CEO Learning Lab launches


The aim of the CEO Learning Lab is to improve the performance and impact of Westchester nonprofits by strengthening executive leadership. The program will be provided by Strategies for Change Now, a consulting firm dedicated to helping mission-driven clients increase their impact.  


In this program, principal Anne Gardon and her colleague Lori Roth Gale have designed a course, that engages participants in identifying learning objectives that will support them to respond effectively to the specific challenges and opportunities their organizations face. Guided by adult learning theory, the Learning Lab will offer space, structure, exercises and resources designed to prompt reflection and feedback among peers to expand their perspectives. The program will provide six months of sustained inquiry, practice, and reflection supported by peer learning and one-to-one coaching.

Members of the 2018 CEO Learning Lab:


Lamont Badru, Community Development Governance Council

Dawn Ewing, Project Morry

Orla Kelleher, Aisling Irish Community Center

Terry Kirchner, Westchester Library System

Jirandy Martinez, Community Resource Center

Dawn Meyerski, Mount Kisco Child Care Center

Clare Murray, Community Center of Northern Westchester

Christian Philemon, Youth Shelter Program of Westchester

Anne Gardon, Lead Consultant & Facilitator, is founder and principal of Strategies for Change Now, which is dedicated to helping mission-driven organizations increase their impact. For 30 years, Anne has provided consultation in the areas of change management, strategy and leadership development. The common denominator in Anne's work is strengthening the capacity of the individuals, groups and Institutions to achieve results. To this end, she has facilitated large group planning sessions with up to 100 participants representing diverse and divergent viewpoints, and consulted boards of directors and executives as they translate strategy into action, lead change and manage people in transition.


Anne's client list is notable for its diversity. She has worked with nonprofit, governmental and philanthropic institutions, businesses and communities around the world, and principally in metropolitan New York. Her experience spanning human services, education, environmental advocacy, and the arts translates into a strong base of knowledge about issues in nonprofit management and the needs of organizations at different stages in their development. Anne is fluent in Spanish and has worked on large-scale change projects in Mexico, Latin America, and Mongolia.


Anne's approach to leadership coaching supports executives to build on their strengths and push the boundaries of habitual approaches to relationship building and problem-solving. She is certified to administer to the Leadership Agility 360° and has worked with several other assessment tools to generate valuable feedback for executives about their leadership.


Anne is a leadership coach in Executive Education at Columbia Business School, where she also served as faculty advisor for nonprofit executives in strategic planning from 1997-2010. She is member of the editorial review board of the OD Practitioner published by the national association of organization development professionals. Anne has a Master's degree in social work from California State University at San Francisco, and is a graduate of the Organization and Systems Development Program at the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland.


A sample list of client organizations Anne has worked with in Westchester County includes:

  • Girls, Inc., White Plains

  • Hudson Health Plan, Tarrytown

  • Historic Hudson Valley, Pocantico Hills

  • Mental Health Association of Westchester, Tarrytown

  • Open Door Family Medical Center, Ossining

  • Westchester Jewish Community Services, White Plains,

  • Westchester Department of Social Services, White Plains

For more information about how Anne works with organizations and leaders to increase their impact, please see:

Lori Roth Gale, Executive Education Designer, is the founder and principal of Strategic Learning Associates, a consulting group that creates intensive professional development programs for nonprofit and public sector organizations. Services include needs assessment, program design and evaluation, formal management and leadership education, facilitated self-directed learning, coaching and research. Her work is informed by knowledge of traditional management disciplines as well as Adult Learning theory, with its emphasis on experiential methods.


As an education designer, Lori takes a participatory approach, involving stakeholders in diagnosing their needs, formulating goals, selecting resources and learning modalities, and evaluating outcomes. She developed this approach at Columbia Business School, where she served on the Executive Education Faculty from 2004-2010 and as the executive director of the Institute for Not-for-profit Management (INM) from 1996-2004.  Lori currently teaches Master’s-level seminars at the New School for Public Engagement on Leadership Development and Organizational Assessment and Diagnosis.


Recent clients include the United Way of NYC and Astor Services.  Past clients include The Clark Foundation, Robin Hood Foundation, UJA-Federation, and United Neighborhood Houses of New York, all of which sponsored comprehensive programs for executives (grantees, affiliates), offered through Columbia Business School.


Lori earned her doctorate in Adult Learning and Leadership at Teachers College, Columbia University.  She is a graduate of the Advanced Organization Development and Human Resource Management Program at Teachers College. She earned a Master’s degree in Public and Private Management from the Yale School of Management, and a Bachelor’s degree from Brandeis University. 


For more information about how Lori works with organizations please see: