Upcoming Speaking Engagements

May 20, 2014

Beyond the Basics Individual Session: Communicate & Negotiate

Cheryl Jacobs to present at the NERHA Beyond the Basics Communicate & Negotiate
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Previous Speaking Engagements

May 7, 2014

Kellie O’Shea  PHR – Vice President, MCG Partners to present at the Maine HR Conference, May 7, 2014.
Group Decisions Done Right - Collaborative and Inclusive Decision Making.
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"MCG Partners are great at understanding complex situations and getting to the core of the issues. They have the mental agility to tackle a broad range of business challenges and have been a tremendous partner to us and our members. Their vast experience in assisting organizations with a variety of management and leadership development solutions has been invaluable. I learn something new every time I work with them."
Tracy Burns-Martin, CEO
Northeast Human Resource Association (NEHRA)



Ron Cort | Bill House | Cheryl Jacobs | Adrienne (Kravitz) Mollor | Chuck Mollor
Kellie O'Shea | Heather Wood | Jonathan Bates | Chuck Burke | Gordon Harris | Heather Kennedy

Jim Hughes Senior Vice President - MCG Partners

Ron Cort - Senior Vice President

Ron is a Senior Vice President of MCG Partners, Chamber of Commerce winner of "Entrepreneur of the Year" and provider of leadership, talent, sales, and organizational effectiveness solutions. Ron is a seasoned executive with over 30 years of management and strategic development expertise. With extensive experience in the transportation industry and related business entities, Ron brings a keen understanding of progressive business leadership in managing organizational effectiveness. His dynamic approach to effective communication and employee training dovetails with a deep understanding of corporate culture management.

Prior to joining MCG Partners, Ron was vice president of MTC Recovery Consultants, a technology firm specializing in parcel shipment auditing and reporting. As an integral part of senior management, Ron advised client companies offering a spectrum of solutions to facilitate cost reduction.

Previously, Ron was president of Plymouth Rock Transportation—a privately held freight services business based in Stoneham, MA. As such, Ron led the company in optimizing service performance, productivity, growth and profitability throughout all departments. During his tenure, Ron implemented a long-term expansion strategy, growing the small family business into a major common carrier with 14 facilities in 11 Northeastern states from Maine to Virginia. His business acumen and well-honed communication skills enabled him to then position the company for sale, managing a seamless acquisition process and maximizing revenue retention.

Ron is active in numerous cultural and philanthropic organizations. Currently, he serves on the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of The Bridge Center—a non-profit organization that provides facilities and opportunities for kids with disabilities to learn, play and grow. He is also an avid golfer and past Member of the Board of Governors at Pinebrook Country Club in Weston, MA.

Ron attended Franklin Pierce College and Syracuse University, and holds a certificate from the Owner/President Management program at Harvard Business School. Ron is certified in the Predictive Index® (PI®).

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Bill House - Senior Vice President

Bill House is Senior Vice President for MCG Partners, a premier provider of leadership, talent, sales and organizational effectiveness solutions. Bill’s focus is on the sales performance practice. He develops and delivers a broad spectrum of customized sales assessment, training and development programs, and provides advisory and consulting services to our clients for their employee and leadership development, succession, talent management, and selection needs.

Bill has an extensive history of sales management experience in consumer products and B2B sales. His track record of success has focused on sales achievement, sales performance management, planning and execution, and enhancing customer relationships utilizing diverse sales teams.

Bill brings over 25 years experience in sales and marketing, strategic planning, and sales execution. Previously, he was the Vice President, Sales of The Gem Group, Inc., an industry leader in the promotional marketing business. In this role Bill developed sales strategies and tactics to consistently grow sales, strategically position the organization and enhance the development of the sales teams. Prior to that Bill was Director, Retail Sales, U.S. for Spalding Sports Worldwide. During his time at Spalding he was responsible for the long term expansion of the golf business with key national sporting goods retailers and the building and development of the sales teams to accomplish this. In these roles he managed field, inside, key account, and agency sales teams. These sales units achieved significant strategic penetration of the diverse markets in each company’s portfolio.

