Muriel R. Watkins, MSILR
Muriel R. Watkins is Founder and President of MRW Consulting Group International, a Human Resources consulting organization dedicated to capability building with corporate and private foundations, educational and not-for-profit institutions operating globally. She has over twenty years of experience as a corporate executive, consultant and leadership advisor. The consistent theme throughout her work has been a focus on building strong leaders and more capable organizations through practical solutions. Muriel is an accomplished HR professional with a broad range of experience in Organizational Design, Workforce Planning, Employee Relations, Recruitment and Retention Strategies, Succession Planning, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and Leadership Development and Leadership Coaching. Prior to consulting, Muriel was Vice President of Human Resources for The New York Times Media Group, and prior to that she held senior Human Resources positions with Readers Digest Association, Avon Products and Drexel Burnham Lambert. She is an emerging thought leader on issues of gender in leadership particularly within global nonprofit institutions. Additionally, Muriel has extensive leadership coaching experience, bringing her wealth of internal corporate senior leadership experience to her coaching approach. She is on the faculty for Saroga—The Nonprofit Leadership Forum and Center for Microfinance Leadership where she has led executive development programs and coached senior executives in Egypt, Nigeria, Morocco and Papua New Guinea. Additionally, she has provided remote coaching to senior leaders with global responsibility; recent engagements have included one-on-one coaching to senior leaders based in Cape Town, Cairo, Lagos and Rio de Janeiro. Muriel holds a Master’s in Labor Relations from Cornell University and a Bachelor’s Degree from Baruch College.
Lance M. Goulbourne
Lance M. Goulbourne is Co-Founder and Vice President/Partner of MRW Consulting Group International. He has over 20 years of experience in executive recruitment, recruitment research, competitive intelligence and business development in the United States and Australia. Prior to co-founding MRW Consulting Group International, Lance was both the Founder & the President of Milo Research, a retainer-based search firm. He has built his career working with organizations within the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors, across multiple industries, including consumer products, financial services, publishing and education.
Lance has a proven track record conducting retained searches, recruitment research, providing competitive intelligence and developing new business opportunities, working with organizations in various industries. He has successfully placed candidates across a broad range of levels, from C-suite executives to middle management levels. Lance has conducted executive search and recruitment research for numerous organizations such as Services for the Underserved, HeartShare Human Services of New York, New York District Council of Carpenters, VillageCare of New York, American Federation of Teachers, Consumer Reports, Time Inc., The New York Times Company, Colgate-Palmolive, Scholastic Inc. and, Mystic Seaport Museum. Lance is a graduate of the University of Michigan
Marsha R. Bonner, PHR, HCS
Marsha R. Bonner is a Senior Human Resources and Executive Search Consultant with MRW Consulting Group International. She brings a broad range of experience in talent management, recruiting and retention strategies, and human resources policy and compliance. Prior to joining MRW Consulting Group International, Marsha served as Senior Human Resources Business Partner for The New York Times Company. Prior to joining the Times, Marsha was the Director of Human Resources for theglobe.com, an online social networking service involved with internet games/community publishing, advertising, magazine and distribution businesses. Marsha has also served as Corporate Recruiter and Human Resources Generalist for the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). Marsha holds a Masters of Science in Organizational Change Management from The New School and a Bachelors of Arts in Corporate Communications from Bernard M. Baruch College. Marsha holds professional certifications from the Human Capital Institute (HCI) and the Society of Human Resources Management.
Ken Katzeff is a Senior Consultant with MRW Consulting Group International. A highly versatile Learning and Development professional, he has over 25 years of experience helping clients achieve their business goals and increase organizational effectiveness. He works collaboratively with organizations providing client-centered talent and learning solutions that strengthen leadership, and enhance individual and team performance.
