History & Values

Created by clients for clients.

LSA Global was founded in 1995 by Sally Ewald as Learning Solutions Alliance. An "Associate of the Decade Award" winner with more than 25 years experience in the learning industry, Sally faced a serious problem.

LSA History

On the one hand, her clients wanted to keep working with her and were asking for more. On the other hand, she was running out of quality solutions. Sally knew her clients’ business and had great client relationships, but she felt increasingly limited by the solutions she had to offer. She would not serve her clients with second-tier solutions; she needed to find a way to expand her toolbox.

To solve the problem, Sally went straight to the experts. She held a focus group with key clients and industry thought leaders to ask what they wanted. Their message was loud and clear.  They wanted a single point of contact they could trust so they could extend their reach and:

  1. Eliminate the worry of constantly hiring, managing, and monitoring additional internal consulting and training resources
  2. Reduce the number of external vendors that they had to deal with and educate on their business
  3. Free up their internal resources to focus on other areas vital to the company’s success
  4. Rely on proven experts to ensure quality results without “reinventing the wheel”
  5. Move from fixed to variable consulting and training costs to scale up or down with flexibility as circumstances changed

That key meeting and its message became the foundation upon which LSA Global was created in 1995. Since then, we have served over 500 clients using over 1,500 vetted and certified experts to align our clients culture and talent with their strategy.

In 2011, LSA acquired Changeworks Global, a leading San Francisco-based management consulting firm focused on cutting edge strategic change, creating high performance cultures, and developing leaders. The acquisition has allowed LSA to deepen our change and culture capabilities related to strategy execution and behavior change.

Today we move business and people metrics that our clients care most about by:

Providing
expert guidance and leverage to avoid the culture and talent mistakes that keep so many great strategies from becoming a reality

For
business executives and strategic HR leaders of fast growing performance-driven high tech, life sciences and professional services firms that differentiate through people

Who
are stretched thin and are facing a culture/talent inflection point that is putting current and future business execution at risk

Unlike
niche training and consulting organizations

Which
are focused on larger companies and are limited to focusing on their own narrow and proprietary solutions–and therefore unable to truly architect integrated solutions and deliver the best for the client in both the short and long term.

LSA Values

We believe that a company’s values are a critical component to creating and sustaining a high performance culture.

Our values represent the core beliefs that we collectively stand for.  They drive our behaviors and decisions.  At LSA we have five core values:

  1. We Do Not Take Ourselves Too Seriously.  

    This means being open-minded, informal and easygoing, liking to laugh, being playful and having fun.  If we were a dog, we would be a retriever.  

    People (we call them jerks) who do not live this value get in unconstructive arguments, become defensive and attack others personally.

  2. We Are Client-Centric and Make a Difference in Our Client’s Business.  

    This means making a measurable impact on our client’s business, ensuring clients succeed positionally and professionally, helping clients with what they need, not just what they want and not chasing money, fame or ego.  If we were an online retailer, we’d be Zappos.  

    People (we call them takers) who do not live this value sell “stuff” to clients without focusing on measurably impacting the client’s business.

  3. We Focus On the “Can Do.” 

    This means being resourceful, taking the initiative, exploring possibilities and being tenacious.  If we were in a race, we would be in the Tough Mudder.  

    People (we call them slackers) who do not live this value are too lazy to try figure it out on their own and let problems fester without effectively resolving them.

  4. We are Accountable and Take Responsibility. 

    This means we do what we say we will do, we clarify and manage expectations as soon as possible and, whenever possible, we clean up our own messes.

    People (we call them troublemakers) who do not live this value have “gossipy hallway conversations” instead of 1×1 meetings to resolve issues, do not finish projects/tasks on time, fail to set or manage expectations early and often resort to pointing fingers or blaming others.

  5. We Strive to Build Something Special Together. 

    This means we are co-owners of the company, not renters, with a deep sense of pride in what we are building, we go above and beyond, and we believe that when the company succeeds, we all succeed; and when the company sacrifices, we all sacrifice.  If we were a Bar, we’d be Cheers.  

    People (we call them renters) who do not live this value put themselves above the team, do not give it their “all” and are just punching the clock and trying to get through the day.

Our Team

Helping clients to succeed.

Strategy, culture and talent experts passionate about doing great work, with amazing people that makes a difference.

Tristam Brown

Chairman & CEO

Tris is responsible for the overall strategic direction and management of the company and client services. He has over 25 years of consulting and management experience. Other than family, skiing, and mountain biking, Tris’ passion is creating and implementing impactful solutions for clients that align their culture and talent with their most important strategic initiatives.

Prior to joining LSA Global, he served as Vice President of Organizational Strategies at Proxicom, an e-business consulting and development company, where he ran Human Resources, Organizational Development, Recruiting, Training, and Internal Communications when the company grew from 50 employees to over 2,500 employees in three years and went public.

