Each of our team members is passionate about helping businesses and nonprofits build their organizations. Coming from a variety of backgrounds such as organizational development, business management, finance, adult education, social psychology, sociology and psychology, our team works cohesively to improve organizations.

Alexander P. Moss

President

Alexander P. Moss MPPM

President

Alex Moss is a founder and president of Praxis Consulting Group, Inc., where he advises employee owned, nonprofit, and mission-driven corporate clients in fully engaging employees to drive organizational performance. His expertise includes ownership culture, strategy, governance, leadership, and workforce education and engagement, and he is a frequent speaker and author on these matters.

Alex currently serves as a Trustee of the Employee Ownership Foundation, and on the Board of Governors of the ESOP Association. He is a past Board Member of both the National Center for Employee Ownership and The ESOP Association, he has chaired the Association’s professional advisory committees on both Fiduciary Issues and Ownership Culture, and he has served the employee ownership community in numerous other capacities.

Alex is current Board Member of two ESOP firms, he has served on the boards of a number of cooperative and non-profit community organizations, and he previously managed the social enterprise initiatives of a non-profit community organization. He holds a Master’s Degree in Public and Private Management (MPPM) from the Yale School of Management and an AB from Brown University.

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Virginia J. Vanderslice

Principal

Virginia J. Vanderslice PhD

Principal

Virginia J. Vanderslice, Ph.D., is a Principal with Praxis Consulting Group and is the firm’s immediate past President, a position in which she served for 21 years since co-founding the firm. Praxis focuses on aligning leadership, culture and strategy to enhance organizational performance to increase share value for employee owners.

Ginny has more than thirty years of experience assisting employee-owned companies in the areas of leadership development and organizational culture transitions designed to maximize the opportunities that come with employee ownership. A major focus of her work during the last ten years has been designing and delivering leadership development programs that support the creation and maintenance of high performing ownership cultures and that deepen each firm’s leadership capacity.  Employee ownership brings both opportunities and challenges for leaders that are different from those in traditionally owned companies. To support the long term sustainability of employee-owned companies, her work includes assisting firms in creating succession systems that cover all key organizational roles, incorporating executive assessment and individual or group coaching where appropriate.

Ginny has published widely in both trade and peer review journals.  In addition to her work at Praxis, Ginny is a faculty member of the graduate program in Dynamics of Organization at the University of Pennsylvania where she teaches courses on organizational change.  Ginny is the founder and Academic Director of a unique leadership development program for current and incoming CEOs/ Presidents of employee-owned companies.  The program is offered by the University of Pennsylvania in partnership with the Employee Ownership Foundation.

Ginny holds B.S. and M.S. degrees from Cornell University and a Ph.D. in the social psychology of groups and organizations from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

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Nancie C. Zane

Principal

Nancie C. Zane PhD

Principal

Nancie C. Zane, Ph.D., is a social psychologist and a principal with Praxis Consulting Group. For over twenty years, Nancie has worked with non-profits, for-profits and public sector organizations to build diverse staff and board leadership teams, strengthen staff relationships, and develop effective communication strategies—all in the service of helping organizations achieve their goals. Nancie also works to help organizations re-align their organizational mission, culture, and structure through innovative visioning and strategic planning processes. In addition, Nancie heads the coaching practice within Praxis that serves mid-level managers and senior leaders. She has coached and taught in the Wharton Advanced Management and the Executive Education Program and is certified in Clark Wilson, Hogan Surveys, the ESCI (emotional Intelligence), and SAVI communications.

Nancie has taught courses at the University of Pennsylvania for over 15 years focused on organizational diagnosis, group and team dynamics, and strategic thinking and planning. In addition, Nancie has designed and delivered courses on women and leadership and intergroup relations and was a visiting lecturer at the University of Haifa and the Golda Meir Center in Haifa, Israel. Her co-authored publication with Kenwyn Smith, Ph.D., Organizational Reflections: Parallel Processes at Work in a Dual Consultation won a Macgregor Award from the Journal of Applied Behavioral Sciences. Her other publications focus on the creation of corporate commitment to organizational diversity as well as re-thinking student discipline in the context of school restructuring.

