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Dr. Lois Zachary


Dr. Lois Zachary is an internationally recognized expert in mentoring. Her best-selling books, The Mentor’s Guide, Creating a Mentoring CultureThe Mentees Guide and most recently, Starting Strong, have become the primary resources of Fortune 500 companies, government, education, technology, health-care and nonprofit organizations interested in promoting mentoring for leadership and learning.

Dr. Zachary is the president of Leadership Development Services, LLC, a Phoenix-based consulting firm that specializes in leadership and mentoring and the director of its Center for Mentoring Excellence. She has been recognized “as one of the top 100 minds in leadership,” and in addition to her extensive publications, she is editor of Examining and Expanding Mentoring Practices (Adult Learning Special Issue), co-editor of The Adult Educator as Consultant and co-author of Creating and Sustaining Collaborative Partnerships.

Dr. Zachary holds two master’s degrees and received a doctorate in Adult and Continuing Education from Teachers’ College Columbia University. She is the founding member and past chair of the Phoenix Athena PowerLink™ Governing Board, a program sponsored by the Phoenix, Arizona Chamber of Commerce, which helps women-owned businesses expand profitably through the use of mentoring advisory panels. Zachary is a member of Charter 100, an organization that recognizes women of achievement who make significant contributions to the community; and has held leadership positions on many community and national boards including the Mentor National Team of the Chicago Public Schools, and the Advisory Council of Arizona State’s University School of Global Management and Leadership.

Dr. Lois J. Zachary

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Lory A. Fischler


Lory Fischler is a senior associate with Leadership Development Services, a Phoenix-based consulting firm that specializes in leadership and mentoring and the associate director of its Center for Mentoring Excellence. She is a dynamic, insightful and seasoned professional with over twenty five years’ experience in consulting, training and coaching clients from a diverse array of organizations, including Fortune 500, healthcare, manufacturing, government and nonprofit organizations.

Lory is the creator of Leadership Development Services’ Workstyle Inventory, a tool widely used by clients to promote self-understanding and team interaction. She also developed the Effective Meeting Model©, which improves the quality and efficiency of client meetings. Lory coauthored The Mentee’s Guide: Making Mentoring Work for You, released in 2009, and Creating and Sustaining Collaborative Partnerships (2002). In addition, she has also coauthored a number of articles on the topics of leadership and mentoring and a series of toolkits focusing on mentoring excellence.

Ms. Fischler is a graduate of Lake Erie College and studied at the University of Grenoble, Boston University and Boston State University. She worked at Motorola University as a master instructor and was the first person to receive its Instructor of the Year Award.

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