Our Team

Joe Perfetti

Joe Perfetti

Founder and Partner

Mr. Perfetti is a subject matter expert in corporate finance and strategy who has delivered over 1500 executive education teaching days over the past 25 years for leading corporations and consulting firms including McKinsey & Co, Google, UnitedHealth Group, KPMG, PVH, Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch, Santander, BBVA, Royal Bank of Scotland, Citibank, Standard Chartered, China Merchants Bank, Bank of Beijing, Siam Commercial Bank, Westpac, CTBC, SASAC, EHouse, Shanghai Municipal Government, Aegon

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 Legal & General, Shire, GlaxoSmithKline, Endo, Eisai, Johnson & Johnson, Sanofi-Aventis, Medtronic, Eli Lilly, Medstar, West Pennsylvania Allegheny Health System, Penn Medicine, Royal Caribbean, Lands’ End, Hughes, AT&T, Entergy, Black & Decker, Sprint, Digicel, General Electric, Ericsson, Ingersoll Rand, AECOM, Lane Construction, Novelis, Dow Chemical, Rio Tinto, CSX, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, United Technologies, Exelis, Force 3, Nestle, ABB, Motorola, Chevron, Chevron Phillips Chemical, Sun Microsystems, Worldspan and Delta.

Mr. Perfetti is a partner in the consulting and executive education firm Percipient Partners LLC. Percipient focuses on business acumen, strategic planning, financial analysis and culture work. Mr. Perfetti is also a Learning Director and teaches in executive education programs for the Wharton School of Business. He has taught in numerous open enrollment and custom programs including the Wharton Executive Development Program. Mr. Perfetti was on the team at Wharton that won the 2011 Excellence in Practice Award from EFMD for work at the Royal Bank of Scotland. Mr. Perfetti currently serves as a Lecturer at the RH Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, College Park and teaches Equity Analysis at the Masters, MBA and undergraduate level, as well as Corporate Finance in the MBA program. He has won the Distinguished Teaching Award for the 2014-2015 academic year and the Top 15% teaching award in 2012 and 2013 for teaching excellence as voted by the students. He currently serves as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown Law School where he teaches corporate finance for Law Students. Mr. Perfetti also delivers executive programs for Duke Corporate Education. Mr. Perfetti was previously an Adjunct Faculty at Emory University where he taught in the MBA program and in various executive education programs.

Mr. Perfetti has authored 3 financial CD ROMs including the award winning Why Finance Matters. A serial entrepreneur, he started Intelliworks Inc., a venture- backed CRM company focused on higher education and an online knowledge sharing company. While at Intelliworks, Mr. Perfetti helped raise $19m of venture financing through several rounds of financing. Intelliworks was acquired in 2011 by Hobsons.

Mr. Perfetti is a graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania where he was a teaching assistant in both the MBA and Executive MBA programs for a capstone business policy course. Mr. Perfetti also was an avid debater, attending the US National Championships in 1989 and 1990, as well as the 1990 World Debating Championships in Glasgow, Scotland. He holds a BS in Economics with a concentration in management.

Madeline Boyer

Madeline Boyer

Partner

Madeline Boyer is a Senior Consultant with Percipient Partners, a Lecturer at the Wharton School and cultural business anthropologist whose work, research, and teaching focuses on new workplace phenomena: particularly shared and collaborative workspaces, and remote workforce management (leading ‘wide teams’). Madeline was born and raised in the Panama Canal Zone, is fluent in Spanish and English, and keenly aware of cross-cultural management issues–having grown up in a multi-cultural/lingual region.

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Madeline has worked with a wide range of clients, including leading health and research institutions, non-profits, Fortune 500 companies, and Wharton Executive Education on projects ranging from stakeholder research, change management and strategic planning, to executive development and teamwork coaching. She has lectured internationally on her work on coworking, the global shared workspace movement, and online community dynamics. She is a co-author, along with Mario Moussa and Derek Newberry, of the forthcoming book: Committed Teams: Three Steps to Inspiring Passion and Performance (Wiley Press).
Sean Brophy

Sean Brophy

Director of Sales and Business Development

Sean Brophy is Percipient’s Director of Sales and Business Development, where he works with partners to develop solutions to their most pressing talent management needs. Sean brings over 10 years of executive education experience from the Wharton School, where he developed dozens of customized programs for leading global corporations, governments, and nonprofits. Sean was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) in 2015 and currently resides in Oxford (UK).

Mike Jackson

Mike Jackson

Director of Operations

As the Director of Operations, Mike is the first point of contact at Percipient. He touches almost every aspect of the organization, serving as a project manager, sounding board, and scheduler. He brings 10 years of design experience to the development of Percipient’s outreach materials, and produces the Culture at Work with Madeline Boyer podcast. He is the chief logistics problem solver. 

