LSA Global was founded in 1995 by Sally Ewald as Learning Solutions Alliance. An "Associate of the Decade Award" winner with more than 25 years experience in the learning industry, Sally faced a serious problem.
On the one hand, her clients wanted to keep working with her and were asking for more. On the other hand, she was running out of quality solutions. Sally knew her clients’ business and had great client relationships, but she felt increasingly limited by the solutions she had to offer. She would not serve her clients with second-tier solutions; she needed to find a way to expand her toolbox.
To solve the problem, Sally went straight to the experts. She held a focus group with key clients and industry thought leaders to ask what they wanted. Their message was loud and clear. They wanted a single point of contact they could trust so they could extend their reach and:
That key meeting and its message became the foundation upon which LSA Global was created in 1995. Since then, we have served over 500 clients using over 1,500 vetted and certified experts to align our clients culture and talent with their strategy.
In 2011, LSA acquired Changeworks Global, a leading San Francisco-based management consulting firm focused on cutting edge strategic change, creating high performance cultures, and developing leaders. The acquisition has allowed LSA to deepen our change and culture capabilities related to strategy execution and behavior change.
Today we move business and people metrics that our clients care most about by:
expert guidance and leverage to avoid the culture and talent mistakes that keep so many great strategies from becoming a reality
business executives and strategic HR leaders of fast growing performance-driven high tech, life sciences and professional services firms that differentiate through people
are stretched thin and are facing a culture/talent inflection point that is putting current and future business execution at risk
niche training and consulting organizations
are focused on larger companies and are limited to focusing on their own narrow and proprietary solutions–and therefore unable to truly architect integrated solutions and deliver the best for the client in both the short and long term.
We believe that a company’s values are a critical component to creating and sustaining a high performance culture.
Our values represent the core beliefs that we collectively stand for. They drive our behaviors and decisions. At LSA we have five core values:
This means being open-minded, informal and easygoing, liking to laugh, being playful and having fun. If we were a dog, we would be a retriever.
People (we call them jerks) who do not live this value get in unconstructive arguments, become defensive and attack others personally.
This means making a measurable impact on our client’s business, ensuring clients succeed positionally and professionally, helping clients with what they need, not just what they want and not chasing money, fame or ego. If we were an online retailer, we’d be Zappos.
People (we call them takers) who do not live this value sell “stuff” to clients without focusing on measurably impacting the client’s business.
This means being resourceful, taking the initiative, exploring possibilities and being tenacious. If we were in a race, we would be in the Tough Mudder.
People (we call them slackers) who do not live this value are too lazy to try figure it out on their own and let problems fester without effectively resolving them.
This means we do what we say we will do, we clarify and manage expectations as soon as possible and, whenever possible, we clean up our own messes.
People (we call them troublemakers) who do not live this value have “gossipy hallway conversations” instead of 1×1 meetings to resolve issues, do not finish projects/tasks on time, fail to set or manage expectations early and often resort to pointing fingers or blaming others.
This means we are co-owners of the company, not renters, with a deep sense of pride in what we are building, we go above and beyond, and we believe that when the company succeeds, we all succeed; and when the company sacrifices, we all sacrifice. If we were a Bar, we’d be Cheers.
People (we call them renters) who do not live this value put themselves above the team, do not give it their “all” and are just punching the clock and trying to get through the day.
Strategy, culture and talent experts passionate about doing great work, with amazing people that makes a difference.
Tris is responsible for the overall strategic direction and management of the company and client services. He has over 25 years of consulting and management experience. Other than family, skiing, and mountain biking, Tris’ passion is creating and implementing impactful solutions for clients that align their culture and talent with their most important strategic initiatives.
Prior to joining LSA Global, he served as Vice President of Organizational Strategies at Proxicom, an e-business consulting and development company, where he ran Human Resources, Organizational Development, Recruiting, Training, and Internal Communications when the company grew from 50 employees to over 2,500 employees in three years and went public.
Previously he served as Chairman of the National Outward Bound Professional Committee and Director of Outward Bound Professional for the West Coast where he ran the corporate leadership training and consulting division for Fortune 1000 Corporations.
Prior to Outward Bound, Tris was a Manager for Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) and Arthur Andersen’s Business Consulting Practice. At Andersen, he focused on Strategic Planning, Business Process Re-engineering, Change Management, and System Implementations for Fortune 1000 Corporations.
