We are all senior level consultants who bring deep and broad experience working with leaders and teams from across many industries including financial services, pharmaceuticals, insurance, banking, oil and gas, utilities, technology, health care, telecommunications, and research. We bring expertise in systems theory, change management, leadership role consultation, executive development, group facilitation, team effectiveness, diversity management, and women’s leadership. Get to know us.
“Appreciation is like the light and warmth of the sun. My greatest pleasure is watching people reach new levels of thinking,performing, collaborating, and creating as a result of this simple recognition.”
Walter Manley brings unrivaled gifts as a motivational speaker and keynote leader in his role as director of The Next Level’s Diversity and Inclusion offerings. He has played a key role in developing the firm’s pioneering work on microinequities and inclusion since the late 1980’s.
Walter has an extensive background in organization development, cross cultural dynamics, corporate communications, and human resource strategic planning. A specialist in diversity management, he has designed and facilitated training programs for AstraZeneca, AT&T, Sprint, Lucent Technologies, Chase Manhattan Bank, Deloitte and Touche, New Jersey Department of Personnel, New York City Department of Human Resources Administration, City of Baltimore, City University of New York, Pace University, and Bank St. College of Education. Internationally, his work includes the design of cross cultural employ ability programs for immigrants entering the Italian workforce for the Italian government and five years in West Africa as training consultant to the Peace Corps and the U.S. Agency for International Development.
Walter’s current projects examine organizational renewal, conflict management, team building, corporate communications, gender relations, and managing change. Walter is the founder and president of the Workplace Literacy Foundation of America, Inc. He has designed and delivered social literacy and employability skills training programs for the New York City Department of Employment, the New York State Department of Labor,and nonprofit organizations including the YMCA, the Boy Scouts of America, I Have a Dream Foundation, and the Boys and Girls Clubs of America.
He holds a License es Lettres degree in Literature and Ethnology from la Sorbonne, Université de Paris and studied Hispanic Civilization at the University of Valencia, Spain,and African Languages and Linguistics at the University of Dakar, Senegal, West Africa.Walter is the first Faculty Scholar at the Georgetown University School of Languages and Linguistics.
Judy brings more than 18 years of training and experience to developing leaders and teams. She has developed numerous programs that deepen self-awareness, motivation and commitment while fostering communications and teamwork.
She encourages her clients to become trustworthy, influential, and credible individuals who impact their organizations as powerful and competent leaders. As a top-rated facilitator with The Next Level, Inc., Judy provides leadership and team effectiveness coaching, and has partnered in the development and delivery of numerous programs including The Rutgers Executive Leadership Program for Women.
“Coaching provides a powerful framework that allows clients to focus on increasing their capacities and enhancing their lives.”
As a member of The Next Level, Inc., Phoebe has partnered extensively in the design and facilitation of The Rutgers Executive Leadership Program Women, LEAD™ coaching programs, and Success Circles® peer mentoring. She provides executive coaching to women in insurance,financial, pharmaceutical and non-profit sectors.
Phoebe’s work with women leaders has also included the development and delivery of programs for the Girl Scouts of America which grew out of her research with the Stone Center’s relational model for women’s development. In addition to her work with corporate clients, Phoebe has a highly successful private practice where she uses experiential training methods to help groups and individuals gain personal insight, influence, and effectiveness.
Phoebe is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Board Certified Psychodramatist with a private practice in New York City. She has taught group dynamics at the Masters Level at Rutgers University and psychodramatic technique at The Psychodrama Institute in New York City.
Throughout her distinguished career, Uneeda has coached and mentored individuals to reach their full potential, helped teams and team leaders work collaboratively to accomplish objectives, and created work environments that respect, celebrate and engage people in solving business problems creatively and effectively.
As an internal consultant to Johnson & Johnson, Uneeda designed and implemented organizational change initiatives across the corporation. Before that, she worked in Organization Development and Training at Squibb Corporation, CoreStates Bank, Girard Bank (now Mellon Bank) and Atlanta School of Social Work where she was a sociology researcher and taught human behavior courses. Uneeda is a licensed psychodramatist who combines both clinical and corporate experience in moving clients to profound insight and action.
LUCIA BRIZZI: LEADERSHIP PRESENCE COACH AND SUCCESS CIRCLES® COACH
As a leadership presence coach, Lucia utilizes acting techniques which empower clients to release their authentic, fully energized, and compelling leadership presence. As a Success Circles® facilitator, Lucia uses her mastery of the methodology and attentive, supportive presence to launch and guide powerful peer mentoring circles. With The Next Level Inc., Lucia has worked with various Fortune 500 companies through the Acting For Leadership Program and the Rutgers Executive Leadership Program for Women.
