Mentoring Circles, powered by Talent Nexus, provides mentoring programs for companies looking to develop the careers of their employees, as well as individuals seeking personal development.
Participants receive structured training and access to mentoring, in addition to serving as mentors to other participants.
A proven methodology to create and nurture a diverse leadership team through targeted mentoring initiatives.
Community-based and virtual events and activities
Turn-key, customized mentoring initiatives designed around the needs of your organization.
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
LEAD TRAINING FACILITATOR
CLIENT SUCCESS COORDINATOR
ALISON MARTIN-BOOKS | FOUNDER
With impressive background work and roughly 20 years in nonprofit work, Alison Martin-Books has a passion for doing work that makes a difference in the lives of others. After serving as Executive Director at two different national nonprofit organizations, her commitment to her passion for developing female talent led her to launch Mentoring Circles for Women. Her work in developing the mentoring program for women led to the development of Diverse Talent Strategies. In her role with Diverse Talent Strategies, Martin-Books consults with organizations on the development and strategy aligned with developing or enhancing a mentoring program, as well as talent sourcing candidates.
She is also the author of the book, “Learning to Lead Through Mentoring”, published in 2013 and re-released in 2016.
LYNNE GORSKI | CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
Leveraging her 25+ years in healthcare, business, and as an entrepreneur, Lynne brings broad operational knowledge and depth to her role as COO. A self-described “problem solver,” she is passionate about achieving business results by effectively engaging and leveraging human capital, operational strategy and technology.
With degrees in Nursing and International Business, Lynne served at the Director and V.P. level for several local companies prior to starting her own cognitive training center in 2007. Following the sale of her company in 2014, Lynne served as an Operations consultant for an Indianapolis based healthcare start-up and a large account sales strategy firm. She joined DTS in August of 2015 as COO and Lead Consultant.
ANNA KANTZAVELOS | LEAD TRAINING FACILITATOR
Drawing from a background in training design and a passion for people development, Anna has always had a passion for new challenges, experiences, and an appreciation for every individual she meets. The ability to effectively listen and a strong intuition are just some of her strong points. She truly enjoys helping others reach their goals and is a natural developer of people.
Above all, faith and family are what is most important for Anna, and the why behind everything she does.
LACEY SMOTHERS | CLIENT SUCCESS MANAGER
Lacey Smothers serves as a Client Success Manager as well as Program Coordinator for the Talent Nexus Emerging Leaders program. Her passion for social media and community management helps to shape individual participation in the Talent Nexus program into a powerful professional development experience. Lacey graduated from the Purdue School of Science at IUPUI in May 2016 with a Bachelors in Psychology and a minor in Sociology. She loves coffee, her dog Bella, and is a proud Hufflepuff.
MADELYN ZALON | OFFICE MANAGER
Madelyn spent the majority of her career as a Quality Assurance professional working for major retailers such as Lane Bryant, Sears, Montgomery Ward and Brylane where she developed and ran their quality control programs. After spending over 30 years in this field she switched to the non-profit world using her successful organizational skills in an administrative capacity. Madelyn is on the board of the Carmel Green Initiative and spends much of her time on her passion for helping the environment through educational programs in the community.
Madelyn and her husband, John, are avid cyclists.
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DEBORAH BALOGH | ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER
Deborah Ware Balogh has spent her entire career in higher education developing talent, mentoring young people, and supporting early career educators and professionals. She is Executive Vice President and Provost Emerita at the University of Indianapolis where she retired in 2016 after 10 years of executive service. She is also an Emerita Professor at Ball State University where she began her career as a faculty member and served subsequently in various administrative roles including Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Associate Provost, Dean of the Graduate School, and Director of Graduate Student Development. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree (1975) in psychology, Master of Arts degree (1978) in clinical psychology and Doctor of Philosophy degree (1981) in clinical psychology from Bowling Green State University. In addition, she completed her pre-doctoral internship in the Department of Psychiatry at The Ohio State University.
An active teacher and scholar, Dr. Balogh’s published work has appeared in a wide range of professional journals in the field of clinical psychology. Her scholarly interests also include the areas of gender, workplace climate, and sexual harassment. Her contributions in these areas have led to published work in Sex Roles and a chapter in, Subtle Sexism: Current Practices and Prospects for Change. She is also a co-author of several works dealing with ethics in teaching.
