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Meet the Instructors of The Leaders Institute ®

Each one of our leadership team building instructors have been with the company to see it grow over the years. They have all contributed in some way to making an impact on communities all across the United States. Learn more about them below and see who is working at the Leaders Institute to better the businesses in our great country.

Our leaders are always  improving their skills and becoming better leaders each and every day!

Doug Staneart, President/CEO

Doug Staneart (Dallas) is the President and CEO of The Leaders Institute, LLC ® and has been a speaker, trainer, and keynote speaker since 1994. He is author of the best-selling books Fearless Presentations, Cultivating Customers, 28 Ways to Influence People, and his newest book, Mastering Presentations. Doug revolutionized leadership team building when he created a way to combine team development with philanthropic service with the Build-A-Bike ® team building workshop. Under Doug’s direction, The Leaders Institute ® has become one of the largest, most popular, and fastest growing training companies in the world. His style and energy make him one of the most popular speakers in the world.

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Amy Maybury, Sales Manager & Instructor

Amy Wilson Maybury (Dallas) spent over ten years in business management before becoming a professional facilitator with The Leaders Institute ®. Her natural ability to relate to people on a deeper level, extreme attention to detail, and high level of energy makes her an excellent candidate to deliver powerful performances with lasting memories. Amy’s clients rave about her relentless energy and how she can make any meeting fun!

Abigail Walsh, Logistics Manager & Instructor

Abigail Walsh spent 20 years in corporate leadership and was a senior manager in the Baylor Hospital system before becoming a professional speaker. In each of her management roles, she built a reputation for being a turnaround specialist. At Baylor, Abbie took her department from an under 20% patient satisfaction score to over 97% within her first year. As a result, she was appointed to the Patient Satisfaction Improvement Team for the hospital and awarded the Rose Award for service and excellence. Abbie’s energy and humor makes her an audience favorite. Her experience as a coach has allowed her to be a mentor to the next generation of team building leaders in many different industries.

Laura Lobo, Instructor & Executive Assistant

As an innovative leader, Laura Lobo has spent the last several decades helping individuals and teams improve connections to internal and external customers, respond quickly as problem solvers, and prevail in today’s dynamic business landscape. With diverse experiences ranging from global multi-national companies to small entrepreneurial start-ups, Laura also provides performance coaching and vocal training through Voice Pizazz LLC. Though fully immersed in the intersection of fine arts and business as author and speaker, Laura’s B.A. degree is in Natural Science from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN.


Liam Apperley, Instructor & Sales Associate

Liam Apperley (San Antonio) is originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, He graduated from UCLA and began his career in the Audio Industry designing Loudspeakers in Southern California, prior to transitioning to the training and development field. He has lived in six different countries and holds dual nationality in both The United Kingdom and The United States. His sense of humor and enthusiastic, high energy style combined with his diverse, multi-cultural background, allow him to quickly connect with his audience.

Toby Martini, Instructor

Meet Toby Martini (Tampa), one of our most engaging team building leaders. Well, it’s no joke that straddling the two worlds of business and entertainment made Toby a highly sought after trainer and coach who teaches the skills and challenges of Improv Comedy to corporate CEOs, management and employees. The skills needed to be funny and entertaining are valuable in the business world, as Toby learned first hand while working at several Fortune 500 companies – and as hundreds of graduates of Toby’s workshops will attest.

Candace Cox, Instructor

Candace Cox (Las Vegas) has 15 years of on-air radio experience, mostly as a traffic and news reporter. Candace has also worked as an on-camera television host, emcee, actor and voice-over talent. Candace’s on-air experience makes her a favorite of audiences because of her humor and energy, and she has successfully transferred these talents to the business world to train other professionals. We are so happy to have her as one of our team building leaders.

Scott Hubbard, Instructor

Scott Hubbard (Chicago) is a certified facilitator and career coach. His 10 years of experience in sales and business development gives him a results-oriented approach to training. He studied comedic improvisation at the conservatory at the Second City of Chicago, and he is passionate about bringing “improv” techniques into business settings. Scott has a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Purdue University.

Ellen Patnaude, Instructor

Ellen Patnaude (Detroit) has been training, motivating and coaching people to higher levels of success in a professional capacity since 1998. Her gift of insight allows her to often see what those with whom she is working are not able to see on their own – what is really getting in the way of their success. Ellen has a Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in Biology and French. Her formal education is overshadowed by the education that she has received from life – living abroad in Paris, France; rural Nicaragua, where she became fluent in Spanish; and some of the US’s depressed urban areas. Ellen’s spark and charisma make her training sessions fun and memorable.

Susan Schoenfeld, Instructor

Susan Schoenfeld (Milwaukee) is one of our strongest team building leaders. She has worked as a Professional Development Director at a large law firm, Training Manager in a healthcare organization, Curriculum Designer for a non-profit, and College Professor at several universities. She has been coaching clients, presenting workshops and speaking professionally for over 20 years.  With an MA in Communication and experience acting in professional theatre, Susan’s training sessions are dynamic, fun, informative and targeted to the needs of her customer!

Chris McNeany, Instructor

Chris McNeany (Los Angeles) has been teaching and coaching in the corporate world for over eight years. He graduated with a B.A. in English, and he started his career teaching English in Ecuador for several years. He also has a background in acting and improvisation through the Groundlings Theater in Los Angeles and has appeared in a number of commercials and movies. His enthusiasm and energy as one of our team building leaders is contagious and his clients give him rave reviews. His diverse background allows him to connect quickly with his audience, and his humor always leaves the group wanting more.

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