WHO WE ARE
Founding SoL, today SoL North America, was formed in April of 1997 to continue the work of MIT’s Center for Organizational Learning (1991-1997). Peter Senge, author of the The Fifth Discipline: the Art and Practice of the Learning Organization is the founding Chairman of SoL.
SoL Singapore formed in April 2014, is a learning community currently composed of individual practitioners (corporate and independent).
SOL SINGAPORE CURRENT BOARD MEMBERS & OFFICE BEARERS
Tara Kimbrell Cole
Founding President and Board Chair
Tara Kimbrell Cole is a culture-change consultant, executive coach and organizational learning expert who brings her own business leadership experience as a chief executive, financial market innovator, and international entrepreneur to her clients. She has coached executives for over 15 years and is recognized for creating game‐changing initiatives that solve complex market challenges with systemic solutions.
She is CEO of Synovations® Pte. Ltd., the consulting firm she founded based in Singapore, serving multi-national organizations across a range of industries. The company co-creates, designs, and delivers organizational learning programs to build leadership, systems thinking, innovation capabilities, highly-tuned team collaboration and manage culture change, while optimizing business opportunities.
Tara has lived in Asia for over twenty-five years, enhancing her expertise in cross-cultural communication, cultural sensitivity and fluid environment navigation.
Throughout her twenty-year financial services career, she formulated and directed financial strategies, expanded customer bases, and commercialized intellectual property for the companies she led. She established trusted networks among leaders and policy‐makers in regional and international businesses across industries and government sectors. Following a successful finance career working in New York, Europe and Asia, she broadened that expertise with extensive education in organizational learning and professional development.
Tara is a board member of the Global Association of SoL Communities (Global SoL). Since 2007, she has been an approved consultant by the Council of Trustees of Founding SoL in Cambridge, MA, chaired by Peter M. Senge. Ph.D. and accepted in SoL’s Coaching Community of Practice.
She has a master’s degree in Professional Development – Executive Coaching, Middlesex University, UK (2017), and was granted alumna status at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, (2002).
Vice President and Board Member
Poorani Thanusha brings a broad corporate and entrepreneurial background of over 25 years, with diverse experience from operational to management to consulting. Since 2004, her focus has been facilitating and coaching personal mastery, Team Learning and organizational change with individuals and teams.
Poorani utilises the principles of the Learning Organization and management experience to work in partnership with her clients to elevate leadership and empower business performance by taking a systemic perspective from shared vision and communicating for team learning.
She has trained with Peter Senge in the principles of the five disciplines in The Foundations For Leadership program as well as with Otto Scharmer in the Theory U framework for systemic transformation which builds on Peter Senge’s framework for Learning Organization.
Having worked with thousands of individuals with varied backgrounds all over the world, Poorani is as skilled working one-on-one as she is with large groups. She also works effectively with all levels of an organization from C-suite executives, to management teams, to the employees. She taps into her years of training and personal practice in various modalities to create sustainable awareness-based action-learning impact in her Learning Organization initiatives.
She was one of a select global group of coaches who was extensively and directly trained by Werner Erhard, who is credited as one of the pioneers in the coaching world, in using the consulting methodology based on the paradigm of leadership known as “Being A Leader…”. She is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) with the International Coach Federation (ICF) and has completed the Advanced Coach Mastery programme with Coach Masters Academy. Poorani is also an Adult Educator with Advanced Training in Facilitation and Assessment certified by the Singapore Workforce Development Agency.
Further, as a certified Yoga Instructor since 2002 and having completed various mindfulness programmes such as the Mindfulness Based Stress Management and the Search Inside Yourself programmes over the years, she applies the mindfulness practices in her coaching for creating the space for deeper work on personal mastery, reflective dialogue, and shared vision.
