Multiplier of the Year Award Winners

Multipliers of the Year

2015 Multiplier of the Year Business Award Winner

2016 Multiplier of the Year Business/Corporate Award Winner

Name: Ken Fenoglio
Company: AT&T University, Dallas, Texas
Job Title: Vice President

“Ken was a Multiplier before Multipliers were cool. Early on, Ken learned that amplifying others’ brainpower was more effective than having all the answers. As he progressed through the corporate ranks, Ken honed all the disciplines that are hallmarks of a Multiplier. Today, whether he’s freeing executives to have a vigorous debate or cultivating hidden talent, Ken inspires thousands of employees. The result is a world-class corporate university that fosters a culture of continuous learning.”

2015 Multiplier of the Year Education Award Winner

2016 Multiplier of the Year Education/Non-Profit Award Winner

Name: Dr. Erum Shahzad
School: Marcus High School Ninth Grade Campus, Flower Mound, Texas
Job Title: Assistant Principal

“Dr. Erum Shahzad is an unparalleled Liberator! She has a calming leadership style which yields trust from myself and other educators when working with her. With this, we take risks in our work with students, bringing innovation to education in order to keep public school relevant to students and parents. Dr. Shahzad is adept at bringing out the best in others; I have flourished since working with her – starting a parent education program and even returning to college to pursue my principal certification. Her humble, trusting leadership style motivates others to be more than they ever knew they could be!”

2015 Multiplier of the Year Education Award Winner

2016 Multiplier of the Year Military/Government Award Winner

Name: Mark “Kaiser” Schmidt
Department: United States Air Force
Job Title: Lieutenant Colonel, USAF

“Lt Col Mark ‘Kaiser’ Schmidt, USAF, is the epitome of a military Multiplier. As a commander, Kaiser created a positive work environment that questioned the status quo, welcomed bottom-up feedback, and purposely developed young leaders. His influence and leadership stretches the minds and capabilities of his people. As a Challenger, he seeks opportunities to grow others up and down his chain of command. The service’s top leaders now propagate his leader development program throughout the force.”

2015 Multiplier of the Year Business Award Winner

2015 Multiplier of the Year Business Award Winner

Name: Michael Fishoff
Company: Wilton Brands, LLC.
Job Title: CFO, Wilton Brands

“Get to know Michael and what will surface about him very quickly is that he fosters a very productive work environment! Michael does not operate with an Org chart. His people don’t need permission to speak or think differently. His team generates an intensity that demands high-level work from all, but he also has a high tolerance for mistakes and understands the importance of “learning” along the way, creating mental spaces for everyone he interacts with to flourish. I have worked with a number of C level senior executives across my 30+ year career and Michael is the best I have seen at that level establishing an environment of safety while at the same time challenging people to bring their best. Michael uses humor to neutralize high stress situations to allow people to be transparent about both things that are going well and things that are presenting challenges.’”

2015 Multiplier of the Year Education Award Winner

2015 Multiplier of the Year Education Award Winner

Name: Patricia Girardi
School District: Redwood City School District
Job Title: Principal, RCSD

“Trish hires good people, deploys them where they can make their best contributions, and helps them find what they need for success. She shines a spotlight on the talent that she magnetically attracts to the school, giving ownership for end goals, challenging us to use our creativity and ingenuity in finding our way there. She creates an intense environment that requires our best thinking and work. API scores have increased, 119 points in 5 years. Her leadership has unlocked the genius in us all! Since she became Principal, Roosevelt has won the Russell J. Kent Award, 2009, 2012, and 2014, Boyajian Honored Teacher Award, 2011, PIA Hero Award 2010, SMCRA Celebrate Literacy Award, 2012, and in 2013, SMC Teacher of the Year, SMCRA Literacy Award, CSBA Golden Bell, and Biz World Champions.’”

