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Meet the Team

A great leader is someone who can create more leaders. Our team has experience in multiple disciplines, including strategic planning and communication, curriculum and instructional design, executive coaching, conflict resolution, succession planning, and more. Meet the team of leadership experts who are committed to ensuring high levels of performance in your organization.

About Us

The COVID-19 pandemic irrevocably changed the professional world and business dynamics. If you are a business struggling to cope with these changes, you are not alone. We started Lighthouse Leadership Group to help businesses recover from the pandemic and thrive even in a challenging business environment. Our experts work closely with your team to revisit and reinvent your approach to leadership, performance, and development.

With over 30 years of globally recognized success, we aim to be a resource hub for strategic networking for both businesses & individuals. From succession training to career readiness, we offer a variety of training programs to individuals and organizations in the Greater Los Angeles area. Let us help you enhance your adaptability and performance.

Grow professionally and personally with Lighthouse Leadership Group.

Meet Our Team

Brian F. Barry

Brian F. Barry

Chief Executive Officer

Meet Brian Barry, a C-Level Executive with over 30 years of highly diversified experience in team engagement, strategic Board leadership, cross functional operations. Twice earned Global Trainer of the Year Award, 7x Finalist. Recognized globally for demonstrated leadership in partnering with senior teams on transforming operational challenges into sustainable team engagement. Past Board of Directors American Red Cross Central Coast. Expertise in leading world-class teams, and non-profits, by developing cutting edge talent, and proactively capitalizing incremental revenue streams. Globally recognized for transitioning organizations and forging strong, multi-cultural relationships through engagement, customer service, innovation, and the integration of cross-functional teams.

Guest for Presenter/Faculty: UCLA, University of Southern California, California Lutheran University,
University of California – Riverside, San Diego State University, California Institute of Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Loyola Marymount University, Stanford University, University of Chicago, University of Michigan, Ferris State University, Michigan State University, Cal State-Channel Islands, University of La Verne, Mount St. Mary’s College, Woodbury University, Missouri State University, Baylor School of Medicine, The Masters University

Schenae Rourk

Schenae Rourk

Principal

Schenae Rourk is President and CEO of Redwood Resources, a strategic procurement, business development, diversity and inclusion consulting firm. The firm works with firms looking to secure public agency or corporate contracts. Typically clients are A/E, construction and construction related or commercial real estate developers. The firm is a resource of information, connections and good corporate citizenship or community investment messaging for companies looking to procure public agency contracts. The firm also provides outreach, community investment strategies and inclusionary business program development, management and implementation on large construction, capital improvement, development and infrastructure projects.

The firm develops, implements, manages and oversees programs including mentor protégé, youth and community investment / corporate social responsibility programs that are innovative and inclusive to benefit impacted communities. Ms. Rourk is active in the small business community and community at large. She is involved on various councils and organizations which have an impact to small and diverse businesses including co chair of the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce Small Business Council. She currently serves NAWBO locally and statewide and is the past President of the local chapter of National Association of Women Business Owners Los Angeles. Ms. Rourk is also the recipient of the WTS-LA Rosa Parks Diversity Award for 2020.

Jenni White

Jenni White

Consultant

Founder and CEO, Jenni White has been a much sought after marketing guru from tech start ups to long-term established businesses. She specializes in building strategic partnerships, business development and marketing strategy implementation. In addition to managing Polaris Marketing & Consulting’s digital services empire, Jenni also consults with companies across the United States and donates her time to multiple charities as well. She is a Dale Carnegie Black Belt, studied undergrad at The Claremont Colleges in Claremont, CA and is originally from Portland, Oregon. She is a founding fellow and contributor to Coruzant Technologies https://coruzant.com/ and follows blockchain technology, innovative tech and marketing transformations across the board.

Danielle Thomas

Danielle Thomas

Consultant

Danielle launched PSG Orange County in June 2019. She and her team of staffing veterans are focused on both contract and direct hire opportunities within Accounting, Finance, Administration, Operations, Marketing and Sales.