Ken divided his career between being an external consultant and leading a number of internal Training functions. He is a pioneer in designing cutting- edge Blended Learning Solutions, combining web-based interactive e-learning modules, webinars and electronic collaboration tools with instructor-led training, paper-based tools and other resources. His focus is Talent and Performance Management, Executive Coaching and Instructional Design. Ken holds a Master’s degree in Counseling from Bank Street College. He is certified in Lominger’s Leadership Architect ® Competency process. Ken has been an adjunct faculty member at Pace University and Fordham University’s Human Resource Graduate Program.
Alpesh Fadia currently advises and consults with MRW’s corporate clients as well as their educational and not-for-profit institutional clients globally. He is an accomplished business and human potential consultant. He possesses over 20 years of experience in corporate and management consulting by holding positions with Big 4 firms (Accenture, Ernst & Young, and Deloitte), Panasonic, and as an independent practitioner. Over the course of his career, he has served clients in industries ranging from High Tech to Financial Services and Insurance to Hospitality. Alpesh’s career has been marked by advising and assisting organizations in becoming world class customer driven companies by
aligning client firm’s leadership, organizational culture, business process and technology disciplines. In addition, he was highly instrumental in large-scale business transformations that enabled him to witness leadership skills and organizational culture transformation firsthand. His work with a diverse range of companies, projects, and people allowed him opportunities to serve and observe various leaders in action at all levels.
During his career, he has not only focused on developing customer and growth strategies, but also extensively on individual and organizational transformation through coaching (staff to C-Level executives), team dynamics and effectiveness, and leadership, team and cultural assessments for a number of Fortune 50 and multinational clients.
Howard D. Leifman, Ph.D. , CSW, MSW, MA – Dr. Leifman currently advises and consults with MRW’s corporate and private foundations’ clients as well as their educational and not-for-profit institutional clients globally. He has over twenty-five years of experience and is an accomplished HR professional with a broad range of experience in Organizational Design, Workforce Planning, Employee Relations, Recruitment and Retention Strategies, Succession Planning, Leadership Development and Leadership Coaching. He also maintains a private practice in psychotherapy and coaching and is an adjunct Professor at New York University. Prior to his work in consulting, Dr. Leifman was the Chief People Officer at Vault.com. Before that he was a Principal at Mercer and before that a consultant with Towers Perrin (now Towers Watson), one of the world’s largest Human Resource consulting firms. His earlier career was as a Director at New York University. He is qualified to interpret Myers Briggs, Strong Campbell Assessment tests, the NBI (Neethling Brain Instruments), Hogan, and LEA (360 assessments) as well as a host of others.
Howard is a member of the Conference Board, Society for Human Resource Management, National Association of Social Workers and on the board of a number of charitable organizations. Dr. Leifman has a Bachelors degree from Syracuse University, a Masters degree in Communications Management also from Syracuse University, a Masters in Social Work from New York University and a Ph.D. also from New York University. His dissertation is on, “Family of origin roles and adult work roles in relation to employee adjustment, satisfaction, and success.” He has guest lectured at Harvard, MIT, NYU, CUNY, Stanford and the College of Aeronautics. He has worked and lived internationally.
Partner Consultant – SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
Joanna Colliver is Director of PeopleScope in Sydney, Australia and a partner consultant with MRW Consulting Group International. PeopleScope is a business-consulting firm based in Sydney, specialising in people & leadership development, employee engagement, and organisational development and change. A commercially focused professional, Joanna has held senior level Human Resources and Organization & Development roles. Joanna has a unique strength in being able to combine her strategic HR capability with her people focused style to enable individuals, teams and organisations to deliver outcomes.
Joanna holds a BA Hons from Warwick University and a Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resources Management from the Manchester Metropolitan University, UK; Cert IV in Training and Assessment; Certificate in Counseling Skills and is an accredited practitioner of SHL, including the OPQ and 360 Degree Personal Development feedback diagnostic tools and DISC.
Joanna’s career, spans 20 years including IT, telecommunications, engineering, banking and finance, professional services, retail and contact centers. She has a strong corporate background including working with the Cable & Wireless group; Ernst & Young (UK and Australia); and Optus Communications; her last role prior to setting up PeopleScope was as Head of HR for CitiStreet, Australia.