Emma Browning, Managing Director
Emma founded Paradox Consulting Partners in 2016 after a decade with a national consulting firm to create impact in the community where she lives. She is passionate about creating productive organizations, enabling innovation, and changing systems. Her past clients include a number of Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 companies and large nonprofit organizations such as Microsoft, Cisco, Caterpillar and the NFL. She has a BA from Wake Forest University and MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her kids and family, and exploring the dynamic business and arts scene in the Triangle.
Chandler Posey, Associate Consultant
Chandler joined Paradox Consulting Partners in 2021. His work in local government, Jamaican ancestry, and time abroad brings a vibrant, multifaceted perspective to Paradox's work. His passion for public service has led to roles in Community Development held with the Cities of Greensboro and Burlington. Chandler's love of learning has turned him into an avid traveler who has been to seven different countries, including Singapore and Cuba. He graduated from Elon University with a B.A. in Sociology while minoring in Business Administration. Chandler is the eldest of five boys, an avid sci-fi reader, and practices mixed martial arts.
Grace Kelly, Summer Associate
Grace joined Paradox for the summer of 2021 before completing her senior year at Stanford University, where she is completing degrees in urban studies and management science and engineering and is a member of the Stanford women’s rowing team. She added great insight to the Paradox team and our clients including experience with numerous social enterprises, a creative and analytical approach, design thinking expertise, and consistent energy and positivity.
Haven Cockerham, Cockerham & Associates
Haven is a seasoned Chief Human Resources Officer with 35 years of experience with Fortune 250 companies in the automotive, electric utility and printing industries. Haven currently is President of Cockerham & Associates, a human capital strategy company, and President of Stratus TMS, a human capital software development company. Previously, he was Chief Human Resources Officer for RR Donnelley, an $8 billion print and communications company. He has a Bachelor of Science in Economics from North Carolina A & T State University and an MBA from Michigan State University’s Executive MBA Program.
Alan Echtenkamp, Slingshot Leadership
Alan is an organizational psychologist and founder of Slingshot Leadership. He has 25 years of experience helping leaders create high performing teams that drive growth and profitability. He has worked with senior executives across multiple industries in the U.S., Europe, Asia, and Latin America. Prior to launching Slingshot Leadership, Alan was the head of global talent management for Time Warner Inc. for 10 years and worked in consulting firms Mercer HR Consulting and Sibson Consulting. He has published multiple articles and book chapters in both scholarly and mainstream press. Alan earned his Ph.D. from Columbia University and his B.A. from Purdue University.
Jim Kochanski, High Performance Profiles
Jim is Managing Director of High Performance Profiles an Organization Effectiveness consultancy. Jim seeks to understand an organization's performance needs and then design the simplest yet complete solutions for improving performance. His areas of focus are clarifying organizational strategic direction and design of organizations to accomplish strategies. For 20 years, Jim was a Senior Partner in Sibson Consulting, a Division of The Segal Group. During his time with Sibson, he served as Practice Leader for Performance and Rewards, Talent Management and Organizational Effectiveness. Prior to Sibson, Jim had positions with Nortel, Quaker Oats, and Kelloggs. He has a Bachelor’s degree from The University of Maryland and Master’s degree from American University. He is the author of over 40 professional publications. He is on the board of The Alzheimer's Association for central Texas.
Joleen Spencer Oladeinde, Spencer Oladeinde Associates
Joleen is a marketing and communications professional with over 30 years of experience in financial services, small business and community development. She has consulted on domestic and international projects, providing support and recommendations on marketing and branding, diversity and inclusion, and business strategy. Joleen is a skilled meeting facilitator and has guided foundations, nonprofits and start-up businesses in plan development and team effectiveness. Joleen previously served as Senior Vice President, Marketing at ShoreBank, the country’s first community development and environment bank. Prior to that, she held marketing and lending positions with BMO Harris Bank and Citibank. Joleen served on the foundation board of BMO Harris Bank, several nonprofit boards including the National Black MBA Association and she is active in her church ministry in Chicago. She graduated from Iowa State University, BS in Journalism and Mass Communications and holds an MBA degree from Kelley School of Business, Indiana University.
Jami Yazdani, Yazdani Consulting and Facilitation
Jami is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and Disciplined Agile Scrum Master (DASM) with more than 15 years of experience managing a portfolio of innovative projects and planning initiatives. She has a proven track record of leading diverse and collaborative teams, excels at facilitating consensus and keeping (even reluctant) teams on track, and has extensive experience designing and delivering engaging training sessions. After a diverse career spanning roles in business, libraries, and public higher education, Jami started Yazdani Consulting and Facilitation in 2018 to help mission-driven organizations solve management problems. She has actively served on the boards of several nonprofits and professional associations. Jami holds a BA in Government and Politics from George Mason University, a Master's of Library and Information Science from Louisiana State University, and a Master's of Technology Management from the University of Maryland Global Campus.