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Laura S. Wittcoff, DSW, LICSW

Principal

Laura is a gifted organization development and strategic change collaborator. She is adept at assessing situations and motivating others to think and move forward to create solutions that work because they engage, build momentum and enable organizations to thrive. Laura is able to decipher patterns in complex environments and this fuels the work she does with both businesses and government organizations. Laura encourages clients to think differently building leadership and managerial capacity to meet current environmental and system challenges. Laura thrives in ambiguous situations where goals, motives, and mindsets are unclear. She is able to see a path through the ambiguity which focuses on client strengths while recognizing and working with existing challenges. Laura’s current passion is to collaborate with non-profit organizations on developing creative brand strategy broadening their client and donor reach greatly improving long-term sustainability.

Clients include departments of public health, state commissions, branding and marketing firms, various international NGOs, and small to mid-size businesses and non-profit organizations.

In addition to being a principal of Intrinsic Group, Laura also teaches as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work and formerly taught at Suffolk University Sawyer Business School. Laura is also currently working as a senior partner in learning and development with Upper Diamond. Laura has presented at various conferences and presented and moderated at the Harvard University Extension School Business Conference. Laura previously served as the Associate Director for JRI Health’s Realize Resources, a capacity and leadership building practice. In this role, she designed and directed all areas of organization development, focusing particularly in areas of strategic planning and change management where she values building and coaching internal teams to lead change efforts.

Prior to consulting, Laura was the Director of Training and Development for Surgency, Inc. a management consulting firm where she acted as an internal consultant in the Human Resources division. For Health Resources, Inc., She worked as an employee assistance program account manager and then as the Manager of Training and Development. Laura has also worked as a psychotherapist providing counseling for individuals, couples and families.

Laura received her doctorate from the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, her master’s degree in Social Work from Boston University, and a post-graduate fellowship in Organization Development from the Boston Institute for Psychotherapy. She is also certified to administer the Myers-Briggs Type indicator. Laura was a key contributor to the team that was awarded the Brandon Hall award.

Laura was recently honored as recipient of the Jane Addams Award.

Jodi E. Detjen, MA

Senior Consultant

Jodi brings her depth of theory and practice to each of her client engagements. She co-authored The Orange Line: A Woman’s Guide to Integrating Career, Family and Life in May 2013. She now focuses on consulting and leadership development on these principles. Jodi also works with organizations to leverage their existing processes to maximize performance and long-term impact.

Jodi has been helping develop leaders and their organizations for over 25 years. She teaches, consults and writes in areas of leadership development, systemic and organization change management, and how women can realize their power.

Jodi teaches management at the MBA, Undergraduate and Corporate Education levels both online, in the classroom and internationally. Jodi teaches the way adults learn through interaction and application of the concepts.

Prior to teaching and independent consulting, Jodi was an international management consultant based in London, England working with Global 1000 clients. Jodi focused on redesigning operations thereby realizing significant financial benefits. Her MA in International Development Policy is from Duke University and her B.Sc., from Virginia Tech in Management Science.

Co-producer/ Sound Engineer

Pavel Frantsen

Co-producer/Sound Engineer, Small & Gutsy Podcast

Pavel brings his expertise as a sound designer, editor and artist. Pavel received his BA in recording arts, freelances in the audio field, composes library music, and is currently moving into game design. He is proud to be co-producing, recording and editing Small & Gutsy – a project which could bring vital attention to countless causes. You can reach Pavel directly at www.pavelfrantsen.com

Graphic Designer

Nate Attie

Graphic Designer, Small & Gutsy Podcast

Nate is a Brazilian painter and digital artist. With a BA in Studio Arts, he is well positioned for various creative fields including but not limited to Logo Design, Mural Painting and Character Design. You can reach Nate directly at Nateattie.com. We are lucky to have him on our team!

MSW Intern

Stephanie Tran

MSW Intern

Stephanie is attending the Diana R. Garland School of Social Work at Baylor University. She has experience working with low-income communities in Orange County and is currently a case worker at The Priority Center. She is passionate about having a positive social impact and believes in working alongside non-profits and social impact organizations to reimagine opportunities for their sustainability. Mental health advocacy and mental health policy spark her passion for collaborating with organizations to support change in innovative and impactful ways.

Researcher

Tyler Fizek

Researcher

Tyler is currently a student of the world and key researcher for the Small & Gutsy podcast development. He brings a deep commitment and love for social justice aiming at delivering positive social impact and is an all-around good guy.