He is a frequent keynote speaker and earned a BS degree from the University of California at Berkeley in Finance and Marketing. He is also the steward of our corporate value of “We are client-centric and make a difference in the client’s business” which is characterized by making a measurable impact on our client’s business, ensuring clients succeed positionally and professionally, helping the client with what they need, not just what they want and not chasing money, fame or ego.
He currently serves on the Boards of ASTD Sales Enablement, Outward Bound, the Chief Learning Office Business Intelligence Board and AARM – Advertising Audit & Risk Management. Tris also raises money to fund cancer research through mountain bike racing with the Debshred Foundation. Tris is a volunteer National Ski Patrol at Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows in Tahoe, CA and is Certified in Outdoor Emergency Care.
Tris is responsible for the overall strategic direction and management of the company and client services. He has over 20 years of consulting and management experience…
Anne runs our Sales and Services practices and has a rich history of partnering with senior level executives in the development of their corporate strategies, sales, and service initiatives. She has an extensive background in helping organizations to develop business plans, diagnose operational gaps, and implement results-oriented sales and service cultures. Ms. Slough has both a breadth and depth of experience in establishing and growing high-performing teams.
Her experience spans from developing enterprise strategies, establishing recruiting and selection procedures, creating and implementing goal setting processes, feedback systems and coaching models, and implementing sales and service skills. She is particularly focused on linking these strategies and initiatives to measurable outcomes.
Anne is valued for her strong desire to get things done the right way. She is also the steward of our corporate value of “We do not take ourselves too seriously” which is characterized by being open-minded, informal and easygoing while liking to laugh, be playful and have fun.
She has an expansive understanding of the complexities facing organizations today. Ms. Slough has worked with organizations of all sizes and industries, both in the United States and abroad. She is a frequently requested speaker at leading conferences and symposiums.
She holds a BA and MA from East Carolina University.
Anne runs our sales and services practices and partners with senior level executives to develop corporate sales and service strategies and initiatives. She has an extensive background in helping leading organizations…
Sheila runs our Management Practice and has helped hundreds of leading companies to significantly increase productivity and engagement through more effective management practices. She is responsible for driving client success in the areas of transitioning to management, managing teams, managing managers, talent management, and performance management.
Sheila has more than 20 years experience working with leading high tech, life sciences, and services clients to effectively design and implement management solutions ranging from single point solutions focused on a critical skill set to systemic management development initiatives that build performance across an entire organization at multiple management levels.
She is valued for her outstanding ability to build long-term relationships with clients who rely upon her to design the exact solution for their needs. She is also the steward of our corporate value of “We are accountable and take responsibility” which is characterized by doing what we say we will do, clarifying and managing expectations as soon as possible and cleaning up after our own messes whenever possible.
Sheila holds BA in History/Political Science from San Jose State University, San Jose, California. She has also earned certifications in programs focused on management development, communications, and front line management skills.
Sheila runs our Management Practice and has helped hundreds of leading companies to significantly increase productivity and engagement through more effective management practices. She is responsible for driving…
Sally is the original founder of LSA Global. She has over 30 years experience in the learning industry, loves to make a difference at clients, and was previously affiliated with the Wilson Learning Agency Network where she received the “Associate of the Decade Award.” Prior to that, she managed operations and sales as City Manager for Western Airlines in Northern California.
Sally earned an MBA from Pepperdine University, an MA from Stanford University, a BA from University of Colorado, and holds California secondary teaching credentials. Sally recently received the “Emerging Leader Award” for thought leadership in the Learning and Development Industry from the Instructional Systems Association (ISA).
Sally is the original founder of LSA Global. She has over 30 years experience in the learning industry and loves to make a difference at clients…
Having been with LSA since its inception in a variety of roles including sales account manager, Laurie now provides customer, sales, marketing and research support to ensure that we stay at the forefront of our industry. She is responsible for researching and composing industry articles, ensuring the consistency, accuracy, simplicity and brand alignment of key internal and external documentation and contributing as an integral member of the LSA team to help our clients to succceed.
Laurie is valued for her outstanding ability to ground the team in what matters most and for providing a consistent voice of reason during times of chaos.
She has a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in French Literature from Wellesley College and has co-authored a book on grand-parenting that is now in its second printing .
Having been with LSA since its inception in a variety of roles including sales account manager, Laurie now provides customer, sales, marketing and research support to ensure that we stay at the forefront…
Hyperion has a commitment to lifelong learning. LSA helps us provide the right business sales training, management training programs, and leadership development programs at the right time to meet the needs of both individuals and departments. I especially appreciate their ability to listen to my needs and recommend the appropriate facilitators, solutions and content.
