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Erika Weed

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Ascendry: Founder

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Erika Weed is a certified executive coach and organizational consultant with a passion for lighting fires under her clients. She is a doctoral candidate at George Washington University pursuing a degree in Human and Organizational Development. She is experienced in change, culture, and leadership of organizations and identifying areas for development and is trained in the use of several psychoanalytical tools, including the Actualized Leader Profile and Workplace Big Five 4.0 Profile.

 

Erika has worked with organizations around the world, including the Presbyterian Church (USA), Charlotte Hornets, Novant Healthcare, EnPro Industries, Charlotte Leaders Under 40, Carolinas Healthcare System, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, and Queens University of Charlotte.  She has also worked with leaders in Los Angeles, Washington D.C., France, Germany, New York City, and Estonia.

 

She received a Bachelors of Science in Integrated Marketing Communications from Winthrop University and a Master of Business Administration from the McColl School of Business at Queens University.

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Dick Loveless Jr., Ed.D.

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Azimuth: Owner / Navigator / Explorer

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Dr. Dick Loveless Jr. is a professional data collector, analyst, and the owner of Azimuth, a data analysis and organization consulting company. He is the Research Coordinator at OFFSITE, an events and spirits
marketing firm. Dick has also worked in the Mental Health, Hospitality, Organizational Development, Human Resources, Logistics, and Retail industries. Dick received his Doctorate in Education: Majoring in Organizational Learning, Leadership and Innovation from Wilmington University in July 2019. He has a Master’s Degree in Forensic Psychology from Argosy University, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from
Wesley College.

 

Over the past 10 years, Dick has been able to integrate a diverse collection of experiences with the principles and discipline of research, analytics, storytelling, coaching, and academia, enabling him to explore and operate outside traditional thinking to influence decision making,
financial performance, operational excellence, and people development. He is able to examine operational needs, identify issues, problem solve, and act as a navigational change agent helping organizations realize and reach their goals.

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Dr. George Cooper, Ed.D., M.B.A.

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Azimuth: Vice President of Analytics

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Dr. George Cooper is a Senior Operations Manager at TransUnion.  He is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor for the Colleges of Business, Education, and Technology at Wilmington University.  Dr Cooper has also worked in the Healthcare, Banking, Mortgage, Employee Benefit, and Retail industries. 

 

Dr. Cooper received his Doctorate in Education: Majoring in Organizational Leadership and Innovation from Wilmington University in January 2017 and was named the Trustees’ Award Recipient at Graduation. He has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration; Majoring in Corporate Management from Villanova University. 

 

He has Chaired over 15 dissertations and acted as Statistical Support for an additional 20 Dissertation and Final Doctorate Projects.  Some of the courses he has taught in the past include: People Analytics, Introduction to Business Analytics, Data-Driven Decisions, Operations Management, and Project Management.

 

Over the past 30 years, George has been able to integrate a diverse portfolio of experiences with the principles and discipline of academia, enabling him to look outside the silos of traditional thinking to influence financial performance, operational excellence, and people development.  He is able to examine operational needs and act as a change agent to improve key performance indicators set forth by organizational goals.