mission and vision.
Peggy Fayfich | Associate
Peggy draws from broad experiences and her inquisitive nature to facilitate change. She believes organizations thrive when people have open minds, seek diverse perspectives, and try new approaches in solving complex challenges. Throughout her career, Peggy has worked directly with people at all levels including boards, CEOs, managers and front line employees to design and lead change. Peggy is also founder of Strategic Retreats, a leadership and organization development firm that produces and facilitates retreats, workshops, and conferences.
Peggy held senior roles in organization development, human resources, compensation & benefits, fashion merchandising, sales and customer service. Her strength is combining ideas and methods from business, education, and nonprofits to grow revenue, increase operating efficiencies, and maintain high levels of employee satisfaction. She earned her bachelor's degree in consumer service and business from Penn State University and certifications in negotiations, design thinking, personal and organizational change processes, from Harvard, Stanford, Center for Creative Leadership, Marshall Goldsmith Partners, Lominger Limited, and the Walter V. Clark organization.
Kathia Castro Laszlo | Associate
Kathia is an international educator, researcher, consultant and coach committed to facilitate transformational processes that lead to cultural healing and social innovation. She is professor at Saybrook University in the Department of Leadership and Management and a faculty member in the Cross Sector Leadership Program at the Presidio Institute of San Francisco. She has taught leadership, organizational development and strategy in the sustainability oriented MBAs of Presidio Graduate School (San Francisco), Bainbridge Graduate Institute (Seattle), Dominican University of California (San Francisco), EGADE Business School (Mexico), and Universidad del Medio Ambiente (Mexico). Kathia is a certified coach in the Leadership Circle ProfileTM and is the co-founder of Syntony Quest, co-founder of Global Leadership Lab, founding partner of The Journey Network, and has her private consulting and coaching practice, Magenta Wisdom.
Her interdisciplinary research and publications spans the fields of systems thinking, organizational change, leadership, and innovation. She is engaged in action-research on the design of new business and organizational models that support authentic leadership and collaboration for social impact. Through her understanding of adult learning, group creativity, mindfulness and dialogue, Kathia has facilitated numerous learning and design processes in business, academic, nonprofit and community contexts in North America, Latin America and Europe and has coached hundreds of socio-ecological entrepreneurs seeking to blend business, ethical responsibility and higher purpose. Kathia was born and raised in Monterrey, Mexico where she earned a BA in Marketing and a M.Ed. in Cognitive Development and came to the US as a Fulbright Scholar to earn her PhD in Human Science with specialization in Social and Institutional Change at Saybrook University.
Ivette Mongalo-Winston | Associate
Ivette’s work focuses on urban design, consensus driven community engagement, planning and facilitation. She works with public and private clients to actively engage the communities they serve through an inclusive, transparent planning process that is respectful of all the parties involved. She is also founder of Mongalo-Winston Consulting. She specializes in complex, multi-faceted projects that entail a diversity of issues and require extensive community interface and a broad range of stakeholders. Ivette is focused on helping clients achieve success through the interface of urban design and authentic community engagement.
Her training as an architect, as well as subsequent graduate work at the University of Miami, led her to work with Urban Design Associates (UDA). During twelve years with UDA, her leadership contributed to the effectiveness of widespread public processes and to the success of highly collaborative efforts among design professionals, public officials, and participating public/private partnerships in distinctly different places. These projects shared a design process rooted in collaboration, transparency, and inclusion. In particular, her experience working on transforming public housing into mixed-income communities fuels her commitment to neighborhoods experiencing disinvestment. This commitment now grounds her practice and informs her work as a designer, facilitator and community mediator.
Amy Lazarus | Associate
Amy integrates diversity and inclusion within corporate, government, philanthropic, and non-profit workplaces to drive long-term business success. She is a master facilitator who consults on strategy, unconscious bias, productive workplace culture, employee engagement, Millennial leadership, inclusive interview practices, and implementing theory-to-practice. Amy is also the founder and CEO of InclusionVentures.
Amy brings 20 years of experience in the diversity and inclusion field to enable people and organizations to contribute, thrive, and grow. She served as Executive Director of the International Institute for Sustained Dialogue. She founded PULSE, a neuroscience-based leadership retreat to catalyze inclusive talent and establish an employer-ready pipeline to infuse the same principles into organization culture. At ICF International, Amy developed and delivered leadership, inclusion, and manager trainings for federal agencies including NASA and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.Amy earned an M.S. in Public Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon’s Heinz School, and founded the Center for Race Relations at Duke University.
Alec Rieger | Associate
Alec has 20 years experience working in global development and the media sector, including stints at Unicef, The Jewish Federations of North America, JCC Association, Pencils of Promise, and Warner Bros. Records. He was raised in Pittsburgh but has spent significant time living in Los Angeles, New York City, and Asia.
Alec is also the founder and executive director of NextGen:Pgh, an innovative community and economic development organization that enhances the quality of life in Pittsburgh and beyond. He earned a BA at The University of Pittsburgh and an MPA from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs.
Tim Edris | Associate
Tim is a team and leadership development specialist. He has over 15 years of experience designing and implementing corporate and university training programs ranging from 10-person team-building sessions to 120-person leadership programs. Tim is also the principal consultant at Emerging Leaders Institute. He has a deep passion to develop people who will transform the world around them.
He has a Master of Science of Organizational Leadership as well as certifications in various OD tools and instruments. Tim has coached people at various levels of organizations - from CEOs to middle managers - with a focus on developing the potential of people. He has a knack for creative design and the execution of organizational learning experiences that are both memorable and effective in transferring learning to peoples’ hearts and minds. Tim also has the ability to uncover the truth about the culture of an organization that illuminates the way to healthy leadership development. In addition to highly creative means of program design, he has taught in more traditional settings at the collegiate level and other adult environments for over 12 years.
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In a world full of complex challenges in both our workplaces and communities, it is essential that people employ collaborative strategies to create the change they seek.
Consulting in leadership development, policy and advocacy, strategic thinking. Innovation and change.