Speakers (Birdfeeders)

Continuing Learning For Business Leaders

What’s a “Birdfeeder”?

A “Birdfeeder” is a public  appearance by an expert resource for the benefit of Vistage members. (Private appearances are closed to anyone beyond a specific group’s members.)

Unless otherwise noted below, Birdfeeders are open to all Vistage members, chairs, and friends. Please share this page.

Upcoming Birdfeeders

Rosemarie Rossetti
Mentoring Teams to Embrace Change
Wednesday, September 30th, 1p-2p EDT
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When faced with challenges, fear can become our greatest business obstacle. It blurs our vision, limits our ambition and dulls our competitive edge. To overcome fear, we must first embrace change. And that starts with a fresh perspective boosted by renewed ambition and confidence. Only then can we develop a strategic action plan along with the drive for personal success. Rosemarie Rossetti motivates audiences to embrace change. And with it the promise of a more rewarding career and life.

Rosemarie Rossetti, Ph.D., is an award-winning professional speaker, author and consultant. For more than 20 years, she has been empowering audiences around the world — from ten to ten-thousand. On June 13, 1998, Rosemarie’s life was transformed when a 3 1/2 ton tree came crashing down on her. Paralyzed from the waist down with a spinal cord injury, she looked deep within herself, finding new strength and new resolve. After that life-changing event, and despite many other challenges, Rosemarie became a model for courage and an incredible example of how to live life with conviction — despite adversity. Through her positive approach and sensitive use of humor, she delivers a powerful message: With courage and resiliency you can move beyond the fear of change toward restored hope and a renewed sense of purpose!

Ariel R. Enisman, Esq.
Asset Protection
Thursday, October 1st, 11a-noon EDT
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Ariel Enisman delivers a highly educational, interactive and in-depth presentation on asset protection planning for the business owner. The presentation is done in an easy-to-understand manner that allows the listeners to not only truly grasp the concepts immediately, but enables them to implement the strategies the very next day in their office. The presentation shows business owners how to protect themselves from lawyers, creditors, foreclosure deficiencies, former or current spouses, children, relatives and greedy lawsuit-obsessed citizens. While many people can make money, few know how to protect it.

Key issues include, but are not limited to:

  • Why your business is in danger
  • Due to the economy, why liability insurance is simply not enough anymore
  • How to design an Asset Protection plan for your business
  • The five fatal mistakes to avoid
  • The best Asset Protection tools and how to implement them immediately
  • How to safely and legally protect every asset you own, from everyone, every time
  • Eight keys to a good Asset Protection plan
  • Three maxims of Asset Protection
  • Domestic vs. international Asset Protection
Alisa Isaac and Paula Penn-Nabrit
Book Discussion: Stamped From The Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America.
Four Saturdays: 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, and 10/24
3:30p-5p EDT
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Join Paula Penn-Nabrit and Alisa Isaac for discussions of National Book Award-winning Stamped From The Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi.
Kendi examines racist ideas in America through the lives of five Americans: Cotton Mather, Thomas Jefferson, William Lloyd Garrison, W.E.B. Du Bois, and Angela Davis. Reading and discussing this book have enlightened and inspired many people across the nation.
For more information about the book:
If you are interested in participating in the discussion, contact Alisa Isaac via [email protected]
Rachel D.K. Finney
The Power of Perspective: Finding the Silver Lining When It’s Raining Cats & Dogs 
Tuesday, October 6th, 2p-5p EDT
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Is a set-back, challenge or unexpected loss making it difficult for you or your team to show-up and deliver your very best performance?

Sometimes a set-back is really a remarkable path forward. Here’s your chance to harness the power of perspective and set a new course for success. This is a story about shaping our best possible future by changing the lens through which we view our challenges.

Join Rachel D.K. Finney, 20 year nonprofit executive and CEO of Columbus Humane, for an inspiring look at how she and her team leverage adversity and get the most out of difficult situations by shifting perspectives. Conquer any challenge from catastrophic flooding to lackluster programming with a journey to the bright side.

