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79

organizations

30

years of experience

10

industries

6

continents

Carrie Spell-Hansson

CEO

Few of us discover a career we are passionate about, where our professional and personal lives blend. Imagine all the many more incredible and inspiring bosses, colleagues, family, and friends we would have! I found my sweet spot over thirty years ago and continually enjoy life as a thought leader, educator, coach, and change agent. I founded The Folke Institute in 2004 to develop leaders and individuals to affect positive change in their organizations, communities, families, and themselves. I have had gratifying success in changing lives. 

 

Combining rigorous academic research and decades of practical experience in higher education, corporations, and nonprofit organizations, I spearhead change management, team development, strategic planning, and leadership excellence. As a subject matter expert in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), I want my clients and audience to understand that the requirement for a successful DEI initiative is mutual respect among the participants. Only then can we build a customized solution to achieve inclusivity with measurable impact.

 

While I have easily adapted to the virtual learning environment, I look forward to resuming in-person keynote engagements and facilitating training programs throughout the Americas, Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, and Europe. During this critical time that has adversely impacted our country’s institutions — education, healthcare, and the economy, in particular — I am more passionate than ever to help organizations and individuals reach their goals.

 

I enjoy being a facilitator, a coach, speaker, and doctoral student at the same time, I also prepare delicious healthy well-balanced meals. I create recipes inspired by my extensive knowledge of health and wellness and international travel. I find my balance in life through meditation, exercise and yoga and the philosophical teaching of Buddhism taught to me by my late husband Gunnar, the big-hearted and generous Swede who gave me unconditional love. 

 

My commitment is to help you realize your best self, achieve your goals, and grab the brass ring!

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Robin Stankowski

Executive Liaison

Robin has been supporting the TFI team since 2018, creating workflows, planning and executing business development, and managing the HR function. She is also a Professional Organizer, helping business owners find efficiencies in their operations.

 

She worked in Human Resources at Chubb Insurance for ten years where she managed talent acquisition and employee relations. Robin was also a Practice Manager at a large veterinary hospital, responsible for employee engagement and client relations as well as maintenance of inventory costs and medical records.

 

A genuine people person, her previous work in HR and current engagement with small business owners has honed her skills as a mentor and confidante, expertly handling sensitive issues with all types of people. Robin earned her degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Moravian College.

Kat Yamamoto-Calvo

Marketing & Special Projects

Kat manages marketing initiatives and social media engagement including content writing, asset creation, email strategy and execution, and website maintenance. She also provides highly effective collateral to enhance TFI’s brand awareness. Kat also monitors and troubleshoots the institute’s cloud-based technology solutions and optimizes the processes contributing to seamless delivery of our products and services.  

 

Making a difference at work and in her community is what is most important to Kat. She is fluent in English, Japanese and Filipino.  She had the privilege of serving military families overseas while her family was stationed in Japan through the US Navy as a civilian federal employee.  Having worked with different cultures across various industries, she has developed a deeper understanding of how effective interpersonal communications create a positive and lasting impact on organizational effectiveness. This understanding coupled with her multicultural upbringing, allows Kat to bring an inclusive perspective that fits perfectly with the company’s mission and vision.

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Jessie McNair

Production Director

Jessie provides insights on the marketing of the institute’s products and services. Working in tandem with the team, she contributes to the branding of TFI by providing content writing, editorial services, marketing research, and business development assistance. Her ability to see the big picture, tell a good story, and make connectivity between transformational learning and experiential knowledge informs her strategic recommendations for the growth of the company.  

She enjoys her engagement with the team after 32 years of traditional and digital marketing in publishing and nonprofits including John Wiley & Sons, the American Management Association, and the Women’s Venture Fund (a nonprofit supporting women entrepreneurs). In the middle of the pandemic, she successfully launched her marketing services firm, Marketing with JAM, to help certified minority business owners increase their brand awareness among government agencies, non-government entities, and corporations.

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Dr. Donna Dennis

Instructional Designer & Trainer

Donna designs and delivers training in the areas of leadership, emotional intelligence, team building, as well as executive leadership, succession planning, coaching, and networking.  She is often called upon to work as a subject matter expert in the area of leadership development (including virtual leadership) and teams. 

