• Our Team

Mike Zwell

A globally recognized Competency and Talent Management expert, Mike has helped hundreds of organizations achieve their potential and fulfill their mission by developing systems, processes and people.

Dr. Zwell has worked on both sides of the table, having founded and built several companies himself in addition to implementing solutions in other organizations. After teaching at Rutgers University, consulting, and writing a book, Mike began a career in executive search in 1980. He founded his own firm, Zwell International, in 1982, initially focusing on executive search in financial services. In the next few years, Mike developed groundbreaking tools for assessing leadership competencies and evaluating corporate culture and fit in executive searches. The use of these technologies catapulted him to the top of the profession, and by the mid-1990’s he was filling CEO and board positions as well as consulting for organizations on their human capital processes and systems. He continued developing and installing competency-based selection, performance management, and competency development systems in organizations and in 1998 founded Exxceed Inc. to automate those processes on the web. Exxceed was sold in 2006.

Mike has culled academic research to develop the functional knowledge and skills that make him uniquely suited to help executives, management teams, and sales teams, and organizations optimize their performance and results. Clients include JP Morgan Chase; Lenovo; Lehman Brothers; the Chicago Public School System; SkillSoft; Robert Half International; JB Hunt; American Capital Strategies; Sanofi Aventis; RLI; MedSolutions; Fiserv; and many more.

Mike has written and spoken extensively on topics related to getting the best and the most from your human capital. In 2000 he published the highly acclaimed Creating a Culture of Competence (John Wiley & Sons) on how to create high-performing organizations. Boards & Directors published his article, “How to Hire the Right CEO”, in 1998, and recently reprinted portions of it in their 30th anniversary issue. His third book, Six Figure Salary Negotiation, was published by Platinum Press in 2008.

Mike has a Ph.D. and master’s in Anthropology from Yale University, where he was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow. He also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from the University of Chicago.

Dr. Bob Wright

Dr. Bob Wright is a highly successful entrepreneur, university co-founder and professor, world-class executive coach, and dynamic corporate consultant. He has spent over twenty years training, coaching, & consulting national & international business leaders from small entrepreneurial startups to Fortune 100s.

Dr. Wright specializes in helping corporate leaders and entrepreneurs across the country not only to build and grow their businesses, but also to thrive with purpose, mission, and robust, high-performing cultures. Clients coached and trained by Dr. Wright routinely achieve far beyond their original goals.

Dr. Wright is also sought-after in the area of transformational leadership having founded the Transformational Leadership Symposium, convening experts from around the nation to recognize cutting edge transformational leaders including Brad Anderson, former CEO of Best Buy, as well as the 2011 award recipient, Dr. Muhammad Yunus. Dr. Wright has completed a BA in Sociology, a MA in Communications, MSW in Clinical Social Work, and a Doctorate in Education, Leadership, and Change.

Barbara Burgess

Barbara is the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Vision Realization Officer at the Wright Foundation, and is responsible for designing and leading the strategic vision for Wright.

Barbara is a corporate consultant, coach, trainer, and specialist in the areas of transformational leadership, transformative education, marketing, and employee empowerment. She has over 22 years’ experience marketing in a broad range of industries including healthcare, industrial supplies, association management, financial services, and consumer goods.

Prior to joining Wright, Barbara was the Director of Internet Marketing for the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and a Brand Manager for the Internet Commerce division of W.W. Grainger, a key member of the team who launched one of the first successful business‐to‐business websites. Previous to her experience at W.W. Grainger, Barbara held sales and marketing positions at Nestle Foods and Peiser’s Medical Supplies.

Barbara graduated from the University of Iowa with a bachelor’s degree in French and business.

Gordon Medlock

Dr. Medlock helps individuals clarify their unique talents and discover opportunities to create value and experience deeper levels of personal fulfillment. Dr. Gordon Medlock is the Director of the Career Coaching Program and a Senior Coach at Wright. He has been active in developing and building Wright’s executive and career coaching programs, a new career empowerment lab, and the graduate degree and certification programs at the Wright Graduate University.

Gordon has over 25 years of experience providing career and life coaching services for hundreds of individuals across a broad spectrum of industries and professions. He and Dr Bob Wright developed a career empowerment program at Wright in the 1990’s, focusing on the integration of seminars, support groups, and individual coaching services. Today those services have expanded to include executive and career coaching, a new career empowerment lab, and of course the graduate degree and certification programs at the Wright Graduate University. Gordon has been active in developing and contributing to all these programs.

He also has over 15 years’ experience in the field of human capital management (HCM), including implementation of performance management and development processes and systems for over 50 organizations in healthcare, regulated industries, business, government and non-profit sectors. His breadth of experience, combined with his expertise in the use of talent and personality assessments, make him especially effective in targeting the skills and competencies that are essential for career success. He is especially effective in working with creative individuals whose careers do not follow traditional paths.

Gordon has a Ph.D. in philosophy from Yale University, specializing in existential psychology and humanistic education. He also has a Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration. He has extensive experience in the areas of clinical and organizational psychology, enabling him to address a wide range of life and career issues in his coaching practice.

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call 312-645-8300 or email contact@humanemergence.com