Danielle brings with her 14+ years of Staffing experience in both the East and Westcoast markets. For the last decade, Danielle worked for a Global, Public, Staffing firm as Vice President overseeing multiple lines of business including Accountemps, OfficeTeam, Salaried Professional Services and Robert Half Finance and Accounting. Throughout her career, Danielle has received multiple performance awards in addition to being the recipient of global recognition having achieved one of the highest staff retention rates in the world.

Danielle lives in North Orange County, with her husband and young sons, where they are proud members of their community. Being an active member of the Brea Rotary, Danielle has been afforded an opportunity to engage on a more meaningful level and is passionate about making a positive impact around her. Danielle sits on numerous Boards, including the North Orange County Chamber of Commerce, the Citizens Oversight Committee and she is Chair of the La Habra School Site Council. Danielle’s tie to the community runs deep. She passionately immerses herself in various business organizations to help them thrive. Her focus on pro-business advocacy and community engagement makes her an ideal Business partner.

Neloo Naderi

Neloo Naderi

Consultant

Neloo Naderi is a community builder, TEDx speaker, mental health advocate, CEO of Peace Unleashed, host of NelooTV, and co-host of the Unleash Your Peace podcast.

To escape religious persecution, Neloo and her family fled from Iran when she was just 5 years old. A family history of mental illness, poverty, violence, a broken home, and her own battle with depression and suicidal ideation set Neloo on a 15-year journey, seeking refuge in spirituality, philosophy, and various healing modalities. She co-founded Peace Unleashed with author Ellie Shoja to share practical tools, timeless wisdom, and strategies that helped Neloo transform her own life and become a beacon of light.

Neloo has been featured on various publications and podcasts including Authority Magazine and Thrive Global. She is an inspirational speaker and trainer, working with local schools, national and global corporations. As the host of NelooTV, she interviews thought leaders, humanitarians, authors, scientists, A-list celebrities, influencers, and online personalities to awaken viewers to their best selves and discover a deeper connection to the world around them.

Lisa D’Anna

Lisa D’Anna

Consultant

Lisa D’Anna is the creator of the inspirational blog Lifestyle of Beauty and the author of A World Sold On Image: The Truth About Real Beauty. She has a degree in marketing and economics and is certified in neurolinguistic programming (NLP). She has studied the mind-body connection for as long as she can remember and knows from her first-hand experiences working in the cosmetic and human behavior fields that authenticity is vital for lifelong success in all areas of our lives. Most of us fail because we aren’t true to our talents. Lisa is motivated to help others become confident and discover what makes them glow from the inside-out, and that begins with recognizing their innate talents.

She lives by two mottos: “Don’t Rest or You’ll Rust” and “Take care of the inside first, and cosmetics will work double time.”

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Testimonials

Essi Bagheri

Human connection, kindness,love & compassion

My name is Essi Bagheri, I know Brian through dale Carnegie courses that I took, he taught me so much about being a human and how to communicate in every level, as a result of taking these courses. I have been told that I am a better communicator and better speaker, I highly recommend Brian very to any organization that’s deal with people. I cannot say enough about this human being and ability to transform his knowledge through kindness integrity and confident.

Natalie Valle

Helping people live healthier, happier, and more fulfilled lives!

Working with Brian was truly a gift to both my personal and professional career. His dedication to growth, and development is a true testament to the kind of person he is at his core. The way in which he approaches a customer’s needs taught me how to make solution driven decisions, and approach sales from a consultative point of view, rather than just transactional Brian is not only an amazing Dale Carnegie trainer, but he walks the walk and really shows by example how to be a leader. Anyone who has the privilege to work with him is guaranteed to learn a ton, and I’m honored to get to call him a mentor and colleague.

