The Team

David Chinsky

Meet the Founder: Dr. David Chinsky

Drawing on more than 30 years of success in leadership and management, Dr. David Chinsky has been in high demand to mentor, train, and coach over 5,000 leaders, managers and owners of companies. As popularity of his Fit Leader’s Program continues to widen, the Institute for Leadership Fitness is poised to attain its goal to train 10,000 Fit Leaders.

David Chinsky is an executive coach and leadership advisor who has delivered professional coaching and leadership development workshops to over 300 companies and organizations. He brings his unique insights into leadership, change management and teamwork to a diversified group of individuals and teams.

Dr. Chinsky is the Founder of the Institute for Leadership Fitness, author of The Fit Leader’s Companion, and creator of the Fit Leader’s Program™ and Fit Leaders Academy, leadership development experiences that prepare high potential leaders for careers marked by personal health and sustained contribution.

The foundation for his work arose from the insights he gained during his own executive experience that cuts across all aspects of organizational life: from product development to customer service; from operations to human resources. For over a quarter century he played a role in the inner workings at companies that include Trinity Health, Ford Motor Company, Nestle and Thomson Reuters.

Working side by side with senior leaders, Dr. Chinsky moves them toward their highest level of professional effectiveness and leadership fitness. More importantly, they learn how to make their contributions sustainable, and then spread those traits to those they influence.

Training

  • University of Michigan – BA in Political Science
  • University of Michigan – DrPH in Health Policy
  • Keller Graduate School of Management – MBA in Accounting & Marketing
  • University of Illinois – MS in Public Health Sciences
  • University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School – Certificate in Strategic Planning
  • University of Michigan – Human Resource Executive Program

Certifications

  • Certified Leadership Fitness Coach™ – Institute for Leadership Fitness
  • Certified Professional Co-Active Coach – Coaches Training Institute
  • Professional Certified Coach – International Coaching Federation
  • Certified ChangeWorks Professional – Institute for Productive Tension
  • Certified Speaking Professional – National Speakers Association

Meet Our Associates

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Susan Combs

Susan brings more than 18 years of experience developing high-impact programs in the business and non-profit arenas. Susan spent several years at the Michigan Chamber of Commerce where she transformed the Leadership Michigan program working with over 100 leaders.

Based in Lansing, Michigan, Susan has a Bachelor’s degree from Miami University in Ohio and an MBA from Western Michigan University. Susan received her coach training from the Coaches Training Institute and holds the Associate Certified Coach (ACC) credential from the International Coaching Federation.

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Ross Woodstock

Ross brings nearly four decades of experience in management and consulting.  Prior to joining Kolt Communications in 2003, Ross had a distinguished 27-year career in radio and television, including ten years as president and general manager of WLNS-TV, which is the CBS affiliate in Lansing, Michigan.

Based in Okemos, Michigan, Ross has a master’s degree in Management and Administrative Services from the University of Texas at Dallas, and a bachelor’s degree in Management of Human Resources from Spring Arbor College. Ross also holds the Associate Certified Coach (ACC) credential from the International Coaching Federation.

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Brad Livingston

Brad is an experienced executive with a history of leading in large, complex organizational settings. Brad served as the Executive Director of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice from November 2004 to August 2016. He led the operations of one of the largest governmental organizations in the world, with 38,000 employees and more than 100 correctional facilities statewide.

Based in Huntsville, Texas, Brad has a master’s degree in Public Affairs from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas – Austin.  Brad is a guest lecturer and mentor in the Executive Master’s Leadership program at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin, and serves as an instructor for the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) Executive Excellence program.

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Shakti Ghosal

Shakti brings nearly four decades of experience in business development, strategy, negotiations and global alliances in fields spanning Engineering, Consumer Durables, Supply Chain, Aviation and Tourism. For over a decade, he has been actively mentoring and coaching managers and executives to support their performance and career growth.

Based in India, Shakti is an engineer and has an MBA from the IIM in Bangalore. Shakti holds the Professional Certified Coach (PCC) credential from the International Coaching Federation. He conducts leadership workshop and coaching programs for organizations as part of his commitment to develop and upgrade leadership incubation globally. Shakti is a visiting professor at several leading business schools in India.

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Steen Lykke Rasmussen

Steen brings more than 18 years of experience working as a process consultant with 80 different public and private organizations. Steen has eight years of experience as a middle manager in several multinational companies, and has been a CEO and/or Founder of small-and medium-sized companies.

Based in Denmark, Steen holds an M.Sc. in Economics and Business Administration degree from Copenhagen Business School. Steen also lectures at business Universities, and has trained more than 1000 managers in both Eastern and Western Europe. His specialty is in releasing the large economic and human potential hidden in organizations.