This session creates an opportunity to consider the “up side of down.” Finney, a self-proclaimed “advantage-ist” teaches the audience to consider the advantages of experiencing hardship and the good that can come from otherwise bad situations. 

A Certified Animal Welfare Administrator with 16 years of experience in animal sheltering, Rachel has degrees in nonprofit management, psychology, political science and sociology from Indiana University. She was recognized as Nonprofit CEO of the Year by Columbus CEO in 2015 and a Columbus Business First “Forty Under 40” in 2013.

Rachel operates under the philosophy that we should “never be afraid to do the right thing.” She shares her home with her husband, 2 children, 3 dogs, 2 cats and 5 fish.

David Thomas
How To Be A Remote Speaking Presentation Rockstar
For Vistage Chairs:
Tuesday, October 6th, noon-1p EDT
For Business Leaders:
Wednesday, October 7th, 1p-2p EDT
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Most presentations waffle on too long, use technology badly, bore the audience and don’t achieve their desired aims. In short, the presenter sacrifices their power in front of the audience. When these presentations are done remotely, the effect of that can be multiplied by 10.

But conversely, being able to present with power increases sales, customer loyalty and inspires staff.

David Thomas will take the attendees through a series of tips, techniques and strategies that will have an immediate impact on the way they present virtually and turn them into a remote speaking Rockstar!

About David Thomas:
David is an expert in memory and personal development. It all started out with buying a book on memory 18 years ago, now he is considered one of the leading speakers in the field of memory.

His credibility in memory is unquestionable and when mixed with his humorous and contagious side his talks are an experience like none other. David will leave delegates highly motivated and with the necessary knowledge and tools to progress forward in their careers, as an individual, and as an organisation.

David has a vast variety of clients from Olympic athletes to government officials. The never ending variety ensures that David meets new challenges everyday from new environments. Since breaking a Guinness world record in 1998 David has made multiple media appearances including being on the Oprah Winfrey Show in Chicago. David has gone on to take part in a number of interviews on ITV, BBC, Channel 4, and on the radio.

He had a very challenging upbringing.  Amongst other things, at the age of 16 he went off the rails, got in trouble with the police, received a court conviction and was expelled from school.

He joined the Fire Service at 20 and subsequently failed his promotion exams. He bought a book on memory in a desperate attempt to pass his exams and found he had a gift. Within eight months of buying the book he went to The World Memory Championships and came 4th. He has since gone on to develop one of the most powerful memories in history. He is now a Sunday Times Number 1 bestselling author, international speaker and media personality.

Dr. Pelè Raymond 
How To Develop High-Performance Teams In The Age of COVID-19
Thursday, October 15th, 1p-4p EDT
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Program Description:

Nothing is as important to an organization’s success as teamwork. Yet the coronavirus pandemic has left many businesses struggling to adapt and reorganize their energies. Never before has the power of teamwork been more important than in today’s dispersed, chaotic business environment.

At the same time, the ingredients for great teamwork are no mystery. A recent study by McKinsey found that 97% of corporate respondents believed that the number one reason for project failure was a lack of alignment, also known as ‘team harmony’. Yet, the question continues to be: how do we get teams working together in harmony?

For the answer, we need look no further than nature, where the neuroscience of music reveals science-based principles that can be applied to build highly effective teams. Just as the Wright Brothers looked to the flight of birds in nature to build the first airplane, we look to neuroscience and model the harmony of music to create high-performing business teams.

Value To Attendees:

This presentation elicits a high degree of participant engagement. Throughout the workshopstyle exercises and conversations, Dr. Pelè Raymond Ugboajah (“Dr. Pelè”) draws on his research and bestselling book—The 7 Songs Of A Successful Team—to guide participants through intriguing parallels between the 7 elements of music, and the 7 elements of a team. By the end of a lively, fun, and musically interactive experience, attendees will have new awareness and specific takeaway tools that will help them turn what they learn into action and positive team results back at work.

