Linda Graf is a CTI certified coach (2000) and a major proponent of getting people outside. She's combined a career as a business consultant/coach with decades of research and experience in the field of nature-based leadership development.
One highlight of Linda’s career was working for the Fort Hill Company — leaders in the area of Learning Transfer. While at Fort Hill, Linda recognized the value of embedding post-program follow-through to training, and linking outcomes to current business goals. Both are integrated into every program Linda designs today.
In addition to traditional coaching, for the past three years Linda has been guiding individual leaders and teams on 3-day mini-sabbaticals (Executive Wisdom Quests™) in awe-inspiring, natural settings such as Glacier National Park where they gain fresh insights into challenging problems. Clients return re-energized with clarity, a stronger sense of purpose, and equipped with practical tools; ready to integrate what they've discovered into their personal and professional lives.
Linda is also an advocate for exploring how nature’s strategies can be replicated inside organizations. She’s committed to co-creating the next evolution in workplace culture. She’s even coined a new word, ‘plorking’, which combines ‘play’ and ‘work’, and is constantly on the lookout for other ‘plorkers’ who can help move the vision forward.
Denise DeLuca, PE
The daughter of two nature-loving scientists, Denise DeLuca has integrated her foundation in engineering with her deep understanding of nature’s amazing evolutionary strategies.
Denise is a sought-after speaker, educator, and consultant whose career includes years of environmental consulting before taking on the role of Outreach Director during the early expansion years of The Biomimicry Institute.
While living in Europe, Denise was Project Lead for Swedish Biomimetics 3000 and co-founded BCI: Biomimicry for Creative Innovation. During this time Denise worked to address the challenges that leaders and their teams face in developing and implementing innovation, particularly break-through innovation.
Back in the US, Denise has focused her efforts on developing comprehensive frameworks as well as practical tools for releasing organizations from conventional constructs and catalyzing their natural human capacity for creativity, effective collaboration, and break-through innovation.
Denise currently teaches online courses in Creative Leadership and Biomimetic Design as part of the Master of Arts in Sustainable Design program at Minneapolis College of Art and Design.
Inspired by Nature, Denise relentlessly strives to ignite the curiosity and creativity of individuals and organizations to foster a more vibrant world. (And she has a particular fondness for pinecones.)