Previously he served as Chairman of the National Outward Bound Professional Committee and Director of Outward Bound Professional for the West Coast where he ran the corporate leadership training and consulting division for Fortune 1000 Corporations.

Prior to Outward Bound, Tris was a Manager for Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) and Arthur Andersen’s Business Consulting Practice. At Andersen, he focused on Strategic Planning, Business Process Re-engineering,  Change Management, and System Implementations for Fortune 1000 Corporations.

He is a frequent keynote speaker and earned a BS degree from the University of California at Berkeley in Finance and Marketing.  He is also the steward of our corporate value of “We are client-centric and make a difference in the client’s business” which is characterized by making a measurable impact on our client’s business, ensuring clients succeed positionally and professionally, helping the client with what they need, not just what they want and not chasing  money, fame or ego.

He currently serves on the Boards of ASTD Sales EnablementOutward Bound and AARM – Advertising Audit & Risk Management. Tris also raises money to fund cancer research through mountain bike racing with the Debshred Foundation. Tris is a volunteer National Ski Patrol at Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows in Tahoe, CA and is Certified in Outdoor Emergency Care.

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Tristam Brown

Chairman & CEO

Tris is responsible for the overall strategic direction and management of the company and client services. He has over 20 years of consulting and management experience…

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Anne Slough

Vice President

Anne runs our Sales and Services practices and has a rich history of partnering with senior level executives in the development of their corporate strategies, sales, and service initiatives. She has an extensive background in helping organizations to develop business plans, diagnose operational gaps, and implement results-oriented sales and service cultures. Ms. Slough has both a breadth and depth of experience in establishing and growing high-performing teams.

Her experience spans from developing enterprise strategies, establishing recruiting and selection procedures, creating and implementing goal setting processes, feedback systems and coaching models, and implementing sales and service skills. She is particularly focused on linking these strategies and initiatives to measurable outcomes.

Anne is valued for her strong desire to get things done the right way.  She is also the steward of our corporate value of “We do not take ourselves too seriously” which is characterized by being open-minded, informal and easygoing while liking to laugh, be playful and have fun.

She has an expansive understanding of the complexities facing organizations today. Ms. Slough has worked with organizations of all sizes and industries, both in the United States and abroad. She is a frequently requested speaker at leading conferences and symposiums.

She holds a BA and MA from East Carolina University.

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Anne Slough

Vice President

Anne runs our sales and services practices and partners with senior level executives to develop corporate sales and service strategies and initiatives. She has an extensive background in helping leading organizations…

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Sheila Ingraham-Russell

Vice President

Sheila runs our Management Practice and has helped hundreds of leading companies to significantly increase productivity and engagement through more effective management practices. She is responsible for driving client success in the areas of transitioning to management, managing teams, managing managers, talent management, and performance management.

Sheila has more than 20 years experience working with leading high tech, life sciences, and services clients to effectively design and implement management solutions ranging from single point solutions focused on a critical skill set to systemic management development initiatives that build performance across an entire organization at multiple management levels.

She is valued for her outstanding ability to build long-term relationships with clients who rely upon her to design the exact solution for their needs.  She is also the steward of our corporate value of “We are accountable and take responsibility” which is characterized by doing what we say we will do, clarifying and managing expectations as soon as possible and cleaning up after our own messes whenever possible.

Sheila holds BA in History/Political Science from San Jose State University, San Jose, California. She has also earned certifications in programs focused on management development, communications, and front line management skills.

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Sheila Ingraham-Russell

Vice President

Sheila runs our Management Practice and has helped hundreds of leading companies to significantly increase productivity and engagement through more effective management practices. She is responsible for driving…

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Sally Ewald

Chair Emeritus

Sally is the original founder of LSA Global. She has over 30 years experience in the learning industry, loves to make a difference at clients, and was previously affiliated with the Wilson Learning Agency Network where she received the “Associate of the Decade Award.” Prior to that, she managed operations and sales as City Manager for Western Airlines in Northern California.

Sally earned an MBA from Pepperdine University, an MA from Stanford University, a BA from University of Colorado, and holds California secondary teaching credentials. Sally recently received the “Emerging Leader Award” for thought leadership in the Learning and Development Industry from the Instructional Systems Association (ISA).

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Sally Ewald

Chair Emeritus

Sally is the original founder of LSA Global. She has over 30 years experience in the learning industry and loves to make a difference at clients…

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Laurie Mobilio

Sales & Marketing Support

Having been with LSA since its inception in a variety of roles including sales account manager, Laurie now provides customer, sales, marketing and research support to ensure that we stay at the forefront of our industry.  She is responsible for researching and composing industry articles, ensuring the consistency, accuracy, simplicity and brand alignment of key internal and external documentation and contributing as an integral member of the LSA team to help our clients to succceed.

Laurie is valued for her outstanding ability to ground the team in what matters most and for providing a consistent voice of reason during times of chaos.