Lucia holds a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College. Additional theater training includes B.A.D.A, N.C.S.A, The Michael Chekhov School of Acting, The Miller Voice Method, and work with founders of Second City and The Groundlings. She teaches the Chekhov method to actors at Peachcraft Studios. Lucia’s own performance work includes extensive stage work in New York City, independent film, her self produced web series, as well as stand up and improvisational comedy.
BILL CRAWFORD: SUCCESS CIRCLES® COACH AND DIVERSITY TRAINER
“Boundaries and obstacles are often a projection. Everyone is able to move beyond perceived limits – to be fulfilled and deeply satisfied.”
Bill brings over 37 years of experience in risk management, human resources, and training to the field of “Human Performance Improvement.” Bill managed a number of business units for The Chubb Group of Insurance Companies prior to joining The Next Level Inc. as a consultant and trainer. As a loss control engineer Bill delivered risk management services to businesses engaged in finance, manufacturing, real estate,retail, professional services, and contracting. As human resources manager, Bill’s appreciation of the unique gifts, strengths, and skills of employees lead people to high performance, promotion, and commitment to the organization.
Bill is certified with the following psychometrics and programs: Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, DiSC Profile, PRO Work / Social Styles / FIRO-B. / Situational Leadership /Managing Career Challenges / Managing Personal Growth / Coaching for Top Performance / The Knowledge Connection / Culture of Inclusion – Count Me In®
MARION LICHA: SUCCESS CIRCLES® COACH, LEADERSHIP PRESENCE COACH, WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP AND DIVERSITY TRAINER
As a seasoned diversity consultant and trainer, Marian Licha is recognized for her expertise in cross-cultural facilitation. She honed her skills as a diversity trainer with the professional services firm, Organization Twenty-One,Inc. and is currently a core facilitator for the Next Level, Inc. Marian’s 20 years as a professional actress and her multicultural life experience enable her to bring to life the key messages of diversity training. As a playwright, story-teller and narrator, Marian additionally brings creativity and enthusiasm to her work.
Marian holds a B.A. from George Washington University; and a Masters degree in Educational Theater from New York University.
RITA MARCHELYA: VOICE AND LEADERSHIP PRESENCE COACH
Rita specializes in acting and voice training for executive empowerment. Her work as a voice and dialect coach includes a wide range of clients from Broadway actors to business professionals alike. Rita brings to The Next Level technical expertise in public speaking, interviewing skills, media training and voice production.
Rita holds an M.F.A. in acting from UNC Chapel Hill, a certificate from the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, and a B.A. in English and French literature from Loyola University of Chicago. Before moving to New York, she lived in Paris where she studied French Literature, Culture and Art History at the from la Sorbonne, Université de Paris. She has apprenticed with master teacher Scott Miller in the voice department at New York University’s graduate acting program. She is also one of the founding partners of the Miller Voice Method Voice Studio in New York City.
JACKIE RADFORD: EXECUTIVE COACH, SUCCESS CIRCLES® COACH, WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP AND DIVERSITY TRAINER
Jackie specializes in coaching and leadership development,helping business leaders and their teams create successful business strategies. Her coaching enables clients to enhance their ability to lead and achieve break through results.
Jackie brings extensive experience in operations management and human resources to The Next Level, Inc., where she is a coach for The Rutgers Executive Leadership Program for Women. Jackie has over 20 years experience in business working for19Johnson & Johnson with a focus in Operations, Human Resources, and Organizational Development.
Jackie earned a M.S. in Human Resources from Webster University, Coaching Certification from the Hudson Institute of Santa Barbara, and M.S. in Organization Development from the American University/NTL Program.
LARRY ROSEN: EXECUTIVE STORYTELLING COACH
Larry Rosen has been teaching, directing, and coaching theater, improvisation, storytelling, and sketch comedy since 1994, most recently through the Second City Training Center, The People’s Improv Theater and The Moth. He is a co-founder of the sketch comedy ensemble DROP SIX – veterans of five comedy and theater festivals and winners of Second City’s first-ever “Best of the Fest” award at the 2006 Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival – and produced and directed the troupe from 2005-2009. Larry served for two years as Producing/Artistic Director of Artistic New Directions, a not-for-profit production company specializing in the development of new work.
Swee Wong (Swee) is an accomplished global business development director with over twenty years’ corporate and consulting services experience. She has worked internationally in Hong Kong, China, the Netherlands, and Japan with diverse responsibilities in telecommunications equipment business development for AT&T/Lucent Technologies.
She has built effective regional teams in Asia and built businesses for a U.S. company in Japan.
Her skills in cross functional team building, leadership and East-West business cultural communication are the foundation of her successes. She is fluent in three dialects of Chinese (Mandarin, Cantonese and Hakka), and understands basic Malay and Japanese. Swee has an extensive network of contacts in Asia including Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, China, Korea, Singapore, Australia and India.