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Mark Jones

Dr. Jones (he/him) offers 45+ years of experience as a senior executive leader and consultant, with over 35 years in entrepreneurial and intrapreneurial leadership and organizational development, performance optimization, and transformative technology experience. He currently serves as an Adjunct Professor at Antioch University, and an External Dissertation Reviewer for Fielding University. He previously served as Program Director / Department Chair and Faculty of the LIOS Leadership & Organization Development master’s program at Saybrook University. He has deep organizational transformation experience as a leadership development and technical subject matter expert consultant to the US Federal Government, having provided services to the Department of Defense, Department of Energy, and Department of Treasury. Dr. Jones has a Ph.D. Organizational Systems from Saybrook University and a M.S. Management from Antioch University – Seattle. He is a Founding Partner of The Sunyata Group, serving concurrently as the Chairman and CEO of the Sunyata for-profit and non-profit entities.   

In 2018, Mark worked with Law Enforcement/Campus Safety in conflict resolution to provide education, training, and coaching specifically involving race and sexual orientation. He used the lenses and awareness of intersectionality dimensions (including real-life scenario-based learning) to guide the officers in identifying their implicit and explicit narratives, memes, and behaviors and shift their cognitive models and their emotional and behavioral responses. The structural and reinforcing causes were then identified by the officers and administrators. Mark presented recommendations to the hiring executive and worked with a longtime police officer on pre-engagement research, refining design, and co-delivering elements of the specific training pieces. Mark is in the process of initiating a law enforcement initiative (Building Beloved Communities) with some of his police (active/retired) colleagues. He has designed and taught certification courses that were accepted by the various certification bodies, through which his students were able to achieve their certifications.

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