Robinne Burrell

Senior Product Leader – match.com/Tinder, Amazon, myspace, Sony – Featured in Forbes // LA City Commissioner

Brian Barry spoke to our board of NAWBO-LA (National Association of Women Business Owners, Los Angeles) at our annual retreat. Brian’s passion, expertise and inspiration moved us at our core, having us realize where our blind spots are and how we can grow as effective leaders and communicators. His in-depth delivery of the Dale Camegie lessons and curricula represents his top notch professional acumen and authenticity as not only a leader but as guru of leadership development. He helped us forge a path for success and help us realize how we can best “show up” as board members and achieve our highest potential as team mates. He is also very warm, personable and charismatic which only amplifies his extraordinary skills as a speaker and mentor. Simply an amazing professional and authentic leader on all fronts. I can’t recommend him highly enough.

Michael Paulus

Vice President Sales and Marketing at Morehouse Foods

Brian Barry is the best trainer/educator I have ever had the pleasure of leaming from. He keeps you on your toes and makes each class enjoyable and interesting. Aside from the curriculum, he offers real world suggestions and strategies that you can transfer over to your job. He’s also a man of his word. He offers his number and email address and says you can contact him any day any time. Who does that? I took him up on his offer recently and he got back to me in less than 5 min!!! Mr Barry is a man of compassion, wisdom, and sincerity I recommend his services to anyone who wants to better themselves professionally or personally Mike Paulus.

Crystal H

Investor, Entrepreneur, & Financier

I have become privileged to have Brian Barry, as my instructor, or better referred to as “COACH” for Dale Camegie’s High Impact Presentation Course, who has guided us, his students, with expertise, experience. and encouragement. I felt very supported in the most positive way. So much so that I have requested additional coaching/consulting services for an upcoming presentation abroad I look forward to the personalized attention to learning, applying, and delivering, all the secret sauces that Brian’s got up and down his sleeves that seem never ending. Thank you Brian Barry, for your gift of giving all that you ARE. and all that you DO for us, your students. Honored to be one of them

Robyn Rodriguez (she·her·ella)

HR Transformation Leader | Future State Creator | Mentor | Ally | Latina Con Power

I attended one of Brian’s seminars for the non-profit foundation I work with. The principals Brian taught us were both practical and applicable in many areas of life. I’ve found myself applying what we learned in our Board meetings, at home and at work with my clients. As a speaker, Brian is engaging, collaborative and challenges you to dig deeper. You can tell he practices what he preaches and it shows in his ability to guide and transform teams. I’m looking forward to staying connected to a path of continuous leaming with Brian and Dale Carnegie.

Leslie Valentino-Montero

Chief Executive Officer at Lex Fori Legal Network

I had the pleasure of attending a seminar by Brian Barry, He is knowledgeable, loquacious and smart. He was able to convey the anecdotes he gathered from working in different industries. Brian is a great mentor and I most definitely look forward to attending other seminars. Thank you.

Bronwyn OShea PhD

Founder & CEO at JobzCafe Inc

I had the pleasure of meeting Brian in 2005 and we served together on the board of National Human Resources Association – Los Angeles. I consider Brian a friend, a colleague, a confidante and mentor. I participated in a Dale Carnegie course conducted by Brian in 2007 and it illustrated to me that even as a professional and seasoned trainer and presenter, the Dale Carnegie methods certainly show you areas where you can improve. Brian was instrumental in my improvement that have lasted to this day. Brian has the ability to connect with people at all levels and experience and provides what the individual needs.

Terry Whalen CEA

Semi Retired / Trading Own Account

Brian is a consummate professional and anyone would be glad to call him a true friend. Brian will go out of his way to help you achieve a better you and organization. He is a true master of business and ethics. I highly recommend him!

Suanne McWherter, PHR

Director of HR at Glumac

Brian has led trainings for Glumac Engineering’s leadership team, as well as, multiple office staff. His quality of training and ability to hold the audience’s attention is highly admired. He has an amazing ability to teach relational skills with tools to help people make life changes. I recommend Brian Barry to your organization for professional, quality training Thank you, Brian, for always delivering the best!

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