Bill holds a BS/BA in Marketing/Management from Rockhurst University. He is a certified Analyst in the Predictive Index® (PI®), and is certified in the Customer-Focused Selling™ (CFS) sales training program, Sales Skills Assessment Tool™ (SSAT), and in the sales management training programs, Coaching for Sales Growth™ and Coaching to Excellence™. Bill lives north of Boston and is an avid golfer and skier.

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Cheryl Jacobs - Senior Vice President

Cheryl Jacobs is Senior Vice President for MCG Partners, a premier provider of leadership, talent, sales and organizational effectiveness solutions. Cheryl develops and delivers a broad spectrum of customized training and development programs, and provides advisory and consulting services to our clients with their employee and leadership development, succession, talent management, and selection needs. Cheryl is an executive coach of the firm working with leaders on team effectiveness, conflict management, influence & persuasion and overall leadership effectiveness requirements. Cheryl is dedicated to helping leaders and organizations to achieve their potential. She leverages her extensive business background to assist our clients in achieving higher levels of performance.

Cheryl brings over 15 years experience in sales and marketing, strategic planning, and executive coaching. Previously, Cheryl was the founder of Talent Transformation, a coaching, training and talent management consulting firm. Beforehand, she was the Executive Director of Sales for The Providence Journal Company, a multimedia organization owned by Belo Corporation. Here, Cheryl oversaw a sales and marketing staff of 60 and drove strategies, revenue, and multimedia product development for a $50m budget. Prior to the Providence Journal, Cheryl spent 10 years in Sales and Strategic Planning at Boston.com and The Boston Globe.

Cheryl holds a BA from Boston College, an MBA from Suffolk University and is a member of Suffolk's Executive MBA Alumni Board. In addition, Cheryl is a certified Executive Coach through the International Coach Federation (ICF) and is a certified Analyst in the Predictive Index® (PI®).

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Adrienne (Kravitz) Mollor - Partner

Adrienne is the Chief Operations Officer of MCG Partners.

Previously, Adrienne spent seven years as Vice President of Client Services for the world’s largest organizational consulting firm. She worked with small to Fortune 50 companies and was the Account Executive for two of the company’s top 50 clients worldwide. Beforehand, Adrienne was the Director of Resident Services for a retirement community with over six hundred residents. She managed a staff and was responsible for all internal marketing and activities to drive sales. She has worked in the construction field as a manager for two general contracting firms and has over eighteen years of real estate sales and development experience.

Adrienne is involved in the ownership, management and growth strategy for over 130 acres of cranberry bogs in Southeastern, Massachusetts. Her family’s farm crop is sold across a variety of wholesale channels including a line of value-added products.

Adrienne is on the Board for SEMAP (Southeastern Massachusetts Agricultural Partnership). SEMAP is dedicated to preserving and expanding access to local food and sustainable farming through research and education. She is involved with the Cape Cod Cranberry Growers Association and is active on its Government Affairs Committee. She is on the Board of Incoporators for Mechanics Cooperative Bank’s Holding Company. Adrienne was the founding chairperson of the Bridgewater State University's Center for Entrepreneurship Studies. Most recently, she has been working with The Solution from the Land Dialogue (SFL). The SFL initiative is exploring the development of integrated sustainable solutions to the challenges of climate change, food security, economic development and biodiversity conservation.

Adrienne was selected as the 2010 Eisenhower Agricultural Fellow and traveled to South America to expand agricultural business relationships while observing sustainability practices. In 2011, she received the McCabe Fellow award for public spirited business person. She has held a federal appointment to serve on the Massachusetts State Committee for the USDA's Farm Services Agency (FSA) since 2007. FSA provides all farmers with agricultural programs and is dedicated to achieving an economically and environmentally sound future for American Agriculture.

