Get to know us! We are made up of exceptionally talented and passionate people.
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Maggie Desmond
Principal, London
background:
McKinsey & Company (Consultant), Teach For America (Secondary School Teacher), University of Chicago Booth School of Business (MBA), University of Cambridge (MPhil in Education and Politics), George Washington University (BA, International Affairs)
best me:
Doing interesting, impactful work with good-hearted clients and colleagues while living a well-rounded life.
best ghsmart moment to date:
Helping a newly elected U.S. Senator make two of his most critical senior hires.
what i love outside of work:
Painting, politics, country walks, wild swimming, a good pub, and time with family and friends.
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Shoma Hayden
Principal & Expert in Coaching and Leadership Development, Los Angeles
background:
Goldman Sachs, Deloitte, Federal Reserve Bank, United Nations, Columbia Business School (MBA), Columbia University (MA, International Affairs), Northwestern University (BA, Economics, Math)
best me:
Whenever I can play a small part in helping CEOs and senior leaders—whose actions have multiplier effects on broad swaths of society—achieve ambitious goals. In the past year, we have seen business leaders develop life-saving vaccines, commit to improving social justice and equity, or simply pledge to create more inclusive environments for their employees. As advisors, our role is to help them evaluate the impact of their intended actions while supporting them in leading positive change.
best ghsmart moment to date:
It’s a tie—both moments happened in 2020 which otherwise was a difficult year. 1.) Within a span of 4 hours, I received Facetime calls from two clients who were promoted to the top role within their respective organizations; 2.) Being voted by my ghSMART peers as the person they count on most for their own development and learning.
what i love outside of work:
Foreign policy addict, trauma counselor, novice drum player, aspiring short story writer and taste-tester for my chef husband’s latest cooking “experiments.”
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Steve Kincaid, Ph.D.
Principal, Charleston
background:
Sperduto & Associates, Leadership Capital Group, Right Management Consultants, Heidrick & Struggles Leadership Consulting, Michigan State University (BA, PhD, Clinical Psychology)
best me:
I help leaders think clearly about ensuring the right people are in the right roles doing the right things – including themselves.
best ghsmart moment to date:
It’s hard to narrow it down to just one best moment but a recent day that came to mind included a sunrise beach walk on with our dogs, morning calls to clients in New York and London around important “Who” decisions, and an afternoon of writing before my flight to Chicago for an assessment the next day. I don’t take for granted that I can have a high quality professional and personal life at ghSMART.
what i love outside of work:
Outside of ghSMART I’m often traveling to catch a favorite band, playing around Atlanta as a weekend musician, or doing what I can to support Charleston restaurants.
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Thor Mann, Psy.D.
Partner, New York
background:
RHR International (Consultant), Northwaters (Wilderness Guide), Rutgers University (PsyD, Organizational Psychology), Reed College (BA, History)
best me:
Serving others.
best ghsmart moment to date:
I spent 10 hours in Paris with the CEO of a $1B company listening to her career story and her goals for her company and then walking along the Seine before having dinner.
what i love outside of work:
Introducing my three young children to my passions: camping, Greek mythology, canoeing, having a love/hate relationship with a 110 year old house.
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Sapna Werner
Partner, New York
background:
Tishman Speyer, McKinsey & Company, Harvard Law School (JD), Harvard University (BA, Social Anthropology)
best me:
Being counted on by inspiring leaders and investors to provide thoughtful and candid insights to help them maximize their impact – and the value they create – in the world and to be their best selves.
best ghsmart moment to date:
Delivering a challenging message to the CEO and CHRO of a Fortune 500 company and having them say, “Thank you. We know we can always trust you guys to be honest with us.”
what i love outside of work:
Running, baking, travel, the New York Times crossword puzzle, and rediscovering the world every day through the eyes of my daughter.
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BJ Wright, Ph.D.
Partner, London
background:
McKinsey & Company (Consultant), Columbia University (PhD, Organic Chemistry), Willamette University (BA, Chemistry)
best me:
Being a trusted advisor with enduring connections, and improving life each day by learning and spreading good ideas with love, compassion, and enthusiasm.
best ghsmart moment to date:
I flew to a posh location in the tropics to meet with a CEO client for a coaching session in advance of her presentation to the board. In addition to a productive session and a memorable meal with the board that evening, my highlight was upon landing back home to collect my voicemails and hearing her elation and appreciation after the meeting, where she demonstrated why she is an A-player CEO.
what i love outside of work:
Rowing, international travel, Swing-A-Ring, and spending time with my wife and daughters.
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