Bob Voss, PhD | Nonprofit Practice LeaderContact
Bob Voss, PhD, is skilled at helping organizations and their leaders identify and address those critical issues that stand in the way of a high level of shared vision, purpose and results-driven performance.
He has extensive experience as a teacher, trainer, and technical writer, and has held senior operational, executive, and board-level roles in a global non-profit organization. With a proven ability to resolve diverse management challenges, he has unusual—and considerable—skills at helping leaders navigate the ‘tough people issues’ at the heart of creating the conditions for sustained success. His broad range of life skills include his training as a systems ecologist, many years working as a software trainer, consultant and co-author of several best-selling software books, and his executive and team leadership experience. Trained in whole-systems thinking, Bob earned his PhD in Insect Ecology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Bob’s other interests include music, and national and world current affairs. He enjoys spending time with his family, friends and daughter.
Growth River, Germany
Working primarily in Germany, Eb Schmidt is a consultant, coach and seasoned executive. Before joining Growth River Eb assisted both individuals and companies improve time management skills as a licensed Mission Control coach. Through his consulting work with Expense Reduction Analysts, he led cost reduction programs for companies across different industries. Eb’s 25-year corporate career included executive positions such as Director of Quality Control and IT at Miele and COO at Powell Flutes, Inc.—leadership roles in which he continually guided quality improvements and cost reduction programs.
Eb’s experience with data-driven business growth and evolution extends from guiding senior executives in their professional development through to the detailed work of organizational restructuring. It is this interest in both hard business data and soft transformation skills, an unusual—and unusually effective—approach to consulting, that brought Eb to Growth River.
Over the last 20 years Sylvia Smetana has parlayed an expertise in financial management to play a significant role in several companies located both in Europe and the US. Sylvia’s passion is helping leaders, especially women in leadership, to establish their highest values in the organization and creating the conditions for sustained growth in their company.
Through working with peers and clients over 20 years she has studied how consciousness and transformation influence high performance of individuals and teams. The application of evolutionary leadership concepts to create an innovative feedback and dialog culture that resolves complex team challenges has become second nature. Sylvia earned her MBA from the University of Vienna in her home country of Austria.
Specialties: Bringing higher values into business, women in leadership, leadership development, women's development, measuring leadership competency, aligning team culture and business models, using creative tension in teams to drive innovation.
An international consultant for the last 15 years, Steffen Karneth is an expert in both business and leadership development. He brings a wealth of sales and marketing experience from various industries. Steffen gained his broad knowledge working for IBM and Cisco, and he played an influential role at WebEx, launching IP-based communication technologies throughout Europe and the Middle East. With a focus on the Enterprise market Steffen led large teams of consultants and partners in complex transformational projects.
Prior to his professional career, Steffen was an athlete and trainer in East Germany. There he developed his unique focus and strength to thrive in challenging and competitive environments. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, he exercised his newly gained freedom to travel and explore different cultures around the world. Steffen currently serves as a board member for a non-profit organization dedicated to the evolution of consciousness and culture.