Russell S. Barton, Ph.D.
Co-Founder of EKOS International. Russell has for the past 26 years served as a lead consultant to the top management teams at many of N. America's most well-known companies. Typically working with the mandate to help move each client into a global leadership position, he has led clients to understand global best practices, design comprehensive strategies, and successfully execute multi-year transformations. His major personal clients have included Best Foods, Boeing, Burlington Northern Santa Fe, Darigold, Milliken (Baldrige winner), Northern Telecom, SmithKline Beecham, Telus, U S West, Weyerhaeuser; firm's clients have included Alberta Power, American Express, Ballard Power Systems, CPC International, Hilton Hotels, Johnson & Johnson, Microsoft, Nabisco.
From 1986-1994, he was one of four Partners of Deltapoint, regarded as America's most knowledgeable management consulting firm about Japanese Management Systems. Russell helped lead the firm from four to 40 people, with breakthrough results for clients. He has led 12 Executive Study Missions: 10 to Japan, with in-depth analyses of 40 of Japan's best (mostly Deming-Prize-winning) companies - and two to Europe, extensively benchmarking 32 of Europe's leaders in Strategic Sustainability.
Russell is a member of the original group of trainers who have helped bring The Natural Step to the United States. Since 1996, Russell has presented TNS to hundreds of companies and individuals (including NIKE, Mitsubishi, Collins Pine, Monsanto, SC Johnson, Washington Department of Ecology), has presented at the TNS Advanced workshop, and has personally benchmarked a dozen TNS companies in Europe.
Russell is the author or co-author of 17 customized seminars, and four Trainer-the-Trainer programs:
- Executive Introduction to World Class Excellence
- World Class Management Systems (Strategic, Annual, Daily, and Cross-Functional)
- Achieving Breakthrough:
Making Business Process ReDesign and Work Re-engineering Actually Succeed
- Design & Implementation of New Product Development Systems
- Business-Driven Sustainable Development
- Sustainability-Driven Competitive Advantage
- Achieving Global Competitiveness
- Advanced Management Planning Tools
- Executive Leadership Skills
- Process Improvement
- Executive Guide to Process Management
- Hoshin Kanri (Management By Policy)
- Total Cost Management
- Quality Function Deployment
- Presidential Diagnosis
- Quality Improvement Story and Problem Solving Skills
- Implementing Strategic Sustainability
Russell has been the Keynote Speaker at numerous national and international conferences, and is co-author of the book, Mapping the Journey: Case Studies in Implementing Sustainable Development Strategies. He holds a Ph.D. and MA in Organizational Psychology, from the University of Oregon, and a BA in Social and Behavioral Sciences, from Johns Hopkins University. Russell was an award-winning instructor at the University of Oregon, teaching research methods, organization change, and organization effectiveness.
Cynthia L. Figge
Co-founder of EKOS International. Cynthia Figge's expertise is in sustainability and in new venture development as an executive for major North American companies for over 20 years. Cynthia's clients include Alaska Air Group, American Public Media, Arrowsmith Technologies (biotech start-up), Boeing, Ballard Power Systems, Burlington Northern Santa Fe, Coca-Cola, Covalence Corporation, Dow Jones, Hewlett Packard, Methodologie, Microsoft, Premera Blue Cross, and REI. Cynthia is also President, COO and Cofounder of CSRHUB [http://www.csrhub.com/], a startup website that aggregates and organizes data and knowledge on the social, environmental, and governance performance of over 5,000 companies to provide ratings to the marketplace.
Prior to founding EKOS, Cynthia pioneered the development of wireless broadband data broadcasting as an officer of McCaw Cellular/LIN (now AT&T), was Operations Team Leader with the startup team for Weyerhaeuser’s first oriented strand board plant mill, directed new services as part of the turnaround team for the New York Daily News, and assisted nonprofit organizations in New York City start for-profit ventures to support their mission with the firm New Ventures.
Cynthia is Past Board President of Sustainable Seattle, and Advisor to Strategic News Service. She was a speaker at the recent SNS Future in Review Conference in Los Angeles, Sustainable Brands Conference, and SRI in the Rockies Conference in Whistler, BC.
Cynthia received her bachelor's degree in Economics from Lawrence University, and a Masters in Business Administration from the Harvard Business School.
Lorinda R. Rowledge, Ph.D.
Lorinda has 25 years' experience helping executives of leading global companies create the vision, strategies, and implementation actions to achieve breakthroughs in performance and value.Her consulting includes strategic planning, customer focus, business process redesign, total quality management, lean production, leadership development, Value Stream Management, and strategic sustainability. Lorinda's passion is accelerating sustainable business innovation as a vehicle for business advantage and positive impact in the world. She sees sustainability/ corporate social responsibility (CSR) as the next evolution of leading management technology, and sustainability as a key platform for innovation. Lorinda helps leaders • understand the business case for sustainability; • benchmark customers, competitor's, and global leaders; • define strategies and roadmaps for sustainability implementation; • develop Key Performance Indicators; • engage and educate leaders, employees, and stakeholders; • create Sustainability Reports; and • plan and implement initiatives for improvement and innovation. Lorinda is currently leading EKOS research and consulting on employee engagement in sustainability. In addition she co-leads EKOS Sustainability Report service. Lorinda conducts global benchmarking and best practices studies, designs executive/leadership training and seminars and"train the trainer" processesused in Fortune 100 companies, and leads Executive Study Missions to Europe and Japan on World Class Management and Business-Driven Sustainability.She designsworkshops/meetings using technologies for strategic collaboration, inter-group dialogue, and social innovation.Lorinda's clients includeAlaska Airlines, AT&T Canada, Ballard Power Systems, Bell Canada, Boeing, BECU, Best Foods/CPC, City of Seattle, Darigold/NDA, Lucent, Mayo Clinic, Merchant du Vin, Milliken, Nike, Nortel, Port of Seattle, Quantum, SmithKline Beecham, StorageTek, Telus, US West, and Weyerhaeuser.Lorinda co-authoredMapping the Journey: Case Studies in Implementing Sustainable Development Strategies, a book featuring global businesses leading in the application of sustainability and led the development of EKOS Value Stream Coffee Game business simulation. Dr. Rowledge is also Founding Provost and Former EVP Academic Affairs and Core Faculty of the Bainbridge Graduate Institute (BGI), the pioneering MBA program in Sustainable Business.As the Chief Academic Officer, Lorinda worked with the other Management Team members, Board of Directors, Faculty Academy, staff, students, and wider community to operationalize the powerful vision of a business school that fully integrated sustainability into every course and built a powerful learning community and network of change agents prepared to lead the transformation to sustainable business. During Dr. Rowledge's tenure as Provost, BGI:• grew from 14 to 181 students;• was ranked three years consecutively as the #1 MBA program in the country by Net Impact (among 63 business schools, including 15 of the top business schools as ranked by the Wall Street Journal); and • was chosen by BusinessWeek for its international list of Best Design Schools (one of only 6 business schools) for "Designing Sustainable Leadership."In 2008, BGI was the co-winner of the inaugural Joan Bavaria Award. Prior to co-founding EKOS, from 1986 to 1994, Lorinda was one of four partners managing the Deltapoint Corporation, a consulting and publishing firm with an international reputation in leading-edge management technology for total quality management, customer loyalty, process reengineering, lean production, new product development, employee involvement, and vitalized organizational culture. Lorinda holds a Ph.D., specializing in Organizational & Community Psychology, from the University of Oregon.