Dr. Thomas Harris is a Professor Emeritus in Communication Studies at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Prior to coming to the University of Alabama, he taught at the University of Evansville, Rutgers University – New Brunswick, and the George Washington University. He has worked as an organizational consultant for over 30 years with organizations ranging in size from Bristol/Myers Squibb, IBM, Regions Bank, Mercedes-Benz (MBUSI), and Georgia-Pacific to small businesses. In addition, he has assisted major regional medical care facilities, manufacturing firms, and volunteer organizations. He has spearheaded major change efforts in over 60 organizations using a variety of leadership, negotiation, team development, sales, collaboration, communication, productivity improvement, customer service, and change techniques.
He was chosen as the outstanding faculty presenter for the College of Continuing Studies Professional Development Programs, University of Alabama, for his work in developing and presenting management and leadership development programs. He received a similar honor at the University of Evansville for undergraduate and graduate teaching. He facilitates strategic planning and team building retreats for numerous nonprofit and for profit organizations. He has designed and facilitated over 500 training and development courses specifically tailored to individual organizational needs. In addition, he has been the primary human resource consultant for numerous change and development efforts in a variety of organizations. He has written 14 books. The most recent are Applied Organizational Communication: Theory and Practice in a Global Environment (2008) and Small Group and Team Communication, 5th ed., (2010).
He has written over 50 articles and numerous book chapters on various team, leadership, communication and organizational issues. He is a regular presenter at regional, national and international meetings and writes an occasional newspaper column on key organizational issues. He received his Ph.D. from Temple University, his M.A. from the University of Maryland and his B.A. from the George Washington University. He is listed in the Directory of American Scholars and Who’s Who in Social Sciences Higher Education.
Sharon W. Lovoy, SPHR, President of Lovoy’s Team Works Inc., is an experienced Human Resources consultant who has developed a thriving practice through proven results and long term relationships with client organizations. In addition to her Senior Human Resource certification, Sharon is a certified Mediator through Harvard Law School Program of Instruction for Lawyers, Advanced Mediation through CDR, and has received Dialogue training through DiaLogos, Cambridge, MA. She has been retained by law firms and state and local governments to conduct Diversity and Prevention of Harassment training and to intervene to remedy problem behaviors AND create a wholesome work environment. She is a certified Master Trainer in Crucial Conversations® and is certified to conduct training in Emotional Intelligence, Influencer®, Change Anything®, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and Time Management.
Sharon is on the faculty of the Management & Master Management Certificate Programs at the University of Alabama and received the Outstanding Faculty Member award. She is also a Career Ministry Organizer, and speaker and facilitator for numerous churches and community organizations. Lovoy’s Team Works, Inc., has conducted training for over 260 clients, many retained from the company’s inception, including ACIPCO, ADTRAN, Alacare Home Health & Hospice, Alabama Power Co., Alagasco, Auburn University, Montgomery, Boone Newspapers, Bradley, Arant, Boult, Cummins, LLC, the cities of Foley, Hoover, Madison, Mobile, Montgomery, Mountain Brook and Tuscaloosa, Energen, Mercedes Benz USI, Mobile Area Water and Sewer, Royal Cup Coffee, The Southern Company, Southern Gas Association, UAB Health Systems and the United Way.
Sharon is praised for helping clients achieve positive, lasting results in a cost effective manner and inspiring “buy-in” at all levels.
James Rowell is the President of HRD Associates, Birmingham, Alabama. He is a veteran training and development professional based in Birmingham, Alabama. He has more than 20 years’ experience in the field of training and organizational development. In addition to his current consulting practice,
Jim was also training and development director for Gulf States Paper Corporation and the director of training and development at The University of Alabama. He has taught psychology and sociology at the college level and was director of training and development at a residential treatment facility for the developmentally disabled. He is currently an adjunct professor of organizational behavior and change at The University of Alabama.