Mission and Highlights 2023

Mission & 2023 Highlights

My mission is… to mobilize and develop leaders to create a positive future for all

I know with all of the negative news we have been bombarded with during the past year, you may ask yourself, isn’t this mission impossible? As I have shared with you previously, in order to create positive change, we need to shift out of our negative emotions to the ones that enable us to act. I’d like to share this quote from Howard Zinn.

“To be hopeful in bad times is based on the fact that human history is not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act. And if we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand Utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.”

– Howard Zinn

Below I have summarized some highlights from the year which are the result of many small actions taken both by me and by the people who have supported this mission.

I wanted to take a moment to express my sincere gratitude for your support.

I would like to extend my warmest wishes to you and your loved ones. May your holidays be filled with joy. And may you enter the new year with hope and optimism.


Caption (Left to right) Beverly Santicola, organizer of the “2nd Native National Partner Retreat”, Chairman Manuel Heart of The Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, and Reiner Lomb.

2023 Highlights

My approach to mobilizing and developing leaders during the last year has included speaking & facilitating, publishing and executive coaching:

  • Facilitated the 2nd Native National Partner Retreat Nuchu: Planning our Vision, hosted by The Ute Mountain Ute Tribe in Denver, Colorado. At the retreat, Tribal leadership created a vision and eight “shovel ready” projects, addressing the most urgent needs of the tribe, including: housing, schooling, food, water, energy, healthcare, jobs and transportation. Engaged with over fifty funding partners to raise $240 million over the next five years.
  • Spoke about leading with emotions at the “2023 International School of Emotions Retreat” in New Mexico. For the participants, there was an “aha moment” in learning to shift to the emotions that invoke leadership behaviors for positive change.
  • Consulted with the leadership team of the University of South Carolina Upstate to create the university’s 2030 strategic plan, supporting a vision of an “education for all that inspires a thriving and just society.”
  • Launched the German edition of ASPIRE Führen mit Emotionen. If you missed the online launch party, hosted by the publisher, Budrich Inspirited Verlag, you can watch the full video (~80 min) here:
  • Two finalist awards for the English edition of ASPIRE: 1) International Book Award (Management & Leadership category), 2) National Indie Excellence Award (Motivational category)
  • The “Booklife Review” in Publishers Weekly, published its review of ASPIRE, describing it as “… an incisive guide linking leadership to emotional drivers.” For the full review please go to:
  • My Interview on Public Radio aired in cities around the U.S. You can listen to these five short segments on SOUNDCLOUD.
  • Featured in Exelon Magazine’s100 Most Dynamic Leaders of 2023” Recognized as a “Pioneer in Sustainable & Positive Leadership” You can read the full article here: