History

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.

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 its change and culture capabilities as it relates to strategy execution and behavior change.

Today we move 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.

Management Team

Helping clients to succeed.

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

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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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. Other than family, skiing, and mountain biking, Tris’ passion is creating and implementing impactful strategies for clients that align their culture and talent with their most important 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.

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 earned a BS degree from the University of California at Berkeley in Finance and Marketing.

He currently serves on the Boards of Outward Boundand AARM – Advertising Audit & Risk Management. Tris also raises money to fund cancer research through mountain bike racing with the Debshred Foundation.

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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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Alan Krepack, PH.D.

President

Alan is responsible for LSA’s Leadership, Change, Culture and Organizational Development Practices. Alan’s passion is leading and managing cutting edge strategic change with leaders.

Prior to joining LSA Global, Alan was Managing Partner of Changeworks Global, Inc. for 14 years. Changeworks Global is a leading San Francisco-based management consulting firm focused on managing cutting edge strategic change, creating high performance cultures, and developing leaders. Previously, Alan was the organizational development specialist in William M. Mercer’s behavioral health division, the owner of his own organizational development consulting firm, and Director of Clinical Services for a unit of Children’s Hospital in San Francisco.

Alan has led complex projects with clients from a wide variety of industries, locally and globally, from Fortune 50 companies to midsize firms focused on transformational change, culture integration, leadership development, and performance management.

He has written and presented papers on “Understanding cultural context to increase consultation value”, “Political dimensions of organizational life” and “Changing the culture of middle age organizations.” Alan also teaches a graduate school course in the Foundations of Organizational Change at San Francisco State University.

He is a member of the board of directors for two nonprofit organizations: NatureBridge (dedicated to educating youth about nature) and LIFT (providing wellness and nutritional education and services to underserved communities).

Dr. Krepack received his B.A. with Distinction from the University of California at Berkeley. He did his graduate work at Alliant University-San Francisco where he earned a Ph.D. in Psychology. He completed post-doctoral training in organizational behavior, systems thinking, and conscious business. He has also been certified in several leadership, change, and cultural assessment tools and intervention methodologies.

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Alan Krepack, PH.D.

President

Alan is responsible for LSA’s Leadership, Change, Culture and Organizational Development Practices. Alan’s passion is leading and managing cutting edge strategic change with leaders…

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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.

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 15 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.

Sheila holds a double degree 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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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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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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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

Rambus

Hyperion has a commitment to lifelong learning. LSA helps us provide the right business sales training, management training programs, and leadership development programs at the right time to meet the needs of both individuals and departments. I especially appreciate their ability to listen to my needs and recommend the appropriate facilitators, solutions and content.

Sarah Parks
Senior Project Manager

Hyperion

We partnered with LSA to pilot a customized behavioral interviewing program to help ensure that we continue to hire the best and brightest as we continue to rapidly scale. LSA’s ability to understand our business and our unique culture combined with their desire to ensure that the best practices framework truly fits our performance environment and is highly adopted by our people is a real blessing. Most other firms want to just ‘give you training.’ Not LSA, they are focused on helping me hit our hiring forecasts and attract A players.

Jennifer Remling
Director of Global Recruiting

AKQA

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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LSA Global’s consultant brought a fresh perspective to our behavioral based interviewing strategy for two key executive positions we needed to fill, and their consultant helped us develop questions that produced a much deeper understanding of candidates’ capabilities. I am confident that the two new executives joining our organization have the right skills to add significant value. Throughout the process LSA was also very responsive in dealing with short lead time requests.

Because of the unique nature of our business, Excel is a core application in our accounting organization. After three attempts to find an Excel consultant who is capable of helping our finance team integrate advanced applications into our work processes we found LSA and Alex. He was not only an “Real” Excel expert but was masterful in helping us identify where to use Excel applications in our processes to increase our group’s efficiency.

SPO Partners & Co
Kim Silva, CFO

Here’s a token of my appreciation for ALL your efforts. I’m offering my most sincere appreciation, and it extends to all the folks who made our customized management development programs possible.

Susan Anderson
Workforce Planning Bureau

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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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LSA exceeded all my expectations. We interviewed 7 potential training and consulting partners and selected LSA due to their expertise, flexibility, and breadth and depth of solutions. We were able to construct a management training course from the modules most appropriate to our needs, and are able to provide additional training from their well developed portfolio of experts. Our managers galvanized as a team throughout the session and are better prepared for the rigors of a competitive market.

Mitch Mandich
CEO

Edify

We recently contacted LSA Global to assist us with a unique training request. We gave LSA a very short deadline and LSA custom designed a training program to meet our exact requirements within the limited time allotted to them. We found their facilitator to be well versed in the subject matter and very credible; the design provided practical and valuable information to our team of managers. I highly recommend LSA Global, particularly in the area of management training.

Julaine K. Souza
Senior Vice President

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Our relationship with LSA has been fantastic. We actually brag about their business value all the time. Their flexibility, focus, and ability to continuously deliver true results has been extremely refreshing and different than any other training outsourcing firm we have engaged.

Fortune 500 Financial Services Company
Senior Vice President Learning & Development

We partnered with LSA Global to help us invest in our people in the areas of performance coaching, diversity, and inclusion. They focused on helping us succeed and were very flexible in meeting our specific needs. LSA Global exceeded my expectations from a speed, quality, and value standpoint. I would recommend LSA Global to anyone looking for a true business partner.

Anita Luckinbill
Director, Human Resources

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What a refreshing change from the half-baked psycho-babble you normally get from “training” organizations. LSA gives you the assistance you need to define and reach your goal, and then they give you a results driven plan – not just a temporary fix. They are great to work with, and even more importantly, they “get it!”

David Fiano
Vice President Human Resources

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We recently partnered with LSA Global to offer our Supervisors and Managers a customized two-day management training program. Everyone who attended said it was by far the best management training program they had ever attended. The content was rich and highly interactive. The case studies were relevant. Each participant walked away from the training much better equipped to lead their teams.

Jeff Coon
Director of Human Resources

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