Meet the Team
Finding Your Essential Leadership Self
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Reservoir’s advisory, teaching and consulting fellows are thought leaders who bring an unprecedented depth and diversity of experience.
Our trusted advisors provide executive coaching for deeper, more rewarding leadership lives. We provide consulting on strategic, governance and cultural issues. And we facilitate disruptive innovation, helping organizations generate their own, highly resonant vision of the future in which they can play a powerful role.
Working with Reservoir is like having a personal management faculty at your disposal.
Our advisors are former CEOs of global organizations. They have backgrounds teaching at leading business schools. They have led CEO programs for the world’s most admired consulting companies. They provide expertise in everything from crisis management to the neuroscience of leadership.
The men and women of Reservoir bring diverse experience to focus on your organizational and leadership challenges.
Dain Dunston has spent 30 years as an advisor and coach to leaders, helping them frame the foundation of their personal and professional journeys. He is author of Being Essential: Seven Questions for Living and Leading with Radical Self-Awareness. Other books include Nanovation: How a Little Car Can Teach the World to Think Big and Act Bold with Kevin and Jackie Freiberg, The Downside of Up: A Comic Novel of Outrageous Fortune and The Straight Dope: A Novel of Sex, Death and Rock & Roll. He is a frequent speaker on leadership, culture and coaching topics. Dain is the founding partner of Reservoir.
Inna Ulanova is on a mission to redefine what strength looks like. After a decade consulting executives, start-up teams and global corporations on design thinking and strategic communications, Inna joined the Reservoir team as a partner to change the game and level the playing field for next-gen leaders. As the Chief Play Officer, Inna guides teams to better understand themselves and others through empathy, creative play and psychology. She is the head of Reservoir Advance, an innovation lab for workshops and interaction design. Inna is also a disabilities advocate through her company Small Meet Large.
Eric McNulty is a Harvard-affiliated writer, speaker, and educator with a passion for purpose-driven leadership. Eric teaches executive education and graduate level courses at Harvard and M.I.T. He is Director of Research and Professional Programs at the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative, a joint program of the Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Kennedy School of Government. He is the author of You’re It: Crisis, Change, and How to Lead When it Matters Most, Three Critical Shifts in Thinking for the Evolving Leader and Your Critical First 10 Days as a Leader, and a contributing editor at strategy + business.
Blake Hines is a photographer and graduate of Rhode Island School of Design. Blake’s work has appeared in numerous publications and on the cover of Marshall Crenshaw’s CD, “What’s in the Bag.” Other clients include St. Martin’s Press, powerHouse Books, Wild Earth Guardians, and Glorieta Prop House. Her creative approach, problem solving abilities, and organizational skills, have led her to manage photographic archives, one that was recently placed with the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame for late photographer, Baron Wolman. For the past 11 years, she has been the production manager for the prestigious, Objects of Art Shows in Santa Fe, NM.
Mark Lipton is Professor Emeritus of Management at Parsons School of Design and The New School in New York City. He has advised Fortune 500 corporations, think tanks, philanthropies, not-for-profits, and start-ups for over forty years. His diverse entrepreneurial client base includes founders of transformative start-ups in technology, manufacturing, media, education, health care, finance, and marketing. C-level executives benefit from his coaching skills, organizational assessment techniques, and leadership development programs. Corporate and nonprofit boards govern more effectively as a result of his coaching with board chairs. Since 2015, he has led Deloitte’s Chief Executive Program research strategy. He’s the author of Guiding Growth: How Vision Keeps Companies on Course and Mean Men: The Perversion of America’s Self-Made Men. He’s also a frequent contributor to the business press.
Herb Dyer is a proven, holistic leader with a dynamic, inspirational style and reputation for motivating and directing high performance teams to deliver exceptional results. Herb is a consultant with Reservoir, and he consults as an executive coach, chairs peer advisory boards, DEI facilitator, coordinator of leadership development, and an expert advisor to organizations on strategic planning. Herb served recently as Vice President for Ascension Health, responsible for shared services across twelve hospitals serving the greater Austin area. He has a long successful history of leading complex capital projects and diverse teams.
Melinda Buckley is a creative director, writer and executive speaker coach with a theatrical arts background. Her extensive stage, film and storytelling experience informs everything she does. Whether it’s a brand or an individual, live or virtual; she works organically to discover the core elements of a clients’ message and then helps them deliver it through compelling creative content and presentations that make a positive difference. From staging a Superbowl CBS promo to developing creative concepts for global events to coaching executives for Broadcast media, she has a wide range of skills and a collaborative spirit to help individuals as well as teams shine.
Daniel B. Edds, MBA
Daniel Edds has spent the past 25 years as a professional management consultant, working with over 200 organizations in state & local government, healthcare, nonprofit, and education. Dan helps high performing organizations approach the discipline of leadership systemically. Helping them attract and retain the best talent, enjoy lower cost, higher productivity, higher quality and have higher stakeholder returns. Based on this experience and ten years of research, Dan as written his second book, Leveraging the Genetics of Leadership, cracking the code of sustainable team performance. He is passionate, articulate, compelling and a teller of stories.
Liennette Chung started her career with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in Los Angeles and was later transferred to the PwC office in Hong Kong to lead their investments and finance division. She moved to Credit Suisse and, during the Asian Financial Crisis, left the firm to establish Renaissance International Investments in Jakarta, with two private equity funds. In late 2012 Liennette formed Chung & Associates Inc., a Los Angeles consulting firm dedicated to assisting clients in building quality organizations. She is a California CPA.
Vince Poscente helps business leaders with massive breakthroughs to accelerate leadership growth. His approach to obstacles and resilience has been used by Fortune 500 executives across the globe. He’s a New York Times bestselling author of eight books, which include The Earthquake, The Ant and the Elephant: Leadership For the Self, and The Age of Speed.