Misti has been part of the bedrock of SHIFT for more than 10 years and has been instrumental in the growth and success of the company. She has played a pivotal role in building SHIFT into a company known for having a remarkable impact on the lives of countless people, organizations, and communities. Her passion for helping others and building relationships only burns brighter now as she looks to continue to grow the SHIFT family and have a greater effect on the lives of others.
Misti was welcomed to the company in 2005, and has since been the architect of SHIFT’s delivery model, bringing to life the study & roadmap process. She was invaluable in the restructuring of the company in 2009, and was even named partner before the age of 30. Her super power is her unique ability to take a vision, design a strategy around the vision, and then make it happen.
Often described as tenacious and gritty, two qualities that have allowed her to continue pushing the company forward, she finds developing employees and watching people grow personally and professionally is the most rewarding part of what she does every day.
A 2012 graduate of GBC Leadership Program, the recipient of SmartCEO’s 2014 Brava Award, and Baltimore’s Daily Record 40 under 40Award, Misti is certainly a mover and shaker, but also a yogi at heart and has completed her 200 hours of yoga training. She is into anything that makes her feel alive – reading about stuff that amazes her, meditation, acupuncture, healthy eating, and of course yoga. Her daily source of inspiration is her daughter, Mattea. As a lifelong learner, Misti dreams of a day where she can study yoga all over the world, immersing herself in the different cultures, and one day teach again.
An Associate for SHIFT, Bailey is a core member of our consulting practice. She is responsible for aiding in the development and growth of SHIFT’s clients by planning and implementing client engagements, strategy sessions, and many special projects.
With an extensive background in healthcare, Bailey thrives as an educator and coordinator. It is in this space where she fell in love with helping and supporting others, and she brings that passion and dedication to SHIFT’s clients every day. Her devotion to aiding others on their journey to success has endeared her to many, and made her an exceptional addition to SHIFT.
Even after leaving the healthcare industry, Bailey continues to volunteer with Parkinson’s organizations and strives to do more to support the local community. She is always looking for a new adventure – whether traveling, running a marathon, scuba diving, or jumping out of a plane – she’s into just about anything that gets her heart pumping.
Over the last 29 years Jeff has been a designer, CEO, educator, consultant, and investor. He enjoys the creative process, both from an artistic and organizational perspective. Currently he's bringing these divergent experiences together in order to help companies develop more conscious, purpose-driven business models; and to help investors build societal as well as financial value. He tries to bring right and left brain thinking to problem solving, business creation and investing ideas; hopefully asking better questions and using his expertise to make the lives of those around him more fulfilling and successful.
As the CEO of The Porter Group and Founder and Executive Director of Conscious Venture Lab, Jeff is an evangelist for the transformation of capitalism. Working with private investors and early-stage businesses his goal is to create businesses that are operating at the intersection of profit and purpose. As an expert in the emerging field of Conscious Capitalism Jeff has been invited to speak or present at a number of universities around the country on the topic of impact investing and new models of business. These include: the University of Maryland, the Darden School at the University of Virginia, Yale University, Columbia University, the Booth School at the University of Chicago, Howard Community College and the University of Baltimore.
Jeff is a recovering NCAA DIII Football player, has a Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do and currently studies Krav Maga, the martial art and self-defense system developed by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF).
Katie Chlada has spent more than a decade leading strategic communications and driving engagement initiatives for global Fortune 500 companies and industry leaders. She believes that strong communications and storytelling are foundational to empowering transformational change, strengthening company culture and fostering leaders at every level of an organization. As a Consultant for SHIFT, she helps clients shape stories they are proud of by amplifying passion and performance internally and maximizing their impact with all those they touch.
Prior to SHIFT, Katie was the Director of Communications for Pfizer’s Chief Patient Officer, Dr. Freda Lewis-Hall, and led the medical and public health engagement and reputation strategy that positioned the company as a trusted health partner and corporate citizen. She also oversaw internal communications focused on organizational change, corporate culture, and talent development.
Before joining Pfizer in 2014, Katie served on the global corporate communications and global management strategy teams at The Estée Lauder Companies. At Estée Lauder, she was tapped as a thought leader on generational integration issues and led initiatives that promoted innovation, targeted new consumers, and enhanced employee retention within the Millennial demographic.
Katie resides in Baltimore, her hometown, with her bulldog, Ruby, and partner, Marcin. She enjoys making people laugh and has been known to dabble in stand-up comedy.
As an associate for SHIFT, Laura works with several clients and teams and is responsible for managing timelines and ensuring that all stakeholders are informed, on target, and connected.
