We are corporate and entrepreneurial veterans, investors and institutions and government agencies and students. Everyone is welcome to become a Human Workplace member and collaborate in the re-invention of work. If you’d like to contact any of our team members, you can reach us here.
Liz Ryan, CEO
Liz Ryan is the CEO and founder of Human Workplace. Liz is a former Fortune 500 HR executive and one of the country’s most widely-read and well-respected workplace and branding authorities. Her columns on leadership, personal branding, recruiting, HR practices and life in the new-millennium workplace reach 30 million readers a month on Businessweek.com, Kiplinger’s Finance, Yahoo!, the Huffington Post, the Denver Post, TIME.com and the HarvardBusinessReview.com.
Liz is the leader of the 25,000-member Human Workplace online community and the author of Happy About Online Networking: the Virtual-ly Simple Way to Build Professional Relationships. She teaches career strategy and branding at the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado-Boulder, and speaks to CEO, HR and entrepreneurial audiences across the U.S. and abroad about bringing a human voice to business. Liz leads the popular Northwestern University webinar series “Your Journey, Your Career with Liz Ryan.”
Liz graduated from Loyola University of Chicago (Mundelein College, BA Marketing) and Northwestern University (MS, Communication Studies). Liz is an operatic soprano. She and her husband Michael live in Boulder, Colorado with their five kids ages ten to nineteen, two dogs (Mojo and Magic) and two cats (Coco and Truffle).
Michael Wilcox, Director of Operations
Born and raised on the south side of Chicago, Michael is our Operations guy. He is a writer and a Buddhist. Working blue collar jobs to pay for school, Michael attended Columbia College and the University of Illinois at Chicago, and received his undergraduate degree from Northeastern University.
Michael loaded trucks as a Teamster and was a customer service rep for a greeting-card company, a stockboy, a meter reader, an assistant manager at a used book store, an elementary school teacher, a writer, a salesman, and a distributor for medicated baked goods. He did volunteer work at the American Indian Center in Chicago and the Addiction Recovery Center in Boulder, Colorado.
When he is not hanging out with his kids, Michael follows baseball with his kids, ages 10-19 (teams: SF Giants and White Sox) and loves reading. Some of his favorite writers are Nelson Algren, Charles Bukowski, John Fante, Mark Twain and the Beat generation writers.
After a lifelong interest in Eastern religions, he became a Buddhist in 2010. He is beginning to understand that when there is nothing to say, the best thing to do is to keep noble silence.
For Michael, the aim of the Human Workplace is to allow people to be the same person in the parking lot, the office, the factory, or at home watching a movie with the family. In his job, Michael makes sure our clients get what they need and are always heard.
Molly Campbell, Director of Strategy
Molly Campbell is a former Wall Street portfolio manager and professional development/search leader whose lifelong talent and affinity for non-traditional coaching and healing in business settings comes together in the Human Workplace. Molly practiced transformational healing methods in her work with clients and executives while managing $750M in assets.
Molly earned her BA in English at Alfred University. She hit Wall Street after college, inspired by her banker father and English teacher mother, and earned her MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University before switching careers to learn and practice natural healing techniques.
Molly founded Whitehorse Heart, a strategy and representation firm for thought leaders, artists and performers, to bring her clients to national prominence through thoughtful brand reinvention and marketing.
In 2011, Molly produced a $1M budget one-woman show. Molly is trained in SEIMI, Jin Shin Jyu Tsu, and Reiki, is a certified Prosperity Partners coach, is a trained TDI (Therapy Dogs International) handler and a practitioner of equine therapy, as well as a judge for AKC Earth Dog events. Molly recently completed CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) training, a disaster-preparedness course for citizens who become equipped through the program to take action in crisis situations until first responders arrive. As Molly says, “Until personal safety and security are assured, no other learning or growth can evolve.”
At Human Workplace, Molly develops integrated consulting/communication/energy-shifting strategies for employers, universities, government agencies and entrepreneurs, meshing the needs of each partner and client with Human Workplace offerings and principles– leading to visionary strategies bolstered by on-the-ground steps for concrete results.
