David has been an organizational consultant and information designer since 1977. He is the author of John Wiley & Sons’ three-volume Visual Leadership Series as well as many of The Grove’s leading-edge group-process tools and models for facilitation, team leadership and organizational transformation. David is a master facilitator of large-scale group processes, strategic visioning and creative, future-oriented symposia. He frequently lends his coaching and design expertise to Grove project teams. His practice is informed by eight years of public affairs leadership development through the Coro Northern California Center for Civic Leadership. He holds a master’s degree from Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and a B.A. in literature from Occidental College in Los Angeles.
President and Founder
Laurie is a senior consultant who has worked in organizational consulting, team development and management since 1993. A seasoned graphic facilitator and trainer, she has designed and delivered numerous programs incorporating Grove Storymaps™ and experience-based training for corporations and public-benefit organizations. Laurie has an M.B.A from Simmons Graduate School of Management, with an emphasis on organizational development, and a B.S. in natural resource conservation from the University of California, Berkeley.
Director of Consulting
Tomi is a senior consultant with fifteen years of experience in both private- and public-benefit organizations. She draws on group process, graphic facilitation and visual design skills in her consulting practice and teaches The Grove’s methodology to individuals and groups. Currently, she is developing culturally sensitive ways to let groups capture their own ideas and images. Tomi received a bachelor’s degree in East Asian studies and creative writing from Oberlin College, and she is an internationally certified instructor of Shintaido (a spiritual martial art form) at the second-degree black belt level. She joined The Grove Consultants International in 1988.
Director of Digital Facilitation Services
Rachel S. Smith is recognized for her expertise in making new technologies approachable through talks, trainings, and written materials and has authored instructional materials, guides, and monographs on the creative and technical aspects of teaching with technology. A specialist in project coordination and user-interface design, Rachel also develops ways to integrate technology into visual practice. Rachel holds a master’s degree in education with an emphasis on educational technology from Stanford University and a bachelor’s degree in art education from Florida State University. She is the author of Digital Visual Facilitation, a blog for visual practitioners.