Who We Are
Please select a team member below to learn more about their training and expertise.
Liz Wiseman teaches leadership to executives and emerging leaders around the world. She is the President of The Wiseman Group, a leadership research and development firm headquartered in Silicon Valley. Some of her recent clients include: Apple, Disney, eBay/PayPal, Facebook, GAP, Google, Microsoft, Nike, Roche, Salesforce.com, and Twitter. Liz has been listed on the Thinkers50 ranking and named as one of the top 10 leadership thinkers in the world.
She is the author of three best-selling books: Rookie Smarts: Why Learning Beats Knowing in the New Game of Work, Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter and The Multiplier Effect: Tapping the Genius Inside Our Schools. She has conducted significant research in the field of leadership and collective intelligence and writes for Harvard Business Review and Fortune and her work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, Entrepreneur, Inc. and Time magazines. She is a frequent guest lecturer at BYU, the Naval Postgraduate Academy, and Stanford University.
A former executive at Oracle Corporation, she worked over the course of 17 years as the Vice President of Oracle University and as the global leader for Human Resource Development. During her tenure at Oracle, she led several major global initiatives and has worked and traveled in over 40 countries.
Liz holds a Bachelors degree in Business Management and a Masters of Organizational Behavior from Brigham Young University. Liz lives in Menlo Park, California with her husband and four children who share her over-active curiosity and sense of adventure.
Ben Putterman is the Vice President of Leadership Development for The Wiseman Group. He manages the leadership development practice, directs the team of workshop leaders and partners worldwide, and is responsible for new content development. In addition to teaching leadership workshops across a variety of industries, he also works directly with clients, providing support with planning and implementation.
Before joining The Wiseman Group, Ben worked for The Gap and was the co-creator of the Gap Innovation and Creativity Center. At the Gap, he joined the Banana Republic team, where he led their global Talent Management function concentrating primarily on leadership development and employee engagement.
Previously he was employed at Oracle where he directed Oracle University’s global content and delivery operations for skills based training and he personally oversaw Oracle’s leadership development efforts worldwide. Additionally, as a global campaign director at Bonfire, he specialized in helping large multinational clients with organizational change and transformation.
It goes almost without saying that Ben has a deep passion for teaching and developing leaders across all levels and all parts of the globe.
On a more personal note, after completing his degree at the University of California, Santa Cruz, Ben pursued graduate studies at the University of Illinois in the School of Human Resources and Industrial Relations. He is also a doting father of two boys, a world traveler, an enthusiastic (if not overly skilled) snowboarder, an avid soccer coach, a committed volunteer, and a supporter of the arts.
Rob DeLange is a Master Practitioner with the Wiseman Group. Rob uses his deep Multiplier experience to conduct leadership workshops across the U.S. and Latin America.
Rob has over 15 years of experience building corporate learning centers and training programs at global technology companies. Rob began his career as a systems analyst and programming supervisor for Pacific Bell (now AT&T). At PeopleSoft he was the product support manager and then led the technical training organization, where he was instrumental in achieving PeopleSoft’s recognition as number 4 on the ASTD 2004 BEST 100 training companies list. He led the HR training function for EMC’s software division and most recently worked as a talent management consultant at VISA Inc.
Rob combines deep experience as a technologist, years of solid management experience, and a gift for teaching and coaching. His greatest talent is enabling business leaders to develop the people around them. He has extensive global experience having worked in over 10 countries and is fluent in Spanish. Rob is SPHR certified and holds a Masters degree in Systems Management from the University of Denver and a Bachelors degree in Computer Science from Brigham Young University.
Mark Sato is a Master Practitioner for The Wiseman Group where he leads Multipliers workshops and conducts keynotes for business leaders. He has more than 15 years of corporate management and leadership training at Franklin Templeton, Kaiser Permanente and Oracle Corporation. During this time he has designed and delivered dozens of management training programs and has held management roles leading teams of over 100 people.
Since 2005 Mark has led his own training consultancy and is known for his engaging workshops and his warm sense of humor. He is a highly sought after trainer for content providers like the de Bono Group, VitalSmarts and slap. He has global leadership experience working with managers in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Latin America, and current clients include Banana Republic, Cisco, Eastman Chemical, Genentech, Oracle, and Salesforce.com. Mark holds a Master of Business Administration and lives with his family in the Bay Area.
Elise Foster is a leadership coach who enables business executives to unlock their potential to become even more successful. She is a coauthor of The Multiplier Effect: Tapping the Genius Inside Our Schools and a Master Practitioner for The Wiseman Group. She is known for delivering engaging and impactful workshops and keynotes for business leaders.
