Founder and CEO
Meet the Team
Matthias is a professor and entrepreneur in the field of talent development. He has been Director of the AUTORIS Institute for Talent Development for more than 20 years and has served as an executive coach, consultant, and facilitator for talent development, communication skills, and entrepreneurship at various business schools and universities.
Matthias' communication approach is multidisciplinary, fun, and rooted in a love of teaching. His expertise as a professor and successful entrepreneur allows him to speak for both worlds. He bridges the gap between the classroom and the boardroom and unifies their diverse ways of thinking and speaking into a single "talent language" that brings clarity and practicality. Designing Talent is steeped in his first-class academic approach to research. The insights from the seminar have been measured and evaluated according to a procedure and critical review process supported by his training as a professor.
Verena serves as coach and facilitator for Designing Talent workshops and certification programs. Her fun, free-spirited, energetic approach to talent inspires the designing talent coaches and team. She is our COO and Head of Marketing and Sales. She collaborates frequently with coaches and clients across the globe, and is involved in ongoing research projects at the AUTORIS Institute for Talent Development.
Meet Ryan, an entrepreneur, experienced executive coach, and frequent jetsetter between Germany and the US. He has built up several businesses, including one of Munich's most successful language learning centers, and has been hosting entrepreneurial podcasts. He's bringing all his expert knowledge in sales and marketing to the Designing Talent team.
Bernadette serves as Director Executive Education (DACH) at IESE. An expert in developing and managing programs, she has helped create top-notch and invaluable learning experiences for leaders and students at one of the world's best business schools.
Terry is the Founder and Chief Career Strategist of TheCareerLifeCycle LLC. He was previously Senior Client Partner with Korn Ferry in San Francisco. He brings 20 years of executive search experience at the most senior levels in North America, Australia, Asia and Europe, having previously worked at Heidrick & Struggles and, prior to that, Russell Reynolds Associates. Terry has worked extensively in energy technology, high-tech as well as in the industrial resources and manufacturing sectors.
Stephenie Girard holds numerous coaching certifications, her clients ranging from high growth start-ups to large international firms. Stephenie is also the Executive Coach for Ellevest (named on Linkedin’s top 50 start-up list), Harvard Business School and Arianna Huffington's new company, Thrive Global, and on the coaching faculty for the HBS Online program, "Developing Yourself as a Leader". Her mission is to support people in finding even more meaning in what they do and be their catalyst to achieve their individual goals successfully, striving for sustainable results.
Gonzague is the founder and owner of J&G Consulting. He brings decades of professional coaching practice with a special focus on business leaders and HR professionals as well as organization design and engagement. He holds numerous certifications in coaching, training, and assessments (e.g. Columbia Coaching Program, MBTI, Hogan, Situational Leadership, Lominger Architect, Voices, Learning Agility). Gonzague has a great deal of international experience as an HR leader in Fortune 100 companies in the US, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America. Among his numerous publications is "Managing your Manager" (Mc Graw Hill, 2011).
Meet Philip, Value Coach and Advisor. He follows an innovative, multidimensional approach to improve the performance of executives and leadership teams. He has accumulated extensive experience as founder and entrepreneur in SME, the education- and service industry.
Ivan consults with clients on all aspects of enhancing learning and growth in the workplace. A seasoned tech expert and learning coach, he combines talent development and technological innovation with proven sustainable and measurable business impact.
Meet Hélène, business coach and consultant with expertise in the NGO sector. Her fluency in four languages and years of international experience have helped her empower people and teams around the globe to discover and use their strengths and talent.
Matt is a digital marketing professional in the greater Washington DC area. His background in financial analysis and entrepreneurship, as well as his expertise in client relationships help him advance the mission of his organization.
As entrepreneur, corporate, and startup executive and mentor in programs such as Techstars and Startupbootcamp, Olga has been focusing on startup founders. She has coached countless tech leaders and their teams on their challenging journeys to build remarkable companies that last.
