Center for Leadership Studies members are world-class professionals who share a commitment to work with organizational leaders who want to have a lasting impact — the kind of impact that converts possibility into measurable reality on a continuum of change and transformation.


Wendy Appel

Wendy works at the intersection of individual and organizational change. What helps set her apart is Wendy’s unique background that she brings to bear on her client engagements.

She has lived in three countries, worked globally and holds a Masters degree in Social and Cultural Anthropology. Wendy masterfully meets challenges that forward understanding of cross-cultural change and she’s uniquely qualified to see matters of change at a global scale.

Wendy laser-sharp when it comes to working with the dynamics of individual and team behavior. She is a gifted participating-observer—one who travels with you on your journey while providing valuable insight—someone who understands leadership from both the inside (the individual experience) and from the outside (how one is seen in the world). Wendy is known for her ability to quickly build trust with individuals and teams, thus accelerating their development.

When you work with Wendy, you get the wisdom born of her years of experience as a leader in business operations (product development), as an internal consultant and an external advisor.

Amidst her many accomplishments Wendy has written a five star-rated book for leaders and teams. InsideOut Enneagram: The Game-Changing Guide for Leaders, takes complex theories of personality and behavior and puts them into action in ways that open and accelerate access to effective leadership and team interactions. InsideOut is practical, reliable and immediately applicable. This is a book you’ll keep within arm’s reach.

“Organizations live in conversations not bounded by four walls. Beliefs and values undergird these conversations and shape the way an organization expresses itself through leadership, management and individual actions and interactions. To realize potential, I bring to light these worldviews, beliefs and values that drive organizational actions and open perceptions to what is possible, probable and desirable.

Client List

Pro Bono

  • Action for Children
  • Catalyst
  • Coaching Israel
  • The I Have A Dream Foundation
  • Lambton College
  • Leadership America
  • Ontario Chambers of Commerce
  • R.E. Wilson School
  • Sarnia Lambton Council for Economic Development
  • State of the World Forum
  • The Care Givers Project
  • YMCA

Technology Telecommunications

  • AT&T
  • Battelle Memorial Institute
  • Bell Canada
  • Cognos
  • Hewlett-Packard Laboratories
  • IBM
  • Perot Systems
  • Sarnoff Corporation
  • Facebook

Financial Services

  • Barclay’s Global Investors
  • Berkshire Partners
  • Charles Schwab & Company
  • Chubb and Son Inc.
  • Citigroup
  • Ernst & Young
  • USAA
  • Wells Fargo Bank
  • HAI Group

Diversified Services

  • Accenture
  • Air Canada
  • Dale Carnegie
  • Time Inc.
  • States Postal Service

Energy Services/Resources

  • Anglo-American Ltd.
  • BC Hydro
  • BP Ltd.
  • Duke Energy
  • EPRI (Electric Power Research Institute)
  • Peoples Energy
  • Public Service Electric & Gas

Pharmaceutical/Healthcare/ Chemical

  • Bristol-Myers Squibb
  • Dow Chemical Company
  • Eli Lilly & Company
  • Engelhard Corporation
  • Ethicon, Inc. Faulding
  • Genentech
  • Hoffman LaRoche
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • LifeScan
  • Ortho Clinical Diagnosticsy
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News & Events

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Apr 29, 2014
Monthly Intentional Living Interest Group

The Intentional Living Interest Group offers CLS’s Master’s degree students, alumni, prospective students, and members of the community an opportunity to engage in on-going dialog to explore topics that heighten our sense of awareness of and commitment to our lives and work. Note that individuals need not attend all sessions and can drop in and out of the conversation as their schedule permits.

April 29th @ 7:00 PM

For more information, click here.

Aug 26, 2013
Al Bhatt delivers Keynote to Business Leaders on: Breaking Through the Noise: Generational Differences in the Workplace

Understanding broad generational differences can be valuable. Managing your workplace relationships based on these differences is not. This session at the Bushnell in Hartford, CT will explore the one rule that is central to effectiveness in the modern workplace: Employee engagement, productivity, and retention – across all generational groups – is ultimately a Retail Game.

Click here for more details and registration.

Aug 10, 2013
Wendy Appel – Back in the USA

After six and one-half years living on the European continent, Wendy Appel pried herself away this Summer to move back to the US in order to join forces with the partners of CLS.

The invitation to partner with wise and wonderful colleagues in order to take on work with clients who are committed to something larger than their own self-interests, inspired Wendy to do the same.

Wendy thoroughly enjoyed living in Europe, (most recently in Mallorca, Spain) and working internationally (pan-European, UAE, S. Africa and in the US). However, something unexpected and significant happened on the island of Mallorca. Wendy found a source of alchemy to transform her consulting experience, personal challenges and intellectual insight into a framework for leadership.

As she sifted through three decades of professional success and two decades of work with the Enneagram, she wrote her first book, InsideOut Enneagram: The Game-Changing Guide for Leaders.

Transformation—alchemy to turn managerial skills into leadership—is at the heart of Wendy’s book and is the focus of her work. We are thrilled to have Wendy back in the US to share with us what she has learned and to work her magic with us and our clients.

Aug 10, 2013
Rave Reviews from Participants in the First Two Raising Your Game Seminars:

Seasoned Change Professionals joined Change Expert Daryl Conner for a two day intensive seminar to explore how they can increase effectiveness with clients by increasing self -awareness. Participants were energized:

“Daryl is exploring the frontier of what it means to be a transformational leader – far beyond tools and techniques.  Like a doctor with good medicine and outstanding bedside manner, or a musician playing excellent music with passion, or a great athlete “in the zone” – experienced leaders can inspire deeper change when we cultivate character and add intentionality to individual presence.  At the core, each person’s intrinsic character is unique and worthy of appreciation.  First and foremost, change occurs at the individual level, beginning with the practitioner.  The RYG session helps explore these fundamental and game-changing leadership elements.  The richness of experience of each participant quickly rallied a community of experts honing our craft together.”

-Past Participant

Aug 10, 2013
Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership Latest Schedule

Center for Leadership Studies members are Faculty for leadership programs at educational institutions which include The Graduate Institute, University of New Haven, University of Arkansas and Chicago Theological Seminary.

Our current offering is for those seeking an advanced degree program in leadership; the Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership at The Graduate Institute in Connecticut. Enrollments are now being accepted and can be approved in as little as 24 hours.

See attached for schedules and more information about this unique program that is designed specifically for business, professional and community leaders.

Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership Brochure.pdf
Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership Schedule.pdf