THIS Inc. is both an idea and a company.
THIS Inc. teaches executives throughout Silicon Valley and around the world how to lead by design (not by default). Our Council represents an eclectic, cross-discipline team who bring counterintuitive insight into every classroom.
Meet Our Council
Leadership Facilitator for THIS Inc.
Keir has over twenty-five years experience as a facilitator, trainer, training designer, and speaker, working in North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia, with for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. He specializes in designing and delivering fast-paced, practical, and hugely entertaining workshops which boost leadership and communication skills throughout an organization. Keir loves to create interactive workshops which integrate ideas, instrumentation, skill practice, and coaching in support of the client’s specific goals.
From 1991-2001, Keir was on the faculty of Rensselaer Learning Institute and the world-renowned Center for Creative Leadership (CCL), where he was lead facilitator and feedback coach for the flagship Leadership Development Program, as well as Looking Glass Experience, Targeted Innovation and Foundations of Leadership. Coaching top executives at CCL, he used many psychometric instruments and 360°-feedback processes, including Benchmarks, CLI, Skillscope, Myers-Briggs, FIRO-B, CPI, Shipley, Kirton, and CLSS.
From 1997-2007 Keir was on the faculty of the prestigious Center for Executive Development, designing and delivering board-room to shop-floor workshops worldwide in Values-based Leadership and Change Management for Seagram, Symbol Technologies, Toyota, Time, Inc., and Marsh, Inc., to name a few.
He is now on the faculty of the international consulting firm, The RBL Group, where he has worked with StatOil-Hydro in Stavanger, DHL in Prague, and CIBC in Toronto.
Keir is also featured in the Executive Development programs at WPI, the Katz School of Management, and HEC.
Keir holds Masters degrees from Cambridge University and Boston University, and has taught at Boston University, Suffolk University, and Chapel Hill, UNC, where he was an English Speaking Union International Scholar.
He also has had real jobs, mainly in Health Care, every one of which he remembers vividly.
Retired RCMP Superintendent & Police Chief, Author of "Lead Big — Discovering the Upside of Unconventional Leadership" and "Breaking With the Law: Positive Tickets"
At the age of 42, Ward Clapham became the Commander of the Richmond, British Columbia, Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Detachment. At that time, Ward was the most junior Superintendent to ever lead one of Canada’s largest Detachments. Ward was brought into Richmond to move the Detachment towards a new direction and break old mind sets to achieve extraordinary performance.
Here are just some of amazing results they achieved…
- 53 Countries from around the world have studied the Richmond RCMP approach to leadership and problem solving.
- Youth Crime was reduced by almost 50%, saving millions of tax payer dollars.
They did this by…
- Giving out 40,000 Positive Tickets to Youth in their community every year at a ratio of 3 to 1 over the traditional negative police ticket.
- Taking up to 500 youth a year to professional hockey or football games through a one-on-one mentoring initiative called the Onside Program
- Reducing the recidivism rate, in other words, repeat offending, down to 5% through the Richmond Restorative Justice Program. In other words, they had a 95% success rate, and it only cost the tax payer one-tenth the amount when compared to the traditional Justice System
- They also ended Street Racing related deaths that once plagued their City on average of 4 fatalities a year. It has been over 8 years now without a single death.
- They enjoyed Police Officer Promotion Rates that doubled the RCMP national average
- They boasted the Highest Employee Morale, and Engagement Rate in all of the RCMP
Thomas J. Friel
Retired, Chairman & CEO Heidrick & Struggles International, Inc.
Tom Friel retired as Chairman & CEO of Heidrick & Struggles International, Inc. in 2007. Heidrick & Struggles is one of the world’s leading executive search and leadership consulting firms with offices in over 30 countries. It is a publicly traded firm listed on NASDAQ (HSII). Mr. Friel joined Heidrick & Struggles in 1979 and played an important role in developing the firm’s leadership position in key markets. He established the firm’s Silicon Valley presence, served as Managing Partner of the Menlo Park, California, office for its first five years. He was cofounder and then later assumed the responsibility of managing the firm’s Global Technology Practice, which he led from 1987 to 1995.
From 1992 to 1999, Mr. Friel undertook the additional role of Managing Partner, Asia Pacific, and led the opening of 10 offices throughout the region. From 1999 through 2001, Mr. Friel served as President of Heidrick & Struggles Ventures, the firm’s division responsible for all future initiatives, new business strategies, investments, and alliances. He served as Chairman & CEO from 2003-2006, prior to assuming the role of Chairman.
In his search career, Mr. Friel has specialized in recruiting CEOs, Chief Technology Officers, and Board of Director members. The partners of Heidrick & Struggles in 1998 named him the recipient of the John E. Struggles Partnership Award, the firm’s most significant honor. He was also chosen to receive the 2007 annual award for leadership in the profession by the Association of Executive Search Consultants.
Mr. Friel is an honors graduate of Purdue University, where he majored in Industrial Engineering. He also holds an MBA degree from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, and is a guest lecturer and former member of the Business School Advisory Council.
