D. Christopher Kayes

Chris Kayes is professor and chair of the Management Department at The George Washington University School of Business. He has also served as interim dean of the School of Business, where he led the school’s financial turnaround. He is a senior fellow at the Center for Excellence in Public Leadership at The George Washington University. He is author or coauthor of four books: Contemporary Organizational Behavior (Pearson), Organizational Resilience: How Learning Sustains Organizations Through Crisis, Disaster, and Breakdown (Oxford University Press), The Learning Advantage: Six Practices of Learning-Directed Leadership (Macmillan), and Destructive Goal Pursuit: The Mt. Everest Disaster (Macmillan).

Chris Kayes’ research on learning, leadership, and organizations has appeared in 25 peer-reviewed publications. One paper received the first most significant contribution to the practice of management award by the Organizational Behavior Division of the Academy of Management. In addition, his analysis of the 1996 Mt. Everest climbing disaster won a best paper award from the journal Human Relations, and his extension of experiential learning theory was nominated for the first best paper award in the Academy of Management Learning and Education journal.

His research has been featured in The Economist, Washingtonian, Wall Street Journal, NPR, BBC, BloombergTV, Business Insider, The Sunday Times of London, and Psychologies. Focusing on how leaders learn in the face of complex and novel situations, he has studied learning, leadership, and teamwork in a variety of settings in an effort to uncover hidden sources of vulnerability in organizations and identify ways that leaders build continuity in times of change and turmoil. His unique approach to goals and goal setting was featured in Oliver Burkeman’s book The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking.

Chris Kayes was selected by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Information Programs to film a video series as part of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative. He received the Outstanding Teaching Award from George Washington University School of Business executive education students. He has taught at universities around the world, including the Singapore Institute of Management; the Zagreb School of Economics and Management in Croatia; the Helsinki School of Economics in Finland; the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga, Latvia; the University of Hull in the United Kingdom; and Holy Spirit University in Beirut, Lebanon. He frequently conducts intensive multiday seminars to develop leaders and delivers keynote addresses on various leadership and learning topics.

 Chris Kayes has consulted with a variety of organizations, including Northrop Grumman, American Research Institute, WMS Gaming, Human Capital Singapore, National Institutes of Health, Fannie Mae, Oracle, Ericsson, Bank of New York Mellon, Pension Benefits Guarantee Corporation, Singapore Workforce Development Agency, Federal Aviation Administration, U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Judiciary, U.S. Army, and U.S. Navy. He earned his PhD from Case Western Reserve University.


Alice Y. Kolb

Alice Kolb is the President of Experience Based Learning Systems (EBLS) a research and development organization devoted to research and application of experiential learning in organizations worldwide. The EBLS program of research on Experiential Learning Theory continues in collaboration with an international network of researchers, practitioners and learning partners. As President of EBLS she facilitates research and practice initiatives of this international network.

She was a co-developer of the Kolb Learning Style Inventory 4.0 and was the leader of the team that developed the Kolb Educator Role Profile, an inventory designed to help educators apply experiential learning principles in their work.

She was born and raised in Brazil and went to Japan where she received her BA in Japanese Studies from Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, and completed MA and Doctoral Program in Human Resources Management from Hitotsubashi University. She received a MS in Human Resource Management from Cleveland State University and her Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University in Organizational Behavior where she was an Adjunct Professor in the Weatherhead School of Management. She is fluent in Portuguese, Spanish, Japanese and English.

Her research focus on creating learning spaces conducive to deep learning led to her paper “Learning styles and learning spaces: Enhancing experiential learning in higher education” published in Academy of Management Learning and Education  and “Learning to play, playing to learn: A case study of a ludic learning space,” published in the Journal of Organizational Change Management. She recently published a book titled Becoming an Experiential Educator: Principles and Practices of Experiential Learning with David Kolb. She and David received the 2008 “Educational Pioneers of the Year Award” from the National Society for Experiential Education.


David A. Kolb

David Kolb is the Chairman of Experience Based Learning Systems  (EBLS), an organization that he founded in 1980 to advance research and  practice on experiential learning.

He received his BA in psychology, philosophy and religion at Knox College and his Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Harvard University. He  was a professor of organizational behavior and management at the MIT  Sloan School of Management and at the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western  Reserve University where he is currently Emeritus Professor of  Organizational Behavior.

