Todd Bradberry MBA, Founder and CEO
Todd Bradberry is Founder and CEO of Parallel Management Company, a high-growth workplace learning and assessment company. He is also an award-winning business coach, a highly regarded professional speaker, and an all-around “Master” of Business Administration.
Unlike many learning and development professionals, Todd is a business leader first and foremost - a results-driven general manager from the front lines, not just a student of theory. He has successfully led ten different business teams based in seven different cities across the U.S. He has supervised over 2,000 employees at all levels and across business functions. Helping those people grow as leaders is Todd's passion - his "True North."
Todd and his high school sweetheart Beth recently moved to a 1913 town home in the city. Despite his country roots, Todd is embracing this new adventure, even as he struggles to parallel-park his pickup truck. On weekends, he reboots in the outdoors, where the parking is easier.
DiSC Style: iD
Typical of his “iD” style, Todd seeks to move forward with boldness and enthusiasm. His wife Beth, a classic “C” style, is a methodical, analytical decision maker. She refers to Todd’s style as “hasty.” Thirty-plus years of dinner decisions, Christmas decorating, and home improvement projects have taught them about personality styles, teamwork, and productive conflict. This learning reinforces and influences what Parallel Management Company teaches.
Emma Bradberry, Business Development Manager
Emma’s card might say “Business Development Manager,” but her true role on our team is “Chief Customer Advocate.” She recognizes that our success depends on our customers’ success and the trusting relationships we build. Emma is a problem solver. She helps customers identify the right solutions by asking the right questions.
Upon receiving her Marketing Management Degree from Virginia Tech, Emma served as Program Coordinator with the Arizona State Court System in Flagstaff. After two years in the high desert country, Emma moved back home to Richmond, Virginia, and joined Parallel Management Company with her dad, Todd. They have not killed each other yet. In fact, Emma is finding that Dad is not as dumb as he used to be.
Emma enjoys traveling, spending time with loved ones, snowboarding, and outdoor adventures. She plays various River City Social Sports, despite inherited clumsiness. As a child, she spent over ten years in competitive gymnastics, reflecting her personal grit and discipline. She could perform gracefully on the balance beam, but often falls walking up stairs.
DiSC Style: D
Some are surprised to learn that Emma has a “D” or “Dominant” style. Not surprising to her parents, who saw that personality forming at age two. Emma is results-driven, takes bold action, and challenges the status quo. She does not like to give up control or follow strict rules. And she hates to lose, but her kickball team is helping her get used to it.
Somya Dwivedi-Burks, PhD, Certified DISC Facilitator, Director of Learning and Performance
The phrase that captures Dr. Somya’s passion is “building others.” She has lived this passion as a corporate trainer, learning consultant, intercultural coach, university professor, and researcher. Somya has a Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut and over ten years’ experience in the areas of learner engagement and team performance. As a learning consultant, Somya has helped organizations of all shapes and sizes by designing learning solutions, managing engagement, and measuring human performance improvement. Now as Director of Learning and Performance for Parallel Management Company, Somya is responsible for product development, course design, learning technologies, and research. She helps leaders make culture a verb by aligning workplace learning to business goals - driving team performance and ROI.
When Somya is not engaged in learning and performance with Parallel Management Company, she uses her experience as an immigrant to help build a more globally inclusive community. Somya serves as a chapter board member of the Virginia Center of Inclusive Communities, where she builds others through service.
DiSC Style: S
Building and nurturing relationships drives Somya. However, she can stretch to other styles, including going “D” when she needs to steer the conversation from “analysis paralysis” to getting stuff done.
Libby Dishner MLHR, ACC, Certified DISC Facilitator
Libby Dishner, MLHR, ACC, is a sought-after leadership coach, human resources strategist, and speaker. She helps people find success and happiness by reaching for their full potential.
Libby believes that people go to work to contribute something meaningful for both themselves and their organizations. No one goes to work to do a poor job. Leaders set the stage and enable their teammates to perform or not.
Her philosophy is that people can, and should, show up energized and have a little fun every single day. That combination delivers results and it’s up to the leaders to create that culture.
Libby brings 20+ years of corporate experience to her role as coach and consultant, most recently as an HR executive. She holds a Master’s in Human Resources and is credentialed by the International Coach Federation (ICF) as an Associate Certified Coach. With Libby’s experience and education, it’s no surprise that she enjoys her work with individuals and organizations as they develop and implement leadership programs, coaching and HR strategies.
