Team

Elizabeth Soltis

Elizabeth Soltis is the founder of Bridges Global, supporting leaders and teams to be and do their best. She is passionate about the art of healthy relationship-building in fostering authentic connection.

As a catalyzer of learning and transformation, Elizabeth contributes to all sectors in providing community and organizational development services. During the past decade, Elizabeth has worked with many United Nation teams in offering workplace enhancement services such as group process facilitation, leadership coaching, team skill-building and strategic planning.  She is a global citizen in having worked in or visited 78 countries.

As a space-holder, Elizabeth cultivates empowering dialogue, creative thinking and personal growth. She helps leaders turn-around obstacles and innovate on solutions, courageously conversing about issues that matter. Learning programs include leadership development, team synergy, conflict mastery and performance coaching. Her specialization is collaboration – the art of holding all needs with care in pursuit of shared goals.

With a results-orientation, Elizabeth partners with clients on multiple levels – on the systems level in streamlining bottlenecks and shifting systems – on the cultural level in realigning with core values and affirming behaviours – and on the individual level with confidential coaching.  Complementing this background is a Master of Arts degree in International Relations, a diploma in Human Resource Management and certificates in Adult Education, Life Skills, Empowerment Facilitation Coaching and Indigenous Energy Medicine.  Contact Elizabeth at esoltis@bridgesglobal.net.

 

Mary Lou Di Paolo

Mary Lou has a passion for helping individuals, teams, families and organizations improve the quality of their relationships. She is skilled at understanding needs, mediating conflict, coaching, facilitating difficult conversations and designing experiential programs that produce results.

She has over 20 years of experience partnering with clients in English, French, and Italian in the areas of relational effectiveness, team development, leadership development, conflict resolution and communication skills, organizational wellness and coaching.

Mary Lou is known for bringing an enthusiastic and “can-do” attitude to her work, along with a wealth of resources and perspectives from her lifelong personal growth and learning journey. Her joyful energy is contagious.

She has an MA in Human Systems Interventions from Concordia University and is a BCC (Board Certified Coach) and member of the International Coach Federation as well as an accredited mediator (Acc. FM/EM) with ADRIO and OAFM.

 

Reda Sadki

Reda Sadki’s expertise ensures that learning and leadership solutions are designed for today and tomorrow – not yesterday — moving complex organizations from strategy to execution in a volatile, uncertain world.

At the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), Reda advocated digital transformation, demonstrating how the organization could leverage learning technology’s new economy of effort at scale to meet the learning and development needs of 17.1 million volunteers and 500,000 staff in 190 countries. In this effort, Reda partnered with global learning leaders and technology firms such as Google. Parallel to his interest in learning at scale, Reda has researched learning cultures to build high performance strategies. This has lead to deep insights into how learning technologies can be interwoven into the fabric of work and life.

He has worked and consulted for United Nations agencies, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and other international NGOs. Reda has also helped trainers, facilitators and other learning leaders add digital learning to their repertoire, coaching and mentoring them to transform their practice.

Since 2013, Reda has been the Chief Learning Officer (CLO) at Learning Strategies International (LSi), a global talent network for learning leaders. He is also the founder and president of the Geneva Learning Foundation. Furthermore, Reda’s enthusiasm for learning motivates ongoing contributions to several advisory groups and boards.

 

Catherine Russ

Catherine is an Adult Education Learning Specialist and Accredited Partnership Broker with the Partnership Brokers Association. She has worked in senior and advisory roles in the humanitarian and social profit sectors for over 20 years, serving diverse organisations such as the Humanitarian Leadership Academy, Save the Children, RedR UK, Enhancing Learning and Research for Humanitarian Assistance (ELRHA).

As an expert facilitator, presenter and moderator, Catherine has supported many workshops, conferences and public events around the world. Her partnership brokering work and expertise has come from years of working in partnerships where she saw there was far more potential and engagement that partnerships could harness to really add value.

She is passionate about supporting and working with groups to embrace their strengths and diversities to develop and emerge their own best practices and helpful tools. The emerging domains of multiple intelligences, neuroscience and working to nature’s time-tested adaptive patterns (biomimicry) are actively influencing her latest thinking.

Enhancing this background, Catherine holds an MSc in Adult Education and Training. Having worked in five different sectors helps her to bring a fresh perspective, wise insights and commonalities that exist in all to provide rich and fertile ground for collaborative working.

 

Joni Carley

Joni Carley provides counsel and facilitation on values-driven leadership and organizational cultural development. She works with non-profit, civic and business leaders, facilitates in-house and conference seminars and shares inspiring wisdom with live and media audiences.

Her expertise draws on a unique depth and breadth of experience – ranging from the jungle to the boardroom, from the C-suite to the podium, the African Bush to Asian Temples, and from universities to the United Nations. Her UN talks, workshops, and facilitation have been commended for “authenticity, ease of engagement, and dynamic human connection that generates real impact.”

Joni is Vice Chair, UN Coalition for Global Citizenship 2030; member UN Committee on Spirituality, Values & Global Concerns.  In all these pursuits, she has enriched the dialogue with pioneering ideas and heart-centered insights.

Joni is also a co-author of “Stepping Stones to Success”, along with Deepak Chopra and Jack Canfield.  She is a thought leader and an uplifting transformation catalyst in the world.

 

Jane Lavelle Farris

Jane helps clients achieve results through people.  With over twenty years’ experience in business consulting, organizational design, leadership development, performance management, talent management, employee engagement, facilitation and coaching, Jane has extensive multi-sectoral experience. Her clients include many fortune 500 companies such as AT&T, Ford Motor Company, Bell and Westinghouse.
Client feedback includes; “the best results in eighteen years,” “saving $40,000.00 in each brand planning session,” “increasing employee engagement from 68% to 87% for one team in less than six months,” and “accomplishing more in one 60 minute meeting than in a 2-day off-site.”

Jane is trained as a coach with the Adler Faculty of Professional Coaching and is being certified through the International Coach Federation (ICF). She also has certifications in a Wellness and Lifestyle Management, Leadership Effectiveness Analysis 360⁰ Feedback Coaching, Six Thinking Hats™ and Creativity Thought Ware.

Jane has a Masters degree of Library and Information Science and recently contributed to academia by serving as an adjunct coach for the Simon School of Business Executive MBA program. She writes for business, has completed two screen plays and routinely volunteers in her community.