Jim Campbell, Director of Wellness
Dr. Jim Campbell is a chiropractor and holistic healer with over thirty years of experience in natural medicine. Jim worked in traditional healthcare before a personal health issue and imminent, unavoidable surgery was made unnecessary by a protocol of nutrition and chiropractic, and Jim’s career change began. Dr. Campbell has over 2000 hours of post-graduate education with specialties in cold laser therapy, applied kinesiology, craniopathy, acupuncture, and sports medicine. Dr. Campbell is the founder of Beyond Basic Health, a natural healing practice with offices across Colorado and a wide following for his integrated approach to health care. Jim’s work with patients of all ages, from newborn infants to seasoned citizens, has awakened thousands of people to a greater awareness of health and pain relief through natural, leading-edge practices. Dr. Campbell is a member of the Colorado Chiropractic Association and has pioneered protocols utilizing cold laser therapy for previously unresponsive health issues.
As a businessperson and thought leader, Jim is active in the Colorado business ecosystem as a Board Member for the Brighton Chamber of Commerce, a member of School District’s 27J Education Foundation Board, and the Advisory Board for the Prairie View High School HOSA (Health Occupations Student Advisory) Committee. Jim and his wife Molly are enthusiasts and judges for AKC Earth Dog events, and are active members in the Rocky Mountain Earth Dog Club. Jim is certified in CERT (Community Emergency Response Team, a FEMA program.
At Human Workplace, Jim advises the team and our clients on physical, emotional and mental wellness, and assesses and evaluates organizational health in order to recommend activities for the cultivation of healthy workplaces, people, communities and organizations.
Allison Clark, Engagement Director
Allison is best-described as an “aha!” idea strategist with expertise in public relations, promotions, event planning, social media/networking and business management with a particular passion for projects within the entertainment industry. Allison’s role as Engagement Director for The Human Workplace is forging relationships with partners, media, corporations. conference and event planners to introduce them and their respective audiences to Liz Ryan and her Human Workplace concept.
Allison currently serves as Chief Relations Officer for Aardvark Web Works, a web design & development firm in Barrington, IL and continues to work with long-term PR clients. Allison opened InkTank PR in Glencoe, IL in 2000 as a full-service boutique public relations firm and continues it today as a consultancy taking on both short and long term creative projects that peak her interest. Current projects include PR and engagements for the Human Workplace, the upcoming iPhone App “Pocket Date”, and strategy and promotion for Lil’ Frankie Productions TV series (currently seeking investors and sponsors for “Ancestral Ingredients”, a cultural cooking show set to premiere on PBS next fall).
Prior to opening her own firm, Allison held executive management public relations positions with iGive.com and S&S Public Relations in Chicago.
Allison started her career in broadcast administration before making the career change into public relations, having held business & administrative management positions at most of the major networks in Chicago (WMAQ-AM, WGN-AM, Tribune Radio Networks, WBBM-TV and WVVX-AM) and at Sillerman-Morrow Broadcasting (Yes…Cousin Brucie and Robert FX) in New York.
Juli Duffer, Art Director
An interactive designer and web design instructor, Juli was raised in the Chicago area and has lived in Colorado for over 18 years. When she’s not sitting behind her laptop she likes hiking, biking, skiing, reading, dancing, yoga and hanging out with her family. She considers parenting her most creative job yet and does not put an age limit on enjoying blanket forts.
Although design is her true love, Juli has dabbled in mixed media collage, paper making, book binding, jewelry making, paper doll making, creative writing, vegetarian cooking, flower arranging, gardening, interior design, painting and remodeling. She lives by the motto, “how hard can it be?” which often leads to trouble. While she considers herself handy around the house, those who live with her consider this to be a rather optimistic description.
Juli earned a B.A. in Advertising/Marketing from Marquette University and later a technical certificate in Multimedia Web Design from Front Range Community College where she now teaches web design students.
At Human Workplace Juli mainly stays behind the scenes (the computer monitor) working on the look, design, tech and development of the Human Workplace brand.