Senior Project Manager
I have worked with LSA Global at previous companies and welcomed the opportunity to bring them in to support my new organization. We worked closely with LSA to design a solution for our Client Partner Teams and Management Training on both coasts. LSA designed a customized solution for our business and organizational culture. LSA is a quality organization, one that I’d recommend to any company looking for a first class training and consulting partner that makes an impact.
Chief People Officer
In the Next Generation Management Development courses, I was trained with skills and tools that have made me and my team more productive, motivated, and successful at communicating with other departments.
Firmware Engineering Supervisor
LSA’s approach and ability to bring the best resources to eBay has been a great asset. They really focus on helping us succeed in any way they can and are very flexible in meeting our management and talent needs.
Learning & Development
VNUS Medical has been very pleased with the effective management development programs that LSA Global has delivered for us over the last four years. The programs have been universally facilitated by experienced and best in class instructors. The knowledge gained by our management team has been put into practice very quickly. VNUS is very happy to be working in partnership with LSA because they consistently deliver excellent programs that receive exceptional feedback from our management team.
Cindee Van Vleck
Director Human Resources
The Managing Virtual Teams program was extremely valuable. Your consultant/ facilitator’s fundamental knowledge of Synopsys as a company provided an incredible base to build upon while tackling the complications of managing and working with globally distributed teams. My team walked away walked away with highly useful practices and tools. It was an excellent use of our time.
Vice President, Information Technology
We selected LSA Global to help us with business writing skills development. LSA worked with us to clearly assess our team’s particular needs and challenges and designed a solution to address our exact needs. The program was a success and very beneficial for our team. I would highly recommend LSA Global to other companies. We will definitely go back to LSA for our additional training needs.
Fortune 500 Technology Company
Creative Director Marketing
LSA’s customized Effective Presentation Skills program has helped me elevate my presentation skills to the next level. I now have a much greater self-awareness of my presentation skills and can leverage off of my strengths while working to improve upon other areas. I would definitely recommend this solution to anyone for whom business presentations are an integral part of their job.
Senior Marketing Manager
LSA’s Employee Engagement Consulting and Survey work has provided critical visibility into: how well our people are holding up under the general economic environment, as well as, the specific challenges that face biotechnology companies in their efforts to discover and develop new medicines; their level of alignment and commitment to XOMA’s Vision and mission critical strategies; how leadership practices and management systems support an environment that engender commitment, and the specific actions that our leaders can take to improve on areas that are important to our people. I highly recommend LSA’s employee engagement solutions.
Vice President, HR and IT
We recently contacted LSA Global to assist us with a unique training request. We gave LSA a very short deadline and LSA custom designed a training program to meet our exact requirements within the limited time allotted to them. We found their facilitator to be well versed in the subject matter and very credible; the design provided practical and valuable information to our team of managers. I highly recommend LSA Global, particularly in the area of management training.
Julaine K. Souza
Senior Vice President
LSA helped to meet the needs of my teams within a very narrow timeframe. My team walked away with highly useful management tools and practices. LSA saved us time in delivering the right solution for our specific needs.
Director, Software Engineering, EPG
I’ve partnered with LSA Global at two companies now, and I consider them a valuable and trusted training and consulting resource. They recommended just the right solution to address our management development needs and have wonderful facilitators that match YuMe’s culture and style of our management team. I would highly recommend LSA Global to any company wanting to deliver quality learning solutions with a valuable learning and development partner.
Our relationship with LSA has been fantastic. We actually brag about their business value all the time. Their flexibility, focus, and ability to continuously deliver true results has been extremely refreshing and different than any other training outsourcing firm we have engaged.
Fortune 500 Financial Services Company
Senior Vice President Learning & Development
We signed up with LSA early on–as their 22nd Member! Since then, our organization’s learning needs have increased and decreased and increased again with the changing times. The beauty of the LSA business model is its flexibility…when we needed to supplement our own internal resources, we used LSA services knowing that we could depend on the outstanding quality of the leadership development and management training programs they provide.
We contacted LSA to help us with customized management development. LSA worked with me to identify a solution that would meet our exact needs. We decided to start at the top and ran the program for our executive team. It was such a great success that we hope to roll it out companywide. We look forward to a long-term partnership with LSA Global and their team of experts.
Barry L. Byrd, SPHR
Human Resources Manager
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