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Dean Lincoln Hyers—Founding Principal, Thought Leadership, Facilitator, Coach

Strategic and bold, Dean shares ownership in your win, putting his head and heart in the game. Dean comes from a background in film, with career highlights including directing a feature film for Warner Brothers' Home Entertainment and teaching acting technique to US Covert Agents. Through these experiences Dean found his life’s work helping people find their presence under pressure which led to the creation of SagePresence with his colleague, Pete Machalek. Dean is also an accomplished keynote and session speaker. Click here to learn more.

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Pete Machalek—Founding Principal, Business Development, Facilitator, Coach

A born facilitator, Pete expertly creates safe environments that align your team for action. Pete teaches concise, intentional communication, leveraging simple tools that transform fear to excitement. He believes in each person’s capacity to lead, to create messages that influence, and to shape the world. He founded SagePresence with collaborator Dean Hyers in 2001.

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Sarah Kesher—Principal, Solution Design, Consultant, Coach

Sarah pulls from her diverse background as a consultant, project manager, product developer, brand manager, and learning designer to provide a unique perspective to all of her client work. She possesses the ability to make connections across disciplines and has built her career around discovering root causes and developing creative strategies and solutions that everyone can feel proud of.

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Troy Parkinson—Business Development, Consultant, Facilitator, Coach

As a speaker and facilitator, Troy shares his down-to-earth approach with clients throughout the United States and internationally. In his 18 years in the film industry, he has produced television series for Discovery Health and the History Channel, in addition to bringing multi-million-dollar productions to Minnesota from HBO, Netflix, and Fox Searchlight Pictures.


Becky Lyons—Solution Design, Consultant, Facilitator, Coach

Becky works with teams to reach new levels of excellence. She specializes in change management, organizational development, and learning in, and around, the healthcare industry. Becky has extensive experience in management/workforce training, continuous improvement methodologies, and strategic planning. 


Shannon Murphy Robinson—Facilitator, Coach

Shannon knows exactly what it takes to lead—what is required to take a message across lines, and across cultures, to successful execution. She is a highly sought after facilitator, with extensive experience training leaders to use effective communication to improve global performance. Shannon has created diversity/inclusion training initiatives for Deloitte, Cargill, and AT&T; co-founded BrainSkills@Work; and is a Harvard-certified NeuroBusiness coach. She is also the former vice-president of ProGroup, a Twin Cities diversity consultancy.

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Aaron Kesher—Instructional Design, Facilitator, Coach

As a certified Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) Administrator, Aaron has centered his career on helping clients strategize and build skills to navigate the challenges of communication across differences. He is a featured author in several publications, including the Religion in the Workplace Toolkit, and has created a highly praised training course on leading and working across generational differences.


Tony Orange—Facilitator, Coach

A master speaker with over 25 years of experience, Tony has dynamically facilitated hundreds of trainings throughout the United States, Europe, and Canada. He has conducted leadership training for many Fortune 100 companies and is dedicated to promoting healthy communication skills. His specialty is intercultural communication and conflict resolution.

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Lisa Walden—Engagement Manager, Coach

Lisa’s expertise includes consulting, speaking, facilitation, and project management, but her real passion lies in helping clients craft narratives that resonate. As a published author, she knows the power of messages that are clear, concise, and communicate value. Never shy of asking the tough questions, Lisa has helped clients maximize their strategy in industries as diverse as master-planned communities to the financial services.

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Hannah Ubl—Facilitator, Coach

Hannah has spent the better part of the last decade learning from and speaking to audiences from the C-Suite to new interns, in organizations from Lockheed Martin to Six Flags Theme Park. She's fueled by an endless curiosity to help people combine strategy and research so they can communicate in a way people can hear them. Hannah co-authored Managing Millennials for Dummies and is a proud member of her own generation, the Millennials. Yes, she eats avocado toast.

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Joanna Hoffschneider—Facilitator, Coach

Joanna Hoffschneider brings her first career in teaching and training and her second as a VP of Business Development and Marketing to her work as a trainer and coach. Working in and around the AEC industry for over 18 years, Joanna has built a reputation for incisive analysis and respectful candor. An expat-Brit who grew up in the Far East, Joanna’s multi-cultural point of view and natural curiosity allow her to make connections and provide perspective that create meaningful “aha!” moments.

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Lani Basa—Facilitator, Coach

Known for her roles in strategic development, leadership coaching, and professional development, Lani Basa's professional background includes 22 years at Target across multiple leadership roles. From there Lani went on to co-found the Business Women’s Circle (The BWC). Now in its 10th year, The BWC aims to connect, build communities and create experiences for women to grow, and has allowed Lani to harness her unique abilities in bringing teams together, messaging and optimizing organizations for growth, skills she now brings to SagePresence.