While she has worked across the globe, her focus in the last 10 years have been in the Asian region where she appreciates and understands the unique challenges and strengths of people in organizations, and over the years, has identified the key factors for sustainable success for organizations in today’s challenging environment and complex future. Poorani is known for her ability to design and lead initiatives across entrenched cultures and changing environments.
Treasurer and Board Member
A supportive, challenging and solutions-focused executive coach; facilitating leadership development in leaders and teams. I partner with my clients to create safe and courageous spaces of shared trust for them to develop their professional effectiveness, deepen their strengths and intensify their leadership impact and organisational influence.
Throughout my 25-year, pre-coaching career in the financial and business sector, including positions within one of Europe’s major banks and as Managing Director of the successful Fund Management Company I co-founded, I had the opportunity to take responsibility for multiple business areas, such as: Fund Management, Risk Management, Business Development, and Learning and Development. This allows me to offer my coaching clients the best combination of business acumen, leadership proficiency and non-judgemental authenticity.
Secretary and Board Member
Garrett works across Asia with leaders and teams to improve their performance and sustainability practices, including performance management, culture change, communication and coaching skills, executive vitality/consciousness and sustainability leadership.
In working with clients, Garrett draws upon first-hand business knowledge as a lawyer, accountant and consultant as well as his experience in ultra-endurance sports. His career includes 15 years with professional services firms, including PricewaterhouseCoopers and Linklaters, across the U.S., Europe and Asia. His long-term focus is on developing more effective teams and organisations that operate in alignment with sustainable business and social systems.
He is a Member of the New York Bar, graduating from Duke University School of Law in North Carolina with a J.D. and LL.M., and a CPA, receiving his graduate and undergraduate degrees from the University of Florida.
Dr. Ben Chan is Director of Education Academy at United in Diversity Forum (UID), Indonesia. He is the local faculty in the MIT-IDEAS Indonesia Program. Prior to his present position in UID, he was lecturing on Entrepreneurship and Business Creation at the Singapore Management University.
Ben is also the Executive Director of Singapore’s Young Entrepreneurship Center - a human-capital center where young entrepreneurs come to learn the software of commercial and social entrepreneurship.
Lauren is an experienced business performance, leadership development and organizational effectiveness professional with more than 20 years of extensive and broad industry experience. S
he designs and implements innovative people and performance enhancements strategies with senior leaders and their teams on a global basis.
Her solutions, working in close partnerships with seniors, incorporates a blend of the critical people and business drivers needed for organizational effectiveness and corporate performance and sustainability.
Robert Steele is Founder and Director of Systainability Asia, a multi-disciplinary Thailand based consultancy that works closely with the region’s stakeholders to build capacity and find long-term solutions to our most challenging sustainability challenges.
Robert is a regional expert and practitioner in integrative sustainability planning and assessment; systems thinking and organizational culture change.
Robert is a Senior Associate with the Sustainability Accelerator Network as well as a member of the International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP), and a Principle Resource Person for the UNEP-Tongji University Asia Pacific Leadership Programme on Environment and Sustainable Development in Shanghai, China.
SOL (SINGAPORE) FOUNDING MEMBERS
Sue Carol Adams, Ben Chan, Tara Kimbrell Cole, Sheila Damadoran, Francis Fernandez, Lauren Houghton, Lalit Jagtiani, Ayin Jambulingam, Leng Lim, H. Mary Moore, Douglas O’Loughlin, Gavin Tan
Global Association of SoL Communities
Global SoL is a non-profit global membership society. It is composed only of SoL community members dedicated to stewarding to the SoL principles and the SoL brand.
The Presencing Institute
Co-create innovation labs, deliver capacity building programs and conduct action research worldwide in order to support and scale profound societal innovation.
Emerging Leaders Innovate Across Sectors
Creating Platforms for Leading and Innovating on the Scale of the Whole System. ELIAS co-created by the Presencing Institute, the MIT CoLab, and the MIT Leadership Center.
Not-for-profit established with Indonesian leaders from business, government, and civil society.