In addition to Heidrick & Struggles, his Board experience includes ExpertCEO, the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, SEE College Prep, Children’s Health Council of Palo Alto, California and several other organizations. Mr. Friel is currently serving as a Senior Advisor to the Bridgespan Group, a Boston based organization providing consulting services to hundreds of not for profit organizations nationwide. He is an investor in and Senior Advisor to Norcob Capital Corporation and the Seraph Group. He regularly writes and speaks on business related topics including CEO succession, Board performance, and executive compensation.
Mr. Friel and his wife, Carolyn, live in Hillsborough, California.
Former Head of the Highland High School Rugby Team, featured in the movie "Forever Strong"
For 36 years, Larry Gelwix has served as the Head Coach of the Highland Rugby team. The team’s success, which has produced a varsity win-loss record of 418 wins and just 10 loses in 36 years, including 20 national rugby championships, caught the attention of Hollywood which produced a major motion picture entitled “Forever Strong” which tells the true life story of Gelwix and the Highland team.
Gelwix received the prestigious “Pioneers of Progress” award which honors and recognizes modern pioneers. Larry Gelwix has also received the “Best of State” award as the “Best High School Coach” in his state, the “Educational Service Award” from the State Department of Corrections, and was named as the recipient of his alumni’s “Outstanding Service” Award. The national media has labeled Coach Gelwix as the “Winningest Coach in America.”
Gelwix received his bachelors and masters degrees in Organizational Communications. Professionally Larry Gelwix was CEO of an airline, co-owner of one of the largest travel companies in the country, and host of a syndicated radio talk show.
Author and Strategist
Deepa Prahalad is an author, business strategist and consultant specializing in opportunities at the intersection of consumer experience, technology and strategy. Passionate about emerging markets and innovation, she began her career researching how to improve efficiency in UN procurement and later moved to Singapore to become a commodities trader with Cargill. Deepa has worked as a management consultant with firms from start-ups to large multinationals.
In 2008, she researched and co-authored the book, “Predictable Magic: Unleash The Power of Design Strategy To Transform Your Business” (Wharton School Publishing). Deepa speaks at business schools such as USC and Harvard on design strategy using the EMPOWER framework she developed and conducts workshops for executives. A frequent blogger on the Huffington Post and Harvard Business Review, she has also written about the business case for design in Bloomberg Businessweek and other magazines. She currently serves on the Advisory Boards of Lappeeranta University of Technology (Finland) and the Challenge:Future global youth think tank and student competition.
Deepa works with several initiatives that support the work of her late father, CK Prahalad, such as the Prahalad Center for Emerging India in Chennai and the Prahalad Initiative at the University of Michigan. She also speaks frequently on BOP innovation at industry gatherings such as the CLO Summit India and the Global Peter Drucker Forum.
Deepa is a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, and is on twitter at @deepaprahalad. She lives in Southern California with her husband and son.
Susan E. Siegel
CEO of Healthymagination (GE)
Sue Siegel will serve as CEO of Healthymagination as of June 4th 2012. Previous to this she worked as a General Partner at Mohr, Davidow, a leading Silicon Valley venture firm. Sue led investments in companies involved in personalized medicine, digital health, life science tools, and molecular diagnostics. Prior to her VC career, Sue spent more than 20 years as a corporate leader growing biomedical companies through the commercialization of breakthrough technologies, including Bio-Rad, DuPont, Amersham (now GE), and Affymetrix. As President and Director of Affymetrix, Inc. (NASDAQ: AFFX), Sue built shareholder value, leading Affymetrix’ growth and transformation into a global, multi-billion dollar market cap company. As a leading genomic company, Affymetrix accelerated the advent of personalized medicine.
Sue serves as a board member for Pacific Biosciences, Crescendo Biosciences, RainDance Technologies, Personalis, Analyte Health, Corventis, Navigenics, On-Q-ity, and Newtco. Sue is a member of the Presidents’ Circle of the National Academies, sits on Stanford’s Medical School’s ITI Council, is a member of SCU’s Center for Science, Technology, and Society Executive Board, and serves on DELL’s Healthcare and Life Sciences Advisory Board. Sue was elected as a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute in 2003, is a member of YPO, and of Women Corporate Directors. Sue co-founded with Stanford Hospital, Checking-In™, a program dedicated to serving the local aging population. She is Board Member Emeritus of the Silicon Valley Tech Museum and of The Gladstone Advisory Council.
Amy Hayes Stellhorn
Council Member for THIS Inc.
Amy serves on the board of AIGA SF as the Programming Co-Chair for Silicon Valley, where she works to deliver and highlight the best design thinking in Silicon Valley. She has won awards at leading publications throughout the country and across all forms of media, and has lectured and critiqued at universities around the US.
Formerly, Amy served as the Vice President of Creative for the Larsen Silicon Valley office. She specialized in strategic, high-level thinking and demonstrated a particular talent for building high-performing teams. Her first job was with Marty Neumeier on the design team of Critique, a critically acclaimed journal of graphic design. Her greatest passion is in applying design thinking beyond marketing to all aspects of life and leadership.
Amy has has a proven record for creating environments where employees learn, grow, eat, and play as hard as they work. To balance out her work life, she spends her spare time at a slower pace – dabbling in food truck culture and adoring her husband, son, and two dogs.