She has a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in French Literature from Wellesley College and has co-authored a book on grand-parenting that is now in its second printing .

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Laurie Mobilio

Sales & Marketing Support

Having been with LSA since its inception in a variety of roles including sales account manager, Laurie now provides customer, sales, marketing and research support to ensure that we stay at the forefront…

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Vice President Human Resources

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We have worked with LSA Global for our learning and development needs and have always had great success. They helped us recently with customized Management Workshops that we held for the second time. It was fantastic, and I would highly recommend LSA to anyone that is attempting to get immediate and impactful improvements.

Mary Johnston
HR Manager, BU Radiology Informatics

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LSA’s Employee Engagement Consulting and Survey work has provided critical visibility into: how well our people are holding up under the general economic environment, as well as, the specific challenges that face biotechnology companies in their efforts to discover and develop new medicines; their level of alignment and commitment to XOMA’s Vision and mission critical strategies; how leadership practices and management systems support an environment that engender commitment, and the specific actions that our leaders can take to improve on areas that are important to our people. I highly recommend LSA’s employee engagement solutions.

Chris Wells
Vice President, HR and IT

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LSA provided top notch solutions right when and how we needed them. They exceeded my expectations from a speed, quality, and cost standpoint. I recommend them to anyone looking for a true business partner in the Learning and Development arena. The breadth and depth of their expertise has helped us hit tight deadlines across multiple projects.

Fortune 500 Financial Services Company
Director of Infrastructure & Technology

LSA custom designed a Management Development program that is absolutely “on target” for our technical managers. Their facilitator has done a superb job delivering the material in a way that is fast paced, highly interactive, and fun. She presents practical solutions to the people situations that our managers face every day. I regard LSA as an excellent partner that understands our business needs and a virtual member of our HR department.

Judith Onton
Vice President Human Resources

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I consistently look to LSA Global when I need custom programs put together for my client groups. I can always count on LSA to do a thorough needs analysis and to put together spectacular programs that are well received. Their management development and performance management expertise and professionalism make them one of my top-rated learning and development partners.

Stephanie Webb
HR Program Manager

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The Managing Virtual Teams program was extremely valuable. Your consultant/ facilitator’s fundamental knowledge of Synopsys as a company provided an incredible base to build upon while tackling the complications of managing and working with globally distributed teams. My team walked away walked away with highly useful practices and tools. It was an excellent use of our time.

Debra Martucci
Vice President, Information Technology

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LSA’s consultant designed and delivered a half-day team building solution for our recent conference. It included careful customization to integrate the design with our new mission and values. Everyone had fun and identified key issues with our teamwork. Altogether a great program!

Bob Ward
Director of HR

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We consider LSA our true business partner in the areas of Learning and Organizational Development. From Strategic Planning to Presentation Skills and Management Training, they continue to provide excellent value and extremely high quality solutions – not just one time events. I recommend them to anyone looking to drive true business results.

Michelle A. Mitchell
Vice President, Worldwide Human Resources

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I continue to be impressed by the level of leadership development and management expertise and quality of advice and facilitation that LSA has to offer. What a smart and client-centric group of great people who really know how to help leaders attract, engage, develop and retain top talent.

Tracy Esposito
Director, HR Business Partner

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We selected LSA Global to help us with business writing skills development. LSA worked with us to clearly assess our team’s particular needs and challenges and designed a solution to address our exact needs. The program was a success and very beneficial for our team. I would highly recommend LSA Global to other companies. We will definitely go back to LSA for our additional training needs.

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We value our relationship with LSA Global. We came to LSA because we wanted to improve overall behavioral based interviewing capabilities of our managers to increase the probability of both hiring top talent and future leaders. LSA designed a highly customized solution for our business and culture. We are currently rolling out this solution to our leaders. I would highly recommend LSA Global as a top quality resource.

Rae Phillips
HR Project Manager - Training & Development, PHR

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Harmonic has worked with LSA for over 8 years. We have found their partnership extremely beneficial. We recently implemented a Management Development Program that was designed and customized to support our company’s strategic initiative of hiring, building, and retaining key intellectual property and human talent. We worked closely with LSA to target and implement the right solutions with the greatest impact. I would recommend LSA to any company that’s looking for a trusted training and development partner.

Janice Passarello
Director of Human Resources

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We signed up with LSA early on–as their 22nd Member! Since then, our organization’s learning needs have increased and decreased and increased again with the changing times. The beauty of the LSA business model is its flexibility…when we needed to supplement our own internal resources, we used LSA services knowing that we could depend on the outstanding quality of the leadership development and management training programs they provide.

Margie Bunting
HR Manager

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We turned to LSA to help us custom design and deliver a leadership and management development curriculum to help drive performance. They have done an excellent job diagnosing the business situation, designing an approach that fits our culture, and delivering a first class solution.”

Sally Buchannan
VP Human Resources

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