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OUR TEAM

Phil Willburn - Creator of the Leader Network Diagnostic

Phil spent 5+ years inside the intelligence community teaching analysts how to identify, track, and target leaders inside the world’s most nefarious networks. He then spent 5 years applying the same science – network analytics – to help leaders and senior teams in organizations create more effective networks. Phil has published numerous papers on leadership and networks; speaks and teaches at conferences; and received an award for his work on creating new techniques of identifying influencers during an international crisis. He has lead more than 50 network analytic projects and have helped 5000+ leaders with their own networks using the LND. Phil holds a masters degree in communication where he spent time mapping the communication networks of effective leaders.

Kristin Cullen-Lester, PhD - Chief People Scientist

Kristin is an organizational psychologist and Assistant Professor of Management at the University of Mississippi. She received her Ph.D. from Auburn University in 2011. Her research focuses on relational aspects of leadership, including the role of networks in leadership effectiveness, complex collaboration, and implementing change within organizations. She publishes her research in top academic journals. For example, her paper, Integrating networks into leadership development: A conceptual model and evaluation of research and practice, was recognized as the best paper published in 2017 in The Leadership Quarterly. Learn more about Kristin's ongoing research, including a project examining the networks of top executives.

Chris Kirkos - Chief Technology Officer

Chris is an experienced Software Engineer with a background in Social Network Analysis. During the day, he builds scalable software systems and technology teams. At night, he researches networks and builds tools to help people understand and improve theirs. He studied Computer Science and Software Engineering at Steven's Tech, and Social Network Analysis at George Mason University.

Ryan Higley - Creative Director

Ryan is a multi-media designer who knows how important effective design can be in helping people understand complex ideas. His BFA in animation and his Masters in graphic information technology helps him craft videos, layouts, and user experiences for Network Leader that communicate those important ideas in clear and concise ways. Working as an instructional designer, video editor and graphic designer in the education and leadership development field for a majority of his career informs a lot of his work with Network Leader. Ryan also created and manages his personal YouTube channel with 40 million views and 20 thousand subscribers which helps him understand the community building and analytics side of online marketing.

Cassaundra Brownell - Sales & Marketing Strategist

Cassaundra Brownell is the Sales & Marketing Strategist for Network Leader. She’s an experienced executive who has partnered with Fortune 1000 organizations in creating solutions and learning journeys that enable their people strategies and drive business outcomes. Prior to leading the go to market function at Network Leader, she was a Strategic Business Partner at the Center for Creative Leadership where she oversaw the delivery of leadership development, assessments, global learning products (digital), executive coaching products, and services. Cassaundra holds a Bachelors Degree in Marketing and an MBA in Entrepreneurship.