Nancie recently stepped down from the national board of the Alliance for Non-profit Management; she was co-president of the Philadelphia Center for Organizational Dynamics for 3 years; a member for 10.

Nancie received a B.S. from Cornell University in criminal justice and community psychology and a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania with a concentration in social psychology. She was awarded the Tompkins County Human Rights Award for her work in the criminal justice system and the development of the Tompkins County Sexual Abuse Task Force, a multi-disciplinary approach to providing treatment to offenders and survivors while focusing on prevention.

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Alix Rabin

Principal & Research Analyst

Alix Rabin

Principal & Research Analyst

Alix Rabin is a Principal and Research Analyst who has been with Praxis since 1999. In addition to developing and implementing research and analysis protocols for client projects, her responsibilities include: financial oversight and administration, benefits administration, technology management, online survey design, and oversight of Praxis’ website. Alix is the lead on company sustainability efforts, including maintaining Praxis’ 3rd party certification as a B Corp, and implementing policies to reduce our carbon footprint (e.g. use of 100% renewable electricity sources, composting and recycling office waste, reducing usage of paper, etc.) She is also responsible for writing and editing assignments, designing client presentations and developing both print and web-based educational materials. Alix has more than 20 years experience providing management, administrative, and organizational support to mission-driven businesses.

She received her Bachelor’s degree in Linguistics from Temple University, and has extensive language, editorial and writing skills. Alix has completed graduate coursework at the University of Pennsylvania and New York University in the social psychology of communication, political communication, and media studies.

She is a founding and current board member of the Untours Foundation and recently completed her board term with Green in Chestnut Hill (GRinCH). She is an avid recycler and a novice bird-watcher.

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Sarah James

Principal/ Program & Marketing Manager

Sarah James

Principal/ Program & Marketing Manager

Sarah James is Program and Marketing Manager and a Principal at Praxis where she coordinates the details of our Leadership Development programs, Penn CEO program, Marketing and special projects. She brings to Praxis her experience in administration, fundraising, event planning, and customer service.

Prior to joining Praxis, Sarah was the Member Benefits Coordinator at WXPN, a public radio station. There she helped to create a community within the membership by coordinating membership events, producing fund drives and delivering excellent customer service to 24,000 members. For several years, Sarah worked at Weavers Way Co-op, an active member-owned food cooperative. Her duties there varied–from board coordination, workshop planning, and marketing. She participated in strategic planning with Praxis while on the staff of the co-op.

She also served as Membership Coordinator at the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education where she coordinated fundraiser events and membership communication.

Sarah has her BA from Connecticut College and her MFA in printmaking from the University of Washington in Seattle.

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Linshuang Lu

Principal

Linshuang Lu MSOD

Principal

Linshuang (pronounced “Lin-Shang”) Lu, MSOD, is a Principal at Praxis Consulting Group. She currently provides organization development, strategic planning, leadership development and culture change services to nonprofits and employee-owned companies. She is passionate about helping organizations develop their leaders and foster deeper staff engagement in order to create better workplaces and achieve greater impact.

Linshuang plays an active role in the employee ownership community, regularly speaking at regional and national conferences, and writing on leadership development and culture topics. She has served on the board of the ESOP Association and the National Center for Employee Ownership. Linshuang is currently a member of the Ownership Culture Committee of the ESOP Association.

In the nonprofit community, Linshuang serves on the Advisory Board of Leadership Learning Community and is a Steering Committee Member of Philadelphia’s INTERGEN. She has contributed to publications by the Center for Creative Leadership and the OD Practitioner on leadership and impact.

Linshuang teaches a master’s level course on Team Dynamics at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and financial leadership in the Nonprofit Executive Leadership Institute (NELI) Certificate Program at Bryn Mawr College. She has guest taught in two courses at the University of Pennsylvania’s Nonprofit Leadership for Social Change Master’s Program.

Prior to joining Praxis, Linshuang worked at Nonprofit Finance Fund where she taught workshops and provided consulting services to nonprofits in financial planning, management and education. She was one of the lead developers and writers of the NFF/Guidestar Financial Scan Report. She has also worked as a strategy consultant at Mercer Oliver Wyman (now Oliver Wyman), advising companies on new product development and risk management.

