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

David Sharff Software Engineering

David Sharff
Software Engineering

Lauren O'Neill Sales

Lauren O'Neill

Megan Fanale Operations & Client Experience

Megan Fanale
Operations & Client Experience

Lila Brolsma Accounting and Finance

Lila Brolsma
Accounting and Finance

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.  

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.

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.

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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AJ Josefowitz honed his craft through more than 30 years of working in global Fortune 500 companies coaching leaders, developing executive teams, and designing talent development pipeline programs and processes. His experience includes cross cultural leadership development, organization design, team development, and leadership assessment and coaching. AJ is a consultant and coach who helps leaders leverage the ever-present tension between organization goals and individual needs by helping leaders build healthy work environments for trust, collaboration, and accountability. 


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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.

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Michael Johner has over 10 years of experience in the design and facilitation of simulation based training. He worked for seven years at TATA Interactive Systems GmbH and facilitated trainings for international clients including DHL, Maersk Line, Airbus, and Deutsche Bahn Akademie. He undertakes guest- faculty assignments for the facilitation of business simulations at several German Universities. Since 2012, Michael has served as a member of the board at the SAGSAGA (Swiss German Austrian Simulation and Gaming Association).


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.