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The Elements Team


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The Elements Team


It's nice to meet you.

WE PROVIDE DYNAMIC, INTERACTIVE LEARNING experiences THAT SHIFT PERSPECTIVES, BUILD RELATIONSHIPS, AND CREATE NEW BEHAVIORS.

(And we’re grateful every day that that’s what we get to do!)

Learn more about the Elements Team

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Leslie Peters


CEO & Chief Facilitator

Leslie Peters


CEO & Chief Facilitator

I founded Elements Partnership in 2011 with the belief that people are hungry for real conversation and that when we truly engage with others we unleash possibilities that we didn’t even know existed.

It’s all about human potential for me… that latent capacity that just sits there waiting to be unleashed in the world. How many times do we go to the same meeting and have the same conversation? Sometimes year after year! It’s time to get down to real work. My best work creates opportunities for engagement at a deeper level – engagement with self and with others. Through training, coaching, facilitation and simple conversation, we create shared understanding. That shared understanding often reveals the path forward. The best part of my job? Learning with people who are making positive change.

I’ve been executive director, development director, director of corporate relations, assistant head of school, program director, trainer, facilitator, and senior consultant. My role as Founder, CEO and Chief Facilitator at Elements Partnership is the exciting culmination of all of those experiences and perspectives. In addition to career and life experience, I earned a BA in English and MBA, both from Washington University in St. Louis.

I’m married to an incredibly talented (and patient) musician. Dan is a jazz guitarist and composer who consistently inspires me with his creativity and insight. He has a thirteen-year-old son, Aidan, and I have a fourteen-year-old daughter, Grace. Together we call ourselves the GLAD team (for Grace, Leslie, Aidan and Dan). We all do our best to navigate the world independently and together. We also have a rescue mutt named Ginger who helps us along sometimes.


Favorite snack?

Whole grain pita chips (preferably with red wine).

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

Okay… just a couple more minutes...

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

Procrastination.

What gets you stuck?

Fear. No matter what it’s disguised as, it’s always fear.

What gets you unstuck?

Fear of regret. (Like I said, it’s always fear!)

What do you value most in your friends?

Honesty, a sense of humor, inherent kindness and the ability to see right through me.

What is your favorite movie?

Has to be Stranger Than Fiction, although Nanny McPhee and The Wizard of Oz do have specific themes that run through my life.

What is your motto?

Nothing’s a mistake until you do it twice.

If you could have a superpower, what would it be?

Equanimity – it’s actually kind of a regular thing, but, because it’s so elusive, it feels like a super power to me.

If time and money weren’t a worry, which side project would you start?

I would learn to build things (like tables and kitchens) and I would take a painting class.


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Jami Dix


Coach and Chief Connector

Jami Dix


Coach and Chief Connector

I believe that we’re all connected. My work at Elements as Coach and Chief Connector allows me to show up in the world doing exactly what I was called to do – connect and inspire people. I do that by bringing my energy to every interaction I have, by being willing to share personal information (both the fun and not so fun stuff) and by really listening to what others are telling me. Connecting with individuals on a deeper level makes me really happy. To know that someone may have walked away after interacting with me feeling better or having learned something fulfills me.

No matter what I’m doing – facilitating, assisting one of our other facilitators, hosting, or just getting work done –people know when I’m there they will be taken care of and the space I’ve helped create is a safe one. Being in a safe space allows for real conversation. When real conversation is taking place, real work gets done!

Prior to Elements Partnership, I worked at an independent elementary school for nearly eleven years, primarily responsible for fundraising, volunteer management, events, and sometimes admissions. Working with parents and their children (as well as donors and colleagues) taught me a lot about the value of good relationships!

I’m a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) and also earned a BS in Education at University of Kansas.

I have two kiddos who make me laugh every day and a husband who travels way too much! Running early in the morning keeps me feeling strong and sane. I’m a huge Kansas Jayhawk basketball fan, I love a glass of wine in the evening after the kids are in bed, and would be embarrassed to tell you how many times I’ve watched The Office on Netflix.