Dr. Dennis taught at the Wharton Business School, the University of Pennsylvania, The University of Illinois and Parkland College. She is a founder of BRC (Business Research Consortium).  She is the author of Preparing for Leadership, AMACOM Books, “Virtual Leaders: Born or Made?” in Knowledge Management and E-Learning, CRC Press, “The New Dominance of Virtual Teams,” in M-World, AMA, “Effective Leadership in a Virtual World,” ATD  and Gestalt Coaching Assessment, GISC Press.  

Maxine Fuller

Facilitator & Trainer

Maxine designs and facilitates organizational and staff development training programs for government agencies, corporations, and community-based agencies. She is also a subject matter expert in the areas of substance use disorders treatment and prevention, diversity and inclusion, and nonprofit management.

 

She has worked with a variety of clients including the United States Department of Health and Human Services’ Center for Substance Abuse Prevention and the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment; Johnson, Bassin & Shaw International; DB Consulting Group; The Bizzell Group, IQ Solutions, Synergy Enterprises, Inc.; and the American Management Association.

 

Maxine is an adjunct professor in the Andrew Young School of Public Policy at Georgia

State University, where she teaches nonprofit management and leadership courses.

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Jamie Dugan

Production Director

Jamie brings her acclaimed expertise in graphic design to deliver the creative output of the organization. Her videography and photographic skills are effective in showcasing the unique teaching style of our faculty and the high level of engagement demonstrated by participants. She was instrumental in helping us quickly and successfully pivot to a virtual environment during the pandemic.  In addition to design support and producing videos, she manages the webinars and e-learning modules, conference and workshop planning logistics, and event planning as needed.

 

For 30 years, Jamie provided creative services for a global engineering and construction design firm that employees 14,000 people where she managed a team of highly creative individuals. Currently, she supplies her own clients with stellar print and digital graphics as well as photography and videography services.

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Debbie Graul

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Donna designs and delivers training in the areas of leadership, emotional intelligence, team building, as well as executive leadership, succession planning, coaching, and networking.  She is often called upon to work as a subject matter expert in the area of leadership development (including virtual leadership) and teams. 

Dr. Dennis taught at the Wharton Business School, the University of Pennsylvania, The University of Illinois and Parkland College. She is a founder of BRC (Business Research Consortium).  She is the author of Preparing for Leadership, AMACOM Books, “Virtual Leaders: Born or Made?” in Knowledge Management and E-Learning, CRC Press, “The New Dominance of Virtual Teams,” in M-World, AMA, “Effective Leadership in a Virtual World,” ATD  and Gestalt Coaching Assessment, GISC Press.  

Ronald Hinton

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Maxine designs and facilitates organizational and staff development training programs for government agencies, corporations, and community-based agencies. She is also a subject matter expert in the areas of substance use disorders treatment and prevention, diversity and inclusion, and nonprofit management.

 

She has worked with a variety of clients including the United States Department of Health and Human Services’ Center for Substance Abuse Prevention and the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment; Johnson, Bassin & Shaw International; DB Consulting Group; The Bizzell Group, IQ Solutions, Synergy Enterprises, Inc.; and the American Management Association.

 

Maxine is an adjunct professor in the Andrew Young School of Public Policy at Georgia

State University, where she teaches nonprofit management and leadership courses.

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Our Identity

Folke (Swedish for "Folk"): the people of a society or region considered as the representatives of a way of life, and as the originators or carriers of the customs, beliefs, and practices comprising a distinctive culture. The Folke Institute is therefore the People's Institute.

Our Emblem

The Baobab is also known as the Tree of Life. The Baobab tree, native to Africa is known for its longevity and vitality. Every unique part of the tree serves a purpose: leaves for medicine, bark for fabric, fruit for food, and trunk, shelter for people and animals alike.

Our Logo

A radiant array of individual parts, unified in an implicitly infinite circular form, in perspective. The composition has dynamic depth and potential, while the all-inclusive spectral cycle speaks to progression, acceptance, and transformation.