We are three veteran professors who look back on our careers with a sense of accomplishment. At this stage of our lives, we’ve become passionate about passing along what we’ve learned so that others can be successful. That passion and experience is why we teach so effectively, and why we can help individuals and teams live up to their highest potential.
Our core leadership team combines decades of accomplishment in business leadership and management consulting with 40 years of teaching experience at Vanderbilt University. Dr. Brian Griffith has taught about leadership and teams at Vanderbilt since 1998. In order to encourage open communication within student teams, he created an anonymous, online peer assessment tool in 2009 for giving and receiving meaningful feedback. In addition, he included a personal development planning worksheet and embedded training resources to encourage development. The G360 survey platform proved to be such a powerful catalyst for learning and development that it rapidly became a recognized industry leader among businesses and organizations who wanted to help managers and teams succeed in the workplace.
Dr. Brian Griffith is a professor, author and former director of the Human and Organizational Development Program at Vanderbilt University. He joined Vanderbilt in 1998 and has spent his career studying how people learn and grow. He has written two books: “Effective Groups: Concepts and Skills to Meet Leadership Challenges” and “Working in Teams: Moving from High Potential to High Performance.” He teaches courses in human development, team dynamics, and personality assessment and trains graduate students to be counselors and coaches. He is a highly respected teacher and has received both the Peabody Award for Excellence in Classroom Teaching and the Madison Sarratt Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching at Vanderbilt. A lifelong learner, he has earned a Ph.D. in Counselor Education, an M.Div. in Pastoral Ministries, and a B.A. in Engineering Physics from various institutions.
Cherrie is a Professor of the Practice of Management at the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University. She has taught undergraduates, graduate students and executives for the past 12 years. Her academic and consulting interests lie in finance, marketing and entrepreneurship. Her current focus is helping management teams understand and work with the Millennial generation. While at Vanderbilt, she has received the Distinguished Faculty Award and has been recognized by Vanderbilt alumni as one of the top 10 people who had a special impact on the student experience. Prior to Vanderbilt, Prof. Clark was a partner for 13 years with Executive Perspectives, an entrepreneurial venture providing executive education to companies such as IBM, Xerox and AT&T. Prof. Clark was a management consultant with Bain & Co. in Boston before joining Executive Perspectives. Cherrie received her MBA with high distinction from the Tuck School at Dartmouth College. Her undergraduate degree in business administration is from Vanderbilt University.
Garnett has taught business management, entrepreneurship, and corporate strategy at Vanderbilt University since 2008, earning top reviews from students. In the business world, he has led several organizations as their CEO and consulted for numbers of others, founding two startups, turning around several companies, and radically improving revenue growth and profitability in others. He has successfully helped organizations in such diverse areas as financial software, tire manufacturing, international health, computer services, a suburban megachurch, global pharmaceuticals, oilfield services, and artificial intelligence. Garnett began his career as a consultant and manager at Bain & Company, and as CEO turned around an unprofitable NBA franchise, achieving the most profitable years in its history. His undergraduate degree in Management Science is from Duke University, and his MBA from the Harvard Business School.
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