Attendees will have the following learning and takeaways:

  • • The ‘WHY’ of Teams – why today’s leading companies are adopting team structures.
  • A universal formula for assessing and developing highly successful teams.
  • How to create ‘water cooler’ strategies through technology in a COVID-19 world.
  • How to effectively transfer team learning into business return on investment (ROI).

Drawing on scholarly research as well as his own unique experiences at the cross-roads of Human Resources, Training, and Music, Dr. Pelè shows how we can model the harmony of music to create profitable business teams.

Speaker Biography:

Dr. Pelè is a bestselling author and educator who partners with leaders, teams, and individuals to achieve high performance through the science of happiness. Born in a war-torn African village, he has experienced both humble beginnings and the victory of the American dream. His unique journey has taught him what truly drives success—and it’s not who or what we are. It’s how well we leverage happiness and harmony—the music of our lives.

Dr. Pelè holds a Ph.D. in Organization and Management. He has delivered global learning solutions to Fortune 500 clients, won numerous speaking awards, and landed songs on top Billboard and UK music charts. Today, Dr. Pelè artfully combines his passions for music and education to help people close the gap between potential and performance.

Contact Dr. Pelè at www.drpele.com

Columbus/Dayton Executive Summit
Thursday, October 22nd, 8:30a-1:45p
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To bring you timely, actionable data and insights, your Vistage Executive Summit will be presented as live, online Virtual Sessions with keynote speakers.

Now more than ever, leverage the resources and support of your Vistage community to lead the way — together. Join your peers for a unique Summit experience from the comfort and safety of your own home.

This online event is an opportunity to:

  • Gain targeted insights and data about current events — and learn what it all means for your business.
  • Get informed to lead with confidence.
  • Take crucial time to reflect and rethink.
  • Be empowered by community. You are not in this alone!

Diverse perspectives. Collective wisdom. Shared experience.

Your Vistage Executive Summit | Virtual Sessions is access to targeted insights, data and tools from sources you can trust, on the issues keeping you up at night. Highlights of the program will include a market-specific economic update with opportunity for Q&A, and Vistage Research applying a coronavirus crisis lens to 2020 priorities.

Maybe, you’re feeling overwhelmed. Or, you fear being left behind. Though it can feel lonely at the top, know this — you are not in it alone. Roll up your sleeves and gain actionable new ideas to bring back to your team.

Your leadership journey is unique to you. Join your peers on this day, and consider the mountains you’ll move tomorrow.

Anne Petrik
Sr. Director of Research, Vistage Worldwide
Decision Factors To Maximize Recovery
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Anne Petrik, Sr. Director of Research, Vistage Worldwide, offers the latest insights from Vistage research to help you understand the key factors you must consider as part of your decision-making in these uncertain times. Expand your perspectives and inform strategic decisions on how to best manage customers, talent, finances and operations, and ultimately ensure your business is well-positioned for future success.

Connor Lokar
Program Economist, ITR
Economics Guidance In An Uncertain Economy
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Never has it been more critical for you to have clear, impartial and data-driven perspective on how factors such as COVID-19 and oil price volatility will impact the economy moving forward, and what you should be doing in response. This session from ITR Economics will help you determine the best course of action for the most important part of the economy — you and your business. ITR will cut through the noise to present its expectation of the human and business impact of these black swan events. Additionally they will:

  1. Look at a system of leading indicators proven to signal cyclical turns in the economy and markets.
  2. Present the outlook for the market segments most important to your industry.
  3. Assess interest rate and other financial market trends, including the latest information on stock market performance.
  4. Consider your 3, 5 and 7-year planning needs, and talk about preparing for challenges and opportunities in the 2020s.
Heidi Grant
Dir. of Research & Development, EY Americas Learning, and Assoc. Dir. of the Motivation Science Center, Columbia University
How Leaders Gain Trust
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As a leader, you know — to influence your people, particularly in times of uncertainty and challenge, you need to be trusted.

