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About Us

“I deeply value the wisdom and guidance Jamie and Heidi brought to Pixar's culture. We are immeasurably better for it.”

-- Ed Catmull, Author of Creativity, Inc.; Co-Founder, Pixar Animation, former President of Pixar Animation and Walt Disney Animation Studios  

 In our roles at Pixar as Director of Culture and Learning and Senior Manager of Leadership Development, we worked to cultivate an environment where everyone supports one another so that the whole is far greater than the sum of its parts. We bring a unique blend of expertise - organization development, leadership development, coaching, DEIB training and strategy, creativity and innovation, employment law, and storytelling

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Jamie Woolf

Co-founder, CEO

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My passion is working with leaders to build healthy, creative cultures that inspire and engage everyone.   

I grew up as an only child with a single mom. She was a hard-working, highly skilled school teacher. She wanted to be a journalist but her father wouldn't send her to college to pursue what he saw as an inappropriate career for a woman. She liked being a teacher but like many teachers, she burned out. She came home drained and exhausted. My passion for cultivating great work cultures and helping people fulfill their potential is borne out of this experience.  

I've worked extensively with companies across industries to build healthy, creative cultures that inspire and engage everyone. Prior to founding CreativityPartners, I served as the Director of Culture and Learning at Pixar Animation Studios, and have provided my services to clients including Google, Gilead, Dreamworks and the University

of California. I am a certified executive coach, certified in the Hogan Assessment, and hold an MS in Organizational Psychology. 

 

When I'm not working, eating or sleeping, I can be found on a tennis court or hiking trail. I live in the Bay Area with my partner, Dave, and I'm proud of my two grown kids, Anna and Leah.

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Heidi Rosenfelder

Co-founder, Head of Executive Coaching

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Creating workplaces where everyone gets to thrive has been a driving purpose of my career.  As an employment lawyer I gave voice to employees who felt discriminated against, and I advised leaders on creating more inclusive work environments.  Making a career jump to executive coaching and training allowed me to engage with my clients in a deeper way. I am in a state of flow when I am fully “in service”,

witnessing deep insight and transformation during a coaching session, or helping teams unlock creativity and collaboration.

 

At Pixar, I led our amazing Leadership Development team, coached Studio leaders, designed and delivered training programs, and spearheaded organization development and change management initiatives. I was instrumental in helping the Studio transition from a fully on-site to a hybrid workplace. 

I grew up in Switzerland and have a law degree from the University of Zurich and a J.D. from Golden Gate University in San Francisco. I am a member of the California State Bar.  My coaching certification is from the Coaches Training Institute (CTI), and I am certified in the Hogan and MBTI assessment tools.

When I'm not working, I can be found traveling, or enjoying the Bay Area, hiking, practicing yoga, or exploring new restaurants with friends. I'm happiest on adventures with my husband David and grown son Lucas.

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Ed Catmull

The co-founder of Pixar Animation and former President of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios

Ed has been honored with an Oscar of Lifetime Achievement for his technical contributions and leadership in the field of computer graphics and received the prestigious ACM Turing Award Laureate in 2019. He is the author of the best-selling book, Creativity, Inc., with co-author Amy Wallace.

Adam Grant

Wharton’s top-rated professor for 7 straight years

Adam has been recognized as one of the world’s 10 most influential management thinkers and Fortune’s 40 under 40. He is the author of 5 books, most recently Think Again. He hosts the TED podcasts Re:Thinking and WorkLife

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Jennifer Chatman
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World-renowned culture expert and researcher. Named one of the world's best business school professors. Associate dean and distinguished faculty at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business

Jenny’s award-winning research focuses on how organizations can leverage culture for strategic success, how innovation increases firms’ financial success, and how diverse teams can optimize performance.

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Jennifer Mueller

Faculty of several business schools including the Wharton School, Stern School of Business, and Yale School of Management

Jennifer is currently a professor of management at the University of San Diego's Knauss School of Business. Jennifer's book Creative Change challenges basic assumptions about how we recognize creative ideas, creative leaders, and the very fabric of how we structure organizations for innovation.

Elaine Lin Hering

Expert in teaching negotiation, influence, and conflict management skills

Elaine is author of the forthcoming book, Unlearning Silence: The Ways We Silence Ourselves, Silence Others, and What To Do About It. She is known for her ability to facilitate across power, culture, and difference. 

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Liz Gray

Seasoned HR Consultant and Expert Leadership Development Trainer

Liz’s client list includes DreamWorks Animation, Universal Studio Group, Pixar, and Sony Pictures Entertainment. She is known for her results-driven approach and her passion for effective leadership.

Cort Worthington

Distinguished Teaching Fellow on faculty at the University of California, Berkeley Haas School of Business

Cort’s consulting client list includes Pixar, Yelp, Kaiser, Samsung, NetApp, the US Army, the US Olympic Team, and Stanford University. Before consulting and teaching, Cort was a documentary film producer, forest fire fighter and U.S. Forest Smokejumper.

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Chris Bell

Award Winning Innovator of Creative Inclusion

Chris is a David Letterman Award winning media scholar, former animation executive, and TED speaker recognized nationally for his expertise in inclusive
storytelling. 

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Kamin Samuel

Seasoned Executive Coach

Kamin holds a PhD in Positive Neuropsychology. Kamin was the U.S. Navy’s first female African-American helicopter pilot. Kamin transitioned to business, serving as Vice President of Online Merchandising and Vice President of Global Website Operations at a billion-dollar company.

Eileen Blumenthal

Seasoned Executive Coach

Eileen serves on the faculty of the Co-Active Training Institute instructing and supervising individuals from across the globe preparing to become professional coaches. She was formerly an employment lawyer and a senior manager in a variety of not-for-profit organizations

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