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Linda Bluso

Adaptive Knowledge Institute (AKI) was founded by Linda in 2014 to assist family businesses with leadership transition planning and leadership development.  AKI’s mission is to be a catalyst providing individuals and companies relevant knowledge to achieve personal, professional and business success.

Linda's career experience and transitions bring a unique skill set to enterprises seeking transformative change. She is a leader well-recognized as being innovative and strategic.   With vision, creativity and problem-solving skills, Linda has led change in law firms and in higher education.   She integrates her expertise to support client transformational change initiatives, leadership transition planning, leadership development, strategic management and collaborations, risk management, and corporate governance matters.

From 2011-2014 she served as the Chair (Dean) of the Business Administration Division at Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, Ohio where she oversaw the undergraduate, MBA and Professional Development programs and all administrative aspects of the Business Division (now known as the School of Business).  She created a vision for the Business School which focused on four pillars of excellence that directly resulted from her outreach to business leaders in the region to identify relevant skill sets for business students:  teaching critical thinking skills and effective communication skills, instilling a mindset of leadership and a mindset of innovation. 

 She was responsible for visioning, spearheading, fundraising and securing funding necessary for the Business School’s collaborative workspaces and innovative classroom project.  Under her leadership the faculty began reviewing and revamping curricula for its MBA programs.  In addition to leading the Business Division, Linda taught leadership classes and served on the University’s Strategic Planning Committee.  In collaboration with the School of Public Health and School of Education, she assisted in designing a Masters’ in Public Health with an emphasis on population health, business knowledge and education training component unlike any other public health masters’ programs.

For over twenty years, Linda had a successful legal career as a business and real estate transactional lawyer representing private and public companies, and entrepreneurs.  Shortly after beginning her legal career at a large Cleveland law firm, she formed a law firm then known as Buckley, King & Bluso which grew to become one of the largest law firms in Ohio.  Noted to be the first woman attorney in Ohio to be a named and founding partner of a large law firm in Ohio, she served in various leadership roles including serving as an Executive Committee member and as the firm’s Administrative Partner. 

In 2002, she became a partner at Brouse, McDowell, Co., an Akron, Ohio headquartered law firm, and in 2005, she became the firm’s first woman to be named Partner-In-Charge of its Cleveland, Ohio office. While Partner-In-Charge, she chaired Brouse McDowell’s Marketing Committee.

Active in the broader community, Linda was appointed by then Ohio Governor George Voinovich to the Ohio Department of Development’s Financing Advisory Council (1998-2007) and also served on one of Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson’s Operations Efficiency Task Force teams.  She is a past chair and board member of In Counsel With Women, an organization of Northeast Ohio women achieving the highest levels in their professional and community lives.

In board and community leadership roles, Linda has served the Greater Cleveland Partnership, COSE, the American Red Cross Northeast Ohio Region, the MetroHealth Foundation, YWCA of Greater Cleveland, The Union Club, and others.  She is a 2003 alumna of Leadership Cleveland.  In 2012 she served on the judge’s panel for Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year, Northeast Ohio region.

 In 2011, she was named a YWCA Women of Achievement and is featured in the Corporate Law section of Best Lawyers 2011.  She was recognized as a Leading Lawyer by Inside Business, an honor for the top one percent of Northeast Ohio attorneys, named a 2011 Woman of Influence by the Girl Scouts of Northeast Ohio, and as COSE’s 2007 Volunteer of the Year.

Linda received her J.D. from Cleveland Marshall College of Law and her B.A. in Psychology, magna cum laude, from Cleveland State University.

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John Fuehrer

John Fuehrer is the President and owner of Access Cleveland, assisting organizations with their Management Performance, Human Resources (HR) Screening and Organizational Development (OD) needs, consulting over 200 organizations locally and nationally. Professor Fuehrer earned his B.A. and MBA in Systems Theory from Baldwin Wallace University where he serves as an Assistant Professor at Baldwin Wallace University at both the graduate and undergraduate level. He teaches courses that include Organizational Behavior, Human Resources, Systems Theory, and Management Theory. His research interests include personality factors and their influence on academic success; organizational commitment; and systems management. John is also researching the various challenges and opportunities of U.S. organizations conducting business in the Peoples Republic of China.