She has more than 14 years of engineering and organizational development experience across Cummins, Inc., Harvard University, and Indiana University. She has coached more than 25 business leaders and 200 full-time MBA students and designed and delivered leadership workshops for as many as 200 participants. Elise guides senior leaders on using their intelligence to make everyone around them smarter and more capable.
She has taught and coached students at Indiana University (Kelley School of Business) and as a management fellow at Harvard University. She holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering from Virginia Tech and a master’s in education from Harvard University.
She is the mother of one school-aged daughter, and Elise also enjoys finding the genius in local high school students through her work with the Lilly Foundation Scholarship and Youth Leadership Bartholomew County.
Larry Wiseman is Director of The Wiseman Group and runs all aspects of the business operations. Larry has over 10 years of experience in technology marketing and sales and has worked as an international trade consultant for Kanematsu where he traveled extensively throughout Asia Pacific.
Larry speaks fluent Japanese, holds a bachelor degree in Business Management from Brigham Young University and also manages a real-estate investment business.
Judy Jung wears many hats for The Wiseman Group: Executive Events Director, Client Services Manager, Project Manager, Graphic Designer, Art Director, and Executive Assistant to Liz & Larry Wiseman, to name just a few.
She’s orchestrated data and pixels for businesses ranging from burnished corporations to sparkly start-ups, in fields such as finance, human resources, education, technology, e-commerce, business development, fashion, performing arts, graphic design, printing, and web design.
Mark Schwartz is the Director of Content and Social Media for The Wiseman Group. He has been a producer of online content and video production for over 12 years. His background includes producing, directing, writing, and editing video, as well as developing content marketing strategies across all aspects of the social spectrum, in order to help enhance targeted client visibility.
Mark has produced everything from film, television, commercials, and created social strategy for cable networks, technologies, automobiles, and authors. The laundry list includes: Cisco, Zynga, CBS, Fox, ABC, NBC, MTV, and Audi to name a few. Mark was also a pioneer in the development of ITVML technology (Interactive Television Mark-Up Language), which is currently being used in the new interactive video space. In 2010, Mark helped create the ‘Glee Super-Fan Experience’, a new integration of video and social media, which lived on Fox.com and was nominated for the Primetime Interactive Media Emmy Award. In 2011, Mark helped build a social video campaign for Audi, which was nominated for the 2011 IAB MIXX Award.
Mark holds a B.A. in Directing and Creative Writing from the University of Arizona and is a member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
Tonia Forbus is the Executive Support Coordinator and her responsibilities extend to working with The Wiseman Group’s global partners and practitioners.
As founder of APM Services, Tonia brings profound knowledge of business office administration, systems development, program and project management, and event management from experiences in a very wide variety of industries ranging from start-ups to established organizations.
Tonia holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and is a Bay Area native.
Alyssa Gallagher is passionate about creating a new culture of school leaders and providing dynamic learning experiences that will shape leaders as they grow. Alyssa is the founder of inProgress, a group dedicated to helping leaders reframe what it means to be the “Lead Learner” of an organization. She is also a public school district administration in the Los Altos School District, currently working as the Director of Strategic Initiatives & Community Partnerships. Under Alyssa’s guidance, LASD has become a nationally recognized leader in educational innovation with her work featured in Forbes, Wired, The Economist magazines and on CNN and the CBS News program 60 Minutes.
Alyssa was recently recognized as the “2013 Education Multiplier of the Year” and enjoys coaching leaders on the Multiplier mindsets and disciplines. Alyssa has served many different roles in education spanning teacher to Assistant Superintendent and understands firsthand the complexity of educational leadership. As the Education Partner for the Wiseman Group in Silicon Valley, Alyssa guides leaders on using their intelligence to make everyone around them smarter and more capable
Karina Wilhelms is the Practice Director for The Wiseman Group where she runs operations for the leadership development practice. Previously, she was Manager of Conferences for Linkage and served as the Program Director of Linkage’s Institute for Leading Diversity & Inclusion and Linkage’s Women in Leadership Institute. She has over a decade of experience creating and running executive development programs. In addition, Karina has partnered with numerous thought leaders providing editing, writing, and research support. She contributed to bestselling Everybody Wins: The Story and Lessons Behind RE/MAX and Leading the Global Workforce: Best Practices from Linkage, Inc.
She holds a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from the University of California, Berkeley, and lives in the Bay Area with her husband and three sons.