Our Team

Kedren Crosby, MPS

Mindsets and behaviors hold power. By instilling effective workplace mindsets, behaviors, communication practices and cultures, Kedren builds sustainable high-performance.   

Kedren holds a Master’s degree in Policy Science from The University of Maryland, graduate level Certificates in Nonprofit Studies from The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Conflict Resolution at Notre Dame and has completed graduate coursework in Organizational Behavior at Harvard University.  Kedren is also a certified practitioner of Emotional Intelligence and serves as adjunct graduate school faculty at Elizabethtown College.  Kedren has written and presented extensively on burnout, work-life integration, authentic leadership, organizational culture, organizational conflict management and communication best practices.  

Professionally, Kedren has enjoyed serving as a CEO, CDO, Director, Associate Director, Interim Executive Director, President, Vice President and professor.  Her 25 years’ workplace experience in all three sectors (for-profit, non-profit, government) fuel both her empathy and her ability to see quickly into your specific scenario.

Her practice is rooted in authenticity, appreciative inquiry, crucial confrontations, emotional intelligence, positive organizational behavior, transformative mediation, positive psychology and the platinum rule. CONTACT KEDREN:  kedren@WorkWisdomLLC.com

Sarah Colantonio, MS

Research has consistently proven that those who are mindful at work are more focused, happier, healthier, more productive and more emotionally intelligent. Mindfulness is the discipline of staying in the present moment.  Teams that build honest, open, psychologically safe environments through conscious communication achieve higher productivity and innovation along with greater workplace well-being.

With a Master's of Science in Communication and a Bachelor's in Psychology, Sarah has served as a professor of communication at both Millersville University of Pennsylvania and Penn State University since 2003.  In addition to her expertise in high performance communication (verbal, nonverbal, written), Sarah has practiced mindfulness since 2004 (yoga, meditation, journaling, deep listening).  She participated in trainings and certifications with Deepak Chopra,  David Simon, Tara Brach and Jon Kabat-Zinn.  Sarah is a Certified Meditation Instructor (CMI) and has completed Mindfulness training through the University of California, Berkeley.  Her practice is heavily influenced by the teachings of Deepak Chopra, Tara Brach and Osho.

Sarah brings the evidence-based practices of mindfulness and authentic communication into your workplace. CONTACT SARAH: sarah@WorkWisdomLLC.com

Amanda Merryman, PhD, MBA

Research has shown that organizations with highly engaged employees outperform their peers.

Amanda earned her Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior and Sociology from Harvard University, where her dissertation research focused on the importance of employee voice in organizations. She also has an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Over the past two decades, Amanda has lived and worked in Tokyo, London, Washington DC, New York City, and Boston. In her academic career, Amanda has taught organizational behavior, business strategy, and leadership at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. As a management consultant, she has advised clients in the pharmaceutical, automobile and consumer electronics industries and also consulted to the Japanese Ministry of Economics, Trade and Industry.  

Amanda's breadth of experience enables her to see issues from multiple perspectives and develop solutions that are rooted in empirical research AND compassion.  Amanda has the tools, the passion and the quick insight to help your organization thrive. CONTACT AMANDA: amanda@workwisdomllc.com

David H. Bender, MS

An organization that doesn’t understand its story is destined for a tragic ending.

David H. Bender has a BA in Economics from Boston College and an MS in Restorative Practices from the International Institute for Restorative Practices.

Following a successful career as a representative of the New York Stock Exchange, David transformed a small community-owned organization into the leading regional provider of services for families affected by addictions. That organization’s team developed nationally acclaimed programming and reduced substance abuse below state and national levels.

David is known for translating complex issues into easily grasped messages through his directness, warmth and humor. An avid writer, he is at work on his second novel and can use this talent to help your organization master its story and write each future chapter with clarity of purpose.

A 6th degree black belt, David teaches the disciplined martial art of Tae Kwon Do, but the Harry C. Robinson Humanitarian Award and many similar honors show that he has plenty of heart and soul to accompany his discipline.  CONTACT DAVID: david@workwisdomllc.com

Kate Coleman, MA

In order to truly flourish, individuals and organizations require focus on meaning and results. 

Kate has built a career out of facilitating experiences and learning opportunities for business and community leaders from around the world.  She holds a Master’s degree in International Development from Eastern University and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Houghton College, and has worked in Europe, Asia, and Africa.  She spent three years coordinating graduate-level courses for NGO leaders in Africa, has served as a research consultant in England and Washington, DC, and has worked as a Social Return on Investment analyst, helping charities, NGOs, and social enterprises to better understand, quantify, measure, and ultimately improve their impact.  She is also a certified equine-therapist, and has co-facilitated graduate leadership courses through Eastern University, utilizing equine-assisted learning techniques.  She is currently completing a second master’s degree in clinical mental health.  

Kate is passionate about building meaning and a results-orientation into the cultures of organizations in order to improve efficiency, engagement and joy in achievement.

CONTACT KATE: kate@workwisdomllc.com

Matthew Sware

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Matt earned a BHA in cognitive psychology and music performance from Carnegie Mellon University. He is currently an MBA candidate at the Yale School of Management with a concentration in healthcare. 

Having served as a frontline fundraiser for the last 8 years in academia, healthcare, and a grant-making think tank, Matt is propelled by nonprofit management and strategy. He has also worked in business and technology for Johnson & Johnson and graduated from the Information Technology Leadership Development Program.

Matt's personal passions include: singing baroque and renaissance music in small choirs, diving deep into conversation at a dinner party, adding to his collection of jazz and classical LPs, and bicycling through the streets of New York City. 

CONTACT MATT: matt@workwisdomllc.com

Our Core Values

 We value depth of character.

We value compassion.

We value simplicity.

We value conviction.

We value humility.

We value originality.