She was named a Fellow in the Society for Personality Assessment in 1998. She has also served as a member of the editorial board for scholarly journals and as a reviewer for other journals in her specialty area. She is also a consultant evaluator for the Higher Learning Commission and has chaired numerous review teams on behalf of that organization.
In addition to her academic career, she has held adjunct or consulting positions in a variety of clinical and medical settings including Indiana University Medical School, Henry County Comprehensive Mental Health Center, Ball Memorial Hospital Family Practice Residency Program, and the Ball State University Counseling and Psychological Services Center.
Dr. Balogh has also been has been actively involved in community service through positions and/or leadership roles on the Board of Directors of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Volunteers of America, the Children’s Bureau, The Cabaret at the Columbia Club, and the Fine Arts Society. She was a member of the 2008-09, 2010-11, and 2011-12 United Way of Central Indiana Campaign Cabinets. Her earlier board appointments during her tenure at Ball State University included Family Services of Delaware County, Cornerstone Center for the Arts (Muncie), the Community Alliance to Promote Education (Muncie), and the New World Youth Symphony (Indianapolis).
AUDREY BECKMAN | ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER
Audrey Beckman holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame in 1987 and an MBA from Ball State University in 1993. In 1987, she joined Zimmer, Inc, an orthopaedic implant manufacturer as an entry-level product development engineer. She held various positions in product development focusing on hands-on product design, project management, development and commercialization of medical devices for over twenty years. As Vice President of Global Product Development, Audrey led a team of more than 300 people in the US and Switzerland. As Senior Vice President, Global Zimmer Institute, Accelero, and Market Access, she led a team of over 100 people during a period of great change in the orthopaedic industry resulting in capacity to train over 25,000 surgeons annually on Zimmer’s products. Most recently she was Senior Vice President, Strategic Quality Initiatives for Zimmer Biomet Holdings, with a team of over 1300 people working on a complex, technical remediation effort. Audrey has over 28 years of medical device experience in a variety of disciplines including strategic marketing and general management. She holds multiple patents on orthopaedic devices.
Active in the Warsaw Community, Audrey serves on the Board of Directors for Court Appointed Special Advocates of Kosciusko County and on the Advisory Boards of Diverse Talent Strategies, LLC, WISE (We Inspire, Support, and Empower, a non-profit focused on women’s professional development), and the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering for the University of Notre Dame.
ANNETTE TIRABASSO | ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER
Annette Tirabasso has over 30 years of experience in a variety of disciplines including operations and strategic planning, organizational change, and global restructuring. She is currently on the boards of OnBoard, a leading authority of women in the board room, and Diverse Talent Strategies. Annette previously served on the Advisory Board of Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business Initiative for Management Services and Deloitte Consulting’s Global Transition Board.
She started her career at University Hospitals of Cleveland in Management Engineering in 1986 and transitioned to financial services joining Key Bank in 1988 and worked in both Bank Operations and Marketing. In 1990 Annette joined Deloitte Consulting’s national Financial Services Industry practice primarily focused on Strategy & Operations including technology integration working with clients on transformational projects, merger integrations, and financial performance improvement. She was admitted the Deloitte Consulting Partnership in 1999 and held various industry and leadership positions focusing on practice management, people development, thought leadership, and the advancement and retention of women. In 2012 she started her own consulting practice advising the executive suite on strategies for operations improvement, talent development, and corporate governance. Annette is from Cleveland Ohio and her passions include travel, playing golf, and mentoring others.
PARTNERS AND CERTIFICATIONS
Diverse Talent Strategies is certified as a women’s business enterprise by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), which is the nation’s largest third-party certifier of businesses owned and operated by women in the U.S.
In addition to promoting employee diversity, we recognize the commitment to supplier diversity that is embraced by corporations and government agencies today and we can add diversity to your supply chain.
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Diverse Talent Strategies is a talent development consulting firm who helps clients attract, retain, and develop their talent through strategic mentoring initiatives. Our clients include companies, universities, membership organizations, and nonprofits. Reach out to us for more information!