What is your motto?

Eventually, everything connects.

Favorite snack?

Anything salty.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

“Totes” and “Please put your dirty clothes in the hamper.”

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

I’ve got a couple…but, my favorite is being a perfectionist.

What gets you stuck?

I get stuck when I’m with people who seem to be in a fixed mindset.

What gets you unstuck?

Talking through whatever it is that I’m stuck on with a good friend. And sometimes, just being alone in my car with music is helpful too.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

The ability to find something good in everyone.

What do you value most in your friends?

Somebody who can listen without judgment and someone who makes me laugh.

What is your favorite movie?

Serendipity.

If you could have a super power, what would it be?

The ability to actually be someone else so that you can see what it’s like to be in someone else’s shoes.


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John Alexander


Principal

John Alexander


Principal

My quest for understanding leadership and organizational culture took root during the 10+ years I spent traveling the world as a student, performer and management staff of Up With People, the international, multi-cultural education program. I also included a lot of “what makes people tick” work while studying for my BA in Political Science (University of California, San Diego) and Masters in Theatre Management and Producing (Columbia University).

Prior to Elements, I held executive positions at companies undergoing start-up, re-booting, or major growth, with particular focus on finding and engaging the key stakeholders who instigate, create and achieve change. Among other jobs, I’ve been Executive Director of a Tony-nominated, off-Broadway theatre company, Director of External Relations (fund raising and communications) for one of Boston’s largest performing arts companies, VP of Conferences for an international association of television marketing executives, and even had a brief stint in politics as Campaign Manager for my hometown (Tucson, Arizona) congressman. A career highlight was helping build Mama’s Kitchen, a meal delivery service for people living with AIDS, as the organization’s first Executive Director. Mama’s is now more than 25 years old and one of the most beloved social services agencies in San Diego serving thousands of meals each day to people living with HIV and cancer.

I'm learning a lot about learning serving on the board of Rokenbok Education, an innovative company disrupting the way STEM education is taught to young kids.

Home is San Diego, with my husband Johnny and our dogs Penny (wow, you can learn a lot from a German Shepard!) and Beau (a lot of unconditional joy). Living at the beach really is that great, but what I most love about life here is the large, boisterous, often very silly crowd of family and neighbors that are a daily part of it. I get in the ocean as much as possible, but you are just as likely to find me re-landscaping our yard (a never ending art project) or riding my bike up the coastline.


What is your motto?

Have a low threshold for pleasure.

Favorite snack?

Anything that is predominantly dark, salted chocolate.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

“Wow.”

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

Impatience.

What gets you stuck?

Impatience.

What gets you unstuck?

Running along the beach, my “Get Through It” mix on the iPod, pondering one little step towards a solution.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Inspiring someone who’d never danced before to become a dance teacher.

What do you value most in your friends?

Silliness and loyalty in equal measure

What is your favorite movie?

The Princess Bride (It’s also my favorite book)

If time and money weren’t a worry, which side project would you start?

Become a baker and open an artisanal, hand-made bread shop in my neighborhood.

If I could invent anything to solve a problem, it would be…

Atticus Finch shoes (to walk around in someone else’s skin for a little bit). Could work both as a preventative or a really effective punishment.


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Catherine Gilbert


Director of Engagement

Catherine Gilbert


Director of Engagement

The opportunity to work in lots of different environments with many different groups has shown me the power of collaboration and innovation. I am passionate about using the power of people and new ideas to bring communities together and a big part of that is ensuring that people are ready to collaborate, listen effectively, and tackle some of our biggest challenges. I truly believe that a group of smart people, willing to think outside the box, have the ability to change the world.

I joined Elements in 2016 and focus on engagement with clients, communications, and project management. I get to bring together my professional and leadership experience to impact organizations and people in the St. Louis community in a positive way. I have a M.A. in Urban Planning and a lifetime of experience in St. Louis. I truly believe that by harnessing the power of community, we can make this city a better place.