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Susan Kuznik

Susan Kuznik has been a member of the Baldwin Wallace University MBA faculty since 1985 teaching courses in the areas of Systems Thinking, Management Information Systems, Organizational Behavior, Development and Transformation, Strategic Management, and Marketing/Management. Education, information systems knowledge, and organizational experience provide a rich background for her consulting business, primarily focused in the areas of strategic management and organizational effectiveness. Consulting engagements include both the private and not-for-profit sectors, spanning the disciplines of business, secondary education, post secondary education, hospitals, and government. Engagements involved global strategic planning, organization redesign, financial analysis and management system redesign, in addition to executive development programs. Dr. Kuznik received her Bachelor of Science degree in Computer and Information Science from Cleveland State University, and applied that knowledge to various operational support positions within the Crude Trading & Transportation Department and Scientific Systems Department within The Standard Oil Company of Ohio, now BP Amoco. She received a Master of Science degree from Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) with a focus on Organizational Development. She also received the degree of Doctor of Business Administration from Cleveland State University. 

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Debra Lyons

Debra is a retired Human Resources and Business executive with over thirty-five years experience and currently uses her skills, knowledge and experience as an independent consultant to area business, including University Hospitals and Asurint. She retired in 2009 from Westfield Group, a $5 billion dollar financial services company as its Chief Human Resources Officer. As CHRO, Debra was responsible for developing a succession planning and leadership development program that was recognized by FORTUNE Magazine as one of the top three in North America; a best in class performance management program: a nationally recognized employee recognition program, and an award winning corporate wellness program. She was successful in turning the Westfield Country Club from a company subsidized operation to a line of business profit center. Debra received her undergraduate degree from Baldwin Wallace University where she majored in Communications, and her Executive Masters of Business degree from Case Western Reserve University (CWRU). She holds the professional designation of Senior Professional in Human Resources (SHRM) and is a Certified Executive Coach through the Hudson Institute, Santa Barbara, CA. Debra currently serves on the Board of Trustees-Baldwin Wallace University, where she chairs the Trusteeship and Governance Committee; she served as past president of the Baldwin Wallace Alumni Association. She is a current member of the Board of Trustees of the Bald Head Villa Property Owners Association, currently a member of In Counsel With Women (ICWW), and has served on the boards for the Ashland County Community Foundation (ACCF) and Akron General Health Systems/Lodi Community Hospital. Debra also volunteers for the Cleveland YWCA where she has in the past served as a guest speaker for the Woman's Leadership Development  and Mentoring series.

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Kathy Overbeke

Dr. Kathy Overbeke is a family business researcher and consultant who aims to help family businesses prosper across generations. She is the founder of GPS: Generation Planning Strategies for Family Business Renewal and conducts empirical research on family business continuity at the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU). Overbeke helps family businesses with leadership development, communication skills, and integrating generations. Her approach is centered on transferring knowledge and helping family businesses navigate the family business system where the needs of family and the needs of the business tend to blend and conflict in equal measure. She helps develop customized processes and structures that guide family businesses towards success. Dr. Overbeke holds a Doctor in Management (DM) degree from the Weatherhead School of Management, CWRU, a Master of Science degree from Indiana University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in American Studies from The George Washington University. Dr. Overbeke is also an executive coach and has worked extensively with Fortune 500 companies as well as small and medium sized privately held companies. She is a Master Coach on Case Western Reserve University's coaching staff. Her research has been published in scholarly journals and presented at global conferences for both academic audiences and family business owners and advisors. Venues have included The Academy of Management, The Family Firm Institute, The Hamburg Institute for Family Owned Businesses, and others. She has also conducted family business seminars both locally and abroad. 

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Lori Radulovich

Lori Radulovich is a guest speaker and consultant of leadership and management development for global corporations and professional service providers in the areas of Financial Management, Marketing Strategy, Market Research, Marketing Analytics & Information Systems, International Business and Global Business Strategies, Strategic Management and e-Business and Marketing Strategy. Dr. Radulovich received her B.A. (Duel Major) in Economics and Business Administration from University of Pittsburgh, an MBA in Finance from Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) and a Doctor of Business Administration from Cleveland State University. She also is a Google Analytics Certified Individual (GAIQ). Dr. Radulovich has published in the International Marketing Review, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice as well as Strategic Management textbooks (eBay, Netflix, and Tiffany & Co, Inc. Cases); and Innovative Management and Firm Performance (Palgrave & Macmillan Publishers). Lori is an Associate professor in the Business Division at Baldwin Wallace University. She instructs in the areas including Finance, Marketing Strategy & Analytics, Strategic Management, International Marketing Strategies, and Digital Marketing and e-Business Marketing Strategy. 

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