Board of Directors

Emily Axelrod, President, Marketing Workshop Committee 2018, Founding Member of BK Authors

723 Laurel Avenue, Wilmette, IL  60091


Pete Neuwirth, Treasurer

454 Vassar Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94708 (415) 254-4474


Joan McArthur-Blair, Governance Committee Chair

196 St. Charles St., Victoria, BC,V8S 3M7, Canada  1-250-858-9435


Kristen Frantz, Marketing Workshop 2018 Co-Chair, Berrett-Koehler Staff Representative

Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 1333 Broadway, Suite 1000, Oakland, CA 94612


Ed Frauenheim, BK Authors Newsletter Editor

3592 18th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110


Stewart Levine, New Member Liaison, Emeritus, Founding Board Chair  

2702 Bayview Dr., Alameda, CA 94501  510-814-1010


Karen Phelan, Retreat Committee 2018

43 Ramapo Road, Hewitt, NJ 07421  973-506-9205


Jackie Stavros, Marketing Workshop 2018, Governance Committee

8657 N. Christine Drive, Brighton, MI 48114  248-931-5977


Jesse Lyn Stoner, Liaison to BK Board, Governance Committee


Christél Fairchild, Community Coordinator

419 10th Street, Wilmette, IL 60091  1 312 972 5711


Marketing Workshop 2018:

Liz McKeller and Kristen lead the workshop this year. On committee--Jennifer Kahnweiler, Jackie Stavros, Emily Axelrod, Cheri Torres, Katie Sheehan and Deb Lewis (Penguin Random House Publisher Services.)

Retreat 2018

Pendle Hill, Wallingford Pennsylvania Quaker Retreat Center October 18, 19, 20, 21st.

Board of Directors, Bios and Book Information

Emily Axelrod co-founded the Axelrod Group, a consulting firm that pioneered the use of employee involvement to effect large scale organizational change. She now brings more than thirty plus years of consulting, coaching and teaching experience to this work with clients including Boeing, Calgary Health Care, Naperville School District 203, U K National Health Service and British Airways. Emily is a founding member of the Berrett-Koehler Authors Co-op and currently the President. She co-authored You Don’t Have to Do It Alone: How to Involve Others to Get Things Done and Let’s Stop Meeting Like This with her partner Dick Axelrod.

Joan McArthur-Blair, Co-President, Cockell McArthur-Blair Consulting, is a powerful speaker, writer and facilitator who grounds her work in a deep passion for learning, change and the possibilities of a positive future. She brings to her consulting work over 25 years in higher education from faculty to president. She is a poet; the author of many articles on Appreciative Inquiry; and two co authored books, Appreciative Inquiry in Higher Education: A Transformative Force (2012) and Building Resilience with Appreciative Inquiry: A Leadership Journey through Hope Despair and Forgiveness (2018).

Kristen Frantz is the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Berrett-Koehler Publishers. She has worked at Berrett-Koehler since 1992 and currently oversees the areas of promotion through communications, digital marketing, promotional materials, and social media, as well as, sales to US trade bookstores, corporations, associations, and authors. She is passionate about helping authors share their ideas in the world in an effort to promote individual, organizational, and societal positive change.

Ed Frauenheim: A Great Place to Work For All: Better for Business. Better for People. Better for the World.    As a writer, speaker and content creator, I call attention to the way workers, customers, owners and society all can succeed through wise, inspiring company cultures. I believe a brighter future of workplaces where people thrive and society advances is on the horizon. I currently work as Director of Research and Content at Great Place to Work Institute, the producer of the gold-standard FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For list.

Stewart Levine improves productivity while saving the enormous cost of conflict using Getting to Resolution: Turning Conflict into Collaboration (1998, 2009) which was an Executive Book Club Selection, featured by Executive Book Summaries, named one of the 30 Best Business Books of 1998, and called “a marvelous book” by Dr. Stephen Covey. The Book of Agreement has been endorsed by many thought leaders, called “more practical” than Getting to Yes and named one of the best books of 2003 by CEO Refresher ( He teaches for The American Management Association, the University of California Berkeley Law School and Dominican University Graduate Business School.

Pete Neuwirth, F.S.A., F.C.A.  Pete Neuwirth is a retired actuary with over 35 years of experience as a retirement consultant. He now researches and writes about “Holistic Financial Wellness” with a particular focus on the effective use of home equity to provide retirement income. Pete has a B.A. in mathematics and linguistics from Harvard College and is a Fellow of both the Society of Actuaries and the Conference of Consulting Actuaries. He is the author of numerous technical papers as well as “What’s Your Future Worth?” which was named by Wealth Management as one of the 10 best business books of 2015.More of his writing is on his website

Karen Phelan is an international best-selling business author, speaker, and co-founder of Operating Principals, a change management consulting firm that uses simple practices to effect big changes. Karen has over a dozen years of consulting experience at Gemini Consulting and Deloitte & Touche, has held several management positions at Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson, and has two degrees from MIT. I’m Sorry I Broke Your Company, by Karen Phelan, is an international best seller and one of the ten best business management books of 2013 by the Toronto Globe and Mail.  Here’s the list and here’s how to buy it.

Jackie Stavros  Jackie’s passion is working with others to discover their strengths and dreams. She is the author of Conversations Worth Having: Using Appreciative Inquiry to Fuel Productive and Meaningful Engagement and is recognized for her creation of SOAR, a positive approach to strategic thinking and planning ( She is a professor at Lawrence Technological University (LTU) and Appreciative Inquiry Advisor for the Flourishing Leadership Institute. She has worked across all sectors, including for-profit, nonprofit, government, and a wide spectrum of industries.  She lives in Brighton, Michigan, with her husband, Paul; their kids, Ally and Adam; and Rex, a lovable dog.

Jesse Lyn Stoner is a business consultant, former executive, and co-author of the international bestseller Full Steam Ahead: Unleash the Power of Vision. For over 25 years, she has worked closely with leaders in hundreds of organizations using collaborative processes to engage the entire workforce in creating their desired future. Her clients include Edelman, Marriott, SAP, Stanley Black and Decker, Skanska, and Yale University, to name a few. She writes an award-winning weekly leadership blog and has been featured in Harvard Business Review, Forbes and Huffington Post among others. Awards include the American Management Association’s Leaders to Watch, Inc. Magazine’s Top 50 Leadership Experts and the Conant Leadership Champion Award.

Christél Fairchild, Community Coordinator has a background  in project management for large real estate construction projects in both South Africa  (where she was born and lived most of her life) and in the UK. For the past 9 years her “project” has been raising her son, Alexander. She moved from London to Chicago in 2009 when her husband, Simon was relocated. I serves on the Executive Board of her school's PTA. Her hobbies are platform tennis and family outdoor activities including skiing and beach vacations.




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