Founder & Principal
Lori Hanau is the founder of Global Round Table Leadership (GRTL), a training and coaching company dedicated to providing transformational learning and leadership development for conscious companies, campuses and networks. Lori is also a faculty partner and Co-Chair of Marlboro College’s Graduate and Professional Studies management programs. Lori works to foster group vitality through her advising, facilitation and co-creative practices, including GRTL’s Shared Leadership Framework™ and The Compassionate Accountability Process™. She also works as an advisor, coach, and guide for other founders, CEO’s, ED’s and leadership teams whose organizations focus on systemic change with an emphasis on social, economic and environmental justice.
Lori launched GRTL in 2002 after leaving her role as President and COO in the manufacturing sector to pursue her commitment to support the flourishing of people and organizations. She has training and expertise in the areas of mindfulness, martial arts, healing arts, spirituality, entrepreneurialism, social impact and mission-driven business. Lori is proud to serve on the Board of Advisors for The Of Many Institute for Multifaith Leadership at New York University. Lori has previously served on the Board of Directors for the Social Venture Network. Lori is a founding member of the Nature Based Leadership Institute (NBLI), at Antioch University New England, and also a founding consultant of the Center for New Leadership at Marlboro College. She writes a regular column on Shared Leadership for Conscious Company Magazine. In 2002, Lori co-founded the Mindfulness Practice Center in Keene, NH, where she also resides.
Melissa Whittemore earned her BA in Liberal Arts from Vermont College in 2003. Her academic pursuits in women’s studies, gender and cultural studies, writing, and art have fostered in her a love for beauty, reflection, and connection. She has been at GRTL since early 2009, and her warm and friendly nature, attention to detail and organizational skills have added greatly to the vibrancy to the office. Melissa’s deep sense of spirituality, her compassion, integrity, and care for others drive her desire to create a more equitable society. She brings these and many other qualities to bear in her work at GRTL.
Steward for Collective Awesome
“Jac”Jodi Clark is an experiential educator and facilitator with experience in a number of fields from both the nonprofit and private sectors. She has woven a journey which has led her from co-founding a Renaissance Festival and teaching improvisational theater to supporting multi-sector collective impact initiatives around community health and well-being and economic development. She works to steward joyful learning spaces for organizations and teams from diverse sectors through trainings, facilitation, and accountability measurement and practices. Jac’s approach infuses organizational culture, project management, program development, and performance measurement with practices and wisdom from theater, martial arts, and nature-based leadership. She is a team member with GRTL and currently serves as a faculty partner at Marlboro College Graduate and Professional Studies Management Program, is a Core Consultant with their Center for New Leadership and a Results Based Accountability trainer. She is also a founding board member of Wolfgard Northeast. For more about Jac, find her on LinkedIn.
Emily Gaynor is GRTL's marketing and communications implementer. Emily loves to bring people together, especially over a good meal, and she applies that passion to GRTL's in-person and online communities. She’s worked on community development with AmeriCorps in Milwaukee, expanded the financial capacity of a nonprofit social enterprise in Washington, DC, and focused on business development strategies for organizations around New England. Cross-sector collaboration, intercultural communication, and human-centered innovation are integral to how Emily approaches her work.
Emily graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a BA in International Studies and concentrations in Women’s Studies and African Studies. She holds a Masters degree from SIT Graduate Institute in Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management.
L. Christina Cobb
Content Strategist & Creative Consultant
Being a systems thinker, Christina is always looking at how this affects that, the big patterns underlying diverse problems in our world. She loves strategy and popularizing practical solutions. She believes the future is regenerative.
Her guiding questions are: How can the social, scientific, emotional, and economic drivers that led to our current unsustainable ways be reimagined, so we humans can make serious headway toward a healthy planet for all? What solutions can have multiple positive impacts, and how can they be scaled?
As a communications strategist and creative connector of dots and people, Christina specializes in empowering individuals and businesses to be fierce changemakers achieving their greatest impact.