Adrienne is also involved with the following organizations and participated in the following trainings:

  • Trained and Certified in the Predictive Index®(PI®)
  • Trained and Certified in Solutions Selling (SIP)
  • Member of the Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation
  • Pan Mass Challenge Rider & Volunteer

Adrienne is a graduate of Bridgewater State College with a Bachelors of Science, majoring in Marketing and Public Relations.

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Chuck Mollor - Executive Coach & Managing Partner

Chuck Mollor is the founding and managing partner of MCG Partners, Chamber of Commerce winner of “Entrepreneur of the Year” and provider of leadership, talent, sales, and organizational effectiveness solutions. He is also the owner of Career Transition Advisors, a subsidiary of MCG Partners, providing career management and transition services. For over 25 years Chuck has advised and consulted international, national, and regional executives and organizations across industries, start-ups to Fortune 500, and not-for-profits.

Chuck is an executive coach and strategic consultant specializing in coaching executives and leadership teams, and aligning strategy, leadership and organizations to achieve business objectives. He focuses on leadership development, leadership team alignment, succession planning, creating leadership and sales cultures, change management, mergers and acquisitions, employee engagement, strategic planning, and developing a culture of accountability.

As a former CEO and member of several executive teams, he has had general management and P&L responsibilities, and ran, built and restructured several businesses. Chuck has led strategy, sales, marketing, product development, operations, and a global partnership of more than 100 consulting firms in 33 countries.

Chuck is a graduate of Executive Programs at The Harvard Business School, MIT Sloan School of Management and The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He has a BA in Political Science and a minor in Business Administration from Merrimack College.

Chuck is a certified Executive Coach and is certified in a number of behavioral, 360 and engagement assessments and surveys. He has written articles and has been a panelist, presenter, facilitator and speaker at numerous conferences and seminars.

Chuck is the Chair of the Board for the Arts and Business Council and serves on several other boards. He is a Cranberry Grower-Owner of Ocean Spray, is President of LeBaron Hills and is a fundraiser and rider for the Pan Mass Challenge (PMC), a 192 mile bike-ride for the fight against cancer. Chuck lives near Boston with his wife, three daughters, one son, and two dogs.

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Kellie A. O’Shea, PHR - Vice President

Kellie O’Shea is Vice President of Consulting Services for MCG Partners – a premier provider of leadership, talent, sales and organizational effectiveness solutions as well as a Chamber of Commerce winner of “Entrepreneur of the Year.”

Prior to MCG Partners, Kellie has over 15 years of experience managing human resource programs for high profile accounts at Creative Services, Inc. and ProcureStaff Technologies. She has implemented more than 1,000 local, national and global programs helping organizations reduce risk while increasing efficiencies in new employee and contractor on-boarding.

Kellie is certified as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and holds a J.D. from the University of Massachusetts School of Law at Dartmouth. She has also trained in workers’ compensation claimant fraud through the Insurance Fraud Bureau and workplace violence through ASIS International. She has an Advanced Certification in the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) from the National Association of Professional Background Screeners and is Nationally Accredited for Administration of Drug and Alcohol Testing Programs.

Kellie is actively involved in the HR community and has been quoted as an expert as well as published in many industry outlets, such as Cornell HR Review, HR.com and Insights Magazine. She participates in or has provided educational sessions for the following industry associations and organizations: Northeast Human Resources Association, Society for Human Resource Management, Association of Employment Professionals, College and University Professional Association for Human Resources, the Human Resources Council, Association of Employment Professionals, Gould Construction Institute, Massachusetts Bankers Association, Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants, New England Educators Insurance Association, Northeast Human Resources Association, North Central Career Center, North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce, and SouthCoast Human Resources Council.

Kellie lives on the South Shore with her husband. Both are strong supporters of Ryan’s Hope for a Cure Charitable Foundation helping in the fight against Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD).

