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.
Vice President of Consulting & Training
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.
Giselle Chow, Senior Consultant, is seasoned at designing, leading, and facilitating group and institutional change processes. As a career educational leader and facilitator, she has developed and led many experience-based trainings using graphic facilitation and graphic recording. Her group leadership is informed by her expertise with appreciative inquiry models, restorative justice models, and narrative inquiry and theory. Giselle has extensive experience in educational leadership, including serving as Dean of Equity and Instruction and Acting Dean of Students in a San Francisco high school. She has an M.A. in Educational Leadership and a B.A. in Art History, both from Mills College in Oakland, CA.
Gisela Wendling, Ph.D.
Director of Global Learning
Gisela Wendling, Ph.D. is Director of Global Learning and Senior Consultant for The Grove Consultants International. She has held leadership positions in education, environmental sustainability, and high-tech industry. Her expertise is based in twenty years of working and consulting within a wide range of private and public organizations. Pairing a systems perspective with dialogic approaches, she creates unique opportunities for interactive, content-rich, outcome-focused and highly transformative individual and group experiences. Gisela received a doctorate in human and organizational systems from Fielding Graduate University and was the Director of the Masters Program in Organization Development at Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park, CA. Her deep appreciation for cultural differences and how to bridge them is informed by field experiences in Peru, Africa, and Australia.