Who We Are

As Founding Partner and President, Dave's job is to connect people to members of the CultureSync tribe and then get out of the way. That's a long way of saying he doesn't do any actual work, other than consulting, writing, giving keynotes, or hiding from everyone at CultureSync by teaching at the USC Marshall School of Business, where he's been loitering since 1996. When people try to make him sound credible, they say things like New York Times #1 author of four books, consultant to three dozen Fortune 500 companies, and PhD in organizational communication from the Annenberg School at USC.
Carrie Kish is the Partner and Chief Executive Officer for CultureSync. Carrie is a consultant, a leadership trainer and a coach who specializes in leadership training for executives, small businesses and non-profit leaders. She has over 20 years of experience as a coach and a trainer, including working as a coach for Anthony Robbins. She is a serial entrepreneur who has built and sold several businesses.
As Senior Partner and Chief Operating Officer, Jack is known as the glue of the company, as he has been with us since nearly the beginning of time. We’ve heard people say he represents the heart and soul of our tribe. He brings his values of fun, family, and freedom to be yourself, served up fresh every day... well, most days.
As Partner, Chief Marketing Officer and Leadership Coach at CultureSync, Harte leads the firm’s efforts and teams on marketing, branding, ecommerce, social media, and web strategy. Her passion is coaching clients to make a lasting impact. She has worked in companies as diverse as NBC, Activision (video game publisher), Disney Interactive, Sargent & Berman (branding firm), and Dermogensis, a revolutionary skin care company. Harte received her MBA from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California and is a Hudson Institute Certified Coach.
Nickie, our Director of Digital Culture, began her career as a graphic designer which drove her passion for marketing. At CultureSync she uses her artistic problem solving background as our social media and customer service guru. Her naturally innovative personality yields to creative solutions and epic relationship building. She holds an array of eclectic creative passions, including sustainable design.
Claire transitioned from a career in film development to support our team on many levels. At CultureSync, Claire handles administrative tasks including scheduling, travel and general sanity, especially for Dave. In addition, Claire writes for our newsletters, works with our social media and writes for our blog. Her hope is to always support CultureSync and its clients through creativity, kindness and cupcakes.
For the last 7 years, Calvin trained and worked with thousands of business leaders, entrepreneurs, high level artists and athletes from around the world. They all want one thing: results. Through workshops and one-on-one coaching sessions, he has helped these achievers to consistently perform at their peak by providing timely perspective, with unrelenting support and challenge to help them perform at their best. Most importantly: they have FUN.
Barry Bettman is a Professional Certified Coach and Producer at CultureSync. Barry helps individuals zero in and realize their goals. He is our awesome producer of Tribal Leadership Intensive and a valuable member of the team.
Mark Taylor is an executive with a 35-year history as an accomplished CEO and corporate manager. Currently, he is a Chair of several “think tanks” composed of successful Manhattan CEOs focused on “outperforming” their competition for Vistage International. He’s a frequent keynote speaker, and international consultant. Mark is an Approved Tribal Leader, and one of CultureSync’s top facilitators.
Leslie Bennett has 20 years of experience in expanding the revenues of a variety of organizations. Her titles include “Approved Tribal Leader” and “Corporate Culture Game-Changer.” She is the founder of Open Spaces Learning; they partner with businesses to shift their in-house “vibe” as employees collaborate on an “all-for-one” productivity mission. She loves spending time with her family in Jamaica, practicing yoga by the sea and supporting her husband Neil in his acting career.
Mitch Creem has 30 years of management experience covering all aspects of the healthcare industry including hospital, research and faculty group practice management, and is a frequent speaker on topics ranging from IT strategic planning to hospital turnarounds. Most recently, Mitch was the CEO for the Keck Hospital of USC and USC Norris Cancer Hospital, an enterprise consisting of 471 patient beds and medical services staffed by personnel numbering 2,500.
Richard is internationally recognized for his ability to deliver innovative perspectives on leadership, communication and elevating performance. A seasoned entrepreneur, consultant and advisor, he has a proven ability to translate abstract ideas into practical tools to create new levels of success. For over 25 years, Richard has led and managed transformational change programs across Asia, Europe and North America.
Robert Richman is a culture architect and author of The Culture Blueprint. Robert worked for years as a manager and culture strategist for Zappos.com. Robert developed the business model to share the culture with the world, providing training and inspiration to Business leaders, managers and entrepreneurs. His clients have included Google, Toyota, Whole Foods and Eli Lilly. Prior to joining Zappos, Robert developed digital marketing strategies for brands including Tony Robbins, Sony, and best-selling business authors. He is also a Georgetown-trained leadership coach, and created a business incubator in Washington, DC called the Affinity Lab that graduated over 150 businesses.
Sadie specializes in leadership training and is a skilled facilitator of group-based goal setting. She trains participants to live in inquiry, ask insightful questions, and collaborate effectively to solve the myriad of complex challenges they face. She is also on the faculty at the University of Southern California and Hebrew Union. She is the co-author of Leadership Approaches – Developments – Trends and twice co-authored Harvard’s Center for Public Leadership National Leadership Index. Sadie has a doctorate in anthropology with a focus on leadership, and a master’s degree in visual anthropology, both from the University of Southern California.
Rich spent 20 years as a hospital executive before shifting his career to executive coaching. His coaching focus has always been on developing and refining the leadership skills of his clients. Using various leadership and team development frameworks with his clients, Rich has re-focused his work over the last three years by employing the Tribal Leadership model as a driving force to not only improve executive performance, but to have a lasting impact on the evolution of a collaborative workplace. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia and has an MHA from Duke University. Rich is also a CultureSync Approved Tribal Leader.

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