Richard M. Lent, Ph.D
Dr. Richard Lent has spent the last 20 years identifying structures for more effective meetings and coaching leaders in their use. He facilitates meetings around the world in business, non-profit organizations and communities. Some of the organizations with which he has worked include the World Food Programme, InterAction, UNICEF, ArchstoneSmith, Logitech, the WK Kellogg Foundation, Johnson & Johnson, and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. He has also worked with dozens of local civic, religious and nonprofit groups. Rick co-founded Meeting for Results with Dr. Sharon Brownfield. Working together with other colleagues they provide complete meeting design and facilitation services. Rick also delivers workshops and presentations on a structural approach to better meetings and shares his perspective on meetings on his blog. Prior to starting his own consulting business, Rick managed consulting and training organizations for Omega Performance Corporation, Digital Equipment Corporation and the University of Maryland. He received his Ph.D. from Syracuse University in Instructional Design, Development and Evaluation and continued his studies in organizational learning and development. Leading Great Meetings: How to Structure Yours for Success is Rick’s second book. In 2012 he published the Meeting for Results Tool Kit providing an early version of the tools now revised and expanded in this new book. He also published a chapter titled, “Creating a World-Class Manufacturer in Record Time.” in The Handbook of Large Group Methods (Bunker and Alban, 2006).
Sharon L. Brownfield, Ed.D.
Dr. Sharon Brownfield has focused on helping organizations develop the leadership, alignment and infrastructure needed for learning and growth. For the last 25 years she has specialized in building learning functions, creating blended learning programs, building group knowledge and commitment and applying a structural approach to meetings. In collaboration with Dr. Richard Lent, she has helped design and facilitate meetings that enable people to talk, work and learn together to resolve real-time issues. She has successfully applied these approaches to pharmaceutical, technology, and non-profit organizations improving alignment on business direction and creating measurable results. Some of her clients include USAID, the WK Kellogg Foundation, and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. Sharon has held senior positions at GlaxoWelcome, American Red Cross, Seven Hills Foundation, Digital Equipment Corporation, and the University of Maryland, She received her Ed.D. from Harvard University in Education with a focus on adult learning and the use of technology.