Laura is a New York native who comes to us with over 3 years of project management experience working in an academic research setting. As the former research coordinator in the Johns Hopkins Psychedelic Research Unit, she provides a unique, data-driven perspective to the team and is passionate about improving employee performance. Laura is personally intrigued by the science of long-term behavior change and holistic wellness.
In her free time, Laura enjoys travel, experimenting with new recipes, playing guitar and staying active.
Rachana partners with her clients to help them unlock opportunities for growth and value creation. She taps into her deep business acumen – a product of her extensive experience in the corporate world, her MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and growing up in an entrepreneurial household – to advise clients on how they can be even better.
Rachana has a passion for both businesses – understanding their “why” and what makes people tick and thrive. She is most engaged when she is building relationships, thinking through strategic challenges and working towards having meaningful impact.
Prior to SHIFT, Rachana worked in finance and strategy for both Fortune 500 companies and her family’s businesses. Most recently, she led the strategy of United Airline’s industry-leading media business. Although Rachana hails from the east coast, her affinity for healthy vegetarian cooking/eating, love of the great outdoors and yoga, makes her treasured visits to the west coast feel like home.
Paul’s expertise is in the analysis of human performance and the design of interventions that optimize human performance in support of strategy. He is passionate about assisting organizations in performance analysis, product and process launch support, and the design and implementation of integrated performance systems.
Paul has extensive experience with enterprise clients in the areas of strategy deployment and execution, human capital strategy in support of enterprise-wide business initiatives and optimization of talent to drive business results.
He has worked with a number of well-known companies to have included Microsoft, BP, ExxonMobil, Agilent, FedEx, JPMorgan Chase, HSBC, AstraZeneca and other global companies.
In fact, Paul co-authored a book on human capital strategy entitled, Exemplary Performance: Driving Business Results by Benchmarking Your Star Performers, published by Jossey-Bass in 2013. This publication was awarded the International Society of Performance Improvement’s 2014 Award of Excellence for Outstanding Performance Improvement Publication.
Paul lives in Annapolis with his wife, they are proud parents to three sons and two daughters in-law. Paul and his wife also recently became new grandparents and are loving it!
With more than a decade of consulting experience, Liz is an expert in leadership coaching and business transformation.
Liz partners with her clients as an agent of change, connector of ideas and people, and fellow explorer of their journey. She brings curiosity, insight, and an ever-present mission to help individuals and organizations unleash potential. Often credited with her ability to be a facilitator and holder of both the conceptual big picture and strategic details, she bridges the questions of "Why" and "What" to "How." Wherever Liz goes, possibilities will be stirred and strategic action will undoubtedly follow.
Boundless in her commitment to her clients, Liz enjoys building strong relationships and making real impact alongside leaders for them, their team, organizations, and ultimately, their communities.
Prior to SHIFT, Liz worked in non-profit and for profit spaces. Most recently, Liz played a critical role on the Management Team at Linkage, Inc. where she led their internal organizational change and global growth spanning more than 20 countries.
Outside of her professional role Liz is also on the board for YMCA Camp Huckins, an all-girls camp in New Hampshire. A lifelong resident of New England, Liz is an avid skier, former ski instructor, and a lover of all things outdoors.
As SHIFT's Director of Marketing, Tara leads and manages the development of the marketing strategy for the collective. Her creative edge and impeccable eye for quality and innovation infiltrates into the organization's brand, communications, services, products, and assets. In 2017, Tara lead the company through a seamless rebranding from entreQuest to SHIFT.
Prior to working for SHIFT, Tara taught elementary and special education in Harford County Public Schools. As a licensed aesthetician, she worked in and managed spas for 10 years.
Tara is an adventurer at heart and embraces an active lifestyle that includes rock climbing, ice climbing, sailing, and traveling.
Andrew wakes up every day with a singular mission: to make a positive difference in the lives of every person with whom he comes in contact. He thrives when helping others be more, do more, and give more. As the Managing Partner of the consulting business, Andrew drives the strategy development and execution for this area of SHIFT, while also playing a key role in service delivery in key client relationships.
Andrew specializes in helping SHIFT's clients grow by creating vibrant company cultures where remarkable client and employee experiences are the norm. He has an insatiable passion for human performance, and so, much of the work he does with SHIFT clients centers on change management and organizational development—helping individuals, teams, and organizations bridge the gap between strategy and execution.
When he is not helping his clients grow regardless, Andrew is currently an Affiliate Professor for both University of Baltimore and Loyola University of Maryland, teaching both undergraduate and graduate students the core elements of business strategy, organizational development, and company culture. Serving as a “Big” in the Big Brothers of Central Maryland program for more than 10 years, Andrew also received the Rising Star award from Living Classrooms in 2015. Andrew and his wife live in Baltimore, and are the proud owners of two loving mixed breed pit bulls.