Libby is passionate about proliferating coaching skills throughout organizations and the world. She is currently working on a pro-bono project to bring coaching into the school systems in Richmond, Virginia. She feels strongly about giving back so she is involved in her community and sits on several nonprofit and association boards. She is currently president of the Virginia Charter Chapter of the International Coach Federation.
DiSC Style: iS
If there is one word to describe Libby, it is “warm.” She is genuinely interested in others, and naturally enthusiastic. This is evident upon first meeting her and has served her well as an executive and coach. Libby has learned through experience to guard against taking on too much and chasing shiny objects.
Michael Smith, MBA, CVB, Accredited Facilitator, The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team™
Michael’s favorite description of his role is that of “Rabbi” – clients and others describe Michael as a teacher and counselor as he helps these heroes see clearly, think differently, create a road map to results, and guides them on the journey in order to avoid failure and achieve success. All the while, they grow personally and professionally into better versions of themselves, becoming the best leaders they can be and need to be for the next phase of their business life.
A Business Leader with over 30 years of broad experience in strategic management, operations management, marketing management, acquisitions and integration, and financial management, Michael has a history of building organizations and driving growth. Having served in leadership roles from Fortune 50 to small business, Michael has leadership experience in Industrial Manufacturing, Consumer Packaged Goods, Construction, Business Services, Real Estate Development, Global Logistics, Consulting and Not-for-Profit/Service organizations. Michael’s positions have included CEO, COO, CFO, President, Brand Manager, Vice President Marketing & Development, and Controller.
Ecstatically married to Gloria, they have four children and six grandchildren; Michael enjoys kayaking, fine food & wine, traveling, and learning – especially in the areas of international relations, globalization and science.
DiSC Style: C
Michael’s DiSC style is between D and C, indicating a creative problem solver and planner. Perhaps most importantly, it shows that he wants results right now and he wants them perfect. That and his experience mean that Michael understands the tension that CEOs, business owners and senior executives experience as he helps them navigate over, around and through the obstacles impeding their success.
Kathryn Hall PCC, CPCC, Certified DISC Facilitator
Known as a “people person” throughout her career, Kathryn’s helps her clients cultivate an environment where they can be their best and do the best work of their lives. Kathryn provides leadership consulting and coaching services to corporate and individual clients. She encourages and fosters transformation by helping them create space, tune in to their truth, see the whole picture, and strive for progress over perfection.
Kathryn has an engineering degree from the University of Virginia and extensive experience in engineering, project management, and operations. Her background spans multiple industries, including consulting, education, and financial services. She holds the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification from the Project Management Institute (PMI) and is a Certified ScrumMaster (CSM).
Kathryn holds the Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) credential from the Coaches Training Institute (CTI). She is also credentialed as a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) through the International Coach Federation (ICF). The PCC credential is awarded to professional coaches who are committed to this strong code of ethics, have met stringent education and experience requirements, and demonstrated mastery of the ICF coaching competencies.
DiSC Style: Si
Kathryn’s “Si” style shows up in her liberal use of emojis and exclamation points!!! She is enthusiastic, warm, and empathetic. She values relationships and will work hard not to let the team down. Kathryn is indeed a “people person.” Yet she was successful as an engineer and lean project manager. This shows why DiSC should never be used as a hiring tool! DiSC does not reflect education, experience, or intelligence, and is not predictive of success in a specific role. That’s a job for PXT Select.
Erin Leigh, Certified DISC Facilitator
Do you ever wonder what’s going on in the minds of others? For strategist Erin Leigh, this question is the reason she's in business today. With her coaching, speaking, and writing services offered through her two businesses (theNeatNiche and The Choice Life), Erin guides entrepreneurs and their teams to think outside the box by identifying old thought patterns, creating new habits, and aligning daily choices with personal and professional goals. Joining the Parallel Management team and becoming a Certified DISC Facilitator was a natural next step to broaden her skills and expand her ability to support and guide her clients.
When she’s not strategizing with clients, facilitating DiSC workshops, and coaching busy professionals to embrace work-life fusion, you’re likely to find Erin reading Harry Potter, swinging on monkey bars, and spending time outdoors with her husband, Kev.
DiSC Style: C
If you've seen Erin leading groups or speaking from stage, you might not guess she's an introvert, but her DiSC style paints a clear picture. As a C-style with multiple additional priorities that shade into the D-style, Erin can move from engaging speaker to contemplative thinker in a heartbeat. Her multiple priorities allow her to embrace both the big picture and the tiny details, often simultaneously. On a constant quest to learn, she's quick to assimilate new information into her repertoire. And like all true C-styles, she always wants things done right.