Dennis N. T. Perkins
Dennis Perkins has worked for over thirty years as an advisor to senior leaders in organizations ranging from Fortune 100 corporations to nonprofit associations. A graduate of the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, he served as a Marine infantry officer in Vietnam. He subsequently received his MBA from Harvard University, and a PhD in psychology at The University of Michigan.
While a faculty member at the Yale University School of Management, he developed a breakthrough leadership approach based on the study of groups facing The Edge — the outer limits of human endurance. By studying The Edge, Dr. Perkins believes, “leaders can learn what it takes to help their organizations achieve their greatest potential. And they can remember these principles when they are stretched, stressed, and challenged to the limit.”
Dr. Perkins’ passion to understand The Edge has taken him to disparate places — to Antarctica, where he retraced the footsteps of famed explorer, Ernest Shackleton; and to Australia, where he sailed with the crew of the Midnight Rambler, winners of the challenging 1998 Sydney to Hobart Race. He subsequently completed the 700-mile race, often called “the Everest” of offshore racing, as a crew member on a Volvo 60 racing boat.
Dr. Perkins has written extensively on leadership and organizational effectiveness. He is the author of Leading at the Edge: Leadership Lessons from the Extraordinary Saga of Shackleton’s Antarctic Expedition, Into the Storm: Lessons in Teamwork from the Treacherous Sydney to Hobart Ocean Race, Managing Creation: The Challenge of Building a New Organization, Racing through the Storm: Building Exceptional Teams in Extraordinary Times and Using the Power of Resonant Metaphor to Increase Leadership Effectiveness.
Jillian B. Murphy
Jillian Murphy is a dynamic keynote speaker on the topics of leadership and teamwork, and has been featured at numerous conferences and client events.
Jillian is a co-author of the books Leading at The Edge: Leadership Lessons from the Extraordinary Saga of Shackleton’s Antarctic Expedition, and Into the Storm: Lessons in Teamwork from the Treacherous Sydney to Hobart Ocean Race. She is also co-author of the article Using the Power of Resonant Metaphor to Increase Leadership Effectiveness.
Jillian graduated magna cum laude from the University of Connecticut and received her MA in Industrial/Organizational Psychology at the University of New Haven. She has studied, worked, and volunteered extensively in Cape Town, South Africa. She also has significant research experience and has worked with the Networking HIV/AIDS Community of South Africa, the African National Congress Women’s League, and the Department of Epidemiology and Health at Yale University.
She enjoying running, and ran the NYC Marathon and the Philadelphia Marathon, as well as the Cape Cod Ragnar Relay Race.