Melissa Gómez de la Fuente is passionate about assisting organizations in situational awareness analysis, designing products and processes, introducing products to the marketplace, and implementing solutions. At SHIFT, she supports leaders in building high performing teams that drive business transformation opportunities by inviting creativity, real dialogue, and outlining actionable plans.
In former roles, Melissa drove growth and innovation by formalizing global best practices frameworks that served as a strategic corporate advantage in the higher education sector. She also worked in the electronic manufacturing industry in technical and program management roles and has broad international global experience across North America, Latin America, Europe, and several Asian markets.
Melissa has both Doctorate and Master’s degrees in Business Administration and a Bachelor’s degree in Electronic and Industrial Engineering. She is also a 2019 Bowe Fellow, participating in the Emerging and Developing Global Executives program at the World Trade Center Institute.
Melissa and her husband David live in Baltimore City; they enjoy traveling, experiencing live music, and exploring new cultures. Melissa embraces an active lifestyle that includes competing in triathlons, and is passionate about empowering Hispanics to achieve their full educational, economic, and social potential. She is a native of Mexico, residing in the U.S. since 2007.
As the Chief Impact Officer of SHIFT, Eliza is responsible for playing an integral part in the growth and development of the organization. Eliza is essential to the realization of SHIFT’s vision to have a global level of impact. She is dedicated to helping individuals, teams, and organizations focus their intentions on creating positive impact, whether within their communities, their businesses, or within themselves. Eliza is SHIFT’s conduit for leading change in businesses and the community.
While her career has been predominately in marketing, her work in community outreach has contributed to truly lasting change in the Baltimore area and beyond. She helped pioneer the mentoring program that eventually became the B4Students Foundation, and in 2006, developed a mentoring program in conjunction with the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development. She is the alumni association president for the GBC LEADERShip program and serves on the Board of Directors for Civic Works.
The Daily Record recognized Eliza as one of the 2016 “Top 100 Women in Maryland.” Eliza is also the creator and owner of the unique and fashionable Glam Globes, a company that makes customizable accessories and jewelry for the free-spirited individual.
She owns a Honda Rebel 250 motorcycle, where on rare occasions you will see her riding slowly and cautiously through her neighborhood… it seemed like a good idea at the time.
Jeff is guided by his belief in the possibility of “even better” for organizations, their leaders, and – for that matter – each of us. Jeff invites leaders and emerging leaders to fully participate in their evolution into people who facilitate more significant contributions from others. He shepherds executives, business owners, and their leadership teams to a place where they are best able to leverage their vision, values, and the story of their organization to unleash the fullest potential of each and every employee in ways that do good and feel good.
A driving force in multiple successful organizations – in founding and leadership roles – Jeff’s combination of knowledge, skill, and perspective helps companies grow and thrive. His business experience and acumen is complemented by his sought after executive coaching services. Certified as a Master Coach in Behavioral Coaching and in Advanced NeuroCoaching, it’s Jeff’s glue-like bond with the people he works with that reflects his passion for creating meaningful and lasting change for organizations of all kinds.
Jeff reads in the Everybody Wins! DC Power Lunch program and was named the organization’s “mentor of the year” in 2013.
His greatest not-so-guilty pleasure is watching good TV, which he defines as entertainment that makes you think, can surprise you, and leaves you a little melancholy when it ends. Jeff is a story-teller and a bit of a singer, sometimes combining the two by writing new lyrics to well-known melodies for family and business events. He finds them amusing; you’ll have to judge for yourself!
Rita works behind the scenes at SHIFT to ensure our vision and mission are upheld, and all of our goals are met. She oversees finance, HR, IT and operations and is a vital piece to the growth and development of SHIFT.
An MBA recipient from Loyola University of Maryland Sellinger School of Business, Rita has nearly 20 years of professional experience. In past roles she has guided struggling organizations and led major company overhauls, helping to turn them away from dire straights. Rita enjoys providing structure, improving efficiency, and streamlining operations to make it possible for team members to focus on what they are best at.
In the past, Rita has volunteered with Habitat for Humanity and Project Clean Stream. A native of Budapest, Hungary, Rita has traveled to every continent but two, and speaks four languages. She is raising two fascinating teenagers, lives for unplanned road trips and hikes in the woods with her dog, and a good book at the end of a long day.
