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Gib Mason | Program Director

Gib Mason

Professor of the Practice & Graduate Program Director, Entrepreneurship, Innovation & Leadership
Director, Center for Leadership & Innovation

MA., Organizational Development, John Hopkins University
B.S., Economics, UMBC

Gib Mason has over three decades of experience in organizational stewardship and cultural development and has an extensive history of helping companies drive rapid growth and instill winning cultures.

As director of the Center for Leadership and Innovation, Gib works directly with senior executives in a variety of industries-from construction to wealth management. Mr. Mason's previous positions included Chief Financial Officer at a national environmental and engineering assessment-consulting firm and Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer at a branded consumer-products company.

Jason Pappas | Faculty

Jason Pappas

For most of the previous decade, Pappas was the Chief Executive Officer of EntreQuest, Inc., a high-growth sales and leadership consulting, training and staffing organization he co-founded in 2000 and subsequently sold in 2008. During this time, he was also honored by the Baltimore Business Journal in their 2003 "Top 40 Under 40" list.

Following EntreQuest, Jason served as the Chief Operating Officer of Progressus Therapy, LLC where he led an organizational turnaround that achieved triple-digit gains in both growth and production within six months. He went on to create a management and strategic consulting firm, Hannix Consulting, Inc., which provided interim C-Level talent and strategic advisory work for companies of all sizes. Hannix guided numerous companies of various industries through significant growth, scalability, capitalization and exit.

He is a a regular business development and corporate strategy columnist for SmartCEO Magazine and Microsoft's Partner Channel Magazine and has had articles in the Baltimore Business Journal and The Daily Record.

Jason graduated from Yale University with a bachelor's degree in Economics and Political Science and letter winner on the varsity football team. He also graduated from the University of Maryland School of Law with a Juris Doctorate specializing in Finance and Taxation.

Shawn Wolfe | Faculty

Shawn Wolfe

Shawn brings a wealth of leadership-development experience to the Center. He’s worked in higher education and also as an independent consultant focusing primarily on leadership development, management, and marketing. Currently, Shawn is president of Wright Manufacturing Inc., where, along with founder Bill Wright, he has aggressively transformed the company from a traditional batch manufacturer to a lean, value-driven enterprise.

Degrees and Certifications:
  • Doctorate in strategic leadership from Regent University
  • Master’s in management from Eastern University
  • Bachelor’s in business administration from Bryan College
  • Certificate for advanced graduate studies in leadership coaching from Regent University
  • Certified facilitator for Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Emotional Intelligence (EQ), and Crucial Conversations (Vital Smarts)

Julie Reisler | Faculty

Julie Reisler

Julie has nearly two decades of experience in leadership training, recruiting and hiring best practices, community building, organization development, and marketing. Currently, she is the director of recruiting and guest retention for Panera Bread, where she has been intimately involved in helping the franchise grow from 10 locations to 55 throughout Maryland, Delaware, and New Jersey. She also owns Empowered Living, LLC, a health and wellness coaching business.

Past Experiences:
  • Consulted the Schusterman International Center in strategic planning
  • Built strong outreach programs and resources for undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Virginia and Georgetown University
Degrees and Certifications:
  • Graduate certificate in organization development from Georgetown University
  • Graduate certificate in health and wellness coaching from the Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH)
  • Bachelor’s in psychology and public health from the University of Rochester
  • Associate Certified Coach with the International Coaching Federation (ICF)

Marc Kolp | Faculty

Marc Kolp

With operational, change management and extensive OD experience, Marc brings over 20 years of learning, workforce development, leadership, training and executive coaching to his clients.

As an Organizational Development (OD) and Leadership consultant and practitioner Marc has worked in both non-profit and for-profit sectors specializing in leadership development, diagnostic assessments, organizational effectiveness and performance improvement.

Marc’s extensive and hands-on operational experience spans nearly two decades where he served for several years as a member of the Senior Leadership Team and Director for two different Bureaus. His last post was Directing the company's largest operating division in which he oversaw an annual operating budget of $26+ million, $6 million annual capital improvements program, 35 facilities and was responsible for more than a thousand employees. Previous work experience includes serving as Director of Learning and Organization Development where he led and managed internal OD, Learning, Training and Coaching functions serving a workforce of more than 1500 employees. Marc has additional experience working with Board of Directors for both commercial and non-profit organizations.

Marc currently provides clients and organizations with a variety of leadership, strategy, organizational effectiveness, performance and executive coaching services through his work with UMBC Training Centers and through his consulting practice, Boomerang Consulting Group, LLC.

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