Advisors

We have been fortunate to have the benefit of counsel and creative conversations with these individuals in their respective areas of expertise:

Judy Michell
Dwight O’Neill
James Seetoo
Daniel Wolf

Judy Michell, BS

Judy is a human resources business consultant with a lifelong commitment to coaching and developing employees and managers in achieving career success in a mid-sized fast-paced biotechnology environment. Judy is a Certified Associate for Lee Hecht Harrison a global career transition company leading two-day Career Transition Workshops including coaching and engaging departing individuals to effectively utilize job search assessment tools and encourage successful re-employment. She also provides Human Resources coaching and consulting in the areas of career transition, change management, learning programs, recruiting strategies and new company start-up compliance recommendations. Judy was the Human Resources Director for Neurocrine Biosciences, a publicly traded entrepreneurial biopharmaceutical company in San Diego. For 10 years she held progressively responsible positions and was integral in creating a culture capable of attracting, retaining and developing talented scientists in a high performing environment.

Judy earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Management with an emphasis in Human Resources from San Diego State University. She was a Board Member for San Diego Biotech Employment Development Coalition (BEDC) for over five years and is currently a member of SD Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) and San Diego Recruiters Roundtable (SDRR).

Dwight O’Neill

As a highly effective communicator, facilitator, and change agent, Dwight O’Neill’s background includes 27 years of entrepreneurial and small business experience, extensive study, implementation, and teaching of human performance technologies, as well as designing innovative approaches to fostering innovation and creativity. His teaching and consulting has enabled him to test and refine his approaches to managing change, and helping organizations improve their productivity, quality and long-term profitability. The aim is to help management optimize their entire system over time.

For over 27 years, Dwight has incorporated experiential activities and Superlearning Technologies™ (for maximum memory retention) developed by Dr. Georgi Lazanov into his work with governments, corporate executives, small business owners, educators, inner city youth, school districts, health care facilities, law enforcement, and non-profit agencies. Dwight’s teaching is known for being powerfully effective, fun, memorable and leading edge.

As a member of the Burklyn Business Group, an international management-training group, he has influenced the learning of more than 70,000 graduates throughout 30 countries. It was designed to teach both the global principles of cooperation he learned from Dr. R. Buckminster Fuller and the contextual principles of the human potential movement. Dwight’s academic experience includes teaching at the University of Hawaii, the University of California at San Diego and Stanford University. Dwight has coached, mentored and partnered with Marshall Thurber, Bobbie DePorter, Anthony Robbins, T. Harv Eker, David Neenan and Robert Kiyosaki.

In 1995, O’Neill discovered and developed a practice that revolutionizes the way companies and organizations navigate through the acceleration and complexity of the 21st century. A technology built on several tools and working models that capture and constantly grow the corporate body of knowledge, connecting and integrating this knowledge into the strategic and tactical action planning processes. In 1998, Ernst & Young’s consulting division discovered that same technology. They were the first to license the GroupGenius™ processes of MGTaylor Corp. Since then they have conducted over 1,500 events with 500 global companies. O’Neill has worked in many of these engagements. Ernst & Young now deploy GroupGenius™ technologies worldwide in 24 of their Accelerated Solutions Environments.

Presently, 73 of the top 100 global companies have participated in these events. Past users include Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, Compaq Computers, NASA, Cisco Systems and many more. In February of 2000, O’Neill was granted the second license. There are only three licensees of this technology worldwide., the third being the Vanderbilt Medical Research Center.

Presently, Dwight is founder of the Shepherd Consulting Group, a Deming-consistent organization that provides unique methods for strategic forecasting, predictable creativity, and change management (how businesses can optimize resources and make change their ally). He is also an affiliate with CUSTOMatrix™. Their advisory services help executives in realigning their organization, its objectives and execution abilities to maximize profit, increase shareholder equity and achieve meaningful organizational success.

Dwight has consulted with organizations of all sizes including Warner Communications, Cincinnati Bell, Presley Homes, USC Medical School, the San Diego Sheriff’s Department, Guam Dept. of Education, Pacific America Fund, the San Diego County Office of Education, Hawaii Dept. of Education, National University, the Dwyer Group of Companies, the Neenan Construction Company, Caltrans. California Space Institute, the Sony Corporation, and Ernst & Young/Cap Gemini.

James Seetoo, BA

James Seetoo was responsible for Executive Search and Sourcing for Life Technologies from 2005 through June 2009. During this time he specialized in recruiting senior leadership at the Vice President and Director levels across all functions to Life Technologies. Additionally James has led search projects for niche and international roles for that company.

Prior to joining Life Technologies (then Invitrogen Corporation) in 2005, James was Dir. Of Research for Boyden Global Executive Search, a major international retained search organization. In this role he concentrated on the Specialty Chemical, Medical Device, Food Ingredients, Consumer Packaged Goods and Manufacturing industries.

James is currently an independent search consultant and author of The Recruitment Underground Blog.

Daniel Wolf, JD

Dan is Chairman of Advanced Earth Technologies, a developer of counter-bomb robots for the Defense Department, President of Terra Segura International, a nonprofit technology company pioneering market-oriented solutions for landmine removal. Dan has been a principal in several environmental and public health-oriented companies and organizations, and was the founding Director of the TransBorder Institute at the University of San Diego, where he also taught political science. He is undefeated in his pro-bono legal work, was consultant to the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of California, and practiced as an architect in Oregon, where he was recognized for engineering quality and innovation in passive solar architecture.

Dan’s Harvard Law studies emphasized international law, international contracts, and negotiation; at the University of California San Diego, he won fellowships from the Fulbright Foundation, the Tinker Foundation, and the University of California MEXUS Consortium; his undergraduate work at Reed College in Portland, Oregon, included heavy doses of Economics and Physics, and he won a fellowship from the Thomas J. Watson, Jr. Foundation for research in India. His background has given him great depth of experience and numerous business and government contacts around the world.