Mastermind Group Experts-In-Residence


Joe Slatter

I am the creator of the Better Practice methodology, which is the underlying framework for SVA’s Decision Dynamics sprint and Leadership Accelerator. My mission is to help individuals, organizations and communities accelerate toward better.

I have lived in six countries and worked extensively with global, cross-functional and highly distributed teams. I created Better Practice with the belief that teams, organizations and communities can improve their performance by establishing a common sense and listening to each other.

My life’s work is the application of design thinking to how we work together. How can we figure out what matters together, make better decisions faster and act together with grace and accountability? I call it metacollaboration.

A musician at heart, my upbringing and work over the past thirty years across countries, languages, cultures and industries has instilled a deep appreciation for the power of perspective and collaboration. I live in Colorado and support projects, engagements and teams around the world. I rank my three most important roles as: 1. Parent 2. Teacher 3. Barista.


John B. Lazar, MA, MCC, NCOC

I’ve been a coach and performance consultant since 1983, including more than twenty years as an executive coach to CEOs and Presidents, partners, business owners, executives and senior managers.

As Director of SVA’s Leadership Coaching Practice, my role is to ensure that our coaches support your success in a way that works for you.

I work with leaders and their teams to shift mindsets, align values,  develop more effective practices and improve results. Currently a board member of the International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI) where I’ve been a member since 1981, my work has led to clients on five continents and more than 90 presentations and workshops in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, England, Belgium, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Australia, New Zealand, Turkey, India, and China.

I received my master’s degree in clinical psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago and have been certified as a Master Coach by the International Coach Federation (ICF) since 1999. I received my coach training and certification from Newfield Network in 1992 and from the Institute for Generative Leadership in 2010. I live in Forest Park, Illinois and am a lifelong Cubs fan.


Dean Delisle

As Founder and CEO of Forward Progress, Dean leads his core team to provide digital influencer marketing solutions, serving over 2,000 corporate clients for the past 15 years. In 2015 Dean created and released a Social “Team Based” Education platform known as Social Jack™, and they have successfully trained over 100,000 professionals on Social Selling and B2B Influencer Marketing. Their curriculum is used globally by Fortune 500 companies, Associations, Conferences and Universities to instill best practices related to the effective use of social networks. Dean enjoys time with his family, and yes, some of that family time is spent in the dōjō: Dean and his son are both 3rd degree black belts in Tae Kwon Do. He and his family also enjoy supporting community. 

"It's kind of fun to do the impossible." - Walt Disney