Linshuang holds a Master of Science in Organization Development from American University. She also completed the Huntsman International Studies and Business Joint Degree Undergraduate Program at the University of Pennsylvania, with a BS in Economics from the Wharton School of Business and a BA in International Studies and Comparative Literature.

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Kathleen McInerney Kane

Principal

Kathleen McInerney Kane

Principal

Kathleen McInerney Kane is a Senior Consultant and Principal at Praxis and brings 25 years of management consulting experience to her work with leaders, teams and organizations. Kathleen’s broad exposure to organizational life enables her to see desired outcomes clearly and support her clients in achieving them. Kathleen is particularly effective in helping clients create strategic advantage through the development of leaders, and has deep experience designing and delivering innovative leadership programs.

Kathleen has partnered with a broad range of employee owned, private sector and non- profit organizations. Her areas of focus include:

  • Coaching
  • Executive Assessment
  • Group Process Design and Facilitation
  • Leadership Development
  • Senior Teams Development

In addition to her work with employee-owned companies, Kathleen combines her knowledge of ownership with her extensive experience working in the health care industry and leads the health care practice within Praxis. Her most recent work has focused on deepening the leadership capability of clinical leaders in home care and continuing care organizations, and hospital systems.

Kathleen’s diverse client list includes: BAYADA Home Health Care, Comcast Corporation, DCS Corporation, D&S Manufacturing, Einstein Healthcare Network, Inergy Automotive Systems, Sentry Equipment Corporation, Play On Philly! and Habitat Bucks.

Kathleen spent several years leading the Learning & Organization Development function for Deloitte & Touché. In this role, Kathleen and her team focused on the development and deployment of an extensive leadership curriculum, which supported the professional development of 20,000 management consultants on a global basis. She was also a trusted advisor to the partners of Deloitte relative to project team performance, and succession planning.

Kathleen spent the first part of her career as a line management consultant, managing enterprise-wide projects including ERP system selection and implementation, business process improvement, and strategy development.

Kathleen holds a B.A. in Communications from the University of Denver.

Other Relevant Qualifications

  • Emotional and Social Competency Inventory
  • Clark-Wilson 360° Leadership Practices Survey
  • DISC Personal Profile Systems
  • Hogan Personality Inventory
  • Hogan Development Survey
  • Hogan Motives, Values & Preferences Inventory

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Jon M. Sweigart

Consultant

Jon M. Sweigart

Consultant

Jon Sweigart is a Praxis consultant with over 10 years of experience providing practical and strategic support for the learning and performance goals of organizations that want to maximize employee engagement and responsibility.

He draws on his broad professional experience in senior management, human resources, talent development and workplace learning in his work with employee-owned, non-profit and private sector organizations. Focus areas include:

  • Executive assessment
  • Coaching with individuals and teams
  • Multilevel leadership development design and facilitation
  • Group process design and facilitation
  • Employee communication
  • Workplace learning design and performance support

As a facilitator, Jon’s approach emphasizes interaction, practical applications, and reflection based on solid principles of adult learning.

He has designed, facilitated, and evaluated multiple organization-wide professional development initiatives including leadership, supervision, customer service, diversity, and on-boarding.

Through his work, Jon has shifted organizations from an exclusive focus on classroom-based training events with limited impact to a sustained process focused more on the resources, social interaction, and performance support that encourage autonomy and continuous learning for longer-term impact.

Prior to joining Praxis, Jon served as Vice President of Personnel and Professional Development at Congreso, a leading Philadelphia human services non-profit. At Congreso he helped develop a signature service delivery approach based on customer-centered, data-informed and culturally appreciative principles.

He is a member of the Association for Talent Development and holds a bachelor’s degree in English/ communication from Goshen College and a master’s degree in clinical social work from the Bryn Mawr School of Social Work and Social Research.

