Meet Our Team

For two decades, we've developed the strategy and provided the tools and skills to help business and people partner for award winning flexible work success.  

Cali Williams Yost
CEO and Founder of Flex+Strategy Group & Work+Life Fit Inc.

Cali Williams Yost believes that when business and people partner, they create award- winning flexible workplaces that achieve high performance and work+life well being.

For two decades, as a workplace expert, author, speaker and founder of the Flex Strategy Group / Work Life Fit Inc., Yost has helped hundreds of organizations make flexible work part of their culture and business strategy. And, she has shown thousands of individuals how to use that flexibility to take control of their work+life fit and find success, on and off the job.

Leaders from diverse organizations, such as E&Y, Novo Nordisk, Quest Diagnostics, the United Nations, USDA, Stanford University and the Singapore Government, regularly seek out her high-impact, often contrarian, yet always practical, insights into what it takes for flexibility to really succeed in the workplace.

An honors graduate of Columbia Business School, Yost’s pioneering work+life “fit” how-to advice for individuals can be found in the recently released, Tweak It: Make What Matters to You Happen Every Day, (Center Street/Hachette, 2013), and in the critically-acclaimed, Work+Life: Finding the Fit That’s Right for You (Riverhead/Penguin Group, 2004).

Called “one of the most sophisticated thinkers,” on work and life issues by The New York Times, Yost is frequently asked to comment in the media. She has appeared on the TODAY Show, most recently with Maria Shriver as part of her “Doing It All” series, CNBC, Bloomberg TV, NPR, and in Fast Company, USAToday, and the Wall Street Journal.

In addition to being named one of Mashable’s Top 14 Career Experts on Twitter, and one of Columbia Business School’s Alumni Changing the World, her websites have been awarded “Best of the Web” distinctions by Forbes.com and WorkingMother.com.

Connect with Cali Williams Yost on Twitter @caliyost and on Facebook

 

Linda Cannilla
Program Design Specialist

Linda joined our group two years ago in the role of Program Design Specialist. She works with clients who are initiating, implementing or integrating workplace flexibility changes by customizing our products and services with a plan to meet our clients' unique needs.

Prior to joining the Flex+Strategy Group, Linda was a Learning and Development specialist with both Bloomingdales and Saks Fifth Avenue where she developed and implemented organizational change programs to improve customer satisfaction and the utilization of new CRM systems. Linda has an MBA in HR Management from Fairleigh Dickinson University and a BSBA in Management from Bucknell University.

Donna Miller
Strategy Consulting Partner

Donna Miller has over fifteen years experience in the field of organizational learning and development. She specializes in change management and strategic planning with an emphasis on the leadership mindsets, skills, and knowledge necessary to those processes.Her work allows her to coach and consult with leaders and teams and create custom-designed solutions within organizations to facilitate culture change, enhance productivity, and improve employee retention and satisfaction.

Prior to consulting, Donna led training and development at Banana Republic and worked in Gap, Inc.’s Human Resource and Development department.

Joanne Spigner
Strategy Consulting Partner

Joanne Spigner is a principal of VisionFirst, a firm that helps individuals, teams and organizations lead strategic change by building shared vision, creating alignment and innovating. In addition to her extensive consulting experience, Joanne’s corporate background includes executive positions as managing director of leveraged finance, credit training director and vice president of work+life strategy at Prudential Financial. She earned a BA from Colgate University and an MBA from NYU Stern. She is a Colgate trustee, past president of Colgate’s alumni association, and a founding board member of the Madison Education Foundation. For over two years, Joanne and her VisionFirst partner Janice Maffei hosted Invent the Future, a weekly radio talk show on innovation and leadership broadcast on VoiceAmerica.com. Joanne and Janice have published articles for Innovation Excellence, served as judges at the Innovation Challenge global MBA competition, and volunteered as facilitators at the inaugural Clinton Global Initiative.

Janice Maffei
Strategy Consulting Partner

Janice Maffei is a principal of VisionFirst, a firm that helps individuals, teams and organizations lead strategic change by building shared vision, creating alignment and innovating. In addition to her extensive consulting experience, Janice worked in sales, sales management and training for a Fortune 100 company.  She has served on the boards of several charitable organizations including the Red Cross and 12 Miles West Theatre. An award winning playwright, she is a member of the Dramatists Guild and helped facilitate its Women’s Initiative. A graduate of Chestnut Hill College, Janice is a candidate for an MFA in Theatre at Stony Brook University. For over two years, Janice and her VisionFirst partner Joanne Spigner hosted Invent the Future, a weekly radio talk show on innovation and leadership broadcast on VoiceAmerica.com. Janice and Joanne have published articles for Innovation Excellence, served as judges at the Innovation Challenge global MBA competition, and volunteered as facilitators at the inaugural Clinton Global Initiative.

Lauren W. Fosbenner
Workplace Learning and Performance Consultant

Lauren W. Fosbenner is the founder and principal consultant at Workplace Learning and Performance, LLC. With over a decade of hands-on instructional design and performance improvement experience, she has personally helped organizations across a variety of industries improve productivity and efficiency by designing, developing, and implementing comprehensive, performance-based instructional strategies.

Prior to founding Workplace Learning and Performance, Lauren developed her passion for training and performance consulting at companies such as Loughner and Associates, the Vanguard Group, and Merrill Lynch. She holds a Master of Education in Instructional Systems from the Pennsylvania State University and a B.A. in International Relations from Bucknell University.