He is best known for his research on experiential learning and  learning styles described in the new Second Edition of Experiential  Learning: Experience as the Source of Learning and Development. Other  books include, How You Learn Is How You Live: Nine Ways of Learning That  Can Transform Your Life, Conversational Learning: An Experiential  Approach to Knowledge Creation, Innovation in Professional Education:  Steps on a Journey from Teaching to Learning, and Organizational  Behavior: An Experiential Approach. In addition he has authored many journal articles and book chapters on experiential learning. David has  received several research awards and four honorary degrees recognizing  his contributions to experiential learning in higher education.


Angela Passarelli

Angela Passarelli is a Weatherhead Affiliate Instructor and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Management & Entrepreneurship at the College of Charleston, SC. Her research focuses on how developmental relationships support behavior change, particularly in the context of leader development. She draws on neuroscience and psychophysiology to explore the implicit dynamics of these relationships. Her research has been supported by grants from the Harnisch Foundation at the Harvard Institute of Coaching, as well as the Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology. Her work has been published in various journals including the Leadership Quarterly, Consulting Psychology Journal: Practice and Research, and the Journal of Experiential Education.

Angela has significant experience designing and delivering leadership development programs in both corporate and educational contexts. As a consultant and executive coach, she has worked with organizations in the healthcare, financial services, manufacturing, and education industries to increase the vitality of their leadership systems. Prior to pursuing her doctorate, Angela was responsible for undergraduate and graduate leadership development programs at Elon University and Texas A&M University. Angela began her career a sales manager in the food and beverage industry.

Currently, Angela teaches courses and non-degree programs on leadership, organizational behavior, and experiential learning for graduate, undergraduate, and executive learners. She is a member of the Academy of Management, the Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology, and serves on the board of the Institute of Coaching Research, Sociedade Brasileira de Coaching. She has also earned the Board Certified Coach credential.

Passarelli has a PhD in Organizational Behavior from Case Western Reserve University, an MS in educational administration with a focus in college student development from Texas A&M University and a BS in psychology and general business from James Madison University.


Kay Peterson

Kay Peterson is the founder of the Institute for  Experiential Learning, a board certified coach and organizational  development consultant. Kay lives as a lifelong learner and brings an  approach of curiosity, creativity and inspiration to her clients. Her  previous career roles have included: clinical nurse specialist, sales  manager, start-up entrepreneur, family-business owner, CEO, and  president of a healthcare and library board. It was not until Kay  “learned how to learn” with Experiential Learning that the lights went  on regarding how people change and develop. Now, Kay delivers a creative  and direct approach to help leaders and professionals to reach  their highest potential at any point in their careers within  organizations that are deliberately using the power of learning and  development to thrive. She applies the values and ideas of Experiential  Learning with clients and in her own life.

Kay’s goal is to put Experiential Learning on the agenda of every  organizational change and development effort and anyone looking to enact  personal change. Her research on learning flexibility is  contributing to the already vast body of evidence about the power of  learning to transform lives. Together with David A. Kolb, Kay has  developed a Learning Skills Profile 360° Assessment that promotes  personal and professional development through by measuring skills  associated with the Learning Styles of the Kolb Learning Style Inventory  4.0.

Kay designs and  delivers custom programs for  individual development and team effectiveness to support those who are  working to simultaneously become more competitive and collaborative. She  has worked with professionals in health care, law, service, finance,  manufacturing, management, engineering, IT, education and non-profit  settings. Kay also serves as a Master Coach at Case Western Reserve Weatherhead Executive Education.

Kay earned a MS-POD and MBA from Weatherhead School of Management at  Case Western Reserve University, a MN from Emory University and a BS  from Vanderbilt University. She is a Board Certified Coach and Associate Certified Coach. She has earned a Certificate in Appreciative Inquiry  in Positive Business and Society Change, a Certificate for Developing  Leadership through Emotional Intelligence for Coaching and Sustainable  Change and is certified in the Hay Group Emotional and Social Competency  Inventory and the Leadership Circle. Kay has completed post-graduate  training at the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland in  Gestalt Coaching, Training and Somatic Studies.  Kay completed the  Coaching Program in Adult Development at the Center for Leadership  Maturity.  Her current research explores the difference in individual  contributors and leaders at different points in their legal careers  through a lens of learning style. Her work in Experiential Learning has  been published in HBR Guides, OD Practitioner and the Journal of Experiential Learning.  She has co-authored a book with David A. Kolb entitled How You Learn is How You Live (Berrett-Koehler, 2017). Kay can be reached at Peterson@experientiallearninginstitute.org.