Ralf is an experienced senior leader and executive coach. As expert in the agricultural business, he has built up several companies and developed innovative farming solutions. One of his biggest and successful projects is a farm in Namibia.
Meet Heidi Erdmann-Sullivan, marketing expert and consultant, who has worked with renowned tech companies, entrepreneurs, and HR professionals. Heidi focusses on in-depth workshops for marketing teams of all sizes, to help them work through their workplace, strategic, and tactical challenges.
Walter is a successful leader, coach, and CIO. His key strength is problem-solving on all issues relating to IT infrastructure, security, procurement, and information management including decision-making supported by BI analyses. He also loves developing people, help them use their potential, and give them tools to get things done.
Meet Christian, strategic business and technology advisor. An expert in organizational, leadership, management and digital consulting, Christian knows what companies and their teams need in times of change and transformation.
Grace comes with an expertise in delivering technology solutions that strategically align with the business needs. She worked for 12 years in financial services industry partnering with business users in various functions that include derivatives trading, private banking, middle and back-office operations in portfolio management. Grace manages the development of our Designing Talent tech solutions.
Meet Karsten, experienced entrepreneur and consultant. An expert for digital agriculture management, he knows how to drive agricultural transformation and agribusiness development. Karsten has helped many people, companies, and organizations to successfully transform their business processes.
Kornelius is Diagnostic Specialist, lecturerer, and coach with a extensive experience in sports research and practice. His key areas of work include injury prevention, regeneration management, biofeedback, and athletic training.
Matt has worked in finance, higher education, and editorial design, and combines his business experience with a love for writing. He is grateful to be using his Designing Talent insights and creative skills to help individuals and teams explore their strengths and grow.
Caitlin is a user experience researcher and curriculum designer at ICF (Strategic Consulting for a Digital World). Her expertise in academic research, design thinking, and course development help her shape the learning experiences at many organizations. Prior to ICF, Caitlin developed curriculum at Harvard Business School.
Luke serves as Entrepreneur in Residence at the Busch School of Business in Washington DC. As a renowned author, speaker, and entrepreneur, Luke leverages his expertise and thought leadership to develop the next generation of business leaders.
We are proud to collaborate with outstanding coaches, facilitators, and partners.
We have worked with leaders, scholars, and coaches from some of the world's most prestigious leadership and talent development organizations, including some of the leading business schools.
From established multinationals to growing startups, Designing Talent has equipped teams of every scale with the confidence and acumen to bring the most out of their people. At the end of the day, that's what inspires us to do what we do.
The Designing Talent Framework was originally developed by the AUTORIS Institute for Talent Development and is based on many years of research and testing. AUTORIS specializes in delivering cutting-edge research and developing top-notch solutions for leadership and talent development to make scientific insights applicable for learning, leadership, and life.
Matthias has extensive experience in building up, restructuring, and growing companies in diverse industries such as media, design and branding, manufacturing, and high-tech. He is engaged in various businesses that focus on learning and performance. Matthias has served as an executive coach, consultant, and facilitator for talent development, communication skills, and entrepreneurship at business schools and universities for more than 20 years.
Matthias is an alumnus of IESE Business School‘s AMP, Columbia Business School‘s CIBE, and Harvard Business School‘s Owners and Presidents Management Program (OPM). He has attended IESE‘s International Faculty Program (IFP), the Columbia Coaching Certification Program (ECI/ACI), and is a founding fellow of the Institute of Coaching at McLean Hospital, a Harvard Medical School affiliate.
Matthias´ communication approach is multidisciplinary, fun, and rooted in a love of teaching. His expertise as a professor and successful entrepreneur allows him to speak for both worlds. He bridges the gap between the classroom and the boardroom and unifies their diverse ways of thinking and speaking into a single “talent language” that brings clarity and practicality. Designing Talent is steeped in his first-class academic approach to research. The insights from the seminar have been measured and evaluated according to a procedure and critical review process supported by review process supported by his training as a professor.