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 themselves 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 by their own narrow and proprietary solutions – and therefore are unable to build truly integrated solutions or 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 central 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.
LSA’s 1,500+ niche experts provide our clients with unequaled access to consulting, coaching and training expertise and best practices in the areas of sales, leadership, management, customer service and project management. Our teams have “been there and done that.” Our success is measured by the success of our clients.
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 Outward Bound California, ASTD Sales Enablement, the Chief Learning Officer 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…
Based in Raleigh, North Carolina, Anne is in charge of Client Solutions for LSA Global. She also 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.
Prior to joining LSA Global, Anne served as an Account Executive for Plateau Systems, a Talent Management software company in Arlington, VA, where she developed new and existing accounts and performed market research and ROI analysis for leading clients in the Southeast Region. Prior to Plateau, Anne was a Senior Vice President at Omega Corporation where she led the Contact Center Practice and developed and implemented service, sales and coaching solutions to meet client’s business goals. Prior to Omega, Anne was an Assistant Vice President at First Citizens Bank where she managed day-to-day operations for their 100-seat call center.
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 is in charge of Client Solutions for LSA Global. She also 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.
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…
Julia heads LSA’s Logistics and Customer Service Department and is responsible for ensuring the smooth delivery for all of LSA’s projects and programs domestically and internationally.
Julia brings over 14 years of Project Management, Customer Service and Logistics experience to LSA Global. She specializes in outstanding client care and manages the day-to-day interactions with our facilitators, consultants, coaches and account executives. Her strengths include international communications, fostering strong relationships with clients, and impeccable time management and organizational skills. She is also the steward of our corporate value of “We focus on the can do.” which is characterized by being resourceful, taking the initiative, exploring possibilities and behaving tenaciously to make it happen.
Before joining the LSA team, Julia worked as a Project Manager for a Construction firm, sold residential real estate in the Bay Area and was a Project Engineer assisting on the renovation of The Orpheum theater, an historical landmark San Francisco theater.
In her spare time Julia likes to spend time with her husband and three daughters, stays active at the gym, and volunteers in and around her community. Julia received her BS in Architecture and Interior Design from the University of California at Davis.
Julia heads LSA’s Logistics and Customer Service Department and is responsible for ensuring the smooth delivery for all of LSA’s projects and programs domestically and internationally. Julia brings to over 14 years of …
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…
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…
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 continue to be impressed by the level of leadership development and management expertise and quality of advice and facilitation that LSA has to offer. What a smart and client-centric group of great people who really know how to help leaders attract, engage, develop and retain top talent.
Director, HR Business Partner
What a refreshing change from the half-baked psycho-babble you normally get from “training” organizations. LSA gives you the assistance you need to define and reach your goal, and then they give you a results driven plan – not just a temporary fix. They are great to work with, and even more importantly, they “get it!”
Vice President Human Resources
I am very impressed with the quality of work and talent. LSA did a great job of listening to my needs and providing the exact management training program expertise I needed to get the job done.
Director, Business Planning & Analysis
LSA has been a tremendous asset to my portfolio, both at my current company and my past company. As an HR leader, I am always looking for ways to find external resources that can provide a solution to our management training needs. LSA does that for me. Their solutions are presented in a much more leadership-oriented manner so as to be crisp, business relevant, and easy to apply right back on the job. I will continue to augment our programs using LSA solutions.
VP of Human Resources
We consider LSA Global our outsourced learning and development partner. We worked closely with LSA to customize a management development program to meet our growing business needs. I would highly recommend LSA to any company wanting to deliver quality learning solutions.
Vice President Human Resources
Harmonic has worked with LSA for over 8 years. We have found their partnership extremely beneficial. We recently implemented a Management Development Program that was designed and customized to support our company’s strategic initiative of hiring, building, and retaining key intellectual property and human talent. We worked closely with LSA to target and implement the right solutions with the greatest impact. I would recommend LSA to any company that’s looking for a trusted training and development partner.
Director of Human Resources
I have worked with other training companies and found it to be more of a seller/buyer relationship than one of matching the right expertise to our business issues. That’s what LSA does – ask the hard questions, listen, and understand our business needs. We receive the benefit of their expertise from assistance with personal development plans to enhancing team performance, to looking at enterprise-wide challenges. It’s all about helping our business succeed as we grow. Right now, LSA is providing great ideas, a fresh approach, and valuable guidance as we develop our management team and accelerate our client relationship management results.
Director, Team Development
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
“We turned to LSA to help us custom design and deliver a leadership and management development curriculum to help drive performance. They have done an excellent job diagnosing the business situation, designing an approach that fits our culture, and delivering a first class solution.”
VP Human Resources
LSA exceeded all my expectations. We interviewed 7 potential training and consulting partners and selected LSA due to their expertise, flexibility, and breadth and depth of solutions. We were able to construct a management training course from the modules most appropriate to our needs, and are able to provide additional training from their well developed portfolio of experts. Our managers galvanized as a team throughout the session and are better prepared for the rigors of a competitive market.
LSA is an instrumental training outsourcing partner in helping us to build management capacity and strategically invest in our people. Their flexibility, depth, and breadth of expertise allows us to deliver top quality solutions that are directly tied to key business plans. Their ability to custom design, deliver, and evaluate our Management Curriculum has been excellent. They are true business partners and a pleasure to work with.
Margaret M. Mader
Vice President, Human Resources
We partnered with LSA to pilot a customized behavioral interviewing program to help ensure that we continue to hire the best and brightest as we continue to rapidly scale. LSA’s ability to understand our business and our unique culture combined with their desire to ensure that the best practices framework truly fits our performance environment and is highly adopted by our people is a real blessing. Most other firms want to just ‘give you training.’ Not LSA, they are focused on helping me hit our hiring forecasts and attract A players.
Director of Global Recruiting
Each program is preceded by an assessment of the participants. The course is then designed to fit the specific parameters and needs of the group. The highly interactive delivery is provided by recognized experts in their fields. On the spot coaching is provided during the program and each participant receives individual follow-up after the course. Courses can be delivered in-person or virtually. Given the nature of Cisco’s business and the way we operate, these remote workshops are a must for anyone who joins our company. Their work is eye opening. Great content and fantastic delivery.
Frank J. Kuypers
Business Development Manager
LSA helped us design and deliver a blended learning solution for our leaders to help drive our growth plans in a way that aligned with our specific culture and values. LSA understood our business, had deep expertise in the content areas, tailored the programs to fit our specific needs, and delivered great results. They constantly strive to deliver business impact and align their solutions with our business initiates, culture, and performance management systems. I highly recommend them to anyone looking to take their leaders to the next level.”
Beth A. Taylor
Vice President of Human Resources
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