Our Team

Our Academic Grounding

Peter Finkelstein completed his residency in psychiatry and a post-doctoral fellowship at the Stanford University Medical Center.  His pivot from private practice to consulting two decades ago was most informed by the Leading Change and Organizational Renewal executive training program at Stanford and Harvard, for which Peter is a faculty member.  The Upstart Logic team has extensive graduate training in business, psychology, education, and several other fields.

Our Sources

Our work is based on the most up-to-date thinking by authorities in the business world. Regarding effective teams, we look to William Dyer (BYU), Richard Hackman (HBS), and Amy Edmondson (HBS).  The work of Michael Tushman (HBS), and Charles O’Reilly (GSB, Stanford) inform our work with alignment, innovation, leadership, and culture.  For organizational development approaches, we look to Edgar Schein (MIT).

Consultants

Jen Grace Baron, MAAP

Jen Grace Baron, MAAP

Jen Grace Baron is the co-CEO and Chief Growth Officer of InspireCorps, a strategic partner to Upstart Logic. Prior to founding InspireCorps, Jen had the opportunity to grow teams and help lead large-scale initiatives in companies such as eBay, Hewlett Packard and Johnson & Johnson. Jen is passionate about breaking through to the next level of performance and fulfillment with client partners.

Jennifer Pietrzak Carlson, MBA

Jennifer Pietrzak Carlson, MBA

Jennifer Pietrzak Carlson specializes in the people side of business—human resources and organizational development.In a career spanning more than 30 years, she’s developed a unique blend of leadership experience in organizations of varying sizes and from diverse industries. She’s known for her deep understanding of how people processes and organizational strategy intersect.

Kathryn Ford, MD

Kathryn Ford, MD

Doctor Ford’s work with teams and organizations features her Aperture approach to achieving dialogue for thinking and learning collaboratively. Questions and challenges are valued catalysts to moving toward success. Diversity and differences are opportunities for creativity. She received her M.D. from Brown University Medical School and did her psychiatry residency at The Stanford School of Medicine.

Charla Hayden, MA

Charla Hayden, MA

For decades Charla Hayden’s work life has been characterized by serving in a variety of internal leadership, teaching, and external organizational consulting roles. Her particular interests focus on health care delivery, education, and public service systems. Her approach uses a whole systems perspective, meaning that no organization exists in isolation and that understanding mutual influences matters.

Donna Lesch

Donna Lesch

Donna Lesch has over 25 years of experience in human resources and consulting. Serving as a strategic change agent, she partners with CEO’s, executive teams, and board members to identify roadblocks, simplify overly complex processes and design healthy cultures that are resilient to change, with the flexibility to grow and thrive amidst uncertainty.

Laura Hunt Newman

Laura Hunt Newman

Laura Hunt Newman coaches C-suite teams and leaders across a wide range of industries and operating models, from private-equity backed start-ups to university hospitals. Originally trained as a strategy consultant with Monitor Group, over time she sharpened her focus to the intersection of strategy, structure and behavior. She has experience working with leaders throughout N. America, Europe, N. Africa, Asia and Brazil.

Kevin McCarthy, PhD

Kevin McCarthy, PhD

Kevin McCarthy’s work is focused on helping leaders and teams build their capacity for change.  After a 20 year career in higher education, his passion focuses on how diverse teams generate insight and aligned commitment to change.  He coaches leaders and teams to learn through insight into self, team, and system dynamics.

Peter Ways, M.Ed.

Peter Ways, M.Ed.

Peter Ways has worked as a liaison between philanthropists and schools, as an organizational development coach with both schools and businesses, and as a political campaign manager. From classroom teaching to managing a billion-dollar capital improvement project, Peter has served at every level of K-12 education.  Peter’s consulting work is two step: problem clarification and solution building.

Upstart Logic, Inc.
247 Felton Drive, Menlo Park, CA 94025
650.400.8108  •  peter@upstartlogic.com