How can you ensure you are projecting trustworthiness? How can you be certain how your words and actions are perceived? In this presentation, Dr. Heidi Grant will share science-based strategies for you to bridge the gap between intention and impact, and make sure you come across as you mean. Using research from her latest book, Heidi will demonstrate the importance of overcoming biases and assumptions that lead to misperceptions, and how subtle cues like eye contact and nodding can make all the difference.

Ongoing Birdfeeders

Juan Alvarez
Daily Mindfulness Meditation
Daily, 8a
No Registration Required
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Every day, Juan Alvarez guides two meditations on Instagram Live. You can attend live, or enjoy them all day here.

Beth Weinstock and Artie Isaac
Poetry Circle
Every other Sunday: 7p–8p
(may go longer, depends on poems)

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Beth and I will read poems aloud. Some are finished and ready. Some are still in the works. Listen as we encourage and critique one another. (You and all other attendees will be muted throughout the session.)

Recently Recorded Birdfeeders

Timmy McCarthy
Ambition, Plan, Achievement — Retention!
August 19, 2020
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Birdhouse member and thoughtful CEO, Timmy McCarthy describes a program designed to retain his field level teammates by helping them design their lives.

Patrick Ungashick
Transferable Value in Action
August 18, 2020
Available only to current Vistage members. Please request password from [email protected]
Chalmers Brothers
Leadership, Conversations, Results
August 12, 2020
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Effective leadership and management today is not the same as it was even 10 years ago. Many aspects of our overall business environment and individual workplace environments have certainly changed. With these adjustments come changes in the skills, tools and competencies required for successful leadership. This interactive presentation by Chalmers Brothers offers a powerful and innovative way of understanding the actual actions required for effective leadership, management and relationship-building – especially in times of seemingly constant change.

Chalmers Brothers
Leveraging the Power of Polarities
August 13, 2020
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Improve the quality of decision-making, accelerate and sustain desired organizational improvements. Learn a practical, powerful conversational framework known as the Polarity Map™ to understand the limitations of “either/or” problem-solving when working with many of your most pressing organizational issues. You will acquire the ability to lead new and powerful conversations with your team that will surface key polarities and expand their ability to lead and navigate successfully.
Note: This program is intended to be presented after groups have experienced Chalmers’ Leadership, Conversations and Results program (offered the day before, 8/12). Come to both!

Dave Collins
Embrace Change and Overcome Uncertainty: Tools and Skills for Everyday Use.
August 4, 2020
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Change is inevitable. Successful professionals must navigate unforeseen challenges and opportunities to succeed in their roles. In this workshop, you’ll learn tools to confidently work and lead teams through uncertain and challenging situations in order to adapt to change in creative and unexpected ways. You’ll learn how to use the improvisational idea of “Yes, And” to co-create new processes and practice reacting to new situations with little or no preparation time. Overall, you will learn how to practice “bouncing back” from failure to learn from new and uncomfortable professional situations where some level of imperfection is inevitable.

Christie Angel
On Eliminating Racism
June 9, 2020
President and Chief Executive Officer at YWCA Columbus.

More About Christie
Christie Angel leads the 132-year-old nonprofit with this mission: YWCA is dedicated to ELIMINATING RACISM, EMPOWERING WOMEN, and PROMOTING PEACE, JUSTICE, FREEDOM and DIGNITY FOR ALL.
Prior to becoming the CEO of YWCA Columbus in 2017, Angel had worked for a government relations and public affairs firm; served on the YWCA board; and served as deputy chief of staff and director of external affairs and services for former Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman.
More on Christie Angel:


Michael Carr
The Deming Lens: A New Way to View Your Business. 
June 25, 2020


Monica Levin
The Power of Body Language
Introduction to Reading People’s Nonverbal Communication
More About Monica

A nonverbal communication expert, Monica Levin taught us how to positively influence situations and people using nonverbal communication: intuition, mindset, and body language. Contact Monica and browse her websites for more information:

  • Request the Success Academy Catalog, here.
  • Browse her library for Science of Body Language Videos and her Free Body Language for Video Conferencing Webinar
  • Schedule a discovery call with Monica, here.