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Heather Roberts Vice President - MCG Partners

Heather Wood - Vice President

Heather Wood is a Vice President, leadership facilitator and executive coach of MCG Partners – a premier provider of leadership, talent, sales and organizational effectiveness solutions as well as a Chamber of Commerce winner of “Entrepreneur of the Year.”
With more than 16 years of experience in engaging all levels of leadership across multiple business sectors, Heather is a dynamic facilitator and professionally accredited executive coach. Her industry areas of expertise include financial services, software development, bio-pharmaceutical and health and human services.

Drawing from her experience and insight training hundreds of managers globally, Heather coaches executives in leadership strategy, communication style, team building, performance management, conflict resolution and career development. Heather is also an accomplished designer and facilitator of customized interactive management workshops.

In addition to MCG Partners’ management training programs, her other training content includes Situational Leadership, InsideOut Coaching, Thomas Kilmann Conflict Mode (TKI) and Lominger Leadership Architect.

Previously, Heather was an assistant vice president at Brown Brothers Harriman, where she developed long-term leadership development programs as well as employee engagement surveys and feedback sessions to diagnose competency gaps and improve individual, team and organizational performance. Prior to that, she served as a human resource consultant for Idenix Pharmaceuticals and in several capacities at Fidelity Investments as a learning consultant and senior business analyst in corporate learning development.

Heather earned her Bachelor of Science from Simmons College in Boston and her Certificate in Professional Coaching (CPC) from the Institute of Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC).  She volunteers as a mentor for Babson College MBA students as well as for the Social Innovation Forum.  Additionally, Heather is an active member of the Boston Facilitators Roundtable. She lives with her family in North Reading, Mass.

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Jonathan Bates - Senior Consultant

Jeb provides outstanding design and delivery capabilities for our clients. Dedicated, creative, and versatile consulting/training professional with twenty years experience in corporate and higher education environments; sales/professional and operational capacities.

Jeb excels in:

  • Sales and marketing programs and skills development
  • Development of innovative training programs, workshops, curricula, and tools
  • Platform, executive, and individual training/coaching for corporate and institutional organizations
  • Business consulting skills including assessment, strategy and solution design, implementation, and evaluation
  • Group facilitation and conflict resolution/mediation
  • Internal process consulting and re-engineering
  • Creative business development, marketing strategy, new program design and development
  • Technical training projects—use of systems and technologies including group collaboration and e-learning technologies
  • Program management, project planning and management, organizational skills, administration/budget management

Jeb brings a solid blend of strategic corporate/staff management experience and practical field sales business experience. Rapid learning and assimilation curve for new organizations, programs, and curricula. Jeb is experienced working with executive, management, professional, sales, and administrative.

Jeb’s prior background includes working the following organizations and positions:

  • IBM Corporation – Lotus Software Division, Consulting Education Specialist
  • Productivity Point International, Director of Consulting Services
  • Concord Corporation, Senior Training Consultant

Jeb is a graduate of Pepperdine University in Los Angeles and is a current candidate for Master of Science, Organization Development. He is certified in several sales and assessment tools and programs, including Customer-Focused Selling Train-the-Trainer, PI Worldwide.

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Chuck Berke - Executive Coach

Chuck Berke is an executive coach for MCG Partners – a premier provider of leadership, talent, sales and organizational effectiveness solutions as well as a Chamber of Commerce winner of “Entrepreneur of the Year.”

With 18 years of experience working with executive leaders at the highest levels of Fortune 100 companies, he specializes in understanding the demands and the expectations that are a part of an executive leader’s everyday experience and creating specifc and actionable steps that executives can immediately implement. Informed by his own record as a proven leader, he realizes that when it comes to working with high level leaders, even fine adjustments can have an enormous impact on their leadership style and career trajectory.

