A Little Bit More About Us
Chief Executive Officer
In recognition of her extraordinary work, Smart Business nominated Cathy Light for the “Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year” award in both 2009 and 2010.
Before venturing out as an entrepreneur, Cathy worked in the corporate world in a variety of leadership roles, including Vice President and General Manager of Sunrise Technologies, Inc. and Senior Sales and Marketing Executive at Fuji Optical Systems, Ltd. She began her trailblazing career at a start-up company known as Apple Computer.
Cathy is a globally recognized speaker known for engaging and inspiring her audiences. Her commitment to helping others extends to active leadership within the community. She currently serves on the Advisory Board for the Business and Economic School at Boise State University and mentors MBA students when time permits.
Group Business Manager
In addition to client services, Jennifer has extensive experience providing administrative support in scheduling, planning, communication, and organizational strategy.
She is devoted to her husband and their 2 children. As a family, they enjoy everything outdoors that Idaho offers, especially camping. Golf and soccer also play a part in their busy lifestyle. Jennifer is active in promoting Autism Awareness and participates in several special needs programs throughout the Treasure Valley.
Public Relations & Communications Specialist
When the Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome needed specialized local attention for their “0 Four 9″ campaign, Kate made it happen during the State Fair with silent models inspiring conversation on pregnancy and alcohol. Published in national magazines, quarterlies, books and marketing collateral, Kate-Madonna has established herself as a prolific and gifted writer and public relations professional. With over 15 years of published experience from running regional magazines to leading newsrooms, Kate-Madonna pinpoints lifestyle trends and reads between the lines of what consumers want to know and in what form they want to learn. Notably, Hindes sits on the coaching panel for Keith Ferrazzi’s Relationship Academy and is a board member at The Mars Generation- a NASA-inspired initiative and Breast Cancer Action.
Mark N Tuggle, PhD
Learning & Development SME
Mark places a premium on developing open, honest relationships with his clients and colleagues so that they can work together to overcome tough challenges. Mark enjoys leading teams through difficult challenges and transitions in a way that brings them together and strengthens their unity and performance.
Mark’s background and experience across various sectors – military, nonprofit, and for-profit business – have helped him to maintain a results-oriented, actionable focus when it comes to leadership, learning, and organizational success. His approach keeps his clients’ objectives in the realm of achievable outcomes, rather than lofty platitudes that never effect lasting change. Whether he works with you in areas of problem-solving, change management, leadership development, or talent management, you can be certain you will walk away with an implementation plan that is grounded with measurable, actionable, and achievable steps and goals.
Everyone talks about measuring results but few people or organizations truly know what that means, or how to do it. Dr. Tuggle’s experience in developing and analyzing surveys and assessments provides the data clients need to truly measure change and success. Mark led a research project for onboarding sales reps at a Fortune 100 company in which he measured key metrics that correctly predicted retention and performance results for the new reps. He recently completed a social selling research project used by a top sales training organization to help develop its social selling training program. His current work on leadership balance is designed to help leaders identify their unique balance of three key areas for healthy leadership. He has developed proprietary assessments that measure different aspects of organizational culture, health, and employee engagement.
Director of Client Engagements & Success
Danette is a retired U. S. Navy veteran with 20 years of experience in medical, pharmacy, military training programs and organizational development. She established benchmark ratings with the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) across three military healthcare facilities and one civilian hospital spanning across 16 years of continued delivery of quality healthcare, facilitated the change to regionalized Navy medicine, and was a key player in the establishment of the Navy Learning Centers and Naval Education and Training Command policies and procedures. She is a recognized expert in leadership and training program development working with the U.S. Military, G. E. Healthcare, LSI, Columbus Technologies and Services, Aimereon, and other companies. She has over 25 years of experience in business development process improvement, organizational and education and training program development and 16 years of proposal writing for military, industry, and non-profit organizations.
Danette is a board member with Excellence Girls Club, helping develop young women into strong community leaders. She also helps mentor students in educational doctoral and specialist degree programs through an online community board. Danette holds a master’s degree in Family Sciences and an Educational Specialist degree in Higher Education and Adult Learning.
Director of Women in Leadership Programs
Linda Higueras is a Human Resources professional and has been an advocate for diversity, equity
Linda’s multicultural background, U.S. and international work experience
Linda is a graduate of The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C. and is fluent in Spanish.
Executive Recruiter and Diversity Hiring Expert
includes 23 years of global experience in shaping executive level leaders and delivering
results for Fortune 500 technology and fast growth companies. She began her career
with Heidrick & Struggles and through her years with Booz Allen Hamilton’s Executive
Hiring Team, Summer was instrumental in architecting, leading and executing two firmwide
Cyber Security Growth Campaigns and developed consultative relationships within
the organization at the EVP and Vice Chair level. While with Allergan she lead the U.S.
Talent Acquisition Team for the company and while with Frost Data Capital as VP of
Human Capital she built the executive teams for 25 start-ups for the Big Data Technology
Incubator and was an onsite coach. She founded MiROR, out of the conviction that
search is most effective when it is built on relationships in a trusted advisory role that
begins with exceptional execution. Summer holds a bachelor degree with honors from
Diversity & Inclusion SME, Master Facilitator
A Human Resources and Diversity leader with extensive practical and hands-on experience. A nationally recognized talent management and inclusion expert, strategist and facilitator. Proven success in aligning talent management, diversity, and inclusion initiatives with the organization’s vision, mission
Earned Bachelor of Arts – Sociology, Winston-Salem State University
Constituent Institution of The University of North Carolina
Earned International Human Resources Executive Program Certification
Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
Tan Davis Consulting and Facilitation Greenville, SC 1997-Present
Principal and Senior Consultant
Provide organizational leaders and staff with trusted consulting, strategy, facilitation, and project
management in the areas of talent management, organizational development, and strategic
diversity. Clients include the Fortune 500, academic institutions, municipalities, non-profits and
professional organizations. Consulting and facilitation services provided include:
Leadership and Organizational Development
• Conduct strategic thinking and planning sessions for organizational leaders and staff
• Consult and design full-cycle talent management and recruiting initiatives
• Develop succession planning and talent management initiatives
• Design and implement mentoring programs and provide one-on-one leadership coaching
• Develop and facilitate high impact leadership training, retreats
• Convene and facilitate business and community partnership discussions
• Design and conduct focus groups with accompanying data analysis
• Conduct in-depth 3rd party exit interviews for workforce retention programs
Diversity, Inclusion and Equity Management
• Serve as a strategist to align diversity and inclusion across the organization
• Develop comprehensive diversity and inclusion strategic and operational plans
• Design and facilitate high-impact diversity, inclusion, and equity training
• Utilizing diversity metrics and analytics to track progress and impact
• Provide processes for implementing inclusive culture change initiatives
• Facilitate and train diversity councils and affinity employee resource groups