Affiliated Faculty

Ronni Burns

A former corporate executive, a balanced consultant, a spirited coach, engaged professor, perpetual student of life and award-winning speaker, Ronni Burns understands the need for persuasive communication in achieving success.

Ronni spent 17 years at Citigroup as a Senior Vice President serving in a variety of roles, including Director of Business Practices, Global Spokesperson and National Sales Manager for Citicorp Investment

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Services. Today, she is delighted to do the kind of work she loves most; teaching, consulting, and coaching.

An Adjunct Professor of Communications since 2002 at the Smith School of Business, UMD, since 2010, Ronni is also a Professor of Management Communications at the Stern School of Business at NYU. Previously, she taught communication courses at the Wharton Business School.

Ronni has delivered workshops and seminars to thousands of executives in the U.S., Europe, Asia and Latin America on presentation skills, consultative selling and management communications. Her talent is helping others make complex concepts easy to communicate and implement.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Consistently rated as a top speaker at industry and leadership conferences, Ronni has worked in a variety of industries including bio-tech, film, plastics, technology, energy, and government contracting. Her clients included GE, Corning Glass, Houston Biotech, Schlumberger, Hewlett Packard, SAIC, Entergy, United Technologies and Marriott, as well as many leading financial services companies.

Ronni Burns holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Arts in Communication Science from the University of Connecticut. Ronni is a Certified Professional Coach (CPC). She has held NASD licenses 7, 22, 24 and 63. In her book, Communication Essentials: A Sell-abration, she shares her insights into the complicated business of building relationships.

Michael Cichello

Dr. Cichello is an expert in valuation and the co-author of McKinsey’s Valuation Workbook 6thEdition. Dr. Cichello is currently a finance professor at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University, teaching in the Executive MBA and MS in Finance programs. He has also regularly taught Corporate Valuation in the Wharton Executive MBA program. Previously he taught full-time at Wharton, the Univeristy of Michigan, Notre Dame, Wake Forest, and the University of

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Maryland. His recent courses include Advanced Corporate Valuation & Modeling, Options & Risk Management, Financial Management, Demystifying Finance, and Mergers & Acquisitions. Dr. Cichello is also currently an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Georgetown University Law School and previously served as a telecommunications industry economist for the Federal Communications Commission.

Dr. Cichello has instructed executives in Executive MBA programs at the Wharton School, Georgetown University and the University of Maryland. He has also worked with executives at Lockheed Martin, Nokia, Sanofi-Aventis, Merck, Caterpillar, BAE Systems, General Motors, Chevron, Shell Oil, Lufthansa, Teva Pharmaceuticals and several other Fortune 500 firms. His instruction has focused on key value drivers for corporations and implementing value creating opportunities.

 

 

 

Professor Cichello’s research interests include empirical corporate finance, corporate governance, executive compensation, and industrial organization. His work explores managerial incentives in multi-division firms; financial contracting schemes in the broadcast television industry; the location of IPO headquarters; and the techniques used in estimating the relationship between executive pay and performance. His work has been published in Journal of Corporate Finance, Journal of Economics and Finance, Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance, Accounting Review, and International Journal of the Economics of Business.

Dr. Cichello has an MA in economics and a PhD in finance from Michigan State and a BA in quantitative economics from Tufts.

 

Scott Koerwer

Dr. Scott Koerwer is a strategic partner to Percipient working with corporations on organizational and leadership development, strategic planning, marketing and communications.

He is an entrepreneur in the higher education industry and business with more than twenty-five years of experience, three entrepreneurial startups, and numerous program development initiatives around the world. 

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Scott has degrees from Muhlenberg College, Lehigh University, and the University of Pennsylvania. He is an alumnus of the Kellogg School of Management’s Advanced Executive Program and earned a certificate in organizational development and consulting from the National Training Labs.

Kathy Pearson

Kathy Pearson, Ph.D. is a strategist, Systems Thinking expert, and authority in decision making. She is President and Founder of Enterprise Learning Solutions, a firm focused on executive development and learning across industries. Kathy is also a Senior Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

An award-winning educator, Kathy works extensively with mid- to

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senior level executives, including high potentials and executive teams. She works closely with Executive Education groups as well as directly with global organizations. Kathy teaches on a variety of topics including Critical Thinking, Strategic Agility, Change Management and Strategic Execution. As Lead Faculty for many programs, she is responsible for overarching curriculum design, integration of the material, and the overall educational quality of the engagement. Kathy specifically likes to focus on application of the concepts covered in her content.