As the CEO of a nonprofit, he doubled the organization’s revenue over a ten year period. He accomplished this by building a strong high performing team through coaching, mentoring and developing employees.

Chuck has worked with individuals and teams from the following companies: GE, EMC, PepsiCo/Frito Lay, Dell, Merck-Millipore, AIG, Nestle Waters, Bruker Corp, Starwood Hotels and The National Institute of Health

In addition to his longstanding experience developing and advancing executives’ careers, he has 10 years experience as an adjunct professor at Fairfield University. He is also certified in four 360 assessment tools, the Hogan Suite, the FIRO-B and the DISC. Chuck holds M.A. degrees from both Fairfield University and Fielding Graduate University. He is also currently a PhD candidate in human and organizational development from Fielding Graduate University. He earned his B.A. from the University of Maryland.

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Gordon Harris - Senior Consultant

Gordon is a seasoned and versatile professional with over 25 years of human resources, marketing and management experience. He is experienced in retail, manufacturing, healthcare, construction, financial services, entertainment, food and beverage, gaming and guest services for companies ranging from 12 to 12,000 employees.

He has served as Director of Workforce Development for the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, and Director of Employment and Manager of Diversity and Indian Preference for Foxwoods Resort & Casino, one of the largest gaming facilities in the world.

Gordon was the Senior Vice President of Diversity at Sovereign Bank, one of the largest banks in New England. He was responsible for the company’s overall diversity strategy which included workforce development, retention, training, minority and women owned vendor development, ethnic marketing and advertising. Previously, he was the regional Vice President of Human Resources at Sovereign Bank, managing human resource activities throughout the northeast – recruitment, employee relations, training and benefits. He successfully managed the integration of 7,000 employees through mergers and acquisitions, and managed a staff of 10.

Gordon has been quoted in trade and business publications on the issue of diversity, and has been a key note speaker at symposiums on the subject of diversity. Gordon was educated in Europe until the age of sixteen. He attended Salem State College and Boston University, is certified in the Predictive Index® (PI®), and is fluent in French and Dutch.

Gordon currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Plimoth Plantation, Board of Trustees for Sturgis Public Charter School and on the Board of Directors for the Mashpee One Room Schoolhouse. Gordon has also served on several other Boards including the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe and the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts.

Gordon is a registered member of the federally recognized Mashpee Wampanoag tribe.

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Heather Roberts Vice President - MCG Partners

Heather Kennedy - Senior Consultant

Heather Kennedy is Senior Consultant of MCG Partners, Chamber of Commerce winner of “Entrepreneur of the Year” and premier provider of leadership, talent, sales and organizational effectiveness solutions.

Heather believes in developing leaders that engage and inspire their teams and transform workplaces. For over 18 years, Heather has designed, developed, and delivered customized training and development programs focused on increasing the organizational effectiveness of leaders and their teams. She also provides advisory and consulting services regarding change management, performance management, and organizational re-design.

Heather’s background is within Human Resources as a Strategic Business Partner in the areas of Leadership Development, Talent Management and Change Management. Heather’s prior roles include talent management roles within a Fortune 20 company and owner of her own Human Resources consulting firm. In those roles, Heather:

  • Achieved 32% improvement in customer satisfaction for the organization’s largest call center, while lowering average speed to answer by 5.5 minutes and reducing new hire training time by 50%.
  • Developed and led the change management strategy for a systems implementation throughout a client’s logistics and distribution department that exceeded company expectations was recognized within the industry as best-in-class.
  • Within six months, designed, developed, and implemented a year-long first level leadership development program aligned with company competencies and values at a cost of less than $500/ attendee.

Heather holds a BA from Hanover College and a MA in Organizational Psychology from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology (MSPP). She is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and Institute of Coaching Professional Association (ICPA). In addition, Heather holds a Graduate Certificate in Executive Coaching (GCEC) from MSPP and maintains certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR). She is also certified in the Predictive Index® (PI® ) assessment.

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