Jon is a certified practitioner in the following assessments:

  • EQ-i 2.0/EQ 360, an assessment of Emotional Intelligence
  • Hogan Leadership Assessment Series (Potential, Challenges, Values)
  • Clark Wilson 360° Leadership Practices Survey
  • Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)

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Matthew Hancock

Consultant

Matthew Hancock

Consultant

Matt Hancock is a Consultant at Praxis, where he assists clients in developing and implementing high-engagement workforce strategies. Matt brings 12 years of domestic and global experience in education, employee ownership and change management to the team. His key competencies include leadership development, building high performance ownership cultures, process improvement, vision, strategy and governance.

Before joining Praxis, Matt served as co-founder and Executive Director of Chicago Tech Academy (ChiTech), Chicago’s first tech-focused high school serving low-income, inner-city students. Under Matt’s leadership, ChiTech achieved some of the city’s strongest test score improvements by building an organizational culture of collaboration, participation and employee empowerment.

Prior to co-founding ChiTech, Matt was the Associate Director of the Center for Labor and Community Research (CLCR) in Chicago, where he served as a trusted liaison to constituencies in manufacturing, labor and government.

Before joining CLCR Matt lived, worked and studied in Bologna, Italy. As a consultant with Istituto per il Lavoro (Institute for Labor), Matt collaborated with major European institutes, manufacturers and labor unions on research into participatory forms of work organization, process improvement and supply-chain management.

Matt is also a recognized expert on the Italian cooperative movement, and an accomplished public speaker, writer, and thought leader. He is the author of Compete to Cooperate, a book about the cooperatives of Imola, Italy–one of the most successful, and enduring, experiences in employee ownership in history.

Matt is a past Board member of several non- and for-profit organizations including, most recently, the Freelancers Insurance Company, a for-profit insurer committed to providing affordable, effective health insurance to freelance and contingent workers in New York.

Matt earned an MBA in Cooperative Economics from the University of Bologna (Italy), where he studied governance, finance and strategy in the region’s top employee-owned firms, and a BA in history from Skidmore College.

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Betty Cotton

Office Manager/ Financial Administration

Betty Cotton

Office Manager/ Financial Administration

Betty Cotton is the Office Manager/Financial Administrator at Praxis. She brings to Praxis a diversified set of skills, including administrative support, bookkeeping, office management, customer service, computer, and research.  Her duties include supporting staff and consultants in their work. She is responsible for client invoicing, expense tracking and general accounts payable functions. Prior to joining Praxis, she was a long time employee at a woman owned consulting firm. There she oversaw the day-to-day operations of the firm and was responsible for the financial functions of the firm.

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Molly Mead

Senior Consultant

Molly Mead EdD

Senior Consultant

Molly Mead, Ed.D. joined Praxis as a Senior Consultant after working on a range of Praxis engagements over 15 years. She had a 30-year career in higher education, most recently at Amherst College where she was the founding director of the Center for Community Engagement and a member of the American Studies faculty. Molly came to Amherst from Tufts University where she held the post of Lincoln Filene Professor and was founding Director of the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life. She also served as the academic director of the Clinton Democracy Fellows program, a program designed to develop the capacities of emerging leaders in South Africa and was the Faculty Director of Tufts Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching.

Molly is a national expert on out-of-school-time programs for girls. The W.K. Kellogg foundation sponsored her research report, Gender Matters, which makes the case that out-of-school-time programs must be specifically designed to meet the needs of girls, or they won’t be effective. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee subsequently hired her to transform their clubs so they could attract, retain and develop girls. She co-authored the award-winning book, Effective Philanthropy, (with Mary Ellen Capek), in which they make the case for funding women and girls’ programs and argue that foundation staff members need to reflect the diversity of the people their grants serve.

She has worked and consulted extensively in the nonprofit sector with organizations such as Lambda Legal, Drexel University, the United Way of Massachusetts Bay, the National Breast Cancer Coalition, Women & Philanthropy, and the Annie E. Casey Foundation. She is the author of numerous papers on social policy, citizenship, gender and philanthropy. Molly is passionate about helping people connect with their deepest beliefs and convey those beliefs in powerful stories. She believes everyone can do this, that the key is to connect with what you believe.

Molly holds an A.B from Cornell University, an M.B.A. from Simmons College and an Ed.D. from the University of Massachusetts.

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