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Jan Byars, PhD

jan-byars-thJan Byars is the founder and president of LeadSync, LLC. After years of study and research, she believes an organization leader’s internal state is critical to leadership ability and ultimately affects the organization’s success. The philosophy that Leadership is Being and then Doing drives LeadSync’s unique approach to leadership development which can be applied across all levels, organizations and industries.

This philosophy is supported by a business system Jan developed based on her research, which helps individuals and organizations to break through barriers to achieve greater success. This system increases overall leadership skills and productivity through the development of strong and effective intrapersonal and interpersonal leadership skills working with individual leaders and leadership teams.

The ultimate and final shift is characterized by the generation of a work environment centered on strong critical thinking; respectful problem solving and cohesive teamwork aligned with company performance and productivity goals.

Jan has a PhD in Leadership and Organizational Change from Antioch University. She received her Master of Science in Clinical Counseling from Wright State University and is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. Jan received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Communications from the University of Kansas. She has also been trained in mediation and is a professional HeartMath® provider.

She has experience in public and privately held organizations as well as non-profits, non-government organizations (NGOs) and government organizations in industries such as manufacturing, communications, construction, health services and food service.

Jan is an active member of the International Leadership Association. She is in an advisory role as Immediate Past Chair for the Leadership Development Member Interest Group and Co-Chair for the Ethics Forum Learning Community. She has presented at many International Leadership Association Conferences worldwide.


VisionJan’s vision is to transform leadership – and business - through intention and integrity, generating positive, profitable ways of doing business and creating truly sustainable leadership.


Karen Friss

Before she retired, Karen devoted her 30 year career at Eli Lilly and Company (pharmaceuticals) to helping get better medicines to patients faster through assignments of increasing responsibility in finance, information technology, human resources, corporate strategy and public affairs. Her last 14 years at Lilly included leading the company’s global public policy function, providing staff support for the Lilly Board of Directors Public Policy and Compliance Committee, developing the corporate affairs strategy for Lilly Research Labs, and serving on the company’s Bioethics Committee. Karen’s non-profit Board experience includes six years on the Board of the David A. Winston Health Policy Fellowship based in Washington D.C. 

Karen has a BS in Economics, and MBA from UCLA, and a Certificate in Non-Profit Executive Leadership, Indiana University, Center on Philanthropy. She has two college age children and enjoys traveling and mentoring.


Lisa Meece

Lisa Meece has spent the last 20 years working to improve organizational performance. She’s been effective in a wide range of industries from food and customer service to rocket science and brain surgery. She has worked as a consultant both inside and outside of organizations, and in 2010 she founded the Learning Architect Group, focused on designing learning interventions for organizations.

As a learning designer, Meece focuses on shortening learning curves for her clients. Sometimes it's about interpersonal interaction, sometimes it's about simulating experiences in a safe environment, sometimes it's simply about providing performance support to improve outcomes. It's always about working with the stakeholders and making sure the approach meets the needs of the organization.


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