Prior to joining the Elements team, I served as a Coro Fellow in Saint Louis, working with organizations, big and small, to improve efficiency and effectiveness through strategic initiatives, collaboration, and long-term planning. I have also spent several years in the community development world working in strategic planning, event planning, program coordination, research, and leadership development for organizations such as the South Grand Business District, City Garden Montessori, and the Tower Grove East neighborhood. In 2015, I co-founded the Greater Gravois Initiative, a grassroots community organization facilitating community involvement in the transportation planning process.

Outside of work, I can be found biking around the City, eating and drinking on patios, and staying involved in my community. I currently serve as the Co-Chair of the Young Friends of Tower Grove Park, Social Media Chair for the St. Louis Urban Land Institute, and board member of the Coro Advisory Council.


Favorite snack?

Leftover Thai food.

What gets you stuck?

Stale ideas and unwillingness to try new things.

What gets you unstuck?

Comprehensive, innovative solutions.

What do you value most in your friends?

Loyalty and laughter.

What is your favorite movie?

Up. Talk about innovation – he moved a house with balloons!

If you could have a super power, what would it be?

To transport myself to another country periodically, with a push of a button.

If time and money weren’t a worry, which side project would you start?

I would love to rehab an old building, preferably in Lafayette Square (a girl can dream!).

What one location would you want to visit before you die?

Copenhagen – I dream of living in a place where everyone bikes, and Copenhagen is just about as close as you can get!


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Lindsay Monser


Business Manager

Lindsay Monser


Business Manager

I came to Saint Louis to raise my family in 1994, though originally I was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area of California. I received my BA degree from the University of California and have navigated a diverse career path leading up to my current position as Business Manager at Elements Partnership, Inc.

Some of my past employment adventures include: Veterinary Technician, Organizational Consultant, Real Estate Agent, Decorative Painter, Program Coordinator of a Child Abuse Prevention Program, and Costumer for a Shakespeare Festival. Some of the volunteer positions I have enjoyed include: Senior Advisor on the Board of the Philpott Family Foundation (supporting non-profits in the St. Louis region); Administrative Director for St. Louis Shakespeare; Capital Campaign Chair for New City School’s Multiple Intelligences Library; and Volunteer for John Burroughs School fundraisers.

My hobbies include international travel, home renovation/design, painting and my book club. I am married to Matthew Philpott and have two children. I live in the Central West End and am in love with Forest Park.


If you could have a superpower, what would it be?

To fluently speak every language in the world.

If time and money weren’t a worry, which side project would you start?

Replanting all the rainforests of the world.

What one location would you want to visit before you die?

The Great Barrier Reef

I am currently reading…

Cooked by Michael Pollan.

If I could invent anything to solve a problem, it would be…

An additive you could put into the water supply to make everybody kind, at all times.

What is your motto?

A goal without a plan is just a wish.


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Dan Rubright


Creative Director

Dan Rubright


Creative Director

I am a St. Louis, Missouri based guitarist, composer and bandleader. I've formed and led several of my own jazz, rock and eclectic ensembles over the years and produced hundreds of original songs and compositions. My group, The Wire Pilots, features my original world and progressive jazz compositions. I have scored music for a variety of films and other media.

In addition to my own groups, I've performed with the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, They Muny and many other outstanding organizations.

I was a member of Webster University’s jazz faculty for over twenty years. I was also one of the original directors of the Grand Center Arts Academy and co-founder of Crossings a multi-genre music producing organization.


What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

Procrastination.

What gets you stuck?

Perfectionism.

What gets you unstuck?

Asking myself direct honest questions and taking the time to get clear on what the real issues are. Sometimes this happens through a conversation with myself. Sometimes it’s through a conversation with another person or in a group. Often the resolution comes through a surprise “ah ha” moment or insight-often when I’m in the shower or eating dry roasted almonds.

What do you value most in your friends?

Curiosity, humor, being able to listen well and the desire to dive below the surface.