2014 Multiplier of the Year Business Award Winner

2014 Multiplier of the Year Business Award Winner

Name: Susan Brown
Company: Banana Republic
Job Title: VP of Stores, U.S., Banana Republic

“The retail industry is fast paced, high pressure and notorious for a Diminisher style of leadership; think “Devil Wears Prada.” Managers can be so passionate about the look of their stores, that they often fall into micro-manager mode; sometimes down to how to fold a sweater! For this reason, Susan stands out as a bright spot in how she leads. She is a true Liberator, allowing others the space to innovate and empowering people to ‘take the brakes off and allow them to go as fast as they can.’”

2014 Multiplier of the Year Education Award Winner

2014 Multiplier of the Year Education Award Winner

Name: Judy Levinsohn
Company: Orange County Department of Education
Job Title: Manager of the Institute for Leadership Development

“Judy exemplifies the Multiplier mindset in all of the five disciplines, however, she most exemplifies the challenger. Judy assumes that everyone who works with her is smart and welcomes a challenge. She goes through her day seeding opportunities for us to nurture and grow. We are driven to excellence by the confidence she shows in our abilities. Judy ensures that we know where we are headed and then she stands back and cheers us to victory. Judy challenges us to exceed expectations.”

2013 Multiplier of the Year Business Award Winner

2013 Multiplier of the Year Business Award Winner

Name: Karin Hurt
Company: Verizon Wireless
Job Title: Director of Strategic Initiatives and Community Partnerships

Karin exemplifies the liberator and investor characteristics in both her professional and personal environment. Two years ago, Karin was recruited to lead the outsource strategy for her company. This role was stacked with challenges from poor results, low morale, and split perceptions of outsourcing to a lack of internal talent to impact change. Karin was the defining change that the organization required. What makes Karin a multiplier is her natural, authentic leadership. Karin believes that people should “skip to work.” She encourages this belief with her high, positive energy. Her energy invites creativity, and innovation and communicates that everyone’s contribution is important. Every idea that was presented to Karin was acknowledged and considered, and many of them were piloted or implemented.

2013 Multiplier of the Year Education Award Winner

2013 Multiplier of the Year Education Award Winner

Name: Alyssa Gallagher
Company: Los Altos School District – (Los Altos, CA)
Job Title: Director of Strategic Initiatives and Community Partnerships

Alyssa Gallagher is a Multiplier in every sense of the concept. Alyssa works with her colleagues to help them understand they can accomplish far beyond initial expectations. She instinctively employs many of the approaches of a true leader and enables others to succeed. She deftly asks the right questions to assist leaders in our school district. There has never been a colleague with whom I have appreciated and enjoyed working more than Alyssa. It’s truly magical.

2012 Multiplier of the Year Business Award Winner

2012 Multiplier of the Year Business Award Winner

Name: Casey Lehner
Company: Nike
Job Title: Global Design Operations Director

Casey Lehner is the Global Design Operations Director for Nike, the world’s leading innovator in athletic footwear, apparel, equipment and accessories. She leads a team of Design Studio Managers as they shepherd and coach design teams to achieve a high level of productivity, creativity and innovation. Casey believes that healthy, high functioning teams bring forth break-through ideas. Good ideas can change the world. Casey is a shining example of a Multiplier at work. Amanda Shebiel, the Design Studio Director who nominated Casey, says, “Casey is smart, clear and concise, caring and empathetic, and the first to tell her direct reports that we’re smart and capable. She is solution-oriented, and sees an opportunity in every challenge. Casey empowers us to lean into the tension, take risks and iterate. Because she believes we are capable, we believe we are capable.”

Award Presentation

2012 Multiplier of the Year Education Award Winner

Name: Erik Burmeister
Company: Hillview Middle School, Menlo Park California
Job Title: Principal

Erik Burmeister, principal of the Hillview Middle School in Menlo Park, was honored as the 2012 Education Multiplier of the Year in recognition of his ability to amplify the intelligence and capabilities of people around him. Erik’s leadership style reflects the key Multiplier principal of being a “genius maker” by tapping into the collective intelligence of the teachers and staff to create a nimble organization and environment of innovation.

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