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.
Travis Hellstrom is a coach, professor, entrepreneur and author who loves helping optimists change the world. At GRTL he brings his expertise to support our clients with strategy, operations and essentialism. Travis is also Chair in the School of Leadership & Management at Marlboro College's Graduate School. He is founder of the Optimist Center, a coaching and retreat space in Vermont, as well as Advance Humanity, one of the first dozen Certified B Corporations in Vermont alongside Ben & Jerry’s, Seventh Generation, and King Arthur Flour. He is the author of eight books including the Dalai Lama Book of Quotes and the Peace Corps Volunteer's Handbook.
Travis has a passion for helping social entrepreneurs, social businesses and nonprofits expand their influence and make a difference in the world. He served for three years with the Peace Corps in Mongolia where he met the love of his life and helped lead the first Certified B Corps in Asia, before becoming a Peace Corps Fellow at SIT Graduate Institute. There he received his Masters in Management focusing on nonprofit and social business management, with his thesis work on Certified B Corps, shared leadership and happiness at work. You can find more on Travis on his website and LinkedIn.
Digital Wizard & Community Steward
Dhruva Jagasia is an entrepreneur, digital marketer, and yoga teacher focused on creating social and environmental good through conscious business, digital community building, intentional practice and contemplation on and off the mat. He brings several years of business, branding, design, marketing, and web development expertise and experience to GRTL.
Dhruva is the Founder of Dharma Eyewear, an eyewear brand dedicated to environmental and social change. He spent several years working in the eyewear industry on product sourcing and development with brands such as Nike, Calvin Klein, Ray-Ban, and Michael Kors. He recently completed his 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training from Abhaya Yoga in Brooklyn. Dhruva is a graduate of Marlboro College's MBA program, specializing in Conscious Business & Sustainability Management.
Coaching, Design & Training
Kate McGowan has been known to describe herself as a recovering CPA and an accidental, but happy tourist, in the mission-driven sector. She is a trainer, facilitator, consultant and coach with over 30 years of working in different capacities with nonprofit and for-profit organizations, coalitions and communities, she understands the importance and challenges of leadership, change management, communication, evaluation, continuous learning and team building.
She is currently the part-time Director of Center for New Leadership at Marlboro College and the owner of Kate McGowan Consulting, LLC. She’s been the Executive Director for United Way of Addison County and for Addison County Humane Society for a combined 18 years. She began her career at Price Waterhouse as an auditor in Los Angeles and Century City, CA and then for 10 years lead her own consulting practice in Pasadena, CA, providing services to minority & women-owned businesses and nonprofit organizations in a Federally Designated Enterprise Zone and building an awesome team of women returning to the workforce after pausing their careers to raise their children.
L. Christina Cobb
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.