Karen Kaplowitz is President of The New Ellis Group, a business development consulting firm specializing in business development strategy , training and coaching for law firms and other professional service providers.
Karen founded The New Ellis Group in 1997, after a 25-year career as a highly respected trial lawyer in Los Angeles. As a member of the California Bar, Karen was recognized in The Best Lawyers in America for over a decade. While a practicing attorney, Karen was active in the legal community, serving as president of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers, www.abtl.org, and Chair of the American Bar Association’s Employer-Employee Relations Committee of the Tort and Insurance Practice Section.
Evelyn Rodstein is a recognized authority in Leadership, Talent Management, Individual and Team Coaching and Organizational Transformation. She has spearheaded leadership, talent, and organizational effectiveness initiatives for 5 Global Fortune 100 companies, KPMG and entrepreneurial companies. She advises at the CEO level, creating business transformation by aligning strategy, leadership, culture, organization design, and performance management. She has led large as well as start-up departments, creating innovative, results-oriented programs. She is a recognized expert in executive coaching, team alignment, and off-site facilitation – all grounded in clinical experience of what drives individual and organizational change.
She currently consults to a wide range of companies across many industries, from Fortune 100 to Middle Market to Start-up. Most recently, she was Chief Talent Officer at a privately-held diversified financial services, real estate, and healthcare company of 5,000 employees, where she worked with the CEO and the divisional CEOs. She built strategy and people processes to enable this entrepreneurial organization to respond to market growth. During her tenure as Chief Talent/ Development Officer at KPMG, she led her department to the #2 ranking of Best Companies for Training. Her programs were recognized as benchmarks in the profession.
As head of Leadership/Talent/Organizational effectiveness at corporate and divisional levels at KPMG, FleetBoston, JP Morgan Chase, JP Morgan, Deutsche Bank and Bankers Trust, Evelyn partnered with senior management on large-scale organizational change efforts, including: moving from product to client focus, collaborating across silos, and developing talent to manage business complexity.
An expert in complex global mergers involving multiple legacy cultures, she helped lead the integration process for the Bankers Trust/Deutsche Bank merger, working with the executive committee and top 100 managers on the strategy and vision for the new firm. She was a key member of the JP Morgan/Chase merger team, helping to build the chairman-led leadership program for 2000 managing directors to align strategy, vision, and culture.
Evelyn is an expert in executive and team coaching and worked with many executive teams on group effectiveness, strategic off-site design, management committee and board issues. She has initiated multiple senior leadership programs with action learning components, utilizing senior management as teachers. She has built numerous strategy-linked life cycle curriculums, talent and performance management processes. She has been an executive coach for all levels from the C-Suite to high potentials.
At Fleet Boston, she led leadership, executive recruiting, and compensation/benefits as an integrated strategic function. As HR head for both Bankers Trust Global Private Bank and Securities Processing, she upgraded the entire talent base and transformed the businesses into vertically integrated profit centers. Evelyn’s extensive expertise in coaching and team building is grounded in her early experience as a clinician. She has taught graduate school and published original research, co-authoring a major textbook. Evelyn has been a valued speaker at the Conference Board, Fortune and done several global simulcasts for IBM. She has been a board member of the New York Human Resources Planning Society, The Conference Board Council on Executive Development and the Wharton Advisory Board for Executive Education and the New York City Leadership Academy.