No recording is available from the sessions on June 23 and July 7, 2020.

Becca Apfelstadt
Time Management Tweaks: Change your thinking, change your day. June 24, 2020.

Alec Broadfoot
Right People in the Right Seats, Now and Post-Crisis. June 12, 2020

Rebecca Heiss
Fear(less), Inclusive Leadership. June 4, 2020.
More Resources (From Artie)

John Schuster
The Inner Game That Drives The Outer Game. June 2, 2020.

Tom Foster
Management Myths and Timespan. May 27, 2020.
More About Tom

Greg Ubert
Re-Starting Your Mom & Pop.
 May 20, 2020.
Founder & President at Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea.

More About Greg

Here is information on Greg’s book.

Michael Allosso
You On Your Best Day. May 15, 2020.
Available only to current Vistage members. Please request password from [email protected]
Patrick Ungashick
Transferable Value in Action
May 14, 2020
Available only to current Vistage members. Please request password from [email protected]
Adam Harris
Adapting Your Business To Remote Working, The Opportunity To Thrive. May 5, 2020.
Expert On Remote Working and former Vistage Chair.
Boaz Rauchwerger
How To Stop Worrying And Take Positive Action! May 5, 2020.
More About Boaz

Click here to learn more about Boaz Rauchwerger.

Casey Brown
Pricing During Recession And Economic Uncertainty. May 5, 2020
More About Casey

Artie Isaac
Leading in Challenging Times: 5 Strategies You Should Know. April 30, 2020
Vistage Chair

Angie Hicks
Re-Starting Your Mom & Pop. 
April 29, 2020.
Co-Founder, Angie’s List

Shannon Lee
The Hula Hoop of Change. 
April 28, 2020.

More About Shannon

Poetry Circle 
Poets read poems to each other. Some poems are finished and ready. Some are still in the works. Listen as the poets applaud and critique each others’ work.


Recorded on April 26, 2020.
Poems by Beth Weinstock, Amy Greenberg, Audrey Brahler, Artie Isaac.

Recorded on April 12, 2020.
Poems by Beth Weinstock, Artie Isaac. Hosted by Rabbi Sharon Mars.

Natalie Siston
Energy, Attitude & Leadership: How are YOU Showing Up?
April 23, 2020.
Small Town Leadership

Bea Strickland Wray

Business Lessons Harvard Taught Me But My Kids Made Me Learn. April 22, 2020.


Jennifer Ciccarelli
Isolation In A Home With Children. 
April 15, 2020.
Head of School, Columbus School for Girls

Gustavo Grodnitzky
Culture, Coronavirus, and RecoveryWhat We Can Learn From Companies That Are Weeks Ahead In Responding To This Pandemic. April 10, 2020.
Ph.D., author of Culture Trumps Everything
Steve Hammons
Start Me Up: A View Of Beyond The Shutdown. 
April 8, 2020.
Robert Shire
Think, Eat, Move: Effective Leadership Principles to Be Healthier, Happier, and Less Stressed. April 6, 2020.
Patrick Lencioni
Overcoming Organizational Dysfunction. April 7, 2020.
(accessible only to Vistage members)

Questions & Answers

May I bring — or send — a guest? Yes. Please limit guests to your family, potential peer group candidates, and your key executive colleagues. If you are wondering about whether a guest is appropriate, ask Monica.

Do I need to pre-register? Yes or no, as directed in each event. Ask any questions to [email protected]

What’s “Birdhouse”? Birdhouse is the combined membership of the peer groups chaired by Artie Isaac. Like birds of different feathers, flocking together. Please refer candidates to ArtieIsaac.com.