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Fifteen years of creating transformative leadership development

Our History

Abilitie’s award-winning talent development solutions got their start at Enspire, an early pioneer of game-based learning. Enspire was founded in 2001 with the vision to change the way in which people learn. While developing custom learning programs for Fortune 500 clients, Enspire’s team used their experience to build a suite of unique leadership and business acumen simulations. Those leadership simulations quickly garnered industry awards, rave reviews, and rapid global adoption by organizations such as GE, Medtronic, and Southwest Airlines. In 2015, based on the success of these business simulations, Abilitie was born.

Meet the Team

Bjorn Billhardt CEO

Bjorn Billhardt
CEO

David Sharff Software Engineering

David Sharff
Software Engineering

Cullen Bounds Software Engineering

Cullen Bounds
Software Engineering

Megan Fanale Operations & Client Experience

Megan Fanale
Operations & Client Experience

Lila Brolsma Accounting and Finance

Lila Brolsma
Accounting and Finance

Lauren O'Neill Sales

Lauren O'Neill
Sales

Nathan Kracklauer European Operations

Nathan Kracklauer
European Operations

Trey Reynolds Software Engineering

Trey Reynolds
Software Engineering

Alex Whiteleather Client Experience

Alex Whiteleather
Client Experience

Fred Tally-Foos Client Experience

Fred Tally-Foos
Client Experience

Meet Some of Our Certified Facilitators

Abilitie's global network of certified facilitators has decades of experience facilitating leadership development programs and coaching executives. Our facilitators debrief the experiences and customize the simulations to your specific learning needs. Meet some of them below.  

Bill Rauwerdink  worked as partner at Deloitte & Touche and served several of the firm’s largest multi-national clients. He also served on the board of directors of Trinity Health, one of the largest healthcare delivery systems in the USA. Bill’s classroom credentials include Adjunct Instructor at the Ross Graduate School of Business at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.  Bill has also taught at Harvard College and Harvard Business School Executive Education programs.
 

Dr. Carol Shuherk is a member of the University of Rochester’s Simon Business School’s MBA faculty and created its management communication program. Prior to joining the Simon faculty, she was the University of Rochester’s Senior Associate Provost. Before coming to Rochester, Carol was an inside consultant to the Los Angeles Times for eight years, establishing the Times’ Newspaper Management Institute for mid-career managers.
 

Frank Ryan is a lecturer in the Finance Department at San Diego State University (SDSU). After obtaining a MBA from Washington University in St. Louis, Frank started his career as a financial planner for Eastman Kodak. Following his time at Kodak, he marketed financial systems and accounting and software services for businesses in the Seattle area. Frank then returned to academia to obtain his Masters in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.
 

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Kate McLagan is a certified career and leadership coach with over 25 years of business experience in various leadership and HR consulting roles across the globe. Understanding that employees are the engine of an organization, Kate strives toward resolution and adoption of a culture that supports employee development and overall well-being. Her expertise with personality assessments, emotional intelligence, and process/systems thinking offer a medium for thoughtful and non-threatening conversations, or investigation if needed.

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Luke Owings is a seasoned facilitator of executive leadership and finance development programs who is passionate about developing others through the power of hands-on learning. For the past five years, Luke has held a variety of roles designing and implementing the People Operations systems within a variety of companies. In that time, he has focused on bringing data-driven and rigorous operational excellence to the recruiting, development, and performance management functions of his companies.

 

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Maryann Billington offers consulting, facilitation, executive coaching, and leadership development for leaders in scores of organizations around the globe. She is CEO of Action Leadership Group, a firm that assembles the “best of the best” capabilities to develop and deliver innovative solutions for clients. She was previously a Senior Partner in Korn Ferry International’s Leadership and Talent Consulting Group and Chief Client Officer at Lore International Institute where she fueled growth with dynamic programs.

Dr. Linda Ford has logged over 30,000 hours working with leaders to achieve their goals. She has provided culture consulting, executive coaching, and strategic planning for thousands of successful executives. Linda has served on the full time faculty at both Concordia University Texas and St. Edwards University. At Concordia, Ford was the founding director of the MBA program, taking it from concept to a fully developed program in less than one year.
 

Steve Gartrell is in high demand around the globe as a facilitator of leadership, finance, and related skills training sessions. Steve has a 15-year track record of international facilitation success with leaders in more than 200 corporations, spanning 20 countries on five continents and across the US and Canada. Totaling over 12,000 training hours, he has conducted hundreds of high-impact sessions, both in person and online. Steve previously spent 19 years with ExxonMobil in a variety of leadership positions in marketing, operations, project management, internal audit, and accounting.

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Paul Kirkitelos was previously a consultant at McKinsey & Company with a focus on corporate finance. Paul has also served in an advisory capacity for a number of early-stage companies around the globe, and his extensive travel experience has helped feed his interest in understanding the differences and similarities between cultures throughout the world. Paul holds a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Virginia and is a former Research Fellow with NASA’s Laboratory for Extraterrestrial Physics.

Our Advisors 

Global Reach

 

Abilitie serves clients of all sizes in a broad range of industries. Our leadership programs have been deployed in over 20 countries by Fortune 500 clients.

 

Select Clients

Featured Partners

Abilitie partners with a select group of consulting and leadership development organizations from around the globe. Many of our partners incorporate our simulations into their own offerings. Do you have clients that can benefit from our solutions? Schedule a 15-minute conversation.

Welcome to Abilitie, Enspire's new brand for our industry-leading leadership development programs.