Kathy’s work with executives spans a wide variety of industries and geographies, including health care and life sciences, financial and professional services, technology, consumer products, energy, aerospace and defense, and manufacturing. Her client list includes Bank of America, Cardinal Health, Children’s Miracle Network, Chubb Group of Insurance Companies, Cisco, Coca-Cola, Comcast, Digicel, The Estee Lauder Companies, FINRA, GlaxoSmithKline, India Ministry of Finance, Itua Unibanco, McKesson, Merck, Novartis, Novo Nordisk, Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Royal Bank of Scotland, Royal DSM, Schneider Electric, Siam Commercial Bank, Temasek Management Academy, UnitedHealth Group, Westpac Bank Australia, and the World Bank.

 

In addition to her executive development work, Kathy’s industrial and consulting experience includes advising senior leadership teams in the areas of strategic formulation, leading under uncertainty, and bridging the gap between strategy and execution.

Kathy received her B.S. degree in theoretical mathematics from Auburn University, her M.S. degree in Decision Sciences from Georgia State University, and her Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering (concentration in statistics) from Northwestern University.

Jenna Streeter

Learning to action, action to results is Jenna Streeter’s motto. As both a transformation and leadership team coach, Jenna develops partnerships with her clients through dialogue, interaction and reflection – always with an emphasis on both results and learning. Jenna leverages client’s individual and team exploration to help open up new ways of thinking, close learning gaps, overcome persistent obstacles and performance challenges all to allow positive movement that bring results. Jenna uses models grounded in Action Learning, Action Research and transformative learning to ensure positive growth.

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Jenna’s professional career, spanning 20 years, began with a focus on the design, development and implementation of educational programs within leadership ranks. In her years at PwC, Jenna worked, in collaboration with the Hudson Institute, to establish a sales coaching program and coached cross-functional sales teams. Jenna furthered her career as an affinity and Lean Six Sigma coach as well as a designer of blended learning programs for Executives. Results include increase in revenue stream, decrease in cost, new innovative solutions, and over 15 individual promotions.  In addition, Jenna has consulted with the Chicago Bar Association to create a women’s coaching circle and is the developer of CollegeLaunch™. Currently running her own company, Jenna coaches action learning teams, is a coach observer in Wharton’s Executive Development Program and designs executive level educational programs for multiple clients.  Jenna’s clients have include those in the aerospace, financial services, telecom, manufacturing, technology, consumer goods, retail (B2B and B2C), advertising, higher educational institutes.

Jenna is a graduate of Hudson Institute of Santa Barbara Coaching Program (ICF certified), a certified Action Learning Coach with the World Institute of Action Learning and a certified health and wellness coach. She is worked with numerous psychometrics including Korn Ferry’s 360, Hogan, Birkman and DISC. Her Master’s Degree in Adult Learning and Instructional Design is from the Philadelphia University and she holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in International Relations from Lynchburg College.

Lauren Hirshon

Lauren Hirshon has a passion for designing innovative strategies to address complex organizational and community-wide challenges. This has led her to creating customized leadership and management training programs, coaching high-performing teams, and consulting with businesses, governments, and non-profits. Curious by nature, she has a broad set of interests and areas of expertise, including: organizational development, change management, group and team dynamics, and working across organizational boundaries.

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In addition to her coaching and consulting work, she is currently the Director of Operations and Development for Leadership for a Networked World an applied research and advisory program at the Technology and Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard. In this capacity she has conducted research and developed programs focused on cross-boundary collaborations and new public-private partnerships, working with state chief administrators, chief procurement officials, state chief information officers, and other c-suite government leaders and their private sector partners.

Lauren is also a Lecturer and Consultant at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. In addition, to teaching an undergraduate course on management, leadership, and communication, several times a year she consults at Wharton’s Executive Education Program and coaches senior executives from global organizations to hone their leadership skills.

Previously, Lauren served as the Director of Consulting at the University of Pennsylvania’s Fels Institute of Government. Prior to that, she spent six years engaged in workforce development issues for the city of Philadelphia, and worked on a presidential campaign and for several nonprofits.

Lauren has been identified as one of Philadelphia’s Emerging Connectors by Leadership Philadelphia. She received her B.A. from Harvard College in Psychology with a minor in French, and her Master’s Degree in Organizational Dynamics from the University of Pennsylvania with certificates in Leadership and Management, Global Studies, Practitioner of Change, and Sustainable Development. Outside of the office, Lauren serves as the Secretary for the Harvard Club of Philadelphia and plays on touch-football, basketball and softball teams.

Contact: hirshon@post.harvard.edu and 617-218-7060

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