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Carlos Acevedo

Carlos is a seasoned consultant, devoted to having companies realize tangible results by intervening in where people stand and how work gets done. In the process, he has deeply touched the lives of many people in expanding what is possible for them.

For the past few years, he has focused on systemic change processes. These are large scale shifts that are made possible not by having people merely perform more or different actions, but by having people think differently and therefore generate the conversations which result in effective actions. His recent certification in the Holacracy system has provided a breakthrough process for highly functional group conversation, coordination and alignment

Previous experiences include:

  • A key client in Engineering Services, working with the owner to shape corporate culture, develop key strategies and produce outstanding results.

  • An intervention at a major Health Care facility to reach new levels of customer service and satisfaction, including implemented strategies for superior service.

  • A major project in Chile, working with the senior directors and line managers, focused on aspects of the (local) Corporate Culture, Strategy alignment, and operating divisions performance enhancement.

  • A leadership development process for mid-level managers at a Global Financial institution. The approach included working with people at deeper levels to accelerate their development and professional competence. This approach goes beyond the traditional Skills/Competency development and is grounded in Awareness while engaging people through communication and action. How people see themselves, others and their circumstances in large part determines what is possible.

  • A program at a major pharmaceutical company with a group of 20 “high potentials” who went through an intensive 6 month development process. The program concentrated on Leadership communication; ways of being; impact to the overall organization; skills to move work groups forward and self-management. The results were impressive, with several members immediately taking on positions of greater responsibility and authority.

  • A culture change and organizational redesign intervention with the Panama Canal Commission. Facilitated the creation of a learning organization context and utilized a process improvement methodology to have change occur throughout various divisions. Extensively used one-on-one coaching to impact people's behavior and supported them in internalizing new skills and ways of interacting.

As Director of Corporate Quality for an electronic component supplier he designed and implemented a Total Quality program involving extensive integration of the quality function across three countries. His fourteen years with Digital Equipment Corp. included creation and management of quality improvement teams as well as extensive group facilitation. Carlos used his skills to successfully manage a major product introduction across seven manufacturing sites in four countries.

Carlos' uniqueness comes in part from his developmental path. As an engineer from MIT (BSME), he learned and applied highly technical skills. Once he began his transformational development (Est, Insight, Lifespring, Metaphysics…) his whole life took a turn towards the powerful yet unseen world within. His fifteen years as a manager gave him a direct dose of the "reality" many managers live. His eighteen years as an organizational consultant have brought him into such diverse fields as Pharmaceutical Manufacturing, Banking, Electronics, Insurance, Hospitals, Professional Services and Government. Carlos is fluent in Spanish and English and lives in Puerto Rico with his wife Deborah and their three children.

Carlos is committed to people living in dignity and harmony while bringing their best selves forward


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José Acevedo

Jose AcevedoN. José Acevedo is President of our sister company NWC. He is an expert in facilitating the development of leadership skills and the creation of high-performing organizations.  José works with a broad range of companies to help them become effective learning teams that function innovatively in pursuit of specific business results.

José has spent the last 30 years helping his clients effectively harness the potential of their people by helping them move beyond their self-imposed limits, unleash creativity and improve their decision-making processes.  During this time, he has personally worked with thousands of individuals in group workshops, consulting engagements and one-on-one coaching sessions.

A couple of years ago José was the lead consultant in an organizational developmental project with the largest sports architectural firm in the world.  His assistance increased the overall effectiveness of the leadership team while developing a work environment that resulted in greater productivity and the retention of the firm's most talented people.

José was one of the lead facilitators of JPMorgan's Strategies for Personal Leadership program for six years and is currently a lead trainer for The Rockwood Leadership Program (www.rockwoodleadership.org).  José has also designed and taught special programs on team alignment, communicating for action and organizational change, both in English and Spanish, for organizations throughout the world, such as the Nielsen Company, Hewlett Packard, Populous Architects, IBM, JPMorganChase, Revlon (NY and Spain), Donna Karan, Amnesty International, and Make the Road NY.

José spent three years as an attorney for a large union in New York City.  He also spent two years on the staff of Landmark Education, a training group specializing in personal effectiveness. He received his BA from The City College of New York, and his law degree from New York University.

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Juan Acevedo-Lucio


Juan Acevedo-Lucio is a bilingual Organizational Transformation Coach, Facilitator, and Program Director working within various cultures, communities and corporations to discover new possibilities, generate extraordinary skills, foster pragmatic actions, and surpass envisioned outcomes.

His years of experience on the front line of leading collaborative creative teams and directing design projects to move beyond their limits and improve their decision-making process serves him well - he’s been there. Not only does he understand the many ways to solve problems and challenges, as also knows that success follows being results-oriented.

Internationally, he has worked on a competency based initiative for one of the largest gold mining companies in the world, with assets in Canada and Mexico, with over 10,000 employees. He was one of the lead trainers for cultural transformation of a national agency within Latin America.

Early in his career, he was an integral part of launching Univision.com as the Creative Director of Univision Online (the online division of the Hispanic media giant). Here he created a team of over 25 digital artists from diverse backgrounds establishing design processes, competencies and standards. He also focused on the effective relationships of his team members and set the cooperative tone for the department within the company for years to come.

Juan holds a BFA from Parsons / The New School for Social Research, where he also served as the Director of Digital Design: Continuing Education. This is a division known for imbuing adults (utilizing an andragogical perspective) with traditional design based education using leading edge technologies.

He has done transformational development work with Landmark Education, having completed the Introduction Leadership Program. This education helped Juan understand how that our thoughts and actions can produce more directed outcomes to serve the individual and any organizations that they serve. He has also translated and converted English content for the Hispanic constituency.

Juan’s commitment to impacting the people with whom he collaborates is to unleash the creative process within them - looking for the new perspectives and actions to produce effective results, where none had previously seemed to exist. This was true when he first started as a junior designer and has developed through the past 25 years as a leader creating other leaders, especially within the Latino community.

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