An upstate New Yorker at heart, Emily quickly finds her feet wherever she lands because of her passion for building new relationships. Whether with candidates or clients, her true calling is creating trust with everyone she meets and working tirelessly to help people grow personally and professionally.
As SHIFT’s Business Development Manager, Emily is the front-line influencer for attaining and growing business. As the voice and presence of SHIFT in and out of the business community, she can tell the SHIFT story with absolute authenticity and passion.
A recipient of Howard County’s Finest 39 under 39, her commitment is to make an impact on a disengaged culture, and believes a great culture and great people are the real keys to success. Emily is a member of the Howard County Tech Council, a former board member of the Howard County Young Professional’s Network, and is a strong advocate of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
An avid boater and lover of all things Annapolis, Emily often says if there were more hours in the day she would operate a dog walking business.
Whitney is her best self when she is fulfilling her passion for helping others think differently. As a SHIFT Consultant, she shares her expertise by helping leaders have more candid conversations, practice vulnerability, shape an actionable path forward, and build high performing teams that deliver results. Whitney has a deep passion for helping organizations improve and infuse organizational clarity and alignment, creating high levels of engagement.
With our clients, Whitney helps develop a growth vision and connected strategic plan, shape structural role alignment, advise and coach senior executives, and build active team retreat agendas. With her high energy and solution-focused mindset, Whitney creates
Whitney has experience in advertising, community outreach and project management, she has been leading various initiatives for more than six years. She is known throughout the Baltimore area for her powerful and passionate TEDx talk about the importance of perspective and resiliency.
Whitney strives to flex her adventurous muscle and stay active. She has completed triathlons and half-marathons, ziplined through the Costa Rican rainforest, and is looking forward to checking skydiving off her adventure list soon.
Beth supports SHIFT Consulting as a valued Associate. In her role, she flexes her project management muscles, acts in supporting the consulting team, and assists clients in achieving their goals of bigger and better sales, growth, and performance. Additionally, she helps clients stay focused on their business initiatives for growth and aids them every step of the way towards a clear, strategic vision.
Beth’s extensive experience in retail management within independent businesses has ingrained in her the true values of providing a valuable customer experience. Beth comes to SHIFT from Poppy and Stella, where she worked as an Operations Manager; in that roles, she learned that customer service isn’t just about meeting customer expectations, but exceeding them. She believes that working with clients isn’t about selling them something or giving them answers to their questions, but letting them know that we’re committed to helping them through a process, to offer insights, and to make their experience remarkable.
Beth was born in Korea and moved to the US at the age of 3—she has called Baltimore County and Baltimore City her home since. She now resides in Fells Point with her fiancé and fur baby, their sweet rescue dog named, Ogie. Beth loves living and working in this neighborhood because of its close proximity to the water, the wide array of shops and dining spots, as well as a deep sense of community. Additionally, Beth has a newfound love for fitness and enjoys traveling; the Caribbean and Greece top the list of places she’s visited, and hopes to one day venture to Italy.
As Partner & Managing Director, Chris works to develop and execute on SHIFT’s strategic vision to expand and position SHIFT as a leader in growth and engagement consulting, talent acquisition, and entrepreneurial services.
Chris joined the SHIFT team in 2014 as Vice President of Business Development and is passionate about people, teams, and helping companies to flourish and thrive. He is leading the charge for SHIFT to create a monumental change in how organizations are building, developing, and growing in an everchanging world. His expertise lies in leadership, business development, marketing, and strategic planning.
He is a seasoned entrepreneur, business advisor, and attorney, with extensive experience leading and developing teams from a breadth of industries. Additionally, Chris serves is a longtime advisor to several established businesses and entrepreneurs.
Chris is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland School of Law and roots for his Blue Jays. Additionally, he is heavily involved in community impact and social innovation. At the end of the day, he draws his inspiration from his wife, two daughters, and son.
The chief support for SHIFT’s principals and consultants, Alexandra assists with the strategic direction, coordination, and implementation of special projects. She has done tremendous work for our clients by leading work groups and engagements.
Alexandra joined SHIFT with a background in education and publishing and relishes the opportunity she has to affect and impact more lives in a more dynamic way than ever before. She believes in the importance of making small-scale changes for the client, and sees every step forward as a remarkable experience.
In her spare time, Alexandra has dedicated service to the Box of Rain foundation where she helped children build boats and experience the wonders of the Chesapeake Bay. A fitness guru, Alex loves running and practicing yoga, but this hasn’t stopped her from being a foodie. She believes meals are a chance for celebration three times a day. Her French grandmother and time spent living in Paris only expanded her love of food, but despite her French roots, there’s no place quite like Annapolis.