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The Core Team


Founders

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Kimberly Burris
Co-Founder

Kim is a co-founder of Positivity. With a background in investment banking, she spearheads the strategic direction of Positivity’s growth and development. A current doctoral candidate who has presented her research internationally on topics of leadership and conflict management, Kim has led training programs, and managed large-scale change management initiatives as well as, corporate strategy, acquisition strategy, and corporate finance alternatives for clients. Positivity’s mission aligns with her mission to help people lead more successful lives without sacrificing personal happiness. Read more »

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Chelsea Woodcock, PhD
Co-Founder

Chelsea is a co-founder of Positivity. Her background and experience are the driving forces behind the content development, data analysis, assessment tool creation, and coaching experience that support the design, delivery, and measurement of the Positivity programs and service offerings. Read more »

Cary Chessick
Cary Chessick
Founder

Cary is the Founder of Positivity. He is also an investor in both Impact Engine and Firestarter Fund. Cary is the former CEO of Restaurant.com. Cary was Ernst & Young’s 2010 Midwest Entrepreneur of the Year. Cary was also an American Business Awards’ finalist for Executive of the Year in 2010, and was inducted into the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame for 2011. Cary was selected by NIU for the 2011 College of Business Honorary Alumnus award for his contributions to business and to the success of the college. Chicago Tribune recognized Restaurant.com as one of Chicago’s Top Workplaces in 2011. Restaurant.com was ranked #767 on the Inc. 500|5000 list of the fastest growing private companies for 2010 and Wired magazine ranked it among the top 10 companies you want to work for outside of Silicon Valley. Read more »


Team members & Advisors

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Kibibi Springs

Passionate about helping people move into positive action, Kibibi Springs is driven to impact organizational culture by facilitating communication that encourages the adoption of behavior, evolves brand awareness and stimulates employee and consumer engagement. Kibibi has successfully directed global consumer … Read more »

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Cody Smith

Cody is a born entrepreneur.  He is deeply passionate about helping organizations find new frontiers in their overall culture, retain top talent and create healthier workplaces.   He is relentlessly curious and has a genuine love for exploring the world’s … Read more »

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David A. Welch
MA, LCPC, CH

David is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and a Certified Hypnotherapist. David received his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Eastern Illinois University and his Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. He is a member … Read more »

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Joan Cutlip

Joan Cutlip is an Executive Coach and Corporate Trainer. She has over 20 years of coaching experience: focusing on interpersonal skills, career and professional development. She becomes an advocate for her individual clients, holding them accountable in creating new habits … Read more »

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Craig Wiley

Craig Wiley is President/Owner of Advanced Relations. Advanced Relations is a diversified consulting company delivering business and personal products to top-level executives, organizations and corporations. Research-based products are designed to elevate the efficiency of executive teams, develop entrepreneurial business practice … Read more »

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Marc Muchnick
PhD

Marc Muchnick serves as President of People First Group, LLC, an organizational consulting firm specializing in developing leaders, engaging employees, improving performance, and coaching managers as well as project teams for over 20 years.  Dr. Muchnick has also taught as … Read more »

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Mitch Weisberg
MD, MP

Dr. Mitchell R. Weisberg is an internist and psychopharmacologist with 25 years of clinical experience in the area of human health and performance. He has developed a unique clinical method that rapidly identifies and remedies the health conditions that impacts … Read more »

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Don Kluemper
PhD

Don Kluemper is an Assistant Professor in the Management Department at Northern Illinois University after serving as Assistant Professor and the Robert and Patricia Hines Endowed Professor of Management at Louisiana State University. He received his Ph.D. in Management from … Read more »

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Angela Schaefers

Angela Schaefers is a speaker, writer, producer, and host of  the Your Story Matters show. Angela shares their inspiring stories of individuals from around the world who have overcome challenges and are living life purposefully. Angela speaks and shares her own … Read more »

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Mike Maddock

Mike Maddock is an entrepreneur, an inventor, a writer and a keynote speaker.

Mike calls himself an Idea Monkey because he loves to solve problems with disruptive ideas. This passion for problem solving led him to establish Maddock Douglas, Inc. in 1991. Maddock Douglas has become an internationally recognized innovation agency that helps leading corporations invent and launch new products, services and business models. It is the perfect place for Idea Monkeys and the (Ring) Leaders who keep them on track… Read more »


Additional Board Members

Dan Baker
Dan Baker
PhD,

Dan Baker has been in Family Business Consulting and a Certified Executive Coach for 20 years. He is an organizational consultant to family and general businesses and regularly partakes in educational and public speaking.

He received his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Nebraska and is a Post Doctoral Fellow in Medical Psychology with a specialty in Stress and Cardiovascular functioning… Read more »

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Dennis Barsema

Dennis Barsema is an entrepreneur, social entrepreneur, and instructor at Northern Illinois University, College of Business. He was previously the CEO of Blue Lane Networks (acquired by VMWare), CEO and Chairman of Onetta, Inc. (acquired by Bookham Technologies), and was … Read more »

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Emerson Spartz

Spartz’s company, Spartz Media, is a thriving, profitable business. Between the company’s dozen or so sites, including OMG Facts and Gives Me Hope, he’s got an audience of 160 million monthly page views. And he’s got Jimmy Kimmel, Geraldo Rivera, … Read more »